samm1
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Contributor

How to get all ESX hosts from a vcenter

Hi, how do you get all esx hosts from a vcenter? I can navigate via MOB (/mob/?moid=HostProfileManager) which lists my clusters and I can then click through on those to see the hosts but I cant work out how to use the api to do this?

I dont need code examples just a top level of what method needs to be called will suffice!

Thanks

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laurentsd
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You need to use the vSphere Web Services SDK to navigate through the vSphere objects hierarchy.  Or you can use the simpler but unsupported ViJava API from Steve Jin.

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Steve_Jin
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Expert

As Laurent pointed out, open source vijava can help that with one line like the following:

  ManagedEntity[] mes = new InventoryNavigator(rootFolder).searchManagedEntities("HostSystem");

Check out more with the Hello World sample:

http://sourceforge.net/p/vijava/code/HEAD/tree/trunk/src/com/vmware/vim25/mo/samples/HelloVM.java

For the support, you can try the commercial version vijavaNG:

http://www.doublecloud.org/2014/01/announcing-vijavang-much-lighter-and-faster-with-commercial-licen...

Good luck!

Steve

Steve JIN Author of VMware VI and vSphere SDK; Creator of open source VI Java API (http://vijava.sf.net); Blogger at http://www.doublecloud.org
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samm1
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Thanks for the answers, I'm using the WSDL API. Can I access the hosts using the SearchIndex managed object or do I have to use the HostSystem managed object? When I use searchIndex with FindByPath at the top level datacenter it only shows vms, templates etc never hosts

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