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Use custom labels to group items

You can use labels to insert data to Virtualization Manager that can be searched, exported and compared.

Labels are similar to custom fields in Virtual Center. You can define both the name of the label, and assign a different value to one or more hosts or VMs. The new label becomes a part of the host or VM data, and it can be used throughout Virtualization Manager.

For example, you can use labels to assign VMs and hosts to departments, lines of business, applications, or resource pools. You can then create searches based on the assigned values, and use the searches as the basis for trends. In addition, all custom fields are available as facets that you can view in the Facet Explorer or in the search results.

Create labels for items

  1. Select one or more result on the search results page.
  2. Click Label, and click Add new field.
  3. Enter the name of the label, and click Create.

The Labels page also shows the currently defined labels and the values of those labels on the selected search results. Here you can also edit or remove labels.

If you remove a label, no history of the label or its value will remain.

Use labels to search for items

To search for a label, enter the value of the label into the Search field.

You can also enter the label name and value separated by a colon.

For example, if you have a label named "Department" and you want to find entities in the "Finance" department, you can search for either Finance or Department:Finance.

 
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