How to filter VMware clusters with virt-who?

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  • Red Hat Satellite 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • VMware ESX


  • How to filter VMware clusters instead of hosts/hypervisors in virt-who?
  • How to make sure that only the required clusters are reporting to satellite 6 using virt-who?
  • How to exclude some ESX clusters from getting reported to Satellite 6 when using virt-who?


  • Edit the configuration file and add the paramters:

    # vi /etc/virt-who.d/config.conf
    filter_host_parents=domain-xx,domain-yy OR

    NOTE: Use either filter_host_parents or exclude_host_parents.

    filter_host_parents => Clusters to be reported.
    exclude_host_parents => Clusters not to be reported.

Supported Hypervisor Environment:

  • ESX

    • PowerCLI command to find the Cluster Names in Vmware:

      > Get-Cluster Name HAEnabled HAFailover DrsEnabled DrsAutomationLevel Level ---- --------- ---------- ---------- ------------------ Cluster-ESXA-00X False 1 True FullyAutomated Cluster-ESXB-00X True 1 True FullyAutomated
    • PowerCLI command to find the Cluster ID in Vmware:

      > Get-Cluster "ClusterName" | Select ID
    • Replace the ClusterName with the actual ClusterName and execute the query:

      For example:-
      > Get-Cluster "Cluster-ESXA-00X" | Select ID

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Hi. Just to mention that this configuration only worked if the ID of the vCluster is specified. The name didn't work.

Not only this, but also the ID has to be stripped from the initial part, leaving only "domain-XXXXX".

For instance, cluster with ID "ClusterComputeResource-domain-c6979" had to be specified as "domain-c6979" for the filters to work.

I cannot make it work at all. Names, full IDs, stripped IDs, nothing works. It either scans everything in vSphere or nothing.