Product Documentation

The Navigation Pane

Aug 14, 2014

The XenCenter Navigation pane provides various options to view and access managed resources. The navigation buttons Infrastructure, Objects, Organizations Views, Saved Searches, and Notifications provide a quick way to view and manage your resources.

The following sections provide an overview of the buttons in the Navigation pane:


This is the default view. The Infrastructure view displays a tree view of the resources by their physical location. It provides a list of servers, VMs, templates, and storage resources by the pool or the server to which they belong.


Click Objects to see a list of the resources by categories such as pools, servers, VMs, etc. Expand the nodes to view items in each category.

Organization Views

XenCenter allows you to group resources for ease of management. By default, XenCenter provides the following types of Organization Views:

  • Objects by Folder
  • Objects by Tag
  • Objects by Custom Field
  • vApps

Objects by Folder

Select this option to view your resources by folders. You can create folders to group your resources by location, function, resource type, etc. You should note that organizing resources into a folder is conceptual, and not physical. The resources will not be physically moved to a folder if you choose to group them by Folders.

For detailed information about creating and managing folders to organize your resources, see Using Folders.

Objects by Tag

Select this option to view your resources by tags that you have previously defined. Tags are labels that you specify in order to view resources based on the criteria that you define. A single resource can contain multiple tags. For example, a server with the tag 'Production' can also be tagged as ‘R&D’.

For detailed information about creating and managing tags in XenCenter, see Using Tags.

Objects by Custom Field

Select this option to view your resources by the customized fields you have previously defined. XenCenter enables you to add custom fields to your resources and provide a value in order to effectively manage your resources. You simply add a custom field to a server, VM or any other resource in the pool, then give it a value. You can then use custom field values when building search queries.

For information on creating and using custom fields, see Using Custom Fields.


Select this option to view your VMs by the vApps they belong to. A vApp is a group of one or more VMs which can be managed as a single entity. For detailed information about vApps, see Managing vApps.

Saved Searches

Click this button and select an option from the list to view resources that match the search criteria. By default, XenCenter includes a few saved searches that allow you to search your resources. You can create and add your own query to this list at any time.

For detailed information about the Search functionality in XenCenter, see Searching Resources.


Click this button for the Notifications view. The Notifications view enables users to see all notifications in a centralized location and perform specific actions to address them. It contains Alerts, Updates, and the Events view.


The Alerts view displays a list of system alerts generated by XenCenter. You can filter the alerts by various options and take specific actions to address the alerts. For detailed information, see XenCenter Alerts.


Select this option to see a list of available XenServer and XenCenter updates. For more information, see Updating Managed Servers.


Select this option to see a summary of all events in your current XenCenter session. For detailed information, see XenCenter Event Log.