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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Controlling “All Users’ Tasks” for performance in vSphere 6

We know that the All Users’ Tasks view of Recent Tasks is an important feature, but it also turns out to be an incredibly “heavy” feature, which can quickly spiral out of control and impact vCenter Server performance. The focus of this version of vSphere Web Client was improving performance and giving you more control on customizing your experience. In order to achieve both of these goals, we had to make it a bit harder to get to All Users’ Tasks. This will help ensure that your systems will run smoother out of the box, with the option to enable the feature if you need it. 

A) Click More Tasks in the Recent Tasks panel to view all users’ tasks.


B) Edit the file and change the “show.allusers.tasks” setting. For large vSphere environments, changing the “show.allusers.tasks” setting can potentially impact performance.

1. Locate the file

For the vCenter Server Appliance, the file is located in the /etc/vmware/vsphere-client/ directory.

For vCenter Server on Windows, the file is located in the C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\cfg\vsphere-client\ directory.

2. Edit the file using a text editor and change show.allusers.tasks=false to show.allusers.tasks=true.

3. That’s it! No restart of anything should be required. Go to vSphere Web Client, select “All Users’ Tasks” and it should work.