if you are talking about search queries then follow Search for objects in Virtualization Manager - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support or VMAN Administrator Guide in PDF format (page 90).
In the widgets you can also use xPath queries
Several useful links related to the xPath:
Configure the alert criteria - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support
Create Top-N widget showing drive path free space - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support
Full list of xPath functions and queries is here.
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Yes and no.. I had been looking at the search query and its extremely brief and while gives good pointers doesn't really address what I am trying to do.
So for instance, I have a baked in widget that shows datastores with low space, well I want to exclude datastores with specific naming conventions. So if I wanted to excluded all datastores with "billy" and "bobby" excluded from the results, what would the syntax be, because
datastore.freeSpacePercentage:(*) AND NOT datastore.name:("*bobby*")
doesn't seem to work.
If the datastore ends with "billy", this would work. I am just not understanding how to exclude parts of the name within the string.
datastore.freeSpacePercentage:(*) AND NOT datastore.name:("*billy")
Yet if I use the syntax in the search field, this works.
* NOT *bobby* AND NOT *billy
(obviously I am using billy and bobby as examples)
Ok so I found something in one of the links that pointed me (I think!) in the right direction. Seems like the query has to be contained after the search context. So this seems to have worked.
datastore.freeSpacePercentage:(*) AND datastore.name:(* NOT *bobby* AND NOT *billy)
Thanks for the pointers.