Related Objects Tab

The Related Objects tab shows all first-class objects that are peers or children of the open object.  This tab allows users to navigate to related objects and to add and remove relationships to an object. 

A peer relationship is a many-to-many relationship between objects. For example, a host object has a peer relationship with a network object.
  Children relationships are one-to-many relationships, meaning a parent object can have many children objects.  An example of this relationship is a host and its virtual machines. 



  • Include the following elements in the datagrid of related objects:  actions, filter, find, count, export, and copy.  See the Datagrids standard for details.
  • Show only the datagrid columns that are relevant to the open object and its related objects.
  • Don't use a master/detail view in the Related Objects tab.  The correct way for users to see the details of an object is to navigate to the object.
  • Don't include graphs, charts, or other visual forms in the Related Objects tab.  You can show visuals as appropriate in the Monitor tab.
  • Ensure that the order of the subtabs matches the order of the object types as they appear in the Navigator.


  • Show actions that are relevant to the relationship of the related objects and the open object.  For example, for the hosts related to a virtual switch, show the "Remove from Distributed Switch" action.
  • Provide actions that establish and break the relationship between the open object and a related object, but provide these actions only when it is common to do so.  For example, creating a virtual machine in a cluster is a common workflow, but creating a virtual machine on a network is not.
  • Provide a single New action to launch a wizard for adding or creating a related object. 

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