vcenter patch reports and permissions

Can anyone give an beginners guide if you remote desktop onto vCenter, how then you can get:

1) see which users have which permissions over which objects in vcenter
2) get the missing patch status report host
3) whether it is possible to run a report in vcenter, on which guests are hosted on which hosts, and their corresponding OS.  

Ideally with screenshots.
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pma111Author Commented:
And what software you open up to view this information on the server.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There is not need to use RDP, you could connect via vSphere Web Client or vSphere Client from a work station and check

1. Permissions Tab on the objects Hosts and Clusters, and VM and Folders.

Permissions on objects
2. You could use VMware Update Manager, or compare current revision of Host Server, with the VMware Patch Portal. If you look at the Build Number of vCenter Server in the above image you will see the Build Number.

 version of ESXi
Build number of ESXi is 5.1 799733

Patch Portal is here - http://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/findPatch.portal

3. No requirement to run a report, you can Export the information from vSphere Client.

You select the Host > Virtual Machines Tab, this will list all the VMs currently on the Host, and if you select the GuestOS Column, will also list the GuestOS, rigght click in whitespace and click Export List.

VMs
You can also use RVTools for the above.

http://www.robware.net/
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pma111Author Commented:
If you do RDP though, what tool do you open up on the vcenter to see the above?

And how do you get to update manager?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It depends if you have installed VMware vSphere Client on your vCenter Server!

otherwise you could use a Web Browser, to access the Web Client.

Update Manager - vSphere Client and/or Web Client
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pma111Author Commented:
Can you be more specific, yes there is vSphere Client on that server, but how do you then get to update manager?

And do you run update manager per host? Or can you run 1 report per vcenter (and all hosts added to that vcenter).
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pma111Author Commented:
And is there any configuration, i.e. do you need to download the latest patch database ready for comparisoN?
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pma111Author Commented:
And re permissions, is there anyway to export a list of every object in vcenter, and there permissions, rather than having to go on each manually and checking them - which could take forever?
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pma111Author Commented:
And the annoying thing with the "export list" option, if you have got lots of entries, i.e. guests/virtual machines tab, there is no white space to click the export list option. whereas on tabs with less rows, i.e. hosts or datastores, you can click below the last row and export list. Is there anyway around this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
And re permissions, is there anyway to export a list of every object in vcenter, and there permissions, rather than having to go on each manually and checking them - which could take forever?

Not without additional software, you would need to check each object.

And the annoying thing with the "export list" option, if you have got lots of entries, i.e. guests/virtual machines tab, there is no white space to click the export list option. whereas on tabs with less rows, i.e. hosts or datastores, you can click below the last row and export list. Is there anyway around this?

You select the columns you require, and right click Export List, or use other tools.

And is there any configuration, i.e. do you need to download the latest patch database ready for comparisoN?

patch databases are downloaded daily automatically.

Can you be more specific, yes there is vSphere Client on that server, but how do you then get to update manager?

And do you run update manager per host? Or can you run 1 report per vcenter (and all hosts added to that vcenter).

You select Update Manager, under Management, and then run reports against hosts.
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pma111Author Commented:
I have selected the fields I want, but as there is no whitespace, when you right click anywhere, your right clicking a guest machine. There is no white space after the last virtual machine to select export list, that I can see.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
have you tried, moving the Recent Task Bar down, to expose white space!
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pma111Author Commented:
I also wondered on the update manager reports, if you click patch details, whether you can export those to csv as well ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You would need to use PowerCLI to Export Reports, see this VMware Community Thread

https://communities.vmware.com/thread/452302?start=0&tstart=0
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