What is the difference between tags and attributes in vSphere

What is the difference between tags and attributes? At least in the vSphere world.

Thank you.
Robert Perez-CoronaSystems AdministratorAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We've always had Custom Attributes available to us using the vSphere Client (legacy C# client), it allows you to create attributes like Owner, Expiry etc anything you like.

Tags again were a new feature introduced to the Web Client.

Both Tags and Attributes allow you to add custom data to vSphere object, one difference between the two is Tags can be added to Categories.

But mainly they are used for sorting and organisation.
Robert Perez-CoronaSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input, Rafa, Andrew. The main reason I am asking is that I was told to work on a solar winds(monitoring) project which will be pulling data from vSphere.

Before using the tags or attributes so that I can leverage SolarWinds( or any other monitoring or CMDB) for inventory/categorization, I wanted to make sure I understand the exact differences or at least when to use one over the other.

Thank you.
Robert Perez-CoronaSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Are attributes deprecated?

"Tags replace the custom attributes functionality found in previous versions of vSphere"

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Depends which version of vSphere you are using.

Attributes required the use of vSphere Client, Tags require the Web Client, and the Web Client is all we have now with 6.5 and later!

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