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I’ve recently deployed several ESXi 5.5 hosts with vCSA 6.0 to test migrating to vSphere 6.0 in my production environment.

I noticed something today that was different than before…you cant view “All Users’ Tasks” by default anymore. Weird I thought…but okay. Thankfully, there’s KB 2104914 that tells you how to get this done.

The Fix

This is a expected behavior.

To workaround this issue, enable All Users Tasks view in the Recent Tasks section of the vSphere web Client.

Note: In a very active environment with many background tasks, performance degradation may occur when this setting is enabled again.

To enable All Users Tasks view in the Recent Tasks section of the vSphere Web Client:

For Windows based vCenter Server installation

  1. Open the webclient.properties file.
  2. Use a text editor to edit this line: show.allusers.tasks=false to read show.allusers.tasks=true
  3. Save the file.
  4. Restart the vSphere Web Client service using Microsoft Service Manager

For vCenter Server appliance based installation

  1. Connect to the appliance using SSH and start the bash shell using the command shell.
  2. Edit the file using the command : vi /etc/vmware/vsphere-client/webclient.properties
  3. Change the parameter from: show.allusers.tasks=false to show.allusers.tasks=true
  4. Save and exit vi mode using :wq.
  5. Restart the vSphere Web Client service using this command: service vsphere-client restart

There, all done. Now once the vCenter Web Client Service starts back up, you’ll be able to view the “All Users’ Tasks” like before.