Add/Edit Rule

You can define rules to automatically select virtual machines for backup. Use this dialog box to define or edit rules for automatic virtual machine selection. You can define a single rule or a group of rules.


Rule Group

You can use the following options for each rule:

  • (Browse)

    Select this option to select objects such as hosts or storage. Click to browse the inventory and select the required object. 

  • Click this button to add more rules to the rule group

  • Click this button to delete a rule from the rule group.


Use the following operators when defining rules:

  • Equals - Select this operator to include virtual machines.
  • Does Not Equal - Select this operator to exclude virtual machines. You can use this operator only when you are defining more than one rule.

Multiple Rules

When you are defining multiple rules, you can choose how to combine the rules:

  • Match <all> of the following rules

    This option is selected by default when you are defining multiple rules. By default, the AND condition is applied to all rules in the Rule Group.

  • Match <any> of the following rules

    Select this option to apply the OR condition to all rules in the Rule Group.


You can select the following types of objects to define rules:

VM Name/Pattern

Select this option to define a rule based on a display name pattern. Specify the display name pattern using wildcards. For example, type Test* to identify virtual machines for which the virtual machine name begins with "Test".


Select True or False to select or ignore templates.


Browse to select a server or enter a name pattern.


Browse to select a datastore or enter a name pattern.

Guest OS

Select this option to identify all machines that have an operating system (OS) from a specific OS group. Enter the exact name of the operating system or a pattern to identify an operating system group (for example, Microsoft* to identify any virtual machine that has a version of the Windows operating system).

Power State

Select one of the following options to identify VMs:

  • Powered On: Identify VMs that are powered on.
  • Powered Off: Identify VMs that are powered off.
  • Other: Identify VMs with a different power-on status, such as Pause or Saved.

Last modified: 4/27/2018 6:56:49 PM