Creating an Amazon EC2 VM Group

To specify a set of instances to back up or restore, create a VM group.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.

    The Virtual machines page appears.

  2. On the Hypervisors tab, click the hypervisor.

    The hypervisor page appears.

  3. Click Add VM group.

    The Add VM group dialog box appears.

  4. Provide the following information:

    • Hypervisor: Select the hypervisor.

    • Name: Type a descriptive name for the VM group.

    • Browse and select instances: Expand the tree below this field to select the content for the VM group. Click Select all to quickly select all objects or Clear all to remove all current selections.

      You can select a view to control the browse display.

      You can select VMs under an entity or select an entity to include all VMs under the entity.

    • To discover instances automatically, click Add rule, and then define the rule.

      For information about filtering instances and configuring rules to automatically discover instances, see Views and Rule Options for VM Groups.

    • Under Backup configuration, choose one of the following options:

      • To associate a plan with the hypervisor, enable the Use backup plan option.

        From the Plan list, select a plan that specifies the storage, retention, and backup schedule to be used for the VM group.


        For Amazon VM groups, you can enable IntelliSnap backups by creating a plan and adding the plan to a VM group. For more information, see Getting Started with IntelliSnap.

      • To specify a storage policy and schedule policy that were defined using CommCell Console, disable the Use backup plan option.

        From the Storage policy list, you can select a storage policy that was previously defined in CommCell Console or a plan that was defined in Command Center.

        Optional: You can select a schedule policy that was previously defined using CommCell Console.

    • IntelliSnap: To enable IntelliSnap backups, move this toggle key to the right.

      When you enable IntelliSnap for a VM group, the associated server plan is automatically updated to have the Snap enabled option selected. During IntelliSnap backups, the AMI, volume snapshots, and the temporary volumes are tagged with the string '_GX_BACKUP_'.

      During a backup operation, the tags on the source volumes are inherited by the intermediate resources such as volumes and snapshots.


      In certain cases, the Commvault software might not delete snapshots that are intended to be temporary, and these snapshots can increase your monthly costs for AWS. For information about identifying and deleting these snapshots, see Cleaning up resources after Amazon EC2 instance or backup deletion.

  5. Click Save.


The VM group is created with default settings for backup options. To change default settings, see Editing VM Group Settings for Amazon.