To discover instances automatically, you can configure rules using search criteria. This is useful if you need to include or exclude specific types of instances in the backup content of a VM group.
Match rule: To include instances that match all rules, select all. To include instances that match any of the rules, select any.
Criteria list: Select a search criterion from the menu, such as Instance name/pattern or Zone.
Operators list: To define the rule, select an operator from the list, such as Equals or Starts with.
Add a value: Enter a text string or specify a text pattern using wildcards (for example, Test* to identify instances for which the instance name begins with "Test") that appear in the criteria you selected, such as Instance name/pattern or Zone.
Identifying All Instances in a Domain
In the criteria list, select Guest DNS hostname.
From the operators list select Ends with.
In the Add rule box, enter mycompany.com.
Identifying All Windows Instances
In the criteria list, select Guest OS.
From the operators list select Contains.
In the Add a value box, enter Microsoft.
Identifying All Running Instances
In the criteria list, select Instance state.
Equals is selected automatically.
From the list, select Running.
Identifying All Instances in a Zone
In the criteria list, select Zone.
From the operators list select Equals.
Click Browse, and in the Add content dialog box, select the zone where you want to include instances.