To discover VM disks automatically, you can configure rules using search criteria. This is useful if you need to include or exclude specific disks from the backup content of a VM group.
Disk filter type: Select a search criterion. You can use wildcards to define search criteria.
Datastore: To exclude all VMs on a particular datastore, enter the datastore name or a pattern using wildcards.
Hard disk label: To exclude a range of disks, enter the starting number and ending number.
Virtual device node: To exclude all VM disks that use a particular device node, select the virtual device node.
VMDK name/pattern: To exclude all VMs that use a specific VMDK, enter the VMDK name or a pattern using wildcards.
Identifying All Disks that Use a Similar VMDK Name Pattern
To identify all disks on that use a VMDK with a name that begins with "xdv", configure the following disk filter:
From the Disk filter type list, select VMDK name/pattern.
In the VMDK name/pattern box, enter /**/xdv*.