Defining Filters for vCloud

Filters can be configured to exclude virtual machines from backups. You can define filters on a subclient (only applies to that subclient) or on a backup set (applies to all subclients under the backup set).

For each subclient under a backup set, the filtering specified for the backup set is combined with the filtering for the subclient to determine which content is excluded from backups. Any filtering defined in a backup set is also visible in the subclients under the backup set when the Show Backupset Filters option is selected, and is applied at the subclient level even if backup set filters are not displayed.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > vCloud Director > backup_set.
  2. Right-click the backup set or subclient and click Properties, then select one of the following tabs:
    • In the Backup Set Property dialog box, click VM Filters.
    • In the Subclient Properties dialog box, click the Filters tab.
  3. Browse to select virtual machines or define a rule to select virtual machines:

    To browse for virtual machines:

    1. Click Browse.
    2. Select one or more Organizations, vDCs, vApps, or VMs.

      If you select an Organization, vDC, or vApp, all VMs that are under that entity are included as subclient content.

    3. Click OK.

    To define a rule for virtual machines:

    1. Click Add.
    2. In the Rule Group box, select the rule type from the list and enter the appropriate information in the box on the right.
      • VM Name/Pattern: Enter the display name of the virtual machine or a pattern using wildcards (for example, Test* to identify virtual machines for which the virtual machine name begins with "Test"). You can also browse to select a virtual machine.
      • vApp: Browse to select a vApp.
      • VDC: Browse to select a vDC.
      • Organization: Browse to select an organization.
      • Storage Policy: Enter the name of a storage policy to select virtual machines that use the specified storage policy.
    3. To define multiple rules in a rule group, click + and define another rule. The following options are available for a rule group with multiple rules:
      • If you define multiple rules, you can indicate whether virtual machines are selected when they match all of the rules, or when they match any of the rules. For rule groups that include Power State rules, you can only select virtual machines that match all of the rules.
      • To exclude virtual machines based on any of the criteria, you can use the Does Not Equal operator for one or more of the rules in a rule group. (For rule groups with a single rule, the only operator you can use is Equals.)

      For simple rules defined in the Contents of subclient list (not in a rule group), virtual machines are selected if they match any of the rules defined for the subclient.

    4. Click OK.

    The rules you defined and the objects you selected appear in the filters list.

  4. Click OK.
  5. To modify a filter, select the filter and then click Edit.
  6. To remove a filter, select the filter and click Delete; then confirm the deletion request.
  7. Click OK.

Last modified: 5/10/2019 2:31:21 PM