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Creating VM Filters for vCloud Director

From the VM group content dialog box, you can create filters to exclude virtual machines from backups.

Before You Begin

To select VMs based on views or automatic discovery rules, see "Views and Rule Options" (below).

Procedure

  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. The VM groups area displays summary information for any existing VM groups.

  3. Click an existing VM group.
  4. Under Content, click Manage.

    The VM group content dialog box appears.

    The Filters tab shows content to be excluded from backups.

  5. On the Filters tab, to remove a filter, click action_button in the Actions column of the row for the filter and select Remove.
  6. To add filters by browsing, click Add virtual machines.

    In the Add virtual machines page, use the Organizations view to browse a vCenter, organization, VDC, or vApp.

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

  7. Click OK after selecting VMs or other objects.
  8. To exclude virtual machines based on different criteria:
    1. Click Add filter rule and then provide information for the rule.
    2. From the Select rule for list, choose a rule type.
    3. From the Which matches with list, choose Equals, Contains, Starts with, or Ends with.
    4. In the Name box, provide a value as required for the type of rule.
    5. Click OK.
  9. To edit a rule, click action_button in the Actions column of the row for the VM and select Edit rule.
  10. Click OK to save the changes to VM group content.

Views and Rule Options

When you define content or filters for a VM group, you can change the view and select specific entities, or define rules to automatically select VMs that meet specific criteria.

Views

When you browse to select VMs for VM group content or filters, you can select a browse method for the Browse and select VMs list, and then expand the tree below the list to select the content for the VM group, or to clear previous selections.

  • Use the Organizations view to browse a vCenter, organization, VDC, or vApp.

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

Rules

You can define rules to discover virtual machines automatically.

When you add a rule, from the Select rule for list, choose one of the following rules and then, from the Which matches with list, select Equals, Contains, Starts with, or Ends with:

  • Organization: Enter the name of an organization.
  • Storage Policy: Enter the name of a storage policy to select virtual machines that use the specified storage policy.
  • vApp: Enter the name of a vApp.
  • VDC: Enter the name of a vDC.
  • Virtual machine name/pattern: In the Name box, type the display name of the virtual machine or a pattern using wildcards (for example, Test* to identify VMs for which the VM name begins with "Test").

Last modified: 3/9/2020 7:56:30 PM