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Adding Virtual Machines to a Subclient (VMware command line)

You can use the command line to add a single VM or multiple VMs as subclient content.

You can also add virtual machines to a subclient based on the folder, power status, notes, or custom attributes associated with the VM.

Procedure

  1. Download the update_subclient_vm_template.xml file and save it on the computer where the command will be executed.
  2. To add a single VM or all VMs that match specified criteria, execute the following command from the software_installation_directory/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

    Specify the VM name in the command line using the vmContent/children/displayName parameter. If you use a VM property instead of a VM name, any VMs that match the criteria you specify are added.

    qoperation execute -af update_subclient_vm_template.xml -appName 'Virtual Server' -clientName xxxxx -instanceName xxxxx -backupsetName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx -vmContent/children/displayName xxxxx -vmContent/children/type VMName -vmContentOperationType ADD

  3. To add multiple VMs by name:
    1. Open the .xml file and add the following line under the <vmContent> node to specify each virtual machine:

      <children equalsOrNotEquals="1" name="" displayName="MyVM" type="VMName"/>

      For example, to add three virtual machines (VM001, VM002 and VM003), add the following lines tothe XML:

      <vmContent>
      <children equalsOrNotEquals="1" name="" displayName="VM001" type="VMName"/>
      <children equalsOrNotEquals="1" name="" displayName="VM002" type="VMName"/>
      <children equalsOrNotEquals="1" name="" displayName="VM003" type="VMName"/>
      </vmContent>

    2. Execute the following command from the software_installation_directory/Base folder after substituting the parameter values.

      qoperation execute -af update_subclient_vm_template.xml -appName 'Virtual Server' -clientName xxxxx -instanceName xxxxx -backupsetName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx -vmContentOperationType ADD

Examples

  • Add by VM name: The following example adds a single virtual machine VM01 to subclient1, under client1, instance VMware, and backupset1.

    qoperation execute -af update_subclient_vm_template.xml -appName 'Virtual Server' -clientName client1 -instanceName VMware -backupsetName backupset1 -subclientName subclient1 -vmContent/children/displayName VM01 -vmContent/children/type VMName -vmContentOperationType ADD

  • Add based on Folder: The following example adds virtual machines that are in a folder named TestFolder under the datacenter named datacenter.

    Note: In the vCenter inventory, VM folders exist under a hidden folder named vm, which must be included as part of the path specified with the vmContent/children/Name parameter.

    qoperation execute -af .\update_subclient_vm_template.xml -appName 'Virtual Server' -clientName DevVS VC -instanceName VMware -backupSetName defaultBackupSet -subclientName commandline -vmContent/children/Name '/datacenter/vm/TestFolder -vmContent/children/displayName TestFolder -vmContent/children/type FOLDER -vmContentOperationType ADD

  • Add based on Power Status: The following example adds virtual machines that are powered on:

    qoperation execute -af update_subclient_vm_template.xml -appName 'Virtual Server' -clientName xxxxx -instanceName xxxxx -backupsetName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx -vmContent/children/displayName Powered On -vmContent/children/type VMPowerState -vmContentOperationType ADD

  • Add based on Notes: The following example adds virtual machines that have "Critical" in vCenter annotations for the VM summary:

    qoperation execute -af update_subclient_vm_template.xml -appName 'Virtual Server' -clientName xxxxx -instanceName xxxxx -backupsetName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx -vmContent/children/displayName Critical -vmContent/children/type VMNotes -vmContentOperationType ADD

  • Add based on Custom Attributes: The following example adds virtual machines that have "resize" in a custom attribute that is part of vCenter annotations for the VM summary:

    qoperation execute -af update_subclient_vm_template.xml -appName 'Virtual Server' -clientName xxxxx -instanceName xxxxx -backupsetName xxxxx -subclientName xxxxx -vmContent/children/displayName resize -vmContent/children/type VMCustomAttribute -vmContentOperationType ADD

Last modified: 10/10/2019 9:45:14 PM