You can add or edit filters for a backup set or a subclient. Filters are criteria to exclude virtual machines or disks from backups.

Define virtual machine filters under VM Filters and disk filters under VM Disk Filters.

Show Backupset Filters (subclient only)

Select this option to display filters defined at both the subclient and backup set levels. When this option is cleared, only subclient filters are shown on this tab; but backup set filters are still enforced.


Click this button to browse and select virtual machines, cloud services for Azure Classic, or resource groups for Azure Resource Manager.

When you select an object in this dialog box, all child objects are selected, so that they are filtered automatically when a backup is run for the subclient.


Click this button to open the Add Rule or Add Disk Filters dialog box. Use this dialog box to define filters when you want to filter virtual machines based on specific criteria.

You can define the following types of filters:

  • VM Filters:
    • VM Name/ Pattern: Select this option to filter virtual machines based on a virtual machine name pattern. For example, to filter all virtual machines that have a name starting with "Test", select this option and enter Test* in the value box.
    • Cloud Service (Azure Classic): Enter a name pattern or click ... to select a cloud service for Azure Classic.
    • Resource Group (ARM) Enter a name pattern or click ... to select a resource group for Azure Resource Manager.
    • Power State: Select one of the following options to identify VMs:
      • Running: VMs that are running.
      • Stopped: VMs that are shut down.
    • Storage Account (ARM): Click ... to select a storage account for Azure Resource Manager.
    • Tags (ARM): Click ... to select a tag for Azure Resource Manager.
    • Region: Click ... to select a region. You can select from the following:
      • Australia East
      • Australia Southeast
      • Brazil South
      • Canada Central
      • Canada East
      • Central India
      • Central East
      • East Asia
      • East US
      • East US 2
      • Japan East
      • Japan West
      • North Central US
      • North Europe
      • South Central US
      • South India
      • Southeast Asia
      • West Europe
      • West India
      • West US
  • VM Disk Filters:
    • Storage Account (ARM): Browse to select a storage account for Azure Resource Manager.
    • Disk Name/Pattern: Enter the name of the disk or a pattern using the '*' wildcard to represent a string of characters (for example, disk12.vhd or disk*.vhd).
    • Blob URI/Pattern: Enter a URI or pattern with wildcards to identify blob storage objects.

      Note: Disk filters for blobs configured with the HTTP protocol are not supported.

      The following example identifies a specific blob:


      The following example uses regular expressions to identify blobs with similar names (such as name-1.vhd and name-2.vhd) in different storage accounts:


      The following example identifies blobs in different containers but using the same storage account:


      The following examples identify blobs in different storage accounts and containers:



    • Disk Type: To filter the operating system volume, select OS Disk (the only value).


Select a VM filter entry and click Edit to modify the filter.


Select a VM filter and click Delete to remove the filter from the subclient.

Last modified: 1/5/2018 10:56:48 PM