V11 SP8

Defining Filters for Oracle VM

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).

About This Task

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.

Note: If a virtual machine is added by browsing and selecting the VM name, discovery is performed based on the GUID for the virtual machine. If that virtual machine is later restored in place from a backup, a new GUID is generated, and that virtual machine is no longer filtered from the backup. To filter that virtual machine, you must remove the old filter rule, then add a new rule or use a name pattern for the filter.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > OracleVM > backup_set.
  2. Right-click the backup set or subclient and then click Properties.
  3. Select one of the following:
    • In the Backup Set Property dialog box, click the VM Filters tab.
    • In the Subclient Properties dialog box, click the Filters tab.
  4. To define a new filter for virtual machines, browse or define a rule.
    • To browse for an object, perform the following steps:
      1. Click Browse.
      2. Select a view from the list at the top left of the Browse dialog box:
        • Servers and VMs: Select server pools, VM pools, servers, or virtual machines.
        • Repositories: Select storage repositories.
      3. Click OK.
    • To define a rule for virtual machines, perform the following steps:
      1. On the VM Filters tab of a backup set, or in the VM Filters section on the Filters tab for a subclient, click Add.
      2. In the Rule Group box, select the rule type from the drop-down list and enter the appropriate information in the box on the right:
        Rule Type Matching Entry
        VM Name/Pattern Enter a pattern (for example, Test* to identify virtual machines for which the virtual machine name begins with "Test").
        Repository Browse to select a repository.
        Server Browse to select a server.
        Server Pool Browse to select a server pool.
        Server Pool Folder Browse to select a server pool folder.
        Virtual Machine Folder Browse to select a VM folder.
        Server Folder Browse to select a server folder.
      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 in a rule group, you can indicate whether virtual machines are selected when they match all of the rules (selected by default), or when they match any 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.
  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.