Add a VM group to identify a specific set of virtual machines to back up or restore.
Note: To enable backup validation for VMware virtual machines, including VMs that run applications, create a VM group that contains only those VMs, and then edit the VM group configuration to enable backup validation.
Before You Begin
Define a server plan that specifies the storage, retention, and backup schedule to be used for the VM group.
To select VMs based on views or automatic discovery rules, see "Views and Rule Options" (below).
From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.
The Virtual machines page appears.
On the Hypervisors tab, click the hypervisor.
The hypervisor page appears.
Under VM groups, click Add VM group.
The Add VM group dialog box appears.
Provide the following information:
Name: Type a descriptive name for the VM group.
Browse and select VMs: Expand the tree to select the content for the VM group. Click Select all to quickly select all objects or Clear all to remove all current selections.
You can select a view from the grouping list to control the browse display.
You can also define rules to discover virtual machines automatically:
Click Add filter rule and then provide information for the rule.
From the Select rule for list, choose a rule type.
From the Which matches with list, choose Equals, Contains, Starts with, or Ends with.
In the Name box, provide a value as required for the type of rule.
Under Backup configuration, choose one of the following options:
Enable the Use backup plan option to associate a plan with the hypervisor.
From the Plan list, select a plan that specifies the storage, retention, and backup schedule to be used for the VM group.
Note: For VMware VM groups, you can enable IntelliSnap backups by creating a plan and adding the plan to a VM group. For more information, see Getting Started with IntelliSnap.
Disable the Use backup plan option to specify a storage policy and schedule policy that were defined using CommCell Console.
From the Storage policy list, you can select a storage policy that was previously defined in CommCell Console or a plan that was defined in Command Center.
Optional: You can select a schedule policy that was previously defined using CommCell Console.
Click Save to save the VM group.
VM groups are created with default settings for backup options. To change default settings, see Editing VM Group Settings for VMware.
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.
When you browse to select VMs for VM group content or filters, you can select a browse method from the Browse and select VMs list, and then expand the tree below the list to select hosts, specific VMs, or VM storage locations for the VM group, or to clear previous selections.
You can select one of the following options from the list to control the browse display for VMware:
Hosts and clusters: Select this option to view hosts and the VMs running on each host. Select a host entry to protect all VMs on the host, or expand the tree to select specific VMs.
The top level of the browse shows all accessible vCenters at the top level, ESX servers under vCenters, and virtual machines under each ESX server.
VMs and templates: Select this option to browse and select specific VMs.
Datastores and datastore clusters: Select this option to view datastores containing virtual machine data. The top level of the browse shows all accessible hosts at the top level, with datastores under hosts and virtual machines under each datastore. Select a datastore entry to protect all VMs on the storage, or expand the tree to select specific VMs.
Tags and categories: Select this option to view categories, tags, and virtual machines that are marked with a tag.
When you select a tag, the selection includes all VMs that are marked with the tag. When you select a category, the selection includes all VMs that are marked with a tag that belongs to the selected category.
You can define rules to discover VMware virtual machines automatically.
When adding a rule, from the Select rule for list, you can choose one of the following rules, and then from the Which matches with list, select Equals, Contains, Starts with, or Ends with:
Custom attribute: Enter a pattern to identify virtual machines based on custom attributes in vCenter annotations for the VM summary. You can enter search values for the names and values of custom attributes. For example:
Entering Name Contains *resize* identifes VMs where the name of a custom attribute contains the word "resize").
Entering Value Contains *128* identifies VMs where the value of a custom attribute contains the number "128").
Datastore: In the Name box, type a datastore name or pattern.
Guest DNS hostname: In the Name box, type a hostname or a pattern to identify a hostname or domain (for example, myhost.mycompany.com to identify a specific host or *mycompany.com to identify all hosts on that domain).
Guest OS: In the Name box, type the exact name of the operating system or a pattern to identify an operating system group (for example, Microsoft* to identify any virtual machine that has a version of the Windows operating system).
Host: In the Name box, type the host name, the IP address of the host, or a host name pattern using wildcards. When you add a host, all virtual machines on the host are included in the backup.
Notes: In the Name box, type a pattern to identify virtual machines based on notes text contained in annotations for the VM summary (for example, Test* to identify VMs with a note that begins with "Test").
Power state: From the Name list, select the power on status of virtual machines to be included in the VM group content. You can select On to identify VMs that are powered on, Off to identify VMs that are powered off, or Other to identify VMs with a different power on status, such as Suspended.
Tag: Enter a tag to identify all virtual machines under VMware entities that are marked with that tag.
Tag category: Enter a tag category to identify all virtual machines under VMware entities that are marked with that category.
Template: From the Name list, select True to include templates or False to not include templates.
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").