Managing VM Group Content for Hyper-V

Updated

For an existing VM group, you can add virtual machines or modify the content selections.

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 Content tab of the VM group content page shows the currently selected content to be backed up (hosts, specific VMs, or source virtual machine storage).

  5. To modify virtual machine credentials for application-aware backups, click in the Actions column of the row for the VM, and then select Edit Credentials.

  6. To remove a virtual machine, click in the Actions column of the row for the VM and select Remove.

  7. To add VM group content, click Add virtual machines.

    The Add virtual machines page appears.

  8. Select a browse method for 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 a view from the list to control the browse display.

  9. Click OK after selecting VMs or other objects.

  10. To discover virtual machines automatically:

    1. Click Add rule.

    2. From the Select rule for list, choose a rule type.

    3. From the Which matches with list, select 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.

  11. To edit a rule, click in the Actions column of the row for the VM and select Edit rule.

  12. Click Preview to see a list of the virtual machines that will be backed up and the hosts for the VMs.

  13. 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 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:

  • Group by host: 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.

    Virtual machines are shown directly under the host.

  • Storage: Select this option to view storage containing virtual machine data. Select the storage entry to protect all VMs on the storage, or expand the tree to select specific VMs.

  • VMs: Select this option to browse and select specific VMs.

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:

  • 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.

  • 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").