Managing VM Group Content for vCloud Director

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 the VM group that you want to manage content for.

  4. In the Content section, click Manage.

    The Content tab of the VM group content page shows the currently selected content to be backed up.

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

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

    The Add virtual machines page appears.

  7. Select a browse method for the Browse and select VMs list, and then expand the tree below the list to select the content for the VM group, or to clear previous selections.

    Use the Organizations view to browse a vCenter, organization, VDC, or vApp.

    You can select VMs under an entity or select an entity to include all VMs under the entity.

  8. Click OK after selecting VMs or other objects.

  9. 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.

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

  11. Click Preview to see a list of the virtual machines that will be backed up.

  12. 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 the content for the VM group, or to clear previous selections.

  • Use the Organizations view to browse a vCenter, organization, VDC, or vApp.

    You can select VMs under an entity or select an entity to include all VMs under the entity.

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:

  • Organization: Enter the name of an organization.

  • Storage Policy: Enter the name of a storage policy to select virtual machines that use the specified storage policy.

  • vApp: Enter the name of a vApp.

  • VDC: Enter the name of a vDC.

  • 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").

  • VM Metadata: In the Name box, type the name of the VM Metadata tag. Select the metadata tag Value type (Number, Text or Yes/No), and then enter the Value accordingly. Optionally, in the Description box, enter a brief description of the rule.