Add/Edit Rule

You can set criteria to automatically select virtual machines for backup. Use this dialog box to define or edit rules for automatic virtual machine selection. You can define a single rule or a group of rules.

Rule Group

Click + to add more rules to the rule group.

Click - to delete a rule from the rule group.

When you are defining multiple rules, you can choose how to combine the rules:

  • Match <all> of the following rules

    This option is selected by default when you are defining multiple rules. By default, the AND condition is applied to all rules in the Rule Group.

  • Match <any> of the following rules

    Select this option to apply the OR condition to all rules in the Rule Group.

You can select the following types of objects to define rules:

  • VM Name Pattern

    Select this option to define a rule based on a display name pattern. Specify the display name pattern using wildcards.

  • Host

    Select this option to include or exclude virtual machines from a specific host.

    Specify the hostname or click ... to browse and select the host.

  • Guest OS

    Select this option to identify all machines that have an operating system (OS) from a specific OS group. For example, enter Microsoft* to identify all Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • Guest DNS Hostname

    Select this option to identify all machines that have a specific DNS hostname or pattern. For example, to identify all virtual machine from the "testlab" domain, you can enter *test*.

Use the following operators when defining rules:

  • Equals - Select this operator to include virtual machines.
  • Does Not Equal - Select this operator to exclude virtual machines. You can use this operator only when you are defining more than one rule.

You can use the following options for each rule:

  • (Browse)

    Select this option to select objects such as hosts or storage. Click to browse the inventory and select the required object. 

  • Click this button to add more rules to the rule group

  • Click this button to delete a rule from the rule group.