Backup Set Property (VM Filters)

Use this dialog box to add or edit filters for a backup set. Filters are criteria for excluding virtual machines from the backup.

VM Filters

Use this area to define criteria for filtering virtual machines from the backup set. When you perform a backup of any subclient in the backup set, virtual machines satisfying the specified criteria are automatically excluded from the backup.

This area displays list of all defined filters.

Browse

Click this button to open the Browse dialog, which provides hierarchical views of the vCenter server, similar to the vCenter Inventory view.

Use the Browse dialog to browse the vCenter server and select one or more vCenter objects, such as hosts, clusters, resource pools, datacenters, datastores, datastore clusters, vApps, or folders.

Once you select any objects, all child objects are automatically filtered from the backup.

Add

Click this button to open the Add Filters dialog, which defines filters to exclude virtual machines based on specific criteria.

You can define the following types of filters:

  • VM Name/ Pattern: Select this option to filter virtual machines based on a virtual machine name pattern. For example, to filter all virtual machines that have a name starting with "Test", select this option and enter Test* in the available box.
  • Host: Select this option to filter all virtual machines from a specific host. Enter the host name or IP address in the text box.

    When you filter any host, all child objects of the host (such as datastore or resource pool) are automatically filtered.

    For example: Host A has datastore X as a child object. If you have added datastore X in the contents of a subclient and added host A in the VM Filters list for the backup set, datastore X on host A will be filtered from the subclient content.

  • Datastore: Select this option to filter all virtual machines from a specific datastore. Enter the name of the datastore.
  • Guest OS: Select this option to filter all virtual machines that have operating systems from a specific OS group. For example, you can enter Microsoft* to filter any virtual machine that has a version of the Windows operating system, *windows2012r2 to filter Windows 2012 R2 machines, or *linux* to filter all Linux machines.
  • Guest DNS Hostname: Select this option to filter all virtual machines based on a hostname pattern. For example, to filter all virtual machines that have a hostname ending with "mycompany.com", select this option and enter *mycompany.com in the text box.

Edit

Select a VM filter entry and click Edit to modify the filter.

Delete

Select a VM filter and click Delete to remove the filter from the backup set.