Add/Edit Rule

You can set criteria to automatically select virtual machines for backup or to filter virtual machines from backups. Use this dialog box to define or edit rules for automatic virtual machine selection or exclusion.

You can select the following options 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.

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

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.

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

Datastore

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

Specify the datastore name or click ... to browse and select the datastore.

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

Guest OS

Select this option to include or exclude virtual machines with a specific operating system (OS). Specify the OS name pattern using wildcards.

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

Guest DNS Hostname

Select this option to include or exclude virtual machines with a specific DNs hostname into a subclient. Specify the hostname pattern using wildcards.

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

Browse

Select this option to select objects such as datacenter, cluster, resource pool, vApp, or folder. Click to browse the vCenter inventory and select the required object. When you select a vCenter object, all its child objects are automatically selected for backup.

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

Click this button to add more rules to the rule group

Select a rule and click this button to delete a rule from the rule group.

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 the rules in the Rule Group.

Match <Any> of the following rules

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