Subclient Properties (VM Filters)

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

Show Backupset Filters

Select this option to display filters defined at both the subclient and backup set levels. When this option is cleared, only subclient filters are shown on this tab; but backup set filters are still enforced.

VM Filters

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

This area displays the list of defined filters.

Browse

Click this button to open the browse dialog box. This dialog box provides hierarchical views of vCenter server and Inventory.

Use this dialog box to browse the vCenter server and select a vCenter object, such as a host, cluster, datastore, datastore cluster, vApp, folder, or a specific VM.

Once you select any object in this dialog box, all child objects are filtered automatically from the subclient (for example, all VMs under a host).

Add

Click this button to open the Add Filters dialog box. Use this dialog box to define filters when you want to filter 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 for which the name starts with "Exchange", select this option and enter "Exchange*" 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 available box.

    When you filter a host, all child objects of the host (such as datastores, resource pools, or VMs) are automatically filtered from the subclient content.

    For example: Host A has Datastore X as a child object. You have added Datastore X in the Contents of subclient list and in the same subclient, Host A is added in the VM Filters list. In this scenario, all datastores on Host A, including Datastore X, 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, to filter all virtual machines that have any version of the Windows operating system installed, select this option and enter "Windows" in the available box.
  • Guest DNS - 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 available 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 subclient.

VM Disk Filters (only supported for streaming backups)

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

This area displays the list of defined filters.

Add

Click this button to open the Add Filters dialog box. Use this dialog box to define the disk filters.

Edit

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

Delete

Select a disk filter entry and click Delete to remove the filter from the subclient.