You can set criteria to automatically select virtual machines for backup. Use this dialog to define or edit rules for automatic virtual machine selection. You can define a single rule or a group of rules.
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.
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*.
- Power State
Select one of the following options to identify virtual machines:
- Powered On - VMs that are powered on.
- Powered Off - VMs that are powered off.
- Other - VMs with a different power on status, such as Pause or Saved.
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:
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.