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OnCommand Host 1.0 How to Configure Dataset to exclude VM from Backup

Hi All,

I have another question about Host 1.0 and how it snaps VMs.  When you configure the software to backup VMs in the host plugin, you can choose to backup VMs in 1 of 3 ways: by Virtual Machine, by Datacenter, or by Datastore.  I want to backup all VMs and it makes most sense for our environment to manage the backups by choosing datastores to snap and backup.  The only problem I have  is that some of the VMs I want to be able to exclude from backup because I have a few VMs that cannot be snapped with VMware.  Rather than move all of the problem VMs to special Datastores, I would rather exclude them from being snapped, without excluding the datastore, until the problem is resolved.  Is this possible?

Thanks

Michael

OnCommand Host 1.0 How to Configure Dataset to exclude VM from Backup

Hi Michael,

    I dont think this is possible. We do not have provision to exclude VMs from a datastore.

Another alternative is to add all the VMs individually to a single dataset.

Regards

Vishal

OnCommand Host 1.0 How to Configure Dataset to exclude VM from Backup

Hi,

If you have multiple VM's in a dataset, you can use below commands to exlcude VM to be protected with same dataset.

  dfpm dataset exclusion add [ -D ] <dataset-name-or-id>

       <object-name-or-id> ...

   dfpm dataset exclusion remove [ -D ] <dataset-name-or-id>

       <object-name-or-id> ...

   dfpm dataset exclusion list [ <dataset-name-or-id> ]

Thanks

Nikhil

OnCommand Host 1.0 How to Configure Dataset to exclude VM from Backup

Nikhil,

Thanks for the reply.  I just tried what you suggested and it unfortunately did not work.  The error was that the VM is not excludeable.  I don't know if you guys have an influence in the design of the product, but this would be a very desirable abiltiy.  I find it very easy to manage my backups by datastores, but I need to exclude certain VMs so i don't get errors continually.  I realize that i could backup by VM, but I find this harder to manage to ensure all VMs are being backed up.

Thanks

Michael