Adding Virtual Machines to a Machine Group

 

Virtual machines can be added to a machine group. A typical implementation is to create a machine group consisting of nothing but virtual machines. You can, however, add both physical machines and virtual machines to the same machine group if you wish.

 

Note: Although both offline and online virtual machines can be added, only virtual machines that are online when a scan is performed will be scanned by VMware vCenter Protect - Configuration Management.

 

Virtual machines are typically hosted by a virtual infrastructure server. You add virtual machines to a machine group by logging on to a virtual infrastructure server, browsing the available virtual machines, and then selecting the desired virtual machine images.

 

You can begin the process using any of the following options:

The first two options allow you to create a new machine group that will contain the virtual machines.

 

Create Machine Group

Select this menu command if you want to create a new machine group and then add virtual machines to that group. The following dialog is displayed:

 

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Type a unique name for the group and a comment describing the group's purpose, and then click Save.

 

 

The Tools > Virtual Infrastructure Servers option also enables you to add the virtual machines to an existing machine group.

 

Add to Machine Group

Select this menu command if you want to add virtual machines to an existing machine group. A dialog similar to the following is displayed:

 

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Select the desired machine group and then click OK. You cannot select multiple machine groups.

 

 

 

After specifying what machine group will be used to store the virtual machines, the next step is to log on to the desired virtual infrastructure server(s). See Logging On To A Server for details.