How to Create Custom Groups (prior to v5.4)

Document created by Anson McCook Expert on Jul 7, 2015Last modified by fran.schwarzmann on Aug 15, 2016
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****For versions 5.4+ please see this guide: How to Create a Custom Group (v5.4+)



In this tutorial we'll cover how to create custom groups - both dynamic and static groups. Groups are helpful in VMTurbo for a few reasons:



1) Go to the Policy Tab > Group Management


2) Select the green button to create a new group

3) Give your group a name and then select the Members Tab


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4) You can create a dynamic group that always matches certain criteria or you can create a static group that you manually maintain. For a dynamic group, select “Group entities by criteria” and for a static group, select “Manually select entities to group”


The available entities by which you can create groups are:

    • Virtual Machines
    • Physical Machines
    • Storage (Datastores)
    • Disk Arrays
    • Storage Controllers
    • Switches
    • Virtual Datacenters
    • Applications
    • Application Servers
    • Databases
    • Virtual Applications
    • Clusters


The available search criteria to match entities will vary by entity.


Dynamic Group - Group Entities by Criteria

Select the type of entity you would like to group by.

In my example, I will make a Virtual Machine group.


VMTurbo Placement Policies 02.png

Select how you would like to search for this entity

In my example, I will search by name.


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Search criteria varies by entity. All entities can be searched for "by name" - for Virtual Machines and Physical Machines there is additional search criteria:


Virtual MachinesPhysical Machines

by name

by name
by host nameby connected Storage/Network
by connection to storage/networkby number of hosted VMs

by hosted application

by datacenter

by datacenter

by memory capacity

by VDC (and nested VDC)

by number of CPUs

by number of CPUs

by vendor name

by memory capacity

by CPU model

by guest OS

by model

by alternate name

by timezone
by Disk Array nameby cluster name
by tagsby tags



Use regex to create the string you would like to match.

In my example, I’m searching for all Virtual Machines that contain the string “sql”


Example of a Dynamic Group matching SQL. This group will constantly be updated as changes are made to the environment – for example, new VMs that contain the string “sql” will automatically be added to the group





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Static Group - Manually Select Entities to Group

Example of a Static Group matching SQL. Manually select the entities (you can multi-select using the ctrl and shift keys) and drag-n-drop them into the “Custom group content” box.


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5) Click "Create Group"


6) Your group is now visible in the My Groups folder. From the Inventory Tab you'll now be able to see all the related actions and performance data based on that group.