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:
- Defining Action policies to meet your business constraints
- Creating workload placement policies (How to Create Workload Placement Policies )
- Leveraging the multi-tenancy functionality by giving users access to specific entities in the datacenter
- Generating custom dashboards and reports (Building Custom Dashboards )
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
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
- Virtual Datacenters
- Application Servers
- Virtual Applications
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.
Select how you would like to search for this entity
In my example, I will search by name.
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 Machines||Physical Machines|
|by host name||by connected Storage/Network|
|by connection to storage/network||by number of hosted VMs|
by hosted application
|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 alternate name
|by Disk Array name||by cluster name|
|by tags||by 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
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.
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.