Is there a way to create a custom group based on a folder in vmware vcenter?
Couple of thoughts. By default, we already discover and bring in the folder constructs without you having to create a group that is custom
Simply go to inventory - groups - and go all the way to the bottom of the left side of the screen and you will see "Folders" - Within each folder their will be subgroups, etc. if you have them
To Patrick's point you can also create a custom group using Tags in VC (Screenshot below)
You can also discover VC Annotations if you use these under Policy - Discovery - VC Annotations (Screen Shot Below)
This will bring in and organize the VC Annotations such as business units, etc... which you can use for multiple functions. In any case you can use groups for multiple purposes. Here are some common examples:
1. Scope a Dashboard to the Folder or Custom Group under Assure Application Performance in the main dashboard
2. Multi-tenant user scope. Under Admin - User Configuration - you can create a unique login based on AD or local account and hit the "Scope" button to scope to that group
3. Report Scope - Scope to the group in the reporting tab for a VM group type report or custom SQL query
4. Workload and Automation Policies - Under Policy Tab - Action - VM - find the group and adjust the automation settings for action modes or create 'restriction windows' for when you want automation to take place. Workload placement rules to keep those VMs on certain providers, etc..
Have you used tags when constructing the group in vcenter?
We already create/import the folders from VC as groups. They are a bit buried away in the various views (here I show them in the inventory>Groups view). You can find them under "Folders>MYDCNAME\vm\<foldername> for VM groups for instance.
Hope it helps!
Thanks Alec I did notice that, I was hoping that i could create a custom group so it would be easier to manage for all users
TAGS don't seem to work on the folder only the individual vm machines
Correct. Folders will remain consistent with the configured groups you have in VC. What is the end goal that you would use a custom group for? It sounds like you would like to have multiple folders in a single group in order to report against or create a dashboard on?
One suggestion would be to create a resource pool in VC that combines the VMs and folders you want to include in that potential group and then we will discover this as a VDC object in Turbonomic's UI
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