Policies

Policies allow you to group storage instances in many ways. For example, based on the type of storage provider.
To create a new backup policy, please open the Backup SLAs tab under the Storage Provider section and click on the
button on the right.
Now you should see the policy wizard with 5 main sections.

General

Under this section you can set up:
  • Name of policy
  • Switch on/off auto-remove non-present virtual environments
  • Set the priority for tasks

Auto-assignment

In this section you can configure automatic policy assignment based on certain criteria:
  • Mode
    • Disabled
    • Assign only
    • Assign and remove
  • Include or exclude rules based on regular expressions matching storage instance names, i.e.:
    • regular expression examples:
      • .* match any character any number of times
      • st-[0-9][0-9][0-9] - match names that start with st- and 3 digits
      • (prod|uat|dev)-[0-9][0-9][0-9][a-z]? - match names that start with the prod or uat or dev prefix, then -, then 3 digits and an optional lower-case letter (matching is case-sensitive)
    • exclude rules always take precedence over include rules
    • objects may not be reassigned to a different policy if they already have a matching policy assigned
    • objects may be reassigned to a different policy only if the mode is Assign and remove, the current policy assignment rules don't match, and the other policy's rules do match
    • rules are joined with the OR operator, so
      • if any rule (tag or matched regular expression) excludes the storage instance - it will be excluded
      • if no rule (tag or matched regular expression) excludes the storage instance, and any rule (tag or matched regular expression) includes the VM - it will be included
  • You can also select clusters to match only VMs that belong to them

Storage

Here you can easily select storage instances manually.

Rule

This section is used to select the backup destination. If you have already created a schedule, you can also select it.

Other

This is an optional section with two switches:
  • Fail the rest of the backup tasks if more than xx% of EXPORT tasks have already failed
  • Fail the rest of the backup tasks if more than xx% of STORE tasks have already failed
Here are two examples of when using switches is very useful: It is very likely that if 30% of the backup tasks fail, the remaining tasks will also fail because the environment has failed. Or, if you are backing up a set of storage instances, and if even one is not secured, there is no point in backing up the rest.
At the end, save settings.

You can also perform the same action using the CLI interface: CLI Reference