Veritas NetBackup™ for VMware Administrator's Guide
- Required tasks: overview
- Notes and prerequisites
- Configure NetBackup communication with VMware
- Adding NetBackup credentials for VMware
- Configure NetBackup policies for VMware
- VMware backup options
- Exclude Disks tab
- Configure a VMware Intelligent Policy
- Reduce the size of backups
- Back up virtual machines
- Use Accelerator to back up virtual machines
- Restore virtual machines
- Restoring the full VMware virtual machine
- Virtual Machine Recovery dialog boxes (restore to original location)
- Virtual Machine Recovery dialogs boxes (restore to alternate location)
- Restoring VMware virtual machine disks by using Backup, Archive, and Restore
- Restoring VMware virtual machine disks by using NetBackup commands
- Restoring individual VMware virtual machine files
- Browse and search virtual machines for restore
- Restore virtual machines with Instant Recovery
- Use NetBackup for vCloud Director
- Virtual machine recovery dialog boxes for vCloud Director
- Best practices and more information
- Appendix A. NetBackup commands to back up and restore virtual machines
- Using NetBackup commands to create a VMware policy
- Appendix B. Configuring services for NFS on Windows
- About configuring services for NFS on Windows 2012 or 2016 (NetBackup for VMware)
- About configuring services for NFS on Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 (NetBackup for VMware)
- Appendix C. The Reuse VM selection query results option
- Appendix D. Backup of VMware raw devices (RDM)
Parentheses in compound queries
This topic applies to policy configuration for NetBackup for VMware. You can use the Query Builder to enter rules for the automatic selection of VMware virtual machines for backup.
You can use the Query Builder to make precise queries containing as many rules as necessary to identify the appropriate virtual machines. In a query such as powerstate Equal "poweredOn", the result of the query is easy to predict: only the virtual machines that are turned on are included in the backup. But if several rules are combined with AND and OR, the result may not be obvious. This kind of query is called a compound query. Compound queries contain two or more rules, joined by AND, AND NOT, OR, or OR NOT.
The order in which the Query Builder evaluates compound rules affects the outcome of the query. Grouping the rules with parentheses can change the order of evaluation and thus the outcome of the query.
The examples in the following table demonstrate how the Query Builder evaluates compound queries with and without parentheses.
Only the Query Builder's Advanced Mode supports the use of parentheses.
Table: Examples of compound queries with and without parentheses
The following virtual machines are selected
ESXServer Equal "ESX001" OR Folder Equal "FolderEngA" AND powerstate Equal ON
All virtual machines under ESX001 (regardless of power state), and virtual machines under FolderEngA that are turned on
To select only the virtual machines that are turned on in the ESX server and in the folder, use parentheses (see next example).
(ESXServer Equal "ESX001" OR Folder Equal "FolderEngA") AND powerstate Equal ON
All the virtual machines that are turned on in ESX001 and in FolderEngA.