vROPS 6 – Creating Custom Groups like a Pro

Custom groups in vROPS is necessary when we need to narrow things down to specific objects. For example in this guide I will show you how to create groups based on Powered on VMs, Datastores that are not Local, VMs in Folders, and VMs based on vSphere Tags. Custom groups are great for dashboards and reporting purposes.

Pro Tips

  1. Limit the amount of groups, as too many of them will make things harder to manage.
  2. Make sure to backup all your custom groups
  3. Use default Group Types as much as possible, this makes importing and exporting Custom Groups much easier
  4. To find what your default policy is, go to Administration > Policies. Whatever policy has a D next to it is the default policy


Creating a Custom Group

  1. Click on Environment >
  2. Configure the new group
    1. Enter a name for the Group
    2. From Group Type Select Environment from the Drop down list (I tend to like to use out of the box Group types for ease of exporting and importing to new vROPS deployments)
    3. Select a Policy from the Policy drop down list (Make sure this is your default policy under Administration>Policies)
    4. Check the box Keep group membership up to date
    5. Configure the rest as shown in the snapshots below

Custom Group that pulls all Powered on VMs

Custom Group that pulls all Datastore that are not Local

Custom Group that pulls all VMs in a Folder

Custom Group that pulls VMs based on vSphere Tags