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Manage administrative groups

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Overview

Administrative groups are logical categorizations of servers and virtual machines that share similar attributes. Servers can be grouped based on attributes like server type, location, and operating system. Administrative groups are created to simplify server management. Administrative groups allow you to monitor backup activity on all servers that are a part of the group through a single dashboard.

Best practices

Follow these best practices when you create a new administrative group:

  • Druva Phoenix can backup data on different types of servers like File servers, SQL, NAS shares, VMware, Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV, and Oracle. Different types of servers could use the same administrative groups. 
  • Plan and segregate virtual machines in an administrative group, depending on the criteria you have defined. For example, the criteria could be the location of virtual machines or virtual machines with the same guest operating system.

View administrative groups

  1. Log in to Phoenix Management Console
  2. Click Manage > Administrative Groups on the menu bar. Note that if the organization is enabled, select the required organization from the All Organizations menu, and then click Manage > Administrative Groups.
  3. The Manage Administrative Groups page displays a list of available administrative groups.
  4. You can click the administrative group for which you want to view details.
  5. The Summary tab of the administrative group details page displays the following fields:
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Field Description

Description

The description for the administrative group.

# Resources

The number of servers associated with the administrative group.

Backup Trend

The Backup Trend  section displays backup jobs for the last seven days with the following three statuses: 

  • Backups successful

  • Backups successful with errors

  • Backups failed 

 For the detailed explanation of each parameter, see Dashboards.

Backup Data Trend

The Backup Data section illustrates the following data for the last 90 days:

Source + Changes: The amount of backup data generated at the source. This includes the initial full backup and incremental data from all subsequent backups.

Current Source: The size of the data on the source server(s) at the time of the last backup.

The Resources tab of the administrative group details page displays the following fields:

Field  Description

Name

The name of the resource.

Resource Type

The type of resources such as,  Physical Server, VMware VM, Hyper-V VM, NAS Share, SQL Availability Group, Phoenix Store, and SQL Standalone Instance.

Create a new administrative group from Manage Administrative Groups

Add or create new VMware administrative groups based on your needs to logically categorize virtual machines.

Prerequisites

  • You must be a cloud administrator.
  • You must have created or configured the following,
    • Phoenix storage where the backed up server data should reside. For more information, see Managing storage.
    • A backup policy defining the schedule for backup. For more information, see Configure backup policy.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console
  2. Click Manage > Administrative Groups on the menu bar. Note that if the organization is enabled, select the required organization from the All Organizations menu, and then click Manage > Administrative Groups
  3. Click New Group.
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  4. Enter the name and description of the group and click Save
  5. The administrative group created now appears on the Manage Administrative Groups page.

Update administrative group details from Manage Administrative Groups

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console
  2. Click Manage > Administrative Groups on the menu bar. Note that if the organization is enabled, select the required organization from the All Organizations menu, and then click Manage > Administrative Groups.
  3. The Manage Administrative Groups page displays a list of available administrative groups.
  4. To update an administrative group you can: 
    • Select an administrative group and click Edit.
      OR 
    • Click on the administrative group and on the Administrative group details page, click Edit.
  5. The Edit Administrative Group dialog box opens. Edit the name and/or description. 
  6. Click Save.  

Delete an administrative group

Phoenix administrators can delete a group if it is no longer needed. However, before deleting a group, the virtual machines belonging to this group should be assigned or moved to a different group. Virtual machines should be reconfigured to be assigned or moved to a different group. For more information, see Reconfigure virtual machines.

As an administrative group is just a logical entity, deleting a group doesn't affect the virtual machine data anyway. Before you delete an administrative group, reconfigure and assign all the virtual machines that use this group to a different group.

  1. Log in to the Phoenix Management Console
  2. Click Manage > Administrative Groups on the menu bar. Note that if the organization is enabled, select the required organization from the All Organizations menu, and then click Manage > Administrative Groups
  3. Click New Group.
    Create_New_Admingroup.png
  4. Enter the name and description of the group and click Save
  5. The administrative group created now appears on the Manage Administrative Groups page.

Change the administrative group for configured virtual machines

If you want to regroup virtual machines, Phoenix lets you change the administrative group for multiple virtual machines.

  1. Log in to the Management Console.
  2. Select your Organization if Organizations are enabled.
  3. On the menu bar, click Protect > Nutanix AHV.
  4. On the Prism page, click the Prism Element or Prism Central for whose virtual machines you want to change the administrative group. Alternatively, select the Prism Element or Prism Central from the Prism dropdown menu.
  5. In the left navigation pane, click Configured VMs.
  6. Select one or more VMs, click more options, and then click Change Admin Group.
  7. In the Change Administrative Group dialog box, select a new administrative group, and then click Save.

Note:  To edit the administrative group, click on the virtual machine. On the virtual machines summary page, click the administrative group under the Details section.