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How to Create a Host Group

Updated: October 21, 2008

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

Use the New host group action in Hosts view to create a new host group. You can then add hosts to the host group either by using the Move to host group action or by using a drag-and-drop operation to move hosts to the host group. If you create a host group as a child host group of another host group, the child host group inherits the properties of the parent host group. For more information about inheritance, see About Host Groups.

After you create a host group, you can modify its properties to configure host reserves, which determine how much CPU, memory, disk space, disk I/O capacity, and network capacity are set aside for host operating systems on hosts in the host group.

To create a host group

  1. In Hosts view, click the host group in the navigation pane that will be the parent of the new host group. To add the host group as a child host group of the root host group, click All Hosts.

  2. In the Actions pane, with the parent host group selected, click New host group.

    A new folder, named New host group, is added to the navigation pane. The name is selected so that you can name the host group.

    noteNote
    Host group names have a 64-character maximum and cannot contain the following characters: \ /:*?"<>\.".

  3. To enter a description of the host group or to modify the resources reserved for the host operating system, click the new host group and then under All Hosts, click Properties. For more information, see How to Modify the Properties of a Host Group.

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