File Indexing

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Using the Metallic console, you can file index virtual machines using File Indexing Version 2. File indexing is the process of searching full, incremental, or synthetic full backups in order to create a file (called an index), which contains all of the metadata (such as file name and date) that Metallic needs to be able to locate and perform operations on the data that it backs up (for example, restore data). This file indexing results in faster file-level browse operations.

You can index guest files and folders of Windows and Linux virtual machines on the following hypervisors:

  • Microsoft Azure Resource Manager streaming and IntelliSnap backup copy

  • Microsoft Hyper-V, as follows:

    • Linux virtual machines: streaming only

    • Windows virtual machines: streaming and IntelliSnap backup copy

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: streaming only

  • VMware streaming and IntelliSnap backup copy

File indexing runs after backups complete, and is always performed on the most recent backup. Therefore, subsequent browse operations only apply to the most recent backup.

Note:

  • This feature is only supported for disk and cloud backups. You cannot search for or restore files from a streaming or backup copy that resides on tape. 

  • This feature is only supported for primary backups. 

Key Features

  • Automatically index metadata for files and folders.

  • Search virtual machine files and folders by file name or file extension.

  • Filter search of VM files and folders by file type.

  • Download and restore from search results.