File Indexing Process

File indexing works directly with backup data, without connecting to the hypervisor or examining VM or instance group configuration.

A file indexing job includes the following stages:

  1. The MediaAgent assigned for the server plan discovers virtual machines or instances that have been backed up.

  2. The indexing job mounts each VM backup on a VSA proxy.

  3. The indexing job launches a Filescan operation and submits a list of volumes.

  4. The Filescan operation processes each volume to create a list of files and folders with the following attributes:

    • Disks and volumes

    • File and folder names

    • File size

    • File type