Searching for VM Group Files

You can search within a VM group to find a specific file to restore or to download from the most recent indexed backup.

For File Indexing Version 2 clients, searching for VM group files is available only if file search features are enabled at the plan level.

You can use UNIX-style regular expressions in the search. You can download files up to 5 GB in size. For larger files, perform a restore operation. You cannot download or restore files from a backup copy on tape.

If a file server has multiple nodes, and if one or more of those nodes is down, then partial search results are reported.

If the following folders are on the default drive (for example, C:), then they are excluded from search results. If the folders are on a non-default drive (for example, E:), then they are included in search results.

  • Program Files

  • Program Files (x86)

  • Windows

  • ProgramData


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Virtualization.

    The Virtual machines tab appears.

  2. On the VM groups tab, click in the search box in the top right corner, and then enter a search string for the VM groups that you are searching for (you can use UNIX-style regular expressions), and then press Enter.

  3. Click a VM group that has indexed files.

    The VM group page appears.

  4. Click the search box in the upper right corner, enter a search string for the files that you are searching for ), and then press Enter.

    The Search page displays search results.

  5. To further modify the search, click in the search box again, enter a search string, and then click Search to repeat the search with the modified criteria.

  6. In the Actions column, click the action button, and then click one of the following options:


  • The files and folders are downloaded to the selected location in your computer.

  • If the download operation initiated a job, then it is listed on the Recent downloads page in the Command Center. You will receive an email notification when the download operation is complete with a link to the Recent downloads page in the Command Center.


You will receive the email notification only if your CommCell environment has a single web server.

What to Do Next

To view the list of downloaded files on the Recent downloads page, click Recent downloads Recent_downloads_button on the top right corner of the Command Center. For more information, see Accessing Recent Downloads.