Finding VMware Virtual Machine Files and Folders

The Find feature enables you to search for and restore virtual machine files and folders. Find allows you to search backup data for a file name, directory name, name pattern, modification date, or file size.

You can use Find from a backup set or subclient. The levels displayed in the search results depend on where you start the Find operation.

Find results work differently when a Content Indexing Engine is installed and a Content Indexing job has been run after the last backup job.

  • If Content Indexing is enabled on the client and jobs are Content Indexed, all Find results are displayed from Content Indexed data.
  • If Content Indexing is not enabled, all Find results will be displayed from what got backed up.

Before You Begin

Files and folders are only included in the index if the Collect File Details option was specified for the subclient that was backed up. Find operations are not supported for backups performed using a Linux proxy or for any hypervisor that does not support collecting file and folder information.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > virtualization_client > Virtual Server > VMware > backup_set.
  2. Right-click a backup set or subclient, and then select All Tasks > Find.
  3. In the Find Options dialog box, enter search criteria:

    Data To Find



    Files and folders

    On the Filter tab:

    1. Enter the file name in the File Name box.
    2. Enter the location to search for the file in the Search within these folders box. To limit the search to specific volumes, include the drive letter when specifying the location.

    You can use the following wildcards to specify the pattern of file names, folders, and virtual machines.

    • * for any number of characters (for example, Accounting*)
    • ? for any one character (for example, user_group?)
    • [] for a range of characters (for example, [a-k]Lee)
    • [!] for a negation of a range of characters (for example, [!a-k] Lee)

    In a specific time range

    Click the Time Range tab. By default, the data backed up in last 60 days will be searched. You can specify the time range as follows:

    • Latest Backup - Select this option if you want to search only the data from the latest backup.
    • Absolute Time - Select this option and specify the time range. The data backed up in the specified time range will be searched.
    • Relative Time - Select this option and specify number of days. The data backed up within the specified days will be searched.
  4. Click View Content.

    The files that match the criteria are displayed in the Search Results tab. Search results include only data that was obtained by a backup, and do not include data that is excluded by a filter or data that did not exist in a specified time frame.

  5. To add an item to the Selected Items tab, right-click a file or folder and select Add to Selected List.

    Adding items to the Selected Items tab enables you to recover only the selected items.

    Note: If you sort the Find results by clicking a column heading on the Search Results tab, any selections that you have made will be lost.

  6. To view a file version, right-click a file in the Search Results tab and select View All Versions.
  7. From the Search Results or Selected Items tab, click Recover All Selected.

    You can also right-click a file or folder from the search results and then select Restore.

  8. Specify the Staging Path.

Last modified: 4/5/2019 3:28:23 PM