File System Indexing

You can instruct Veeam Agent for Linux to create an index of files and directories located on the Veeam Agent computer during backup. File indexing allows you to search for specific files inside Veeam Agent backups and perform 1-click restore in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

File indexing is enabled at the job level. You can specify granular indexing settings for each job.

File System IndexingIMPORTANT

Indexing mechanism does not recognize file exclusion masks. If you specify masks to exclude certain files in a file-level backup job, Veeam Agent for Linux will nevertheless index all files located in the directories that have been selected for backup.

For example, you have included the /home directory into the backup and specified the *.pdf exclusion mask. The Index everything option is enabled for the backup job. In this case, when you browse the resulting backup in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, PDF files will be displayed in the /home directory as if they were backed up.

Requirements for File System Indexing

  • Veeam Agent for Linux must have either Workstation or Server license installed.
  • The following utilities must be installed on the computer: gzip and tar (standard utilities for majority of Linux distributions). These utilities are provided along with the product in the product installation media.


File System IndexingNOTE

Consider the following:

  • File system indexing is optional. If you do not enable this option in the backup job settings, you will still be able to perform 1-click restore from the backup created with such backup job. For more information, see the Preparing for File Browsing and Restore section in the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager User Guide.
  • If SELinux is enabled in the Linux OS, file system indexing may fail.

Related Tasks

Creating Backup Jobs