To be able to view, search and restore machine guest files for Linux machines, you should take several preparatory steps as described below:
- If you want to enable Linux guest files indexing, use the corresponding machine backup job options (Index everything, Index everything except, or Index only following folders option). For more information, see the Indexing Options section of this guide and the VM Guest OS File Indexing section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
Starting with Veeam Backup & Replication v9, however, indexing is optional — you can browse and restore machine guest files from the restore points created without guest indexing. For more information, see Browsing Machine Backups for Guest OS Files and Performing 1-Click File Restore.
If you want Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager to display symbolic links to folders when browsing through the machine file system at 1-click file restore, then you should enable indexing in the backup job for that machine (running Linux or other non-Windows OS).
- For proper Linux file system indexing, Veeam Backup & Replication requires several utilities to be installed on the machine: mlocate, gzip, and tar. If these utilities are not found, you will be prompted to deploy them to support index creation.
- By default, guest files restore to the original location will be performed using the account specified in the corresponding machine backup job. If it does not have sufficient access to target machine, you will be prompted for the credentials. Specify user account and password with sufficient access rights.
For more information, see the Guest OS Credentials section of this guide and the Specify Guest Processing Settings section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
To perform Linux machine guest files restore, FLR helper appliance should be configured on the corresponding Veeam backup server (one that controls the backup job processing selected machine). For details on FLR helper configuration, please refer to the Restoring VM Guest OS Files (Multi-OS) section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. These settings are saved in Veeam Backup & Replication database on per-user basis; they will be applied each time the certain user starts Linux file-level restore.
When Linux guest file-level restore is then started from Enterprise Manager, FLR helper configuration settings are obtained from the database of the corresponding Veeam backup server. If no FLR helper configuration is found for current user account, Veeam Backup & Replication will use default settings (those set during the latest FLR appliance configuration process in Veeam backup console). Thus, before starting Linux machine file-level restore from Enterprise Manager, make sure that Linux FLR helper settings had been configured on Veeam backup server.
If you plan to deploy multiple FLR helper appliances in order to restore Linux machines backed up by different Veeam backup servers, their initial configuration should be performed on the corresponding Veeam backup servers. Centralized configuration with Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is not supported.