Using Global Search

Using the Global Search dashboard, search for items within the entire inventory of NAKIVO Backup & Replication, Transporters, Backup Repositories, jobs, backups, and replicas.

When the multi-tenant mode is enabled, Global Search will operate within a specific tenant. For more information about multi-tenancy in NAKIVO Backup & Replication, please consult with the following resources:

Opening Global Search

To open Global Search, click the Search icon in the main toolbar of the application. The Global Search dashboard opens with the Infrastructure tab selected by default.

Running Global Search

Click the Search button and enter your search string into the search box. The search results are immediately returned in the form of a list.

By default, your search results are non-filtered. This means that the search is applied to all categories of NAKIVO Backup & Replication objects that are enabled by default.


To fine-tune search results, you can use the following wildcards:

  • "?" representing a single character.

    "*" representing zero or more characters.

Please note the following:

  • Search is case insensitive.

  • Search results are grouped by categories.

Filtering Search Results

To narrow your search results, you can deselect some of the categories listed in the Infrastructure tab:

  • Backups

  • Replicas

  • Jobs & Groups

  • Protected Items

  • Unprotected Items

  • Backup Repositories

  • Transporters

  • VM agents

  • Physical Machine Agents

  • Tape cartridges

  • Tape devices

The filtered search results are displayed immediately as the search results list.

To get back to the default filtering settings, first click Deselect all and then Select all below the categories list.

Applying Bulk Action

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication Global Search, you can apply a bulk action to objects belonging to the same category and of the same type.

Proceed as follows to apply a bulk action:

  1. In the search result list, select similar objects.

  2. The Bulk Action button becomes active in the upper right corner of the dialog. Click Bulk Action.

  3. A dialog opens with the list of actions applicable to the selected items. To proceed with the necessary action, click the corresponding item in the list of actions.

Bulk actions are not applicable to NAKIVO Backup & Replication dissimilar objects.

Searching Indexed Files

To search for a file or folder, switch to the Files tab. Click the Search button and enter your search string into the search box.

The Search results pane displays a progress bar (displayed when scanning is enabled only) and the results of the search.


You must enable File System Indexing for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V backup jobs to allow the search for specific files and folders inside a VM backup.

You can also narrow your search results in the Files tab. To do that, click the gear icon next to Files & Folders to open the Select location popup.

Open the date picker dropdown and set the needed search range by navigating between the From and To panes.

Click Apply to filter the search results.

The index of the following items included in the backup job is compressed and recorded into the Director file storage to be returned as Global Search results:

  • File name

  • File extension

  • File path

  • Linked recovery point

  • Disk label on OS level

    • Windows OSs: disk name is a drive letter of volume disk (e.g. C, D, E, F, etc.)

    • Linux OSs: disk name is a block device name of disk (e.g: /dev/sda1, /dev/sdb2, etc.).

Viewing Object Info

To view info on a specific object available in the search result, select the object.

A dialog opens displaying object info, along with the list of typical actions applicable to the object.

Viewing Group Info

To view information about a specific group available in the search result, select the group.

A dialog opens displaying group info, along with the list of typical actions applicable to it.