Backups are a requirement for any sensible IT deployment, and Proxmox VE provides a fully integrated solution, using the capabilities of each storage and each guest system type. This allows the system administrator to fine tune via the mode option between consistency of the backups and downtime of the guest system. Backups can be started via the GUI or via the vzdump command line tool.
Before a backup can run, a backup storage must be defined. Refer to the Storage documentation on how to add a storage. A backup storage must be a file level storage, as backups are stored as regular files. In most situations, using a NFS server is a good way to store backups.
You can save those backups later to a tape drive, for off-site archiving. Backup jobs can be scheduled so that they are executed automatically on specific days and times, for selectable nodes and guest systems. There are several ways to provide consistency option modedepending on the guest type. This mode provides the highest consistency of the backup, at the cost of a short downtime in the VM operation. It works by executing an orderly shutdown of the VM, and then runs a background Qemu process to backup the VM data.
After the backup is started, the VM goes to full operation mode if it was previously running. Consistency is guaranteed by using the live backup feature. This mode is provided for compatibility reason, and suspends the VM before calling the snapshot mode.
Since suspending the VM results in a longer downtime and does not necessarily improve the data consistency, the use of the snapshot mode is recommended instead. This mode provides the lowest operation downtime, at the cost of a small inconsistency risk. It works by performing a Proxmox VE live backup, in which data blocks are copied while the VM is running.
If the guest agent is enabled agent: 1 and running, it calls guest-fsfreeze-freeze and guest-fsfreeze-thaw to improve consistency. Stop the container for the duration of the backup. This potentially results in a very long downtime. This mode uses rsync to copy the container data to a temporary location see option --tmpdir. Then the container is suspended and a second rsync copies changed files. After that, the container is started resumed again. This results in minimal downtime, but needs additional space to hold the container copy.Scheduled backups with Proxmox Part 1: How to backup virtual machines locally
Use of a local tmpdir is also required if you want to backup a local container using ACLs in suspend mode if the backup storage is an NFS server. This mode uses the snapshotting facilities of the underlying storage. First, the container will be suspended to ensure data consistency.
Finally, the temporary snapshot is deleted again. Newer versions of vzdump encode the guest type and the backup time into the filename, for example.Hello together, hello ryecoaaron.
ZFS backups on Proxmox with ZnapZend
I know borg backup and I really like its principles and how it handles things but I've ever been too lazy to learn its terminal foo. So I'd like to use this plugin. My question is now: This plugin seems to exist for some time now and there are no open bug reports on github. Whats the reason for it being in testing repo only? Thanks a lot man! It popped up in my servers backup section.
Will try it in the evening. Aside from that the website looks a bit outdated. Are those website entries auto generated or manually?
According to these websites borgbackup is still in testing but not in stable. At the same time the website says there are some 'old' versions in testing and newer ones in stable. Didn't compare the testing website to real testing repo as I don't have this activated.
No offense, I'm just curious: Why don't you remove the outdated versions from testing? In my experience from other projects testing repos are mostly used for unstable bleeding edge stuff. Seems to be the other way around here. There seems to be a bug in the script that checks the repos daily and updates the site. What difference does it make? Removing packages has some weird behaviors especially with Bintray where it won't rewrite the release file causing problems.
Do you have an example? Just because a stable plugin is in the testing repo doesn't mean testing plugins are in the stable repo. New plugins don't get created very often.
So, I think that statement is incorrect. Ok, I lost the battle against multi citation I didn't know bintray. I'm not an repository expert but I thought that it makes sense that package versions in 'testing' should be at least as new as in 'stable' because - you know - "first ship it to the testers and if nobody complains copy it to 'stable'.
Why would anyone want to test an old version when a newer one is in stable? But I agree. For small changes this two step procedure might be overkill - especially when done manually. So 'testing' here means just for development of new plugins and once a plugin made it to 'main' all further changes are pushed directly to the users?
The testing repo is for testing plugins. Testing can mean a new plugin -or- a plugin with significant changes. Changes after 4. Hence why there is a newer version in the stable repo. My goal is to always have stable plugins in the stable repo. It is very possible for the testing repo to have stable plugins but it is not guaranteed.I found a nice tool for managing snapshots and replication of ZFS datasets.
I needed something like this for my Proxmox server. Getting ZnapZend to play nice with a fresh Proxmox box is a bit of a pain, so read on to learn how to do it.
I did some reading about tools that can manage ZFS snapshots and backups on a Linux host. ZnapZend sticks out because it supports managing snapshots and their age for multiple datasets and can also manage the replication to both local and remote ZFS backup targets.
On top of that, it has mbuffer support built in. ZnapZend seems to have everything covered. The official documentation can be found here on GitHub. This solution combines Syncoid with zfs-auto-znapshot and monit. Time to see how this stuff actually works. I am using a Proxmox server for this.
For this setup I am using 2 spare 1 TB disks that can be tested with. They contain a ZFS pool that mirrors the disks. This mount point will contain general file based data in the future. I want to protect the data in this dataset using a combination of ZFS snapshots and replication.
There is no up to date Debian package for ZnapZend, which means that the only option is to build the software yourself. Proxmox does not come with compilers out of the box and is also missing some other dependencies. We have to prepare the environment first, then download and build the ZnapZend software, to finish it off with setting up the environment and performing the configuration. It turns out these steps result in a successful install of ZnapZend. The main binaries you will interact with are now located here:.
You can now run static ZnapZend commands. Try out the following to see if your software actually installed correctly and gives you a result:. The configuration gets stored with each dataset. The best practice is to be as granular as possible and only use ZnapZend for the deepest datasets, not for datasets or pools containing other datasets.
The easiest configuration creates only local snapshots with no replication. The example I used for testing looks like this:. With a schedule ZnapZend calls it a plan in place for at least one dataset, ZnapZend can be called to test the validity of the schedule you just configured:.
If successful, this command creates some test output simulating a run of the ZnapZend configuration. You can view the configured plans using this command:.
Deleting the plan for a dataset can be done with the following command. The next step is to configure the system to use ZnapZend as a service. Debian uses systemd, so the following procedure found here applies. Copy the sample configuration for systemd from the ZnapZend code to the systemd directoy:.
The pid location and the ExecStart path are tailored to our Proxmox environment in the preceding example code. Now enable the ZnapZend service, start it and check out the status:. If everything went well so far, the status output should include this:. If you change the configuration while the ZnapZend daemon is already running, the daemon needs to reload its configuration, so run the following command:.Today, 15 Aprilthere are articles available.
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But the plugin falls short under my point of view. Yes, we can configure repos and launch backup tasks, but we have no other kind of information about the repos. For example we do not know how much space we are using in the repos, nor the compressed and deduped size they are taking.
And lot of stuff must be done from the command line mounting a given archive not the full repo for example. Regarding the actual 'Archives' tab, I think this shouls be named Jobs or Tasks because it defines the jobs or taks to get done not the archives that are created. The actual archives are listed when you click the 'List' button not when you go the the archives tab. And there should exist a new 'Archives' tab that listed all the archives that we have in each repo with its original, compressed and deduped size at the very least as we get from the info borg query.
This listing should be in a collapsable panel hanging over the corresponding repo entry the repo they belong to. And it is here where we should have the 'mount' command to mount a given archive and not the whole repo the full mount still can be useful nonetheless. So I tried to achieve something of this by myself. I managed to rename the 'Archives' tab and all the related code and have a functional 'Jobs' tab. This was easy as you only have to go to all the related files that someone else's has already worked out and they are only in two places so nothing to be proud of.
Now comes the difficult part that is to build a whole new tab with the actual archives info.
And this is where I am stuck. I do not know enough ExtJS nor OMV programming model to know how to make this collapsable listing nor to make the borg calls nor to fill up the data structures to hold the data to be presented. Mostly this should be what the 'List' button does for a repo but presented in its own tab. So I request your help. I have seen that you folks are quite helpful and supportive so may be that it could be possible to improve this plugin and make it truly useful to make it easy for an admin to publish an archive contents to a SMB share without needing to go SSH.
And if this is not possible or of any interest for anyone thanks anyway for your time and for having developed such a good product for all of us. When I created the plugin that I don't actually use, I tried to use the same labels that the documentation used.Forums New posts Search forums.
But now I've setup a Proxmox test machine and I've found the integrated VM backup feature which looks very interesting to me. Did a short test with a Linux guest, which worked flawlessly.