Open-E Knowledgebase

XenServer Backup and Restore using XenCenter.

Article ID: 1263
Last updated: 23 May, 2011

This can be done by taking a snapshot from xenserver itself and exporting it to a template.

This solution results in a file-based backup of a virtual machine. You can then re-import such vm easily via xencenter. The only thing it requires is some kind of storage to write backups to (cifs/nfs/usb hdd and such..) 

Keep in mind this can be slow, as you have to dump all data blocks that have been at least once written and not only currently used space.
For example a new vm with 20gb hdd and only 4gb used will most probably result in 4gb backup file, an old vm which had some writes done, will hit 20gb easily even if it still uses only 4gb of space.

More info can be found here:
http://www.andy-burton.co.uk/blog/index.php/2009-08/citrix-xenserver-automated-live-vm-backup-to-windows-cifs-share/

This article was:   Helpful | Not helpful Report an issue


Article ID: 1263
Last updated: 23 May, 2011
Revision: 1
Views: 6114
Posted: 23 May, 2011 by Rafinski G.
Updated: 23 May, 2011 by Rafinski G.
print  Print email  Subscribe email  Email to friend share  Share pool  Add to pool
Also listed in
folder Troubleshooting -> Software -> Backup problems

Prev     Next
BackupExec is not able to run differential backup (This is...       While performing backup with BackUp Exec 2013 open files are...

The Knowledge base is managed by Open-E data storage software company.