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[Xen-users] FW: Xen Backups

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  • From: "James Alspach" <jalspach@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 16:55:34 -0700
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  • Thread-topic: Xen Backups


How do most people backup their VM’s?  I understand that the suggested method right now is to install your backup client just as you would if you were backing up a physical server.  It just feels like you should be able to snapshot the entire VM instead of worrying about just the data.

For instance, how difficult it would be to script taking a VM offline, exporting it and then bringing it back online.  To me this sounds like a good way to backup your VM’s  (as long as you can stand them being offline for some amount of time while they export).  If you could back up this way recovering from a disaster should be fairly painless. Just reinstall Xensource, hook it back up to the SAN and import the VM’s…done.  What am I missing? Is it the size of the VM’s that keeps this from being viable?


Thanks for your help;







James Alspach
Systems Analyst II

Shasta County Office of Education

1644 Magnolia avenue

Redding, California

(530) 225-0293


IT Hotline: 225-0279



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