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Re: [Xen-users] Xen Project backup

Personally I take regular snapshots of the PV VM’s to a second ext4 RAID array 
on the server. They are then copied away from the server to separate networked 

As for the physical VM host - that OS gets backed up using clonezilla when all 
VM’s and the server are offline.


Keith Roberts 

On 9 Sep 2015, at 13:35, Simon Hobson <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Colin Durrant <colin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> We have a Xen Project environment sitting on scientific linux 6. Can I get 
>> some advice on backing up options please?
>> What are people using / doing to backup their own systems?
> Ah now there's a question where you can ask 10 admins and get 12 different 
> answers !
> Personally, I treat each system (host and each guest) just the same as if 
> they were separate standalone boxes - they are all Linux & PV, and almost all 
> Debian. So each one uses rsync to sync it's current filesystem to a 
> centralised backup - that gives me a fast backup and an easy "first line" for 
> restores. I then use StoreBackup to make multiple space efficient backups of 
> that rsync repository.
> Some people prefer to do backups from the host, especially if using file 
> backed storage for the VMs rather than block device storage. This does mean 
> care is needed to get a consistent backup, and it also means restoring a 
> whole storage file before you can mount it and access individual files within 
> it.
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