[pve-devel] [PATCH docs 1/2] vzdump: add section about live-restore

Stefan Reiter s.reiter at proxmox.com
Thu Apr 22 10:25:06 CEST 2021

Signed-off-by: Stefan Reiter <s.reiter at proxmox.com>

As discussed off-list, the vzdump section in general seems a bit misorganized,
and is certainly missing some references to PBS. Dylan agreed to take a look at
it, thanks again for that!

 vzdump.adoc | 28 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 28 insertions(+)

diff --git a/vzdump.adoc b/vzdump.adoc
index 9453684..0577a97 100644
--- a/vzdump.adoc
+++ b/vzdump.adoc
@@ -337,6 +337,34 @@ per configured storage, this can be done with:
 # pvesm set STORAGEID --bwlimit restore=KIBs
+Restoring a large backup can take a long time, in which a guest is still
+unavailable. For VM backups stored on a Proxmox Backup Server, this wait
+time can be mitigated using the live-restore option.
+Enabling live-restore via either the checkbox in the GUI or the `--live-restore`
+property for `qmrestore` causes the VM to start immediately as the restore
+begins. Data is copied in the background, chunks that the VM is actively
+accessing are prioritized.
+Note that this comes with two caveats:
+* During live-restore, the VM will operate with limited disk read speeds, as
+  data has to be loaded from the backup server (once loaded it is immediately
+  available on the destination storage however, so accessing data twice only
+  incurs the penalty the first time). Write speeds are largely unaffected.
+* If the live-restore fails for any reason, the VM will be left in an
+  unspecified state - that is, not all data might have been copied from the
+  backup, and it is _most likely_ not possible to keep any data that was written
+  during the failed restore operation.
+This mode of operation is especially useful for large VMs, where only a small
+amount of data is required for initial operation, e.g. web servers - once the OS
+and necessary services are started, the VM is already operational, while the
+background task keeps copying seldomly used data.

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