[pve-devel] [PATCH v2 docs 1/2] vzdump: add section about live-restore

Stefan Reiter s.reiter at proxmox.com
Thu Apr 22 14:21:27 CEST 2021

Signed-off-by: Stefan Reiter <s.reiter at proxmox.com>
Reviewed-by: Dylan Whyte <d.whyte at proxmox.com>
* Incorporate Dylan's review + R-b

Agreed with all suggestions, for both patches :)

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

diff --git a/vzdump.adoc b/vzdump.adoc
index 9453684..b8ea081 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`
+argument of `qmrestore` causes the VM to start as soon as the restore
+begins. Data is copied in the background, prioritizing chunks that the VM is
+actively accessing.
+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
+  undefined 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 have been started, the VM is operational, while the
+background task continues copying seldomly used data.

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