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VM Backup & Restore

Available as of v0.3.0

VM backups are created from the Virtual Machines page. The VM backup volumes will be stored in the Backup Target (an NFS or S3 server), and they can be used to either restore a new VM or replace an existing VM. vm-backup.png


A backup target must be set up. For more information, see Configure Backup Target. If the backup target has not been set, you’ll be prompted with a message to do so.

Configure Backup Target

A backup target is an endpoint used to access a backup store in Harvester. A backup store is an NFS server or S3 compatible server that stores the backups of VM volumes. The backup target can be set at Settings > backup-target.

Parameter Type Description
Type string Choose S3 or NFS
Endpoint string A hostname or an IP address. It can be left empty for AWS S3.
BucketName string Name of the bucket
BucketRegion string Region of the bucket
AccessKeyID string A user-id that uniquely identifies your account
SecretAccessKey string The password to your account
Certificate string Paste to use a self-signed SSL certificate of your S3 server
VirtualHostedStyle bool Use VirtualHostedStyle access only; e.g., Alibaba Cloud (Aliyun) OSS

Create a VM backup

  1. Once the backup target is set, go to the Virtual Machines page.
  2. Click Take Backup of the VM actions to create a new VM backup.
  3. Set a custom backup name and click Create to create a new VM backup. create-backup.png

Result: The backup is created. You will receive a notification message, and you can also go to the Advanced > Backups page to view all VM backups.

The ReadyToUse status will be set to true once the Backup is complete.

Users can either choose to restore a new VM or replace an existing VM using this backup.

Restore a new VM using a backup

To restore a new VM from a backup, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Backups page.
  2. Specify the new VM name and click Create.
  3. A new VM will be restored using the backup volumes and metadata, and you can access it from the Virtual Machines page. restore-vm.png

Replace an Existing VM using a backup

You can replace an existing VM using the backup with the same VM backup target.

You can choose to either delete or retain the previous volumes. By default, all previous volumes are deleted.

Requirements: The VM must exist and is required to be in the powered-off status.

  1. Go to the Backups page.
  2. Click Create.

The restore process can be viewed from the Virtual Machines page.