Useful Proxmox (LXC) Commands

Backup File Names

Newer versions of vzdump encode the guest type and the backup time into the filename, for example


That way it is possible to store several backup in the same directory. The parameter maxfiles can be used to specify the maximum number of backups to keep.


The resulting archive files can be restored with the following programs.

pct restore

Container restore utility

QemuServer restore utility


Simply dump guest 777 – no snapshot, just archive the guest private area and configuration files to the default dump directory (usually /var/lib/vz/dump/).

# vzdump 777

Use rsync and suspend/resume to create a snapshot (minimal downtime).

# vzdump 777 --mode suspend

Backup all guest systems and send notification mails to root and admin.

# vzdump --all --mode suspend --mailto root --mailto admin

Use snapshot mode (no downtime) and non-default dump directory.

# vzdump 777 --dumpdir /mnt/backup --mode snapshot

Backup more than one guest (selectively)

# vzdump 101 102 103 --mailto root

Backup all guests excluding 101 and 102

# vzdump --mode suspend --exclude 101,102

Restore a container to a new CT 600

# pct restore 600 /mnt/backup/vzdump-lxc-777.tar

Restore a QemuServer VM to VM 601

# qmrestore /mnt/backup/vzdump-qemu-888.vma 601

Clone an existing container 101 to a new container 300 with a 4GB root file system, using pipes

# vzdump 101 --stdout | pct restore --rootfs 4 300 -

Restoring from a template

#pct restore 103 vzdump-lxc-103-2016_03_15-06_09_03.tar.lzo --storage system_lvms