Useful Proxmox Commands & Links

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 -

Command to list the running VPSs in a node

# vzlist

Command to list running and stopped VPSs in an node. This command lists all (running and stopped) the VPSs in a node.

# vzlist -a

To start a VPS

# vzctl start CTID

To stop or shutdown a VPS

# vzctl stop CTID

To view the status of a VPS

# vzctl status CTID

To restart a VPS

# vzctl restart CTID

To enter a VPS

# vzctl enter CTID

Delete a container

# vzctl destroy CTID

Suspending a container

# vzctl suspend CTID

Set hostname for a Server

# vzctl set CTID --hostname New_hostname --save

Add new IP to VPS

# vzctl set CTID --ipadd xx.xx.xx.xx --save

Delete IP from VPS

# vzctl set CTID --ipdel xx.xx.xx.xx --save

Reset root password of a VPS

# vzctl set CTID --userpasswd root:new_password --save

To add NameServer IPs to VPS

# vzctl set CTID --nameserver xx.xx.xx.xx --save

Executes commands for a container from node

# vzctl exec CTID command


# vzctl exec 110 df -h
# vzctl exec 101 df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/simfs 130G 89G 27G 78% /
none 8.0G 4.0K 8.0G 1% /dev
none 8.0G 0 8.0G 0% /dev/shm

To check the resource usages

# vzcalc -v CTID


# vzcalc -v 110
# vzcalc -v 101
Resource Current(%) Promised(%) Max(%)
Low Mem 1.53 182706895112.42 182706895112.42
Total RAM 33.79 n/a n/a
Mem + Swap 1.73 38695649865149.61 n/a
Alloc. Mem 2.95 38695649865149.61 38695649865149.61
Num. Proc 0.05 n/a 2395786836523892.00
Memory 33.79 38695649865149.61 2395786836523892.00

Restoring from a template

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

If PCT Doesn’t work, use LXC commands to control containers

Reboot the container

lxc-stop -n containerNameHere -r

To reboot the container called myhttpd, enter:

lxc-stop -n myhttpd -r

Shut down and kill the container (hard kill)

The syntax is:

lxc-stop -n containerNameHere -k


lxc-stop -n containerNameHere --kill

To forcefully kill and shut down the container called myhttpd, enter:

lxc-stop -n myhttpd -k

To wait TIMEOUT (say 180) seconds before hard-stopping the container, enter:

lxc-stop -n myhttpd -k -t 180


lxc-stop -n myhttpd -k --timeout 180

Clean shutdown (recommended)

The following syntax only request a clean shutdown, do not kill the container tasks if the clean shutdown fail:

lxc-stop -n containerNameHere --nokill
lxc-stop -n myhttpd --nokill

A note about timeouts: To avoid waiting up to 60 seconds and simply perform the requestion action (reboot, shutdown, or hard kill) and exit, pass the -W option:
## hard kill ##

lxc-stop -W -n containerNameHere -k

## reboot ##

lxc-stop -W -n containerNameHere -r

To list only running containers, enter:

lxc-ls --fancy --running

To list only stopped containers, enter:

lxc-ls --fancy --stopped

To list both stopped and running containers on the system, enter:

lxc-ls –fancy

Import Disk

qm importdisk <vmid> yourimage.qcow2 namestoragepool


qm importdisk 101 fileserver.qcow2 local-lvm


Cluster control

Cluster Manager


Resize Disk