snapshot Archive

Hot backup for KVM / libvirt / Xen

Overview We use Xen server on our development server and I decided, it’s time I start making full snapshots of my VM’s. So far we’ve done data backup only, mainly because of storage limitations. Since we got the new server, I have much more disk space now, so I would like to backup whole VM’s.

LVM Snapshots

What’s purpose of LVM snapshot? Purpose of LVM snapshots is quite simple. We want “point in time” copy of our LV, and snapshot helps us with that, by writing only differences on the snapshot. Why would I do that? It’s ideal for backing up virtual machines or other servers during their operation, since snapshot takes