4 4 3 Beefalo:Proxmox VE Restore

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SEP sesam enables you to restore individual VMs that were backed up from a Proxmox server or cluster. Only one VM can be restored at a time and no single file restore is supported.

The restore of virtual machines (VMs) is quite similar to a regular file system restore. There are two ways to restore your Proxmox VE virtual machines (VMs) in SEP sesam: by using GUI restore wizard (described below) or through the web interface Restore Assistant. Even though most of the options are the same in both restore interfaces, the web Restore Assistant interface is designed to be more intuitive and offers additional advanced options. However, it cannot be used for scheduling restore, as scheduling is only supported in the GUI mode. For details, see Restore Assistant.

In the GUI, the restore is triggered from the Menu bar -> Activities -> Restore. The restore wizard guides you through the process of restoring your data. For step-by-step procedure, see Standard Restore Procedure.

To successfully restore a Proxmox backup, all preparation steps must be performed properly. For details, see Proxmox VE Backup.

SEP sesam Proxmox integration advantages

  • Online backup of running VMs/CTs using snapshot technology.
  • Online backup of VM/CT configuration.
  • Restore of complete VMs and their configuration.
  • Restore of VM configuration.
  • Restore into new VM instances.


Before you perform Proxmox restore, make sure that the following prerequisites are met:

  • Depending on what you want to restore, make sure that you have the proper restore permissions and access rights.
  • Make sure that there is sufficient free space on the target system to which you are restoring your data.

Restoring a Proxmox VM

Create a new restore task for the VM you want to restore. For details on how to configure a restore task and a description of different restore options, see Standard Restore Procedure. Only Proxmox-specific steps and options are described in this section.

  1. From the SEP sesam GUI menu bar, select Activities -> Restore. The New Restore Task window opens.
  2. Select what you want to restore. You can search savesets by task name or by filename or path.
    • When searching by task name, use the drop-down list of available tasks and select the one you want to restore from. This option is selected by default.
    • If you are searching by filename/path, select the option Filename or path in saveset and enter your search expression in the search pattern field.
  3. From the drop-down list under the Saved in period, specify the time frame for which you want to conduct the search. Click Next.
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  5. The search results are displayed. From the list of savesets matching your query, select the task you want to restore. Click Next.
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  7. The Select Files dialog is skipped because Proxmox VE does not support single file restore.
  8. Review your restore task configuration and set additional options if necessary.
    • Details of the selected saveset are displayed at the top and at the bottom (Optional data source selection) of the window. The name of the restore task is automatically generated in the Restore task name field. You can edit the name and insert a comment below.
    • The Restore with new VM name option is selected automatically; this means that the target VM will be created under a new name which will be known after the restore.
    • The Target node drop-down list shows the target server to which the data will be restored. To restore a task from a cluster to a different standalone server, select the appropriate Proxmox target node.
    • Under the VM restore options, you can select a data mover, if required. You can also define if you want to start a virtual machine after restore or not.
    • The Drive field shows the drive with backed up data.
    • The Interface field shows the server (RDS server or SEP sesam Server) with the attached data storage containing the selected saveset.
  9. Click the Expert options button if you want to specify additional restore settings (e.g., to modify the log level, define the pre/post script for restore, or use As path backup option if you want to restore your data directly to the file system). For details, see the Restore wizard.
    Information sign.png Note
    As of v. 4.4.3. Beefalo, the Expert Options button for specifying advanced restore options is only available in the Expert UI mode. It is not available for users that run the GUI in Basic or Advanced mode. In the latter case, if you want to access the Expert Options you first have to change the Basic/Advanced UI mode to Expert, as described in Selecting UI mode.
  10. Click Next.

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  11. In the final step of the restore wizard, you can review all the settings of your restore task. You can also edit the settings by using Change Selection button. If you want to start your restore immediately, click Start. If you want to save the restore task, click Save.

A restore task can be scheduled like any other task. If you want to add a restore task to the schedule, see Scheduling Restore.

You can view the status of your restore jobs by selecting Job State -> Restores from the Main Selection. Restore overview provides detailed information on the last run of restore jobs, including the task name, status (successful, error, in a queue ...), start and stop time of the last backup, data size, throughput, client and message.

As of 4.4.3 Beefalo V2, you can also monitor the restore progress using the Web UI. For details, see SEP sesam Web UI.