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Signaling KVM/QEMU VM to quiesce, preparing for live backup

Assume a KVM/QEMU VM, which uses qcow/qcow2 as the image format for virtual disks. Backup is (to be) done on the VM host. As far as my current understanding goes is that while we can create backups ...
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Does the OSS Backup Solution amanda.org support sparse files?

I want to (or better have to) do Backups of my KVM Virtual Machine images. I have searched for days for a good Backup Soloution. I know amanda is a very good solution. It would be kinf if someone kenn ...
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Converting physical machine into virtual without shutdown it

I have to create virtual copy of existing server (for testing purpose). I have two (physical host) hosts: main - this one will be used as source for virtual machine disk image. It has standard ...
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Backing up qcow2 kvm guests

I can't find any good info on backing up qcow2 kvm guests. I'm not really interested in the guests running state, only the file system. This question suggests using savevm but that creates a snapshot ...
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Best practice with huge VM disks, NFS mount or huge image file?

I am looking into a backup solution, it will run on a virtual machine located at our KVM-host. The question is wether it is best to use a LVM-volume on the host and mount that with NFS into the guest ...
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Backup of KVM guests when using qcow2 disk files

I got a Ubuntu (hardy) system used for virtualization using KVM. Each guest got it's own qcow2 file used as disk. Guests are running Ubuntu (hardy). What would a good backup strategy be for such a ...