Virtualization makes another thing easier: complete, bare-metal backups. With this contributed package (vzdump), it is very easy to make backups of complete VE, sometimes with only little distruption.

Features:
  • Can send an e-mail when finished
  • Can compress the resulting tarball
  • Can selectively back up individual VE, or just all of them
  • Can use different method to make sure the snapshot is consistent (stop the VE, suspend the VE, LVM snapshot)
  • Restoring is very easy and the VEID can be different than the original
  • Can do differential backup using xdelta (not tested myself)

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