5 1 0: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. Single file restore (SFR) is NOT supported.

Key features

  • Restoring Proxmox VMs is simple, guided, and similar to a regular file system restore. Note that you can only restore one VM at a time. Restoring a single file is not supported.
  • There are two ways to restore your Proxmox VMs/CTs in SEP sesam: via the GUI restore wizard or via the web Restore Assistant. Although most options are the same in both restore interfaces, the web Restore Assistant interface is more intuitive and offers additional advanced options.

Restore options

  • Restore of complete VMs and their configuration.
  • Restore of VM configuration.
  • Restore into new VM instances.


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

  • To successfully restore a Proxmox backup, all preparation steps must be performed properly. For details, see Proxmox VE Backup.
  • Depending on what you want to restore, make sure you have sufficient restore permissions and access rights. For details, see User Roles and Permissions.
  • Make sure that there is enough free space on the target system where you want to restore your data.

Restoring a Proxmox VM

Depending on the interface you are using, follow the appropriate procedure to restore a Proxmox VM:

VM restore via the GUI

Create a new restore task for the VM you want to restore. You can restore only one VM at a time. 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 the 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. 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 Saved in period, specify the time frame for which you want to conduct the search. Click Next.

  4. The search results are displayed. From the list of savesets that match your query, select the task you want to restore. Click Next.

  5. Review your restore task configuration and set additional options if needed.
    • The details of the selected saveset are displayed in the top row. The name of the restore task is automatically generated in the Restore task name field. You can edit the name and add a comment below.
    • The Restore with new VM name option is set automatically. The target VM will be created under a new name which will be known after the restore.
    • Click the drop-down list Change VM target selection if you want to change the target server to which the data will be restored. To restore a task from a cluster to another standalone server, select the appropriate Proxmox target node.
    • Under VM restore options, you can select a data mover, if required. You can also define to start or NOT to start a virtual machine after restore.
    • Expand the Optional data source selection if you want to fine-tune your restore by selecting:
        • Preferred media pool: From the drop-down list of available media pools, select the source media pool to restore from.
        • Used media | barcode: From the drop-down list of available media, select the source media to restore from.
        • Optionally, select the Drive number of the drive that will be used to read the data.
        • The Interface field shows the SEP sesam Server or RDS with the attached data storage that contains the selected saveset.
    The Expert Options button for specifying advanced restore options is available only in advanced UI mode (formerly expert GUI mode). To use Expert Options, make sure your UI mode is set to advanced. For details, see Selecting UI mode.
    Click Next.

  6. In the final step of the restore wizard, you can review all the settings of your restore task. You can also edit the settings using the Change Selection button. If you want to start the 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.

VM restore via the Restore Assistant

You can access the Restore Assistant in one of the following ways:

  • via the GUI: by clicking the Restore Assistant icon in the toolbar or from Activities -> Restore Assistant
  • from SEP sesam Web UI: left menu -> Restore Assistant
  • or by entering the following address in the browser bar: http://[sesamserver]:11401/sep/ui/restore/.
  • If you cannot access the web Restore Assistant, check that you have been given the appropriate permissions for online restore.
  • The operations and options available after login may differ depending on the user type. Other Web UI display restrictions may depend on the custom roles with specific permissions and the UI mode.
    For details, see About Authentication and Authorization and User Roles and Permissions.

The following steps are performed in simple UI mode. They cover the most common restore cases and are the recommended method for performing a restore. For more experienced users, some additional restore options are available in advanced restore mode. For details, see Restoring VMs in advanced UI mode.

  1. Open the Restore Assistant in the browser.
  2. In the start window, select Proxmox VE and click Next.

  3. In the Virtual Machine window, under Selection of the server, select your Proxmox server to restore your data to.
    Then, under Selection of the virtual machine select the VM you want to restore and click Next.

  4. In the Task window, under Task selection, select your source backup task.
    Under Backup selection, select the exact backup version you want to restore. Note that Generation restore is selected by default. You can use the calendar function in the upper right corner to set a date range for the displayed backups.
    Click Next.

  5. In the Target window, under Target selection, select your target environment for the restore. You can use the drop-down list to select the target Proxmox VE server. Note that the target VM will be created under a new name. The name will be known after the restore.
  6. Click Next.

  7. Modify or set additional restore options under the Virtualization restore options:
  8. Recovery options: Specify whether or not to start the VM after restore.
    Under Target options of the virtual machine select PVE Storage (Proxmox VE) from the drop-down list. Click Next.
  9. In the last step, check the summary of your restore task (restore type (based on task type, selected backup, its date and details, restore options, etc.) and click Start restore.

Monitoring restore

You can monitor the restore progress using the Web UI (Monitoring -> Restores) or view the status in the GUI (Main Selection -> Job State -> Restores). The restore overview provides detailed information on the last run of restore jobs, including task name, status (successful, error, in queue...), start and stop time of the last backup, data size, throughput, etc. For details, see SEP sesam Web UI or Restores by State in the GUI.

See also

Restore AssistantStandard Restore ProcedureProxmox VE Backup

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