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Article ID: 113790, created on Apr 28, 2012, last review on Jun 17, 2016

  • Applies to:
  • Virtuozzo
  • Virtuozzo containers
  • Virtuozzo hypervisor
  • Virtual Automation


Server virtualization products use Virtual Automation (VA) for standard backup and restore operations.

Virtual Automation Agent (VA Agent) provides backup and restore tools and an API for the particular Hardware Node it is installed on.

Virtual Automation Management Node (VA MN) provides a centralized backup and restore API for all nodes registered in the VA group.

This article describes the backgrounds of the backup and restore processes, the server roles in the backup and restore processes, and common terms used in VA.

Server roles

Generally, there are three roles in a backup or restore process:

A single server can handle all three roles in the case of a local backup.

Backup scenarios

Scenario Roles Example
Local backup of mypvcserver

Virtualization node: mypvcserver


vzabackup -F mypvcserver -e CTID
Locally initiated backup to the remote storage

Virtualization node: myvpcserver

Backup storage node: remotestorage

Control node: myvpcserver

vzabackup --storage root@remotestorage localhost -e CTID
Backup initiated from the storage server

Virtualization node: myvpcserver

Backup storage node: remotestorage

Control node: myvpcserver

vzabackup -F mypvcserver
Backup of the server to remote storage initiated by the third server

Virtualization node: myvpcserver

Backup storage node: remotestorage

Control node: myvpcserver

vzabackup --storage root@remotestorage -F mypvcserver -e CTID

Backup tools and interfaces

  • Graphical
    1. VA Control Center - The web interface of VA MN, allowing you to manage backups for all Hardware Nodes in the VA group.
    2. Power Panel - The web interface for managing a particular container. A backup initiated from the Power Panel is performed according to the local settings of the Hardware Node the container is hosted on.
    3. Parallels Management Console (obsolete) - A graphical tool shipped with older versions of Virtuozzo containers. This allows you to perform backup and restore operations across registered nodes.
  • Command-line

    1. vzabackup\vzarestore - CLI interface to VA Agent Backup API methods.
    2. vzbackup\vzrestore (obsolete) - CLI interface to TAR-based backup. This does not require VA Agent to be running.

      NOTE: On Virtuozzo containers for Windows, this is in the form of another wrapper on the vzabackup\vzarestore tool.

  • API
    1. Backup interfaces of VA Management Node XML API.
    2. Backup interfaces of VA Agent via SOAP and XML API.

Backup backend

Virtuozzo provides two backends for backup files:

  1. One that is compatible with Acronis Backup and Restore (default)
  2. One that is compatible with TAR.

The backup engine backend can be switched in the VA Agent configuration file:

  1. Edit the VA Agent configuration file:




  2. Change the backend value to 0 for Acronis-compatible, or 1 for TAR-based:

    • vzlin_backup_serializer (for pre-VA 4.6.4 nodes):

    • vzlin_backup_serializer11 (for VA 4.6.4 and later versions):

  3. Restart VA Agent:

    ~# pvaagent restart

Additional information

How to increase VA Agent timeouts for backup operations

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