A backup is a virtual machine (VM) disk image that is used to restore it. You can create a backup on the cluster node where the source VM is located, or you can use external storage.


When a VM is deleted, its backups are deleted. To get a copy of the VM, which will be preserved after deleting the original VM, create a disk image. 

How to create a backup

To create a backup of a VM, enter Virtual machines → select the VM →MenuCreate backup copy:

  1. Select the Disk for which you want to create a copy.
  2. Select the Copy storage — an external storage or a Node where VM is located. For VMmanager to create a copy of the VM in the most vacant storage, use Select automatically.
  3. Specify the New copy name. By default, the copy name is:


    <vmname> — VM name

    <unixtime> — current UNIX time in ms

    E.g., misty_dichroite_backup_1590457814782.

  4. Specify a discretionary Note.

  5. Press Create a backup copy.

How to manage backups

Managing backups of an individual VM

To manage backups, enter Virtual machines → select the VM → menu → Images for recovery.

To recover a VM from a backup, press restore.

To delete a backup, press.

To change the name or note of the backup, press.

The list of backups in the VM card

Managing backups of all VMs

To manage, enter BackupsAll copies.

Press , to filter the list of backups by status, name, id, VM name, size or cluster node on which they are located.

To recover a VM from a backup, press Restore VM from backup.

To delete a backup, pressDelete.

To add a comment to a backup, pressAdd a comment.

“Backups” interface section

How user can create backups

If integration of VMmanager with BILLmanager is configured, you can allow users to create backups of their VMs. In this case, include storage for images into your BILLmanager tariff configuration. For more details, see the Tariff plan VMmanager 6 article in BILLmanager documentation. Users who buy storage for images will be able to create backups of the VMs.