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Oracle Linux: How to Backup and Restore KVM-based Virtual Machine (VM) Guests (Doc ID 2828425.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 16, 2022

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 7.0 and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Version N/A and later
Linux x86-64


This document describes how to back up and restore KVM-based Virtual Machine (VM) guests [running under Oracle Linux 7/8] using the virsh command line utility.

The process is recommended for standard VM images created using .qcow, .qcow2, etc. file formats.

This document is not recommended for OLVM environments.

The terms Virtual Machine (VM), guest, and domain are used interchangeably throughout the document.


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