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Web Xen Server Backup

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Ok guys,
finally i have some time to write what i have in mind, i’m starting a new project about xenserver backup.
The goal is to make a web interface for the backup and eventually for the restore of the vm.
Some feature i want to add:

  • Multiuser
  • ACL based
  • XMLRPC based
  • Scheduled backup
  • Extended notification
  • Multilanguage
  • Metadata backup
  • Data deduplication with lessfs or opendedup
  • Possibility to manage and take backup on every kind of storage (NAS,USB disk etc etc)
  • XVA can be downloaded everywhere
  • Cool interface
  • the interface can be installed everywhere as long the machine can communicate with xenserver

Ok this some of the feature i have in mind, more will come surely.
I will develop the project in PHP+Mysql+Js.

What do you think about?
What feature you want to be added?

Please comment so we can make some brainstorming and you can give me great idea, and of course if someone wanna help me or partecipate in this project it’s appreciated.



Written by pipposan

December 28, 2010 at 12:02

9 Responses

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  1. We use your script to backup xenservers – its great. The only issue we have/had is the snapshots take space and its not released. About to try it for first time on 5.6.


    Marc Singer

    January 8, 2011 at 19:34

  2. Maybe you could add this project to the XenseMaking Project (

    Luis Davim

    January 13, 2011 at 20:36

  3. Are you still developing this? I may be able to help with the development if you are interested, but will definitely test regardless.

    Andrew Giles

    February 25, 2011 at 18:20

    • Of course yes, i have an alpha release but need some more work , and i must finish some work (else i can’t eat :P) before continue to develop.
      But in a few week i will continue the develop i will inform you and you’re welcome for test the project.



      February 25, 2011 at 19:24

      • Sounds great! I am currently using the command line version of your backup routine and everything works great except one thing. When the backup is done there are quite a few virtual disks left on my san that aren’t attached to a vm. I have to go in an manually delete them. Were you aware of this issue and do you know how to resolve it?

        Andrew Giles

        February 25, 2011 at 19:29

  4. Would love to have a sensible backup utility for Xenserver that does not eat all my budget.

    Please contact me if you need any help.

    Eduardo Diaz

    March 23, 2011 at 20:18

  5. I may be able to help as well, as I have experience with PHP, MYSQL, JavaScript, Zend platform?

    Also, would love to know how to release the disk space after backup.

    Xin Chen

    May 15, 2011 at 12:29

    • look here

      i have quiet ready a beta release but i need some more time next you can help of course


      May 16, 2011 at 09:17

  6. How is the Web beta progressing, would love to try it out? Anything we can do to help?

    Frederik Bay

    September 12, 2011 at 11:48

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