How do I backup and restore VMs and CTs?


New Member
Sep 17, 2021
Some background information:
I have 1 server connecting 4 Proxmox Nodes. They were all on the 5.0 version, but I wanted to upgrade them to 6.1. I upgraded 1 node to 6.1 and I want to backup VMs from the other 3 nodes on the 5.0 version into the 6.0 version. I also do not have any internet access. I read that I have to do it externally, but I am having trouble on that.

Thanks in advance!


New Member
Sep 17, 2021

I went through it and I can backup successfully but when I attempt to restore from GUI or command line, I get the error of:

Job for rpc-statd.service failed because the control process exited with error code.
See "systemctl status rpc-statd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
mount.nfs: rpc.statd is not running but is required for remote locking.
TASK ERROR: mount error: mount.nfs: Either use '-o nolock' to keep locks local, or start statd.

To read on a previous forum that I should enable rpcbind.service so I ran the command:
systemctl enable rpcbind.service

Then I ran the command:
systemctl start rpcbind.service

I received the message:
Job for rpcbind.service failed because the control process exited with error code.
See "systemctl status" and "journalctl -xe" for details.

When I run "systemctl static":
rpcbind.service - RPC bind portmap service
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/rpcbind.service; enabled; vender preset: enabled)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Thu 2021-09-23 09:37P:00 CDT; 9s ago
Docs: man:rpcbind(8)
Process: 23439 ExecStart=/sbin/rpcbind -f $OPTIONS (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Main PID: 23439 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
rpcbind.service: Service restartSec=100ms expired scheduling start.
rpcbind.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 5.
Stopped RPC bind portmap service.
rpcbind.service: Start request repeated too quickly.
rpcbind.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Failed to start RPC bind portmap service.

I am unsure what to do at this stage. Backing up vms and cts works well, but restoring has just given me those errors as of now.
As a side note, I am running on root.

Thank you and I appreciate your help.


Proxmox Staff Member
Staff member
Feb 1, 2016
check the syslog / journal. there should be more information about why that service fails.

it seems the node is not able to mount your nfs server?


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