PBS restore command syntax


Renowned Member
Mar 19, 2015
I am playing with restore command for PBS and I cannot seem to get it right. I have local LVM storage called "local1-SSD" where I am trying to restore.

proxmox-backup-client restore --repository username@pbs@ vm/1000/2023-08-13T23:00:39Z drive-virtio0.img.fidx /dev/local1-SSD/vm-1000-disk-0

When I execute it, it asks me for a password and then just stops or not seem to be doing anything. I checked the gui and there is no task restore during that time. is my syntax right ? I took the drive and vm info from the GUI task progress restore.

While at it , is there a plan to do GUI bulk restore the way backup GUI operates ? We are backing up and syncing between 2 proxmox backup servers hundreds of VMs to the backup location. It would be elegant if the GUI could provide that.

I see in the roadmap:
  • GUI restore improvements (including VMs) (done)
Is this by any chance bulk restore of multiple VMs ?

Thank you
you can use the high level qmrestore <archive-name> <vmid> --storage local1-SSD on Proxmox VE to restore the VM snapshot to the desired storage and VMID. The archive name you can get from pvesm list <pbs-storage-name>.

There is a feature request for bulk VM restore https://bugzilla.proxmox.com/show_bug.cgi?id=4438, please state your interest there and/or follow the development progress.


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