Restore a Payara Server Domain

Overview on restoring a Payara Server domain

Restoring a Domain

To restore from a backup the asadmin restore-domain command is used:

asadmin restore-domain --filename ${name} --backupdir /path/to/backup/directory myDomain

This command will restore just the domain named in the command.

Since instances are stored separately to each domain (and may be on remote hosts), the command will have no effect on instances.

Restoring an Instance

Since all data in an instance directory is kept in sync with the DAS, there is no added data (besides logs, caches and some MQ data when a file-based store is used) and an instance can be completely restored simply by making sure there is an empty directory with the name of the instance inside a node folder of the correct name.

For example: payara41/nodes/localhost-localdomain/myInstance

Running the start-local-instance command with a full sync, as discussed earlier, will restore the instance completely:

asadmin start-local-instance --sync=full myInstance

Considerations for OpenMQ

If OpenMQ (Payara Server’s JMS broker) is being used, the default configuration is to use EMBEDDED mode, meaning that Payara Server will fully manage the JMS broker within the same JVM as the server instance and a file-based store is used for persistent messages.

The alternative option of LOCAL allows for the use of an “enhanced” broker cluster, whereby the JMS broker instances are started as separate JVMs and use a database connection for storage. Assuming the database is highly available, this completely avoids any danger when needing to --sync=full the instance.

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