Proxmox VE 2 Container Virtualization or Full Machine Virtualization installation and setup.

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May 22, 2012 Linux No Comments

I was testing out this virtual solution as I am always interested to see how other company's setup virtualization. I have been using VMware and VirtualBox for a long time.

Of course the setup below it just a test setup and you can take it a lot farther then I have.


Proxmox VE 2


Reasons I like this software in no specific order.

1. Free (Open Source), can purchase support.

2. Clustering is easy to setup.

3. Based on Debian x86_64 OS

4. Container Virtualization (OpenVZ) or Full Machine Virtualization (KVM Redhat)

5. Migrations works well, can be on local disk or SAN for Container Virtualization and on the SAN only for Full Machine Virtualization.

6. Tested on Virtualbox and the Container Virtuals worked well with two hosts(virtuals).



Download from and download current image.


Install Proxmox 2

Boot from CD

1. Click on I agree for the Proxmox License Agreement.

2. Click Next

3. Choose your Country, Time zone and keyboard Layout and click Next

4. Enter a password and enter your email address, click Next

5. Setup your hostname with domain, enter ip address information and click Next

It should be installing your new Proxmox 2 server.

6. Reboot


Login and try setting up first Container Virtual.

Load a web browser and go to https://ip_address:8006 and except SSL Certificate.

Since we don't have any templates we will want to setup this first.

In the web interface click on local disk, click on the Content tab, click on Templates , choose a Template to download. Download.

Once the Template is downloaded then you can start making Container Virtuals.

1. Click on Create CT in the top right corner.

2. Type in a hostname and enter a password twice. Leave the rest as defaults. Click Next

3. Choose the template you just downloaded. Click Next

4. Leave resources at default, Click Next

5. Give it a ip_address in routed mode, Click Next

6. Setup the domain name and setup your dns servers ip_addresses, Click Next

7. Confirm settings and Click Finish

Click on X on the dialog box. Then click on Server (Hostname you setup for the Proxmox server early)

You should see your new Container Virtual. Click on your new server and in the top right corner click on Start, You now have a server running. You can SSH to this new server. Update the server, add more services etc. Play around and have fun.


Time Setup on Client Servers

Login to your client server

# rm /etc/localtime

# ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Eastern /etc/localtime or whatever your time zone is.



More important information below

Update a Proxmox VE 2 Server from

# aptitude update && aptitude full-upgrade && aptitude install resource-agents-pve


Cluster Proxmox VE 2 Server from

Create the Cluster on Proxmox1, make sure you don't have any virtuals created.

On your first server is the cluster.

# pveam create YOUR-CLUSTER-NAME

# pvecm status


On Proxmox2 and Proxmox3


# pvecm status


Show clustered Nodes

# pvecm nodes

Node Sts Inc Joined Name
1 M 8 2012-05-22 12:20:58 proxmox1
2 M 4 2012-05-22 12:20:58 proxmox2


Delete one of the cluster Nodes

# pvecm delnode proxmox2

Need more information about clustering. Go to


High Availablity for disks

High Availablity needs to have the fencedevice setup or it will not work. Then add the server you want HA for.


DRDB storage

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