Proxmox Installation: Step-by-Step Guide

Proxmox Virtual Environment is an open-source platform for enterprise virtualization that allows you to create and manage virtual machines and containers. This documentation provides a detailed step-by-step guide for installing Proxmox on a server.

Downloading Proxmox ISO #

Downloading the Proxmox ISO is an essential step in preparing for the installation of Proxmox Virtual Environment. Here’s a guide on how to download the Proxmox ISO:

  1. Open a web browser on your computer.
  2. Navigate to the Proxmox website at
  3. On the Proxmox homepage, click on the “Downloads” tab or look for a “Download” button.
  4. You will be redirected to the Proxmox download page.
  5. On the download page, you will see the available Proxmox versions and releases.
  6. Choose the version of Proxmox that is compatible with your server’s hardware architecture. Typically, you will have options for AMD64/Intel 64-bit and ARM architectures.
  7. Once you have selected the appropriate version, click on the “Download” button next to it.
  8. The Proxmox ISO file will start downloading to your computer. The download time may vary depending on your internet connection speed.
  9. Once the download is complete, you will have the Proxmox ISO file ready for creating a bootable media and installing Proxmox on your server.

It is recommended to verify the integrity of the downloaded ISO file by comparing its checksum with the one provided on the Proxmox website. This helps ensure that the file was not corrupted during the download process.

Creating Proxmox Bootable Media #

Create a bootable media, such as a USB flash drive or DVD, using the downloaded Proxmox ISO image. You can use tools like Rufus, Etcher, or the dd command-line utility to create the bootable media. Make sure the bootable media is properly created and ready for installation.

Installing Proxmox Virtual Environment #

Follow these steps to install Proxmox on your server:

Booting from the Installation Media #

Insert the bootable media into the server and configure the server’s BIOS or UEFI settings to boot from the installation media. Save the changes and restart the server.

Selecting Installation Options #

Once the server boots from the installation media, you will be presented with the Proxmox installer menu. Select the “Install Proxmox VE” option to initiate the installation process.

Disk Partitioning and Setup #

During the installation, you will be prompted to select the disk for installation and configure the partitioning scheme. Choose the desired disk and follow the on-screen prompts to set up the partitions for the Proxmox installation.

Network Configuration #

Configure the network settings for your Proxmox server. Provide the required network information, including IP address, netmask, gateway, and DNS servers. If you are using DHCP, select the appropriate option.

Setting a Root Password #

Set a secure root password for your Proxmox server. Choose a strong password that meets the security requirements.

Completing the Installation #

Once you have completed the configuration options, proceed with the installation. The installer will copy the necessary files and packages to the server. Once the installation is finished, you will be prompted to reboot the system.

Accessing the Proxmox Web Interface #

After the server reboots, you can access the Proxmox web interface by opening a web browser and entering the IP address of the server. Use the default HTTPS port (8006) to establish a secure connection. Login with the root username and the password you set during installation.

Conclusion #

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Proxmox Virtual Environment on your server. You can now start creating virtual machines and containers to leverage the power of virtualization. Refer to the Proxmox documentation for advanced configuration options and features available in Proxmox VE.

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