Proxmox Virtual Environment 3.4

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What's new in Proxmox Virtual Environment 3.4:

  • Highlights are the integrated ZFS file system, a ZFS storage plug-in, hotplug and NUMA support (non-uniform memory access), all based on latest Debian Wheezy 7.8. The Proxmox developers considered many user feature requests and added many GUI improvements like start/stop all VMs, migrate all VMs or disconnect virtual network cards.
  • The integrated ZFS (OpenZFS) is an open source file system and logical volume manager in one, allowing huge storage capacities. Starting with the new ISO installer for Proxmox VE 3.4, users can now select their preferred root file system during installation (ext3, ext4 or ZFS). All ZFS raid levels can be selected, including raid-0, 1, or 10 as well as all raidz levels (z-1, z-2, z3). ZFS on Proxmox VE can be used either as a local directory, supporting all storage content types (instead of ext3 or ext4) or as zvol block-storage, currently supporting KVM images in raw format (with the new ZFS storage plugin).
  • Using ZFS allows advanced setups for local storage like live snapshots and rollbacks but also space and performance efficient linked templates and clones. The ZFS storage plugin in Proxmox VE 3.4 complements already existing storage plugins like Ceph or the ZFS for iSCSI, GlusterFS, NFS, iSCSI and others.
  • The new hot plugging feature for virtual machines allows installing or replacing virtual hard disks, network cards or USB devices while the server is running. If hot plug is not possible, the new “pending changes” (marked now in red) show that the changes need a power off to be applied - the admin always overviews the actual status of his changes.
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Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) or PVE for short is a freely distributed Linux-based operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and engineered to by deployed as an open source virtualization computing environment for running virtual machines and virtual appliances.

Distributed as an installable ISO image

It is distributed as a single, installable ISO image that’s easy to use, easy to install and easy to configure. The end product will be a full featured server machine based on KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) and designed for handling virtualization tasks.

Getting started with Proxmox VE

During the boot sequence, you can press the F2 key to enter verbose mode and see how the operating system loads its components. In a few seconds you will be greeted by a license agreement, so click on the “I agree” button to accept it and start the installation process.

When booting the ISO image for the first time, you will notice that there are no boot options and your only choice is to install the operating system on a local disk drive. For that, you can press enter immediately after the boot prompt or wait a few second for the medium to start.

Installing Proxmox VE

The installer will automatically partition the disk, detect and configure your computer’s hardware components, as well as to install all the necessary packages. All you have to do is to click the “Next” button, select the country, timezone and keyboard layout if they are not automatically detected, as well as to add a password and email address.

Next, you will need to configure the hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway and DNS server. After the actual installation process, you can access the user interface through a web browser, on a different computer.

Bottom line

Proxmox VE is designed from the ground up to deliver one of the best virtualization server environments for managing virtualized networks, virtual machines, storage and high-availability clusters.

Proxmox Virtual Environment was reviewed by , last updated on February 19th, 2015

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