Proxmox Homelab Setup

Proxmox Homelab Setup

Proxmox is an open-source virtualization platform that allows users to create and manage virtual machines and containers. It is based on the Debian operating system and provides a web-based management interface for creating and configuring virtual environments. Proxmox supports both KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and LXC (Linux Containers) virtualization technologies, and can be used for a variety of purposes, including server consolidation, testing and development, and disaster recovery.


Installing Proxmox on a server requires a few basic steps:

Download the latest ISO image of Proxmox from the Proxmox website and burn it to a CD or USB drive.

Boot the server from the Proxmox installation media and select the language, keyboard layout, and network settings.

Select the hard drive or RAID array that you want to install Proxmox on and partition it as desired.

Select the time zone and hostname for the server.

Provide a password for the root user and create a user account.

Configure the network settings and select any additional software or services that you want to install.

Wait for the installation to complete, then remove the installation media and reboot the server.

Once the server has rebooted, you can access the Proxmox web interface by navigating to the server's IP address in a web browser.

Please note that this is a general installation guide and some steps may vary depending on the specific version of Proxmox, the hardware and the network setup. Also, before you begin, it is recommended to check the system requirements and to have a backup of your data.


Here are some best practices for an initial installation and setup of a Proxmox cluster:

Plan your cluster: Before you begin, you should have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your Proxmox cluster, the number of nodes you will have and what resources will be shared.

Hardware compatibility: Make sure that the hardware you are planning to use is compatible with Proxmox and has sufficient resources to run the virtual machines and containers that you plan to create.

Networking: Ensure that you have a dedicated network for the cluster and that it is properly configured. It is recommended to use a separate network for the cluster communication.

Storage: Consider using shared storage, such as NFS or iSCSI, to store the virtual machine images and configuration files. This allows for easy migration of virtual machines between nodes in the cluster.

Backup: Before installing Proxmox, it is important to have a backup of your data. Once Proxmox is installed, it's recommended to schedule regular backups of your virtual machines and containers.

Security: Secure your Proxmox cluster by following best practices for securing a Linux server, such as changing default passwords, disabling unnecessary services, and keeping the system up-to-date.

Test the cluster: Before deploying production workloads, it's recommended to test the cluster and make sure that it's working as expected.

Monitor the cluster: Monitor the cluster regularly and keep track of resource usage, performance, and any errors or warning that may occur.

Keep it up-to-date: Keep the Proxmox software up-to-date and apply security patches as soon as they are released.

Please note that this is a general guide and it may vary depending on the specific requirements of your environment and the number of nodes in your cluster. Always refer to the Proxmox documentation and best practices for more detailed information.