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=General=
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[[Category:Reference Documentation]]
=Installation and upgrade=
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New FAQs are appended to the bottom of this section.
==Where can I find installation instructions?==
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What distribution is Proxmox VE based on?
:See [[Installation]]
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Proxmox VE is based on Debian GNU/Linux
 
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What license does the Proxmox VE project use?
=Networking=
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Proxmox VE code is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License,
 
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version 3.
=Troubleshooting=
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Will Proxmox VE run on a 32bit processor?
 
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Proxmox VE works only on 64-bit CPUs (AMD or Intel). There is no plan
==I can't switch virtual consoles in Linux KVM guests with alt-F1, alt-F2...==
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for 32-bit for the platform.
 
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VMs and Containers can be both 32-bit and/or 64-bit.
VNC viewer does not pass some key combinations or they may be intercepted by your operating system.
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Does my CPU support virtualization?
 
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To check if your CPU is virtualization compatible, check for the vmx
To send custom key combinations to the guest, go to "Monitor" in Virtual Machine Configuration for a given guest and use "sendkey" command.
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or svm tag in this command output:
 
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egrep '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo
For example, to switch to the third console (tty3) you would use:
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Supported Intel CPUs
 
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64-bit processors with
sendkey alt-f3
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Intel
 
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Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x) support. (List of processors with Intel VT and 64-bit)
 
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Supported AMD CPUs
==How can I send sysrq to Linux KVM guests?==
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64-bit processors with
 
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AMD
Similarly to the above, go to "Monitor" in Virtual Machine Configuration for a given guest and use "sendkey" command.
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Virtualization Technology (AMD-V) support.
 
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What is a container, CT, VE, Virtual Private Server, VPS?
For example, to issue "Emergency Sync", you would use:
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Operating-system-level virtualization is a server-virtualization
 
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method where the kernel of an operating system allows for multiple
sendkey alt-sysrq-s
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isolated user-space instances, instead of just one. We call such
 
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instances containers. As containers use the host&#8217;s kernel they are
In the VNC viewer for the given guest you should see:
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limited to Linux guests.
 
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What is a QEMU/KVM guest (or VM)?
SysRq : Emergency Sync
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A QEMU/KVM guest (or VM) is a guest system running virtualized under
 
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Proxmox VE using QEMU and the Linux KVM kernel module.
You should also see this entry if you run "dmesg" on this guest.
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What is QEMU?
 
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QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_SysRq_key for a full reference of possible combinations.
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virtualizer. QEMU uses the Linux KVM kernel module to achieve near
 
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native performance by executing the guest code directly on the host
 
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CPU.
==How can I access Linux guests through a serial console?==
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It is not limited to Linux guests but allows arbitrary operating systems
 
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to run.
Sometimes, it is necessary to access the guest through a serial console:
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How long will my Proxmox VE version be supported?
* you lost network access to the guest and VNC is either too slow for you or don't have the features you need (i.e. easy copy/paste between other terminals)
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Proxmox VE versions are supported at least as long as the corresponding
* your guest freezes or kernel panics, you want to debug it, but it's impossible to capture all messages on VNC screen
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Debian Version is
* you are familiar with <code>xm console <guest></code> from Xen and you want to use a similar feature here
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oldstable. Proxmox VE uses a
 
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rolling release model and using the latest stable version is always
 
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recommended.
The necessary steps are:
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Proxmox VE Version
* on Proxmox VE host, in guest's configuration file in <code>/etc/qemu-server/<VMID>.conf</code> add:
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Debian Version
 
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First Release
args: -serial unix:/var/run/qemu-server/<VMID>.serial,server,nowait
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Debian EOL
 
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Proxmox EOL
This will open console in <code>/var/run/qemu-server/<VMID>.serial</code> socket file, which can be accessed by minicom or other serial communication program.
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Proxmox VE 6.x
 
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Debian 10 (Buster)
An alternative is to add:
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2019-07
 
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tba
args: -serial tcp:localhost:6000,server,nowait
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tba
 
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Proxmox VE 5.x
With this, you can connect to guest's serial console with telnet. Note that with telnet, any passwords will be visible on the screen.
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Debian 9 (Stretch)
 
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2017-07
 
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2020-07
* on guest, in /etc/inittab, look for lines similar to the ones below and make sure you have "ttyS0" there - this would be your serial console:
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2020-07
 
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Proxmox VE 4.x
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
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Debian 8 (Jessie)
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty ttyS0
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2015-10
 
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2018-06
If you want kernel messages to be shown on both serial and VGA consoles, you have to add a kernel parameter in your bootloader's configuration. For grub, it would be these "console" entries:
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2018-06
 
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Proxmox VE 3.x
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz root=LABEL=guest-root console=ttyS0 console=tty0
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Debian 7 (Wheezy)
 
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2013-05
 
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2016-04
To access the guest from minicom, configure it to use a path such as <code>unix#/var/run/qemu-server/<VMID>.serial</code> in "cOnfigure Minicom -> Serial port setup -> Serial Device".
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2017-02
 
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Proxmox VE 2.x
 
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Debian 6 (Squeeze)
To use multiple minicom configurations for several guests, create a file like /etc/minicom/minirc.someguest for each of your guests, with contents:
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2012-04
 
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2014-05
pu port            unix#/var/run/qemu-server/<VMID>.serial
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2014-05
pu minit
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Proxmox VE 1.x
pu mreset
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Debian 5 (Lenny)
 
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2008-10
 
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2012-03
Then, start the console with:
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2013-01
 
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How can I upgrade Proxmox VE to the next release?
minicom someguest
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Minor version upgrades, for example upgrading from Proxmox VE in version 5.1
 
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to 5.2, can be done just like any normal update, either through the Web
 
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GUI Node &#8594; Updates panel or through the CLI with:
See also http://www.proxmox.com/forum/showthread.php?p=5615
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apt update
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apt full-upgrade
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Always ensure you correctly setup the
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package repositories and only
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continue with the actual upgrade if apt update did not hit any error.
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Major version upgrades, for example going from Proxmox VE 4.4 to 5.0, are
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also supported. They must be carefully planned and tested and should
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never be started without having a current backup ready.
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Although the specific upgrade steps depend on your respective setup, we
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provide general instructions and advice of how a upgrade should be
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performed:
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Upgrade from Proxmox VE 5.x to 6.0
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Upgrade from Proxmox VE 4.x to 5.0
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Upgrade from Proxmox VE 3.x to 4.0
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LXC vs LXD vs Proxmox Containers vs Docker
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LXC is a userspace interface for the Linux kernel containment
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features. Through a powerful API and simple tools, it lets Linux users
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easily create and manage system containers. LXC, as well as the former
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OpenVZ, aims at system virtualization, i.e. allows you to run a
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complete OS inside a container, where you log in as ssh, add users,
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run apache, etc&#8230;
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LXD is building on top of LXC to provide a new, better user
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experience. Under the hood, LXD uses LXC through liblxc and its Go
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binding to create and manage the containers. It&#8217;s basically an
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alternative to LXC&#8217;s tools and distribution template system with the
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added features that come from being controllable over the network.
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Proxmox Containers also aims at system virtualization, and thus uses
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LXC as the basis of its own container offer. The Proxmox Container
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Toolkit is called pct, and is tightly coupled with Proxmox VE. That means
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that it is aware of the cluster setup, and it can use the same network
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and storage resources as fully virtualized VMs. You can even use the
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Proxmox VE firewall, create and restore backups, or manage containers using
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the HA framework. Everything can be controlled over the network using
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the Proxmox VE API.
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Docker aims at running a single application running in a contained
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environment. Hence you&#8217;re managing a docker instance from the host with the
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docker toolkit. It is not recommended to run docker directly on your
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Proxmox VE host.
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You can however perfectly install and use docker inside a Proxmox Qemu
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VM, and thus getting the benefit of software containerization with the very
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strong isolation that VMs provide.
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Latest revision as of 10:23, 16 July 2019

Note New FAQs are appended to the bottom of this section.
  1. What distribution is Proxmox VE based on?

    Proxmox VE is based on Debian GNU/Linux

  2. What license does the Proxmox VE project use?

    Proxmox VE code is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3.

  3. Will Proxmox VE run on a 32bit processor?

    Proxmox VE works only on 64-bit CPUs (AMD or Intel). There is no plan for 32-bit for the platform.

    Note VMs and Containers can be both 32-bit and/or 64-bit.
  4. Does my CPU support virtualization?

    To check if your CPU is virtualization compatible, check for the vmx or svm tag in this command output:

    egrep '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo
  5. Supported Intel CPUs

    64-bit processors with Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT-x) support. (List of processors with Intel VT and 64-bit)

  6. Supported AMD CPUs

    64-bit processors with AMD Virtualization Technology (AMD-V) support.

  7. What is a container, CT, VE, Virtual Private Server, VPS?

    Operating-system-level virtualization is a server-virtualization method where the kernel of an operating system allows for multiple isolated user-space instances, instead of just one. We call such instances containers. As containers use the host’s kernel they are limited to Linux guests.

  8. What is a QEMU/KVM guest (or VM)?

    A QEMU/KVM guest (or VM) is a guest system running virtualized under Proxmox VE using QEMU and the Linux KVM kernel module.

  9. What is QEMU?

    QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer. QEMU uses the Linux KVM kernel module to achieve near native performance by executing the guest code directly on the host CPU. It is not limited to Linux guests but allows arbitrary operating systems to run.

  10. How long will my Proxmox VE version be supported?

    Proxmox VE versions are supported at least as long as the corresponding Debian Version is oldstable. Proxmox VE uses a rolling release model and using the latest stable version is always recommended.

    Proxmox VE Version Debian Version First Release Debian EOL Proxmox EOL

    Proxmox VE 6.x

    Debian 10 (Buster)

    2019-07

    tba

    tba

    Proxmox VE 5.x

    Debian 9 (Stretch)

    2017-07

    2020-07

    2020-07

    Proxmox VE 4.x

    Debian 8 (Jessie)

    2015-10

    2018-06

    2018-06

    Proxmox VE 3.x

    Debian 7 (Wheezy)

    2013-05

    2016-04

    2017-02

    Proxmox VE 2.x

    Debian 6 (Squeeze)

    2012-04

    2014-05

    2014-05

    Proxmox VE 1.x

    Debian 5 (Lenny)

    2008-10

    2012-03

    2013-01

  11. How can I upgrade Proxmox VE to the next release?

    Minor version upgrades, for example upgrading from Proxmox VE in version 5.1 to 5.2, can be done just like any normal update, either through the Web GUI Node → Updates panel or through the CLI with:

    apt update
    apt full-upgrade
    Note Always ensure you correctly setup the package repositories and only continue with the actual upgrade if apt update did not hit any error.

    Major version upgrades, for example going from Proxmox VE 4.4 to 5.0, are also supported. They must be carefully planned and tested and should never be started without having a current backup ready. Although the specific upgrade steps depend on your respective setup, we provide general instructions and advice of how a upgrade should be performed:

  12. LXC vs LXD vs Proxmox Containers vs Docker

    LXC is a userspace interface for the Linux kernel containment features. Through a powerful API and simple tools, it lets Linux users easily create and manage system containers. LXC, as well as the former OpenVZ, aims at system virtualization, i.e. allows you to run a complete OS inside a container, where you log in as ssh, add users, run apache, etc…

    LXD is building on top of LXC to provide a new, better user experience. Under the hood, LXD uses LXC through liblxc and its Go binding to create and manage the containers. It’s basically an alternative to LXC’s tools and distribution template system with the added features that come from being controllable over the network.

    Proxmox Containers also aims at system virtualization, and thus uses LXC as the basis of its own container offer. The Proxmox Container Toolkit is called pct, and is tightly coupled with Proxmox VE. That means that it is aware of the cluster setup, and it can use the same network and storage resources as fully virtualized VMs. You can even use the Proxmox VE firewall, create and restore backups, or manage containers using the HA framework. Everything can be controlled over the network using the Proxmox VE API.

    Docker aims at running a single application running in a contained environment. Hence you’re managing a docker instance from the host with the docker toolkit. It is not recommended to run docker directly on your Proxmox VE host.

    Note You can however perfectly install and use docker inside a Proxmox Qemu VM, and thus getting the benefit of software containerization with the very strong isolation that VMs provide.