Upgrade from 6.x to 7.0
Proxmox VE 7.x introduces several new major features. You should plan the upgrade carefully, make and verify backups before beginning, and test extensively. Depending on the existing configuration, several manual steps—including some downtime—may be required.
Note: A valid and tested backup is always required before starting the upgrade process. Test the backup beforehand in a test lab setup.
In case the system is customized and/or uses additional packages or any other third party repositories/packages, ensure those packages are also upgraded to and compatible with Debian Bullseye.
In general, there are two ways to upgrade a Proxmox VE 6.x system to Proxmox VE 7.x:
- A new installation on new hardware (restoring VMs from the backup)
- An in-place upgrade via apt (step-by-step)
In both cases, emptying the browser cache and reloading the GUI are required after the upgrade.
- Backup all VMs and containers to an external storage (see Backup and Restore).
- Backup all files in /etc (required: files in /etc/pve, as well as /etc/passwd, /etc/network/interfaces, /etc/resolv.conf, and anything that deviates from a default installation).
- Install Proxmox VE 7.x from the ISO (this will delete all data on the existing host).
- Rebuild your cluster, if applicable.
- Restore the file /etc/pve/storage.cfg (this will make the external storage used for backup available).
- Restore firewall configs /etc/pve/firewall/ and /etc/pve/nodes/<node>/host.fw (if applicable).
- Restore all VMs from backups (see Backup and Restore).
Administrators comfortable with the command line can follow the procedure Bypassing backup and restore when upgrading, if all VMs/CTs are on a single shared storage.
In-place upgrades are carried out via apt. Familiarity with apt is required to proceed with this upgrade method.
- Upgraded to the latest version of Proxmox VE 6.4
- Hyper-converged Ceph: upgrade the Ceph cluster to Ceph 15.2 Octopus before you start the Proxmox VE upgrade to 7.0. Follow the guide Ceph Nautilus to Octopus
- Co-installed Proxmox Backup Server: see the Proxmox Backup Server 1.1 to 2.x upgrade how-to
- Reliable access to all configured storage
- A healthy cluster
- Valid and tested backup of all VMs and CTs (in case something goes wrong)
- Correct configuration of the repository
- At least 4 GiB free disk space on the root mount point.
- Check known upgrade issues
Testing the Upgrade
An upgrade test can be easily performed using a standalone server. Install the Proxmox VE 6.4 ISO on some test hardware, then upgrade this installation to the latest minor version of Proxmox VE 6.4 (see Package repositories). To replicate the production setup as closely as possible, copy or create all relevant configurations to the test machine, then start the upgrade. It is also possible to install Proxmox VE 6.4 in a VM and test the upgrade in this environment.
The following actions need to be carried out from the command line of each Proxmox VE node in your cluster
Perform the actions via console or ssh; preferably via console to avoid interrupted ssh connections. Do not carry out the upgrade when connected via the virtual console offered by the GUI; as this will get interrupted during the upgrade.
Remember to ensure that a valid backup of all VMs and CTs has been created before proceeding.
Continuously use the pve6to7 checklist script
A small checklist program named pve6to7 is included in the latest Proxmox VE 6.4 packages. The program will provide hints and warnings about potential issues before, during and after the upgrade process. You can call it by executing:
To run it with all checks enabled, execute:
Make sure to run the full checks at least once before the upgrade.
This script only checks and reports things. By default, no changes to the system are made and thus, none of the issues will be automatically fixed. You should keep in mind that Proxmox VE can be heavily customized, so the script may not recognize all the possible problems with a particular setup!
It is recommended to re-run the script after each attempt to fix an issue. This ensures that the actions taken actually fixed the respective warning.
Move important Virtual Machines and Containers
If any VMs and CTs need to keep running for the duration of the upgrade, migrate them away from the node that is being upgraded. A migration of a VM or CT from an older version of Proxmox VE to a newer version will always work. A migration from a newer Proxmox VE version to an older version may work, but is generally not supported. Keep this in mind when planning your cluster upgrade.
Check Linux Network Bridge MAC
With Proxmox VE 7, the MAC address of the Linux bridge itself may change, as noted in Upgrade from 6.x to 7.0#Linux Bridge MAC-Address Change.
In hosted setups, the MAC address of a host is often restricted, to avoid spoofing by other hosts.
Solution A: Use ifupdown2
The ifupdown2 package, which Proxmox ships in the Proxmox VE 7.x repository, was adapted with a new policy configuration, so that it always derives the MAC address from the bridge port.
If you're already using ifupdown2 with Proxmox VE 6.4, and you upgrade to Proxmox VE 7.x, the ifupdown2 version
3.1.0-1+pmx1 (or newer) will ensure that you do not need to adapt anything else.
Solution B: Hardcode MAC Address
You can either tell your hosting provider the new (additional) bridge MAC address of your Proxmox VE host, or you need to explicitly configure the bridge to keep using the old MAC address.
You can get the MAC address of all network devices, using the command
ip -c link.
Then, edit your network configuration at
/etc/network/interfaces, adding a
hwaddress MAC line to the respective bridge section.
For example, by default, the main bridge is called
vmbr0, so the change would look like:
auto vmbr0 iface vmbr0 inet static address 192.168.X.Y/24 hwaddress aa:bb:cc:12:34 # ... remaining options
If ifupdown2 is installed, you can use
ifreload -a to apply this change. For the legacy ifupdown,
ifreload is not available, so you either need to reboot or use
ifdown vmbr0; ifup vmbr0 (enter both semi-colon separated commands in one go!).
Note, hard-coding the MAC requires manual adaptions, if you ever change your physical NIC.
Update the configured APT repositories
First, make sure that the system is using the latest Proxmox VE 6.4 packages:
apt update apt dist-upgrade
Update all Debian repository entries to Bullseye.
sed -i 's/buster\/updates/bullseye-security/g;s/buster/bullseye/g' /etc/apt/sources.list
Note that Debian changed its security update repo from
deb http://security.debian.org buster/updates main to
deb http://security.debian.org bullseye-security main for the sake of consistency.
The above command accounts for that change already.
You must also disable all Proxmox VE 6.x repositories, including the pve-enterprise repository, the pve-no-subscription repository and the pvetest repository. Use the # symbol to comment out these repositories in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pve-enterprise.list and /etc/apt/sources.list files. See Package_Repositories
Add the Proxmox VE 7 Package Repository
echo "deb https://enterprise.proxmox.com/debian/pve bullseye pve-enterprise" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pve-enterprise.list
For the no-subscription repository, see Package Repositories. Rather than commenting out/removing the PVE 6.x repositories, as was previously mentioned, you could also run the following command to update to the Proxmox VE 7 repositories:
sed -i -e 's/buster/bullseye/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pve-install-repo.list
(Ceph only) Replace ceph.com repositories with proxmox.com ceph repositories
echo "deb http://download.proxmox.com/debian/ceph-octopus bullseye main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ceph.list
If there is a backports line, remove it - the upgrade has not been tested with packages from the backports repository installed.
Update the repositories' data:
Upgrade the system to Debian Bullseye and Proxmox VE 7.0
Note that the time required for finishing this step heavily depends on the system's performance, especially the root filesystem's IOPS and bandwidth. A slow spinner can take up to 60 minutes or more, while for a high-performance server with SSD storage, the dist-upgrade can be finished in 5 minutes.
Start with this step, to get the initial set of upgraded packages:
If the command exits successfully, you can reboot the system in order to use the new PVE kernel.
After the Proxmox VE upgrade
- Check that all nodes are up and running on the latest package versions.
For Hyper-converged Ceph
Now you can upgrade the Ceph cluster to the Pacific release, following the article Ceph Octopus to Pacific. Note that while an upgrade is recommended, it's not strictly necessary. Ceph Octopus will be supported in Proxmox VE 7.x, until it's end-of-life circa end of 2022/Q2.
proxmox-ve package is too old
Check the configured package repository entries; they still need to be for Proxmox VE 6.x and buster at this step (see Package_Repositories). Then run
to get the latest PVE 6.x packages before upgrading to PVE 7.x
Known upgrade issues
As a Debian based distribution, Proxmox VE is affected by most issues and changes affecting Debian. Thus, ensure that you read the upgrade specific issues for bullseye
Please also check the known issue list from the Proxmox VE 7.0 changelog: https://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Roadmap#7.0-known-issues
Upgrade wants to remove package 'proxmox-ve'
If you have installed Proxmox VE on top of Debian Buster, you may have installed the package 'linux-image-amd64', which conflicts with current 6.x setups. To solve this, you have to remove this package with
apt remove linux-image-amd64
before the dist-upgrade.
No 'root' password set
The root account must have a password set (that you remember).
If not, the
sudo package will be uninstalled during the upgrade, and so you will not be able to log in again as root.
If you used the official Proxmox VE or Debian installer, and you didn't remove the password after the installation, you are safe.
Third-party Storage Plugins
The external, third-party storage plugin mechanism had a ABI-version bump that reset the ABI-age. This means there was an incompatible breaking change, that external plugins must adapt before being able to get loaded again.
If you use any external storage plugin you need to wait until the plugin author adapted it for Proxmox VE 7.0.
Linux Bridge MAC-Address Change
With Proxmox VE 7 / Debian Bullseye, a new systemd version is used, that changes how the MAC addresses of Linux network bridge devices are calculated:
MACAddressPolicy=persistent was extended to set MAC addresses based on the device name. Previously addresses were only based on the ID_NET_NAME_* attributes, which meant that interface names would never be generated for virtual devices. Now a persistent address will be generated for most devices, including in particular bridges.
A unique and persistent MAC address is now calculated using the bridge name and the unique machine-id (
/etc/machine-id), which is generated at install time.
Please either ensure that any ebtable or similar rules that use the previous bridge MAC-Address are updated or configure the desired bridge MAC-Address explicitly, by switching to ifupdown2 and adding
hwaddress to the respective entry in
Older Virtual Machines with Windows and Static Network
Since QEMU 5.2, first introduced in Proxmox VE 6.4, the way QEMU sets the ACPI-ID for PCI devices changed to conform to standards. This led to some Windows guests loosing their device configuration, as they detect the re-ordered devices as new ones.
Due to this Proxmox VE will now pin the machine-version for windows-based guests to the newest available on guest creation, or the minimum of (5.2, latest-available) for existing one. You can also easily change the machine-version through the web-interface now. See this forum thread for further information.
Note that if you have already upgraded to Proxmox VE 6.4, your system has implemented this change already, so you can ignore it.
Old Container and CGroupv2
Since Proxmox VE 7.0, the default is a pure cgroupv2 environment. Previously a "hybrid" setup was used, where resource control was mainly done in cgroupv1 with an additional cgroupv2 controller which could take over some subsystems via the cgroup_no_v1 kernel command line parameter. (See the kernel parameter documentation for details.)
cgroupv2 support by the container’s OS is needed to run in a pure cgroupv2 environment. Containers running systemd version 231 (released in 2016) or newer support cgroupv2, as do containers that do not use systemd as init system in the first place (e.g., Alpine Linux or Devuan).
CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 16.10 are two prominent Linux distributions releases, which have a systemd version that is too old to run in a cgroupv2 environment, for details and possible fixes see: https://pve.proxmox.com/pve-docs/chapter-pct.html#pct_cgroup_compat
Failing upgrade to "bullseye"
Make sure that the repository configuration for Bullseye is correct.
If there was a network failure and the upgrade was only partially completed, try to repair the situation with
apt -f install
If you see the following message:
W: (pve-apt-hook) You are attempting to remove the meta-package 'proxmox-ve'!
then one or more of the currently existing packages cannot be upgraded since the proper Bullseye repository is not configured.
Check which of the previously used repositories (i.e. for Buster) do not exist for Bullseye or have not been upgraded to Bullseye ones.
If a corresponding Bullseye repository exists, upgrade the configuration (see also special remark for Ceph).
If an upgrade is not possible, configure all repositories as they were before the upgrade attempt, then run:
again. Then remove all packages which are currently installed from that repository. Following this, start the upgrade procedure again.
Unable to boot due to grub failure
If your system was installed on ZFS using legacy BIOS boot before the Proxmox VE 6.4 ISO, incompatibilities between the ZFS implementation in grub and newer ZFS versions can lead to a broken boot.
Check the article on switching to
proxmox-boot-tool ZFS: Switch Legacy-Boot to Proxmox Boot Tool for more details.