Installation of Proxmox with Software RAID on a Scaleway Dedibox using KVM-over-IP

Proxmox - Overview

Proxmox Virtual Environment - or Proxmox VE is a server virtualisation platform, based on Debian Linux. It allows the deployment of management of KVM-based virtual machines or LXC containers.

The tool provides a REST-API as well as a graphical web interface to manage the virtual machines and is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3.

Requirements

Installing Proxmox

1 . Create a KVM-over-IP session from your Scaleway Dedibox Console.

2 . Mount the Proxmox ISO, available on the server virtualmedia.online.net. The mounting procedure may differ slightly depending on the KVM module of your Scaleway Dedibox. The instructions for Proxmox VE 6 can be found here.

3 . Boot the server from the ISO file by choosing the virtual CD-ROM drive in the boot options.

4 . The Proxmox EULA displays. Agree to it by clicking I agree:

5 . A summary of the Proxmox installer displays. Click Options at the bottom of the page:

6 . Choose the RAID level for Proxmox. To mirror the data on both drives, choose zfs (RAID1), then click Next to continue with the installation:

7 . Enter the Location of your Server and select the timezone to use, then click Next to proceed to the next step:

8 . Enter a strong administration password with at least eight characters, enter its conformation and a contact email address. Proxmox will send important notifications to this email address, so make sure it is valid. Once all set, click Next:

9 . Configure the Management Network. This will be the network interface on which the Proxmox webinterface and APIs are available. It is recommended to configure it on the primary email address of your Scaleway Dedibox.

The network configuration should look as follows:

  • Management Interface: The first network interface of your machine (i.e. eno1)
  • Hostname (FQDN): A fully qualified domain name for your host (i.e. proxmox.mydomain.com)
  • IP Address: The main IP address of your Scaleway Dedibox (i.e. 62.210.16.37)
  • Netmask: The netmask of the subnet: 255.255.255.0
  • Gateway: The Gateway for the machine. It is available on your servers main IP ending on .1 (i.e. 62.210.16.1)
  • DNS Server: The resolving DNS server to use (i.e. 62.210.16.6 or 62.210.16.7)

10 . A summary of the configuration displays. Verify that all parameters are correct, before clicking Install to launch the installation:

11 . The machine is being installed. This may take a while. Once the installation is completed, a confirmation displays. Click Reboot to reboot the server before accessing the Proxmox web interface:

Accessing Proxmox

Once the server has rebooted, the Proxmox web interface is available.

1 . Open a web browser and go to https://your_scaleway_dedibox:8006/. The login displays. Enter your credentials and click Login:

Enter the following credentials to login:

  • User Name: root
  • Password: The password set during the installation of Proxmox
  • Realm: Linux PAM standard authentication
  • Language: The display language of the Proxmox interface (i.e. English)

2 . The Proxmox dashboard displays. You can now continue to deploy and manage virtual machines:

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