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Learning Proxmox VE

By : CHENG MAN, Rik Goldman, Ken Hess
Book Image

Learning Proxmox VE

By: CHENG MAN, Rik Goldman, Ken Hess

Overview of this book

Proxmox VE 4.1 provides an open source, enterprise virtualization platform on which to host virtual servers as either virtual machines or containers. This book will support your practice of the requisite skills to successfully create, tailor, and deploy virtual machines and containers with Proxmox VE 4.1. Following a survey of PVE's features and characteristics,this book will contrast containers with virtual machines and establish cases for both. It walks through the installation of Proxmox VE, explores the creation of containers and virtual machines, and suggests best practices for virtual disk creation, network configuration, and Proxmox VE host and guest security.Throughout the book, you will navigate the Proxmox VE 4.1 web interface and explore options for command-line management
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Chapter 1. Proxmox VE Fundamentals

Proxmox Virtual Environment (PVE) is a mature, complete, well-supported, enterprise-class virtualization environment for servers. It is an open source tool—based in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution—that manages containers, virtual machines, storage, virtualized networks, and high-availability clustering through a well-designed, web-based interface or via the command-line interface.

Note

Developers provided the first stable release of Proxmox VE in 2008; four years and eight point releases later, ZDNet's Ken Hess boldly, but quite sensibly, declared Proxmox VE as Proxmox: The Ultimate Hypervisor (http://www.zdnet.com/article/proxmox-the-ultimate-hypervisor/).Four years later, PVE is on version 4.1, in use by at least 90,000 hosts, and more than 500 commercial customers in 140 countries; the web-based administrative interface itself is translated into 19 languages.

This chapter explores the fundamental technologies underlying PVE's hypervisor features: LXCKVM, and QEMU. To do so, we will develop a working understanding of virtual machines, containers, and their appropriate use.

We will cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • Proxmox VE in brief
  • Virtualization and containerization with PVE
  • Proxmox VE virtual machines, KVM, and QEMU
  • Containerization with PVE and LXC