Replace expensive VMware to Proxmox, Free Virtualization Platform | How to Install Proxmox

  1. Download Proxmox VE ISO:
  2. Create a Bootable USB Drive:
  3. Boot from USB Drive:
    • Insert the bootable USB drive into the server where you want to install Proxmox VE.
    • Power on or restart the server and boot from the USB drive. You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS settings to boot from USB.
  4. Proxmox VE Installer:
    • Once the server boots from the USB drive, you’ll see the Proxmox VE installer menu.
    • Select “Install Proxmox VE” and press Enter.
  5. Select Installation Target:
    • Select the target disk where you want to install Proxmox VE. This will typically be the server’s local disk.
    • You can choose to use the entire disk for Proxmox VE or manually partition the disk.
  6. Set Root Password:
    • Set a password for the root user of the Proxmox VE system.
  7. Configure Network:
    • Configure the network settings for Proxmox VE. This includes setting the IP address, netmask, gateway, and DNS servers.
  8. Begin Installation:
    • Review the installation summary and confirm to begin the installation process.
  9. Installation Progress:
    • The installer will copy the necessary files and install Proxmox VE on the selected disk. This may take some time depending on your hardware.
  10. Installation Complete:
    • Once the installation is complete, remove the USB drive and reboot the server.
  11. Access Proxmox VE Web Interface:
    • Open a web browser on a computer connected to the same network as the Proxmox VE server.
    • Enter the IP address of the Proxmox VE server in the address bar.
    • Log in to the Proxmox VE web interface using the root user and the password you set during installation.
  12. Configure Proxmox VE:
    • From the web interface, you can configure additional settings such as storage, networks, and backups.
  13. Create VMs and Containers:
    • Use the web interface to create virtual machines (VMs) and containers to run your applications and services.

Install Windows On EVE-NG

  1. Prepare the Windows ISO: Obtain a Windows installation ISO file. You can download these from the Microsoft website or use an existing ISO file you have.
  2. Upload the ISO to EVE-NG: Log in to the EVE-NG web interface. In the top menu, go to “Images” and then click on “Browse” to select the Windows ISO file from your local machine. Click on “Upload” to upload the ISO file to EVE-NG.
  3. Create a QEMU VM: In the EVE-NG web interface, go to the “Node” section and click on “Add Node.” Select the type as “QEMU” and configure the settings for the VM. You can specify the number of CPUs, amount of RAM, and the size of the hard disk.
  4. Map the Windows ISO: In the QEMU VM settings, go to the “Console” tab. Under the “CD/DVD” section, select the Windows ISO file you uploaded earlier as the CD/DVD image.
  5. Start the VM: After configuring the VM settings, click on “Add Node” to create the QEMU VM. Start the VM by clicking on the play button in the EVE-NG interface.
  6. Install Windows: Access the VM console by right-clicking on the VM in the EVE-NG interface and selecting “Console.” The VM will boot from the Windows ISO. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows. You may need to format the virtual hard disk and select the installation partition during the process.
  7. Complete the Installation: After Windows is installed, the VM will restart. You can then log in to Windows and configure it as needed.
  8. Optional: Install VirtIO Drivers: For better performance, you can install VirtIO drivers in Windows. These drivers are included in the EVE-NG installation and can be found in the /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/virtio-win directory. To install the drivers, mount the VirtIO ISO in Windows and run the installer.
  9. Access Windows from EVE-NG: Once Windows is installed and running, you can access it from EVE-NG by right-clicking on the VM in the EVE-NG interface and selecting “Console.”
  10. Activate Windows: After installation, you’ll need to activate Windows using a valid product key. You can do this by going to “Settings” > “Update & Security” > “Activation” in Windows.

Remember to comply with Microsoft’s licensing terms and ensure that you have a valid license for Windows when using it on EVE-NG or any other virtualization platform.