Steps to create a VM in ProxMox

Creating a virtual machine (VM) in Proxmox involves several steps. Proxmox Virtual Environment (Proxmox VE) is an open-source virtualization platform that combines two virtualization technologies: KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) for virtual machines and LXC (Linux Containers) for lightweight container-based virtualization. Here’s a basic guide on how to create a virtual machine in Proxmox:

1. Access the Proxmox Web Interface:

Open a web browser and navigate to the Proxmox VE web interface. The default URL is usually https://<your-proxmox-server-ip>:8006. Log in with your credentials.

2. Navigate to the Node:

In the Proxmox interface, select the node (physical server) where you want to create the virtual machine.

3. Create a New Virtual Machine:

    – Click on the “Create VM” button or right-click on the node and choose “Create VM.”

    4. General Settings:

    – Enter a unique name for the VM.
    – Choose the target node (physical server).
    – Select the Guest OS type. Choose the appropriate operating system (e.g., Linux, Windows) and version.

    5. System Configuration:

    – Allocate memory (RAM) to the virtual machine.
    – Assign CPU cores.
    – Set the BIOS type and boot order.

    6. Hard Disk Setup:

    – Choose the storage where you want to store the virtual machine’s disk image.
    – Define the size of the virtual hard disk.

    7. Network Configuration:

    – Assign network interfaces to the VM.
    – Choose the model for the virtual network card (e.g., VirtIO).

    8. Confirm and Finish:

    – Review the summary of your settings.
    – Click “Finish” to create the virtual machine.

    9. Install OS on the Virtual Machine:

    – Select the VM in the Proxmox interface.
    – Click on the “Console” tab to open a console window.
    – Power on the VM.
    – Install the operating system using the console window or connect to the VM using SSH or VNC.

    10. Complete the OS Installation:

    Follow the standard OS installation steps within the console or connected interface.

    11. Optional: Install Proxmox Virtual Environment Tools (Qemu Agent):

    – After the OS is installed, you may want to install the Proxmox VE tools (Qemu Agent) for better integration and management.

    This is a basic guide, and the actual steps may vary depending on your specific requirements and the Proxmox VE version you are using. Always refer to the Proxmox documentation for the most accurate and up-to-date information.