This article covers the installation and setting up of Proxmox VE 5 on two physical servers, with ZFS for storage replication – one for a Microsoft Windows VM and another for a Linux VM.
For this fast track setup, we will use two identical servers with the following hardware configuration.
CPU: 16 core Intel Xeon server 64-bit with VT enabled
RAM: 32GB OS HDD: 73GB 15k enterprise HDD
Data HDD: 600GB 15k enterprise HDD
LAN: 1Gbps Ethernet port
Quickly installing Proxmox VE on two servers
Installing Proxmox VE 5 is rather simple and straightforward compared to other OSs.
We first need to download the Proxmox installer ISO from the link https://www.proxmox.com/en/downloads/item/ proxmox-ve-5-3-iso-installer, and burn it on a CD.
Now follow the steps given below:
Boot the system with the newly created bootable CD.
At the welcome screen, choose Install Proxmox VE and hit Enter.
Click on I agree to continue.
At the next screen, use the automatic partition on the first
73GB HDD, and click on the Next button.
Set the time zone and location by entering ‘India’ . The time zone will auto update.
Provide a password for the root user, and enter a valid email address to get various updates and alerts about the server.
Enter the host name, IP address, netmask, gateway and DNS. Provide all valid network details of the LAN to access the Proxmox VE Web-management configuration interface after installation. Set up the network with the following settings for the LAN.
For the first server:
For the second server:
Gateway: 192.168.0.1 DNS: 192.168.0.1
Now, the installation process will start to install all packages from the CD. Once the installation is done, remove the installation CD and hit the reboot button.
Accessing the Web management interface
After both the servers are ready, go to the desktop to manage them. On the desktop, open Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, and enter the following URLs: https://192.168.1.11:8006 in the address bar for the first server, and https://192.168.1.12:8006 in the address bar for the second server of another tab.
As the URLs are SSL enabled, allow the browser to process further for the first time. Enter ‘root’ and its password to log in. On logging in, a warning message for the subscription is displayed. Click on OK, since there is no valid support subscription from Proxmox yet, as it is just being set up.
Creating a cluster and a joining cluster
After logging in to both servers, first create a cluster on the pve01 server and join the pve02 server to it. This allows the management of both servers from any of the server panels and helps in building replication.
Now on the first server, click on Datacenter in the navigation menu on the left.
The right-side displays a list sub-menu, in which you can click on Cluster.
Click on the Create Cluster button, enter the cluster name as pvecluster and click on Create.
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