How to Install Proxmox 7

Apr 5, 2022 · 3 mins read
How to Install Proxmox 7

In the video below, we show you how to install Proxmox 7 and where you can download Proxmox VE

Then demonstrate how to check file integrity in both Windows and Linux

Next, we show how to create a bootable USB drive to install Proxmox 7 from

We then walk you through the Proxmox 7.1 installation so you’ll have your own Proxmox 7 hypervisor

Finally we show how to connect to Proxmox 7.1 through a web browser

Useful links:

Steps taken

  1. Download Software
    Download the latest ISO file; 7.1 at time of recording
    Point your web browser at the following web page
    Click on the link for the Proxmox VE 7.1 ISO Installer
    Click on the Download button to save the file to your computer

  2. Windows Check File Integrity
    In Windows 10, open Powershell and change to the download folder
    Run the following command

    (Get-FileHash proxmox-ve_7.1-2.iso).hash -eq "f469d2e419328c4b8715544c84f629161cc07024ce26ad63f00bc1b07de265df"
    NOTE: The file name and hash will vary depending on the version
    The response back should be True

  3. Linux Check File Integrity
    For Linux, open a terminal window and change to the download folder
    Run the following command

    sha256sum proxmox-ve_7.1-2.iso | grep f469d2e419328c4b8715544c84f629161cc07024ce26ad63f00bc1b07de265df
    We should get back this hash sum in red

  4. Create USB boot disk
    Create an installation disk from the ISO file
    Balena Etcher is popular for Windows, the Linux distro Pop!_OS for instance has a built in tool called USB flasher

  5. Enable Virtualisation
    Check the BIOS and make changes if necessary to support virtualisation
    This depends on the motherboard manufacturer unfortunately so can’t be demonstrated
    Typically you will be told to press the Delete, Esc, F1, F2 or F4 key to enter BIOS
    Once in the BIOS, check if virtualisation is enabled, if not enable it
    Usually, you will be looking for options such as VT-x for Intel and AMD-V for AMD, to enable Intel VT-D or AMD-IOMMU for instance
    Save the changes and reboot the computer

    TIP: For the Intel NUC, make sure the operating system is set to Linux otherwise the install process will fail to properly start

  6. Install Proxmox
    Plug the USB boot drive into the computer
    Reboot or power on the computer and it will start the installation
    Hit Enter to continue
    Click the “I Agree” button for the EULA to continue
    Change the target disk to install Proxmox on if needed
    Or, if you have two hard drives and want redundancy for your drive, click Options, select the Filsystem drop down menu and choose ZFS (RAID 1). Make sure the correct drives are chosen then click OK
    Now click Next
    Enter your Country, Timezone and Keyboard Layout then click Next
    Enter and confirm the root password and enter a valid email address where the Proxmox server should send email alerts to then click Next
    Change the Management Interface if possible or required
    Change the Hostname, if necessary
    Change the IP address, Gateway and DNS Server, if necessary

    TIP: It’s better to use static IP addressing

    Click Next
    Confirm the details on the Summary page and then click Install
    Once complete, the computer will reboot so make sure to remove the USB device at the end, to avoid starting the installation process again
    Once it is up and running you can log into Proxmox through the Web UI
    Where ip_address is the IP address you assigned to Proxmox

    You will get a warning message that there is no valid subscription when you login
    If you don’t pay for a subscription and assign the server to this, you will see this every time you login
    Although you won’t have access to Enterprise updates or technical support without a subscription, you can still fully use the hypervisor for free

Sharing is caring!