Proxmox

Proxmox Ebook Free Download for Home Labs

Take your home lab to the next level with our Proxmox Ebook. Gain valuable knowledge and experience with this free and open-source hypervisor.

I have been writing a lot about Proxmox VE over the past couple of years and working with it in the home lab. It is a great free and open-source hypervisor with many features that home labbers can use to run self-hosted services, learn, and experiment with their home server. I have compiled a Proxmox ebook of documentation containing my journey with the Proxmox platform to provide a tutorial for various concepts in the home lab. I know many individuals, cloud service provider companies, and organizations alike are looking at an alternative hypervisor strategy in 2024.

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What’s included in the Proxmox Ebook?

While I don’t consider myself an expert in Proxmox, I have compiled a series of posts that covered many different topics and my experience with Proxmox VE Server administration and setups, into a Proxmox Ebook from my testing in the home lab. Since I think many will be coming from running VM configurations (Windows application workloads, Linux, containers) on platforms like VMware vSphere virtual environments, I have compiled the posts in a series of steps that take you from running Proxmox VE server inside a nested ESXi virtual machine to begin, full circle to finally installing ESXi as a nested virtual machine inside of Proxmox. Administrators and IT professionals skills with Proxmox will improve with the topics covered in the ebook.

Transitioning from VMware

The process to manage kvm virtual machines on the Proxmox VE hypervisor isn’t that much different than managing virtual machines on a VMware vSphere virtual environment. The Proxmox GUI is intuitive when managing your Proxmox node or Proxmox cluster. However, mastering Proxmox for server virtualization depends on understanding the basics, as it does with VMware vSphere or any other technology.

Basic installation, nested environments, containers

In the Proxmox ebook for home lab, we will explore Proxmox from making Proxmox work from a basic perspective, including advanced installation features and nested installations. We will see how to properly update your PVE Server when you want to use the “no subscription” repositories. We will dive deeper into Linux containers and how to deploy Linux containers fast with the LXC container and other tools Proxmox under the hood has available.

Networking concepts

I have included what I think will be a helpful guide describing Proxmox networking for VMware vSphere admins. This topic allows those who are familiar with VMware vSphere networking backing virtual networks to an easier migration to Proxmox VE networking concepts and how these relate to one another. 

Things like VLANs, port groups, vSwitches, and other components will be discussed from the context of Proxmox and knowledge that vSphere admins already have. The structure of the network in Proxmox is a bit different but easy to understand. Hopefully, any questions you may have about how Proxmox networking relates to vSphere networking will be answered.

Clustering

After mastering a single Proxmox system, we will look at configuring minimal downtime with the high availability features introduced in Proxmox clustering with multiple nodes for production environments and those that want to experiment with those in a lab environment. These new high-availability features make Proxmox VE cluster members work to safeguard your workloads when disaster strikes.

Storage

Proxmox can use various storage systems with enterprise-class features, including traditional iSCSI and NFS, as well as HCI storage with Ceph and CephFS. We will look at real-world examples of how to configure these in the home lab for big data storage. We also look at troubleshooting storage issues and approach best practices around the Ceph HCI storage system, an aspect of IT support you need to understand if running Ceph.

Monitoring

We will even examine a section on monitoring Proxmox using a free and open-source solution comprised of InfluxDB and Grafana. This provides a great platform for monitoring performance, security, software, resource consumption, and other information.

What you will learn

The ebook contains the following resources.

Title: “Proxmox Home Lab Guide 2024“. 

Description: 

This Proxmox home lab e-book contains a compilation of posts I have created in working with Proxmox in the home lab. While not an exhaustive guide to Proxmox, the posts compiled in this guide cover the basic installation and configuration of Proxmox, including networking, storage, security, monitoring, and other topics. I have also included a section on installing pfSense on Proxmox and other specialized lab scenarios. Since many will be coming from a VMware vSphere background, the guide starts from installing Proxmox in a nested environment running on VMware vSphere. We conclude coming full circle by installing nested ESXi inside of Proxmox.

  1. Installing Proxmox in a VMware nested virtual machine
  2. Proxmox 8.1 new features
  3. Upgrading a Proxmox host to version 8.1
  4. Proxmox Networking for vSphere admins
  5. Proxmox updates and changing to the no subscription repos
  6. Proxmox VLAN configuration
  7. Proxmox management interface config
  8. Creating ISO storage in Proxmox
  9. Creating an iSCSI LUN with a Synology NAS
  10. Adding disk space using NVMe
  11. Cluster installation and configuration
  12. Ceph storage
  13. CephFS
  14. Creating HA virtual machines
  15. Firewall setup and config
  16. Proxmox containers vs VMs
  17. Creating containers with Fedora CoreOS
  18. Proxmox helper scripts
  19. Proxmox scripts with PowerShell, Ansible, and Terraform
  20. Proxmox Backup Server
  21. Proxmox SDN configuration
  22. Installing pfSense in Proxmox
  23. Nested ESXi install in Proxmox

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at Virtualizationhowto.com and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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