[PVE-User] Proxmox, documentation and Howtos
martin at proxmox.com
Wed Apr 23 16:25:40 CEST 2008
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> bounces at pve.proxmox.com] On Behalf Of reine hålldin
> Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 2:26 PM
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> Subject: [PVE-User] Proxmox, documentation and Howtos
> Rely like the idea with Proxmox VE, but find the documentation is
We constantly improving this and everybody is invited to put experiences in the Proxmox VE wiki.
> So I have a few questions:
> How old/young is this project?
Proxmox VE development started last year (summer 2007). The first public beta was released just one week ago. The used technologies are quite stable and have a long successful history.
We expect the first stable Proxmox VE in summer 2008. The beta version can be used already but do not expect everything as stable.
> QEMU and KVM supports a broad range of virtual disk formats as far as I
> know, but how do I import and configure them and where should I put
I suggest you create a KVM virtual machine via the web interface and then examine the following dir´s:
- /var/lib/vz/images (here are the diskimage files).
- /etc/qemu-server (here are the configs)
proxmox-104:/etc/qemu-server# cat 108.conf
> Or may be its better to convert VMWare files to a native format?
> But then on the other hand, where do I find information on “howto” do
> Can an ISO be mounted form the web interface?
> Would be nice if one could ”mount” an ISO that's local to the host OR
> local to the Client.
You can use the CDRom on the Proxmox VE host or you can upload ISO images to the Proxmox VE host (via web interface or via scp: the ISO images are stored here: /var/lib/vz/template/iso)
The use of the client cdrom is not possible.
> Would be nice if there were some way to handle USB from the GUI
> I have quite a few VMWare machines I would like to import.
> Is it possible to convert a VMWare Linux to a VZ ?
You mean converting a VMware machine or a physical machine to a container (OpenVZ) - or VMware to Container (OpenVZ)? yes, please see http://wiki.openvz.org/Physical_to_container
> Is there any P2virtual tools available that exports to KVM or VZ.
For example, you can use free tools to convert physical machines to VMware (using VMware converter) as a first step.
Migration from VMware to KVM is possible, there are a lot of descriptions around (just google) - here is just a short description:
1. Prepare your OS (windows?) to boot from IDE instead of SCSI, there are some HAL issues, depends on your windows installation. If you skip this you will have a blue screen.
2. Build a single vmdk file with vmware disk tools.
3. Move this file to Proxmox VE, convert this vmdk file with qemu-img to qcow2.
4. Create a Proxmox VE Virtual Machine and then replace the disk file with the previously prepared disk image (edit /etc/qemu-server/xxx.conf)
But I do not recommend to run this in an production environment yet. As a basic rule, Container virtualization is quite stable and it is the preferred way to run Linux servers - all certified Appliance will be based on OpenVZ. If you need full virtualization for windows, KVM is the choice.
> Lots of questions but this is indeed interesting, and indeed a snug fit
> for us if we can work it out.
> Best regards
> reine hålldin
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