[PVE-User] Re : How to install Proxmox without CD ?

sylver_b sylver_b at yahoo.com
Wed May 6 14:02:56 CEST 2009

Hi Martin,

Sorry for the double post and thanks for your reply.

Unfortunately the datacenter people are not very flexible, so I will wait for Proxmox VE1.2 or switch to OVH since they have Proxmox already installed.

Thanks again

De : Martin Maurer <martin at proxmox.com>
À : sylver_b <sylver_b at yahoo.com>; pve-user at pve.proxmox.com
Envoyé le : Mercredi, 6 Mai 2009, 11h55mn 56s
Objet : RE: [PVE-User] How to install Proxmox without CD ?


first, pls do not double post (forum and list). But ok, you do not got an answer so I understand it.

we (proxmox) do not support this way of installation currently. Some user already played with alternative installations, just search the forums.

Beginning with Proxmox VE 1.2 (based on Lenny, available soon), we will maintain a howto for installing Proxmox VE on an existing Debian Lenny (but this is also not the supported way but we describe it) - I assume this will help here.

BTW: the datacenter guys can also just install the ISO for you.

Best Regards,

Martin Maurer

martin at proxmox.com


From: pve-user-bounces at pve.proxmox.com [mailto:pve-user-bounces at pve.proxmox.com] On Behalf Of sylver_b
Sent: Mittwoch, 06. Mai 2009 12:00
To: pve-user at pve.proxmox.com
Subject: [PVE-User] How to install Proxmox without CD ?

Hello all,

It's now been few days I'm trying to install Proxmox on a server hosted by a colocation provider. I have access to the console and can also boot the system on a rescue mode (some sort of ubuntu livecd). 

I've read that many distributions (including debian) allow installing the OS without the CD, as long as I mount the ISO image and copy initrd.img + the kernel (linux26 for proxmox) in my boot partition, copy all the install files on a partition outside root and then change grub menu to reflect the new changes and reboot the box. Unfortunately no matter what I do, the system always freeze when initrd and linux26 are loaded ... Am I missing something somewhere ? Is there any way to install proxmox without the CD ?

Thanks in advance for your help,

ps: below what I've added in grub's menu.lst:
title PROMOX (New installation)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/linux26 vga=791 video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr ramdisk_size=16777216 rw quiet splash=silent root=/dev/sda4
initrd /boot/initrd.img

and /ISO contains all the CD content - mounted under :
/dev/sda4 4.1G 683M 3.3G 18% /ISO

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