How To Install The Proxmox VE 6.2 Hypervisor On Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 In 10 Minutes Or Less.

Proxmox VE is an amazing open-source software/hardware hypervisor designed to provide a web based management interface for  two main virtualization technologies – KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) for virtual machines and LXC for containers. Proxmox VE 6.2 comes with features such as Live/Online virtual machine migration from one Proxmox VE host to another without any downtime, role based administration,Promox HA Cluster with Cluster management tools,Proxmox High Availability simulator,bridged networking and multiple storage options. Read this tutorial to learn how to install the proxmox VE 6.2 Hypervisor on Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 in 10 minutes or less.

Requirements.

In order to complete this tutorial successfully the following items are required. Please ensure to have these items available before taking implementation action on this tutorial:
1) The Proxmox VE 6.2 disk image file (ISO)
2) A desktop or laptop running Windows, MacOS or Linux with 8GB RAM
3) VirtualBox version 6.1 or newer
4) Alteast 50GB of free disk space on your computer.

Overview...

1) Go to the proxmox download page and download a copy of the Proxmox VE 6.2 ISO file.
2) Open virtualbox and create a new debian, 64bit virtual machine and allocate atleast 2048MB (2GB) of RAM.
3) Power on the virtual machine, select the Proxmox VE 6.2 iso just before the VM boots up and install Proxmox VE
4) Once installation is complete reboot the virtual machine and log into the web based management interface.

Step 1: Proxmox System Requirements.

1) In order to install and run Proxmox VE 6.2 successfully the following are the basic and minimum system requirements. Use these requirements as a point of reference when setting  the hardware options in virtualbox. The requirements are as follows:

1) 2048MB (2GB) of RAM
2) Atleast one network interface card
3) Atleast 50GB of disk space allocated to the virtual machine.
4) Atleast 120MB of video memory allocated to the virtual machine.

The following are the official web browsers that are supported by the proxmox web based management interface:

– Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome,Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari.

Step 2: Download Proxmox And Create The Virtual Machine.

2) Click HERE to open the Proxmox VE 6.2 download page. On this page youl also find links to download the older Proxmox VE 6.1 and 5.4 ISO files. Click on the Proxmox VE 6.2 download link to start the download. Please note that the ISO file is about 904MB in size. 

3) Open VirtualBox 6.1 and click on MACHINE > NEW. This will open a virtual machine creating wizard. Click on the EXPERT MODE button and type in a descriptive name for the virtual machine on the “NAME” text input box.

 

4) On the TYPE dropdown menu select the LINUX option and choose DEBIAN (64 – BIT) on the VERSION dropdown menu. Set the MEMORY SIZE to 2048 or higher and click on the CREATE VIRTUAL HARD DISK NOW radio button. Click on the CREATE button to proceed.

5) Set a location to save the virtual hard drive for the proxmox virtual machine on the FILE LOCATION option and on the FILE SIZE text box type in the size of the virtual hard drive to be atleast 50GB.

If you wish to use the virtual machine on any other virtualization product such as VMWARE select the appropriate hard disk file type. Select DYNAMICALLY ALLOCATED on the STORAGE ON PHYSICAL HARD DISK options and click on CREATE.

6) Right click on the newly created virtual machine and click on SETTINGS >DISPLAY and set the VIDEO MEMORY to atleast 120MB.

7) Click on the NETWORK tab and set the ATTACHED TO option to BRIDGED ADAPTER and select your network interface card on the NAME dropdown menu then click on OK.

8) Right click on the virtual machine , click on START and select NORMAL START. Just before the virtual machine boots up an option to select a virtual optical disk file will be displayed.Click on the yellow folder icon with a green arrow and click on the ADD button.

Browse to the folder where the Proxmox VE 6.2 ISO file is located and click on OPEN. Click on CHOOSE then click on START.

Step 3: Install Proxmox VE 6.2

9) Once the virtual machine boots up using the proxmox  ISO file select the INSTALL PROXMOX VE option and press ENTER.

10) Proceed by scrolling through the proxmox  preinstallation end user license agreement (EULA) and click on the I AGREE button.

11) If you a first time or under experienced linux user, creating the hard disk partitions that are needed by a debian based system such as Proxmox VE can be a bit challenging. Luckily the Proxmox installer can automatically partition a hard disk Simply click on NEXT to proceed.

12) Set you current time zone and location options such as your country ,time zone and keyboard layout then click on NEXT.

Type in a password for the root user accounts well as an administration E-MAIL address on the appropriate sections and click on NEXT.

 

13) The next step is to set the management network configuration, select your prefered management network interface on the MANAGEMENT INTERFACE dropdown , type in a hostname for the Proxmox VE hypervisor and finally type in the static IP address configuration on the spaced provided just as shown in the image on the right.

14) The Proxmox installer will finally display a summary of all the selections that you have been making from step 1. If there are no changes to be made click on the INSTALL button and wait for the install process to complete.

15) If no errors where encountered Proxmox will display a INSTALLATION SUCCESSFUL message. Click on the REBOOT button.

16) Power off the virtual machine, right click on the virtual machine and click on SETTINGS. Click on the STORAGE tab and highlight or click once on the proxmox ve 6.2 iso file. Click on the blue button with a red “X” to remove the proxmox iso file.

17) Open a web browser and open the Proxmox web based management interface by pointing your web browser to the url:

https://your-proxmox-server-ip-address-or-hostname:8006

If the web browser warns you of a potental security risk, this occurs because Proxmox VE 6.2  ships with a self signed SSL cerificate by default. We recommend installing a commercially signed certificate or a free SSL certificate from Letsencrypt after installing Proxmox.

On the login page the username is root and the password is when you typed in on step 12.