PROXMOX: A vCenter/ESXi Alternative?

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more social through blogging and tweets.  This is my first one about virtualization and the cloud potential with open source.  I had some extra cash left over from Christmas and decided to upgrade my 27″ iMac which meant my youngest got my old 27″ iMac.  This left us with an extra Mac Mini that I upgraded to 8G of memory and a 128G SSD drive.  I decided to use it to play with some different bare metal hypervisors.  Since I get my fill of vCloud Director and vCenter at work, I thought I would google and do some research over the holidays.  I tried to get XenServer and XCP running with a lot of struggles.  I decided to try PROXMOX.  Once I gave in on trying to create a bootable USB stick from my new Mac, I booted up a Win7 VM using VMware Fusion and followed their instructions on their wiki.  Could not have been easier.  Booted automatically to my Mac Mini using the OPTION on boot up to choose the USB stick.  The only downside is it took over the entire Mac Mini, so my Snow Leopard partition is toast.  And look at my new Mac Mini:

PROXMOX and the Console to CentOS

I am going to be playing with PROXMOX and some new tools for our Cloud Nine Partners Architecture discussions.  Please check back and if you have any questions about how I enabled my Mac Mini with PROXMOX, leave a comment and I can try to help.

 

5 thoughts on “PROXMOX: A vCenter/ESXi Alternative?

  1. Grayson says:

    How did this Pan out???

    • Everything went great. Works similar to OpenStack where the first image requires the Host and the Management components. Then you can install bare metal components and add them to ProxMox as additional hosts.

  2. sukoshi1507 says:

    Hi,
    If i understand clearly you were able to have your macmini running as a bare metal hypervisor through ProxMox ?

    If that’s it, i’d like to hear more about this !

  3. Andrew says:

    What model of Mac Mini is this on? I have a Late 2009 3,1 Mac Mini – 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 320GB 7200RPM.
    I think it would be suitable as a VM Host for a test AD Domain.

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