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Sunday, January 17, 2021

An aside about Virtualization

I had planned to dig into getting our new user connected to our Azure Subscription, but the time got away from me and it takes around an hour or more to dig into these articles.  In the past I have spent time on other, more technical topics.  Today I am going to go back to one of those style articles and will catch up on the series this week.  Today I am just going to talk about Proxmox VE, an Open Source Virtual Environment server management system.  I guess I just haven't been paying attention as the 1.0 version of the software released in 2008.  Of it's near competitors I have lightly used OpenStack, have done a lot of work with Hyper-V, and dabbled with VSphere.  It looks mature and should be easy enough to get up and going.

From their site:

Proxmox VE is an open-source server management platform for your enterprise virtualization. It tightly integrates KVM hypervisor and LXC, software-defined storage, and networking functionality on a single platform. With the integrated web-based user interface you can easily manage VMs and containers, highly available clusters, or the integrated disaster recovery tools with ease.

I have not ever used it, but I will be installing it on a couple of different machines to try and find out where it will best fit in my home and work computing environments.  Particularly, I am going to try and get it installed through my iDRAC connection to my Dell 710 hosted in the office downtown.  The benefit for me is that it will allow me to control the server via a web browser and stand up test machines on it without having to do as much manual configuration and administration.  

More with our Azure Subscription tomorrow.