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Mastering Proxmox

Wasim Ahmed

Master Proxmox VE to effectively implement server virtualization technology within your network
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783980826
Paperback310 pages

About This Book

  • Learn how to provide big business virtualization technology at small business prices by using Proxmox
  • Walk through every aspect of visualization using Proxmox, from a basic cluster to complex multi-cluster setups
  • A practical, scenario-based guide featuring best practices which will show you everything you need to know to tackle any Proxmox cluster

Who This Book Is For

If you already know what the word "virtualization" means and you are ready to stand out from the crowd equipped with the unique ability to design and implement a rock-solid virtualized network environment using Proxmox, then you have just picked up the only book you will need. Linux system administration experience together with knowledge of networking and virtualization concepts is assumed. This book is also useful if you are already using Proxmox and simply want to master its advanced features.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Dive into the Virtual World with Proxmox
Proxmox cluster required
The Proxmox Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Setting up a basic cluster
Chapter 2: Proxmox Under the Hood
The Proxmox cluster directory structure
Dissecting the configuration files
User configuration files
Member nodes
The virtual machine list file
The cluster logfile
Chapter 3: Shared Storages with Proxmox
Local storage versus shared storage
Local and shared storage comparison
Virtual disk image
Storage types in Proxmox
Noncommercial/commercial storage options
FreeNAS – budget shared storage
Chapter 4: A Virtual Machine for a Virtual World
Creating a VM from a template
Advanced configuration options for a VM
Nested virtual environment
Backing up a virtual machine
Chapter 5: Network of Virtual Networks
Introduction to a virtual network
Physical network versus virtual network
Networking components in Proxmox
Network configuration file
Adding a virtual bridge
Adding a bonding interface
Adding NAT/masquerading
Adding VLAN
Sample virtual networks
Multitenant virtual environment
Chapter 6: Proxmox HA – Zero Downtime
Understanding High Availability
High Availability in Proxmox
Configuring Proxmox HA
Proxmox HA need to know
Chapter 7: High Availability Storage for High Availability Cluster
Introducing the Ceph storage
Reasons to use Ceph
Virtual Ceph for training
The Ceph components
The Ceph cluster
Installing Ceph using an OS
Installing Ceph on Proxmox
Creating a Ceph FS
Learning Ceph's CRUSH map
Managing Ceph pools
Ceph benchmarking
The Ceph command list
Chapter 8: Proxmox Production Level Setup
Defining a production level
Brand servers
AMD-based hardware selection
Chapter 9: Proxmox Troubleshooting
Main cluster issues
Storage issues
Network connectivity issues
KVM virtual machine issues
OpenVZ container issues
Backup/restore issues
VNC/SPICE console issues
Chapter 10: Putting It All Together
Scenario #1 – academic institution
Scenario #2 – multitier storage cluster using Proxmox cluster
Scenario #3 – virtual infrastructure for multitenant cloud service provider
Scenario #4 – a nested virtual environment for a software development company
Scenario #5 – a virtual infrastructure for the public library
Scenario #6 – multifloor office virtual infrastructure with virtual desktops
Scenario #7 – virtual infrastructure for hotel industry
Scenario #8 – virtual infrastructure for a geological survey organization
Network diagrams for scenarios

What You Will Learn

  • Provide big business virtualization technology at small business prices by using Proxmox
  • Configure virtual machines beyond the basic default setup
  • Set up virtual environments of any size
  • Set up scalable, distributed shared storage systems using Ceph
  • Analyze real-world virtual environment scenarios and formulate Proxmox-based solutions
  • Monitor resources and virtual machines to maintain performance and uptime
  • Troubleshoot a virtual environment based on real-life scenarios

In Detail

Proxmox is an open source virtualization management solution for servers. This book starts by guiding you through how to set up your very first Proxmox virtualization platform with minimal configuration.

The book will then make you familiar with the Proxmox GUI and the directory structure. We will then take a look at the shared storage system that Proxmox supports and its pros and cons. As we move on, you will learn how to configure virtual machines beyond the basic default setup as well as how networking is handled.

Setting up a Proxmox cluster in a production environment with minimum downtime will also be explained. Towards the end of the book, you will also learn about troubleshooting by looking at real-life problems.

We will also look at how to tackle the day-to-day challenges of an administrator managing Proxmox clusters.


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