Install ProxMox from USB

# Install ProxMox from USB

In this tutorial I’m going to lay down step by step instruction on how to install ProxMox 4.4 from an USB stick. ProxMox Virtual Environment is “is a complete server virtualization management solution, based on KVM and container virtualization” similar to VMWare ESXi. Unlike ESXi ProxMox is open sourced and can be used free.

The official ProxMox installation instruction can be found here.

Download ISO

First we will need to download ISO image. Please go to ProxMox web site to download iso here.

Burn ISO to USB

My workstation is a Windows 10 Laptop which I will be using to burn the ISO image to an USB stick. The image writer application I’m using is ImageUSB.

First download ImageUSB. You can download it from

here. Unzip the archive and double click on “ImageUSB.exe”. Write ISO file to USB stick. Be extremely careful and do not mistakenly write to a drive other than the flash drive as it will wipe out your drive.

Note: Just for the information, I have tried “rofus” image writer first to install ProxMox which failed. Once I tried ImageUSB to wrtie my ISO to USB everything went in smooth.

Install ProxMox

I’m using an old refurbished Lenovo ThinkCentre M91 with i5 processor and 8GB memory as my target hardware to install ProxMox.

Make sure your hardware will recognize and configured to boot from an USB flash drive. Usually you will need to tweak your hardware’s BIOS to make it boot from an USB flash drive.

Insert USB flash drive and reboot your hardware. Please hookup a keyboard and a mice as you will need them to navigate ProxMox’s installation screen. The installation screen prompts were self explanatory and easy.

I’m just going to list a sequence of monitor screen shots just as a visual reference for you.

Screen Shot 1: Choose target harddisk

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Screen Shot 5:

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Once the installation is successful you can login to ProxMox’s admin console using a browser.

Screen Shot of Web Admin Console of ProxMox

Admin Console
In future I’m going to write another mini tutorial to show how to install CoreOS virtual machine in ProxMox’s KVM baremetal hypervisor.

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