Proxmox VE Overview

Proxmox VE is the #2 ranked solution in our list of best Server Virtualization Software. It is most often compared to Hyper-V: Proxmox VE vs Hyper-V

What is Proxmox VE?

Proxmox VE is a complete virtualization management solution for servers.

Proxmox VE Buyer's Guide

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Proxmox VE Customers

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‎Director of Computing Platforms at NetFortris
An excellent choice for budget sensitive operations.

What is our primary use case?

We currently have more than 160 virtual machines and LXC containers on Proxmox in an all Linux production environment.  

How has it helped my organization?

Get the community level if you are on a budget --- keep your software updated to the latest releases.

What is most valuable?

Live migration. It is easier to balance loads across hypervisors if a given container or virtual machine uses more resources than its peers.

What needs improvement?

IMPORTANT - use separate physical network for Corosync/Heartbeat functions. This is obscure in the documentation - but you'll find it.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Heartbeat was overwhelmed due to all hypervisors…
ITCS user
Technical Support Analyst at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Saves a lot of time compared to imaging physical desktops

What is our primary use case?

I needed a free virtualization solution for training, development work, and application testing with the ability to quickly deploy VMs based on a single VM template and snapshots.

Pros and Cons

  • "We now have the ability to quickly build and deploy VM desktops for application testing with the snapshot ability to rollback, as required."
  • "Saves a lot of time compared to imaging physical desktops."
  • "The template option allows us to build a desktop in a VM, then quickly deploy as a linked clone."
  • "Some of the more advanced features and options required for setup still need to use the console and hand edit config files."
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ITCS user
Founder at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We have developed a tried and tested method to set up servers and it works well once you know how you want your servers to work.​

What other advice do I have?

It's well worth using. It's highly recommended and we have had no issues.
IT Administrator at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Performs well with Windows but lacks Mac support due to Mac's EULA
With respect to some of the cons, Proxmox VE performs well enough with Windows if you use KVM's virtio devices in lieu of emulated hardware. However, the freely available virtio drivers are not WHQL-certified, which produces annoying error messages when you attempt to load them. With respect to the lack of Mac OS X support, a large part of this is due to Apple's terms of use for OS X. I can't really blame Proxmox or the KVM folks for not pursuing Mac OS X support since doing so would violate Mac OS X's EULA and could potentially get them or their customers sued. Lastly, I can't say that I've ever had any stability issues with the Proxmox VE web interface, but using the graphical console can be a struggle. I don't think I've gotten it to work in anything except Mozilla Firefox.
Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Simple install open source, but poor support for USB and OSx