How to install proxmox from usb

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2024 by

Proxmox is a popular open-source virtualization platform that allows users to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical server. It is a great option for those looking to set up a home server or for small businesses looking for a cost-effective virtualization solution. In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing Proxmox from a USB drive.

Download Proxmox ISO

The first step in installing Proxmox from a USB drive is to download the Proxmox ISO file. You can find the latest version of the ISO on the Proxmox website. Make sure to select the correct version for your hardware (AMD64 or Intel 64).

Create a Bootable USB Drive

Once you have downloaded the Proxmox ISO, you will need to create a bootable USB drive. There are several tools you can use to do this, such as Rufus or Etcher. Simply select the ISO file and the USB drive, and the tool will create a bootable USB drive for you.

Boot from USB Drive

Insert the USB drive into the computer where you want to install Proxmox and boot from it. You may need to change the boot order in your BIOS settings to prioritize the USB drive. Once the computer boots from the USB drive, you will see the Proxmox installation menu.

Select Installation Language

The first step in the installation process is to select the language you want to use for the installation. Use the arrow keys to navigate and press Enter to select your preferred language.

Configure Network Settings

Next, you will need to configure your network settings. If you are using a static IP address, you can enter it here. Otherwise, you can select DHCP to automatically obtain an IP address.

Select Installation Drive

The next step is to select the drive where you want to install Proxmox. Make sure to select the correct drive, as the installation process will erase all data on the selected drive.

Confirm Installation

Before the installation begins, you will be prompted to confirm the installation. Make sure to double-check all the settings before proceeding.

Installation Complete

Once the installation is complete, you will see a message confirming the successful installation of Proxmox. You can now remove the USB drive and reboot the computer.

Access Proxmox Web Interface

To access the Proxmox web interface, you will need to enter the IP address of the server in your web browser. The default login credentials are:

Username: root Password: the password you set during the installation process


Installing Proxmox from a USB drive is a simple and straightforward process. By following these steps, you can easily set up your own virtualization platform and start running virtual machines. If you encounter any issues during the installation process, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy virtualizing!

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