Best set up for VM's on bare bone Mac Mini 2018

peterc

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Hi,

I'm new to Proxmox and now i run my Node JS VM's on Unraid for VSCode remote coding over SSH. I'm moving my VM's to a dedicated Mac Mini 2018 and wonder if anyone has any tip on the set up?

My Mac Mini:
  • 3,2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7
  • 32 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
  • 1TB SSD
I like the idea of booting from USB with the Proxmox ISO and install directly on hardware but i see som guides where one installs Debian first and the Proxmox.

I have all codes on GitHub so no need for critical back up settings. Just the standard Backup function for convenience if i mess up anything on the VM.

I will (for now) only use Proxmox for my VM's so no need for complicated disk settings with Raid and what not.

Please adwice.

P.S I'm really impressed by Proxmox so far. I'm running it now in a Unraid VM and a Node JS WM inside Proxmox is faster than the identical Node JS VM running directly in Unraid :)
 
have you had any luck ?
Oh, yes @yjaganr,

I now run 3 Proxmox servers on separate hardware.

1: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 64GB - TrueNas Scale RAIDZ2 43TB (VM) for all data storing, all media stuff from the arr family (LXC)

2: Intel NUC i7 32GB - Home Assistant OS (VM), Frigate moved out of HA to an separate LXC and soon also NodeRed, InfluxDB, Grafana, Z-Wave JS and Zigbee2MQTT moved out of HA into separate LXC

3: MacMini i7 32GB - all LXC's. NPM, UptimeKuma, Dockge, Dozzle and all customer projects in separate LXC with production matching env like Node, PHP, MariaDB, Postgre -versions.
 
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MacMini i7 32GB - all LXC's. NPM, UptimeKuma, Dockge, Dozzle and all customer projects in separate LXC with production matching env like Node, PHP, MariaDB, Postgre -versions.
The problem with using MacMini is the fan controller is built-in the MacOS...anything else will have heating issues...that was my experience running pfSense on a 2011 MacMini Server, even with FreeBSD in the background...
 
The problem with using MacMini is the fan controller is built-in the MacOS...anything else will have heating issues...that was my experience running pfSense on a 2011 MacMini Server, even with FreeBSD in the background...
well, maybe only running LXC's doesn't over heat cause i'm running 10+ LXC's and the MacMini is cold.

When i used it as my workstation with MacOS Somona it was always really hot.
 
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well, maybe only running LXC's doesn't over heat cause i'm running 10+ LXC's and the MacMini is cold.

When i used it as my workstation with MacOS Somona it was always really hot.
It's just for you to be mindful...as there is no way to monitor temperature other than touching...
 
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