cloud-init making no changes on new vms


New Member
Jul 7, 2019
Hi all,

I've setup Proxmox 6.1-7 and build a Centos 7 and Ubuntu server 18.04 vm. I installed cloud-init on both the vms, cleared out the vm config as recommended in this video:

I then closed the vms, added a cloud-init drive in the Hardware tab, entered a username and password and added my ssh key to the cloud-init tab. Then converted the vm to a template.

From here I created a clone from the vm, entered in a machine name (hostname) selected the storage and full clone option. Once the new vm was built I start it.

Once it is booted, I have the original template hostname, the user I added does not exist and the ssh key does not exist. Basically cloud-init is doing nothing.

I have read every guide, watched every video I can find and have found nothing to indicate that there is something that I am doing wrong. I had exactly the same result on centos and the ubuntu vm.

NOTE: I am using ZFS storage for the images, cant imagine this is causing any issues. I also noticed that the permissions for every file and directory in the ZPOOL is root:root. I know with Ovirt that you need to have a kvm:vdsm owner and group permission set on the vm folders.

Is anyone able to make any suggestions as I am at a complete loss. All the guides and videos are so straight forward and just seem to work for everyone.




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Proxmox Retired Staff
Retired Staff
Nov 19, 2018

what were the exact steps you followed? was it the same as our documentation explains?


Apr 25, 2020
I have exactly the same issue. Did you manage to sort it out?

Update*: remove / purge and reinstall cloud-init fixed it.
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