Install on Mac Mini 2018? (Macmini8,1)

luckman212

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I was wondering if anyone has ever had any luck installing ProxmoxVE on a 2018-era Mac Mini (Intel). I have a few of them with 32-64GB of RAM and 10GbE and wanted to turn them into virtualization hosts. ESXi 7 does support them but I would much rather play around with Proxmox than boring old VMware.

I searched and skimmed around but couldn't find much, just some older threads that said the installer used to hang for them on the Mini. Now that PVE7 is out with a new kernel, I wonder if anything has changed.
 

SeanChen

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Hi luckman212, I have tried to install PVE on my Mac mini 2018. I encountered an error of fail to create a bootable volume during I installing it.

If you know anything about that please let me know.
 

luckman212

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@SeanChen sorry but no I don't have any news on that. I needed to use the internal NVMe storage of the Mini and after my research I concluded that only VMware 6.7 (not 7.x) with a custom Fling driver will support this SSD. It's because of the proprietary nature of the T2 chip and the custom SSD, it's not something that standard Linux can support.
 

SeanChen

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hi all. any update on this?
Sorry, it seems there is no update for this. Recently I have tried to install an older version of PVE as the latest version is not working at all, and boot up by "rescue boot" option.

It successfully brought me into Proxmox login web interface, and I can see Mac mini8.1 with PVE 6.0 can recognize my all external devices, 5 hard drives, 2 nvmes, and an eGPU. All of these external devices were connected through thunderbolt 3 port.

However, after I completed all passthrough settings it still does not allowed me to passthrough any device to VM. All of the passthrough settings I have deployed in my normal PC and the PCI devices that I need can be passthrough perfectly.

I have googled for a reason of this and some smart guys said that is because PVE does not support to turn on VT-D or something similar which EXSI does when Mac mini startup.

I am still expecting my Mac mini 8.1 can be my all in one home server, and hope any IT masters who know how to make it work can give me a clue. Thanks in advance.
 

mk_iiim

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Sorry, it seems there is no update for this. Recently I have tried to install an older version of PVE as the latest version is not working at all, and boot up by "rescue boot" option.

It successfully brought me into Proxmox login web interface, and I can see Mac mini8.1 with PVE 6.0 can recognize my all external devices, 5 hard drives, 2 nvmes, and an eGPU. All of these external devices were connected through thunderbolt 3 port.

However, after I completed all passthrough settings it still does not allowed me to passthrough any device to VM. All of the passthrough settings I have deployed in my normal PC and the PCI devices that I need can be passthrough perfectly.

I have googled for a reason of this and some smart guys said that is because PVE does not support to turn on VT-D or something similar which EXSI does when Mac mini startup.

I am still expecting my Mac mini 8.1 can be my all in one home server, and hope any IT masters who know how to make it work can give me a clue. Thanks in advance.
Thanks Sean. My plan, if you had been successful, was to move to Macmini 2018 from Macmini 2012 (on which I have been not been able to get passthru to work). I too would like to get one of these small form factor Macs to serve as my ideal Proxmox machine. Perhaps the reason you reference regarding PVE not turning on VT-D on the 2018 is the same for the 2012 :/
 

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