Proxmox on 32bit

Discussion in 'Proxmox VE 1.x: Installation and configuration' started by dommo0815, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. dommo0815

    dommo0815 New Member

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    Hello,

    first I have to thank you for this very well distro!
    It runs very stable from the startup. I want to ask if it is planned or if there is a HowTo for setting up a 32bit based Proxmox-PVE.
    I have some older 32bit servers and they are fast enough and have enough RAM to run many VEs. I won't miss the nice web based GUI.

    Thanks.

    Thomas
     
  2. dietmar

    dietmar Proxmox Staff Member
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    The i386 32 bit architecture has various restrictions we don't want to deal with - we will not support it.

    - Dietmar
     
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    dommo0815 New Member

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    Thanks for that quick answer.
    What restrictions do you mean?

    Thomas
     
  4. tog

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    Limitations like no Intel VT or AMD-V virtualization instruction sets, limitation of about 3GB of RAM...
     
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    dietmar Proxmox Staff Member
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    Most restricting is that low-memory area: "Because of specifics of architecture of Intel's x86 processors, the RAM of the computer can't be used uniformly. The most important memory area is so called “low memory”, a part of memory residing at lower addresses and directly accessible by the kernel. For current Linux kernels, the size of low memory area is 832MB"

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  6. Jason Perlow

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    My suggestion is you install Ubuntu Server with OpenVZ from the Ubuntu repositories. Then at least you can run container VMs on them. Unfortunately ProxMox is 64-bit only.

    Any way ProxMox can add Ubuntu Server OpenVZ host systems to a management cluster? That would seem to solve the problem for the most part.
     
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    How do you do that? And would it be possible to use Debian/Etch or Debian/Lenny.

    For my company it is not an option to throw away servers without 64 bit support. Even thou it would make me happy to change a couple of hundred 2U boxses with 1U ones(cramped serverrooms).....
     
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    If I tell to my boss throw away all the 32bits servers, he will throw ME away! :(
    Seens funy, but in fact it's not funny :p

    Is it possible to have an "unsupported" version of proxmox for 32bits? Or at least an manager for "insert your preferred distro here" that allows a 32bit server to join the cluster?

    I know that I wouldnt be able to use KVM, but at least OpenVZ would be great....
     
  9. chopeta

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    Guys,

    This topic has been discussed a lot in this forum (please search for it).

    Proxmox will not support 32-bits.

    Proxmox is not only a GUI for OpenVZ is a complete solution for server virtualization. Hardware with 64bits support is a requirement.

    If you want to keep and use your non 64bits servers, I am afraid you will have to find another solution.

    You can try with vtonf (http://www.wiki.vtonf.com/index.php?id=13). I never used it but seems be what you are looking for and seems to not require 64-bit hardware support.

    Regards,
    chopeta
     
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