VIENNA, Austria – September 27, 2016 – Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH today announced the general availability of Proxmox Virtual Environment 4.3. The hyper-converged open source server virtualization solution enables users to create and manage LXC containers and KVM virtual machines on the same host, and makes it easy to set up highly available clusters as well as to manage network and storage via an integrated web-based management interface.
The new version of Proxmox VE 4.3 comes with a completely new comprehensive reference documentation. The new docu framework allows a global as well as contextual help function. Proxmox users can access and download the technical documentation via the central help-button (available in various formats like html, pdf and epub). A main asset of the new documentation is that it is always version specific to the current user’s software version. Opposed to the global help, the contextual help-button shows the user the documentation part he currently needs.
The new reference documentation is created like the former Proxmox technical documentaion: manpages are autogenerated based on the code, help content itself is written by the developers via comments in the code. Then for generating the docu the Proxmox VE project uses asciiDoc. To participate in the documentation project users can send a patch to the open source projet for proposing new content. The former documentation, the Proxmox VE wiki, stays public, links to the reference documentation, and hosts all the howtos, use cases, etc.
The updated vertical GUI structure is one of the main advancements made to the GUI of Proxmox VE 4.3. Proxmox developers re-arranged some of the horizontal menus in the GUI framework Sencha ext JS 6 introduced with Proxmox version 4.2 and they are now vertical. This structure alsoallowed the Proxmox developers to build groups, add icons, and optimize the logical navigation structure. The flat design of the sencha theme made this step essential as menus weren’t very well recognizable. The vertical structure now shows every menu in a single line.
In the newly added groups content is unfolded and displayed by default. The same menus as in the old structure are shown. Users can choose to fold or unfold groups. For minimal supported displays the new vertical structure now provides more space in total.
More new features in the GUI:
- New status overview for host, VM, container and storage.
- Signal colors have been added and show for example when capacity of a CPU is used.
- Diskmanagment: new disk overview, including S.M.A.R.T., and wearout for enterprise SSDs. Diskmanagement is new to the GUI; it used to be only accesible via Ceph and command line.
- Defaults for VM creation: The wizard “Create VM” now proposes optimal settings dependent to the selected Linux-based operating system. For example, the default for Linux is “virtio scsi disk”.
- Open console with double-click on VM or container (allow popups first)
- Search function in the GUI (“ctrl-shift-f”)
- “Task log”-window remembers its window size
Proxmox VE is a bare-metal ISO installer, based on latest Debian Jessie 8.6 combined with a long term Linux 4.4 kernel, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) with LXC 2.0. Proxmox VE 4.3 has also seen many bug fixes and optimizations, for example with snapshots and rollback and LVM thin.
Proxmox VE 4.3 is available now and ready for download at http://www.proxmox.com/downloads Proxmox VE is licensed under the free software license GNU Affero GPL, v3. For companies, Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH offers commercial support subscriptions starting at EUR 64,90 per year and CPU.
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Proxmox VE is used by more than 130,000 hosts in over 140 countries. The active community counts over 31,600 forum members. The GUI is translated into 19 languages. Over 7,000 commercial customers rely on a Proxmox VE subscription, a service offered by Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH.
About Proxmox Virtual Environment
Proxmox VE is an open source virtualization management solution for servers. It supports KVM full virtualization as well as container-based virtualization with Linux Containers (LXC) and includes strong high-availability (HA) support. Proxmox VE allows to virtualize even the most demanding Linux and Windows application workloads, and manages virtual storage and network. Installation is done fast and easy with a bare-metal ISO installer, and the administrator can configure it via the integrated web-based management interface or via CLI. Based on Debian GNU/Linux and fully licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3 (AGPL-3.0), it is a solution without restrictions for advanced home and business use. Proxmox VE is a great platform for building small Debian Linux-based hyper-converged clusters.
About Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH
Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH develops open source server software providing powerful and efficient solutions to its customers. With the two core products, Proxmox Virtual Environment (Proxmox VE) and Proxmox Mail Gateway, the company offers flexible, affordable and easy-to-use software for businesses implementing secure and open-source IT infrastructures. Proxmox solutions are widely used in businesses regardless of size, sector or industry as well as in NGOs and in the educational sector. The company also offers services like commercial support subscriptions and trainings. A worldwide partner network and a huge active community guarantee business continuity for Proxmox users. The company is an active member of the Linux Foundation and the Open Virtualization Alliance. Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH is an independent and profitable company based in Vienna, Austria.