Recently The launch of the new version of the Linux distribution Proxmox the Virtual Environment 7.1 was announced, version in which some important changes have been made, such as the improvement of the authentication of two invoices, as well as the support for TPM 2.0, among other changes.
For those unfamiliar with Proxmox VE, they should know whate this distribution provides the means to implement an industrial grade virtual server system with web-based management, designed to manage hundreds or even thousands of virtual machines. The distribution has built-in tools to organize backup of virtual environments and out-of-the-box support for clustering, including the ability to migrate virtual environments from one node to another without interrupting work.
Among the features of the web interface: support for a secure VNC console; role-based access control to all available objects (VM, storage, nodes, etc.); support for various authentication mechanisms (MS ADS, LDAP, Linux PAM, Proxmox VE authentication).
Main new features of Proxmox VE 7.1
This new version of the distribution arrives in sync with the Debian 11.1 package base, besides that it has been updated to the kernel of Linux 5.13 and LXC 4.0, Ceph 16.2.6, QEMU 6.1 and OpenZFS 2.1 were also updated.
On the part of the changes and improvements that have been made in the distribution, we can find that sand added advanced options to define when backups are created, plus a separate pvescheduler scheduling process has been added to initiate backups, which supports flexible rules for initiating backups.
It is also noted that the ability to mark backups deemed important in order to be able protect them from manual cleaning or removal (until the mark is removed, the removal will be blocked).
Another change that stands out in this new version of Proxmox 7.1 is that added support for TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) in any virtual machine, with which it is now possible to implement the ability to install and run guest systems with Windows 11, in addition to adding support for UEFI Secure Boot to the QEMU package.
Moreover, the containers provide support for the versions of the distributions: Fedora Linux 35, Ubuntu 21.10, AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux, including the templates required to install these distributions.
For non-privileged containers created through the web interface, nested launch support is enabled by default for more comprehensive support for newer versions of systemd in new templates.
In addition, it also stands out improved support for two-factor authentication, With this, you can now configure several additional protection factors for an account, in addition to the addition of support for WebAuthn and one-time recovery keys.
For simplified creation of multi-disk guest environments, it is now possible to add additional disks through the New Virtual Machine wizard.
Of the other changes that stand out of this new version of the distribution:
- Added the ability to compress container images using the Zstandard (Zstd) algorithm.
- Provided the ability to put SCSI and Virtio disks in read-only mode in a virtual machine.
- Added the ability to run multiple CephFS instances and configure external Ceph clusters via API.
- Presets for installing Windows 11 (q35, OVMF, TPM) have been added to the New Virtual Machine Wizard.
- The command qm move_disk has been renamed to qm move-disk and pct move_volume to pct move-volume.
- The web interface offers the possibility to set the storage period for backups.
Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it About this new version of the distribution, you can check the details in the announcement. The link is this.
Download and support Proxmox VE 7.0
Proxmox VE 7.1 is now available for download on its website official. The link is this.
On the other hand, also this Proxmox Server Solutions offers business support starting at € 80 per year per processor.