A Linux Container is an operating-system-level virtualization environment for running multiple isolated Linux systems on a single Linux control host (Wikipedia LXC). It can be also defined as a lightweight VM but extremely fast and easy to deploy.
There is not much overhead and therefore it's the perfect solution for effective use of resources.
No extra kernel boot is necessary on startup resulting in a super fast boot.
Linux Containers are introduced in Proxmox VE 4.0 and support the Proxmox Storage Model.
Other OS are following step by step.
Management can be done either via the web gui, or via command line tools
All templates can be downloaded at the GUI.
NOTE: Only the supported OS work
If the containers are not yet visible use the following pve command to update the list.
# pveam update
After you have downloaded a template, you can create a container based on it.
A GUI wizard will guide you through the creation process.
It is also possible to create a container with the pct command line tool. More details see manpages.
pct create 104 /var/lib/vz/template/cache/debian-8.0-standard_8.0-1_amd64.tar.gz \ -description LXC -rootfs 4 -hostname pvecontainer01 -memory 1024 -nameserver 188.8.131.52 \ -net0 name=eth0,hwaddr=52:4A:5E:26:58:D8,ip=192.168.15.147/24,gw=192.168.15.1,bridge=vmbr0 \ -storage local -password changeme
There are two possibilities to start a container:
either on the GUI or on the command line:
pct start 100
Stopping a container can be done in a similar way like starting a container.
pct stop 100
The backup can be done in three different modes: snapshot, suspend and stopped. This mode options have only an effect if the container is running.
Snapshot mode: this feature depends on the filesystem and so it must support snapshots. If snapshot mode is chosen but it's not supported by the filesystem the backup will be done in suspend mode.
Suspend mode: the container will be frozen during the time the backup is running. NOTE: Container is not running untill backup is done!
Stopped mode: the container will be turned off and restarted after backup.
The command line tool backing up Linux container is vzdump. For more information read vzdump manpage.
vzdump 100 -compress lzo -dumpdir /var/lib/vz/dump/ -mode snapshot -remove 0
It is easy and fast to restore a container.
On the GUI it was only possible to restore a container with the same VMID and if there is no VM with this VMID. In Proxmox VE 3+ it can be restored to any available VMID.
If you need to change the VMID or override a VM you can use the command line tool pct.
For more information read the man page of pct.
pct restore 101 /var/lib/vz/dump/vzdump-lxc-100-2015_06_22-11_12_40.tar.lzo
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