Proxmox Home Lab Setup

I recently got a Dell Power edge R620 server which I will install Proxmox on and use for virtualizing my lab environment.

I will be installing Proxmox via iDRAC (Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller) The iDRAC is a piece of hardware that sits on the server motherboard that allows Systems Administrators to update and manage Dell systems, even when the server is turned off.

I patched the iDRAC port on the R620 to my network device. I’ve read online that the default IP for this nic is however I wasn’t able to connect to this address so I ended up doing a network scan. I’ve been using Mobaxterm for a few years and find it quite handy.


Unfortunately the scan didn’t reveal the server’s IP address which leads me to believe that it does not have DHCP enabled by default.

We will have to connect a monitor and keyboard to enable this setting or assign a static IP. I was a little bit surprised that this server only had a VGA port for connecting a monitor, however it does make sense as this is an older piece of hardware (2012) and servers are typically meant to be run headless after initial setup and configuration. I did not have a VGA cable on hand so I had to get one from Walmart for about $3.

After I got the monitor hooked up I set about installing Proxmox. First I needed to download the most up to date version Proxmox VE 8.0

The default login information for iDRACS is

Username: root

Password: calvin

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