How to enable free updates to proxmox, the free open source vmware killer, without a costly subscription

ProxMox is an open source, free Linux Distro, that gives you enterprise grade VMWARE virtualisation features either free of charge. The product itself is free. The support isnt free. If you want to run proxmox in your enterprise and want it to be backed up with enterprise grade support, consider a subscription!

Those who dont need direct vendor support or cant afford it still can use proxmox, but require to change some apt configurations and will have to live with a higher risk of breaking, since the “free update repositories” are more “on the edge”.

This method is no a hack and is officially described at on their wiki page:

This is how i did it:

  1. The following steps needs to be done on each of your proxmox nodes!
  2. ssh to your first node
  3. disable their default “subscriber” apt source:
    mv -v /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pve-enterprise.list{,.DISABLED}
  4. Enable the “no subscription” apt repository:
    cat << EOF > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pve-no-subs.list
    # according to ...
    # PVE pve-no-subscription repository provided by,
    # NOT recommended for production use
    deb buster pve-no-subscription
  5. Update and upgrade all packages for the first time manually:
    apt update && apt dist-upgrade -yy && reboot
  6. Repeat all steps on every proxmox node of yours.
  7. Now you are ready to use the web interface to regularly check for update and perform the upgrade. Check your proxmox web interface at yourNode / Updates. Check each node individually!

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