At this point, I’ve got a lot of containers already running on my system, all in separate directories in my home directory. They’re each set up with a docker-compose file, and all of the volumes are just directories within those directories.

I don’t really want to change this setup, because it allows me to easily rip it all out and transplant it to a new system.

What I’d like is a web UI to see all of these containers, view their status, and potentially reboot them. It would also be great to be able to spin up VMs (not containers, but actual VMs) with it.

I’ve heard of Portainer, but haven’t had any experience with it.

What are your suggestions, and why do you recommend them?

    • hperrin@lemmy.worldOP
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      So first, I’m not really looking to change operating systems. I’ve got my system set up the way I like it, where it closely matches the production systems I run for my company.

      Second, why do you say the answer is Proxmox? What benefit does that have over other solutions that can be more easily integrated into my existing operating system?

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        Not many UIs can do containers and VMs

        [Sorry for my not really well written reply, you really need to try different options, and in my opinion proxmox is like the only choice because of how many cool things you can do there]

        Proxmox I just really good, and if you want to spin up VMs easily you will need to reshape your setup anyway

        With proxmox you can do like everything with VMs, containers, etc. Not just managing only containers, or just showing status of the VMs

        Also, proxmox is not really an operating system, it’s a service on top of Debian (in many cases you start installing proxmox by installing Debian)

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            Yo dawg, I put most of my services in a Docker container inside their own LXC container. It used to bug me that this seems like a less than optimal use of resources, but I love the management - all the VM and containers on one pane of glass, super simple snapshots, dead easy to move a service between machines, and simple to instrument the LXC for monitoring.

            I see other people doing, and I’m interested in, an even more generic system (maybe Cockpit or something) but I’ve been really happy with this. If OP’s dream is managing all the containers and VM’s together, I’d back having a look at Proxmox.

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            I use Docker LXCs. Really just a Debian LXC with Docker and then Portainer as a UI. I have separate LXCs for common services. Arrs on one LXC, Nextcloud, Immich and SearXNG on another, Invidious on a third. I just separate them so I don’t need to kill all services if I need to restart or take down the LXC for whatever reason.

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          Thanks. I did check it out and it looks like it’s got some really cool benefits, like being able to cluster across two machines and take one down if it needs servicing, with zero down time.

          I’m thinking about buying some rack mount servers and bringing everything I’m currently doing in the cloud for my business to on-premises servers. The one thing I was wary about was how I was going to handle hardware maintenance, and this looks like it would solve that issue nicely.

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            For the system itself I would recommend nixos

            Some people like it, some people are against progress and they think work should be manual 🤣

            I’m using nixos and all my machines, even integrating my phone in it

            You can automate and replicate unbelievable stuff with it. You solve a bunch of problems by using nixos

            But it’s a whole big rabbit whole, and it would take a lot of time to learn how to use it, then a lot of time to set everything up

            But you could do zero downtime hardware maintenance without VMs or containers, just by using bare metal

            Edit: or with VMs, containers, or k8s. Everything would be just cleaner and cooler

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        Proxmox does VMs and containers (LXC). You can run any docker / podman manager you want in a container.

        Benefits of having Proxmox as the base is ZFS / snapshoting and easy setup of multiple boot drives, which is really nice when one drive inevitably fails 😏

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          Yes but Proxmox doesn’t manage docker, OP wants a webUI to see all their docker containers.

          I agree running Proxmox as a base OS is the way to go, but you’ll still need Dockge, Portainer, etc to have a webUI for docker stuff.

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        Portainer doesn’t manage VMs either

        But at least you can do docker inside proxmox, and kinda manage it, or put something else on top of it

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    With docker containers I’ve moved from portainer to dockge. It lets you see the birds eye view, but also lets you directly edit the compose file from the UI. I haven’t been using it very long, but so far I like it.

    You will need to find something else for vms though. I use proxmox.

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    Give portainer a try. It’s actually pretty good for getting a birdseye view, and let’s you manage more than one docker server.

    It’s not perfect of course.

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      Note that if you want actual virtualization then perhaps Proxmox (not sure if it manages multiple hypervisors - I haven’t obtained something to test it on yet). Portainer is best for Docker management (it, and it’s client agents, run as docker containers themselves. Don’t forget to enable web sockets if proxying.

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    Portainer and Cockpit if you want to run VM (it also manage container but only with podman)

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      Cockpit looks interesting. It’s got a lot of features I normally do with terminal commands, but the VM manager stuff looks like what I’m looking for.

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    I tried portainer and it was overkill for my usage, too much overhead and too many features that I don’t need.

    Right now I’m using ajenti 2, which shows memory and CPU usage for the docker containers in the web page

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    If you’re running a compatible OS (Debian will work), cockpit for VMs and whatever you like for containers.

    Or just do everything on the command line like us crusty system admins

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      Cockpit is great.

      It’s pretty simplistic. It gives you an overview of your system ressources and handles libvirt VMs and Docker (i think. I used it with Podman, but in this context both should work).

      My impression was that the container and VM interfaces were pretty simple, and I wouldn’t have liked it as my main interface for those services, but it would be perfect for getting an overview and restarting them!

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    That’s not too easy methinks. You get kvm vm-s though gui/shell/api with proxmox, but no docker (they use lxc). Unless you set up a podman or similar inside it.

    If you’re made of money there’s always https://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/vsphere-with-tanzu.html

    Other than that I’d say go with a xen (xcp-ng). Proxmox or esxi host, and spin up a vm as docker host.

    I ditched docker in my latest setup, just running 2 machines in a proxmox cluster. I like lxc - as it’s got the footprint of docker and behaves like a vm

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      Thanks for mentioning Dockge, hadn’t heard of it yet. Already use portainer but it seems a bit overkill for me and my few containers. Will try Dockge.

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    Acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations, contractions, and other phrases which expand to something larger, that I’ve seen in this thread:

    Fewer Letters More Letters
    LXC Linux Containers
    SSH Secure Shell for remote terminal access
    ZFS Solaris/Linux filesystem focusing on data integrity
    k8s Kubernetes container management package

    4 acronyms in this thread; the most compressed thread commented on today has 11 acronyms.

    [Thread #464 for this sub, first seen 29th Jan 2024, 16:55] [FAQ] [Full list] [Contact] [Source code]

    • hperrin@lemmy.worldOP
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      Nothing. I’ve been using SSH. I’d like to have both options, SSH and a web UI.