If you’re building your first home server (or following my Ultimate Home Server series!), the first app I recommend playing with is Home Assistant. Taking control of your home automation with free and open-source software is an excellent way to get out of the cloud-based walled gardens, and self-hosting an app like this is a great way to learn about self-hosting in general without the pressure of hosting something like your firewall.
In this video, I go over the process for creating a new virtual machine in Proxmox for Home Assistant, what settings you should choose, and why. I also include the steps to pass through USB hardware such as Zigbee and Z-Wave dongles to your virtual machine. Enjoy!
This video is part of the Ultimate Home Server Megaproject