Remove the Proxmox “No Valid Subscription” message

Remove the Proxmox “No Valid Subscription” message

Category : How-to

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proxmox logo gradProxmox 3.1 has implemented a new repository setup, as described in my recent blog post.

Each time you log into Proxmox 3.1 a dialogue box pops up with the message:

You do not have a valid subscription for this server. Please visit to get a list of available options.

One way to remove the message is to purchase a subscription from the Proxmox team. Remember that paying subscriptions keeps the development of Proxmox progressing. For the recent release, the subscription cost has been heavily reduced and is more affordable than ever.

The fact of the matter is, I started using Proxmox as a free and open source tool and expected it to stay that way. Had I known a subscription element would have been introduced, I would likely have chosen another toolset. As it is, I am too invested in Proxmox (time-wise) and changing to another technology is simply out of the question at this point. This brings me onto the other method; make a slight change to the code to remove the dialogue box from appearing. This is allowed under the License (aGPLv3) used for Proxmox however future updates may break your code and you may have to re-apply it or apply a different change.

You will need SSH access to the Proxmox host with the required access to edit the pvemanagerlib.js file.

First, take a backup of the file:

cp /usr/share/pve-manager/ext4/pvemanagerlib.js /usr/share/pve-manager/ext4/pvemanagerlib.js_BKP

Then open the file using a text editor, vi for example.

vi /usr/share/pve-manager/ext4/pvemanagerlib.js

Currently on line 519 of the file, however it may change with future updates, there is a line similar to below;

if (data.status !== 'Active') {

This line is doing the check to see if your subscription status is not ‘Active’. This needs to be changed to return false to stop the subscription message from being shown.

if (false) {

And that annoying little popup will be a thing of the past!

Note: You may need to clear your web browser cache after applying this code change.

I have added this code to my Proxmox patch – see this blog post for more information.

Proxmox 3.1 package/ updates manager

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proxmox logo gradProxmox version 3.1 made a huge change to the way updates are managed. Prior to version 3.1, updates for the PVE software were managed from two main repositories – test and production – both of which were free and available. Generally the production repositories were used to ensure a stable and secure Proxmox host. These two repositories have now changed to the following:

Please note, this also works for version 4.x.

None subscription repository

This repository remains free, and all the code is still under AGPL v3. I believe this repository is similar to what the test repository used to be – containing test and potentially buggy packages. There is also the standard Debian repository for all other, non-Proxmox, updates. As these packages are potentially unstable, it is not recommended to use this repository for a production server.

Proxmox Version 3.x

Proxmox version 3.x is based on Debian Wheezy.

deb wheezy main contrib
deb wheezy pve-no-subscription
Proxmox Version 4.x

If you run version 4.x of Proxmox, based on Debian Jessie then you’ll need to adjust the URL slightly as below:

deb jessie main contrib
deb jessie pve-no-subscription

Enterprise repository

This repository requires a subscription license key to be added to Proxmox before you can access it. These packages are stable and are recommended for any production Proxmox server after version 3.1.

If you do not have a valid subscription, you will need to remove this repository otherwise apt-get will never complete it’s update. Without a valid subscription, you will see errors such as “You do not have a valid subscription for this server. Please visit to get a list of available options.

Proxmox valid subscription error

Proxmox valid subscription error teminal

To remove the repository, open the source list file in the apt-get sources folder

vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pve-enterprise.list

And comment out the line with a # as below.

#deb wheezy pve-enterprise

All updates will now come from the none subscription repository which are publicly available. Unfortunately, each time you click the Refresh button on the Updates tab you will receive the above message. You will also receive this message when you login to the web GUI.

What about the old updates repository?

The original updates repository should be removed once you have upgraded to Proxmox 3.1. No future updates will be available in this repository.

Edit the sources list and comment out the old repository:

vi /etc/apt/sources.list

If you used the test repository, you will need to comment that out too.

# PVE packages provided by
#deb wheezy pve

How to remove the “No Valid Subscription” message

Each time you log into Proxmox 3.1 a dialogue box pops up reminding you that you have not purchased a valid subscription. One way to remove the message is to purchase a subscription from the Proxmox team. Another method is to make a slight change to the code to remove the dialogue box from appearing.

See my post on how to change the code to remove the dialogue box.

Proxmox 3.1 is now available!

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proxmox logo gradA new release of Proxmox is now available, release 3.1.

The highlights of this new release are:

  • A new storage plugin for GlusterFS.

Proxmox storage typesThis is a new storage plugin which can be used to add usable storage to your Proxmox host. GlusterFS is an open source, distributed file system with potential to house a huge capacity of data.

GlusterFS is key to open source, scalable and highly available storage spanning many servers, and even data centres.

See their About page for more information:

  • The SPICE protocol has been implemented as a technology preview. Whilts it is not recommended for production systems, you can see what’s in store in the Proxmox roadmap.
  • One of the most dramatic changes of Proxmox 3.1 is that the package repositories have been split into subscription and none-subscription. The subscription repository is the only repository recommended for a production server, however it requires a paid subscription with Proxmox to access it. See this thread for more information on the new Updates GUI page.

Proxmox updates manager

You can update any 3.0 install of Proxmox to the latest 3.1. Before updating, make sure all your VM’s have been stopped. Run the below commands on each server in your cluster.

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Restart all Proxmox servers to complete the update.


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