6.1. Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as a para-virtualized guest

6.1. Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as a para-virtualized guest

If you are using the virt-install command line interface tool and you select the --vnc option for a graphical installation you will also see the graphical installation screen as shown below.

If you used virt-install or virt-manager the following command line would start a guest installation with the same parameters as selected above via the GUI:

virt-install -n rhel5PV -r 500 -f /var/lib/xen/images/rhel5PV.dsk -s 3 --vnc -p -l\
ftp://10.1.1.1/trees/RHEL5-B2-Server-i386/

The window will show the initial boot of your guest:

After your guest has completed its initial bootstrap you will be dropped into the standard installation process for Red Hat Enterprise Linux or the operating system specific installer you select to install. For most installations the default answers will be acceptable

  1. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux installer will ask you for the installation language:

  2. Next you have to select the keyboard layout you want to use:

  3. Assign the guest's network address. You can either choose DHCP (as shown below) or static:

  4. If you have chosen DHCP for your guest the installation process will now try to acquire an IP address for your guest via DHCP:

  5. If you elected to use a static IP address for your guest the next screen will ask you for the details on the guest's networking configuration:

    1. Enter a valid IP address, also make sure the IP address you enter can reach your installation server which provides the installation tree.

    2. Enter a valid Subnet mask, default gateway and name server address.

  6. Below is an example of a static IP address configuration:

  7. After you finished the networking configuration of your guest the installation process will retrieve the installation files required to continue:


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