CentOS 6.10 Netinstall – Network Installation Guide

CentOS is a most popular and widely used Linux distribution from the RedHat Enterprise family. This CentOS 6.10 release is based on the upstream release Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 comes with bug fixes, new functionalities & updates.

It is strongly recommended to read the release notes as well as the upstream technical notes about the changes before an installation or up-gradation.

Upgrade CentOS 6.x to CentOS 6.10

Those who looking to upgrade from previous CentOS 6.x to a new major CentOS 6.10 version, they can simply run the following yum command to upgrade their system seamlessly from any earlier CentOS Linux 6.x release to 6.10.

# yum udpate

We highly suggest you to perform a fresh CentOS 6.10 installation rather than upgrading from other older CentOS versions.

In this article, we will take you through the steps of performing a minimal CentOS 6.10 network installation, where you install a very minimum set of software, necessary for booting the kernel and performing basic functions on your server, without a graphical user interface (GUI). It allows you to set a foundation for building a future customizable server platform.

Download CentOS 6.10 Net Install

If you’re looking for fresh CentOS 6.10 installation, then download the .iso images from the links provided below and follow the installation instructions with screenshots mentioned below.

  1. CentOS-6.10-i386-netinstall.iso [32-bit]
  2. CentOS-6.10-x86_64-netinstall.iso [64-bit]

CentOS 6.10 Network Installation Guide

1. First start by downloading the CentOS 6.10 Network Install ISO and then create a bootable USB stick using LiveUSB Creator called Rufus, Unetbootin or terminal based Bootiso.

2. Next boot your system using the bootable USB or CD, at the Grub menu, select Install or upgrade existing system and hit enter.

CentOS 6.10 Install Grub Menu
CentOS 6.10 Install Grub Menu

3. Next, skip testing of the installation media to start the installation of the system.

CentOS 6.10 Media Testing
CentOS 6.10 Media Testing

4. Choose the language you would like to use for the installation process, and press Enter.

CentOS 6.10 Installation Language
CentOS 6.10 Installation Language

5. Select the keyboard layout you would like to use, and use the right arrow key select OK, and press Enter.

CentOS 6.10 Keyboard Layout
CentOS 6.10 Keyboard Layout

6. Now specify the installation method, since it is a network installation, choose URL and then press OK and hit Enter.

CentOS 6.10 Installation Type
CentOS 6.10 Installation Type

7. Next, configure TCP/IP for connections as shown in the screenshot below.

CentOS 6.10 TCP/IP Configuration
CentOS 6.10 TCP/IP Configuration

8. Now configure the CentOS 6.10 Netinstall URL, it is recommended to choose a nearest mirror from the available CentOS mirrors list.

Example mirror.liquidtelecom.com
  1. http://mirror.liquidtelecom.com/centos/6.10/os/i386/ – [32-bit]
  2. http://mirror.liquidtelecom.com/centos/6.10/os/x86_64/ – [64-bit]
CentOS 6.10 Network Install URL
CentOS 6.10 Network Install URL

9. After providing the URL and clicking OK, wait for the installer to retrieve the ISO image (this may take sometime, but it should be fast with a good internet connection).

CentOS 6.10 Image Retrieving
CentOS 6.10 Image Retrieving

10. After successfully retrieving the ISO image, the CentOS Graphical Installer will be launched, as shown in the following screenshot. Click on Next to proceed.

CentOS 6.10 Installer
CentOS 6.10 Installer

11. Next, choose the type storage devices (basic or specialized) to be used for the installation and click Next.

CentOS 6.10 Installation Storage Device
CentOS 6.10 Installation Storage Device

12. Next, select the option to clear data on the storage disk by selecting Yes, discard any data and click Next.

CentOS 6.10 Storage Device Warning
CentOS 6.10 Storage Device Warning

13. Set the Hostname and click Next.

Set CentOS 6.10 Hostname
Set CentOS 6.10 Hostname

14. Set the Timezone for your location and click Next to proceed.

Set CentOS 6.10 Timezone
Set CentOS 6.10 Timezone

15. Set the root user password and click Next to continue.

Set CentOS 6.10 Root Password
Set CentOS 6.10 Root Password

16. Now you need to specify the type of installation you want. Read the descriptions of the options carefully and select the appropriate one. If you want to use the whole disk space, choose Use All Space, but to perform a custom installation, choose Create Custom Layout.

Select CentOS 6.10 Installation Type
Select CentOS 6.10 Installation Type

17. The installer will review and modify partition layout. If everything is ok, clik Next.

CentOS 6.10 Device Partition Summary
CentOS 6.10 Device Partition Summary
CentOS 6.10 Disk Formatting
CentOS 6.10 Disk Formatting

18. Next, apply the disk partitioning scheme created by selecting Write changes to disk and then click Next to proceed.

CentOS 6.10 Disk Write Changes
CentOS 6.10 Disk Write Changes

19. In this step, you need to choose the default set of software to be installed on your system. For the purpose of this guide, we will use Minimal and click Next. Thereafter, the installation process will be started.

CentOS 6.10 Minimal Install
CentOS 6.10 Minimal Install

20. At this point, the actual installation of the system (copying of files) to disk will now start. When it is done, click on Reboot.

CentOS 6.10 Installation Process
CentOS 6.10 Installation Process
CentOS 6.10 Installation Complete
CentOS 6.10 Installation Complete

21. Once you have rebooted the system, you will land at login page as shown in the screenshot below. Finally, log into your CentOS 6.10 server with the root credentials.

CentOS 6.10 Root Login
CentOS 6.10 Root Login

Congratulations! You have successfully installed CentOS 6.10 server using network installation media. If you have any questions or thoughts to share, use the feedback from below to reach us.

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188 thoughts on “CentOS 6.10 Netinstall – Network Installation Guide”

  1. Hi, I have vmware workstation pro 12 and I want to install centos 6. Every time i want to install the centos, a message is display when the os is installing (i mean in the last step ) that please insert disk 1 to continue. what is the reason for displaying this message.
    please answer me.

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  2. I have just installed CentOS 7. Get login screen, log in OK. Now what do I do? Just have a flashing cursor. Tried start x

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  3. Good morning sir
    i am working on ATVM(automatic Ticket vendor machine) project in linux but i can not understand how to start this project my project requirement is :
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    * Embedded oS and S/W(total size less than 400 MB)
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    * remote and unattended updation of os:
    * Remote monitoring Of system status
    * support: Disk on Key support
    * Security: Password Protected setup for Terminal Configuration

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