Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 Installation Guide with Screenshots

Update: RHEL 8.0 Released, follow Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.0 Installation Guide

This is the article which will guide you step-by-step installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (Santiago) with screenshots. Current stable version is 6.3 (mirror update 3). Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of the best and stable Linux Operating systems.

RHEL 6 Installation Guide

RHEL 6 Installation Guide

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a Linux-based operating system developed by Red Hat and targeted the commercial market.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is available on the following architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is released in server versions for x86, x86-64 for Itanium, PowerPC and IBM System z, and Desktop versions. Download center for RHEL 6 DVD/CD from https://access.redhat.com/downloads.

There are numbers of new technology and features are added; some of the important features are listed below:

  1. Ext4 a default filesystem, and the optional XFS filesystem.
  2. XEN is replaced by KVM (Kernel based Virtualization). However, XEN is supported till RHEL 5 life cycle.
  3. Supported future ready Filesystem called Btrfs pronounced “Better F S”.
  4. Upstart event driven which contains scripts that are only activated when they are needed. With Upstart, RHEL 6 has adopted a new and much faster alternative for the old System V boot procedure.

There are number of installation types such as unattended installation called Kickstart, and Text-based Installer, I’ve used Graphical Installer. And I have installed it on my testing environment. Please choose packages during installation as per your need. So, let’s get started. Boot Computer Using Red Hat 6 Installation CD/DVD.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Installation

1. Select Install or upgrade existing system options.

Select Install or Upgrade

Select Install or Upgrade

2. Select Language.

Select RHEL 6 Language

Select RHEL 6 Language

3. Select keyboard type.

Select RHEL 6 Keyboard

Select RHEL 6 Keyboard

4. Choose skip media test, click ok if you want to check media.

Skip RHEL 6 media test

Skip RHEL 6 media test

5. Select storage device.

Select RHEL 6 Storage Device

Select RHEL 6 Storage Device

6. Type computer name or hostname.

Set RHEL 6 Hostname

Set RHEL 6 Hostname

7. Select time zone location.

Set RHEL 6 TimeZone

Set RHEL 6 TimeZone

8. Enter password for root user.

Set RHEL 6 root Password

Set RHEL 6 root Password

9. Select type of installation and review partitioning layout carefully also may choose Encrypt system.

Select RHEL 6 Partition Layout

Select RHEL 6 Partition Layout

10. Review partitioning layout, modify if needed. I have chosen default setup with Ext4 and LVM.

Choose RHEL 6 Filesystem type

Choose RHEL 6 Filesystem type

11. Manually configuration of LVM and RAID storage.

Configure RHEL 6 LVM and Raid

Configure RHEL 6 LVM and Raid

12. Creating partition and formatting filesystems.

Creating RHEL 6 Partitions

Creating RHEL 6 Partitions

13. Configuring boot loader options, also can give boot loader password for security reason.

Set RHEL 6 boot loader password

Set RHEL 6 boot loader password

14. Select applications to install and select customize now.

Select RHEL 6 Installation Packages

Select RHEL 6 Installation Packages

15. Customize package selections.

RHEL 6 Packages Selection

RHEL 6 Packages Selection

16. Installation progress.

RHEL 6 Installation Process

RHEL 6 Installation Process

17. Installation is completed successfully.

RHEL 6 Installation Completed

RHEL 6 Installation Completed

18. Please reboot your computer and login with root credentials as you set in the Step #8.

Reboot RHEL 6 Installation

Reboot RHEL 6 Installation

19. Login Screen.

RHEL 6 Login Screen

RHEL 6 Login Screen

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67 Responses

  1. suzanne ashcraft says:

    I’m trying to figure a way to install both xubunu and RHEL, is there a good way to do this? I keep finding info on how to do a dualboot with windows on xubuntu. I like my xubunu but want RHEL so I can study for the RHCSA.

  2. Mahanthi says:

    HI,

    I have installed redhat 6.4 on IBM x server, the installation was sucessfull but when i am connecting the server to any network (Internet or Intranet) the network is not working stable. i am facing frequent packet drops for the all the IP’s in the network. when I am removing the server from Network , the network is again stable. looks some weird behavior can any body help me to resolve the issue

  3. Bhanoji says:

    I have m2n-mx se plus motherboard with amd processor. I am trying to install rhel 6, during installation it is prompting….
    checking ‘hlt’ instructions …
    smp alternatives: switching to up code
    ACPI: core revision 20060707
    CPU0: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 x 2 Dual core processor 5200+ stepping 02
    smp alternatives; switching to smp code
    booting processor 1/1 eip 11000
    cpu 1 irq stacks, hard =c00774000 soft = c0754000
    initializing CPU#1
    calibrating delay using timer specific rootine… 5424.71 bogomips (lpj=2712357)
    cpu:l1 Icache: 64k (64 bites / line), Dcache 64bytes / line)
    CPU :L2 cache: 512k ^64 bites/line)
    CPU1(2) – core1
    intel machine check archetucture supported
    intel machine check reporting enabled on cpu#1.
    cpu 1: AMD athlon ™ 64 x 2 dual core processor 5200+ stepping 02
    total of 2 processors activated (10849.64 Bogomips)
    ENABLING IO=APIC IRQs
    ….Timer: Vector = 9×31 apic1=0 pin = 1 apic2=1 pin2 =-1
    .. mp-BIOS bug:8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC
    ….trying to set up timer (IRQ) through the 8259A … failed
    …. trying to setup as virtual wire IRQ … failed.
    trying to set up timer as Ext INT IRQ… FAILED (.kernal panic – not syncing: IO-APIC +timer doesn’t work!
    Boot with apic = degbug and send a report. Then try booting with ‘noapic’ option

    please help to get install.

  4. sreenivas says:

    hello sir,
    i tried installing red hat 6, i have a hardisk of 152gb in my lappy and it has two partitions. one with 139 gb and other with 13 gb but while installing it says that there is no enough space for installation so what may be the probllem

  5. Ishan says:

    i have installed and configured DNS on RedHat OS. Now i want to know how to add cleint PC to this server. My client will be one of Linux OS
    plz help me

  6. kr says:

    hello,

    How to uninstall Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 please tell me steps.

    Regards,
    Kr

  7. kiran says:

    Hello ,

    When am installing softwares as in step 14 , i have selected Basic server and i have unselected some softwares which i dont want, but when i checked it again whatever i have unchecked those also installed . Please help me on this. What ever packages i have un selected its automatically getting selected. for example under servers -email server am unselecting but its automatically getting select when i checking back.

    Regards,
    Kiran

  8. Tausif Ahmad says:

    Hi Ravi,

    it’s going to custom setting, i need to create partition in Linux but while installing Linux
    on VM this option is not appearing. I really appreciate to you, if you help me on this..

    Regards,
    Tausif

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