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. Rajat Shandilya says:

    hi there please reply ASAP, I have done all 19 steps but i want GUI, how can i get that ??

    Please help me #RaviSaive

  2. maheshreddy says:

    actuali my quction is i have a windows 7 but i want anther os redhat Linux in this system how to do a process please tel me
    how to install a second os on my laptop

  3. Kush Kumar says:

    I have just install RHEL6 on my pc but I don’t know what to write in that login in step 19 and it also doesn’t show anything when I wite in password. Only incorrect login.

  4. Linux Guy says:

    Can you please share exact link to download RHE: 6/7 versions ?

    i need those versions for learning purpose.

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @Linux Guy,

      For your information, RHEL is not free to download, you need to have a RedHat subscription to download the RHEL OS or you should go for CentOS 6 version which is free and clone of RHEL.

  5. Thomas W says:

    How do I install RHEL on windows 7.
    I have a copy of the RHEL 7 in my external hard disk from a friend, I have set the first boot as USB but on startup, the system boots windows.
    What is the first step towards installation of this important OS to me

  6. Mehedi Hasan Hemel says:

    I can not log in please help me. Tell in details

  7. Suji says:

    There is no screen shot for network configuration. Why is that?

  8. Anish says:

    Somebody please help me. I am totally beginner.
    I have just install RHEL6 on my pc but I don’t know what to write in that login in step 19 and it also doesn’t show anything when I wite in password. Only incorrect login.

  9. arjun says:

    shrink drive c: and install the linux it it

  1. June 13, 2016

    How do I install Linux server?

    Do you mean to say Linux os?? If it is then follow the mentioned below link.. it will guide you step by step because it is difficult to explain in details here so please read it and still if you have some doubts then feel free to ask.

    https://www.tecmint.com/red-hat-enterprise-linux-rhel-6-installation-guide-with-screenshots/

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