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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