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Installing Guest Operating Systems

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Red Hat Linux 7.0 Installation Guidelines

Red Hat Linux 7.0 Installation Guidelines

Support

Support

This guest operating system is supported on the following VMware products:

  • VMware Workstation 4.0
General Installation Notes

General Installation Notes

The easiest method of installing Red Hat Linux 7.0 in a virtual machine is to use the standard Red Hat distribution CD. The notes below describe an installation using the standard distribution CD; however, installing Red Hat Linux 7.0 via the boot
floppy/network method is supported as well.

Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created and configured a new virtual machine.

Note: During the Red Hat Linux 7.0 text mode installation, a standard XFree86 version 4 server (without support for VMware SVGA or standard VGA) will be installed. Do not run that X server. Instead, to get an accelerated SVGA X server running inside the virtual machine, you should install the VMware Tools package immediately after installing Red Hat Linux 7.0.

Installation Steps

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Red Hat Linux 7.0 CD in the CD-ROM drive and click the Power On button.

    We recommend you install the operating system with the text mode installer. At the Red Hat 7.0 CD boot prompt, you are offered the following choices:

    To install or upgrade a system ... in graphical mode ...
    To install or upgrade a system ... in text mode, type: text <ENTER>.
    To enable expert mode, ...
    Use the function keys listed below ...

    Choose the text mode installer by typing text followed by Enter.

  2. Follow the installation steps as you would for a physical machine. Be sure to make the choices outlined in the following steps.
  3. In Video Card Selection choose Generic VGA compatible, then click OK.
  4. Near the end of the installation, after files have been copied, you reach the Monitor Setup screen. Choose Generic Standard VGA, 640x480 @ 60 Hz, then click OK.
  5. At the Video Memory screen, choose 256Kb, then click OK.
  6. At the Clockchip Configuration screen, choose No Clockchip Setting (recommended), which is the default, then click OK.
  7. At the Probe for Clocks screen, click Skip.
  8. At the Select Video Modes screen, don't choose anything. Just click OK.
  9. At the Starting X screen, click Skip.

    Note: This is the most important step. Clicking OK runs the XFree86 version 4 server, which fails, and the installer aborts.

This completes basic installation of the Red Hat Linux 7.0 guest operating system.

VMware Tools

VMware Tools

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see the manual for your VMware product.

Note: With a Red Hat Linux 7.0 guest, you should install VMware Tools from the Linux console. Do not start X until you have installed VMware Tools.

Known Issues

Known Issues

Guest Screen Saver

Guest Screen Saver

On a Linux host with an XFree86 3.x X server, it is best not to run a screen saver in the guest operating system. Guest screen savers that demand a lot of processing power can cause the X server on the host to freeze.

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