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Installing Guest Operating Systems

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Red Hat Linux 9.0 Installation Guidelines

Red Hat Linux 9.0 Installation Guidelines

Support

Support

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

  • VMware ESX Server 2.0
General Installation Notes

General Installation Notes

The easiest method of installing Red Hat Linux 9.0 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 9.0 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: You should not run the X server that is installed when you set up Red Hat Linux 9.0. 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 9.0.

Installation Steps

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Red Hat Linux 9.0 CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive and power on the virtual machine.

    You need to install Red Hat Linux 9.0 using the text mode installer, which you may choose when you first boot the installer. At the Red Hat Linux 9.0 CD boot prompt, you are offered the following choices:

    To install or upgrade Red Hat Linux ... in graphical mode ...
    To install or upgrade ... in text mode, type: linux text <ENTER>.
    Use the function keys listed below ...

    To choose the text mode installer, type linux text and press Enter.

    Note: If you attempt to use the graphical installer, it fails and launches the text mode installer.

  2. Follow the installation steps as you would for a physical machine. Be sure to make the choices outlined in the following steps.
  3. Choose the language and keyboard, then in the Installation Type screen, choose either Server or Workstation for the installation type.
  4. In the Mouse Selection screen, choose Generic - 3 Button Mouse (PS/2) and select the Emulate 3 Buttons option for three-button mouse support in the virtual machine. If you have a wheel mouse, you may choose Generic Wheel Mouse (PS/2).
  5. You may see a warning that says:
    Bad partition table. The partition table on device sda is corrupted. To create new partitions, it must be initialized, causing the loss of ALL DATA on the drive.
    This does not mean that anything is wrong with the hard drive on your physical computer. It simply means that the virtual hard drive in your virtual machine needs to be partitioned and formatted. Select the Initialize button and press Enter. Also note that sda appears in the message as the device name if the virtual disk in question is a SCSI disk; if the virtual disk is an IDE drive, hda appears in the message as the device name instead.
  6. Allow automatic partitioning of the disk to occur in the Automatic Partitioning screen or partition the virtual disk manually if you do not want to use the Red Hat defaults.
  7. If your computer is connected to a LAN that provides DHCP support, then in the Network Configuration screen, you may select the option Use bootp/dhcp. If you prefer, you may also set the networking parameters manually.
  8. In the Video Card Configuration screen, choose Skip X Configuration.

This completes basic installation of the Red Hat Linux 9.0 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. Do not start the X server in the guest operating system until you install VMware Tools.

Known Issues

Known Issues

Guest Screen Saver

Guest Screen Saver

VMware Workstation: 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.

Migration to a Different Processor

Migration to a Different Processor

VMware Workstation: VMware recommends you do not migrate a Red Hat Linux 9.0 virtual machine between hosts when one host is running on an AMD processor and the other is running on an Intel processor.

During the Red Hat Linux 9.0 installation, Red Hat 9.0 chooses a kernel that is optimized for the specific processor on which it is running. The kernel may contain instructions that are only available for that processor. These instructions can have adverse effects when run on a host with the wrong type of processor.

Thus, a Red Hat Linux 9.0 virtual machine created on a host with an AMD processor may not work if migrated to a host with an Intel processor. The reverse is also true: a Red Hat Linux 9.0 virtual machine created on a host with an Intel processor may not work if migrated to a host with an AMD processor.

This problem is not specific to virtual machines and would also occur on physical computers. For example, if you moved a hard drive with a Red Hat Linux 9.0 installation from an AMD machine to an Intel machine, you would experience problems trying to boot from that drive.

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