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Red Hat Linux 6.x Installation Guidelines

Red Hat Linux 6.x Installation Guidelines

The easiest method of installing Red Hat Linux 6.x 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 6.x via the boot
floppy/network method is supported as well.

Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created a directory for the new virtual machine and configured it using the VMware Workstation New Virtual Machine Wizard (on Windows hosts) or Configuration Wizard (on Linux hosts).

Caution: Red Hat Linux 6.2 does not run on Pentium 4 processors. It also does not run on Xeon processors that are branded Xeon, with no qualifier, or Xeon-MP (Pentium III Xeon processors are OK).

Note: Due to VGA performance issues installing Red Hat 6.1 and 6.2 with the graphics mode installer, we highly recommend you install the operating system with the text mode installer. At the Red Hat 6.1 or 6.2 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.

Note: During the Red Hat Linux 6.x installation, a standard VGA16 X server (without support for the VMware Workstation X server) is installed. 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 6.x.

Installation Steps

Installation Steps

  1. Use the VMware Workstation Configuration Editor to verify the virtual machine's devices are set up as you expect before starting the installation. For example, if you would like networking software to be installed during the Red Hat Linux 6.x installation process, be sure the virtual machine's Ethernet adapter is enabled and configured. VMware also recommends that you disable the screen saver on the host system before starting the installation process.

  2. Insert the Red Hat Linux 6.x CD in the CD-ROM drive and click the Power On button.

  3. Follow the installation steps as you would for a physical PC.

    Note: If the virtual machine's Ethernet adapter has been enabled, the installation program auto-detects and loads the AMD PC/Net 32 driver (no command line parameter is necessary to load the driver).

    Note: The text mode installer in Red Hat Linux 6.x presents a Hostname Configuration screen. If you are installing this guest with DHCP in a virtual machine with host-only networking, do not specify a host name. Just respond OK and continue. (Specifying a host name will cause an installer error later.) At the next screen - Network Configuration - respond OK to use the default: Use bootp/dhcp.

  4. During the Linux installation, select the standard VGA16 X server. In the Choose a Card screen, select the Generic VGA compatible/Generic VGA card from the list. In the Monitor Setup screen, select Generic Monitor from the list. Select the Probe button from the Screen Configuration dialog box and select OK from the Starting X dialog box. After Linux is installed, you will replace the generic X server with the accelerated X server included in the VMware Tools package when you install VMware Tools.

  5. Finish installing Red Hat Linux 6.x as you would on a physical PC.

At this point Red Hat 6.x boots and presents a log-on screen.

VMware Tools

VMware Tools

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see Installing VMware Tools.

Known Issues

Known Issues

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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