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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 installation guide

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Welcome to Red Hat Linux tutorial series. In our very first tutorial we will discuss about red hat enterprise 7 linux installation. The guide is step by step procedure with screenshots

This is basic installation tutorial and will be using virtual machine to install operating system on it using Anaconda installation program. Before starting Redhat 7 installation first we will look at requirements

Requirements for Red Hat Linux Installation

you will need active Red Hat subscription to download Linux RHEL7.1  ISO image from Red Hat Customer Portal.

  1. RHEL 7.1 Binary DVD ISO image

RHEL 7.1 can be installed on variety of systems  Intel 64,AMD64, IBM Power,IBM System Z etc. But in this tutorial we will create a virtual machine (VM) using Open Virtual Box and then will deploy RHEL 7.1 OS .

Download DVD Binary ISO image from Red Hat portal

2. Download oracle virtual box from

A) Installation of Virtual Box,

On windows after downloading oracle virtual box double click on download exe file . Follow installation wizard or for more information go to

B) Create virtual Machine

After installing oracle virtual box we will now create a virtual machine (VM) on which then we will install RHEL 7.1

To create new VM in Virtual Box you can either Right click on Machine–> New as shown in screenshot below or you can click on New button on tool bar of Virtual box


Specify name and Type then click Next


Specify version and click Next



Specify memory size. Please select at least 1024MB and click Next


In next step we will create Virtual disk drive. Select option shown in below screenshot and click create


Select VDI as hard drive type as we are using Virtual Box for this tutorial. In real life type can be anything from the list depending upon virtualization tool you are using.Click Next


Select Dynamically allocated option. Click Next


In below steps we will select location where VM files will be stored. I will keep default settings for files location


In above  screenshot I have increased default disk space from 8GB to 14GB. You can increase more if you have more disk space on your physical system(laptop/desktop etc) and then click Create

Below screenshot shows that VM is now created


Now our VM is created. Now will start process of linux installation
Highlight VM . Right Click and select setting as shown in below screenshot. You can also highlight VM and select setting option as shown in next screenshot following below one. Select storage and then CD ROM and then browse to location where you have downloaded ISO image from Red Hat portal


Start VM by selecting start Option


Alternatively you can start VM by using start option from tool bar

VM will boot from virtual CD-ROM and will display Installation option. Select first option Install Red Hat enterprise Linux  7.1


system will start loading


After system loads Anaconda installation program will start and it will ask you to choose language for installation process . I chose english as I am comfortable with it.Click Next



Below screenshot shows installation summary. This screen gives you options to customize configuration like Date/Time/Location/Time Zone, Keyboard, Networking and hostname settings etc. First you can choose date time option to set correct date/time and correct time zone.


When you click on date/time option you will see similar screen like below. You can click anywhere on map to select your location/time zone. see screenshot below


You can also select your location by clicking first on Region drop down. Please see screenshot below


Then click on city drop down and select city.



Once you are happy click on Done. Then Click on Keyboard option in Installation summary. It will display below screen to set keyboard layout

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Click on “+”(Plus) button as shown in screenshot below to add another keyboard layout and “-“(minus) to remove keyboard layout. I will remove English (US) and will add



It gives yout list of options available. I am selecting English (UK). English(UK) keyboard layout is added.Click Done


Below screenshot will appear and it will ask you to select language support  I am selecting English (United Kingdom)


Next screenshot (below) gives you option to select installation source. Select  Installation source option.


Below Screenshot gives you option to select source. As we are installing from virtual CD ROM it is already auto selected. In case it is not selected you can specify location manually

and the click Done


In this step we will select software selection see screenshot below


We will select server with GUI. For now we need GUI (Graphical User Interface) of Linux which will help in learning linux quickly for beginners


In this step we will select destination where we will install Linux. Click on Installation destination


As we created only one virtual hard disk. We will install on that disk. You will notice it is already selected automatically


Kdump is optional. Here will keep it enabled. Kdump is used for troubleshooting if in case linux crashes which rarely happens



Select network and hostname option.You do not need to configure it now. But you have option to configure it with hostname and IP address.


Click configure button

install-red-hat-linux-7-28Below two screenshot shows tabs (options) where you can configure network details


At bottom of screen you have option to set hostname.  For training and learning purpose we will configure network and hostname settings later.

Once you are happy with installation options you have chosen earlier . You can click on Begin Installation


Installation of Linux will start.While system installs Linux you will be provided choices to create  a) root password and b)create non root user(which is optional)


First we will create root password and then click Done


Similarly  create non user . Enter user details including password. Click Done


Now wait until systems finish installation


Below screenshot shows system has installed 10 packages out of 1214


Below screenshot shows Linux installation has finished. Click Reboot


After reboot. You will see below screen. you have to accept license .You can see finish configuration is greyed out. Click on License information


Now we will accept license


After accepting license now you can see you can select finish configuration option. click on Finish Configuration


You will then see below screen. For time being select No, I prefer to register at later time.


Click on forward


you will see login screen. It will show you login button for user which you already created


Here again it give you option to use language. I have selected English UK. Click Next


next select input sources. I selected  English UK


Click start using Red Hat linux


For very first time it will display tutorials how to use Linux. Close this window


On Desktop right click and select Open in Terminal


It will show command window(terminal window). In our next tutorial most of time we will be using terminal window /shell prompt.


I hope you have enjoyed . This guide shows red hat enterprise linux installation step by step and I hoped you followed it and will be comfortable in linux installation. Thank you for visiting my tutorial page

Now you can watch video tutorial (Installation of red hat 7)

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