Howto: Installing RHEL 6 Beta | Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux ( RHEL 6.2 ) Beta

Hello Friends,

There is a 1 major release of Red Hat is about to announce. Don’t know when they will announce RHEL 6 but I have RHEL 6 beta. So I have written howto to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 steps. Hope this will helps you all.

I have not used RHEL 6 that much, but my experience is not so bad as this is Red Hat product its amazing. Graphical wise if you ask me then I found it like Fedora 13 or you can say similar as Fedora. As I am using Fedora very much so GUI base i have not found so much differences but those who only uses RHEL 5 or RHEL versions they are going to be crazy about it.

Hope this Howto will help peoples who want to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on their Servers or Desktops.

Read carefully and perform following steps to Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

  1. First of all select DVD as your First Boot Device. Save & Exit From BIOS and Reboot your System.

    Installation Selection

    Select Install or Upgrade to Continue Installation

  2. After Booting from DVD you will get below screen. Select Install or Upgrade an Existing System and press Enter.
  3. If you get following screen wait for some time for Anaconda to take you for the next step.

    Loading...... RHEL6........

    Wait for Few Seconds………

  4. Select your prefered Language from Below Screen. I prefer English is good for all so i have selected English Language for Tutorial Purpose.

    Select Language

    Select Installation Language

  5. Select Keyboard Layout.

    Keyboard Layout

    Select Keyboard Layout

  6. In Following Screen you will able to see 4 Installation Methods, Let me explain Methods here:-
    • Local CD/DVD – It is obvious that If you use CD/DVD media then Choose this option.
    • Hard Drive – Select this if you have dumped your source into any other Linux partition.
    • NFS Directory – Select this If you have shared installation source shared using NFS.
    • URL – Select this if you want to install using FTP or HTTP Source link.

    So For this tutorial and Step by step installation of RHEL 6 we will select Local CD/DVD Installation Method.

    Installation Method

    Select your Installation Method

  7. If you are not sure about your media then Select OK to verify else Select Skip.

    Media Test

    Test your RHEL 6 Media | Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

  8. If your media is fine till now it will take you to the Graphical
    Installation Screen
    of RHEL 6 Installation. please wait for few minutes
    after getting following screen

    Running Anaconda........

    Running Anaconda…………

  9. Following is the first screen after Getting GUI Installation Wizard Click on NEXT to Continue…

    First Installation Screen

    Click Next to Begin RHEL 6 Installation

  10. Because we are installating Beta Release of Red Hat Enterprise
    Linux you will get warning of pre-release version. Have a look at
    following screen….

    Pre-release Warning

    This is warning because you are installing RHEL 6 Beta…. Pre-release warning

  11. Now, For installating RHEL there is two storage options are available Let me explain bit…..
    • Basic Storage Devices – Select this if you are installating on Local Hard disk or some local Storage
    • Specialized Storage Devices –  Select this if you are installing on SAN ( Storage Area Network ) or DASD ( Direct Access Storage Devices)

      Storage Selection

      Select Storage to Install RHEL 6 Beta

  12. Don’t worry if you don’t get following step, because if your Hard disk is blank then only you will get following screen.

    Hard Disk Initialize

    Reinitialize Device……

  13. Set your Hostname here. Remember FQDN hostname is always preferable (i.e.

    Configure Hostname

    Configure Hostname

  14. If you want to configure network during installation then click on Configure Network and Configure your Network by Editing Ethernet Cards.

    Configure Network

    Network Configuration During Installation with NetworkManager in RHEL 6

  15. Now It’s time to Select Time Zone.

    Time Zone

    Select Time Zone

  16. Now Set your root Password.

    Root Password

    Set your root password during Installation

  17. Make sure your password is not combination of
    dictionary words other wise you’ll get screen as below.

    Weak Password

    Weak or Dictionary base root Password

  18. Now We reach to the most Important part of any Linux Installation, Its Partition time guys…………Not explaining any option because it is already nicely explained there on screen itself. I prefer Create Custom Layout because i can show you guys how to make partition during installation. If you have windows already installed then please select this option……………………Select Create Custom Layout and  click on NEXT.

    Create Custom Layout

    Select Create Custom Layout to make Partition with our decided partition scheme

  19. I have got blank Hard Disk, So If you have also got Blank Hard Disk then you will get screen like below :-

    Free Space

    There is no partitions so this is the screen…….

  20. Here we’ll create only Three Most required Partitions….. You can create as per your requirement. SoNow Let’s start creating Partitions……..
  21. Let’s create boot partition first. Click on Create -> Select Standard Partition, Enter /boot as Mount Point, Enter Size 500MB, and Keep all information as it is, Click on OK.
    Create partition

    Click on “Create” to Create Standard partition

    Boot Partition

    Creating boot partition…..

  22. Now Let’s create swap partition Click on Create -> Select Standard Partition, Select Swap as File system Type, Enter size 2000 ( I suggest it should be double than RAM) and Keep all information as it is, Click on OK.
    Create partition

    Click on “Create” to Create Standard partition

    Swap Partition

    Creating Swap Partition

  23. Let’s create root partition. Click on Create -> Select Standard Partition, Enter / as Mount Point, Select Fill to maximum allowable size and Keep all information as it is, Click on OK.
    Create partition

    Click on “Create” to Create Standard partition

    Root Partition

    Creating root ( / ) Partition

  24. Now If everything is perfectly fine then you will able to see following screen

    Final Partition

    Final Partition Scheme

  25. This is the screen which is going to Format all your partition which you have created,
    Here if you are not sure then reboot your system without clicking on
    any thing. If you are sure that you want to continue then click on Write Changes to disk.

    Formatting Partitions

    Finally Writing Partition Changes to Disk

  26. Here is the Boot Menu screen. You can set password for Grub here, You can modify booting entry here.

    Booting Menu

    Customize your Grub Menu

  27. Different Kinds of Software packages are availabe so Select as per your requirement and click on NEXT.

    Package Selection

    Select Bunch of Packages which suits to your requirement

  28. If you plan to do customize installation then click on Customize Now and Click NEXT and Select your required packages and then click Next.
    Customize Now

    Customize Packages Now

    Packages Selection

    Select Packages which you want to install and click “Next”

  29. Installation has been started. Just get back and Relax for some time. It will take some time to get installed.

    Installation Started

    Installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has started

  30. Congratulations Guys….. Your RHEL 6 is installed…….

    Installation Completed

    Installation Successfully Completed

  31. Grub Screen of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta ( RHEL 6)

    Grub of RHEL 6

    RHEL 6 Grub Screen

  32. Wait…………. RHEL 6 Beta is Loading………………………

    Loading RHEL 6......

    Loading RHEL 6 Beta……

  33. Hmmm……. First Boot Instructions…. Just Few Steps and That’s It.
  34. This is the Welcome Message click on Forward

    Welcom Message

    This is welcome message on First Boot

  35. Select Yes, I agree to the License Agreement and Click on Forward

    License Information

    Accept License Agreement

  36. If you have RHN Login then Select Yes Otherwise Select No, I prefer to register at a later time and click on Forward.
    Software Updates

    If you don’t have RHN Login Select “No” and Move “Forward”

    Finish Updates Setup

    Finish Updates Setup

  37. Create Normal User and Click Forward

    Creating User

    Creating Normal User during Installation

  38. Set your Date & Time Here.

    Date & Time

    Set your Date & Time

  39. Enable Kdump if you want to configure otherwise Click on Forward, That’s It.


    Configure KDump

  40. Now It’s your RHEL 6 is installed and running.

Have a Fun with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 | RHEL 6 Beta.

Let me have some comment on this guys…………. Waiting for your comments……………..

Enjoy Red Hat Linux 🙂 Enjoy Open Source 🙂

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  • avadhoot says:

    i enable to connect to the internet. i have installed rhel6. configured eth0 but didnt connect. hope so u will help me to solve my problem.

  • Tejas Barot says:


    Please tell me error so i can guide you something.

  • waqar alam says:

    i am beginner to red hat linux. i want to install it on my laptop but it could not due some error after booting from cd/dvd. please guide me like beginner

  • Tejas Barot says:

    May be because you have created all primary partition. You have to create extended and then Logical Partitions.

  • Rahul says:

    I have a 160 gb internal hdd.
    i had 4 partition in my windows.I made one of the partition of 40GB(E:)as raw.
    When I select “Use Free Space option” it shows error lvm space not enough blah blah..
    If I use “Customize Layout” is going to format other partition too(c:,d: and f:).
    thank you!

  • Tejas Barot says:


    Thanks for the correct answer and suggestion.

  • Himanshu Sharma says:

    Hi Imran,,,
    Recommended /boot is 250MB which would be enough, no need of 500MB.

    Hi Bibina,,,
    Your processor is 32-bit but your current media is 64-bit based, So download 32-Bit .iso file and try…It would work!

  • Bibina says:

    am b tech student doing RHCE. i want to install rhel 6 to my desktop.but i cant do that ,when am trying to boot from cd rom it recomment to install,but it shows that unable to boot(this kernal requires an x86-64 cpu,but only detected an i686 please use a kernal appropriate for your cpu).to overcome what to do?
    my system information
    processor type-pentium (R) 4 processor 2666 MHZ
    speed-2666/533 MHZ
    memory-512 MB DDR/333 MHZ/Dual channel
    s/m bios-786B2 v1.11
    hard disk-sata 1 500 GB Hitachi HDS 721050
    please help me..i dont know more about system hardwares..

  • Me says:

    How do you turn the boot messages back on? A silly little blue and white bar tells me *nothing*

  • Tejas Barot says:


    Try RHEL 5 and You cannot compare Vmware with Hardware because VMWare loads in its software. Scenario on Hardware is totally different.

    You can check your hardware whether is certified with Red Hat or not visit following link :-

    Hope this helps

  • Arsalan says:

    i’ve not tried RHEL 5 yet…..but I’ll to see whether it will work or not…..!!!!
    if the problem is with hardware or graphics then why it get installed successfully on vmware 7..???

  • Tejas Barot says:


    If you are getting “clearing file systems” that means restarting, RHEL 5 was running fine on your Hardware? Because I think it seems to have problem with Graphics or Hardware.

  • Arsalan says:

    when i enter something on the black screen nothing happens..!!
    when i press “Ctrl+C” it starts something like “clearing file systems” etc and system reboots again…
    please tell me what should i do..???

  • Tejas Barot says:

    Have tried by Installing in Text Mode?

    Let me know if its get successfully installed in Text Mode.

  • Arsalan says:

    Another problem….
    i’m planning to install RHEL 6 in dual boot, but when i choose to”install or upgrade the system”, a black screen with blinking coursor like”_”appears… i dont know what to do with this…!!
    i’ve used same dvd with vmware but it worked fine there…

    any ideas..???
    waiting for your response…

  • Arsalan says:

    I’ve installed RHEL 6 on vmware workstation and checked KDE in desktop packages. Now i want to use GNOME, please tell me how can i check wether gnome is already installed r i have to install it myself and how….???? waiting for kind response…

  • Tejas Barot says:


    What are you getting in Hardware or Device Tab Can you please tell me


  • Aneesh says:

    i installed on vmware 7.1…. before installation i removed my network card cuz i couldnt install from DVD…. but after installation i added nic card on vmware…. but the thing is that its not detecting….wen i take network connections from system>preferences and trying to add a wired connection theres no device mac address there…. how can i add nic on rhel 6???

  • Arsalan says:

    Hmm make sense…what if i select “Use Free Space” in step 18..??? will it mean the same as explained by you in the given link..???

  • Tejas Barot says:


    On below link read comments for the same. I have posted answer in Comment section.

  • Arsalan says:

    please explain if i want a dual boot installation. what should i do if i need to keep Windows and RHEL on the same hard disk.

  • Arsalan says:

    What if i need Dual Boot(Windows and Linux at the same time)? what option should i select in step 18…?

  • Tejas Barot says:


    This is answer it self. Its showing you insufficient. If you have small ram then don’t configure it just skip it.

  • doeabelas says:

    STEP 39, I failed, insufficient kdump….. why?

  • Tejas Barot says:

    Because /boot is not that much in use and nobody store files into /boot.

    You can also keep it 100MB.

  • imran says:

    why /boot = 500MB ?


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