7.2. Creating a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Guest with a Network Installation Tree

Procedure 7.2. Creating a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 guest with virt-manager

  1. Optional: Preparation

    Prepare the storage environment for the guest virtual machine. For more information on preparing storage, refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Virtualization Administration Guide.

    Important

    Various storage types may be used for storing guest virtual machines. However, for a virtual machine to be able to use migration features the virtual machine must be created on networked storage.
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 requires at least 1GB of storage space. However, Red Hat recommends at least 5GB of storage space for a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 installation and for the procedures in this guide.
  2. Open virt-manager and start the wizard

    Open virt-manager by executing the virt-manager command as root or opening ApplicationsSystem ToolsVirtual Machine Manager.
    The main virt-manager window

    Figure 7.11. The main virt-manager window

    Click on the Create a new virtual machine button to start the new virtual machine wizard.
    The Create a new virtual machine button

    Figure 7.12. The Create a new virtual machine button

    The Create a new virtual machine window opens.
  3. Name the virtual machine

    Virtual machine names can contain letters, numbers and the following characters: '_', '.' and '-'. Virtual machine names must be unique for migration and cannot consist only of numbers.
    Choose the installation method from the list of radio buttons.
    The New VM window - Step 1

    Figure 7.13. The New VM window - Step 1

    Click Forward to continue.
  4. Provide the installation URL, and the Kickstart URL and Kernel options if required.
    The New VM window - Step 2

    Figure 7.14. The New VM window - Step 2

    Click Forward to continue.
  5. The remaining steps are the same as the ISO installation procedure. Continue from Step 5 of the ISO installation procedure.