7.3. Creating a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Guest with PXE

Procedure 7.3. Creating a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 guest with virt-manager

  1. Optional: Preparation

    Prepare the storage environment for the 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 7.15. The main virt-manager window

    Click on the Create new virtualized guest button to start the new virtualized guest wizard.
    The create new virtualized guest button

    Figure 7.16. The create new virtualized guest button

    The New VM 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 7.17. The New VM window - Step 1

    Click Forward to continue.
  4. The remaining steps are the same as the ISO installation procedure. Continue from Step 5 of the ISO installation procedure. From this point, the only difference in this PXE procedure is on the final New VM screen, which shows the Install: PXE Install field.
    The New VM window - Step 5 - PXE Install

    Figure 7.18. The New VM window - Step 5 - PXE Install