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Chapter 34. Overview of installation process on IBM Z servers

You can install Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Z interactively or in unattended mode. Installation on IBM Z differs from other architectures as it is typically performed over a network, and not from local media. The installation consists of three phases:

  1. Booting the installation

    • Connect to the mainframe
    • Customize the boot parameters
    • Perform an initial program load (IPL), or boot from the media containing the installation program
  2. Connecting to the installation system

    • From a local machine, connect to the remote IBM Z system using SSH, and start the installation program using Virtual Network Computing (VNC)
  3. Completing the installation using the RHEL installation program