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6.2. Advanced Installation

6.2.1. Custom Partitioning

Custom partitioning on Red Hat Virtualization Host (RHVH) is not recommended. Red Hat strongly recommends using the Automatically configure partitioning option in the Installation Destination window.
If your installation requires custom partitioning, note that the following restrictions apply:
  • You must select the LVM Thin Provisioning option in the Manual Partitioning window.
  • The root (/) directory must be on a thinly provisioned logical volume.
  • The root (/) directory must be at least 6 GB.
  • The /var directory must be on a separate volume or disk.
  • Only XFS or Ext4 file systems are supported.

6.2.2. Automating Red Hat Virtualization Host Deployment

You can install Red Hat Virtualization Host (RHVH) without a physical media device by booting from the network using PXE. You can automate the installation process by using a Kickstart file containing the answers to the installation questions. The Kickstart file can also be accessed over the network, removing the need for physical media.
Instructions for both tasks can be found in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Installation Guide, as RHVH is installed in much the same way as Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The main differences required for RHVH are included in the following procedure.

Procedure 6.2. Automating Deployment using PXE and Kickstart

  1. Download the RHVH ISO image from the Customer Portal:
    1. Log in to the Customer Portal at
    2. Click Downloads in the menu bar.
    3. Click Red Hat Virtualization, scroll up, and click Download Latest to access the product download page.
    4. Choose the appropriate hypervisor image and click Download Now.
  2. Make the RHVH ISO image available over the network using the instructions in Installation Source on a Network.
  3. Configure the PXE server using the instructions in Preparing for a Network Installation.
    The following requirements apply in order to boot RHVH from the PXE server:
    • Ensure that you copy the RHVH boot images to the tftp/ root directory.
      # cp URL/to/RHVH-ISO/images/pxeboot/{vmlinuz,initrd.img} /var/lib/tftpboot/pxelinux/
    • The boot loader configuration file must include a RHVH label that specifies the RHVH boot images.
      KERNEL URL/to/vmlinuz
      APPEND initrd=URL/to/initrd.img inst.stage2=URL/to/RHVH-ISO
  4. Create a Kickstart file and make it available over the network using the instructions in Kickstart Installations.
    The following constraints apply to RHVH Kickstart files:
    • The %packages section is not required for RHVH. Instead, use the liveimg option and specify the squashfs.img file from the RHVH ISO image.
      liveimg --url=URL/to/squashfs.img
    • The autopart command is highly recommended. Thin provisioning must be used.
      autopart --type=thinp
      If your installation requires manual partitioning instead, the following limitations apply:
      • The root (/) directory must be on a thinly provisioned logical volume.
      • The /var directory must be on a separate volume.
      • The /boot directory must be on a separate partition.
    • A %post section that calls the nodectl init command is required.
      nodectl init
    To fully automate the installation process, you can add this Kickstart file to the boot loader configuration file on the PXE server. Specify the Kickstart location by adding inst.ks= to the APPEND line:
    APPEND initrd=URL/to/initrd.img inst.stage2=URL/to/RHVH-ISO inst.ks=URL/to/RHVH-ks.cfg

    Example 6.1. Red Hat Virtualization Host Kickstart File

    The following is an example of a Kickstart file used to deploy Red Hat Virtualization Host. You can include additional commands and options as required.
    liveimg --url=
    clearpart --all
    autopart --type=thinp
    rootpw --plaintext ovirt
    timezone --utc America/Phoenix
    %post --erroronfail
    nodectl init