Chapter 2. Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtual Machines

Installing a Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machine involves the following key steps:

  1. Create a virtual machine. You must add a virtual disk for storage, and a network interface to connect the virtual machine to the network.
  2. Start the virtual machine and install an operating system. See your operating system’s documentation for instructions.

  3. Enable the required repositories for your operating system.
  4. Install guest agents and drivers for additional virtual machine functionality.

2.1. Creating a Virtual Machine

Create a new virtual machine and configure the required settings.


  1. Click ComputeVirtual Machines.
  2. Click New to open the New Virtual Machine window.
  3. Select an Operating System from the drop-down list.
  4. Enter a Name for the virtual machine.
  5. Add storage to the virtual machine. Attach or Create a virtual disk under Instance Images.

  6. Connect the virtual machine to the network. Add a network interface by selecting a vNIC profile from the nic1 drop-down list at the bottom of the General tab.
  7. Specify the virtual machine’s Memory Size on the System tab.
  8. Choose the First Device that the virtual machine will boot from on the Boot Options tab.
  9. You can accept the default settings for all other fields, or change them if required. For more details on all fields in the New Virtual Machine window, see Section A.1, “Explanation of Settings in the New Virtual Machine and Edit Virtual Machine Windows”.
  10. Click OK.

The new virtual machine is created and displays in the list of virtual machines with a status of Down. Before you can use this virtual machine, you must install an operating system and register with the Content Delivery Network.