Chapter 2. Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtual Machines
Installing a Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machine involves the following key steps:
- Create a virtual machine. You must add a virtual disk for storage, and a network interface to connect the virtual machine to the network.
Start the virtual machine and install an operating system. See your operating system’s documentation for instructions.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/Installation_Guide/index.html
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/7/html/Installation_Guide/index.html
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red-hat-enterprise-linux-atomic-host/7/html-single/installation-and-configuration-guide/
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/8/html/performing_a_standard_rhel_installation/index
- Enable the required repositories for your operating system.
- Install guest agents and drivers for additional virtual machine functionality.
2.1. Creating a virtual machine
When creating a new virtual machine, you specify its settings. You can edit some of these settings later, including the chipset and BIOS type, but you cannot switch between chipsets after installing an operating system. For more information, see UEFI and the Q35 chipset in the Administration Guide.
- Click → .
- Click New Virtual Machine window. . This opens the
- Select an Operating System from the drop-down list.
- Enter a Name for the virtual machine.
Add storage to the virtual machine. Attach or Create a virtual disk under Instance Images.
- Click Attach and select an existing virtual disk.
- Click Create and enter a Size(GB) and Alias for a new virtual disk. You can accept the default settings for all other fields, or change them if required. See Section A.4, “Explanation of settings in the New Virtual Disk and Edit Virtual Disk windows” for more details on the fields for all disk types.
- 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.
- Specify the virtual machine’s Memory Size on the System tab.
- Choose the First Device that the virtual machine will boot from on the Boot Options tab.
- 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”.
- Click .
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.