Part I. Installation-Related Information

The Installation Guide discusses the installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and some basic post-installation troubleshooting. However, advanced installation options are covered in this manual. This part provides instructions for kickstart (an automated installation technique) and all related tools. Use this part in conjunction with the Installation Guide to perform any of these advanced installation tasks.

Table of Contents

1. Kickstart Installations
1.1. What are Kickstart Installations?
1.2. How Do You Perform a Kickstart Installation?
1.3. Creating the Kickstart File
1.4. Kickstart Options
1.4.1. Advanced Partitioning Example
1.5. Package Selection
1.6. Pre-installation Script
1.6.1. Example
1.7. Post-installation Script
1.7.1. Examples
1.8. Making the Kickstart File Available
1.8.1. Creating Kickstart Boot Media
1.8.2. Making the Kickstart File Available on the Network
1.9. Making the Installation Tree Available
1.10. Starting a Kickstart Installation
2. Kickstart Configurator
2.1. Basic Configuration
2.2. Installation Method
2.3. Boot Loader Options
2.4. Partition Information
2.4.1. Creating Partitions
2.5. Network Configuration
2.6. Authentication
2.7. Firewall Configuration
2.7.1. SELinux Configuration
2.8. Display Configuration
2.8.1. General
2.8.2. Video Card
2.8.3. Monitor
2.9. Package Selection
2.10. Pre-Installation Script
2.11. Post-Installation Script
2.11.1. Chroot Environment
2.11.2. Use an Interpreter
2.12. Saving the File
3. PXE Network Installations
3.1. Setting up the Network Server
3.2. PXE Boot Configuration
3.2.1. Command Line Configuration
3.3. Adding PXE Hosts
3.3.1. Command Line Configuration
3.4. Adding a Custom Boot Message
3.5. Performing the PXE Installation
4. Diskless Environments
4.1. Configuring the NFS Server
4.2. Finish Configuring the Diskless Environment
4.3. Adding Hosts
4.4. Booting the Hosts
5. Basic System Recovery
5.1. Common Problems
5.1.1. Unable to Boot into Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5.1.2. Hardware/Software Problems
5.1.3. Root Password
5.2. Booting into Rescue Mode
5.2.1. Reinstalling the Boot Loader
5.3. Booting into Single-User Mode
5.4. Booting into Emergency Mode