Red Hat Linux 6.2 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

Red Hat Linux 6.2 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

To install Red Hat Linux 6.2 in a virtual machine you can use the standard Red Hat Linux distribution CD or the boot floppy/network method. The following installation instructions are for standard distribution CD.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • During the Red Hat Linux 6.x installation, a standard VGA16 X server (without support for the VMware X server) is installed. To run an accelerated SVGA X server inside the virtual machine, install the VMware Tools package immediately after installing Red Hat Linux 6.2.
  • With many Linux guest operating systems, various problems have been observed when the BusLogic virtual SCSI adapter is used with VMware virtual machines. VMware recommends that you use the LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter with this guest operating system.

Note Red Hat Linux 6.2 runs on Intel core processors. However, it does not run on Xeon processors that are branded Xeon, with no qualifier, or Xeon-MP. Pentium III Xeon processors are OK.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Red Hat Linux 6.2 installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. At the Red Hat 6.2 CD boot prompt, type text and press Enter.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
    If the virtual machine's Ethernet adapter has been enabled, the installation program detects and loads the AMD PC/Net 32 driver (no command-line parameter is necessary to load the driver).
  5. (Optional) If you are installing this guest with DHCP in a virtual machine with host-only networking, do not specify a host name. Click OK and continue. At the Network Configuration screen, click OK to use the default.
  6. Select the standard VGA16 X server.
  7. In the Choose a Card screen, select Generic VGA compatible/Generic VGA.
  8. In the Monitor Setup screen, select Generic Monitor.
  9. Click Probe in the Screen Configuration dialog box.
  10. Click OK from the Starting X dialog box.
    After Linux is installed, the generic X server is replaced with the accelerated X server included in the VMware Tools package when you install VMware Tools.
  11. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
    Red Hat 6.2 boots and a login screen appears.
  12. Install VMware Tools.

VMware Tools in an Red Hat Linux 6.2 Guest

For information on VMware Tools, see Knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for Red Hat Linux 6.2

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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