Red Hat Linux 7.0 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 7.0 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

To install Red Hat Linux 7.0 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.
  • Do not run the X server that is installed when you set up Red Hat Linux 7.0. Instead, to get an accelerated SVGA X server running inside the virtual machine, you should install the VMware Tools package immediately after installing Red Hat Linux 7.0.
  • With many Linux guest operating systems, 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.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Red Hat Linux 7.0 CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. At the boot prompt, type text followed and press Enter.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  5. Select the language and keyboard.
  6. In the Installation Type screen, select either Server or Workstation.
    The following warning might appear:
    Bad partition table. The partition table on device sda is corrupted. To create new partitions, it must be initialized, causing the loss of ALL DATA on the drive.
    This does not mean that anything is wrong with the hard drive on your physical computer. The virtual hard drive in your virtual machine needs to be partitioned and formatted.
  7. Click the Initialize button and press Enter.
    sda appears in the message as the device name if the virtual disk in question is a SCSI disk. If the virtual disk is an IDE drive, hda appears in the message as the device name.
  8. In the Automatic Partitioning screen, select automatic partitioning.
  9. (Optional) If your computer is connected to a LAN that provides DHCP support, in the Network Configuration screen, you can select the option Use bootp/dhcp.
  10. In the Mouse Selection screen, select Generic - 3 Button Mouse (PS/2).
  11. Select the Emulate 3 Buttons option for three-button mouse support in the virtual machine.
  12. In the Video Card Selection screen, select the default selection.
  13. During the configuration of the X server, select the defaults.
    This X server is replaced by an X server specific to your guest operating system when you install VMware Tools in this virtual machine.
  14. Continue to the Starting X screen and click Skip.
  15. Install VMware Tools.

VMware Tools in a Red Hat Linux 7.0 Guest

Do not start X until you have installed VMware Tools.

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 7.0

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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