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February 19, 2024

Step-By-Step Procedure To Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux On VMWare Workstation

Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux On Vmware Workstation

Red Hat is one of the most powerful commercial server Linux distributions available for physical, cloud, and virtual platforms. We have created this post to introduce you to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and how to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux on VMWare Workstation.

What Is Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux in short RHEL is basically a server operating system developed by Red Hat for commercial use. Now Red Hat released RHEL for multiple platforms. RHEL is available for physical, cloud, and virtual environments. Red Hat has a released operating system for desktops too. It’s one of the most powerful Linux distributions that come with large package repositories to run commercial-grade server applications.

Red Hat has other subsidiary Linux distributions.

  1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL): This is a commercial distribution. It is a paid product comes wiht official support.

  2. CentOS: It is a open source community supported distribution. It shares the same source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This can be used as a substitution for RHEL.

  3. Fedora: It is a open source community supported distribution supported by Red Hat and its communities. It is developed for developers to provide innovative projects in Linux platform.

Prerequisites To Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux On VMWare Workstation:

To install Red Hat Enterprise Linux on VMWare Workstation you just need a physical machine, VMWare Workstation Pro or Player, and a Red Hat Enterprise ISO image.

  1. A host system with minimum:

    • 8 GB of memory

    • A quad core CPU

    • 500 GB of Hard Drive

  2. VMWare Workstation Pro or Player application:0

  3. Red Hat Enterprise Linux ISO image is to install on VMWare Workstation. Note: RHEL image is only available for development use.

How To Install RedHat Enterprise Linux On VMWare Workstation?

Step 1. Fier up VMWare Workstation

Download the VMWare Workstation application for your host operating system and install it on your machine. The installation procedure is pretty simple and straight. Read the documentation for more details. Open the app after installation. Create a new Virtual Machine.

Step 2. Select Custom Configuration Wizard

You can choose either Typical or Custom Wizard. We recommend selecting Custom if you want to install with all the configurations. If you are okay with default configurations then go ahead with Typical configurations.

Step 3. Select Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibilityrkstation

Go with the default option if you don’t have the choice.

Step 4. Select the Operating System Media

Select ‘I will install the operating system later’ for an interactive installation.

Step 5. Select Guest Operating System

Select the guest operating system and its distribution with version information.

Step 6. Name the Virtual Machine Name and location

Type a name and give the location details.

Step 7. Allocate the Processors

Assign the processors, Calculate the processor required to run the host machine. Assign the leftover resources to the virtual machine.

Step 8. Allocate the Memory for the Virtual Machine

Memory allocation calculation is the same as the processor allocation. Leave sufficient memory for the host system and allocate the remaining memory for the virtual machine.

Step 9. Choose the Network Configuration

Select any one of the network configurations as per your requirement.

Step 10. Select the I/O Controller Type
Step 11. Select Disk Type
Step 12 Select Virtual Disk

Select the Virtual Disk if you have or create one.

Step 13. Select Disk Capacity

Select the disk size. Selecting a single disk will increase the performance. However, selecting a split disk will help in the disk transfer scenario.

Step 14. Specify Virtual Disk File
Step 15. Create Virtual Machine
Step 16. Supply RHEL ISO Image to Virtual Machine

Download the RHEL image. Edit the CD/DVD settings and import the downloaded Ubuntu image.

Step 17. Install RHEL on the VMWare Workstation
Step 18. Power On the Virtual Machine

Press the Play button to power on the Virtual Machine.

Step 19. Welcome to RHEL Virtual Machine

After initiating the installation. You will be treated with a welcome screen on which you will see the option to select the language. Select your language and click Continue.

Step 20. Configure the required installation settings

Set the Keyboard, Language supports Time and Date settings, Software package selections for installation, root password, Installation media, and disk partition information to proceed with the installation of RHEL.

Step 21. Partition the Disk

Select the Disk to erase for auto partition. Or Select the Advance option to create the custom partition.

Step 22. Set root account password
Step 23. Begin Installation after setting up all the required settings
Step 24. Installation of CentOS is in Progress

This process would take 15 to 60 minutes depending on your network bandwidth and package selection. Wait until it finishes.

Step 25. Reboot Virtual Machine

Reboot the machine after installation.

Step 26. Select License Information upon reboot and accept the license
Step 27. Tick – I Accept The License Agreement – Done
Step 28. Create a user account

Type Full Name, User Name (Tick Make This User Administrator & Require a Password to Use This Account), Password and Confirm Password – Done

Step 29. This will finish the configuration wizard

Click Finish Configuration to continue.

Step 30. Sign In with user account
Step 31. Select Language

You will be treated with a screen to select the language. Select your language then click Next.

Step 32. Select your keyboard then click Next
Step 33. Toggle Location Services either to ON or OFF as per your requirement
Step 34. You can connect this VM to your online accounts. However, this is an optional step. We have skipped this in the demonstration
Step 35. That’s all. Now, we are ready to go!!!
Step 36. This completes the installation of RHEL on the VMWare Workstation

This is how you should install RHEL Linux on VMWare Workstation. We hope this tutorial post will help you in installing RHEL on the VMWare Workstation. Thanks for reading this post. Please share this post and help to secure the digital world. Visit our social media page on FacebookLinkedInTwitterTelegramTumblr, & Medium and subscribe to receive updates like this.

Arun KL

Arun KL is a cybersecurity professional with 15+ years of experience in IT infrastructure, cloud security, vulnerability management, Penetration Testing, security operations, and incident response. He is adept at designing and implementing robust security solutions to safeguard systems and data. Arun holds multiple industry certifications including CCNA, CCNA Security, RHCE, CEH, and AWS Security.

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