There are several methods that can be used to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Installing from a CD-ROM requires that you have purchased a Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 product, or you have a Red Hat Enterprise Linux CD-ROM, and you have a CD-ROM drive.
Most new computers allow booting from the CD-ROM. If your system
supports booting from the CD-ROM, it is an easy way to begin a local CD-ROM
Your BIOS may need to be changed to allow booting from your CD-ROM
drive. For more information about changing your BIOS, refer to Section 4.3.1 Booting the Installation Program on x86, AMD64, and
Intel® EM64T Systems.
- Boot CD-ROM
If you can boot using the CD-ROM drive, you can create your own
CD-ROM to boot the installation program. This may be useful, for
example, if you are performing an installation over a network or
from a hard drive. Refer to Section 2.4.2 Making an Installation Boot CD-ROM for
- USB pen drive
If you cannot boot from the CD-ROM drive, but you can boot using a USB
device, such as a USB pen drive, the following alternative boot method is
To boot using a USB pen drive, use the dd
command to copy the diskboot.img image file
from the /images/ directory on CD-ROM 1. For
dd if=diskboot.img of=/dev/sda
Your BIOS must support booting from a USB device in order for this
boot method to work.
isolinux (not available for Itanium systems) is
used for booting the Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation CD. To create your own CD-ROM to
boot the installation program, use the following instructions:
Copy the isolinux/ directory from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux CD
#1 into a temporary directory (referred to here as
using the following command:
cp -r <path-to-cd>/isolinux/ <path-to-workspace>
Change directories to the
<path-to-workspace> directory you have
Make sure the files you have copied have appropriate permissions:
Finally, issue the following command to create the ISO image file:
mkisofs -o file.iso -b isolinux.bin -c boot.cat -no-emul-boot \
-boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -R -J -v -T isolinux/
The above command was split into two lines for
printing purposes only. When you execute this command, be sure to type
it as a single command, all on the same line.
Burn the resulting ISO image (named file.iso and
to a CD-ROM as you normally would.