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Pre-Installation Last Update: Tue Jun 17 19:00:26 CDT 2003
Before installing, you should have an idea as to what hardware has gone into the system, and how it is going to be connected to the network. Many of these things can be determined automatically by the installation software, but it's a good idea to know it anyway. At a minimum, this installation checklist assumes that you know the following:
  1. The machine's name, and its IP address. If you are reinstalling on an existing system, this can be determined by typing nslookup (machine name). Make a note of both the machine's IP address and the default nameserver's IP address.
Finally, the following procedure assumes that you have all three of the RedHat 7.3 installation CDs. This must either be a bootable CD, or else you must also have a Red Hat boot floppy disk.

Red Hat 7.3 Installation Last Update: Tue Jun 17 19:00:26 CDT 2003
This procedure walks you through the RedHat installation program. It summarizes the significant information and decisions you will have to make. If the installer asks a question that is not covered by the following procedure, simply give the default or most obvious response; you won't likely go wrong.
  1. Place the Red Hat installation CD in the CD drive, and, if necessary, the Red Hat boot disk in the floppy drive. Power down and reboot.
  2. Choose text expert mode.
  3. Choose NO when asked for a driver disk
  4. Choose the English language, a US keyboard, and local CDROM installation.
  5. Choose OK when presented with the "Welcome to Red Hat Linux" window.
  6. Choose the mouse from the list provided. In almost all cases it will be a generic 3-button PS/2 mouse, but another common mouse is the Microsoft Intellimouse, with a scroll wheel as its middle button. Choose Emulate 3 Buttons if necessary for your mouse.
  7. Choose a custom system.
  8. Use fdisk to set up partitions on the hard drive. The following procedure will walk you through the use of fdisk; the symbol indicates a carriage return.
    1. First choose Edit to actually enter the fdisk program.
    2. Take a look at the current partitions by typing p
    3. Delete any existing partitions by typing d1, d2, etc.
    4. Create a new first partition with np1
      For the first cylinder, enter 1
      For the last cylinder, enter  +128M  (i.e. 128 MB long)
    5. Create a new second partition with np2
      For the first cylinder, enter       (i.e. start where last partition finished)
      For the last cylinder, enter  +512M
    6. Create a new third partition with np3
      For the first cylinder, enter
      For the last cylinder, enter        (i.e. fill remainder of disk)
    7. Assign the second partition as swap space with t2
      For the hex code, enter 82  (i.e. Linux swap)
    8. Type p to check the partition table you've created, then w to save it and exit fdisk.
  9. Choose OK to continue on.
  10. If asked to format swap say Yes
  11. You will now be in the Disk Druid utility, which will help you set up mount points for the first and third partitions (a swap partition does not need a mount point).
    1. Edit partion hda1 (or whatever you are using) and select Filesystem Options. Format as ext2 and select OK. Set the mount point to /boot
    2. Do the same thing for hda3 execpt set the mount point to / The partition table should look something like the following:
    Device Size Type Mount Point
    /dev/hda1 128 MB ext2 /boot
    /dev/hda2 512 MB swap
    /dev/hda3 (remaining space) ext2 /
  12. Choose OK to continue on.
  13. Choose Yes to format warning.
  14. Check LILO as your boot loader and Choose OK
  15. Install LILO in the master boot record (MBR).
  16. In the LILO configuration, Don't change anything and select OK.
  17. There are no other OS's installed, so choose OK when prompted if you want LILO to boot from other partitions.
  18. Set up the networking when prompted:
    • Make sure the "Use DHCP/BOOTP" box is unchecked.
    • The machine's IP address. You will need to have determined this in advance; it will probably be 129.89.57.something
    • The netmask:
    • The gateway:
    • The primary nameserver:
    • The secondary nameserver:
    • The tertiary nameserver:
  19. Set the hostname, including the extension.
  20. When prompted for security choose: No firewall
  21. Choose only the English USA language package.
  22. Set hardware clock to GMT, and timezone to America/Chicago.
  23. For root password, choose something you'll remember. After installation, make sure to contact the admins to change it.
  24. Don't set up any user accounts.
  25. For authentication configuration:
    • Do use shadow passwords.
    • Do enable MD5 passwords.
    • Do enable NIS, and specify the NIS domain as uwmlsc-nis.
    • Make sure "Request server via broadcast" is unchecked, and below it use
    • Do not enable LDAP or Kerberos.
  26. Include the following packages only:
    • Printing Support
    • Classic X Windows System
    • X Window System
    • Gnome
    • KDE
    • Sound and Multimedia Support
    • Network Support
    • Dialup Support
    • Messaging and Web Tools
    • Graphics and Image Manipulation
    • Network Managed Workstation
    • Authoring and Publishing
    • Emacs
    • Utilities
    • Software Development
    • Kernel Development
    • Windows Compatibility / Interoperability
    • Games and Entertainment
  27. Xprobe reports the video card installed. Choose OK if it is correct.
  28. Choose OK to begin install
  29. Wait until the RPMS have finished installing. You will need to change CDs twice during the install, so make sure you have CD 2 and CD 3 ready.
  30. Choose not to make a boot disk.
  31. Choose OK if your monitor is correctly detected, or choose one from the list presented. Don't probe again for monitor resolution. Select the amount of memory that your video card has, and choose No Clockchip.
  32. Choose a display resolution. 1024×768 is a good screen resolution for 15-inch monitors; larger screens can have up to 1280×1024. Choose the highest colour depth (16 or 24 bit) for your resolution. Choose to use graphical login.
This completes the basic installation. The installer will reboot the machine when everything is finished. When the graphical login screen comes up, log in as root. The rest of the installation configuration is done from the root account. Open a terminal (right-clicking the desktop should work), and continue with the post-installation setup.

Post-Installation Last Update: Tue Jun 17 19:00:26 CDT 2003
  1. Open Mozilla or Netscape and obtain the newest 7.3 post install script from
    Check that it is executable and run it:
      chmod +x
  2. Reboot with shutdown -rf now
  3. Contact one of the administrators to change root's password.

Page created on: Fri Feb 9 15:51:02 CST 2001 by duncan
Page updated on: Tue Jun 17 19:00:26 CDT 2003 by kflasch

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