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Pre-Installation Last Update:
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).
These instruction decribe the process for doing a network install.
If for some reason the network is not available, or is not available, you will need all three redhat 9 CD's instead of just the first one.

Red Hat 9 Installation Last Update:

This procedure walks you through the Red Hat 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 (the first one) in the CD drive, and, if necessary, the Red Hat boot disk in the floppy drive. Power down and reboot.
  2. Type linux expert and press enter to begin the installation process. You can probably get by with these instructions with the graphical installation, but this document is tailored to the text mode.
  3. You will be asked if you want to verify the CD. You can likely skip this step. If you doubt the integrity of the CD(s) you are installing from, then it would be best to go ahead and verify. It will take a few minutes per CD.
  4. Choose OK when presented with the "Welcome to Red Hat Linux" window.
  5. Choose the English language and a US keyboard.
  6. If You are doing a network install (You should be) Select HTTP for the installation media
  7. Uncheck "dynamic IP configuration"
    Enter Your IP
    nameserver (You will add more later)
  8. Enter as the web site name.
    Enter 9 for the Red Hat Directory (yes, the digit, 9)
  9. 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 a generic PS/2 wheel mouse, with a scroll wheel as its middle button. Choose Emulate 3 Buttons if necessary for your mouse.
  10. If you are prompted with a choice to upgrade because you had an earlier Red Hat installation on this machine, do not. Choose the "Reinstall System" option.
  11. Choose a custom system.
  12. Select "Autopartition" to automatically partition your drive for you. Choose "Remove all partitions on this system" unless you desire to keep a current partition.
  13. You will now be in the Disk Druid utility. You should see a table with partition information and mount points. Generally, you shouldn't need to change anything here (assuming you chose to autopartition), but if you wish you may do things such as change the size of the swap partition, add partitions and so on. If you aren't sure what you're doing, don't change anything.
  14. Choose "OK" to continue on.
  15. Choose "OK" to use the GRUB boot loader.
  16. Choose "OK" to use the default options passed to the kernel.
  17. Do not use a GRUB password and choose "OK".
  18. Choose "OK" when asked about booting to other operating systems.
  19. Choose "OK" to install the boot loader in the master boot record (MBR).
  20. Set up the networking as the following:
    • Uncheck the "Use bootp/dhcp" box.
    • Keep the "Activate on boot" box checked.
    • The IP address should be the address of the machine name you will be using. It will probably be 129.89.57.something. If you do not know it, ask an admin or run nslookup machinename on a networked machine.
    • The netmask:
    • The gateway:
    • The primary nameserver:
    • The secondary nameserver:
    • The tertiary nameserver:
  21. Set the hostname, including the extension.
  22. When prompted for firewall configuration, choose: No firewall.
  23. Make sure the English USA language package is checked. Select any other language packages you may find useful and choose "OK" when you are done.
  24. Choose the default language to be English (USA).
  25. Set hardware clock to GMT, and timezone to America/Chicago.
  26. For root password, choose something you'll remember. After installation, make absolutely sure to contact the admins to change it.
  27. Set up the authentication configuration as the following:
    • Do use shadow passwords.
    • Do enable MD5 passwords.
    • Do enable NIS, and specify the NIS domain as uwmlsc-nis.
    • Uncheck the "Request server via broadcast" box, and below it use
    • Do not enable LDAP or Kerberos.
  28. Deselect all package groups except GC Workstation.
  29. Choose "OK" to begin the installation. This will take a while, likely around a half hour. 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. Xprobe reports the video card installed. Choose "OK" if it is correct, or change it if you know what you are doing.
  32. 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.
  33. 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 and you choose "OK". When it is done rebooting, a graphical screen titled "Welcome" will display. You will need to finish setting up the machine here. Follow the instructions below to do so.

  1. Click "Forward" at the "Welcome" screen.
  2. Click "Forward" at the "User Account" screen. Do not add any users.
  3. Set the time and date as appropriate. Check the box "Enable Network Time Protocol" and use "" as the server.
  4. If you have a soundcard, it may have been automatically detected. Test it and enable it if it was detected. Click "Forward" when done.
  5. Check the button "No, I do not want to register my system" on the "Red Hat Network" screen.
  6. Click "Forward" on the "Additional CDs" screen.
  7. Click "Forward" on the "Finish Setup" screen.

The graphical login screen will come up next. Log in as root. The rest of the setup is done from the root account. Open a terminal (right-clicking on the desktop and select "New Terminal"), and continue with the post-installation setup.

Post-Installation Last Update:
  1. Start Mozilla by typing mozilla & at the terminal's prompt. Obtain the post-install script from
  2. Make it executable and run it:
      chmod +x
  3. Reboot with shutdown -rf now
  4. Obtain a host certificate for your machine. If one was previously issued, see the recovering a host certificate documentation
  5. 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: by kflasch

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