How to install CentOS 6 on a KVM

This guide will cover how to install CentOS 6 on one of our KVM VPS.

Prerequisites:

  • Download and install TightVNC (Click Here)
  • Activate your Feathur account if you haven't already.


Step 1: Login to Feathur and click on the VPS you want to install your OS on.

Step 2: Go under the Settings tab, under Mount Disk select CentOS 6 - 64 Bit - Net Install from the drop down and press Mount ISO.



Step 4: Under VNC Password there's a box labelled New VNC Password, enter a password you would like to use for VNC and press Change Password.

Step 5: Copy the VNC Server / Port, you'll need it in just a moment.



Step 6: Go back to the General tab and press restart

Step 7: On your computer open TightVNC Viewer

Step 8:Paste in the VNC Server / Port you got from step 5 into the Remote Host box and press Connect

It should look something like this...


Step 9: TightVNC should then ask you for your password, enter it into the box provided.

Step 10: Once you've logged in you should see a screen like the one below. Use the arrow keys to select skip, then hit enter to choose that option.



Step 11: Select your language using the arrow keys. Then use the tab key to select Ok and hit enter to continue.



Step 12: Select your keyboard type using the arrow keys. This is usually us. Then hit the tab key to select ok and hit enter to continue.



Step 13: Using the arrow keys, select URL from the list of options. Hit tab to select ok, then hit enter to continue.



Step 14: Use the arrow keys to hover over IPv4 support to Manual Configuration, then hit space to change the selection. Then use the arrow keys to hover over Enable IPv6 Support and hit space to deselect it. Then use tab several times to select ok, then press enter.



Step 15: For this step you'll need some information from Feathur. The information can be found on the General tab for your VPS under VPS Information. You'll need the Primary IP, Gateway and Subnet Mask for this next part.

Step 16: Take the information you got from step 15 and fill in the boxes on VNC as provided below. Once your done hit tab to select ok, then hit enter.

IPv4 Address: Primary IP from Feathur
/ : If the subnet mask ends in .0 type 24 into the box. If it ends in .128 type 25 into the box.
Gateway: Gateway from Feathur
Nameserver: 8.8.8.8

Example:



Step 17: If the system displays any errors go back to step 15. If you get a form asking you for a URL, continue to step 18.

Step 18: Type the URL below into the box provided, then press tab until ok is selected, then hit enter.

http://mirrors.sonic.net/centos/6.5/os/x86_64/

NOTICE THE URL IN THE IMAGE BELOW IS OUTDATED, USE THE URL ABOVE!


Step 19: At this point the installer will download some files... and dependant on how much RAM you have will either load up the graphical installer or the text based installer. Both installers work basically the same, just the screenshots may not match.

Step 20: You should see a welcome message such as Welcome to CentOS. Tab to ok if you're on the text installer or Next if you're on the visual installer.

Step 21: The installer may display a warning about the disk. Select Re-initialize all.

Step 22: The installer will ask you what timezone you want, select the one closest to the server's physical location or select a timezone close to you personally.

Step 23: The installer will ask you for a root password, set this to your personal taste. Good passwords contain uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

Step 24: The installer will ask you if you want to use the entire drive, replace an existing system, etc... select use entire drive.

Step 25: The installer will ask you if you are sure you want to save the configuration to disk. Select Write changes to disk.

Step 26: The installer will now install the OS. Be patient, it can take up to 30 minutes to complete, usually it is under 5 minutes.

Step 27: Once the installer is done it will ask you to reboot, go ahead and accept. Once it finishes rebooting you should be able to SSH into your VPS via it's primary IP.

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