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Installing Red Hat Linux 8.0 or 9.0 from CD

0. Boot from disk 1.

1. Skip the media test.

2. Select appropriate language. [English]

3. Select your mouse. [2 Button Mouse (PS/2)]

4. Select Custom installation.

5. Manually Partition with Disk Druid:

A. If you get a warning message asking if you would like to initialize this drive, chose yes or you will not be able to continue.

B. The purpose and characteristics of each machine may require you to tweak the the partitioning scheme. The following is only an example that should work for most applications. You should know what is required for your individual server. The magic of LVM will allow you to adjust the sizes of your partitions down the road if you should need to.

We recommend that you use LVM (Logical Volume Management). The only thing that can't be in the LVM is the /boot partition. Use ext3 for all file systems. First create a new /boot partition that is about 100 MB. Then create another partition where the file system is set to physical volume (LVM) using the rest of the disk space. Then to create partitions inside the physical volume click the LVM button. Use the default volume group name and logical volume names and leave the physical extent at 4MB unless using extremely large disk arrays. We recommend using a 512 MB swap file. If you need use more than that you should increase the amount of RAM in the system to avoid serious performance problems.

Example partition scheme:
Mount point Device Size
/boot /dev/hda1 100
/ /dev/Volume00/LogVol00 500
/home /dev/Volume00/LogVol01 2000
/tmp /dev/Volume00/LogVol02 250
/usr /dev/Volume00/LogVol03 3000
/usr/src /dev/Volume00/LogVol04 1000
/var /dev/Volume00/LogVol05 250
/var/log /dev/Volume00/LogVol06 250
swap /dev/Volume00/LogVol01 512

You will get a warning that the /var partition is less than 384 MB, that's ok since the /var/log partition is separated out so just click yes.

6. Use the GRUB boot loader.

7. Configure your network devices.

8. Choose No firewall.

9. Select additional languages if neccesary.

10. Select time zone. [America/Chicago]

11. Set a root password. Add yourself as a user.

12. Use MD5 and Shadow passwords.

13. Choose packages to install. Common useful packages that are NOT installed by default:

- lynx
- pine (includes pico)
- ncftp
- development tools, including compilers
- expect

14. Sit back and wait for it to ask you to change CDs.

15. Skip configuring X.

16. Reboot.

17. Bask in the glory of Linux.

18. Secure your Linux installation.



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