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Old 07-21-2013, 05:05 AM   #1
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Newb dumbfounded by Rhel 6 server installation

Giddy Lou from Australia here

Ive become factinated by Linux after having a play with Ubuntu for a while. Ive begun learning how to use the terminal and just tried an install of rhel 6 server in virtual box. Ive managed to install a few files but cant even conjure up a directory? am i missing something? could anyone offer some advise or direct me to their favourite youtube walkthrough. I havent been able to find anything helpful yet. Any hints tips links to good walkthroughs truely appreciated! I'll post the files Ive managed to install if required

Regards Lou
Old 07-21-2013, 07:28 AM   #2
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Youtube walkthrough?!? RHEL is an enterprise-grade distribution with enterprise-grade documentation and support. Take a look at the excellent, accurate, and detailed documentation available on their site (starting with the Installation Guide):

Since you are already familiar with Ubuntu, why not learn some basic terminal/server concepts in Ubuntu first, before you tackle RHEL? Ubuntu can do everything Red Hat can do, too and the Ubuntu Server Guide is a truly excellent document:

I don't know what you mean by "conjure up a directory;" perhaps you are looking for the 'cd' command (for change directory)?

cd /whatever/is/the/path/to/the/directory/
Old 07-21-2013, 02:40 PM   #3
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Hey Snowpine thx for the reply muchly appreciated!

By conjure up a directory I mean when i log into rhel6 server I cannot see any directories only the following files after logging in as root:

anaconda-ks.cfg install.log install.log.syslog

Typing in the "ls -a" to list any hidden files and directories shows ive yet to install any packages Im assuming i havent quite completed the installation process

Just need some help on the next step from here.........Do i use the kickstart file to continue settingup and configering my installation? eg: internet access packages etc etc

By Youtube walkthrough ive often found there are some great resources there giving a step by step walk through of how to install programs your interested in.........

I'll try to work my way through your suggested reading and see how i go ..........thx again regards Lou :-)
Old 07-21-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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The files you see look like the normal contents of root's home directory for a normal install. It would be a good idea to create a regular user account for experimenting, and only use root when you knopw you need it for administrative tasks.

Did you install a graphical user interface when you installed the system? If you did, you should be able to start it with the "startx" command (but doon't run X as root -- run it as a normal user).

You can use "yum" to install additional packages. Type "man yum" at the console to bring up the manual page (documentation) for it.

The kickstart file would be used if you want to install additional RHEL systems with the same basic set-up. It has nothing to do with installing further packages on the existing setup.

BTW, you also realize that you will need to pay for security updates for RHEL, correct? Do you have a paid for subscription?
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If the Gnome2 desktop manager was installed
you would automatically have a GUI login
and see the rhel desktop
and not the text output of the /root folder

reinstall rhel
If you did not buy and are NOT going to buy the !!! REQUIRED !!! support contract
then do not use RHEL .

instead install CentOS 6.4
it is a free rebuild of RHEL

CentOS can also be installed as TEXT ONLY ( as a headless server )
or install the full desktop
Gnome2 is the default

the next step is
cd /
ls -la

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:25 AM   #6
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Yes I got Centos................after exploring licencing issues

Began installation process but unfortunately the install is hanging @ the Centos install screen thx for the input thus far guys I really appreciate it......

Addit: After some mucking around in Virtual box I got a pristine load of Centos to work and im off and running once again a big thanx to all who passed on some useful information

Regards Lou

Last edited by lou2u; 07-22-2013 at 05:58 AM. Reason: had a win yay thx guys!


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