Redhat Enterprise virtualization- Installing RHEV-H

Redhat Enterprise virtualization- Installing RHEV-H

To install Redhat enterprise virtualization hypervisor(RHEV-H), You need a hardware with “virtualization Technology”(VT-X) enabled processors.Once you have such a hardware ,then you can start installing RHEV-H on it. You need to download the bootable “Redhat enterprise virtualization hypervisor” ISO image from Redhat website  with valid subscription. If you do not have one , Redhat is providing 60 days trail for RHEV. Just sign up using corporate email address and download the ISO.
This article is going to demonstrate the “redhat enterprise virtualization hypervisor” installation with step by step screenshots. At the end of this article, we will see how we can install this hypervisor on top of VMware workstation for learning purpose.

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • 2 GB Memory (Only for host)
  • 1 CPU  (VT-x enabled CPU)
  • 10GB HDD
  • 1 NIC

Redhat Enterprise Virtualization – Hypervisor Installation

1.Burn the ISO image in DVD and insert in Server’s DVD drive .Make sure that you have set the DVD as first bootable device.
2.Once the system is booted from DVD , you will get screen like below.

Booting from RHEV-H DVD
3.Select the boot options  and click on tab to edit the installation mode.

Select the boot option and press tab to edit the mode
4.Remove the “quiet” from the boot options to disable the quiet mode installation.(I would like to see what’s going on the system)

Remove the “quiet”
After removing “quiet” , screen must something like below.Just press “enter” to boot the system.
After removing “quiet”
5.You can see that kernel is loading for the hypervisor installation.

Kernel is loading
Kernel is loading
6.Select the “Install hypervisor 6.5-xxxx”  and press enter to continue.

Select the Hyper-visor image to install
7.Select the keyboard layout and continue the installation.
Selecting the keyboard layout
8.Select the internal disk for hypervisor boot partition.
select the disk
9.Select the same disk for RHEV hypervisor installation.

RHEV-H install disk
10.Let’s go with default partitions and system calculated size .

Partition size
11.Set the admin password. This is the super user for RHEV-H .Click install to proceed with installation.

Set the admin password
12.Installation kicks and completes like below. Select “Reboot” to boot from harddrive.
Installation completed
13.Remove the DVD or alter the Bios option to boot the system from local hard drive.

Grub Menu
Grub Menu
14.Once the system is up , you can see the console screen like below.

RHEV-H console screen
RHEV-H console screen
Click on Page 2 to see the post configuration and how to setup the RHEV-H on VMware workstation.
Post Configuration of RHEV-H
1. Login to RHEV-H using admin/(Password which you have entered in step 11).

RHEV-H status tab
Use the Arrow keys to navigate. Up/Down – Right/Left
2.Navigate to “Network” and press right arrow to create the network bonding for network redundancy. Select the “Create Bond” and press enter.
Creating the network bonding
3.Select the network interface which is going to be part of this network bonding.Bond name should be ending with numeric. (Ex: bond1)

Choosing the NIC’s
Click on Save. You will be getting window like below.

Bond has been created
Bond has been created
4.Select the bond and press enter to configure the IP address.
Select the bond and press enter

Select the bond and press enter
5.Select  the IP type as static and enter IP address/Gateway/Net-mask.

Enter the IP details
You will get the window like below once you have save the settings.
Save the settings

Save the settings
6.Enter the hostname and DNS server details . (DNS is optional)
Enter hostname and DNS server IP
Click on Save.

Save the configuration
Save the configuration
7.You can enable the ssh for remote login from the diagnostics tab.

Enabling the remote ssh
We have successfully installed the Redhat Enterprise virtualization – Hypervisor.
For your information, i have installed RHEV-H on below mentioned processor and works perfectly. (Only for LAB purpose)

My system CPU
My system CPU
If you want to learn RHEV and planning to setup on desktop/Laptop, Use VMware workstation. Create a VM with below mentioned configuration and install RHEV-H  on it.

My VM hardware

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