Follow these steps to install a minimal CentOS 6.3 server.
Step 1: Download the CentOS-6.3-x86_64-minimal.iso from a CentOS mirror, burn it and boot off it.
Step 2: Select “Install or upgrade an existing system” and press enter.
What do those other options mean?
A media test is only necessary if you don’t trust the CD you just burned or the media drive. If your CD is scratched or the media drive has been flaky, you might want to check it, otherwise it takes a while and is kind of a waste of time.
Step 3: Skip unless your media or media drive is questionable.
Step 4: Click Next
Step 5: Select “English” and click “Next”
Step 6: Select “U.S. English” and click “Next”
Step 6: Select “Basic Storage” and click “Next”
Answer “Yes, discard any data” to the warning the pops up.
Step 7: Enter a hostname for your machine and click “Next”
Note: This will automatically set you up to receive an IP address via DHCP. If you wish to statically assign an address, We can do that after the install.
Step 8: Select your timezone (NY for me) leave “System clock uses UTC” checked off and click “Next”
Step 9: Enter a secure root password, then type it again to confirm and click “Next”
If you entered a dictionary word, or otherwise weak password, you’ll get the warning above.
Step 10: Select “Use all space” and click “Next”
Step 11:“Write changes to disk” when you get the following initialization warning.
The server will automatically select the minimal install packages and start copying them to disk.
Once the packages finish installing you are brought to the reboot screen
Login with username “root” and the password you set during installation.
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