This document describes a way of installing RHEL. It is suited to use on systems that are not VGA/X11 capable, but is also appropriate when you want to do as much of an install as possible remotely.

BTW, you can also do this kind of install on Fedora Core 2, as well as Fedora Core 3. I once did a Fedora Core 3 install using PalmVNC. :)

The main downside to this install method appears to be that you end up typing your root password over an insecure channel.

Another relatively minor downside, is that the install will likely give you a strange video config. You can set change this later though.

This document takes the form of a list of differences from Duncan's RHEL install doc

Telling the install to use VNC: Use one of the following two choices, depending on what kind of install media you're using:

  1. Where it says to use: ...instead use:
  2. Another possibility is that you're using a multiboot cd, with options for a bunch of different versions of RHEL. In this case, you most likely won't get a "boot:" prompt; instead you'll probably get a list of RHEL variations to choose from. Instead of simply hitting enter on one of them, instead go to the variation you want, hit "e" for edit on the kernel line, and then when you are in the context for editing that line, add at the end of the line: Finally, hit "b" for boot. (Actually, the "askmethod" part may not be necessary in this case, but it shouldn't hurt. If you're feeling curious, please try it without askmethod, and let me and/or Duncan know how it goes)

Then follow the directions that the installer gives you for connecting to anaconda (the Redhat install program) over VNC.

When the VNC install is done, and the system has rebooted, ssh -X to the host as root, setting up X11 tunneling over ssh.

Upon logging in, do the following:

...then using the port that vncserver told you to use, do something like the following:

Then wait for an xterm to come up, and run the following in it:

...this should give you a GUI in which you can finalize the redhat-coded portion of the install.


...or you can just do it the way described in the original install doc, since running mozilla should be possible.