CentOS 6.x on VMware Player: Part 2

Note these documents are subject to update, this one was last edited 04/26/2014

Part 2: Installing the OS

  • Important to note that the majority of this series applies to any CentOS installation, not just VMware installations.
  • Highlight the VM you made in Part 1 and Select Play virtual machine.
  • Select Install or upgrade an existing system.
  • Select OK or Skip the media test. On physical DVDs I do the test. On ISO DVDs I do not. Honestly I have never found an error yet, but it can not hurt.
  • CentOS 6: Select Next.
  • What language: Select English, Next.
  • Appropriate keyboard: Select U.S. English, Next.
  • What type of devices will your installation involve? Select Basic Storage Devices radio button, Next.
  • Storage Device Warning: Select Yes, discard any data.
  • Type in your hostname: example – woohoo.shadowshift.com
  • Select Configure Network.
  • Highlight System eth0, Select Edit…


  • On the Wired tab check-mark Connect automatically and Available to all users.
  • On the IPv4 Settings tab Select Method: Manual.
  • Addresses: Select Add and type in your IP Address, Netmask and Gateway.
  • Add your DNS servers, in this case Google:,
  • Select Apply, Select Close, Select Next.
  • Type in your root password twice, Select Next.
  • What type of installation would you like? Select Replace Existing Linux System(s) and check-mark Review and modify partitioning layout. Select Next.
  • Personally I could be satisfied with the default, but I’m going highlight and Edit lv_swap = 4096MB, lv_root = 61440MB and lv_home = 30720MB.
  • To use the free space balance I’m going to Select Create, Select Create LVM, LVM Logical Volume (vg_woohoo), Select Create.



  • Make Mount Point: /www  and Logical Volume Name: lv_www and Select OK, Select Next.
  • Format Warnings: Select Format, Select Write changes to disk.
  • When its done formatting if you want a boot loader password Select Change password, otherwise Select Next.
  • In the next screen I would leave Desktop and Customize later selected and Select Next.
  • Now the operating system and packages, etc. will be installed and it takes around 10 minutes to an hour plus…
  • BTW while its doing this you may want to call your ISP and see if they block port 25 for SMTP. My ISP AT&T does block it and Sendmail will need this port open or you will not be able to run a mail server.
  • If all went well, you should now see a Congratulations screen, Select Reboot.
  • Welcome: Select Forward.
  • License Information: Yes, I agree to the License Agreement, Select Forward.
  • Create User: You know the routine, Select Forward.
  • Date and Time: Check-mark Synchronize date and time over the network, Select Forward.
  • There will be insufficient memory to enable kdump, Select OK, Select Finish.
  • Logon as user created above and Part 2 is done. Congratulations!
  • There is much more to do – for starters you may want to confirm the network is working and start Firefox to check if you can reach a website.


If you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Next: Part 3 – Start Configuring the OS