Issue Installing CentOS Server On Vmware Fusion/Server

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Hi All,

I’ve had issues over the last few days trying to create a CentOS server image . I’ve tried with Vmware fusion and VMware server and it skips directly to the default desktop install and doesn’t give me the option to run the Linux server. I am not sure if you’ve seen this earlier. I’ve tried with CentOS 5.8 and 6.0 but the installer seems to work in that manner .

Thoughts around how to fix this ?



5 thoughts on - Issue Installing CentOS Server On Vmware Fusion/Server

  • haveto say that is pretty wierd. it looks as if there is either a kickstart of a preset updates image in place there.

    what media are you installing from ?

  • When creating the VM, do not mark it as RHEL/CentOS, just create a standard VM and then install it via the ISO. VMWare Player and now-no-longer-supported Server etc. have some “user-friendly” features which assumes things which you don’t need.

    Once the OS is installed, install the VMware tools separately.

  • Hi,

    Thanks for the responses. I was trying with Vmware server and Vmware fusion.

    Hakan – you’re right . Choosing the “other” vm along with “Linux 2.6.x kernel ” allows me to install the server bit. This is with Vmware fusion. With Vmware Workstation, that option doesn’t quite appear. With the above
    “other” and “linux 2.6 kernel” option, it provides it with 384MB of Ram and
    8GB hard disk. In this case you can’t change the Ram which is weird again .

    Surprisingly, every time you choose a different option, you’ll get different settings of Ram and Hard disk . If you choose “CentOS” and 64bit it allocates it 1gb ram and 20gb hard disk by default . You can change the hard disk value though.

    Booting with 384MB ram , the gui installer complains saying it doesn’t have enough memory to run but the command line CentOS setup comes up correctly but there is no network interface! Seems to be a crazy exercise . I guess I
    need to play with a few more options here.


  • What I’ve found, using VMware player, is that after I’ve selected the ISO
    from which I want to install, I need to go into the VM’s properties and remove the *first* CD/DVD drive…this removes the default option that VMP
    tries to use, and then uses the ISO I want it to use.