Step by Step Guide to Install RHEL 8 beta

Step by Step Guide to Install RHEL 8 beta

Hello Geeks, The beta version of upcoming RHEL 8 has been released and in this post, we will install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta with screenshots of each step in the process. For this article, we are using VMware workstation pro 15 for installing RHEL 8 beta, however, steps remain same whether you are installing the same on Physical machine or on VM environment.

Installation Steps 

Prerequisites : 
  • RHEL 8 beta  iso
  • VMware workstation or Virtual Box
First, Create a Machine on  VMware workstation, You can also choose Virtual Box, in this tutorial we are using VMware workstation. 

Create a New Virtual Machine 

You can choose the Typical option in the configuration as it is recommended and easy, give the path of iso and click next. Give the size of the disk (Minumum 20 GB) is recommended, upon clicking next, there will be “customize hardware” that will allow you to choose RAM and CPUs for the Virtual Machine. Once done with the above tasks, Click on Finish. Now virtual machine is created
Next, Power on the machine, it will boot from the iso path given earlier.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0  Install sceen

You will see above screen, Choose “Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0”
Now, RHEL 8 beta will load into memory and you will see language selection on your screen. You will notice “Pre-release/Testing” written at the top in red that means it is for testing purpose and can not be used in production yet.
Select your preferred Language and click continue.

Choose your preferred language

After choosing Language, you will get a notification and installer will remind you that this is unstable and prerelease software and it is intended to be used for development and testing purpose only and not meant for live or production environments. Click on  “I want to proceed” for continuing installation.

Reminder regarding Beta release
In the next screen, you will come across three main Categories 
  • Localization
  • Software
  • System

Configuration menu

Localization have three options , Keyboard, Language and Time & Date
You can set the Time & Date by clicking on the same and once you have selected, Click on Done button at the top left corner. We are skipping screenshots of  Keyboard and Language support.

Time and Date

In the software section, you can select the installation source and software selection. Below are the software selection options available during installation.
  • Minimal Install
  • Custom Operating System
  • Server
  • Workstation
In this tutorial, i have chosen Workstation that gives you GUI, you can choose as per your requirements and also select the add on packages that you want to install given in the right section.

Software Selection During Installation

Once done with selection of Base environment and Add-ons, Click Done, Lets see how Installation source screen looks like. As we have connected the iso/media during Virtual machine creation, it auto detected the installation media.

Next section is  System, that contains below settings to be configured during installation time.
  • Installation Destination
  • Kdump
  • Network and Host Name
  • Security Policy
  • System Purpose
In the Installation Destination, we have chosen the automatic partitioning of storage configuration for this article. Choose custom if you want to do Manual Partitioning

Partition Configuration 

You can enable or disable the kdump. In the Network and Host Name Section, you can configure the machine hostname and configure NIC, assign the Ipv4/ipv6 address to your system.
Next under Security, you can choose the security policy for your system.
In System purpose, Choose Development/Test for usage part, since rhel 8 beta version is free only for testing work.

Choose Development/Test for the Usage

After saving all the configurations, you are all set to hit the Begin Installation.
After making all the configuration settings, OS installation will begin, the installer will start partitioning your disk and install the packages as per given  Software installation Environment. In the next screen, you will be required to set the root password and create an additional user and set the password for the new user.

Grab a Coffee as it will take some time, Once OS installation is completed, you will be prompted to reboot the machine.

Reboot the Machine once  installation is completed

Upon reboot you will see the grub menu with kernel version “4.18.0-32.e18.x86_64” Welcome to Rhel 8 !

Booting for first time

On the first boot, you will be asked to accept the License agreement.

Below are the screenshots of GUI :



Congratulations, you have successfully installed the RHEL 8 beta.
Next, when you login to your system, check if it have internet connection.
Run below command :
# yum update -y
it will show below :

Registering your system to Red Hat Subscription Management

To enable internet connectivity and  installing packages on your system, you need to register your system to Red Hat Subscription Management. Good thing is Red hat is offering this for free, Join their no cost Red Hat Developer Program. Go sign up for no cost subscription now. After sign up, agree to beta T&Cs 

Once you have subscription, you can run below commands to register your system.
# subscription-manager register --username <your--redhat-developer-username> --password <your-password>
# subscription-manager attach --auto
[root@rhel8beta ~]# subscription-manager attach --auto
Installed Product Current Status:
Product Name: Red Hat Enterprise Linux for x86_64 Beta
Status:       Subscribed

[root@rhel8beta ~]# 
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