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Redhat Enterprise virtualization- Installing RHEV-H

To install Redhat enterprise virtualization hypervisor(RHEV-H), You need a hardware with “virtualization Technology”(VT-X) enabled processors.Once you have such a hardware ,then you can start installing RHEV-H on it. You need to download the bootable “Redhat enterprise virtualization hypervisor” ISO image from Redhat website  with valid subscription. If you do not have one , Redhat is providing 60 days trail for RHEV. Just sign up using corporate email address and download the ISO. This article is going to demonstrate the “redhat enterprise virtualization hypervisor” installation with step by step screenshots. At the end of this article, we will see how we can install this hypervisor on top of VMware workstation for learning purpose.

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • 2 GB Memory (Only for host)
  • 1 CPU  (VT-x enabled CPU)
  • 10GB HDD
  • 1 NIC

Redhat Enterprise Virtualization – Hypervisor Installation

1.Burn the ISO image in DVD and insert in Server’s DVD drive .Make sure that you have set the DVD as first bootable device.

2.Once the system is booted from DVD , you will get screen like below.

Booting from RHEV-H DVD
Booting from RHEV-H DVD

3.Select the boot options  and click on tab to edit the installation mode.

Select the boot option and press tab to edit the  mode
Select the boot option and press tab to edit the mode

4.Remove the “quiet” from the boot options to disable the quiet mode installation.(I would like to see what’s going on the system)

Remove the "quite"
Remove the “quiet”

After removing “quiet” , screen must something like below.Just press “enter” to boot the system.

After removing "quiet"
After removing “quiet”

5.You can see that kernel is loading for the hypervisor installation.

Kernel is loading
Kernel is loading

6.Select the “Install hypervisor 6.5-xxxx”  and press enter to continue.

Select the Hyper-visor image to install
Select the Hyper-visor image to install

7.Select the keyboard layout and continue the installation.

Selecting the keyboard layout
Selecting the keyboard layout

8.Select the internal disk for hypervisor boot partition.

select the disk
select the disk

9.Select the same disk for RHEV hypervisor installation.

RHEV-H install disk
RHEV-H install disk

10.Let’s go with default partitions and system calculated size .

Partition size
Partition size

11.Set the admin password. This is the super user for RHEV-H .Click install to proceed with installation.

Set the admin passowrd
Set the admin password

12.Installation kicks and completes like below. Select “Reboot” to boot from harddrive.

Installation completed
Installation completed

13.Remove the DVD or alter the Bios option to boot the system from local harddrive.

Grub Menu
Grub Menu

14.Once the system is up , you can see the console screen like below.

RHEV-H console screen
RHEV-H console screen

Click on Page 2 to see the post configuration and how to setup the RHEV-H on VMware workstation.



  1. Does it possible change the boot loader preferences?

  2. Hi Lingesh,

    Can you please help me on steps to do to add new raw physical machine to existing RHEV clusters.
    I’m planning to follow below steps:
    1) Install RHEV-Hypervisor (Question Do i need to install RHEL OS before hypervisor??)
    2) While installing I’ll give RHEV- manager details
    3) From RHEV-Manger I’ll add new hosts to the cluster.

    Please let me know if above steps works and please share if you have more detailed step-by-step to add new physical hosts to the RHEV cluster.

    Thank you for your help,
    Raju Loka

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