CentOS 6

CentOS 6 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

CentOS 6 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method of installing CentOS 6 in a virtual machine is to use the standard CentOS distribution CD. Installing CentOS 6 via the boot floppy/network method is also supported.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • If available, select CentOS 4/5/6 (32-bit) or CentOS 4/5/6 (64-bit) option for the guest operating system when creating the virtual machine, otherwise select Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (32-bit) or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64-bit).
  • Use the LSI Logic SCSI adapter. CentOS 6 does not include a driver for the BusLogic SCSI adapter.
  • Configure the virtual machine with at least 512MB of memory for 32-bit and 1GB of memory for 64-bit.
  • Power on the virtual machine to start installing CentOS 6.
  • Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  • Do not select the Virtualization Option during the installation.
  • In Storage Devices screen, reinitialize the virtual machine.
    You can safely ignore the following warning message "This device may need to be reinitialized. REINITIALIZING WILL CAUSE ALL DATA TO BE LOST!"
    This does not mean that anything is wrong with the hard drive on your physical computer. The virtual hard drive in your virtual machine needs to be reinitialized.
  • Click Re-initialize all to continue.
  • Install VMware Tools.
  • Knowledge Base Articles for CentOS 6 Guest

    The following links refer to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues.

    VMware Compatibility Guide

    The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.