Centos-6.2-x86_64-minimal available!

New Centos-6.2-x86_64-minimal Hyper-V VHD available.

Proceed to the (new!) download section to grab your copy.

Release Notes:

This marks the release of the first publicly available CentOS 6.2 X64 minimal Hyper-V VHD.

Simply download and deploy the VHD to your own virtualized environments.

I wish to also particularly thank all the Linux SA meeting participants for attending this meeting and the organizer for making it possible: you know who you are :-)

What did you do!

The release consists of a vanilla Centos-6.2-x86_64-minimal.iso installed into a Dynamic VHD created with Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Server with the Hyper-V role enabled.

During the setup process:

  • I created a custom partitioning scheme (refer to the image below for further details).
  • I assigned the password "[email protected]" (without double quotes) to the root user.
  • I installed the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V 3.2.

All the rest is totally vanilla and all the setup options were left at default (Timezone, Computer name, etc.).

The Scheme.

CentOS 6.2 x64 minimal partitioning scheme.


The Story so far...

The following is the "history" of the commands executed after the Centos-6.2-x86_64-minimal.iso setup process.

  • 1st login session as root user:

echo -e "- Login with root/[email protected]" >> etc/issue
echo -e "Mounting Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V 3.2."
mount -o ro /dev/sr0 /media
echo -e "Installing Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V 3.2."
cd /media
echo -e "Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V 3.2 installed successfully. Rebooting."

  • 2nd login session as root user:

echo -e "Manually removing /etc/ssh/ssh_host*key* - automatically recreated at 1st boot."
rm -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host*key*;
echo -e "Shutting down. Parent VM ready for deployment."

You may also wish to.

1) Setup networking: read my previous article about CentOS Networking.

2) Setup your timezone. At a root prompt, type:

mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime.ori
ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Pacific/Adelaide /etc/localtime

3) Change your root password and remove the welcome message from /etc/issue.
At a root prompt, type:

passwd root
nano /etc/issue

4) Setup your locale (lang, keyboard, etc.). At a root prompt, type:

yum install system-config-language system-config-keyboard

5) Install a complete Desktop System (prepare for a deluge of traffic!). At a root prompt, type:

yum groupinstall basic-desktop general-desktop internet-browser office-suite


Centos-6.2-x86_64-minimal-dist.vhd MD5SUM = c0144cc8b399cc90ade6ebdbe78b0c50

Verify with http://www.nullriver.com/downloads/Install-winMd5Sum.exe

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