CentOS 5.11 Netinstall – Network Installation

CentOS 7 is released, check CentOS 7.1 Netinstall guide.

CentOS 6 is released, check CentOS 6.7 Netinstall guide.

If the purpose is to upgrade from an older version of CentOS to CentOS 5.11 then read following guide: Upgrade to CentOS 5.11 From 5.10 (5.9, 5.8, 5.7, 5.6, 5.5, 5.4, 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 5.0) guide

This is CentOS (The Community ENTerprise Operating System) 5.11 Linux Network installation (NetInstall) step-by-step walkthrough with screenshots.

Install CentOS 5.11 with NetInstall method

1. Download CentOS 5.11 Net Install (NetInstall) Image

Select mirror here:
i386 version
x86_64 version

Select ISO image

2. Burn Image to CD and Boot Computer Using CentOS 5.11 Installation CD

Check CentOS image MD5 sum and burn image to CD with your favourite CD burner. And boot computer using CentOS Installation CD.

3. Select Network Installation (NetInstall) on LiveCD Grub Menu or just press enter on CentOS Netinstall CD

Centos 5.11 Netinstall boot

4. Booting CentOS 5.11 Installer

Booting CentOS 5.11 Installer

5. Choose a Language

Choose a Language

6. Select keyboard type

Select keyboard type

7. Select Network Installation Method

Select Network Installation Method

8. Configure TCP/IP settings

Configure TCP/IP settings

9. Setup CentOS 5.11 Netinstall URL (Installation Web site name and CentOS directory)

Web site name:

CentOS directory for i386:

CentOS directory for x86_64:

CentOS 5 Netinstall url (http setup)

10. Downloading Installer

Downloading Installer

11. Welcome to CentOS Screen

CentOS 5.11 Welcome to CentOS

12. Select Partitioning Type

Select “Create custom layout” option if you want modify partitions.
CentOS 5.11 Select partitioning type

Here you can modify partition layout.
CentOS 5.11 Partition layout

13. Boot Loader Configuration

CentOS 5.11 Bootloader setup

14. Network configuration

CentOS 5.11 Network setup

15. Select Time Zone

CentOS 5.11 Timezone setup

16. Set Root Password

CentOS 5.11 Set root password

17. Select packages for Installation

CentOS 5.11 Select installation type

18. Installing Selected Packages

CentOS 5.11 Installing selected packages

19. Installation Completed, Reboot

CentOS 5.11 Installation complete

20. Booted on Just Installed CentOS 5.9 Linux Server Command Line

CentOS 5.9 Shell Login

What to do next?

Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, PHP) on CentOS 5.11

Install LEMP (Linux, Nginx, MySQL/MariaDB, PHP) on CentOS 5.11

Install Adobe Flash Player 11 on CentOS 5.11

Install Sun/Oracle Java (JDK, JRE) 8 on CentOS 5.11

Install Sun/Oracle Java (JDK, JRE) 7 on CentOS 5.11

Install VirtualBox (with yum) on CentOS 5.11

Install PostgreSQL 9.3 on CentOS 5.11

Install MariaDB 5.5/10.0 on CentOS 5.11

Install Memcached on CentOS 5.11

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  1. Thanks for the excellent blog post… It’s a great reference!

  2. Great post – Thanks

  3. I was following the instructions here trying to install CentOS 5.6 but I got stuck at Step 9. It gives me a not found error. I read the readme and it says that 5.6 is already deprecated and should use vault.centos.org instead of mirror.centos.org

    So I used this values

    And it worked.

    Thanks for the tutorial

  4. First, thanks for taking the time to put this net-install tutorial together!! I needed to re-install CentOS 5, after getting part way into CentOS 6, and realizing the laptop I scrounged didn’t meet the PAE specs for 6. But, how do I get a network install to work? Google and I found your post.

    Only pointer I’d give is a similar one to Android VPN’s: the net-installs with mirror.centos.org blew out, with a not found error – different each time I tried it (!!) – and I remembered coming across a centos.org note about getting full downloads from the mirrors. Tried that – I used rackspace – and it worked like a charm.

    Thanks again.

  5. i try to install Centos 5.8 64 bit in my new IBM x3650 M4 server but failed while i try to setup the partition. appear error : your boot partition is on a disk using GPT partition scheme. but this machine cant boot using GPT’.

    Is it any other way for me to install Centos 5.8 on this machine? Please help SOS. Thanks.

    • Hi izwan,

      Booting from a disk with a GPT label requires EFI BIOS and an EFI-compatible boot loader. GRUB in CentOS 5 doesn’t support GPT or EFI.

      The old DOS partition table format is limited to <2TB disks/arrays. GPT is required for disks/arrays that are bigger than 2TB.

  6. Web site name:
    CentOS directory for i386:

    • Hi format2,

      Yes, this works too.

  7. Thanks for the introduction. Very helpful!

  8. Peculiar article, exactly what I wanted to find.

  9. I am using ESXi 5.5
    It’s OK to create new VM and install CentOS 6.5 using netinstall.

    But when i tried to install CentOS 5.10 using netinstall, the installer asked me the network driver.

    Dont know why.

  10. I just ran into this issue myself. It looks like it was because my network card was using “VMXNET 3” for the adapter type, which it doesn’t seem to recognize. I removed that one and added one that was E1000 and it worked for me.

  11. THANK YOU !!



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