Install CentOS 6.5 Using Kickstart Method


Installing Linux can be done via multiple methods like (DVD/ftp/http/NFS/), but the easiest way is from kickstart file. Its very easy, and fast method.

Before you begin:

Set Selinux to permissive.

Allow ftp port 21 on iptables.

Install vsftp and dhcp Server

yum install vsftpd
yum install dhcp

Kickstart file rhel.cfg:

# sample kickstart file

url --url=  ##  DHCP/FTP  Server  IP  
key --skip
lang en_US.UTF-8
keyboard us

network --onboot yes --device eth0 --bootproto dhcp

rootpw --iscrypted $1$LBRQpyfo$MunJCNH0oMkO29Vv5.ZEc/  #password(000000)

firewall --disabled
authconfig --enableshadow --enablemd5
selinux --disabled
timezone --utc EuropeAmsterdam

bootloader --location=mbr --append="rhgb quiet"

clearpart --linux --drives=sda
part / --fstype ext4 --size=5400  #5.4GB
part /boot --fstype ext4 --size=100
part swap --size=2000  #2GB

%packages --nobase

 DHCP Configuration


# DHCP Server Configuration file.
#   see /usr/share/doc/dhcp*/dhcpd.conf.sample
#   see 'man 5 dhcpd.conf'
ddns-update-style none;
subnet netmask {      # chcek your  submet from your  netwrok 

        option routers;     #gatwway 
        option subnet-mask;
        option domain-name "";
        option domain-name-servers,;    #put here   your  DNS  servers   from /etc/resolv.conf 
        default-lease-time 21600;
        max-lease-time 43200;

        pool {


        next-server dnsserver;


Copy rhel.cfg to /var/ftp/pub/, and copy dhcpd.conf to /etc/dhcp/ directory.

Restart dhcpd and vsftpd services.

/etc/init.d/vsftpd restart
/etc/init.d/dhcpd restart

Extract the ISO to the FTP directory.

mount /dev/Centos6.5.iso /mnt
mkdir -p /var/ftp/pub/DVD
cp -pvR /mnt/* /var/ftp/pub/DVD

Now start installing the new system.

Insert the CentOS installation DVD. From the boot install menu, hit esc key on the keyboard.

You will get boot prompt as shown below.


type the following command in the boot prompt.

linux ks=ftp://dhcp-ftp-server-ip-address/rhel.cfg

That’s it.