The RHEL 8 ISO can be transferred to the USB flash drive using the
ddrescue command hence creating a bootable RHEL 8 USB flashdrive.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to create bootable RHEL 8 USB flash drive.
- How to access boot menu.
- How to access BIOS/UEFI.
Software Requirements and Conventions Used
|Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
|Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the
# – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
How to install RHEL 8 from USB step by step instructions
- Obtain the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 ISO image. Login to your Redhat customer portal and download the latest RHEL 8 iso image. Example:
$ ls rhel-server-8.0-x86_64-dvd.iso
- Install the
ddrescuecommand line tool which will be used in the next step to create the bootable RHEL 8 USB flash drive:
REDHAT/CENTOS # yum install ddrescue DEBIAN/UBUNTU # aptitude install gddrescue
- Use the
fdisk -lcommand to locate the block device name of your USB flash drive. Sample output:
# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdb: 14.4 GiB, 15500673024 bytes, 30274752 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
The block device name of your USB flash drive may be different. Make sure that you have a correct block device to avoid accidents like overwriting your existing system or data.
- Create a bootable RHEL 8 flash drive. Use the
ddrescuecommand to transfer
rhel-server-8.0-x86_64-dvd.isoonto USB flash drive
/dev/sdX. Amend the bellow command with the correct ISO image path, name and block device. No prior USB flash drive formatting is required:
# ddrescue rhel-server-8.0-x86_64-dvd.iso /dev/sdX --force -D
- Insert the RHEL 8 bootable USB flash drive into your computer and access the boot menu.
To start the USB boot, switch off your PC and insert the USB bootable flash drive into your computer. It is recommended that all other USB devices are removed (e.g. memory cards, printers). After that, switch ON your computer. If you set your BIOS/UEFI correctly your PC will start the booting sequence from the USB external media in order to install RHEL 8 from USB.
Access Boot Menu
To access Boot Menu on your computer you will need to hit different keys (or combination of keys) depending on your computer type. Here is the list of possible keys you may have to press depending on your PC:
Key combinations for accessing Boot Menu Device Key Combination Comment Acer
F12key most likely
Fn + F11
For ultrabooks from Samsung disable the fast boot option in BIOS/UEFI. See next section. VAIO
To access BIOS/UEFI on your computer you will also need to hit different keys (or combination of keys) depending on your computer type. Here is the list of possible keys you may have to press depending on your PC:
Key combinations for accessing BIOS/UEFI Device Key Combination Comment Acer
F2key most likely
Other possibilities: on Pavilion –
Other possibilities: small button next to the Power button (if laptop) Samsung
For ultrabooks from Samsung it might be
Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8from the boot menu and continue with the RHEL 8 installation as per usual.