Let’s install Zenoss 4! Part 2

Let’s start by installing CentOS 6.4.  I am going to do it in a ESXi virtual machine, with 2 vCPUs, 6GB RAM, and a 300GB virtual disk.

ESXi VM parameters

 Attach the CentOS install DVD and let’s fire the VM up!

CentOS 6 DVD Boot

Skip the media check..

Select Skip

Next, next, next, next..


Agree to discard data in the disk, since it is a virtual ESXi vmdk disk.

Discard data

Key in the FQDN of the server, and click Configure Network.

Insert hostname and click Configure Network

Configure the network, in this case running on eth0.

Edit eth0 Fill in IP address, netmask, gateway, DNS servers, and DNS search string Close



Choose appropriate timezone.

Choose timezone

Choose a secure password for root user.

Key in password for root

Don’t forget to click ‘Review and modify partitioning layout’ as the Zenoss installation will require non-journaled filesystem for the RRD files.

Choose 'Review and modify partitioning layout' and click Next

The default swap did not show exactly 6GB, so I fixed that.  I then gave 150GB to root (‘/’), 60GB to home partition (‘/home’), and the remaining free space for the RRD files.  I used ‘/opt/zenoss/perf’ as the mount point for the RRD files because that is the information given in the Zenoss installation guide.  I have not checked the auto-deploy script yet, so this might be the wrong thing to do.  The ext2 filesystem is used because ext2 is not a journaled filesystem.

Modify partition layout

Agree to format sda.

Format sda

Agree to write partition layout to disk.

Finalise changes to disk

Writing changes to disk

Agree to install bootloader into sda.

Install bootloader

I choose the minimal installation, because I will not be needing the GUI and would like the server to be as clean as possible without unwanted rubbish.

Choose minimal install

Wait for the installation to complete.

Begin installation

Installation almost complete

Click reboot to reboot the server after the installation has been completed.

Click rebootRebooting

Installation has been completed and the server booted to the console login screen.

Reboot complete

That concludes the server OS installation.  In the next post I will begin installing Zenoss proper.


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