A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing AlmaLinux on Your Server

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By Craig Messer |
May 30, 2023 at 23:52

AlmaLinux is a free, open-source operating system designed as a drop-in replacement for CentOS. If you're looking to install AlmaLinux on your server, this comprehensive guide will walk you through the installation process, ensuring a smooth and successful setup.

Step 1: Preparing for Installation

  • Ensure you have a compatible server hardware with sufficient resources.
  • Download the latest stable ISO image of AlmaLinux from the official website.
  • Create a bootable USB drive or burn the ISO image to a DVD.

Step 2: Booting from the Installation Media

  • Insert the bootable USB or DVD into your server.
  • Restart the server and access the BIOS/UEFI settings.
  • Configure the boot order to prioritize the installation media.
  • Save the changes and reboot the server.

Step 3: AlmaLinux Installation Process

  • Once the server boots from the installation media, you'll be presented with the AlmaLinux installer.
  • Select the preferred language, keyboard layout, and other regional settings.
  • Accept the license agreement and proceed to disk partitioning.

Step 4: Disk Partitioning

  • Choose the appropriate disk partitioning method based on your needs (e.g., automatic or manual).
  • Configure the partitions according to your requirements, including the root partition and optional separate partitions for /home, /var, and others.
  • Confirm the changes and proceed with the installation.

Step 5: Setting up the Network Configuration

  • Configure the network settings, including IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS information.
  • Optionally, configure additional network interfaces, if applicable.

Step 6: User Account and Security

  • Set the root password for administrative access.
  • Create a standard user account for regular system operations.
  • Enable or disable the firewall, depending on your security preferences.

Step 7: Selecting Packages and Software

  • Choose the desired package groups and software components you wish to install. You can select from various options, such as a minimal installation, server installation, or custom package selection.

Step 8: Installing AlmaLinux

  • Once you have reviewed and confirmed all the installation settings, begin the installation process.
  • The installer will copy the necessary files and packages to your server.
  • Wait for the installation to complete, and then reboot the system.

Step 9: Post-Installation Tasks

  • After rebooting, log in with the root or the standard user account credentials.
  • Update the system using the package manager (e.g., yum or dnf) to ensure you have the latest software and security patches.
  • Install any additional software or services required for your server environment.

By following this step-by-step guide, you can easily install AlmaLinux on your server. AlmaLinux provides a stable and secure foundation for your applications and services, allowing you to leverage the benefits of a CentOS-compatible operating system. Enjoy the flexibility and reliability that AlmaLinux brings to your server infrastructure.

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