How to install a minimal CentOS 7 server

This document describes how to install a basic minimal CentOS 7 server. The purpose of this tutorial is to provide a minimal setup that can be used as a basis for our other tutorials, server tutorials for installing SAMBA, LAMP and LEMP on CentOS 7.

  1. Requirements
  2. Preliminary remark
  3. Installing the base system

1. Requirements

To install CentOS 7 with a basic installation of a minimal installation, we need the following things:

  • Fast internet connection

2. Preliminary remark

This tutorial is based on a CentOS 7 server, I am using as my IP, server address in this tutorial and as hostname. These parameters may differ for you, so you should replace them if necessary.

3. Installing the base system

Boot from your CentOS 7 DVD. Select Install CentOS 7

Then press the ENTER button

Install CentOS 7

Next, you can configure the language in CentOS 7. I use it like in English with US English, just click Continue:

Language selection in Install CentOS 7

Next we get the following screen

Localization in a CentOS 7 installation

We will start configuring the settings starting with LOCALIZATION OF DATE AND TIME. Click on DATE & TIME. Now select the time zone, in my case I selected the region in Russia and the city of Moscow, press Enter to continue.

Localizing Date and Time in a CentOS 7 Installation

The server will configure the time zone. Next, we will be setting up our KEYBOARD that we will be using.

Setting the time zone on CentOS 7

Next, it will show the following screen, to add more keyboard layout click + icon

Changing keyboard layout in CentOS 7

It will show the following window, just add more languages ​​you need. In my case, I add Russian, additionally click Add.

Adding a Language to a CentOS 7 Installation

Next, we can configure the keyboard layout option by clicking on the Options button:

Configuring Keyboard Layout in a CentOS 7 Installation

Then you can use any key combination to switch between keyboards, in my case I use Alt + Ctrl. Then, after selecting, click Finish

Changing keyboard shortcut when changing language in CentOS 7 installation

Then click Finish

Changing keyboard shortcut when changing language in CentOS 7 installation

Next, we’ll add language support by selecting it.

Adding Language Support to a CentOS 7 Installation

CentOS comes with English by default, we can add other language support. In the same way as in my case, I add Russian. Click Finish after making your selection.

Adding and Selecting a Default Language in a CentOS 7 Installation

Next, we go to the software to install the software and select the media to install.

Next you will see that the installation source will be auto-detected as the installation disk, if you have any other installation source, any network installation, then you can put the path on the network with and without a proxy server from the proxy server settings. In addition, we can add additional repositories according to our choice and needs. After clicking Finish.

Selecting a disk for installing CentOS 7