Linux Admin Group #2: virtual machines and bad videos

So finally got around to experimenting with recording some videos of the last couple objectives using the program “recordmydesktop” and the results were more than a little underwhelming. You can view the vids here:

Set up a default config http server (also showed how to set it up to serve an install tree)

Install Redhat Enterprise Linux as a virtual guest (from the command line using virt-install)

Needless to say, I’m looking for another way to record my desktop sessions in a format that I can upload to youtube. Suggestions welcome! Once I have a better visual experience going I’ll add audio, redo these early attempts.

Also, let me know how I can improve the presentation or explanation of the tasks.

Tomorrow…we kickstart!



A few snafus I ran into when trying to get a virtual machine set up as an install server

1) DO set up your virtual network (or the ‘default’ network) to use a static IP range and turn off DHCP. Instructions here:
2) DON’T set your virtual network (or the default network if you are editing that one) to be within the same network as the host machine. I.e. if your host machine’s IP address is something like, don’t set your virtual network range to use Set it to use If you try to set up a virtual network as in the first example, the hypervisor will tell you that the IP you’ve selected is in use by the host system.
3) DO set up the new virtual machine to use an IP that’s in the same range as the virtual network you are using. I.e. if your virtual network uses, then set the static IP of your virtual machine to use something like