2.1. Starting Installation

Virtuozzo can be installed from

To start the installation, do the following:

  1. Configure the server to boot from the chosen media.
  2. Boot the server and wait for the welcome screen.

2.1.1. Choosing Installation Type

You can install Virtuozzo 7 in one of the following modes:

Your further installation steps will differ depending on the chosen mode.

2.1.2. Enabling Forced Detection of SSDs

Certain solid-state drives (SSDs) may not be autodetectable by the installer. This may result in issues when you create or join Virtuozzo Storage clusters. To avoid this problem, you can force the installer to identify the required drives as SSDs by doing the following:

  1. Select the required installation option (e.g., Install Virtuozzo 7) and press E to edit it.

  2. Add ssd_hack=sd<N>[,...] at the end of the line starting with linux /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz. For example:

    linux /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz inst.stage2=hd:LABEL=<VZ7_ISO_image> quiet ip=dhcp \
    ssd_hack=sdb,sdc
    
  3. Press Ctrl-X to load the selected installation option.

The installer should identify the specified drives as SSDs.

2.1.3. Installing on USB Drive

Aside from regular disks, you can also install Virtuozzo on a 64GB+ USB drive. In this case, however, you will still need to place the swap partition on a regular HDD/SSD drive. It is also recommended to store logs on a syslog server.

To have a USB drive recognized as an installation destination, configure the installer as follows:

  1. Select the required installation option (e.g., Install Virtuozzo 7) and press E to edit it.

  2. Add allow_usb_hdd at the end of the line starting with linux /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz. For example:

    linux /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz inst.stage2=hd:LABEL=<VZ7_ISO_image> quiet ip=dhcp \
    allow_usb_hdd
    

    Note

    If you chose to install Virtuozzo with GUI, also add expert to this line.

  3. Press Ctrl-X to load the selected installation option.

  4. On installer’s INSTALLATION DESTINATION screen, select the USB drive as system, select I will configure partitioning in the bottom, and click Done and then OK to proceed to the MANUAL PARTITIONING screen.

  5. On the MANUAL PARTITIONING screen, select the swap partition in the list, click Modify on the right, and select an HDD or SSD drive to place the swap on.

  6. Click Done, then Accept Changes to return to the main installer screen and configure other options as usual.