CentOS 5.2 net install

Recently I noticed that for the first time CentOS was available in the form of a network installation. Which means instead of downloading the whole operating system only a small ISO (less than 8 MB) has to be downloaded which is enough to boot from and connect to the remote CentOS servers. No need to download 4 GB’s of data. It’s also the perfect solution for multiple internal deployments. The whole process may take around 30 to 40 minutes.

Remember the available architectures are i386 and x86_64. I am linking directly to the i386 architecture.

Download CentOS 5.2 Net Install ISO (7.7 MB)

After you burn the ISO in to a CD/DVD we can start the network installation.

Network installation

For the Installation Method choose HTTP to fetch the remaining packages from the CentOS servers.

Configure TCP/IP

We will start the installation by choosing DHCP in order to grab an IP from the local area network.

HTTP setup

Now we need to point the installation to fetch the files from the Internet server for CentOS. Enter the following information for Web site name and CentOS directory. the following information. Make sure you enter the same values or the installation will fail.

  • Web site name
  • mirror.centos.org
  • CentOS directory
  • /centos/5.2/os/i386

Press OK to start fetching the files from the Internet.


The hard work is done, proceed to customise the CentOS installation like usual by selecting the packages you want install. This the best and most efficient way of installing CentOS.

  • zack

    I’ve try yoursugestion but wont work

  • dataninja

    Did you download the Netinstall ISO. Tell me more and I may be able to help you.

  • Lee

    Works for me. I wanted to dl a 5.2 dvd, but that isn’t available, and I did not want to dl 6 cd’s, because am lazy!

    • dataninja

      Glad that it was of some help to you.

  • hwang

    Did you even go through the whole installation process? or just assuem it will work after this screen? the retrieving images/stage2.img is just sitting on my screen forever. I download live 5.2 CD. during the media test, it test fail. I download from another mirror site and it fail again. I have download and burn many other iso file, fail none. I go ahead to install. The live CD require CD # 1,2,3,4, 5 no matter what package I choose(gnome only or gnome plus any other). If it require CD 1-5 for any installation why bother to check. it just wasting time to wait for the same result of different choice. It could have show at front, which ever you choose, it require CD #….) Anyway, I am so stupid to download all 6 CD because i am afraid that at the end of 5 CD, it will ask me the 6th CD. After install 1st CD, it ask 2nd CD, it say some package is missing and no matter what i choose it reboot. Again it waste me time to wait for 1st CD installation and fail miserably . This is the worst installation CD I have ever use for linux. I strongly recommend , it you don’t have to use it, don’t waste time. I spend three day just trying to download all CD and it keep telling me fail, fail, fail. Donation? let me think for a long while.

  • dataninja

    Well duu!, did you know that CentOS is a heavy Linux distribution 4.3GB unlike Ubuntu 700MB. If it’s taking a long time it may be because your Internet connection happens to be slow give it more time and keep in mind this is a “network installation” meaning all the needed files are being downloaded at the same time from the CentOS Servers then installed.

    Regarding the ISOs failing the media test, well that’s out of my control. It seem you can’t get the installation right, did you know CentOs offers a complete installation DVD no need to download a bunch of CD’s.

    To end my reply let me tell you that I only post about what I know and works for me. I have made this installation multiple times which means you are doing something wrong, double check please!.

    In a few days I will create a screen cast of the installation

  • Qix

    It works like a charme for me. I must say very very good job to the guys of centos.

  • UraniumSteel

    Works great, Thank you very much for the screen shots and instructions. Very simple once you know the params.

  • philbee

    Netinstall fails for me. A NoMoreMirrorsRepoError exception occurs when anaconda is trying to download repodata/comps.xml.

    Any ideas?

  • Calvinball

    I’ve tried the netinstall for 5.4 but it fails. Keeps appending an extra “/” between the mirror site and the direcotry so the string it tries is: ftp://ftp.somesite.edu//centos/5.4/os/…/stand2.img not found.

    Is this a bug in the 5.4 disto? I’ve triple checked that I do NOT have a leading / character in the path btw.

  • 5.2 has been removed from the Centos mirrors. You must go to the ‘vault’ now.

    host: vault.centos.org
    path: 5.2/os/i386

  • I have arquitecture 64 bits , and i have problems with netinstall , when i want install the system , any packets = NOT FOUND.