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Dell EMC PowerEdge Systems Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Installation Guide

Install RHEL 8 with Lifecycle Controller

  • CAUTION: Ensure that you back up all the data from the system before installing or upgrading the operating system.

Lifecycle Controller (LC) provides an OS Deployment wizard that assists you with the installation of RHEL 8.

  • NOTE: LC may not provide the latest drivers that are required to complete the installation of RHEL 8. Download the drivers from the Dell EMC FTP website at, or use the Dell Systems Management Tools and Documentation media.
  • NOTE: Lifecycle Controller (LC) comes with embedded drivers that are factory installed. It is recommended that you run the Platform Update wizard to ensure that you have the latest drivers before you install RHEL 8. For more information, see Dell Remote Access Configuration Tool User's Guide at .
  1. Boot the system, and press F10. The Dell EMC logo is displayed.
  2. In the left pane, click OS Deployment.
  3. In the right pane, click Deploy OS.
    • NOTE: If your system has a RAID controller, you must configure RAID before you install the drivers.
  4. From the list of operating systems, select Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8x86_64 bit .

    LC extracts the driver update disk to an internal USB drive labeled OEMDRV.

    After the drivers are extracted, LC prompts you to insert the operating system installation media.

  5. Click Next.
  6. When prompted, select BIOS or UEFI, and then click Next.
  7. Insert the Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation media, and then click Next.
  8. Click Finish to reboot the system and go to the operating system installation by booting to the operating system media.
    • NOTE: After reboot, the system prompts you to press a key to boot to the operating system media. If you do not press a key, the system boots to the hard drive.
    • NOTE: All the copied drivers are removed after 18 hours. Complete the operating system installation within 18 hours. To remove the drivers before 18 hours, reboot the system, press F10, and reenter LC.

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