Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Parallels config - CentOS Server 5.0 (guest) on Mac OS X (host)

Not much documentation on getting CentOS Server 5.0 to work as a guest OS on Mac OS X so here's some gouge:

Installing Parallels Tools:
  • To enable networking, be in "Shared Network" and run "/sbin/dhclient eth0".
  • Mount the CDROM: "mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom". You might need to create /mnt/cdrom directory.
  • Install the prereqs: "yum install gcc kernel-devel".
  • The kernel and kernel-devel package must be exactly the same. To check this, run "uname -a ; rpm -qa kernel\* | sort". For me, this returns 2.6.18-274.3.1.e15 for kernel, kernel-devel, and kernel-headers (don't think headers are required but not sure). If you need to update the kernel, "yum install kernel" and reboot.
  • /mnt/cdrom/install should work
  • Once installed, my Mac OS X home directory was available at /media/psf/Home.


  1. Thanks for the tips! Worked perfectly on my CentOS 6.2 and Parallels Desktop 7.

  2. In order to have eth0 come up automatically on boot with DHCP, edit the following file:



    then reboot to make sure all is working.