Eric wrote --------------------- Run virt-manager on a separate machine, and use the COS6 minimal iso for the install. Haven't done this yet myself, but I'd bet it will work. -------------------- From what I understand to do so actually sets up a gui session on the server, thus I would have to install both x windows and gnome desktop...and in that case I would be able to do it locally anyway... Virt manager can use an iso file. It appears the command line tool virt-install cannot 'out of the box' and something has to be done to allow local iso to be installed. I was thinking about mounting the file, making it a nfs, turning on nfs and learning how to configure that, then try to use that to install via a local nfs folder containing the mounted iso. In learning about this issue I know see the thousands of posts online from people having trouble with virt-install in a new light. Local install from local files seems a very big bump in the road. I wonder what virt-manager does that virt-install does not do to use that local .iso image? it must load it somehow and then 'fake' boot it since virt-install keeps looking for boot.iso when I run it on a mounted cd image.