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Configure a Host ISO-based Package Repository on a CentOS 7.2 VM

In a recent blog post, I demonstrated how to set up a local RPM repository (repo) in a VMware CentOS 7.2 VM (AKA guest) running under VMware Workstation (AKA the host.) This made the CentOS VM independent of the need for network access w.r.t. RPM package installation. However, the trade off for the ability to install packages without Internet access is the 6 GB plus increase in the size of the VM necessitated for storing all the packages and metadata. Consider the following alternative scenario. You have downloaded the CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1511.iso from the CentOS Project or a mirror, used the ISO

Fedora: Specify Repo when Booting Installer

To specify an installation source for Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat or Scientific Linux, use the linux repo= option at the boot prompt: For example: linux repo=cdrom:device linux repo=ftp://username:password@URL linux repo=http://URL linux repo=hd:device linux repo=nfs:options:server:/path linux repo=nfsiso:options:server:/path In these examples, cdrom refers to a CD or DVD drive, ftp refers to a location accessible by FTP, http refers to a URL accessible by HTTP, hd refers to an ISO image file accessible on a hard drive partition, nfs refers to an expanded tree of installation files accessible by NFS, and nfsiso refers to an ISO image file accessible by NFS. See