Red Hat RHEL new install USB or virtual

Hi Experts. I have a new Dell server running RHEL 6.7. I am looking for a way to familiarize myself to better with Linux. Is there a way I could install Linux onto USB and boot it on my Lenovo x220t to test out Linux and familiarize myself with the OS. How could I obtain software and what version would work? Thanks for any help.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
You can have a look at this article, it's about trying out Linux in a virtual environment:
Most linux distro's can easily be installed to almost anything, including USB sticks or SD cards, you just tell the installer the correct installation location and it will usually work without problems. Besides that, a lot of distro's come as LiveMedia which you can boot directly from DVD's or USB sticks, so it isn't even necessary to install, you can use LiveMode to test most things.

I don't use RedHat, as it isn't free, but CentOS is a RedHat clone and it is free. I currently don't have it close so I'm not sure whether it comes as LiveMedia. A further Alternative would be Fedora, on which RedHat is based. Fedora has LiveMedia, but it is more state of the art with all the newest additions, which RedHat doesn't yet include, so when compared to RedHat it may be too advanced. Basically what I'm trying to say is that it depends on what you want to learn, general Linux use, then go for a modern, free OS (it could also be something based on Debian then, or if you are wanting to learn mainly about RedHat, go for CentOS.

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lskairAuthor Commented:
Thanks experts. I followed instructions above and downloaded VMWARE, and CentOS, but when trying to play on usb drive, it gives me an error about virtualization:

"This virtual machine is configured for 64-bit guest operating systems. However, 64-bit operation is not possible.

This host supports Intel VT-x, but Intel VT-x is disabled.

Intel VT-x might be disabled if it has been disabled in the BIOS/firmware settings or the host has not been power-cycled since changing this setting.

(1) Verify that the BIOS/firmware settings enable Intel VT-x and disable 'trusted execution.'

(2) Power-cycle the host if either of these BIOS/firmware settings have been changed.

(3) Power-cycle the host if you have not done so since installing VMware Workstation.

(4) Update the host's BIOS/firmware to the latest version.

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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
A 32 bit Linux should work for you.
Enable Virtualization within your BIOS as mentioned in your comment. This is by default disabled on most PC's.

Another thing, what host OS are you using? If Windows 8.x Pro and above, or 10 Pro and above, and the Hyper-V feature is enabled, VMware won't work properly. But of course you could then use Hyper-V as the Hypervisor.

If there is no option within your BIOS to enable virtualization, use a 32 bit version of Linux as mentioned above. I'd also rather recommend using VirtualBox, and not VMware, as VBox is OpenSource and supported directly by the kernel of most distro's natively.
lskairAuthor Commented:
Thank you. I enabled virtualization in BIOS. It's installing Linux now on VMware server. I'm running it off USB so is having VMware installed on laptop ssd not correct?
What are you running off USB? VMware or VirtualBox can be installed directly on the HD of your PC, you don't need any USB device for that. Also the OS can be installed directly to the local disk. With virtualization products you install the OS into a file, so that can be located anywhere. But if it is on the local disk it will be faster, as USB, particularly if it isn't USB 3, is pretty slow.
lskairAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay. I tested it both ways and it's working great. I ended up installing directly to ssd and it runs perfect. I tried USB first but it was too slow. Thanks for all the help. I'll split points since both comments assisted me.
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