Two years ago (2014), I wrote the article “CentOS 6.5 Configuration Tips” to document the steps I take in building a CentOS 6.5 server. Through the years, it has saved me a lot of time in rolling out custom CentOS builds for client requirements. Truth be told, the article is a life saver. It allows me to build, customize, deploy, and deliver servers consistently all-the-time every time. Likewise, my coworkers benefit from the article because it provides a simple guide on how to install frugal CentOS 6.5 builds. Of course, at the end of the day, when they give me a properly configured server build, I benefit.
However, like everything else in the IT, things change quite quickly. Usually, there are minute changes here and there which may be annoying at times but are totally tolerable. But there are times, such as the case at hand, where the annoyances turn into complete nuisances.
To cut the story short, CentOS 7 is a substantial departure from CentOS 6.5. This departure makes the 2014 article on “CentOS Configuration Tips” partially obsolete. Thus, a new guide is warranted.