Warning: /dev/root does not exist while installing centos 7

While installing centos 7, You may encounter error like “Warning: /dev/root does not exist”.

*> dracut-initqueue[685]: Warning: Could not boot
> dracut-initqueue[685]: Warning: /dev/root does not exist*

To fix this, when the dracut shell becomes available, create a directory:

mkdir /mnt/

Mount different block devices until you have found the one that contains the ISO. Once you find the /dev/ for the USB (for instance, if your system reads it virtual cd drive as /dev/sr0), perform the command blkid on the device:

blkid /dev/sr0

Reboot the server and when the installer menu is shown, press tab to edit the installation parameters

The line will look like

vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img inst.stage2=hd:LABEL=CentOS\x207\x20x86_64 quiet nomodeset

Delete the label part and add the drive like the one below

vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img inst.stage2=hd:/dev/sr0  nomodeset

In this server, /dev/sr0 holds the virtual cd rom. Remove quiet if not needed and add nomodeset for especially Intel AMT boards.

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