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In order to prevent kernel modules loading during boot, the module name must be added to a configuration file for the "modprobe" utility. This file must reside in /etc/modprobe.d . Ensure the module is not configured to get loaded in either /etc/modprobe.conf, /etc/modprobe.d/*, /etc/rc.modules, or /etc/sysconfig/modules/* before making the following modifications. Due to differences between the various versions of RHEL, be sure to follow the appropriate steps for your system's version below: The shared steps for RHEL 5, 6, 7, 8 followed by the specific steps for each version The steps for RHEL 4 regards.