Installation of Oracle Database and Oracle EBS 12 on Oracle Virtual Box

by Regina
(San Diego, CA, USA)


I have two questions which I hope you can answer.

1. Why do you have to install Oracle Linux 6 on the Virtual box before installing Oracle 11g? When you're creating a new operating system within the Virtual Box, there's a drop-down menu for you to select the operating system you will be using for the install. I assumed when you selected the type of operating system, you were informing the Virtual Box of the operating system of the software you would be installing. Could you please explain this?

2. My next project is to install Oracle E-business Suite (R12) on the Virtual Box. Again, would I need to install Oracle's Linux 6 operating system prior to doing the install?

I'm have installed the Virtual Box on my laptop (Windows 8.1) and have 16 gigs of memory.

I look forward to your response.

Warmest Regards,

You can also email me directly regarding the answer.

Regina Schmidt

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Sep 07, 2015
Virtual Box just provides an empty container
by: Anonymous

Installing Virtual Box enables you to cerate virtual machines on your computer. When first created, these virtual machines can be regarded as an empty box or a blank canvas - you have to put something in or on it. It's the same as a (physical) computer with no operating system isnatlled. Selecting the type of operating system you will be installing on the virtual machine when you create it using Virtual Box enables that vm to be optimised for that particular type of operating system.

In other words, Virtual Box is just a program that enables you to run on one operating system (say MS Windows) programs created for another operating system (say Linux).

To gain a better understaning of virtualization and where Virtual Box fits in see the user guide at

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