is part 2 of our guide to installing Oracle 11g on virtual Oracle
Enterprise Linux on Windows Vista.
covers the installation of
VirtualBox (stage 1) and the configuration of the virtual machine
part covers stage 3 - the installation and confguration of Linux on the
machine in preparation for installing the Oracle 11g database software
installation and configuration of the database in the virtual Linux
environment (stage 4).
- Installing Oracle Enterprise Linux on the Virtual Machine
You could of
course burn to cds but you would need ten of them! Burning to a dvd
is much more convenient and makes installation much quicker
beign the Linux installation, start the virtual machine (by clicking on
big green arrow) with the bootable Oracle Enterprise Linux dvd in the
drive and installation will start when you press the
(the Linux installer) starts it's just a case of selecting the
- the language(s) you want
- which keyboard you have (US, UK, Russian, etc)
- the type of installation (desktop, workstation,
server or custom)
- automatic or manual partitioning (selecting
automatic here means much less work later)
- the time zone
- packages you want installed
- boot loader/network/firewall configuration
and letting it
run (mostly). As it's a virtual machine, the default settings are
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Step 4a - Disk
few steps, you are asked to choose manual or automatic
You might choose manual partitioning if you want to specify
different mount points for the
Oracle 11g software and the database data files but unless
using different physical disks for this you're just making the
environment more complicated than it needs to be.
Choosing automatic partitioning let's the Linux installer specify
points as if everything is on the same physical disk. Choosing this
option makes installation easier.
selected the partitioning method (and your partitions if
partitioning manually), the installation routine warns you that it
needs to format your hard disks! You don't need to worry though as they
disks. As far as the installer is concerned the (virtual)
disks need to be formatted, so say "Yes" to this.
Step 4b -
seems redundant having just indicated that you're happy for
the whole disk to be formatted, however you're now asked to choose
which partitiions can be removed or whether you want to use
free space on the disk(s). It is safe to specify the removal of all
partitions as it's an unitialized virtual disk and to confirm that
you want to do this.
Step 4c - Boot
As it's a
virtual machine just accept the default.
Step 4d -
you'll want to change anything here.
Step 4e -
As it was a
virtual machine running under Windows we didn't enable a firewall.
Step 4f -
Additional Language Support
default language should be set automatically using the settings on your
computer. Unless you need
additional langauges just deselect "English (USA)" and select the
appropriate language for your area (if you're not in the US).
Step 4g - Time
This has to be
set manually and involves picking your nearest city from a map of the
Step 4h -
Specify Root Password
you enter here as you will need it again.
Step 4i -
this point you can fine tune the package selection. Oracle needs
packages like gcc so it's best to include the software development
packages although they can be added later if necessary.
Step 4j - Begin
you confirm the installation can start, you just have to sit
and wait untill it's finished before you can proceed to the next step
installing Oracle 11g.
Step 4i -
Reboot Virtual Linux and Accept Licence
the installation has finished you have to reboot. Unfortunately it
doesn't restart automatically. In our installation at least there are 2
Linux boot options: Enterprise (2.6.9-188.8.131.52.1.ELsmp) and Enterprise
(2.6.9-184.108.40.206.1.EL) with the first option being the default.
You have to access the boot menu and select
the 2nd option (without
the smp suffix) to get it to start.
Finally, once you've accepted the licence, agreeing to no
support etc, Linux starts and you're now ready for the next
downloading and installing Oracle 11g.