How to create an Oracle Linux vm on virtual box

This is just a quick step by step on how to get a brand new Oracle Linux install on virtual box. Oracle has plenty of these virtual machines available for download but I think is a good fun to install it so that we get to know the technology inside out .

So to do that the first step is to make sure you have a copy of the OS image, for this, you can download from oracle e-delivery :

Go to virtual box manager and click “New”

Give a name to the virtual machine and set the options below and click next:

Set the memory size and click next:

Create the virtual hard disk and click create

Choose “VDI” option and click next:

Choose the “Dynamically allocated” option and click next:

Define the size of the virtual hard disk:

Go to the settings of the VM, on the left top pane navigate to ”system “ and uncheck the Floppy option “

Set the network adapter to “bridged adapter”:

Next go to “Storage” and click on the disk “empty” as per the figure below:

In the right pane go to attributes and click on the disk icon as per the image below, this is to point to the image you have downloaded “ISO”, the Linux installer:

Click “ok” and start the VM

Click “ok” and start the VM:

Choose the “Install or upgrade an existing system” option

Skip the media test by clicking “Skip”:

Click “next”:

Choose the language and click “Next”:

Choose the “basic storage device” option and click” next”

You will see a pop message, choose “yes discard any data” and click next:

Give a name to the host:

Next step I would suggest to set up the IP address specially if you will install other applications on the top of this machine, also it will enable you to access this VM from other Vm’s.

If you choose to fix the IP click “apply, close and next”, otherwise you can proceed with DHCP by default  :

Choose the time zone:

Set the root password and click”next”:

Since this is a brand new install you can choose “use all space” option:

When you click next you will see a message about partition options being written to the disk, just confirm and click “write changes to disk” option:

Choose a “basic server” option:

And “Customize now” option and select “next”:

Now on the left pane you will have several options that will bring up some other options in the right pane, below you can see each item,  set the options accordingly to the figures:

Under “Server”:

Set the options:

Below you will see a button “Optional Packages”, click on it and set the following 4 items (optional), I chose those options since I intend to install the Oracle Database on it 11g and 12c:

Select those options in the “desktop” item:

In the “Applications”, select “internet browser” and click next :

Install in progress:

Reboot the machine and accept the terms when it is back:

Click “Forward”, you will need to set up the updates and set the non-admin user:

Set the Kdump memory quota and click finish and reboot the machine:

Installation completed, in the next post I will demonstrate how to install an Oracle Database on Linux OS

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