Welcome to the Oracle Linux Hands-on lab installation instructions.
You can use the following hands-on labs to evaluate and become familiar with the operation of several Oracle Linux technologies.
This is a use-your-own-laptop workshop; this document describes how to install a virtual guest appliance that provides a pre-configured Oracle Linux system for your use while working on the labs.
Please note that this appliance is for testing purposes only, as such it is unsupported and should not to be used in production environment.
This virtual machine contains a default desktop installation of Oracle Linux 6.5 (64bit), with two additional virtual disk drives attached.
- Operating system: a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux or Solaris. Alternatively, a 32-bit host OS installed on a 64-bit CPU with VT-x/AMD-V enabled in the BIOS. See the list of supported host operating systems and the note about 64-bit guests in the VirtualBox manual for details.
- At least 2GB RAM
- At least 10GB of free disk space (Note: virtualization works best with contiguous space so it is a good idea if on Windows to run a defrag program, and make sure you are using NTFS for your file system to handle large files on Windows.)
- 1.7 GHz Processor (a lesser processor will be acceptable, but slower. Multiple CPU cores or sockets also help to boost performance)
- A recent web browser like Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari or Google Chrome/Chromium
- Adobe Acrobat reader or an alternative PDF viewer
- Administrator privileges on your system
- The guest system needs to be able to establish outgoing HTTP connections to the Internet. If you are on a corporate network that mandates using a proxy server, please take note of the proxy server's host name, TCP port number and eventual login credentials.
Step 2. Download the OracleLinux65.ova virtual machine archive. The use of a download manager is highly recommended.
- Oracle Linux VirtualBox Image for Hands-On Lab (2.9 GB)
- MD5 checksum: a63a8618519aa59543f621721ca1e422
- SHA1 checksum: 71d66ecd382d49564d62737b55b3605ffa4f624b
Use the md5sum or sha1sum command line utilities on Linux to verify the integrity of the downloaded file.
For guidance on how to verify these checksums on other platforms, see the following articles:
- Apple Mac OS X: How to verify a SHA-1 digest on Mac OS X
- Microsoft Windows: Availability and description of the File Checksum Integrity Verifier utility
Step 3. Import your VM: File > Import Appliance to launch Appliance Import Wizard. Click Choose... to browse to the directory where you downloaded the file in and select the file OracleLinux65.ova then click Next to begin importing the virtual machine. It will prompt you to agree to the appropriate licenses while importing. You will see 'Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Days (Powered Off)' when it is finished importing. Please create a snapshot of the VM at this point, so you can always revert back to the pristine state in case something goes wrong or you want to repeat an exercise without manually reverting all the changes. These steps are also illustrated in this short video clip:
Step 4. Start your VM: Once the import has completed, double-click the Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Days VM. Click OK to close the Virtualbox Information dialogs and wait for the system to boot up. When you get to the Oracle Linux 6 login screen you can now login. Select the "Oracle Linux User" (oracle), the password is oracle. You can now begin with the hands-on lab exercises. Once you are finished working in the guest VM, you can shut it down via System > Shut Down > Shut Down from within the VM desktop environment or by selecting Machine -> ACPI Shutdown from the VirtualBox window menu. Both options will shut down and return the guest VM to the Powered Off state cleanly. Do not just close or reset the virtual machine, this is similar to hard powering off a system and might leave the file system in an inconsistent state.
The following lab sessions are currently available.
Note: A PDF version of each lab is available as an attachment to the respective page.
- Getting Started with Linux Containers on Oracle Linux 6
- Getting Started with Linux Containers on Oracle Linux 7
- Package management with RPM and yum
- Rebootless Kernel Updates with Ksplice
- Starting and Stopping Services
- Storage Management with btrfs
- Storage management with LVM2, mdadm and device mapper
- System Management with Spacewalk