Oracle Linux Hands-on Labs

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Introduction

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.

Note
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.

Host system Requirements

  • 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.

Setup

Step 1. Download and install Oracle VM VirtualBox on your host system, following the installation instructions outlined in the VirtualBox manual or as explained in this video clip:

Step 2. Download the OracleLinux65.ova virtual machine archive. The use of a download manager is highly recommended.

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:

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.

Available Oracle Linux Hands-on lab sessions

The following lab sessions are currently available.
Note: A PDF version of each lab is available as an attachment to the respective page.

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  1. Jan 04, 2014

    Hi ,

    I have downloaded Oraclelinux64 VM ware on windows 8 , file extension is Oraclelinux64.ova .

    help me to install image to access the file type tried a lot didn't get solution . please help

    Regards

    Abhishek

    1. Jan 06, 2014

      Hi Abishek,

      Please follow the instructions here: https://wikis.oracle.com/display/oraclelinux/Oracle+Linux+Hands-on+Labs

      That will step you through installing VirtualBox and importing the Virtual SysAdmin Day appliance.

      1. Jan 07, 2014

        Hi

        can you please post the link to download the latest software VM's for LINUX, SOLARIS

        for

        ORACLE LINUX

        ORACLE VM

        ORACLE SOLARIS

        tracks.

        the online class begins Jan 28, 2014. Would appreciate it.

        thanks

        1. Jan 07, 2014

          You can get Oracle VM Virtualbox from http://virtualbox.org

          You can get the Oracle Linux VM from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/linux/downloads/vm-for-hol-1896500.html

          I'm not sure where the Oracle Solaris VM is located. You'll need to check with the Oracle Solaris Virtual Sysadmin team (this page is for the Linux stuff).

          1. Jan 09, 2014

            Hi Avi

            I get following error when I import to Virtual box on windows 7

            

            ERROR

            Internal inconsistency when looking up disk image vmdisk1

            1. Jan 09, 2014

              Have you validated the md5 and SHA1 checksum of your downloaded file with the ones on the web page? That will determine whether the file was damaged during download, e.g. if it got truncated. If the md5 or SHA1 checksums don't match the ones on the web page, you'll need to download the VM image again.

              1. Jan 10, 2014

                Hi Avi

                The md5sum matches at

                a63a8618519aa59543f621721ca1e422

                Thanks

                1. Jan 10, 2014

                  Ok, I just validated my local copy and it has the same md5 sum and it imports (on Mac OS X) just fine. Do you have another PC handy you can test it on, to see if it's an issue with that PC, perhaps?

                  I'm not a VirtualBox expert, so beyond this, I'd recommend checking https://forums.virtualbox.org for more assistance.

                  1. Jan 13, 2014

                    Hi Avi

                    what do you suggest?. The class is only 2 weeks away.

                    thanks

                    1. Jan 13, 2014

                      I suggest asking on the VirtualBox forums for more direct assistance.

            2. Feb 04, 2014

              I Had the same problem here.

              I renamed the file from .ova to .tar, extracted the disks from tar  file, created a new vm without disks and added extracted the disks.

              The new vm booted all right. You could try that.

  2. Jan 12, 2014

    Hi

    Can any one please give the Solution to this Problem which asked earlier but not solved yet..,Even I'm facing the same problem..,

    I have installed Oracle VM Virtual box (VirtualBox-4.3.6-91406-Win.exe) from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads 

    But When I importing the Oracle Linux appliance...facing the issue 

    >>>This kernel requires an x86 64 CPU but only detected an i686 CPU . Unable to Boot - Please use a kernel appropriate to your CPU<<<<

    I have the Windows 7 32-bit pc.., Even I have ticked and enabled the  Acceleration tab Enable VT-x  

    But still facing the issue....Is there any solution for this please let us know.....

    1. Jan 12, 2014

      You need to make sure your PC has a 64-bit CPU, even if it's running 32-bit Windows. Otherwise, the VM cannot boot.

  3. Jan 20, 2014

    Just another data point.  Host system is Fedora 19  VirtualBox 4.1.26  r84997 (yeah it's a bit old but it works)

    Internal inconsistency looking up disk image 'vmdisk1'

    Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
    Component: Appliance
    Interface: IAppliance

    Unknown macro: {3059cf9e-25c7-4f0b-9fa5-3c42e441670b}

    Cheers,
    Bob

    1. Jan 21, 2014

      The appliance was exported using VirtualBox 4.2. Any chance you can upgrade to the latest version and try the import again?

  4. Jan 27, 2014

    I am also getting the "unable to boot" error when trying to start the vm.  My PC isSystem Type:  64-bit Operating System.  I installed VirtualBox-4.3.6-91406-Win.exe.  How can I move beyond the "unable to boot" error?

    Thanks.

    Karen 

    1. Jan 27, 2014

      Please make sure the Operating System type for the guest is set to "Oracle (64-bit)" - I've had reports that this isn't imported sometimes on Windows. Otherwise, please check the VirtualBox forums at http://virtualbox.org for more assistance: I'm not a VirtualBox expert and there are experts on the forum!

  5. Jan 28, 2014

    >>>This kernel requires an x86 64 CPU but only detected an i686 CPU . Unable to Boot - Please use a kernel appropriate to your CPU<<<<

    How many posts, manuals, other do I have to read to find resolution to the issue noted several times above?  I have yet to find a solution. Oracle 64-bit is not one of the choices for OS.  I am on Windows 7 SP1 Professional  64-Bit, Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 i5-3320M / 2.6 GHz ( 3.3 GHz ) ( Dual-Core ),  4GB RAM. 

    1. Jan 28, 2014

      Solved- HP ProBook 6570b BIOS changed to enable virtualization,  System Configuration -> Device Configurations Enable Virtualization technology VT-x

  6. Mar 11, 2014

    I could not download "https://edelivery.oracle.com/EPD/Error/embargoed_country_check_failure?referrer=referer". what does it mean? Please give me a hand to download it.

    Thank you in advance.

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