Oracle VM 3.4.6 : Part 1 – OVM Server

Oracle VM Server

Oracle VM is a free to download virtualisation technology and for many deployments could provide a great alternative to VMware. In this series of Blog Posts I am going to give OracleVM a spin, and document my experiences. 

Oracle VM Server is a Bare-Metal install unlike Oracle VM Manager which is installed on an OS. In part 2 of this Blog series I will document that part of the install, if you already have Oracle VM Server running you can jump to Part 2 here.

Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager can both be downloaded from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) or the Oracle eDelivery site.

Once you have downloaded the 841MB Oracle VM Server ISO (OVS-3.4.6-2105.iso) , note you will need to burn a CD/DVD for a physical server install.

Oracle VM Server Install

Boot from the CD and hit Enter to begin the installation process. It will feel very familiar to anyone who as done a Linux Install and be completed with just a keyboard by using the navigation, tab and enter keys.

Initial boot screen
Hit Enter
Media Validation
Tab to ‘Skip’ and hit Enter
Welcome to Oracle VM Sever
Hit Enter
Language Selection
Select required language, tab to ‘OK’ and hit Enter
Keyboard Selection
Select keyboard layout, tab to ‘OK’ and hit Enter
Oracle VM Server Licence Agreement
If OK tab to ‘Accept’ and hit Enter
Partitioning Type
Review and confirm Disk Partitioning, tab to ‘OK’ and hit Enter
Oracle VM kdump Info
Tab to ‘Yes’ if required, and hit Enter
Oracle VM Management Interface
Configure Network Interfaces, tab to ‘OK’ and hit Enter
IPv4 Configuration for eth0
Configure IP address manually, for lab work you can use DHCP, then tab to ‘OK’ and hit Enter 
Hostname Configuration
Manually configure Hostname, tab to ‘OK’ and hit Enter
Time Zone Selection
Select required Time Zone, tan to ‘OK’ and hit Enter
Oracle VM Agent password
Enter password, confirm then tab to ‘OK’ and hit Enter
Root Password
Enter password, confirm then tab to ‘OK’ and hit Enter
You can now sit back and watch the Package Installation…
Hit Enter to Reboot
Oracle VM Server 3.4.6 Console
Hit Alt F2 for login console
Login as root using password previously provided

Hopefully you now have a working Oracle VM Server, if so you may want to continue to Part 2 to have a look at my Oracle VM Manager installation walkthrough.

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