Installing Oracle VM
By Alison Holloway on Apr 11, 2008
This is the first of my Oracle VM blogs. I figured I'd start at the beginning. How to install it.
There's an Oracle VM Quick Start Guide that gives you a bit more information than I've given you here, but not quite as much as the install guides (links given later).
You'll need a machine that supports virtualization. Most newer machines support virtualization, but if you're using an older machine, you might need to use this as an excuse to go shopping. You'll also need at least 2GB RAM if you want to run more than one virtual machine at once. Oracle VM Server has it's own operating system, so it will wipe any existing data on your hard drive. Make sure you install this on a machine that you're happy to have wiped and dedicated to running your virtual machines.
So onto the install part. It's pretty easy. Very easy in fact.
Download the Oracle VM 2.1.1 ISO file.
You'll need both the Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager ISO files:
Oracle VM Server 2.1.1 Part number V12540-01 315M
Oracle VM Manager 2.1.1 Part number V12499-01 534M
Use your favourite CD burner software and burn the Oracle VM Server ISO to a bootable CD.
Then burn the Oracle VM Manager ISO to a CD. This one doesn't need to be bootable.
You don't need to waste DVDs as both installs fit nicely onto a CD.
Boot your machine from the Oracle VM Server CD. Follow the prompts during login, and you're away. When the install has finished, log in as "root" with the password you set during the install. Oracle VM Server is installed and ready to go now.
Now, to install Oracle VM Manager. You'll need an Enterprise Linux (either Oracle's or RedHat's) installation. Yes, this needs to be on another machine, though it doesn't wipe out the data, and you can use a lower spec'd machine, any old machine that will handle Enterprise Linux.
Start up the operating system, and mount the CD. Run the installation script as "root":
# sh runInstaller.sh
Follow the prompts during the install and you're done. You can accept the defaults by hitting Enter. A lot of people seem to miss this so I thought it was worthy of pointing out.
If you want more detailed install info, you can get it in these books:
Oracle VM Server Installation Guide
Oracle VM Manager Installation Guide
Now you've got both the Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager installed, you need to let Oracle VM Manager know about the Oracle VM Server.
Open the Oracle VM Manager interface in a web browser:
http://hostname:8888/OVSLog in as "admin" with the password you set during the installation.
Create a Server Pool.
Add the Oracle VM Server to the Server Pool. You can set whether the Oracle VM Server acts as a Server Pool Master, a Utility Server, and a Virtual Machine Server. If you need to enter a login while doing this, use the "root" password for the Oracle VM Server.
The next blog entry will show you how to create a virtual machine with your newly installed setup.