Thursday Feb 18, 2016

Training Thursdays: Installing Oracle Linux with Kickstart

Kickstart facilitates automated installation of the Linux operating system. This saves time and effort when the system administrator has to manage a large number of systems.

Kickstart is one of the many topics covered in Oracle's Linux Advanced Administration training. Those using Oracle Linux 7 should take the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events on the schedule include 14 March, 24 April, 17 July and 18 December 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take a class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.
 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Bogoto, Colombia
 18 April 2016  Spanish
 London, England
 18 April 2016  English
 Munich, Germany
 9 May 2016  German
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 25 April 2016  English
 Makati City, Philippines
 21 March 2016  English
 Singapore
 25 April 2016  English
 Madrid, Spain
 22 February 2016  Spanish
 Belmont, CA, United States  9 May 2016  English
 Reston, VA, United States  28 March 2016  English
Those using previous versions of Linux should take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats:
  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking a time that suits your schedule to work through hands-on exercises.
  • Live Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Events on the schedule include 13 March, 11 April, 23 May and 4 September 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take a class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 London, England
 11 April 2016  English
 Jakarta, Indonesia
 16 May 2016  English
 Milan, Italy
 6 June 2016  Italian
 Turin, Italy
 12 December 2016  Italian
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 14 March 2016  English
 Capetown, South Africa
 14 March 2016  English
 Johannesburg, South Africa
 22 February 2016  English
 Bangkok, Thailand
 18 April 2016  English
 Belmont, CA, United States  16 April 2016  English
 Jackson, Fl, United States  4 April 2016  English
 Roseville, MN, United States  18 April 2016  English

Taking the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCP certificate exam.

To register for an event or learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Thursday Mar 29, 2012

Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-Install RPM for Oracle Linux 6 has been released

Now that the certification of the Oracle Database 11g R2 with Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel has been announced, we are glad to announce the availability of oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall, the Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-install RPM package (formerly known as oracle-validated). Designed specifically for Oracle Linux 6, this RPM aids in the installation of the Oracle Database.

In order to install the Oracle Database 11g R2 on Oracle Linux 6, your system needs to meet a few prerequisites, as outlined in the Linux Installation Guides. Using the Oracle RDBMS Server 11gR2 Pre-install RPM, you can complete most of the pre-installation configuration tasks. which is now available from the Unbreakable Linux Network, or via the Oracle public yum repository.

The pre-install package is available for x86_64 only. Specifically, the package:

  • Causes the download and installation of various software packages and specific versions needed for database installation, with package dependencies resolved via yum
  • Creates the user oracle and the groups oinstall and dba, which are the defaults used during database installation
  • Modifies kernel parameters in /etc/sysctl.conf to change settings for shared memory, semaphores, the maximum number of file descriptors, and so on
  • Sets hard and soft shell resource limits in /etc/security/limits.conf, such as the number of open files, the number of processes, and stack size to the minimum required based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Server installation requirements
  • Sets numa=off in the kernel boot parameters for x86_64 machines
Please see the release announcement for further details and instructions. Also take a look at Ginny Henningsen's "How I Simplified Oracle Database Installation on Oracle Linux" article on the Oracle Technology Network for a general description on how to perform the installation of the Oracle Database on Oracle Linux. While the article refers to Oracle Linux 5 and the former "oracle-validated" package, the steps for Oracle Linux 6 are still very similar (we're looking into updating that article for Oracle Linux 6).
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