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Friday Spotlight - building a demo Oracle VM environment using VirtualBox

Simon Coter
Senior Manager, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

Learning a new software stack or test a new release is challenging enough without having to spend multiple cycles on the install process and, between many of possible use cases, Oracle VM VirtualBox can be used to create demo environments where to test or verify Enterprise products.

On Oracle Technology Network website you can find a list of Appliances, deployed and pre-built by Oracle Experts at no cost, ready to deploy more solutions on top of Oracle VM VirtualBox. Due to the high interest, one of the most downloaded appliance is Oracle VM Server & Manager.

This Appliance, thanks to VirtualBox, allows to create a real and complete Oracle VM environment on your laptop/desktop; these pre-built environments are also the foundation of Hands On Labs that we usually propose by webcasts or at important events like Oracle Open World. 

We also created a dedicated WhitePaper on this, where you can follow a step-by-step guide to build and Oracle VM Clustered Pool:


  • Import Oracle VM VirtualBox pre-built appliances
Once VMs are imported you'll have the complete management of them using VirtualBox GUI.
  • Prepare VirtualBox network interfaces 
Thanks to VirtualBox GUI you can manage your vNICs and point them to a specific configuration (bridged, host-only, NAT,....)
  • Initialize Oracle VM Server & Manager
  • Prepare Virtual Storage
Setup the storage that will guest the entire demo appliance.
  • Configure HTTP Server and NFS Server for their purposes

Exploit VMs pre-configured services like NFS-Server and HTTP-Server. 

This solution will allow you to try all interesting Oracle VM features and, at the same time, evaluate the product without any kind of investment in term of hardware purchase and installation time.

For further informations you can also visit:


If you have any question, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.



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Comments ( 9 )
  • guest Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    The white paper refers to The Oracle VM VirtualBox pre-built appliance for Oracle VM Manager 3.4.1 and The Oracle VM VirtualBox pre-built appliance for Oracle VM Server 3.4.1, but the link in the document (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/community/developer-vm/index.html) takes me to a page where I can only find pre-built appliances of Oracle VM 3.2.4 Manager & Server.



  • guest Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Hi Harald,

    soon the new demo appliances will be posted on Oracle Technology Network website.

    Thank you


  • Daniel Carriere Wednesday, May 4, 2016


    I am looking for help in networking Oracle VM Servers on two physical environments. I have downloaded and installed OVM with OVS on one system with the RAC template, but I want to associate another physical server running WebLogic Virtual Box VMs from another server. I can't find instructions on networking.

    Any help would be appreciated!


  • Simon Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Hi Daniel,

    to have VirtualBox VMs communicating externally with other hosts and/or VMs running on other hosts you have to use Bridged Networking, so all VMs will use the same network of your host systems.

    Hope this helps


  • Daniel Carriere Saturday, May 7, 2016

    Thanks Simon. Problem solved!


  • Trond Thursday, January 9, 2020
    I'm guessing the new demo appliances got lost in time?
  • Simon Thursday, January 9, 2020
    Hi Trond,

    those outdated Virtual Appliances had been removed.

  • Trond Thursday, January 9, 2020
    Hi Simon,

    Will the VirtualBox templates be updated to 3.4.x?
  • Simon Friday, January 10, 2020
    Hi Trond,

    I'm not aware of any plan to add an other template but consider that the installation of Oracle VM 3.4.6 can be easily done on top of VirtualBox.

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