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How to automatically build any recent version of the Oracle database.

There are many situations where you want to use a very specific configuration of the Oracle database, for example when a client has an issue and is still on EL5, or gets disk errors on a filesystem that is ext3, or is using ASM and gets weird IO patterns. Other examples are: you want to test the newest PSU to see if responds differently to an issue you are working on, or you want to test a combination of the Oracle database version and grid infrastructure

Of course you can just go and install a virtual machine, install all the different bits and pieces. Doing so manually kills vast amounts of time. By doing that, you will end up with a lot of virtual machines, for which at a certain point in time you have to make a decision to remove some of these.

A total unattended install of linux and the Oracle database.

This is a blogpost about how I setup my test virtual machines. The seasoned sysadmin and DBA will notice that the techniques used here are perfectly usable for real production environments. The most important thing is there is no need to download or stage any software for installing the virtual machine, everything is downloaded when needed during installation. Obviously this works best when you have got reasonable bandwidth available for connecting to the internet.

The main infrastructure software components of this setup are:
Virtualbox as the virtualisation software.
Ansible as the configuration and management engine.
Vagrant as the virtualisation manager.

VirtualBox 5.0.18

VirtualBox 5.0.18 has been released.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

So far I’ve only installed it on Windows 7, but I’ll no doubt be doing an install on OS X El Crapitan and Oracle Linux tonight. </p />

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VirtualBox 5.0.16

VirtualBox 5.0.16 was released yesterday.

Downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

The installation went fine at work on Windows 7 and on Mac OS X (El Crapitan) at home.



VirtualBox 5.0.14

VirtualBox 5.0.14 has been born.

Downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve not done the installation on Linux yet, but it installed and seems to work fine on Windows 7 and Mac OS X (El Crapitan).



VirtualBox 5.0.12

I was just going to update one of my seldom used servers to VirtualBox to 5.0.10, when I noticed Santa brought 5.0.12 as an early Christmas present yesterday! :)

VirtualBox 5.0.12 is a maintenance release with a bunch of fixes and additions. The downloads and changelog are in the usual places!

VirtualBox 5.0.10

VirtualBox 5.0.10 has been born.

Downloads and changelog in the usual places.

There has been a bit of a discussion on Twitter today about the pros and cons of upgrading VirtualBox. I run VirtualBox on Windows 7 at work and Linux and Mac at home. Unless I’m travelling, I pretty much upgrade straight away. In recent history I only remember one time a patch has caused me problems and forced me to back it out. It seems other people on Twitter have had more issues than me.

I made the jump from VirtualBox 4 to 5 immediately and haven’t suffered at all.

VirtualBox 5.0.8

VirtualBox 5.0.8 has been released.

Downloads and changelog in the usual places.

Happy upgrading, especially applying all those new versions of the guest additions. :)



VirtualBox, Oracle 12c and Macs

Just a quick comment about something I noticed while rebuilding a test VM on my Mac. There is a long lead up to this, so bear with me…


I use VirtualBox on three different host operating systems.

Mac : My main desktop is a Mac, so most of my tests are done using Oracle 12c on Oracle Linux 6 or 7, running under VirtualBox. Most of the VMs I use are quite old, but I keep the DB and OS patched, and you know I religiously update VirtualBox. :) The point is, I rarely do fresh installations on Mac.

VirtualBox 5.0.6

VirtualBox 5.0.6 has been released.

It’s a maintenance release. You can find the downloads and changelog in the usual places.

Happy upgrading!



VirtualBox 5.0.6 was first posted on October 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm.
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