Seeing the light – Oracle VM 2.1 on VMware Server 1.04

Little bit cynical or not?

Anyway after downloading Oracle VM Server 2.1, unzipping it, it was installed in a breeze. It is delivered as a ISO so I mounted the ISO under the CD ROM of a VMware guest, configured as described below. The guest I used was a VMware Server guest based on RedHat 4 (32b).

So I used the following:

  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 host (32b)
  • 1.5 Gb RAM
  • 20 Gb extensible HD
  • Network: NAT
  • 1 CPU

Mounted the ISO under the virtual CDROM. I kept all the defaults except manual TCP/IP setting to, because I use NAT on a range. Funny stuff that passed the installation window. OCFS2 is apparently used. The core OS (in my situation – 32 bit install) is 2.6.18- SMP. So in other words, it is based on Oracle Enterprise Linux V5 (XEN 3.1).

If you don’t count the virtual memory, then the max. total for the VMware HD environment on actual disk will be around 900 Mb. So 1.5 Gb virtual memory plus the almost 1 Gb virtual harddisks will sum up for a total of 2.5 Gb for the whole installation under VMware.

I also already downloaded Oracle VM Manager, but because this has to be installed on Oracle Enterprise Linux, this has to wait… I don’t have a VM host ready and the OEL software is somewhere at the office. To much hassle to download the ISO’s again, so this is maybe something for tomorrow; If I have time, I also have to do some normal DBA work during the day 😎 .

Here are some first pictures of the Oracle VM Server 2.1

Oracle VM Server 2.1 Login Screen

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Oracle VM Server 2.1 First Impressions

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The whole exercise took me less then half an hour. Good first start I would say.


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  1. Frits Hoogland
    November 15

    Hi marco! Looks like you’re having a great time in SF.

    The use of a clustered filesystem seems obvious to me, OCFS2 not an unexpected choice (they’ve made it themselves).

    A CFS is needed when a second oracle VM server is used, to have filesystems in sync.

  2. November 15

    Ehhhh, alas I am still working / not in SF



  3. Charles N Wyble
    December 26

    So I came across your post while searching for oracle vm vmware guest

    I am running VmWare Server 1.04 and installed Oracle VM. However the Xen enabled kernel was unable to boot.

    Evidently you have gotten it to boot? Are you able to create guests etc?

  4. Frits Hoogland
    January 8

    Don’t know it this thread is still active, but:
    I couldn’t get OracleVM to work on a linux vmware image too, but could get it to work if I changed my HDD type to IDE instead of SCSI.
    vmware server 1.0.3

  5. January 8

    That would be more of less my guess regarding the problems N Wyble was facing (I emailed this to him). I know that sometimes problems arise because of the SCSI (vm) adapter software.

  6. March 22

    I built a VM using VMware workstation on XP to support Oracle VM server 2.1 – I’m getting an error that no valid devices are found (I’m installing from a cdrom drive). What devices did you see when you hit the partitioning portion of your install VM server 2.1 on VMware Server?

  7. March 23

    This is already a long time ago, and as said I used VMware Server. I used the default ones, but have no idea what “default” is under VMware workstation (version?). I guess that if you use the default regarding “compatible with VMware Server / GSX”, you could achieve it.

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