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Part 1. Oracle VirtualBox 4.2.6 installation and virtual machine creation for Solaris 11.1 and Oracle DB 11gR2

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I doubt that most of us have tons of hardware, especially in the era of virtualization. Today our desktop computers are strong enough to help us with home made experiments on software installation and configuration. Everything is much more flexible when we deal with virtual machines, not to mention the fact, that we can heavily reduce the amount of hardware which we were still using a few years ago. To start the experiment, we need to download and install VirtualBox 4.2.6 (or higher).


This operation is so straightforward that we will skip the detailed description. I decided to install VirtualBox on my host machine, which was a typical MS Windows 7 based office desktop. However, with multi-core CPU and enough RAM.

When VirtualBox was installed, I created a virtual machine aimed for Solaris 11.1 (x86/64-bit) installation. The specification is as presented on the following screenshots.

VirtualBox general settings


VirtualBox motherboard settings


VirtualBox processor settings


VirtualBox acceleration settings


VirtualBox display settings


VirtualBox storage settings


Please note, that the virtual hard drive size is 30 GB (dynamically allocated) and more than 25 GB is used (this is the situation with installed and working Oracle database instance). Previously I allocated only 20 GB of space for virtual hard drive and it was my fault – it was too small and I could not continue with Oracle DB installation in easy manner. Moreover, the virtual disk drive was fixed size type. Fortunately, nothing critical happened as this issue was a pleasure to be solved with CloneVDI. This tool helped me a lot with virtual disk drive resize operation – from 20 GB to 30 GB in my case.

Of course all the parameters of virtual machine can be much better – everything is up to you and your host hardware capabilities. Now, let's start with Solaris 11.1 (x86/64-bit) installation.


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