Oracle Enterprise Linux 6
Installing Linux Software
In this tutorial I will show you how to install Oracle Enterprise
Linux 6 on a clean Box.
Oracle Enterprise Linux R6U1 installation DVD (media pack V26569-01,
available at https://edelivery.oracle.com)
Once you mount the ISO Image, Enterprise Linux 6 boots from the
installation DVD and presents its welcome screen. Select the first
option (Install or upgrade) by pressing Enter.
- The installation starts with a simple welcome screen. Click
- Select the installation language and click Next.
- At the next screen we have to select the appropriate keyboard
layout. Select US Keyboard and click next
- At the storage configuration screen mark "Basic Storage
Devices" and click Next.
- Enterprise Linux will warn us that we will loose all data on
the virtual disk. Click Yes in order to proceed.
- Provide a hostname and perform the network configuration by
clicking the "Configure Network" button.
- Highlight the relevant connection and click the "Edit" button.
- Check the "Connect automatically" checkbox. If you are not
using DHCP, click on the "IPv4 Settings" tab, set the method to
"Manual", click the "Add" button and enter the appropriate
network details. When you are happy with the details, click the
"Apply" and "Close" buttons to return to the host name screen,
then click the "Forward" button.
- Select the relevant time zone by clicking on your nearest city
on the map. Click on the "Next" button to proceed.
- Enter a root password for the server, then click the "Next"
button to proceed.
- Select "Create Custom Layout" and click Next.
- The next screen will show the available hard drive and its
capacity (20GB on this example).
- We have to create a boot, a swap and a root partition.
Click Create to bring up the "Add Partition" dialog.
- Let's start with the boot partition. Set the mount point
to /boot and the size to 100 MB.
- Create the next partition and set its size to 2 GB. Set
the partition type to "swap".
- Create the last partition with a mount point of / and let
it occupy all of the remaining disk space.
- Now that all partitions are in place we can proceed by
- Leave the boot loader options by default and click Next.
- Accept the "Basic Server" installation and check the
"Customize now" option, then click the "Next" button. Select
each Item on each Group properly:
- From the Desktop Group: Desktop, Desktop Platform,
Fonts, General Purpose Desktop, Graphical Administration
Tools, X Windows System
- From Desktop Environments Group: GNOME Desktop
- From Development Group: Additional Development,
Development Tools, Development Libraries, GNOME Software
Development, Java Development, Legacy Software Development
X Software Development (Select libxpdevel and
- From Applications group: Internet browser and Graphical
- From Servers: Server Configuration Tools
- From Base System: Administration Tools, Base, Legacy
Software Support (select compat-db), System Tools
(select sysstat), X Window System
- Wait for the installation to complete.
- Click the "Reboot" button to complete the installation.
- On the "Welcome" screen, click the "Forward" button.
- Accept the license agreement and click the "Forward" button.
- Pick the desired ULN Registration option, then click the
"Forward" button. In this case we will pick the register later
- Click the "No thanks, I'll connect later." button.
- Finish the software updates setup by clicking the "Forward"
- Enter the details for system user, then click the "Forward"
- Adjust the Date and Time settings if necessary, and click the
- Accept the default setting on the Kdump screen by clicking the
- Next, you are presented with the login screen. Log in by
clicking on the user on the login screen
- Once logged in, you are ready to use the desktop.
Installing VMware Tools
Installing VMware Tools is an important step as this package
provides a specific SVGA driver that significantly improves the
performance. The package also provides some nice features as
copy/paste between guest and host, mouse cursor integration and
Choose VM -> Install VMware Tools from the Workstation menu.
Workstation will mount a CD containing the installation package
of VMware Tools. Open a console, become root and unzip the VMWare
Tools archive from the CD.
tar xvzf /media/VMware\ Tools/VMwareTools-8.8.0-471268.tar.gz
Now run the vmware-install.pl script and accept all default
[root@el6 ~]# ./vmware-tools-distrib/vmware-install.pl
Creating a new VMware Tools installer database using the tar4 format.
Installing VMware Tools
Close the console, log out and log back to the desktop.
The installation and configuration of our Enterprise Linux 6
machine is successfully completed.
- Depending on your environment edit your network interface as
- Edit your hosts file hosts file with your hostname and ip.
- Reload your network as follows:
service network restart
To turn off the firewall do the following.
- Open the "Firewall Configuration" dialog (System >
Administration > Firewall).
- Click the "Close" button on the startup dialog and type in the
"root" password if requested.
- On the resulting dialog, click the "Disable" button, followed
by the "Apply" button on the toolbar.
- Click the "Yes" button on the confirmation dialog.
- Quit the "Firewall Configuration" dialog.
Disable SELinux by editing the "/etc/selinux/config" file, making
sure the SELINUX flag is set as follows.
Once the change is complete, restart the server.