Playing with Oracle 11gR2, OEL 5.6 and VirtualBox 4.0.2 (3rd Part)

Project Name 11gR2/2011
Author Francisco Munoz Alvarez
Software Used Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.6
Oracle VirtualBox 4.0.2
Oracle Database and Infrastructure Software
Date 02/02/2011

The idea of this tutorial is to show you how you can create an Oracle Database 11gR2 using Oracle VirtualBox and OEL.

This installation should never be used for Production or Development purposes. This installation was created for educational purpose only, and is extremely helpful to learn and understand how Oracle works if you do not have access to a traditional hardware resource.

Now let’s start this third part of the tutorial (if do you want to see the first part, please click here: , or go to the second part here: ).

*** Remember to always read the official Oracle Documentation before do a new installation of this product, you can find the documentation here: .

For the installation of the Oracle Database 11gR2, we’ll need to go thru three basic steps:

  1. Oracle Database Preinstallation Requirements
  2. Oracle Grid Infrastructure installation
  3. Oracle Database installation

This looks a little bit more complicated that a normal installation on previous releases (prior 11gR2), but don’t be worry you will see that is not complicated at all!

Let’s start taking a look in the first step.

1) Oracle Database Preinstallation Requirements

These are tasks you must complete before install any Oracle products in your server.

  • First we need to open a terminal screen as “root”.


  • Now that we are connected, we will need to:
  • Check if we have at least 1GB of memory available, we can check it using the command :
  • # grep MemTotal /proc/meminfo
  • Check the size of the configured swap space, we can check it using the command :
  • # grep SwapTotal /proc/meminfo
    another command you can use to check the full memory configuration is the command: free


  • Now at 11g the Automatic Memory Management feature requires more shared memory (/dev/shm) and file descriptors.  The size of the shared memory should be at least greater of Memory_Max_Target and Memory_Target of each Oracle instance in the server.

*** If MEMORY_MAX_TARGET or MEMORY_TARGET is set to a non zero value, and an incorrect size is assigned to the shared memory, it will result in an ORA-00845 error at startup. On Linux systems, if the operating system /dev/shm mount size is too small for the Oracle system global area (SGA) and program global area (PGA), even then it will result in an ORA-00845 error.

The number of file descriptors for each Oracle instance should be at least 512*PROCESSES. Also, the limit of descriptors for each process should be at least 512. If file descriptors are not sized correctly, you will notice ORA-27123 from various Oracle processes and potentially Linux Error EMFILE (Too many open files) errors in non-Oracle processes.

MEMORY_MAX_TARGET and MEMORY_TARGET cannot be used when LOCK_SGA is enabled or with HugePages on Linux.

(From Oracle manual ***)

  • To check your current amount of shared memory available , enter the following command:  
  • # df -h /dev/shm/
    In this case we have 1024M of shared memory available, let’s change it to 1240M, for this, just run the following commands:
    # mount –t tmpfs shmfs –o size=1240m /dev/shm
    To make this change persistent thru restarts of the system, please add the following line to your /etc/fstab
    shmfs /dev/shm tmpfs size=1240m 0


  • The Following packages or later versions of them must be installed:
  • binutils-
  • compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3
  • compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3 (32 bit)
  • elfutils-libelf-0.125
  • elfutils-libelf-devel-0.125
  • gcc-4.1.2
  • gcc-c++-4.1.2
  • glibc-2.5-24
  • glibc-2.5-24 (32 bit)
  • glibc-common-2.5
  • glibc-devel-2.5
  • glibc-devel-2.5 (32 bit)
  • glibc-headers-2.5
  • ksh-20060214
  • libaio-0.3.106
  • libaio-0.3.106 (32 bit)
  • libaio-devel-0.3.106
  • libaio-devel-0.3.106 (32 bit)
  • libgcc-4.1.2
  • libgcc-4.1.2 (32 bit)
  • libstdc++-4.1.2
  • libstdc++-4.1.2 (32 bit)
  • libstdc++-devel 4.1.2
  • make-3.81
  • numactl-devel-0.9.8.x86_64
  • sysstat-7.0.2
  • To install all these packages please reconnect your OEL software to the virtual machine, go to [Devices] –> [CD/DVD Devices] –> click on the OEL Software and than run the following commands in the terminal screen as root: 
  • cd /media/Oracle Linux Server DVD 20110119

    cd Server

    rpm -Uvh binutils-2.*

    rpm -Uvh compat-libstdc++-33*

    rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-0.*

    rpm -Uvh elfutils-libelf-devel-*

    rpm -Uvh gcc-4.*

    rpm -Uvh gcc-c++-4.*

    rpm -Uvh glibc-2.*

    rpm -Uvh glibc-common-2.*

    rpm -Uvh glibc-devel-2.*

    rpm -Uvh glibc-headers-2.*

    rpm -Uvh ksh-2*

    rpm -Uvh libaio-0.*

    rpm -Uvh libaio-devel-0.*

    rpm -Uvh libgcc-4.*

    rpm -Uvh libstdc++-4.*

    rpm -Uvh libstdc++-devel-4.*

    rpm -Uvh make-3.*

    rpm -Uvh numactl-devel-0.*

    rpm -Uvh sysstat-7.*

    rpm -Uvh unixODBC-2.*

    rpm -Uvh unixODBC-devel-2.*

    rpm -Uvh oracleasm-support-2.1.4-1.el.i386.rpm

    rpm -Uvh oracleasm-2.6.18-238.el5-2.0.5-1.el5.i686.rpm


    • Please add or modify to looks like the following lines in the “/etc/sysctl.conf” file using vi. 
    • kernel.core_uses_pid = 1

      fs.suid_dumpable = 1

      fs.aio-max-nr = 1048576

      fs.file-max = 6815744

      kernel.shmall = 2097152

      kernel.shmmax = 536870912

      kernel.shmmni = 4096

      kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128

      net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500

      net.core.rmem_default = 262144

      net.core.rmem_max = 4194304

      net.core.wmem_default = 262144

      net.core.wmem_max = 1048586

    • save the changes and run as “root”:
    • # sysctl -p


    • Now let’s configure the Virtual Machine to reduce the Idle CPU load, to achieve this goal, you just need to edit the file “/etc/grub.conf” and add the words “divider=10” after the word quiet, as show in the picture bellow.


    • Next, we will need to Install the Guest Additions, just go to [Devices] –> [Install Guest Additions] than run the following commands:
    • # cd /media/VBOXADDITIONS_4.0.2_69518

      # sh ./


    • Now let’s mount the folder with the Oracle software in the virtual machine,  go to [Devices] –> [Shared Folders] and add the folder with the Oracle DB and Grid Infrastructure software as per the image bellow.


    • Now let’s create the new groups and users: 
    • # /usr/sbin/groupadd oinstall

      # /usr/sbin/groupadd -g 502 dba

      # /usr/sbin/groupadd -g 503 oper

      # /usr/sbin/groupadd -g 504 asmadmin

      # /usr/sbin/groupadd -g 506 asmdba

      # /usr/sbin/groupadd -g 505 asmoper

      # /usr/sbin/useradd -u 502 -g oinstall -G dba,asmdba,oper oracle

      # passwd oracle

    • Enter “oracle1” as the password to the user “oracle”.


    • Now we need to install the package “cvuqdisk” to be used when installing the Grid Infrastructure:
    • # cd /media/sf_Oracle_11G2.0.2

      # cd linux_11gR2_grid/grid/rpm

      # rpm -Uvh cvuqdisk*


    • Now we need to add the following lines to the “/etc/security/limits.conf” file
    • oracle              soft    nproc   2047

      oracle              hard    nproc   16384

      oracle              soft    nofile  1024

      oracle              hard    nofile  65536

      oracle              soft    stack   10240


    • Add the following line to “/etc/pam.d/login” file:
    • session    required
    • Now let’s create the Oracle directories we will need to use during the software installation:
    • # mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle
      # chown -R oracle:oinstall /u01/app/oracle
      # chmod -R 775 /u01/app/oracle 
      # mkdir /u01/app/oracle/recovery_area
      # chown oracle:oinstall /u01/app/oracle/recovery_area
      # chmod 775 /u01/app/oracle/recovery_area


    • Now let’s login as “oracle” (remember the password is “oracle1”) and edit the “.bash_profile” as the follow:
    • # Oracle Settings
      TMP=/tmp; export TMP
      TMPDIR=$TMP; export TMPDIR
      ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle; export ORACLE_BASE
      ORACLE_TERM=xterm; export ORACLE_TERM
      PATH=/usr/sbin:$PATH; export PATH
      PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/bin:$PATH; export PATH
      LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/lib:/lib:/usr/lib; export LD_LIBRARY_PATH
      if [ $USER = "oracle" ]; then
        if [ $SHELL = "/bin/ksh" ]; then
          ulimit -p 16384
          ulimit -n 65536
          ulimit -u 16384 -n 65536


    • Now you need to connect as “root” and give to command: xhost + to enable X applications , than connect as “oracle” and run xclock to see if it’s working.


    Now we are ready to install the Oracle Grid Infrastructure in the next part of this article, don’t miss the next part it will be post very soon!

    Francisco Munoz Alvarez

    3 Replies to “Playing with Oracle 11gR2, OEL 5.6 and VirtualBox 4.0.2 (3rd Part)”

    1. So…

      I’ve been installing Oracle on Linux since 8.1.x and love the way you stepped everyone through the rpm installs etc. Do you know about “oracle-validated?” The following is a whole-lot easier:

      1. check hardware requirements (swap, disk, memory)
      2. connect to oel public yum server
      $> cd /etc/yum.repos.d
      $> wget
      $> vi public-yum-ol6.repo change the [el4_u6_base] enabled entry to = 1 not 0
      3. Install oracle-validated
      # yum install oracle-validated
      4. Run the installer
      # ./runInstaller

      You will find that oracle-validated sets up the users, groups, semaphores, oracle limits, and installs all the rpm’s you need, all in one command. That’s so much nicer…

      Just a thought

    2. Excelente artículo Francisco !

      Solamente indicar que faltaba mencionar:

      # mkdir /u01/app/oraInventory
      # chown oracle:oinstall /u01/app/oraInventory
      # chmod 775 /u01/app/oraInventory

      Saludos desde Austria.

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