Oracle Pre-Built Developer VMs and VMBox

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Virtual machines (VM) are not new –it has been around for quite some time, and as a consultant I find myself use them all the time. As a matter of fact, just on my laptop and external drive there are at least 15 or 20 different virtual environment which I use for testing, experimenting, and for creating new blog posts.

The thing with virtual machines that you need to be a little more than just a simple DBA to set it up – you need to know how to install an operating system, configure storage, and get your system ready for database installation, which many junior and less experienced DBAs find problematic at times.

Well, no more! Oracle comes to the rescue and provide us with pre-build developer virtual machines.

Oracle VM VirtualBox

Those prebuild machines run on Oracle VM VirtualBox. Let us take a small detour to talk about VirtualBox.

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use. VirtualBox is deceptively simple yet also very powerful. It can run everywhere from small embedded systems or desktop class machines all the way up to datacenter deployments and even Cloud environments.

I find this tool extremely useful – I use it to build my entire testing environments that varies between simple single windows server for testing my blog’s WordPress, and full Real Application Cluster multiple node environment with data guard implementations. We can use it for running Windows, Linux, and even Solaris – if x86 supports it, VMBox probably can run it.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager

You can download it from here:

Note that the current version is 4.28 but a new version is coming soon so stay tuned for that… 🙂

Pre-Built Developer VMs

Back to where we were…

In effort to make new technologies accessible to new comers and developers, Oracle provides a set of pre-built virtual machines. Those machines include Oracle 12c on Linux, Oracle ODI with 11gR2 Enterprise Edition and even Solaris 10 and 11 pre-configured. On the application side, we can find OBIEE, SOA and BPM and even MySQL with PHP and Zend server.

The really cool thing here is that you can even find a pre-build Big Data appliance with Cloudera’s distribution including Hadoop (CDH4.5) and Cloudera Manager.

Some of these VMs are designed to support Developer Day workshops, and have specific hands on labs embedded in them, but they are available to all and I recommended testing them out since they are great to learn the new environment.

We can download those VMs from the OTN:

Small tip: after you install the new VM you might want to install the VMBox guest addition for integrated mouse and bi-directional clipboard support… 🙂

If you have any questions or need any help, don’t hesitate to comment here, or contact me on Twitter

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