Oracle Linux installation [minimal version]

In previous article we discussed how to install Oracle Linux Desktop Version with many useful packages. This article describes how to install Oracle Linux 5.4 x86 version in minimal mode. In fact according to note “Linux OS Installation with Reduced Set of Packages for Running Oracle Database Server (Doc ID 728346.1)” the OL5 and RHEL5 anaconda installer does not offer a MINIMAL option. It might be achieved only by choosing the ‘CUSTOMIZE’ option and deselecting every package or package group will result in a minimal installation.

Click on machine which you want to start, then click “Start” (1) and choose “Detachable Start” option (2) from the list. This option allows you to save some physical resources, run machine in background and connect via SSH later.
On boot screen press ENTER to continue
Use TAB to switch to Skip option (2) and press ENTER to continue
Click Next (1) to continue
From the list choose language which you want to be used for installation process and click Next (1) to continue
Choose your favorite keyboard from the list and click Next (1) to continue
On this screen don’t change anything but mark checkbox “review and modify partitioning layout” (1) and click Next (2) to continue
Confirm to remove all partitions and create default partitioning layout by clicking “Yes” (1)
Click on VolGroup01 name (1) and Edit (2) to change default layout
We need to increase SWAP, which is assigned to LogVol01, up to 4G. To do this we need to decrease size of LogVol00. Click on LogVol00 (1) and Edit (2) to change default size of this volume
Decrease size of LogVol00 to 16256MB and increase size of LogVol01 to 4096MB and click OK to confirm (2)
You should see that values were updated and swap has 4G of storage. If values are different go to the previous point and fix them.
Click Next (2) to proceed.
Confirm boot loader settings and click Next (1) to continue
Click on eth0 interface (1) and edit (2) to change settings. This interface will be used as public interface of RAC environment
For IPv4 change settings to Manual configuration (1) and set proper values for public interface (
Disable IPv6 settings – uncheck “Enable IPv6 support” (2) and click “OK” (3) to continue
For IPv4 change settings to Manual configuration (1) and set proper values for private interface (
Disable IPv6 settings – uncheck “Enable IPv6 support” (2) and click “OK” (3) to continue
For IPv4 change settings to Manual configuration (1) and set proper values for private interface (
Disable IPv6 settings – uncheck “Enable IPv6 support” (2) and click “OK” (3) to continue
Here leave IPv4 settings by default as this interface is set to NAT IP address will be assigned automatically.
Disable IPv6 settings – uncheck “Enable IPv6 support” (1) and click “OK” (2) to continue
Make sure that all devices have “Active on boot” option set.
Provide name of the host (1) and click Next to continue (2)
Choose a region for environment settings and click next (1) to continue
Provide root password (1) and confirm it by typing the same password (2) and click Next (3) to continue
Installing the ‘BASE SYSTEM/BASE’ package group provides a workable environment – it contains openssh, yum, ksh, tcpdump, wget, configuration tools and various other useful server software. In addition we want to add some packages (oracle-validated, oracleasm, oracleasm-support) from repository.
Choose “Customize now” (1) option and next
Be sure that all default options are unset in all subcategories (Desktop Environment – Gnome (1), Application etc) by clicking one by one on the left side
Be sure that you checked from “Base System”(1) optionĀ “Base”(2) and “System Tools” (3). For System Tools we need to add 3 packages, so please check “optional packages” (4) to proceed
Find on the list packages oracle-validated (1), oracleasm (2) and oracleasm-support(3).
oracleasm and oracleasm-support are needed for databases on ASM and oracle-validated installs required packages for Oracle Database and sets the recommended system parameters
Click next (1) to continue
Click next (1) to start installation
Installation in progress
Once installation is completed you need to restart machine. Press “Reboot” (1) to continue
After reboot we don’t want to change anything so you can use TAB to switch to “Exit” (1).
As we installed “minimal” version there is no X-server so you’re switched directly to the console. Now you can use “oracle”(1) as login and password (2) – which was is the same as root account. Now you are in console (3) and this is the end of minimal Oracle Linux installation.