Thursday, 25 October 2012

Configuring a Server with the Oracle Validated RPM

The fastest way to configure an Oracle Enterprise Linux server for an Oracle database installation is to run the Oracle Validated RPM.

Configuring YUM

A YUM server provides a repository for RPM packages and their associated metadata. This makes installing the packages and their dependencies straightforward. Oracle provides a public YUM server at, but its server provides only the packages you have already downloaded on the installation media. Subscribers to the Unbreakable Linux Network can access additional security updates and patches on top of the content available on the public YUM server. If you do not have access to the Unbreakable Linux Network or you do not wish to use the public YUM server, it is a simple enough process to configure your own from the installation media.

To Configure YUM using Proxy server

[root@coltdb01 ~]# cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
[root@coltdb01 yum.repos.d]# http_proxy=http://10.XX.XX.10:80
[root@coltdb01 yum.repos.d]# export http_proxy

For RHEL 5

[root@coltdb01 yum.repos.d]# wget
--2012-10-25 16:25:53--
Connecting to connected.
Proxy request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 3974 (3.9K) [text/plain]
Saving to: `public-yum-el5.repo'

100%[===========================================================================================================================================================>] 3,974       --.-K/s   in 0.004s

2012-10-25 16:25:53 (1.04 MB/s) - `public-yum-el5.repo' saved [3974/3974]

[root@coltdb01 yum.repos.d]# yum install oracle-validated

For RHEL 6

[root@linux yum.repos.d]# wget
[root@linux yum.repos.d]# yum install oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall

Once the Oracle Validated RPM installation completes, all the RPM packages and system configuration steps required for an Oracle Database 11g Release 2 RAC installation have also been completed. For example, the required user and groups have been created, and the necessary kernel parameters have been set.You can find the installed packages listed in /var/log/yum.log

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