Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Installing Virtual Box and Creating Virtual Machines

This guide is built to support the effort to build our own Oracle EBS 12.1.3 SandBox (Vision Instance) system. Let’s start with downloading Virtual Box and Creating Virtual Machines.
First of all download Oracle Virtual Box or VM Ware Player. I have choosen Oracle Virtual Box as its Oracles and free.

Download Oracle Virtual Box - https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and save the file based on your Host operating system. Mine is Windows so I got a version of windows.
Run the executable file and follow the steps on the coming windows to install it.

Download Oracle Virtual Box Extension Packfrom - https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads. This will enhance the performance of Virtual Machine and enable USB2.0 support for VMs
Validate the IP configuration of VirtualBox Host-Only Network. By default the IP is set to Please don’t change this config.
Creating Virtual Machine
To create a new Virtual Machine go to Machine -> New
A new window will open, please specify the name of your virtual machine and choose operating system that you are willing to install on VM.

Specify the RAM size for VM, since I am building this for installing Oracle EBS12.1.3 I have set the RAM as 3GB. This machine will be used installing DB server. We need another machine for APPS server for that we can live with even 1 GB. I recommend setting as 2 GB
We can create virtual disks, but we are having disk image which we will be using for this installation. Either we can find the existing disk right now or can add later. I choose to do it later. Click on ‘Create’
For other type of installation (Installing EBS with VM Server and Manager) we need to created Virtual Disks. To do that follow the below steps.
Check the 'Create a virtual hard drive now' check box and click Create
 Choose the Hard drive type, native format for Virtual Box is VDI but I opted to VMDK as if we want to move to VMWare we can use the same virtual disk.
Choose option 'Dynamically allocated', as it does not capture the Hard Drive now, it will capture physical hard drive space as it grows.   
 Provide the size of the your Hard Drive and click on Create to Create Virtual Machine
Configuring Virtual Machine
Now the virtual Machine is created and we can review its setting. Goto Machine -> Settings.
In the system tab remove the Floppy and change the boot order to make it boot from CD-ROM
In the processor tab choose CPU as 1, if you have multiple CPUs and want to dedicate more to VM then please go ahead, that will boost the performance of VM. I have chosen one as I am doing all this stuff on my lappy.
Make sure to enable both the check boxes in Acceleration tab, The check box ‘Enable VT-x/AMD-v’ is very important. To make use of it you must enable virtualization setting other wise system will boot in 64bit mode and we need this for our installation.
Go to Storage tab and add the CD-ROM and storage devices. We already have installed template from Oracle for EBS12.1.3. I will provide the details of how to get the templates and convert it to use in another part of document series.
Add Network adapters to communicate with Host system. I have chosen two adapters.

  1. Host-Only Adapter
  2. NAT
Once we are done, the machine will show up in Virtual Box.

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