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Oracle Linux Server 7.4 Installation + Guest Additions on Oracle VirtualBox [2017]

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This video tutorial shows Oracle Linux Server 7.4 Installation and overview on Oracle VirtualBox step by step. This tutorial is also helpful to install Oracle Linux 7.4 on physical computer or laptop hardware. We also install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Oracle Linux for better performance and usability features: Automatic Resizing Guest Display, Shared Folder, Seamless Mode and Shared Clipboard, Improved Performance and Drag and Drop.

1- Create Virtual Machine on Oracle VirtualBox
2- Start Oracle Linux Server 7.4 (Oracle Linux 7 Update 4) Installation
3- Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Oracle Linux Server
4- Test Guest Additions Features: Automatic Resizing Guest Display and Shared Clipboard
5- Oracle Linux Server 7.4 Overview

Oracle Linux Server 7.4 New Features and Improvements
Oracle Linux is an enterprise-class Linux distribution supported by Oracle and built from source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Some of the special features of Oracle Linux include a custom build and rigorously tested Linux kernel called Oracle Unbreakable Kernel, tight integration with Oracle’s hardware and software products including most database applications, and zero downtime patching feature that enables administrators to update the kernel without a reboot. Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 is an updated build of the enterprise-class Linux distribution built from the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 but featuring its own unbreakable kernel. Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 continues to enhance your security stance with several new capabilities. UEFI Secure Boot is a system in Secure Boot mode loads only those boot loaders and kernels that have been signed by Oracle. Oracle has updated the kernel and GRUB 2 packages to sign them with a valid Extended Validation (EV) certificate. Oracle Linux 7 offers the latest innovations and improvements to support customers and partners in developing and deploying business critical applications across the data center and into the cloud. In-place upgrades from Oracle Linux 6.5 to Oracle Linux 7 is supported.

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Oracle Linux Server 7 Minimum System Requirements
You can install Oracle Linux 7 on x86-64 systems with up to 2048 logical CPUs and 64 TB of memory. The theoretical upper limit is 5120 logical CPUs and 64 TB of memory, but Oracle has not tested this configuration. A minimum of 2 logical CPUs and 1 GB of memory per logical CPU is recommended. Although the minimum disk space required for installation is 1GB, a minimum of 5 GB is recommended.

Hope you found it informative and useful. Any questions or comments are welcomed.

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18 thoughts on “Oracle Linux Server 7.4 Installation + Guest Additions on Oracle VirtualBox [2017]

  1. Oracle has released the release of the industrial distribution of Oracle Linux 7.7, created on the basis of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 package base. For downloading without restrictions, but after free registration, the installation iso-image is distributed, 4.7 GB in size, prepared for the x86_64 and ARM64 architectures (aarch64). Oracle Linux also has unlimited and free access to the yum repository with binary errata package updates and security issues.

    In addition to the RHEL kernel package (3.10.0-1062), Oracle Linux ships the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5 kernel (4.14.35-1902.3.2), released in the summer, which is proposed by default. Kernel sources, including breakdowns into individual patches, are available in the Oracle public Git repository. The kernel is positioned as an alternative to the regular kernel package provided in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and provides a number of advanced features, such as DTrace integration and improved support for Btrfs. In addition to the kernel, the functionality of Oracle Linux 7.7 is similar to RHEL 7.7.

    Among the new features of Oracle Linux 7.7 (almost all of the above changes are also characteristic of RHEL 7.7):

    NetworkManager adds the ability to set routing rules by source address (policy routing) and support for VLAN filtering on network bridge interfaces;

    Updated versions of the NSS (Network Security Services) packages, scap-security-guide 0.1.43, shadow-utils 4.6, gcc-libraries 8.3.1, linuxptp 2.0, tuned 2.11, chrony 3.4. Added python3 packages with Python 3.6 interpreter;

    For containers and images in UBI (Universal Base Image) format, support has been added for scanning content for compliance with the SCAP Security Guide;

    Btrfs support has been deprecated in the kernel from RHEL (to use Btrfs, you must use the UEK R4 and UEK R5 kernels). Packages from MySQL that should be downloaded from a separate yum repository have been removed from the composition;

    In the graphical installer, definitions of enabling Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) mode in the system and the output of a corresponding warning have been added;

    Updated driver for NVMe / FC QLogic qla2xxxx;

    For testing in the UEK R5 core, experimental features are proposed:

    import and export containers in Systemd,

    layouts for creating storage in the form of block devices and object storage for pNFS,

    DAX support (direct access to the FS bypassing the page cache without using the block device level) in ext4 and XFS,

    OverlayFS support,

    HMM (Heterogeneous memory management) subsystem for using devices with their own memory management units,

    No-IOMMU mode

    Cisco VIC InfiniBand and ibusnic_verbs drivers,

    support for SR-IOV (Single-Root I / O Virtualization) in the qlcnic driver,

    Support for TNC (Trusted Network Connect),

    support for input / output using multiple queues (scsi-mq, Multi-queue) in SCSI,

    plugin for managing storage arrays through the libStorageMgmt API.

  2. My guest additions continues to fail. It must have something to do with the fact that you enter "yum install kernel-uek-devel-$(uname -r)" and it works. That command just returns: "No package kernel-header-4.1.12-94.3.9.el7uek.x86-64 available" for me and others. I found a note stating to use : "yum install kernel-uek-devel.x86-64"and that does appear to work for me. But still when installing the guest additions, myself and others get this error: "VirtualBox Guest Additions: Kernel Header not found for target kernel 4.1.12-94.3.9.el7uek.x86_64". I'm wondering if it has to do with "modularized yum". Or maybe I just have a crappy version of the guest additions. I'm a database guy and not Linux so much, so I'd appreciate some help if anyone knows the answer to this. thx.

  3. Excellent video. Only thing missing that would be great is to put in a display window the url's where you downloaded both the virtualbox software and the Linux distribution and guest additions. That would make it perfect. I downloaded Linux 7.6, installed it and got the guest additions later which both didn't work (bi-directional copy/paste didn't work and neither did file sharing), so I re-installed it and it killed my vm. So, I've blown everything away and starting over. Wish I knew exactly where to get Linux and guest additions. Thx.

  4. One glitch I just noticed while installing 7.6 was that with the GUI install when you boot to the OS for the first time automatic updates kick in. When you run yum you get a message that its locked, ironically because the system is already updating. You have to let it finish before you can run your yum command to update further. Once you let the automatic installs run and you reboot you can do the yum install kernel-uek-devel -$(uname -r) and everything from there is good 🙂

  5. Awesome video! I saw others that were good but yours installs all the prereq pacakages in one line of commands. As a novice your other commands in your video you used was priceless. I cant wait to watch more of your videos!
    To add yours was the first one I saw that fixed the problem I had with losing the mouse during install. Changing the pointing device to tablet mode (PS2 by default).
    All of your steps worked on OL 7.6 that I installed.

  6. I am getting the following issue while doing an yum install kernel-uek-devel-$(uname -r) –> "NO PAckage kernel-uek-devel-4.1.12-94.3.9.el7uek.x86_64 available"
    Could you please help me in resolving this ?

  7. Hi, I encountered a crash some weeks ago and would like to re install OL 7.4 (V921572-01.iso) on VirtualBox 5.2.8 on Mac OS X High Sierra 10.12.6. During the installation process, second screen, SOFTWARE => Installation source is not automatically detected. It's behaving differently as previous installation… "Error setting up base repository" … I tried to find the way the setup nfs on Mac be but without success … Difficult to find information about that :-/ I am an ex employee of Oracle Belgium and since 1998 I am freelance consultant and still using Oracle 😉 Could you help on this problem? Thanks in advance. I thing the issue is more related to the syntax on the Linux… or on both sides … :-/

  8. Thanks, however I still cannot move a folder from my host(windows 7) to my guest …. I have gone through the installation nd realized that in the VBoxGuestAdditions folder it says something along this lines " The Windows Guest Additions drivers were removed from this directory to save space on your hard drive…." How do I fix this?

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