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Install Oracle Linux 7 on VirtualBox

This article describes step by step process of setting up Oracle Linux 7 on Oracle VirtualBox. This is the exactly same method we use every-time when we have to create a VM and practice Oracle.

Oracle Linux 7 Installation Steps

Note: This method applies to all OEL 6 and OEL 7 versions! This is also one of the fastest ways to create a Linux VM.

Download Oracle Linux 7.7

Go to and search for Oracle Linux. Check for the correct version that you would like to download and only download the ISO file.

Note: You must only download the .iso file and it will be only one single file

Create Virtual Machine

  • Start virtual-box and click on New to create a new virtual machine.

  • Give a meaningful name to your VM. I will give it as OEL_7.7_Test and select machine type as Linux. Make sure you select version as Oracle 7.

  • Default select 4GB RAM, in special cases, you might have to give more RAM to VM. Check your machine requirements before. Example: if you installing Oracle Enterprise Manager, then you need minimum 10 GB RAM allocated to machine.

  • Create a virtual Hard Disk of 120GB size. This is more than enough for almost all types of practicing on a virtual machine.

Edit Virtual Machine Settings

  • Under VM settings >> System >> uncheck floppy

  • Under storage >> Controller IDE >> Select Empty Disk >> Under Optical Drive (right size) >> click on CD icon >> browse the OEL 7.7 iso file

  • Under Network >> change NAT to Bridged Adapter

  • Click on OK and start VM

Define Linux IP Address

Open command prompt on your windows machine and type below command


You need to find the network adapter with which you are connected to internet. In general, if you are connected via Wi-Fi, then check network IP under Wireless LAN Adapter and if you are connected via LAN, then check network IP under LAN Adapter.

All the general hope IP addresses will start with 192.168.X.X or 10.10.10.X.

In my case, below are the IP details from my windows machine

IPV4 Address:
Subnet Mask:
Gateway Address:

Using the above details, I plan to assign below IP address details to my virtual machine

IPV4 Address:      --> I just changed 1o to 171
Subnet Mask:       --> No change
Gateway Address:     --> No change
DNS Server:              --> Google IP address

Note: use IP addresses as per your windows IP address details, do not copy mine as it might now work in your system

Install Oracle Linux

Now that we have VM ready and IP address defined, let us start installing OEL 7.7

  • Start the virtual machine

  • One the installer screen >> Select English as default language >> click on Continue

  • You will be on Installation Summary Screen

  • Installation source must be Local media

  • Software selection must be Minimal install

  • Click on Installation Destination

    • Select option “I will configure partitioning” and click on done

    • Change LVM to Standard Partition

    • Click on “+” button >> Mount point: /boot >> Size: 512M >> Add mount point

    • Click on “+” button >> Mount point: swap >> Size: 20G >> Add mount point

    • Click on “+” button >> Mount point: / >> Size: leave blank >> Add mount point

    • Click on Done and click on Accept Changes

      • Click on Kdump >> uncheck Enable Kdump >> Done

      • Click on Network & Hostname

    • Give hostname as & click on Apply

    • Under Ethernet options, click Configure

    • General Tab >> check Automatically connect to this network when available

    • Goto IPV4 Settings Tab

    • Change Method from Automatic to Manual

    • Click on Add >> give IP addresses as defined in previous step

    • Give subnet mask, gateway ip and DNS server ip as

    • Click on Save

    • Click on Done

Click on Begin Installation

OEL 7.7 installation has started. Click on Root Password >> give a root user password and click on done.

Note: No need to create a new user under user creation option

Wait for installation to complete and you will be prompted to reboot the machine.

Post Installation Steps

Once the installation is done, I like to do couple of things just to make sure the machine runs smooth for all lab practices.

Update /etc/hosts

Edit the /etc/hosts file and put the IP address, hostname and a short name inside the file. Here is my machine /etc/hosts content that I added to last line of the file >> save and close

vi /etc/hosts            test

Note: make sure to add your VM ip address and hostname to the last line of the /etc/hosts file. Also, do not delete the existing lines inside the file.

Disable Firewall

In real-time, firewall is taken care by network team but for your practice, disable it so that it does not create any trouble while practicing Oracle. As root user, issue below commands

service firewalld stop

Permanently disable firewall so it does not come up from next startup

systemctl disable firewalld

Disable SELinux

Below command will disable SELinux

sed -i 's/SELINUX=enforcing/SELINUX=disabled/' /etc/selinux/config

Take VM Snapshot

It's a good idea to take VM snapshot so that in case while practicing Oracle, if you make any mistake, you can roll back to this point with one simple click.

Stop the VM >> Goto Snapshots >> Click on Take >> give snapshot name as Fresh OEL Install >> click on OK

Done! your VM is ready and you can start playing with it!

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