Oracle-Validated RPM on OEL 4.5 Reply

This is officially my first post on this blog.. finally after weeks of procrastination ..So here it goes..

Last August 29, 2008 on one of the RSS feeds of OTN TechBlog Sergio Leunissen posted a blog about Oracle Validated being available outside ULN which is very nice to hear.. then after 2 months (October), Alejandro Vargas posted a blog on how to do the Oracle-Validated installation on OEL5..

which then made me want to try it on OEL4, and is just in time because I want to shift to 64bit RAC on Linux (test environment on VMware)..

The whole installation is documented here: Oracle-Validated installation on OEL 4.5

Below are some Metalink Notes about Oracle Validated:

Linux OS Installation with Reduced Set of Packages for Running Oracle Database Server
Doc ID: Note:728346.1

Linux OS Installation with Reduced Set of Packages for Running Oracle Database Server without ULN/RHN
Doc ID: Note:579101.1

Defining a “default RPMs” installation of the Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) OS
Doc ID: Note:401167.1

Defining a “default RPMs” installation of the RHEL OS
Doc ID: Note:376183.1

Defining a “default RPMs” installation of the SLES OS
Doc ID: Note:386391.1

The ‘oracle-validated’ RPM Package for Installation Prerequisities
Doc ID: Note:437743.1

Below is the summary of the document:

  • The environment is a virtual machine with 1GB of RAM and two CPUs; the total time for the installation which includes media check, setting up networking, and additional RPMs was 30 minutes :) The good thing about this is the installation only consumed 1.5GB on the /usr filesystem and has a total of 583 RPMs, compared to my other installation (w/o using oracle-validated) which consumed around 2.5GB and has a total of 788 packages. Lesser packages will give you lesser services running on your system that makes the server easier to harden, manage, and maintain.
  • Although all the required RPMs are already installed on the server, you still have to create the needed directories and edit bash_profile, /etc/profile, and set the appropriate shmmax (/etc/sysctl.conf) value for your environment.
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