Linux - Installation of OEL 5 Update 3 on VMWare 32-bit (x86) machine


This article is a step-by-step manual to install Oracle Entreprise Linux 5 on a VMware Server.

You can also search a pre-installed oracle vmware image in the appliance part to the VMWare website :


  • Download the Oracle Entreprise Linux 5 :
    • Choose as product pack : Entreprise Linux and as plateform x86 32 bit and hit the OK button.
    • Edelivery show you the file in two forms (CD and DVD) and give you the choice to download the source or the application. Choose the Application DVD as :

Oracle Entreprise Linux Dvd X86 Edelivery

  • Download and install the VMware Server. (I use the version 2 for this article)
  • Create a virtual machine 32-bit (x86) with this minimal requirement :
    • Type : Red Hat Entreprise Linux 5
    • x86 compatible CPU
    • 1 GB RAM
    • 10 GB available disk space (3.5 GB for the Oracle software + 1.5 GB for the database + 3 GB for OEL5 + 2 GB swap)
    • Choose for the DVD, the ISO file of the Oracle Entreprise Linux DVD.

You can add a datastore in order to give the location of the DVD with the VMWare server 2 by clicking on your computer node in the left pane and by clicking the link “Add Datastore” that you will find in the top-right corner of the page.


  • When starting the machine, it will boot using the DVD
  • The boot screen appears with the boot: prompt at the bottom of the screen.
    • Select Enter to continue with a graphical install on the console.
    • The installer scans your hardware
    • Skip the media test
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux splash screen
    • Click on Next
  • Language Selection
    • Accept the default or change it
  • Keyboard Configuration
    • Accept the default or change it
    • Clicking on the Next button, you will have a warning message about the partition table, click Yes
  • Partition : Leave the default, click Next and accept the Warning

Oel5 Install 4 Partition Warning

  • Network Configuration
    • It is usually best to configure database servers with a static IP address. To do so, click on Edit .
    • A pop-up window appears. Uncheck the Configure using DHCP box, and enter the IP Address and Netmask for the server. Be sure that Activate on boot is checked, and click on OK .
    • In the Hostname box, select manually and enter the hostname.
    • In the Miscellaneous Settings box, enter the remaining network settings.
  • Time Zone Selection
    • Choose the time settings that are appropriate for your area. Setting the system clock to UTC is usually a good practice for servers. To do so, select on System clock uses UTC.
  • Set Root Password
    • Enter a password for root, and enter it again to confirm (for example, password)
  • Package Installation
    • This guide will follow the Oracle recommended practice of using a “default RPMs” installation. Accept the default software selection and click on Next.
  • Click Next to begin the installation
  • After software installation is complete, Click on Reboot. The computer reboot.

Oel5 Install 12 Reboot As you can see in the reboot screen, Oracle Entreprise Linux is a clone of Red Hat Entreprise Linux.

  • Welcome : Click on Forward
  • License Agreement : select Yes, I agree to the License Agreement and click on Forward.
  • Firewall Configuration : Select Disabled and click on Forward.
  • SELinux : Select Disabled from the drop down bar and click on Forward.
  • Kdump : Do not enable Kdump. Accept the default and click on Forward.
  • Date and Time : Set the Date and Time. If you want to use an NTP server (recommended), select Enable Network Time Protocol and enter the name of the NTP server.
  • System User : Create an account for yourself.

Oel5 Install 18 Create User

  • Sound Card : No sound card was detected, click on Forward.
  • Additional CDs : Click on Finish.
  • The system will reboot.

A graphical login screen appears. Enter your credential and you will see the Gnome Gui because it's the default GUI of the installation.

Oel5 Install 21 Id And Desktop

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