Install Oracle Linux 5.7 through 5.10 Using Local or Remote Media
The following procedure describes how to install the Oracle Linux operating system installation from
local or remote media. The procedure assumes that you are booting the Oracle
Linux installation media from one of the following sources:
After completing this procedure, you should review and perform the required post installation
tasks described later in this chapter. For more details, see Post Installation Tasks for RHEL.
- Ensure that the installation media is available to boot.
- For Distribution CD/DVD. Insert the Oracle Linux 5.7 through 5.10 Distribution media boot disc (CD
labeled number 1 or the single DVD) into the local or remote CD/DVD-ROM
- For ISO images. Ensure that the ISO images are available for Oracle Linux 5.7 through
5.10 and that the boot disc image (CD labeled number 1 or DVD)
has been selected in the Oracle ILOM Remote System Console application (Devices menu >
For additional information about how to set up the installation media, see Selecting the Boot Media Option.
- Reset or power on the server.
- From the local server, press the Power button (approximately 1 second) on the front panel of
the server to power off the server, then press the Power button again to
power on the server.
- From the Oracle ILOM web interface, click Host Management > Power Control and select Reset from the Select
Action list box.
- From the Oracle ILOM CLI on the server SP, type: reset /System
The BIOS screen appears.
Note - The next events occur very quickly; therefore, focused attention is needed for the
following steps. Watch carefully for these messages as they appear on the screen
for a brief time. You might want to enlarge the size of your
screen to eliminate scroll bars.
- In the BIOS screen, press F8 to specify a temporary boot device for
the Linux OS installation.
The Please Select Boot Device menu appears.
Note - The boot device menu that appears in your installation might differ depending on
the type of disk controller installed in your server.
- In the Please Select Boot Device menu, select the menu item according to
the Linux media installation method and BIOS mode you elected to use, then
- If you elected to use the Linux OS local delivery method, select SATA:HDD:P4 DV-W28SS-V
from the screen.
- If you elected to use the Oracle ILOM Remote System Console delivery method,
select USB:VIRTUAL:AMI VIRTUAL CDROM 1.00 from the screen.
The device strings listed on Boot Device menu are in the format of:
device type, slot indicator, and product ID string.
The Oracle Linux 5.x Install screen appears.
- In the Oracle Linux 5.x Install screen, press Enter to continue the normal
user interactive installation.
Alternately, for text mode, enter the following command:boot: linux text
The language screen appears.
- In the Choose a Language screen, select the appropriate language, then click OK.
The Keyboard Type screen appears.
- In the Keyboard Type screen, select the appropriate keyboard configuration, then click OK.
The Installation Method screen appears.
- In the Installation Method screen, select the appropriate installation method (either Local CDROM
or NFS image), then click OK.
The Disc Found screen appears.
- If this is the first time that you are doing an install from
this media, it is recommended that you click OK to test the media;
otherwise, click Skip.
The Oracle Linux 5 splash screen appears.
- In the Oracle Linux 5 splash screen, click Next.
If there is a problem with the data format on the installation target
disk, the Partitioning Error warning appears.
If this is the storage drive that you want to use for
the installation, you need to reformat the drive; otherwise, you can ignore this warning.
Note - The storage drives that ship with the server are new, so they are
unformatted. You will encounter this error when installing to an unformatted disk.
To reformat the disk, click OK.
Otherwise, the Installation Number dialog appears.
- In the Installation Number dialog, enter the “Installation number” or click Skip entering installation number, then
The Disk Partition Setup screen appears.
- In the Disk Partition Setup screen, do the following:
- Select the option for Remove Linux partition on selected drives and create default
layout or manually partition the disk using the Create custom layout option of Disk
Druid, then click Next.
- Partition the disk as appropriate by referring to the instructions presented on the
Oracle Linux disk partitioning screen.
Note - If Oracle Solaris OS or Oracle VM is preinstalled on the disk, you
can choose to partition the disk to remove the preinstalled OS; or, you
can choose to keep the preinstalled OS and partition the disk to support
dual-boot operating systems.
- Continue the basic Oracle Linux installation setup by following the on-screen instructions.
- After completing the installation, reboot the server.
The BIOS screen appears.
- To run the BIOS Setup Utility, press F2.
The BIOS Setup Utility appears.
- Select the Boot menu.
To make the newly installed OS the default boot, move the target installation
storage drive to the top of the Boot priorities list, then press F10.
- As the reboot continues, the kernel screen appears.
The Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is the default kernel.
- If you want to switch to the Red Hat Compatible Kernel, proceed to
Step 19. Otherwise, go to Step 20.
- (Optional) If you want to switch to the Red Hat compatible kernel, do
- Press any key.
The GNU GRUB kernel screen appears.
- For the Red Had Compatible Kernel, select the second menu option and press
- After completing the Oracle Linux installation and rebooting the server with the desired
Linux Kernel, perform the following post installation tasks in Post Installation Tasks for Oracle Linux.