Chapter 8. Add Resources to Storage Repository

Table of Contents

8.1. Importing an assembly
8.2. Importing a virtual machine template
8.3. Importing an ISO file
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Virtual machines require some form of installation media, whether it be a virtual machine template, virtual disk, ISO file, or mounted ISO file. Different domain types may require different installation source files. You can read about the different installation media in Virtual Machine Installation Media.

The following examples show you how to import an assembly, a virtual machine template, and an ISO file which are used in later steps to create virtual machines. A virtual machine template contains virtual machine configuration information, virtual disks that contain the operating system and any application software, packaged as anOracle VM template file. An assembly is the same as a virtual machine template, but in the open standard Open Virtualization Format (OVF) format. Older Oracle VM template files were packaged as Oracle VM template files, and the more recent templates are packaged in OVF format as assemblies. An operating system ISO file is an image of the CDROM or DVD used to perform an operating system installation.

In this tutorial we use an assembly, a virtual machine template and an Oracle Linux ISO file downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:

To complete all the examples in this tutorial, download an Oracle VM template, either in the OVF format or as an Oracle VM template. Also download an ISO file of the Oracle Linux operating system. Uncompress (unzip) the Oracle VM template file so that it is in the template.tgz format, not the downloaded format. If you downloaded an Oracle VM template in OVF format, uncompress (unzip) the file so that it is in the template.ova format. Save the template files and ISO file on a web server. Templates and other installation media must be available on a web server, ftp server or NFS share before being imported into Oracle VM Manager.