1.4 Planning an Installation

Planning for an installation helps to ensure that the resulting system is ready for its intended use. Use the information in Chapter 2, Installing Oracle Linux Manually to familiarize yourself with the installation process.

The following are the main considerations when planning to install a system:

Storage

The storage devices on which you intend to install the operating system, such as a local hard disk. If the storage devices are already partitioned, identify the partitions that can be used for the installation. The installation program indicates how much disk space is required, and warns you if there is insufficient space.

The layout of the storage devices on which the operating system's file systems will be installed, including any provision for logical volume management or RAID configuration.

The amount of space required for each file system (/, /boot, /home, /var/tmp, and so on), the file system type, and whether the block device underlying each file system should be encrypted.

For iSCSI or FCoE connections, the WWID or the port, target, and LUN to be used.

Network

The network interface to use for installation (if any), and its IP address, netmask, and gateway settings if you do not use DHCP.

The fully qualified domain name of the system, or just the host name if you intend to use DHCP to provide network settings.

Any other network interface to be configured during installation, and their IP address, netmask, and gateway settings if you do not use DHCP.

Any specialized network interfaces to be configured during installation, such as VLANs and bonds.

Software

The software packages that should be installed on the system as determined by the system's intended purpose, such as a web server.

The URLs of any additional repositories and the proxy settings to be used to install packages.