1.3 Installation From Bootable Physical Media

You can create a bootable physical media, such as a DVD-ROM, to install software directly onto systems. To do this, the ISO image file must be accessible to the host that you are using to create the bootable physical media.

You should refer to the appropriate documentation for creating bootable physical media. However, if you are using Oracle Linux, the following command burns the ISO image file to a physical DVD-ROM:

# growisofs -Z /dev/dvd=/tmp/OVMSvr.iso

Substitute /dev/dvd with the device name of your optical disc drive. Substitute /tmp/OVMSvr.iso with the path to the ISO file. If you are uncertain of the device name for your drive, try running:

cat /proc/sys/dev/ovm/info

Take note of the drive name and prepend it with /dev/.

Solaris users can use the cdrw tool to do something similar:

# cdrw -i -d /dev/rdsk/cxtxdxs2 /var/tmp/OVMSvr.iso

Substitute /dev/rdsk/cxtxdxs2 with the device name of your optical disc drive. Substitute /var/tmp/OVMSvr.iso with the path to the ISO image file. If you are uncertain of the device name for your optical disc drive, try using the rmformat command to list your removable media devices and take note of the Logical Node that is reported for the device.

When you have burned your media to an optical disc, you can use it to install the software onto your target host. In the case of Oracle VM Server for x86 hardware, the ISO that you have burned is a bootable DVD-ROM that includes a full operating system installation. If you have opted to install your servers using physical media, ensure the DVD-ROM device is configured as the first boot device in the BIOS or UEFI settings for each server where you want to install the software.

For most other installations, such as for Oracle VM Manager or Oracle VM Agent for SPARC, the operating system is already present on the target host. You then need to mount the DVD-ROM device in the existing file system. Typically, this can be achieved by running the following command:

# mount -t iso9660 /dev/dvd /mnt/ovm

Substitute /dev/dvd with the device name of your optical disc drive. Substitute /mnt/ovm with a suitable path to an existing mount point. If you are uncertain of the device name for your drive, try running:

cat /proc/sys/dev/ovm/info

Take note of the drive name and prepend it with /dev/.

Note

If you are installing Oracle VM Manager from an ISO file that has been automatically mounted, ensure the permissions to the mounted directory are at least 0755.