Chapter 7 Add Resources to Storage Repository

This figure shows the visual indicator that shows where you are in the tutorial. The Add resources to a storage repository option is option is selected. This is step six of a seven step process.

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 How is a Guest OS Installed on a Virtual Machine?.

The following examples show you how to import a virtual appliance, 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 an Oracle VM template file. A virtual appliance is similar to a virtual machine template, but in the open standard Open Virtualization Format (OVF) format, or Open Virtualization Archive (OVA) format. Older Oracle VM template files were packaged as Oracle VM template files, and the more recent templates are packaged in OVF/OVA format as virtual appliances. 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 a virtual appliance, 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/OVA 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/OVA 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.