Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ready for installation of EBS R12.1.1

After the Guest Additions were enabled and the shared disk mounted succesfully I repeated the work I had done a couple of months ago:

First REBOOT (Log Out / Login as ROOT)
Now you can also copy and paste from Windows 7 to Linux

==== Required packages
Installed the remaining installed packages downloaded from
- openmotif21-2.1.30-11.EL5.i386.rpm
- xorg-x11-libs-compat-6.8.2-1.EL.33.0.1.i386.rpm

==== Kernel Settings
Added the following lines to /etc/sysctl.conf:
# lines added to /etc/sysctl.conf for installation of EBS R12
kernel.sem = 256 32000 100 142
kernel.shmmni = 4096
kernel.msgmni = 2878
kernel.shmmax = 2147483648
fs.file-max = 131072
net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 10000 65000
net.core.rmem_default = 262144
net.core.rmem_max = 4194304
net.core.wmem_default = 262144
net.core.wmem_max = 262144

- kernel.shmmax is already in /etc/sysctl.conf but with a value way to high. I commented that line out and added a new entry as you can see above. The new value
is the minimum value value for this parameter, but already more than physical memory assigned to VirtualBox.
- kernel.shmall = 4294967296 (not edited; 2097152 in [ID 761566.1])
- kernel.msgmax = 65535 (not edited; 8192 in [ID 761566.1])
- kernel.msgmnb = 65535 (not edited; same as in [ID 761566.1])

==== Domain Name System (DNS) Resolver Parameters
Added the following lines to /etc/resolv.conf
options attempts:5
options timeout:15

==== Verifying Host Names
/etc/hosts file is Ok
/etc/sysconfig/network file is Ok
No file /etc/sysconfig/networking/profiles/default/network (is Ok)

==== Modifying the Number of Open File Descriptors
Added the following lines to /etc/security/limits.conf
# Added for installation of EBS R12
* hard nofile 65535
* soft nofile 4096
* hard nproc 16384
* soft nproc 2047

System > Logout ROOT
Login as ROOT again

=== OS Library Patch for Oracle HTTP Server
Tried to do it, but this patch is at My Oracle Support only available for Linux x86.
Moreover it s replacing the file /usr/lib/ which doesn't exist at my system

=== Link to Motif library in Oracle Application Server 10.1.2 (on Oracle Linux 5 and RHEL 5 only)
unlink /usr/lib/
ln -s /usr/X11R6/lib/ /usr/lib/

=== OPMN port conflict
check use of port 6000: netstat -a | grep 6000
Not used -> no potential conflict = OK

=== Ready for installation of EBS R12.1.1
I made a snapshot in VirtualBox of this moment! You should do it too.

Last weekend I spent a lot of time on recreating a virtual disk. Last week I was already almost at this point, but than I entered the command 'shutdown -r now' and I lost everything! I wanted to start all over again (yes again) and tried to create a new virtual machine with a new virtual disk. But creating a new virtual disk would take me 16 hours and at a next try more than a whole day. Finally I created a dynamic virtual disk instead of a static disk of 300 Gb. See where this ends up.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

At metalink (oracle support) I found a document "Linux OS Installation with Reduced Set of Packages for Running Oracle Database Server" [ID 728346.1]. In this document it stated that no additional tasks should be included when installing Enterprise Linux. So, this time I also didn't check 'Software Development' (besides Web Server, Clustering and Storage Clustering).

Now, At a next step, when trying to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions I got the message "Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules [FAILED]". The content of /var/log/vboxadd-install.log:
Makefile:23: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel.
Specify KERN_DIR= and run Make again..

As a result, I was not able to mount a shared drive. So I had to solve this first. I installed all packages from the Oracle Linux 5 distribution media mentioned in the document "Oracle E-Business Suite Installation and Upgrade Notes Release 12 (12.1.1) for Linux x86-64" [ID 761566.1]:

cd /media/Enterprise Linux dvd 20100405/Server
rpm -i --nodeps --replacefiles xxx where xxx stands for

glibc-2.5-49.i686.rpm 1)
glibc-2.5-49.x86_64.rpm 1)
glibc-common-2.5-49.x86_64.rpm 1)
libgcc-4.1.2-48.el5.i386.rpm 1)
libgcc-4.1.2-48.el5.x86_64.rpm 1)
libstdc++-4.1.2-48.el5.i386.rpm 1)
libstdc++-4.1.2-48.el5.x86_64.rpm 1)
make-3.81-3.el5.x86_64.rpm 1)
gdbm-1.8.0-26.2.1.x86_64.rpm 1)
libaio-0.3.106-5.i386.rpm 1)
libaio-0.3.106-5.x86_64.rpm 1)
util-linux-2.13-0.52.el5_4.1.x86_64.rpm 1)
compat-libstdc++-296-2.96-138.i386.rpm 1)
compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-61.i386.rpm 1)
compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-61.x86_64.rpm 1)

1): were allready installed (message).

After installing all those packages I still got the same error message. Surfing on the internet I found out that I had to install the kernel-devel-2.6.18-194.el5.x86_64.rpm (not mentioned in [ID 761566.1]). After installation of that package, I managed to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions.

Also see my page "Installation of Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 in VirtualBox". I added it some weeks ago, but as I am still preparing the Oracle Linux environment for installation of EBS R12.2, the document is still under construction.