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Oracle has released a nicely packaged, preconfigured OEM 13c environment for us to play with inside Oracle Virtual Box.  The VM comes with an installed repository database, a management server, and a local agent.  Great starting place.

Download the zip files from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/enterprise-manager/downloads/oem-templates-2767917.html.

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Lets walk through items c-f since the instructions aren’t super clear.

Item c:  Uncheck ‘Programs’ when edelivery brings up this page

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Item d:  Start typing Oracle VM Virtual Box for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control until the list appears.  Select the item highlighted below.

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Item e is extraneous, since the platform is already selected for you.  Select the latest release on the next screen (there’s only one release as I write this post).

Review and accept the license agreement

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We’ve finally arrived at the download page.  Hit the Download All button and find something else to do for a while.  The Download Manager will restart downloads for you if your local machine goes to sleep.

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I created a separate download folder for this download, and it turned out to be handy for the next step which is unzip all the downloaded files.

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Being conscientious professionals, we’ll start by reading the README file.  I pasted it here so you’d have an idea what to expect.  In a nutshell:

  1. Combine all the ova files into one file
  2. Import the appliance
  3. Start it and use it.  Passwords for everything is welcome1

BTW:  I increased the VM’s memory to 10GB to make the VM run a little better.

The first thing I did when I opened the VM was create a desktop shortcut to a terminal app, in this case it’s Konsole.  I’m not a KDE user, so I guessed my way through it:

  1. Right click on the desktop
  2. Create New | Link to Application
  3. Hit the Application tab, then browse to /usr/bin to find konsole

You can also got through the Launcher, find the application in the list, and create a shortcut from in there.  That’s what I did to get Mozilla on the desktop.

Open that terminal and execute ./start_all.sh to get it all started.  Open a second terminal and run top to see how hard this VM has to work to get things started.

One last thing:  After you’ve started the VM, run stop_all.sh first and then run start_all.sh to get a nice, clean start on everything including the OMR.

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