Linux Install Disks
Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson
This project uses a distribution of Linux called
Fedora. As this book goes to print, there are four distributions of
Fedora available: Core 1, Core 2, Core 3 and Core 4. Although the
most recent version is Core 4, the project in this book requires Core
1. Core 1 is the only release that supports all of the Oracle software
packages that will be installed. Check the support website for this
http://www.database-expert.com/rac to learn if this has
changed since the time of publication. The passwordis nyassa.
The following section describes the process of
downloading files to a Microsoft Windows computer and using its CD
burner to create the install disks.
To download Fedora Core 1, visit the following web
Alternatively, a list of mirror sites can be found
on this web page:
Download the three files with the names
files are over 600 megabytes each, so downloading will require your
patience even when using a broadband internet connection.
There is a method available to verify that the
downloaded files are uncorrupted. On the Core 1 download page is a
link marked ?MD5SUM.? Click the link to find text that reads in part:
The numbers associated with each file are
checksums that can be reproduced with a windows tool called MD5SUMMER,
by Luke Pascoe. This software is available for download at
Reproducing the checksums ensures not only that the downloads have
completed in their entirety, but also that no corruption has taken
place during the download process.
The next step is to use the program, Nero, to burn
the images to the CDs. NERO can be downloaded and used for 30 days
free of charge by visiting the website at
http://www.nero.com and browsing to
the downloads page. Nero makes burning an ISO image to a CD very easy.
After installing Nero on windows, open the Nero StartSmart Program.
Mouseover the Copy and Backup Icon and then click on ?Burn Image to
disk?. Nero will open another program and a dialog in which to open a
file as shown in Figure 2.1.
At the bottom of the screen, where the label reads
?files of type?, select ?Image Files (*.nrg, *.iso, *.cue)? and browse
to the appropriate directory. Select the
and click ?open?. Now click ?next? to burn it. Repeat this process
for the images of disk two and three. Label each disk appropriately so
as not to confuse one with the other. Disk one is a bootable disk.
This project requires two more image disks. Visit
http://www.sysresccd.org/ and download the stable x86 version of
the System Rescue CD. Burn two CDs of that image in the same manner as
with the Fedora images. This software will allow you to boot to a
Linuxoperating system on CDROM
where recovery operations can be performed if necessary. Also, this
software will allow you to take compressed images of your Linux
partitions. Be sure to label each CD appropriately.
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