Oracle database is one of the most widely used relational database management systems (RDBMS) in enterprise environments. Developed, maintained, and supported by Oracle Corporation, this RDBMS is often installed on top of a flavor of Enterprise Linux (RHEL, CentOS, or Scientific Linux). This makes for a very robust operating system – database choice.
In this article, we will explain how to install Oracle 12c Release 2 on a RHEL/CentOS 7 GUI server.
Attention: RHEL/CentOS 6 users can follow this guide to Install Oracle Database 12c on RHEL/CentOS 6.x
After installing Oracle 12c, the configuration will be performed through a graphical interface. That is the reason why we need a CentOS 7 server with the X Window System software group installed.
Read Also: Install GUI (Gnome) on RHEL/CentOS 7 Server
Additionally, please note that an Oracle account is required to download the Oracle Database 12c installation file (3.2 GB). Don’t worry about this, though, as you can create an account for free.
Finally, make sure your server has at least 2 GB of RAM and 30 GB of available disk space. These hardware requirements are safe for a testing environment such as ours, but will need to increase if you consider using Oracle in production.
Preparing for Oracle 12c Installation
1. To begin, make sure that all the packages currently installed on your RHEL/CentOS 7 system are updated to their latest versions.
# yum update -y
2. Next, installed all the required dependencies for the RDBMS, along with the zip and unzip packages.
# yum install -y binutils.x86_64 compat-libcap1.x86_64 gcc.x86_64 gcc-c++.x86_64 glibc.i686 glibc.x86_64 glibc-devel.i686 glibc-devel.x86_64 ksh compat-libstdc++-33 libaio.i686 libaio.x86_64 libaio-devel.i686 libaio-devel.x86_64 libgcc.i686 libgcc.x86_64 libstdc++.i686 libstdc++.x86_64 libstdc++-devel.i686 libstdc++-devel.x86_64 libXi.i686 libXi.x86_64 libXtst.i686 libXtst.x86_64 make.x86_64 sysstat.x86_64 zip unzip
3. Create the user account and groups for Oracle.
# groupadd oinstall # groupadd dba # useradd -g oinstall -G dba oracle
Finally, set a password for the newly created oracle account.
# passwd oracle
4. Add the following kernel parameters to /etc/sysctl.conf file.
fs.aio-max-nr = 1048576 fs.file-max = 6815744 kernel.shmall = 2097152 kernel.shmmax = 8329226240 kernel.shmmni = 4096 kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128 net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 net.core.rmem_default = 262144 net.core.rmem_max = 4194304 net.core.wmem_default = 262144 net.core.wmem_max = 1048586
and apply them:
# sysctl -p # sysct -a
5. Set the limits for oracle in /etc/security/limits.conf file.
oracle soft nproc 2047 oracle hard nproc 16384 oracle soft nofile 1024 oracle hard nofile 65536
6. Create a directory named /stage and extract the zipped installation file.
# unzip linuxx64_12201_database.zip -d /stage/
Before proceeding, create other directories that will be used during the actual installation, and assign the necessary permissions.
# mkdir /u01 # mkdir /u02 # chown -R oracle:oinstall /u01 # chown -R oracle:oinstall /u02 # chmod -R 775 /u01 # chmod -R 775 /u02 # chmod g+s /u01 # chmod g+s /u02
We are now ready to run the installation script.
7. Open a GUI session in the RHEL/CentOS 7 server and launch the installation script.
and follow the steps presented by the installer.
Installing Oracle 12c on CentOS 7
8. Enter the email address associated with your Oracle account (optional).
9. Choose Create and configure a database.
10. Select Desktop class since we are setting up a minimal configuration and a starter database.
11. Select the following options for basic configuration.
- Oracle base: /u01/app/oracle
- Software location: /u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1
- Database file location: /u01
- OSDBA group: dba
- Global database name: your choice. We chose tecmint here.
- Take note of the password, as you will be using it when you first connect to the database.
- Uncheck Create as Container database.
12. Leave the default Inventory Directory as /u01/app/oraInventory.
13. Verify that the installation pre-checks are completed without errors.
The installer will not let you past this point if any errors are found.
14. Wait until the Oracle 12c installation completes.
It is possible that at some point during the installation you will be asked to run a couple of scripts to set up further permissions or correct issues. This is illustrated here:
# cd /u01/app/oraInventory # ./orainstRoot.sh # cd /u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1 # ./root.sh
15. After that, you will need to return to the previous screen in the GUI session and click OK so that the installation can continue.
When it is finished, you will be presented with the following message indicating the URL of the Oracle Enterprise Manager:
Oracle 12c Finishing Touches
16. To allow connections from outside the server, you will need to open the following ports:
1521/TCP 5500/TCP 5520/TCP 3938/TCP
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=1521/tcp --add-port=5500/tcp --add-port=5520/tcp --add-port=3938/tcp --permanent # firewall-cmd --reload
17. Next, login as oracle using the password that was chosen previously and add the following lines to .bash_profilefile.
TMPDIR=$TMP; export TMPDIR ORACLE_BASE=/u01/app/oracle; export ORACLE_BASE ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE/product/12.1.0/dbhome_1; export ORACLE_HOME ORACLE_SID=tecmint; export ORACLE_SID PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/bin:$PATH; export PATH LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/lib:/lib:/usr/lib:/usr/lib64; export LD_LIBRARY_PATH CLASSPATH=$ORACLE_HOME/jlib:$ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/jlib; export CLASSPATH
18. Finally, replace localhost with 0.0.0.0 on.
# vi $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/listener.ora
19. The last step consists in reloading .bash_profile to apply the new settings.
# source .bash_profile
20. And then login to the database using the system account and the password chosen in Step 11 of the previous section.
# sqlplus system@tecmint
Optionally, let’s create a table inside the tecmint database where we will insert some sample records as follows.
SQL> CREATE TABLE NamesTBL (id NUMBER GENERATED AS IDENTITY, name VARCHAR2(20));
Please note that IDENTITY columns were first introduced in Oracle 12c.
SQL> INSERT INTO NamesTBL (name) VALUES ('Gabriel'); SQL> INSERT INTO NamesTBL (name) VALUES ('Admin'); SQL> SELECT * FROM NamesTBL;
Enabling Oracle to Start on System Boot
21. To enable the database service to start automatically on boot, add the following lines to /etc/systemd/system/oracle-rdbms.service file.
# /etc/systemd/system/oracle-rdbms.service # Invoking Oracle scripts to start/shutdown Instances defined in /etc/oratab # and starts Listener [Unit] Description=Oracle Database(s) and Listener Requires=network.target [Service] Type=forking Restart=no ExecStart=/u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1/bin/dbstart /u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1 ExecStop=/u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1/bin/dbshut /u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1 User=oracle [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
22. Finally, we need to indicate that the tecmint database should be brought up during boot in /etc/oratab (Y: Yes).
In this article, we have explained how to install Oracle 12c on RHEL/CentOS 7, how to create and configure a database, and how to create tables and insert rows of data.
Additionally, it is important to note that the database server should be up and running when the system boots, and our default database should be available at that point.
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