JeOS, Oracle XE, and VMware – a redux

By Greg Turnquist

Greg L. Turnquist worked on the Spring team for over thirteen years and is a senior staff technical content engineer at Cockroach Labs. He was the lead for Spring Data JPA and Spring Web Services. He wrote Packt's best-selling title, Learning Spring Boot 2.0 2nd Edition, and its 3rd Edition follow-up along many others.

August 18, 2011

Today I have spent a fair amount of time setting up my own instance of Oracle XE in order to run down some customer issues and find an answer. A nicely written up blog entry from one of my co-workers has provided invaluable information…two years later!

Of course, when I’m trying to install a virtual machine, upgrade it’s packages, and the download Oracle’s giant tarball, my ISP can’t help but cause a service interruption, driving me to use my iPhone for tethering. Calling in, they are apparently already resolving it, and should be done by 10:55PM! Just in time to go to bed!

For the past two hours, my virtual instance of JeOS (Just Enough OS) has been downloading Oracle XE. But once it’s done, it shouldn’t take too much to get it up and going. With Bruce’s blog entry, I should be able to configure it for local network access. I already built an instance on my giant tower server, but having a slimmed down one on my primary development machine should be pretty handy.

This is a quiet night, so I was looking forward to watching some stuff on Netflix while this setup process happened in the background, but I guess that won’t happen either. All the bandwidth of my iPhone is going to installing this virtual machine (and I guess writing this blog entry). Time to sign off and dig up a DVD to watch. Tron Legacy anyone?


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