This post is about ” how to install linux virtual machine on windows host” .
In this post I am going to create linux virtual machine on windows 7 64 bit host machine. For linux operating system , I have used Oracle Red Hat Linux version 6 update 3 64 bit and for virtualization I will be using VMware workstation 10.0.1
VMware workstation is a licensed software. Instead of that Oracle VM Virtual Box can also be used. Oracle Virtual Box is a freeware and can be downloaded from here .
Oracle Red Hat Linux is also a available through download from here. This link requires you to register and create a sso account.
Installation part will be covered in three parts:
- Capacity Planning for the Virtual Machine to be created.
- Installation Part.
- Connectivity with the host machine.
This capacity planning depends upon the requirement for which this virtual machine is created.
Below are the specifications of the virtual machine I am going to create :
RAM or Physical Memory : 12 GB
Processor : 2 Processor with 2 threads
Disk Size : 120 GB
Below will be filesystem mount points details that will be created while creating the virtual machine. The total size of all the mount points should be equal to the disk size that is 120 GB in this case.
|FILE SYSTEM MOUNT POINTS SIZE DETAILS|
|FILE SYSTEM NAME||SIZE in GB||SIZE in MB||Description|
|boot||0.2||204||This is the boot drive|
|swap||18||18432||This is SWAP File-system. It is general recommendation that SWAP|
should be 1.5 time of physical RAM or it equal to RAM.
|/||10||10240||This is root mount point.|
|/tmp||5||5120||This is temp mount point.|
|/oracle||87||89088||This is oralce file mount points for custom usage.|
Note: The above filesystem sizes, RAM and Processor capacity has been choose because I will be using this virtual machine for installing oracle database and other oracle middleware products. The values of these parameters should be taken as per the Virtual Machine usage.
Once the virtual machine specifications has been listed, we can start the installation process. This will be available on next page.