Oracle Database 18c “Hands-Off” Data Guard Build Using VirtualBox and Vagrant

I wanted to try something with Oracle 18c Data Guard, so I thought I might as well create a hands-off build of it using VirtualBox and Vagrant, much as I did with my recent hands-off RAC build.

I did the 18c build and figured I might as well do 12cR2 and 12cR1 builds too, as they were pretty similar. I could have done them as a single build with a few tweaks to sort out the differences, but I couldn’t be bothered. 🙂

Along the way I noticed I hadn’t done a 12cR2 data guard article, so I did these.

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.2.18

VirtualBox 5.2.18 was released yesterday.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve installed this on my Windows 10 laptop and all seems OK. In fact, it seems to have made a difference to an annoying timeout I was seeing between some Docker containers running inside a VirtualBox VM. I’m not sure if this was just a fluke of the reinstall, or a real fix. Either way, it’s welcome. 🙂

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.2.16

Hot on the heels of 5.2.14 two weeks ago, we now have VirtualBox 5.2.16.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the install on my Windows 10 PC at work and  Windows 10 laptop at home and in both cases it worked fine. I can’t see any problems using it with Vagrant 2.1.2 either.

I would have a go at installing on by MacBook Pro, only the latest macOS updates have turned it into a brick again. Nothing changes…

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.2.14

While I was away VirtualBox 5.2.14 was released.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the install on my Windows 10 laptop and on my Windows 10 PC at work and both worked fine.

I also pulled down the latest version of Vagrant (2.1.2) and did a complete rebuild of some stuff. From what I can see it’s all good. 🙂

Cheers

Tim…

Update: I also did both upgrades on macOS and they worked fine also.

VirtualBox 5.2.12

VirtualBox 5.2.12 has been released for some platforms.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I did the upgrade to my MacBook Pro in Brussels Airport and I’ve just done the upgrade to my Windows 10 PC at work.

The upgrade went fine on macOS, but I ran into a little glitch with the Windows 10 upgrade. The upgrade itself seemed successful, but no VMs would run once the upgrade was complete. 🙂

I did an uninstall, followed by an install again, then everything was fine on Windows 10 too.

I mostly use Vagrant for managing my VMs these days, so my first reaction was it was a Vagrant issue, but it wasn’t. No drama though. All working now… 🙂

Happy upgrading.

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.2.10

VirtualBox 5.2.10 has been released for some platforms.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

At the time of writing the Windows release hasn’t dropped, so watch this space.

I’ve got it running on Windows, macOS and Oracle Linux 7 hosts with no worries…

Happy upgrading.

Cheers

Tim…

Update: As you will tell from the edits, the Windows flavour is now available too.

VirtualBox 5.2.6

VirtualBox 5.2.6 has been released. I predicted Christmas day, but they came in a little early… 🙂

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the installation on my Windows 7 PC at work and it seems fine.

Unlike the last two versions (5.2.2 and 5.2.4), the automatic download of the extension pack worked. Happy days. 🙂

Happy upgrading.

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.2.4

VirtualBox 5.2.4 has been released. I predicted Christmas day, but they came in a little early… 🙂

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the installation on my Windows 7 PC at work, macOS High Sierra and Oracle Linux 7 and all worked fine.

As with the last version (5.2.2), the automatic download of the extension pack failed on all platforms. I just downloaded it manually and installed it and it was OK.

Happy upgrading.

Cheers

Tim…

VirtualBox 5.2.2

VirtualBox 5.2.2 has been released.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I’ve done the installation on my Windows 7 PC at work, macOS High Sierra and Oracle Linux 7 and all worked fine.

For some reason the automatic download of the extension pack failed on all platforms. I just downloaded it manually and installed it and it was OK.

I was hoping this would solve the problem I have with Fedora 27. I can’t complete an install (even with 3D acceleration turned off) on macOS or Windows 7 because I get this.

The new version of VirtualBox reacts the same as the previous one, so back to the drawing board with that. 🙂

The only way I can get Fedora 27 installed is to do it on a OL7 host using the Workstation Live DVD. The live DVD works on the other hosts too, but they won’t complete an install using it, or any other spin…

Everything else is happy though, so we are all good. 🙂

Cheers

Tim…