Installing Oracle Enterprise Linux 6

Installing Linux Software
In this tutorial I will show you how to install Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 on a clean Box.
Oracle Enterprise Linux R6U1 installation DVD (media pack V26569-01, available at
Once you mount the ISO Image, Enterprise Linux 6 boots from the installation DVD and presents its welcome screen. Select the first option (Install or upgrade) by pressing Enter.

Installing VMware Tools

Installing VMware Tools is an important step as this package provides a specific SVGA driver that significantly improves the performance. The package also provides some nice features as copy/paste between guest and host, mouse cursor integration and others.

Choose VM -> Install VMware Tools from the Workstation menu.

Workstation will mount a CD containing the installation package of VMware Tools. Open a console, become root and unzip the VMWare Tools archive from the CD.

tar xvzf /media/VMware\ Tools/VMwareTools-8.8.0-471268.tar.gz

Now run the script and accept all default values.

[root@el6 ~]# ./vmware-tools-distrib/
Creating a new VMware Tools installer database using the tar4 format. 

Installing VMware Tools

Close the console, log out and log back to the desktop.

The installation and configuration of our Enterprise Linux 6 machine is successfully completed.

Minor Adjustments


To turn off the firewall do the following.

  1. Open the "Firewall Configuration" dialog (System > Administration > Firewall).
  2. Click the "Close" button on the startup dialog and type in the "root" password if requested.
  3. On the resulting dialog, click the "Disable" button, followed by the "Apply" button on the toolbar.
  4. Click the "Yes" button on the confirmation dialog.
  5. Quit the "Firewall Configuration" dialog.

Disable SELinux by editing the "/etc/selinux/config" file, making sure the SELINUX flag is set as follows.

Once the change is complete, restart the server.