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  • Writer's picturekyle Hailey

Remote graphical installs

Most of my servers tend to be Linux VMs on VMware ESX without any graphics desktops setup, so it can be disconcerting trying to install Oralce with it’s graphical “runInstaller” being the gate way we have to cross to achieve installation.  Of course there is the silent install, but to do that requires knowing all the secret handshake responses to make the silent installer work. Often the easiest way to get a response file is to capture the responses form a graphical run of the runInstaller.

There is another way, and that is using vncserver to run the graphic desktop on another machine. For example I can display the the graphical desktop on my Mac.

Here is the setup:

On the Linux box:

 cd /etc/yum.repos.d wget http://public-yum.oracle.com/public-yum-ol6.repo yum install oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-3.el6.x86_64 wget http://public-yum.oracle.com/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle-ol6 -O /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle yum install oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall-1.0-3.el6.x86_64 yum install elfutils-libelf-devel yum install glibc.i686 yum install tigervnc-server yum install xterm yum install twm yum install xsetroot

# without the following get errors # [dix] Could not init font path element /usr/share/X11/fonts/misc, removing from list! # [dix] Could not init font path element /usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi, removing from list! # [dix] Could not init font path element /usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1, removing from list! # [dix] Could not init font path element /usr/share/fonts/default/Type1, removing from list! # [dix] Could not init font path element built-ins, removing from list! (EE) # Fatal server error: (EE) could not open default font ‘fixed'(EE)

yum install libXfont

then run

vncserver

on my Mac, I install and run

VNC Viewer.app

And all this makes me wonder why there can’t be a web based installer …

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