Installing Oracle 11g R2 for HomeLab use

If you would like to test vSphere installation where main database engine is Oracle 11g R2 in HomeLab, this is the place which you were looking for 🙂 . Below example oracle installation is based on Windows 2008 R2 running on VMware vSphere 5.1

Step #1 Requirements

  • Deploy Windows 2008 R2 Virtual Machine with 1vCPU and 2GB RAM
  • Download Oracle 11g R2 from Oracle Download page

Step #2 – Installation

  • Extract installation files and combine content from both, copy content from file 2 to file 1
  • Start instalaltion by executing setup.exe
  • Provide email address – manadatory


  • In next step choose Create and configure DB
  • From system class page choose Desktop Class – as I mentioned at the beginning this guide is for homelab use only.
Oracle system class

Oracle system class

  • On a Typical installation page provide path to oracle DB dir, DB name, admin password etc.


  • Follow installation wizard to complete installation.

Step #3 Basic configuration

By default Oracle listener is configured to listen only on localhost. We need Oracle listener to listen on server IP

  • Start Net manager from menu start

oracle net manager

  • Add new Address on:
    • orcl – use FQDN or IP and port 1521 , TCP/IP
    • listener – use FQDN or IP and port 1521 , TCP/IP
add IP address to listener

add IP address to listener

  • Save changes
  • Restart Oracle listener service – OracleOraDb11g_home1TNSListener

Step #4 – Test configuration

  • start web browser and go to https://localhost:1158/em
  • use below credentials:
    • login: SYS
    • password: use a password which you set during installation
    • connect as: SYSDBA
log in to Oracle mgmt page

log in to Oracle mgmt page

  • do telnet from remote server to oracle server on port

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).