using the Public OracleVM repo


The repo and rpm files for Oracle VM can be found in the Oracle public yum repo http://public-yum.oracle.com/ at the subdirectory http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleVM/OVM2/

To use them, ssh into your OVM server, and change to the standard yum config directory

cd /etc/yum.repos.d

wget http://public-yum.oracle.com/public-yum-ovm2.repo

After this is downloaded, you can install software or update just like on any other yum-based system, with the one exception that you have to enable the repositories. Either by changing them to “enabled” in the configfile, or by manually enabling at runtime. I chose the second to stick with the “default disabled” setting that Oracle chose.

Example: Installing xinetd for use with the check_mk linux agent:

yum –enablerepo=ovm22_2.2.1_base -y install xinetd

The same way you can update your Oracle VM server to the next minor release:

yum –enablerepo=ovm22_2.2.1_base update

The public repos just contain what’s on the respective CD kits though, so if you now feel smart “woah i can update for free” – no you can’t. You’re not getting any security updates, not getting a single patch fix until the next minor release comes about.

The Oracle VM webshop hastwo types of support contracts for Oracle VM that will get you instant updates + real support, so you can even get things fixed that aren’t working for you.

Your choice, but chose wisely.

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