Install Oracle Linux 5,6,7 from USB with ISO file

These steps can also applied to install Oracle Linux 5,6, 7 from USB with ISO. Here, I take the Oracle Linux 6 to demonstrate but you can do the same with other versions.

In this serries:

Step 1: Download official Oracle Linux ISO from eDelivery:

Select as follow:

  1. Choose Release
  2. Type “Oracle Linux” and press Search button
  3. Press Add to cart your Oracle Linux version

Now press “Check out” then you will see something like:

Now press Continue, Accept the terms and conditions and press exactly at the link pointed below. For Oracle Linux 7.4 and for version Oracle Linux 6.9, it looks like this:

You will have an ZIP file which has an ISO file inside or an ISO file already. Extract the ZIP file if you got ZIP download. Filename may be different in your case.

Create OL6 installation USB from ISO

  • Download Rufus: and run Rufus to create installation USB
  • In some cases, you have error from Rufus like: This image is either non-bootable, or it uses a boot or compression method that is not supported by Rufus, please use Universal USB Installer.
  • Another good solution is Unetbootin, all of them are reliable. If you got Not support message from Rufus and UUI, you can try Unetbootin. It depends on your ISO file and your Oracle Linux.
  • After finish setting up the USB, copy file .iso to the root of the USB (yes, the source ISO file that you’ve burned to USB). This step helps you pass the Missing ISO 9660 Image error while installing Oracle Linux 6 from USB.

Step 2: Install Oracle Linux 6 via USB

Now insert the USB, set your server boot from USB in Legacy/BIOS mode (not UEFI) and Setup screen appears. Depends on your server, for DELL R420, press F11 to select boot mode at startup.

Just Next for simple steps on setup screen. Here I only note important ones.

Choose Use All Space to use whole disk space for Oracle database.

If you didn’t copy the ISO file in step 1, you’ll get Missing ISO 9660 Image error.

In this step, choose Desktops on the left, choose all below items on the right to install a normal GNOME desktop (with GUI):

  • Desktop
  • Desktop Platform
  • Fonts
  • General Purpose Desktop
  • Graphical Administration Tools
  • X Windows System

If you don’t select as above -> you’ll have console GUI only.

After all, you just need to press REBOOT button to finish the setup process.