This is fourth part of my RAC lab series. I will show you steps to install openfiler on the VM prepared in part 3.

RAC lab Part 1 – Installing the Ubuntu 16.04 desktop
RAC lab Part 2 – Virtualbox installation and configuration
RAC lab Part 3 – VMs configuration
RAC lab Part 4 – Installing the Openfiler software
RAC lab Part 5 – Installing OEL 7.x on VM
RAC lab Part 6 – OEL 7.x configuration for Oracle 12c GI & RAC DB installation
RAC lab Part 7 – Openfilers configuration and cloning
RAC lab Part 8 – OEL 7.x prepare storage
RAC lab Part 9 – Clone first RAC node as 2nd node and prepare config.
RAC lab Part 10 – Installing Grid Infrastructure
RAC lab Part 11 – Installing Database Software
RAC lab Part 12 – Creating a Container Database


Documentation regarding installation an administration of Openfiler can be found at the following link:

Openfiler software installation

As you remember we had created and configured VM to host openfiler software. The openfiler iso file has been attached to the VM, we can start it now and begin the installation process which is quite straightforward.

  • Start the openfiler1 VM ~ $ vboxmanage startvm openfiler1
Waiting for VM "openfiler1" to power on...
VM "openfiler1" has been successfully started.
  • Choose your preferred installation method – gui is my choice here.
    You can find tutorial for both gui and text installation.


  • Read release notes if you like :)


  • Choose your preferred keyboard layout.


  • Choose the drive or drives you want openfiler system to be installed on. 10GB disk /dev/sda was created in Part 3 of the RAC lab series and this is the disk to be used for the installation. /dev/sdb is the disk we will use later for iSCSI storage during the openfiler configuration process.

    Also check the drive you want to guest the bootmanager (/dev/sda).

    I have checked “Remove all partitions on selected drives….” in order to clear the disk as it is dedicated for this purpose, but be sure you don’t erase your existing data.

    I have checked “Review and modify partitioning layout” in order to have a chance to check and fix the final partitioning schema before it is written to disk.



  • Confirm you want to delete data from /dev/sda (or other disk of your choice).


  • Review partitioning layout. I have added some more space to swap as 700M was left free on the disk.


  • Choose your preferred bootmanager – I have left the default one.


  • Network settings – set eth0 to use DHCP. The MAC address of eth0 has been given fixed IP by the DHCP server ( Set eth1 to static IP as this is internal storage network between VMs. Disable IPv6 on both the interfaces.




  • Set hostname and domain to


  • Choose your timezone.


  • Set root password for openfiler system.


  • Start the final phase of installation.


  • Reboot your system.


  • System is starting up…




Installation has finished successfully. As you can see on the VM’s terminal screen there is an url to the WEB Gui designed for Openfiler software administartion.

Default credentials for the GUI:
Username: openfiler
Password: password



It is recommended to change the administrator password immediately after the first log on to
Openfiler by accessing the Accounts->Admin Password context.


In the next 5th part of my RAC lab series you will learn how to install OEL7.x operating system on a VM prepared in part 3. Stay tuned!!! :)

What do you think?? Please post your comments :)
Source: My experience and WorlWideWeb

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maciej tokar
Maciej Tokar

An Oracle technology geek and crazy long distance runner, DBA24 Owner
Senior Oracle DBA / Consultant / [OCP10g, OCP12c, OCE RAC 10g] / [experience: 9y+]
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