Oracle Linux KVM Image for Oracle Cloud


Easily set up a KVM host using Oracle Linux and Oracle Cloud

The Oracle Linux KVM Image for Oracle Cloud simplifies the deployment of virtual machines using Oracle Cloud resources by integrating with services like block storage and virtual network interfaces (VNIC) through the use of tooling and automation.

What's New

In this release (version 1.4) several new features have been added:

  • Full support for VNIC creation via oci-network-config ("--create-vnic")
  • Full support for block device creation via oci-iscsi-config ("--create-volume")
  • The virtual function network interface is now configured using Oracle Linux systemd (LSB networking)
  • The image has been updated to Oracle Linux 7.5 May 2018 base and the oci-utils version has been updated to version 0.6

Getting Started

Currently, the BM.Standard1.36 and BM.Standard2.52 shapes are supported and users must have an available instance to use with the image.  Users should be familiar with managing virtual guests using libvirt, specifically virsh and virt-install. 

Detailed instructions on how to deploy the KVM image and to use the VM configuration tools can be found in the Getting Started: Oracle Linux KVM Image for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure guide.

  • The Oracle Linux KVM Image is deployed using the custom image import feature in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Review the information on importing an image in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute here.
  • During the import, use the following options:
    • For the Object Storage URL use this address
    • For Image type select QCOW2
    • For Launch mode select Native Mode
  • Once the image import is complete, go to Compute to create instance:
    • When creating the instance, use Custom Image for the Boot Volume option which allows you to point to the image imported during the previous step.
    • For Shape Type use Bare Metal Machine and select either BM.Standard1.36 or BM.Standard2.52 
  • Once your instance is running follow the instructions found in the Oracle Linux KVM Image Readme.