This hands-on lab runs in an Oracle VM VirtualBox environment. In order to run the lab effectively you will need the following.Minimum Hardware:
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Windows: use 7-zip to open the first file in the archive. This should automatically expand the archive for you.
Linux: bring up your file manager and double-click on the first file. This should start the archive utility for your desktop environment, such as File Roller if you use Gnome.
Mac OS X: I recommend The Unarchiver, a free utility in the Mac App Store. The latest Stuffit Expander seems to have issues with multipart zip archives.
Unzip this zip file into the location where you want the virtual machine to reside on disk. The resulting VirtualBox Appliance (.ova) file will consume approximately 20GB of disk space. The next step will be to import this appliance into VirtualBox. You may want to delete the zip files to save disk space.
Motherboard -> Base Memory: 8192 MB RAM
Processor: 2+ CPUs
Make sure that the value is not in the red area of the slider for CPUs or Memory.
You may also want to disable the USB port, as this is not needed for the lab.
The lab will start at the Linux login screen. Login with a username of 'oracle' and a password of 'oracle'.
All passwords in the VM environment are 'oracle'. This is true for OS users such as root, and for Oracle users such as sys or system.
It is a good idea to take a snapshot after your initial login to the desktop. This will allow you to easily reset the VM and start over if desired.