Oracle Linux KVM Image for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

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

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

  • Oracle Linux KVM instances can be easily launched on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) using the embedded Marketplace. You can deploy the image directly from the Marketplace on your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute instance. 
To access the Marketplace from the OCI console, click the top left navigation menu.  Then under Solutions, Platform and Edge, select Marketplace.  Find and select the Oracle Linux KVM Image application and click through the launch instructions to easily deploy the instance with a few clicks. 

The Oracle Linux KVM image is also accessible from the public Oracle Cloud Marketplace

  • Alternately, KVM instances can be created 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 the instance.
    • When creating the instance, use the KVM image you imported as a Custom Image.
  • 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.