Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Running Pre-built Virtual Machine for SOA Suite and BPM Suite 11g PS5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8)

Actually this is not about Virtual Machine for SOA and BPM Suite 11g PS5 - it works great, but rather about how to run Virtual Box on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8). Virtual Box grants memory based on host computer settings, this means if host computer is 32-bit - you are not able to grant more than 3.5 GB - this is not enough to run pre-build image.

My MacBook Pro is 64-bit machine, it runs Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8). This OS starts by default in 32-bit mode, even hardware is capable to run in 64-bit mode. If someone runs similar environment, it may confuse you when trying to use Virtual Box - pre-built image will not take more than 3.5 GB memory. But there is a trick, during Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) booting, press 6 and 4 keyboard buttons - it will load Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) kernel in 64-bit mode, you will be able to grant much more memory. Read more about this on Apple support site.

From System Software Overview you can check in which mode your MacBook is running, in my case by default 64-bit mode is not enabled:

With default config, Virtual Box is able to access only 3.5 GB memory:

After MacBook reboot with 6 and 4 keys - 64-bit mode becomes enabled:

I'm able to grant required memory - 6 GB:


Unknown said...

Hi Andrejus,
I'm getting the following error when I try to import the appliance to virtualBox in Mac OS.
I think I may have used a wrong tool to concat the multipart zip files. Can you please recommend me a tool that you used to concat these set of files at

Failed to import appliance /Users/denis/Downloads/Oracle-SOA-VM/oel5u5-64bit-soabpm-11gr1-ps5-2-0-M.ovf. Start tag expected, '<' not found. Location: '/Users/denis/Downloads/Oracle-SOA-VM/oel5u5-64bit-soabpm-11gr1-ps5-2-0-M.ovf', line 1 (0), column 1.

Andrej Baranovskij said...

You need to use 7z on Windows. Then copy extracted files on Mac OS.


Unknown said...

I was able to fix it by using a 7z extractor. Previously I was using cat command to conca those files.