Installing Enterprise Manager 12c For Testing

A question I get asked fairly often when I’m at conferences, either during the Q&A for my sessions or in general chit chat (a.k.a. networking) afterwards is “I want to play around with the features in Enterprise Manager 12c but don’t want to do that in our Production environment. How do I go about installing a copy of Enterprise Manager 12c somewhere else in the easiest way as a test environment?” The answer to that is pretty straightforward. It’s to download the relevant VM template from Oracle’s Software Delivery Cloud. Note: The screenshots shown in this post are from the new and enhanced Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, rather than the classic Software Delivery Cloud, so if you use the classic form your screens will be different. On the first screen, make sure you understand the export restrictions and click “Accept”:

Installing from SDC1

On the next screen, select the “Linux/OVM/VMs” checkbox, then type “Enterprise Manager” into the Product field. At the time of writing this blog post, you will see there are three templates you can download:

  1. Oracle VM Template for Deploying Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control on ODA
  2. Oracle VM Template for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
  3. Oracle VM VirtualBox for Deploying Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control

Installing from SDC2

In this example, I’ll select the ODA template and select the x86 64 bit platform:

Installing from SDC3

Note you can choose more products to download here if you want, but for now just click the “Continue” button:

Installing from SDC4

On the next screen, you will be provided a list of the available releases (there may be more than one). The most current release will be chosen for you by default. Again, just click the “Continue” button on this screen, as only one release is currently available:

Installing from SDC5

You will then be asked to read and accept the license agreement. Once you have read that, tick the checkbox to say you’ve reviewed it then click the “Continue” button:

Installing from SDC6

The next screen has a variety of options that you can choose. The VM template is comprised of a number of zip files, so you can download each one individually, or you can click the “Download All” button:

Installing from SDC7

The other option available to you from the previous screen is to click on “WGET Options”. WGET is a popular package for allowing you to retrieve files via the command line. Clicking on the “Download .sh” button will allow you to download a text file that you can run on the command line to retrieve your files. You will need to edit the script first to include your credentials before you run the script:

Installing from SDC8

For now, I’m going the use the “Download All” button to continue the process. When you do that, you may (depending on your browser settings) get a message that a pop-up blocker has been detected. There will be an option to allow you to disable the pop-up blocker for this site (in my case using Firefox, I need to click the “Options” button on the top right to address the issue). Once that’s done, you can click the “Download All” button again to proceed:

Installing from SDC9

On the next screen, you can install the download manager to manage the download process for you by clicking “Download the installer”:

Installing from SDC10

You need to save the installer executable by clicking “Save File”:

Installing from SDC11

Select the directory you want the installer saved to:

Installing from SDC12

The installer will automatically execute when the file is saved. You need to accept the Akamai NetSession Interface EULA and click “Next”:

Installing from SDC13

Depending on your configuration, you may get a message that Windows Firewall has blocked some features of the app. Click on “Allow Access”:

Installing from SDC14

On the next screen you need to select a download folder where the installer will download the files to:

Installing from SDC15

You will then see a message that the download manager has been successfully installed. Click “Close”:

Installing from SDC16

The files will then start downloading to the folder you specified:

Installing from SDC17

For this walkthrough I cancelled the download because of the time it would take to download all the files, so you may see more screens after this. The only one I saw was a survey screen:

Installing from SDC18

Once you have all the files downloaded, you just need to import the template into either Oracle VM or VirtualBox (depending on which template you downloaded) and start the template. Voila! One working EM 12c test environment, with little effort involved!


After 22 years of working at Oracle in just about every role except Marketing and Support, I am now working as a Senior Managed Services Consultant with Data Intensity, specializing in Oracle Database technology, High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions. I am also a member of the OakTable Network, and have presented at RMOUG Training Days, Hotsos Symposia, Oracle OpenWorld conferences, and other user group events. I have co-authored the Expert Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Practical Oracle Database Appliance books published by Apress, and am one of the authors of the Building Database Clouds in Oracle Database 12c book published by Addison Wesley.

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