What are you asking?
"I have installed ... Database 12c in VirtualBox ... this will save me storage installing Oracle forms and reports..."
Installing the db has nothing to do with installing Forms and Reports, except the fact that you need a db regardless of where it lives. If you didn't already have VBox installed and installed it just for the sake of running the db in it then you are actually using more disk space and not less. If you are doing this installation on a network (home or work), the best approach would be to access a shared db that lives on another machine. If you feel you must have full control of the db and want it directly associated with your machine AND if you have a fairly current/modern laptop, you could install VBox on your laptop, but install your images on an external drive. I would not do this if you have an older, less powerful laptop. However, feel free to give it a test run. Install both the db and Forms/Reports (w/WebLogic Server) in a VM image.
Happy New Year! Thanks so much for your reply. I will follow your advice on
Install both the db and Forms/Reports (w/WebLogic Server) in a VM image
I have tried to google how to accomplish this but it seems to point towards "using Oracle VirtualBox based Virtual Machines".
Please, I will appreciate if you could guide me on Installing both the db and Forms/Reports (w/WebLogic Server) in a VM image".
Your question is still unclear. What "guidance" do you need? You should be able to use each product's Installation Guide to get you started. Installing in a VM is no different than installing on the host machine.
Hi antobay If I understand you installed the Oracle developer day VM database as a VM and you would like to add forms & reports server to the provided configuration of the pre-built image? As Michael mentioned using a VM is not a big space saver as the DB and Forms/Reports server does not take less space on a VM then on your OS.
Also, what I don't understand is you final goal, you suggest installing WebLogic, Forms & Reports, which seems to point to the requirements of a Forms/Reports server installation. If this is what you want to do, you will have to logon to your VM and do the following: https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1221/formsandreports/install-fnr/install.htm#FRINS101
What application do you want to run? Are the Forms compiled for Linux? Is you VM Oracle Linux?
Sorry about the confusion. Okay this is the situation. In the past I have installed Oracle Database 11g, Forms and Reports on my Windows 10 laptop with 1TB HDD (plenty of disk space).
However, I just purchased i7 Laptop with only 510 SSD (smaller disk space). I would like to Oracle Database 12C, Forms and Reports 12C on this new laptop but this would take a lot from the limited space. Therefore, I was thinking that I could save this space by installing all this products on a Virtual Machine.
Many suggestions that I read seems to advice using pre-configured Oracle developer VM on Oracle VirtualBox.
I have installed Oracle VirtualBox and imported pre-configured Oracle developer VM. I can see that this comes with 12c Database and other IDE (PL/SQL Developer, etc).
So my question is, can I install Forms and Reports on my laptop connection to the pre-configured Oracle developer VM's 12c Database OR what are my best options of running these products without physical installation om my SSD drive? Can I have an image of these products installed on a VM elsewhere?
Please excuse my ignorance, just that am not used to VMs.
Thanks for your help.
It is possible to have an installation on your laptop communicate with servers running within a VM that is also running on your machine. However, as mentioned such a configuration will not give you what you want; reduced disk usage. By creating a VM you are using more disk space and not less. Consider this; you are consuming the extra disk space needed by the VBox software then you are creating a VM which starts with another operating system (more disk space) then you are installing additional software within it. The VirtualBox software alone (on my Windows machine) takes up about 300M of disk space. So, unless you plan to use VBox for other purposes, I wouldn't recommend using it if your goal is to save space.
Thanks so much for your advice Michael