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Audit Vault Server Installation – Software Download

In this post, I am sharing the procedure of downloading Audit Vault Server (AVS) Software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. You may consider this post as the first step of the Audit Vault Server Installation. Please have a look at my previous post titled Audit Vault Server (AVS) – Installation Prerequisites. You will get an overview of the prerequisites to take care of before installing the Audit Vault Server, compiled based on my own experience.

Downloading Steps

Downloading software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (popularly known as E-Delivery Cloud) is not that complicated. You have to follow some simple steps mentioned below:

Step 1 –  Go to Oracle Software Delivery Cloud from your favorite Web Browser. Click Sign in if you already have an Oracle Account and provide your Username and Password. Otherwise, create one.

Step 2 – Search with the text Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall. It will list all available AVDF versions. Click on the version you want to download. Here my Target AVDF version is 12.2.0.9.0. So I am clicking on that one.

Step 3 – The software is added to the Download Queue. Go to the top right corner of the page. Press the Continue button. On the landing page choose a value for Platforms/Languages option. Press the Continue button.

Step 4 – Accept Oracle Standard Terms and Restrictions at the very bottom of the next landing page. Press the Continue button afterward. The download page will appear. We only need three files named V980012-01.iso, V980013-01.iso and, V980014-01.iso. For now, the Audit Vault Server installation is our only goal, so we can skip the other files to save a little bit of time and disk space.

Step 5 – Click on the Download button. A file prefixed Oracle_SSN_DLM will be download. Click on that file. Choose the destination you want to save the software iso files. Click on the Next button.

Step 6 – The download will start. You can pause or resume the download but don’t close the window. It will abort the download. Once the download is complete, you are ready for the Audit Vault Server installation. 

That’s all for today. My upcoming post titled Audit Vault Server Installation – Step-by-Step Procedure will cover a detailed software  installation process.

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Audit Vault Server (AVS) – Installation Prerequisites

In this post, I am sharing the prerequisites for installing the Audit Vault Server, obviously, on the basis of my own experience. Note that, this information is most relevant to AVDF (Audit Vault and Database Firewall) Release 12.2 (Exactly, I was working with AVDF version 12.2.0.9.0, while writing this post).

Hardware Requirements

Audit Vault needs a dedicated Intel x86-64 bit-based Server or Virtual Machine. Yes, dedicated! That means you can’t use that specific Server to serve any other purpose. It’s a good idea to investigate the Version/Release information of the Embedded Operating System of any specific Audit Vault Server you want to install. For example, version 12.2.0.9.0 includes Oracle Linux release 6 with UEK version 4 (kernel-uek-4.1.12-124.19.7.el6uek.x86_64). Now if you buy/arrange such a Server or Virtual Machine which don’t support this Release of Oracle Linux, you will not be able to install the software there. Hardware Certification List (HCL) will be helpful to sort out this dependency issue.

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Memory Requirements

The minimum requirement is 8 GB. But for smoother operation, try to allocate at least 2x of the minimum requirement i.e. at least 16 GB of memory. Personally, I like to allocate around 25 GB, if memory is not an issue for the client I am working with.

Disk Space Requirements

The minimum requirement is 220 GB though Oracle recommends 300 GB at least. Obviously, you have to decide it yourself based on the size of your Audit data. For most of my clients, I proposed 500 GB+. But don’t worry! AVDF will let you enhance the storage capacity later.

Target Requirements

In AVS, the “Target” means each Server/Machine from which audit data will be collected. Java version 8 is the minimum JAVA version you will need in the Targets. AVS supports a variety of Target OS platforms including Oracle Linux, Redhat Linux, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Windows Server, etc.

That’s all for today. You should go through Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall Installation Guide for more details on installation prerequisites. My upcoming post titled Audit Vault Server – Installation Guide will demonstrate a step by step procedure with all relevant installation snapshots.

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