Running Oracle XE on Amazon EC2

A few weeks ago it was this time again. For development of a certain Mule ESB flow I needed an Oracle database to test a JDBC Transport enhancement to obtain OUT parameters from a stored procedure. As soon as this happens I install an Oracle XE database which doesn’t take to much time so I can proceed with the work I really have to do. However sine a couple of years I am using my Mac for development (and loving it) and as you might know there is no Oracle XE release that runs on a Mac.
What I used to do is to instantiate a Debian instance as a VMWare guest and install XE on that. Unfortunately I tend too loose these VMWare images if I don’t use them for 3 months or so. So that brought me to the idea to just run the database on a server in the cloud. If I can use a micro instance from Amazon for that it shouldn’t cost too much.
At first I hoped for a community AMI to be available to install. Unfortunately this isn’t the case, most likely because of license agreement that you have to accept when you download XE. Luckily I found this article explaining all steps. I went through it step by step and now have my own XE instance running in the cloud. Of course I also created a (private) AMI of it so I can terminate this instance when the project is over and recreate a new one if I might need it again in the future.
By the way two step I did slightly different. First instead of using the certificates on the Amazon Linux host I made use of the ACCESS_KEY and SECRET_KEY by adding these to the ‘.bash_profile like’ this:

export AWS_ACCESS_KEY=***
export AWS_SECRET_KEY=****

Secondly I performed the following SQL statement to open up the APEX administration console from access different then ‘localhost’:


So now I am the lucky developer with an Oracle instance in the cloud which will always be there if I need it 🙂

About Pascal Alma

Pascal is a senior IT consultant and has been working in IT since 1997. He is monitoring the latest development in new technologies (Mobile, Cloud, Big Data) closely and particularly interested in Java open source tool stacks, cloud related technologies like AWS and mobile development like building iOS apps with Swift. Specialties: Java/JEE/Spring Amazon AWS API/REST Big Data Continuous Delivery Swift/iOS
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