Error Installing Oracle VM: File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”

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I just installed 3.1.1 Oracle VM server on my sandbox for training purposes and faced the same issue I did when installing versions 3.0.3 and 3.0.1. I quickly found a workaround that worked for me. But as a follow up, I decided to search though Google and MOS  in order to see if there has been any good development in resolving the issue from others (Oracle maybe ;) ). Anyway, this is that I found.

Just for the record, the error messages ire as follows:

File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 685, in write if dev.get('BOOTPROTO').lower() in ['dhcp', 'ibft']:
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 1394, in doPreInstall
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 184, in doPreInstall anaconda.backend.doPreInstall(anaconda)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 207, in moveStep

My understanding is that Oracle VM server’s installation doesn’t recognize the network card in your server/workstation for one reason or another. Therefore, the installation fails.

In my case, the solution was to find a spare network card and insert it in my sandbox computer. I had done it for the 3.0.1 installation and  managed to get the Oracle VM server installed. The interesting bit is that for version 3.1.1, I had to do the opposite move. I had to enable disabled before integrating it to the motherboard network card and disabling the other one.

Today, I searched through Google and MOS and unfortunately found that there still isn’t much information available on that problem:

  • Oracle® VM – Release Notes for 3.0.3 has a very short statement “The installer cannot detect the network adapter, so fails to complete the installation.”
  • There is a related bug in My Oracle Support “Bug 13943417 : INSTALL ORACLE VM SERVER (3.0.3) ON DELL PRECISION T1500 FAILED.”

If you hit this blog post because your Oracle VM installation failed, try to find a spare network card and give it another go. If you can’t use this option, try to install an earlier/newer version of Oracle VM (based on my observations it may work).

If you somehow resolved the issue or know more details, please be my guest and share it with me and others in this blog post’s comments sections.

I hope this blog post helped someone :) Who knows, maybe Oracle will decide to give us a bit more information on the issue and the way to avoid it.

P.S. I have opened a public G+ thread where I put my raw tech thoughts on how to find the root cause of the problem. Feel free to contribute if you are interested.


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4 Comments. Leave new

i am struggling hard here to get this oracle vm installed on a dell & a ibm thinkcentre
on both these machines it is failing to recognize the network cards.
but the installation goes smooth without asking for the static or dhcp ip configuration
has anybody solved these issues, please do help me out


July 27, 2012 10:02 am


Same issue for me on an Asus machine with 2 those cards on my test laptop:

Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

JMicron Technology Corp. JMC250 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 03

I do my test for a large corp, so hopefully will it get Oracle attention.

I’ll post back here when I have something new



I had the same problem when installing Oracle VM server 3.2.2 version, also 3.2.1 version. Since this problem was reported in different versions, I will not try other versions again. Unfortunately I’m installing it on a laptop and don’t know how to add/disable/enable network cards…Hope Oracle can notice this, or anyone finds other solutions, drop it to my mailbox Thanks


OK, found the official explanation about the error…but NO solution provided :-(

7.2.7. Oracle VM Server Installation Fails with Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Installing Oracle VM Server on a system such as the Dell 380, with a Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet Controller fails with an error similar to the following example:

Traceback (most recent call first):
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 685, in write
if dev.get(‘BOOTPROTO’).lower() in [‘dhcp’, ‘ibft’]:
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 1394, in doPreInstall
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 184, in doPreInstall
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 207, in moveStep

The installer cannot detect the network adapter, so fails to complete the installation.

Bug 13387076


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