Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

Prepping for Oracle Linux Certification Professional Exam

You have heard that the all-new Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administrator OCP examination is now available - and during the beta period you can take this exam at a much reduced price.

Here is some information to help you take this exam.

Establishing What you Need to Know

Go to the certification web page. You will see bulleted lists of topics included in the certification exam. These are the areas that you need to master before taking the exam, if you are not already an expert.

Registering for the Certification Exam

On the certification web page, under Registration, follow the links to find a test center or register for the Oracle Linux 6 System Administration 1Z0-105 exam.

Prepaing to Take the Exam

Now that you know what topics could be tested during the certification exam, it is time to get studying. Three ways of improving your knowledge are:

You can take the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live instructor-led event from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Events already on the schedule include 24 November 2014 when delivery is in Latin American Spanish. English delivery is available on the 17 November 2014, 8 December 2014, 12 January 2015 and 9 February 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events already on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
23 February 2015 English
Vienna, Austria
26 January 2015 German
London, England
5 January 2015 English
Reading, England
16 February 2015 England
Seoul, Korea
1 December 2014 Korean
Bangkok, Thailand
19 January 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
10 November 2014 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
12 January 2015 English
Roseville, MN, United States
19 January 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
2 February 2015 English
For more information on the Oracle Linux Curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Tuesday Nov 04, 2014

Spacewalk client released for Oracle Linux 7

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce the availability of the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7. Customers who want to register Oracle Linux 7 servers with an existing Spacewalk server can install the client from the Oracle Public Yum repository. It can also be added to Spacewalk itself for local installation via Spacewalk.

To access the Spacewalk client repository for Oracle Linux 7, add the following stanza to public-yum-ol7.repo on the client server:

[ol7_spacewalk22_client]
name=Spacewalk Client 2.2 for Oracle Linux 7 ($basearch)
baseurl=http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/spacewalk22/client/$basearch/
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1

To add the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7 to an existing Spacewalk server install, create a new repository with the following URL:

http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/spacewalk22/client/x86_64/

For more information on Spacewalk, check the Oracle Linux documentation

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux will be Featured at Dell World 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!  

This year, like in the past, Oracle Linux is featured in DellWorld at Austin, Texas, November 4-6. There are two Breakout Sessions and Oracle Stand you can visit to get more information about the Dell Integrated Systems with Oracle Databases (DISOD) based on Oracle Linux.

Session MT11: Lowering the cost via appliances and Dell engineered solutions 

How can you lower your total solution costs, improve performance and availability and reduce maintenance for your Oracle workloads? Come learn about Dell server and storage engineered solutions and new appliances that support the Oracle software including Oracle Linux. See how to make the most out of your Oracle investment through the complementary Toad solutions, and learn about Dell’s ongoing enhancement of Oracle software and hardware management, including full integration of all Dell hardware management tools into Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Two sessions available:  

Wednesday, Nov 5,  12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Thursday, Nov 6,  8:30 am -9:30 am 

Also visit the Oracle stand for DISOD/DAAD live demo rack located in the Datacenter area of the Expo. 

Hope to see you there. 

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Open Source India Conference 2014

Meet the Oracle Linux Team at the Open Source India Conference 2014, November 7th and 8th in Bangalore, India. You can learn about Oracle’s key Linux contributions, technical leadership, and commitments to the worldwide success of Linux for organizations of all sizes and across all industries.

Not only will there be a booth where you can talk to Oracle experts, you can also attend the Oracle Keynote “State of the Penguin and State of the Dolphin - Oracle’s Journey into Open Source” with Oracle Senior Director Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Ramesh Srinivasan.

Hope to see you there!

Oracle Linux - The Engine Behind the Modern Data Center

With increasing budget constraints and resource limitations, it’s becoming more and more important to leverage technological advances to squeeze as much value as possible out of your data center deployments. Innovative tools such as Ksplice, DTrace, Linux Containers, Docker, Spacewalk, and more, can help you to deploy and manage your deployments quicker and easier, increasing overall ROI. Join this November webcast series to learn how these technologies with Oracle Linux can streamline deployment and management of your critical IT systems.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Register here

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time 3:00 pm PST

Please note the 3:00 pm PST start time on this one to accommodate our friends in JAPAC. Replays will be available afterward if these dates and times are inconvenient for you.
Register here

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

Webinar(Nov 11):How to Save Time and Cost with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS


Title: Boost Performance and Cut Deployment Time with Nimble SmartStack for Oracle  

When: November 11, 11am PST/2pm EST

Panelists:

Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle, John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco and Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage 

For CIOs and IT managers, continuously tuning IT infrastructure to support evolving environments, rapidly provisioning more resources to support growing database environments, maintaining services levels and staying within budgets, especially in rapid growth environments is hard. To address these challenges, Nimble Storage, along with Oracle, and Cisco offers a converged infrastructure to deliver adaptive performance with high availability, capacity savings, efficient data protection, and improved staff productivity while handling rapid growth.

In this webinar you will learn how you can benefit from Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco. The solution provides pre-tested, validated architectures and documented best practices for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM.

SmartStack, built on best-of-breed components, delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes. 

Register today


Friday Oct 24, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Boost Your IT Security for the Holiday Season - BeyondTrust and Oracle Webinar

Oracle and BeyondTrust presents Live Webinar:

Boost Your IT Security for the Holiday Season

When: Nov 6, 9am PT, 12pm EST

Register

The holidays are generally a time for family, friends and cheer, but with all of this cheer comes something lurking in the dark; security breaches. As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season, it is imperative for organizations to understand the importance of implementing a security and compliance strategy. The most important components to address are least privilege, auditing, password management, and compliance.

Join this engaging webinar, hosted by Oracle and BeyondTrust, to learn how you can best protect your organization during the upcoming holiday season. By attending this webcast, you'll learn:

  • Why it's important to implement a least privilege strategy this holiday season
  • Understanding your organization’s data security compliance efforts
  • Managing and implementing least privilege with BeyondTrust PowerBroker & Oracle Linux
  • What you can do NOW to beef up your organization’s security & compliance program

Speakers:

Paul Harper Product Manager for Server & Vulnerability Products BeyondTrust

Michele Casey Director of Product Management, Oracle Linux Oracle

Register today

Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Cut Price Way to Prove Your Oracle Linux Expertise to Employers

Can you use the advanced features of Oracle Linux? Are you an expert in configuring network and authentication services, deploying file systems to improve performance and increase data integrity, using advanced storage techniques and implementing virtualization technologies to manage system resources?

Then differentiate yourself in a competitive market place and prove your expertise to employers by becoming certified in Oracle Linux.

During the beta phase, the new Oracle Linux Advanced System Administration Oracle Certified Professional exam (IZ0-105) is available at a less than 25% of normal price. For more information about this certification exam, see the Oracle University blog.

People preparing for this challenging certification exam will need extensive hands-on experience with Oracle Linux and might consider taking the recommended training course, Oracle Linux Advanced Administration.

You can take this five-day instructor-led training course through a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. You can choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones. Course start dates include 27th October, 10th, 16th, and 17th November and 8th of December 2014 for deliveries in English. 24th of November for delivery in latin American Spanish.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Vienna, Austria

 26 January 2015

 German

 Melbourne, Australia

 23 Febarury 2015

 English

 London, England

 5 January 2015

 English

 Reading, England

 13 April 2015

 English

 Seoul, Korea

 1 December 2014

 Korean

 Bangkok, Thailand

 19 January 2015

 English

 Belmont, CA, United States

 10 November 2014

 English

 Atlanta, GA, United States

 12 January 2015

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 19 January 2015

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 2 February 2015

 English

For more information about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Announcing General Availability of Oracle Linux 6.6

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 6, the sixth update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages in our public yum repository now; ISO installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud soon.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 6 ships with the following kernel packages:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-44.1.1.el6uek) for x86-64
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 2 (kernel-uek-2.6.39-400.215.10.el6uek) for i386 
  • Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-504.el6) for i386 and x86-64
By default, both the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and the Red Hat Compatible Kernel for the specific architecture (i386 or x86-64) are installed and the system boots the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Notable features in this release include:

  • Fully integrated DTrace support with UEK Release 3.
  • Full Linux Containers (LXC) support in UEK Release 3.
  • Btrfs is fully supported when using the the UEK (Release 2 or 3).
  • Enhanced SSSD support for Active Directory
  • A new daemon for Hyper-V, which includes the hypervfcopydhypervkvpd, and hypervvssd packages, which provides the Hyper-V file-copy, key-value pair (KVP), and volume shadow copy service (VSS) daemons for an Oracle Linux guest that is running under Hyper-V on a Microsoft Windows Host.

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 6 Update 6, please consult the release notes in the Oracle Linux Product Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. For support, you decide which of your systems require a support subscription.  This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for your development, testing and production systems.  You decide which support coverage is the best for each of your systems individually, while keeping all of your systems up-to-date and secure.  For customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, you also receive access to zero-downtime kernel updates using Oracle Ksplice and support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

 For more information about Oracle Linux, please visit www.oracle.com/linux

Re-Cap: Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and September Partner Activities and Announcements

This year Oracle OpenWorld 2014 had been a busy one for us and our Partners. It had been one of the most successful showcases we had organized so far with 15 Partners actively demonstrating their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.  Many of our ISV and IHV partners announced solutions around Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. During the Showcase, we recorded some of our partners who talked about their solution:

Here's the list of announcements and updates in September from our partners which shows the collaboration and joint engineering efforts of Oracle Linux and Virtualization teams with the key ISV and IHVs:

OpenStack Solutions

Mellanox CloudX Platform now supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – MarketWatch Publication

Nuage Networks Delivers SDN Integration with Oracle OpenStack with Oracle Linux – Press Release

SolidFire Announces support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – Press Release

Software Solutions

Acronis Backup Advanced is certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Requirements; Description

eG Innovations Delivers End-to-End Performance Management for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Press Release

IBM Infosphere Server pack for Siebel 3.2 has achieved Oracle Linux Ready Status

Intel – Renée J. James, President of Intel Corporation, shared her keynote on, “The future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World. Check out this blog.

SAP certifies Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) – Check out the blog.

SEP Software Corp. Partners with Oracle to Provide World-Class Backup Solutions to the Marketplace – Press Release

Hardware Solutions

Dell and Oracle help customers deploy Oracle Business Intelligence Applications – Press Release

Nimblestorage unveils JD Edwards EnterpriseOne SmartStack – Publications on: InfoStor ; CNN Money; Virtual Strategy Magazine

Tegile Systems, a leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays supports Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, are part of the Oracle Validated Configurations.

As you can see from the updates and participation from our partners, our ISV and IHV ecosystem is growing very rapidly with exciting offers and new certifications.

Visit our Partner pages if you want to know more about solutions from Oracle Linux Partners and Oracle VM Partners.

See you in 2015 Oracle OpenWorld - October 25–29, 2015!


Monday Oct 20, 2014

Oracle Technology Helps Securitas Direct Improve Service Quality and Diversify Offerings by Increasing Speed and Capacity at its Processing Center

Securitas Direct, a leading supplier of safety and security solutions in Spain, Europe, and Latin America, has chosen Oracle hardware and software as the backbone for its main connections and processing signals center. With the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Securitas Direct will be able to strengthen the quality of service, speed time to market for new products and services, and deliver an improved experience for its business and residential customers. Read more on how the Oracle solutions will allow Securitas Direct to manage as many as 100 million signals per day from different security devices.

Read the Press Release

View the Customer Story

Friday Oct 17, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and MySQL TPC-C Optimizations Whitepaper

Happy Friday Oracle Linux fans, this week our spotlight is a new whitepaper that is co- authored by Rick Stehno of Seagate and Avi Miller of Oracle. This paper gives tips to optimize your Oracle Linux, MySQL and the PCIe card which increases the performance of your environment with just few steps:

Oracle Linux and MySQL TPC-C Optimizations When Implementing the Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card 

Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) was chosen for this study because of its upstream support for the latest hardware relevant to modern data center operations. In addition, MySQL database workloads benefit from the platform’s deep integration with the solution stack, optimizations resulting from industry collaborations and enhancements in the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enteprise Kernel includes extensive performance and scalability improvements to the process scheduler, memory management, file systems, and the networking stack. It was tuned to perform better and faster on leading-edge x86 configurations that feature many CPU cores and large amounts of main memory, and optimized libraries and system calls help to improve performance for MySQL queries. Because of these optimizations and pervasive testing that occurs within Oracle, Oracle Linux is able to address large transaction capacities and scale well as the number of database users or the number of databases increases. This document will present tuning and processes that can be applied to increase TPC-C performance when using the Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card.  

By following the simple tuning tips outlined in this paper, a successful implementation of the Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card with optimal performance can occur in most environments.  

Read more

Monday Oct 13, 2014

Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hands on Lab - Now Available

The OpenStack  hands-on Lab event at Oracle Open World was completely sold out. People who have had no prior experience with OpenStack were able to easily launch instances, setup networks and storage, and exercise various OpenStack features. Given the high demand for the hands-on lab and the positive feedback from the participants, we are making the lab publicly available, all you need is a laptop and the document available here.

The lab is designed to run inside a VirtualBox VM and takes you through installing and exercising OpenStack. It goes through basic operations, network, storage and guest communication and demonstrates how to use them. You can go through the installation and configuration process but if you would like to skip  the installation and configuration part and jump right into OpenStack operation we have created a pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine exactly for that. The virtual machine is an all-in-one OpenStack deployment, it has all the control and compute components needed to start creating instances. It also has an image already uploaded to make the whole process faster and simpler. 

This virtual machine and setup can be used to further explore OpenStack features, and doing so on your laptop without the need for any additional equipment or software.

If you wanted to get started with OpenStack and didn't know where to begin this will be a great starting point. The lab assumes users have basic Linux skills but does not assume any OpenStack experience or understanding. 

@Ronenkofman 

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Slide Decks

Happy Friday!

Every year after Oracle OpenWorld, many of the slide decks become available for you to download. If you were at these sessions, it's great to have these PDFs for reference, and if you weren't able to go, or had sessions overlapping, you can read the slides and get a sense of the key points.

You can find the slides from the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Content Catalog. You can search for sessions that you'd like to download. Some good keywords are "Oracle Linux", "Oracle VM", "OpenStack", etc.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Friday Oct 03, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Comes to a Close!

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 has wrapped up and we want to sincerely thank everyone who came to our sessions and hands on labs, stopped by the booths, and interacted with the Oracle Linux team at the show. It's always amazing to get to spend time directly with the users of our products at Oracle OpenWorld, and we look forward to another great experience in 2015!

I wanted to point out that Honglin Su has a great blog about over in the Virtualization Friday Spotlight on Intel's Next Generation Firewall for Oracle VM. And of course, Oracle VM is built on Oracle Linux!

I'll leave you with a few pictures from the show, and then in our upcoming blogs we'll go into more detail about new and interesting things that happened here. Safe travels back home, everyone!

-Chris

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