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Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3

John Priest
Director of Product Management
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Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, release 4.3. This server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. This release is based on the 4.3.6 release of the open source oVirt project.

New Features with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3

In addition to the base virtualization management features required to operate your data center, notable features added with the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 release include:

  1. Self-Hosted Engine: The oVirt Self-Hosted Engine is a hyper-converged solution in which the oVirt engine runs on a virtual machine on the hosts managed by that engine. The virtual machine is created as part of the host configuration, and the engine is installed and configured in parallel to the host configuration process. The primary benefit of the Self-Hosted Engine is that it requires less hardware to deploy an instance of the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager as the engine runs as a virtual machine, not on physical hardware. Additionally, the engine is configured to be highly available. If the Oracle Linux host running the engine virtual machine goes into maintenance mode, or fails unexpectedly, the virtual machine will be migrated automatically to another Oracle Linux host in the environment.
  2. Gluster File System 6.0: oVirt has been integrated with GlusterFS, an open source scale-out distributed filesystem, to provide a hyper-converged solution where both compute and storage are provided from the same hosts. Gluster volumes residing on the hosts are used as storage domains in oVirt to store the virtual machine images. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is run as the Self Hosted Engine within a virtual machine on these hosts. GlusterFS 6.0 is released as an Oracle Linux 7 program.
  3. Virt-v2v: The virt-v2v tool converts a single guest from another hypervisor to run on Oracle Linux KVM. It can read Linux and Windows Virtual Machines running on Oracle VM or other hypervisors, and convert them to KVM machines managed by Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager.
  4. New guest OS support: Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager guest operating system support has been extended to include Oracle Linux 8, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, CentOS 8, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP5 and SLES 15 SP1.
  5. oVirt 4.3 features and bug fixes:
    • Improved performance when running Windows as a guest OS. Included with this release are the latest Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
    • Higher level of security with TLSv1 and TLSv1.1 protocols now disabled for vdsm communications.
    • Numerous engine, vdsm, UI, and bug fixes.

More information on these features can be found in the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library which has been updated for this release. Visit the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Training website for videos, documents, other useful links, and further information on setting up and managing this solution.

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager allows enterprise customers to continue supporting their on-premise data center deployments with the KVM hypervisor available on Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5. This 4.3 release is an update release for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2.

Getting Started

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. Customers that have already deployed Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2 can upgrade to 4.3 using these same sites. Two new channels have been created in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories that users will access to install or update Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager:

  • oVirt 4.3 - base packages required for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager
  • oVirt 4.3 Extra Packages - additional packages for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 hosts can be installed with installation media (ISO images) available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Step-by-step instructions to download the Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 ISO can be found on the Oracle Linux Community website. Using the "Minimal Install" option during the installation process sets up a base KVM system which can then be updated using the KVM Utilities channel in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories. These KVM enhancements and other important packages for your Oracle Linux KVM host can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server and the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network:

  • Latest - Latest packages released for Oracle Linux 7
  • UEK Release 5 - Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 packages for Oracle Linux 7
  • KVM Utilities - KVM enhancements (QEMU and libvirt) for Oracle Linux 7
  • Optional Latest - Latest optional packages released for Oracle Linux 7
  • Gluster 6 Packages - Latest Gluster 6 packages for Oracle Linux 7

Both Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available.

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support

Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels.

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Resources

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