Friday Apr 18, 2014

Friday Spotlight: How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox

Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is on a brand new technical article that steps you through how to setup an OCFS2 environment on your desktop using Oracle VM VirtualBox.

How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox

See you next week!

-Chris

Monday Apr 14, 2014

Red Hat Summit 2014

Today is the first day of Red Hat Summit 2014 in San Francisco and Oracle Linux is there! If you're at the show over the next few days, be sure to stop by the booth and talk to our experts.

Oracle: Booth 822 
Monday: 5pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday: 10am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 10am - 2pm

One of the things our folks are talking about is zero-downtime updates with Ksplice. Helping users keep their systems up to date and diagnosing issues without scheduling downtime, there have been over 1 million Ksplice production patches issues since 2007. And if you are a RHEL user, you can get a free 30 day trial to try out dynamic kernel updates on RHEL right now. No reinstall required, just try Ksplice on a RHEL system for 30 days by filling out this form:

Free 30 day trial of Ksplice for RHEL users

If you're new to Ksplice, here is a quick overview video:

If you're at the show, please stop by and chat and we hope you enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco!

Friday Apr 11, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Easy Access to Java on Oracle Linux

Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is on an excellent blog post by Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Wim describes the new Java channel on ULN that you can use to easily install Java on Oracle Linux.

Read "Easy access to Java SE 7 on Oracle Linux".

Also, please don't forget that beta 1 of Oracle Linux 7 is now available! If you'd like to try it out, you can get it here.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Announcing the availability of Oracle Linux 7 Beta 1

We are pleased to announce the availability of the first beta build for Oracle Linux 7.  The beta is available to download from the Oracle Linux download page on Oracle Technology Network.  The Oracle Linux 7 beta includes the latest beta build of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 Update 2, as well the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK).  We are very interested in your feedback and have setup a new mailing list for users to post their questions and comments.  For more information please review the Oracle Linux 7 Beta Release Notes.

Friday Apr 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: COLLABORATE14

Happy Friday!

If you’re an Oracle customer, you’re probably familiar with the yearly COLLABORATE conference put on by the IOUG, OAUG, and Quest user groups. It’s a fantastic conference where lots of real world Oracle use cases are discussed, and this year's show is happening next week in Las Vegas.

If you’re going to the show, be sure to check out the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM content there. First, there is an Oracle Linux / Oracle VM booth in the demo area, where you can talk to some knowledgable folks. If you have questions on using Oracle Linux or Oracle VM in your environment, this is the place to go!

Second, there are two sessions that will be very interesting for you:

998: Oracle Linux—State of the Penguin 
Date: Tuesday, April 8
Time: 4:15 PM
Location: Level 3, San Polo 3501A

997: Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap
Date: Tuesday, April 8
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Level 3, San Polo 3501A 

Also, there are several sessions related to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM that aren’t being done by our team, but would still be valuable for you. In the agenda tool, search for “Linux", "Oracle Linux", “Virtualization", and "Oracle VM”.

If you’re going to the show, we hope to see you there!

-Chris

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: More Tips for Remote Access with Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

We have an excellent article this week for our Friday Spotlight, written by Oracle's Robert Chase. From Robert's introduction:

"In a previous blog, Oracle Linux Tips and Tricks, I covered alternative ways to use SSH. In this article, I will cover some additional tips and tricks for using SSH for remote access, as well as some other ways to connect remotely to a server. "

Head on over to OTN Garage to read the full article.

Have a great weekend!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server

Happy Friday!

One of the things I like about our Friday Spotlight is not only do we talk about new things, it also gives us an opportunity to highlight older material that is still valuable. That's the case with this week's spotlight, which is about an article from 2012 that covers tips for hardening an Oracle Linux server. If you've come to Oracle Linux in the last couple of years, you might not have seen this, and it's just as a relevant today as it was then.

This in-depth article covers minimizing active services, locking down network services, managing users and authentication, and much more. If you're a Linux administrator, you might want to consider adding this article to your Reading List, saving to Pocket or Evernote, or whatever mechanism you use to hold on to good resources.

Read: Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle and Microsoft Offer Choice and Flexibility

Happy  Pi Day !

Today we would like to shine the spotlight to one of our key Partnerships. 

Since last June, Oracle and Microsoft are working together to help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility in how to deploy Oracle software. The partnership combines the world class mission-critical business software of Oracle with the leading private and public cloud platforms of Microsoft. Here are some of the key highlights of this partnership:

  • Microsoft Hyper-V now supports the latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 for Oracle Linux 
  • Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
  • Windows Azure images with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Linux are available in the Windows Azure image gallery.

Microsoft now offers Oracle software generally available on Windows Azure as of March 12 and has shared publicly for the first time a price list.

FAQ on Oracle and MS Azure


(Photo cred: Oracle PR/OOW13/Sep13/Brad Anderson Microsoft Keynote)

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Don't Miss:EMEA Events covering Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and MySQL

We have great events coming up in EMEA covering Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL.

See the cities and dates below:

26-Mar-14

Birmingham, UK

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performance, Scalability and High Availability with MySQL

27-Mar-14

Manchester, UK

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performance, Scalability and High Availability with MySQL

CANCELED

Stockholm, Sweden

Oracle MySQL Lunch & Learn event in cooperation with B3IT

27-Mar-14

Madrid, Spain

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Rendimiento, escalabilidad y alta disponibilidad con MySQL

1-Apr-14

Vienna, Austria

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performanz, Skalierbarkeit und Hochverfügbarkeit mit MySQL

3-Apr-14

Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performanz, Skalierbarkeit und Hochverfügbarkeit mit MySQL

10-Apr-14

Dreieich, Germany

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performanz, Skalierbarkeit und Hochverfügbarkeit mit MySQL

3-Apr-14

Paris, France

Séminaire sur les fondations du Cloud Privé avec Oracle Linux et Oracle VM

30-Apr-14

London, UK

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM enabling private cloud seminar

1-May-14

Stockholm, Sweden

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM enabling private cloud seminar

7-May-14

Finland 

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performance, Scalability and High Availability with MySQL (registrations will open later in the month, please bookmark this date and visit Oracle pages later for registration url)

Friday Mar 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Frequently Asked Questions about Oracle Linux

It is Friday and that means it is time for our Spotlight! 

Our spotlight today is the recently updated Oracle Linux FAQ. This is an excellent document that features some of the questions that everyone asks about Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux support. We cover variety of topics including general definitions, compatibility, support, pricing, indemnification, migration and many more.. 

Here's one of the questions as an example:

Q: What is DTrace for Oracle Linux?

A: DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework that was initially developed for the Oracle Solaris operating system, and is now available to Oracle Linux customers. DTrace is designed to give operational insights that allow users to tune and troubleshoot the operating system. DTrace provides Oracle Linux developers with a tool to analyze performance, and increase observability into the systems they own to see how they work. DTrace enables higher quality applications development, reduced downtime, lower cost, and greater utilization of existing resources. It is available to download from ULN for Oracle Linux Support customers. 

Read more in the newly published FAQ.

Have a great weekend!  

Friday Feb 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Accelerating MySQL on Oracle Linux with Flash

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper that can help you get the most out of MySQL running on Oracle Linux, with the help of Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe card. To give you an idea of the Oracle Linux part of this, here is an except from the paper's intro:

"Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) was chosen for this study for several key reasons including its upstream support for the latest hardware relevant to modern data center operations, and SSD support and performance features such as SSD detect. 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 UEK.

Read the white paper "Performance Advantages of Running an Oracle MySQL Replicated Database on Oracle Linux with Oracle’s Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card"

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

The February '14 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Out!

The February 2014 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! This issue has some fantastic stories on OCFS2, Ksplice, using Oracle Database with Oracle Linux, new customer success stories, and much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to have future issues delivered straight to your inbox! 

-Chris 

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Vitual Sysadmin Day and Hands On Labs

Happy Friday!

If you missed Virtual Sysadmin Day last month, it is available in replay mode. It's not quite the same as the real-time environment where you could ask questions, but you do get recorded versions of the presentations that were given to give you some extra context for working through the Hands On Labs. Also, if you are in EMEA friendly time zones, there is a second live Virtual Sysadmin Day coming up on March 18. You can register here.

Speaking of Hands On Labs, the ones from Virtual Sysadmin Day are hosted on a Wiki page here. But the really cool thing is there are several additional Hands On Labs there that you can work through, too. So, if you're in the mood to learn a lot more about Oracle Linux administration, have a look and see what interests you.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Webinar:How to Save Time and Cost with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS (Feb 25)


When: February 25, 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


Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 (UEK R3U1) for Oracle Linux 6. This is the first quarterly update release for UEK R3 (Version 3.8.13-26) and includes driver updates as well as a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Xen improvements to the block and network frontend and backend architecture
  • Support for the crashkernel=auto kernel parameter to simplify Kdump configuration
  • New feature for enabling static probes in kernel modules with DTrace 
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Cisco
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • LSI
    • Mellanox
    • Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

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