Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

Free APAC Sysadmin Day for Oracle Linux - March 14


Hands–On Labs for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

We're taking the very popular OTN Sysadmin Days and going virtual! On Thursday, March 14, 2013, we're going to climb into a virtual platform and open our hands-on labs to you. This time it is for our Asia Pacific audiences. 

You'll be able to perform real-world tasks with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM, and if you get stumped, jump into the chat window and ask for help from the Oracle experts.

There's one caveat: you'll have to do a little homework ahead of time. Load the virtual images onto your laptop, find the instructions, and make sure everything is working properly.

This wiki https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home explains what you need to do. If you have questions, ask them as comments to the wiki:https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Start – 9:30am (India time)/ 12noon (Singapore)/ 3:00pm (Sydney)
Close – 1:15pm (India Time) / 3:45pm (Singapore)/ 6:45pm (Sydney)

Register online now! for this FREE event

Thursday Feb 28, 2013

Announcing Oracle Linux 6.4

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce the availability of Oracle Linux 6.4, the fourth update release for Oracle Linux 6. The individual RPM packages have already been published from our public yum repository and ISO images will soon be available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Oracle Linux 6.4 includes new features and improvements, most notably a new version of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. For further details, please see the Oracle Linux 6.4 Release Notes.

Oracle Linux customers also have access to a number of recently announced unique features/benefits, including:

Support for XFS file system: Today we also announced support for XFS file system in Oracle Linux. It is now available for customers with Premier Support subscriptions using Oracle Linux 6. Read the XFS support blog article for more details.

Ksplice offline client: We recently announced a new feature in our Ksplice service, known as the Ksplice offline client. Ksplice provides zero downtime updates for your kernel and now this new option eliminates the requirement to have a direct connection to the internet to apply Ksplice patches. Read more details in Wim Coekaerts’ blog and watch this video describing updating and patching in Oracle Linux.

DTrace for Oracle Linux: Another new addition is the general availability of DTrace for Oracle Linux. DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework available to Oracle Linux customers. It is available to download from ULN for supported customers. 

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, including updates and errata which are also freely available.

Announcing XFS Support for Oracle Linux

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce a new offer for our customers with Premier Support subscription using Oracle Linux 6.  We have had many requests to provide a supported option for the XFS file system on Oracle Linux and effective today customers with Premier Support subscriptions using Oracle Linux 6 will receive XFS support, at no additional charge!  The XFS filesystem is a journaling file system known for high-performance and scalability.   With fast transactions, extreme scalability and near native I/O performance, it is easy to understand the popularity of this versatile filesystem.  XFS support is offered on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 and also with the Red Hat compatible kernel.  We are excited about this new offer and the great news is, most of the features are already available on your system today.  Install the RPM package  'xfsprogs' from ULN using the command  'yum install xfsprogs', which provides utilities for managing XFS and you will be ready to create and deploy. 

Monday Feb 11, 2013

LIVE WEBCAST: Migrating from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux- Feb 28

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013 

Time: 9am PT/12pm ET


Are you looking to migrate off SUSE Linux (SLES) to mitigate risk, get highest-quality support, and lower your cost?

Oracle Linux offers the best performing andlowest cost alternative with 24/7 worldwide support.


In this webcast Linux experts will discuss why and how to migrate off SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux. We will cover:

  • Why migrate from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux
  • Benefits and unique features of Oracle Linux
  • General migration steps including platform differences
  • Tips and advice for a successful migration process


Speakers:


Monica Kumar, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Oracle

Michele Casey, Director, Product Management, Oracle

Register Today


 

Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

Oracle and Linux Foundation Partnership Growing Stronger


There are partnerships where there's great impact for all the community. This is the case with Oracle and Linux Foundation. We are growing strong in our collaboration and support of each other and the community as its extension.

Oracle's Monica Kumar, Senior Director Product Marketing had a chance to sit down with Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin to discuss about the foundation, challenges and partnership with Oracle. These podcasts will give you insights into our collaborative efforts and benefits you may gain from this unique partnership.

Podcast: A Spotlight on Oracle  Partnership with the Linux Foundation - Part 1

Oracle has been a long time member and supporter of The Linux Foundation. In the Part 1 of our podcast series, we sat down with Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation to hear his thoughts on Linux community in general and some of the challenges it faces.

Podcast: A Spotlight on Oracle  Partnership with the Linux Foundation - Part 2

In this second podcast, you will hear his thoughts on Oracle’s participation and contributions to Linux  as well as understand his perspective on the goals of The Linux Foundation and where it is headed.

You can also subscribe to Oracle Linux Podcast channel to get future podcasts about interesting community and Oracle Linux topics.

Monday Jan 14, 2013

Finding Important Errata and CVE Information on ULN

I have recently received several questions about how to find information relating to critical security updates or important errata releases for Oracle Linux. I realized that perhaps people were not aware of the new features and improvements to Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), which assist users with common administrative tasks. I wanted to take a quick moment to highlight for you some of the changes we have made. First, there are two links you will want to bookmark:

Each link will allow the user to evaluate what updates have been made available for Oracle Linux.

With https://linux.oracle.com/errata you are able to view all errata releases available, listed by type, severity, advisory, summary and release date. In addition, you are also able to filter this list by release and/or type (Bug, Security, Enhancement) and if you select an item from the list you will receive additional details regarding the errata, including a description, related CVEs and the packages updated by the errata.  You can also navigate to this same information by logging into ULN and selecting the 'Errata' tab from the options across the top.

For those who need information on security errata involving CVE identifiers (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) we have created https://linux.oracle.com/cve. This site allows you to gather information on important CVE identifiers, by providing a summary of all CVE offered through ULN. This summary is listed by CVE identifier and includes a brief synopsis and the release date. You can also filter the list by year. In addition, when you select a specific CVE identifier, you will receive additional details, such as information on CVSS v2 metrics as well as affected platforms.

We have been working to bring more features to ULN and these updates should provide more tools to simplify your administrative activities. Happy patching!

Monday Jan 07, 2013

Introducing the Ksplice Offline client

We are excited to announce the availability of a new feature in our Ksplice service, known as the Ksplice offline client.  This new option eliminates the requirement on a direct connection to the internet to apply zero-downtime Ksplice patches.  The Ksplice offline client allows the user to create a local YUM repository which will mirror the Ksplice channel from ULN (Unbreakable Linux Network).  Once you have mirrored the channel on your local network, you simply apply the patch using the same Ksplice tools and commands you are already familiar with.  Ksplice is available to all customers with Oracle Linux Premier or Oracle Linux Premier Limited support.  Take a look at Wim's blog, where he provides an excellent example for how to setup and use this new service and if you are using Red Hat and want to try Ksplice, you can sign up for a 30 Day Free trial

Thursday Dec 13, 2012

Oracle Linux Hands-on Lab from your Home? Yes You Can Do That!


We're taking the very popular OTN Sysadmin Days and going virtual! We have two days to choose from:

Americas - Tuesday January 15th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. BRT

EMEA -  Tuesday January 29th, 2013 -

9:00 a.m – 13:00 p.m GMT / 10:00 a.m – 14:00 p,m CET / 12:00 p.m – 16:00 p.m AST / 13:00 p.m – 17:00 p,m MSK / 14:30 p.m – 18:30 p.m IST

You'll be able to perform real-world tasks with Oracle Linux and if you have questions you can ask for help from the Oracle experts through chat window. There's one caveat: you'll have to do a little homework ahead of time. Load the virtual images onto your laptop, find the instructions, and make sure everything is working properly. 

This wiki https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home explains what you need to do. If you have questions, ask them as comments to the wiki:https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home

Oracle Linux Track 

1. Oracle Linux Technology Overview - In this session we will go over the latest Oracle Linux features including tools for Linux administration such as the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and public yum. We will also show you a demo of Ksplice zero downtime kernel updates, only available to Oracle Linux customers. You will see how easy it is to switch from Red Hat support to Oracle Linux support by using ULN. Last but not least, we’ll introduce the 3 hands-on labs that will follow this session in the Linux track.

2. HOL: Package Management -  In this lab session you will use the package management on Oracle Linux using RPM and yum. Some of the tasks that you will experience include listing installed packages, obtaining additional information about packages, searching for packages and installing/updating them as well as verifying package integrity and removing software. We’ll also review Linux services and run levels, how to start and stop them, checking the status of a particular service and enabling a service to be started automatically at system boot.

3. HOL: Storage Management - In this hands-on lab session, you will learn about storage management with LVM2, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, preparing block devices, creating physical and logical volumes, creating file systems on top of logical volumes, and resizing file systems dynamically. You will also practice setting up software RAID devices, configuring encrypted block devices.Btrfs File System - In this hands-on lab session, we will introduce you to Btrfs file system. You will be able to create and mount a Btrfs file system and learn to setup a mirrored/striped file system across multiple block devices. You’ll also learn how to add and remove block devices, and create file system snapshots.

Register for this FREE event.

Friday Oct 12, 2012

It's an Oracle Linux Wrap: Oracle Openworld 2012

Are you still recovering from an amazing Oracle OpenWorld experience? 50,000 attendees had access to thousands of sessions, demos, hands-on-labs, networking opportunities, music concerts, and loads of fun. For the Oracle Linux team, this was a week full of many insightful sessions and customer interactions. In case you were unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld or missed some of content presented, here's a compilation of key session presentations, keynotes, and videos.

Go to the Oracle OpenWorld content catalog and access all the session presentations.

Oracle Openworld Keynote by Edward Screven

Oracle's commitment to Open Source by Edward Screven

Oracle Linux Interview with Wim Coekaerts

Making the most of mainline kernel by Wim Coekaerts

Why DTrace and Ksplice have made Oracle Linux 6 popular by W.Coekaerts

How partnership between Oracle Linux and Oracle Partners benefits Sysadmins by Michele Resta

Hugepages=Huge Performance on Oracle Linux by Greg Marsden

Benefits of Kpslice in your Linux Environment by Tim Hill

Oracle Linux, Ksplice and MySQL by Lenz Grimmer

We also hosted a successful Oracle Linux Pavilion with 11 of our key partners - Beyond Trust, Centrify, Data Intensity, Fujitsu, HP, LSI, Mellanox, Micro Focus, NetApp, QLogic and Teleran showcased their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Here are some videos from the Oracle Linux Pavilion.

Centrify covers Oracle Linux solution they offer at Oracle Linux Pavilion

Mellanox talk about their solution at Oracle Linux Pavilion

Eric Pan covers Micro Focus products at Oracle Linux Pavilion

There's also collection of the keynotes and executive sessions as on-demand videos posted  here .

We hope you find this information useful and look forward to seeing at Oracle OpenWorld 2013!


ORACLE LINUX TEAM

Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Calling all SysAdmins: FREE Oracle Linux and Oracle VM training - Aug 23


HI everyone don't miss this great event that will be in Oracle offices in Denver, Colorado, Aug 23 from 8-4pm.

OTN Sys Admin Days are live classroom events with two, parallel hands-on Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux tracks designed for the System Administrator. You'll need to bring your own laptop to follow the practical exercises that we will go through in an Oracle VM VirtualBox environment.

Oracle Linux Track

  • Overview of Ksplice, zero downtime kernel updates that enable customers to apply security updates, patches and critical bug fixes without rebooting.
  • Installing and configuring Oracle VM VirtualBox, importing the Oracle Linux virtual appliance
  • Package management on Oracle Linux using RPM and yum.
  • Linux services and run levels, how to start and stop them, checking the status of a particular service.
  • Preparing block devices, creating physical and logical volumes.
  • Introduction to the Btrfs file system.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c
  • Learn about Oracle Server management and configuration control
  • Explore Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux Management at the enterprise level
  • See the Enterprise Manager Application to Disk Value

Best Practices for Deploying Oracle VM
In this session our best practices engineer will go over specific steps to prepare an environment so you can quickly and easily deploy Oracle VM and virtualize your servers, Learn:

  • How to prepare your storage, network and planning of your guests for the deployment
  • How you can use Oracle VM to rapidly virtualize and deploy to production enterprise applications in minutes
  • Specific steps on how to validate and manage the server pools

Finally, we'll spend the last hour listening to you. What are your most pressing problems? How can we help you do your job better? More easily? For less cost? Or with fewer mistakes?


Space is limited so don't miss.
Register today 

Monday Jul 30, 2012

ISV Certification is Accelerating on Oracle Linux

A typical question I receive on a daily basis from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) is how they can work with Oracle to certify their applications on Oracle Linux.  The quick answer I give them is “Paper Cert it!” That might not explain the whole process, but it is that easy. Let me give some background for those who are unfamiliar with Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux is binary compatible to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). This means your applications will run the same on Oracle Linux as they do on RHEL. That’s because Oracle Linux with the Red Hat compatible kernel is based on RHEL source code. While you can run your full QA on Oracle Linux it generally is not necessary. What I typically hear from an ISV after doing such is “Wow, you guys are right, Oracle Linux is the same as RHEL, we will paper cert from here on out!”  You may not know this, but when it comes to Linux, Oracle only runs Oracle Linux on our infrastructure. We use no RHEL–zero, zip, zilch, nada. Because Oracle is so confident in our binary compatibility to RHEL, Oracle simply “paper certs” or says RHEL is certified for Oracle applications.

If you opt to certify your user space application on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel then you can deliver your application on the latest cutting edge, high performance kernel allowing ISV customers to ride the speed demon wave. Since the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel uses the same user space libraries as our Red Hat compatible kernel, userspace applications certified on our compatible kernel are certified on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Today I spoke with a large ISV who is certifying on Oracle Linux. In the last six months they’ve seen a huge demand for Oracle Linux requests and within the last few weeks have certified their kernel based application on both the compatible kernel and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. This scenario is being replicated each week by large and small ISVs as demand is driving them to support their customers’ choice of running applications on Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux has support from leading ISVs including:  SAP, EMC, HP, BMC, CA, Symantec, BeyondTrust, Microstrategy, Sungard, NetApp, Informatica, McAfee and Quest software just to name a few.

So now you want to certify on Oracle Linux, what’s the next step - who do you contact? Hit the comments section below and ask us to contact you, read our documentation, tweet us @ORCL_Linux or use good ole email with your request, and we’ll share with you how easy it is to certify. We make it easy.

Tuesday Jul 24, 2012

Don't miss the Latest Technical Articles about Btrfs and Linux Security

We have two new Oracle Linux technical articles that you should not miss! They go into details about installation, best practices and key commands that will help you speed up your configurations.

1. How I Got Started with the Btrfs File System for Oracle Linux

by Margaret Bierman with Lenz Grimmer

This article describes the basic capabilities that writers discovered while becoming familiar with the Btrfs file system in Oracle Linux, plus the instructions she used to create a file system, verify its size, create subdirectories, and perform other basic administrative tasks.

Read more 

2. Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server

by Lenz Grimmer and James Morris

Oracle Linux provides a complete security stack, from network firewall control to access control security policies. While Oracle Linux is designed "secure by default," this article explores a variety of those defaults and administrative approaches that help to minimize vulnerabilities.

Read more 

And don't forget to bookmark the Oracle Linux Technogy Center for future technical articles.

Happy reading. 


Wednesday Jun 20, 2012

PENGUIN IS GETTING READY FOR ORACLE OPENWORLD 2012

Are you looking for reasons to attend Oracle Openworld, how about below Oracle Linux sessions and hands-on-labs. 

1. General Session: Oracle Linux Strategy and Roadmap 

In this session, Oracle executives will discuss Linux strategy; the roadmap; contributions to the Linux mainline kernel; and what's in store for upcoming releases of Oracle Linux and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Don’t miss this session.


2. New Features in Oracle Linux- A Technical Deep Dive

Collaborating with the Linux community, Oracle engineers contribute to advancing Linux for mission-critical deployments. In this technical session, attendees will learn about the recent developments in Oracle Linux and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel


3. Why Switch to Oracle Linux? 

Oracle is the only company that provides a complete Linux solution from applications to disk, fully optimized for Oracle hardware and software, with one-stop support. In this session you will hear from two customers that have successfully implemented Oracle Linux and saved 50 to 90 percent on Linux support costs as well as the reasons to switch to Oracle Linux.


4. Debugging and Configuration Best Practices for Oracle Linux

This is one of our best attended sessions and most informative. In this best practices session, learn how to save time and money while preventing headaches and hassles. Discover expert secrets to get your Linux systems up and running (and keep them running), avoid common pitfalls, prevent problems, and circumvent known issues.


5. Top Technical Tips for Automatic and Secure Oracle Linux Deployments

In this session, attendees will learn about how to easily deploy and install Oracle Linux systems using various technologies like Kickstart, Oracle Enterprise Manager OpsCenter, and Oracle VM Templates for applications on Linux. Additionally, the session will share useful Linux security tips and introduce utilities to help with hardening and securely operating an Oracle Linux system.


We also have a great session in Oracle Develop track:

6. DTrace for Oracle Linux

Initially announced at last year's Oracle Openworld, DTrace for Oracle Linux is now available for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R.2. In this session held by one of the engineers working on the DTrace for Linux port, you will learn how you can use this powerful and flexible framework in your development environment.


If you prefer to really have practical experience, don’t miss our two Hands-on-Labs where we will cover:


HOL-1 : Oracle Linux Package Management: Configuring and Enabling Services

In this session you will be Installing and configuring Oracle VM VirtualBox, importing the Oracle Linux virtual appliance. You will then use the package management on Oracle Linux using RPM and yum. You will also be able to review Ksplice, zero downtime kernel updates that enable you to apply security updates, patches and critical bug fixes without rebooting.



HOL-2: Oracle Linux Storage Management with LVM and Device Mapper

In this session you will learn about storage management with LVM2, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, Btrfs, preparing block devices, creating physical and logical volumes, creating file systems on top of logical volumes, and resizing file systems dynamically. You will also practice setting up software RAID devices, configuring encrypted block devices.


You will also see Oracle Linux and Kpslice in the three demopods we will feature at Exhibition demogrounds. One in MySQL Connect and two in Oracle Openworld.


What more do you need to come to San Francisco?

Oh, I forgot to mention we also have great weather in fall..


Check out the Content Catalog and register to attend Oracle Linux sessions.

Thursday May 31, 2012

Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon Japan 2012


LinuxCon Japan is the premiere Linux conference in Asia that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. It is designed not only to encourage collaboration but to support future interaction between Japan and other Asia Pacific countries and the rest of the global Linux community. The conference includes presentations, tutorials, birds of a feather sessions, keynotes, sponsored mini-summits. LinuxCon Japan will be showcasing Oracle Linux in  following sessions, as well as Technology Showcase booth. 

Wednesday, June 6:

2:00 pm - Btrfs Filesystems : Status and New Features, Chris Mason, Oracle, Room 502

Friday, June 8:

3:00 pm - State of Linux Kernel Security Subsystem, James Morris, Oracle, Room 502

5:25 pm - International/Asian Kernel Developer Panel that features Oracle's Chris Mason

Register to attend these great sessions.


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