Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

The Ops Center license

I've seen a few questions about the license for Ops Center:

"What does the Ops Center license cost? Is it supported to manage Oracle Solaris on non-Oracle hardware with Ops Center? What about Oracle hardware with a non-oracle OS, or non-Oracle hardware with a non-Oracle OS?"

There are two parts to this answer. The first is that the license for Ops Center itself is free.

Support is pretty simple, too. Basically, if a system has Oracle stuff (hardware, OS, Oracle VM), you can get support for managing it through Ops Center. So, if you have Oracle Solaris on non-Oracle hardware, or Oracle Hardware with Red Hat on it, you can get support for it. A system with no Oracle hardware or software is unsupported, though.

Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

How To: Discover an Oracle SPARC T5 Server

When you're deploying new hardware, it's helpful to have as specific a plan as possible. For instance, it's good to know how to run a discovery in Ops Center, but if you have a guide that specifically explains how to discover the type of hardware that you're installing, that makes your job even simpler.

With that in mind, we put together a How-To that explains how to discover new Oracle SPARC T5 servers. It walks you through creating IPMI and SSH credentials, creating a discovery profile, and running it to discover the new system or systems. It also gives you pointers to the asset management and hardware management chapters in the feature guide, which provide a broader range of information about discovering and managing hardware.

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

How To: Migrating Virtual Machines

One of the big advantages of using Oracle VM Server for x86 or SPARC is the ability to migrate virtual machines. If two Oracle VM Servers are grouped together in a server pool under one Oracle VM Manager, you can perform a live migration to move an Oracle VM to a new server without shutting it down. This can be handy if you need to perform maintenance on one of the Oracle VM Servers but want to minimize the impact.

We've put together a How-To that walks you through a live migration of an Oracle VM and explains the prerequisites and roles required. It also gives you a pointer to some additional resources - the Feature Reference Guide has chapters about Oracle VM Servers for x86 and Server Pools, and the How-To library has a few other How-Tos that relate to VM management.

Monday Apr 01, 2013

Version 12.1.3 is released

Version 12.1.3 of Ops Center was just released. There are some bug fixes, but also some feature additions and enhancements:

  • New hardware and virtualization support: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.0, Oracle SPARC T5-1B, T5-2, and T5-4 are all supported.
  • Improved performance for adding Oracle Solaris 11 ISOs to the library.
  • Enhanced logical domain guest support: You can now attach a network multiple times to a logical domain using the same vswitch.
  • Better display of incidents' alert status in the dashboard.

You can download the new version through the UI, or get it from the Oracle Technology Network or e-Delivery.

Take a look at the documentation library for more information. The Upgrade chapter tells you how to upgrade, and the "What's New In This Release" goes into more detail about the new features.

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