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Oracle VM 3.4: collect VM statistics by Oracle VM messaging system

Based on a customer request, I've built a very simple solution on how to collect custom information and/or statistics on VMs running on Oracle VM 3.4; the same solution can be used by any 3rd party utility with the target to collect any kind of information from Virtual Machines running on Oracle VM 3.4. The entire process is based on Oracle VM messaging system, a solution able to grant messages between the Host (Oracle VM dom0), the Oracle VM Manager and the Virtual Machine...

Monday, August 6, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Oracle Linux is truly Open: Spread the Message!

Last week I attended the OpenExpo event in Madrid, the annual Open Source and Free Software Conference in Europe. It has been a great experience where I had the opportunity to talk with so many people working and/or collaborating on different open-source projects. At the same time I also had the opportunity to talk on Oracle Linux with a dedicated session. And, as expected, most of the people I've talked with, was not aware of the many capabilities and options available on...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Openexpo Europe 2018 and Oracle Linux: see you in Madrid on June 6th

On Wednesday, June 6th I'll be in Madrid for the Openexpo Europe, the leading annual Open Source and Free Software Conference in Europe. It will be my honor to take part to this great event and, at the same time, talk on cool things we're doing around Linux and Virtualization; the session "Oracle Linux: foundation for the Open Cloud" will deep dive on what Oracle is doing on the open ecosystem for everything related to the infrastructure as Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Kubernetes,...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Oracle Code 2018 in Warsaw: chat on DevOps with Linux and Virtualization

As announced on this blog entry, on May 11th I had the pleasure to participate at the Oracle Code 2018 event we had in Warsaw. Over there I presented one session, "Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization", a practical, and live, hands-on example of how to implement Infrastructure as Code and build repeatable development building blocks for both solo developers and teams. Tools used includes Vagrant, VirtualBox, Oracle Linux and our GitHub Oracle Vagrant Repository. Here...

Friday, May 18, 2018 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox: get Kubernetes cluster running in minutes!

For who is interested to manually install Kubernetes from scratch.....you can easily follow the guide available here.  For all the others, interested to get a Kubernetes cluster running in minutes and by just executing less than 10 commands, today, I'm going to share with you this great video where Jaap Romers, Principal Sales Consultant at Oracle, demonstrates how-to get a Kubernetes Cluster on Oracle Linux 7 running in minutes on your own laptop It does not matter which OS...

Friday, May 11, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Oracle Code 2018: meet you in Warsaw May, 11th.

On Friday, May 11th I'll be in Warsaw for the next Oracle Code 2018 event. My session, "Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization", will be a practical, and live, hands-on example of how to implement Infrastructure as Code and build repeatable development building blocks for both solo developers and teams. Replace hand built one-off development runtimes and say good-bye to it works on my machine! This session shows building a DevOps toolchain suitable for deploying an...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle GitHub Vagrant Boxes: Oracle Linux 7 LAMP stack, ready-to-run!

By Googling you can find different how-to's to build, install and configure a LAMP stack on different Linux distributions. Most of you should already know but LAMP is an acronym that means Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (or Perl, or Python); on this kind of stack there are so many solution(s) built on-top and, maybe, the most famous one is Wikipedia. Today, I'm going to share with you a ready-to-run Vagrant Box, based on Oracle Linux 7, Software Collections 3.0 and MySQL...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Oracle Linux 7.5 and UEK5 Preview: Vagrant Box now available!

As you maybe already know, on March 3rd we have announced the Oracle Linux 7.5 Preview on our Oracle Linux Blog and all downloads for Oracle Linux 7.5 Preview Release are now available on OTN. At the same time, an other important preview release has been announced: UEK 5 (Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5). So, thanks to these two announcement today you have the option to test and try future Oracle Linux 7.5 and UEK5 releases; this is why I've worked to build a ready-to-run...

Monday, March 19, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Oracle GitHub Vagrant Boxes: DockerEngine on Oracle Linux 7 now available!

Have you ever seen the message below on your Windows OS ? Hyper-V and Containers features are not enabled. Do you want to enable them for Docker to be able to work properly? Your computer will restart automatically. Note: VirtualBox will no longer work And how can I run the same automation that I also run on my production servers on different OS ? So, here the answer: a dedicated Vagrant Box, running Oracle Linux 7 with Docker on top of your Host Operating System; and it does...

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2: unattended Guest OS install

VirtualBox 5.2 introduced a very cool enhancement: unattended Guest OS installation. Thanks to this feature you can get a Virtual Machine automatically and completely installed without human intervention; the same feature, between the others, also grants to have an identical Virtual Machine each time you decide to install the Operating System.   Here a quick example on how-to get an unattended Guest OS install: Create the Virtual Machine, achievable by CLI or GUI # VM="Win10-autoin...

Friday, February 23, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Video: Develop on VirtualBox and Deploy to the Cloud

Today, an other cool video coming from Steen Schmidt, Principal Sales Consultant, based in Denmark and responsible for presales technical support of the Oracle Linux & Oracle Virtualization solutions.   Steen demonstrates how it's easy to develop, work on-premise by leveraging VirtualBox and, at the same time, to deploy to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic; thanks to the new VirtualBox 5.2 feature, you can now export a Virtual Machine as "Oracle Public Cloud Format 1.0"...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Hands on Backup Utilities for Oracle VM 3.4

<last update on May, 10th 2018> On this blog article you'll find different examples related to ovm-bkp v1.0 - Backup Utilities for Oracle VM 3.4. "ovm-bkp v1.0.1" is based on an RPM for Oracle Linux 6 and 7 and needs to be installed on Oracle VM Manager: Download ovm-bkp v1.0.1-20180510 Installation and User Guide for ovm-bkp v1.0 In the meanwhile, feel free to leave your feedback on ovm-bkp v1.0 here.

Friday, February 16, 2018 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox: Zero to Docker Sandbox in 2 Minutes!

Are you ready to follow a two hours video that teach how-to install Docker on a Linux machine ? I'm just kidding, obviously.....but you can find more guides, videos or how-to that require a lot of time to get Docker ready-to-run on your own machine. ....and all those steps are also error prone!!!! And this is why, today, I'm going to share with you this great and funny video where Sergio Leunissen, Vice President at Oracle for Linux and Virtualization, demonstrates how-to get...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Windows PV Driver 3.4.3 for Oracle VM: it's time to upgrade!

Oracle VM 3.4 is part of Microsoft SVVP (Server Virtualization Validation Program) so, it's one of the virtualization solution validated by Microsoft. For Microsoft Windows OS we also deliver dedicated drivers to grant the best experience possible while running Microsoft Windows on Oracle VM; on January 22 2018 we've announced updated Windows PV Drivers 3.4.3. This updated WinPV release, signed by Microsoft as well as previous 3.4.2 release, introduces a huge list of...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

VirtualBox guest addition RPMs for Oracle Linux UEK4 kernel!

As you can see from this article from Wim Coekaerts, VirtualBox guest-additions for Oracle Linux are now available as RPMs. This kind of feature grant the best experience possible while building development environment on top of VirtualBox: no need to install kernel-devel, compilers or any other dev package on your machine to get guest-additions installed and available: just install those rpms, available for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7: "kmod-vboxguest-uek4" RPM contains...

Thursday, December 28, 2017 | Open Cloud Infrastructure | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox: Oracle Linux 7.4 installation

This blog article just to share a very cool video by "Linux Video Tutorial" on how to install Oracle Linux 7.4 on top of VirtualBox. Feel free to follow @Jay_Redstone on Twitter for further examples on VirtualBox.

Monday, December 4, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM Server: Review from an Expert and Real User!

Thanks to this great interview, done by IT Central Station, you can listen with your ears the feedback from an Expert and real Oracle VM Server user: Erik Benner, interviewed by IT Central Station, is an Enterprise Architect and distinguished engineer serving as a lead strategist at Mythics.

Friday, December 1, 2017 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle Open Cloud Infrastructure: Accelerate your service delivery!

I had the pleasure to get interviewed by Sergio Leunissen, Vice President at Oracle. We had a good chat related to Oracle Open Cloud Infrastructure, solution based on Enterprise Open-Source components like Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, KSplice and VirtualBox. Abstract of the interview: "Accelerate your service delivery by using same software stack used by Oracle Cloud and Oracle Engineered Systems. Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, Ksplice, and VirtualBox are the foundation for your own Open...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Read More

Oracle Open World 2017: back from San Francisco!

I've just moved from San Francisco back to Italy last week and today I'm already in an other Country (Spain) :) I already received some emails asking me to get access to the material I've presented at Oracle Open World 2017; so into this blog post you can find the list of Sessions and Hands-On-Labs I worked on:  DevOps Best Practices for Your Cloud Deployment  Automating Your Workload Migration to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure  Five Key Steps to Automating Your Workload Migration...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 RC1 now available!

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Release Candidate 1. This release includes improvements and regression fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 3. Please do NOT use VirtualBox Release Candidate 1 on production machines. All the details are available here. Please use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since VirtualBox 5.1.28. Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. The O...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

OOW 2017: Documentation for HOL4739 - Creating a Private Cloud in Minutes with Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle VM

Going to meet you tomorrow, October 4th with the following content: Creating a Private Cloud in Minutes with Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle VM - HOL4739 Wednesday, Oct 04, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Hilton San Francisco Union Square (Ballroom Level) - Continental Ball Room 5 This hands-on lab walks through managing and using a private cloud with Oracle VM 3.4 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. Learn how self-service users can deploy new virtual machines and new Oracle...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

OOW 2017: Documentation for HOL7554 - Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization.

Going to see you soon for:  Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization - HOL7554 Monday, Oct 02, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Hilton San Francisco Union Square (Ballroom Level) - Continental Ballroom 3In this session learn how to build a 100 percent reproducible environment that creates an up-to-date Oracle Linux 7 environment and requires no user intervention at all other than a single command. With Vagrant, VirtualBox, and Oracle Linux, you can easily build a consistent...

Monday, October 2, 2017 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

OOW 2017: Documentation for HOL7552 - Migration to the Oracle Open Cloud Infrastructure

Going to meet you soon for: Migration to the Oracle Open Cloud Infrastructure - HOL7552 Monday, Oct 02, 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Hilton San Francisco Union Square (Ballroom Level) - Continental Ballroom 3 In this hands-on lab learn different methods of migrating services running on legacy and proprietary virtualization solutions such as VMware to Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. Speakers: Simon Coter, Director of Product Management, OracleChristophe Pauliat, Principal Sales...

Monday, October 2, 2017 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle Open World 2017: Sessions and Hands on Labs!

It's Friday....late evening here in Redwood Shores and I'm going to close my laptop soon but.....before leaving I feel the need to leave you what I'm going to present at the Oracle Open World 2017 that soon is going to start! On Sunday, October 1st, in the morning: Five Key Steps to Automating Your Workload Migration to Cloud  - SUN6469 Sunday, Oct 01, 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Moscone South - Room 152 Moving existing workloads from traditional virtualization technologies to the...

Saturday, September 30, 2017 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle Virtualization Newsletter: August issue!

Our August 2017 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is out and you can see all the latest updates related to the Oracle Virtualization ecosystem. If you want to keep yourself updated on Oracle Technologies that build the Open Cloud Infrastructure ecosystem, like Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, VirtualBox, Secure Global Desktop and more, this is the newsletter you cannot lose. Useful and important content like Products announcement, video interviews, white papers, trainings, partners...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox: Cloning from a given point in the snapshot tree

Continuing on the refresh of old VirtualBox articles, this quick blog entry is about a longer standing ability of VirtualBox when it comes to Snapshots and Cloning, and was prompted by a question posed internally, here in Oracle: "Is there a way I can create a new VM from a point in my snapshot tree?". Here's the scenario: Let's say you have your favourite work VM which is Oracle Linux based and as you installed different packages, such as database, middleware, and the apps,...

Friday, August 18, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1: 3D Acceleration for Ubuntu guests.

VirtualBox offers 3D acceleration by intercepting OpenGL requests made by the guest vm, and passing then down to the host's OpenGL library to be executed directly by the host.  To Configure a VM to use VirtualBox 3D acceleration: Make sure you install the Guest Additions into the Linux guest (Host+D); Enable 3D acceleration in the VM settings; Then simply start-up your Ubuntu guest. But on some platforms, and in some circumstances, the wrong renderers may be used by the guest OS...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox: Log files and how-to manage them.

One of the key tools you can use to diagnose any issues with VirtualBox is the VirtualBox log file for a vm session. VirtualBox always creates a log file which reflects the lifecycle of the virtual machine. VirtualBox log files live in a per-user/per-vm standard directory that will be something like: On Windows, this is "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\\.VirtualBox\\Machines\\<vm name>\\Logs"; typically some- thing...

Friday, June 16, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox: Host-only Networking to run servers securely

Continuing on the update process of updating old "Fat Bloke" articles wrote in the past, here you can find the updated one dedicated to Host-Only Networking for VirtualBox. Since the initial blog about VirtualBox and Networking (Oracle VM VirtualBox: Networking options and how-to manage them), there have been lots of people asking how to run multiple server vm's on their laptops, allowing the host to also connect to these servers too. As it happens, I recently needed just such...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle Code 2017: meet you in Moscow May, 23rd.

Tomorrow I'll be in Moscow for the next Oracle Code 2017 event. My session, "Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization", will be a practical, and live, hands-on example of how to implement Infrastructure as Code and build repeatable development building blocks for both solo developers and teams. Replace hand built one-off development runtimes and say good-bye to it works on my machine! This session shows building a DevOps toolchain suitable for deploying an automated...

Monday, May 22, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox: Networking options and how-to manage them

Starting from the great blog article that Fat Bloke wrote in the past on this important Oracle VM VirtualBox component, I'm going to refresh the same for VirtualBox 5.1. Networking in VirtualBox is extremely powerful, but can also be a bit daunting, so here's a quick overview of the different ways you can setup networking in VirtualBox, with a few pointers as to which configurations should be used and when. Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 allows you to configure up to 8 virtual NICs...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

New platform, new banner and future exciting content!

My personal blog is now active on the new platform. I'm going to dedicate this first article to Ivan Smirnov, my colleague that created for me the blog-banner that you can see above; he really did a great job!!!! So, let's keep in touch and see you soon with next updates on VirtualBox, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Openstack and further opensource stuff!  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | Personal | Read More

New Simon Coter's blog design coming soon!

We are moving my personal blog to a new platform to : Make it easy for you see list of articles Improve user experience and graphics Provide an option to subscribe to the blog View on multiple platforms like desktop, mobile and tablets and many more.. During the migration period all the messages, blog entries will be freezed; so if you posted a comment on actual blog, please retry once the new platform will be available.  Blog URL won't change but don't forget to check out the...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Personal | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.20 now available for download!

Today I'm going to announce VirtualBox updated releases on my personal blog; as maybe most of you already know our Virtualization Blog is migrating to a new platform and will be back very soon. Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 20. This release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention: GUI: fixed a possible crash when switching a multi-monitor VM into full-screen or seamless mode GUI: fixed...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: using Oracle Ksplice on Oracle VM Server (dom0)

Oracle Ksplice is now available also for Oracle VM Server dom0.   This very interesting and cool utility, available on Oracle Linux from years, is now ready and able to work also on Oracle VM Server dom0. Thanks to Oracle Ksplice we can now install dom0 Kernel security updates without any need to reboot and, so, without any kind of impact to the VMs running on top; we perfectly know that on Oracle VM we can alsolive-migrate VMs.....but, maybe, applying security updates...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4 Guest Backup Script: leave your feedback here!

Lately I worked to fix some bugs on my backup script for Oracle VM 3.3/3.4 (version 0.8a is the latest release actually). I decided that it's time to release the v1.0 of the script with some feature more and, at the same time, an automated approach to the restore. The restore will be something automated, able to get the original VM configuration (vNICs, HW-Addr) and apply the same to the restored VM; but, at the same time, it will be something that could give more possibilities...

Friday, March 10, 2017 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4.2: why it's time to upgrade!

On September 21st, during Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco, we announced Oracle VM 3.4.2 release.  Oracle VM 3.4.2 is the best x86 server virtualization release we have ever built. This release introduced new features and enhancements like: Support for NVM Express (NVMe) devices (both for repositories and devices presented to Guest VMs) Extended SCSI functionality available for virtual machines Linux guests can now retrieve vital product data (VPD) page 0x84 information...

Friday, December 9, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: using Oracle VM Manager with Safari on a Mac.

  In the past I saw more than one request related to how-to access Oracle VM Manager web interface using Safari. Safari, for default, is the browser that automatically applies a huge list of security items while surfing the web (and obviously this is something very cool that also allows to keep safe our desktop/laptop system). However, sometime, it could happen that we cannot get access to a specific website, like Oracle VM Manager one, using Safari; this is principally due to...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: Network installation of Oracle VM Server (pxe boot, tftpboot, kickstart)

Installing multiple Oracle VM Server can be much easier with a Network Install Server. The same solution can be also an important component of a Private/Public cloud solution based on Oracle VM Server. The installation of a growing environment, in term of number of servers, can be safely automated using free opensource stuff like pxe boot, tftpboot, apache and kickstart. Following steps can be a good tutorial on how-to configure aNetwork-Install Server for Oracle VM; with this...

Monday, October 24, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: export Oracle VM Pool informations into a csv report file (UPDATED)

  The target of this script is to build-up a report of all Oracle VM Servers (OVS) managed by an Oracle VM Manager on one or more Oracle VM Pools. Following script is compatible with Oracle VM 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4. The output obtained is one csv file containing all the main informations related to all the OVS; the table will be composed of: Oracle VM Pool Name Oracle VM Server Name (hostname) dom0 UUID (Unique identified of dom0) Management IP (IP Address used on Management Network) Sta...

Friday, October 14, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

#OOW16 HOL: Build OpenStack IaaS Private Cloud with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM [HOL6765]

Second HOL is going-on: Build OpenStack IaaS Private Cloud with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM [HOL6765] This hands-on lab demonstrates how to build an OpenStack solution and exercise some of its key features using Oracle VM VirtualBox. See how the latest release of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux has no requirement for a server or storage. The lab also shows the integration/management of Oracle VM Server 3.4 and how-to build a flexible cloud solution based...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

#OOW16 HOL: Private Cloud demonstration with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13cR2

First HOL is going-on: Managing and Using a Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c [HOL6767]  In this session highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through managing and using a private cloud with Oracle VM 3.4 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. Learn how to deploy new virtual machines and new Oracle databases in minutes from Oracle Enterprise Manager's self-service portal. See how the cloud administrator can manage the private cloud, including the...

Monday, September 19, 2016 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

#OOW16 Session - Oracle VM Templates Best Practices for Rapid Oracle Database Deployment

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 will start on September, 18th. Second chapter of Virtualization Sessions is related to the Application Driven Virtualization: Oracle VM Templates Best Practices for Rapid Oracle Database Deployment [CON7430] Oracle VM's application-driven architecture is designed to enable rapid application deployment. Using Oracle VM Templates, sophisticated applications such as Oracle Database or Oracle Real Application Clusters can be deployed in minutes 10x faster...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

#OOW16 Session - Develop in VirtualBox and Deploy to the Cloud!

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 will start on September, 18th. As every year, among the 2000+ sessions presented, you'll have the opportunity to attend session dedicated to Oracle Virtualization. These conference sessions allow you to hear from a wide variety of industry experts on how they're using they technology in real world deployments. First entry that I would like to present is: Develop with Oracle VM VirtualBox and Deploy to the Cloud [CON7428] Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world's...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

#OOW16 Hands-on Lab - Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

Second Chapter of Oracle OpenWorld 2016 - Oracle virtualization content: Managing and Using a Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c [HOL6767]  In this session highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through managing and using a private cloud with Oracle VM 3.4 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. Learn how to deploy new virtual machines and new Oracle databases in minutes from Oracle Enterprise Manager's self-service portal. See how the cloud...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1: improved CPU performance on multi-cpu Systems

    VirtualBox 5.1 has been announced on July, 12th 2016. This new major release introduced a huge list of enhancements but most of them are in the background/core of the product. Reading the ChangeLog of first VirtualBox 5.1.0 release we can see, between the others: "VMM: new APIC and I/O APIC implementations that result in significantly improved performance in certain situations" Now firsts feedback are coming: CERN uses VirtualBox for ATLAS@Home research project and,...

Friday, September 2, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

#OOW16 Hands-on Lab - Oracle VM & OpenStack

  Oracle OpenWorld 2016 is fast approaching! If you are as excited as we are about the fascinating new Oracle virtualization content featured at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, you won't want to miss Sessions and HOL dedicated to Oracle VM, Oracle Linux and OpenStack. While the hands-on labs allow you to directly interact with Oracle virtualization products and Experts, the conference sessions allow you to hear from a wide variety of industry experts on how they're using they technology...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1: VBoxBugReport & NVMHCI emulator

On July, 12th Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 has been announced. This new release introduced new capabilities to the product and, between them, I'm going to speak on a couple:   Bug Reporting Helper tool NVMHCI storage controller emulation "Bug Reporting Helper" is a command line utility able to collect all the logs and informations related to:     Host operating system where VirtualBox has been installed Guest Virtual Machine logs (specific to one VM or for all VMs) Syntax of this utility...

Friday, July 15, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: export VMs details into a csv report file (ExportVmDetails)

  ==> An updated release of this script is available here <== The idea of this script came up more than one time in the past and target is to build-up a report of all VMs managed by an Oracle VM Manager on one or more Oracle VM Pools. Following script is compatible with Oracle VM 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4.   The output obtained is one csv file containing all the main informations related to all the VMs; the table will be composed of:  Virtual Machine UUID (Unique ID) Virtual Machine Name Me...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.2.11 maintenance release now available!

  Preamble: it's important to remember that today our latest Oracle VM 3.4 release has to be chosen while installing new environments and/or creating new architectures; that said, it's also important to know that we just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to deliver improved performance, security patches and to provide bug-fixes.  Oracle VM 3.2.11 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from the Oracle...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: identify orphan vdisks on repositories (find-vorph)

Identify orphan virtual-disks on repository can be a nightmare; mostly if you have more repositories and many virtual-disks to check.   What is it an orphan virtual-disk ? ==> An orphan virtual-disk is a virtual-device that is not associated to any virtual machine <== Why do I need to identify them ?   ==> Identify orphan virtual-disk can help to reclaim disk-space available on Oracle VM Repositories <== So, like on many other examples, scripting with Oracle VM CLI can help us; here...

Friday, June 3, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: show VMs full or partially allocated on a repository (ShowRepoVm)

More than one time it could be required to know which VMs are on a specific repository; while it is an easy evaluation for all VMs with their configuration file, it could be much more time expensive to identify VMs that partially resides on a repository. Even if it's suggested to have the entire VM on one unique repository (for convenience, not for technical limits), one VM can reside on more repositories and in this case it could need much more time to evaluate which VMs are,...

Friday, May 20, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4 script: schedule and move VMs to a different repository

Moving VMs from one repository to an other can be something boring, mostly if your VM has many vdisks or if you have to move many vms. On Oracle VM to completely move a VM you need to create a clone-customizer and specify target destination for each virtual-disk. So, on activities like:   storage replacement (new repositories) *** huge list of vms to move to a new repository vms to move to a new repository with tens of virtual-disks scheduled VM moving a batch approach can help to...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: create custom install ISO with updated UEK4 kernel

Oracle VM Server 3.4.1 ISO package is dedicated to server installation but, to try it, maybe someone needs to install on a desktop/laptop environment (direct install on bare metal). It could happen that the default UEK4 kernel part of Oracle VM Server 3.4.1 build 1351, does not contain a particular fix and/or driver needed for old or newest hardware; a common problem, for example, could be related to particular graphic card available on modern desktop/laptop systems and while...

Monday, May 2, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: ovm-info command to get details within VM

Continuing on the path of the first "ovm-disk" command, here you can find one new tool available for your Linux guest-vms; target of this utility, named "ovm-info", is to supply main information of the running guest on:   VM information, like Hostname, VM-Name, VM-Type and repository that house it. CPU and Memory information (Max and used) Disk information like domU device and the corresponding dom0 device (virtual or physical) Network information like domU device and OVM...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: ovm-disk command to get disk details on Linux VMs

ovm-disk v0.3 updated on February, 16th - 2017  More than one time I received requests coming from customers or partners that would like to get the Page83 id of a LUN (presented to a specific VM) by executing a command on the VM itself; in fact, commands like "lsscsi" and "scsi_id" do not work on top of a Oracle VM Virtual Machine. In the picture above, one running VM, is not aware if a disk is physical or virtual; only dom0 (Oracle VM Server) really knows it. The other...

Friday, April 8, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: install Oracle VM Server on EFI host

Between the others, Oracle VM 3.4 introduce the option to install the Server on an EFI system. Following steps will show how-to install Oracle VM Server 3.4.1 on a VirtualBox VM EFI based (as a demo and example environment); these steps could be interesting also because new modern HW is EFI based and newest models does not accept anymore to have legacy-BIOS available. First of all we have to create one VM dedicated to the installation; here you can find all the options selected...

Friday, April 1, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.4: guest hot backup on different repository (v0.8a)

Updated release of the script is now available at: Hands on Backup Utilities for Oracle VM 3.4 Not more than a couple of hours ago Oracle VM 3.4 has been announced on Virtualization Blog. Here you can find the new version ( 0.8a ) of the HotCloneVm.sh script.   Once downloaded, you'll find a zipped file containing: "SetupSsh.sh" script to setup key-based authentication to Oracle VM Manager 3 CLI "HotCloneVm.sh" script to execute guests hot-backups and proceed to apply retention...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

March/April 2016: OTN Virtual Technology Summit

OTN Virtual Technology Summit is coming and we are going to attend this important virtual-class meeting. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts as they share their insight and experience (through technical demo's/presentations and hands on labs) in meeting today's IT challenges in the upcoming Oracle Technology Network Virtual Technology Summit. These interactive, online events offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM Hands on Labs: HOL10469, HOL10471 and HOL10472

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 will start in on October 25th. As every year, among the 2000+ sessions presented there will be many Hands on labs. The idea of these Oracle VM HOL is to enable 40 to 50 customers and partners to meet in a room and install/configure/use Oracle products on laptops during 1 or 2 hours, following detailed documentation and being helped by several Oracle experts. Each student will have a laptop where, thanks to Oracle VM VirtualBox, we will be able to create...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Live WebCast: Oracle VM VirtualBox

Test, Develop, and Demonstrate across Multiple Platforms on one MachineOracle VM VirtualBox is the world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with more than 100 million downloads. It is used by developers around the world to develop, test, and build virtual machine appliances. And end users leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox to deploy prebuilt virtual appliances or simply to run multiple operating systems on their desktop machines (for instance, running Windows,...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle Open World 2015: Oracle Linux, Virtualization and OpenStack Showcase

Open World 2015 is coming and we are going to attend this important event in San Francisco. Meet our experts on Oracle Linux, Virtualization and OpenStack that can help you out with your questions. Over there you'll also have the opportunity to see demos as well as solutions proposed by our partners.  Here you can find all the details. Hope to meet you over there!!! Simon

Friday, October 2, 2015 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle Open World 2015: Focus on Oracle LInux and Virtualization

Oracle Open World 2015 will start on Octobre, 25th 2015. As every year, among the thousands of sessions available, there will be those related to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Openstack and VirtualBox. So, by following links below, you'll be able to identify all sessions that will cover products mentioned above: Oracle Open World 2015: Focus on Oracle Linux Oracle Open World 2015: Focus on Oracle Virtualization Hope to meet you at Oracle Open World 2015!!!! 

Friday, September 25, 2015 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

VirtualBox 5.0 Enhancements and Features: Disk Image Encryption

On July 9th 2015 we released our new VirtualBox 5.0 major release. This release introduced many new features like:•    Virtual Machine Management     - Paravirtualization support for Windows and Linux guests     - More instruction set extensions available to the guest•     Device support     - xHCI Controller to support USB 3 devices•     Usability     - Improved Drag and drop support     - Disk image encryption    - VMs started with separate GUI – foreground – / VM –...

Friday, September 11, 2015 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.3.3 Officially Released!!!!

We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes. For all informations related to Oracle VM 3.3.3 release,  you can review the "What's New" section of Oracle VM documentation. You can find further details on Virtualization Blog.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Now Available!!!

Today, with Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0, we completed a big step forward on Desktop Virtualization Solution. Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0, that include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes, is the new real bridge between different Cloud solutions ( Private, Public and Hybrid ) and between Cloud and On-Premise. Here you can find a list of useful documents and links like:   Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Official Announcement Oracle Press Release that officially announce Oracle VM...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.3.x: guest hot-backup on different repository (v. 0.6d)

PLEASE SEE NEW VERSION RELEASED IN THIS BLOG HERE !!! Here you can find the new version ( 0.6d ) of the HotCloneVm.sh script ( one new bug-fix introduced, see above ) The requirement was to have an hot guest backup placed on an NFS-reporitory; this NFS repository ( mounted by all Oracle VM servers also on different pools ) is also mounted from a backup-server; on the other hand, an important requirement is the introduction of an automated backup retention policy. The target is...

Monday, May 11, 2015 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.3.2 Officialy released!

We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes. You can review the What's New wiki for the list of notable bug fixes. - Oracle VM Server for x86 release 3.3.2 - Oracle VM Manager 3.3.2 - Oracle VM Agent for SPARC 3.3.2 To download the updates: - Oracle VM Server 3.3.2 for x86, search patch ID 20492240 - Oracle VM Manager 3.3.2, search patch ID 20492250- Oracle VM Agent 3.3.2 for SPARC,...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Oracle | Read More

Virtual Appliances Download for Oracle VM Hands-on Labs

  Thanks to the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld and Virtual Technology Summit, we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN. By the hyper-link http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/hol-oraclevm-2368799.html you can find and download all the images (virtualbox machines) and documentation of the following labs: Create your own template using Oracle VM 3.3.1 Build a Private DBaaS Cloud with Oracle VM and...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.3.1 script: guest hot-backup on different repository (v. 0.4)

  PLEASE SEE NEW VERSION RELEASED IN THIS BLOG HERE !!! == The target of this script is to schedule hot-backup(s) of running guests == Enhancements( from release 0.1 / 0.2): 1. script is actually able to hot-clone guests that own also physical disks (phy-disks will be excluded in the cloned guest)  2. script is able to hot-clone guests with virtual-disks on different repositories 3. after the moving on the target repository  the cloned-guest is moved under "Unassigned Virtual...

Friday, October 31, 2014 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 - Oracle VM Hands on Labs: HOL9078, HOL9079, HOL9121 and HOL9122

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will start in on September 28th. As every year, among the 2000+ sessions presented there will be many Hands on labs. The idea of these Oracle VM labs is to enable 40 to 50 customers and partners to meet in a room and install/configure/use Oracle products on laptops during 1 or 2 hours, following detailed documentation and being helped by several Oracle experts. The team that, this year, worked on Oracle VM and OpenStack HOL(s) consists of: The labs that we...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Oracle VM 3.3.1 script: guest hot-backup on different repository (v. 0.2)

PLEASE SEE NEW VERSION RELEASED IN THIS BLOG HERE !!! Here you can find a further real experience based on real customer case and requirements. The requirement, in this case, was to have an hot guest backup placed on a NFS-repository; this NFS repository ( mounted by all Oracle VM servers also on different pools ) is also mounted by a backup-server. The target, in this case, is to have hot backups of guests on the NFS repository where Backup server ( that could be based on...

Monday, September 1, 2014 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM 3.3.1 officially released

  All details are available at the following link: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2235173 You can find also a blog-post on Oracle Virtualization blog: https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/entry/announcing_oracle_vm_3_3  In the next days I'll post a little script, based on OracleVM 3.3 CLI, that allows to batch hot-backups (clones) of virtual-servers on different repositories. Keep in touch! Simon COTER 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Oracle | Read More

Updated Oracle VM Hands-On-Labs

On official Oracle Technology Network site you can find updated Oracle VM Hands-On-Labs. New items listed are: New - How to Migrate to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM from RedHat Linux and VMWare New - How to Deploy a Four-Node Oracle RAC 12c Cluster in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates Updated - Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud You can run those labs at office or home using your own X86 machine by following the detailed updated documents. Keep this page in your bookmarks if...

Monday, January 13, 2014 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 hands on labs: HOL9981, HOL9982 and HOL10003

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 will  start in a few days. As every year, among the 2000+ sessions presented there will be many Hands on labs. These labs are a unique opportunity to better understand several Oracle products (applications, database, middleware, OS, virtualization, ...). The idea of these labs is to enable 40 to 50 customers and partners to meet in a room and install/configure/use Oracle products on laptops during 1 or 2 hours, following detailed documentation and being...

Monday, September 16, 2013 | OOW - Oracle Open World | Read More

Script: Know which dom(0) hold a dom(u)

More than one time we would like to know on which physical server our guest resides without open a new connection to our Oracle VM Manager. So I created a little script that interact with Oracle VM Manager 3 CLI and supply us this information automatically. Requirements: - expect installed - Oracle VM Manager network reachable Executing the script: ######################################################## While executing on Oracle VM Guest: Use whohost.sh <Oracle VM Manager...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Oracle | Read More

Configure Oracle VM Manager Guest Serial Console

Starting from Oracle VM release 3.2.1 a new button apparead on the guest dashboard. This button, named "Launch Serial Console": allows us to open the serial-console of our guest. First time that I tried to use it I saw that I was not able to take advantage of it and I always received the following error:  "The java telnet viewer is not installed on the manager server. Please contact your administrator to install the java telnet viewer on the manager". Into the Oracle VM Manager...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle VM ocfs2 repositories: hot-extend in four easy steps!

Pay Attention: Starting from release 3.1.1 you can extend your repository by refreshing it in Oracle VM Manager.  With release 3.1.1 or above, execute these two simple steps: 1.  refresh LUN containing the repository by "Storage" tab. 2.  refresh your repository Official documentation: What's new in Oracle VM 3.1.1 Usually when our Oracle VM pool needs more disk space we create new repositories and then we proceed to create our new guests or we extend our virtual-disks. Sometimes...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Oracle | Read More

Workaround for bug 15878716 - Oracle VM Manager HTTPS connections fail with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9

Please note that this bug is fixed with Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1.544 officialy released on December 10, 2012. If your Oracle VM architecture is based on 3.1.1 release ignore this workaround and proceed patching your environment; you can download the patch here.  The problem could be presented with this simple screenshot: As you can see while connecting to Oracle VM Console with two different browsers achieves different results; Internet Explorer problem is due to a Microsoft fix...

Friday, December 28, 2012 | Oracle | Read More

Migrating Virtual Iron guest to Oracle VM 3.x

  As stated on the official site, Oracle in 2009, acquired a provider of server virtualization management software named Virtual Iron; you can find all the acquisition details at this link. Into the FAQ on the official site you can also view that, for the future, Oracle plans to fully integrate Virtual Iron technology into Oracle VM products, and any enhancements will be delivered as a part of the combined solution; this is what is going on with Oracle VM 3.x. So, customers...

Saturday, December 15, 2012 | Oracle | Read More

Oracle Certification and virtualization Solutions.

As stated in official MOS ( My Oracle Support ) document 249212.1 support for Oracle products on non-Oracle VM platforms follow exactly the same stance as support for VMware and, so, the only x86 virtualization software solution certified for any Oracle product is "Oracle VM". Based on the fact that:   Oracle VM is totally free ( you have the option to buy Oracle-Support ) Certified is pretty different from supported ( OracleVM is certified, others could be supported ) With Oracle...

Monday, November 5, 2012 | Oracle | Read More
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