Friday Jun 03, 2016

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 you can find a script able to identify all orphan virtual-disks; and you have two different options:

  • verify orphan virtual-disk on a specific repository
  • verify orphan virtual-disk on all repositories managed by Oracle VM Manager

The script is also able to supply the amount of disk-space recovered by deleting all orphan virtual-disks on a specific repository; output of the script will also present the Oracle VM CLI commands to execute to remove all orphan virtual-disks.

Script is compatible, able to interact and has been tested with:

  • Oracle VM 3.2
  • Oracle VM 3.3
  • Oracle VM 3.4 

Here you can find some execution examples:

  • Script executed on a specific repository (orphan virtual-disks identified and recoverable space specified)

  • Script executed on a specific repository (no orphan virtual-disks)

  • Script executed on all repositories (no repository specified)

To proceed to the setup pay attention to the README file attached to the download. 

Feedback and comments are, as always, appreciated. 

Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

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 Oracle VM Demo environments:

This year again, my colleague Christophe Pauliat and I will run several Hands On labs about Virtualization.

    Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM [HOL10469]

    In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

    Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

    Lab Document Available Here!  

    Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

    Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

    Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 AM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

    Lab Document Available Here!  

    Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10472]

    Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

    Monday, Oct 26, 02:00 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

    Lab Document Available Here!  

    If you will attend Oracle OpenWorld 2015 and are interested by Infrastructure Cloud, OpenStack or Virtualization, add those labs to your calendar using the Schedule Builder tool

    To learn more about other sessions, read the previous blog post - Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions.

    See you soon @ OOW15!

Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

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.

Thursday Jul 09, 2015

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 Press Release that officially announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 post on Official Oracle Virtualization Blog

Hands-on Labs with Oracle products on top of Oracle VM and VirtualBox

list of documents and how-to of Oracle Products installed on a single laptop on top of Oracle VM VirtualBox

list of pre-built VirtualBox virtual machines with all main Oracle Products on top 

User Manual with all details, changelog of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Further interesting links for Oracle VM VirtualBox: 


Thursday Feb 12, 2015

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, search patch ID 20492222
We also released Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 to My Oracle Support.
It is a maintenance update that includes all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. The patch update can be downloaded by searching patch ID 16863114 . Be sure to review the README file for a list of bug fixes.
Official Oracle VM blog with all the details available here.


Simon Coter is a Principal Product Manager for Oracle VM and VirtualBox.


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