Saturday Apr 02, 2016

Oracle VM 3.4: install Oracle VM Server on EFI VirtualBox machine

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; 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 and configuration in place:

General => Basic

  • Name: <desired VM name>
  • Type: Linux
  • Version: Oracle (64-bit) 

System => Motherboard

  • Base Memory: <desired memory amount>
  • Boot Order: <leave default>
  • Chipset: <leave default>
  • Pointing Device: <leave default>
  • Extended Features: <all selected> - see EFI

System => Processor 

  • Processor(s): <choose desired number of vcpu>
  • Execution Cap: <choose desired vcpu capacity>
  • Extended Features: <enabled>

    System => Acceleration

    • Paravirtualization Interface: Legacy
    • Hardware Virtualization: <all selected>

    Storage => Storage Tree

    • Controller: SATA
    • Devices
      • 1 vdisk dedicated to Oracle VM Server installation (I suggest 100GB dynamic vdisk)
      • virtual cd-rom with Oracle VM Server 3.4 ISO connected

    Now you can proceed to install Oracle VM Server; installation is very easy and there is no particular option to select.

    Once installed you'll see that the system, at first reboot, will automatically start the Oracle VM Server dom0; the problem really happens if you are going to stop the VM.

    In fact, once the VM stopped, if you are going to start it you'll see that the UEFI Interactive Shell v2.0 will be presented:

    To correctly boot Oracle VM Server 3.4.1 we need to specify the grub-efi configuration file with:

    fs0:\EFI\redhat\grubx64.efi

    Once Oracle VM Server 3.4 has completed the boot process we can now work to have it automatically booting.

    To have it, execute following steps:

    1. Create "startup.nsh" file (default executed on UEFI VirtualBox VM) with:
      • echo "\EFI\redhat\grubx64.efi" > /boot/efi/startup.nsh
    2. Verify that file "startup.nsh" is executable:
      • ls -l /boot/efi/startup.nsh

    Example:

    From now on, Oracle VM Server will automatically boot on this VirtualBox EFI system without any kind of interaction. 

        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 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.

        Thursday Sep 11, 2014

        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:

        1. Doan Nguyen  - Senior Principal Product Marketing Director for Oracle VM
        2. Simon Coter - Technical Expert Core Technology
        3. Olivier Canonge  - Pre-Sales Consultant
        4. Christophe Pauliat - Systems Sales consultant
        5. Bruno Bottreau - Pre-Sales Consultant
        6. Ken Crandall - Principal Sales Consultant
        7. Ronen Kofman - Director Product Management - Oracle OpenStack
        8. The labs that we are going to propose this year are the following:


          OpenStack: Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM [HOL9078]

          OpenStack is a very flexible system that can be configured, deployed, and used in many ways. This hands-on lab guides users through the setup of an OpenStack deployment with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Attendees will learn how to deploy and configure OpenStack with Oracle VM, including launching instances and using networking and storage features.

          Monday, Sep 29, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom I


          Building a Complete HA Oracle VM Infrastructure from Server to App
          [HOL9079]

          Oracle provides all the components to fulfill all service requirements and support all hypothetical faults and/or needs. Components such as Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, the Ksplice feature of Oracle Linux, and Oracle Clusterware enable you to maintain your systems without service outages and, at the same time, build up a hardware/software fault-tolerant solution. In this hands-on lab, you will learn how to ensure 0 percent service outages with Ksplice for security patching; live migration for server HA, and Oracle Clusterware for uninterrupted application services. 

          Monday, Sep 29, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Hotel Nikko - Mendocino I/II

          Here you can download the detailed documentation. 


          Create Your Own Oracle VM Template to Simplify Your Own Application Deployment [HOL9121]

          Oracle VM Templates is a key part of the Oracle VM virtualization solution for enabling rapid deployment of enterprise applications. Oracle already provides more than 100 ready-to-use Oracle VM templates for Oracle applications. In this session, you’ll learn how to create your own Oracle VM template for your application. The template will start with Oracle Linux as the guest operating system. Don’t miss this hands-on lab, which shows how you can harness the power of Oracle VM Templates.

          Wednesday, Oct 1, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom I

          Here you can download the detailed documentation.  


          Build a private DBaaS Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c [HOL9122]

          In this session, deeply experienced field engineers walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle VM as the foundations. You will see how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

          Wednesday, Oct 1, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM - Hotel Nikko - Mendocino I/II

          Here you can download the detailed documentation.  

          If you will attend Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and are interested by Infrastructure Cloud, OpenStack or Virtualization, add those labs to your calendar using the Schedule Builder tool

          See you soon @ OOW14!

          Simon 

        Monday Sep 16, 2013

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

        oow2013

        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 helped by several Oracle experts.

        Once again, thanks to Doan Nguyen (Principal product marketing director for Oracle VM), Olivier Canonge, Christophe Pauliat and I will run labs about Oracle VM for X86 virtualization.

        This year, we were able to propose 3 labs. See details below.

        HOL10003: Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

        Date: Monday September 23, 3:15pm - 4:15pm
        Location: Mariott Marquis Hotel, Room Nob Hill CD
        Detailed documentation (PDF)

        HOL9981: Best Practices for Migrating to Oracle VM and Oracle Linux from VMware and Red Hat

        Date: Monday September 23, 1:45pm - 2:45pm
        Location: Mariott Marquis Hotel, Room Nob Hill CD
        Detailed documentation (PDF)

        HOL9982: Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c: Deploying Four Nodes in Minutes with Oracle VM Templates

        Date: Tuesday September 24, 5:15pm - 6:15pm
        Location: Mariott Marquis Hotel, Room Nob Hill CD
        Detailed documentation (PDF)

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

        If you cannot be present, you can still run those labs at office or home using your own X86 machine by following the detailed documents.

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