Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Oracle VM Templates For EBS 12.2.3 For Exalogic

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3 for Exalogic are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:

Screenshot of Oracle VM template download site for Exalogic images

These VM templates can be imported into the Enterprise Manager Ops Center to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on Exalogic servers for demonstration, development or production use.

The Exalogic Elastic Cloud platform is optimized for the application tier. We recommend that you run databases that experience heavy loads (such as User Acceptance Tests or Production databases) on a machine dedicated for that purpose.

These templates deliver the full EBS software stack, including the Oracle Linux 5.8 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 templates for Exalogic are:

  • VISION Demo Database Tier
  • Production (PROD) Database Tier
  • Application Tier
  • Sparse Application Tier

An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 for Exalogic installation requires one template for the database tier and another for the primary application tier.

First, choose either the VISION Demo Database template (for a fully-configured demonstration system with sample data) or the Production (PROD) Database template for an empty instance ready for configuration and production deployment. Then choose the Application Tier template.

You can optionally use the Sparse Application Tier template to add a secondary application tier to your new installation or to an existing farm.  Sparse Application Tier templates are small Oracle VM templates that contains an operating system,  Secondary application tiers can be used for EBS web, application, and batch servers.

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Friday Mar 07, 2014

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at this location:

 These virtual appliances can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server.  Alternatively, they can be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

The virtual appliances deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 virtual appliances are:

  1. Single Node VISION Demo
  2. VISION Demo Database Tier
  3. Production (PROD) Database Tier
  4. Application Tier
  5. Sparse Application Tier

These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

  • Single node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.2.3 database and application tiers.
  • Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the database virtual appliance of choice (either VISION or PROD) and the application tier virtual appliance. That is, Option 2 or 3 above, followed by Option 4.  You can then add secondary application tiers using Option 5.
  • Operating system-only installation (Oracle Linux 6.5): The sparse application tier virtual appliance (Option 5) includes the necessary operating system packages, kernel parameter settings, and users (oracle and applmgr) required to install Oracle E-Business Suite, providing benefit for customers who plan to use Rapid Install for their 12.1.3 or 12.2.3 installation.
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Friday Nov 15, 2013

Oracle VM Templates Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2

Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 are now available here:

Templates are available for:

    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Vision Demo Database Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Production Database Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Sparse Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux - Oracle Linux 5.9)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Sparse Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux - Oracle Linux 6.4)

    These Oracle VM Templates allow you to quickly build E-Business Suite 12.2.2 environments on Oracle Linux virtual machines for demonstration, development or production use.  The templates deliver the full software stack, including the operating system, required technology components, and Oracle E-Business Suite itself.

    Screenshot of Oracle VM template download site


    You can deploy these templates on any industry-standard x86-based hardware certified for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux.

    An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 installation requires two templates, one for the database and one for the primary application tier.   You can choose from two database templates, depending on whether you will deploy a Vision demonstration system or an empty production instance.  In addition to the database template and the primary application tier template, you can optionally deploy a "sparse middle tier" template to add secondary application tiers.

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    Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

    Oracle VM 3 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Oracle VM 3 is the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization and management solution. Oracle VM 3 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Release 12. This certification covers all current and future Oracle VM 3 updates, including Oracle VM 3.0.2 and subsequent 3.x releases.   

    Oracle VM 3 Manager screenshot

    Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

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    Wednesday Nov 17, 2010

    EBS R12 Sparse Mid-Tier Template for Oracle VM Now Available

    Yes, it's true: the title is not a typo. We have an Oracle VM (OVM) template that works against any E-Business Suite Release 12 version.  It works against your current E-Business Suite Release 12 installs, whether physical or virtual.

    Instructions for downloading these new templates are here:

    Screenshot of edelivery page for sparse Oracle VM downloads for ebs R12 application tier images sparseOVM.jpg
    We listened to you: you wanted a small OVM template, and this one is small at around ~600MB.

    How does this work?

    On first boot, OracleVM machines based on this template will prompt for an exported Linux EBS shared file system location. They will mount it and create an Apps middle tier node which you can use to scale up your existing EBS instance or to start a new instance.

    If you have development or testbed environments where you can re-use the database, this template is an easy way to create new Linux middle tiers.

    Your Feedback is Welcome

    We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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    Wednesday Nov 10, 2010

    E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

    I am pleased to announce that you can use pre-built Oracle VM templates to create a fully operational Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 environment now.  Instructions for downloading these new templates are here:
    EBS-12.1.3-OVM-Templates.jpg
    32-bit templates are available now and and 64-bit versions will be available soon.  We used Production (PROD) database files instead of the Vision Demonstration database to make the database template download smaller -- it is now three files instead of eight.

    The Oracle VM template for Oracle E-business Suite 12.1.3 (64-bit and 32-bit) consists of two separate virtual machines:
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Production Database Tier
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Application Tier
    The database tier virtual machine includes:
    • Oracle Linux 5.5
    • Oracle Database 11.1.0.7
    • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 production database with data
    The applications tier virtual machine includes:
    • Oracle Linux 5.5
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 applications node
    Production Use Considerations

    These templates deliver a starting point installation of Oracle Linux and E-Business Suite. Customers are meant to review, configure, and test any deployments they are considering to use for production.

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    Friday Nov 05, 2010

    E-Business Suite Release 12 Certified with New Virtualization + Partitioning Technologies

    Architecture diagram showing partioning of Oracle services on Solaris Containers solariscontainers3.jpg

    [Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now explicitly certified with the following Oracle Solaris and SPARC Virtualization and Partitioning technologies:

    For details about these newly-certified configurations, see:
    More more information about Oracle products' certification with Oracle VM, see:
    What about other vendors' technologies?

    Other vendors such as Hewlett Packard and IBM also have their own specific software and hardware based virtualization technologies that are promoted for the same reasons. Please contact the specific hardware vendors for a list of these technologies.  Also see:
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    Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

    Live Migration of EBS Services Using Oracle VM

    [Editor: This is the fifth of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

    Breaking news: you can now achieve live migration of E-Business Suite instances on Oracle VM (OVM).  This is the High Availability and Fault Tolerance Holy Grail.  In an environment configured to support live migration, end-user sessions running on one node in a virtual machine server can be migrated transparently to a different node on a different virtual machine server.  You have asked for this functionality for more than a dozen years and many Oracle partners offer solutions to achieve this.  After all these years, Oracle can provide you a solution for E-Business Suite environments using Oracle VM.

    Why was this so hard for Oracle E-Business Suite?  Well, the short answer is that we have hundreds of products using many different technologies as part of the E-Business Suite, and many of them had complicated session state handling (some in the database, some on the middle-tier), caches that needed to be kept synchronized, and so on.  While all technical problems are soluble, this one was just not feasible to solve within E-Business Suite itself. 


    Architecture diagram showing failover of virtual server in an HA-enabled server pool

    Virtualization Changes Things

    In an conventional (non-virtualized) architecture, the failure of a specific application tier node would force a logout of all end-users with sessions on that particular node.  Any transactions that were mid-stream on that application tier node would have been lost.  On a virtualized platform, end-user sessions can be migrated from one machine to another without the end-user noticing. 

    OVM's live migration feature has some requirements, including the need to have look-alike machines on same subnet.  These requirements are discussed in detail in:
    Oracle VM also currently restarts the VM if the Virtual Machine Server fails, which would mean the end-user session does need to be restarted. We expect that these behaviors should improve over time.

    In addition to the great live migration feature, OVM also has cloning functionality, which work seamlessly work if you use our EBS templates or virtualization kit.

    Your Feedback is Welcome

    This concludes my mini-series on virtualization and the E-Business Suite.  We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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    Wednesday Jan 06, 2010

    On Clouds and Virtualization in EBS Environments (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

    [Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

    [Editor: This is the third of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

    In my two previous articles, we announced the availability of our EBS Oracle VM (OVM) templates, and then announced the availability of the EBS Virtualization Kit. So now let's go through some highlights from my OOW'09 presentation:


    Oracle_vm_platform_architecture.png

    Q:  Why use virtualization?

    A: 
    To increase CPU utilization at the cost of more disk

    This answer uncovers my roots in software performance.  Physical hardware resources are frequently sized for -- and locked into -- a particular configuration that might be sub-optimal for a project's overall lifecycle.  For example, during a single development cycle for a given project, the project's environment can go through a number of stages: preparation (patching, configuration, spot testing), broad testing (all hands, RT tools, consultants), and wrap-up (trailing issue resolution, spot testing).  The project's hardware was sized to accommodate the maximum load, despite the fact that the intensive testing period with a hundred testers would last only a few weeks.  In this case, the hardware would lie mostly-unused for the majority of the environment's life.

    Another example is different environments being used in different time zones. Physical-world time-slicing is hard, as it's hard to capture all runtime components and their integrations' dependencies on other servers.  In the virtual world, shutdown, suspend, and startup actions are much faster and cleaner.

    Of course, home-grown tools and manual optimization tries to compensate for some of this.  And they still fall short!  In the virtual world, moving resources is faster and easier.  It will spoil you -- you will feel as if you have more hardware.  And your customers will feel spoiled once you can quickly provision environments.

    Q. What is a cloud?

    A:  Virtual resource swarm present on your network, on somebody else's, or on the internet

    Well, I did help with beekeeping a number of times, but that is not why I chose the word swarm.  I agree with Larry's view that we could have used other words like net, grid, cluster or cloud. Even the word swarm could be used, although it implies self-repairing, management, and intelligence.  I would argue that this is the direction we are heading.  But let me start with the basic properties people associate with clouds:
    • Utility pricing: pay as you go, per usage vs. per user or per cpu
    • Self service provisioning: easy and fast to get a resource
    • Self-preservation of resources:  the resource platform will worry about the little stuff like failover, system administration
    Private clouds run on your own hardware, and public clouds run on someone else's hardware. 

    Today's clouds are missing a lot of the "magic" features that one could dream up, but cloud infrastructure providers are starting to work on those.  My favorite missing feature:  integration automation and intelligence.  What good is a quickly-provisioned app if it is not integrated into the right identity management, business intelligence, workflow, or portal system? 

    So even short of the future features, private or public clouds provide effective provisioning and resource-management platforms.

    Q. What Virtualization Platform should I choose for E-Business Suite?

    A. Funny you should ask: Oracle VM.

    Oracle VM has been fully certified with EBS for 2 years. It's got a couple of things going for it: it is free, it is certified and optimized for Oracle products, and Oracle supports it. Here's the latest list of certified EBS releases and platforms:
    • Linux x86 32-bit
      • EBS 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP5 (Patch 5473858) or later
      • EBS 12.0.2 (RUP2) or later (including 12.1)
    • Linux 64-bit - OEL 4 and RHEL 4 on x86-64
      • EBS 12.0.3 or later (including 12.1)
    • Linux 64-bit - OEL 5 and RHEL 5 on x86-64
      • EBS 12.0.4 or later (including 12.1)
    • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) with PV driver v1.0.8 or higher
      • EBS 12.0.4 or later (including 12.1)
    References
    Listening to the Session

    If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download the presentation or listen to the live recording of this session.

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    Sunday Dec 20, 2009

    Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit

    [Editor: This the second of a five-part series from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group, on virtualization and cloud topics]

    As I've mentioned in the first article of this series, I do want to delve more deeply into topics from my OOW'09 E-Business Suite Virtualization Update presentation. Before I do that, I wanted to spend some time on our latest EBS 12.1.1 Oracle VM (OVM) Templates.

    Rolling Your Own Apps Templates using Oracle VM

    In addition to using our templates, customers might want to build their own templates. As most of you know, virtualization platforms like Oracle VM are just that -- platforms. They do not help you with anything inside the template, or if they do, it is a starting point template with OS e.g. OVM templates for Oracle Enterprise Linux, or a process/tool to create that OS starting point (JEOS = Just Enough Operating System, pronounce "juice").
    Architecture diagram showing Oracle VM Manager + Oracle VM servers + server pool + storage devices
    In any case, you proceed with your bare bones template to start a virtual machine (VM), mount your disk, install your E-Business Suite, and save your VM template. The end result is an image of machine with a set host name, IP,  E-Business Suite instance. As long as it is self-contained, i.e. both your database and middle tiers are installed and you have no external integration, you are OK, right?  It's not quite that simple, I'm afraid.

    Multiple VMs May Have Naming and IP Collisions

    If you want to bring up a number of these VMs from the same template, they will all think they are host x with IP y and EBS instance z. That might cause some problems with your network, or at least for the browser which needs to figure out how to connect to the right one of these instances...

    If you want to do external integrations, e.g. break apart your EBS VM's into a database VM and middle tier VM, or add an external identity management system, portal, business intelligence, or whatever you fancy, well that is doable the first time for the first VM. For the next VM of that template, it might appear like that integration is already done. Hmmm....

    When I brought down the first VM, did I want to keep it and its integrations around, or not?  Is my middle tier X supposed to work only with one database VM Y or some another database VM?

    Initializing New Virtual Machines Upon First Startup

    As you can see, virtualization platforms only provided the magic to create more "virtual" machines from one template. But you still need more magic: for starters, you want the to tell the VM its name and IP to initialize it when it boots from a template for the first time.  Luckily for both of us, the Oracle VM/Linux team supplies scripts for this magic.  Now, you realize that you really don't care about virtual machines, but virtual E-Business Suite instances. You need more magic to get the E-Business Suite instance to initialize on first boot.

    We have created this magic (OK, it's just a couple of scripts), for our E-Business Suite templates, and are eager to share it with you via our E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit. The Virtualization Kit consists of documentation and scripts that help automate the desired behavior of OVM templates with E-Business Suite:
    The Knowledge Document will give you a cookbook approach to building your own E-Business Suite template, and the patch delivers the magic sauce, I mean scripts.

    Your Feedback is Welcome

    We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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    Friday Dec 11, 2009

    E-Business Suite 12.1.1 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

    [Editor: This the the first of a five-part series from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group, on virtualization and cloud topics]

    As you may have noticed, we have not yet done the recap of my OOW'09 E-Business Suite Virtualization Update presentation. The reason was twofold: we wanted to create a blog mini-series, for which this is the first article, and we wanted to publish that after we finished some development work. So without any further ado...

    We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 are now available for download from Oracle E-Delivery.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.  This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" for E-Business Suite 12.1.1 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3.

    sample_oraclevm_architecture.png
    Oracle VM template for Oracle E-business Suite 12.1.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) consists of two separate virtual machines:
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Vision Demo Database Tier
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Application Tier
    The database tier virtual machine includes:
      • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3
      • Oracle Database 11.1.0.7
      • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Vision demo database with data
    The applications tier virtual machine includes:
      • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 applications node
    Not for Production Environments

    These templates are designed for demonstration environments and other non-production purposes; they are not intended to be used for production environments.

    E-Business Suite Resources
    General Oracle VM Resources
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    Friday Apr 10, 2009

    Support Policies for Virtualization Technologies and Oracle E-Business Suite

    We've previously written about our certification and support stance for virtualization technologies with the E-Business Suite in a series of related articles (see below).  Our Applications Platforms Group has revisited this subject and has published an official statement in a new Metalink Note:

    If you've been looking for an authoritative Metalink Note that summarizes our previous blog articles succinctly, this is what you've been waiting for.

    This new Note discusses our general support strategy for third-party platform virtualization technologies such as:

    • Sun Solaris 10 Containers
    • IBM AIX Workload Partitioning (WPAR)
    • HP Integrity Virtual Machines (Integrity VM)
    • Microsoft Virtual Server
    • VMWare
    • Citrix

    The Note emphasizes that the list above is meant to provide some illustrative examples of the types of virtualization products and technologies covered by this policy.  It's not meant to be a comprehensive list of products, of course.  The Note covers the support implications of using generic virtualization technologies with the E-Business Suite, and is worth reading to refresh your understanding of what kind of support you can expect from us when using these types of tools.

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    Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

    Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite

    [Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

    It looks like this is the Year of the Hypervisor.  The whole industry seems abuzz with talk of server virtualization.  One of the most intriguing announcements at OpenWorld this week:  Oracle is entering the server virtualization space with the availability of Oracle VM, based on the open source Xen hypervisor.

    Oracle VM unveiled: Oracle VM unveiled

    We've been testing Oracle VM with the E-Business Suite prior to its unveiling at OpenWorld.  While my team has more certification tests still still to come, Oracle VM is initially supported for Apps with the following minimum prerequisites:

    Release 11i
    • Oracle Applications 11.5.10.CU2 or later
    • Applications Technology (ATG) 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP5 (patch 5473858) or later
    • Oracle Database 10.2.0.3 or later
    • Oracle Developer6i Patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later
    • Desktop clients running Oracle JInitiator 1.3.1.28 or later
    • Linux x86 platforms
    Release 12
    I'll post more information about additional supported configurations as soon as possible; stay tuned.

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