Friday May 27, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Hierarchy Viewer

One of the new features of Oracle VM 3.4, now released to the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, is the VM hierarchy viewer. This usability feature makes it easy to view all the resources associated with a virtual machine in a single graphical view.

To use it, log into Oracle VM Manager, select the VM in the Servers and VMs tab, and then click on the Display VM Hierarchy Viewer icon:


That will open a window graphically showing the VM definition and its network and storage components. Click on the image below to see it at full size.

You can mouse over each of the components, as shown above, to display its details in full size, and use the controls at the left to zoom in, select an item, or change the layout of the object hierarchy. This gives you an easy and complete way to quickly view a virtual machine's definition and resources. You can also click the Generate Report buttom to create a marchine-parseable XML description of the VM.

For further information, see the Oracle VM Manager User's Guide for Release 3.4 section 3.5.2.17 Display VM Hierarchy Viewer.

Wednesday May 25, 2016

Oracle VM 3.4.1 released to Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

Oracle VM Release 3.4.1, Oracle’s latest server virtualization product is now available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  Go to https://edelivery.oracle.com/osdc/faces/SearchSoftware  and search for Oracle VM 3.4.1 to download the Manager, x86 Server or SPARC Agent software builds.

Oracle VM 3.4.1 delivers many important new features and enhancements to enable rapid enterprise application deployment throughout public and private cloud infrastructure. The new release continues expanding support for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads - providing customers and partners with additional choices and inter-operability - including the capability to enable OpenStack support.  Information on the features and My Oracle Support download locations can be found at the 3.4.1 Announcement blog.

Additional Information

Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.
For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday May 20, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Integrating Oracle VM with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Oracle’s contribution and participation in Docker and OpenStack bring more flexibility and openness to Oracle VM deployment. Customers can take advantage of Oracle VM 3.4 and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 2.1 when building an open cloud infrastructure

Oracle VM Server for x86 incorporates an open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized as a virtualization and management solution for x86 servers. The libvirt driver is part of Oracle VM Server 3.4 to integrate with OpenStack. On an Oracle VM Server based compute node, the native libvirt driver is used (libvirt is not run in a container). All other OpenStack compute node services are run in Docker containers on Dom0.

The Dom0 kernel of Oracle VM Server 3.4 has been updated to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4, based on the 4.1 mainline kernel, not only to enable Docker container deployment, but also to bring performance improvements and rapid driver availability and streamlined partner certifications with Oracle Linux.

To get started, refer to the Installation and Deployment Guide and Release notes.

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Satisfied Students of Oracle VM Administration Training

Students who have taken the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course tell us that they appreciated the level of information in this training. Even students who came to the course confident in their level of knowledge told us they continued learning valuable skills and information by taking this training.

Student told us that:

  • The comprehensive lecture material took them through Planning, and Installation, and taught them about Networking, Storage, Server Pools and Repositories, and Managing Virtual Machines.
  • Well laid-out lab exercises guided them through hands-on activities that reinforce and build on the topics covered by the instructor during the lecture material.

Join these satisfied students by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to get hands-on experience when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 25 and 31 May, 14 and 29 June, 18 July and 2, 16, 24, 28 and 29 August 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
17 August 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
15 June 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Shanghai, China
5 September 2016 Simplified Chinese
Prague, Czech Republic
27 June 2016 Czech
London, English
4 July 2016 English
Reading, England
19 September 2016 English
Lille, France
31 August 2016 French
Lyons, France
2 November 2016 French
Nantes, France
11 July 2016 French
Paris, France
27 June 2016 French
Munich, Germany
30 May 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
8 August 2016 German
Hong Kong
25 May 2016 English
Jakarta, Indonesia
28 September 2016 English
Milan, Italy
13 June 2016 Italian
Rome, Italy
26 October 2016 Italian
Mexico City, Mexico
15 August 2016 Spanish
Utrecht, Netherlands
31 October 2016 English
Bratislava, Slovakia
September 2016 English
Bratislava, Slovakia
September 2016 Slovak
Johannesburg, South Africa 17 October 2016 English
Madrid, Spain 13 June 2016 Spanish
Bangkok, Thailand 26 October 2016 English
Istanbul, Turkey 1 August 2016 Turkish
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
You can continue your learning of Oracle VM by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation and the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration courses.

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's Virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday May 13, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.4 Solutions with Command Line Interface

In today's spotlight, I want to share some useful tools that are built on top of Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI). You can take advantage of the tools to automate some common tasks, thus bring more flexibility to help you deploy and manage an Oracle VM environment.

As you already know, main components building the Oracle VM Server for x86 architecture are:

  • Oracle VM Server incorporates an open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server.
  • Oracle VM Manager, the Browser user interface (BUI) to manage Oracle VM environment.

But there are further options to manage an Oracle VM deployment!

Between them we can find Oracle VM API (application programming interface) and Oracle VM CLI (command line interface).

Both options really resides on Oracle VM Manager host and are already part of your Oracle VM ecosystem; this kind of features opens further integration opportunity:

So while the Oracle VM Web-Services API options allows to integrate 3rd parties products to manage Oracle VM ecosystem, Oracle VM CLI allows to automate and schedule different operations that usually are manually executed by the BUI.

Between them we can find different operations that maybe need many clicks or human interaction to be completed or, for example, need to be scheduled at a certain time/date; different examples can be:

  • create a huge list of objects (like networks, virtual-disks, vms...etc)
  • execute, sequentially, more operations of the same type (clone, move, start, stop...etc) 
  • execute the same operation for N times (like execute the same operation on tens/hundreds of vms)
  • schedule the execution of a particular operation at a given date/time without user interaction
  • ....and even much more

All these types of operations can be accomplished and executed in a faster manner using Oracle VM CLI where, thanks to the scripting option available, you can estimate which is the best logic to apply before executing the command requested; so you can really design your flowchart and decide which kind of checks needs to be executed before introduce any change or perform any operation; an example:

A very interesting example, with all the details, of this approach can be found at this link where I created a simple Oracle VM CLI script able to move an entire VM (vm configuration file and all virtual-disks) from one repository to an other one.

Even if the VM moving is an easy operation that can be accomplished also using the Oracle VM Manager BUI interface, it could happen that you are in one of these cases:

  • You need to move a huge list of VMs from one repository to a new one
  • You need to move a list of VMs with many virtual-disks
  • You need to schedule the vm-moving at a specific date/time

and this is only one example of the very cool things that you can automate thanks to Oracle VM Manager Web-Services API or Oracle VM Manager CLI.

If you are interested on further solutions like this one you can evaluate them also here where further articles describe other cases.

Feel free to comment and ask for details on this blog entry!

Friday May 06, 2016

Friday Spotlight: New whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance"

We are very pleased to announce a new whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86  Performance" which describes how to measure and optimize performance in Oracle VM environments. It has detailed information on CPU, memory, and I/O performance, guidance on how to measure and evaluate performance, and news on performance features recently added to Oracle VM.

This material accompanies the May 5 webcast Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which emphasizes cloud and scalable enterprise environments.

Watch this page for new announcements in Oracle VM performance as we continue to enhance performance.



Friday Apr 29, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Learn About Choice of OSes in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

Virtualizing with a choice of operating systems provides flexibility. The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance includes Oracle VM software that is designed to run Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris guest operating systems and their applications in your data center. 

Learn about this topic and much more by taking the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar. You can take this course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following the training at your own pace.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Attend the event on the schedule for the 6 May 2016 or register your interest in an additional date.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this class. You can attend the event on the 25 May 2016 in Madrid, Spain in Spanish or register your interest in an additional location.

For more information about Oracle's Engineered Systems curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/engineeredsystems.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.20 now available for download!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 20.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find these important and very hot items:

  • Windows hosts/guests: further fixes for latest Windows 10 builds
  • Storage: fixed a regression causing write requests from the BIOS to cause a Guru Meditation with the LsiLogic SCSI controller
  • Improved NAT Networking

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Tuesday Apr 26, 2016

LIVE WEBINARS: Foundations for Cloud and Performance Optimizations for IaaS

We have two great webcasts covering cloud topics and benefits of using Oracle VM in your foundation. They are live events where you can ask questions at the end.

Don't miss them: 

WEBCAST #1

"FOUNDATIONS OF AN OPEN CLOUD”

April 28th at 9:00am PST


As Enterprises face the challenge of building their own internal Open Cloud Infrastructures which combine security, agility, and cost-effectiveness; key business and technology choices have to be made. Creating a strong and Open foundation is critical. The Xen based Oracle VM offers the leading open source foundational virtualization layer on which to build. In addition it combines this with unparalleled management, scalability and robustness for mission-critical applications for Cloud Ready Application Deployment.

Join the webcast on April 28th, 2016 at 9:00 PST to learn:  

·         How to build an Open Foundational Layer for your cloud

·         New features and capabilities in Oracle VM 3.4

·         How to incorporate Oracle VM in your cloud strategy

Live Q&A session will be held after the webcast.   

Featured Speakers: 

·         John Priest, Director Oracle VM Product Management

·         Tony Kay, Director Oracle Virtualization 

 Register today! 

 WEBCAST #2

Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

May 5th, 2016 at 10:00am PST

Many customers are relying on Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to build the private cloud infrastructure. Oracle VM is designed to provide high performance "out of the box" without tuning and administrative effort. With optimization, customers can achieve better agility to meet demanding service level requirements. This webcast and presentation discusses Oracle VM performance optimization best practices, goals and techniques to provide the best possible performance.

Join the webcast on May 5th, 2016 at 10:00 PST to learn: 

- Understand and measure performance in the cloud

- Oracle VM features for performance and scale in cloud environments

- How to tune CPU, memory and I/O in virtual machine and cloud

Live Q&A session will be held after the webcast.   

Jeff Savit, Senior Principal Technical Product Manager, Virtualization   

Register today! 

Friday Apr 22, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today we released an important set of Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Secure Global Desktop (SGD) Release 5.2 in parallel with Oracle's April 2016 Critical Patch Update (CPU).  PSUs are maintenance patch roll-ups, and include strategic security and stability fixes for identified maintenance platforms.

Patch Set Updates (PSUs) are available for download on My Oracle Support (MOS).

The following reference documentation includes detailed information regarding the content of these updates, as well as instructions for procuring and installing the patches in SGD 5.2 deployments:

The following link is SGD Release Announcement Reference: a one-stop-shop for the latest available updates for all versions of SGD!

  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop, Release Announcement Reference (Doc ID 1597467.1)

Monday Apr 18, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.18 now available for download!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 18.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find these important and very hot items:

  • Windows hosts/guests: further fixes for latest Windows 10 builds
  • PC Speaker passthrough: fixes available
  • Linux hosts: kernel 4.5/4.6 fixes available

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Apr 15, 2016

Friday Spotlight - building a demo Oracle VM environment using VirtualBox

Learning a new software stack or test a new release is challenging enough without having to spend multiple cycles on the install process and, between many of possible use cases, Oracle VM VirtualBox can be used to create demo environments where to test or verify Enterprise products.

On Oracle Technology Network website you can find a list of Appliances, deployed and pre-built by Oracle Experts at no cost, ready to deploy more solutions on top of Oracle VM VirtualBox. Due to the high interest, one of the most downloaded appliance is Oracle VM Server & Manager.

This Appliance, thanks to VirtualBox, allows to create a real and complete Oracle VM environment on your laptop/desktop; these pre-built environments are also the foundation of Hands On Labs that we usually propose by webcasts or at important events like Oracle Open World. 

We also created a dedicated WhitePaper on this, where you can follow a step-by-step guide to build and Oracle VM Clustered Pool:

  • Import Oracle VM VirtualBox pre-built appliances
Once VMs are imported you'll have the complete management of them using VirtualBox GUI.

  • Prepare VirtualBox network interfaces 
Thanks to VirtualBox GUI you can manage your vNICs and point them to a specific configuration (bridged, host-only, NAT,....)

  • Initialize Oracle VM Server & Manager

  • Prepare Virtual Storage
Setup the storage that will guest the entire demo appliance.

  • Configure HTTP Server and NFS Server for their purposes

Exploit VMs pre-configured services like NFS-Server and HTTP-Server. 

This solution will allow you to try all interesting Oracle VM features and, at the same time, evaluate the product without any kind of investment in term of hardware purchase and installation time.

For further informations you can also visit:

If you have any question, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

Learn to Protect Cloud Resources with Oracle VM Training

In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training, learn to identify the resources that you must protect, and learn the steps to back up and recover these resources. In this course, you explore environment-wide recovery scenarios and gain knowledge that you can use as a blueprint for your disaster recovery strategy.

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course in the following formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 3 and 11 May, 1 June, and 6 July 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Jakarta, Indonesia 3 October 2016 English
Singapore 18 May 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa 26 April 2016
English
Bangkok, Thailand 7 November 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 21 July 2016 English
If you are new to Oracle VM, you can start your learning by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course or the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's Virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization

Friday Apr 08, 2016

Friday Spotlight - Oracle VM 3.4 Dom0 Enhancements

This is another blog in the series to give the Oracle VM community some additional information on the 3.4 release that we announced on March 24. This week, we are going to share a little more information on the Dom0 kernel enhancements that were delivered with this updated version of Oracle VM..

Modern Dom0 kernel

With Oracle VM 3.4 we updated the Dom0 kernel to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4, based on the 4.1 mainline kernel. This update brings performance improvements; and rapid driver availability and streamlined partner certifications with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The latest set of driver updates offered with this new kernel can be found in the Release Note for UEK Release 4.

Dom0 kernel updates on live systems

Ksplice updates for the Dom0 kernel used on Oracle VM 3.3 (UEK3) and Oracle VM 3.4 (UEK4) are now available. All Oracle VM customers with Premier Support for their x86 Servers will be able to access the Ksplice channel on ULN to take advantage of this Oracle technology to add important kernel updates and security patches without needing to live migrate VMs or reboot your Oracle VM Server.

The process to install the Ksplice Uptrack client and perform the live kernel updates is similar to the process for Oracle Linux since this is used for the Dom0 user space in Oracle VM. Please refer to the KM note on My Oracle Support for all the information you need to use Ksplice with your Oracle VM deployment. The document “Oracle VM: Using Ksplice Uptrack” can be found with Doc ID 2115501.1.

Friday Apr 01, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.4 Performance Gains

This is the first in a series of blogs to give the Oracle VM community some additional information on the 3.4 release that we announced last week. To start, we are going to share a little more information on the performance gains and capacity increases that were delivered with this updated version of Oracle VM.

Oracle VM Manager:

A number of infrastructure enhancements have been delivered to increase the performance and responsiveness of the Oracle VM Manager. Test results have shown substantial time improvements for the tasks required to provision and manage your virtualization deployment:

  • 85% improvement in login times to the user interface
  • 62% quicker navigation between tabs
  • 66% faster response to actions like expanding the Server Pools folder

The net result is quicker response times when you perform jobs with the Manager which results in more time to focus on other IT tasks in your data center. Early feedback from an early adopter of Oracle VM 3.4 claims “It’s so zippy!”

Oracle VM Server:

With the introduction of an updated version of the Xen hypervisor and additional enhancements made to the Oracle VM Server code, the 3.4 release offers higher levels of scalability and performance:

  • Capacity increases:

    • CPUs per host Server increased to 384

    • vCPUs per VM increased to 256

    • VM vDisk size increased to 10TB (NFS) and 64TB (OCFS2)

    • VMs per host Server increased to 300

  • Faster live migrations – internal testing shows a 4x improvement in a typical migration time.

Oracle VM Agent for SPARC:

Improvements made to the Oracle VM Agent for SPARC have resulted in a 4x decrease in discovery time for a T5-8 in a customer deployment.

Oracle VM is engineered for the Open Cloud Infrastructure to increase datacenter flexibility, meet your price/performance needs, and make applications easier to deploy, manage, and support.

For more Information - Oracle VM 3.4 documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN)

If you have any questions, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

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