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Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3.10

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager release 4.3.10 which is based on the 4.3.10 release from the open source oVirt project. This release is an update for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3. For more information about Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager core features, see the datasheet.   Notable updates added with the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3.10 release include: oVirt bug fixes and security updates: Over 100 RPMs have been updated to incorporate bug fixes and security patches Support for the latest Oracle Linux 7 KVM release: The latest Oracle Linux 7 update 9 KVM release with UEK6 has been tested with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3.10 KVM utilities updates: The latest qemu and libvirt packages delivered to the KVM utilities channel have been tested with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3.10 Huge pages support: Huge page support (High Performance VM) has been tested and is now supported with this release More information on these updates can be found in the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library. Visit the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Training website for videos, documents, and other useful links and further information on setting up and managing this solution. Updating or upgrading Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Customers that have already deployed Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 can update to 4.3.10 using the Oracle Linux yum server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. The two channels in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories that users will access to update Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager are: oVirt 4.3 - base packages required for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager oVirt 4.3 Extra Packages - additional packages for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager The update process (or upgrade from Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2) can be accomplished by executing a few simple commands: # engine-upgrade-check # yum update ovirt\*setup\* # engine-setup Oracle Linux 7 KVM hosts can be updated using the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Administration Portal. From the Compute→ Hosts menu select the KVM host and then Installation→Upgrade. New deployments of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager can also be done using the same oVirt43 yum channels. For new Oracle Linux KVM host deployments, installation media (ISO images) are available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Additional information on updating, upgrading, or installing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and KVM hosts can be found in the Getting Started Guide. Both Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support This server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux KVM environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux Support for information about Oracle Linux support levels. Oracle Virtualization information Additional information can found on: Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Oracle.com/linux Oracle.com/virtualization Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Documentation Library Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Training Oracle Linux yum server  

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager release 4.3.10 which is based on the 4.3.10 release from the open source oVirt project. This release is an...

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Bowmicro builds successful cloud service with Oracle Linux

In this article, we are excited to share how Bowmicro offers clients enterprise-grade SaaS and IaaS solutions built with Oracle Linux and Virtualization. Bowmicro is a leading software company that provides managed data center cloud solutions and professional services in China. The company is a nationally certified and fully licensed high-tech company. These accreditations help assure customers that they are working with a reputable and reliable business with the proper technical expertise. In a competitive market, Bowmicro has a distinct advantage by offering hosted cloud solutions at affordable rates. They work with customers from all sectors including government, financial, telecommunications, and internet providers. Bowmicro also has many clients in the rapidly growing small and midsize Chinese business (SMB) market. Bowmicro is a longstanding member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). They work with and use many Oracle technologies to build their managed cloud platforms. For example, Bowmicro’s SaaS offering includes Oracle PeopleSoft amongst other applications. Underlying these SaaS instances is an IaaS foundation built using Oracle x86 Servers, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM which can support third-party solutions, in addition to Oracle workloads. This infrastructure layer is also available separately to Bowmicro's clients as a standalone IaaS offering. These combined SaaS and IaaS solutions provide a highly secure, highly available architecture for a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Oracle x86 Servers allow customers to run workloads on industry-standard servers with high security and performance. End-to-end Oracle engineering and trusted boot capabilities increase workload security. These are the same servers used to build Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Engineered Systems. Oracle x86 Servers include Oracle Linux and virtualization software at no extra charge, helping service providers such as Bowmicro eliminate hidden infrastructure expenses. If you want to learn more about how Bowmicro implemented their solutions read this paper or check out this customer profile. Resources: Oracle Linux website Oracle Virtualization website  

In this article, we are excited to share how Bowmicro offers clients enterprise-grade SaaS and IaaS solutions built with Oracle Linux and Virtualization. Bowmicro is a leading software company that...

Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI - part 8

Export to OCI via the command “VBoxManage export” This approach is better than using VirtualBox GUI frontend because it doesn’t block all other activities in the GUI frontend. Also it’s suitable if user wants to handle this action more precisely. It means that re-run the action much easier from the command shell than from GUI. Apart from that user sees all arguments that he has passed to the command. And of course user can put the whole command into a shell script and add some extra steps around the command. The command template: VBoxManage export <machine> --output OCI:// [--vsys <number of virtual system>] [--vmname <name>] [--cloud <number of virtual system>] [--vmname <name>] [--cloudprofile <cloud profile name>] [--cloudbucket <bucket name>] [--cloudkeepobject <true/false>] [--cloudlaunchmode EMULATED|PARAVIRTUALIZED] [--cloudlaunchinstance <true/false>] [--clouddomain <domain>] [--cloudshape <shape>] [--clouddisksize <disk size in GB>] [--cloudocivcn <OCI vcn id>] [--cloudocisubnet <OCI subnet id>] [--cloudpublicip <true/false>] [--cloudprivateip <ip>] [--cloudinitscriptpath <script path>] The command example: ./VBoxManage export OL8.2 --output OCI:// --cloud 0 --vmname OL8.2-OCI-name --cloudprofile "test" --cloudshape VM.Standard2.1 --clouddomain ergw:US-ASHBURN-AD-2 --clouddisksize 50 --cloudbucket bucket-20200625-1107 --cloudocivcn ocid1.vcn.oc1.iad.amaaaaaa6od...4egq --cloudocisubnet ocid1.subnet.oc1.iad.aaaaaaaauv...5kfq --cloudkeepobject true --cloudlaunchinstance true --cloudpublicip true --cloudlaunchmode PARAVIRTUALIZED --cloudinitscriptpath /absolute/path/to/cloud-init-script.yaml The example of result: 0%...10%...20%...30%...40%...50%...60%...70%...80%...90%...100% Successfully exported 1 machine(s). Creating a cloud instance... 0%...10%...20%...30%...40%...50%...60%...70%...80%...90%...100%< A cloud instance with id 'ocid1.instance.oc1.iad.anuwcljs6odkg5ycanwxowo24ekrsw2oouklmw7xwmmhg2ymigk7zfmbt72q' (provider 'OCI') was created prev |

Export to OCI via the command “VBoxManage export”This approach is better than using VirtualBox GUI frontend because it doesn’t block all other activities in the GUI frontend. Also it’s suitable if...

Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI - part 7

Setup firewall on OCI instance Sometimes all OCI settings are correct, all preparations of local VM have been done properly, the export action was successful and new instance runs in OCI, SSH connection works too, but user can’t reach the instance via any other ports. In instance, user installed NGINX web server, opens a web browser, types the public IP address of the instance and sees nothing. The first feasible reason that the port (in this example the port 80 HTTP) via user‘s application trying to reach the web server isn’t opened in the Security List used by the OCI subnet where this server was deployed. It’s easy to fix. User should ask a tenancy administrator about it or do it himself. There are a lot of OCI documents where it’s explained. The second feasible reason is less obvious and user may forget about it. The reason that a firewall application\service installed on instance has no rules which grant the access via such port. OCI instances use the tool firewalld. NB! The firewall should be correctly setup to allow ingress traffic for some special ports or services. The default firewall-cmd rules for new instance are: # sudo firewall-cmd --list-all public (active) target: default icmp-block-inversion: no interfaces: ens3 sources: services: ssh ports: protocols: masquerade: no forward-ports: source-ports: icmp-blocks: rich rules: As it’s seen only interface SSH is allowed. And there are no opened ports in the line “ports”. It means that only connection to the service SSH is allowed. Because the standard port for SSH connection is 22 the firewall grants access from\to this port. Firewall on OL\RHEL The most versions of OL\RHEL has already contained the firewalld package. But if the package is absent just install it: # sudo yum install firewalld Next the firewall should be enabled and started, next the needed ports or services are added, finally reload the firewall: # sudo systemctl enable firewalld # sudo systemctl start firewalld # sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=http --permanent --zone=public # sudo firewall-cmd –reload The firewall state should be “Running”: # sudo systemctl status firewalld ● firewalld.service - firewalld - dynamic firewall daemon Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/firewalld.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled) Active: active (running) since Thu 2021-01-21 09:15:21 EST; 3h 5min ago Docs: man:firewalld(1) Main PID: 957 (firewalld) Tasks: 2 (limit: 191714) Memory: 32.7M CGroup: /system.slice/firewalld.service └─957 /usr/libexec/platform-python -s /usr/sbin/firewalld --nofork –nopid And the firewall-cmd rules with enabled http should be: # sudo firewall-cmd --list-all public (active) target: default icmp-block-inversion: no interfaces: ens3 sources: services: ssh dhcpv6-client http ports: protocols: masquerade: no forward-ports: source-ports: icmp-blocks: rich rules: Firewall on Debian\Ubuntu The case with Ubuntu is more interested. There is no the package firewalld on Ubuntu by default. Ubuntu uses UFW as default firewall. By default UFW status is “inactive” on OCI instances. It means there are no the active firewall rules. But if NGINX is installed on Ubuntu where UFW is “inactive” and no firewalld it may happen that a web server is still not reachable from outside. I am not sure how it should work but I know that usage the package firewalld fixes this situation. Just repeat the same steps as for OL\RHEL described above. After these steps the status of service firewall should be “running”: # sudo systemctl status firewalld ● firewalld.service - firewalld - dynamic firewall daemon Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/firewalld.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled) Active: active (running) since Thu 2021-01-21 15:38:38 UTC; 1h 24min ago Docs: man:firewalld(1) Main PID: 15287 (firewalld) Tasks: 2 (limit: 4915) CGroup: /system.slice/firewalld.service └─15287 /usr/bin/python3 -Es /usr/sbin/firewalld --nofork –nopid And the firewall-cmd rules with enabled http should be: # sudo firewall-cmd --list-all public (active) target: default icmp-block-inversion: no interfaces: ens3 sources: services: ssh dhcpv6-client http ports: protocols: masquerade: no forward-ports: source-ports: icmp-blocks: rich rules: Don't activate UFW, the status should still be “inactive”: # sudo ufw status Status: inactive and “exited”: # sudo systemctl status ufw ● ufw.service - Uncomplicated firewall Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/ufw.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled) Active: active (exited) since Thu 2021-01-21 14:35:56 UTC; 2h 28min ago Docs: man:ufw(8) Main PID: 515 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS) Tasks: 0 (limit: 4915) CGroup: /system.slice/ufw.service prev | next

Setup firewall on OCI instanceSometimes all OCI settings are correct, all preparations of local VM have been done properly, the export action was successful and new instance runs in OCI, SSH...

Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI - part 6

OCI side preparation Type of access NB! If you don't know how to create\apply the policies ask your tenancy administrator to do it. The following policies are the minimal set which should exist before doing the export action: Allow group <group name> to manage instance-family in compartment ABC Allow group <group name> to use volume-family in compartment ABC Allow group <group name> to use virtual-network-family in compartment XYZ Ability to do everything with instances launched into the cloud network and subnets in compartment XYZ, and attach/detach any existing volumes that already exist in compartment ABC. The first statement also lets the group create and manage instance images in compartment ABC. If the group doesn't need to attach/detach volumes, you can delete the second statement. Add ingress rule for access via SSH By default the port 22 is opened by OCI for SSH connection. But if somehow this rule is absent in the security list used by the subnet where an exported instance was placed then user needs to add a stateful ingress security rule for TCP traffic on destination port 22 from source 0.0.0.0/0 and any source port. User can implement this security rule in either a network security group that the Windows instance belongs to, or a security list that is used by the instance's subnet. Add ingress rule for access via RDP User can connect to a Windows instance using a Remote Desktop connection. Most Windows systems include a Remote Desktop client by default. To enable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access to the Windows instance, user needs to add a stateful ingress security rule for TCP traffic on destination port 3389 from source 0.0.0.0/0 and any source port. User can implement this security rule in either a network security group that the Windows instance belongs to, or a security list that is used by the instance's subnet. If you don’t know how to do it just reach out your tenancy administrator and ask him to do it for you. Add Internet Gateway NB! VirtualBox doesn’t create Internet Gateway during export action This step is obvious but it happens again and again because it’s not directly related to the export action. The network where the exported instance was added should have the Internet Gateway or at least NAT Gateway. In case of NAT Gateway only egress traffic is allowed. prev | next

OCI side preparation Type of access NB! If you don't know how to create\apply the policies ask your tenancy administrator to do it. The following policies are the minimal set which should exist before...

Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI - part 5

Network stuff The network connections and network settings are the vital part of any Cloud. So it’s essential to setup all stuff here correctly. There are several specific issue which After export into OCI it may happen that user still can't connect via SSH, but the machine works because serial console connection works and user has the access to the created instance. Possible and the most feasible reason is that the Ethernet connection hadn't been activated before. What does it mean and how it may happen? Because OCI uses own network interfaces instead those when the machine used to live on user host machine. For example, on Oracle Linux 7/8 machine the standard network device name is "enp0s3", but in the cloud OCI after export network device name will change his name to "ens3". And this "ens3" wasn't activated after export. In parallel old network device "enp0s3" was excluded from the network interfaces. In this case the "ifconfig -a" output will look like this example: # ifconfig -a ens3: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 ether 02:00:17:02:76:de txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet) RX packets 550 bytes 48087 (46.9 KiB) RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0 TX packets 361 bytes 37544 (36.6 KiB) TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0 As you may notice there is no such lines for inet and inet6 like: inet 10.0.1.222 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 10.0.1.255 inet6 fe80::7dae:f3d0:8e4f:9484 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x20<link> Do not specify the HW address within the VNIC configuration NB! This step may be optional if NetworkManager works properly and there is no such issue like Instance reboot fails if the Network Manager service is installed. Usually, the network interface configuration file is located in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-<interface_name>. Within the vNIC configuration file (ifcfg-<device-name>) do not expose the HW-ADDR. Example: # more ifcfg-eth0 DEVICE="eth0" BOOTPROTO="DHCP" ONBOOT="yes" TYPE="Ethernet" USERCTL="no" PEERDNS="yes" As it' seen there is no line with "HW-ADDR". NetworkManager NetworkManager is a program for providing detection and configuration for systems to automatically connect to networks. NetworkManager command line, which consists of the nmcli command and its options. Other commands such as ip and ethtool complement nmcli in configuring and managing networks. NB! OCI recommendation: If the Network Manager service is not required, you can uninstall it. If the Network Manager service is required, modify the network interface configuration file before you reboot the instance. Set the NM_CONTROLLED configuration key to "no" All command "nmcli" output is properly displayed when the network device parameter NM_CONTROLLED in the config file is set to “YES”. If "NM_CONTROLLED" is set to "NO" the command "nmcli" doesn't show proper information. During launching the instance the NetworkManager helps OS to detect the network controller. Next this controller should be setup for some network connection and for this OS looks into the folder /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ and finds there a script which describes the connection exactly for this network controller\device. When such script has been found the settings from the scipt are applied for this network controller. After this network connection is activated and network controller is ready to handle the traffic. Sometimes after export into OCI network connection isn't activated automatically because there is no any file in the folder /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ describing the network settings for existing network controller. In this case user should setup network connection using nmcli or any other suitable network tool. Keep consistent VNIC device names between VirtualBox and OCI As it was said in the beginning of the article the network device name after export may differ from the name before operation and it may lead to wrong network configuration. To avoid this situation, as the alternative to NetworkManager, user need to disable Consistent Network Device Naming and the biosdevname naming scheme. But this document "Is it safe to set net.ifnames=0 in RHEL7 and RHEL8?" from RHEL clearly says that this approach isn't recommended. NB! Disabling Consistent Network Device Naming isn’t recommended by Red Hat for RHEL7 and RHEL8. Quote from the document: "No. Red Hat strongly recommend that the new RHEL7 and RHEL8 naming conventions are used. It is safe to set net.ifnames=0 only under a few specific circumstances: If the alternate naming scheme, such as biosdevname, is enabled and able to identify the needed interface properties. biosdevname is enabled by default only on systems running RHEL7 on Dell hardware. In all other cases it must be enabled by setting biosdevname=1 and ensuring the biosdevname package is installed. Non-Dell hardware may not provide the necessary information needed for biosdevname to work. If the system only has a single interface and will never have more than a single interface. KVM guests (libvirt only, not RHV or OpenStack) exclusively using virtio-net type interfaces can safely set net.ifnames=0. If the system is configured to use unique, non ethX style names using either udev rules or relying on the functionality of the udev properties in the /usr/lib/udev/rules.d/60-net.rules rule file.“ Explanation from the document: “ Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is the first release of RHEL which assigns network interface names using systemd's Predictable Network Interface naming scheme. This is described in detail in: the Consistent network device naming section in the RHEL7 Networking Guide the Consistent network interface device naming section in the RHEL8 Configuring and managing networking guide The freedesktop.org website has further details about the new naming behaviour and the move away from ethX device naming: Predictable Network Interface Names" Thus using “net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0” isn’t recommended but this approach works and the following operations may be applied before exporting a Virtual Machine to OCI. Next chapter shows how to do it on Oracle Linux. For the other types of Linux logic is the same. Oracle Linux 6/7(grub2) Edit “/etc/sysconfig/grub”and append the following values to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX line: “net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0” Update Grub2 configuration GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX in the file/etc/default/grub: # grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg Verify there’s no UDEV rules implemented for vNIC names under "/etc/udev/rules.d". If an automated UDEV rule is created for net-persistence, evaluate a possible workaround like: # cd /etc/udev/rules.d # rm -f 70-persistent-net.rules # ln -s /dev/null /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules Just the example of file 70-persistent-net.rules: $ cat /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="08:00:27:de:9f:11", NAME="enp0s3" Oracle Linux 5/6 (grub) Edit “/boot/grub/grub.conf” and append following values to the Kernel line like: # kernel /vmlinuz-4.1.12-124.16.4.el6uek.x86_64 net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0 Verify there’s no UDEV rules implemented for vNIC names under “/etc/udev/rules.d”. If an automated UDEV rule is created for net-persistence, evaluate a possible workaround like: # cd /etc/udev/rules.d # echo -n >70-persistent-net.rules As the result, if your local machine had the network interface name "enp0s3" then after exporting to OCI the exported machine will have the network interface name "eth0". And all rules for this interface will be created from a scratch (file like /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 will be created). prev | next

Network stuff The network connections and network settings are the vital part of any Cloud. So it’s essential to setup all stuff here correctly. There are several specific issue which After export...

Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI - part 4

Setup VirtIO drivers on Linux VM This step is needed if the exported VM is intended to launch in Paravirtualized mode. Without this step the Linux dracut can't find an appropriate boot disk and the boot process fails with the messages like this: dracut-initqueue[504]: Warning: dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts dracut-initqueue[504]: Warning: dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts dracut-initqueue[504]: Warning: dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts .... dracut-initqueue[504]: Warning: could not boot. dracut-initqueue[504]: Warning: /dev/disk/by-id/md-uuid-2fdc509e:8dd05ed3:c2350cb4:ea5a620d does not exist Starting Dracut Emergency Shell... Warning: /dev/disk/by-id/md-uuid-2fdc509e:8dd05ed3:c2350cb4:ea5a620d does not exist In the most cases the needed virtio/qemu drivers or modules are presented in the kernel but sometimes it may occur that some of them are absent. And in this case it's needed to check it and add the missed drivers/modules. To run “Paravirtualized" Instances on OCI, add paravirtualized device support (virtio_blk and virtio_scsi) by building the virtio drivers into the VM's initrd/initramfs. Because this action works only on machines with a Linux kernel of version 3.4 or later, check that the system is running a modern kernel: # uname -a Check virtio modules/drivers Run "lspci |grep Virtio" # sudo lspci |grep Virtio 00:03.0 Ethernet controller: Red Hat, Inc. Virtio network device Run "lsmod|grep virtio" # sudo lsmod|grep virtio virtio_net 53248 0 net_failover 20480 1 virtio_net virtio_scsi 24576 2 This is the possible output for the commands, but it may differ from output on user machine. Here the 2 VirtIO modules SCSI and Net are used. Run "lsinitrd|less" find the line "qemu" under part "dracut modules": dracut modules: bash systemd systemd-initrd nss-softokn rngd i18n network-legacy network ifcfg drm qemu plymouth prefixdevname kernel-modules kernel-modules-extra kernel-network-modules resume rootfs-block terminfo udev-rules biosdevname dracut-systemd usrmount base fs-lib microcode_ctl-fw_dir_override shutdown If there is no "qemu" you have to do the steps below. Setup qemu on RHEL/OL Add the qemu module There are two general way to do this – add qemu support using the tool dracut or editing the file /etc/dracut.conf. Add the module qemu using the tool “dracut” # dracut --logfile /var/log/Dracut.log --force --add qemu Edit the file /etc/dracut.conf Add the line aka “add_dracutmodules+=qemu” into the file /etc/dracut.conf: # cat /etc/dracut.conf # PUT YOUR CONFIG IN separate files # in /etc/dracut.conf.d named ".conf" # SEE man dracut.conf(5) for options #omit_dracutmodules+=plymouth add_dracutmodules+=qemu Finally the initrd must be rebuilt to pick up new setting after editing the file: # dracut --logfile /var/log/Dracut.log --force Verify the virtio drivers are present Run again lsinitrd: # lsinitrd |grep qemu Now user should see the output line with “qemu”. Setup qemu on Ubuntu\Debian Compile VirtIO device support into the kernel To compile VirtIO device support into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel configuration file (usually it's /boot/config-* file): CONFIG_VIRTIO=y CONFIG_VIRTIO_BLK=y CONFIG_VIRTIO_BLK_SCSI=y CONFIG_SCSI_VIRTIO=y And recompile the kernel. In case of EFI system, to load VirtIO support as modules at boot time (without recompiling the kernel ), place the following lines in loader.conf : virtio_load="YES" virtio_blk_load="YES" virtio_scsi_load="YES" Create initramfs file This approach is the same one as described above for RHEL. If the tool dracut is absent then install it via "apt install dracut-core". Next repeat the steps for RHEL/OL. prev | next

Setup VirtIO drivers on Linux VM This step is needed if the exported VM is intended to launch in Paravirtualized mode. Without this step the Linux dracut can't find an appropriate boot disk and the...

Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI - part 3

Setup Serial Console Connection on Linux VM Serial console connection is needed to have at least one way to see what had happened with an instance if there is a problem with SSH connection. In this case OCI offers “instance console connection” which uses serial console to reach a malfunctioning instance. More information is here – Troubleshooting Instances Using Instance Console Connections. Configuring the Boot Loader The steps to configure the boot loader to use ttyS0 as a console terminal for both input and output depend on the GRUB version. Run the following command on the operating system to determine the GRUB version: #grub install --version If the version number returned is 2.* use the steps for GRUB 2. For earlier versions, use the steps for GRUB. GRUB configuration Run the following command to modify the GRUB configuration file: sudo vi /boot/grub/grub.conf Add following after the line containing timeout: “serial --unit=0 --speed=115200 terminal --timeout=5 serial console” Append the following to each kernel line: “console=tty1 console=ttyS0,115200” GRUB2 configuration Run the following command to modify the GRUB configuration file: sudo vi /etc/default/grub Confirm that the configuration file contains the following: GRUB_SERIAL_COMMAND="serial --unit=0 –speed=115200" GRUB_TERMINAL="serial console" Append to the end of the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX: “console=tty1 console=ttyS0,115200” If GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX does not exist, create this line, using GRUB_CMDLINE_OUTPUT as a template. Regenerate the GRUB2 configuration using the following command: sudo grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg If you have a beta version of GRUB 2, use this command instead: sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg prev | next

Setup Serial Console Connection on Linux VM Serial console connection is needed to have at least one way to see what had happened with an instance if there is a problem with SSH connection. In this...

Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI - part 2

Setup SSH on Linux VM The standard practice when SSH is used to connect the instance. So SSH should be setup properly. There are two general cases how to login into a remote machine via SSH – key-based authentication and password-based authentication. If it’s possible always use key-based authentication approach because it’s much safe. Usage RSA key for SSH connection to authenticate user To work with the instance via SSH generate the pair private\public RSA keys. The private key is always stored on the client (and public key too), but on the instance (remote machine in our case) only the public key is needed. If you're using a UNIX-style system, you probably already have the ssh-keygen utility installed. To determine whether it's installed, type ssh-keygen on the command line. If it's not installed, you can download OpenSSH for UNIX from http://www.openssh.com/portable.html and install it. If you're using a Windows operating system, you will need PuTTY and the PuTTY Key Generator. Download PuTTY and PuTTYgen from http://www.putty.org and install them.  Copy RSA key to remote machine Sometimes user generates the RSA keys on his local machine and needs to copy a public RSA key to a local VM or remote machine. The standard way to do this is to use the following commands ssh or ssh-copy-id: The util ssh. Command syntax: ssh <user>@<machine address> sh -c 'mkdir -p ~/.ssh && chmod 0700 ~/.ssh && cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys && chmod 0600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys' < ~/.ssh/id_rsa The command uses SSH to connect to a machine, next launches a command line shell and runs the bunch of commands which do the real work – prepares the folder on the remote machine and copies the public key ~/.ssh/id_rsa from the local machine to the remote machine. It may happen that this command won't work as expected because there are some issues with the quote characters " or ' and with the redirection >> on the different OS. The util ssh-copy-id. Command syntax: ssh-copy-id -f -i /path/to/public_key <user>@<machine address> This command is much simple and copies the public key of user default identity (use -i identity_file for other identities) to the remote host. The default identity is user "standard" ssh key. It consists of two files (public and private key) in user’s ~/.ssh directory, normally named identity, id_rsa, id_dsa, id_ecdsa (and the same with .pub), depending on the type of key. If user did not create more than one ssh key, he doesn’t have to worry about specifying the identity, ssh-copy-id will just pick it automatically. The flag "-f" is the force flag. Access rights for folder ~/.ssh The access rights must be set as "read+write+execute" (0700) only for the owner: # ls -l /home/user/ drwx------. 2 user user 4096 июн 18 06:18 .ssh Access rights for file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys The access rights must be set as "read+write" (0600) only for the owner: # ls -l /home/user/.ssh -rw-------. 1 user user 411 июн 18 06:03 authorized_keys Otherwise during login via SSH user can't login automatically with a ssh key and will be prompted to type a password. And in this case if to look into the file /var/log/secure there should be the lines like: Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for directory /home/user/.ssh or Authentication refused: bad ownership or modes for file /home/user/.ssh/authorized_keys NB! User must set the access rights 0700 for the folder ~/.ssh and 0600 for the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys. Usage password for SSH connection to authenticate user User must know how to login into machine in case if there is no way to use RSA key authentication. It means he knows at least one login\password for any active user. NB! Don’t use a simple user password for any VMs run in the Cloud. If the password-based authentication is applied then use a strong password. Setup sshd config file /etc/ssh/sshd_config NB! After export to OCI the setting "PasswordAuthentication yes" is reset to "no". If it’s needed revert it by editing /etc/ssh/sshd_config via serial console connection. LogLevel Set LogLevel to "VERBOSE". It allows to see ALL messages related to the connection via ssh in the log file /var/log/secure. AuthorizedKeysFile Check that AuthorizedKeysFile is set to ".ssh/authorized_keys" prev | next

Setup SSH on Linux VM The standard practice when SSH is used to connect the instance. So SSH should be setup properly. There are two general cases how to login into a remote machine via SSH – key-based...

Oracle VM VirtualBox

Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI

Introduction VirtualBox supports export a local VM into OCI. There is the Oracle VM VirtualBox Technical Paper “ Journey to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM VirtualBox” which contains enough general information how to apply this feature for OCI. This article is intended to explain some technical details more precisely or to cover the topics which may be omitted or can’t be described in the white paper. Some quotations from the white paper or the references to this one will be present here. Also some text from Official OCI documentation is quoted here. The article has no aim to replace the white paper, moreover the better way is to use one together with the white paper. Carefully read the next OCI documentation to avoid any simple mistakes on the beginning: Bringing Your Own Image – here you find the supported OSs which can be exported to the OCI. The other OSs may also be exported but there are no guaranties regarding their correct functioning in OCI. Importing Custom Windows Images – describes the requirements for Windows OS which your on-premise VM should comply. Importing Custom Linux Images – describes the requirements for Linix OS which your on-premise VM should comply. Enabling Serial Console Access for Imported Linux Images – important item in case of any troubles with connection to an instance. Known OCI issues - The good start point where user can find some answers about his issues. It’s supposed that user already has credentials to login to OCI and knows some basic stuff about OCI like IAM, VCN, Subnet, Object Storage. Content Part 1 - General logic and Prerequisites Part 2 - Setup SSH on Linux VM Part 3 - Setup Serial Console Connection on Linux VM Part 4 - Setup VirtIO drivers on Linux VM Part 5 - Network stuff Part 6 - OCI side preparation Part 7 - Setup firewall on OCI instance Part 8 - Export to OCI via the command “VBoxManage export”  

Introduction VirtualBox supports export a local VM into OCI. There is the Oracle VM VirtualBox Technical Paper “ Journey to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM VirtualBox” which contains enough...

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Automate Oracle Linux 8 Virtual Machine deployments on Oracle VM and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Oracle is pleased to release the Oracle VM Guest Additions for Oracle Linux 8 Deploying applications in virtualized environments can be complex and time consuming. Oracle VM solves these problems with the Oracle VM Guest Additions to help automate tasks with virtual machines and get virtualized applications up and running quickly. The Oracle VM Guest Additions for Oracle Linux 8 were released and can be used with your Oracle VM or Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) installations. Oracle VM Guest Additions allow bi-directional communication between Oracle VM Manager and the guest operating system such as Oracle Linux 8 running in the Oracle VM environment. Oracle VM Guest Additions provide fine-grained control over the configuration and behavior of components running within the virtual machine directly from Oracle VM Manager. Oracle VM Guest Additions also allow direct integration between guest software and the virtualization layer, to assist in orchestration and automation of complex, multi-virtual machine deployments. Oracle VM Guest Additions for Oracle Linux 8 The Oracle VM Guest Additions consist of the following packages: Package Description libovmapi Library that adds support for the Oracle VM API ovmd Daemon that handles configuration events and enables sending and receiving of messages between the virtual machine and Oracle VM Manager xenstoreprovider Library that communicates with the Oracle VM API kernel infrastructure ovm-template-config Basic operating system configuration scripts Oracle VM Guest Additions are now available to support Oracle Linux 8 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK). The Oracle VM Guest Additions packages can be found and downloaded from the Oracle Linux 8 Addons channel in the Oracle Linux yum server. The packages can also be downloaded from the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN).   Further information on installing, upgrading, or using Oracle Linux 8 guest additions can be found in the Oracle VM Administrator's Guide for Release 3.4. To learn more about Oracle Linux and Virtualization, visit Oracle Linux Oracle VM Server for x86 Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Oracle Virtualization

Oracle is pleased to release the Oracle VM Guest Additions for Oracle Linux 8 Deploying applications in virtualized environments can be complex and time consuming. Oracle VM solves these problems with...

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Export VM from VirtualBox to OCI - part 1

General logic The following is a high-level outline of the steps which VirtualBox does: Convert an user image as VMDK if it’s needed. Upload the image to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage. See Overview of Object Storage for more information. Import the uploaded image, it means a custom image creation. Launch new instance using the custom image and user settings. Prerequisites OCI IAM rights User must have the appropriate IAM rights to upload the objects into a bucket, to create VCN and Subnet or to use VCN and Subnet, to launch an instance. If user hasn’t enough rights the action will fail. If you don’t know whether you have an appropriate IAM role or not then ask your tenancy administrator. If you're new to policies, see Getting Started with Policies and Common Policies. For reference material about writing policies for instances, cloud networks, or other Core Services API resources, see Details for the Core Services. The rules will be explained more in the part 6. VirtualBox cloud profile User must have create and configure OCI profile in VirtualBox manually or using Cloud Profile Manager. See the white paper Journey to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM VirtualBox. Linux and Windows Source Image Requirements At present the requirements are identical for both systems. OCI documentation says that a custom image must meet the following requirements: The maximum image size is 400 GB. The image must be set up for BIOS boot. Only one disk is supported, and it must be the boot drive with a valid master boot record (MBR) and boot loader. You can migrate additional data volumes after you import the image's boot volume. The minimum boot volume size is 256 GB for Windows and 50 GB for Linux. For more information, see Custom Boot Volume Sizes. The boot process must not require additional data volumes to be present for a successful boot. The disk image cannot be encrypted. The disk image must be a VMDK or QCOW2 file. Create the image file by cloning the source volume, not by creating a snapshot. VMDK files must be either the "single growable" (monolithicSparse) type or the "stream optimized" (streamOptimized) type, both of which consist of a single VMDK file. All other VMDK formats, such as those that use multiple files, split volumes, or contain snapshots, are not supported. The network interface must use DHCP to discover the network settings. When you import a custom image, existing network interfaces are not recreated. Any existing network interfaces are replaced with a single NIC after the import process is complete. You can attach additional VNICs after you launch the imported instance. The network configuration must not hardcode the MAC address for the network interface.   next |

General logic The following is a high-level outline of the steps which VirtualBox does: Convert an user image as VMDK if it’s needed. Upload the image to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage. See Ov...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.18 now available!

  Available today, maintenance release 6.1.18 includes improvements and bug fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1. This maintenance release includes improved support for Apple macOS Big Sur and introduces support for the latest upstream Linux kernel 5.10 for the host and for virtual machines running on top of VirtualBox. It allows developers and IT professionals to work and integrate the latest cutting-edge upstream kernel on their preferred devices without disrupting the existing operating environment. In addition, Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.18 delivers the January 2021 Critical Patch Update (CPU) to address security vulnerabilities.  Notable bug fixes and enhancements include: Nested Virtualization: Fixed hangs when executing SMP nested-guests under certain conditions on Intel hosts OCI integration: Cloud Instance parameters parsing is improved on import macOS host: Multiple optimizations for BigSur Audio: Fixed issues with audio playback after host goes to sleep Linux host and guest: Support kernel version 5.10 Shared Folder: Fixed error with remounting on Linux guests Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.18 is available for download for multiple platforms such as Linux, macOS, Windows, and Oracle Solaris. For a complete list of bug fixes and enhancements, visit Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.18 changelog. Oracle VM VirtualBox, the world’s most popular open source, cross-platform, virtualization software, enables developers to deliver code faster by running multiple operating systems on a single device. IT teams and solution providers use VirtualBox to reduce operational costs and shorten the time needed to securely deploy applications on-premises and to the cloud. For more information about Oracle VM VirtualBox, please visit www.oracle.com/virtualbox.

  Available today, maintenance release 6.1.18 includes improvements and bug fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1. This maintenance release includes improved support for Apple macOS Big Sur and introduces...

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Automate Application Deployments with Oracle Database App in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle is pleased to announce the availability of the updated Oracle Database App in Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The new Oracle Database App provides you with the ability to automatically deploy a fully functional database environment in Oracle Cloud, with the flexibility to implement basic customization and configuration changes, pre- or post-deployment. The new Oracle Database App introduces autonomous operations based on Oracle Autonomous Linux, in addition to the standard Oracle Linux. This new app is designed to provide IT professionals with a fast and easy way of deploying Single Instance Oracle Database on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for test and production environments.  You can get familiar with the new app by reading this document to see examples of the app features and customization.     The Oracle Database App includes all of the latest bits for Oracle Database Releases (19.9, 18.12 and 12.2) patched to October 2020 PSU/RU, Oracle Linux release 7 Update 9 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 6 Update 1 (5.4.17-2036.100). Oracle Cloud Infrastructure users can deploy the Oracle Database app in a matter of minutes.  Users can clone and deploy Oracle Database into any number of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Instances. This solution offers the same easy, automated deployment experience as with Oracle VM Templates, which have been proven in production on-premises customer environments for many years.   Additional Resources Oracle Database deployment on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Oracle Database on Oracle Cloud Marketplace Oracle Cloud Marketplace Try Oracle Cloud Free Tier Oracle Database Templates for Oracle VM Oracle.com/Linux Oracle.com/Virtualization

Oracle is pleased to announce the availability of the updated Oracle Database App in Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The new Oracle Database App provides you with the ability to automatically deploy a fully...

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Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager adds support for Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 6

Oracle is pleased to announce that the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager has expanded support for Oracle Linux KVM host to include Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 6 (UEK R6). The additions enable customers to access the capabilities introduced by the new Oracle Linux releases, particularly the latest hardware platform support. Oracle works with established x86 server partners to qualify their hardware on Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux KVM.  For a full listing of server partners that have certified their hardware with Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 and UEK R6 please consult the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Hardware Certification List. The Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is a server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle.  For more details about these updates and other features, please consult the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Release Notes in the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Documentation Library.  Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager downloads These updates were delivered in conjunction with the latest errata update release and extends the Oracle Linux 7 KVM host support (with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 and Release 6) offered with the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3. Individual RPM packages are available on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux yum server. Oracle Linux ISO installation images are available for download from the Oracle Linux yum server and Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. For more information about Oracle Linux and Virtualization, please visit oracle.com/linux and oracle.com/virtualization.

Oracle is pleased to announce that the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager has expanded support for Oracle Linux KVM host to include Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.16 now available!

  Oracle has released VirtualBox 6.1 maintenance release 16 that includes improvements and bug fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1. This maintenance release introduces support for the latest upstream Linux kernel 5.9 for the host as well as for virtual machines running on top of VirtualBox. It allows developers and IT professionals to work and integrate the latest cutting-edge upstream kernel on their preferred devices without disrupting the existing operating environment. In addition, Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.16 delivers October 2020 Critical Patch Update (CPU) to address security vulnerabilities.  Notable bug fixes and enhancements include: Windows host: Fixed random memory and register-state corruptions when Hyper-V is used. Virtual machine management: Fixed VMSVGA 3D support with Linux guests when Hyper-V is used. macOS: Fixed some Qt related crashes on macOS Big Sur and improved installer for this new macOS release. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: Fixed the issue that network integration was not working behind some proxies. Linux host and guest: Added support fort kernel version 5.9. Linux guest: Fixed Guest additions build for Oracle Linux 8.3 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 beta. Security fixes: Includes October 2020 Critical Patch Update (CPU). Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.16 is available for download for multiple platforms such as Linux, macOS, Windows, and Oracle Solaris. For a complete list of bug fixes and enhancements, visit Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.16 changelog. For more information about Oracle VM VirtualBox, please visit www.oracle.com/virtualbox.

  Oracle has released VirtualBox 6.1 maintenance release 16 that includes improvements and bug fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1. This maintenance release introduces support for the latest upstream...

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Reduce complexity and costs with Oracle VM VirtualBox

IT organizations strive to provide the most efficient development platforms that enable their developers to develop and deploy solutions faster. At the same time, they have to support and keep a growing number of software releases and complex environments up to date across the organization. Desktop virtualization can be the answer to these challenges. Virtualization is generally known as the ability to run multiple virtual machines on a single piece of hardware. The hardware runs software that enables you to install multiple operating systems that run simultaneously and independently. Each virtual machine has its own virtual CPU, network interfaces, storage and operating system. Virtualization is usually associated with server-side solutions but the same concepts apply to desktop-side solutions. Today, application developers are used to working on their own device and a server is generally not required. But this means that while one developer might have a Mac, another has a PC, yet another could be running Linux, all with different versions. What’s more, these developer environments might be completely different from the quality and production environments that need to be supported and tested, on-premises or in the cloud.  By using a virtual machine as developer platform, individuals as well as teams of developers, can develop and test applications on different platforms using their own device regardless of the OS and version that runs on their device. Virtualization provides the following advantages for developers: Use their favorite device or operating system on the host Run multiple other operating systems on their device at the same time Run the emulated server solution on a desktop virtual machine and use the host as the client Run the same environment as other developers, quality assurance teams and customers Get hands on experience with other operating systems and/or programming languages IT teams can use virtualization to distribute standard virtual machines (VMs) across the organization, without needing to keep an arsenal of physical hardware and OS versions up to date. Oracle VM VirtualBox is a powerful, award-winning, open source cross-platform virtualization solution that is easy to use with very little overhead. It provides all the benefits mentioned above plus additional benefits such as: Runs on almost any x86 laptop running Windows, Mac OS, Linux, or Oracle Solaris Supports a wide range of Windows, Linux, Oracle Solaris, Mac, and Unix versions on VMs Easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) and a powerful command line interface Supports up to 32 virtual CPUs per virtual machine Easy import and export of VMs in standard OVF format, on-premises or in the cloud Quick provisioning of development VMs with preconfigured Oracle software, using Vagrant boxes Secure and encrypted workspaces Reduce Complexity Oracle VM VirtualBox is game-changing software for developers trying to reduce complexity. VirtualBox allows developers to: Create virtual machine images that can easily be shared within a team of developers Automate the creation of development environments Help ensure that the development environment is the same for all developers on the development team and in the production environment where the application will be deployed Get a development environment running on top of almost any x86 operating system (VirtualBox is the same product for Linux, Windows, MacOS and Oracle Solaris) Share existing development images with others (thanks to the export/import capabilities) Thanks to all of these capabilities, the common issue of "it works on my machine," while it doesn't on other devices, can be avoided. Reduce Costs When an application is virtualized, it runs on a shared device equipped with the appropriate hypervisor or virtual machine management solution. With this capability, the need for a dedicated device and any other support equipment for a given application is virtually eliminated. This not only reduces the initial cost of hardware acquisition and installation, but also the ongoing cost of time and maintenance by the IT team. With Oracle VM VirtualBox developers can run almost any x86 operating system on a single device. They do not need additional devices, shared or dedicated, to develop and test applications. A single machine can run nearly any operating system, any application and/or different programming languages. Savings on hardware procurement and on-going maintenance costs can be huge. Think of an application that is required to run on both Linux and Windows – which is very common – and all the possible Windows releases or Linux distributions that need to be tested. Without a solution like Oracle VM VirtualBox you will have to multiply your infrastructure and maintenance costs! A standard configuration across the company Complexity and cost reduction is a must for IT organizations. Complexity reduction saves resources, which in turn provides further cost reduction. Oracle VM VirtualBox is the DevOps solution that addresses both these requirements. Leveraging VirtualBox as the de-facto standard for development allows IT organizations to remove the usual complexity of development environments and, at the same time, reduce operational, hardware procurement, and maintenance costs.  Resources  Documentation Oracle VM VirtualBox Documentation Oracle VM VirtualBox Data Sheet Software Download Oracle VM VirtualBox downloads Blogs  Oracle Virtualization Blog Simon Coter's Blog Oracle Linux Blog Social Media Oracle VM VirtualBox on Facebook Oracle VM VirtualBox on Twitter Oracle Linux on Facebook Oracle Linux on Twitter Additional Resources Oracle VM VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Data Sheet VirtualBox 6.1 in Action: Import Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Instance to Oracle VM VirtualBox VirtualBox 6.0 in Action: Deploy your own machines on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Oracle Linux Vagrant Boxes: Official Repository Oracle Vagrant Boxes Repository: for ready-to-run Oracle products on VirtualBox

IT organizations strive to provide the most efficient development platforms that enable their developers to develop and deploy solutions faster. At the same time, they have to support and keep a...

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Simplify software distribution with Oracle VM VirtualBox

With the fast paced growth in the market and ever changing customer requirements, many enterprise developers find themselves in a rush to develop and deliver software. After distributing the applications to end users, support teams have to deal with issues that are often related to deployment environment configurations not meeting the application requirements. The deployed application needs a specific operating system release, a set of libraries installed and available, and in some cases, proprietary third party modules/drivers. Most of the times just sharing the application binary may not be enough. The risk is that the end user or customer won't be able to run the application correctly, in their configure environment, and the application will fail. Another important item to highlight in the application lifecycle is the need to consistently and reliably distribute patches to support new versions and updates of operating systems, libraries, and drivers. Oracle VM VirtualBox: Simplified software distribution with appliances These key issues can be addressed by distributing an application embedded in VirtualBox. This takes software distribution to the next level. Oracle VM VirtualBox can act as a transparent layer that allows you to distribute a complete package that includes everything required. You do not need to distribute only the application, you can distribute a complete package that includes everything required and configured as needed to get the application running. End users or consumers won't have to worry about requirements of that application. The required deployment environment will be part of the distributed package (the appliance) and the application will run on end user devices correctly. Oracle VM VirtualBox is a powerful open source product with unique cross-platform virtualization software and low overhead. VirtualBox is the only virtualization solution that runs and works on MS-Windows, Linux, Oracle Solaris and MacOS transparently. Oracle VM VirtualBox can import and export virtual machines in Open Virtualization Format (OVF), the industry-standard format. OVF is a cross-platform standard supported by many virtualization products which enables the creation of ready-made virtual machines that can then be imported into a hypervisor such as Oracle VM VirtualBox. Oracle VM VirtualBox makes OVF import and export easy to do, using the VirtualBox Manager window or the command-line interface. Using OVF enables packaging of virtual appliances. These are disk images that contain configuration settings which can be distributed easily. This way, one can offer complete ready-to-use software packages, which include operating systems, libraries and device drivers, along with the applications. These do not need configuration or installation processes, except to import them into VirtualBox. Further details on how to export and import VM appliances on Oracle VM VirtualBox are available in this documentation. Oracle VM VirtualBox: Application lifecycle with appliances Oracle VM VirtualBox appliances can also be used to manage the application lifecycle, enabling software to be released faster, safer, and with better quality. Appliances allow you to release updated operating systems, updated libraries, security fixes, and the updated application itself, in one package.  Here’s an example of Chain Stores: For each season, the chain store requires an updated application and, by distributing this application as an appliance on Oracle VM VirtualBox, the solution provider is confident that there won't be any differences between the application running at the store(s) and the one running in the development environment at headquarters. At the same time, the lifecycle of the application will be easily managed by distributing one single appliance file. Secured software distribution by appliances Over the last decade, cybersecurity has become a vital part of corporate culture. While companies pay more attention to potential attack surfaces, including desktop and laptop systems, and strengthening security measures, cybercrime has become increasingly sophisticated. There are now greater opportunities and far higher damages that cybercrime can cause. Oracle VM VirtualBox allows you to run applications within an isolated virtual machine. In case of a cyber attack or a possible ransomware attack, the application can easily be restarted by re-importing the distributed appliance. Solution providers can scale their business by distributing apps embedded in VirtualBox which allows them to greatly simplify support and maintenance, improve the customer experience, and add a layer of security. Resources  Documentation Oracle VM VirtualBox Documentation Oracle VM VirtualBox Data Sheet Software Download Oracle VM VirtualBox downloads Blogs  Oracle Virtualization Blog Simon Coter's Blog Oracle Linux Blog Social Media Oracle VM VirtualBox on Facebook Oracle VM VirtualBox on Twitter Oracle Linux on Facebook Oracle Linux on Twitter Additional Resources Oracle VM VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Data Sheet VirtualBox 6.1 in Action: Import Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Instance to Oracle VM VirtualBox VirtualBox 6.0 in Action: Deploy your own machines on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Oracle Linux Vagrant Boxes: Official Repository Oracle Vagrant Boxes Repository: for ready-to-run Oracle products on VirtualBox

With the fast paced growth in the market and ever changing customer requirements, many enterprise developers find themselves in a rush to develop and deliver software. After distributing the...

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Announcing Kubernetes as a Service with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.3 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4

Oracle is pleased to announce the availability of Kubernetes as a service for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This feature is included with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.4.3 and requires Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6). The Kubernetes Engine included within Oracle Private Cloud Appliance automates the provisioning of Oracle VM infrastructure and Kubernetes components to provide an integrated solution for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.   With Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6), customers can use private cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to create, start, stop, and delete Kubernetes clusters. Once the private cloud administrator has enabled the Kubernetes Engine following this documentation, the private cloud user can consume quota-based Kubernetes resources in parallel to their existing private cloud self-service framework.   Kubernetes as a service included within Oracle Enterprise Manager provides role-based access control, quota-based private cloud resources, self-service, automation, and simplified provisioning. The screenshot above shows an additional icon for the IaaS Self-Service Portal, any new Kubernetes cluster would be part of the private cloud self-service quota set by the cloud or customer administrator. A single button enables simple wizard-driven provisioning of either a DHCP or Static Kubernetes cluster: Oracle Enterprise Manager uses the concept of Network Profiles to store Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) hostnames and IP addresses which are used for provisioning both DHCP and Static Kubernetes clusters. If a DHCP cluster is selected, the Network Profile is used to provide a single static hostname and IP address for the Kubernetes cluster load balancer. The DHCP configuration is set by default for three masters and three worker nodes, further information is in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance documentation.  For a Static cluster, the Network Profile is used to supply hostnames and IP addresses for all nodes (master and worker) and the load balancer. For a Static cluster, you also have a choice of the configuration of each node (masters and workers) within a set boundary, further details are in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance documentation.  The portal provides a dynamic view of the state of any cluster including current state, the screenshot below depicts two clusters in a state of building: Once a cluster or clusters are provisioned (shows as AVAILABLE) the Actions menu allows further creation, start, stop and delete functions: You can click on a cluster which when displays the cluster details: Here we can see the master and worker nodes, also the master and worker node pools. Each node or node pool has its own information page which is accessed by clicking on the node or node pool link: From the node view and using the server menu, lifecycle management of the server is possible including accessing the console: Please read the documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.4 administration guide to learn how to discover, monitor, and manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager. For more information, visit: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.4.3 release notes  Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 announcement Oracle Enterprise Manager documentation

Oracle is pleased to announce the availability of Kubernetes as a service for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This feature is included with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.4.3 and requires...

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Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.4.3 Certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4

Oracle is pleased to announce that Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.3 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 and 13.3 releases. This certification enables the discovery, monitoring, and management of multiple Oracle Private Cloud Appliances. As well as providing role-based access control features, Oracle Enterprise Manager enables infrastructure as a service (IaaS) private cloud, with role-based access control on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.3 introduces a new Kubernetes as a service feature, this capability is only available with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6). Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is a turnkey engineered system built for rapid and extremely cost-effective deployment of private clouds. It runs both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads on a mix of operating systems, including Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is unique in the industry because it is a preconfigured, prebuilt engineered system that combines compute, network, and internal storage resources in a software-defined fabric. Virtualization via Oracle VM is included at no additional cost, with prebuilt Oracle VM-based virtual appliances or templates available to speed up application delivery. This enables the most agile and efficient data center deployments. It is built on the same underlying technologies as Oracle Cloud and leverages the same cloud management tool, Oracle Enterprise Manager, enabling the ability to deliver a true hybrid cloud model. Oracle Enterprise Manager uses the concept of patches or release updates to enhance functionality. The Oracle Enterprise Manager server and any remote agents need to be patched separately. Patching the Oracle Enterprise Manager server and the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent, that is running on any target Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node, is required.  The following patches are recommended and have been tested for use with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.3; use the various patch README files for further information.  Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 (13.4):  For the Enterprise Manager Server:  31767864 Release Update 6   For the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent running on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node:  31761061 Agent Bundle Patch  31823266 Virtualization (VT) Bundle Patch (Agent Monitoring) 31765225 Systems Infrastructure (SI) Bundle Patch (Agent Monitoring) 31779021 Systems Infrastructure (SI) Bundle Patch (Agent Discovery) Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 3 (13.3): For the Enterprise Manager Server Virtualization (VT) plug-in version 13.3.1 Systems Infrastructure (SI) plug-in version 13.3.2 Cloud Framework (CFW) plug-in version 13.3.2 Cloud Application (SSA) plug-in version 13.3.2 31250768: Enterprise Manager base platform patch set 13.3.0.0.200714  31521479: Enterprise Manager for OMS plugins 13.3.1.0.200630 31769025: Enterprise Manager for OMS plugins  For the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent running on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node: 31677111: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.3.0.0.200831 30758959: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.200131 (Agent Monitoring) 30437794: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.191031 (Agent Discovery) 31770206: EM SI Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.190531 (Agent Monitoring)  For more information on the tested plug-in versions, please refer to the documentation. Please read the documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.4 administration guide to discover, monitor, and manage the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager. For more information, visit  Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.4.3 release notes  Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 announcement Oracle Enterprise Manager documentation

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Announcing Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.6 for Secure Remote Access to Data and Applications in the Cloud and On Premises

We are pleased to announce the availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.6, providing a new HTML5 client, simpler installation and easier maintenance in the cloud and on premises. Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is a web-based solution that allows users to remotely access data and applications in a data center or the cloud. It provides administrators with a single pane of glass to manage secure access to resources with a completely air-gapped, highly secure connection between the client and the data and applications accessed, allowing complete control of which user can access which application and the server it runs on, all through a convenient web interface. What is new with SGD 5.6 Installation and upgrade The following are supported installation and upgrade paths Installation via yum install (after download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud) Upgrade from 5.4 to 5.6 is possible via backup/restore Upgrade from 5.5 via yum update HTML5 Client The new HTML5 client has been completely rewritten with oJET components and now supports the automatic detection of international keyboards, just like the native client. New User Interface Buttons to trigger common keyboard shortcuts Buttons to trigger sending + receiving remote clipboard content Supports international keyboards Automatically uses user’s keyboard language Allows composition using client IM Supports browser Clipboard API User grants permission to allow access to clipboard Browser must support it https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Clipboard_API If not, falls back to user-driven browser copy and paste RPM installer New oracle-sgd-webclient RPM package Can be installed onto your SGD server (or not) Enhanced Graphics Improved display performance for desktops Uses new IGR protocol: Lower bandwidth usage compared to AIP/X. Down to… 10% for media intensive applications 33% for light web browsing SGD 5.6 or later native client only No web client support Improved Drive Mapping for Linux Application Servers With SGD 5.6, CDM for UNIX applications on Oracle Linux 7 server uses fuse and SSHFS, rather then NFS and SMB, provided by the optional extension package oracle-sgd-ext-unixcdm-5.60.514-1.el7.noarch.rpm More performant Fewer protocol conversions increase performance and accuracy of data requests. Potential order of magnitude improvement in data transfer rate. More secure Operates over existing SSH connection from SGD server to application server. No listening ports open SGD server. Mounted drives are isolated per-application on the application server using Linux namespaces. More modern IPv6-ready (via SSH). Doesn't use deprecated protocols (e.g. NFSv2) More standard Uses off-the-shelf components on the application server. Simplified set up and configuration of the gateway and server To simplify the configuration of a Gateway, a new command has been added which when run on the Gateway will configure all members of an SGD array for use by the Gateway. This removes the necessity to copy the Gateway certificates to the SGD server and the SGD server's certificates to the Gateway. When this command is run, all members of the array are added to the Gateway's configuration. No restart of a Gateway is required for the changes to be applied. The name supplied to the command is used on a Gateway to manage which servers belong to which array. It is not required to be unique for different Gateways. After running the command, the Gateway and SGD configuration is complete. The security-gateway configuration for the array must still be set properly. If gateway server add-array is run again for the same SGD array, it will determine whether any changes have been made to the array. This new command to automate the setup can also be run from a script by providing the necessary credentials in a file. Getting Started SGD 5.6 is for existing and new deployments on premises and in the cloud. SGD requires only a modest Oracle Linux instance to host the infrastructure, which can be scaled horizontally by adding additional SGD server nodes to handle load balancing. See the community article Getting Started: SGD Concepts and Configuration. Customers with existing deployments of SGD 5.4, on any platform, can use the Backup/Restore Tool (oracle-sgd-backup-5.60.514 rpm or Solaris 11 pkg) to migrate their installations to SGD 5.6 on Oracle Linux 7. For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure deployments, you can find Oracle Secure Global Desktop on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Navigating from the Marketplace will also allow you to deploy these images quickly from within the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console or launch a demo by clicking on the Launch Demo button.  Experience for yourself how easy it is to deploy SGD on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. If you are not subscribed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you can try it out by creating a free account with available free credits. For more information Oracle Secure Global Desktop Documentation Blog: Oracle Secure Global Desktop instance using the Oracle Cloud Marketplace Blog: Security Challenges when moving into the Cloud

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Announcing Oracle VM 3.4.6.3 Certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

Oracle is pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.3 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.4 and 13.3. This certification enables the registration, monitoring, and management of multiple Oracle VM 3.4.6.3 instances with these two Oracle Enterprise Manager releases. As well as providing role-based access control features, Oracle Enterprise Manager also enables Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) private cloud with Oracle VM Server for x86. Oracle Enterprise Manager uses the concept of patches or release updates to enhance functionality. The Oracle Enterprise Manager server and any remote agents need to be patched separately. It is required to patch the Oracle Enterprise Manager server and the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent that are running on any target Oracle VM Manager server.  The following patches are recommended and have been tested for use with Oracle VM 3.4.6.3; use the various patch README files for further information.  Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.4: For the Enterprise Manager Server: GA or any Release Update is supported For the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent running on the Oracle VM Manager server: GA or any Release Update is supported Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.3: For the Enterprise Manager Server 31035765: Enterprise Manager base platform patch set 13.3.0.0.200414  31376452: Enterprise Manager for OMS plugins 13.3.1.0.200531 For the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent running on the Oracle VM Manager server: 31212951: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.3.0.0.200531 30758959 EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.200131 (Agent Monitoring) 29778566 EM SI Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.190531 (Agent Monitoring) Please read the documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administration Guide to register, monitor, and manage Oracle VM with Oracle Enterprise Manager. For more information, visit Oracle VM 3.4.6.3 announcement Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 announcement Oracle Enterprise Manager documentation

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How to automate an Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c agent install to a VM using Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

Introduction Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager coupled with Oracle Enterprise Manager is a powerful combination. Based upon the open source oVirt project, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is a server virtualization management platform that can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment. Oracle Enterprise Manager is a complete, integrated, and business-driven enterprise cloud management solution. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c is the recommended management framework for managing Oracle Infrastructure Software and Oracle Engineered Systems. The first step for inclusion within the Oracle Enterprise Manager framework is the installation of the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent. Once the agent is installed a host target is created which then enables higher level monitoring. This post will discuss how to automate this installation of the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent as part of the Virtual Machine provisioning process using tools within Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. High level steps Using Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager create an Oracle Linux 7 host based upon the latest update ISO. A useful set of video's is available here, review the Creating a Virtual Machine in Oracle Linux Virtualization and Uploading Resources to a Data Storage Domain with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager video's. Once the Oracle Linux 7 host is created, install and configure the host to enable the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install via the AgentPull script method. Documentation on this method is here. Create an Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager template from the newly created and prepared Oracle Linux 7 host. Using the video portal above, review the Creating a Template from a Virtual Machine in Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager video. Create a new host based upon the newly created template which is ready to have the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent automatically installed. Using the video portal above, review the Creating a Virtual Machine from a template in Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager video. My environment Within the lab I have the following: Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4 Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager version 4.3.6 with a single KVM host Access to an Oracle Linux 7 x86-64 latest ISO Template target host configuration steps During the install of Oracle Linux 7 using a minimal install, configuring DHCP networking and accepting all the defaults, I created a user (oma, which I use often and for me stands for Oracle Management Agent) with password to use for the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install. If a proxy server exists in your environment then an entry needs to be added to /etc/yum.conf Once the host was installed, I carried out the following configuration steps to prepare the host for the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install:    Create a sudo entry for user oma with the ability to run commands as root with no password    Create a firewall rule for the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent using the default port of 3872 (As this was a minimal install neither iptables or ip6tables was installed and running) For example: sudo firewall-cmd - permenant --zone=public --add-port=3872/tcp sudo firewall-cmd --reload Change the selinux status from enforcing to permissuve For example: sudo setenforce 0 sudo sed -i 's/enforcing/permissive/g' /etc/selinux/config /etc/selinux/config Create a directory for the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install, in my example this is /home/oma/emagent. Being in the oma host directory and created by the oma user it has the correct permissions for the agent install Install the following rpm's to enable the agent install: zip unzip curl make binutils gcc libaio glibc-common libstdc++ sysstat For example sudo yum install -y <target list of rpm's> Start and enable the Oracle Linux Virtualization agent rpm, for example: sudo systemctl start qemu-agent.service sudo systemctl enable qemu-agent.service Install and enable the cloud-init key services to enable the automation for the agent install For example: sudo yum install -y cloud-init sudo systemctl enable cloud-init sudo systemctl enable cloud-final Update the OS to the latest, for example: sudo yum update Shut the host down and create a template, use the video referenced in the High level steps section above. Template install flow Using the video referenced in the High level steps section, create a VM using the template we firstly configured. To enable the automation we need to provide configuration within the Initial Run section. The screenshot above shows the Initial Run section with our template chosen which is em-template-iso. We also need to click the box next to Use Cloud-Init/Sysprep. Next, we fill in our hostname, set our timezone and expand the Authentication section. For us this is not needed (and is shown as blank) as we created our user for the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install as part of the configuration process. The authentication section is very useful for creating users based on passwords or ssh keys. Next, we click Networks and fill in the relevant areas for our target networking; my example is ipv4 with static IP details. The Oracle Enterprise Manager agent prefers a fully qualified domain name with fixed IP address rather than a DHCP address which could change. Finally, we click to expose the Custom Script area, this area is where we can use cloud-init to drive our configuration of the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install. The cloud-init script below is an example which once modified to suit your local environment can be copied or typed into the Custom Script panel. In my example below I have used "my_em_user" as the Oracle Enterprise Manager user with "my_em_password" as the login password; I have also used "my_agent_registration_password" as the Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent registration password which is set when Oracle Enterprise Manager is installed. As stated above the variables below need to be evaluated and edited to suit your local environment. The top "#cloud-config" definition must exist at the top of the script. Within the runcmd section the correct Oracle Enterprise Manager hostname and port should be inserted, in my example I have "https://myoms.oracle.com:7803" #cloud-config write_files: - content: |        LOGIN_USER=my_em_user        LOGIN_PASSWORD=my_em_password        PLATFORM="Linux x86-64"        AGENT_REGISTRATION_PASSWORD=my_agent_registration_password        AGENT_BASE_DIR=/home/oma/emagent   path: /home/oma/agent.properties   owner: oma:oma   permissions: '0755' runcmd: - 'su - oma sh -c "curl "https://myoms.oracle.com:7803/em/install/getAgentImage" --insecure -o AgentPull.sh"' - 'su - oma sh -c "chmod +x /home/oma/AgentPull.sh"' - 'su - oma sh -c "/home/oma/AgentPull.sh RSPFILE_LOC=/home/oma/agent.properties"' - '/home/oma/emagent/agent_13.4.0.0.0/root.sh' Write_files definition The write_files definition creates a response file in the oma users home directory, here I have defined a user name and password within my Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c 13.4 system, also I have defined the agent registration password as well as the platform (Linux x86-64). In my case my Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c system is based upon Oracle Linux x86-64 and therefore would have the Linux x86-64 platform agent already installed and available. If you system is not based upon Linux x86-64 then you need to refer to the documentation with regard to the extensibility framework to download the Linux x86-64 platform agent. This section creates the file and provides the correct permissions and ownership. Runcmd definition The runcmd definition is where commands are run upon the initial or first boot; the cloud-init and cloud-final service have to be enabled to run at boot time. Commands in this section are placed into a script which is located in /var/lib/cloud/instance/scripts/runcmd and in the event of a failure can be run separately as root to check the validity of the commands. These commands perform the following:     Obtain the AgentPull.sh script which is pre-configured for the pulling of the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent components from the Oracle Enterprise Manager server via the curl utility     Changes the permissions of the script and also makes the script executable     Runs the script using the response file created in the write-files section     Finally runs the root script at the end of the agent install Once this section is complete, click OK, the VM can now be started where the response file will be created and then used by the AgentPull.sh script for a hands off automated Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install. When all scripts have run the Host target should appear within the Oracle Enterprise Manager UI as a managed and promoted target.

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How to videos for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager monitoring with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4

To get you up and running with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 monitoring of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, we offer a series of free, short videos. The video use cases are based upon content from this white paper. Oracle Enterprise Manager is a complete, integrated, and business-driven enterprise cloud management solution. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c is the recommended management framework for managing Oracle Infrastructure Software and Oracle Engineered Systems. Oracle Enterprise Manager consists of a database repository, Oracle Management Service and Oracle Management Agents. Oracle Enterprise Manager’s portal and incident management framework provide a single pane of glass for monitoring, where events are actioned based upon incident rules. The Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager system is based on the oVirt project and provides an easily deployed server virtualization management platform supporting configuration, monitoring and management of an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager delivers high performance with a modern web UI. It provides a suite of virtualization management features required to operate your data center, and includes snapshot and role based access management functions. Oracle Linux KVM is the hypervisor used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, giving users an easy migration path to move workloads into Oracle Cloud in the future. Get started on your learning path today with: Introduction to monitoring Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager with Oracle Enterprise Manager Register Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager with Oracle Enterprise Manager  Configuring a metric extension for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Creating an Incident Rule to report on an Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager service failure   Videos are updated and added on an ongoing basis so check back regularly to see what's new. Resources: Oracle Linux Curriculum Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Documentation Oracle Virtualization Blog Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 Documentation Oracle Enterprise Manager Blog

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Pella Optimizes IT Infrastructure and Reduces License Costs With Oracle Linux and Virtualization

In this article, we will discuss how Pella transformed their IT infrastructure with a newly virtualized environment. The Pella Corporation is a privately held window and door manufacturing company headquartered in Pella, Iowa.  They have manufacturing and sales operations in a number of locations in the United States. Pella Corporation employs more than 8,000 people  with 17 manufacturing sites and 200 showrooms throughout the United States and select regions of Canada. Pella’s continuous business growth has proved to be a big challenge for the IT department.  As the company’s needs increased, its older infrastructure, which was based on Unix physical servers, struggled to keep pace.  Pella needed a more flexible platform that would allow them to easily build out capacity and improve functionality. This provided a unique opportunity for the IT team. The team wanted a reliable infrastructure that could support both the current capacity, and easily expand to accommodate growth while keeping costs to a minimum. For these reasons, the IT team decided to move to a virtualized x86-server environment.    As a long time Oracle customer, Pella was already using Oracle applications and Oracle Database.  Therefore, Pella was inclined to  evaluate Oracle’s Virtualization and Linux solutions to facilitate their IT transformation.  Oracle Linux was an obvious choice for Pella primarily because it is optimized for existing Oracle workloads.  They also decided to virtualize their environment with Oracle VM mainly for the license structure advantages. With Oracle VM, Pella is able to pin CPUs to specific VMs, which in turn translated to saving on licensing costs for Oracle applications. Today, Pella’s IT departments uses Oracle Linux in 95% of their Linux environment and Oracle VM to run all of their Linux VMs. This combination has proven to be very advantageous for multiple reasons. First, Pella has significantly reduced their IT costs, including a savings of 75% on licensing costs by switching to a virtualized environment. It also saved nearly 5x on what would have been spent on purchasing physical hardware. Second, Pella saved on CPU utilization. In its previous Unix physical environment, the utilization was 50%, now it’s down to 5%.   Thirdly, Pella has simplified its operations and streamlined their support ticket process. Because they run a large number of Oracle workloads, the team has been able to use one portal to share tickets between the DBA, Linux, and applications teams.  Having a single vendor has improved their support experience and ensured their mission-critical applications are running at their best. With its new IT platform based on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, Pella now has the ability to scale up and out as needed. It also has a reliable platform to support its manufacturing. We are proud to help customers like Pella transform their IT landscapes! Watch this video to learn more.  

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Announcing Ubuntu as a supported Guest OS for Oracle Linux KVM

Oracle is pleased to announce that Oracle Linux KVM now supports Canonical Ubuntu as a guest Operating System (OS) on top of Oracle Linux KVM. Working to provide a best-in-class hybrid cloud solution, Oracle continues to introduce support for third party Linux distributions on top of Oracle Linux KVM and, today, we're announcing support for: Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Canonical Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Canonical Ubuntu is the latest addition to the list of supported Guest OSs, which includes Oracle Linux/CentOS/Red Hat Linux 5/6/7/8, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12/15 and Microsoft Windows Desktop and Server releases. For the complete list of supported Guest OSs you can refer to the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 documentation. Consistent OS Support Having the same supported Operating Systems is crucial in a hybrid cloud solution where data and applications need to easily move between public and private clouds for greater flexibility and more deployment options. The new Canonical Ubuntu and recent SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Guest-OSs supported on top of Oracle Linux KVM means there are no gaps between Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in term of supported Guest Operating Systems; Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Platform Images, available today: Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 Minimal Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 Minimal Canonical Ubuntu 20.04 Canonical Ubuntu 20.04 Minimal CentOS 6.10 CentOS 7 Oracle Linux 6.10 Oracle Linux 7.7 Oracle Linux 7.8 Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Windows Server 2016 Standard Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Windows Server 2019 Standard Additionally, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Partner Images, configured with BYOS (Bring Your Own Support), provide: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 For SAP SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 For SAP SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 For SAP SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 For SAP bringing you the same list of Operating Systems as are available on-premises with Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. Hybrid Cloud Solution Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Linux KVM introduce the option to access all of the advantages of a hybrid cloud solution: Ease - Moving your workloads from Oracle Linux KVM to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is virtually seamless and allows you the opportunity to gradually migrate to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cost-effectiveness and flexibility - With Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, your organization has the ability to scale to the public cloud, whenever required, and to pay for extra computing power only when needed. Control - Your organization can control where to run workloads and services and to maintain sensitive assets on a private cloud solution with Oracle Linux KVM. Oracle Linux Resources Documentation Oracle Linux KVM User's Guide Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows Blogs Oracle Linux Blog Oracle Virtualization Blog Simon Coter's Blog Community Pages Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Product Training and Education Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Learning Path Data Sheets, White Papers, Videos, Training, Support & more Oracle Linux Social Media Oracle Linux on YouTube Oracle Linux on Facebook Oracle Linux on Twitter

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Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5  Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows are a component of Oracle VM and provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM x86 Servers. What's New with Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5? The Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5 offers both new features and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.4 release. The notable enhancements with this release include: New guest Operating System support: Support has been added for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 as a guest Operating System in Oracle VM. Performance improvements: Updates have been made to increase TCP throughout performance across the WAN and to minimize package drops under some conditions when TCP receive checksum offload is enabled. Microsoft Windows Server certification: The Oracle VM Windows PV Driver 3.4.5 release has been certified in the Microsoft Windows Server Catalog and Microsoft signed drivers are included with this release. This release of the Oracle VM Windows PV Driver replaces the previous 3.4.4 release. The 3.4.5 release is fully supported with Microsoft Windows guest Virtual Machiness in Oracle VM release 3.4.6. The full list of Microsoft Windows operating systems supported, bug fixes, known issues and upgrade considerations can be found in the Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers User Guide. Oracle VM Software Download Oracle VM can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle VM Downloads page on oracle.com. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost.

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Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3  Oracle VM Server Virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS/PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. Today we are pleased to announce Oracle VM Manager release 3.4.6.3. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3? Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3 offers an updated Oracle VM Manager (3.4.6 Build 2622) with new feature support, and security updates and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.6.2 release. The notable updates in the Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.3 release are: Export VMs to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI): Using the new Oracle VM Exporter Appliance, users will be able to migrate their Virtual Machines from their OVM environment into OCI. A new OVM Exporter Appliance is available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud that can be imported into OVM and then used to create an Exporter Appliance Virtual Machine. Users can select any of their VMs from the Manager User Interface and the Exporter Appliance VM will convert the selected VM into the OCI format and move the memory and vdisks into their tenancy account in OCI. April 2020 Critical Patch Updates added for embedded components: MySQL Oracle WebLogic Server Oracle Java With Oracle VM Release 3.4.6.3,  the Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC are unchanged: For Oracle VM Server, the build version 3.4.6-2105 must be installed, then packages can be updated using the appropriate channels of the Oracle VM repository on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) or the Oracle Linux yum server. The Oracle VM Agent for SPARC is not updated with this release and remains at the 3.4.6.2 release level. For additional information,please review the Oracle VM 3.4.6 Release Note. Oracle VM Supported Upgrade Path Oracle VM customers can easily upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.6.3 from the 3.4.x and 3.3.x releases. The steps required to complete the Manager and Server upgrades to these releases are covered in the Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide. Oracle VM Product Support Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.3 replaces the previous 3.4.6.2 release on My Oracle Support. Oracle continues to support Oracle VM 3.x releases according to the Lifetime Support Policy: Coverage for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Oracle VM Software Download Oracle VM can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle VM Downloads page on oracle.com. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost.

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Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

We are pleased to announce that Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 13.4.  Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager versions 4.3.6 and 4.2.8 are certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 base platform and agent using Enterprise Manager for Virtualization Plug-in version 13.4.1.0.0. This enables the registration and monitoring of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager releases 4.3.6 and 4.2.8. This support and certification includes the recent release updates for Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is registered and monitored using this documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Cloud Administration Guide. For further details on the monitoring of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager using Oracle Enterprise Manager please refer to this whitepaper. For further information on the exciting features of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager please refer here. For further information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 please refer here. For further information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 release update 1 refer here and for update 2 refer here.    

We are pleased to announce that Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 13.4.  Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager versions 4.3.6 and 4.2.8 are...

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Announcing Oracle VM 3 Extended Support

Oracle is pleased to offer Extended Support for Oracle VM 3. The Extended Support period will become effective at the end of the Premier Support period in March, 2021 and will end on March 31, 2024. This new Oracle VM lifecycle phase can be reviewed in the updated Lifetime Support Policy. What is included with Oracle VM 3 Extended Support: 24/7/365 support Unlimited service requests Critical security errata and select high-impact bug fixes What is not included with Oracle VM 3 Extended Support: New hardware support Backport of fixes Full details on what is covered by the Premier Support and Extended Support options can be found in the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Support Policies document. Oracle VM is covered by Oracle's Lifetime Support policy and even at the end of Extended Support, Oracle VM customers with a Premier Support subscription will continue to be covered with Sustaining Support. Oracle VM 3 Extended Support coverage has a surcharge over the Oracle Premier Support subscription pricing. Pricing and additional details can be found in the Oracle Linux Support and Oracle VM Support Global Price List. Oracle server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. As part of our commitment to openness and providing customers with flexibility, Oracle VM 3 Extended Support gives greater choice about when to move systems to a new generation of Oracle server virtualization software. Oracle VM Storage Connect Program The Oracle VM Storage Connect Program is no longer open to development of new vendor-specific plugins. Customers are encouraged to use existing storage plugins from third-party vendors, as listed on Oracle VM Storage Connect Plugins website, or the Generic Oracle VM Storage Connect plugin. Oracle VM Software Download Oracle VM can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download Oracle VM, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle VM Download page. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost.

Oracle is pleased to offer Extended Support for Oracle VM 3. The Extended Support period will become effective at the end of the Premier Support period in March, 2021 and will end on March 31, 2024....

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Oracle Secure Global Desktop Solaris Support

The current version of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.50.093 requires Oracle Linux 7.6+ as the only supported installation platform. Previous versions of Oracle Secure Global Desktop provided binaries to also install on Solaris x86 and SPARC. The last version of Oracle Secure Global Desktop to support Solaris x86 and SPARC as installation platform is 5.40.935 which is out of premier support by the end of April 2020. It is important to note that Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.x will continue to support Solaris x86 and SPARC as application servers and continues to provide the enhancement modules for these operating systems and architectures. For more information please see the Knowledge Management article Support for SGD Deployments on Solaris Platforms (Doc ID 2664975.1) References that may also be helpful: (Doc ID 2093579.2) - SGD Release Announcement Reference "An index of all available updates for any version of SGD." (Doc ID 2556032.1) - Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.5 for Oracle Linux is Now Available Provides an overview of new features / changes in this release. (Doc ID 2629926.1) - Maintenance Updates for Secure Global Desktop 5.5 Includes a summary of latest fixes delivered for the 5.5 product family. (Doc ID 1478170.1) - Oracle Desktop Virtualization Software Lifetime Support Schedule

The current version of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.50.093 requires Oracle Linux 7.6+ as the only supported installation platform. Previous versions of Oracle Secure Global Desktop provided binaries...

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Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, release 4.3. This server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. This release is based on the 4.3.6 release of the open source oVirt project. New Features with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 In addition to the base virtualization management features required to operate your data center, notable features added with the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 release include: Self-Hosted Engine: The oVirt Self-Hosted Engine is a hyper-converged solution in which the oVirt engine runs on a virtual machine on the hosts managed by that engine. The virtual machine is created as part of the host configuration, and the engine is installed and configured in parallel to the host configuration process. The primary benefit of the Self-Hosted Engine is that it requires less hardware to deploy an instance of the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager as the engine runs as a virtual machine, not on physical hardware. Additionally, the engine is configured to be highly available. If the Oracle Linux host running the engine virtual machine goes into maintenance mode, or fails unexpectedly, the virtual machine will be migrated automatically to another Oracle Linux host in the environment. Gluster File System 6.0: oVirt has been integrated with GlusterFS, an open source scale-out distributed filesystem, to provide a hyper-converged solution where both compute and storage are provided from the same hosts. Gluster volumes residing on the hosts are used as storage domains in oVirt to store the virtual machine images. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is run as the Self Hosted Engine within a virtual machine on these hosts. GlusterFS 6.0 is released as an Oracle Linux 7 program. Virt-v2v: The virt-v2v tool converts a single guest from another hypervisor to run on Oracle Linux KVM. It can read Linux and Windows Virtual Machines running on Oracle VM or other hypervisors, and convert them to KVM machines managed by Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. New guest OS support: Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager guest operating system support has been extended to include Oracle Linux 8, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, CentOS 8, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP5 and SLES 15 SP1. oVirt 4.3 features and bug fixes: Improved performance when running Windows as a guest OS. Included with this release are the latest Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows. Higher level of security with TLSv1 and TLSv1.1 protocols now disabled for vdsm communications. Numerous engine, vdsm, UI, and bug fixes. More information on these features can be found in the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library which has been updated for this release. Visit the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Training website for videos, documents, other useful links, and further information on setting up and managing this solution. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager allows enterprise customers to continue supporting their on-premise data center deployments with the KVM hypervisor available on Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5. This 4.3 release is an update release for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2. Getting Started Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. Customers that have already deployed Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2 can upgrade to 4.3 using these same sites. Two new channels have been created in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories that users will access to install or update Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: oVirt 4.3 - base packages required for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager oVirt 4.3 Extra Packages - additional packages for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 hosts can be installed with installation media (ISO images) available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Step-by-step instructions to download the Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 ISO can be found on the Oracle Linux Community website. Using the "Minimal Install" option during the installation process sets up a base KVM system which can then be updated using the KVM Utilities channel in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories. These KVM enhancements and other important packages for your Oracle Linux KVM host can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server and the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network: Latest - Latest packages released for Oracle Linux 7 UEK Release 5 - Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 packages for Oracle Linux 7 KVM Utilities - KVM enhancements (QEMU and libvirt) for Oracle Linux 7 Optional Latest - Latest optional packages released for Oracle Linux 7 Gluster 6 Packages - Latest Gluster 6 packages for Oracle Linux 7 Both Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Resources Oracle Linux Resources Oracle Virtualization Resources Oracle Linux yum server Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Training

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, release 4.3. This server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor,...

Training

Easy Steps to Use Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

To get you up and running with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager training, we offer a series of free, short videos.  The Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager system is based on the oVirt project and provides an easily deployed server virtualization management platform supporting configuration, monitoring and management of an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager delivers high performance with a modern web UI. It provides a suite of virtualization management features required to operate your data center, and includes snapshot and role based access management functions. Oracle Linux KVM is the hypervisor used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, giving users an easy migration path to move workloads into Oracle Cloud in the future. Get started on your learning path today with: Installing the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager engine Deploying the virtualized components of your server platform Managing user and group security and permissions Networking your environment components Implementing various common storage solutions for your virtual data center Videos are updated and added on and ongoing basis so check back regularly to see what's new. Resources: Oracle Linux Curriculum Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Announcement Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Documentation Oracle Virtualization Blog

To get you up and running with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager training, we offer a series of free, short videos.  The Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager system is based on the oVirt project...

Events

Join the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Team in London at Oracle OpenWorld Europe

The Oracle OpenWorld Global Series continues with our next stop at ExCeL London, February 12–13, 2020. With just 5 days left to register, you’ll want to sign up now for your complementary pass and reserve your place. Across the two days, you can immerse yourself in the infinite possibilities of a data-driven world. Wednesday, 12 February | Insight Starts Here | Outpace Change with Intelligence Explore how leading companies—faced with an ever-accelerating pace of change—are unlocking insights with data to re-engineer the core of their business, elevate the value they deliver to customers, pioneer new ways of working, and drive completely new opportunities. Thursday, 13 February | Innovation Starts Here | Technology-Powered Possibilities Dive deep into the transformational and autonomous technologies fundamentally changing work and life. Fuel innovation by pulling value from vast amounts of data at scale and unleashing opportunities with AI and machine learning and a long list of featured speakers and luminaries. We look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to add these two sessions to your agenda: Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Software Development, will present a Solution Keynote: Cloud Platform and Middleware Strategy and Roadmap [SOL1194-LON] Thursday, Feb 13 | 09:00 - 10:20 | Arena F - Zone 6 In this session, Wim Coekaerts will discuss the strategy and vision for Oracle’s comprehensive cloud platform services and on-premise software. Customers are on a number of journeys to the cloud: moving and modernizing workloads out of data centers; transitioning off on-premises apps to SaaS; innovating with new API-first, chatbot-based container native applications; optimizing IT operations and security from the cloud; and getting real-time insight leveraging big data and analytics from the cloud. Hear from customers about how they leverage Oracle Cloud for their digital transformation. And hear how Oracle’s application development, integration, systems management, and security solutions leverage artificial intelligence to drive cost savings and operational efficiency for hybrid and multicloud ecosystems. Simon Coter, Product Management Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, delivers a Breakout Session: Tools and Techniques for Modern Cloud Native Development [SES1270-LON]  Thursday, Feb 13 | 13:05 - 13:40 | Arena C - Zone 2 Simon Coter will explore the tools, techniques, and strategies you can apply using Oracle Linux to help you evolve toward a cloud native future. On-premise or in the cloud, you'll learn how Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment enables you to deploy reliable, secure, and scalable applications. You will also discover how Kubernetes, Docker, CRI-O, and Kata Containers, available for free with Oracle Linux Premier Support, and Oracle VM VirtualBox deliver an exceptional DevSecOps solution. Explore all of the conference’s content through the detailed content catalogue and attend keynote sessions and other sessions of your interest. Join Us at The Exchange | Zone 3 Talk with product experts and experience the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization technologies first hand. You’ll find us at two stands in Zone 3 of The Exchange. Don’t miss the Raspberry Pi “Mini” Super Computer search for aliens!  @ Groundbreakers Hub | Zone 3    Mini is the sibling of Super Pi, the super computer demonstrated at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco in October, 2019, and among the top 10 Raspberry Pi projects last year.  Mini is a portable Pi cluster in a large pelican-like case on wheels with 84 Raspberry Pi 3B+ boards running Oracle Linux 8. Check out Mini as it searches for aliens with SETI@home.   Bold ideas. Breakthrough technologies. Better possibilities. It all starts here. Register now. We look forward to meeting you in London. Join the conversation: @OracleLinux @OracleOpenWorld #OOWLON #OracleTux

The Oracle OpenWorld Global Series continues with our next stop at ExCeL London, February 12–13, 2020. With just 5 days left to register, you’ll want to sign up now for your complementary passand...

Announcements

Announcing the First Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM

We are proud to announce the first Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. The new Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager supplies powerful automation. It is built on cloud-init, the same technology used today on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The template has been built with the following components/options: Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 x86_64 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5 - kernel-uek-4.14.35-1902.5.2.2.el7uek.x86_64 Red Hat Compatible Kernel - kernel-3.10.0-1062.1.2.el7.x86_64 8GB of RAM 15GB of OS virtual disk Downloading Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM is available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Search for "Oracle Linux KVM" and select "Oracle Linux KVM Templates for Oracle Linux" Click on the "Add to Cart" button and then click on "Checkout" in the right upper corner. On the following window, select "Linux-x86_64" and click on the "Continue" button: Accept the "Oracle Standard Terms and Restrictions" to continue and, on the following window, click on "V988166-01.zip" to download the Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and on "V988167-01.zip" to download the README with instructions: Further information Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM allows you to configure different options on the first boot for your Virtual Machine; cloud-init options configured on Oracle Linux 7 Template are: VM Hostname define the Virtual Machine hostname Configure Timezone define the Virtual Machine timezone (within an existing available list) Authentication Username define a custom Linux user on the Virtual Machine Password Verify Password define the password for the custom Linux user on the Virtual Machine SSH Authorized Keys SSH authorized keys to get password-less access to the Virtual Machine Regenerate SSH Keys Option to regenerate the Virtual Machine Host SSH Keys Networks DNS Servers define the Domain Name Servers for the Virtual Machine DNS Search Domains define the Domain Name Servers Search Domain for the Virtual Machine In-guest Network Interface Name define the virtual-NIC device name for the Virtual Machine (ex. eth0) Custom script Execute a custom-script at the end of the cloud-init configuration process All of those options can be easily managed by "Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager" web interface by editing the Virtual Machine and enabling "Cloud-Init/Sysprep" option: Further details on how to import and use the Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM are available in this Technical Article on Simon Coter's Oracle Blog. Oracle Linux KVM & Virtualization Manager Support Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network for additional resources on Oracle Linux support. Oracle Linux Resources Documentation Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Documentation Blogs Oracle Linux Blog Oracle Virtualization Blog Community Pages Oracle Linux Product Training and Education Oracle Linux Administration - Training and Certification Data Sheets, White Papers, Videos, Training, Support & more Oracle Linux Social Media Oracle Linux on YouTube Oracle Linux on Facebook Oracle Linux on Twitter

We are proud to announce the first Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. The new Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux...

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager support with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4

We are excited to announce support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager within Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4; for further details on the 13.4 release please refer to the following resources: Press Release, Documentation and Software Download. For further details on Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager please refer here. This support is for registration and monitoring of multiple Oracle Linux Virtualization Managers with active management coming in a later release. The registration process is similar to that currently supported for Oracle VM Server using Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. Once registered all logical entities such as Data-centers, Clusters, Servers and Guest VM's within Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager are modeled within the Target Navigation View.   Each layer is modeled as a target within Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: Datacentre View: Cluster View: Virtualization Server View: Guest VM View: Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager View: All available metrics from each layer are captured within the portal with easy integration within the existing incident rules framework within Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: Datacenter Metrics: Cluster Metrics: Virtualization Server Metrics:  

We are excited to announce support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager within Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4; for further details on the 13.4 release please refer to the following resources: Pr...

Announcing Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 Certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.3. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 with these two releases. The following patches are recommended and have been tested for use with Oracle VM 3.4.6.2; use the various patch readme files for further information. Some of these bundle patches are November 2019 and at the time of writing are the latest available. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.2: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 30203518 EMBP Patch Set Update 13.2.0.0.191015 - 30444214: enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.2.3.0.191031 For the Oracle VM Manager Agent: - 30341254: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.191031 - 30444046: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.191031 (Agent Discovery) - 29893662: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.190630 (Agent Monitoring)   Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.3: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 30203475 EMBP Patch Set Update 13.3.0.0.191015 - 30543906: enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.3.1.0.191130 For the Oracle VM Manager Agent: - 30435104: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.3.0.0.191130 - 30437794 EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.191031 (Agent Discovery) - 29906157 EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.190630 (Agent Monitoring)   Oracle VM is registered, monitored and managed with Oracle Enterprise Manager using this documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administration Guide. For further information on the exciting new features of Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 please refer here. For further information on Enterprise Manager 13c please refer here.

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.3. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 w...

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Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.  Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2? Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2 offers an updated Oracle VM Manager with security updates and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.6.1 release. The notable updates in the Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.2 release are: Additional Linux guest OS support—Oracle Linux 8.x, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.x, and CentOS 8.x guest operating systems are now supported MySQL—October 2019 Critical Patch Update (CPU) Oracle WebLogic Server—October 2019 CPU Oracle Java—October 2019 CPU The Oracle VM Agent for SPARC 3.4.6.2 release includes cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.6.1 release. With Oracle VM Release 3.4.6.1 a new release model was established, which resulted in the following changes to the release process: Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.2 (Build 2424) and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC 3.4.6.2 (Build 2232) are released as new build versions, which can be downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, My Oracle Support, or the Oracle VM Downloads page on oracle.com. For Oracle VM Server, the build version 3.4.6-2105 must be installed, then packages can be updated using the appropriate channels of the Oracle VM repository on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) or the Oracle Linux yum server. Oracle VM Server will stay at build version 3.4.6-2105, with updates delivered via yum. For additional information, please review the Oracle VM 3.4.6 Release Notes. Oracle VM Software Download  Oracle VM can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle VM Downloads page on oracle.com. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost. Oracle continues to support the Oracle VM 3.x releases according to the Oracle VM Lifetime Support Policy. Additional Oracle VM Information For the latest product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 now available!

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This release enhances the tight integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enabling organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create applications on premise and deploy to the cloud with a few clicks. Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 introduces the option to "Import from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure" which allows an Instance or Virtual Machine (VM) environment to run locally on your x86 desktop system. A key tool for developers and users creating cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers. It allows users to set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption. Software engineers can develop for cloud native environments from within Oracle VM VirtualBox VMs directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Oracle Solaris machines, making it easier to create multi-tier applications with just a standard laptop. Oracle VM VirtualBox also enables users to create and update virtual machines locally, including the OS and applications, and then package them into an industry standard file format for easy distribution and cloud deployment in conjunction with Oracle Linux KVM, or other server virtualization solutions. Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any standard x86 OS to run applications that are not available natively on their systems. What's New with Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 ? The 6.1 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 include: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Support for Import Appliance: Oracle VM VirtualBox supports the import of VMs from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure by launching the Import Appliance feature. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Enhanced Support for Export Appliance: Extended support for exporting a virtual machine to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, allowing the creation of multiple VMs without re-uploading. The ability to export a VM to the cloud using the more efficient "paravirtialized" variant, and to specify free-form tags for cloud images. Enhanced Support for Nested Virtualization: Support for nested virtualization enables you to install a hypervisor, such as Oracle VM VirtualBox or KVM, on an Oracle VM VirtualBox guest. You can then create and run virtual machines in the guest VM. Support for nested virtualization allows Oracle VM VirtualBox to create a more flexible and sophisticated development and testing environment. Intel processors starting with 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i (Broadwell) are supported. Previously, this feature was only available on host systems that use an AMD CPU. Graphics: Improved 3D support (VBoxSVGA and VMSVGA). Older 3D support (VBoxVGA) has been removed. GUI: Embedded editors, mouse pointer improvements, improved Virtual Machine Groups, enhanced Storage Settings and more. Linux Host/Guest: Support for Linux Kernel 5.4. EFI for Virtual Machines: Updated firmware, NVRAM support, support for APFS filesystem, support for non-standard SATA/NVMe devices, support for Legacy OS X releases. Virtualization core: Drop recompiler, i.e. running VMs now needs a CPU supporting hardware virtualization. Technology Preview Features Shared Clipboard: Experimental feature for file transfers (Windows hosts/guests only at the moment) between VMs. This feature needs to be enabled by VBoxManage (it is disabled by default) and it's not officially supported (Tech Preview). For the complete list of enhancements and further details check the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 Release Notes. Oracle VM VirtualBox Upgrade Path Oracle VM VirtualBox can be easily upgraded to the 6.1 release from prior supported releases. Oracle VM VirtualBox Product Support Oracle VM VirtualBox supports a variety of "Host" and "Guest" operating systems. Resources  Documentation Oracle VM VirtualBox Software Download Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 Release Blogs  Oracle Virtualization Blog Simon Coter's Blog Social Media Oracle VM VirtualBox on Facebook Oracle VM VirtualBox on Twitter Oracle Linux on Facebook Oracle Linux on Twitter Additional Resources VirtualBox 6.1 in Action: Import Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Instance to Oracle VM VirtualBox VirtualBox 6.0 in Action: Deploy your own machines on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Oracle VM VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Data Sheet Oracle Linux Vagrant Boxes: Official Repository Oracle Vagrant Boxes Repository: for ready-to-run Oracle products on VirtualBox

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This...

Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.3 & 13.2 support for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.2

We are pleased to announce the support and certification for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.4.2 and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 13c versions 13.3 and 13.2. For further details on the new features of PCA 2.4.2 please refer to the release notes within the PCA documentation. PCA 2.4.1 provided support for updated compute nodes as well as new network switches within the PCA X8 rack only. PCA 2.4.2 provides support for the PCA X8 and X5 racks. OEM 13.3 with patches provides full support for the discovery and monitoring of PCA 2.4.2 for PCA X8 and X5. OEM 13.3 supports PCA versions: 2.4.2, 2.4.1 and 2.3.x OEM 13.2 with patches provides full support for the discovery and monitoring of PCA 2.4.2 for PCA X5 only. Therefore, if you have a PCA X8 and are currently running OEM 13.2 then you need to upgrade to OEM 13.3. OEM 13.2 supports PCA versions: 2.4.2 and 2.3.x For further details on OEM and PCA discovery and monitoring please refer to the documentation. Step 1: Update the following Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-ins For OEM 13.3, the following plug-ins should be at the following versions: Virtualization (VT) 13.3.1 or later, Cloud Framework (CFW) 13.3.2 or later, Systems Infrastructure (SI) 13.3.2 or later and Oracle Cloud Application (SSA) 13.3.2 or later. For OEM 13.2, the following plug-ins should be at the following versions: Virtualization (VT) 13.2.3 or later, Cloud Framework (CFW) 13.2.2 or later, Systems Infrastructure (SI) 13.2.3 or later and Oracle Cloud Application (SSA) 13.2.2 or later. To download a later version, follow the documentation; check the versions of the VT, CFW, SI and SSA plug-in and if required update to the latest version. Step 2: Install patches on the Oracle Enterprise Manger Server (OMS) and PCA management node agent: Enterprise Manager has the concept of PSU’s (Patch Set Update), plugin patches and agent patches. From My Oracle Support (MOS) use the following document to determine the version of your Enterprise Manager environment: Doc ID 2319892.1 EM 13c: How to Determine the Patch Set Update (PSU) Applied to the Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control OMS and the Bundle Patch applied to Plug-ins and Agent. This document also refers to a master document: Master Note for Enterprise Manager Proactive Patch Program Doc ID 822485.1 which has links to documents for the latest PSU (Patch Set Update), agent and plugin patches. Oracle recommend that the Oracle Enterprise Manager Server (OMS) and Agents are at the latest PSU, plugin and agent patches. For the agent patches it is recommended to deploy any bundle, plugin, discovery and monitoring patches. The following patches have been tested for use with PCA 2.4.2. Use the various patch readme files for further information. OEM 13.3: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 30203475 [EMBP Patch Set Update 13.3.0.0.191015] - 30401335 [enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.3.1.0.191031] - 30401343 [enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.3.2.0.191031] Note: Both oms plugin patches listed above are required. For the PCA Management Agent: - 30341194 [EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.3.0.0.191031] - 29906157 [EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.190630 (Agent Monitoring)] - 30437794 [EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.191031 (Agent Discovery)] - 30435795 [EM SI Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.2.0.191031 (Agent side monitoring)] OEM 13.2: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 30203518 [EMBP Patch Set Update 13.2.0.0.191015] - 26726315 OMS one off patch - 30444214 [enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.2.3.0.191031] For the PCA Management Agent: - 23171535 [EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.191031] - 22972354 [EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.190630 (Agent Monitoring)] - 30444046 [EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.191031 (Agent Discovery)] - 23023945 [EM SI Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.190731 (Agent side monitoring)] Step 3: Follow the PCA 2.4.2 discovery process within the documentation.    

We are pleased to announce the support and certification for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.4.2 and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 13c versions 13.3 and 13.2. For further details on the new...

Announcements

Updated Oracle Database Images for Oracle Cloud now available!

We are proud to announce the updated Images for Oracle Database on Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Oracle Database Images for Oracle Cloud provide a fast and easy way of deploying a Single Instance Oracle Database or an Oracle Restart (SIHA) on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, for test and production environments. The automation is driven by the same framework that powers the decade long Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database which have thousands of downloads and customers using it. Automatically deploy a fully functional Database environment by pasting a simple cloud-config script. The deployment allows for basic customization of the environment, further configurations, like adding extra disks, NICs, is possible post-deployment and the framework allows for simple cleanup and re-deployment. This updated release includes ALL the latest bits for Oracle Database Releases: 19.5.0.0, 18.8.0.0 and 12.2.0.1 patched to October 2019 PSU/RU (.191015) Oracle Linux release 7 Update 7 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 Update 2 Same updated images are also available, on-premise, as Oracle VM Templates for the Oracle Database and further information are available on "VM Templates for Oracle Database" webpage; additional Oracle Database Template releases for Oracle VM are also available and details can be found in the My Oracle Support Note ID 1185244.1 Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provide a framework that automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA), or an Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configuration in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes, the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs and deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Cluster instance. Both solutions, based on same kind of automation, can really help to build your automation for Hybrid Cloud solution for the Oracle Database.   To get further details on Oracle Cloud Images or Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database: Oracle Cloud Images for Oracle Database Oracle Database - Oracle Cloud Marketplace Technical article: Oracle Database deployment on Oracle Cloud Oracle Database Cloud Services Oracle Database Documentation   Oracle VM Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Main Page Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance, Oracle Restart (SIHA) and Oracle RAC - MyOracle Support Knowledge Base DeployCluster tool for Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Deployment Guide Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle VM Environment - White Paper

We are proud to announce the updated Images for Oracle Database on Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Oracle Database Images for Oracle Cloud provide a fast and easy way of deploying a Single Instance Oracle...

Join Wim Coekaerts, Oracle SVP, for a webinar: What you need to know about Oracle Autonomous Linux

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 In this webinar, Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Software Development at Oracle will discuss the world's first Autonomous Linux and the benefits it offers customers. Today, security and data protection are among the biggest challenges faced by IT. Keeping systems up to date and secure involves tasks that can be error prone and extremely difficult to manage in large-scale environments. Learn how Oracle is helping to solve these challenges. Automation is driving the cloud Automating common management tasks to greatly reduce complexity and human error Delivering increased security and reducing downtime by self-patching, self-updating, and known exploit detection Freeing up critical IT resources to tackle more strategic initiatives Full application compatibility How to configure automation in your private clouds - reducing cost This webinar will be held at three times on November 19, 2019, to accommodate global locations. Please use the link below to register for the session in your region/local time zone. APAC | 01:00 PM Singapore Time | Register EMEA | 10:00 AM (GMT) Europe / London Time | Register North America | 09:00 AM Pacific Standard Time / 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time | Register During the webinar you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Please join us.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 In this webinar, Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Software Development at Oracle will discuss the world's first Autonomous Linux and the benefits it offers...

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 & Oracle Code One – It’s a Wrap!

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 and Oracle Code One went by in a flash. It was a wonderful week, packed with great content. There was a fun new vibe at the conference, lots of learning, and much to inspire and celebrate. Below are some of the Oracle Linux and virtualization highlights. We launched Oracle Autonomous Linux, which marks a major milestone in the company’s autonomous strategy. Oracle Autonomous Linux, along with the new Oracle OS Management Service, is the first and only autonomous operating environment that helps greatly reduce complexity and human error to deliver increased cost savings, security, and availability for customers. For more details, watch the highlights from the keynote announcement, listen to an interview with Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, and read the news release, blog, and website. Go to Oracle Cloud Marketplace to get started. We learned more about Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment; container orchestration with Kubernetes and Kata; how to use the Developer Image for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure; setting up a kernel-based VM with Oracle Linux; securing systems with zero-downtime using Oracle Ksplice; developing for the cloud with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM VirtualBox, the impact of selecting the right infrastructure software from first-hand customer experiences, and more. In this interview, Wim Coekaerts talks about what Oracle is doing to help make things easier for developers – across apps, database, and infrastructure – whether the target is deployment in the cloud or on premise. Hardware partners Dell Technologies and Lenovo, who work with the Oracle Linux and virtualization team to certify their hardware through the HCL program to run our software,  showcased joint solutions, while in a session about optimizing environments, Cisco shared how the company uses Oracle Database running on Oracle Linux. Several sessions covered more about the interconnect collaboration between Microsoft and Oracle, in which our team is closely involved. We celebrated our amazing customers! To all those who joined us at the conference, we appreciate your time and hope you found the demonstrations, sessions, keynotes, and 1:1s valuable. Sharing your experiences helps drive innovation. Your feedback, knowledge, and perspectives are vital in helping us deliver industry-leading products and services. Making you successful with your Oracle Linux and virtualization deployments – on premise or in the cloud – is among our most important goals and a tremendously rewarding achievement. It was a pleasure to host the Developer Appreciation Event where we shared some brews, casual conversation, and demos including Oracle Linux, Oracle VM VirtualBox, GraalVM, Helidon, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle Integration Cloud, and Oracle Content and Experience. Oracle CloudFest.19 at the Chase Center was a big hit. The performers and the venue were superb! It was a special honor to recognize eight of our customers with the 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards for their leadership in infrastructure transformation. Congratulations! Tell us about your Oracle OpenWorld and Code One highlights via the comments section. Until next year, it's a wrap!   #OOW19  #CodeOne #OracleLinux  #OracleAutonomousLinux

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 and Oracle Code One went by in a flash. It was a wonderful week, packed with great content. There was a fun new vibe at the conference, lots of learning, and much to inspire and...

Announcements

Updated Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database now available!

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, Single Instance, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates provide a fast and easy way of deploying a Single Instance Oracle Database or an Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM, for test and production environments. This updated release includes ALL the latest bits for Oracle Database Releases (19.4.0.0, 18.7.0.0, 12.2.0.1 and 12.1.0.2) patched to July 2019 PSU/RU, Oracle Linux release 7.7 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 Release 2 (4.14.35-1902.5.2). The latest bits now available are: [Sep 2019] Patch number 29940043 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 19c Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (19.4.0.0.190716) Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Sep 2019] Patch number 29990708 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 18c Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (18.7.0.0.190716) Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Sep 2019] Patch number 29990707 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 2 Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (12.2.0.1.190716) Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Sep 2019] Patch number 30050001 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update (12.1.0.2.190716) Oracle Linux 6 Update 10 with UEK Release 4 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs Additional Oracle Database releases are available. Details can be found in the My Oracle Support Note ID 1185244.1 Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provide a framework that automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA), or an Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configuration in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes, the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs and deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Cluster instance.   To get further details on Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database: Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Main Page Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance, Oracle Restart (SIHA) and Oracle RAC - MyOracle Support Knowledge Base DeployCluster tool for Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Deployment Guide Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle VM Environment - White Paper In related news, we are also working to get updated Oracle Database image on Oracle Cloud MarketPlace, making it easy to deploy updated Oracle Database releases on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This solution offers the same easy, automated deployment experience as with Oracle VM Templates, which have been proven and available for many years.

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, Single Instance, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates provide a fast and easy way of...

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Oracle Announces 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards – Congratulations to our “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation by increasing agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. This year, our 8 award recipients were selected from among hundreds of nominations. The winners represent 8 different countries: Australia, Austria, China, India, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States Winners must use at least one, or a combination, of the following for category qualification:   •    Oracle Linux •    Oracle Virtualization •    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance •    Oracle SPARC •    Oracle Solaris •    Oracle Storage, Tape/Disk Oracle is pleased to honor these leaders who have delivered value to their organizations through the use of multiple Oracle technologies which have resulted in reduced cost of IT operations, improved time to deployment, and performance and end user productivity gains. This year’s winners are Jan-Pier Loonstra, enterprise infrastructure architect, KPN; Laszlo Beres, engineering manager, GVC Holdings; Prasanta Kumar Nayak, deputy general manager (systems), State Bank of India; Ryan Lea, solution consultant, CCL: Together with Revera; Sumesh Vadassary, software development director, PayPal, Inc.; Suping Dong, CEO, Bowmicro Ltd.; Yasushi Taki, CEO, CTO and founder, JustPlayer Co., Ltd.; Vivek Jaiswal, group general manager DevSpecOps Shared Services, National Roads and Motorist Association Australia. More information on these winners can be found here.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle...

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Oracle VM Ksplice patches available

Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. Oracle VM and Ksplice Oracle VM was enhanced last year to offer additional support for Ksplice technology.  In addition to the base Ksplice kernel patching support, Ksplice on Oracle VM was extended to add patching for the Xen hypervisor, glibc, openssl and QEMU packages.  All of these components can now be patched in Oracle VM without rebooting your server.  This an important feature for many data center managers that need a high level of security and up-time for all of their Virtual Machines. Latest Ksplice packages released for Oracle VM The Oracle VM team continues to deliver security patches to the Oracle Yum site and the Unbreakable Linux Network as soon as possible depending on the complexity and embargo period for the vulnerability.  Ksplice aware versions of the security patches are delivered to ULN for customers that have Oracle VM Premier Support.  As few recent examples of these OVM Ksplice aware packages include: Xen (OVMSA-2019- 0016) - security patch for XSA-297, XSA-284, CVE-2019-11091, CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12130, CVE-2018-12127 (Micro-architectural Data Sampling fix for Intel x86 processors) Openssl (OVMSA-2019-0040) - security patch for CVE-2019-1559 UEKR4 (ELSA-2019-4739) - UEK version 4.1.12-124.30.1 for CVE-2019-13631. Additional Oracle VM and Ksplice Information For the latest Oracle VM product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization. For the latest Oracle Ksplice product information, please visit https://www.ksplice.com/

Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as...

Top 10 Oracle Linux and Virtualization Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2019

The Oracle Linux and Virtualization team welcomes you to Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One 2019, September 16-19, in San Francisco. We look forward to bringing you – our customers and partners – together with product experts, executives, and industry luminaries to discuss the future and highlight new developments. The lineup of keynotes and sessions will help answer your questions and enable you to bring your best ideas to bear on your business strategies. Hands on Labs and Developer sessions will offer deep dives into the technologies you need to drive innovation. Remember to register for sessions ahead of time to make sure you have a seat.  To help you plan your time, below is a sampling of the Linux and Virtualization sessions.  Top 10 Sessions, and a few more… Date Session Title/Speaker Time Location Monday, September 16 Building Government-Grade Secure Systems Using Open Source Customer Case Study Session Speakers: Kai Martius, Chief Technical Officer, secunet Security Networks AG Honglin Su, Senior Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 09:00 a.m. - 09:45 a.m. Moscone South Room 155A   App Development with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure/Oracle Autonomous Database: Get Started Developer Session Speaker: Sergio Leunissen, Vice President, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Development 01:30 p.m. - 02:15 p.m. Moscone South Room 201   Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Behind the Scenes: Deep Dive into the Software Conference Session Speaker: Rita Ousterhout, Senior Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Development 01:45 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 155A   Using Oracle's Cloud Native Environment to Kickstart Your Private Cloud Conference Session Speakers: Michele Casey, Senior Director, Oracle Linux Product Management Tom Cocozzello, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Development David Gilpin, Principal Product Manager, Oracle Linux 01:45 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 155B   Open Container Virtualization: Security of Virtualization, Speed of Containers Customer Session Speakers: Katsuaki Shimadera, Security Architect, Recruit Technologies Co., Ltd. Simon Coter, Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 02:45 p.m. - 03:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 152B Tuesday, September 17 Oracle’s Open Cloud Infrastructure Strategy  Executive Session Speaker: Ajay Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization, Oracle 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Moscone South Room 210     Cloud Platform and Middleware Strategy Roadmap  Executive Session Speaker: Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle 12:30 p.m. – 01:15 p.m. YCBA Theater   Oracle Linux: State of the Penguin  Executive Session Speaker: Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle 01:45 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 210   Strategic Considerations to Achieve Business Impact with Cloud Native Projects Conference Session Speaker: Mickey Bharat, Senior Director, Worldwide Embedded Sales, Oracle Linux and Virtualization 03:15 p.m. – 04:00 p.m. Moscone South Room 152B   How to Get Started with Cloud Native Theater Session Speaker: Karen Sigman, Vice President, Product and Partner Marketing 04:00 p.m. - 04:20 p.m. The Exchange, Moscone South  Theater 1   Securing Oracle Linux 7 Conference Session Speakers: Erik Benner, Vice President of Enterprise Transformation, Mythics, Inc. Avi Miller, Senior Manager, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 04:15 p.m. - 05:00 p.m. Moscone South  Room 210   Oracle Linux and Oracle VM VirtualBox: The Enterprise Cloud Development Platform Product Overview and Roadmap Session Speaker: Simon Coter, Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 05:15 p.m. - 06:00 p.m. Moscone South Room 152B Wednesday, September 18 Oracle's Infrastructure Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises Executive Session Speakers: Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Linux and Virtualization Engineering Ali Alasti, SVP, Hardware Development, x86 Management Ajay Srivastava, SVP, Operating Systems and Virtualization 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   YCBA Theater   Oracle Linux: A Cloud-Ready, Optimized Platform for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Customer Session Speakers: Ryan Volkmann, Senior Manager IT PMO, Nidec Julie Wong, Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 04:45 p.m. - 05:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 152D   Understanding the Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment Developer Session Speaker: Michele Casey, Senior Director, Oracle Linux Product Management 05:00 p.m. - 05:45 p.m. Moscone South  Room 206 Add these sessions to your schedule and don't forget to bookmark the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Program Guide for more details on these and all of our other sessions. #OOW19 and #CodeOne will provide opportunities to discover innovative technologies, get answers to your most important questions, and foster ideas with like-minded peers. Stay tuned to this blog for more information on Hands-on-Labs (HOLs) and demo areas in The Exchange in the coming days. We look forward to spending time with you at Oracle OpenWorld 2019!

The Oracle Linux and Virtualization team welcomes you to Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One 2019, September 16-19, in San Francisco. We look forward to bringing you – our customers and partners –...

Training

Learn to Fast-Track Oracle Private Cloud At Customer Goals

Put your private cloud deployment goals on the fast track with the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path, a series of short video that walk customer administrators and users through key tasks. Private Cloud at Customer is a flexible subscription model for on-premises IaaS. With Private Cloud at Customer, you can achieve control over regulatory issues, data privacy, and governance; tight integration with your network security; and low latency for on-premises applications and data. Administrators and users work with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, which provides monitoring, metering, and self-service portal, enabling IaaS out of the box.  Oracle Private Cloud at Customer enables rapid application deployment of Oracle products with prebuilt Oracle VM templates. You can deploy Oracle applications such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) and middleware in minutes. The Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path training provides: Training for the customer administrator covers tasks to: Create artifacts for launching virtual machines, or servers Allocate storage, network, CPU and memory resources by setting quotas for users Monitor resource usage across the environment Set up plans for charging users for consumed resources Training for the customer user covers tasks to: Deploy virtual machines, or servers Support virtual machines with adequate storage, CPU, and memory resources Implement network connectivity as decided by IaaS administrators Design and employ policies that control virtual machine operation Manage personal library space for storing virtual machines and related artifacts Monitor charges for consumed resources Resources: Private Cloud at Customer documentation Private Cloud at Customer product pages Private Cloud at Customer datasheet Oracle VM Virtual Appliances

Put your private cloud deployment goals on the fast track with the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path, a series of short video that walk customer administrators and users through...

Announcements

Getting started with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

Oracle recently announced the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle.  Installing the new Manager and getting Oracle Linux KVM servers connected for your test or development environment is simple and can be done very quickly. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2.8 can be installed from the Oracle Linux Yum Server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network.  The steps to get up and running from these two sites are outlined below: Oracle Linux Yum Server. Install Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 on the host machine. # yum install https://yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/ovirt42/x86_64/ovirt-release42.rpm # yum install ovirt-engine Run the engine-setup command to configure Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. Add Oracle Linux KVM Compute Hosts, Storage and Logical Networks - and then create your new Virtual Machines. Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. Install Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 on the host machine. Log in to https://linux.oracle.com with your ULN user name and password. On the Systems tab, click the link named for the host registered machine. On the System Details page, click Manage Subscriptions. On the System Summary page, subscribe to the following channels: ol7_x86_64_latest ol7_x86_64_optional_latest ol7_x86_64_kvm_utils ol7_x86_64_ovirt42 ol7_x86_64_ovirt42_extras ol7_x86_64_gluster312 ol7_x86_64_UEKR5 Click Save Subscriptions. # yum install ovirt-engine Run the engine-setup command to configure Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. Add Oracle Linux KVM Compute Hosts, Storage and Logical Networks - and then create your new Virtual Machines. For additional information on setting up your Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager please review the Installation Guide and the Getting Started Guide which are available from the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels.

Oracle recently announced the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage...

Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.3 support for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.1

We are pleased to announce the support and certification for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.4.1 and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 13c version 13.3.  For further details on the new features of PCA 2.4.1 please refer to the release notes within the PCA documentation. PCA 2.4.1 has updated compute nodes as well as new network switches. OEM 13.3 with the following patches provides full support for the discovery and monitoring of PCA 2.4.1 and its updated components. For further details on OEM 13.3 and PCA discovery and monitoring please refer to the documentation. Step 1: Update the following Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-ins The following plug-ins should be at the following versions: Virtualization (VT) 13.3.1 or later,Cloud Framework (CFW) 13.3.2 or later, Systems Infrastructure (SI) 13.3.2 or later and Oracle Cloud Application (SSA) 13.3.2 or later. To download a later version, follow the documentation; check the versions of the VT, CFW, SI and SSA plug-in and if required update to the latest version.  Step 2: Install patches on the Oracle Enterprise Manger 13.3 Server (OMS) and PCA management node agent: Enterprise Manager has the concept of PSU’s (Patch Set Update), plugin patches and agent patches. From My Oracle Support (MOS) use the following document to determine the version of your Enterprise Manager environment: Doc ID 2319892.1 EM 13c: How to Determine the Patch Set Update (PSU) Applied to the Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control OMS and the Bundle Patch applied to Plug-ins and Agent. This document also refers to a master document: Master Note for Enterprise Manager Proactive Patch Program Doc ID 822485.1 which has links to documents for the latest PSU (Patch Set Update), agent and plugin patches. Oracle recommend that the Oracle Enterprise Manager Server (OMS) and Agents are at the latest PSU, plugin and agent patches. For the agent patches it is recommended to deploy any bundle, plugin, discovery and monitoring patches. The following patches have been tested for use with PCA 2.4.1. Use the various patch readme files for further information. The EMBP PSU is recommended with all other patches being mandatory. For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): -29433931– EMBP Patch Set Update (PSU)13.3.0.0.190416 -29893537– Enterprise Manager for oms plugins -29893547 – Enterprise Manager for oms plugins Note: Both oms plugin patches listed above are required. For the PCA Management Agent: -29816797- EM-Agent bundle patch -29906157- EM VT Plugin Monitoring patch  -29906178- EM VT Plugin Discovery patch -29929696 – EM SI Agent Monitoring bundle patch Step 3: Follow the PCA 2.4.1 discovery process within the documentation.  

We are pleased to announce the support and certification for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.4.1 and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 13c version 13.3.  For further details on the new features of...

Announcements

Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 errata release is now available

Announcing Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 errata release  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. What's new with the Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 errata release? The Oracle VM Manager errata release adds in the Weblogic patch for CVE-2019-2729.  This is the only change from the 3.4.6.1 Manager release announced on June 18, 2019  Errata release download  This errata release is Build 2265 and it has replaced the previous Build 2207 that was first posted for Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1.  The Manager software ISO's available from My Oracle Support, Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Software Delivery Cloud have all been updated to Build 2265. Customers that already upgraded to Build 2207 can do a simple Manager upgrade with Build 2265 to patch their Manager.  Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6 can be found on the Oracle Technology Network. Additional Oracle VM Information For the latest product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Announcing Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 errata release  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability...

Announcing Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 Certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.3. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 with these two releases. The following patches are recommended and have been tested for use with Oracle VM 3.4.6.1; use the various patch readme files for further information. Some of these bundle patches are May 2019 and at the time of writing are the latest available. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.2: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 29433916: EMBP Patch Set Update (PSU) 13.2.0.0.190416 - 29762593: enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.2.3.0.190531   For the Oracle VM Manager Agent: - 29682896: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.190531 - 29047635: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.181231 (Agent Discovery) - 29389403: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.190228 (Agent Monitoring)   Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.3: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 29433931: EMBP Patch Set Update (PSU) 13.3.0.0.190416 - 29762579: enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.3.1.0.190531   For the Oracle VM Manager Agent: - 29683457: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.3.0.0.190531 - 29389796: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.190228 (Agent Monitoring) Oracle VM is registered, monitored and managed with Oracle Enterprise Manager using this documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administration Guide. For further information on the exciting new features of Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 please refer here. For further information on Enterprise Manager 13c please refer here.

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.3. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.6.1...

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Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.  Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1? Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1 offers updated versions of the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC, delivering security updates, and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.6 release. Notable updates in the Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 release are: MySQL—April 2019 Critical Patch Update (CPU). Oracle WebLogic Server—April 2019 CPU and Overlay Patch 29694149. Oracle Java—April 2019 CPU. With Oracle VM Release 3.4.6.1, a new release model has been established, which results in the following changes to the release process: Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 (Build 2207) and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC 3.4.6.1 (Build 2217) are released as new build versions, which can be downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, My Oracle Support, or Oracle Technology Network. For Oracle VM Server, ensure that build version 3.4.6-2105 is installed, then update the packages using the appropriate channels of the Oracle VM repository on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) or the Oracle Linux yum server. Oracle VM Server will stay at build version 3.4.6-2105, with updates delivered via yum. For additional information, please review the Oracle VM 3.4.6 Release Notes. Oracle VM Software Download  Oracle VM can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle Technology Network. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost. Oracle continues to support the Oracle VM 3.x releases according to the Oracle VM Lifetime Support Policy. Additional Oracle VM Information For the latest product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise...

Announcements

Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 19c now available!

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 19c, Single Instance, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates provide a fast and easy way of deploying a Single Instance Oracle Database or an Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM, for test and production environments. This updated release includes ALL the absolute latest bits for different Oracle Database Releases (19.3.0.0, 18.6.0.0, 12.2.0.1, 12.1.0.2) patched to April 2019 PSU/RU, Oracle Linux release 7.6 with Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release 5 Update 2 (UEK5 R2); latest bits now available are: [Jun 2019] Patch number 29770003 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 19c Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (19.3.1.0.0) Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Jun 2019] Patch number 29770008 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 18c Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (18.6.0.0.190416) Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Jun 2019] Patch number 29770010 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 2 Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (12.2.0.1.190416) Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Jun 2019] Patch number 29770001 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update (12.1.0.2.190416) Oracle Linux 6 Update 10 with UEK Release 4 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs Additional Oracle Database releases are available. Details can be found in the My Oracle Support Note ID 1185244.1 Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provide a framework that automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA), or an Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configuration in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes, the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs and deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA), or Oracle RAC instance?? with any number of nodes. To get further details on Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database: Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Main Page Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance, Oracle Restart (SIHA) and Oracle RAC - MyOracle Support Knowledge Base DeployCluster tool for Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Deployment Guide Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle VM Environment - White Paper In related news, on May 14, 2019, we announced the availability of an Oracle Database image on Oracle Cloud MarketPlace, making an easy to deploy a database image on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It offers the same easy, automated deployment experience as with Oracle VM Templates, which have been proven and available for many years.

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 19c, Single Instance, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates provide a fast and easy way of...

Announcements

Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager  Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. Based on the open source oVirt project, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager allows enterprise customers to continue supporting their on-premises data center deployments with the KVM hypervisor already available on Oracle Linux 7.6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5. Oracle Linux KVM is a feature that has been delivered and supported as part of Oracle Linux for some time. With the release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5, the Oracle Linux server virtualization solution with KVM has been enhanced. Oracle Linux KVM is the same hypervisor used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, giving users an easy migration path to move workloads into Oracle Cloud in the future. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager release 4.2.8, the first release of this new management platform, supports multiple hosts running Oracle Linux KVM. The heart of the manager is the ovirt-engine which is used to discover KVM hosts and configure storage and networking for the virtualized data center. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager offers a web-based User Interface (UI) and a Representation State Transfer (REST) Application Programming Interface (API) which can be used to manage your Oracle Linux KVM infrastructure. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager delivers high performance with a modern web UI. A REST API is available for users that need to integrate with other management systems, or prefer to automate repetitive tasks with scripts. For most day to day operations, many users will rely on the administrative portal or the lighter weight VM portal. These portals (and the REST API Guide) can be accessed from the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager landing page when first connected with a browser: After logging in from the main landing page, users are presented with a dashboard view which shows all of the key information about their deployment (VM counts, Host counts, Clusters, Storage, etc.), including the current status of each entity, in addition to key performance metrics: From the dashboard, users can move to the Compute view for Hosts, Virtual Machines, Templates, Data Centers, Clusters and Pools, to configure or edit their virtual environments. Additional menus and sub-menus for Network, Storage, Administration, and Events provide full control, with logical workflows, in an easy to use web interface. Notable Features In addition to the base virtualization management features required to operate your data center, notable features in Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager include: Snapshot - create a view of a running virtual machine at a given point in time. Multiple snapshots can be saved and used to return to a previous state, in the event of a problem. The snapshot feature is accessed from the Virtual Machines view: Role Based Access - define different users with different levels of operational permission within Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: More information on these features can be found in the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library. Additional features will be described in more detail in future blogs. In addition to these supported features, planned features may first be made available as technology previews, to allow users to test them in a development environment and offer feedback before the feature is supported. Getting Started Users can take either a previously deployed version of Oracle Linux and turn the OS into a KVM host, or a KVM configuration can be set up from a base Oracle Linux installation. Instructions and reference material can be found in the Oracle Linux Administrator's Guide for Release 7. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2.8 can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. Two new channels have been created in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories that users will access to install or update Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: oVirt 4.2 - base packages required for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager oVirt 4.2 Extra Packages - extra packages for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Oracle Linux 7.6 hosts can be installed with installation media (ISO images) that is available from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Instructions to download the Oracle Linux 7.6 ISO can be found on Oracle Technology Network. Using the "Minimal Install" option, during the installation process, sets up a base KVM system which can then be updated using the KVM Utilities channel in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories. This and other important packages for your Oracle Linux KVM host can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server and the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network: Latest - Latest packages released for Oracle Linux 7 UEK Release 5 - Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 packages for Oracle Linux 7 KVM Utilities - KVM Utils for Oracle Linux 7 Optional Latest - Latest packages released for Oracle Linux 7 Both Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels.

Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager  Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be...

Partners

New Oracle Validated Configurations on Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers and Storage

Check out the latest Oracle Validated Configurations on Lenovo, published on the Oracle Validated Configurations website. These configurations use Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650/SR850/SR950 Servers with ThinkSystem Storage DM5000F.     Through Oracle Validated Configurations and the Hardware Certification List (HCL), Lenovo has performed thorough testing of its hardware in real-world configurations with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. This helps assure mutual customers that Lenovo hardware is qualified on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and the combined solution can provide optimal performance and reliability, with faster, lower-cost implementations. Additionally, the validated configurations can help minimize risk for enterprises by reducing deployment testing and validation efforts. The three latest validated configurations are qualified on Oracle Linux 7 and Oracle VM. These pre-tested, validated reference architectures - including software, hardware, storage, and network components are: Lenovo ThinkServer SR950 with ThinkSystem DM5000F storage array Lenovo ThinkServer SR850 with ThinkSystem DM5000F storage array Lenovo ThinkServer SR650 with ThinkSystem DM5000F storage array Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 Server The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 is a 4U Rack server supports up to 8 processors and 96 DIMMs. It is designed for your most demanding, mission-critical workloads, such as Oracle in-memory databases, large transactional databases, batch and real-time analytics, ERP, CRM, and virtualized server workloads. Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 Server Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 is a 4-socket server that features a streamlined 2U rack design that is optimized for price and performance, with best-in-class flexibility and expandability. Built for workloads like general business applications, server consolidation, and accelerating transactional databases and analytics. Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 Server Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 is an ideal 2-socket server for small businesses up to large enterprises that need industry-leading reliability, management, and security, as well as the ability maximize performance and flexibility for future growth. The SR630 server is designed to handle a wide range of workloads, such as databases, virtualization, and cloud computing. Lenovo ThinkSystem DM5000F storage array Lenovo ThinkSystem DM5000F is a unified, all flash entry-level storage system that is designed to provide performance, simplicity, capacity, security, and high availability for medium to large businesses. Powered by the ONTAP software, ThinkSystem DM5000F delivers enterprise-class storage management capabilities with a wide choice of host connectivity options and enhanced data management features. The ThinkSystem DM5000F can handle a wide range of enterprise workloads, including big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, engineering and design, enterprise applications, and other storage I/O-intensive applications. Validated Configuration Summary:  Two Lenovo Think System SR650/SR850/SR950  Lenovo Think System Storage DM5000F  Lenovo Rackswitch G8272  Lenovo Think System Storage switch 32 GB FC SAN Switch DB620S  Intel Quad 10 GbE SFP+ adapter  QLogic 32 GB FC Dual-port HBA Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Oracle Database 12c Release 2 These tested configurations, along with the benefits of reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features from Lenovo Think System Server and Storage, are an excellent choice for business-critical Oracle deployments. These Oracle Validated Configuration -- from 2 Socket SR650 to 8 Socket SR950 -- provide flexibility for enterprises to choose the configuration that suits their enterprise workload demands. To learn more about the benefits of Lenovo Think System Servers and Storage, visit: Lenovo Servers for Mission Critical Workloads.

Check out the latest Oracle Validated Configurations on Lenovo, published on the Oracle Validated Configurations website. These configurations use Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650/SR850/SR950 Servers with...

Events

Join the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Team at Oracle OpenWorld Asia

Singapore is the next stop on our world tour! Join us for Oracle OpenWorld Asia, March 26-27, at the Marina Bay Sands. At Oracle OpenWorld Asia, you can gain enterprise expertise and start-up ingenuity directly from experts across retail, manufacturing, financial services, technology, the public sector, and more. Join innovators as they challenge assumptions, design for better outcomes, and leverage transformational technologies to create future possibilities now. Oracle OpenWorld Asia speakers are the innovators, disruptors and thought leaders of tomorrow. From a pioneer in the mobile and data analytics industries, authors, futurists and many more. Discover your tomorrow, today. Register now, and be sure to attend these sessions: Oracle Linux and Virtualization Sessions Wednesday, March 27, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Session Speaker Time & Location Jumpstart Your Development with Oracle Linux and Oracle Cloud [SOL1993-SIN] Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM | Arena 8 (Level 3)  How Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment and VirtualBox Can Make Developers Life Easier [SES2155-SIN] Avi Miller, Director of Product Management, Oracle 10:25 AM - 11:10 AM | Arena 8 (Level 3) Build a Cloud Native Environment with Oracle Linux [SES2223-SIN] Robert Shimp, Product Management Group Vice President, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Oracle 01:05 PM - 01:40 PM | Arena 5 (Level 3) The Exchange: a Showcase for Attendees to Connect, Discover and Learn Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization experts will be at The Exchange to answer your questions, update you on the latest product enhancements, and demo the latest software releases. Let us know about your experience -- #OOWSIN #OracleLinux @OracleLinux Enjoy the conference!

Singapore is the next stop on our world tour! Join us for Oracle OpenWorld Asia, March 26-27, at the Marina Bay Sands. At Oracle OpenWorld Asia, you can gain enterprise expertise and start-up ingenuity...

Events

Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 – Call for Speakers is Open!

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming up fast! Oracle customers and partners are encouraged to submit proposals to present at either or both of the conferences. The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended until 4pm ET on Friday, March 22, 2019. Whether you’re focused on securing your enterprise, operating in a hybrid cloud environment, finding ways to optimize cloud native or DevOps solutions, using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies, these conferences are ideal for sharing best practices, case studies, lessons learned, how-to’s, and deep-dives. We’re excited to have you join us, to make these the ultimate cloud and developer learning conferences of 2019. Don’t wait! Submit your proposal by 4pm ET on Friday, March 22. Details and submission guidelines are available on the Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One websites below. Important Links Oracle OpenWorld Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 22, 2019 Oracle Code One Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 22, 2019

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming...

Oracle VM Server integration with Oracle Management Cloud as part of Infrastructure Monitoring

We are please to announce that Oracle VM Server is now integrated with Oracle Management Cloud release 19.1.5 as part of Infrastructure Monitoring. This initial integration is based upon monitoring of the key targets of Oracle VM Server with integration with Oracle VM Server logs and Oracle Management Cloud Log Analytics in a later release.  The new target is the Oracle VM Virtual Server which is representative of an Oracle VM Server Guest or virtual machine. From the Enterprise Summary view it is possible to extend monitoring to key high level areas for summary viewing. These views are flexible and can be changed. The other target properties for Oracle VM are listed in the Others Section which like the Oracle VM Virtual Server target can be edited for high level summary viewing. The Oracle VM Virtual Platform is representative of the Oracle VM Server hypervisor. All of these main targets and metrics can be viewed in more detail with further rich monitoring available. To enable this integration there are three steps required.  Step 1 - Prerequisites Oracle VM Server version 3.4 and above  User name and password for the Oracle VM Server console, for example the admin user password We need to explicitly add the Oracle VM Manager Weblogic certificate to the Oracle Management Cloud keystore Step 2 - Decide on the option to add an Oracle VM Server target Via the Oracle Management Cloud UI OR Using the omccli and master JSON file  Step 3 - Set up alerts (this is optional but recommended) By setting up alerts this enables lights out monitoring and also the ability to setup alerts to notify users of any performance issues relating to the Oracle VM Server target. Within the Oracle Management Cloud documentation, details on the integration of the Oracle VM Server target are here; details on setting up alerts are here.    

We are please to announce that Oracle VM Server is now integrated with Oracle Management Cloud release 19.1.5 as part of Infrastructure Monitoring. This initial integration is based upon monitoring of...

Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 – Call for Speakers is Open!

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming up fast! Oracle customers and partners are encouraged to submit proposals to present at either or both of the conferences. The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Whether you’re focused on securing your enterprise, operating in a hybrid cloud environment, finding ways to optimize cloud native or DevOps solutions, using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies, these conferences are ideal for sharing best practices, case studies, lessons learned, how-to’s, and deep-dives. We’re excited to have you join us, to make these the ultimate cloud and developer learning conferences of 2019. Don’t wait! The submission deadline is a week away – submit now. Details and submission guidelines are available on the Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One websites below. Important Links Oracle OpenWorld Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 13, 2019 Oracle Code One Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 13, 2019

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming...

Announcements

10 Leaders Share Their Infrastructure Transformation Stories

The detailed use cases in this paper are of the 2018 Winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership In Infrastructure Transformation” category. In these 10 individual stories, you'll learn how IT leaders accelerated innovation and drove business transformation.  Each of these leaders ultimately delivered value to their organizations through the use of multiple Oracle technologies which have resulted in reduced cost of IT operations, improved time to deployment, and performance and end user productivity gains. Each story includes the use of at least one, if not a combination of several, of the below:   •    Oracle Linux •    Oracle Virtualization (VM, VirtualBox) •    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance •    Oracle SuperCluster •    Oracle SPARC •    Oracle Solaris •    Oracle Storage, Tape/Disk The stories feature Michael Polepchuk, Deputy Chief Information Officer, BCS Global Markets; Brian Young, Vice President, Cerner, Brian Bream, CTO, Collier IT; Rudolf Rotheneder, CEO, cons4u GmbH; Heidi Ratini, Senior Director of Engineering, IT Convergence; Philip Adams, Chief Technology Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Labs; JK Pareek, Vice President, Global IT and CIO, Nidec Americas Holding Corporation; Baris Findik, CIO, Pegasus Airlines; Michael Myhrén, Senior DBA Senior Systems Engineer and Charles Mongeon, Vice President Data Center Solutions and Services (TELUS Corporation). Learn more here.

The detailed use cases in this paper are of the 2018 Winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership In Infrastructure Transformation” category. In these 10 individual stories, you'll learn how IT...

Announcements

Updated Oracle VM Virtual Appliances now available!

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. Use of Oracle VM Virtual Appliances eliminates the installation and configuration costs, and reduces the ongoing maintenance costs helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations. Oracle VM Virtual Appliances can be deployed to: Private Cloud Appliance Private Cloud at Customer Oracle VM We are pleased to announce Updated list of Virtual Appliances that now includes: Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7 Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 for x86 Oracle GoldenGate 18.1.0.0.0 Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Products Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Coherence 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Infrastructure 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle HTTP Server 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle SOA Suite 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Internet Directory 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Access Manager 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Business Intelligence 12.2.1.4.0 Oracle Database Single-Instance / Real Application Cluster Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release 18c Update (18.4.0.0.181016) Oracle Database Release 18c Update (18.4.0.0.181016) Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release 12cR2 Update (12.2.0.1.181016) Oracle Database Release 12cR2 Update (12.2.0.1.181016) Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release 12cR1 Update (12.1.0.2.181016) Oracle Database Release 12cR2 Update (12.1.0.2.181016) Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release 11gR2 Update (11.2.0.4.180417) Oracle Database Release 11gR2 Update (11.2.0.4.180417) Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.2.0.0 When migrating enterprise applications to a private cloud you can rapidly deploy standardized and pre-configure software components in the form of software appliances. Oracle VM Virtual Appliances minimize risks and variation across multiple instance enterprise deployments and, at the same time, allows to deploy Oracle Solutions with  Oracle Best Practices. For further information: Oracle VM / PCA / OCC Virtual Appliances Homepage Oracle VM Templates - Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning (PDF) Oracle VM Enabling Rapid Migration to a Private Cloud Environment (PDF) Oracle VM 3.4 Documentation Library Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Documentation Library Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Documentation Library

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. Use of Oracle VM Virtual...

Announcements

Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 now available!

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This release provides tight integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enabling organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create applications on premises and deploy to the cloud with a few clicks. A key tool for developers and users creating cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers. It allows users to set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption. Software engineers can develop for cloud native environments from within Oracle VM VirtualBox VMs directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Oracle Solaris machines, making it easier to create multi-tier applications with just a standard laptop. Oracle VM VirtualBox also enables users to create and update virtual machines locally, including the OS and applications, and then package them into an industry standard file format for easy distribution and cloud deployment in conjunction with Oracle VM Server, or other server virtualization solutions. Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any standard x86 OS to run applications that are not available natively on their systems. What's New with Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0? The 6.0 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Support Added for Export Appliance:  Oracle VM VirtualBox supports the export of VMs to an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure service by launching the Export Appliance feature. Support for Nested Virtualization: This release adds support for nested virtualization on certain hardware platforms that enables you to install a hypervisor, such as Oracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle VM Server or KVM, on an Oracle VM VirtualBox guest. You can then create and run virtual machines in the guest VM. Support for nested virtualization allows VirtualBox to create a more flexible and sophisticated development and testing environment. Moving a VM or a Disk Image to a New Location: With this release, you can not only move a disk image to a different location, but also move a VM to a different location.  Improved Export and Import of Appliances in OVF/OVA Format: The export and import of appliances in OVF and OVA format have been improved by selecting additional options that affect the size and content of the exported file archive as well as selecting additional options for the imported appliance.    Enhancement for Cloning VMs: A new option enables you to retain the hardware UUID when cloning a VM. User Interface Improvements: A number of usability and accessibility improvements have been integrated into this release.  Guest Control File Manager: This feature enables a guest VM user to transfer files between the guest and host. Improved 3D Graphics Support: performance improvements for displaying 3D graphics and adds support for emulating VMware SVGA graphics devices. FUSE Mounting of Virtual Disk Images: vboximg-mount is a new command line utility for Mac OS X hosts that provides raw access to an Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual disk image. Improved Integration with Microsoft Hyper-V: Oracle VM VirtualBox can now be used on a Windows host where Hyper-V is running. No configuration is required. Oracle VM VirtualBox detects Hyper-V automatically and uses Hyper-V as the virtualization engine for the host. This is an experimental feature.   For the complete list of enhancements and further details check the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Notes.   Oracle VM VirtualBox Upgrade Path Oracle VM VirtualBox can be easily upgraded to the 6.0 release from prior supported releases. Oracle VM VirtualBox Product Support       Oracle VM VirtualBox supports a variety of "Host" and "Guest" operating systems. Resources  Documentation Oracle VM VirtualBox Software Download Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Blogs  Oracle Virtualization Blog Simon Coter's Blog Social Media Oracle VM VirtualBox on Facebook Oracle Virtualization on Twitter Oracle Virtualization on Google+ Additional Resources Oracle VM VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Data Sheet VirtualBox 6.0 in Action: Deploy your own machines on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Pre-built Developer Virtual Machines for Oracle VM VirtualBox Oracle Vagrant Boxes Repository: for ready-to-run Oracle products on VirtualBox

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This...

Announcing External Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Management Support For Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.3

We are excited to announce the release of a bundle patch for the Enterprise Manager 13c 13.3 Virtualization (VT) plug-in. This bundle patch delivers the ability to manage and associate external Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances with the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. Also, this patch delivers an enhancement to the Oracle Fabric Interconnect Switches providing a serial number metric to enable these switches to participate in Oracle Auto Service Request (ASR). This functionality is provided for Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.3 and above and will work on the latest version (2.3.4) and earlier of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software. The following patches for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 Server (OMS) are recommended and tested for this functionality: 28646935 - EMBP Patch Set Update 13.3.0.0.181016 28947416 - Enterprise Manager for OMS plugins 13.3.1.0.181130 Both of these patches require the latest version of Opatch and OMSPatcher; please refer to the README files for information on how to obtain and install these. The application of these patches will require downtime for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 Server (OMS). The following patches for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 agent which runs on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Management nodes are required and tested for this functionality: 28814703 - Enterprise Manager Base Platform - Agent 13.3.0.0.0 28947311 - EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.181130 (Agent Monitoring) It is recommended and tested to use the latest version of Opatch; please refer to the README files for information on how to obtain and install opatch. The application of these patches will require downtime for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 agent. Once the above patches are applied the process for associating an external Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance with an Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is as follows: Discover the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance using the Systems Infrastructure (SI) plug-in using the following documentation Associate the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance rack home page using the following documentation Once associated, any external Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances appear both in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance rack home page and Target Navigation. The following screenshots show these views: No additional configuration is required to enable the serial number metric for the Oracle Fabric Interconnect switches. The following screenshot shows the summary panel with the additional serial number metric: From the Oracle Fabric Interconnect Switch home page menu > All Metrics we can see this new metric from the following screenshot: For further information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c refer to this documentation. For further information on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3.4 software release refer to this documentation. For further information on Oracle ASR refer to this documentation. Enterprise Manager has the concept of PSU's (Patch Set Update), plugin patches and agent patches. From My Oracle Support (MOS) use the following documentation to determine the version of your your Enterprise Manager environment: Doc ID 2319892.1 EM13c: How to Determine the PSU applied to the Enterprise manager 13c OMS and the bundle patch applied to plug-ins and agent. Oracle recommend that the Oracle Enterprise Manager Server (OMS) and agents are at the latest PSU, plug-in and agent patches. For the agent patches it is recommended to deploy any bundle, plugin, discovery and monitoring patches.      

We are excited to announce the release of a bundle patch for the Enterprise Manager 13c 13.3 Virtualization (VT) plug-in. This bundle patch delivers the ability to manage and associate external Oracle...

Announcements

Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Candidate 1 now available!

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Candidate 1. Here is an incomplete list of changes since Beta 3 release: Audio: added support for surround speaker setups (e.g. used by Windows 10 Build 1809) Storage: added utility vboximg-mount on OS X to access the content of disk images on the host. Documentation: complete rewrite. In addition, the following items have been fixed and/or added: Linux Additions: fix for building vboxvideo on EL 7.6 Red Hat Compatible Kernel, contributed by Robert Conde Shared folders: performance improvements Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes. Please do NOT open bug reports at http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2. You can download the binaries here. Please use sha256sum to compare the hash of the downloaded package with the corresponding hash from this list. For further details on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integration, you can follow up on this blog article. Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Candidate 1. Here is an incomplete list of changes since Beta 3 release: Audio: added support for surround speaker setups (e.g. used by...

StorONE S1 Software with Oracle VM Offers Versatile Hyperconverged Solution

StorONE S1 Software Defined Storage (SDS) is a unified enterprise storage solution. It is hardware agnostic and can be deployed on bare metal or as a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). StorONE S1 provides enterprise-class storage performance, resilient data protection, unlimited snapshots, and data retention in a single software stack. StorONE S1 comes with all storage protocols included; Fiber Channel, iSCSI, NAS, and Object and can run on the same or different storage media in a single server. This makes it an ideal and cost-effective software defined storage solution for mixed enterprise workloads. Oracle VM and StorONE S1 provide a highly versatile hyperconverged solution with comprehensive enterprise data protection. Deployment is fast (less than 30 minutes) and easy with Oracle VM Templates and StorONE’s S1 VSA. Storage volumes can be managed through Oracle VM Manager or Oracle Enterprise Manager once provisioned and mapped to the hosts. Oracle VM and StorONE S1 complement one another in private cloud architectures by simplifying storage design and application requirements. StorONE S1 VSA can coexist in the same server hardware with Oracle application VMs or on separate VMs outside of the virtualized environment. StorONE S1 storage resources are also accessible by other physical servers or applications in the same storage network. This architecture is not only flexible and easy to manage, but also offers high speed and low latency virtual networking for compute and storage resources. For Oracle VM customers, StorONE S1 provides TRU™ Unified Enterprise Storage services for cloud native business applications (containers and microservices) in a single solution. This combined solution offers a comprehensive set of capabilities and functionality in a self-contained storage environment. Learn more about StorONE S1.

StorONE S1 Software Defined Storage (SDS) is a unified enterprise storage solution. It is hardware agnostic and can be deployed on bare metal or as a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). StorONE S1...

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.4

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.4  Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows are a component of Oracle VM and provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM x86 Servers. What's New? The Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.4 offers both new features and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.3 release.  The notable enhancements with this release include: Increased scalability:  Support for up to 64 vCPUs and 1024GB of virtual RAM per Windows guest Performance improvements: Supports X86_64 ABI to allow for higher disk IOPS, similar to that of Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems Support for configuring Windows guest operating systems using OVMAPI Support for setting Windows MTU in 100-step increments instead of 500-step increments The drivers have been certified in the Microsoft Windows Server Catalog and Microsoft signed drivers are included with this release This release of the Oracle VM Windows PV Driver replaces the previous 3.4.3 release. The 3.4.4 release is fully supported with Windows guest VMs in Oracle VM release 3.4. The full list of Windows operating systems supported, bug fixes, known issues and upgrade considerations can be found in the Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers User Guide. Oracle VM Software Download  Instructions to download the Oracle VM, Windows PV drivers, tools and utilities can be found on Oracle Technology Network. For the latest information, best practices white papers, webinars and training, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.4  Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows are a component of Oracle VM and provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 3 released!

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 3 release. Here is an incomplete list of changes since Beta 2 release: OCI integration: exporting a VM is now possible from the command line interface (VBoxManage) OCI integration: all virtualized shapes are supported, e.g. VM.Standard2.* Devices/graphics: enable support for VMSVGA graphics device emulation by default VBoxManage: support for DHCP options Windows guests: support VMSVGA in the Windows Additions In addition, the following items have been fixed and/or added: Serial: allow changing the serial port attachment while the VM is running (bug #6115) Linux guests and hosts: support Linux Kernel 4.20 (thank you to Larry Finger) Linux guests: support VMSVGA in the Linux and X11 Additions Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes. Please do NOT open bug reports at http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2. You can download the binaries here. Please use sha256sum to compare the hash of the downloaded package with the corresponding hash from this list. For further details on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integration, you can follow up on this blog article. Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 3 release. Here is an incomplete list of changes since Beta 2 release: OCI integration: exporting a VM is now possible from the command line...

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Oracle VM release 3.4.6 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.  Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle VM release 3.4.6. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.6? Oracle VM release 3.4.6 offers updated versions of the Oracle VM Manager, Oracle VM Server for x86, and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC, delivering performance improvements, security updates, and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.5 release. The notable enhancements and updates with this release are: Updated Xen hypervisor — The Xen hypervisor used in the Oracle VM x86 Server has been updated for additional performance and scalability. Update to the dom0 kernel — The dom0 kernel for Oracle VM Server is updated to the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 Update 7. This updated kernel adds support for new hardware drivers, as well as additional security and bug fixes. Additional information on this version of UEK can be found in the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Update 7 Release Notes. Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Server for x86 packages — User space packages have been updated to deliver additional performance or bug fixes. Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Manager components — Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Application Development Framework, MySQL, Java SE Development Kit (JDK) and many of the open source software products used in Oracle VM Manager have been updated. A full summary of the updates and enhancements available in Oracle VM 3.4.6 can be found in the Oracle VM Release Notes for 3.4.6. Oracle VM Software Download  Oracle VM 3.4.6 has replaced the previous 3.4.5 release on My Oracle Support and the Oracle ULN/Yum sites have been updated with the latest Server packages.  OTN and OSDC download sites will be refreshed with 3.4.6 soon. Oracle VM can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle Technology Network. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost. Oracle continues to support the Oracle VM 3.x releases according to the Oracle VM Lifetime Support Policy. Additional Oracle VM Information For the latest product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization. The latest education and training information for Oracle VM can be found on the recent blog here: https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/learn-how-oracle-vm-is-a-key-part-of-your-it-infrastructure

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 released!

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 release. Here is an incomplete list of changes: User interface: a new file manager enabling user to control the guest file system and copy file objects between host and guest. OCI Integration: implemented support for exporting a VM to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure GUI: Design improvements User Interface: greatly improved HiDPI and scaling support, including better using host HiDPI support, HiDPI icons, improved detection and per-machine configuration User Interface: major rework of interface style with improved ease of access for application and machine set-up In addition, the following items have been fixed and/or added: Oracle Cloud Integration: fixes and improvements User Interface: many improvements Audio/Video: recording fixes and improvements Devices: new BusLogic ISA variant Devices: serial port fixes BIOS: fixes API: transparently resize disk images when merging if possible Solaris: installer fixes Windows Guest Addiitons: fix incorrect tablet co-ordinate handling with recent Windows 10 builds Guest Additions: improved shared folder auto-mounting OS/2 Guest Additions: initial shared folder support User Interface: video and audio recording can now be separately enabled Audio: implemented support for attaching / detaching VRDE audio drivers at runtime Guest Control: various new APIs and features were implemented (see SDK documentation for more) Networking: Added a workaround for older guests which do not enable bus mastering for the virtio PCI device Other unlisted fixes and improvements Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes. Please do NOT open bug reports at http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2. You can download the binaries here. Please use sha256sum to compare the hash of the downloaded package with the corresponding hash from this list. For further details on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integration, you can follow up on this blog article. Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 release. Here is an incomplete list of changes: User interface: a new file manager enabling user to control the guest file system and copy...