Thursday Jun 16, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.22 now available for download!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 22.

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

  • VMM: properly restore the complete FPU state for 32-bit guests on 64-bit hosts on Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs
  • Guest Additions: fixes for Kernel 4.7
  • Windows Hosts: fixed performance regression with SMP guests
  • See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jun 10, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Ease Cloud Deployment with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Engineered for open cloud, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications.

Oracle Enterprise Manager offers complete cloud solution including self-service provisioning balanced against centralized, policy-based resource management, integrated chargeback and capacity planning and complete visibility of the physical and virtual environments from applications to disk. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c further improves enterprise grade management, stack management and cloud lifecycle management. Through Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c, the various hardware components of the Private Cloud Appliance rack (such as compute nodes, InfiniBand switches, and so forth) can be monitored.

Don't miss this new on-demand webcast on how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c make enabling cloud deployments easier than ever. In this session, Premal Savla, Director of Product Management for Private Cloud Appliance discusses:

  • The NEW integration between Private Cloud Appliance and Enterprise Manager 13c, and how this enhancement dramatically streamlines cloud deployments.
  • A step by step guide on how to set up Private Cloud Appliance as a target in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c.
  • How to use Oracle VM configuration as an Infrastructure as a Service in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c.


To learn more, read the documentation.

Thursday Jun 09, 2016

Read the Latest Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

The latest edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available. Don't forget to subscribe for regular updates.

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Tuesday Jun 07, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2 released!

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2.

This minor release includes following fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 1:

  • GUI: don't crash when showing the Beta popup message window
  • GUI: multi-screen full-screen layout fixed for Windows host (Qt5 regression)
  • GUI: don't allow to start subsequent separate VM instances
  • SDK: reduced memory usage in the webservice Java bindings
  • Settings: fixed regression with disabling audio
  • Settings: fixed regression with saving snapshots (only .vbox file is corrupted needing manual repair, disk images are intact; 5.1 Beta 1 regression)
  • Linux installer: Several path fixes for deb/rpm packages for older Linux distributions where we ship our own Qt5 libraries, see here.
  • Solaris Additions: added support for X.org 1.18

 

See all the details related to Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2 here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

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.

Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. 

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jun 03, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 1 Released

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 1.

This minor release includes a large number of enhancement and bug fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.

See all the details related to Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

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.

Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. 

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.4 released!

A new version of the Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows has been released to provide a performance boost for Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM Server for x86. These Oracle VM PV Drivers for Microsoft Windows are high-performance network and disk drivers that significantly reduce the overhead of the traditional implementation of I/O device emulation.

The Oracle VM PV Drivers for Microsoft Windows have been updated with Release 3.4.1 to offer new capabilities and include all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.3 release.  The following new features have been added with this release:

  • Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows now supports Microsoft Windows 10.
  • As of this release, Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provides informative notifications to help you troubleshoot common installation issues.
  • Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows introduces multipage ring buffer support in this release.
  • The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installation program now verifies that the guest operating system is supported. If a user attempts to install Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows on Microsoft Windows XP, or other operating system that is not supported, the installation program notifies the user.

To download the new Windows PV drivers, search patch ID 23346086 on My Oracle Support. For additional Oracle VM software download, visit the instruction page here.

For details on how to install the software drivers as well information on the Windows operating systems that are supported with this release, please see the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows for Release 3.4.1 in the Oracle VM Documentation site.

Additional Information

Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Thursday Jun 02, 2016

Take Training on Oracle VM 3.4

It is time to learn about Oracle VM 3.4 by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course. This course teaches you how to build the infrastructure for open cloud computing. You will learn to deploy pooled server resources to create virtual machines supporting enterprise applications.

You can take this newly updated course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events get added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Register your interest in a date and time-zone that works for you.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this course. Register your interest in a particular location where you would like to take this course.

For more information about Oracle's Virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Tuesday May 31, 2016

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4, which has been delivered as part of Oracle Solaris 11.3 SRU 8.7. Together, they provide new features for virtualization, performance, security, scalability, and system management.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 introduces several new capabilities, including the following:

  • The virtual HBA (vHBA) method of doing I/O introduced with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 has been enhanced to better support I/O resiliency, multi-pathing, monitoring and large configurations.
  • Verified boot can be used to enhance guest domain security by verifying signed boot blocks and kernel modules.
  • Trusted guest domains can be permitted to assign alternate MAC addresses and VLAN IDs, especially for domains running OpenStack.
  • Inter-vnet-link Logical Domain Channels (LDCs) are automatically enabled unless more than a tunable number of virtual network devices are on a virtual switch, in order to conserve use of LDCs.
  • The number of LDCs has been increased to a maximum of 4096, for further scalability.
  • Device properties for InfiniBand SR-IOV devices can now be modified without domain reboot.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC, visit

Friday May 27, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Hierarchy Viewer

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

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


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

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

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

Wednesday May 25, 2016

Oracle VM 3.4.1 released to Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

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

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

Additional Information

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

Friday May 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Satisfied Students of Oracle VM Administration Training

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

Student told us that:

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

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

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

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

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

Friday May 13, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.4 Solutions with Command Line Interface

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday May 06, 2016

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

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

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

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



Friday Apr 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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