Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft

Microsoft Windows OS and the application are important part of the growing ecosystem for Oracle VM virtualization solution.

Oracle has developed the Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows that provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running on Oracle VM. The latest Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 is a maintenance update that includes all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. The patch update can be downloaded from My Oracle Support by patch ID 16863114.

The Oracle VM Windows PV drivers release 3.2.3 has been signed by Microsoft for the Windows Logo Program for Windows Server 2012 R2 x64. Support for additional Windows operating systems is listed in the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Release 3.2.3 Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows.

  • Download Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3, search patch ID 16863114
  • You may also download the software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  After accepting the license, you filter products with "Linux/OVM/VMs". Select "Oracle VM Server" product and "x86 64-bit" platform. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Now you continue to the available release page where you download the latest Oracle VM 3.3.3 and Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Thursday Aug 13, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2 Available

    Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 5.0 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

    See the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at or here (Oracle Technology Network).

    The Oracle VM VirtualBox Team

    Friday Aug 07, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 for Oracle VM 3.3

    Oracle recently announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 (UEKR3U6) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the sixth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-98) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

    The latest kernel update not only benefits regular Oracle Linux customers, but also brings performance and stability improvements for Oracle VM customers.

    Oracle VM Server 3.3 Dom0 leverages the same Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 as used in Oracle Linux 6, for complete binary compatibility with drivers supported in Oracle Linux 6. 

    You can download the latest UEK kernel from Oracle Public Yum and Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ovm3x_x86_64_latest channel) for Oracle VM Server 3.3. For information on setting up an Oracle VM Server Yum repository and using Oracle VM Manager to perform the upgrade of Oracle VM Servers, see Oracle VM Documentation for further instructions. 

    Thursday Aug 06, 2015

    Oracle is Hiring an OpenStack Curriculum Developer

    With Oracle OpenStack, you can simplify your enterprise cloud operations through a centralized web-based portal, and accelerate application deployment with self-service virtual machine creation.

    Oracle is looking for a motivated individual to design and develop technical customer training on OpenStack. 

    Successful candidates will:

    • Have knowledge of technologies including Linux, networking, virtualization and storage
    • Have the technical competence to create, administer and support complex training environments and passion to learn new technologies
    • Be skilled at applying instructional design principles to training content and be able to write clear and concise directions in fluent professional-level English

    If you have the relevant experience, apply for this position on Oracle's career site, searching for requisition number 1500132H or 15001353.

    For more information on Oracle's OpenStack, go to

    Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

    Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

    Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

    This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

    Read more.

    Monday Aug 03, 2015

    Oracle is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America

    LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

    This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts as speaker.

    LinuxCon will be showcasing multiple products including Oracle Linux, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL in the following sessions:

    Visit the Oracle booth in the showcase area to connect with our speakers and technical experts.

    Visit LinuxCon NA website to get more information.

    Co-located event: OpenStack Day Seattle 2015: 

    There's also co-located event OpenStack Day Seattle 2015 where Oracle OpenStack expert Wiekus Beukes will present Enterprise Ready OpenStack on Thursday, Aug 19 at 4-4:45. 

    Friday Jul 31, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: The July 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

    The July 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

    • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0
    • Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5
    • Oracle Solaris 11.3 beta
    • Oracle OpenStack SlideShare site
    • And much more!

    You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy!


    Thursday Jul 30, 2015

    Book Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training Now

    The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview has just been released

    Through lecture material and an extensive selection of demos, this 1-day seminar introduces you to essential concepts for administration and operation of the virtualization environment hosted by the Private Cloud Appliance, helping you to manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

    This seminar prepares you for creating, deploying and managing virtualized servers in an installed Private Cloud Appliance by providing an overview of the preconfigured hardware and software features.

    Now is the time to influence the schedule for this seminar by registering your interest in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview.

    To learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to

    Friday Jul 24, 2015

    FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

    • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
    • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
    • From power-on to production in few hours
    • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
    • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

    It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

    In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

    There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

    In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

    Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

    By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

    We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

    Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

    Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

    Oracle VM 3.3.3 Released

    We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes.  You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.3 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes.
      Oracle VM 3.3.3 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support.  Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel - since 3.3 release - ovm3x_x86_64_latest). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release.

    Download Instructions

    See the download instructions at:

    Additional Information

    Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):

    For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit

    Monday Jul 20, 2015

    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5 Released

    We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.0.5 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.

    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications.

    You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

    To download the software update, search patch ID 21288160 from My Oracle Support.

    For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

    Friday Jul 17, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

    Happy Friday!

    We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

    Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

     Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!


    Friday Jul 10, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

    Happy Friday!

    It’s been an exciting week here with the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0! I’ve used it daily for years and it’s indispensable. Here are the some of things I use it for:

    • Running different operating systems: my most common configuration is running Oracle Linux in a VM on a Mac.
    • Testing out multi-tier architectures on a single machine: I do this sometimes with Oracle Secure Global Desktop, using a combination of Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server guests.
    • And I think my favorite is having my work environment (again, an Oracle Linux VM) encapsulated so whenever I change machines, I only have to install VirtualBox and am back up and running immediately.

    It’s just a great tool.

    There was a nice article published yesterday by ITworld, where they discussed some of the new features of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and got some additional comments from Oracle senior vice president Linux and virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Have a a read.

    If you’d like information on commercial support for Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can have a look here.

    And if you haven’t downloaded 5.0 yet, go get it.

    Have a great week!

    Thursday Jul 09, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Officially Released!

    We are proud to announce the availability of:

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.

    This release contains significant improvements, with a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

    See the official Oracle announcement here.

    New data sheet with all features available on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is already available here.

    I would like to highlight just a few of the many new features:

    Paravirtualization support for modern Windows and Linux guests

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is able to expose a paravirtualization interface to facilitate accurate and efficient execution of software. Once the virtual machine platform is defined, Oracle VM VirtualBox improves guest OS performances by leveraging built-in virtualization support (KVM on Linux guests and Hyper-V on Windows guests).

    xHCI controller to support USB 3.0 devices

    Guest operating systems are now able to directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. Guest can now be configured to use USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 devices.

    Improved Drag & Drop support

    Starting from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 we improved the support of a bi-directional drag&drop between guest and host operating system; drag and drop support is available with latest guest-additions installed.

    Disk image encryption

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 allows for encrypted virtual disk images by leveraging AES algorithm in XTS mode (128-bit or 256-bit); since the DEK is stored as part of the virtual machine configuration file, encryption introduces a further security feature that will ask for a password while starting the virtual machine.

    Headless and Detachable start options

    Oracle VM VirtualBox now supports starting virtual machines in the background with a separate front-end process that can be closed while the virtual machine continues to work.

    Further GUI improvements:

    • VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)

    • New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling

    • New Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk images

    • HiDPI support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)

    • Hotplugging support for SATA disks

    • Improved HID LEDs synchronization for Mac and Windows hosts

    • Take the guest screen aspect ratio into account for the preview window

    • Provide direct access to storage media in the VM selector

    If you need further details, please refer to Official Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 data sheet, User Manual and website.

    The Oracle VM VirtualBox Team

    Monday Jul 06, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 3 (RC3)

    Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 3 ( RC3 ).

    All details available here .

    This release improves stability and fixes regressions from Release Candidate 2.

    Please do NOT open bug reports at our public bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum here .

    Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox RC3 release on production machines. A VirtualBox RC should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

    The Oracle VirtualBox Team


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