Saturday Nov 16, 2013

Bring Oracle VM Environment Up to Date

We incorporate our customer's feedback and bug fixes into the regular updates. It's very beneficial to use the latest update of Oracle VM releases.

Oracle VM 3.2  (Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86) is the current stable release, which has with all the advance management capabilities built-in. 3.2.6 is the latest patch update. You can review the list of bug fixes and enhancements here.

For those customers who are running Oracle VM Server for x86 release 2.2, we recommend you to migrate to the latest Oracle VM 3.2. See the resources below to help with the migration:

If the customers have to stay with Oracle VM 2.2 for an extended period of time, please be sure to update Oracle VM server for x86 to the latest 2.2.3, which is the final update of the 2.2 server release. Oracle VM Server for x86 release 2.2.3 is the server only update,  which has integrated cumulative bug fixes since the 2.2.2 server release.

To review the list of bug fixes, please review the announcement email archive at https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/oraclevm-errata/. To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata.

Oracle VM support subscription is an integrated part of customer's successes. Customers enjoy the benefit of the industry-leading global support 24x7 for their server virtualization implementation, and receive access to patches, fixes, and updates via ULN and My Oracle Support

For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization

Friday Nov 15, 2013

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 are Now Available

Happy Friday everyone!

Congratulations to the Oracle E-Business Suite team for bringing us another update to the Oracle VM Templates family. The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite facilitate rapid deployment of ready-to-run Oracle E-Business Suite that can be used for demonstration, development and/or production. As with all other Oracle VM Templates for Oracle’s applications, the Oracle VM Templates for E-Business Suite come fully pre-configured with Oracle Linux as the guest OS along with all the required technology components.

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

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

Visit Steve Chan’s blog for more information on the new Oracle E-Business Suite Templates.

Additional Information:

  • For more information on Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server, refer to the Oracle VM Documentation Library.
  • For information on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, refer to the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Information Center (Doc ID 1581299.1).

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Join us for Live Oracle VM and Oracle Linux Cloud Events in Europe

Join us for a series of live events and discover how Oracle VM and Oracle Linux offer an integrated and optimized infrastructure for quickly deploying a private cloud environment at lower cost.

As one of the most widely deployed operating systems today, Oracle Linux delivers higher performance, better reliability, and stability, at a lower cost for your cloud environments. Oracle VM is an application-driven server virtualization solution fully integrated and certified with Oracle applications to deliver rapid application deployment and simplified management. With Oracle VM, you have peace of mind that the entire Oracle stack deployed is fully certified by Oracle.

Register now for any of the upcoming events, and meet with Oracle experts to discuss how we can help in enabling your private cloud.

Nov 20: Foundation for the Cloud: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Belgium)

Nov 21: Oracle Linux & Oracle VM Enabling Private Cloud (Germany)

Nov 28: Realize Substantial Savings and Increased Efficiency with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Luxembourg)

Nov 29: Foundation for the Cloud: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Netherlands)

Dec 5: MySQL Tech Tour, including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (France)

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Friday Nov 08, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - November 8, 2013

Hands-on Private Cloud Simulator In One Hour

Submitted by: Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director

My aeronautics instructor used to say, "you can’t appreciate flying until you take flight." To clarify, this is not about gearing up in a flying squirrel suit and hopping off a cliff (topic for another blog!) but rather about flying an airplane. The idea is to get hands-on with the controls at the cockpit and experience flight before you actually fly a real plane. After the initial 40 hours of flight time, the concept sank in and it really made sense.

This concept is what inspired our technical experts to put together the hands-on lab for a private cloud deployment and management self-service model. Yes, we are comparing the lab to a flight simulator! Let’s look at the parallels:
  • To get trained to fly, starting in the simulator gets you off the ground quicker. There is no need to have a real plane to begin with. In a hands-on lab, there is no need for a real server, with networking and real storage installed. All you need is your laptop
  • The simulator is pre-configured, pre-flight check done. Similarly, in a hands-on lab, Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager are pre-configured and assembled using Oracle VM VirtualBox as the container. Software installations are not needed.
  • After time spent training at the controls, you can really appreciate the practical experience of flying. Along the same lines, the hands-on lab is a guided learning path, without the encumbrances of hardware, software installation, so you can learn about cloud deployment and management.

 However, unlike the simulator training, your time investment with the lab is only about an hour and not 40 hours!

This hands-on lab takes you through private cloud deployment and management using Oracle VM and  Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c in an Infrastructure as a service IaaS model. You will first configure the IaaS cloud as the cloud administrator and then deploy guest virtual machines (VMs) as a self-service user. Then you are ready to take flight into the cloud!

Why not step into the cockpit now!

DON'T MISS: Live Webcast - Nimble SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS (Nov 12)

You are invited to the live webcast with Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco where we will talk about the new SmartStack solution from Nimble Storage that features Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Cisco UCS products. In this webinar, you will learn how Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco provides a converged infrastructure for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. SmartStack, built on best-of-breed components, delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes. 

When : Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Panelists:
Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle
John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco
Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage

SmartStack™solutions provide pre-validated reference architectures that speed deployments and minimize risk. 

    •     The pre-validated converged infrastructure is based on an Oracle Validated Configuration that includes Oracle Database and Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
    •     The solution components include a Nimble Storage CS-Series array, two Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers, Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 or Oracle Database 12c Release 1.
    •     The Nimble Storage CS-Series is certified with Oracle VM 3.2 providing an even more flexible solution leveraging virtualization for functions such as test and development by delivering excellent random I/O performance in Oracle VM environments.

      Monday Nov 04, 2013

      What's New in Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1 webcast

      We have a really exciting webcast coming up for you this week that will tell you all about what's new in Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1. Hosted by Andy Hall, you will learn all the exciting features in this brand new release!

      What's New in Oracle Secure Global Desktop
      Thursday, November 7, 9AM Pacific Time
      Register now.

      If you'd like a sneak peek, hop on over to the Fat Bloke Sings, where Fat Bloke goes into detail on some of the new features. My favorite is accessing your applications (or even full desktops) from SGD using just the Chrome web browser. In this graphic, Fat Bloke is running Oracle Linux via SGD and accessing with Chrome on the Mac. This required no installation on the client, no dependencies on any other software, nothing -- just open up Chrome, login, and all of your stuff is there. Very cool.

       We hope to see you on Thursday!

      -Chris 

      Saturday Nov 02, 2013

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.2 released!

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      Lots of juicy bugs squashed in newly released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.2, the first maintenance release of the 4.3 branch.

      For the full list of fixes see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

      - FB 

      Friday Nov 01, 2013

      Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - November 1, 2013

      Welcome to Friday, we hope you had a good week! It was exciting for us here (especially those with Android tablets!) due to the announcement of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1. So, our Friday spotlight is the news release "Oracle Secure Global Desktop Adds Support for Android Tablets".

      Have a great week!

      -Chris 

      Monday Oct 28, 2013

      Easy and Rapid Deployment of Application Workloads with Oracle VM

      Oracle VM is designed for easy and rapid deployment of application workloads. In addition to allowing for rapid deployment of an entire application stack, Oracle VM now gives administrators more fine-grained control of the application payloads inside the virtual machine.

      To get started on Oracle VM Server for x86 or Oracle VM Server fo SPARC, what better solution than to take the corresponding training course.

      You can take this training from your own desk, by choosing from a selection of live-virtual events already on the schedule on the Oracle University Portal.

      Alternatively, you can travel to an education center to take these courses. Below is a selection of in-class events already on the schedule for each course:

      Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

       Location

       Date

       Delivery Language

       Paris, France

       11 December 2013

       French

       Rome, Italy

       22 April 2014

       Italian

       Budapest, Hungary

       4 November 2013

       Hungarian

       Riga, Latvia

       3 February 2014

       Latvian

       Oslo, Norway

       9 December 2013

       English

       Warsaw, Poland

       12 February 2014

       Polish

       Ljubjana, Slovenia

       25 November 2013

      Slovenian 

       Barcelona, Spain

       29 October 2013

       Spanish

       Istanbul, Turkey

       23 December 2013

       Turkish

       Cairo, Egypt

       1 December 2013

       Arabic

       Johannesburg, South Africa

       9 December 2013

        English 

       Melbourne, Australia

       12 February 2014

       English

       Sydney, Australia

       25 November 2013

        English 

       Singapore

      27 November 2013 

        English 

       Montreal, Canada

      18 February 2014

       English

       Ottawa, Canada

       18 February 2014

       English

       Toronto, Canada

       18 February 2014

       English

       Phoenix, AZ, United States

       18 February 2014

        English 

       Sacramento, CA, United States

      18 February 2014 

        English 

       San Francisco, CA, United States

      18 February 2014 

       English

       San Jose, CA, United States

       18 February 2014

       English

       Denver, CO, United States

      22 January 2014 

       English

       Roseville, MN, United States

      10 February 2014 

        English 

       Edison, NJ, United States

       18 February 2014

       English

       King of Prussia, PA, United States

       18 February 2014

       English

       Reston, VA, United States

       26 March 2014

       English

      Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

       Location

       Date

       Delivery Language

       Prague, Czech Republic

       2 December 2013

       Czech

       Paris, France

       9 December 2013

       French

       Utrecht, Netherlands

       9 December 2013

       Dutch

       Madrid, Spain

       28 November 2013

       Spanish

       Dubai, United Arab Emirates

       5 February 2014

       English

       Melbourne, Australia

       31 October 2013

       English

       Sydney, Australia

       10 February 2014

       English

       Tokyo, Japan

       6 February 2014

       Japanese

       Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

       23 December 2013

       English

       Auckland, New Zealand

       21 November 2013

       English

       Singapore

       7 November 2013

       English

       Toronto, Canada

       25 November 2013

       English

       Sacramento, CA, United States

       2 December 2013

       English

       San Francisco, CA, United States

       2 December 2013

       English

       San Jose, CA, United States

       2 December 2013

       English

       Caracas, Venezuela

      5 November 2013 

       Spanish

      Thursday Oct 24, 2013

      The October 2013 Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

      The October 2013 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is here! Some of the highlights from this information packed issue:

      • New Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.
      • Airbus Selects Oracle Secure Global Desktop to Increase Efficiency and Accelerate Time to Market.
      • Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM.
      • Oracle Virtualization Recap from Oracle OpenWorld 2013.
      • Information on the "What's New with Oracle Secure Global Desktop" webcast, happening on November 7th.

      Plus, videos, white papers, customer spotlights, information on training, and much more! You can sign up to get the newsletter in your inbox automatically, or you can read this edition online right now.

      -Chris

      Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

      What do Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 have to do with your Next Vacation!

      Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 Update 2 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1.3.3 are now available for download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. So, what do Oracle VM Templates have to do with your next vacation? Well, how about time savings so you can plan for that next vacation and have the peace of mind since Oracle did the work and the testing for you!!

      What’s inside the new Oracle VM Templates release? The Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enables you to rapidly install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. The complete stack includes:

      • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Release 9.1 Update 2
      • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3, maintenance pack 3 (9.1.3.3)
      • Oracle Database 11g Release 2
      • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5
      • All pre-configured and pre-tested to run on Oracle Linux 5. Yes, the OS is included in the template!
      • Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher 11.1.1.7.1 for use with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting
      • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Business Services Server and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) 11.1.1.5, for use with the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Applications
      • All pre-tuned to support up to 100 interactive users

      The templates can be installed to Oracle VM Server for x86 release 3.1 or later, to the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and to the Oracle Database Appliance. Simply visit http://edelivery.oracle.com/oraclevm. Download and unzip the files and read the readme and you’re ready to go.

      How long would take you to install each of the components above, configure and tune them all from scratch? We know that you can get 7-10x faster deployment using the Oracle VM Templates. Now, how about that snorkeling trip to Belize!!

      Friday Oct 18, 2013

      Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - October 18, 2013

      Opening The Oracle VM Templates Blackbox

      Oracle VM Templates give you the efficiency of speed and the assurance of no guess work. For those in the know, Oracle VM Guest Additions is a great way to empower you to do more interesting things with the Templates. Today’s blog article is to share the secrets with those who are not content with just treating Oracle VM Templates as a black box.

      Oracle VM Guest Additions is a set of packages that can be installed on the guest operating system of a virtual machine running in the Oracle VM environment. These packages provide the tools to allow bi-directional communication directly between the Oracle VM Manager and the operating system running within the virtual machine. OK here’s where the ‘power-user’ part comes in…. This gives your fine-grained control over the configuration and behavior of components running within the virtual machine directly from Oracle VM Manager. You now have the ability to see and direct what goes on inside your VM from Oracle VM Manager.

      • Get a reporting on IP addressing
      • Use the template configuration facility to automatically configure virtual machines as they are first started
      • Send messages directly to a virtual machine to trigger programmed events
      • Query a virtual machine to obtain information pertaining to previous messages

      Enough of the theory!

      To get hands-on how-to’s and talk directly with the product expert on Oracle VM Guest Additions, Robbie de Meyer, or Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database and RAC Template expert Saar Maoz, join us for the Oct 24th live webcast. You can also read more about the Oracle VM Guest Additions in the whitepaper.

      Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

      Just released: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3

      This morning, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 hit the wire. You can download it for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris here.

      This is a great release, adding a unique virtual multi-touch feature (great for testing Windows 8.1 applications on your standard desktop PC), support for new platforms and some really fantastic networking enhancements.

      Head on over to the FatBloke blog for a rundown of what's new, or read the news release.

       -Chris 

      Friday Oct 11, 2013

      Friday Spotlight - October 11, 2013

      Happy Friday, folks!

      Our spotlight this week might be a little confusing because it seems to be focused on Oracle Linux. But Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization go hand in hand to help create a solid platform for deploying Oracle Database. The webcast below will feature not just Oracle Linux content, but Oracle VM will come up prominently as well. I highly recommend you join, there will be a bunch of fantastic information for you.

      Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments 

      Date and Time:
      Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:00 AM PDT

      Speakers:
      Sumanta Chatterjee, Vice President, Database Engineering, Oracle
      Monica Kumar, Senior Director Product Marketing, Oracle

      Description:
      Oracle Database on Oracle Linux helps customers lower IT costs while delivering high quality of service. With Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Linux, customers benefit from the joint development and testing resulting in optimized features, better stability and higher performance to enable the next generation of enterprise applications. 

      In this webcast, Oracle experts will cover:

      • Advantages of choosing Oracle Linux for Oracle Database 
      • Key optimizations and features such as Database Smart Flash Cache, data integrity, and Cgroups that make Oracle Linux the best performing and most reliable Linux for deploying Oracle Database 
      • Tools to simplify and speed deployment of Oracle Database on Linux, including Oracle VM Templates, Oracle Validated Configurations, and pre-install RPM 
      • Integrated database and operating system management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 
      • Real-life customer examples

      Don’t miss this informative session. Register now.

      -Chris 

      Friday Oct 04, 2013

      Friday Spotlight - October 4, 2013

      Happy Friday! During Oracle OpenWorld, we were able to do brief videos with a number of Oracle virtualization and Oracle Linux partners. We have more of these coming soon, but I wanted to highlight some that we just published:

      Have a great weekend!

      -Chris
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