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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...

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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...

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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 –...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 18c now available!

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance and Real Application Clusters 18c. Oracle VM Templates are designed to provide a fast and easy way of deploying Single Instance or Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM for test as well as production environments. This updated release includes ALL the absolute latest bits for different Oracle Database releases (18.4.0.0, 12.2.0.1 / 12.1.0.2 October 2018 PSU/RU), Oracle Linux release 7.5 and Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release (UEK4); latest bits now available are: [Oct 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 18c Enterprise/Standard Edition, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (18.4.0.0.181016) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888888 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux DOC: Oracle VM 3 Deployments; DOC: Template Basic Info & FAQs [Oct 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 2 Enterprise/Standard Edition, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (12.2.0.1.181016) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 25500210 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux DOC: Oracle VM 3 Deployments; DOC: Template Basic Info & FAQs [Oct 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition , including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update (12.1.0.2.181016) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 25500209 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux DOC: Oracle VM 3 Deployments; DOC: Template Basic Info & FAQs Older Oracle Database 11.2.0.4.180417 is also available here. The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations 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 which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of 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

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance and Real Application Clusters 18c. Oracle VM Templates are designed to provide a fast and easy...

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Oracle Announces 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards – Congratulations to our “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2018 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 10 award recipients were selected from amongst hundreds of nominations. The winners represent 5 different countries: Austria, Russia, Turkey, Sweden, United States and 6 different industries:  Communications, Financial, Government, Manufacturing, Technology, Transportation. Winners must use at least one, or a combination, of the following for category qualification:   •    Oracle Linux •    Oracle Virtualization (VM, Virtual Box) •    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance •    Oracle SuperCluster •    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 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). More information on these winners can be found at https://www.oracle.com/corporate/awards/leadership-in-infrastructure-transformation/winners.html.  

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using...

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Key Happenings on the First Day of Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Today was a gorgeous day in San Francisco. The temperature was in the mid-60’s, the sun was shining, and there was a light breeze. The forecast is for similar weather all week – just in time for Oracle OpenWorld 2018. I flew in to cloud cover, but it burned off between baggage, finding my ride, and the drive from SFO to the city. I made my way to the convention center and the hustle is on!   It’s remarkable how the expanse of Moscone South can transform from an empty hall to the booming venue that tomorrow will be The Exchange – and I thought SFO was a busy place. Monday, October 22, is the first day of Oracle OpenWorld and there are several key things you’ll want to do… Register. If you haven’t already, use the advance check-in option. It’s a breeze. Sign-up for Sessions. Be sure to register for the ones you must attend to be sure to have a seat. Here are some links to help you finish building your Monday schedule:   Monday, Oct. 22        11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Oracle Linux: State of the Penguin [PRO4720] – Moscone West - Room 2000 Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle   1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote: Cloud Generation 2 [KEY3784] – Moscone North – Hall D Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and CTO, Oracle   3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Oracle's Systems Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises [PKN5901] – The Exchange @ Moscone South - The Arena Ali Alasti, Senior Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Oracle Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle   As you exit The Arena at 4:45, you conveniently have to walk by the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120. Take a few minutes to see what’s going on. If the demos and product experts don’t keep you enthralled, the VR game will. Apparently, shooting widgets with a bow and arrow in VR is a lot of fun – hope you’ll give it a try – you could win a prize.   For more session information, visit the Focus on Oracle Linux and Virtualization page.

Today was a gorgeous day in San Francisco. The temperature was in the mid-60’s, the sun was shining, and there was a light breeze. The forecast is for similar weather all week – just in time...

Don’t Miss the Theater While in San Francisco or at Oracle OpenWorld

There’s a lot to see and do in San Francisco. If you’re joining us for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, be sure to partake in some of the wonderful attractions and culture that the city has to offer. If you like theater, you’ll find lots of options from large world-renowned venues such as the Orpheum Theater and the Golden Gate Theater to smaller ones like the SF Playhouse on Union Square, offering a variety of productions from Broadway hits to comedies and locally written pieces. You can also find some great content in the theaters of The Exchange @ Moscone South while you’re attending the conference. After walking the streets (and hills) of San Francisco, not to mention the halls of Moscone, who wouldn’t want to take a seat?  For 20 minutes, you can rest your feet and gather some knowledge. Here are a few sessions in Theater 6, located in the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120, to mark on your schedule: Monday, October 22 12:40 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Oracle Infrastructure Technologies in Oracle Cloud [THT6914] Robert Shimp, Product Management Group Vice President - Oracle Linux, Virtualization and Linux and VM Development, will outline the many infrastructure technologies that Oracle designs, builds, and optimizes that power Oracle Cloud. Learn about the inner workings that make Oracle Cloud unique. Tuesday, October 23 1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Oracle Linux/Oracle VM VirtualBox: An Enterprise Development Platform for Oracle Cloud [THT6912] Simon Coter, Director of Product Management, Linux and Virtualization, will discuss the advantages of using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM VirtualBox as an enterprise development platform for Oracle Cloud. 5:25 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Building a Cloud Native Environment with Oracle Linux [THT6913] Avi Miller, Product Management Director, will delve into the open, integrated operating environment that Oracle Linux offers, with application development tools, management tools, containers, and orchestration capabilities, which enable DevOps teams to efficiently build reliable, secure cloud native applications. Learn how Oracle Linux can help you enhance productivity.

There’s a lot to see and do in San Francisco. If you’re joining us for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, be sure to partake in some of the wonderful attractions and culture that the city has to offer. If you...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Coming to Oracle OpenWorld 2018? Then come see HPE. We're excited to have our partner returning to the conference this year! And they’re ready to help you learn how the right HPE hardware running Oracle Linux and Oracle VM can provide an optimal solution for your most demanding workloads. Whether your requirements are for increasing database performance or keeping critical applications available, HPE can help you optimize your investments in Oracle. HPE participates in Oracle’s HCL program to qualify hardware on Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Oracle VM. Qualified solutions can be found here. Meet with HPE compute and storage experts in the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, # 120. Learn about HPE's all-flash 3PAR and Nimble Storage with extreme performance, predictive analytics and robust data protection, or, for your mission-critical compute, the unparalleled scale-up server capacity offered by HPE Superdome servers with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. HPE provides a full portfolio of right-sized server and storage solutions allowing IT organizations to match processing power and scale with current and future needs, from small to large enterprise deployments, at price points that fit within almost any IT budget.        

Coming to Oracle OpenWorld 2018? Then come see HPE. We're excited to have our partner returning to the conference this year! And they’re ready to help you learn how the right HPE hardware running...

Join Pure Storage at the Infrastructure Technologies Showcase, #120, at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Learn how Pure Storage empowers Oracle customers to maximize the value of data We’ve shared a lot of information about key sessions and the showcase to help Oracle OpenWorld attendees map out how to best spend time at the conference. There’s more… Our Partners. This year, we welcome AMD, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, Pure Storage, and Symantec who are joining us in the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120, in Moscone South. Here are some key things to know about Pure Storage. #1: Pure Storage hardware is qualified and supported on Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle VM. It is also a good selection for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance customers that need external storage for business continuity and rapid restore solutions. The Pure Data-Centric Architecture for Oracle, the all-flash storage platform, is virtually effortless to use, efficient from end-to-end, and evergreen to upgrade - delivering real-time data to power customers’ mission-critical Oracle databases, data warehouses, development activities, and modern analytics environments. Thousands of Oracle customers use Pure Storage to help them deliver faster performance, improved simplicity, and lower economics for their Oracle environments. A case in point: An insurance company in Latin America recently selected Pure Storage to improve the performance and simplify operation of their mission critical Oracle databases that run on Oracle Linux. Pure’s embedded Oracle Copy Automation Tool (CAT), based on space-efficient snapshots, helped this customer speed up development activities by over 150x. Copy, clone and refresh workflows that were taking up to 3 hours to complete are now conducted in as little as 1-2 minutes. Now that’s a benefit that’s hard to pass up. #2: You can hear more from Pure Storage product experts: Customer Case Study Session: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Pure Storage: An Integrated Disaster Recovery Solution Thursday, Oct 25, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Moscone South - Room 214 Theater Session: Accelerate Development with Database Automation Tuesday, Oct 23, 1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.  The Exchange @ Moscone South - Theater 1 #3: At the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120, Pure will be highlighting hardware support on Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, and demoing tools including: Oracle Database Copy Automation Tool Accelerate Oracle DB Development with Automation using Ansible Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-in for Pure Storage Space Efficient Oracle snapshots Pure ActiveCluster - Simple and cost-effective Sync Replication    Pure Storage is an OPN Gold member.  

Learn how Pure Storage empowers Oracle customers to maximize the value of data We’ve shared a lot of information about key sessions and the showcase to help Oracle OpenWorld attendees map out how to...

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Q: What do penguins, pop sockets and VR have in common? A: The Oracle Infrastructure Technologies Showcase at Oracle OpenWorld

It’s refreshing to be in San Francisco in the fall. The weather is typically “temperate” but can be unpredictable, so it’s always good to bring layers, just in case. Joining the throng of people heading to Oracle OpenWorld adds an even more energizing buzz to the city by the bay. I enjoy a walk in the Howard and 3rd St. neighborhood as I grab a cappuccino and head to Moscone Center. Like the convention center, which is undergoing an expansion and transformation, so too is The Exchange, this year’s demo grounds at Oracle OpenWorld, located in Moscone South. With a focus on attendees’ experience, there are several new things to make navigating the exhibit floor easier. A wayfinder application provides an easy, self-service portal for finding demos and product experts. On-demand demos join always-on demos to provide time savings, and meetings can be booked on the spot to fit your schedule. Also new this year is the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120. This showcase, located on the right side of the show floor, near the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Autonomous Database showcases, is a stop you'll want to make. Attendees will find a wealth of information and an opportunity to have some fun. Here’s an outline of what will be covered in the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase. Products, technologies, and training: Servers: X86 Servers, SPARC Servers Storage: Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, StorageTek Tape Automation Operating Systems: Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris Virtualization: Oracle VM for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Tools and Platform: Oracle Containers, Oracle OpenStack, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Kubernetes Converged Infrastructure: Oracle MiniCluster, Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training Partners: AMD, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, Pure Storage, and Symantec Fun with VR: Join us for some fun in this virtual world (with all of the gear), where you’ll transform into the role of a solution architect. Shoot down the Oracle Infrastructure Technology product(s) that best fit your IT requirements and you could win an Oracle penguin pop socket.  And there’s more… More fun at CloudFest. 18 and if you’re planning to extend your stay in San Francisco, be sure to check out all of the Halloween parties – this city knows how to do them right! Finally, back to Oracle OpenWorld -- don’t forget to register for sessions now, they’re filling up fast. Enjoy fall in San Francisco and your time at Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

It’s refreshing to be in San Francisco in the fall. The weather is typically “temperate” but can be unpredictable, so it’s always good to bring layers, just in case. Joining the throng of...

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Six Must-Attend Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Building your Oracle OpenWorld 2018 schedule? You won't want to miss these six sessions. Our executives will share details on architecture and technical directions, the latest innovations, business strategies, and customer successes. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the unique capabilities Oracle Linux, Virtualization and other Oracle Infrastructure Technologies are delivering now and going forward – whether you want to deploy on premises, in the cloud or integrate between. Register now to ensure you have a seat!  Day/Time/Location    Session Title   Speakers Monday, Oct. 22     11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Moscone West - Room 2000 Oracle Linux: State of  the Penguin  [PRO4720] Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. The Exchange @ Moscone South - The Arena Oracle's Systems Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises [PKN5901] Ali Alasti, Senior Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Oracle Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle Tuesday, Oct. 23     11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Moscone West - Room 2000 An Overview of Oracle Infrastructure Technologies in Oracle Cloud [PRO5904] Robert Shimp, Product Management Group Vice President - Oracle Linux, Virtualization and Linux and VM Development, Oracle Ajay Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization, Oracle 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Moscone West - Room 2009 Kubernetes, Docker, and Oracle Linux from On-Premises to Oracle Cloud with Ease [DEV6015] Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle Wednesday, Oct. 24     11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Moscone West - Room 2000 The OS Factor: Advice for the Technology Buyer from IDC [BUS4729] Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director, IDC Karen Sigman, Vice President, Product and Partner Marketing, Oracle Thursday, Oct. 25     9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Moscone West - Room 2003 Oracle Linux Is Really the Ideal Linux for Oracle Cloud Developers [DEV6017] Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle   To learn more about these sessions and to register, click on the session title above, in the search box enter the session code, click "+" to complete your registration. Visit and bookmark this Focus on Oracle Linux and Virtualization page to access the full list of our general sessions and hands-on labs. Check the Oracle Linux and Virtualization blogs regularly for news and updates. And, while at Oracle OpenWorld, be sure to stop by the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase). Featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization technologies, at the showcase you can experience demos, a virtual reality game, and speak with product experts and partners.  

Building your Oracle OpenWorld 2018 schedule? You won't want to miss these six sessions. Our executives will share details on architecture and technical directions, the latest innovations, business...

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Oracle Linux and Virtualization Hands-On Labs at Oracle OpenWorld

We have a great selection of hands-on labs for Oracle Linux and Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld. To join the product experts for these sessions at the Marriott Marquis (Yerba Buena Level) - Salon 12/13, add the following six sessions to your Oracle OpenWorld calendar.   Session: Container Orchestration Using Oracle Linux (Kubernetes/Docker) - HOL6334 When: Monday October 22, 3.45 - 4.45pm Speaker: Avi Miller, Product Management Director, Oracle   Session: Build a High Availability Solution with Oracle Linux: Corosync/Pacemaker - HOL3137 When: Monday October 22, 5.15 - 6.15 pm Speaker: Jeff Savit, Director, Oracle   Session: Provide Zero Downtime Update for your Cloud Infrastructure - HOL6340 When: Wednesday October 24, 8:00  - 9:00 a.m Speaker: Christophe Pauliat, Oracle Solution Center Sales Consultant, Oracle; Simon Coter, Director of Product Management, Linux and Virtualization, Oracle   Session: Infrastructure as Code on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with Terraform - HOL5139 When: Thursday October 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m Speaker: Simon Hayler, Sr Principal Technical Product Manager; Christophe Pauliat, Oracle Solution Center Sales Consultant, Oracle; Paul Bramy, CEO reloca; Matthieu Bordonne, Oracle Solution Center Sales Consultant   Session: Observing and Optimizing your Application on Oracle Linux with DTrace - HOL6339 When: Thursday October 25, 12.00 - 1.00pm Speaker: Jeff Savit, Director, Oracle   Session: Oracle Database 18c: Reliable DevOps with Vagrant, Oracle VM VirtualBox, and Oracle Linux - HOL6394 When: Thursday October 25, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m Speaker: Simon Coter, Director of Product Management, Linux and Virtualization, Oracle; Gerald Venzl, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle   At Oracle OpenWorld, to learn more about Oracle Linux and Virtualization, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase, booth #120, located in Moscone South, on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase.

We have a great selection of hands-on labs for Oracle Linux and Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld. To join the product experts for these sessions at the Marriott Marquis (Yerba Buena Level) -...

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Optimizing and Automating Your Oracle VM Deployments - Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Interested to hear the latest information on Oracle VM and see how a global enterprise application services provider optimizes Oracle VM infrastructure with automation to ensure higher reliability and predictability?  Please plan to join the us on Day 1 of OpenWorld at the Customer Case Study Session: Optimizing and Automating Your Oracle VM deployments [CAS4728] Monday, Oct 22, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Moscone West - Room 2000 John Priest (Oracle VM Director of Product Management) will share the latest Oracle VM product information and roadmap, including: Oracle VM latest releases Ksplice for Oracle VM The future of Oracle VM Alain Campos (Architect - Cloud Services Engineering, IT Convergence, Inc.) will present information on how IT Convergence has automated their service delivery using Oracle VM: Oracle VM and Oracle Linux use case at IT Convergence Oracle VM Build Automation and Optimization: Goals --> Challenges --> Solution Short video demo of the automation infrastructure that IT Convergence has built around Oracle VM. To learn more, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization technologies, booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase), where you can experience demos, a virtual reality game, and speak with product experts and partners. We look forward to sharing this open world with you!

Interested to hear the latest information on Oracle VM and see how a global enterprise application services provider optimizes Oracle VM infrastructure with automation to ensure higher reliability and...

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Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

It’s time to plan your schedule for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, in San Francisco, CA. You won’t want to miss the lineup of Oracle Virtualization sessions. This year’s content includes product roadmaps, tips and tricks, product training, customer case studies, and more. The highlighted sessions below are ones in which you’ll hear from our executives. Register now to be sure you have a seat. At the conference, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with other Oracle customers, product experts, and partners, to help you make the most of your time. Read on and register for sessions now! The Sessions: Monday, Oct 22: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM VirtualBox: The Enterprise Development Platform, Simon Coter, Sergio Leunissen [PRO4724], 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Tips for Securing Your Cloud Infrastructure, Jan Hendrik Mangold, Jeff Savit [TIP4727], 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Oracle Linux and Oracle VM: Get Trained for Cloud, Hybrid, and On-Premises, Avi Miller, Anotinette O’Sullivan [TRN5828], 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. -- more from Antoinette Optimizing and Automating Your Oracle VM Deployments, John Priest, Alain Campos [CAS4728], 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  Oracle Linux: State of the Penguin, Wim Coekaerts [PRO4720], 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Automating Workload Migration to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Simon Coter, Gilson Melo, Alessandr Pilotti [PRO5796], 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Oracle’s Systems Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises, Ali Alasti, Wim Coekaerts, Edward Screven [PKN5901], 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Perform In-Place Upgrade for Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure, Jeff Savit, Jeffery Yoder, Rodolfo Martinez [CAS5088], 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.   Tuesday, Oct 23: An Overview of Oracle Infrastructure Technologies in Oracle Cloud, Robert Shimp, Ajay Srivastava [PRO5904], 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Best Practices: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Julie Wong, Simon Coter [PRO4721], 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Maximize Performance with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, Greg Marsden, Jeff Savit, Kevin Tribbey [TIP4725], 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.    Wednesday, Oct 24: The OS Factor: Advice for the Technology Buyer from IDC, Karen Sigman, Ashish Nadkarni [BUS4729], 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Thursday, Oct 25: Oracle Linux is really the ideal Linux for Oracle Cloud Developers, Wim Coekaerts [DEV6017], 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization, Simon Coter [DEV5029], 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Embrace Open Source Projects on GitHub for Cloud Automation, Avi Miller, Simon Coter [TIP5795], 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.    Add these sessions to your schedule and don't forget to bookmark our Focus on Oracle Linux and Virtualization page. And, there’s more…   The Showcase, Moscone South – Booth #120 To learn more, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization technologies, booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase), where you can experience demos, a virtual reality game, and speak with product experts and partners. Stay tuned to this blog for more information on #OOW18 in the coming days. We look forward to sharing this open world with you!

It’s time to plan your schedule for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, in San Francisco, CA. You won’t want to miss the lineup of Oracle Virtualization sessions. This year’s content includes product roadmaps, tips...

Oracle VM Server for x86

Ansible: Automate and Accelerate Deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

We are excited to announce that you can now use Ansible playbooks to automate repeatable IT tasks (like creating and deleting Virtual Machines, deploying databases and applications) on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3.1 and Oracle VM 3.4 and newer. Automation is a key requirement for achieving cloud like agility and Ansible is the tool of choice to automate and accelerate provisioning, configuration management and application deployment on remote systems.  Ansible is an open-source IT automation engine that automates provisioning, configuration management, application deployment on remote systems. It is an agentless automation solution that works by executing code blocks called "modules" on remote systems over SSH and uses YAML based "playbooks" to describe automation jobs. Why Ansible? Ansible is the de-facto tool for cloud automation and can be used for automating deployments across Oracle PCA, Oracle VM and Oracle ZFSSA. It is Agentless, which means it just needs to be installed on a central “Control Machine” and interfaces with the Oracle VM REST API to control deployments on PCA It saves time and effort, so reduces OpEx – One of our retail customers saw savings of up to 90% in database deployment times on PCA with Ansible Ansible playbook are a lightweight evolution of Oracle VM Templates How does it work? Ansible manages configuration and application deployment on the Oracle Private Cloud Applinace by connecting to the REST APIs for Oracle VM Manager (accessible by HTTPS over port 7002 as shown in figure). Fig: Architecture diagram for Ansible managing Oracle PCA (Oracle VM 3.4) The setup requires the following components: Control Machine: The central machine where Ansible is installed. It is an Oracle Linux 7 system with Ansible package installed from ol7_developer_EPEL yum repository Managed Nodes: The remote machines that Ansible communicates with and automates tasks on. PCA Management Node would be the managed node in this case. You must have a PCA 2.3.1 or newer for using this version of the REST APIs Automating Infrastructure Lifecycle Management on PCA The first custom Ansible module in a series of planned Infrastructure Lifecycle Management modules is now available for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle VM. The Ansible module and accompanying playbooks automate Creation of VMs attached to VNICs and disks of desired specifications Deletion of an existing VM along with all the attached disks Starting and stopping VMs  Step-by-step procedures to execute the module on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance are in this whitepaper Results/Benefits Deploy a VM with 2 disks and 2 VNICs in 9 seconds as opposed to ~50 seconds using OVM GUI Reduce DB deployment times by 90% This module can be used in conjunction with playbooks to automate deployment of DBs and applications. Where to download from? The Ansible module and accompanying playbooks can be downloaded as an RPM from OTN

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Announcing Ksplice Enhancements for Oracle VM

Ksplice patching for Xen and User space now available for Oracle VM release 3.4.5! We are excited to announce an important enhancement to the Oracle VM product. Oracle VM Server release 3.4.5 now supports Ksplice patching for the Xen hypervisor and critical user space packages. This product enhancement extends the Ksplice kernel patching support already offered on the Oracle VM Server to cover the following Oracle VM components: Xen hypervisor glibc openssl QEMU Oracle Ksplice technology allows you to update systems with new security errata (CVE) patches without the need to reboot. This enables you to remain current with operating system vulnerability patches while minimizing downtime. Oracle Ksplice actively applies updates to the running images instead of making on-disk changes that would take effect only after a subsequent reboots. With the addition of Xen patching and user space patching, Oracle VM administrators now have an enhanced set of tools to cope with security threats and other issues without impacting running systems. To install Ksplice support on your Oracle VM Server, please review the updated documents that give additional information on these new enhancements: Oracle VM Administrator's Guide for Release 3.4 - Information on accessing the Oracle VM ULN channels, Configuring Yum for Oracle Ksplice, Installing the Ksplice Enhanced Client, and Installing Oracle Ksplice Updates on Oracle VM Server. Oracle Linux Ksplice User Guide - Overview of Oracle Ksplice, and Ksplice Enhanced Client support for Oracle VM. For Oracle VM users that are setting up Ksplice for the first time, follow the instructions in the Oracle VM Administrator's Guide to install the Ksplice Enhanced Client and to configure the Ksplice channels. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel updates will continue to be located in the Ksplice for Oracle Linux 6 (x86_64) channel, ol6_x86_64_ksplice. The Ksplice Enhanced Client and user space updates for Oracle VM are in a new ULN channel in Oracle VM 3.4 latest, ovm34_x86_64_ksplice. For Oracle VM users that already have support for Ksplice kernel patching, you will need to switch from the Uptrack Client to the Enhanced Client to patch the Xen and user space updates. Instructions to switch between the clients is located in the Oracle VM Administrator's Guide. And as noted above, you need to be on Oracle VM Server 3.4.5 or higher to take advantage of the new Ksplice enhancements. Ksplice patching for Oracle VM is available for customers with Oracle VM Premier Support. You can read more about the Oracle Ksplice technology in Ksplice Overview in the Oracle Technology Network. And when you’re ready to try it out, point your Oracle VM Manager to the updates on the Unbreakable Linux Network and start patching your Oracle VM Servers while keeping your business applications running.  

Ksplice patching for Xen and User space now available for Oracle VM release 3.4.5! We are excited to announce an important enhancement to the Oracle VM product. Oracle VM Server release 3.4.5 now...

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Oracle VM adds Windows 2016 to Microsoft SVVP Certification

  Oracle VM 3.4 SVVP Certification  Oracle has been a part of the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) and previously certified Oracle VM 3.4 with Windows 2008 and 2012.  The Oracle VM team is committed to continuing our support for users that are running Windows Server guests on Oracle VM Server for x86.  With the introduction of Windows 2016 support on Oracle VM, a new test certification was completed to validate the following components under the Microsoft SVVP:  Oracle VM 3.4 Oracle VM Windows PV Driver 3.4.3 Windows 2008/R2, Windows 2012/R2 and Windows 2016 guest OSs Oracle VM 3.4 has successfully passed all of the test requirements and is a validated virtualization product to support Windows guests.  Certification details can be found on the Windows Server Catalog site. Microsoft SVVP Overview  Microsoft launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) to improve customers' support experiences when running Windows Server operating systems on virtualization technologies. This validation program is open to vendors that deliver machine virtualization products and have customers that run Windows Server-based workloads in their virtualization environment. Customers can benefit from the regular Windows Server technical support provided by Microsoft when running currently supported versions of Windows Server on validated machine virtualization solutions. All testing for this program is done by the virtualization product vendors, with the results of that testing submitted to Microsoft for review and approval. Oracle VM and Windows PV Driver Overview Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. It delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. The Oracle VM Windows PV Driver is a component of the Oracle virtualization solution and provides a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM x86 Servers.

  Oracle VM 3.4 SVVP Certification  Oracle has been a part of the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) and previously certified Oracle VM 3.4 with Windows 2008 and 2012.  The Oracle...

Announcements

Oracle VM 3 Premier Support extended to March 2021

Oracle VM 3 Premier Support extended to March 2021  To give customers more flexibility and time to take advantage of the latest features offered with Oracle VM 3.4, Oracle has extended the Premier Support end date for Oracle VM Release 3 to March 2021. Oracle VM 3 was introduced in August 2011 with a standard eight year lifecycle that set the Premier Support end date at August 2019.  A number of minor releases (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4) have been delivered since, each delivering new features and updates to support customer growth and reduce operational expenses. In March 2016, Oracle VM 3.4 was released as the latest minor version in the Oracle VM 3 program.  The stability and features in this release made it among the fastest to be upgraded to and deployed by enterprise customers, Oracle engineered systems and cloud providers, which prompted the support extension.  Available since June 2018, Oracle VM 3.4.5 is the most current release. The new Oracle VM 3 Premier Support timeline can be found in either of the following documents: Lifetime Support Policy: Coverage for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle and Sun System Software Both of these documents reference the new Oracle VM 3 Premier Support end date: The Oracle VM team will continue to deliver update releases, bug fixes and security patches for the 3.4 release for the duration of the Oracle VM 3 Premier Support timeline.  Customers running an older minor release (e.g. 3.2.11 or 3.3.5) are encouraged to upgrade to 3.4 to take advantage of the updates and patches that will be delivered. Oracle VM Software Download  Oracle VM and all product updates can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge. Instructions to download Oracle VM and the product utilities can be found on the Oracle Technology Network. Additional Oracle VM Information Oracle VM continues to deliver leading performance, scalability, and reliability to support enterprise applications.  Oracle VM is engineered for an open cloud infrastructure and is the foundation supporting many SaaS and PaaS workloads in public and private clouds.  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: https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/learn-how-oracle-vm-is-a-key-part-of-your-it-infrastructure 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 VM 3 Premier Support extended to March 2021  To give customers more flexibility and time to take advantage of the latest features offered with Oracle VM 3.4, Oracle has extended the Premier...

Enhanced Oracle Fabric Interconnect Switch (Xsigo) monitoring for the Private Cloud Appliance with Enterprise Manager 13.3

The Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 release provides enhanced monitoring for the Oracle Fabric Interconnect switches within the Private Cloud Appliance (PCA). These new monitoring features are: Cumulative fabric performance Managed devices Discovered PCA compute nodes Configured IO templates Network and storage clouds Alarms tracked by the Oracle Fabric Manager (OFM) To view this enhanced information select the Fabric Interconnect Target from the All Targets Menu or click on the Fabric Interconnects on the PCA target Navigation tree. The following regions are enhanced: Summary The summary section of the Fabric Interconnect home page lists the current Oracle Fabric Manager's status and version, and the high availability mode. Oracle Fabric Manager supports high availability mode, in which multiple Fabric Manager servers are associated with each other to provide a system of Fabric Manager servers that operate in active or passive roles. Cumulative Performance When vNICs and vHBAs are configured and deployed on the PCA compute nodes it can be seen in the graph of the network and storage total throughput. Devices Information about the Oracle Fabric Interconnect chassis and the Oracle Software Defined Networking (SDN) that are managed through the Oracle Fabric Manager is displayed in the Fabric Interconnect home page. The Devices table displays the host name of each managed device, the device IP address, the software version currently installed on each managed device, the current state of the managed device and the model of the device. Servers Oracle Fabric Manager discovers servers that are connected through the devices and have Oracle Virtual Networking Drivers installed. This table lists the host name of each PCA compute node that Oracle Fabric Manager has discovered, the operating system currently in use, the name of the I/O profile and the total number of vNICs and vHBAs that are configured. I/O Templates When I/O templates are configured, they are listed in the Fabric Interconnect home page regardless of whether they are deployed to a PCA compute node or not. This table lists the name of each configured I/O template, the total number of vNICs and vHBAs configured in each I/O template, and the description that was applied to the I/O template. For PCA we currently do not use I/O templates, however added for completeness. Network Clouds Information about the Private Virtual Interconnect (PVI) clouds is displayed. This table lists the name of each configured cloud, the number of Ethernet ports, and link aggregation groups (LAGs) in the cloud. Currently PCA does not support LAG’s. However added for completeness. Storage Clouds Information about the configured storage clouds is displayed. This table lists the name of each configured cloud, and the number of Fibre Channel ports in the storage cloud. Alarms The Oracle Fabric Interconnect target monitors system events and network management alarms tracked by the Oracle Fabric Manager. The alarms shown in the Fabric Interconnect home page are of one of the following severities: Critical Major Minor Warning To view critical, major, minor, and warning alarms go to the Oracle Fabric Interconnect's All Metrics page, and select the Alarms metric. Critical alarms are displayed in the Incidents and Problems section of the Fabric Interconnect home page. Major, warning and minor alarms can also appear on the Incidents and Problems section, if the user activates a rule for this purpose. To enable this enhanced monitoring the following high level steps are required: Upgrade the Oracle Enterprise Manager server (OMS) to version 13.3 Via the Enterprise Manager OMS UI enable a blackout state for both Oracle Fabric Interconnect Switches via their home pages (available via the PCA rack home page) On the PCA active management node upgrade the EM agent to EM 13.3 Run the pre-requisite steps described in the documentation: Download and add the Oracle Fabric Manager (OFM) plugin Import the OFM certificate into the PCA active management node agent keystore Re-discover the Fabric Interconnect Targets by following the steps in the PCA Rack Discovery documentation. Once the Fabric Interconnect Targets are discovered promote them via the discovery process. Remove the blackout state for the Fabric Interconnect targets For further information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 refer here, and for further information on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3 refer here.

The Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 release provides enhanced monitoring for the Oracle Fabric Interconnect switches within the Private Cloud Appliance (PCA). These new monitoring features are: Cumulative...

Announcements

Latest Oracle VM software available on OSDC

Download the latest Oracle VM software from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud We recently announced the availability of the Oracle VM 3.4.5 release.  This is the latest Oracle VM release delivering leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. Oracle VM Software Downloads The Oracle VM 3.4.5 software downloads have been available on My Oracle Support, the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), the Oracle Linux Yum Server or the Oracle Technology Network.  Details on the download locations and patch versions can be found in the Oracle VM 3.4.5 download blog. The Oracle VM 3.4.5 release can now also be found on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. To download this latest version, connect to OSDC at https://edelivery.oracle.com/osdc/faces/SoftwareDelivery, search "Oracle VM Server 3.4.5" and add the package to your cart.  The media kit contains the Oracle VM Manager, Oracle VM Server for x86 and the Oracle VM SPARC Agent.  And as an added bonus, the latest Oracle VM Windows PV Driver 3.4.3 is also part of the media kit.  Download the kit today and take advantage of the latest software releases from the Oracle VM team. Additional Oracle VM Information Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure.  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

Download the latest Oracle VM software from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud We recently announced the availability of the Oracle VM 3.4.5 release.  This is the latest Oracle VM release delivering...

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Oracle VM 3.4.5 Downloads

Where to download Oracle VM 3.4.5 Last week we announced the availability of the Oracle VM 3.4.5 release.  This is the latest Oracle VM release delivering leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.  Information on the new features offered with this release can be found in the release announcement blog:  https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/oracle-vm-release-345-is-now-available Oracle VM Software Downloads Customers with an Oracle support plan covering Oracle VM may download the 3.4.5 release from My Oracle Support or the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN): Download Oracle VM 3.4.5 from My Oracle Support Oracle VM Server ISO, search patch ID 22902487 Oracle VM Manager Installer ISO, search patch ID 22902502 Oracle VM Agent for SPARC, search patch ID 22902518 Download Oracle VM 3.4.5 Server Updates from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network All customers may download Oracle VM 3.4.5 from the Oracle Technology Network, Oracle Linux Yum Server or the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud: Download Oracle VM 3.4.5 from Oracle Technology Network Download Oracle VM 3.4.5 Server Updates from Oracle Linux Yum Server Download Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (3.4.5 uploads pending - blog will be updated when completed) Additional Oracle VM Information Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure.  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

Where to download Oracle VM 3.4.5 Last week we announced the availability of the Oracle VM 3.4.5 release.  This is the latest Oracle VM release delivering leading performance, scalability, and...

Announcing Oracle VM 3.4.5 certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.5 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 13.2PG.  This enables the discovery, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.5 with this release.  The Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c 13.2PG release denotes the use of the latest Enterprise Manager VT (Virtualization) plug-in which is version 13.2.3. The following Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c patches are recommended and have been tested for use with Oracle VM 3.4.5; use the various patch readme files for further information. For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 6880880 - Opatch Version 13.9.3.2.0 for EMCC 13.x - 19999993 – OMSPatcher patch of version 13.8.0.0.2 for EMCC 13.2.0.0.0 - 27612395 – EMBP Patch Set Update (PSU) 13.2.0.0.180417 - 27807486 – Enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.2.3.0.180430 For the Oracle VM Manager Host Enterprise Manager Agent: - 6880880 - Opatch Version 13.9.3.2.0 for EMCC 13.x - 27585167  - EM-Agent agent bundle patch 13.2.0.0.180331 - 28195767 -  EM VT plugin Monitoring patch 13.2.3.0.180630 (agent monitoring) - 27110236 -  EM VT Plugin Discovery patch 13.2.3.0.171130 (agent discovery)   High level steps for an upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.5 with Enterprise Manager 13c 13.2: 1. Check and if needed upgrade the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS) VT (Virtualization) plug-in to version 13.2.3 2. Check and if needed install the patches for the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS) as listed above 3. Check and if needed install the patches for the Oracle VM Manager Enterprise Manager Agent as listed above (leave the Enterprise Manager Agent stopped after the patch install) 4. Upgrade the Oracle VM Manager to version 3.4.5 using this documentation 5. Start the Oracle VM Manager Enterprise Manager Agent Oracle VM is 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 3.4.5 please refer here. For further information on Enterprise Manager 13c please refer here.  

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.5 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 13.2PG.  This enables the discovery, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.5 with this...

Announcements

Oracle VM release 3.4.5 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.5  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 3.4.5. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.5? Oracle VM release 3.4.5 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 3.4.4 release. The notable enhancements and updates with this release are: Support for Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) for better Oracle Database performance — Hybrid Columnar Compression is an Oracle Database compression technology that enables the highest levels of data compression and provides cost savings and performance improvements due to reduced I/O. As of this release, Oracle VM provides support for Hybrid Columnar Compression on Oracle Database Release 18c with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage Systems. A new Fiber Channel storage refresh option with Oracle generic storage plugin deployments — In addition to the Loop Initialization Protocol (LIP) scan done in previous releases, a new soft scan option is offered which can result in faster refresh times for storage arrays. A new Balance Server start policy to complement the Best Server policy — With the Balance Server policy, virtual machines can be started on the best available Oracle VM Server, as determined by CPU and memory utilization, to help ensure an even distribution amongst all Oracle VM Servers in the server pool. Increased performance for Microsoft Windows guest operating systems — This release provides the ability to enable the exposure of Windows virtualization (also referred to as viridian) compatible entitlements to Microsoft Windows guest operating systems. Enabling viridian support is strongly recommended to improve performance for Microsoft Windows guest operating systems. Support for TLS1.2 as the default connectivity protocol — Oracle VM Manager uses the TLSv1.2 protocol for all connections for enhanced security protection. 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. Updated Xen hypervisor — The Xen hypervisor used in the Oracle VM x86 Server has been updated for additional performance and scalability. 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. Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Server for x86 packages — All user space packages have been updated to mirror the versions delivered in Oracle Linux 6 Update 9. In addition, some of the packages have had incremental updates to deliver new features or bug fixes. A full summary of the updates and enhancements available in Oracle VM 3.4.5 can be found in the Oracle VM Release Notes for 3.4.5. 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 3.4.5, 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. 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 3.4.5  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise...

Announcements

Hitachi Certifies New Storage Arrays with Oracle VM

      Several new Hitachi Vantara hybrid and all-flash storage arrays have been qualified on Oracle VM. Adding to the extensive list of hardware and storage certifications Hitachi has delivered as part of the Oracle HCL program, these new Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) certifications help provide mutual customers with added choice to meet the varying demands of on premises and cloud deployments. The new Hitachi VSP models focus on enhanced resiliency. Highlights of the new arrays include additional and faster processors and memory, improved flash design, more IOPS and lower latency. They scale further with more capacity, consolidate more operations, and provide more support for containers. The latest certifications by Hitachi for Oracle VM include: Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series models: G350, G370, G700, G900 Offering reliability and operational simplicity that delivers data faster, these hybrid flash-powered cloud platforms provide superior value for applications. Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series models: F350, F370, F700, F900 Accelerating delivery of applications with flash performance, virtually penalty-free compression and faster response times, these all-flash arrays help speed workloads with robust, automated data management and protection. To learn more, visit: Hitachi VSP G Series Hitachi VSP F Series  

      Several new Hitachi Vantara hybrid and all-flash storage arrays have been qualified on Oracle VM. Adding to the extensive list of hardware and storage certifications Hitachi has delivered as part of...

Upgrade to Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3.3 from 2.3.2 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.2

Recently we announced the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) software 2.3.3 release which adds support for an enhancement to the internal Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance to model ZS5-ES. The high level steps for the PCA 2.3.2 to 2.3.3 upgrade including the PCA are as follows. If your PCA is not 2.3.1 or 2.3.2 then refer to My Oracle Support note 2242177.1 which includes steps for Oracle Enterprise Manager. - Update the required Enterprise Manager Plug-ins to latest available - Install patches on the Enterprise Manager 13.2 Server (OMS) and agents - Backup the oraInventory - Move the PCA to a blackout state - Upgrade PCA to 2.3.3 - Recover the PCA management node agent - Remove the blackout state Step 1: If needed, update the required Enteprise Manager Plug-ins 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 check the current versions go to Setup > Extensibility > Plugins Expose the Server folder and for example look for the SI plugin: The Blue icon in this example tells us there is a later version of the plugin available. To download this latest version follow the documentation which is here. Check the versions of the VT, CFW and SSA plug-in and if required update to the latest version. With the SI plug-in upgrade for example, down time is required for the Oracle Enterprise Manager server (OMS). Step 2: If needed, install patches on the Oracle Enterprise Manger 13.2 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 are recommended and have been tested for use with PCA 2.3.3. Use the various patch readme files for further information. For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 6880880 - Opatch Version 13.9.3.2.0 for EMCC 13.x - 19999993 – OMSPatcher patch of version 13.8.0.0.2 for EMCC 13.2.0.0.0 - 27612395 – EMBP Patch Set Update (PSU) 13.2.0.0.180417 - 27807486 – Enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.2.3.0.180430 For the PCA Management Agent: - 6880880 - Opatch Version 13.9.3.2.0 for EMCC 13.x - 27585167  - EM-Agent agent bundle patch 13.2.0.0.180331 - 27664097  - EM VT Plugin bundle patch 13.2.3.0.180331 (agent monitoring) - 27110236 -  EM VT Plugin Discovery patch 13.2.3.0.171130 (agent discovery) Step 3: Backup the Oracle inventory: The first step is to take a backup of the PCA management node agent oraInventory. The Oracle Inventory directory (oraInventory) stores an inventory of all software installed on the system. It is required and shared by all Oracle software installations on a single system. Firstly, as the root user ssh into the active management VIP (Virtual IP Address) and confirm we are on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# pca-check-master NODE: 192.168.4.4 MASTER: True Backup the oraInventory and copy to the shared NFS storage: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# cd /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1 app]# tar -cvf EMagent_oraInventory.tar oraInventory [root@ovcamn06r1 app]# cp EMagent_oraInventory.tar /nfs/shared_storage/ Step 4: Move the PCA to a blackout state: We should place the PCA into a blackout state within Oracle Enterprise Manger 13c. Blackouts allow Oracle Enterprise Manager administrators to suspend all data collection activity on one or more monitored targets. The primary reason for blacking out targets is to allow Oracle Enterprise Manager administrators to perform scheduled maintenance on those targets. Alerts may also being sent to other management tools external to Oracle Enterprise Manager therefore this procedure is vital in false alerts being sent. Using the Enterprise Manager 13c UI as the Cloud Administrator go to the Private Cloud Appliance Home Page. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c is able to manage multiple Oracle Private Cloud Appliances, therefore if this is the case click on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to update: From the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page menu select the Create Blackout option: Enter suitable information describing the reason for the blackout (see below example) It is suggested to tick Enable Full blackout for all hosts and agents. Also on the Schedule set the duration to Indefinitely. Notice that there is a single target of type Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and also in the Related Targets Included in the Blackout. This single target of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance will encapsulate all the physical and logical / virtual components: The Home Page will return with a notification that the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is now under Blackout: Similarly as with the physical targets the single target of the Oracle VM Manager will encapsulate all the logical targets it manages into a single blackout. This is shown with a wrench / screwdriver icon as follows within the Infrastructure Cloud View: Step 5: Upgrade PCA to 2.3.3 by referring to the documentation. Step 6: Recover the PCA management node agent: The next step is to recover the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent installed on the NFS shared storage which is presented to both active and passive management nodes. We firstly restore the oraInventory backup we took in the first step as the root user on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# pca-check-master NODE: 192.168.4.4  MASTER: True [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# cp /nfs/shared_storage/EMagent_oraInventory.tar /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# cd /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1 app]# ls EMagent_oraInventory.tar  oracle [root@ovcamn06r1 app]# tar -xvf Emagent_oraInventory.tar We then need to change the oracle passwd to the same one we used on the original Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install as the root user on both management nodes active and passive: [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# passwd oracle [root@ovcamn05r1 ~]# passwd oracle Next on the active management node and as the root user we need to run the privilege scripts: [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# /nfs/shared_storage/oem13agent/agent_13.2.0.0.0/root.sh [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# /u01/app/oraInventory/orainstRoot.sh These scripts create the /etc/oragchomelist /etc/oraInst.loc & /etc/init.d/gcstartup scripts. We need the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent to be under the control of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software and not any local OS based startup scripts. Therefore we need to remove any OS based rc.* links to scripts. As the root user on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# for x in `find /etc/rc.*/rc* | grep gcstart`; do rm $x; done Next, copy the the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent installation files from the active management node (in our case ovcamn06r1) to the passive management node (ovcamn05r1) as the root user: [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# scp /etc/init.d/gcstartup root@ovcamn05r1:/etc/init.d/ [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# rsync -og /etc/oragchomelist root@ovcamn05r1:/etc/oragchomelist [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# rsync -rog /u01/app/oraInventory/ oracle@ovcamn05r1:/u01/app/oraInventory The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software is automatically configured with the default Oracle Enterprise Manager agent firewall port (3872) open. If you are not using the default port of 3872 you need to open the firewall as the root user on both the active and passive management nodes to enable the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent to function: [root@ovcamn06r1]# iptables -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport <Chosen Port> -j ACCEPT [root@ovcamn06r1]# service iptables save iptables: Saving firewall rules to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:[ OK ] [root@ovcamn06r1]# service iptables start [root@ovcamn06r1]# service iptables status|grep <Chosen Port> 22 ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 state NEW tcp dpt:<Chosen Port> [root@ovcamn05r1]# iptables -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport <Chosen Port> -j ACCEPT [root@ovcamn05r1]# service iptables save iptables: Saving firewall rules to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:[ OK ] [root@ovcamn05r1]# service iptables start [root@ovcamn05r1]# service iptables status|grep <Chosen Port> 22 ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 state NEW tcp dpt:<Chosen Port> We now need to start the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent either as the root or oracle user on the active management node. Example as the root user: [root@ovcamn06r1 ~]# /etc/init.d/gcstartup start Example as the oracle user: -bash-4.1$ /nfs/shared_storage/oem13agent/agent_inst/bin/emctl start agent Step 7: Remove the blackout state: We now need to remove the indefinite Blackout from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance physical, logical and virtual components. To do this either go to the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page and use the main menu to select Control=>End Blackout. From this page click on the Yes button to stop the Blackout. The Blackout will now be stopped and confirmed by being removed from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page.

Recently we announced the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) software 2.3.3 release which adds support for an enhancement to the internal Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance to model ZS5-ES. The high level...

Oracle VM Server for x86

Storware, Partner Spotlight

                                                            Storware vProtect is an enterprise backup solution for virtual environments. It facilitates the implementation of virtual machine backups running on Oracle VM. The latest release, 3.4, provides a new UI, CLI, open API, app server, and database. This release also introduced several improvements including file-level restore, the possibility to stream backups directly from a file system backup provider, virtually instant access to specific files in VM backups, and new settings for third-party S3 API implementations (i.e. Scality). With vProtect you can scale horizontally with multi-node centralized management and store backups in different backup destinations (locally, in OpenStack Swift object storage, IBM Spectrum Protect, Veritas NetBackup, EMC Networker or S3). The 3.4 release also introduced RPM-based installation and upgrade capabilities, several security enhancements, and improved configurability of S3 API for third-party object storage compatibility. Multiple backup destinations can be used simultaneously. E-mail reports with VM grouping and cluster and storage indexing as well as extended scheduling options are new in this release. Find more details in the product documentation.

                                                            Storware vProtect is an enterprise backup solution for virtual environments. It facilitates the implementation of virtual machine backups...

Oracle VM Server for x86

Learn How Oracle VM is a Key Part of Your IT Infrastructure

With more than 100 preconfigured, pretested templates for Oracle applications, Oracle has done the heavy lifting for you enabling the virtualization of complex applications with near-zero application knowledge.    In addition, you can move existing virtualized workloads to the cloud with a simple lift and shift to Oracle VM on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. We have a selection of training options to accompany you and your colleagues as you progress in your use of Oracle VM: Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration: Learn to deploy pooled server resources to create virtual machines supporting enterprise applications. This course is available in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery by expert instructors through streaming video, at your own pace, and booking time to get hands-on experience when suits your needs. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Current events on the schedule include 6, 18 and 27 June, 8 August, 10 and 24 October and 14 November 2018 in English, 27 June 2018 in Spanish, 18 July 2018 in Brazilian Portuguese, and 27 May 2018 in Chinese. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. In-Class events on the schedule include: Location Date Delivery Language Gaborone, Botswana 21 May 2018 English Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 11 June 2018 Brazilian Portuguese Toronto, Canada 4 June 2018 English Bogota, Columbia 17 September 2018 Spanish Cairo, Egypt 24 June 2018 Arabic Paris, France 21 November 2018 French Munich, Germany 30 July 2018 German Turin, Italy 18 June 2018 Italian Tokyo, Japan 25 September 2018 Japanese Mexico City, Mexico 29 October 2018 Spanish Warsaw, Poland 18 June 2018 Polish Praha, Slovakia 24 September 2018 Czech Johannesburg, South Africa 25 June 2018 English Zurich, Switzerland 27 August 2018 German Miami, FL, United States 19 November 2018 English Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation: Learn how to administer, redistribute, troubleshoot and protect Oracle VM to ensure continuous and seamless access of your applications. This course is available in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away. Follow lecture delivery by expert instructors through streaming video, at your own pace, and book time to get hands-on experience whenever suits your needs. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events currently on the schedule include 11 July, 7 and 15 August, 3 October, and 6 and 14 November 2018 in English and 8 August 2018 in Spanish. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. In-Class events on the schedule include: Location Date Delivery Language Sydney, Australia 13 June 2018 English Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 19 November 2018 Brazilian Portuguese Praha, Slovakia 12 November 2018 Czech Johannesburg, South Africa 9 July 2018 English Providence, RI, United States 16 July 2018 English Integrate Oracle VM Workloads on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: Learn to configure and manage Oracle VM on the cloud as part of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services learning subscription. Resources: Register for an event or learn more about Oracle VM training, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager Product Documentation Oracle VM Server for x86 product pages Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager Downloads Bring your Oracle VM workloads on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

With more than 100 preconfigured, pretested templates for Oracle applications, Oracle has done the heavy lifting for you enabling the virtualization of complex applications with near-zero application...

Announcements

New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database available!

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance and Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates are designed to provide a fast and easy way of deploying Single Instance or Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM for test as well as production environments. This updated release includes ALL the absolute latest bits for different Oracle Database releases (11.2.0.4, 12.1.0.2 / 12.2.0.2 April 2018 PSU/RU), Oracle Linux releases (Oracle Linux L6.9, Oracle Linux 7.5) and Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release (UEK4 Update 7) that also includes latest fixes for Spectre & Meltdown; latest bits now available are: [Apr 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 2 Enterprise/Standard Edition, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (12.2.0.1.180417) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 25500208 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux [Apr 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition , including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update (12.1.0.2.180417) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 25500207 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux [Apr 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update (11.2.0.4.180417) & Oracle Linux 6 Update 9 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 25500206 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux Deployment documentation for Oracle VM The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations 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 which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of 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

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

Events

Oracle Code Online: Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization.

In the huge list of very interesting sessions that are part of Oracle Code Online 2018, a new webcast has been added that you won't want to miss: Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization This session offers a practical, and live, hands-on example of how to implement Infrastructure as code and build repeatable development building blocks for both solo developers and teams. Replace hand built "one-off" development runtimes and say good-bye to "it works on my machine"! This session walks you through building a DevOps toolchain, suitable for deploying an automated infrastructure for microservices, across multiple virtualization and cloud environments. Tooling includes Docker, Vagrant, VirtualBox, Oracle Linux and GitHub. Oracle Code Online includes many Developer Session Paths covering: Java, Database, Emerging Technologies, DevOps/Containers and JavaScript. Further information on paths, session dates & times are available here. Oracle Code Online will be available on three dates, to accommodate all timezones; below are the URL's to register: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Time: 09:00 AM PDT Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - Time 10:00 AM CEST Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Time: 11:30 AM IST Dates/Times for my session, "Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization" are: Hope to virtually meet you during the "Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization" session! I look forward to discussing your questions and ideas during the Q/A portion.  

In the huge list of very interesting sessions that are part of Oracle Code Online 2018, a new webcast has been added that you won't want to miss: Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization This...

Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.3.3

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.3. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 27275963. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2, X4-2 and X5-2. Here are some of the new features and enhancements in PCA Release 2.3.3: Latest Storage Server Software AK 8.7.14 PCA 2.3.3 adds provisioning and orchestration support for the next generation Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS5-ES as the internal storage.  It is a standard component in new release PCA 2.3.3 systems and offers improved storage performance and disk space. This release ships with the latest storage server software AK 8.7.14 and continues to support previous generations of internal ZFS Storage Appliance namely ZS3-ES and ZFS 720. Latest Oracle VM 3.4.4 This consolidated software release includes Oracle VM 3.4.4 with Xen and Kernel Security fixes to address various CVEs. For more details, refer to MOS Doc ID 2370398.1. Security Enhancements for Appliance and VMs This release of PCA includes the latest supported OS and kernel for all Compute and Management nodes: Oracle Linux 6 Update 9 with UEK Release 4 Update 6. These contain important bug fixes to improve stability and compatibility, and eliminate a number of vulnerabilities. PCA release 2.3.3 is a major step to ensure a secure multitenant private cloud deployment with Oracle PCA. The release, along with the provisioning support for Oracle ZS5-ES, includes the latest supported software for compute and management nodes, thus eliminating many security vulnerabilities. Resources Refer to the product documentation for additional details on features and bugs fixed in this release.

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.3. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 27275963. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2,...

Perspectives

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: redundant domains on scale-out servers

An update to the Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices whitepaper was just published. This brings the paper up to date with references to the latest servers and pointers to the current documentation, and adds discussion for resiliency when using scale-out servers like the S7-2. Background A review: Oracle VM Server for SPARC provides virtual I/O in which guest domains perform I/O though virtual devices provided by service domains. This is similar in concept to how guest domains (domU) in Oracle VM Server for x86 pass I/O through a Xen control domain (dom0). SPARC service domains are assigned physical PCIe buses and I/O devices, and perform I/O operations on behalf of the guests.  Note that not all I/O domains are service domains - physical I/O can also be used for a domain's own native-performance I/O. . Oracle VM Server for SPARC supports redundancy in a single host with multiple paths for I/O, as is common to many platforms. That insulates against failure of an I/O device, such as HBA, network card, switch, cable. Oracle VM Server for SPARC also supports multiple service domains, so guests can continue I/O operations without an interruption even if a service domain fails or is rebooted. This is very powerful - you can tolerate a service domain outage without loss of function or having to evacuate a server. A typical use case is for planned service domain reboots: update Solaris in each of a redundant pair of service domains, and then reboot them one at a time without disrupting guest domain operations. Smaller and scale-out servers This technique is powerful for continuous availability. However, it has hardware requirements. For starters, it requires that the server have enough PCIe buses to create multiple root domains. One bus simply will not do. Second, it requires I/O devices be available on multiple buses for the control domain and a secondary root domain to both boot up, That particularly means network and boot disk, using either the built-in devices configured with the server, or additional ones. On servers like the S7-2 or T8-1 there may not be sufficient devices to do this with internal disk and on-motherboard network adapters, or they maybe presented on a single bus. The S7-2 and T8-1 have a builtin quad-10GbE network card, and its devices (i40e0 to i40e3) are all on pci@300, so they cannot be used for a redundant service domain. An additional network would have to be acquired and placed on a different bus.  The S7-2 has its builtin disks on pci@302 (I didn't look at a T8 with multiple disks) so couldn't be used as boot device for a second domain - external storage would have to be used, requiring a HBA card.  On low-cost servers like these, the additional I/O cards needed for multiple service domains might be a disproportionate price, and the CPU cores and memory on smaller servers might reduce the number of guest domains that would fit.  In these servers, the best approach is to use resilient applications like Oracle Real Application Cluster, and live migrate domains off the server for planned outages. IP Multipathing, Link Aggregation, and MPxIO are still available for I/O resiliency within the control domain, and should be used to insulate guests from I/O failures. Summary and Resources Oracle VM Server for SPARC permits high availability with a combination of techniques for reliabiliy, availability and serviceability (RAS). Not all of these techniques are applicable to all servers. In particular, the scale-out servers are designed for horizontal scale and availability across multiple servers, rather than multiple service domains on a single server. While that can be done in some cases, it may be more cost effective to use multiple servers instead, or to consider SPARC servers with more I/O diversity. See the Oracle VM Server for SPARC Administration Guide and the best practices whitepaper linked above for details on how to check I/O buses and devices and configure for multiple root and service domains..

An update to the Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices whitepaper was just published. This brings the paper up to date with references to the latest servers and pointers to the current...