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Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

John Priest
Director of Product Management

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.

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Comments ( 52 )
  • Ruslan Monday, June 3, 2019
    Very nice! Would Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager use GlusterFS or some other clustered fs?
  • Eric Schrauth Tuesday, June 4, 2019
    So where is Oracle placing this in regards to Oracle VM Server (xen)?
  • Bruno Tuesday, June 4, 2019
    Hi, it will be possible to install in ODA deploy Virtualized ?
  • Simon Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    Hi Ruslan,

    GlusterFS is an option available as a technology preview that is going to be officially supported in a later phase.

  • Simon Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    Hi Eric,

    Oracle VM Server will continue to be officially supported; Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager with Oracle Linux KVM is a new Oracle Linux offering.

  • Simon Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    Hi Bruno,

    we do not have an answer related to ODA system.
    You should have to reach out your Oracle Account Manager or Oracle contact to ask this question.

  • Gianluca Cecchi Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    Which statement of support for Oracle RDBMS inside a VM (with a supported OS for Oracle RDBMS) in Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager?
    What about hard partitioning concepts applied till now only to Oracle VM? Are they applicable to Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager too?
    See https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/ovm-hardpart-168217.pdf
  • Simon Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    Hi Gianluca,

    we are working for both the support of Oracle Products as well as the possible introduction of hard-partitioning for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager.
    We'll keep you posted on Oracle Linux and Virtualization blogs on this.

  • Ray Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    I fail to see how this can really be used without support for hard-partitioning. Surely that is one of main reasons for using a virtualisation platform from Oracle.
  • John Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    Hi Ray -
    You did highlight one of the reasons to adopt the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager but there are many others:
    * Support for advanced virtualization features
    * Certification with Oracle applications including Oracle DB
    * Common distribution with Oracle Linux
    * Integration with Ksplice for security patching without rebooting
    * Single support team to contact for your OS or virtualization needs
    * Planned integration with Enterprise Manager providing a single pane of glass for managing applicationOSvirtualizationhardware
  • BERNIER Thursday, June 6, 2019
    Good news!
    When will KVM for the Private Cloud Appliance?
  • TonyA Thursday, June 6, 2019
    Hi Simon,

    Interesting stuff! Thoughts:

    What are the use cases for Linux Virtualization Manager, e.g. I've spent the best part of last year implementing OVM including completely automating RAC deployments. Should these workloads now be migrated?

    Would you recommend using Linux Virtualization Manager instead of OVM?

  • Marco Thursday, June 6, 2019
    Hi Simon

    beside hard partitioning, Windows support will be a major requirement. I guess it's already on the roadmap, right?

    Second question, you state that OVM XEN ist still supported, right, but how long actually, since there won't be much investment into XEN anymore? Your lifetime support says Mar 21 and there isn't a outlook for OVM 4 XEN.

  • laco Thursday, June 6, 2019
    What is the benefit of having Oracle Linux Virtualization vs. oVirt.

  • john Thursday, June 6, 2019
    Bernier - Please talk to you Oracle sales team about the plans to add Oracle Linux KVM to the Private Cloud Appliance
  • John Thursday, June 6, 2019
    Hi Marco,
    Thanks for reading the blog and submitting your question.
    Good News - Windows support is already available! Please review the full list of Windows OS's supported and information on the Oracle VirtIO Driver in the Release Note - https://docs.oracle.com/cd/F15085_01/F15084/html/guest-reqs.html
  • Simon Friday, June 7, 2019
    Hi Iaco,

    the most important benefit for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is that you can leverage the Enterprise and dedicated Support coming from Oracle.
    And it's always optional, as it already happens for Oracle Linux.
    That said, you also have to consider that the releases of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager before being GA are also verified and tested by QA/QE teams in Oracle.
    Hope this helps.

  • Simon Friday, June 7, 2019
    Hi Tony,

    Oracle VM is still supported so there is no need to migrate your environments to Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager.

  • Bradley McNamara Friday, June 14, 2019
    Do you support the hosted-engine configuration? I have not seen that mentioned in the docs that I've read so far.
  • Simon Monday, June 17, 2019
    Hi Bradley,

    hosted-engine support is planned for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, but not actually available.

  • Jost Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    I have some questions, since I didn't find that in your blog:
    -do you support Open Virtual network (OVN) provider?
    -do you have hook for nested virtualization?
  • John Priest Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Support for OVN is a Technology Preview feature:
    Feel free to test it and we'll add full support for this feature ASAP.

    Please send me a message with the use case you are looking to support for nested virtualization.
  • Klark Tuesday, September 3, 2019
    Hi there, the windows drivers come with OL76 is not working for Windows server 2016 and 2019. Could someone point us to the right driver? Can't even install the VM OS. thanks.
  • john priest Tuesday, September 3, 2019
    The information on the Oracle VirtIO drivers for Microsoft Windows can be found in the Oracle Linux 7 Admin Guide here: https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E52668_01/E54669/html/ol7-kvm-virtio.html. Installation and configuration information to support Windows guest OS's in Oracle Linux KVM are documented.

    You will need to obtain the latest Oracle VirtIO Drivers (1.1.4) for Microsoft Windows from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud or MOS.
  • Alex Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    So this is the upcoming Oracle Virtualization solution I guess, for Oracle Database, Middleware etc. Oracle VM is no longer being improved and comes to support mode only, correct? I dont think there will be Oracle VM v4.x right? v3.x is the terminal release for Oracle VM based on XEN.

    Once the hard partitioning issue is solved I guess Oracle VM is over?

    Thank you
  • Simon Thursday, September 5, 2019
    Hi Alex,

    at Oracle we'll continue to work on both solutions, Oracle VM as well as Oracle Linux KVM with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager.

  • Jigisha Thursday, September 5, 2019
    What is the plan to provide ready database deployment templates in Oracle Linux Virtualization as we have in OVM https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/oracle-vm-templates-for-oracle-database-19c-now-available

  • Simon Friday, September 13, 2019
    Hi Jigisha,

    we're working to possibly introduce Oracle Database Templates for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager / KVM. Actually we do not have an ETA for this.

  • Jigisha Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    Any idea when below integration will be ready? approximate timeline? what kind of tasks possible at this point from OEM?

    * Planned integration with Enterprise Manager providing a single pane of glass for managing applicationOSvirtualizationhardware

  • john priest Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    A monitoring integration with Enterprise Manager is planned for the 13.4 release that will soon be available. Further EM/OLVM integrations will be phased in later. Feel free to send me an email (you know the address :-)) for further details.
  • Agustin Lozada Thursday, September 26, 2019
    Does this support RAC configuration? And since its ovirt, can it do glusterfs and nfs for storage?
  • Simon Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    Hi Agustin,

    Oracle Database team introduced the support for Oracle Database (and also RAC) on Oracle Linux KVM with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. To see releases supported/certified you can check on Oracle Database pages available on www.oracle.com .
    NFS storage is today supported with OLVM while GlusterFS is supported, with Oracle Linux, as a standalone product and soon will be also supported as integrated option for OLVM.

  • Wessam Aly Saturday, October 12, 2019
    Hello Simon,

    So what storage is actually supported or recommended now for databases deployed on oracle Linux vm?
    And can you please provide a link to where future news will be posted about the new product and its support support updates.
  • Simon Monday, October 14, 2019
    Hi Wessam,

    you can find storage information at https://docs.oracle.com/cd/F15085_01/F15081/html/planning-storage.html .
    That said, if you are interested on updates for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager announcements, you should continue to follow this blog.

  • Court Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Is OCFS2 supported on vdisks in this setup?
  • Simon Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Hi Court,

    what are you trying to accomplish with OCFS2 on VMs ?

  • tony Sunday, October 20, 2019
    does that mean i can run redhat kvm and not have oracle database license breached if i run hard partitioning like on your kvm?
  • john priest Sunday, October 20, 2019
    Hard Partitioning support is only offered on Oracle Linux KVM as documented in the Policy - https://www.oracle.com/assets/partitioning-070609.pdf
  • Strahil Nikolov Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    I'm really glad that another major player in the open source is joining in the oVirt project with their own offering.
    I have just 1 question - will Solaris 11 x86 be a supported guest system ?
    I think that it is nice to have all support under one vendor - SPARC, x86, Virtualization, etc.
  • john priest Thursday, October 31, 2019
    Hi Strahil,
    Thanks for the comment and we are really happy to be part of the oVirt community. As we learn more about the code we do plan to become more active in the dev/test effort.
    Support for Solaris guests has come up a few times in our conversations with customers. But no firm plans at this time to do any development.
  • Jost Thursday, November 7, 2019
    I have some new questions:
    -do you support different generations of CPU models in the same cluster like RHV and oVirt does?
    -is there some simple path to migrate VM's from OVM 3.4.x to Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager especially with RAW disks
    -why do you use so old oVirt version?

  • john priest Thursday, November 7, 2019
    Hi Jost,
    1. Yes, we do support different generations of CPUs in the same cluster - https://docs.oracle.com/cd/F15085_01/F15083/html/cluster-tasks.html#
    2. We do have a partner that we can direct you towards for a solution. And we are developing some solutions (including support for the virt-v2v utility) to help with the migrationw
    3. We have been reviewing the 4.3 release content and stability from the community. Our 4.3 release should be available soon.
  • Sergey Tuesday, November 26, 2019
    I have some questions:
    1. Engine computer seems to be single point of failure ? what if we loose engine-host ? VMware can loose vcenter without serious troubles, cluster will continue to work.
    2. Why not to use grid asm/acfs on KVM compute hosts to combine all local disks into greate distributed shared storage ?
  • Simon Friday, November 29, 2019
    Hi Sergey,

    my answers:

    1. It's not a single point of failure; even if the engine is down the cluster(s) will continue to work; the only thing to consider is that it's the engine managing the H/A for VMs; it's also important to manage the backup of the engine (in fact you also receive alerts if you do not schedule the same). BTW, it's on our plan to introduce the support for hosted-engine.

    2. Just because oVirt a cluster filesystem is really not required on this type of architecture and, between the others, oVirt open source project already supports Gluster for distributed shared-storage (something we're also going to address into our own release soon).

  • Sam Wednesday, January 8, 2020
    Hi John,
    May I know how this would impact the existing E-Business Suite installations that are on the Oracle VM (OEL)? We are on oel6x and in the process of migrating to OEL7x and upgrading our Applications to Release 12.2. Is there any certification available?
  • john priest Wednesday, January 8, 2020
    Hi Sam,
    There is no impact - either Oracle VM or Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager can be used for your OL based VMs to run E-Business Suite. Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7 are supported guest OS's in both of these server virtualization solutions.
  • jks Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Can you run the existing oracle VM Manager and the new Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, side by side on the same bare metal box? Would be very helpful during the migration process.
  • john priest Thursday, March 5, 2020
    You can run both Oracle VM Manager and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager in VMs on the same server. We do not test with both applications sharing the same OS - you may encounter some conflicts and it is not recommended
  • Martin Decker Friday, April 3, 2020
    Looks like the documentation for OLVM 4.3.6 is available now. Also the ULN subscriptions seem to be there. Only the official announcement is yet to come. ;-)
  • john priest Friday, April 3, 2020
    Hi Martin - Thanks for noticing the updated Docs and Yum/ULN channels. We just announced OLVM 4.3 :-)
  • Stephan Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    Hi ,
    ODa is 19.6 version but not authorized to use KVM for database inside VM.

    When will it be possible ?
  • john priest Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    Hi Stephen,
    Please check with the ODA team for their plan to support DB on KVM.
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