Friday Nov 22, 2013

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox Receives Windows IT Pro Community Choice Award!

Happy Friday, everyone. We hope you've had a great week!

The results from the Windows IT Pro 2013 Community Choice Awards are in and we’re proud to say that Oracle VM VirtualBox was named one of the best virtualization products!

This community-voted award is great validation of our work to enhance the product. Learn more about the latest release, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.

We want to thank the Oracle VM VirtualBox community for their continued support as we work to make it easier and better than ever for users to run virtual machines on their desktop and laptop computers.

Monday Nov 04, 2013

What's New in Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1 webcast

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

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

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

 We hope to see you on Thursday!


Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

Just released: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3

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

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

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


Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

UPDATE #3: Sun Ray and Peripheral Kits Last Time Buy Information

The blog entry covering the last-time buy information for Sun Ray hardware and Peripheral Kits has been updated with new Peripheral Kit information.  Please refer to that blog entry for more information by clicking here

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Strategy, What’s New and Roadmap at Oracle OpenWorld!

Just 3 days left until Oracle OpenWorld! If you're working on your final session selections, don't miss these:

GEN9535 - Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap is the virtualization general session featuring Wim Coekaerts and Monica Kumar. This session is always filled with key information on Oracle's virtualization portfolio. If you go to only one virtualization session at Oracle OpenWorld, this is the one to go to.

CON9544 - What’s New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive is where Adam Hawley and Honglin Su will give you an inside view of product roadmaps. 

CON4465 - Oracle SDN: Software-Defined Networking in a Hybrid, Open Data Center will give you a glimpse of Oracle Virtual Networking and SDN.

In addition to the virtualization track sessions, you can learn about our partners exhibitions in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion.

Don’t forget that once you are done with sessions, you can also enroll in Oracle VM training at your own leisure Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

Friday Aug 16, 2013

UPDATE: Sun Ray and VDI Last Order Dates

For important updates and clarifications on Sun Ray and VDI Last Order Dates, please click here to view the updated blog.

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance: The View from Product Management

First, if you haven't already, read Chris Kawalek's fine summary of today's announcements below.   But, as the head of virtualization product management at Oracle, I thought I'd add some comments.

Our goal, and what we are delivering with the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, is to perform all the necessary installation and configuration for the hardware and software to allow you to go from power-on to a running application (or database or middleware) in about an hour.  Already, one press headline has declared "Oracle tar ledningen på nyckelfärdiga servrar".  Now, just in case your Swedish is a bit rusty, that translates to "Oracle Takes the Lead in Turnkey Servers"  So what's all the fuss about?

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance...or "OVCA" as it likes to be a general-purpose, converged infrastructure appliance focused on providing rapid deployment of not-only your hardware infrastructure but also, by virtue of Oracle VM, of all the application stack it hosts.  Unlike anything else on the market, Oracle has a large portfolio of ready-to-run Oracle VM virtual machines with enterprise applications, databases, and middleware that have already been installed and configured. So you just need to download the VMs from Oracle and deploy them into your environment and they are ready to go as soon as the VM starts. 

Aside from fully automating it to allow it come up and be ready for use very, very quickly, OVCA has been designed to fit easily into your existing data center.  As a general purpose appliance, it supports all the OSes you want to run on x86:  Linux of various flavors, including our favorite Oracle Linux, but also Oracle Solaris, and Microsoft Windows. And it also provides choice and flexibility for external storage by supporting the use of the excellent Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance as well as storage from major 3rd parties including NetApp and EMC.

Oracle has a great line of engineered systems to pretty much meet your every need, whether it is the "Exa-" class systems that are engineered explicitly for extreme performance with specific applications/workloads or whether you are looking at the " -Appliance" class systems focused on extreme ease of use as we are doing with the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance.  We've been hearing from our customers how much they love their Exa- machines but then they ask us what we've got for "the rest of their stuff", by which they mean legacy software or versions of software, Microsoft servers, or just generally anything that does not demand the extreme performance of the Exa systems.

I tell people that the "Exa-" systems are the supercars of the engineered systems world:  exceptionally fast and very tailored for their purpose, while the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is sort of like your favorite minivan:  very easy and convenient to use, with a great set of general purpose features for every day, general purpose use.  Their focus is very different between them, but they are both excellent at what they do.  And, in this sense, they are also very complementary and we expect these products to be companions to each other in a lot of data centers.

One of the aspects about OVCA that is very interesting and increasingly important over-time is that the infrastructure it delivers is software-defined.  The hardware itself is "wire-once": We wire it up completely in the factory, including pulling cables for ethernet, InfiniBand, and power up to each individual slot in the rack regardless as-to whether you have ordered a server to go in that slot or not.  Everything is pre-positioned.  This means you will never have to add or move cables inside the rack as you grow.  If you add a new node in the field, you just push that node into the slot and the cables are already in-place to push into the connectors on the back of the server....Done.  To those of you reading this that have tried to do cabling in a completely full rack, you know why this is important.  Racks today are often packed so densely with cables, it is almost impossible to even squeeze two fingers through to connect or remove an ethernet cable, much less a thicker power- or InfiniBand cable.  

But let's get back to how the compute and network are software defined, which means you can more easily automate it to configure and expand and change it without ever having to walk into the data center to move cables.  This makes you more agile and flexible but also reduces risks of mistakes or damage that come with moving things around in a very densely packed rack.  It also presents the opportunities for adding capabilities down the road without having to change the hardware.

Some of the crown jewels of technology in OVCA that enable this are Oracle VM server virtualization on the Sun servers and Oracle SDN software for the Oracle Virtual Networking Fabric Interconnect hardware.  In effect, Oracle VM enables "software defined servers" while Oracle SDN enables "software defined networking".  This combination allows us to fully automate the system bring-up using the OVCA controller software that serves as an automation and orchestration layer to coordinate the bring-up and on-going configuration activities of OVCA, e.g. discovering servers, putting Oracle VM on them, discovering network hardware, putting software-defined private neworks on them, and then putting the servers into the newly created networks.

Collectively, these capabilities not only produce a great product today but also provide a powerful base for future enhancement and expansion through software.

Since I've only scratched the surface here, to learn more details, a replay of the webcast, including a demo showing the deployment of an Oracle 12c Database in about 52mins from power-on can be found here.

All the information on can be found here or by going to 

And for those of you that are thrilled by the gripping prose usually found in press releases, click here

So keep an eye out for new information over time on this blog or drop us a Comment below.  And, of course, your friendly Oracle account manager or partner would be glad to discuss how you might be able to benefit from standing up a complete application stack in about an hour.

Friday Aug 02, 2013

Friday Tips #39

Happy Friday! Our tip this week is on a little quirk of using Oracle VM 3 with templates developed in Oracle VM 2.

Why do I see new Oracle VM 3 networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 after importing an Oracle VM Template?

Answer by Gregory King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management:
Some legacy Oracle VM Templates as well as some newer templates are designed to come pre-configured with network interfaces for Oracle VM 2 environments. Oracle VM 3 doesn’t really know what to do with the pre-configured network devices during the import process of an Oracle VM Template, so the product errors on the side of caution by creating place holders for networks. 

This means Oracle VM 3 automatically creates superfluous or false networks using the name of xenbr0, xenbr1, etc. when you import an Oracle VM Template that uses the Oracle VM 2 naming convention for bridges. So you are left with new networks named xenbr0 or xenbr1 that are useless since they are not associated with any servers, network ports or bonds. This can be quite confusing.

The problem is very easy to fix. Simply edit the newly imported Oracle VM Template, replace the networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 with your real networks, then switch to the Network tab, highlight the networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 and then delete them. 

Here is a step-by-step example... 

The screen shot below shows Oracle VM networks before a template is imported:

The next screen shot shows the superfluous networks after the new template has been imported:

The networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 can safely be removed after they are no longer being used by the newly imported Oracle VM Template. Simply switch to the Repositories tab, find and edit the newly imported template as show in the screenshot below:

Now move xenbr0 and xenbr1 to the left hand box while moving the correct network or networks to the right hand box as shown in the screen shot below:

Finally, switch to the Networking tab, highlight and then delete the networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 as shown in the screenshot below: 

...and now your Oracle VM networks should look just like they did before importing the template :-)

Thanks Greg!

We'll see you all next week with another tip!


Thursday Aug 01, 2013

UPDATED! Sun Ray Hardware Last Order Dates & Extension of Premier Support for Desktop Virtualization Software

For the latest updates on Sun Ray Client hardware and Peripheral Kit last order dates, and information about Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure licensing and support, read the Sun Ray Hardware Last Order Dates and Extension of Premier Support for Desktop Virtualization Software document on OTN. We recommend to regularly check this document as it is frequently updated with the latest availability status of Sun Ray Clients and Peripheral Kits.

Please note that availability of the Sun Ray Clients and Peripheral Kits cannot be absolutely guaranteed up to the latest published last order dates due to the inherent unpredictability of demand, and we strongly recommend placing last time buy orders as early as possible to maximize Oracle's ability to fulfill orders.

Monday Jul 15, 2013

Important Information about Oracle Desktop Virtualization Products

In an effort to more tightly align Oracle's future desktop virtualization portfolio investments with Oracle Corporation's overall core business strategy, we have ended new feature development for Oracle Sun Ray Software (SRS), Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software (VDI), Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) Software, and Oracle Sun Ray Client hardware (3, 3i, and 3 Plus). 

Customer support and the renewal of support contracts for these products will continue uninterrupted. Customers can continue to purchase new licenses.  Exact time-frames for a last order date for Oracle Sun Ray client devices will be announced shortly. [UPDATE: This information is now available here.]

Going forward, Oracle's desktop portfolio investments will be focused on continued development and new enhancements to both Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VM VirtualBox software.

Friday Jul 12, 2013

Friday Tips #36

This week we're talking about 3D graphics performance with Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Our own Fat Bloke just published a blog that describes how to make sure you get the most out of Ubuntu's GUI using the OpenGL acceleration in VirtualBox. In the picture below, you'll see all the shiny Chromium renderers in use:

Head on over there to have a read.

We'll see you next week!


Friday Jun 14, 2013

Friday Tips #32

Happy Friday! Our tip this week is about Oracle Secure Global Desktop and directory services.

What versions of Active Directory and LDAP does Oracle Secure Global Desktop support? 

Answer from the Deployment Considerations for Oracle Secure Global Desktop white paper:
Active Directory authentication and LDAP authentication are supported on the following versions of Active Directory:

  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Supported LDAP Directories

Oracle Secure Global Desktop supports version 3 of the standard LDAP protocol. You can use LDAP authentication with any LDAP version 3-compliant directory server. However, Oracle Secure Global Desktop only supports the following directory servers:

  • Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition version 11gR1
  • Microsoft Active Directory on Windows Server 2003, 2003 R2, 2008, and 2008 R2
  • Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 (all 11.1.1.x.0 releases)

Other directory servers might work, but are not supported.

For more detail, have a read through the User Authentication section of the documentation

See you next week!


Friday Jun 07, 2013

Friday Tips #31

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our tip this week answers a question that comes up often.

When deploying Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, how many users can a single server support?

Answer from information in the Oracle's Single Server Solution for VDI white paper:
As part of a single server solution (meaning, the hypervisor, storage, and management pieces are all on one machine and no other systems are necessary), Oracle tested two different configurations and came up with a guideline for how many users these systems can support. Please remember, this is just a guideline and not a guarantee or assurance of performance.

Configuration #1 (this is called the "base configuration" in the paper):

  • Sun Server X3-2L based on Intel Xeon E5 2660 processors
  • 128 GB 1600 MHz RAM (expandable to 512 GB)
  • 16 x 600G SAS-2 10K RPM disks 
  • Based on a customized “Large” configuration on the Oracle store 
  • Targeted at 90-95 users per system

Configuration #2 (this is called the "performance configuration" in the paper):

  • Sun Server X3-2L based on Intel Xeon E5 2690 processors 
  • 256 GB 1600 MHz RAM (expandable to 512 GB) 
  • 26 x 600G SAS-2 10K RPM disks 
  • Offered as “Large” configuration on the Oracle store 
  • Targeted at 180-190 users per system

If you'd like to get some more detail on this, head on over to the Oracle's Single Server Solution for VDI white paper for a lot more info.

We'll see you next week!


Friday May 31, 2013

Friday Tips #30

I'm always a fan of round numbers, and today we bring you the 30th edition of our Friday tips series!

This week, it's another video on the Oracle VM Command Line Interface video from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management. This one covers the object relationships in the Oracle VM command line interface:

Thanks Greg!

See you all next week with another tip.


Thursday May 23, 2013

Oracle VM Template Now Available for Sun Ray Software 5.4

Oracle VM Templates provide an easy, fast, and cost effective approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. The Oracle VM Template for the latest release of Sun Ray Software version 5.4 is now available for Oracle Linux 6.3 (64-bit).

The Oracle VM Template for Sun Ray Software is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine that can be downloaded onto an installed Oracle VM server. It allows you to quickly create and manage a Sun Ray environment.

The requirements are as follows:

  • The Oracle VM template for Sun Ray Software 5.4 is intended to be installed on Oracle VM 3.0 server or later
  • The OS for the Sun Ray Software 5.4 template is Oracle Linux 6.3 (64-bit)
  • 15GB free space on Oracle VM Server storage repository and 2GB free memory size on an Oracle VM server will be required

For more information on Sun Ray Software, please visit OTN.

Purchase support at the Oracle Store

Oracle Software Delivery Cloud Instructions:

  1. Visit
  2. Complete your registration information (Name, Company Name, Email Address and Country) and click on the download agreement.
  3. Select "Oracle VM Templates" from the "Select a Product Pack" pull-down menu.
  4. Select "x86 64-bit" from the "Platform" pull-down menu.
  5. Click "Go" and then select from the list of Oracle VM Templates.
  6. Download and unzip the files and read the readme for installation instructions.

For large downloads, or for functionality such as download resuming, the use of a download manager is highly recommended.


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