Friday Jun 28, 2013

Friday Tips #34

Happy Friday! I wanted to take the opportunity this week to not give out a tip per se, but to point you to a really fantastic white paper that you might have missed. It's called What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud with Oracle VM. The paper is filled with useful information and it's written in a really entertaining style, tackling the IT challenges of a friendly systems administrator named Dave. It gives a great overview of application-driven virtualization and covers Oracle VM, Oracle VM Templates, Oracle VM Storage Connect, and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Read the white paper What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud with Oracle VM.

See you next week!


Monday Jun 24, 2013

Oracle VM on OTN Virtual Sysadmin Day

Looking for quick summer education to become an Oracle VM power user and still make your beach run? Join us in the OTN Virtual Sysadmin Day July 15th to learn how you can deploy a 2 node Oracle RAC cluster in an hour. You can also get familiar with step by step hands on lab for Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris.

Friday May 24, 2013

Friday Tips #29

We hope you're having a great Friday! We've got another tip from our Oracle VM Command Line Interface video series for you this week from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management. This one is on the basics of the Oracle VM command line interface:

Thanks Greg!

And we'll see you all next week with another tip!


Friday Apr 19, 2013

Friday Tips #24

We've got another video tip for you this week from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management. This one is on setting up SSH keys to make it quicker to log in to the command line interface for Oracle VM:

We'll see you next week with another tip! Remember, if you want to ask us something directly, you can post on Twitter tagged with #askoraclevirtualization.


Friday Mar 22, 2013

Friday Tips #20

We hope you've had a good week and happy Friday! It's time for our 20th Friday tip. This one is about installing Oracle VM VirtualBox for use with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

How do I install VirtualBox to use it with Oracle Virtual Dekstop Infrastructure?

Answer by the Oracle documentation team:
Unzip the VirtualBox software archive, change working directory to the extracted directory, and install the software with the vb-install script, as follows:

# unzip
# cd vbox_4.2
# ./vb-install

VirtualBox consists of two components, a Base Pack and an Extension Pack. The VirtualBox software archive contains only the Extension Pack. However, the vb-install script downloads the VirtualBox Base Pack, and then installs both the Base Pack and the Extension Pack. If the Base Pack download fails, you must manually download it from here. Make sure you download the release that is bundled and supported with the release of Oracle VDI. Copy the Base Pack to the same directory as the vb-install script, and then run the script again.

The vb-install script prompts you for a user name, a password, and a port number to use for SSL connections.

The user name and password is for the user that runs VirtualBox on the host. On Oracle Linux platforms and Oracle Solaris platforms where root is a user, the root user is used by default. It is best to use the root user on these platforms. On Oracle Solaris platforms where root is a role, you must provide the credentials for a different user.

If the VirtualBox user is root, the SSL port is port 443 by default. Otherwise, port 18083 is used by default. If another process is using the default port, the vb-install script suggests another available port. If you plan to install Oracle Secure Global Desktop software on this host as well and port 443 is selected, choose a different port.

Make a note of the user name and port, you need these later.

After a few minutes, the installation is complete.

The answer to this question is from the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Getting Started Guide for Release 3.5. There's lot of great information in there, so have a read through it if you want to get a good sense for how to plan your install.

We'll see you next week!


Take Training to Get the Most from Oracle's Virtualization Solutions

Oracle provides server virtualization products to support x86 and SPARC architectures. Get the most from Oracle VM by taking the related courses. You can take these courses from your own desk as a Live-Virtual Event or travel to an education center for an In-Class Event.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

In this 2 day, hands-on, instructor-led course you learn to:

  • Plan an Oracle VM Server for SPARC installation
  • Install the Oracle VM Server for SPARC software
  • Configure the control and service domain
  • Create a guest domain
  • Reconfigure Oracle VM Server for SPARC resources
  • Use virtual disks
  • Use virtual networks
  • Manage Oracle VM Server for SPARC configurations
  • Prepare for and perform migration operations

In-class events already on the schedule include:



 Delivery Language

 Brisbane, Australia

 20 May 2013


 Prague, Czech Republic

 29 April 2013


 Bucharest, Romania

 8 July 2013


 San Jose, CA, United States

 24 June 2013


Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

In this 3-day, hands-on, instructor-led class you learn to:

  • Install Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager
  • Perform network configuration for the Oracle VM environment using Oracle VM Manager
  • Perform storage configuration, with NFS and iSCSI, using Oracle VM Manager
  • Create a server pool and add Oracle VM Servers to this pool
  • Create repositories, present them to the Oracle VM Servers, and add resources to these repositories
  • Prepare virtual disks and network interfaces for virtual machines
  • Create virtual machines using various methodologies
  • Manage the virtual machines' lifecycle; Start/stop, pause/resume, edit, migrate
  • Use simple and advanced cloning to create new virtual machines
  • Become familiar with the Oracle VM Manager Policies and Events

In-class events already on the schedule include:



 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

 22 May 2013


 Dusseldorf, Germany

 24 June 2013


 Munich, Germany

 29 October 2013


 Budapest, Hungary

 22 April 2013


 Milan, Italy

 22 May 2013


 Windhof, Luxembourg

 15 April 2013


 Utrecht, Netherlands

 25 March 2013


 Warsaw, Poland

 27 May 2013


 Bucharest, Romania

 17 June 2013


 Madrid, Spain

 24 April 2013


 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 June 2013



 8 April 2013


 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013


 Melbourne, Australia

 12 June 2013


 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013


 Wellington, New Zealand

 22 April 2013


 Roseville, MN, United States

 25 March 2013


For more information on these courses, go to

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New: Oracle VM Podcast Series

Join the Oracle VM product management experts in the new Oracle VM podcast series. Hear from Oracle's Adam Hawley, Ronen Kofman and Jeff Savit on key aspects of Oracle VM including the benefits of application-driven virtualization for a private cloud, the value of integrated and simplified management, and unified management for both x86 and SPARC based solutions from Oracle.

Here is a list of available podcasts in this series.

Hope you find these insightful.

Monday Feb 18, 2013

New Oracle VM Server for SPARC Training

Get the most out of the highly efficient, enterprise-class virtualization capabillities of Oracle SPARC servers by taking the all new Oracle VM Server: Installation and Configuration course.

This 2 day instructor-led class teaches you to effectively implement the infrastructure for cloud computing using a SPARC-based virtualization strategy. Learn through classroom instruction and hands-on exercises, which reinforce new concepts.

Learn To:

  • Properly design, install, implement and administer this virtual environment.
  • Create and assign resources to domains where business applications are deployed.
  • Use the migration feature, which increases availability and adds flexibility to the data center virtual environment.

You can take this live instructor-led class as a:

  • Live-Virtual Class: No travel required. Follow this class from your own desk.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center. Already on the schedule is an event to take place in San Jose, CA, United States, on June 24 2013.

To learn more about this course or other Oracle Virtualization courses, to register for a course or to request the addition of new events on the schedule go to

Thursday Feb 14, 2013

Oracle VM Certified by SAP

Oracle VM provides SAP customers with a fully supported and certified virtualization environment for the Oracle database. You can read more at the SAP on Oracle page on the SAP Community Network. If you are an SAP customer, you can search for SAP Note 1808268 for more details.

Monday Dec 03, 2012

December events for Oracle VM

Where in the world is Oracle VM in December? Whether you are in the US, Asia or the UK, you can find us in December at any of the events below:

Birmingham, United Kingdom
December 1st – 5th, 2013
Check out the Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap Session on December 5

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
December 3rd – 6th, 2013
Visit the Oracle Booth to learn about Oracle VM and Optimized Data Center Solutions.

Sheraton Macau, Macau, China
December 11-13, 2013
Oracle VM & NetApp Storage Connect integrated solutions to simplify virtualized infrastructure management

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

Oracle VM at the IOUG Virtualization SIG – Online Symposium

Join the Oracle VM product managers and product experts for a day full of best practices and information on the latest product updates. A sampling of what you can expect:

  • Best practices from a customer’s perspective on deployment of Oracle VM and Oracle RAC.
  • How to simplify and accelerate the onboarding of your applications to the cloud with Oracle Virtual Assemblies and Enterprise Manager 12c.
  • The latest how-to and demo of DeployCluster Tool on Oracle VM 3.

Date: Tomorrow, November 7th, 10am CDT – 2:50pm CDT

Thursday Oct 18, 2012

Two Upcoming Server Virtualization Webcasts

We have a couple of interesting server virtualization webcasts coming up that you might be interested in. Have a look: 

Webcast 1: October 23rd, 9 am PST

Virtualized Infrastructure Simplified with Oracle VM and NetApp Storage and Data Management Solutions
Point-and-Click Interface Deploys Virtualized Data Infrastructure in Minutes 

Provisioning and deploying a virtual data infrastructure can be costly, time-consuming, and prone to error. Oracle VM and NetApp joint solutions, however, give you a single point-and-click interface to deploy your virtualized data infrastructure seamlessly in minutes. Join us in this live webcast to learn more from product experts and view a product demo.
Webcast 2: November 14th, 9 am PST

Report Shows Oracle VM Up to 10x Faster than VMware vSphere 5 in Time to Deployment

Time is your IT department’s greatest commodity. So when a new report reveals that your IT staff can deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) up to 10 times faster than a traditional install performed with VMware vSphere 5, it’s newsworthy. Join us in this live webcast to learn how you can realize your time savings.

Register (for free!) here

Wednesday Jun 20, 2012

Oracle VM Moves into Challenger Position in the Latest Gartner Magic Quadrant

Oracle Innovations boost Oracle VM into Challenger Position in Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant

Oracle VM's placement in the just published Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant affirms the Oracle strategy and is also supported by strong customer momentum gains. Optimizations delivered in Oracle VM releases during this last year along with easy software access and low cost licensing have moved Oracle’s placement into the Challenger quadrant in a very short time.

Oracle continues to focus on delivering a strong integrated virtualization with Oracle VM and the managed stack in the following areas:

  • Integrated management with Oracle VM and all layers of the Oracle stack from hardware to virtualization to cloud
  • Application-Driven virtualization with Oracle VM templates for rapid enterprise application deployment
  • Certified Oracle applications on Oracle VM
  • Complete stack solution offering more values to customers

Get a copy of the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report to read more about how Oracle VM rapidly moved up in its new position.

Wednesday May 23, 2012

Server Virtualization for Dummies eBook - Get Your Copy Now

Server Virtualization for Dummies eBook - Oracle Special Edition

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Download your copy nowNeed to virtualize but concerned about complexity of the migration of your applications? Virtualization should make things simpler, from servers to deployment of the application workload.

To learn more about how Oracle’s server virtualization solutions can help you eliminate complexity, reduce costs, and respond rapidly to changing needs, download Server Virtualization for Dummies, an Oracle Special Edition eBook. 

Download your exclusive copy of Server Virtualization for Dummies, Oracle Special Edition today.

Wednesday Mar 28, 2012

New Oracle VM Hardware Certifications

We've received inquiries from the community on certification of Oracle VM 3.0 on HP Proliant systems. We're pleased to update that we've recently completed certification of the HP Proliant systems for Oracle VM 3.0.

The newly certified systems are:

  • ProLiant DL980 G7 Hewlett Packard Oracle VM 3.0 x86_64
  • ProLiant BL680c G7 Hewlett Packard Oracle VM 3.0 x86_64 
  • ProLiant BL465c G7 Hewlett Packard Oracle VM 3.0 x86_64 
  • ProLiant BL460c G7 Hewlett Packard Oracle VM 3.0 x86_64 
  • ProLiant DL380 G7 Hewlett Packard Oracle VM 3.0 x86_64

See this Oracle VM Certified Hardware page for more details.

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