Thursday Jan 31, 2013

Oracle Virtual Desktop Client updated!

You might have seen that Oracle announced updates to the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for mobile platforms and desktop PCs today. The Oracle Virtual Desktop Client is an important piece of the Oracle desktop virtualization portfolio because it allows on the go access to your virtual desktop from many different devices, over WiFi and wired connections, 3G/4G/LTE for your mobile devices, pretty much anything that a modern client device would use. You can seamlessly and instantly move your desktop between any supported device–start on your laptop at home, pick up on a tablet on the train to work, continue on a Sun Ray Client at work, for example. And starting today, there are two new platforms that can enjoy this instant desktop access!

- This is first release to include support for Android. This opens up remote access to Oracle desktop virtualization deployments to a whole new group of users.

- The Windows Oracle Virtual Desktop Client now supports Windows 8. Just to be clear, the support in this release is *not* for gesture based Windows 8 tablets, but for Windows 8 desktops PCs.

- New gestures are available on the mobile client, and these are consistent across iPad and Android, which makes moving between devices easier.

- Expanded USB support in the desktop client, allowing you to use more of your USB devices.

This is a very exciting release, especially for Android and Windows 8 users! You can read the news release here, or download from here.

-Chris

Monday Jan 28, 2013

The January 2013 Edition is Here - Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

The first 2013 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, we talk about:

  • Oracle VM 3.2
  • Oracle desktop virtualization in the IDC Client Virtualization MarketScape
  • New Oracle VM templates for Oracle Applications on Exalogic 
  • New webcasts, white papers, and customer references

Read the January 2013 edition here.

If you'd like to subscribe so the newsletter shows up in your inbox automatically, visit this link.

 -Chris

Friday Jan 25, 2013

Friday Tips #12

Our tip this week is about the newly released Oracle VM 3.2. For some background, you might also want to check out this related tip on updating Oracle VM Manager.

Question:
How do I get started with the command line interface for Oracle VM Manager?

Answer by Gregory King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management:
Oracle VM 3 ships with an automation tool that system administrators are going to love! Beginning with the latest version of 3.2, our Oracle VM 3 product comes with a built-in command line interface (CLI) that allows system administrators to create automated solutions using their favorite shell or scripting language. For example, you can create a bash or ksh script using calls to the CLI to gather information about objects and attributes managed by the Oracle VM Manager. You can also include CLI calls to change objects and attributes as well as initiate tasks such as putting a server into maintenance mode and then starting a software update using our built-in Server Update Manager.

Check Your Access to the CLI
The CLI is started automatically when the Oracle VM Manager is started during boot or whenever you execute “service ovmm start” on the server where Oracle VM Manager is installed. Test the ability to connect to the CLI first by logging in using ssh. You can execute the ssh session from any server with an ssh client – you should really test the login from the server where the automation scripts will reside. Perhaps you want to write the scripts and keep them on the same server where Oracle VM Manager is installed or perhaps you want to keep the scripts on a management/administration server where you keep all your other management scripts – the choice is really up to you.

Let’s assume for our example you are going to keep the scripts on a Linux server named “myserver”. Simply execute the ssh command shown below to test your login.  The CLI will prompt you for a password – this is the same password you use for the admin user when you log into the Oracle VM Manager.

You can see a list of available commands by typing either help or “?” at the command prompt as shown below.

You will most likely want to add ssh keys on the Oracle VM Management server to allow your script to execute without prompting for a password.  If your scripts are going to be executed as root from myserver, then add the public keys from myserver:/root/.ssh/*.pub into a single file named ovmcli_authorized_keys and copy the file to the oracle home directory on mymanager:/home/oracle/.ssh/ovmcli_authorized_keys. Make sure the ovmcli_authorized_keys file is owned by oracle and the group is dba – I always change the permissions to 644, but I’m not sure that is actually needed. The CLI will prompt for a password the first time after copying the file to that directory, but will not prompt again afterwards.

Thanks Greg. For more information on Oracle VM 3.2, have a read through Honglin's excellent blog entry on this very blog.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Jan 24, 2013

New Oracle VM Templates Available for Oracle Exalogic

New Oracle VM Templates for several Oracle Applications are now available for Oracle Exalogic.

These include

Extending the same ease of use and peace of mind of certification with existing Oracle VM Templates, these new templates are pre-configured, pre-tested for rapid application deployment to your Oracle Exalogic environment.

See how you can reduce deployment time from weeks and days to hours and minutes.

Read the press release.

Read more about time savings findings in the Evaluator Group report: “Oracle VM – Quantifying the Value of Application Driven Virtualization

Tuesday Jan 22, 2013

Announcing Oracle VM 3.2 - Delivers Unified Management and Enhanced Automation Capabilities for x86 Servers and SPARC Servers

We are pleased to announce Oracle VM 3.2, which delivers unified management and enhanced automation capabilities for x86 servers and SPARC servers. Read the blog here for a detailed list of the new features.

The new software highlights:

  • Unified server virtualization management for x86 and SPARC
  • MySQL database support as the management database with automated backup
  • Greater automation with Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Lots of manageability, usability, scalability and robustness improvements to help users manage their large and growing environments
One of the key enhancements is the ability to discover and manage Oracle VM Server for SPARC, thus creating a single management console for both SPARC and x86 virtual machines. Users can create SPARC server pools, virtual machines, as well as manage networking and storage in the same way this is done for x86 environments. In addition, SPARC users can quickly provision new virtual machines from assemblies and template in the same simple way as it is done for x86. This allows deploying applications in minutes and significantly improves productivity for SPARC users.

Please review the white paper below to get started with the new capability of Oracle VM Manager:

The nice thing about the unified management capability from Oracle VM Manager is the common management framework, and it is the same set of APIs that apply to both x86 and SPARC server virtualization. For example,  full command-line support enables easy automation at the Oracle VM Manager level. Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI) supports the same functions as the Oracle VM Manager browser interface. Common tasks can be scripted and fully automated, saving time and lowering the risk of human error. You learn one set of APIs, but you have the flexibility to manage both x86 and SPARC server virtualization.

You may want to enroll the training courses offered by Oracle University to get more from your Oracle VM infrastructure: 

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

Monday Jan 21, 2013

Webcast - Oracle VM Disaster Recovery Best Practices Implementation with State University of New York

Please tune into the live webcast at 10 am US Pacific on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to learn the best practices about the disaster recovery planning and implementation with Oracle VM. You can register the webcast here.

Join Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle, author of the technical white paper Integrating Oracle VM into a Disaster Recovery Solution using SAN and Joe Hoot, Supervising Programmer Analyst for the State University of New York (SUNY) to learn about how he and his IT team implemented Disaster Recovery with Oracle VM to deliver IT services for 450,000 students, library systems for 64 campuses and deliver online courses available to 256,000 students for distance learning.

  • Best practices on Disaster Recovery with Oracle best practice engineer
  • Why SUNY selected Oracle VM and how they rolled out virtualization to their datacenter to host over 300 Oracle Database instances and application workloads
  • How SUNY designed and implemented Disaster and Recovery with Oracle VM and the Oracle application stack
  • Key successes from SUNY for highly available IT services

Oracle offers a complete product portfolio that includes applications, middleware, database, operating systems, servers, storage, and even thin clients — along with across the stack virtualization and clustering technologies that are optimized to work together. Oracle VM 3 is simply one piece of a very complex puzzle that must be integrated along with other disaster recovery software and applications into an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise. Through the webcast and the white paper, hope you'll learn how to incorporate Oracle VM  into an existing or planned disaster recovery solution in your data center.

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Jan 18, 2013

Friday Tips #11

Earlier this week, Oracle hosted a really cool event, the Virtual SysAdmin Day. If you missed it and happen to be in EMEA (or willing to stay up late in other parts of the world!), you can join the next one we're having on January 29th. You can learn all about Oracle Solaris, Oracle VM, and Oracle Linux straight from the experts here at Oracle.

During the event, one of the audience members tweeted a question about Oracle storage. We asked if we could use the question for our Friday tips series and he graciously agreed. Storage has a huge impact on the performance and cost of virtualization (both server and desktop) deployments, so we thought a short definition of Oracle optimized storage and the Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance would be in order.

Question:
What exactly is this ZFS Storage Appliance? Is it just a simulator or actual usable production appliance? 

Answer by Christopher J. Martin,  Principal Product Manager, Oracle Optimized Solutions:
The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is Oracle’s preferred NAS storage system with unified storage capability for enterprise tier 1 environments that also simultaneously provides superior Block SAN features and performance. It offers a rich set of enterprise-class data services such as snapshots, clones and replication(local and remote) as well as industry-leading performance, and Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression- a feature for Oracle Databases.  These systems also feature a comprehensive and intuitive user interface and storage analytics environment that is unmatched in the industry in terms of its ease of use and simplicity.  This dramatically reduces management time and complexity, reducing operating expenses.  The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance offers compelling economics along with extreme performance and efficiency for enterprise storage. 

Thanks Chris!

We also covered storage briefly back in our second entry in this series where we had a question on linked clones.

Thanks for reading today. We'll be covering more storage topics in future tips as well as anything else you want to ask regarding Oracle virtualization. Just use #AskOracleVirtualization on Twitter and we'll try to get your question answered.

-Chris 

Friday Jan 11, 2013

Friday Tips #10

Happy Friday, everyone, hope you've had a good week! We're very excited to to have reached double digits in our Friday tips series, and we hope you're finding them useful. Remember, you can get your questions answered by posting on Twitter with the #askoraclevirtualization hash tag. We're also very happy to receive questions via DM to the Oracle Virtualization Twitter account on the Oracle Virtualization Facebook page.

Today's tip is the last in our video series (for now) on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure administration. Once again, this video is courtesy of John Pither, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle Desktop Virtualization. In this video, John covers setting up a "Company", an important concept for multi-tenant or departmental deployments.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Jan 08, 2013

Hear us talk about BYOD!

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending some time on the phone with John Renko, consulting developer in the desktop virtualization group here at Oracle. You might know him from his fantastic answers to many of our Friday Tips questions.

While BYOD has become a pretty common idea over the last couple of years, John has been conducting his job using BYOD principles for many years. And given his job developing desktop virtualization technologies, he's an expert in the space. You can hear John and I talk about how BYOD works, what sorts of things are ideal for it, some things that aren't a perfect fit, and more in this podcast:

John Renko and Chris Kawalek Discuss Bringing Your Own Device for Enterprise Application Access

My thanks for John for taking the time to speak with me!

-Chris

Get More From Virtual Machines with Oracle VM Server for x86 Training

Get the most from the efficiency and performance of your virtual machines by taking the Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 training course.

This three day course teaches students to build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86. You learn how deploy and manage highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines. The course teaches how to:

  • Create and implement a design for servers pools to support the needs of business applications
  • Select the best way to create virtual machines based on current or desired machine configuration requirements
  • Use the tools and policies available with Oracle VM to operate, automate, and optimize resources
  • Plan for the installation of Oracle VM with Oracle VM Server for x86
  • Learn details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

You can take this class by one of the following methods:

  • Live-Virtual: Take live instructor-led class from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a wide selection of events already on the schedule to choose a date and time-zone that suits you.
  • In-Class: Travel to a classroom to take this class. Below is a section of events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

 23 January 2013

 French

 Strasbourg, France

 5 February 2013

 French

Dusseldorf, Germany 

24 June 2013 

 German

Milan, Italy 

22 May 2013 

 Italian

Rome, Italy 

 5 February 2013

 Italian

Budapest, Hungary 

 22 April 2013

 Hungarian

Warsaw, Poland 

 18 February 2013

 Polish

Istanbul, Turkey 

 4 February 2013

 Turkish

Roseville, MN, United States 

6 February 2013 

  English 

For more information on this course, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

Friday Jan 04, 2013

Friday Tips #9

We hope you're enjoying these video tips! Here is another from John Pither, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle Desktop Virtualization. This one describes the admin interface and roles in Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

As always, you can submit questions for our Friday tips on Twitter using the #askoraclevirtualization hashtag.

-Chris 

Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Free Oracle VM Training for Sys Admins - Jan 15, 2013


Join us for the Virtual Sys Admin Days and get hands-on experience with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Solaris. These free events will be hosted by Oracle experts who can guide you through your hands on labs and answer any questions via live chat.

See the complete Agenda.

Choose the date that is most convenient for you!

Americas - Tuesday January 15th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. BRT

EMEA -  Tuesday January 29th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 13:00 p.m GMT / 10:00 a.m – 14:00 p,m CET / 12:00 p.m – 16:00 p.m AST / 13:00 p.m – 17:00 p,m MSK / 14:30 p.m – 18:30 p.m IST

Register Now.

To make the experience most productive some homework is required. Load the virtual machine images on your laptop, find the instructions, and make sure everything is working properly. The wiki https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home explains what you need to do.

Register for the Sys Admin Day.

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