Wednesday Feb 27, 2013

Download the latest Oracle VM 3.2 Update

We've released Oracle VM Manager 3.2.2 and Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.2, which are available for download from My Oracle Support. These are patch updates including all the accumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since 3.2.1 release. Oracle VM Server 3.2.2 build 520 has been validated with Oracle VM Manager 3.2.2 build 520. There's no SPARC Agent update at this time.

Download Instructions
  • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.2 installer ISO, search patch ID 16410428
  • Oracle VM Manager 3.2.2 upgrade ISO, search patch ID 16410417

The instructions are posted at OTN: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

List of Bug Fixes

Notable bugs fixed in Oracle VM Server 3.2.2-520 and Oracle VM Manager 3.2.2-520 are:

  • Fixes an upgrade issue to return the correct UUID when discovering an Oracle VM Server with an SMBIOS newer than version 2.6.
  • Sets a maximum of 20 vCPUs for Dom0 on large systems to provide better out-of-the-box10Gb Ethernet performance.
  • Adds IPMI lanplus interface support.
  • Fixes a memory leak issue after exiting the Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI) when running the exit.sh script.
  • Adds support in CLI for returning the "Page83 ID" when listing physical disks.

To review the list of bug fixes, please review the announcement email archive at https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/oraclevm-errata/. To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata.

To learn the new features and enhancements delivered in Oracle VM releases, please review the What's New section of Oracle VM Release Notes: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35329/html/vmrns-new.html

Upgrade Oracle VM Servers

It's highly recommended to update Oracle VM Server 3.2 with the latest patch update. Please review the Oracle VM User's Guide http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35332/html/vmusg-servers-manage.html#vmusg-servers-yum for specific instructions on how to use a Yum repository to perform the Oracle VM Server update.

To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata.

Upgrade Oracle VM Manager

Get the download instructions at Oracle Technology Network (OTN), and apply latest Oracle VM Manager patch. Be sure to review the patch README before you apply the patches.

Please refer to the Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35330/html/index.html for details.

Additional Information

Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

Please refer to the Oracle VM Release Notes http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35329/html/index.html for a list of features and known issues.

For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Feb 22, 2013

Friday Tips #16

Hope you are all having a good Friday! Here's a tip for Oracle VM VirtualBox:

Question:
Should I install the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack and Guest Additions?

Answer by Andy Hall, Product Management Director, Oracle Desktop Virtualization and Chris Kawalek, Senior Principal Product Director, Oracle Desktop Virtualization:
Yes!

The Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack enables four features:

  • The virtual USB 2.0 device
  • Intel PXE boot ROM with support for the E1000 network card
  • Experimental support for PCI passthrough on Linux
  • VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support

You might also notice when you do upgrades of VirtualBox you might get a warning about missing hardware (Chris saw this just yesterday with USB 2.0, in fact). This means the extension pack and the VirtualBox versions are out of sync, so you'll need to install the latest extension pack.

The good news is that it's really easy. From the VirtualBox download page, just select the appropriate extension pack. Once it has downloaded, just double click and you'll be guided through the quick process.

For the Guest Additions, they are also worthwhile and easy to install. The Guest Additions provide device drivers and applications that help make working with a guest a much better experience. This includes things like mouse pointer integration, shared folders, seamless windows, and more. The Guest Additions are included in the VirtualBox installation folder as an .iso image that you can mount and then install from the guest.

If you have a question for us, post on Twitter with hashtag #askoraclevirtualization. See you next week!

-Chris


Thursday Feb 21, 2013

Oracle VM step-by-step hands-on labs now available on Oracle Technology Network

If you missed the Oracle VM labs in the Virtual Sysadmin Days recently, you can still run through the labs at your own pace. All three labs give you a good immersion of Oracle VM to prepare you for the next step of virtualizing Oracle Applications.

  • Lab 1 walks you through deployment of  Oracle VM, Oracle VM Manager and plan for an IaaS environment deployment.
  • Lab 2 introduces you to the power of Oracle VM Templates. By the time you are done, you will have deployed a 2-node RAC cluster.
  • Lab 3 empowers you with the basics to start a cloud infrastructure deployment, including storage.

Tuesday Feb 19, 2013

Oracle Solaris Remote Lab Uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop!

Oracle Solaris Remote Lab (part of Oracle's Exastack Remote Labs) provides independent software vendors access to Oracle Solaris 11 11/11  environments (SPARC and x86) for validating their applications. The lab provides a simple and straight forward cloud interface for configuring an application test environment. It extensively leverages Oracle technologies, meets Oracle's stringent security requirements and is available to Oracle Partner Network members at the gold level and above. The Oracle Solaris Remote Lab leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop to address many requirements. 
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop (coupled with Oracle Secure Global Desktop's Secure Gateway) provides access to Solaris desktops and terminal sessions from a variety of client devices and from anywhere in the world, allowing excellent performance even over high-latency WAN links.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop (using the Client Drive Mapping or CDM feature) provides the ability to transfer files from user's local computers to the secure storage assigned to them within the Oracle Solaris Remote Lab
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop is used to secure each independent software vendor's data and desktop access. The lab implements a separate Oracle Secure Global Desktop server per partner which is isolated on a separate VLAN, allowing for a multi-tenant setup.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop's web services API allows for seamless integration of functionality within Oracle Solaris Remote Labs' portal, resulting in a coherent user experience for independent software vendors.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop's Secure Gateway allows independent software vendors access to their resources using only a single point of entry into the network.The role of this gateway is to direct each user's network traffic to the correct VLAN and, thus, to the correct VMs.

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 http://oracle.com/education/vm.

Friday Feb 15, 2013

Friday Tips #15

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our tip this week is a little different. This week, we found a blog post from another Oracle blogger that we thought would be interesting for those of you diving deep into Oracle VM VirtualBox. The tip answers the question, "how can I get access to the serial console output of a Solaris VirtualBox guest running on a Solaris hypervisor host?"

Serial Console with VirtualBox on Solaris host by darrenm

Thanks to Darren for a very cool tip. We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

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.

Friday Feb 08, 2013

Friday Tips #14

Our tip this week will help you experiment with the settings for the Sun Ray Operating Software (SROS).

Question:
I want to setup SROS (Sun Ray Operating Software) and play with the server based .parms files and the DTU GUI. What are the quick steps to get that done?

Answer by John Renko, Consulting Developer, Oracle Desktop Virtualization:
Good news, SROS isn't too different from the "old" ways of managing the operating software on Sun Ray DTUs.

1) Download the latest SROS package from My Oracle Support (support.oracle.com)

2) Unpack the package and install it on your Sun Ray server:

pkgadd -d . SUNWutdfw

3) Prepare a sample "srconfig" file with some common settings:

bash-3.2# cat /srconfig
compress=1
fastload=1
fulldup=1
lossless=0
poweroff=120
select=random
servers=myhouse.domain.com,myhouse2.domain.com

4) Deploy the SROS, with GUI enabled, so you can play with the DTU settings:

/opt/SUNWut/sbin/utfwadm -AaV -i /srconfig -G force

You should now see SROS images in /tftpboot along with .parms files, merged with your /srconfig settings and a SunRay.enableGUI object.

Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

Airbus Deploys Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Airbus, a world leader in the civil air transport market, employs approximately 52,000 people at sixteen sites in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain. The company relies on partnerships with major companies around the world and has a network of 1,500 suppliers in 30 countries.

Airbus uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide a dispersed workforce of aircraft designers, structural engineers, and other essential, ground-based staff with secure, real-time access to test results during flight trials. Technical teams no longer need to travel to the company’s center in Toulouse, and experts have the ability to start to evaluate results immediately. Using Oracle Secure Global Desktop has helped Airbus accelerate compliance with global aviation regulations, complete tests required by potential customers more quickly, and reduce time to market for new aircraft.

"Oracle Secure Global Desktop enables us to deliver real-time flight test data direct from the cockpit to any number of designers, engineers, component manufacturers, and other authorized users, regardless of location or client device." – Ghislain Banville, IT Architect, Flight Test Data Equipment, Airbus 

Read more details.

Monday Feb 04, 2013

Get the most from Server Virtualization with Oracle VM Server for x86 Training

The Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course teaches students how to install and configure Oracle VM Server for x86 as well as details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

You can take this live instructor-led training as follows:

  • Live-Virtual Class: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. You can choose from a wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-class: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

6 March 2013 

French 

Dusseldorf, Germany 

 24 June 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

22 April 2013 

Hungarian 

Milan, Italy

22 May 2013 

Italian 

Utrecht, Netherlands 

 26 February 2013

 English

Warsaw, Poland 

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Singapore

 29 April 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

22 July 2013 

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 25 March 2013

 English

Roseville, MN, USA

25 March 2013 

 English

This course is also available in Japanese.

To register for this class or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

Friday Feb 01, 2013

Friday Tips #13

In honor of the new version of the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client yesterday, we thought we'd do a tip for the power users of our client software:

Question:
How can you run multiple Oracle Virtual Desktop Client sessions simultaneously?

Answer by John Renko, Consulting Developer, Oracle Desktop Virtualization:
You simply need to run each Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) session with a --profile option.

For example, one could launch two sessions by doing:  

ovdc.exe --profile ovdc1
ovdc.exe --profile ovdc2

Each session will retain its settings, logs and contain its own client ID, which can useful when managing Sun Ray session assignment to a Kiosk or regular session, amongst other things:

ovdc.exe --profile ovdc1 -i

[ A popup window appears with the client ID ]

On Mac OS X platforms, the path to the OVDC binary would be:

 /Applications/Oracle Virtual Desktop Client.app/Contents/MacOS/ovdc

Some example scenarios of where this is useful:

  1. You need to connect to multiple environments concurrently.
  2. You need to make concurrent connections to a single environment using multiple user IDs.
  3. You want to run a large load test and have a server that can run 200 simultaneous OVDC sessions, like this:

-------------------------------------------- 

Thanks John, that could come in handy for lots of different testing scenarios.

That's it for this week. If you have anything you want to ask us, just post on Twitter with #AskOracleVirtualization and we'll try to get your question answered. See you next week!

-Chris 

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