Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 Supports iPad Using HTML5!

Today, we are pleased to announce support for what has been one of Oracle Secure Global Desktop's most widely anticipated features - support for iPad via Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 5.0! Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 provides anywhere access to cloud-hosted and on-premise enterprise applications and desktops (workspaces) from Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, without the need for a VPN client. In addition, since we leverage HTML5 to provide browser-based access inside Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, users need not download, maintain, configure and update specific client applications from the App Store.

This new release delivers significant enhancements which provide simple mobile access, enhanced security, full user productivity, security enhancements, session mobility, improved performance and expanded server, client and browser support.

  • Simple Mobile Access: Users can login to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 sessions and access all of their applications and data using the built-in mobile Safari web browser on iPad and iPad mini, without the need to establish a cumbersome VPN connection. Support for HTML5 enables a rich, browser-based user interface that provides simple, intuitive gestures and navigation, as well as extended keyboard capabilities, without the need for downloading or maintaining separate client applications. 
  • Full user productivity: For maximum productivity, copy and paste to and from applications, printing, and automatic session resizing (of the specific application or desktop running in the cloud), when rotating the iPad is supported. 
  • Security enhancements: Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway uses multi-factor authentication methods to access applications, increasing security when accessing cloud-hosted applications, regardless of location. With the included Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway, users can securely access their workspaces from PCs, laptops, or tablets both inside and outside the corporate firewall. 
  • Extended session mobility: Extends the session pause and resume feature to the iPad, allowing users to pick up their workspace right where they left off, even when moving from one client device to another. 
  • Improved performance: Delivers reliable performance and responsiveness for cloud-based applications and desktop sessions, even at cellular network speeds. 
  • Expanded server, client, and browser support: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 adds support for servers running Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Linux 6.4, and clients running Windows 8 (desktop mode) and Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Browsers supported now include Internet Explorer 10, Chrome, and Firefox ESR.  

Oracle's press announcement regarding this release can be found here.

For more information, you can also view the videos below (click to go to the video page and play):

Friday Apr 26, 2013

Friday Tips #25

Happy Friday, everyone! Our tip this week is on a basic task that is done frequently with Oracle Secure Global Desktop. In the video below, watch Mohan Prabhala, Product Management Director, Desktop Virtualization, as he describes the steps to publish an application:

Thanks Mohan!

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


Thursday Apr 25, 2013

Take Your Applications to the Cloud with Oracle VM Training

Oracle's server virtualization products support x86 and SPARC architectures and training is available to help you get the best from both architectures.

The Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course teaches students how to build the infrastructure for cloud computing by deploying pooled server resources to create virtual machines that support enterprise applications.

You can take this 3-day live instructor-led course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Class: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Currently scheduled events include delivery in English and Spanish.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center. Below is a sample of events already on the schedule:



 Delivery Language

 Zagreb, Croatia

 11 November 2013


 Prague, Czech Republic

 21 October 2013


Paris, France 

22 May 2013 


Dusseldorf, Germany 

24 June 2013 


Munich, Germany 

28 October 2013 


Budapest, Hungary 

9 September 2013 


Milan, Italy 

22 May 2013 


 Riga, Latvia

30 September 2013 


 Warsaw, Poland

 27 May 2013


 Bucharest, Romania

17 June 2013 


 Ljubljana, Slovenia

8 May 2013 


 Madrid, Spain

8 May 2013


 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 June 2013 


 Tokyo, Japan

 3 June 2013



 30 April 2013


 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013


 Melbourne, Australia

 12 June 2013


 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013


 Wellington, New Zealand

 1 May 2013


 Roseville, MN, United States

1 July 2013 


 Reston, VA, United States

 31 July 2013


The Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course teaches you to effectively implement the infrastructure for cloud computing using a SPARC-based virtualization strategy.

This 2-day live instructor-led class is available as a:

  • Live Virtual Class: Choose from the wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center. Some of the events already on the schedule are:



 Delivery Language

 Prague, Czech Republic

 29 April 2013


 Hamburg, Germany

 22 May 2013


 Bucharest, Romania

 8 July 2013


 Istanbul, Turkey

 30 September 2013


 Brisbane, Australia

 24 July 2013


 San Jose, CA, United States

 24 June 2013


To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's Virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Tuesday Apr 23, 2013

Oracle VM 3.2.3 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC updates

We've released the latest Oracle VM 3.2.3 patch updates, which are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM Sever 3.2.1 Patch Channel or Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel). The patch updates include all the accumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since 3.2.1 release.  See the download instructions: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

Download Instructions

  • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.3 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
  • Oracle VM Manager 3.2.3 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417
  • Oracle VM Agent 3.2.3 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

We also released updated patches for Oracle VM 3.1.1 - Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1-625 and Oracle VM Server 3.1.1-612. The download instructions are available from the above OTN download page. You can apply the patches to your Oracle VM 3.1.1 environment; but we highly recommend you upgrade Oracle VM 3.1.1 to the latest Oracle VM 3.2 update.

To upgrade Oracle VM environment, please refer to the Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35330/html/index.html for details.

Meanwhile, we also updated Oracle VM Server for SPARC software.

  • The 3.0 release has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU, refer to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1501435.1]  from My Oracle Support. To use with Oracle VM Manager 3.2, please download Oracle VM Agent 3.2 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949.
  • For Solaris 10, search patch ID 15682381, and apply the latest ldmd patch 150011-03

Additional Information

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

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

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.


Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Designing, Creating and Testing an Oracle VM 3.2 Environment

We just published a new technical white paper written by Wayne Lewis, Principal Sales Consultant from Oracle VM and Oracle Linux sales team.

The paper here focuses on the Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager. This document describes a plan you could follow to ensure that your Oracle VM deployment is organized, repeatable and tested before you mark it ready for production. The plan is broken down into three key stages, each of which may touch many aspects of the overall deployment.

  • Stage 1: Designing your Oracle VM environment
  • Stage 2: Creating your Oracle VM environment
  • Stage 3: Testing your Oracle VM environment

Contained within this document are a number of tips, hints, instructions and even a test plan check-sheet for you to use when planning, building and testing your Oracle VM environment. At the end of the document are several Appendices containing useful reference material related to the deployment of Oracle VM, including some reference configuration files.

The white paper is definitively a handy guide to help you design, create and test your Oracle VM 3.2 environment. For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Saturday Apr 13, 2013

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.12 available now


Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.12 was released today.

It cleans up the bugs listed in the ChangeLog.
Download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB 

Friday Apr 12, 2013

Friday Tips #23

Happy Friday, everyone! We had a great week at Collaborate 13, thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth. We also blogged about "Oracle VM and Oracle Linux pre-validated, pre-tested with FlexPod", released version 4.2.12 of Oracle VM VirtualBox and version 4.63 of Oracle Secure Global Desktop. Lots of great stuff going on!

Speaking of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, our Friday Tip this week is on that very product. In this video tip, Mohan Prabhala covers how to disable or enable copy functionality in applications to increase security:

We'll see you next week!


Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux pre-validated, pre-tested with FlexPod

As the Oracle community is gathering at IOUG this week sharing news, checking out the latest innovations, the Oracle VM and Oracle Linux team are also busy working to expand our platform validation support. In a collaborative effort with both Cisco and NetApp, we’d like to give you an early glimpse of the upcoming reference architectures for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with FlexPod:

  • A FlexPod with Oracle VM is scheduled for the second half of 2013  – this Oracle VM architecture offers virtualization coverage for Oracle as well as non-Oracle workloads
  • A FlexPod featuring NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP with Oracle Linux,  coming Jun 30, 2013 – this is the second Oracle Linux bare-metal design
  • A FlexPod with Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on Oracle Linux, coming April 9, 2013
  • A FlexPod with Oracle Linux, coming June 14, 2013 – this is one of two bare metal designs for running Oracle DB on Oracle Linux
The combined products give customers access to infrastructure designs that are pre-tested and pre-validated building blocks for application consolidation, private cloud migration or data center modernization.
In addition to the benefits of the integrated design and validation, there are specific unique benefits that Oracle VM and Oracle Linux add to FlexPod:
  • Oracle VM – Application-Driven Virtualization difference: Speed Dev/Test/Production application deployment – Using Oracle VM Templates, customers can deploy applications 7-10x faster than traditional virtualization approaches. Entire application stacks including guest OS with Oracle Linux can quickly be deployed or provisioned in hours or minutes. This empowers IT to have a direct impact on the business Quality of Service by enabling more test systems and or respond to end customer requirements more quickly.
  • Enhanced high availability with Oracle Linux: With Ksplice, Oracle Linux kernel updates are installed in seconds, without interrupting running applications or the people using those applications. You can quickly check on the current status of your systems before rolling out updates to your network. Installing updates requires no downtime, so your systems are more available than ever. 
  • Certified by Oracle: All Oracle applications are certified on Oracle VM. This gives customers peace of mind that FlexPod with Oracle VM running Oracle applications are both fully tested and  certified by Oracle
  • Reduce Licensing Cost: with zero licensing cost for both Oracle VM and Oracle Linux and low enterprise support cost, customers can dramatically reduce both capex and opex IT spending. 
We’ll keep you updated as these reference architectures get published. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay informed.

Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Oracle VM expert sessions at Collaborate 13

[Posted on behalf of Doan Nguyen, Principal Product Director, Oracle VM] 

Collaborate 13 first full day kicked off with a bang. Braving the snow storm, both winter birds and yours truly (a tropical bird), braved the 40+ degrees differential in temperature (from the day prior) and snow-filled air to trek to this event. With the big blue bear looking on into the Colorado Convention Center, snow falling on the outside….the many Oracle users packed into sessions.

We also met many product fans travelling from far away to visit us at the Oracle Linux/Oracle VM booth. There are many more sessions to come. First time this year is a drill down on Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Assembly Builder. Join our best practices engineer, Greg King, session 916, Wednesday April 10th, 4:15-5:15 as he dives deep into Oracle VM Templates and how to practices to accelerate your migration to private cloud.

Looking to avoid a painful “forklift” project as you plan on migrating your multi-tier applications to private cloud, then check out, Session 369, Wednesday April 10th, 4:15-5:15 presented by Kai Yu, Oracle ACE Director. You’ll learn from an experts with hands on experience at building Oracle VM Assemblies for private cloud migration and using Enterprise Manager 12c to manage the new environment. 

Stay warm and enjoy the show!



Thanks Doan! Your last change to visit the Exhibitor Showcase, which features Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle desktop virtualization, is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, from 10:30am to 3PM. So stop by and say hi to Doan, Adam, and the other folks at the Oracle booths there!


Sunday Apr 07, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.63 now available!

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.63. This version includes several bug fixes and also updates to components of the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server. Specifically, the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server now supports Apache HTTP Server 2.2.24, OpenSSL 1.0.0.k, mod_jk 1.2.37, Tomcat 6.0.36 and JDK 1.6.0_43.

For information on downloading Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.63, please visit here

Friday Apr 05, 2013

Friday Tips #22

Happy Friday, everyone! Today's tip on the really cool Location Awareness feature of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

How can I tell if location awareness is working?

Answer from "Using Location Awareness with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure":
Use the command prompt to check the clientname environment variable. Simply login to the virtual desktop from the first Sun Ray Client, start a Windows command prompt, and type:

echo %clientname%

Close the command prompt window, login to the same virtual desktop from a second device and repeat the process. If everything is functioning properly, the clientname environment variable will change.

We'll see you next week with another tip!


Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Oracle VM Templates now available on SPARC platforms

Oracle VM Templates provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. Use of Oracle VM Templates eliminates the installation and configuration costs, and reduces the ongoing maintenance costs helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations. Customers have been enjoying the benefits of accelerating software deployment with Oracle VM Templates on x86 platforms. Now we have made Oracle VM Templates available when deployed with Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

Oracle VM Manager 3.2 introduced the ability to discover SPARC servers running Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and perform virtual machine operation tasks - just the same experience as Oracle VM Server for x86. Thus you can take full advantage of Oracle VM Templates.

To create a virtual machine from an imported template / assembly. You download an Oracle VM template that contains an assembly file (.ovf file), and importing it into Oracle VM Manager as an assembly, then creating a template from the assembly. You can read the related documentation: Creating a Virtual Machine and the white paper: Oracle VM Manager 3.2: Quick Start Guide for Managing Oracle VM Server for SPARC (PDF).

1) Download Oracle VM Templates

  • Visit Oracle Software Delivery Cloud 
  • Complete your registration information (Name, Company Name, Email Address and Country) and click on the download agreement
  • Select "Oracle VM Templates" from the "Select a Product Pack" pull-down menu
  • Select "SPARC" from the "Platform" pull-down menu
  • Download and unzip the files and read the readme

2) Place the downloaded Oracle VM Template into a location where it's accessible by Oracle VM Manager using HTTP, HTTPS or FTP. After logging into Oracle VM Manager 3.2, click Repositories tab, identify the repository to use and select Assemblies. Then click the icon to import an Assembly. After a few minutes (depending on the network / server speed),  the assembly would be imported then.

3) Create a VM Template from the Imported Assembly - Select the imported assembly, then click the icon "Create VM Template ...". After a few minutes, depending on the server/storage configuration, a VM template is now created.

4) Edit VM template - you can edit the VM template to verify the general setting, such as the network setting.

5) Clone a VM from the Template - Next it's to clone a virtual machine from the newly created template.You click the icon "Clone or Move Template ..."

6) Start the VM - After the VM is cloned, it is placed under the server pool (defined in the target server pool option when cloning the template) and the VM status is "stopped". Then start the VM, and it's ready to use.

7) After the VM is started, you can access the VM serial console by clicking the "Launch Serial Console" icon. You need to go through the initial Solaris configuration if it is the first time to start the VM, for example, to configure the network, hostname, time zone, user name, and so on. Serial console access works for both x86 and SPARC based virtual machines. For additional options of accessing the guest VM console, such as VNC based console access for x86 virtual machines, read the user guide: Connecting to a Virtual Machine.

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

Visit us at Cloud Connect

Oracle is a Platinum Sponsor and exhibitor at the Cloud Connect conference, taking place now in Santa Clara, CA. Here's a picture from yesterday at the show:

If you're in town for this event, stop by the Oracle booth and have a look at Oracle VM and other cloud related Oracle technologies!


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