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!

-Chris 

Wednesday Jun 26, 2013

June 2013 Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

The June Edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, you'll learn about:

  • Announcing Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0
  • Dell Announces New Infrastructure Offering with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager, Optimized to Run on Dell x86 Systems
  • Oracle VM Continues to Expand Partner Ecosystem with Cisco and NetApp 
  • Get Ready for Oracle OpenWorld 2013

And much more!

Head on over and read the newsletter. You can also subscribe and have it automatically appear in your inbox each time a new edition is released!

-Chris 

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 Jun 21, 2013

Friday Tips #33

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our tip this week is from an excellent white paper written by our own Greg King titled Oracle VM 3: Building a Demo Environment using Oracle VM VirtualBox. In it, Greg gives you everything you need to know to set up Oracle VM Server inside of Oracle VM VirtualBox for testing and demoing. The section we're highlighting below is on how to configure the network interfaces of your virtual machines:

VirtualBox comes with a few different types of network interfaces that can be used to allow communication between the VM guests and the host operating system, including network interfaces that will allow the VM guests to communicate with local and wide area networks accessed from your laptop or personal computer. However, for the purpose of the demonstration environment we will limit the network communication to include access just between your desktop and the virtual machines being managed by VirtualBox.

The install process for Oracle VM VirtualBox creates a single host-only network device on your laptop or personal computer. Using the host-only network device will allow you to open a browser on your desktop to access the Oracle VM Manager running within the VirtualBox VM guest. The device will only allow network traffic between the VM guests and your host operating system, but nothing outside the confines of your laptop or personal computer.

We will need to add a second host-only network since the Oracle VM Server appliance has both eth0 and eth1 configured. You can choose to use eth1 on the Oracle VM Servers or not use them – the choice is yours. But, at least the host side network device will exist if you decide to use it.

Greg goes on to describe in detail how to setup the network interfaces, so you can head on over to the paper and get even more info.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.14 available now

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.14 was released today.

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

- FB 

Monday Jun 17, 2013

Explore Building the Infrastructure for Cloud Computing with Oracle VM

Just released, the Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course explores building the infrastructure for cloud computing. Expert Oracle University instructors will show you how to support enterprise applications by deploying pooled server resources to create virtual machines.

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

  • Live Virtual Class: Take this course from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule for different timezones.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of events for this course already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

Zagreb, Croatia

 11 November 2013

 Croatian

 Prague, Czech Republic

 21 October 2013

 Czech

 Ballerup, Denmark

 26 August 2013

 English

 Bordeaux, France

 18 September 2013

 French

 Paris, France

 10 July 2013

 French

 Strasbourg, France

 11 September 2013

 French

 Hamburg, Germany

 30 September 2013

 German

 Munich, Germany

 28 October 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

 9 September 2013

 Hungarian

 Riga, Latvia

 30 September 2013

 Latvian

 Warsaw, Poland

 28 October 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 14 October 2013

 English

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

 26 June 2013

 English

 Madrid, Spain

 12 August 2013

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 12 August 2013

 Turkish

 Johannesburg, South Africa

 24 July 2013

 English

 Tokyo, Japan

 2 October 2013

 Japanese

 Singapore

 10 July 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 6 November 2013

 English

 Perth, Australia

 17 July 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

 16 Sept 2013

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 1 July 2013

 English

 St Louis, MO, United States

 11 November 2013

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 31 July 2013

 English

 Buenos Aires, Argentina

 2 October 2013

 Spanish

To register for this course or to learn more about Oracle Virtualization training, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Jun 14, 2013

Friday Tips #32

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

Question:
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!

-Chris 

Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Oracle VM Myth Busting From Users in the OTN Latin America Tour 2013

Join Francisco Muñoz Alvarez as he debunks myths about Oracle VM. Francisco will also share his Oracle VM benchmarks, and best practices of using Oracle VM to virtualize Oracle Databases. Francisco will be presenting in the 3 cities below:
  • Ciudad the Panama, Panama – July 22nd
  • San José, Escazú, Costa Rica – July 24th
  • México D.F, México – July 26th
Talk to local experts about Oracle products such as Oracle Database, middleware, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, MySQL. OTN Latin America Tour 2013 cities and dates for your visit are:
  • Medellín, Colombia – Central event date: July 12, Workshops Date: July 9th, 10th and 11th
  • Quito, Ecuador – July 15th
  • Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala – July 17th
  • Ciudad the Panama, Panama – July 22nd
  • San José, Escazú, Costa Rica – July 24th
  • México D.F, México – July 26th
  • Chile, Santiago – August 1st
  • Lima, Perú – August 3rd
  • Monte Video, Uruguay – August 6th
  • Capital Federal, Argentina – August 8th
  • São Paulo, Brasil – August 10th
For more details, visit the event pages in Spanish or Portuguese.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday Jun 12, 2013

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Survey

To help us design Oracle Secure Global Desktop better, we would like to collect feedback from our customers about their deployments with Oracle Secure Global Desktop via a short, simple 11 question survey. This survey is for those customers and partners who have deployed Oracle Secure Global Desktop in production environments and can be specific about the product features and/or product dependencies they find important and useful.

We appreciate a few minutes of your time filling this survey out. Here is the link to the survey.

Friday Jun 07, 2013

Friday Tips #31

Happy Friday, everyone!

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

Question:
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!

-Chris 

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