Friday Feb 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: What's in a Name?

This week’s spotlight is an Oracle VM tip from Greg King, our best practices engineer. While the tip may appear to be straightforward, a well thought out naming convention is critical in helping system administrators better organize, manage and eliminate mistakes made by other administrators.

Oracle VM is designed to be a highly availability computing platform for your Oracle VM guests. However, high availability is not just about ensuring you have eliminated as many single points of failure as possible, it also means making your Oracle VM platform easy to understand and maintain. An easy to understand Oracle VM environment makes all the difference in managing and maintaining a fault tolerate environment for your Oracle VM Guests when the chips hit the fan.

The use of meaningful descriptions and simple names is a frequently overlooked key to maintaining a reliable highly available computing platform. One goal of high availability is reducing the occurrence of mistakes that cause outages through human error. Using cryptic naming schemes, relying on default names of objects and failing to use descriptions effectively all contribute to overly complex, hard to understand Oracle VM environments; this in turn can completely undermine all the effort you put into eliminating single points of failure in your hardware and operating systems.

The easier it is to understand things at a glance, the faster tasks can be done with less explanation and less chance for critical mistakes. So, let’s take a look at a few examples of things you can do to make your Oracle VM object naming scheme more powerful.

People often leave the simple name for the server management network as the dotted decimal notation of the subnet. Even worse, they use the dotted decimal subnets as names for all their other networks they create. This is pretty cryptic and quite meaningless to anyone but a few in your organization. The default name is meant to be changed to something meaningful in your environment and a naming scheme should be developed that is simple yet meaningful for the remaining networks you create. We have a network naming white paper available on OTN that might give you some good ideas.

You should also take the time to create meaningful naming schemes for Oracle VM servers, server pools, physical disks, virtual disks, guests and guest resources such as assemblies, ISO images and templates. You want to be able to relate various objects to each other without having to search through different tabs and sub-tabs so take the time to create and use meaningful simple names.

If nothing else, the more time you spend making your naming scheme easy to understand, the faster you can detect issues from Oracle VM Manager at a glance. This can save you time on maintaining tedious documentation that you don’t like to write and most people don’t like to read.

Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

Oracle VM 3.3 Beta

Oracle VM 3.3 beta is now available. The beta software and documentation are available here.

Please read the Welcome Letter to understand the requirements of the beta testing. We rely on our Beta Program participants to provide feedback on the usability, stability, and overall quality of our product release. This feedback will focus on your experience with the new features, product documentation, support services, and training materials. By providing in-depth feedback, you can help influence Oracle’s product direction.

  • Provide us information about your set-up here.
  • Periodically tell us what you have tried and how it is going here.

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

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

The February '14 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Out!

The February 2014 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! It includes content on an updated Oracle VM cost calculator (now including Oracle Linux!), 2014 IT Predictions, community demonstration videos, what's new in Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and much more!

Read the February edition online right now, or subscribe to get future issues delivered straight to your inbox.

-Chris 

Oracle's Strategic Commitment to Application-Driven Virtualization

Oracle VM reflects Oracle's strategic commitment to deliver application-driven virtualization. This virtualization makes the entire enterprise software and hardware stack easier to deploy, manage, and support, making it possible for IT and businesses to be more agile.

You can take advantage of Oracle VM on x86 and SPARC platforms. And what better way to get started on this technology than by taking the corresponding training course.

You can take these instructor-led training courses from your own desk as a live-virtual event or by traveling to an education center for an in-class event. Below is a selection of events for these courses already on the schedule.

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Melbourne, Australia

 7 May 2014

 English

 Perth, Australia

 19 May 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 18 June 2014

 English

 Montreal, Canada

 27 May 2014

 English

 Ottawa, Canada

 27 May 2014

 English

 Toronto, Canada

 31 March 2014

 English

 Prague, Czech Republic

 24 March 2014

 Czech

 Prague, Czech Republic

 19 November 2014

 English

 London, England

 7 April 2014

 English

 Paris, France

 5 May 2014

 French

 Athens, Greece

 2 April 2014

 English

 Rome, Italy

 22 April 2014

 Italian

 Tokyo, Japan

 10 March 2014

 Japanese

 Riga, Latvia

 12 May 2014

 Latvian

 Mexico City, Mexico

 21 May 2014

 Spanish

 Oslo, Norway

 23 April 2014

 English

 Warsaw, Poland

 26 May 2014

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 22 April 2014

 English

 Singapore

 15 April 2014

 English

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

 14 May 2014

 Slovenian

 Barcelona, Spain

 11 March 2014

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 20 May 2014

 Turkish

 Roseville, MN, United States

 18 April 2014

 English

 Edison, NJ, United States

 27 May 2014

 English

  King of Prussia, PA, United States

 27 May 2014

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 26 March 2014

 English

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Canberra, Australia

 23 June 2014

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 14 April 2014

 English

 Perth, Australia

 26 May 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 10 March 2014

 English

 Prague, Czech Republic

 23 April 2014

 English

 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 26 May 2014

 English

 Madrid, Spain

 27 March 2014

 Spanish

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 2 April 2014

 English

 Atlanta, GA, United States

 8 April 2014

 English

 Caracas, Venezuela

 27 March 2014

 Spanish

 Harare, Zimbabwe

 2 April 2014

 English

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

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.8 released!

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.8 has just been released. This maintenance release included bug fixes and improves stability.

For the full list of fixes see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Amitego's Tools Updated for latest Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our spotlight this week is on a fantastic tool, VISULOX Helpdesk from Amitego. If you’re a user of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, you have probably heard of Amitego. They provide tools that extend the feature set of Oracle Secure Global Desktop.

Whereas Oracle Secure Global Desktop is primarily designed for secure remote access to applications and desktops for a single user, Amitego provides extra, complementary tools to control and manage secure access for multiple users to the same session. This is really useful in situations such as where a manager needs to approve a transaction, or if two people with trusted information are needed to complete a task, or, perhaps the most common scenario, providing helpdesk services.

Their new tool, VISULOX Helpdesk, is based on the new VISULOX 3 framework and helps solve this last problem. It allows controlled assisting of a user by another user, without opening up the security risks associated with doing this on your desktop PC. You can do things like assign a group of users that a supervisor can assist with, and then the users can request help from the supervisor, and that supervisor can view their session in tandem. And the user still has control, too -- they can even switch off the cooperation view temporarily to enter a password, for example. And, of course, all of the clients and applications supported by Oracle Secure Global Desktop are supported by VISULOX Helpdesk, so you can even use your tablet device to remotely view and participate in a session.

If you need to do any sort of tandem work or helpdesk services and you’re using or looking at using Oracle Secure Global Desktop, you should go have a look at Amitego and read about their various offerings. Their tools have recently been updated to work with the latest Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1.

Have a great week!
-Chris

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Live Webcast: Data Intensity Presents Building Private Clouds on Oracle VM

Join us in this live webcast and learn how Data Intensity, a long time Oracle partner, built a successful database and application hosting business using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Valuable IT best practices and insights on building a private cloud infrastructure from this seasoned hosting provider will prove to be a valuable and informative 60 minutes time investment.

Data Intensity Presents Building Private Clouds on Oracle VM
Date: February 26th, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Register here

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Upcoming In Person Events in EMEA

Happy Friday!

The team in EMEA has put together some wonderful in person events for potential or existing Oracle VM and Oracle Linux customers. In these events, there are expert presentations, and then time to mingle and chat with the Oracle folks. It's really a great opportunity to get your questions answered firsthand. If you live near any of these cities, consider registering for the events!

Feb 18, Munchen, Germany
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Feb 19, Dreieich, Germany
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Feb 24, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Feb 25, Istanbul, Turkey
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Feb 26, Berlin, Germany
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Mar 6, Paris, France
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If you're anywhere near these cities, you won't want to miss these fantastic events.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Friday Feb 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) 12.1.2 Demo Appliance Available for Testing!

Happy Friday! Our Friday Spotlight this week is about a new virtual appliance for Oracle VM:


The Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder team has been busy! You can now take a self-guided tour to see the power of Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder.

For some background, let’s quickly revisit how Oracle VM enables rapid application deployment.

Oracle VM Templates allow you to easily and quickly deploy pre-configured Oracle Database and applications. Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder accelerates and simplifies provisioning of complete multi-tier application topologies by packaging them as standard Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Assemblies for deployment into Oracle VM environments. It is capable of capturing application topologies comprised of Oracle and non-Oracle products. With a single keystroke, applications are fully deployed using application and user defined metadata. Two example use cases are replicating an entire application topology from one datacenter to another or deployment of entire stack of application into Oracle VM as a foundation for your private cloud environment.

The OVAB 12.1.2.0.0 Demo Appliance is a self contained Oracle VM VirtualBox appliance which includes both OVAB 12.1.2.0.0 Studio and Deployer and a reference application topology that you can introspect to create Appliances and then compose them into an Assembly.

Please note: this appliance is not meant for production use.

The OVAB team has done a great job in packaging this appliance. Download the Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 12.1.2.0.0 Demo Appliance and take your self-guided tour today! 


Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday!

-Chris 


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