Monday Mar 31, 2014

PARTNER WEBINAR (Apr 17): Deploy BeyondTrust's Powerbroker in Minutes with Oracle VM Template

Date: April 17, 2014

Time:  10am PDT / 1pm EDT

Oracle VM application-driven architecture is designed for rapid application deployment for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads. Using Oracle VM Templates, entire application stacks can be pre-installed, pre-configured for rapid deployment. With Oracle VM Template for BeyondTrust's PowerBroker, customers can standardize the deployment of their security software, eliminate the installation and configuration costs, and reduce the ongoing maintenance and support costs, hence  helping organizations achieve faster time to market.

Join us in this live webcast to hear from Oracle and BeyondTrust experts on how you can benefit from the combined solution to further automate and simplify the deployment of real security in your IT environment.

Register today 

Saturday Mar 29, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 New Features

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 is primarily a maintenance release fixing bugs but also adds some new (experimental) features. Mac OS X users can now experience native full screen support for Mountain Lion and Mavericks. Simply press the "Host key" + "F" to toggle this on or off, or go the View menu to "Switch to Fullscreen".

Mac OS X native fullscreen support

An additional (experimental) new feature is the keyboard indicators (HID LEDs) synchronization for Mac OS X hosts. This feature makes the host keyboard lights match those of the virtual machine's virtual keyboard when the machine window is selected. This is a per-VM setting and it is disabled by default. To enable this for a VM use the following “VBoxManage" command:

./VBoxManage setextradata "GUI/HidLedsSync" "1"

Note: This is an experimental feature and works best when using the internal keyboard of eg your MacBook Pro.

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: New Features in Oracle VM Server for SPARC

The latest release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 was announced recently. It has extended Single Root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) benefits beyond Ethernet and Infiniband devices by adding support for Fibre Channel devices. In addition, it provides the ability to control the amount of physical network bandwidth consumed by virtual network devices, thus prevents guest domains from consuming excess bandwidth. To take advantage of the latest features to benefit your virtualization deployment, read Jeff Savit's blog here.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VDI

What is the relationship between these two products?  One view is that Secure Global Desktop (despite its name!) provides access to remote applications and VDI does the same for remote, virtual desktops (VMs).  A clean distinction, but slightly artificial: to Secure Global Desktop, a remote desktop, virtual or not, is really just a remote application.  There is little to differentiate the products when it comes to connectivity to remote desktops -  Secure Global Desktop has its native and HTML 5 clients, VDI has Sun Ray and OVDC, but both products connect to remote servers in the same way, typically using RDP.

Where the products differ is in their scope.  Oracle VDI is a comprehensive solution that enables an administrator to create, store, manage and destroy VMs, as well as allowing users to connect to them.  Secure Global Desktop is simpler and restricts itself to connectivity to the VMs.

So, do the products work together?  A most definite 'yes': use Secure Global Desktop for user connectivity and VDI for management of VMs.  In fact, Secure Global Desktop ships with a component specifically for communicating with VDI.  You can find full details at but we can do a short overview here.

Firstly, a slight digression.  There are two main entry points to Secure Global Desktop.  The common approach is for users to log in through their browser and go to their Workspace (formerly known as their 'Webtop').  The Workspace presents all the applications that an administrator has published to the user as links and an application can be launched by clicking its link.  The second entry point is 'My Desktop'.  Here, a user logs in through the browser but, rather than going to the Workspace, a desktop is launched automatically.  Quite a good fit for delivering virtual desktops and the approach we will use in our example.

Let us assume it is a clean installation of Secure Global Desktop.  The first task is for the Secure Global Desktop administrator to configure 'My Desktop' to talk to VDI.  The steps are:

1. 'My Desktop' is a dynamic application object, meaning that it can map to one or more real application objects.  Since all the VM providers accessed through VDI emit RDP, we are interested in 'Windows Desktop' and not 'Unix Desktop'.  We delete the mapping to 'Unix Desktop', leaving a single mapping to 'Windows Desktop'.

Next, we configure the 'Windows Desktop' application.  Traditionally, this would be done by assigning it an application server object that points to a real Windows server.  Here, we are going to use a dynamic application server.  It is 'dynamic' because it uses code (in this case, the VDI Broker) to define the server or servers, rather than a static setting for DNS name or IP-address.  So, next:

2. We create the dynamic application server, set its 'Broker Class' to 'VDI Broker' and configure it with the particulars of our installation.  Configuration involves providing the URL for the VDI web services and, if they are secured with a certificate from an untrusted certificate authority, installing the certificate (or chain) into Secure Global Desktop.
3. We assign this dynamic application server to 'Windows Desktop'

That is the administrator's job done.  The user scenario is:

- User clicks the 'My Desktop' link in the browser and authenticates.
- The VDI broker code runs and gets a list of VMs available to the user.  If there is only one candidate VM, Secure Global Desktop connects the user directly to the virtual desktop.  If there are several, the user is given the option to select one before a connection is made.

By using the VDI broker included in Secure Global Desktop, you can deliver virtual desktops to users through Secure Global Desktop and manage the desktops with VDI.  For users familiar with Secure Global Desktop, the desktop is just another application and they face no learning curve.  And administrators can continue to manage desktops through VDI, or even add desktops from other providers without changing the user experience.

There are references to 'dynamic application server objects' and 'dynamic application objects' in this discussion.  These types of objects, along with some open interfaces, form the 'dynamic launch' feature in Secure Global Desktop. This feature is used to extend the product and the VDI Broker is an example of this extensibility - by simply implementing a public interface (see, the VDI Broker plugs into the Secure Global Desktop infrastructure and provides additional functionality. 

Dynamic launch will be the topic of a later entry.

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Webcast: Simply Your Cloud Deployment with Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance

Join us and learn about Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, an integrated, “wire once”, software-defined infrastructure system designed for rapid cloud deployment.

Find out how this first converged infrastructure solution from a single vendor provides superior ease-of-purchase, product integration, simplified management and support to customers.

Register here to discover how you can use Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance to:

  • Transform your IT systems with a range of Cloud deployment models from IaaS to DBaaS
  • Significantly reduce your solution deployment time to hours not days or weeks
  • Consolidate Linux, Windows, and Oracle Solaris applications onto one platform
  • Leverage proven enterprise technologies in a simple Engineered System

Date: April 16, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM PDT

Duration: 60 minutes

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Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 Released


Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 has just been released. This maintenance release improves stability and includes some new experimental features.

For more details see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Sunday Mar 23, 2014

Oracle VM for x86 Customer Feedback Survey - help us help you!

Dear customers and partners
As part of our continues effort to improve Oracle VM we are conducting a survey which will help us determine what are the features to focus on in the next releases of Oracle VM. The survey covers a broad range of features and our goal is to understand which ones are more important for our customers as  well as validate our current plans as we move forward. Since it is a bit difficult to dive deep into each and every area we would like to follow up with customers and partners who are willing to share more in depth information with us and learn their use cases and needs in more details.

Please find some time to take the survey and provide us with valuable feedback on those things which will make a difference for you. We are looking forward to reading your comments and following up with you to make sure we deliver a solution which optimally fit your needs.

The link is here

Thank you,

Oracle VM Product Management Team 

Friday Mar 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1

Happy Friday, everyone! Our Friday Spotlight this week is a blog entry from the Oracle Secure Global Desktop engineering team, with some info on what they've been up to: 

Hadn't noticed that this blog has been quiet for a while.  Time to catch-up!

So, what's been happening with Oracle Secure Global Desktop recently?  The biggest event was the release Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 5.1 in November 2013.  This version builds on the tablet support for iPads introduced in version 5.0 and extends it to Android devices.  It also supports the use of the tablet client, using HTML 5 technology, in Chrome browsers.  The traditional Oracle Secure Global Desktop clients are not being neglected and a Patch Set Update was delivered in February 2014 to support their use in Internet Explorer 11.

Talking of "Patch Set Updates", that's the other big, recent development.  In early 2014, we released 'tarantella patch' commands that can be retro-fitted to Long Term Support (LTS) maintenance releases of Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway to patch existing installations.  Using these commands, you can keep current with third-party components, like the JVM, and apply bug fixes to Oracle Secure Global Desktop.  It's not an alternative to upgrading to the latest version to get the latest features, but helps alleviate immediate problems until an upgrade can be scheduled.

Finally, the other big change is the relationship between Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VDI, but that's a big topic that needs an entry to itself...

We'll see you next week with another Friday Spotlight!

Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 release. The major changes for this release are as follows.

For information about the hardware and software requirements for the Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 release, see the Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 and 3.1 Release Notes.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.1 beginning with SRU 17.5. To download the software, refer to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1501435.1]  from My Oracle Support.

Oracle Premier Support for Systems provides fully-integrated support for your server hardware, firmware, OS, and virtualization software. Visit for information about Oracle's support offerings.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit

Friday Mar 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Get Hands-on Virtually or In Person With Our Upcoming Events

March 18th Virtual Sysadmin Day

Join us in this half day virtual event hands-on lab guided Oracle product experts where you can learn to:

  • Run multiple, isolated instances of Oracle Linux with extremely low overhead using Linux Containers
  • Deploy and manage a private cloud with Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c
  • Virtualize and deploy Oracle Database in minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Register here

For our European audience, you can attend the upcoming in person seminars for the below locations Please note, seating is limited so please register soon:

  • 3-Apr-14 Paris, France - Oracle Linux and Oracle VM enabling private cloud seminar. Register
  • 30-Apr-14 London, UK - Oracle Linux and Oracle VM enabling private cloud seminar. Register
  • 1-May-14 Stockholm, Sweden - Oracle Linux and Oracle VM enabling private cloud seminar. Register

Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows 3.2.2 released!

The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Window guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM. 

Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2 is signed by Microsoft. New features in this release are:

Additional support for the following new guest operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 8

Windows XP is now dropped from the supported guest OS list.

For details how to install the software as well as the known limitations and workarounds, see the Oracle VM Documentation.

To download the new Windows PV drivers, search patch ID 16863114 on My Oracle Support.


Friday Mar 07, 2014

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances now available for E-Business Suite 12.2.3

Congratulations to the E-Business Suite team on the latest release.

Please check out the details in Steve Chan’s blog.

Have a great weekend!


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