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Getting started with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

John Priest
Director of Product Management

Oracle recently announced the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle.  Installing the new Manager and getting Oracle Linux KVM servers connected for your test or development environment is simple and can be done very quickly.

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2.8 can be installed from the Oracle Linux Yum Server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network.  The steps to get up and running from these two sites are outlined below:

Oracle Linux Yum Server.

  1. Install Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 on the host machine.

  2. # yum install https://yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/ovirt42/x86_64/ovirt-release42.rpm

  3. # yum install ovirt-engine

  4. Run the engine-setup command to configure Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager.

  5. Add Oracle Linux KVM Compute Hosts, Storage and Logical Networks - and then create your new Virtual Machines.

Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network.

  1. Install Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 on the host machine.

  2. Log in to https://linux.oracle.com with your ULN user name and password.

    1. On the Systems tab, click the link named for the host registered machine.
    2. On the System Details page, click Manage Subscriptions.
    3. On the System Summary page, subscribe to the following channels:
      1. ol7_x86_64_latest
      2. ol7_x86_64_optional_latest
      3. ol7_x86_64_kvm_utils
      4. ol7_x86_64_ovirt42
      5. ol7_x86_64_ovirt42_extras
      6. ol7_x86_64_gluster312
      7. ol7_x86_64_UEKR5
    4. Click Save Subscriptions.
  3. # yum install ovirt-engine

  4. Run the engine-setup command to configure Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager.

  5. Add Oracle Linux KVM Compute Hosts, Storage and Logical Networks - and then create your new Virtual Machines.

For additional information on setting up your Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager please review the Installation Guide and the Getting Started Guide which are available from the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library.

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support

Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels.

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Comments ( 12 )
  • Leo Lo Monday, September 2, 2019
    Can OVM DB template running on Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager?
  • Simon Thursday, September 5, 2019
    Hi Leo,

    OVM Database Templates have been created for Oracle VM; that said, a manual import of those templates on OLVM should work (by importing the virtual-disks) and, after that, manual deployment of the Template should allow you to get an Oracle Database up & running.
    BTW, we already started to work on Database Templates for OLVM / Oracle Linux KVM and we'll do our best to get those GA as soon as possible.
    Thanks

    Simon
  • Joshua Wangombe Thursday, October 31, 2019
    Hi Simon,
    How does one install oracle linux virtualization manager?
    Does one install it on the physical server? or on a separate machine?
    Does it follow the same install steps like Ovm Server and OVM manager
  • john priest Thursday, October 31, 2019
    Hi Joshua,
    The installation of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is very simple. The steps are outlined in this blog or you can see additional information here - https://docs.oracle.com/cd/F15085_01/F15081/html/manager-install.html

    You can install this on a physical server or within a VM on another virtualization platform - like VirtualBox. Software and hardware requirements are noted in the Install Guide.

    As a Linux based application the yum install process is slightly different than the Oracle VM Manager, but equally quick and easy.
  • Krisztián Stéber Monday, November 11, 2019
    Hello,

    Can I install the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager on a VM on the same KVM system it manages?
    Can I install the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager on a KVM Compute Host?

    Thanks
  • Simon Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Hi Kristian,

    Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, on 4.2.8 release, can only be installed on an external VM/Physical system actually.
    We're working to introduce the support for hosted-engine option but there's not ETA on this actually.
    Thanks

    Simon
  • Raymond Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    Is this a good alternative to OVM Manager/VM server.
  • john priest Friday, November 22, 2019
    We will still continue to deliver patch update releases for OVM Manager/VM server.

    Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager with Oracle Linux KVM is a great choice for new virtualization installs. It offers a number of new features above Oracle VM and can be used as a replacement. Install the new manager and server in your lab and let us know what you think.
  • Andry Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    Hi John,

    I would like to ask a question about the hosted-engine, from the release note it said that the hosted-engine is still on development but its made available.

    I try to do that hosted-engine --deploy, but its stuck on searching ovirt-engine-appliance package.
    I search on oracle yum and could not find it, would you mind to share information where i can find those package?

    Thanks

    regards,
    Andry
  • Simon Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    Hi Andry,

    ovirt-engine-appliance RPM is actually not available.
    We're working on updated release for OLVM and the same will address this kind of feature.
    Thanks

    Simon
  • Perdana Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    Hi Simon,

    How the best practice for using disk in OLVM? If we use virtual disk in VM for database server, how about the I/O performance?

    Thanks,
    Dana
  • Simon Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    Hi Dana,

    there shouldn't be any problem to run a database server on virtual-disks.

    Simon
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