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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 ( 22 )
  • 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.

  • 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

    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?

  • 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.

  • 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?


  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Simon Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    Hi Dana,

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

  • Dave_4 Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    Hello everyone,
    I am issues adding kvm Host in Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. Any help?
    ERROR [org.ovirt.engine.core.dal.dbbroker.auditloghandling.AuditLogDirector] (EE-ManagedThreadFactory-engine-Thread-1) [36cc8ec7] EVENT_ID: VDS_INSTALL_FAILED(505), Host Host1 installation failed. Command returned failure code 1 during SSH session 'root@
  • Simon Tuesday, February 4, 2020
    Hi Dave,

    this log just reports the failed installation.
    We need further details on this to understand what happened.
    I think that one of the best options could be to get in-touch with us on Oracle Linux Community website (https://community.oracle.com/community/groundbreakers/server_&_storage_systems/linux/oracle-linux-kvm) or open a SR to the Support (https://support.oracle.com).

  • luis Wednesday, February 5, 2020
    hello, the subscription to ORACLE VM PREMIER LIMITED SUPPORT covers Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager?
  • john priest Wednesday, February 5, 2020
    Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is covered by the any of the Oracle Linux Premier Support subscriptions. OL Premier Support also covers your Oracle Linux KVM, OL guests, Ksplice, and many other components. For more information - https://www.oracle.com/linux/support.html
  • Barrett Richardson Wednesday, February 26, 2020
    Are there any guidelines for the number of I/O threads for Oracle Servers using ASM? For an example we've run a test on an 8 processor VM with 44 GB RAM and 33 100 GB ASM disks. Response times on the first ASM disk was in excess of 900 msec, we've speculated the reason was that a single I/O thread was serving 33 ASM disks, but we don't really know.
  • Simon Friday, February 28, 2020
    Hi Barrett,

    the number of I/O threads can be configured for the virtual machine by OLVM web interface.
    That said, you should open a SR to the Oracle Support to properly analyze the possible issue.

  • jamshid Thursday, July 9, 2020
    Dear Team,

    As per your Oracle documentation for OLVM it mentioned like below. We have 3 nodes cluster and can we create OLVM in one of the machines as VM to manage the environment?

    The engine host is a separate physical host and provides the administration tools for managing the Oracle
    Linux Virtualization Manager environment. All hosts in your environment must be Oracle Linux KVM hosts,
    except for the host running the engine which is an Oracle Linux hosts.

  • john priest Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    Please take a look at the latest OLVM 4.3 release - https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/announcing-oracle-linux-virtualization-manager-43

    With this version we now support the Self Hosted Engine which allows you to run a Manager on the hosts that it is managing.
  • Jayanath Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    Hi John,

    I am planning to use new AMD Epyc box's for a Oracle RAC project. Will I be able to use Oracle KVM option to manage my Oracle licensing cost's by minimizing exposure of all the core's in the box ?
  • Simon Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    Hi Jayanath,

    AMD Epyc CPUs are well supported with UEK5 kernel.
    That said, I would suggest you to reach out your local Oracle reference to discuss on licensing aspects.

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