Friday Feb 05, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Learning Objectives for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is the engineered system for all your applications.  You can get up and running on the remarkably quickly.

To learn about using this product, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview.The learning objectives for this short and comprehensive seminar are:

  • Explain the advantages of virtualization
  • Describe characteristics of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
  • Describe access and usage of the Private Cloud Appliance interfaces
  • Describe the general architecture of Oracle VM in the Private Cloud Appliance
  • Describe the importance of ISO files to the creation of virtual machines
  • Describe the importance of virtual disks to the operation of virtual machines
  • Define a VLAN and its purpose
  • Explain how to configure a VLAN segment for guest virtual machines
  • Define virtual machine–related terms
  • Describe the purpose of the Virtual NICs tool
  • Describe the logical view of a virtual machine
  • Explain the virtual machine life cycle
  • Describe the steps to create a virtual machine
  • Explain the process of cloning a virtual machine or template
  • Describe the general features used to set up the Self Service Portal for the Infrastructure Cloud
  • Describe the steps to provision a server (VM) from a template or an assembly

You can take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar through one of the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material and instructive demos at your own pace through streaming video.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk.There is currently an event scheduled for 6 May 2016.
  • In-Class Events: You can travel to an education center to take this class.
To request an event be added to the schedule, or to learn more about this course, go to the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar course page.

Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Your Virtualization Objectives Met by Oracle VM Training

If you are planning to use server virtualization and your learning objectives correspond to the following, Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration is the course for you:

  • Install the Oracle VM Server for x86 and the Oracle VM Manager
  • Become familiar with the Oracle VM Manager UI and CLI
  • Discover and manage Oracle VM servers
  • Add networks and storage to support the Oracle VM environment
  • Create and manage server pools
  • Create and populate repositories with virtual resources
  • Perform the steps to create and operate virtual machines
  • Use cloning with templates and assemblies to create additional virtual entities
  • Exercise high availability, live migration and anti-affinity policy

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course through the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to perform hands-on activities when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones including 10 and 17 February, 2, 18 and 29 March, 20 and 26 April, and 11 and 25 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
23 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
16 March 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 April 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
13 April 2016 English
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
Reading England
21 March 2016 English
Lille, France
2 May 2016 French
Lyons, France
15 March 2016 French
Paris, France
23 March 2016 French
Toulouse, France
30 March 2016 French
Munich, Germany
29 February 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
11 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
21 March 2016 English
4 May 2016 English
Ljubijana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Johannesburg, South Africa
22 March 2016 English
Stockholm, Sweden
25 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
11 April 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 7 March 2016 English
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
If you using Oracle VM Server for SPARC, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.

Live Virtual Events on the schedule include 14 and 31 March, 18 April, and 23 and 26 May 2016

In-Class Events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Brisbane, Australia 15 February 2016 English
Melbourne, Australia 21 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia 28 April 2016 English
Quito, Ecuador 23 February 2016 Spanish
Cairo, Egypt 10 April 2016 Arabic
Tokyo, Japan 24 March 2016 Japanese
Singapore 1 February 2016 English
To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to

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.

Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Free Oracle VM Training for Sys Admins - Jan 15, 2013

Join us for the Virtual Sys Admin Days and get hands-on experience with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Solaris. These free events will be hosted by Oracle experts who can guide you through your hands on labs and answer any questions via live chat.

See the complete Agenda.

Choose the date that is most convenient for you!

Americas - Tuesday January 15th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. BRT

EMEA -  Tuesday January 29th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 13:00 p.m GMT / 10:00 a.m – 14:00 p,m CET / 12:00 p.m – 16:00 p.m AST / 13:00 p.m – 17:00 p,m MSK / 14:30 p.m – 18:30 p.m IST

Register Now.

To make the experience most productive some homework is required. Load the virtual machine images on your laptop, find the instructions, and make sure everything is working properly. The wiki explains what you need to do.

Register for the Sys Admin Day.

Friday Dec 28, 2012

Friday Tips #8

For our final tip of 2012, we have another video from John Pither, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle Desktop Virtualization. Watch below to learn how to create desktop providers in Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

Remember, you can submit questions for our Friday tips on Twitter using the #askoraclevirtualization hashtag. We'll see you next week!



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