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Friday Jan 29, 2016
By Zeynep Koch-Oracle on Jan 29, 2016
This Friday we will focus on Oracle VM VirtualBox because we just heard that G2 Crowd, a platform for users to share business software reviews in real-time, published a report where VirtualBox is the leader among a broad list of the VDI (Virtual Desktop Integration) products, ranked by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact).
"VirtualBox has been named a Leader based on receiving a high customer satisfaction score and having a large market presence. VirtualBox has the largest Market Presence and received the highest Satisfaction score among virtual desktop infrastructure products. 95% of users rated it 4 or 5 stars and 84% of users believe VirtualBox is headed in the right direction."
Read more about the report here.
Oracle VM VirtualBox, world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems, then quickly deploy their applications to Cloud. VirtualBox is an evolving product that Oracle continues and will continue to improve and add new features and enhancements.
Simply visit VirtualBox.org to download the software and enjoy using it. New versions can be found for personal use at the Downloads page and at the Oracle VM VirtualBox page, and available with commercial support. An active community and forum can be seen at community page.
Tuesday Nov 03, 2015
By Zeynep Koch-Oracle on Nov 03, 2015
Hi everyone, are you a technical writer knowledgeable on Linux and virtualization?
We are looking for an experienced technical writer to work on producing documentation for our Linux and Virtualization products. Our documentation team is responsible for documenting Oracle VM, Oracle PCA, Oracle Linux, Oracle Secure Global Desktop. We are hiring around the area of Linux and Server Virtualization. It is possible that assignments will shift around eventually within the set of products listed above.
- Native English speaker
- Solid Knowledge of virtualization technologies and storage
- Ability to learn new technologies
- 5 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation
- Experience with writing documentation for virtualization and / or Operating Sytems products
- Solid knowledge of the Linux operating system, and its commands.
- Familiarity with other operating systems: Solaris, Windows
- Solid Knowledge of XML, DocBook XML, and XSL style sheets
- Knowledge of Wikis and HTML- Experience with graphical tools
- Familiarity with distributed working environments and source code versioning systems such as SVN
- Familiarity with X86_64 and Sparc hardware architectures is a plus
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to administer own workstation and test environment
- Natural curiosity
Position #: 150001G2 - Technical Writer
Tuesday May 26, 2015
Thursday Apr 30, 2015
By Sunil.Dusankar-Oracle on Apr 30, 2015
We are pleased to announce general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2.
Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is a secure remote access solution for any cloud-hosted enterprise applications and desktops running on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers, from a wide range of popular client devices, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux PCs, and tablets such as the Apple iPad and Android-based devices. Oracle Secure Global Desktop gives users the ability to work securely from any device and anywhere, while providing administrators the tools they need to control access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center.
What's New in SGD Release 5.2
- Monitoring with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control - This release delivers plug-ins to enable centralized monitoring of multi-server SGD deployment in Oracle Enterprise Manager. These plug-ins monitor and analyze the health and performance of SGD servers and gateway servers. For SGD servers, the plug-in captures various performance and configuration metrics such as array status, users and applications, data store objects, SGD system process, versions and patches. For gateway servers, various performance and configuration metrics are captured, including connections being serviced, registered SGD servers, versions and patches. Plug-in metrics data can be processed by reporting tools such as Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.
The image shows a sample SGD array monitoring page (click to view larger image)
- Single Sign-On (SSO) integration with Oracle Access Manager - Enables instant access to applications, with a user entering credentials only once. This release integrates Oracle Secure Global Desktop with Oracle Access Manager, enabling the Single Sign-On (SSO) feature of Oracle Access Manager to authenticate users to an SGD server and to remote applications started from the SGD workspace. Single Sign-On enables SGD users to access multiple applications with a single login and greatly simplifies password management.
- Role-based administration and enhancements - Provide flexible control over administration. New roles for SGD administrators have been introduced that add different levels of administration privileges and access control to the SGD Administration Console. New commands introduced in this release simplify the process of installing software updates (patches) for an SGD deployment. The Administration Console can now be used, in addition to the command line, to join an SGD server to an array that uses secure intra-array communication.
- PulseAudio integration - Prior to this release, the Unix audio solution worked with applications that used OSS on Linux or SADA on Solaris. This release allows audio redirection from applications that use PulseAudio, increasing the range of audio applications supported by SGD. Also, added support for audio input functionality on Unix brings the Unix audio feature set in line with that on Windows and allows applications compatible with OSS, SADA or PulseAudio to use audio input.
- Enhanced security and performance/emulations improvements - In addition to new features and expanded server, client and browser support, this release also delivers enhance security and performance, and provide a richer user experience over a range of network conditions.
- A Password Manager has been introduced to allow users control over caching of credentials, up to the level permitted by the administrator.
- Greater control of autocomplete behavior is available in SGD web applications. 'Sensitive fields' always have autocomplete disabled and autocomplete can be disabled for non-sensitive fields on a per-application basis.
- Improved security with HTTP proxies. Proxy server support has been extended to negotiate, digest, and NTLM authentication when connecting to SGD through HTTP proxy servers. This means that clients configured for Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) can now be used.
- Optimizations improve scrolling and responsiveness in X applications, benefiting high latency environments.
- Improvements in the handling of RDP have reduced both CPU and bandwidth requirements for transferring data and have improved the user experience by increasing responsiveness and reducing tiling and tearing artefacts.
Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 maintains its 'slot-in' simplicity while integrating more closely with Oracle products, technologies and solutions such as Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, and, Oracle Access Manager.
For more details refer to Oracle Secure Global Desktop release 5.2 documentation.
Download and try it out to see how Oracle Secure Global Desktop helps solve your organization's cloud applications and desktops needs.
Friday Dec 20, 2013
By Fat Bloke on Dec 20, 2013
Oracle has released some important Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop which customers should be aware of.
These critical patch clusters are available for immediate download and installation, as described in the following version-specific announcements:
- Patch Set Update for Secure Global Desktop 5.0 (Doc ID 1606985.1)
- Patch Set Update for Secure Global Desktop 4.71 (Doc ID 1607050.1)
- Patch Set Update for Secure Global Desktop 4.63 (Doc ID 1607706.1)
Patch Set Updates are available for all active Long Term Support (LTS) maintenance releases, as enumerated within the Secure Global Desktop Release Announcement Reference (1597467.1). No other versions of SGD are designated to receive a formal PSU. Administrators of earlier releases—(i.e. 4.5, 4.60, 4.61, 4.62, or 4.70)—must move to a designated maintenance release in order to apply these comprehensive solutions.
ACTION REQUIRED: The Oracle Support team would like to stress the importance of the immediate consideration and installation of the December 2013 PSUs, as planned updates to the Java plug-in will adversely impact the user experience of all unpatched versions of Secure Global Desktop prior to Secure Global Desktop 5.10.
These changes will require proactive action on behalf of SGD Administrators to prevent service interruption when the forthcoming updates planned for Java do arrive.
Additional information regarding this particular scenario is described within a dedicated knowledge article:
- Users Connecting to Secure Global Desktop are Presented with Dialog, "This application will be blocked in a future Java security update because the JAR file manifest does not contain the Permissions attribute." (Doc ID 1594506.1)
Wednesday Aug 21, 2013
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Aug 21, 2013
If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (and we hope you are!), the Schedule Builder tool is now available for you. Schedule Builder lets you register for the sessions you want to attend during the show. If you're interested in Oracle Virtualization, there are a number of sessions, hands on labs, and product demos that will be interesting to you. I covered several of the sessions in part 1 of this series, and in this one I'm going to cover a few more sessions. In the 3rd part of this series, I'll cover the Hands On Labs and demo stations that you can visit.
What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive (CON9544)
Oracle VM Server virtualization solutions provide users the best combination of price, performance, certification, and advanced features tailored for ease of deployment and management. Spanning both x86 and SPARC architectures, it's designed to support a diverse set of OS workloads such as Linux, Solaris, and Windows to meet the wide ranging demands of modern IT environments. Join us to get the latest technology updates on Oracle VM Server.
High Availability and Infrastructure Best Practices with Oracle VM (CON11258)
This session will provide practical details and best practices on building and scaling an Oracle VM environment for High Availability for Database and infrastructure best practices. From information gathering and planning to analyzing needs of your environment, you will learn to plan for growth in infrastructure components to accommodate failover, DR, HA and migration. This session will also cover the methods to reduce downtime during events like system upgrades and migration and troubleshooting during system outages.
And in the Develop track:
What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox (CON9550)
Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world's most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with nearly 100 million downloads. Optimized to run on desktop systems, Oracle VM VirtualBox is an ideal choice for development and testing, and can help ease cross-platform headaches by allowing you to run multiple platforms on your laptop or PC. In this session Oracle experts will cover the latest advancements in Oracle VM VirtualBox, including information on features such as VM Groups, guest automation, resource controls, and more.
One of my favorite features for attendees of Oracle OpenWorld is the "Focus On" documents that group together similar content as kind of a quick reference guide. This year, Focus On documents are done with a cool dynamic web page, so any changes that happen in the next few weeks (for example, when the Hands On Labs signups open up in the next week or so, or if a session gets oversubscribed and is moved to a bigger room), the Focus On page will automatically update. So, please go here to have a look at the most up to date Focus on Virtualization, and then bookmark it for future reference:
This year's show is shaping up to be a big one! Most of the folks that post on this blog will be there along with a large number of folks from the Oracle virtualization team, and we're very excited to meet you in person!
Friday Aug 16, 2013
Monday Aug 12, 2013
Thursday Aug 01, 2013
UPDATED! Sun Ray Hardware Last Order Dates & Extension of Premier Support for Desktop Virtualization Software
By Adam Hawley on Aug 01, 2013
For the latest updates on Sun Ray Client hardware and Peripheral Kit last order dates, and information about Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure licensing and support, read the Sun Ray Hardware Last Order Dates and Extension of Premier Support for Desktop Virtualization Software document on OTN. We recommend to regularly check this document as it is frequently updated with the latest availability status of Sun Ray Clients and Peripheral Kits.
Please note that availability of the Sun Ray Clients and Peripheral Kits cannot be absolutely guaranteed up to the latest published last order dates due to the inherent unpredictability of demand, and we strongly recommend placing last time buy orders as early as possible to maximize Oracle's ability to fulfill orders.
Monday Jul 15, 2013
By Monica Kumar-Oracle on Jul 15, 2013
Friday Jul 05, 2013
By Mohan Prabhala on Jul 05, 2013
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jul 05, 2013
It's a holiday weekend here in the US, so here is a quick Friday Tip entry for you. And it doesn't require any reading! These are two great introductory videos on our virtualization portfolio, and they're both under 4 minutes long, perfect for a quick afternoon break:
Have a great weekend, and we'll see you next week!
Wednesday Jun 26, 2013
Wednesday Jun 12, 2013
By Mohan Prabhala on Jun 12, 2013
To help us design Oracle Secure Global Desktop better, we would like to collect feedback from our customers about their deployments with Oracle Secure Global Desktop via a short, simple 11 question survey. This survey is for those customers and partners who have deployed Oracle Secure Global Desktop in production environments and can be specific about the product features and/or product dependencies they find important and useful.
We appreciate a few minutes of your time filling this survey out. Here is the link to the survey.
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