Friday Sep 18, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database

Happy Friday!

This week I wanted to bring your attention to a white paper you might have missed. You'll hear us talk about application-driven virtualization a lot, but how does that actually work with a large application? Say, the Oracle Database? The white paper below goes in-depth on that question and describes the cross-stack integration that makes Oracle VM the best platform for Oracle Database. Give it a read and have a great weekend!

Why Oracle VM is the Best Platform for Deploying Oracle Database


Friday Jul 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

Happy Friday!

We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

 Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!


Friday Jul 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Happy Friday!

It’s been an exciting week here with the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0! I’ve used it daily for years and it’s indispensable. Here are the some of things I use it for:

  • Running different operating systems: my most common configuration is running Oracle Linux in a VM on a Mac.
  • Testing out multi-tier architectures on a single machine: I do this sometimes with Oracle Secure Global Desktop, using a combination of Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server guests.
  • And I think my favorite is having my work environment (again, an Oracle Linux VM) encapsulated so whenever I change machines, I only have to install VirtualBox and am back up and running immediately.

It’s just a great tool.

There was a nice article published yesterday by ITworld, where they discussed some of the new features of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and got some additional comments from Oracle senior vice president Linux and virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Have a a read.

If you’d like information on commercial support for Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can have a look here.

And if you haven’t downloaded 5.0 yet, go get it.

Have a great week!

Friday Jun 19, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015

Happy Friday!

On the Oracle Linux blog a couple of weeks ago I highlighted that Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015 was coming up soon. Well, it is nearly here.

Starting Tuesday, June 23rd, you’ll be able to hear from Oracle experts across the entire stack, from severs and storage, operating systems, middleware, apps, and more. Of interest to the folks on this blog, there will be several Linux and virtualization related sessions as well as two demo pods where you can talk directly to our team. If you’re attending the event, please make note of these sessions and consider joining us!

June 23, 15:45

June 24 11:30

June 24, 16:30

June 25, 13:30

If you’re attending Oracle OpenWorld Latin America, our folks would love to see you there!


Friday May 01, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at EMC World 2015

This year Oracle is Bronze sponsor at EMC World 2015, Las Vegas, May 4-7.

EMC and Oracle have a long-standing relationship committed to providing our joint customers with innovative solutions to meet their evolving real-world requirements. This relationship is highlighted by continuous certification of  PowerPath on Oracle VM releases and numerous EMC storage certifications.

We will have Oracle Linux and Oracle VM experts that can answer your questions at our Booth #1223. Come and visit us to see how we work with EMC. Exhibition hours are:

Monday May 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Hope to see you at EMC World 2015.

Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Happy Friday!

A new Oracle press release this week highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release

Friday Mar 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: March 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the March 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter.

This issue includes information on:

  • New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database and Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle VM 3.3.2 and Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows 
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox updated
  • Oracle VM customer survey
  • Upcoming webcasts, in person events, new white papers and customer stories, and much more

I wanted to highlight the Oracle VM customer survey in particular. This is a fantastic opportunity to let us know how you use Oracle VM in your environment. It's a short survey (about 3 minutes), but your comments will be carefully read and considered by our Oracle VM product management team.

If you'd like the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up here

 Have a great week!


Friday Oct 31, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Managing Oracle VM 3.3 from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

In the previous blog, we announced that the new virtualization plug-in ( for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control was available. With the latest virtualization plug-in update, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c works seamlessly with Oracle VM Manager 3.3. In today's blog, Daniel Ritzman, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, covers how to use the new plug-in to enable Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to manage an Oracle VM 3.3 installation.

There are two ways to acquire the latest plug-in versions. You can download the plug-in from OTN or use software update from within Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Step I. (Option one) Download with Self Update

To enable and download using Software Update the following documentation can be used.

If you have already enabled software update, go to Setup->Extensibility->Self Update and click the Check Updates:

In the Setup->Extensibility-Plug-ins, the new version of the plug-in will be available and can be downloaded:

Step I. (Option two) Download from OTN

To download from OTN, follow this link:

You can now download the plug-in from OTN using the following link and drilling down to path 1.

(38,843,237 bytes, cksum 3401906902)
Plug-in to enable Oracle VM virtualization management capabilities in Oracle Enterprise Manager. 25-Sep-14

1. In the download directory you will have a zip file which can be transferred to the OMS system and unzipped.

# ls *zip

# unzip *zip



2. As the oracle user use emcli on the OMS to import the plug-in update opar

% emcli login -username=sysman

% emcli import_update -file=/var/tmp/ –omslocal

Processing update: Plug-in

Successfully uploaded the update to Enterprise Manager. Use the Self Update Console to manage this update.

Step II. Applying the downloaded plug-in update to OMS

The following procedures will be the same regardless of which option you used above for getting the new plug-in update.

       1. In the Setup -> Extensibility-> Self Update select the plug-in section

a. Verify the vt plug-in has the status Downloaded.

       2. In Setup -> Extensibility-> Plug-in

a. Use View -> plug-in -> 'only downloaded' to identify only the update which need to be applied.

b. Select the VT plug-in and deploy on OMS

i. providing the requested SYS credentials

ii. confirm that you have backed up the repository and launch the job (Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c will restart)

Step III. Deploy the update to the agent

Next you will need to deploy the plug-in update to the agent where you will manage your Oracle VM.

This can be any agent which can connect to the Oracle VM console, and can be on the Oracle VM manager host itself.

       1. In the Setup -> Extensibility -> Plug-in page

a. Select the VT plug-in from the expanded "Servers, Storage and Network" section.

b. Select Deploy On -> Management Agent…

c. In the Deploy Plug-in on Management Agent pop-up select the version to deploy (defaults to latest) and continue

d. Select the management agent to deploy the plug-in

e. Verify the agent has met the prerequisite checks and select Next

f. Select Deploy in the review page

Step IV. Configure authentication certs for the agent

In previous version of the plug-in only the tcps cert needed to be added to the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c agent truststore. For managing Oracle VM 3.3, the weblogic cert will need to be added instead. The complete Oracle Enterprise Manager documentation for this can be found at the following link.

        1. Export the weblogic cert to a file using the provided with your Oracle VM 3.3 installation

# /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_upgrade/bin/ exportca > /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

        2. Transfer the cert file to the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c agent host (if they are not the same host)

# scp /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 password:

new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 100% 1503 1.5KB/s 00:00

         3. Remove first line from the cert file if it exists

a. The first line of the file should be the “-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----“ line

b. use vi or other text editor to remove the line.

c. The following is an example of a file which needs the first line removed (in red)

# head -3 /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

libdir is /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_upgrade/bin/../lib



         4. Import the cert into the agent trust store using emctl as the oracle user $ ./bin/emctl  secure add_trust_cert_to_jks -trust_certs_loc /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 -alias ovmm
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 
Copyright (c) 1996, 2014 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Message   :   Certificate was added to keystore
ExitStatus: SUCCESS

Step V. Register the Oracle VM Manager 3.3 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Now we can to register the Oracle VM Manager 3.3 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to populate the Infrastructure Cloud tree and allow us to manage the Oracle VM environment from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

  1. In the Enterprise->Cloud->Oracle VM Infrastructure home window
    1. In the Infrastructure Cloud menu (pictured below) select Register Oracle VM Manager

  1. In the register Oracle VM Manager page provide the following details
    1. Name: Display name for the Oracle VM manager in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.
    2. Monitoring Agent: This is the agent above where the plug-in was deployed and the cert imported.
    3. Connection URLS: These will be the URLs on the Oracle VM Manager host.
    4. Monitoring Credentials: This will be the user and password on the Oracle VM application
  2. Select Submit

  1. Verify the launched registration job is successful.

Now you Oracle VM Manager 3.3 has been registered with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Friday Oct 03, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2014

At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, Renée J. James, President of Intel Corporation, shared her keynote on, "The Future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World". She talked about Intel's Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) for Oracle VM.

During the keynote, Steve Grobman, Intel Fellow and CTO of Intel Security Platforms showed the NGFW demo with Oracle VM Manager:

Steve articulated the key values of the joint solution from Intel and Oracle:

  • Scalable and fast deployment of the virtual firewall instances powered by Oracle VM Templates
  • Fast and secure VM migration orchestrated by Oracle VM Manager
  • And better datacenter protection.

You can watch the keynote replay here.

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Friday Aug 22, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Secure Global Desktop and amitego VISULOX

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a screencast about a fantastic solution that takes the security model of Oracle Secure Global Desktop and adds even more features.

If you work in environments where you need to have a video record of users' interactions with applications, or need to ensure that two users can remotely work on the same session (a worker entering data in a form from one workstation and a manager typing an authorization code from another, for example), amitego VISULOX can do this and a lot more. It's built on top of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, so you get all of the great features there, plus additional unique security related features provided by VISULOX.

Click the thumbnail below to watch the screencast.

We'll see you next week!


Friday Aug 08, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM - Rethink Virtualization

Happy Friday! There is a new, extremely cool video for Oracle VM that we're very excited to share with you! Click below to watch "Oracle VM: Rethink Virtualization"!

See you next week!


Friday Jul 25, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox and PeopleSoft

Happy SysAdmin day and happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a very cool use case for Oracle VM VirtualBox. You’re probably familiar with Oracle VM VirtualBox, it lets you run multiple, different operating systems on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. It’s really a fantastic tool for running, say, Windows on your Mac, or an Oracle Linux test environment on your Windows machine. But this is a unique use case for it, it’s used to host the PeopleSoft Update Manager.

Our friends over at the PeopleSoft Apps Strategy blog have a blog post about PeopleSoft Update Manager, and links to several documentation videos. If you use PeopleSoft, this will be some great information for you. And if not, it might give you some ideas on how to leverage virtual appliances running in Oracle VM VirtualBox for your own projects!

See you next week!

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Grow Your Business Using Oracle VM Templates

Happy Friday, and for those of us in the US, happy Independence Day!

It's been an exciting week for Oracle Virtualization with the release of Oracle VM 3.3! If you haven't read Honglin's excellent blog post on what's new, be sure to have a look at it.

We also have a new screencast about Oracle VM Templates for you. It's both for Oracle partners and anyone who needs to distribute applications:

Grow Your Business Using Oracle VM Templates

Looking to boost your revenue and sustain growth for your business? View this screencast to see how you can gain an unfair advantage over your competition using Oracle VM Templates for distribution of Oracle Linux, Oracle applications or your own applications. 

Watch the Screencast

See you next week!


Friday Jun 20, 2014

Friday Spotlight: More on OpenStack Networking by Ronen Kofman

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the latest entry in a series by Ronen Kofman (for more, bookmark his blog and follow him on Twitter) about OpenStack networking:

Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 3 - Routing

The previous entries in that series are really great reads, too:

We'll see you next week!


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.


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