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!

-Chris

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 (12.1.0.7.0) 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.

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/doc.121/e24473/self_update.htm#EMADM13221

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.

Download12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt
(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

12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.zip

# unzip *zip

Archive: 12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.zip

inflating: 12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.opar

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/12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.opar –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 ovmkeytool.sh provided with your Oracle VM 3.3 installation

# /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_upgrade/bin/ovmkeytool.sh 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 root@emcc.example.com:/var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

root@emcc.example.com 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

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----

MIID+zCCAuOgAwIBAgIUW6+nwq5aQNuD5Pc7gkhtT2he2JUwDQYJKoZIhvcNAQEL

         4. Import the cert into the agent trust store using emctl as the oracle user

oracle@emcc.example.com $ ./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.
Password:

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.

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

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!

-Chris 

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!

-Chris 

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!
-Chris

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!

-Chris 

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!

-Chris 

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.

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Amitego's Tools Updated for latest Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our spotlight this week is on a fantastic tool, VISULOX Helpdesk from Amitego. If you’re a user of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, you have probably heard of Amitego. They provide tools that extend the feature set of Oracle Secure Global Desktop.

Whereas Oracle Secure Global Desktop is primarily designed for secure remote access to applications and desktops for a single user, Amitego provides extra, complementary tools to control and manage secure access for multiple users to the same session. This is really useful in situations such as where a manager needs to approve a transaction, or if two people with trusted information are needed to complete a task, or, perhaps the most common scenario, providing helpdesk services.

Their new tool, VISULOX Helpdesk, is based on the new VISULOX 3 framework and helps solve this last problem. It allows controlled assisting of a user by another user, without opening up the security risks associated with doing this on your desktop PC. You can do things like assign a group of users that a supervisor can assist with, and then the users can request help from the supervisor, and that supervisor can view their session in tandem. And the user still has control, too -- they can even switch off the cooperation view temporarily to enter a password, for example. And, of course, all of the clients and applications supported by Oracle Secure Global Desktop are supported by VISULOX Helpdesk, so you can even use your tablet device to remotely view and participate in a session.

If you need to do any sort of tandem work or helpdesk services and you’re using or looking at using Oracle Secure Global Desktop, you should go have a look at Amitego and read about their various offerings. Their tools have recently been updated to work with the latest Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1.

Have a great week!
-Chris

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Upcoming In Person Events in EMEA

Happy Friday!

The team in EMEA has put together some wonderful in person events for potential or existing Oracle VM and Oracle Linux customers. In these events, there are expert presentations, and then time to mingle and chat with the Oracle folks. It's really a great opportunity to get your questions answered firsthand. If you live near any of these cities, consider registering for the events!

Feb 18, Munchen, Germany
Register Now

Feb 19, Dreieich, Germany
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Feb 24, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Feb 25, Istanbul, Turkey
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Feb 26, Berlin, Germany
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Mar 6, Paris, France
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If you're anywhere near these cities, you won't want to miss these fantastic events.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Friday Feb 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) 12.1.2 Demo Appliance Available for Testing!

Happy Friday! Our Friday Spotlight this week is about a new virtual appliance for Oracle VM:


The Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder team has been busy! You can now take a self-guided tour to see the power of Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder.

For some background, let’s quickly revisit how Oracle VM enables rapid application deployment.

Oracle VM Templates allow you to easily and quickly deploy pre-configured Oracle Database and applications. Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder accelerates and simplifies provisioning of complete multi-tier application topologies by packaging them as standard Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Assemblies for deployment into Oracle VM environments. It is capable of capturing application topologies comprised of Oracle and non-Oracle products. With a single keystroke, applications are fully deployed using application and user defined metadata. Two example use cases are replicating an entire application topology from one datacenter to another or deployment of entire stack of application into Oracle VM as a foundation for your private cloud environment.

The OVAB 12.1.2.0.0 Demo Appliance is a self contained Oracle VM VirtualBox appliance which includes both OVAB 12.1.2.0.0 Studio and Deployer and a reference application topology that you can introspect to create Appliances and then compose them into an Assembly.

Please note: this appliance is not meant for production use.

The OVAB team has done a great job in packaging this appliance. Download the Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 12.1.2.0.0 Demo Appliance and take your self-guided tour today! 


Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday!

-Chris 


Friday Jan 24, 2014

Friday Spotlight: KT, Part 2!

Happy Friday!

The spotlight today is a follow-up to a previous one about Oracle customer KT. In today's spotlight, we have a newly published full success story about KT for you to read! In it, you'll learn how KT increased their operational efficiency, were able to deploy cloud services 50% faster, lowered virtualization overhead, and much more, due to Oracle VM and Oracle Linux.

Read the KT success story

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jul 12, 2013

Friday Tips #36

This week we're talking about 3D graphics performance with Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Our own Fat Bloke just published a blog that describes how to make sure you get the most out of Ubuntu's GUI using the OpenGL acceleration in VirtualBox. In the picture below, you'll see all the shiny Chromium renderers in use:

Head on over there to have a read.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

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