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
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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 

Friday Apr 26, 2013

Friday Tips #25

Happy Friday, everyone! Our tip this week is on a basic task that is done frequently with Oracle Secure Global Desktop. In the video below, watch Mohan Prabhala, Product Management Director, Desktop Virtualization, as he describes the steps to publish an application:

Thanks Mohan!

We'll see you all next week with another tip.

-Chris 

Friday Dec 21, 2012

Friday Tips #7, Part 1

Welcome to Friday Tips #7, part 1. This tip is focused on server virtualization and part 2 will be focused on desktop.

Last week, we shared a tip on how to update the Oracle VM Servers, which begged the question of how to update the OVM Manager itself:


Question:
How do I update OVM Manager?

Answer by Justin Kutticherry, Systems Account Manager, Oracle: 
Here are the steps to update the OVM Manager itself:

  • Login to myoraclesupport site
  • Click on the ‘Patches & Updates’ tab
  • Click on ‘Product or Family’ on the Search Tab, select Oracle VM and then Oracle VM 3.0 (like below) and hit Search:

  • Look through the list and select the appropriate patch - click on the link to the left to download the ISO (will save as a zip)

  • Then mount the ISO and run the updater (“ovmm-update” is the ISO in the example below)

Ideally, you would update the OVM Manager first and then the servers. Make sure to backup prior to updating as there is currently no revert function.

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