Friday Dec 13, 2013

Friday Spotlight: IaaS with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager

Reap the Benefits of IaaS with Oracle Virtualization

IT customers are looking to reap the benefits of cloud computing, including at the Infrastructure layer. Their role is viewed as data center service providers. To them, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is internalized as Integration of "astonishing" applications and systems. It’s the proverbial duct taping of all the different components of IT infrastructure into a single cohesive intelligent controllable, predictable box from which they can direct all that happens to support their business. From their perspective, Oracle VM is the container and Oracle Enterprise Manager is both the duct tape and the control box for IaaS which has helped them to tame the complex infrastructure and quickly provision the “astonishing” applications, sometimes with wildly varying need for network, storage compute resources.

For an insightful perspective of IaaS from Oracle, join VP of Product Management for Oracle Enterprise Manager, Sudip Datta, in his chalk talk.


Friday Nov 08, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - November 8, 2013

Hands-on Private Cloud Simulator In One Hour

Submitted by: Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director

My aeronautics instructor used to say, "you can’t appreciate flying until you take flight." To clarify, this is not about gearing up in a flying squirrel suit and hopping off a cliff (topic for another blog!) but rather about flying an airplane. The idea is to get hands-on with the controls at the cockpit and experience flight before you actually fly a real plane. After the initial 40 hours of flight time, the concept sank in and it really made sense.

This concept is what inspired our technical experts to put together the hands-on lab for a private cloud deployment and management self-service model. Yes, we are comparing the lab to a flight simulator! Let’s look at the parallels:
  • To get trained to fly, starting in the simulator gets you off the ground quicker. There is no need to have a real plane to begin with. In a hands-on lab, there is no need for a real server, with networking and real storage installed. All you need is your laptop
  • The simulator is pre-configured, pre-flight check done. Similarly, in a hands-on lab, Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager are pre-configured and assembled using Oracle VM VirtualBox as the container. Software installations are not needed.
  • After time spent training at the controls, you can really appreciate the practical experience of flying. Along the same lines, the hands-on lab is a guided learning path, without the encumbrances of hardware, software installation, so you can learn about cloud deployment and management.

 However, unlike the simulator training, your time investment with the lab is only about an hour and not 40 hours!

This hands-on lab takes you through private cloud deployment and management using Oracle VM and  Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c in an Infrastructure as a service IaaS model. You will first configure the IaaS cloud as the cloud administrator and then deploy guest virtual machines (VMs) as a self-service user. Then you are ready to take flight into the cloud!

Why not step into the cockpit now!

Friday Oct 18, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - October 18, 2013

Opening The Oracle VM Templates Blackbox

Oracle VM Templates give you the efficiency of speed and the assurance of no guess work. For those in the know, Oracle VM Guest Additions is a great way to empower you to do more interesting things with the Templates. Today’s blog article is to share the secrets with those who are not content with just treating Oracle VM Templates as a black box.

Oracle VM Guest Additions is a set of packages that can be installed on the guest operating system of a virtual machine running in the Oracle VM environment. These packages provide the tools to allow bi-directional communication directly between the Oracle VM Manager and the operating system running within the virtual machine. OK here’s where the ‘power-user’ part comes in…. This gives your fine-grained control over the configuration and behavior of components running within the virtual machine directly from Oracle VM Manager. You now have the ability to see and direct what goes on inside your VM from Oracle VM Manager.

  • Get a reporting on IP addressing
  • Use the template configuration facility to automatically configure virtual machines as they are first started
  • Send messages directly to a virtual machine to trigger programmed events
  • Query a virtual machine to obtain information pertaining to previous messages

Enough of the theory!

To get hands-on how-to’s and talk directly with the product expert on Oracle VM Guest Additions, Robbie de Meyer, or Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database and RAC Template expert Saar Maoz, join us for the Oct 24th live webcast. You can also read more about the Oracle VM Guest Additions in the whitepaper.

Monday Mar 18, 2013

Brand new VDI and Sun Ray Software releases!

We announced big updates to Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Software this morning! The marquis feature in these releases is integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, which provides a complete monitoring view for your servers, storage, apps, and now, desktop virtualization. In addition, there are features for high availability for smaller deployments, updates to "Personal Hard Drives", a new "Application Hard Drive" type, and much more. Read more here:

Press release: Oracle Introduces Comprehensive Management for Desktop Virtualization

And over at the Fat Bloke blog, there is a great post going into a lot of detail about what's new in Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.5.

Download Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.5 or Sun Ray Software 5.4.

-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.

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

Oracle VM at the IOUG Virtualization SIG – Online Symposium

Join the Oracle VM product managers and product experts for a day full of best practices and information on the latest product updates. A sampling of what you can expect:

  • Best practices from a customer’s perspective on deployment of Oracle VM and Oracle RAC.
  • How to simplify and accelerate the onboarding of your applications to the cloud with Oracle Virtual Assemblies and Enterprise Manager 12c.
  • The latest how-to and demo of DeployCluster Tool on Oracle VM 3.

Date: Tomorrow, November 7th, 10am CDT – 2:50pm CDT

Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

Eight New Oracle Database Assemblies Ready to Run In Your Oracle VM Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

By Sudip Datta, Senior Director, Oracle Enterprise Manager Product Management

This week, 8 database virtual assemblies were released via EM 12c Self-Update. The database assemblies are already patched to Oracle recommended levels. Customers running EM 12c in online mode (i.e. connected to My Oracle Support) will see the assemblies in their EM console (screenshot below). They can then deploy the Assemblies using the Self-Service Provisioning outlined in the "Cloud Administration Guide". The EM12c agent will be deployed along with the assemblies, so the databases will be managed automatically from the onset. You can also get a general demo of the cloud management features (including assembly deployment) in http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/cloud-mgmt/index.html. More database and middleware assemblies will follow soon.

[Read More]

Tuesday Nov 30, 2010

Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager

Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine with Oracle VM ManagerIn my previous blog, I talked about Installing Solaris 10 Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager. Oracle Solaris 10 support under Oracle VM begins with Solaris 10 10/09, and it's documented in the Oracle VM Server 2.2.1 Release Note.

Recently Oracle Solaris 11 Express was released. I'd like to share my experience of installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express virtual machine with Oracle VM Manager. Similarly, Solaris 11 Express runs as a hardware virtual machine (HVM) which requires HVM support (Intel VT or AMD-V) on the underlying hardware platform, and Solaris 11 Express has the paravirtualized (PV) I/O drivers as part of the OS installed by default.

Prerequisite
You need to check if the server has the HVM support. If you know the specific CPU model, you can find out if it supports HVM from Intel or AMD web site. Usually you'll need modify the system BIOS setting to enable the hardware virtual machine (HVM) feature. If you already have Oracle VM Server 2.2.1 installed, you can run xm info command to verify if HVM is enabled. For example,
# xm info
release : 2.6.18-128.2.1.4.27.el5xen
virt_caps : hvm
xen_major : 3
xen_minor : 4
xen_extra : .0
xen_caps : xen-3.0-x86_64 xen-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_32 hvm-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_64

Step 1. Set up Oracle VM Environment
First you need to set up the Oracle VM 2.2 environment, you can refer to Oracle VM 2.2 Documentation.

Step 2. Prepare Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 Install Media
Place the downloaded Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 ISO image under a sub-directory of /OVS/iso_pool. Here I'm using the LiveCD ISO image as the example.
  • /OVS/iso_pool/Solaris11Express/sol-11-exp-201011-live-x86.iso
You import the ISO file from Oracle VM Manager and approve the imported ISO image. The status of the ISO image will be changed from "Pending" to "Active". See Documentation of how to managing ISO files. Now you are ready to create a Solaris 11 Express virtual machine.
Import the ISO Image from Oracle VM Manager

Step 3. Create a Solaris 10 Virtual Machine
From the Virtual Machine tab of the Oracle VM Manager, you proceed to "Create Virtual Machine"; then choose "Creating a Virtual Machine From Installation Media". You can refer to Oracle VM Doumentation.
    • Select Install Media
    • Choose Server Pool        
    • Pick the Solaris 11 Express ISO file, and select the virtualization method "Fully Virtualized"                
    • Fill out the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine information, and select the OS type the same as Oracle Solaris 10.
Create Virtual Machine
    • Confirm the Solaris 11 Express VM that you are going to create. Before you install the Solaris 11 Express OS, you need to confirm that the network type of the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine is set to "Paravirtualized" since the Paravirtualized I/O drivers are part of the OS and will be installed by default.

Step 4. Set the Network Type of the Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine
From Virtual Machine tab, you need to configure the newly created Solaris 11 Express virtual machine and set the Network Type as Paravirtualized. Then the Network Interface will be shown as "netfront".
Configure Network

Step 5. Install Solaris 11 Express OS
Start a VNC session to connect to the console of the Solaris 11 Express guest VM. To continue Solaris 11 Express installation, you follow the regular Solaris 11 Express installation instructions and See the Getting Started With Oracle Solaris 11 Express document for more details.
Solaris 11 Express Installation

Once you complete the installation, the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine will be shut down and shown as "Powered Off" status.

Step 6. Start the Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine
You power on the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine from Oracle VM Manager and start a VNC session to connect to the console of the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine.
Log into the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine:        
Oracle Solaris 11 Express Login
  • The PV drivers (SUNWxvmpv) are installed by default in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, see        
# pkginfo -l SUNWxvmpv
   PKGINST:  SUNWxvmpv
      NAME:  xVM Paravirtualized Drivers
  CATEGORY:  system
      ARCH:  i386
   VERSION:  11.11,REV=2009.11.11
   BASEDIR:  /
    VENDOR:  Oracle Corporation
      DESC:  xVM Paravirtualized Drivers
  INSTDATE:  Nov 05 2010 08:03
   HOTLINE:  Please contact your local service provider
    STATUS:  completely installed

  • Verify the network has been set up correctly:    
# ifconfig xnf0
xnf0: flags=1004843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST,DHCP,IPv4> mtu 1500 index 2
        inet xx.xx.xx.xx netmask fffffc00 broadcast xx.xx.xx.255

Now you have a fully functional Solaris 11 Express virtual machine in Oracle VM.

For more information, please visit:

Monday Feb 15, 2010

Installing Solaris 10 Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager

Certification of Solaris 10 as a guest OS on Oracle VM is in progress. Some of you may have already be playing around, so here are a few tips of how to install Solaris 10 OS as a virtual machine under Oracle VM 2.2 environment.

Solaris 10 OS runs as a hardware virtual machine (HVM) which requires HVM support (Intel VT or AMD-V) on the underlying hardware platform, but Solaris 10 OS has the paravirtualized (PV) drivers as part of the OS installed by default.

You need to check if the server has the HVM support. If you know the specific CPU model, you can find out if it supports HVM from Intel or AMD web site. Usually you'll need modify the system BIOS setting to enable the hardware virtual machine (HVM) feature. If you already have Oracle VM 2.2 server installed, you can run xm info command to verify if HVM is enabled. For example,

# xm info

release : 2.6.18-128.2.1.4.13.el5xen

virt_caps : hvm

xen_major : 3

xen_minor : 4

xen_extra : .0

xen_caps : xen-3.0-x86_64 xen-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_32 hvm-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_64


The Solaris 10 virtual machine installation is similar to other types of operating system (Linux or Windows) install. I'm using Oracle VM Manager to illustrate the steps that you'll go through.

Step 1. Set up Oracle VM Environment

First you need to set up the Oracle VM 2.2 environment, you can refer to Oracle VM 2.2 Documentation.

Step 2. Prepare Solaris 10 10/09 Install Media

You place the downloaded Solaris 10 10/09 (update 8) ISO image under a sub-directory of /OVS/iso_pool:

     /OVS/iso_pool/Solaris10/sol-10-u8-ga-x86-dvd.iso

You import the ISO file from Oracle VM Manager and approve the imported ISO image. The status of the ISO image will be changed from "Pending" to "Active". See Documentation of how to managing ISO files. Now you are ready to create a Solaris 10 virtual machine.

OracleVM-ISO.png
Step 3. Create a Solaris 10 Virtual Machine

From the Virtual Machine tab of the Oracle VM Manager, you proceed to "Create Virtual Machine"; then choose "Creating a Virtual Machine From Installation Media". You can refer to Oracle VM Doumentation.

    • Select Install Media

    • Choose Server Pool

    • Pick the Solaris 10 ISO file, and select the virtualization method "Fully Virtualized"

CreateVM-ISO.png
    • Fill out the Solaris 10 virtual machine information

CreateVM-Info.png
    • Confirm the Solaris 10 VM that you are going to create. Before you install the Solaris 10 OS, you need to set the network type of the Solaris 10 virtual machine to "Paravirtualized" since the Paravirtualized drivers are part of the Solaris 10 OS and will be installed by default.

Step 4. Set the Network Type of the Solaris 10 Virtual Machine

From Virtual Machine tab, you need to configure the newly created Solaris 10 virtual machine and set the Network Type as Paravirtualized. Then the Network Interface will be shown as "netfront".

OracleVM-NetworkType.png

Step 5. Install Solaris 10 OS

Start a VNC session to connect to the console of the Solaris 10 guest VM. To continue Solaris 10 installation, you follow the normal Solaris 10 installation instructions and please refer to Solaris 10 Installation documentation.

Once you complete the installation, the Solaris 10 virtual machine will be shut down and shown as "Powered Off" status.

CreateVM-SolarisInstall.png

Step 6. Start the Solaris 10 Virtual Machine

You power on the Solaris 10 virtual machine from Oracle VM Manager and start a VNC session to connect to the console of the Solaris 10 virtual machine.

    • Log into the Solaris 10 virtual machine:

Solaris10-Login.png
    • The PV drivers (SUNWxvmpv) are installed by default in Solaris 10, see

    # pkginfo -l SUNWxvmpv
       PKGINST:  SUNWxvmpv
          NAME:  xVM Paravirtualized Drivers
      CATEGORY:  system
          ARCH:  i386
       VERSION:  11.10.0,REV=2008.02.29.14.37
       BASEDIR:  /
        VENDOR:  Sun Microsystems, Inc.
          DESC:  xVM Paravirtualized Drivers
        PSTAMP:  on10ptchfeatx20090902230750
      INSTDATE:  Feb 11 2010 21:49
       HOTLINE:  Please contact your local service provider
        STATUS:  completely installed
         FILES:       23 installed pathnames
                       1 shared pathnames
                       7 directories
                      14 executables
                    1512 blocks used (approx)
  • Verify your network has been set up correctly:

# ifconfig xnf0
    xnf0: flags=1004843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST,DHCP,IPv4> mtu 1500 index 2
            inet xx.xx.xx.xx netmask fffffc00 broadcast xx.xx.xx.255
            ether 0:16:3e:17:60:47 
If you are not using Oracle VM Manager to set the network type of Solaris 10 virtual machine to "Paravirtualized", you need to modify the vm.cfg (change the vif type from ioemu  to netfront, vif = ['type=netfront, mac=xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx, bridge=xenbr0']) located at /OVS/running_pool/Solaris_10_VM_directory/. You may also need to configure the network interface manually (using DHCP as an example below)

# touch /etc/hostname.xnf0

# touch /etc/dhcp.xnf0

# ifconfig xnf0 plumb up

# ifconfig xnf0 dhcp

Now you have a fully functional Solaris 10 virtual machine in Oracle VM. For more information, please visit:

Tuesday Nov 10, 2009

Announcing Oracle VM Manager CLI 2.2

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI) 2.2 has been released to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and Oracle's Public Yum Repository.

The Oracle VM Manager CLI 2.2 is the updated version to work with newly released Oracle VM Manager 2.2, and it can also work with Oracle VM Manager 2.1.5. The CLI is written in Python and uses the Oracle VM Manager Web Services API to communicate with Oracle VM Manager. You can use the CLI to perform the same functions as Oracle VM Manager, such as managing all your server pools and guests. The CLI commands can be scripted, thus bring more flexibility to help customers deploy and manage Oracle VM environment.

1. Download required RPMs from ULN or Oracle's Public Yum Repository.

Package

ULN Channel / Public Yum Repository
ovmcli-2.2-9.el5.noarch.rpm el5_i386_oracle_addons and el5_x86_64_oracle_addons
python-ZSI-2.1-a1.el5.noarch.rpm

el5_i386_addons and el5_x86_64_addons

2. Install the RPMs onto a server running Oracle Linux 5:

# rpm -Uvh ovmcli-2.2-9.el5.noarch.rpm python-ZSI-2.1-a1.el5.noarch.rpm

3. Configure CLI by running "ovm config". The user will be asked for the following information:

- Oracle VM Manager hostname

- Oracle VM Manager port number

- Deploy path (use default)

- Location of vncviewer (required for vncviewer command)

- Enable or disable HTTPS support (depends on Oracle VM Manager setup)

4. Oracle VM Manager CLI is now ready for use. Just type the command "ovm". For example,

# ovm help
# ovm help all
# ovm -u admin -p password svrp ls
# ovm -u admin -p password shell 

See additional resources:

Friday Jul 24, 2009

Announcing Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI)

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI) was released to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) today.

The CLI is written in Python and uses the Oracle VM Manager Web Services API to communicate with Oracle VM Manager. You can use the CLI to perform the same functions as Oracle VM Manager, such as managing all your server pools and guests. The CLI commands can be scripted, thus bring more flexibility to help customers deploy and manage Oracle VM environment.

1. Download required RPMs from ULN.

 












Package

ULN Channel
ovmcli-1.0-1.el5.noarch.rpm el5_i386_oracle_addons and el5_x86_64_oracle_addons
python-ZSI-2.1-a1.el5.noarch.rpm

el5_i386_addons and el5_x86_64_addons

 

2. Install the RPMs onto a server running Enterprise Linux
# rpm -Uvh ovmcli-0.1-17.el5.noarch.rpm python-ZSI-2.1-a1.el5.noarch.rpm

3. Configure CLI by running "ovm config". The user will be asked for the following information:
- Oracle VM Manager hostname
- Oracle VM Manager port number
- Deploy path (use default)
- Location of vncviewer (required for vncviewer command)
- Enable or disable HTTPS support (depends on Oracle VM Manager setup)

4. Oracle VM Manager CLI is now ready for use. Just type the command "ovm". For example,
# ovm help
# ovm help all
# ovm -u admin -p password svrp ls
# ovm -u admin -p password shell

See additional resources at:
* Blog: Oracle VM CLI RPM is available
* Blog: Oracle VM Manager CLI and Web Services API
* Oracle VM Documentation

Update: Aug 14, 2009, The Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface: Introduction, Installation, Configuration and Command Examples

Friday May 29, 2009

Oracle VM Blog: Upgrading Oracle VM Template for Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control from 10g R4 to 10g R5

I read the OTN Virtualization discussion forum. There's a question about upgrading the Oracle VM Template for Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control from 10g R4 to 10g R5. The question was answered and you can refer to the Metalink Doc ID 805706.1.

If you don't have access to My Oracle Support, you can still prepare yourself for a smooth upgrade by applying the workarounds or fixes described in the Known Issues section of the Readme file of the Oracle VM Grid Control Template 1.0 Media Pack for x86 (32 bit, 10.2.0.4) from the Oracle E-delivery site. You don't need to download the entire template again, except for the small Readme file. Once you resolve the known issues, you simply follow the instructions provided by Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g R5 Readme to perform the upgrade.

I also want to share more information about the Oracle VM Templates relating to Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control.

Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 5 (10.2.0.5) was released in March 2009. It introduces the Oracle VM Management Pack, providing a comprehensive management solution that spans the entire lifecycle of applications and their virtual infrastructure, including end-to-end monitoring, configuration management, and lifecycle automation of virtualized infrastructure to capture and maximize the benefits of virtualization.

Oracle VM Templates are pre-installed and pre-configured software packaged as Oracle VM virtual machines (VMs) complete with an OS (Oracle Enterprise Linux). Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g R5 (10.2.0.5) and R4 (10.2.0.4) have been provided for customer downloads from Oracle E-delivery site. Customers download and copy the software images onto the server that has Oracle VM installed on it, import and deploy the Template VMs and, after answering some one-time queries relating to the customer's desired environment within a short period of time you will have a fully installed and configured Oracle Enterprise Manager environment without having to install products from scratch. In most cases, deployment times for Oracle Enterprise Manager can be reduced from days to hours.

For new deployments, I'd recommend that you directly download and deploy the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g R5 (10.2.0.5). However, users who have been using Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g R4 (10.2.0.4) created from Oracle VM Template may want to upgrade the instance to 10g R5. The detailed instructions are documented in the Metalink Doc ID 805706.1.

About

Get the latest scoop on products, strategy, events, news, and more, from Oracle's virtualization experts

Twitter

Facebook

Search

Archives
« April 2014
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  
1
5
6
7
8
9
10
12
13
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
   
       
Today