Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3.0.1 Released

We just released a maintenance update 3.3.0.1 to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.3 beginning with SRU 4.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.3 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 2045311.1].

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Friday Jan 15, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Using Oracle Clusterware to Protect Oracle VM Manager

Oracle VMOracle VM Manager provides an easy-to-use and centralized management environment for configuring and operating your Oracle VM server, network, and storage infrastructure from a browser-based interface, and it is accessible from just about anywhere. Oracle VM Manager 3 is an Oracle Fusion Middleware application, based on the Oracle Weblogic application server. Oracle VM Manager uses the bundled MySQL Database Enterprise Edition as the management repository beginning with Oracle VM Manager 3.2 release. The Oracle VM Manager 3 runs on 64-bit Oracle Linux.

To make the Oracle VM management components highly available, the built-in management database repository and the Oracle Weblogic Server that come with Oracle VM Manager must be protected in case of a server or application failure. To understand the steps to set up a clustered environment by using Oracle Clusterware to provide fail-over capabilities for Oracle VM Manager 3.3, read the white paper authored by Simon Coter

Friday Jan 08, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM

Happy New Year! With more partners who endorse Oracle VM, customers benefit from the growing ecosystem to choose a variety of partner solutions to enable their cloud infrastructure.

I'm pleased to share that Acronis announces Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM - to protect your entire Oracle VM environment with efficient backups, flexible storage, and ultra-fast data recovery — all managed from one easy-to-use dashboard. The solution is delivered beginning with Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM Version 11.5.  In addition, Acronis has launched its all-new Sleepless Gold Backup Solution powered by Acronis technology with backup capabilities for Oracle VM customers.  

Visit the partner page for more information.

Friday Nov 06, 2015

Oracle VM 3.2.10 Released

We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to deliver new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the Oracle VM What's New Wiki for 3.2.10 Manager and 3.2.10 Server for the list of What’s New and Notable Bug Fixes.

Oracle VM 3.2.10 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM Server 3.2 Latest Channel). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the base 3.2.1 release.  

Oracle VM 3.2.10 Download Information

· Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.10 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and will also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com

· Oracle VM Manager 3.2.10 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417

· Oracle VM Agent 3.2.10 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

Review the download instructions at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

Additional Information

New customers are encouraged to use the latest Oracle VM 3.3.  Stay tuned for further updates. 

Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Saturday Oct 24, 2015

Accelerate Application Deployment with Oracle VM Templates

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is around the corner, and we are pleased to announce the release of the latest and greatest Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database as well as an updated version of deploycluster tool that supports Oracle VM 3.3.

Oracle VM application driven architecture is designed to enable rapid application deployment. With the use of Oracle VM Templates, sophisticated applications such as Oracle Database or Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) can be deployed in minutes — up to 10x faster than with other solutions.

The release delivers all security fixes from database and OS in a fully automated deployment framework. The deploycluster tool provides fully automated end-to-end Single Instance and Oracle Real Application Clusters deployments on Oracle VM 3. The new deploycluster tool now supports the latest Oracle VM 3.3. The new templates include Standard Edition 2, which is totally new, first time the templates ever did for standard edition. For download instructions of deploycluster tool and Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, visit here.

  •  [Oct 2015] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition , including Oracle Grid Infrastructure (12.1.0.2.5) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 1 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888877 for 64-Bit Linux
  • [Oct 2015] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Standard Edition 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure (12.1.0.2.5) & Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888883 for 64-Bit Linux

Rapid Application Deployment

Here is a sample deploycluster session, notice this is invoked using a single command, which does everything, powers on VMs, setup network then hands over to the OneCommand engine inside the VMs, which builds a single instance or RAC environment complete with a database.

 --- DEPLOYCLUSTER SAMPLE RUN OF A 10-NODE FLEX CLUSTER, elapse time ~4min ---

Oracle DB/RAC OneCommand (v2.1.2) for Oracle VM - deploy cluster - (c) 2011-2015 Oracle Corporation
 (com: 29100:v2.0.4, lib: 182513:v2.0.6, var: 1600:v2.0.6) - v2.4.3 - server09.domain.com (x86_64)
Invoked as root at Fri Oct 23 02:45:56 2015  (size: 47000, mtime: Thu Sep 17 15:03:35 2015)
Using: ./deploycluster.py -u admin -p **** -H server02 -M *1023-rc2* -N netconfig-empire-1-12c-10n.ini

INFO: Attempting to connect to Oracle VM Manager...

INFO: Oracle VM Client  (3.2.9.746) protocol (1.9) CONNECTED (tcps) to
      Oracle VM Manager (3.2.9.746) protocol (1.9) IP (192.128.1.100) UUID (0004fb0000010000542f0dc676ea61df)

INFO: Inspecting /root/ovm_shell2/test44/deploycluster2/netconfig-empire-1-12c-10n.ini for number of nodes defined....
INFO: Detected 10 nodes in: /root/ovm_shell2/test44/deploycluster2/netconfig-empire-1-12c-10n.ini

INFO: Located a total of (10) VMs;
      10 VMs with a simple name of: ['empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.0', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.1', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.2', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.3', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.4', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.5', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.6', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.7', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.8', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.9']

INFO: Detected (4) Hub nodes and (6) Leaf nodes in the Flex Cluster

INFO: Detected a RAC deployment...

INFO: Starting all (10) VMs...

INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.0" (Leaf node) is in Running state...
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.1" (Hub node) is in Running state...
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.2" (Leaf node) is in Running state...
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.3" (Hub node) is in Running state...
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.4" (Hub node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it......OK.
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.5" (Leaf node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it......OK.
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.6" (Leaf node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it......OK.
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.7" (Leaf node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it.......OK.
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.8" (Leaf node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it........OK.
INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.9" (Hub node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it........OK.
INFO: Verifying that all (10) VMs are in Running state and pass prerequisite checks.............

INFO: Detected that all (4) Hub node VMs specified on command line have (5) common shared disks between them (ASM_MIN_DISKS=5)

INFO: The (10) VMs passed basic sanity checks and in Running state, sending cluster details as follows:
      netconfig.ini (Network setup): /root/ovm_shell2/test44/deploycluster2/netconfig-empire-1-12c-10n.ini
      buildcluster: yes

INFO: Starting to send configuration details to all (10) VM(s).............
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.0" (Leaf node).....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.1" (Hub node)....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.2" (Leaf node).....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.3" (Hub node).....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.4" (Hub node).....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.5" (Leaf node).....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.6" (Leaf node).....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.7" (Leaf node).....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.8" (Leaf node).....
INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.9" (Hub node)......

INFO: Configuration details sent to (10) VMs...
      Check log (default location /u01/racovm/buildcluster.log) on build VM (empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.1)...

INFO: deploycluster.py completed successfully at 02:49:35 in 219.6 seconds (0h:03m:39s)

To learn more, we are happy to meet with you at Oracle OpenWorld!

Friday Sep 04, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

This Friday spotlight announces a new series of blog articles on Oracle VM performance, starting with Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1.

Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" through its architecture and default configuration. Still, there are opportunities to enhance performance for demanding environments by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

The articles will discuss how to measure and evaluate performance, provide tips for performance on Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and relate experiences and lessons learned.

The first article provides a broad overview of performance in the virtual machine world, with specific examples relating to Oracle VM. Further articles will drill into how to provide optimal performance. Stay tuned!

Friday Aug 21, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Resource to Plan Business Continuity with Oracle VM

Many customers rely on Oracle VM to virtualize enterprise applications and realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. It's important to have a robust business continuity and disaster recovery strategy in place for your enterprise infrastructure. There are multiple areas that must be taken into consideration when planning an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise.

Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, has prepared a comprehensive set of documents to serve as the one-stop guide to help you plan business continuity with Oracle VM. For more details, read the note at My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1959182.1).

Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft

Microsoft Windows OS and the application are important part of the growing ecosystem for Oracle VM virtualization solution.

Oracle has developed the Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows that provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running on Oracle VM. The latest Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 is a maintenance update that includes all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. The patch update can be downloaded from My Oracle Support by patch ID 16863114.

The Oracle VM Windows PV drivers release 3.2.3 has been signed by Microsoft for the Windows Logo Program for Windows Server 2012 R2 x64. Support for additional Windows operating systems is listed in the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Release 3.2.3 Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows.

  • Download Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3, search patch ID 16863114
  • You may also download the software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  After accepting the license, you filter products with "Linux/OVM/VMs". Select "Oracle VM Server" product and "x86 64-bit" platform. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Now you continue to the available release page where you download the latest Oracle VM 3.3.3 and Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Friday Aug 07, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 for Oracle VM 3.3

    Oracle recently announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 (UEKR3U6) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the sixth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-98) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

    The latest kernel update not only benefits regular Oracle Linux customers, but also brings performance and stability improvements for Oracle VM customers.

    Oracle VM Server 3.3 Dom0 leverages the same Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 as used in Oracle Linux 6, for complete binary compatibility with drivers supported in Oracle Linux 6. 

    You can download the latest UEK kernel from Oracle Public Yum and Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ovm3x_x86_64_latest channel) for Oracle VM Server 3.3. For information on setting up an Oracle VM Server Yum repository and using Oracle VM Manager to perform the upgrade of Oracle VM Servers, see Oracle VM Documentation for further instructions. 

    Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

    Oracle VM 3.3.3 Released

    We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes.  You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.3 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes.
      Oracle VM 3.3.3 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support.  Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel - since 3.3 release - ovm3x_x86_64_latest). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release.

    Download Instructions

    See the download instructions at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

    Additional Information

    Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

    For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

    Monday Jun 22, 2015

    Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.4 Released

    We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.4 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

    The 2.0.4 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2.

    You can review the list of notable bug fixes in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

    To download the software update, search patch ID 20828799 from My Oracle Support.

    For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance deployment, visit here.

    Friday Jun 12, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Tier1 Delivers Private Cloud with Virtual Compute Appliance

    Happy Friday! We are happy to share another customer success story. Tier1 Inc. used Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance as a foundation for expanding the firm’s offerings to include full lifecycle of services, not just managed services and application hosting — creating an important new revenue stream.

    “Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system that includes everything we need to host our customers’ applications in a virtual environment—fully integrated compute, storage, software, and networking. Our customers know their systems are secure running on a pre-configured, pre-wired converged infrastructure platform built by Oracle. And, it is versatile enough to meet our diverse clients’ needs.”

    “We chose Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance for a number of reasons. After evaluating various build versus buy options for our private cloud solution, we decided on Virtual Compute Appliance because it was prebuilt, easy to install, and we could get it up and running very quickly. Additionally, this turnkey solution provides everything from a single vendor that allows for superior product integration, simplified purchasing and management, and a single point of contact for support,” said David Busch, CEO, Tier1 Inc.

    To learn more details how Tier1 Inc. moves rapidly into hosted application segment, expands business offerings, and ensures secure private cloud, read the full story here.

    You may also watch the video where Tier1 Inc. talks about the benefits of using Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance to build a private cloud virtualization platform to host its customers' Oracle Enterprise applications and Windows applications.

    Friday Jun 05, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Keep Your Virtualization Infrastructure Up to Date

    It's important to keep all software versions and patches up-to-date, as one of the principles of good security practice. Oracle responds quickly to any potential security threat by incorporating the security fixes into errata updates. See recent security alert to address CVE-2015-3456 ("VENOM") here

    The Oracle VM security architecture, by design, eliminates many security threats. The guidelines for secure deployment of virtualized solutions based on Oracle VM are largely based on network security. As these guidelines are generally applicable, they should always be reviewed for applicability in the context of each implementation and the security requirements and policies of the broader environment in which Oracle VM is deployed. Please review Oracle VM Security Guide to apply to your environment.

    • Oracle VM Server for x86 Security Guide for Release 3.3 HTML
    • Oracle VM Server for x86 Security Guide for Release 3.2 HTML
    • Oracle VM Server for SPARC Security Guide for Release 3.2 HTML

    To be informed about any errata update, including security fixes, you can sign up here to receive notification on software update delivered to ULN for Oracle VM Server for x86, or you can browse the email archive.

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

    Friday May 08, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Fast Track to Cloud Deployment

    Oracle Platinum Partner Secure-24 is an Oracle Platinum Partner managing Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Hyperion, and SAP applications across all industries for businesses of every size. Secure-24 deploys Virtual Compute Appliance for consistent, secure launch of enterprise Cloud environments. The result: Deployment costs are down 90%; acquisition costs are cut in half.

    You can achieve the same results by deploying Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance which is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

    For more details, read the full story here.

    Contact your Oracle account team to discuss your needs and learn how to build your cloud environment with Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

    Thursday Apr 02, 2015

    Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.2 Released

    We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.2 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

    The 2.0.2 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2 Compute nodes in Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 and X4-2.

    You can review the list of notable bug fixes in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

    To download the software update, search patch ID 20463300 from My Oracle Support.

    For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance deployment, visit here.

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