Friday Aug 30, 2013

Friday Tips #43

Happy Friday, folks! If you've been keeping up with this blog, you've been seeing a lot of posts on Oracle VM Templates. With the recent updates to the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, it's been a pretty exciting time! But I thought I'd take this opportunity to point out that in addition to these, there are many more templates you can choose from. There are templates for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and much more. It's the fastest way to get up and running with Oracle software.

This page is an index of the many Oracle VM Templates you can choose from:

Oracle VM Templates on Oracle Technology Network

See you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

New reasons why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases

Many thanks to those who stopped by our booth #330 at VMworld! For many of you, we will meet again at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few short weeks. Virtualization related content at Oracle OpenWorld can be found in our Focus On Virtualization document.

We received quite a few inquiries and interest from long time Oracle Database users looking to migrate from physical to virtual environments. Following up on our discussion on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database are new releases of the Oracle VM Templates that fully automate the creation of Single Instance, Oracle Restart and RAC configurations. Wim’s detailed blog showcases the elegance and simplicity of the templates.

How does deploying Oracle Database using Oracle VM Templates different from deploying Oracle Database with traditional virtualization technology? The complexity and intricate dependencies of Oracle Database deployment is fully encapsulated in a simple script that you can run. Simply, we’ve done the work so you don’t have to. You can deploy the Oracle Database single instance or in a clustered environment in a matter of minutes…..the right way!

The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database are completely pre-configured, pre-tested and pre-packaged in a VM along with Oracle best practices so you have peace of mind that you can indeed deploy and forget. As for performance, read what independent benchmark findings have to say in the Revera benchmarks in a side-by-side comparison, or the most recently posted benchmark results on Oracle Database performance on Oracle VM from Open Universities Australia.

For more information on the new templates visit the Oracle VM Templates home page on OTN

For a more interactive learning option, there are a couple of opportunities coming up soon that you can take advantage of. First, Saar Maoz will be hosting a webinar this Thursday (8/29) where he will be discussing Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Database. Head on over to the Real Application Clusters Special Interest Group to learn more and register.

And If you'd like to learn how to deploy a 4 node RAC cluster within 1 hour, join Oracle field implementation experienced experts in a 1 hour step-by-step hands on lab at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for this session: 

Friday Aug 23, 2013

Friday Tips #42

Happy Friday! With this week's release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1, it's a perfect time to offer a tip on how to upgrade your systems to the latest version. Oracle's Jeff Savit had this to say about the upgrade process:

"Updating to Oracle Solaris 11.1 to include Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 takes little effort - it only requires a few commands and a few minutes per server. This can be done with the CLI or with Oracle VM Manager."

For the complete step by step guide, check out Jeff's blog detailing the procedure here: 

Upgrading to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 using Solaris 11.1

See you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Part 2

If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (and we hope you are!), the Schedule Builder tool is now available for you. Schedule Builder lets you register for the sessions you want to attend during the show. If you're interested in Oracle Virtualization, there are a number of sessions, hands on labs, and product demos that will be interesting to you. I covered several of the sessions in part 1 of this series, and in this one I'm going to cover a few more sessions. In the 3rd part of this series, I'll cover the Hands On Labs and demo stations that you can visit.


What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive (CON9544)
Oracle VM Server virtualization solutions provide users the best combination of price, performance, certification, and advanced features tailored for ease of deployment and management. Spanning both x86 and SPARC architectures, it's designed to support a diverse set of OS workloads such as Linux, Solaris, and Windows to meet the wide ranging demands of modern IT environments. Join us to get the latest technology updates on Oracle VM Server.

High Availability and Infrastructure Best Practices with Oracle VM (CON11258)
This session will provide practical details and best practices on building and scaling an Oracle VM environment for High Availability for Database and infrastructure best practices. From information gathering and planning to analyzing needs of your environment, you will learn to plan for growth in infrastructure components to accommodate failover, DR, HA and migration. This session will also cover the methods to reduce downtime during events like system upgrades and migration and troubleshooting during system outages.

And in the Develop track:

What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox (CON9550)
Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world's most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with nearly 100 million downloads. Optimized to run on desktop systems, Oracle VM VirtualBox is an ideal choice for development and testing, and can help ease cross-platform headaches by allowing you to run multiple platforms on your laptop or PC. In this session Oracle experts will cover the latest advancements in Oracle VM VirtualBox, including information on features such as VM Groups, guest automation, resource controls, and more.


One of my favorite features for attendees of Oracle OpenWorld is the "Focus On" documents that group together similar content as kind of a quick reference guide. This year, Focus On documents are done with a cool dynamic web page, so any changes that happen in the next few weeks (for example, when the Hands On Labs signups open up in the next week or so, or if a session gets oversubscribed and is moved to a bigger room), the Focus On page will automatically update. So, please go here to have a look at the most up to date Focus on Virtualization, and then bookmark it for future reference:

Focus on Virtualization

This year's show is shaping up to be a big one! Most of the folks that post on this blog will be there along with a large number of folks from the Oracle virtualization team, and we're very excited to meet you in person!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 16, 2013

Friday Tips #41

Happy Friday, everyone!

As you might have heard, we introduced Oracle's latest engineered system, the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance this week. If you've been reading the blog over the last few days, you've seen quite a bit of information about it. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend Adam Hawley's post where he discusses it from the product management viewpoint.

Even with all this information, there is still a lot more to know. That's why I wanted to point you to the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Frequently Asked Questions document, which contains even more info. For instance:

  • What is Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance?
  • What are the components of the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (hint: it includes Oracle VM!)?
  • Can Oracle VM templates be used with Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (short answer: Yes!)?
  • Which guest operating systems are supported?
  • What are the hardware specifications of the nodes?
  • And much more

Head on over to the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance FAQ document to learn the answers to these and many more questions.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

Introducing the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance

Today, Oracle introduced the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance. This new engineered system is built, designed, and tested for rapid and repeatable deployment of business-critical application workloads. To enable this, the appliance is comprised of a full-stack virtual environment, including Oracle VM Server for x86 designed for application-driven virtualization. The hardware and virtualization layer are both fully integrated with a fast InfiniBand fabric to provide the needed throughput for enterprise workloads. The entire system arrives pre-wired and configured – customers can go from dock to data center “power on” in an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just minutes.

With over 100 Oracle VM Templates pre-defined, pre-configured and certified for Oracle Applications, users can deploy Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) or Oracle E-Business Suite 7x-10x faster than the manual methodology with other virtualization technologies. And to further enable multi-tier application workload deployment for application migration or private cloud deployment, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder generated assemblies are also supported on the new appliance. Assemblies encapsulate application workloads along with deployment and management directives to simplify and standardize entire life cycle management which can be controlled from Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Whether you are looking to modernize your data center, migrate to private cloud, or looking for faster time to market in deployment of your application services in a pre-wired, virtualized infrastructure for development, QA, or production, you should have a look at the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance.

For more information: 


Monday Aug 12, 2013

The August 2013 Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

  • Find out about the latest Engineered System, being unveiled tomorrow, August 13, at 10am PT.
  • A summary of Oracle Virtualization content you can see at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.
  • Two new white papers: Why Use Oracle VM for Oracle Databases, and Deployment Considerations for Oracle Secure Global Desktop.
  • The new release of Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 12c.
  • And more!

-Chris

Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

Brand New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

You might have seen our post last week on Oracle VM Templates for Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c. And now just a few days later, I'd like to tell you about some brand new templates for Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database 11g.

If you've used these templates before, you understand how great they are. They allow you to get up and running with the Oracle Database quite literally in minutes. But these new versions also have a huge number of great new features:

  • Support for Single Instance & Oracle Restart. This is covered in a great blog post by Wim Coekaerts.
  • The updated deploycluster tool provides fully automated end-to-end Single Instance and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) deployment with Oracle VM. This tool uses the Oracle VM API to make deployment quick and easy.
  • Support for several automation features for Oracle Database 12c, including Flex Cluster and Flex ASM, creation and deletion of Container/Pluggable databases, database creation inside and ACFS filesystem, and more.
  • The templates use a minimal installation of Oracle Linux for either 32-bit or 64-bit systems with nonessential packages removed.
  • And much more.
And remember, these Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database are not just for test environments, they can be used for full production deployments!

You can learn much more about the templates and download them from the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database page, or you can read through the previously mentioned blog entry from Wim, where he gives a step by step breakdown of deploying a Single Instance Oracle Database with the new templates.

And if you are new to Oracle VM Templates and want to spend a full hour with Oracle experts in a step-by-step hands on lab, please join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for this session:

HOL9982 - Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c: Deploying Four Nodes in Minutes with Oracle VM Templates 

-Chris

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Part 1

It's that time of year again when you have a unique opportunity to meet and talk with Oracle's virtualization experts at Oracle OpenWorld. This is the first of a series of blogs where we'll discuss virtualization related activities happening at this year's show.

The theme of this year's show is "The Future Begins at Oracle OpenWorld", and the content we've put together for you is reflective of that. We have sessions, demos, hands on labs, and many opportunities for you to meet with our executives, developers, technical staff, and more, and learn everything you need to know about Oracle virtualization.

In this first blog of the series, I'd like to highlight some of the virtualization sessions in the main OpenWorld virtualization track:

General Session: Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap (GEN9535)
In this can't miss session, you will get details of the latest product updates and strategy, product roadmaps, integration with enterprise applications, and real-world examples of how Oracle server, desktop, storage, and network virtualization are benefiting customers.

Building a World-Class Public and Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager (CON3449)
In this session, you will learn about Oracle VM application-driven virtualization with Oracle VM Templates and integrated total cloud control management with Oracle Enterprise Manager. You’ll hear from Korea Telecom about how it is experiencing the ease and speed of delivering cloud infrastructure and application services in its enterprise. 

Best Practices for Deploying Highly Scalable Virtualized Oracle Applications (CON11257)
This session introduces a systematic methodology for migrating existing Oracle E-Business Suite applications and Oracle’s JD Edward EnterpriseOne applications from a physical server environment to a virtual environment. Hear experts from Dell and Oracle about how to plan, size, and identify the best techniques for using Oracle VM Templates to simplify your application migration or consolidation. 

Best Practices for Virtualizing Oracle Database with Oracle VM Templates (CON9555)
With Oracle VM Templates—preconfigured, pretested, and certified for Oracle Database and Oracle applications—you can virtualize your database and applications with ease and peace of mind. In this session, learn about Oracle VM Templates from experts from Overstock.com and Oracle.

The Real Benefits of Private Clouds with Oracle VM (CON9545) 
In this session, you will gain practical insight into quantifiable savings delivered by application-driven virtualization, which enables simplified management and application deployment that is 7x to 10x as fast. You will also hear how Time Warner Cable achieves real savings deploying private clouds with Oracle VM. 

Implementing Secure Access to Oracle Applications and Critical Data  (CON9547)
Oracle Secure Global Desktop is an ideal tool for providing secure remote access to nearly any application, including Oracle Applications and even custom, in-house software. Attend this session to hear experts from Airbus and NHS Lothian discuss how they use Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide secure access to their critical applications and data.      

This is just a sampling of the many sessions you have to choose from. We'll talk more about other sessions you can attend, the hands on labs, and demos in future entries. Until then, feel free to have a look through the Content Catalog (search on "virtualization" or other related terms to see what piques your interest!).

Friday Aug 02, 2013

Friday Tips #39

Happy Friday! Our tip this week is on a little quirk of using Oracle VM 3 with templates developed in Oracle VM 2.

Question:
Why do I see new Oracle VM 3 networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 after importing an Oracle VM Template?

Answer by Gregory King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management:
Some legacy Oracle VM Templates as well as some newer templates are designed to come pre-configured with network interfaces for Oracle VM 2 environments. Oracle VM 3 doesn’t really know what to do with the pre-configured network devices during the import process of an Oracle VM Template, so the product errors on the side of caution by creating place holders for networks. 

This means Oracle VM 3 automatically creates superfluous or false networks using the name of xenbr0, xenbr1, etc. when you import an Oracle VM Template that uses the Oracle VM 2 naming convention for bridges. So you are left with new networks named xenbr0 or xenbr1 that are useless since they are not associated with any servers, network ports or bonds. This can be quite confusing.

The problem is very easy to fix. Simply edit the newly imported Oracle VM Template, replace the networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 with your real networks, then switch to the Network tab, highlight the networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 and then delete them. 

Here is a step-by-step example... 

The screen shot below shows Oracle VM networks before a template is imported:

The next screen shot shows the superfluous networks after the new template has been imported:

The networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 can safely be removed after they are no longer being used by the newly imported Oracle VM Template. Simply switch to the Repositories tab, find and edit the newly imported template as show in the screenshot below:

Now move xenbr0 and xenbr1 to the left hand box while moving the correct network or networks to the right hand box as shown in the screen shot below:

Finally, switch to the Networking tab, highlight and then delete the networks named xenbr0 and xenbr1 as shown in the screenshot below: 

...and now your Oracle VM networks should look just like they did before importing the template :-)


Thanks Greg!

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

-Chris 

Just Released – Two New Templates for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (12.1.0.3)

The new template continues to build on the integration of Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager to further automate the deployment of Oracle VM servers. This template can be used to provision new guest virtual machines running Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 Oracle Management Service (OMS), Oracle Management Agent and Repository Database.

Note: This VirtualBox image is strictly for test Enterprise Manager setup or proof of concepts (POC), this should not be used for Enterprise Manager production site setup.
The Oracle VM VirtualBox Template for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (12.1.0.3) can be used to provision new guest virtual machines running Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 Oracle Management Service (OMS), Oracle Management Agent and Repository Database. 

For a list of Oracle VM Templates,  please visit:

Oracle VM Templates on Oracle Technical Network 

For more Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates, please visit:

Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates on Oracle Technical Network 

For more information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c:

Friday Jul 26, 2013

Friday Tips #38

Happy Friday! This week's tip is on Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and it's just a quick pointer to a really great paper. 

A common scenario for Oracle Database users is to run the database on Oracle Solaris and use Oracle VM Server for SPARC as the virtualization technology. Of course, one of the great benefits of virtualization is portability, but how do you move an instance of the database to take a physical server offline (to add more memory, for example)? The Oracle white paper Increasing Application Availability by Using the Oracle VM Server for SPARC Live Migration Feature: An Oracle Database Example will tell you the hows and whys of this important process.

See you all next week!

-Chris

Friday Jul 05, 2013

Friday Tips #35

It's a holiday weekend here in the US, so here is a quick Friday Tip entry for you. And it doesn't require any reading! These are two great introductory videos on our virtualization portfolio, and they're both under 4 minutes long, perfect for a quick afternoon break:

Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

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

-Chris 

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Friday Tips #34

Happy Friday! I wanted to take the opportunity this week to not give out a tip per se, but to point you to a really fantastic white paper that you might have missed. It's called What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud with Oracle VM. The paper is filled with useful information and it's written in a really entertaining style, tackling the IT challenges of a friendly systems administrator named Dave. It gives a great overview of application-driven virtualization and covers Oracle VM, Oracle VM Templates, Oracle VM Storage Connect, and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Read the white paper What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud with Oracle VM.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Jun 26, 2013

June 2013 Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

The June Edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, you'll learn about:

  • Announcing Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0
  • Dell Announces New Infrastructure Offering with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager, Optimized to Run on Dell x86 Systems
  • Oracle VM Continues to Expand Partner Ecosystem with Cisco and NetApp 
  • Get Ready for Oracle OpenWorld 2013

And much more!

Head on over and read the newsletter. You can also subscribe and have it automatically appear in your inbox each time a new edition is released!

-Chris 

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