Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.14 available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 14.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find two important and very hot items:

  • USB Fixes for MAC OS X - El Capitan
  • Audio regression fixes. 

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Dec 18, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.12 now available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 12.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Hands-On-Labs now available via OTN!

Thanks to the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/hol-oraclevm-2368799.html

The hands-on labs leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox on your laptop or personal computer. With easy setup and by following simple steps, you can quickly create an Oracle VM server virtualization demonstration or learning environment with full Oracle software stack. Just download the virtual appliances, and import into your Oracle VM VirtualBox environment to play with it.

This year the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 had been:


  • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM

In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

  • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

  • Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

You can find all the information and download the HOLs packages (OVA format) and step-by-step documentation here.

HOLs laptop/desktop hardware requirements are:

· 1 CPU quad-core (dual-core minimum)

· 16 GB of RAM

All the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 are marked with “New“.

Have fun and feel free to post your feedback on this blog entry comments.

Tuesday Nov 10, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.10 Released!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 10.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Friday OOW15 Spotlight - Oracle VM Hands on Labs: HOL10469, HOL10471 and HOL10472

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 will start in on October 25th. As every year, among the 2000+ sessions presented there will be many Hands on labs.

The idea of these Oracle VM HOL is to enable 40 to 50 customers and partners to meet in a room and install/configure/use Oracle products on laptops during 1 or 2 hours, following detailed documentation and being helped by several Oracle experts. Each student will have a laptop where, thanks to Oracle VM VirtualBox, we will be able to create Oracle VM Demo environments:

The labs that we are going to host this year are the following:

    Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM [HOL10469]

    In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

    Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)


    Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates
    [HOL10471]

    Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

    Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 AM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)


    Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10472]

    Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

    Monday, Oct 26, 02:00 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

    If you will attend Oracle OpenWorld 2015 and are interested by Infrastructure Cloud, OpenStack or Virtualization, add those labs to your calendar using the Schedule Builder tool

    To learn more about other sessions, read the previous blog post - Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions.

    See you soon @ OOW15!

    Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

    Live WebCast: Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Test, Develop, and Demonstrate across Multiple Platforms on one Machine

    Join the live webcast on October 29 and learn how to enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications using Oracle VM VirtualBox. Register here.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with more than 100 million downloads. It is used by developers around the world to develop, test, and build virtual machine appliances. And end users leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox to deploy pre-built virtual appliances or simply to run multiple operating systems on their desktop machines (for instance, running Windows, Linux, or Oracle Solaris on a Mac OS X system).

    In this live webcast, Oracle experts cover the latest advancements in Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and share the experience of using Oracle VM VirtualBox to develop and test virtualization infrastructure.

    Friday Oct 02, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.6 Now Available!

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 6.

    This release is a major improvement which include a large number of changes and bug fixes; between the others I would like to mention big improvements we did on Microsoft Windows 10 RTM (Release 10240) platform ( as guest and host platform ) and, at the same time, further important steps on the new OS X platform, officially released by Apple not more than two days ago. MAC OS X 10.11 El-Capitan, starting from VirtualBox 5.0.6 release is officially supported as host platform.

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.


    The Oracle VirtualBox Team

    Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

    Hiring an Oracle VM Server for SPARC Curriculum Developer

    Oracle VM Server for SPARC is highly efficient, enterprise-class virtualization enabling the creation of 128 virtual servers on one system, leveraging Oracle's SPARC servers and the Oracle Solaris operating system.

    Oracle is looking for a motivated individual to extend our Oracle VM Server for SPARC customer technical training.

    The successful candidate will:

    • Have significant experience designing and developing customer training
    • Have technical competence in areas including the Solaris operating system, system administration, virtualization and networking
    • Be able to write clear and precise technical instructions in fluent professional English
    • Have a high level of technical autonomy to design, develop and maintain complex training environments
    • Be passionate in continuing to learn new technologies

    If you have the relevant experience, apply for this position on Oracle's Career Site, searching for requisition numbers 15001B6T or I5001B6I.

    For more information on Oracle Virtualization, go to http://oracle.com/virtualization.

    Friday Sep 18, 2015

    Friday Spotlight Bonus: VirtualBox 5.0 Enhancements and New Features

    This Friday Spotlight announces a new series of deep-dive sessions dedicated to the new VirtualBox 5.0 release and its enhancements and new features.

    Oracle VM Portfolio, between others, include Oracle VM VirtualBox, the world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with thousands of downloads each day. On July 9th, Oracle released the new Major VirtualBox Release 5.0 ( today 5.0.4 is already available ) with an huge amount of new enhancements and features.

    First blog-post of this new appointment-in-chapter will introduce you on a brief list of new main enhancements available with VirtualBox 5.0 and, at the same time, will discuss the new feature "Disk Image Encryption".

    Over there you will find why "Disk Image Encryption" is a must-to-have on a desktop virtualization solution like VirtualBox and you will see, in depth, how it works, how to manage it and important things to know while using this awesome feature.

    Stay Tuned!


    Tuesday Sep 08, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.4 now available!

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 4..

    This release is a major improvement which include a large number of changes and bug fixes.

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.


    The Oracle VirtualBox Team


    Thursday Jul 09, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Officially Released!

    We are proud to announce the availability of:

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.

    This release contains significant improvements, with a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

    See the official Oracle announcement here.

    New data sheet with all features available on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is already available here.

    I would like to highlight just a few of the many new features:

    Paravirtualization support for modern Windows and Linux guests

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is able to expose a paravirtualization interface to facilitate accurate and efficient execution of software. Once the virtual machine platform is defined, Oracle VM VirtualBox improves guest OS performances by leveraging built-in virtualization support (KVM on Linux guests and Hyper-V on Windows guests).

    xHCI controller to support USB 3.0 devices

    Guest operating systems are now able to directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. Guest can now be configured to use USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 devices.

    Improved Drag & Drop support

    Starting from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 we improved the support of a bi-directional drag&drop between guest and host operating system; drag and drop support is available with latest guest-additions installed.

    Disk image encryption

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 allows for encrypted virtual disk images by leveraging AES algorithm in XTS mode (128-bit or 256-bit); since the DEK is stored as part of the virtual machine configuration file, encryption introduces a further security feature that will ask for a password while starting the virtual machine.

    Headless and Detachable start options

    Oracle VM VirtualBox now supports starting virtual machines in the background with a separate front-end process that can be closed while the virtual machine continues to work.

    Further GUI improvements:

    • VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)

    • New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling

    • New Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk images

    • HiDPI support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)

    • Hotplugging support for SATA disks

    • Improved HID LEDs synchronization for Mac and Windows hosts

    • Take the guest screen aspect ratio into account for the preview window

    • Provide direct access to storage media in the VM selector

    If you need further details, please refer to Official Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 data sheet, User Manual and virtualbox.org website.

    The Oracle VM VirtualBox Team

    Thursday Jun 25, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 2 (RC2)

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 2.

    This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

    See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

    Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Release Candidate release on production machines. A VirtualBox Release Candidate release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

    The Oracle VirtualBox Team

    Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1)

    Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1.

    This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

    See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

    Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Release Candidate release on production machines. A VirtualBox Release Candidate release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

    The Oracle VirtualBox Team

    Tuesday May 19, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox: 3.2, 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 Maintenance Releases

    Oracle has just released VirtualBox 4.2.30, 4.1.38, 4.0.30 and 3.2.28, maintenance releases which improve the stability and fix regressions. All changelog details available at the following links: 

    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-4.2
    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-4.1
    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-4.0
    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-3.2

    You can download the binaries here:

    http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.2.30
    http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.1.38
    http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.0.30
    http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/3.2.28

    You can find all informations related to "Venom Security Issue" on Oracle VM VirtualBox releases here

    It's always suggested, whenever possible, to use our latest Oracle VM VirtualBox major release/maintenance pack.

    The Oracle VirtualBox Team


    Monday May 18, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 4 Released

    Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 4.

    This fourth beta release improves stability and fixes regressions from BETA 3 release.

    See all the details at here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

    Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

    The Oracle VirtualBox Team

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