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

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.28 Released

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.28, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

See the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at VirtualBox.org) or here (Oracle Technology Network).

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Thursday May 07, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 3 Released

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 3.

All details available here .

This release improves stability and fixes regressions from BETA 2 release.

Please do NOT open bug reports at our public bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum here .

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

Wednesday Apr 15, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 2 Released

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 2.

All details available here .

This release improves stability and fixes regressions from BETA 1 release.

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

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Nimble-Oracle Event: Modern Integrated Infrastructure for Enterprise-class Oracle Workloads

Attend for a Complimentary Lunch and Receive Technology Updates from Industry Leaders!

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Date:
Wed., April 29, 2015

Location:
Nimble Storage Headquarters
211 River Oaks Pkwy
San Jose, CA 95134
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Session Format:
11:00AM - Registration
11:45AM - Tech Talk with
Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco
2:30PM - Wrap Up and Q&A 


Oracle workloads are one of the most critical workloads running in the datacenter. But how do you ensure that you can cost-effectively meet your Oracle database and application demands today, while providing seamless scalability for tomorrow as your business grows?

Yesterday's technology can't keep up with the performance, availability, scalability, and data protection needs of Oracle workloads in the modern enterprise. Today's best-of-breed integrated infrastructure for Oracle includes advancements in the hypervisor, server, and storage layers of the infrastructure stack, as well as optimizations at the OS level to enable easy-to-implement low cost but high performing Oracle deployments.

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Attend this live joint event held by Oracle, Cisco, and Nimble Storage to learn how you can:

  • Leverage the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle VM advancements and support benefits
  • Simplify your compute environment with Cisco UCS
  • Protect and accelerate your database deployments with Adaptive Flash storage
  • Speed deployments with SmartStack integrated infrastructure

Register now to hear technology updates from industry leaders, see live demo of this breakthrough technology, enjoy lunch, and network with industry experts.


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Friday Apr 03, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 1 Released

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

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

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

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Learning about Oracle VM - an Enterprise-Class Server Virtualization Solution

Oracle VM is an enterprise-class server virtualization solution that enables you to deploy operating systems and application software within a supported virtualization environment.

To learn how to take advantage of the excellent scalability, manageability and ease-of-use of Oracle VM, follow the Oracle VM training relevant to your platform - Oracle VM Server for x86 or Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

You can take this live instructor-led training through:

  • Live-Virtual Events: Take a class from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones.
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to take a class. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule for each platform.

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

This 3-day course shows you how to support enterprise applications by deploying pooled server resources to create virtual machines.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Melbourne, Australia

 12 February 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 5 March 2014

 English

 Montreal, Canada

 18 February 2014

 English

 Ottawa, Canada

 18 February 2014

 English

 Toronto, Canada

 18 February 2014

 English

 Prague, Czech Republic

 24 March 2014

 Czech

 Colombes, France

26 February 2014 

  French 

 Athens, Greece

2 April 2014 

 English 

 Rome, Italy

22 April 2014

Italian 

 Tokyo, Japan

 5 February 2014

 Japanese

 Riga, Latvia

 3 February 2014

 Latvian

 Mexico City, Mexico

 21 April 2014

 Spanish

 Oslo, Norway

 10 February 2014

 English

 Warsaw, Poland

 12 February 2014

 Polish

 Singapore

 27 January 2014

 English

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

 14 May 2014

 Slovenian

 Johannesburg, South Africa

 21 January 2014

 English

 Istanbul, Turkey

 20 May 2014

 Turkish

 Phoenix, AZ, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 Sacramento, CA, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 10 February 2014

 English

 Edison, NJ, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 Columbus, OH, United States

 3 February 2014

 English

 King of Prussia, PA, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 26 March 2014

 English



Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

This 2-day shows you how to create and configure virtual machines, called domains, following a SPARC-based strategy.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Canberra, Australia

 24 February 2014

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 14 April 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 10 February 2014

 English

 Prague, Czech Republic

 23 April 2014

 Czech

 Cairo, Egypt

 9 February 2014

 Arabic

 Hong Kong

 24 February 2014

 English

 Tokyo, Japan

 6 February 2014

 Japanese

 Singapore

 20 February 2014

 English

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 5 February 2014

 English

 Harare, Zimbabwe

 2 April 2014

 English


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

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 Mar 22, 2013

Take Training to Get the Most from Oracle's Virtualization Solutions

Oracle provides server virtualization products to support x86 and SPARC architectures. Get the most from Oracle VM by taking the related courses. You can take these courses from your own desk as a Live-Virtual Event or travel to an education center for an In-Class Event.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

In this 2 day, hands-on, instructor-led course you learn to:

  • Plan an Oracle VM Server for SPARC installation
  • Install the Oracle VM Server for SPARC software
  • Configure the control and service domain
  • Create a guest domain
  • Reconfigure Oracle VM Server for SPARC resources
  • Use virtual disks
  • Use virtual networks
  • Manage Oracle VM Server for SPARC configurations
  • Prepare for and perform migration operations

In-class events already on the schedule include:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Brisbane, Australia

 20 May 2013

 English

 Prague, Czech Republic

 29 April 2013

 Czech

 Bucharest, Romania

 8 July 2013

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 24 June 2013

 English

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

In this 3-day, hands-on, instructor-led class you learn to:

  • Install Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager
  • Perform network configuration for the Oracle VM environment using Oracle VM Manager
  • Perform storage configuration, with NFS and iSCSI, using Oracle VM Manager
  • Create a server pool and add Oracle VM Servers to this pool
  • Create repositories, present them to the Oracle VM Servers, and add resources to these repositories
  • Prepare virtual disks and network interfaces for virtual machines
  • Create virtual machines using various methodologies
  • Manage the virtual machines' lifecycle; Start/stop, pause/resume, edit, migrate
  • Use simple and advanced cloning to create new virtual machines
  • Become familiar with the Oracle VM Manager Policies and Events

In-class events already on the schedule include:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

 22 May 2013

 French

 Dusseldorf, Germany

 24 June 2013

 German

 Munich, Germany

 29 October 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

 22 April 2013

 Hungarian

 Milan, Italy

 22 May 2013

 Italian

 Windhof, Luxembourg

 15 April 2013

 English

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 25 March 2013

 English

 Warsaw, Poland

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 17 June 2013

 English

 Madrid, Spain

 24 April 2013

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 June 2013

 Turkish

 Singapore

 8 April 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 12 June 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013

 English

 Wellington, New Zealand

 22 April 2013

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 25 March 2013

 English


For more information on these courses, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

Monday Feb 04, 2013

Get the most from Server Virtualization with Oracle VM Server for x86 Training

The Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course teaches students how to install and configure Oracle VM Server for x86 as well as details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

You can take this live instructor-led training as follows:

  • Live-Virtual Class: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. You can choose from a wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-class: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

6 March 2013 

French 

Dusseldorf, Germany 

 24 June 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

22 April 2013 

Hungarian 

Milan, Italy

22 May 2013 

Italian 

Utrecht, Netherlands 

 26 February 2013

 English

Warsaw, Poland 

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Singapore

 29 April 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

22 July 2013 

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 25 March 2013

 English

Roseville, MN, USA

25 March 2013 

 English

This course is also available in Japanese.

To register for this class or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

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