Friday Dec 20, 2013

Important Patch Set Updates (PSU) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Oracle has released some important Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop which customers should be aware of.

These critical patch clusters are available for immediate download and installation, as described in the following version-specific announcements:


Patch Set Updates are available for all active Long Term Support (LTS) maintenance releases, as enumerated within the Secure Global Desktop Release Announcement Reference (1597467.1).   No other versions of SGD are designated to receive a formal PSU.   Administrators of earlier releases—(i.e. 4.5, 4.60, 4.61, 4.62, or 4.70)—must move to a designated maintenance release in order to apply these comprehensive solutions.

ACTION REQUIRED:  The Oracle Support team would like to stress the importance of the immediate consideration and installation of the December 2013 PSUs, as planned updates to the Java plug-in will adversely impact the user experience of all unpatched versions of Secure Global Desktop prior to Secure Global Desktop 5.10.

These changes will require proactive action on behalf of SGD Administrators to prevent service interruption when the forthcoming updates planned for Java do arrive.


Additional information regarding this particular scenario is described within a dedicated knowledge article:

  • Users Connecting to Secure Global Desktop are Presented with Dialog, "This application will be blocked in a future Java security update because the JAR file manifest does not contain the Permissions attribute."  (Doc ID 1594506.1)

Sunday Oct 21, 2012

Download the latest Oracle VM 3.1.1 Update

We have released the latest patch update for Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1 and Oracle VM Server for x86 3.1.1. Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1-478 has been validated in combination with Oracle VM Server 3.1.1-485. The download instructions are available at OTN.

Please be sure to read the README files of the above patches. Customers are recommended to schedule a maintenance window and apply the above patch updates to their Oracle VM 3.1.1 environment.

To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata.

For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Jun 08, 2012

Keep Oracle VM 3 Up to Date

Oracle VMMore and more customers turn to Oracle VM 3 to virtualize their enterprise applications. Oracle VM support subscription is an integrated part of their successes. Customers enjoy the benefit of the industry-leading global support 24x7 for their server virtualization implementation, and receive access to patches, fixes, and updates via Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN). For customers running Oracle systems, Oracle VM support is included in Oracle Premium Support for Systems at no extra cost, and customers receive comprehensive systems coverage that includes single point accountability for Oracle server and storage hardware; integrated software (for example, firmware); and operating system software (Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM).

To run a successful virtualization infrastructure, it's important to keep Oracle VM 3 environment up to date by leveraging Oracle VM support resources. 

  • Oracle VM Server Updates: You can easily upgrade Oracle VM Server using a Yum repository. You can download the latest server patch updates from ULN. To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle ULN for Oracle VM, you can sign up here. 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 Updating and Upgrading Oracle VM Servers in the Oracle VM User's Guide
  • Oracle VM Manager Updates: Get the download instructions at OTN, and apply latest Oracle VM Manager patch. Be sure to review the patch README before you apply the patches.
  • Support customers have access to extremely valuable knowledge notes from My Oracle Support. They are the first to receive useful tips to help address issues in Oracle VM deployments. For example,
    • Upgrade to Oracle VM 3.1.1 using Yum Repository may cause network configuration scripts to be renamed causing network failure after reboot (Doc ID 1464126.1)
    • Oracle VM server reboots after network becomes unresponsive due to deep C-State power management setting (Doc ID 1440197.1)
For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

Thursday Apr 05, 2012

Update: Oracle VM 3: New Patch Set! (or Mega Millions winner?...you decide!..)

(An update since I originally published this last Friday:  Some of you may have tried to download the update in the last couple of days and found that a password was required.   That has now been resolved and a password is no longer required so please try again.  Thanks!) 


Today, my favorite number is 14736185 (despite the fact that it did not win me $249million in the MegaMillions lottery...or did it?)!  Why?  Because it is our latest patch release and it is chock-full of good stuff for the Oracle VM 3.0 user.  Oracle VM support customers can find it on My Oracle Support as patch number 13614645.   This can be installed on Oracle VM 3.0.x systems as an incremental patch on top of 3.0.3, so if you previously ran 3.0.3 GA or updated to 3.0.3 patch 1 ( build 150) this will just apply on top.  We're recommending you update to this patch set at your earliest convenience.    For more details, see below but also see Wim Coekaert's blog with related info here.

Oracle VM Manager Update Instructions

Oracle VM Manager 3.0.2 or 3.0.3 can be upgraded to this Oracle VM Manager 3.0.3 patch update. Unzip the patch file on the server running Oracle VM Manager and execute the runUpgrader.sh script.

# ./runUpgrader.sh

Please refer to Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide for details.

Upgrade Oracle VM Servers

It's highly recommended to update Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 with the latest patch update. Please review Oracle VM 3.0.3 User Guide http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E26996_01/e18549/BABDDEGC.html for specific instructions how to use Yum repository to perform the server update.

To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata

Additional Information

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

Please refer to the Oracle VM 3.0.3 Release Notes for a list of features and known issues. For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visithttp://oracle.com/virtualization

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