Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

More webcasts on Oracle Virtualization

We have a couple webcasts this week. 

On Wednesday 7/13, learn how the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition provides the foundation for a more agile and highly available MySQL environment. You can register here

  • An overview of the technologies packaged into the template
  • How to configure and deploy the template
  • How to use, modify and save an adapted template that supports specific application requirements

On Thursday 7/14, learn some of Oracle’s leading technical experts discuss Oracle Solaris virtualization. You can register here.

  • Utilize the built-in, unmatched virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris
  • Consolidate your existing environment with levels of efficiency you may not have thought possible
  • Increase business agility with the latest release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Take advantage of Oracle’s latest industry-leading systems to quickly bring modern cost/performance levels to even your oldest legacy applications

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

Wednesday Jun 08, 2011

Announcing Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1

We are excited to announce the latest Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 release, which brings live migration capabilities to the SPARC T-series server family, including SPARC T3, UltraSPARC T2 Plus and UltraSPARC T2 based servers, allowing customers to quickly and easily migrate running domains from one physical server to another, eliminating application outages and server downtime.

This release continues to deliver new innovations in virtualization for Oracle Solaris and its SPARC servers, offers customers a new level of flexibility in efficiently deploying enterprise workloads on the SPARC T-series family of systems.

See the key features delivered in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1:
  • Live migration: Enables users to migrate an active domain to another host machine while maintaining application services to users. Live migrations are as simple as point and click using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center’s console.
  • Secure, encrypted migration included: On-chip cryptographic accelerators deliver secure, wire speed encryption capabilities for live migration – without any additional hardware investments.
  • Dynamic Resource Management (DRM) between domains: Ensures that domains running the most important workloads get priority for CPU access over domains with less critical workloads.
  • Increased maximum number of virtual networks per domain: Permits a dramatic increase in external access to domains.
  • Lower-overhead, higher scalability networking for Oracle Solaris 11 Express: Allows virtual network devices to use shared memory to exchange network packets, enabling improved performance and scalability.
  • Support for Virtual Device Service Validation: Immediately validates the name and path for a specified network device or virtual disk, greatly reducing the risk of incorrectly configured I/O.
  • Integrated Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR) of Cryptographic units and virtual CPUs: Cryptographic units and CPUs are dynamically reconfigured together to simplify operations and ensure consistent performance.
  • Enhanced Management Information Base (MIB): Enables the SNMP MIB to use the latest Logical Domains Manager XML interface, permitting third party management software to access the new features and resource properties.
  • P2V tool enhancements: Bring more flexibility to quickly convert an existing SPARC server running Oracle Solaris 8, 9 or 10 into a virtualized Oracle Solaris image to run on SPARC T-series servers.

Please refer to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 Documentation for specific details of required and minimum software and supported platforms. Visit the download page for instructions to download the required software.

Oracle Premier Support for Systems provides fully-integrated support for your server hardware, firmware, OS, and virtualization software. Visit oracle.com/support for information about Oracle's support offerings for Sun systems.

    For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

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

    Wednesday Jan 26, 2011

    Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC

    Oracle VM Server for SPARC is the server virtualization solution for SPARC T-Series server. A typical Oracle VM Server for SPARC installation based on best practices is already well secured against unauthorized use. In many cases this level of security turns out to be sufficient. Nevertheless, there is an attack surface that remains. There are risks, how unlikely they might be. Thus many customers want to learn more to secure their virtualization environment.

    We just published a technical white paper: Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC written by Stefan Hinker, an Oracle solution architect.

    This paper helps you understand the general security concerns in virtualized environments as well as the specific additional threats that arise out of them. It discusses these threats, their relation to Oracle VM Server for SPARC and how to mitigate the risk with a set of appropriate counter measures. Based on these, some general recommendations for secure deployments - both for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and for virtualized systems in general - are given, using a generalized model of security classes as an example.

    For more information about Oracle VM Server for SPARC:
    Visit oracle.com/virtualization to learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions.

    Tuesday Nov 30, 2010

    Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager

    Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine with Oracle VM ManagerIn my previous blog, I talked about Installing Solaris 10 Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager. Oracle Solaris 10 support under Oracle VM begins with Solaris 10 10/09, and it's documented in the Oracle VM Server 2.2.1 Release Note.

    Recently Oracle Solaris 11 Express was released. I'd like to share my experience of installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express virtual machine with Oracle VM Manager. Similarly, Solaris 11 Express runs as a hardware virtual machine (HVM) which requires HVM support (Intel VT or AMD-V) on the underlying hardware platform, and Solaris 11 Express has the paravirtualized (PV) I/O drivers as part of the OS installed by default.

    Prerequisite
    You need to check if the server has the HVM support. If you know the specific CPU model, you can find out if it supports HVM from Intel or AMD web site. Usually you'll need modify the system BIOS setting to enable the hardware virtual machine (HVM) feature. If you already have Oracle VM Server 2.2.1 installed, you can run xm info command to verify if HVM is enabled. For example,
    # xm info
    release : 2.6.18-128.2.1.4.27.el5xen
    virt_caps : hvm
    xen_major : 3
    xen_minor : 4
    xen_extra : .0
    xen_caps : xen-3.0-x86_64 xen-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_32 hvm-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_64

    Step 1. Set up Oracle VM Environment
    First you need to set up the Oracle VM 2.2 environment, you can refer to Oracle VM 2.2 Documentation.

    Step 2. Prepare Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 Install Media
    Place the downloaded Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 ISO image under a sub-directory of /OVS/iso_pool. Here I'm using the LiveCD ISO image as the example.
    • /OVS/iso_pool/Solaris11Express/sol-11-exp-201011-live-x86.iso
    You import the ISO file from Oracle VM Manager and approve the imported ISO image. The status of the ISO image will be changed from "Pending" to "Active". See Documentation of how to managing ISO files. Now you are ready to create a Solaris 11 Express virtual machine.
    Import the ISO Image from Oracle VM Manager

    Step 3. Create a Solaris 10 Virtual Machine
    From the Virtual Machine tab of the Oracle VM Manager, you proceed to "Create Virtual Machine"; then choose "Creating a Virtual Machine From Installation Media". You can refer to Oracle VM Doumentation.
      • Select Install Media
      • Choose Server Pool        
      • Pick the Solaris 11 Express ISO file, and select the virtualization method "Fully Virtualized"                
      • Fill out the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine information, and select the OS type the same as Oracle Solaris 10.
    Create Virtual Machine
      • Confirm the Solaris 11 Express VM that you are going to create. Before you install the Solaris 11 Express OS, you need to confirm that the network type of the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine is set to "Paravirtualized" since the Paravirtualized I/O drivers are part of the OS and will be installed by default.

    Step 4. Set the Network Type of the Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine
    From Virtual Machine tab, you need to configure the newly created Solaris 11 Express virtual machine and set the Network Type as Paravirtualized. Then the Network Interface will be shown as "netfront".
    Configure Network

    Step 5. Install Solaris 11 Express OS
    Start a VNC session to connect to the console of the Solaris 11 Express guest VM. To continue Solaris 11 Express installation, you follow the regular Solaris 11 Express installation instructions and See the Getting Started With Oracle Solaris 11 Express document for more details.
    Solaris 11 Express Installation

    Once you complete the installation, the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine will be shut down and shown as "Powered Off" status.

    Step 6. Start the Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine
    You power on the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine from Oracle VM Manager and start a VNC session to connect to the console of the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine.
    Log into the Solaris 11 Express virtual machine:        
    Oracle Solaris 11 Express Login
    • The PV drivers (SUNWxvmpv) are installed by default in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, see        
    # pkginfo -l SUNWxvmpv
       PKGINST:  SUNWxvmpv
          NAME:  xVM Paravirtualized Drivers
      CATEGORY:  system
          ARCH:  i386
       VERSION:  11.11,REV=2009.11.11
       BASEDIR:  /
        VENDOR:  Oracle Corporation
          DESC:  xVM Paravirtualized Drivers
      INSTDATE:  Nov 05 2010 08:03
       HOTLINE:  Please contact your local service provider
        STATUS:  completely installed

    • Verify the network has been set up correctly:    
    # ifconfig xnf0
    xnf0: flags=1004843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST,DHCP,IPv4> mtu 1500 index 2
            inet xx.xx.xx.xx netmask fffffc00 broadcast xx.xx.xx.255

    Now you have a fully functional Solaris 11 Express virtual machine in Oracle VM.

    For more information, please visit:

    Wednesday Nov 17, 2010

    Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 - Supporting More Platforms

    Oracle VMWe announced Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2010 to support SPARC T3 systems with Oracle Solaris 10 9/10. Now we are excited to announce that customers who rely on UltraSPARC T2 Plus and UltraSPARC T2 servers can upgrade the server virtualization software to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 and enjoy the great benefits immediately.

    See a complete list of supported platforms for Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0:

    Many customers have deployed Oracle VM Server for SPARC for mission critical
    enterprise workloads. Be sure to check the updated technical white paper:
    There are a number of updated Oracle Support Notes that are related to Oracle VM Server for SPARC:
    • Virtualization support for Oracle Solaris (Doc ID 1145275.1)
    • Supported Virtualization and Partitioning Technologies for Oracle Database and RAC Product Releases (Doc ID 1173831.1)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Installation and Upgrade Notes Release 12 (12.1.1) for
      Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (Doc ID 761568.1)
    • PeopleTools Certification FAQs - Additional Components (Doc ID 756831.1)
    Please refer to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 Release Note for specific details of required and minimum software and supported platforms as well as the procedure to upgrade the software.
    Oracle Solaris 10 download
    Sun System Firmware download
    Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains) 2.0 download from E-Delivery (see instructions below)

    Oracle E-Delivery Download Instructions - Oracle VM Server for SPARC
    Visit http://edelivery.oracle.com/
    Complete your registration information (Name, Company Name, Email Address and Country) and click on the download agreement
    Select "Oracle Solaris Virtualization Products" from the "Select a Product Pack" pull-down menu
    Select "Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)" from the "Platform" pull-down menu
    Click "Go" and then select the software - Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0
    Read the readme, download and unzip the file
    Visit Oracle Technology Network Patching Center to obtain required system firmware patches, Solaris OS patches, and any Oracle VM Server for SPARC software patches.

    Sunday Sep 12, 2010

    More Oracle VM Templates to Accelerate Application Deployment

    We have a few new Oracle VM Templates that are available for customers to download, as pointed out in Wim's blog.

    Oracle VM template is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine that can be downloaded onto an installed Oracle VM server. An Oracle VM Template may include a single virtual machine, with a single Oracle product such as a single-instance database or WebLogic Server or multiple VMs with multiple Oracle products to facilitate rapid deployment of even the most complex composite applications such as Siebel CRM, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, or E-Business Suite.

    Customers benefit from the rapid application deployment with Oracle VM Templates; for example, they can deploy new technology to their customers 90% more quickly, eliminating a previously cumbersome manual process. To learn more, you can watch the flash demo.

    Here's a list of new templates that were newly added over the last few months:
    For a complete list of available Oracle VM Templates, please visit:
    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/templates-101937.html

    Tuesday Aug 17, 2010

    Have You RSVP'd yet for the Oracle Virtualization Online Forum being held on August 19?

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    Join us for the live Oracle Virtualization Online Forum, as Edward Screven, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect, and John Fowler, Oracle's Executive Vice President, Systems, kick-off a full agenda of analyst, customer and product webcasts presenting how Oracle's most complete and integrated virtualization delivers more value than VMware.

    Throughout the event you'll have a unique opportunity to participate in live chat with Oracle's virtualization, database, middleware, and management experts to get answers to your toughest virtualization questions.

    Register Now.

    Thursday Jul 29, 2010

    Breaking News: Dell and HP to Certify and Resell Oracle VM, OEL and Solaris

    Oracle announced this morning that Dell and HP will certify and resell Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM on their x86 systems.

     


    • Customers will have full access to Oracle's Premier Support for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM running on Dell and HP servers. This will enable fast and accurate issue resolution and reduced risk in a company's operating environment.


    • Customers who subscribe to Oracle Premier Support will benefit from Oracle's continuing investment in Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM and the resulting innovation in future updates.

     

    Read the press release.

     

    Monday Feb 15, 2010

    Installing Solaris 10 Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager

    Certification of Solaris 10 as a guest OS on Oracle VM is in progress. Some of you may have already be playing around, so here are a few tips of how to install Solaris 10 OS as a virtual machine under Oracle VM 2.2 environment.

    Solaris 10 OS runs as a hardware virtual machine (HVM) which requires HVM support (Intel VT or AMD-V) on the underlying hardware platform, but Solaris 10 OS has the paravirtualized (PV) drivers as part of the OS installed by default.

    You need to check if the server has the HVM support. If you know the specific CPU model, you can find out if it supports HVM from Intel or AMD web site. Usually you'll need modify the system BIOS setting to enable the hardware virtual machine (HVM) feature. If you already have Oracle VM 2.2 server installed, you can run xm info command to verify if HVM is enabled. For example,

    # xm info

    release : 2.6.18-128.2.1.4.13.el5xen

    virt_caps : hvm

    xen_major : 3

    xen_minor : 4

    xen_extra : .0

    xen_caps : xen-3.0-x86_64 xen-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_32 hvm-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_64


    The Solaris 10 virtual machine installation is similar to other types of operating system (Linux or Windows) install. I'm using Oracle VM Manager to illustrate the steps that you'll go through.

    Step 1. Set up Oracle VM Environment

    First you need to set up the Oracle VM 2.2 environment, you can refer to Oracle VM 2.2 Documentation.

    Step 2. Prepare Solaris 10 10/09 Install Media

    You place the downloaded Solaris 10 10/09 (update 8) ISO image under a sub-directory of /OVS/iso_pool:

       /OVS/iso_pool/Solaris10/sol-10-u8-ga-x86-dvd.iso

    You import the ISO file from Oracle VM Manager and approve the imported ISO image. The status of the ISO image will be changed from "Pending" to "Active". See Documentation of how to managing ISO files. Now you are ready to create a Solaris 10 virtual machine.

    OracleVM-ISO.png
    Step 3. Create a Solaris 10 Virtual Machine

    From the Virtual Machine tab of the Oracle VM Manager, you proceed to "Create Virtual Machine"; then choose "Creating a Virtual Machine From Installation Media". You can refer to Oracle VM Doumentation.

      • Select Install Media

      • Choose Server Pool

      • Pick the Solaris 10 ISO file, and select the virtualization method "Fully Virtualized"

    CreateVM-ISO.png
      • Fill out the Solaris 10 virtual machine information

    CreateVM-Info.png
      • Confirm the Solaris 10 VM that you are going to create. Before you install the Solaris 10 OS, you need to set the network type of the Solaris 10 virtual machine to "Paravirtualized" since the Paravirtualized drivers are part of the Solaris 10 OS and will be installed by default.

    Step 4. Set the Network Type of the Solaris 10 Virtual Machine

    From Virtual Machine tab, you need to configure the newly created Solaris 10 virtual machine and set the Network Type as Paravirtualized. Then the Network Interface will be shown as "netfront".

    OracleVM-NetworkType.png

    Step 5. Install Solaris 10 OS

    Start a VNC session to connect to the console of the Solaris 10 guest VM. To continue Solaris 10 installation, you follow the normal Solaris 10 installation instructions and please refer to Solaris 10 Installation documentation.

    Once you complete the installation, the Solaris 10 virtual machine will be shut down and shown as "Powered Off" status.

    CreateVM-SolarisInstall.png

    Step 6. Start the Solaris 10 Virtual Machine

    You power on the Solaris 10 virtual machine from Oracle VM Manager and start a VNC session to connect to the console of the Solaris 10 virtual machine.

      • Log into the Solaris 10 virtual machine:

    Solaris10-Login.png
      • The PV drivers (SUNWxvmpv) are installed by default in Solaris 10, see

      # pkginfo -l SUNWxvmpv
         PKGINST:  SUNWxvmpv
            NAME:  xVM Paravirtualized Drivers
        CATEGORY:  system
            ARCH:  i386
         VERSION:  11.10.0,REV=2008.02.29.14.37
         BASEDIR:  /
          VENDOR:  Sun Microsystems, Inc.
            DESC:  xVM Paravirtualized Drivers
          PSTAMP:  on10ptchfeatx20090902230750
        INSTDATE:  Feb 11 2010 21:49
         HOTLINE:  Please contact your local service provider
          STATUS:  completely installed
           FILES:       23 installed pathnames
                         1 shared pathnames
                         7 directories
                        14 executables
                      1512 blocks used (approx)
    • Verify your network has been set up correctly:

    # ifconfig xnf0
      xnf0: flags=1004843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST,DHCP,IPv4> mtu 1500 index 2
              inet xx.xx.xx.xx netmask fffffc00 broadcast xx.xx.xx.255
              ether 0:16:3e:17:60:47 
    If you are not using Oracle VM Manager to set the network type of Solaris 10 virtual machine to "Paravirtualized", you need to modify the vm.cfg (change the vif type from ioemu  to netfront, vif = ['type=netfront, mac=xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx, bridge=xenbr0']) located at /OVS/running_pool/Solaris_10_VM_directory/. You may also need to configure the network interface manually (using DHCP as an example below)

    # touch /etc/hostname.xnf0

    # touch /etc/dhcp.xnf0

    # ifconfig xnf0 plumb up

    # ifconfig xnf0 dhcp

    Now you have a fully functional Solaris 10 virtual machine in Oracle VM. For more information, please visit:

    Tuesday Apr 21, 2009

    Introduction - Honglin Su

    As my first blog entry to the Oracle's Virtualization Blog, please allow me to introduce myself. I work in the Oracle VM product management team led by Adam Hawley. My main responsibility is to drive Oracle VM product requirements as the Principal Product Manager. I also take the product management lead in working with customers to assist them in their deployments. I have 16 years of experience with virtualization and system software and have had real-world experience working with financial services and telecommunications customers in China, Canada and US.

    Previously I worked in the product definition team of the Systems Group at Sun Microsystems. I was responsible for the software requirements and the strategy, covering Solaris, Linux and Server Virtualization. I led the product marketing efforts to productize the server virtualization solution - Logical Domains - for Sun SPARC CMT systems. Prior to Product Management at Sun, I also worked in the field to provide technical consultative services and successfully helped deploy various solutions in Banking and Telecom. Before Sun, I was a System Programmer at Bank of China, managing large-scale data center in an IBM centric environment.

    It's been an exciting and rewarding experience since I joined Oracle in September 2008. In the following blog entries, I'd like share my perspective on virtualization and the best practices of how customers are using Oracle VM. Stay tuned.

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