Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Your Virtualization Objectives Met by Oracle VM Training

If you are planning to use server virtualization and your learning objectives correspond to the following, Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration is the course for you:

  • Install the Oracle VM Server for x86 and the Oracle VM Manager
  • Become familiar with the Oracle VM Manager UI and CLI
  • Discover and manage Oracle VM servers
  • Add networks and storage to support the Oracle VM environment
  • Create and manage server pools
  • Create and populate repositories with virtual resources
  • Perform the steps to create and operate virtual machines
  • Use cloning with templates and assemblies to create additional virtual entities
  • Exercise high availability, live migration and anti-affinity policy

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course through the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to perform hands-on activities when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones including 10 and 17 February, 2, 18 and 29 March, 20 and 26 April, and 11 and 25 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
23 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
16 March 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 April 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
13 April 2016 English
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
Reading England
21 March 2016 English
Lille, France
2 May 2016 French
Lyons, France
15 March 2016 French
Paris, France
23 March 2016 French
Toulouse, France
30 March 2016 French
Munich, Germany
29 February 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
11 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
21 March 2016 English
Singapore
4 May 2016 English
Ljubijana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Johannesburg, South Africa
22 March 2016 English
Stockholm, Sweden
25 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
11 April 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 7 March 2016 English
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
If you using Oracle VM Server for SPARC, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.

Live Virtual Events on the schedule include 14 and 31 March, 18 April, and 23 and 26 May 2016

In-Class Events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Brisbane, Australia 15 February 2016 English
Melbourne, Australia 21 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia 28 April 2016 English
Quito, Ecuador 23 February 2016 Spanish
Cairo, Egypt 10 April 2016 Arabic
Tokyo, Japan 24 March 2016 Japanese
Singapore 1 February 2016 English
To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3.0.1 Released

We just released a maintenance update 3.3.0.1 to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.3 beginning with SRU 4.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.3 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 2045311.1].

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

Virtualization Training in Oracle Systems Learning Subscription

The Oracle Systems Learning Subscription is now available. In this portfolio of digital training, you learn to administer virtualization technologies such as Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle VirtualBox and Engineered Systems such as Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This Learning Subscription also brings you learning opportunities on Oracle's operating systems, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris, as well as on Servers and Storage solutions. Preview the training available in this subscription.

In this learning subscription, Oracle experts provide you with learning tracks as well as easily consumed learning nuggets on product offerings, insights into product releases, best practices and more.

Access information on all Oracle's Learning Subscriptions at http://education.oracle.com/subscriptions.

Tuesday Nov 17, 2015

Complete Lifecycle Compute Stack Virtualization

Using the Oracle VM application-driven architecture is different from using traditional virtualization. Built with the application stack and manageability in mind, Oracle VM offers a complete lifecycle compute stack virtualization. 

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course will help you consolidate the server foot print, while you learn to deploy or consolidate application workloads to a virtualized environment or migrate to a private cloud.

You can take this course through the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to do hands-on exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including the 2, 7, and 20 of December 2015, the 7, 20 and 26 of January, the 10, 16, and 22 of February, the 2, 18 and 29 of March, the 20 and 26 of April, and the 10 and 25 of May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
30 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
27 January 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Ontario, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Quito, Ecuador
24 November 2015 Spanish
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
London, England
11 January 2016 English
Reading, England
21 March 2016 English
Lille, France
3 February 2016 French
Lyon, France
15 March 2016 French
Nantes, France
11 January 2016 French
Toulouse, France
20 March 2016 French
Frankfurt, Germany
30 November 2015 German
Munich, Germany
29 February 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
4 May 2016 English
Wellington, New Zealand
3 December 2016 English
Ljubljana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Kista, Sweden
18 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
18 January 2016 English
Phoenix, AZ, United States
16 February 2016 English
Sacramento, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
San Francisco, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
San Jose, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States
28 December 2015 English
Edison, NJ, United States
19 January 2016 English
Columbus, Ohio, United States 28 December 2015 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 19 January 2016 English

To continue learning about Oracle VM, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation and Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration courses.

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Nov 06, 2015

Oracle VM 3.2.10 Released

We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to deliver new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the Oracle VM What's New Wiki for 3.2.10 Manager and 3.2.10 Server for the list of What’s New and Notable Bug Fixes.

Oracle VM 3.2.10 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM Server 3.2 Latest Channel). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the base 3.2.1 release.  

Oracle VM 3.2.10 Download Information

· Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.10 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and will also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com

· Oracle VM Manager 3.2.10 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417

· Oracle VM Agent 3.2.10 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

Review the download instructions at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

Additional Information

New customers are encouraged to use the latest Oracle VM 3.3.  Stay tuned for further updates. 

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

For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Spotlight: SPARC T7 and M7 with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3

Last week's Oracle OpenWorld had important announcements on our product families, including our new SPARC M7 and T7 servers, accompanied by the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 and Oracle Solaris 11.3 that fully exploit the new hardware's capabilities. This demonstrates the results of our research and development investment to deliver increasingly powerful and efficient systems.

In addition to the above links, here are new and updated blogs and white papers that describe the new product features and performance:

Monday Oct 26, 2015

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3, which has delivered as part of Oracle Solaris 11.3. Together, they provide substantial new features for virtualization, performance, security, data and system management, and platform support.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 introduces multiple new capabilities, especially a new method of doing I/O, virtual HBA (vHBA) which expands the ability of guest domains to perform I/O to devices with the full functionality of non-virtualized systems. For the new Solaris 11.3 features, please see the page What's New in Oracle Solaris 11.3.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

To speak with the experts and attend sessions, join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2015:

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 04, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

This Friday spotlight announces a new series of blog articles on Oracle VM performance, starting with Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1.

Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" through its architecture and default configuration. Still, there are opportunities to enhance performance for demanding environments by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

The articles will discuss how to measure and evaluate performance, provide tips for performance on Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and relate experiences and lessons learned.

The first article provides a broad overview of performance in the virtual machine world, with specific examples relating to Oracle VM. Further articles will drill into how to provide optimal performance. Stay tuned!

Friday Aug 28, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Announcing Weblogic 12.1.3 templates for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Oracle has made available the latest in our series of VM templates for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris. The newest templates let you get an installed and configured Weblogic 12.1.3 instance up and running quickly and with minimal effort. You can download instances for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones here.

These templates contain pre-installed Weblogic on Oracle Solaris 11.2, and are available in Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) .ova format for use with Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and in Unified Archive format for creating zones.

VM Templates bring a preconfigured, pre-installed, readly to go, deploy in minutes environment to use as is or as a base you can adapt for your production environments. This Weblogic template is the latest addition to the family, and enhances the ability to quickly and repeatably deploy applications on virtualized Oracle systems.

Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

Oracle VM 3.3.3 Released

We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes.  You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.3 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes.
    Oracle VM 3.3.3 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support.  Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel - since 3.3 release - ovm3x_x86_64_latest). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release.

Download Instructions

See the download instructions at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

Additional Information

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

For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Jul 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Adopting Oracle VM Manager for Oracle VM Server for SPARC guests

Customers using Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly called 'logical domains') are increasingly looking at Oracle VM Manager to provide a unified management platform with Oracle VM Server for x86.  While most customers use Oracle VM Server for SPARC's native command line interface or Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, Oracle VM Manager provides

  • a management solution focused on Oracle VM virtualization supporting server pools, advanced VM life-cycle and policy management, and control over the networks and storage they depend on.
  • a graphical user interface, command line interface, and API common to Oracle VM on the x86 and SPARC platforms. Administrators can use the same interactions to control servers, VMs, networks and storage on both platforms from a single screen.

The natural question is how to move existing Oracle VM Server for SPARC guests domains (virtual machines) and servers to Oracle VM Manager for their existing guests.  There is no direct way to "adopt" existing servers and VMs, but there are ways to move them to Oracle VM Manager control.

The first step is to set up at least one SPARC server in an Oracle VM Manager server pool - more servers can be added later. Guest domains can be individually moved to the server pool. This is a "cold" process (guests must be down while being moved) and applies only to guest domains (domains using physical I/O like SR-IOV cannot be moved).  Optionally, servers can be redeployed under Oracle VM Manager as capacity requirements shift from the original deployment to the new pool.

The main consideration for moving a guest is storage. Virtual disks may be on SAN LUNs (typical for production use), physical disks, ZFS volumes, or files in a file system. Oracle VM Manager supports LUNs defined as "physical disks" presented from storage arrays, so moving those virtual disks is straightforward. If virtual disks are ZFS volumes or files they must be copied to storage under Oracle VM Manager control, typically an NFS-based Oracle VM repository. File-based virtual disk images are easy to import using the Oracle VM user interface. If the virtual disks are based on ZFS volumes or internal disks, use the 'dd' command to create virtual disk images that can be imported. (The virtual disks should not be in use while being copied). 

An optimization can be used for guest ZFS pools. Make the ZFS pool a mirror using a new virtual disk of equal size as ones already in the pool, Wait for the pool to resilver, and then 'zpool split' the new virtual disk from the pool, and upload the image file into Oracle VM Manager. The advantage is that resilvering copies only "in use" disk blocks, not residual erased data, so the resulting disk image may be substantially smaller.

Whichever method is used, customers already using Oracle VM Server for SPARC may further benefit from moving to Oracle VM Manager.


Sunday Apr 26, 2015

Hiring Oracle VM Curriculum Developer

We pride ourselves on providing a complete curriculum for Oracle VM customers. To continue this work we are hiring an experienced Curriculum Developer.

If you have significant experience designing and creating customer training in English as well as good knowledge of linux and virtualization products and concepts, you can apply for this position by going to Oracle's careers site and searching for requisition number 15000K3G or 15000K14.

The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and updating courses as well as developing and maintaining technical environments to support course delivery. A high-level of technical autonomy is key for this challenging opportunity.

Friday Apr 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 features

For this week's Friday spotlight, I want to highlight the improvements in live migration and virtual disk multipathin which were delivered as part of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 released in March 2015. 

  • Provide live migration performance enhancements, including parallel memory-mapped I/O and optimized firmware copying routines. These enhancements reduce the overall migration time and the time during which the migrated guest domain is suspended. 
  • Update virtual disk management for mpgroups to show and specify the selected path to the virtual disk backend. You can see the path that is currently used and dynamically request a path switch.

To learn more details about enhanced features please see the blog entries on live migration improvements and on disk multipathing.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 release. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2 beginning with SRU 8.4. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.2 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1672221.1]. 

This new release introduces the following features:

  • Improved multipath virtual disk I/O (mpgroup): view, set active I/O path
  • Improved domain observability to show dependencies between domains
  • Improved network observability, quality of service and security management, and PVLAN
  • I/O Resiliency (IOR) for physical I/O
  • Dynamic Bus (dynamically assign PCI bus to domains)
  • Live migration performance and security improvements
  • Guest additions (VM API to interact with host environment)
  • Guest access to SPARC performance counters

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

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