Friday Nov 16, 2012

Oracle VM networking under the hood and 3 new templates

We have a few cool things to tell you about: 

First up: have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in the network when you Live Migrate your Oracle VM server workload? Or how Oracle VM implements the network infrastructure you configure through your point & click action in the GUI? Really….how do they do this? For an in-depth view of the Oracle VM for x86 Networking model, Look ‘Under the Hood’ at Networking in Oracle VM Server for x86 with our best practices engineer in a blog post on OTN Garage.


Next, making things simple in Oracle VM is what we strive every day to deliver to our user community. With that, we are pleased to bring you updates on three new Oracle Application templates:

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for Oracle Exalogic
Oracle VM templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (x86 64-bit for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud) contain all the required elements to create an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 demonstration system on an Exalogic server. You can use these templates to quickly build an EBS 12.1.3 demonstration environment, bypassing the operating system and the software install (via the EBS Rapid Install). For further details, please review the announcement.  

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1.2.1 for x86 servers and Oracle Exalogic
The Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne provide a method to rapidly install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1  and Tools 9.1.2.1. The complete stack includes Oracle Database 11g R2 and Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5 running on Oracle Linux 5. The templates can be installed to Oracle VM Server for x86 release 3.x and to the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. 

PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.5.2.10 for Oracle Exalogic
This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" of PeopleSoft Middle-tier template on Oracle Linux for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

And last, are you wondering why we talk about “fast”, “rapid” when we refer to using Oracle VM templates to virtualize Oracle applications? Read the Evaluator Group Lab Validation report quantifying speeds of deployment up to 10x faster than with VMware vSphere. Or you can also check out our on demand webcast Quantifying the Value of Application-Driven Virtualization.

Monday Jul 30, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Sun Ray Software 5.3

Following up from our announcement of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop last month, today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Sun Ray Software version 5.3. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and Sun Ray Software 5.3 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Sun Ray Software within Oracle VM 3. 

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and, Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
  • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Sun Ray Software Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit) (64 bit)
    • Oracle VM 3 template for Sun Ray Software 5.3 with Oracle Linux 5.7 (64-bit)

Once you download the above template, you must 

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Sun Ray Software installation script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may may then begin to use a supported Sun Ray hardware client or Oracle Virtual Desktop Client software to connect to the Sun Ray server and use the default Oracle Linux desktop. You may also want to refer to the Sun Ray Software Administration Guide to learn more about Sun Ray Software and its capabilities.

Friday Jun 22, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62


Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.62. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Oracle Secure Global Desktop within Oracle VM 3. 

This means drastically reducing the evaluation and deployment time for Oracle Secure Global Desktop when leveraging Oracle VM 3. Feel free to give it a try!

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and:

  1. Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
    • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit)
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 template for x86_64 (64 bit) with Oracle Linux 5.7
  2. Under Oracle VM templates – x86 32 bit, look for
    • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop Media Pack for x86 (32 bit)
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 template for x86 (32 bit) with Oracle Linux 5.7

Download any of the above templates. Once you are done, you must

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template.

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Oracle Secure Global Desktop install script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may want to refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Administration Guide to learn more about Oracle Secure Global Desktop and its capabilities.

Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

Webcast: Deploy Oracle RAC in Minutes with Oracle VM Templates

Join us for the webcast titled, "Simplify Oracle RAC Deployment with Oracle VM", being held on March 20th at 9am PT.

While Server virtualization is becoming more common practice, the deployment of enterprise application workloads continues to remain a complex and time consuming endeavor for IT. Oracle VM is specifically designed to help IT accelerate and simplify enterprise application deployment and management. Using Oracle VM pre-built templates, complex application deployments, updates and upgrades can be reduced from days/weeks to minutes and hours; including the deployment of Oracle (Real Application Clusters (RAC)) Database environments. Learn how you can:

  • Deploy an Oracle (RAC) Database environment in minutes with Oracle VM templates
  • Create, deploy or convert existing systems into highly available cluster environments
  • Instantly respond to changing demand by relocating resources between servers

Speakers:

  • Ronen Kofman – Product Management Director, Oracle 
  • Markus Michalewicz – Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle

Day and Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Time: 9am PT

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.

Monday Feb 14, 2011

Two Virtualization Webinars This Week

If you're interested in virtualization, be sure to catch our two free webinars this week. You'll hear directly from Oracle technologists and can ask questions in a live Q&A.

Deploying Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications
Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011
9AM Pacific Time
Register Now
Is your company trying to manage costs; meet or beat service level agreements and get employees up and running quickly on business-critical applications like Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications? The fastest way to get the benefits of these applications deployed in your organization is with Oracle VM Templates. Cut application deployment time from weeks to just hours or days. Attend this session for the technical details of how your IT department can deliver rapid software deployment and eliminate installation and configuration costs by providing pre-installed and pre-configured software images.


Increasing Desktop Security for the Public Sector with Oracle Desktop Virtualization
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011
9AM Pacific Time
Register Now
Security of data as it moves across desktop devices is a concern for all industries. But organizations such as law enforcement, local, state, and federal government and others have higher security ne! eds than most. A virtual desktop model, where no data is ever stored on the local device, is an ideal architecture for these organizations to deploy. Oracle's comprehensive portfolio of desktop virtualization solutions, from thin client devices, to sever side management and desktop hosting software, provide a complete solution for this ever-increasing problem.

Thursday Dec 09, 2010

New Reference Configuration: Accelerate Deployment of Virtual Infrastructure

Today, Oracle announced the availability of Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration based on Sun servers, storage and Oracle VM software. Assembling and integrating software and hardware systems from different vendors can be a huge barrier to deploying virtualized infrastructures as it is often a complicated, time-consuming, risky and expensive process.

Using this tested configuration can help reduce the time to configure and deploy a virtual infrastructure by up to 98% as compared to putting together multi-vendor configurations.

Once ready, the infrastructure can be used to easily deploy enterprise applications in a matter of minutes to hours as opposed to days/weeks, by using Oracle VM Templates.

Find out more:
Press Release
Business whitepaper
Technical whitepaper

Tuesday Nov 16, 2010

Oracle VM Template for Oracle RAC 11g Webinar Slides & SIG Info

Thanks to the hundreds and hundreds of you that joined us today for the Webinar on how to use Oracle VM Templates to create a fully configured 2 node RAC 11g cluster in about 30mins.

For those of you that missed it....

  • A PDF of the slides are already available here
  • An on-demand playback of the webinar should be posted in the next day or so, so check back here (www.oracle.com/virtualization) by going to the "Events" section on the right hand side for this and other past webinars.
  • Plan to attend a 2hr extended version of this, including hands-on demo time sponsored by the RAC SIG (Special Interest Group).  See here for details.
Enjoy!

Friday Nov 12, 2010

Very Cool! New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite

Ivo Dujmovic's blog entry yesterday announced the latest Oracle E-Business Suite Template.

You can use pre-built Oracle VM templates to create a fully operational Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 environment now. 32-bit templates are available and and 64-bit versions will be available soon. We used Production (PROD) database files instead of the Vision Demonstration database to make the database template download smaller -- it is now three files instead of eight.

Read details in Ivo's blog post.

Wednesday Sep 22, 2010

VM Templates or appliances for VirtualBox

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We've had a great few days at Oracle OpenWorld talking to many of you who already use VirtualBox or now plan to. And many of you were very interested in the pre-built vm's that other groups in Oracle have put together to showcase their products.

So just to remind you of a couple we were showing or talking about, here are the download locations:

  • The Developer Days appliance - an Enterprise Linux based vm that is populated with the database and tools you need to start developing database apps;

  • The SOA Suite and BPM Suite appliance - Another Linux based vm, this time with a database, WebLogic Server and a fully configured, ready-to-use SOA/BPM 11g R1 installation.

- FB

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 Apr 20, 2010

Rapidly Deploy Oracle Applications with Oracle VM Templates

Oracle today announced Oracle VM Templates for a number of Oracle Applications including


  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1

  • Oracle's JD Edwards Enterprise One 9.0

  • Oracle's PeopleSoft 9.1


These Oracle VM Templates, based on Oracle Enterprise Linux, provide pre-installed and pre-configured enterprise software images that help eliminate the need to install new software from scratch, offering customers a time-saving approach to deploying a fully configured software stack.

Learn more about Oracle VM Templates

Friday Jan 22, 2010

New Oracle VM Templates

We released several new Oracle VM Templates this week. They are Oracle VM Manager 2.2, Oracle VM Server 2.2 SDK, and Oracle VM Server 2.1.5 SDK.

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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 E-Business Suite, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, PeopleSoft HCM, or Siebel CRM.

Oracle VM Manager 2.2 template is intended to be installed on a new Oracle VM 2.2 server; If you have a new Oracle VM 2.1.5 server and want to deploy Oracle VM Manager template, you can use the Oracle VM 2.1.5 Manager template. With the Oracle VM Manager template, you can quickly set up the Oracle VM Manager to manage the Oracle VM server environment.

The Oracle VM Server SDK Template provides an environment for third party drivers to be built for the Oracle VM server 2.2 or 2.1.5. This environment is being provided because the Oracle VM dom0 (management domain) only contains a minimum set of packages, and it does not provide the additional development packages needed for building modules. 

Oracle VM Templates are downloaded from Oracle's E-Delivery website: Just download and copy the software images onto your server that has Oracle VM installed on it, import and deploy the Template VM(s) and, after answering some one-time queries relating to the customer's desired environment (DHCP or static IP, passwords, etc.) within minutes you will have a fully installed and configured Oracle environment that you know is completely correct without having to install products from scratch. In most cases, deployment times for complex applications can be reduced from weeks to hours.

For more details about how you can benefit from Oracle VM Templates or start to build you own templates, please visit Oracle VM Templates web site:

http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/vm/templates/index.html


Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

Oracle VM Template for PeopleSoft

You may notice today that Oracle VM template for Oracle PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 and PeopleTools 8.50.02 is ready for download from Oracle's E-Delivery web site. You can review the Installation Guide before downloading the template; or you can refer to My Oracle Support note 950875.1.

This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" of PeopleSoft HCM with Oracle Database on Oracle Enterprise Linux. Oracle VM template for Oracle PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 and PeopleTools 8.50.02 includes the following components.

  • The template consists of three virtual machines: Oracle Database with PeopleSoft HCM instance, Tuxedo stack, Weblogic stack
  • The database VM includes Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.2 (64-bit) and Oracle Database 11.1.0.6 with PeopleSoft demo data
  • The PeopleSoft Apps VM includes Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.2 (64-bit), Oracle Tuxedo 10gR3
  • The PeopleSoft Web VM includes Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.2 (64-bit), Oracle Weblogic 11g
Please visit Oracle VM Templates for a list of available templates, white papers, and additional resources to help you leverage Oracle VM templates for faster application deployments.

Wednesday Oct 07, 2009

Oracle VM Templates for 3rd Party Software

Oracle VM Templates are complete, pre-installed and pre-configured software packaged as Oracle VM virtual machines (VMs) complete with an OS (Oracle Enterprise Linux). Customers enjoy the benefits of faster application deployment with Oracle VM Templates - for Oracle software as well as non-Oracle software.

Zeus Technology recently announced the availability of the Zeus Traffic Manager Template - a pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine, for Oracle VM. The Zeus Traffic Manager is an enterprise-class, layer-7 load balancing and application traffic management solution. It is now available for download as an Oracle VM Template.

Just download and copy the Oracle VM Template image(s) onto your server that has Oracle VM installed on it, import and deploy the Template VM(s) and, after answering some one-time queries relating to the customer's desired environment (DHCP or static IP, passwords, etc.) within minutes you will have a fully installed and configured application environment that you know is completely correct without having to install products from scratch.

To learn more, please visit Oracle VM Templates web site.

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