Friday Jan 29, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle VM VirtualBox Takes the Spotlight

This Friday we will focus on Oracle VM VirtualBox because we just heard that G2 Crowd, a platform for users to share business software reviews in real-time, published a report where VirtualBox is the leader among a broad list of the VDI (Virtual Desktop Integration) products, ranked by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact).

"VirtualBox has been named a Leader based on receiving a high customer satisfaction score and having a large market presence. VirtualBox has the largest Market Presence and received the highest Satisfaction score among virtual desktop infrastructure products. 95% of users rated it 4 or 5 stars and 84% of users believe VirtualBox is headed in the right direction." 

Read more about the report here.

Oracle VM VirtualBox, world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems, then quickly deploy their applications to Cloud. VirtualBox is an evolving product that Oracle continues and will continue to improve and add new features and enhancements.

Simply visit VirtualBox.org to download the software and enjoy using it. New versions can be found for personal use at the Downloads page and at the Oracle VM VirtualBox page, and available with commercial support. An active community and forum can be seen at community page. 

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.14 available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 14.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find two important and very hot items:

  • USB Fixes for MAC OS X - El Capitan
  • Audio regression fixes. 

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

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.

Friday Dec 18, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.12 now available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 12.

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

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Hands-On-Labs now available via OTN!

Thanks to the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/hol-oraclevm-2368799.html

The hands-on labs leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox on your laptop or personal computer. With easy setup and by following simple steps, you can quickly create an Oracle VM server virtualization demonstration or learning environment with full Oracle software stack. Just download the virtual appliances, and import into your Oracle VM VirtualBox environment to play with it.

This year the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 had been:


  • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM

In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

  • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

  • Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

You can find all the information and download the HOLs packages (OVA format) and step-by-step documentation here.

HOLs laptop/desktop hardware requirements are:

· 1 CPU quad-core (dual-core minimum)

· 16 GB of RAM

All the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 are marked with “New“.

Have fun and feel free to post your feedback on this blog entry comments.

Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

OOW15: Tues, Oct 27-What's Coming Up Today?

Happy Tuesday to all Oracle OpenWorld attendees and those watching online.

Today is full of important Keynotes and General sessions by Oracle Linux and Virtualization team. Keynotes are at Moscone North, Hall D.,  first one 8:30 10:15 a.m. "Oracle Software Innovations", Thomas Kurian, the second one - not to be missed- "The Secure Cloud", by Larry Ellison, 1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m. These keynotes will be streamed live from Oracle OpenWorldwebsite.

For Linux and Virtualization audiences the key event is the general sessions. Oracle's Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering will present the General sessions highlighted in red below, mark them in your schedule and don't miss:

  • General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479]Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Secure Your Data Center with Oracle Linux [CON9483] Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486] Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Oracle VM: Complete and Integrated Virtualization Solution in a Data Center [CON6120] Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

If you missed the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Moscone South, Booth #121 yesterday,  today is the day to visit. We will have the Oracle product managers and engineers to answer your questions. 

Today's theatre sessions in the showcase area will be: 


We all look forward to talking to you.

Zeynep Koch 


Thursday Oct 22, 2015

OOW15: All Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization Sessions and HOLs

Hello everyone, what a busy month for us! 

First, the October edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! Featuring stories about the new OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2, what’s happening at next week’s Oracle OpenWorld, an economic value analysis of Oracle Linux, and much more. Read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get future editions delivered straight to your inbox.

We have only 3 days to Oracle OpenWorld and we are excited to present you with an amazing range of sessions and Hands on Labs for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Secure Global Desktop and OpenStack for Oracle Linux.  First of all, we wanted to remind you all the locations. Please allow sufficient time to travel:

  • All Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux sessions are at the Park Central Hotel
  • All of our Hands on Labs are at the Hotel Nikko
  • Demos are in Moscone South
  • Keynotes are in Moscone North


Monday, Oct. 26:

  • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10471] Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
  • Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service [CON9577] Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Getting Started with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [HOL10473] Monday, Oct 26, 12:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
  • Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10472] Monday, Oct 26, 2:00 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
  • Maximize Oracle Linux Performance on Servers and in the Cloud [CON9481] Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Oracle Linux: Build, Test, and Deploy—Tools for the Modern Developer [CON9484] Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Next-Generation Cloud Application Development with Oracle Linux, Docker, and Virtualization [CON9485] Monday, Oct 26, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Don't miss the General sessions highlighted in red below:
  • General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479] Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Secure Your Data Center with Oracle Linux [CON9483] Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486] Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Oracle VM: Complete and Integrated Virtualization Solution in a Data Center [CON6120] Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

Wednesday, Oct 28:

  • Build and Deploy Portable Applications Using Docker and Oracle Linux [HOL10328] Wednesday, Oct 28, 8:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • How to Manage Your Oracle Linux Environment with Spacewalk [HOL10326] Wednesday, Oct 28, 10:15 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Monterey (3rd Floor)
  • Building a Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux [CON9487] Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Business Continuity for Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure [CON9575] Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Rapid Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9576] Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • The Enterprise Cloud Simplified with Oracle VM [CON9488] Wednesday, Oct 28, 3:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Maximize Your Private Cloud Investment with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9574] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud [HOL10469] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

We wanted to list all the sessions and HOLs by day so you don't miss them but in case you prefer to bookmark the Focus On Documents, here are the links for those which gives you the summary of all the activities for Oracle Linux and Virtualization:

Focus On Document - Oracle Linux

Focus On Document - Oracle Virtualization

We look forward to seeing you in our Sessions and Hands on Labs at OOW15.

Friday Oct 02, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux, Virtualization, and OpenStack Showcase at OOW15

Happy Friday everyone!

Today's topic will be about our amazing showcase at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct 25-29. The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack showcase is located in Moscone South, booth #121, featuring Oracle product demos and Partners.  In past years, our showcase had been a great location to see demos of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as well as solutions from our Partners. This year, it is expanded with Oracle OpenStack product demos and a theatre. Here's a list of the Oracle and Partner kiosks, don't forget to visit and talk to one of the experts that can help you out with your questions:

  • SLX-007 - Access Applications Securely with Oracle Secure Global Desktop
  • SLX-008 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • SLX-009 - Enhance Security and Reduce Costs Using Zero-Downtime Updates with Oracle Linux and Ksplice
  • SLX-010 - Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux  -Enterprise Ready
  • SLX-011 - Oracle Linux for the Cloud-Enabled Data Center
  • SLX-012  - Develop and Distribute Containerized Applications with Oracle Linux
  • SLX-013 - Oracle VM Server for x86
  • SLX-014 - Oracle VM Server for SPARC  

The table below lists the featured Partners and their solutions:


The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase will also include an in-booth theatre for Partners and Oracle experts to share their solutions to customers and partners, alike. For the latest listing of theatre sessions currently confirmed please refer to the Schedule Builder

Don't forget to visit us at Moscone South #121, we will giveaway some great software (keeping it as a surprise- you need to come and see) and be in the drawing for our famous penguins and and Intel Mini PC - NUC appliance where you can use it for set top boxes to video surveillance, and home entertainment systems to digital signage, it is one appliance that can do it all.

Register today.

Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

The September 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

The September 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

  • Oracle OpenWorld 2015
  • The latest update to Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Oracle VM Windows Paravirtual (PV) Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft
  • Oracle VM Templates for Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 now available on Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 now available for Oracle VM Server 3.3
  • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.3 Released
  • And more...

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy! 

 

Thursday Aug 13, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2 Available

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 5.0 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 VM VirtualBox Team

Friday Jul 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Happy Friday!

It’s been an exciting week here with the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0! I’ve used it daily for years and it’s indispensable. Here are the some of things I use it for:

  • Running different operating systems: my most common configuration is running Oracle Linux in a VM on a Mac.
  • Testing out multi-tier architectures on a single machine: I do this sometimes with Oracle Secure Global Desktop, using a combination of Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server guests.
  • And I think my favorite is having my work environment (again, an Oracle Linux VM) encapsulated so whenever I change machines, I only have to install VirtualBox and am back up and running immediately.

It’s just a great tool.

There was a nice article published yesterday by ITworld, where they discussed some of the new features of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and got some additional comments from Oracle senior vice president Linux and virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Have a a read.

If you’d like information on commercial support for Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can have a look here.

And if you haven’t downloaded 5.0 yet, go get it.

Have a great week!
-Chris

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

Friday May 29, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Develop in VirtualBox and Deploy to Oracle VM Server

Oracle has two widely used virtual machine technologies for x86: Oracle VM Server for x86 is oriented towards server applications, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is our popular desktop virtualization product. Each is designed for its target application: Oracle VM Server for x86 provides scale and performance for enterprise applications, while Oracle VM VirtualBox provides convenient and flexible desktop virtualization for end-users and developers.

VirtualBox makes it easy to share files between a host desktop or laptop and its VMs, so a programmer can develop code on the host and then test the software inside the VMs. A convenient use case is to develop a VM on VirtualBox, and then export it to Oracle VM Server for x86 where it can run in production. That leverages VirtualBox's graphic capability and ease of use for developer productivity with the ability to promote applications to the servers where they will run.

Converting a VirtualBox VM to an Oracle VM Server for x86 image has been described before, but it's even easier now than previously. First, remove the VirtualBox Guest Additions from the VM as documented in the VirtualBox User Manual. Then export the VM from VirtualBox (File -> Export Appliance). Copy the resulting .ova file to a web server that can be accessed by Oracle VM Manager, and import it as an assembly (Repositories tab, select the target repository, select the Assemblies directory, and click on the 'Import VM Assembly' icon). After the assembly has been imported, it can be used to create a template just as with other assemblies in Oracle VM.

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a user and developer-friendly desktop virtualization technology ideal for creating and testing applications, and Oracle VM Server is a robust server virtualization technology for running enterprise applications. Together, the two are a highly effective combination.

To learn more about Oracle VM VirtualBox and how to use VirtualBox to help with your test/development use cases, you can watch the recent webcast replay.

Tuesday May 26, 2015

May 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

We're pleased to announce that the May edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available!

This issue includes information on:

You can read the online edition right now, or if you'd like to have the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, you can sign up here

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


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