Tuesday Feb 25, 2014
Friday Jan 31, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Jan 31, 2014
Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is a post from our Oracle VM VirtualBox product team on a brand new virtual appliance:
Oracle has released the Oracle BigDataLite virtual appliance allowing developers to focus on what they do best, which is developing applications.
With the Oracle BigDataLite virtual appliance, there is no need to install the Big Data platform components or configure them, that's already all done for you. Simply download the Oracle BigDataLite appliance for Oracle VM VirtualBox, start it up on your desktop or laptop and you are ready to go. Can it be easier than that?
If you like to get more details about the Oracle BigDataLite virtual appliance please check this announcement. Or even better, register for the Virtual Developer Day scheduled next week Tuesday, February 4th to get first hand answers to all your questions or to make your hands dirty during one of the hands-on-labs.
Have a great day,
-The Oracle VM VirtualBox team
Thursday Dec 19, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Dec 19, 2013
The latest Oracle Virtualization newsletter is out! If you're a subscriber, you already have it in your inbox. But if not, here are some of the highlights:
- Oracle joins OpenStack Foundation
- Replay information for Top 5 Reasons Why Oracle VM Is Best for Oracle Database webcast
- Case study on telecommunications company that deployed IT as a service using Oracle VM
- Oracle VM VirtualBox receives community choice award from Windows IT Pro
- Information on the upcoming Virtual SysAdmin Day on January 28
- A new e-book titled "Oracle VM: Application-Driven Virtualization for the Modern Data Center and the Cloud"
- Plus, new podcasts, white papers, customer success stories, partner buzz, and much more!
Friday Nov 22, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Nov 22, 2013
Happy Friday, everyone. We hope you've had a great week!
The results from the Windows IT Pro 2013 Community Choice Awards are in and we’re proud to say that Oracle VM VirtualBox was named one of the best virtualization products!
This community-voted award is great validation of our work to enhance the product. Learn more about the latest release, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.
We want to thank the Oracle VM VirtualBox community for their continued support as we work to make it easier and better than ever for users to run virtual machines on their desktop and laptop computers.
Thursday Oct 24, 2013
Tuesday Oct 15, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Oct 15, 2013
This morning, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 hit the wire. You can download it for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris here.
This is a great release, adding a unique virtual multi-touch feature (great for testing Windows 8.1 applications on your standard desktop PC), support for new platforms and some really fantastic networking enhancements.
Friday Aug 02, 2013
Just Released – Two New Templates for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (220.127.116.11)
By Chris Kawalek on Aug 02, 2013
The Oracle VM VirtualBox Template for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (18.104.22.168) can be used to provision new guest virtual machines running Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 Oracle Management Service (OMS), Oracle Management Agent and Repository Database.
For a list of Oracle VM Templates, please visit:
For more Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates, please visit:
For more information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c:
Friday Jul 19, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Jul 19, 2013
Happy Friday! This week we're talking about tips and tricks for fullscreen mode in Oracle VM VirtualBox.
I use typically Oracle VM VirtualBox on the Mac and I find it very convenient to set my virtual machines to run in full screen mode in a separate Space. I'm using Mountain Lion, but this should be similar for Mavericks (I think, I haven't used it yet!).
To go full screen, first, launch your virtual machine. You can then use the host key (command on the Mac) and F to go full screen. You can also switch to full screen in the menu bar with View->Switch to Fullscreen. There's also a useful option there that will set the resolution of the guest OS to match your monitor, and that is View->Auto-resize Guest Display.
In the Mac on Mountain Lion (and perhaps on Lion, I don't have it around to confirm), this full screen VM will have its own Space. That means you can do the three finger quick swipe left or right to switch between your local Mac OS spaces and your full screen virtual machine. It's extremely cool. Another thing I do to make moving between the virtual machine and the Mac OS desktop even easier is to go into Mission Control (three finger swipe up on a trackpad, or open the app itself) and drag the Space with the VM in it all the way to one side or the other of your Spaces - I prefer the right side. Then in the Mission Control System Preference, turn off "Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use." What this does is ensure that you can quickly three finger swipe all the way left or all the way right to get either a Mac OS desktop or your fullscreen VM.
One other quick tip. If you don't find yourself needing the items in the mini-toolbar, you can hide it by clicking on the VM in Oracle VM VirtualBox manager, and then clicking on "Settings" in the toolbar. In the General tab of that dialog box, click Advanced and then uncheck Mini ToolBar: Show In Fullscreen/Seamless. The only thing I use the Mini Toolbar for on a regular basis is suspending the VM, which you can do just as easily by press the host key (again, command on the Mac) and Q. You'll get the same dialog that you get when pressing X on the mini toolbar.
Friday Jul 12, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Jul 12, 2013
This week we're talking about 3D graphics performance with Oracle VM VirtualBox.
Our own Fat Bloke just published a blog that describes how to make sure you get the most out of Ubuntu's GUI using the OpenGL acceleration in VirtualBox. In the picture below, you'll see all the shiny Chromium renderers in use:
We'll see you next week!
Wednesday Jun 26, 2013
Friday Jun 21, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Jun 21, 2013
Happy Friday, everyone!
Our tip this week is from an excellent white paper written by our own Greg King titled Oracle VM 3: Building a Demo Environment using Oracle VM VirtualBox. In it, Greg gives you everything you need to know to set up Oracle VM Server inside of Oracle VM VirtualBox for testing and demoing. The section we're highlighting below is on how to configure the network interfaces of your virtual machines:
VirtualBox comes with a few different types of network interfaces that can be used to allow communication between the VM guests and the host operating system, including network interfaces that will allow the VM guests to communicate with local and wide area networks accessed from your laptop or personal computer. However, for the purpose of the demonstration environment we will limit the network communication to include access just between your desktop and the virtual machines being managed by VirtualBox.
The install process for Oracle VM VirtualBox creates a single host-only network device on your laptop or personal computer. Using the host-only network device will allow you to open a browser on your desktop to access the Oracle VM Manager running within the VirtualBox VM guest. The device will only allow network traffic between the VM guests and your host operating system, but nothing outside the confines of your laptop or personal computer.
We will need to add a second host-only network since the Oracle VM Server appliance has both eth0 and eth1 configured. You can choose to use eth1 on the Oracle VM Servers or not use them – the choice is yours. But, at least the host side network device will exist if you decide to use it.
Greg goes on to describe in detail how to setup the network interfaces, so you can head on over to the paper and get even more info.
See you next week!
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