Wednesday Jun 26, 2013

June 2013 Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

The June Edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, you'll learn about:

  • Announcing Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0
  • Dell Announces New Infrastructure Offering with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager, Optimized to Run on Dell x86 Systems
  • Oracle VM Continues to Expand Partner Ecosystem with Cisco and NetApp 
  • Get Ready for Oracle OpenWorld 2013

And much more!

Head on over and read the newsletter. You can also subscribe and have it automatically appear in your inbox each time a new edition is released!

-Chris 

Friday Jun 21, 2013

Friday Tips #33

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!

-Chris 

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.14 available now

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.14 was released today.

It cleans up the bugs listed in the ChangeLog.
Download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB 

Saturday Apr 13, 2013

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.12 available now

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.12 was released today.

It cleans up the bugs listed in the ChangeLog.
Download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB 

Friday Mar 22, 2013

Friday Tips #20

We hope you've had a good week and happy Friday! It's time for our 20th Friday tip. This one is about installing Oracle VM VirtualBox for use with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

Question:
How do I install VirtualBox to use it with Oracle Virtual Dekstop Infrastructure?

Answer by the Oracle documentation team:
Unzip the VirtualBox software archive, change working directory to the extracted directory, and install the software with the vb-install script, as follows:

# unzip vbox_4.2.zip
# cd vbox_4.2
# ./vb-install

VirtualBox consists of two components, a Base Pack and an Extension Pack. The VirtualBox software archive contains only the Extension Pack. However, the vb-install script downloads the VirtualBox Base Pack, and then installs both the Base Pack and the Extension Pack. If the Base Pack download fails, you must manually download it from here. Make sure you download the release that is bundled and supported with the release of Oracle VDI. Copy the Base Pack to the same directory as the vb-install script, and then run the script again.

The vb-install script prompts you for a user name, a password, and a port number to use for SSL connections.

The user name and password is for the user that runs VirtualBox on the host. On Oracle Linux platforms and Oracle Solaris platforms where root is a user, the root user is used by default. It is best to use the root user on these platforms. On Oracle Solaris platforms where root is a role, you must provide the credentials for a different user.

If the VirtualBox user is root, the SSL port is port 443 by default. Otherwise, port 18083 is used by default. If another process is using the default port, the vb-install script suggests another available port. If you plan to install Oracle Secure Global Desktop software on this host as well and port 443 is selected, choose a different port.

Make a note of the user name and port, you need these later.

After a few minutes, the installation is complete.


The answer to this question is from the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Getting Started Guide for Release 3.5. There's lot of great information in there, so have a read through it if you want to get a good sense for how to plan your install.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Feb 22, 2013

Friday Tips #16

Hope you are all having a good Friday! Here's a tip for Oracle VM VirtualBox:

Question:
Should I install the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack and Guest Additions?

Answer by Andy Hall, Product Management Director, Oracle Desktop Virtualization and Chris Kawalek, Senior Principal Product Director, Oracle Desktop Virtualization:
Yes!

The Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack enables four features:

  • The virtual USB 2.0 device
  • Intel PXE boot ROM with support for the E1000 network card
  • Experimental support for PCI passthrough on Linux
  • VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support

You might also notice when you do upgrades of VirtualBox you might get a warning about missing hardware (Chris saw this just yesterday with USB 2.0, in fact). This means the extension pack and the VirtualBox versions are out of sync, so you'll need to install the latest extension pack.

The good news is that it's really easy. From the VirtualBox download page, just select the appropriate extension pack. Once it has downloaded, just double click and you'll be guided through the quick process.

For the Guest Additions, they are also worthwhile and easy to install. The Guest Additions provide device drivers and applications that help make working with a guest a much better experience. This includes things like mouse pointer integration, shared folders, seamless windows, and more. The Guest Additions are included in the VirtualBox installation folder as an .iso image that you can mount and then install from the guest.

If you have a question for us, post on Twitter with hashtag #askoraclevirtualization. See you next week!

-Chris


Friday Feb 15, 2013

Friday Tips #15

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our tip this week is a little different. This week, we found a blog post from another Oracle blogger that we thought would be interesting for those of you diving deep into Oracle VM VirtualBox. The tip answers the question, "how can I get access to the serial console output of a Solaris VirtualBox guest running on a Solaris hypervisor host?"

Serial Console with VirtualBox on Solaris host by darrenm

Thanks to Darren for a very cool tip. We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.6 released!

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.6 was just released.

It cleans up the bugs listed in the ChangeLog.
Download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB 

Friday Dec 07, 2012

Friday Tips #5

Happy Friday, everyone! Following up on yesterday's post about Oracle VM VirtualBox being selected as the best virtualization solution for 2012 by the readers of Linux Journal, our Friday tip is about that very cool piece of software:


Question:
How do I move a VM from one machine to another with Oracle VM VirtualBox?

Answer by Andy Hall, Product Management Director, Oracle Desktop Virtualization:
There are a number of ways to do this, with pros and cons for each. The most reliable approach is to Export and Import virtual machines:

  1. From the VirtualBox manager, simply use the File…Export appliance menu and follow the wizard's lead.
  2. Move the resulting file(s) to the destination machine; and
  3. Import the VM into VirtualBox.

This method will take longer and use more disk space than other methods because the configuration files and virtual hard drives are converted into an industry standard format (.ova or .ovf). But an advantage of this approach is that the creator of the virtual appliance can add a license which the importer will see and click-to-accept at import time. This is especially useful for ISVs looking to deliver pre-built, configured and tested appliances to their customers and prospects.


Thanks Andy!

Remember, if you have a question for us, use Twitter hashtag #AskOracleVirtualization. We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Dec 05, 2012

Linux Journal Best Virtualization Solution Readers' Choice 2012

I'm proud to report that in the latest issue of Linux Journal their readers named Oracle VM VirtualBox the "Best Virtualization Solution" for 2012. We're excited to receive this honor and want to thank Linux Journal and their readers for recognizing us! 

This is the latest award won by Oracle VM VirtualBox, following a 2011 Bossie Award (best open source software) from InfoWorld, a 2012 Readers' Choice award from Virtualization Review, and several others. These awards help us know that people are using Oracle VM VirtualBox in their day to day work and that it's really useful to them. We truly appreciate their (your!) support.

If you already use Oracle VM VirtualBox, you will know all this. But, just in case you haven't tried it yet, here's a few reasons you should download it:
  • Free for personal use and open source.
  • You can download it in minutes and start running multiple operating systems on your Windows PC, Mac, Oracle Solaris system, or Linux PC.
  • It's fast and powerful, and easy to install and use.
  • It has in-depth support for client technologies like USB, virtual CD/DVD, virtual display adapters with various flavors of 2D and 3D acceleration, and much more.
If you've ever found yourself in a situation where you were concerned about installing a piece of software because it might be too buggy, or wanted to have a dedicated system to test things on, or wanted to run Windows on a Mac or Oracle Solaris on a PC (or hundreds of other combinations!), or didn't want to install your company's VPN software directly on your home system, then you should definitely give Oracle VM VirtualBox a try. Once you install it, you'll find a myriad of other uses, too.

Thanks again to the readers of Linux Journal for selecting Oracle VM VirtualBox as the Best Virtualization Solution for 2012. If you'd like to read the whole article, you can purchase this month's issue over at the Linux Journal website.

-Chris

Friday Nov 16, 2012

Friday tips #2

Welcome to our second Friday tips blog! You can ask us questions using the hash tag #AskOracleVirtualization on Twitter and we'll do our best to answer them.

Today we've got a VDI related question on linked clones:

Question: I want to use linked clones with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. What are my options?

Answer by John Renko, Consulting Developer, Oracle:

First, linked clones are available with the Oracle VirtualBox hypervisor only.

Second, your choice of storage will affect the rest of your architecture.

If you are using a SAN presenting ISCSI LUNS, you can have linked clones with a Oracle Enterprise Linux based hypervisor running VirtualBox. OEL will use OCFS2 to allow VirtualBox to create the linked clones. Because of the OCFS2 requirement, a Solaris based VirtualBox hypervisor will not be able to support linked clones on remote ISCSI storage.

If you using the local storage option on your hypervisors, you will have linked clones with Solaris or Linux based hypervisors running VirtualBox.

In all cases, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure makes the right selection for creating clones - sparse or linked - behind the scenes. Plan your architecture accordingly if you want to ensure you have the higher performing linked clones.

Saturday Nov 03, 2012

virtualbox.org

We are aware that http://virtualbox.org is unavailable. For people that urgently need the binaries or source code for Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can always get to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/index.html.

Friday Oct 26, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.4 released!

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.4 was just released.

It cleans up the bugs listed in the ChangeLog.
Download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB 

Friday Oct 19, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.2 released

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Burning the midnight oil, the VirtualBox team released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.2 last night.

It tidies up a lot of the loose ends of the 4.2.0 release and you can read about them in the ChangeLog.
Download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB 

Thursday Sep 13, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 is released!

VirtualBox.pngWe're pleased to announce the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2. 

This is a major release with lots of new features and new platform support. For more information check out the FatBloke's blog.

Here's a teaser:

VirtualBox 4.2

-FB 

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