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Just Released – Two New Templates for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (22.214.171.124)
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Aug 02, 2013
The Oracle VM VirtualBox Template for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (126.96.36.199) 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.
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Friday Jul 19, 2013
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle 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-Oracle 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-Oracle 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!
Friday Mar 22, 2013
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Mar 22, 2013
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!
Friday Feb 22, 2013
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Feb 22, 2013
Hope you are all having a good Friday! Here's a tip for Oracle VM VirtualBox:
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:
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!
Friday Feb 15, 2013
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Feb 15, 2013
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?"
Thanks to Darren for a very cool tip. We'll see you next week!
Friday Dec 07, 2012
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Dec 07, 2012
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:
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:
- From the VirtualBox manager, simply use the File…Export appliance menu and follow the wizard's lead.
- Move the resulting file(s) to the destination machine; and
- 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.
Remember, if you have a question for us, use Twitter hashtag #AskOracleVirtualization. We'll see you next week!
Wednesday Dec 05, 2012
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Dec 05, 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!
- 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.
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.
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