Monday Jul 18, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.26 now available

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 26.

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 Jun 24, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC - virtual HBA (vHBA) enhancements

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 was released in May with enhanced scale and features. One of the areas enhanced was virtual HBA (vHBA), which provides advanced virtual device capabilities and scalability. See the blog entry on enhancements to vHBA. along with a note on controlling  LUN assignment.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC, visit

Friday Jun 03, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 1 Released

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 1.

This minor release includes a large number of enhancement and bug fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.

See all the details related to Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. 

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.4 released!

A new version of the Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows has been released to provide a performance boost for Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM Server for x86. These Oracle VM PV Drivers for Microsoft Windows are high-performance network and disk drivers that significantly reduce the overhead of the traditional implementation of I/O device emulation.

The Oracle VM PV Drivers for Microsoft Windows have been updated with Release 3.4.1 to offer new capabilities and include all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.3 release.  The following new features have been added with this release:

  • Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows now supports Microsoft Windows 10.
  • As of this release, Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provides informative notifications to help you troubleshoot common installation issues.
  • Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows introduces multipage ring buffer support in this release.
  • The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installation program now verifies that the guest operating system is supported. If a user attempts to install Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows on Microsoft Windows XP, or other operating system that is not supported, the installation program notifies the user.

To download the new Windows PV drivers, search patch ID 23346086 on My Oracle Support. For additional Oracle VM software download, visit the instruction page here.

For details on how to install the software drivers as well information on the Windows operating systems that are supported with this release, please see the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows for Release 3.4.1 in the Oracle VM Documentation site.

Additional Information

Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Tuesday May 31, 2016

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4, which has been delivered as part of Oracle Solaris 11.3 SRU 8.7. Together, they provide new features for virtualization, performance, security, scalability, and system management.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 introduces several new capabilities, including the following:

  • The virtual HBA (vHBA) method of doing I/O introduced with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 has been enhanced to better support I/O resiliency, multi-pathing, monitoring and large configurations.
  • Verified boot can be used to enhance guest domain security by verifying signed boot blocks and kernel modules.
  • Trusted guest domains can be permitted to assign alternate MAC addresses and VLAN IDs, especially for domains running OpenStack.
  • Inter-vnet-link Logical Domain Channels (LDCs) are automatically enabled unless more than a tunable number of virtual network devices are on a virtual switch, in order to conserve use of LDCs.
  • The number of LDCs has been increased to a maximum of 4096, for further scalability.
  • Device properties for InfiniBand SR-IOV devices can now be modified without domain reboot.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC, visit

Friday May 13, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.4 Solutions with Command Line Interface

In today's spotlight, I want to share some useful tools that are built on top of Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI). You can take advantage of the tools to automate some common tasks, thus bring more flexibility to help you deploy and manage an Oracle VM environment.

As you already know, main components building the Oracle VM Server for x86 architecture are:

  • Oracle VM Server incorporates an open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server.
  • Oracle VM Manager, the Browser user interface (BUI) to manage Oracle VM environment.

But there are further options to manage an Oracle VM deployment!

Between them we can find Oracle VM API (application programming interface) and Oracle VM CLI (command line interface).

Both options really resides on Oracle VM Manager host and are already part of your Oracle VM ecosystem; this kind of features opens further integration opportunity:

So while the Oracle VM Web-Services API options allows to integrate 3rd parties products to manage Oracle VM ecosystem, Oracle VM CLI allows to automate and schedule different operations that usually are manually executed by the BUI.

Between them we can find different operations that maybe need many clicks or human interaction to be completed or, for example, need to be scheduled at a certain time/date; different examples can be:

  • create a huge list of objects (like networks, virtual-disks, vms...etc)
  • execute, sequentially, more operations of the same type (clone, move, start, stop...etc) 
  • execute the same operation for N times (like execute the same operation on tens/hundreds of vms)
  • schedule the execution of a particular operation at a given date/time without user interaction
  • ....and even much more

All these types of operations can be accomplished and executed in a faster manner using Oracle VM CLI where, thanks to the scripting option available, you can estimate which is the best logic to apply before executing the command requested; so you can really design your flowchart and decide which kind of checks needs to be executed before introduce any change or perform any operation; an example:

A very interesting example, with all the details, of this approach can be found at this link where I created a simple Oracle VM CLI script able to move an entire VM (vm configuration file and all virtual-disks) from one repository to an other one.

Even if the VM moving is an easy operation that can be accomplished also using the Oracle VM Manager BUI interface, it could happen that you are in one of these cases:

  • You need to move a huge list of VMs from one repository to a new one
  • You need to move a list of VMs with many virtual-disks
  • You need to schedule the vm-moving at a specific date/time

and this is only one example of the very cool things that you can automate thanks to Oracle VM Manager Web-Services API or Oracle VM Manager CLI.

If you are interested on further solutions like this one you can evaluate them also here where further articles describe other cases.

Feel free to comment and ask for details on this blog entry!

Friday May 06, 2016

Friday Spotlight: New whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance"

We are very pleased to announce a new whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86  Performance" which describes how to measure and optimize performance in Oracle VM environments. It has detailed information on CPU, memory, and I/O performance, guidance on how to measure and evaluate performance, and news on performance features recently added to Oracle VM.

This material accompanies the May 5 webcast Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which emphasizes cloud and scalable enterprise environments.

Watch this page for new announcements in Oracle VM performance as we continue to enhance performance.



Monday Mar 14, 2016

Deploying and Managing Applications with Oracle VM Training

Oracle VM is built to support different workloads, with an emphasis on ease of deployment and management of Oracle applications.

In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course, you learn to create server pools to take advantage of your existing storage and networking infrastructure. This will enable you to seamlessly manage storage from a central location using Oracle VM Storage Connect. Using features like anti-affinity groups and Dynamic Resource Scheduling policy, you'll implement and manage the inter-connections between the virtual machines running your multi-tier enterprise applications.

Extensive hands-on practices will guide you through each step for building your virtual environment. With the skills acquired during these exercises, you can scale your virtual environment to support the most demanding workloads.

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to perform lab exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones, including 16 March, 20 and 27 April, and 11 and 25 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. In-class events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
17 August 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
27 April 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
13 April 2016 English
Prague, Czech Republic
27 June 2016 Czech
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
London, England
4 July 2016 English
Reading, England
21 March 2016 English
Paris, France
23 March 2016 French
Lille, France
2 May 2016 French
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
11 May 2016 English
Milan, Italy
13 June 2016 Italian
Rome, Italy
9 May 2016 Italian
Mexico City, Mexico
13 April 2016 Spanish
Utrecht, Netherlands
21 March 2016 English
Singapore
4 May 2016 English
Bratislava, Slovakia  29 March 2016 Slovakian
Ljubjiana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Johannesburg, South Africa
22 March 2016 English
Madrid, Spain
4 April 2016 Spanish
Malmo, Sweden
18 April 2016 English
Stockholm, Sweden 18 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand 11 April 2016 English
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
If you are using SPARC, you could take the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.
  • Live-Virtual Events on the schedule include 14 and 31 March, 7, 14 and 18 April, and 23 and 26 May 2016
  • In-Class Events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Cairo, Egypt 10 April 2016 Arabic
Cairo, Egypt 25 May 2016 English
Tokyo, Japan 24 March 2016 Japanese
Mexico City, Mexico 23 May 2016 Spanish
Singapore 21 March 2016 English

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's Virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Mar 11, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates and Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning

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: this is the foundation of the Application-Driven Virtualization.

Use of Oracle VM Templates eliminates the installation and configuration costs, and reduces the ongoing maintenance costs helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations.

Oracle VM Templates can be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud: Just download, import and deploy the Template VM(s) and within minutes you will have a fully installed and configured Oracle environment that you know is completely correct, supported and certified by Oracle. In most cases, deployment times for complex applications can be reduced from weeks to hours.

And this is not all…..

On Oracle VM you can create your own templates, based or not on Oracle Products; so, for example, starting from an existing Oracle VM Template you have the opportunity to build your gold image where you can address all your standards and/or desired changes.


At the same time, you can create a totally new Oracle VM template and evaluate which kind of customization is needed on the first boot of the VM.

This option allows to build an entire fully automated Cloud solution, based on Oracle VM, able to deploy VMs and services in minutes, instead of hours or days.

All these activities can be accomplished easily with this white paper, totally dedicated to the Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning for Oracle VM where concepts like:

  • Oracle VM Messaging System
  • Oracle VM Guest Additions (ovmd and ovm-template-config)
  • Oracle VM CLI
  • Local and remote configuration of a VM

are explained and proved with more examples on different Oracle Linux releases (5/6/7).

To learn more:

If you have any question, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

Spirent TestCenter™ Virtual Uses Oracle VM for Cloud-Enabled Services

Today's blog features one of our partners Spirent who offer services and solutions for cloud.

Spirent TestCenter Virtual now supports Oracle VM allowing customers with layer 2–7 test and measurement capabilities to accelerate SDN and NFV deployments. Spirent TestCenter Virtual is a software module that resides on virtual machines and servers. It is used by operators and cloud providers to validate virtual switches, routers, and firewalls using the same tests that have been used to validate physical devices for years.

Spirent TestCenter Virtual helps benchmark VNFs, NFV environments and cloud management platforms like OpenStack, VMware vCloud, Cloudstack and AWS. It is capable of high performance using DPDK drivers and is supported on multiple hypervisors including VMware ESXi, KVM/QEMU, Xen Server, and Hyper-V.

Learn more about Spirent TestCenter Virtual on Oracle VM here.

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 11, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

This Friday spotlight announces new blog articles on Oracle VM performance. This series of blogs, started in September, discusses how to evaluate and optimize Oracle VM performance. The articles that have already been published are:

  1. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1 - introduced the series and gave a perspective on virtual machine performance.
  2. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 2 - discussed performance measurement and evaluation, and reviewed Oracle VM CPU, memory, and I/O architecture for both x86 and SPARC.
  3. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 3 - discussed performance goals, use cases, and policies for virtual machines and cloud environments.
  4. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 4 - provided an in-depth view of CPU and memory optimization for Oracle VM Server for x86, with details on how to optimize NUMA latency, CPU sizing and over-subscription, and hyper-threading.
  5. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 5 - discussed the different Oracle VM Server for x86 domain types and how to choose between them for performance and flexibility, and how to leverage huge pages and Oracle VM's CPU scheduler controls.
  6. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 6 - (new) discusses tuning network and disk I/O performance, which is critical to most workloads.

Upcoming articles will discuss tuning for other aspects of Oracle VM performance, followed by Oracle VM Server for SPARC performance topics.

In summary, while Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" performance can be enhanced by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

Tuesday Nov 17, 2015

Complete Lifecycle Compute Stack Virtualization

Using the Oracle VM application-driven architecture is different from using traditional virtualization. Built with the application stack and manageability in mind, Oracle VM offers a complete lifecycle compute stack virtualization. 

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course will help you consolidate the server foot print, while you learn to deploy or consolidate application workloads to a virtualized environment or migrate to a private cloud.

You can take this course through the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to do hands-on exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including the 2, 7, and 20 of December 2015, the 7, 20 and 26 of January, the 10, 16, and 22 of February, the 2, 18 and 29 of March, the 20 and 26 of April, and the 10 and 25 of May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
30 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
27 January 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Ontario, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Quito, Ecuador
24 November 2015 Spanish
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
London, England
11 January 2016 English
Reading, England
21 March 2016 English
Lille, France
3 February 2016 French
Lyon, France
15 March 2016 French
Nantes, France
11 January 2016 French
Toulouse, France
20 March 2016 French
Frankfurt, Germany
30 November 2015 German
Munich, Germany
29 February 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
4 May 2016 English
Wellington, New Zealand
3 December 2016 English
Ljubljana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Kista, Sweden
18 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
18 January 2016 English
Phoenix, AZ, United States
16 February 2016 English
Sacramento, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
San Francisco, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
San Jose, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States
28 December 2015 English
Edison, NJ, United States
19 January 2016 English
Columbus, Ohio, United States 28 December 2015 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 19 January 2016 English

To continue learning about Oracle VM, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation and Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration courses.

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Monday Oct 26, 2015

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3, which has been delivered as part of Oracle Solaris 11.3. Together, they provide substantial new features for virtualization, performance, security, data and system management, and platform support.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 introduces multiple new capabilities, especially a new method of doing I/O, virtual HBA (vHBA) which expands the ability of guest domains to perform I/O to devices with the full functionality of non-virtualized systems. For the new Solaris 11.3 features, please see the page What's New in Oracle Solaris 11.3.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

To speak with the experts and attend sessions, join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2015:

Friday Oct 23, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: OOW15 Showcase, Demos and Theatre Sessions for Oracle Linux,Virtualization and OpenStack

Yesterday, we published all our Sessions and Hands-on-Labs at Oracle OpenWorld. Today's Friday Spotlight is dedicated to our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth 121 where we will have Oracle demo kiosks, partners and theatre sessions. We have 8 Partners showcasing their solution and 8 Oracle product demos presented by Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle VM for VirtualBox, SGD, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux teams. Makes sure to stop by and have a conversation.

Here's the showcase layout:

As you see from the layout, we also have a theatre in the showcase. The schedule for our theatre session is as follows, mark the times to hear some exciting, interesting topics from our Partners and Oracle team:

If you are still not so sure, here are more reason to come by. We are giving away some amazing gifts and you can enter in a raffle to win an Intel NUC or a Penguin. Get your passport which we will distribute at the booth 121 and the Oracle Linux and Virtualization sessions, have it stamped by Partners, then stop by our showcase theatre at 3pm that day for the drawing.

We hope to see you at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

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