Thursday Feb 14, 2013

Oracle VM Certified by SAP

Oracle VM provides SAP customers with a fully supported and certified virtualization environment for the Oracle database. You can read more at the SAP on Oracle page on the SAP Community Network. If you are an SAP customer, you can search for SAP Note 1808268 for more details.

Monday Feb 04, 2013

Get the most from Server Virtualization with Oracle VM Server for x86 Training

The Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course teaches students how to install and configure Oracle VM Server for x86 as well as details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

You can take this live instructor-led training as follows:

  • Live-Virtual Class: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. You can choose from a wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-class: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

6 March 2013 

French 

Dusseldorf, Germany 

 24 June 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

22 April 2013 

Hungarian 

Milan, Italy

22 May 2013 

Italian 

Utrecht, Netherlands 

 26 February 2013

 English

Warsaw, Poland 

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Singapore

 29 April 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

22 July 2013 

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 25 March 2013

 English

Roseville, MN, USA

25 March 2013 

 English

This course is also available in Japanese.

To register for this class or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

Thursday Jan 24, 2013

New Oracle VM Templates Available for Oracle Exalogic

New Oracle VM Templates for several Oracle Applications are now available for Oracle Exalogic.

These include

Extending the same ease of use and peace of mind of certification with existing Oracle VM Templates, these new templates are pre-configured, pre-tested for rapid application deployment to your Oracle Exalogic environment.

See how you can reduce deployment time from weeks and days to hours and minutes.

Read the press release.

Read more about time savings findings in the Evaluator Group report: “Oracle VM – Quantifying the Value of Application Driven Virtualization

Monday Jan 21, 2013

Webcast - Oracle VM Disaster Recovery Best Practices Implementation with State University of New York

Please tune into the live webcast at 10 am US Pacific on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to learn the best practices about the disaster recovery planning and implementation with Oracle VM. You can register the webcast here.

Join Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle, author of the technical white paper Integrating Oracle VM into a Disaster Recovery Solution using SAN and Joe Hoot, Supervising Programmer Analyst for the State University of New York (SUNY) to learn about how he and his IT team implemented Disaster Recovery with Oracle VM to deliver IT services for 450,000 students, library systems for 64 campuses and deliver online courses available to 256,000 students for distance learning.

  • Best practices on Disaster Recovery with Oracle best practice engineer
  • Why SUNY selected Oracle VM and how they rolled out virtualization to their datacenter to host over 300 Oracle Database instances and application workloads
  • How SUNY designed and implemented Disaster and Recovery with Oracle VM and the Oracle application stack
  • Key successes from SUNY for highly available IT services

Oracle offers a complete product portfolio that includes applications, middleware, database, operating systems, servers, storage, and even thin clients — along with across the stack virtualization and clustering technologies that are optimized to work together. Oracle VM 3 is simply one piece of a very complex puzzle that must be integrated along with other disaster recovery software and applications into an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise. Through the webcast and the white paper, hope you'll learn how to incorporate Oracle VM  into an existing or planned disaster recovery solution in your data center.

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Free Oracle VM Training for Sys Admins - Jan 15, 2013


Join us for the Virtual Sys Admin Days and get hands-on experience with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Solaris. These free events will be hosted by Oracle experts who can guide you through your hands on labs and answer any questions via live chat.

See the complete Agenda.

Choose the date that is most convenient for you!

Americas - Tuesday January 15th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. BRT

EMEA -  Tuesday January 29th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 13:00 p.m GMT / 10:00 a.m – 14:00 p,m CET / 12:00 p.m – 16:00 p.m AST / 13:00 p.m – 17:00 p,m MSK / 14:30 p.m – 18:30 p.m IST

Register Now.

To make the experience most productive some homework is required. Load the virtual machine images on your laptop, find the instructions, and make sure everything is working properly. The wiki https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home explains what you need to do.

Register for the Sys Admin Day.

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 

Friday Nov 30, 2012

Friday Tips #4

It's time once again for our Friday tip. Our question today is about how to determine how much video RAM to allocate for your virtual machines in a VDI deployment:


Question:
How much video RAM do I really need on my VirtualBox VMs?

Answer by John Renko, Consulting Developer, Oracle:
The answer is in the VirtualBox admin guide but it's seldom followed correctly, usually resulting in excess unused RAM to be allocated. The formula for determining how much RAM to allocate is shown below for a 32 bit fullscreen 22" monitor supporting 1680x1050:

bit depth / 8 x horizontal res x vertical res / 1024 / 1024 = MB RAM

Which translates to:

32 bits / 8 x 1680 x 1050 / 1024 / 1024 = 6.7 MB

If you wanted to support dual 22" monitors, you would need twice that, so 13.4 MB.

Anything in excess of what is needed is readily allocated but not used and would be better suited for running more VMs!


Thanks John, that tip should help folks squeeze a little more out of their VDI servers. And remember, if you have a question for us, use hash tag #AskOracleVirtualization on Twitter.

We'll see you next week with another tip!

-Chris 

Friday Nov 16, 2012

Oracle VM networking under the hood and 3 new templates

We have a few cool things to tell you about: 

First up: have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in the network when you Live Migrate your Oracle VM server workload? Or how Oracle VM implements the network infrastructure you configure through your point & click action in the GUI? Really….how do they do this? For an in-depth view of the Oracle VM for x86 Networking model, Look ‘Under the Hood’ at Networking in Oracle VM Server for x86 with our best practices engineer in a blog post on OTN Garage.


Next, making things simple in Oracle VM is what we strive every day to deliver to our user community. With that, we are pleased to bring you updates on three new Oracle Application templates:

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for Oracle Exalogic
Oracle VM templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (x86 64-bit for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud) contain all the required elements to create an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 demonstration system on an Exalogic server. You can use these templates to quickly build an EBS 12.1.3 demonstration environment, bypassing the operating system and the software install (via the EBS Rapid Install). For further details, please review the announcement.  

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1.2.1 for x86 servers and Oracle Exalogic
The Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne provide a method to rapidly install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1  and Tools 9.1.2.1. The complete stack includes Oracle Database 11g R2 and Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5 running on Oracle Linux 5. The templates can be installed to Oracle VM Server for x86 release 3.x and to the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. 

PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.5.2.10 for Oracle Exalogic
This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" of PeopleSoft Middle-tier template on Oracle Linux for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

And last, are you wondering why we talk about “fast”, “rapid” when we refer to using Oracle VM templates to virtualize Oracle applications? Read the Evaluator Group Lab Validation report quantifying speeds of deployment up to 10x faster than with VMware vSphere. Or you can also check out our on demand webcast Quantifying the Value of Application-Driven Virtualization.

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

Oracle VM at the IOUG Virtualization SIG – Online Symposium

Join the Oracle VM product managers and product experts for a day full of best practices and information on the latest product updates. A sampling of what you can expect:

  • Best practices from a customer’s perspective on deployment of Oracle VM and Oracle RAC.
  • How to simplify and accelerate the onboarding of your applications to the cloud with Oracle Virtual Assemblies and Enterprise Manager 12c.
  • The latest how-to and demo of DeployCluster Tool on Oracle VM 3.

Date: Tomorrow, November 7th, 10am CDT – 2:50pm CDT

Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Join Us August 23 at the OTN Sys Admin Day in Broomfield, CO

OTN Sys Admin Days are live classroom events with two, parallel hands-on Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux tracks designed for the System Administrator. In addition to the Oracle Solaris track and the Oracle Linux track, there will also be a session on Best Practices for Deploying Oracle VM. In this session our best practices engineer will go over specific steps to prepare an environment so you can quickly and easily deploy Oracle VM and virtualize your servers. Register now for this FREE event.

Here is what you can expect to learn:

Oracle Linux Track

  • Overview of Ksplice, zero downtime kernel updates that enable customers to apply security updates, patches and critical bug fixes without rebooting.

  • Installing and configuring Oracle VM VirtualBox, importing the Oracle Linux virtual appliance

  • Package management on Oracle Linux using RPM and yum.

  • Linux services and run levels, how to start and stop them, checking the status of a particular service.

  • Preparing block devices, creating physical and logical volumes.

  • Introduction to the Btrfs file system.

Best Practices for Deploying Oracle VM:

  • How to prepare your storage, network and planning of your guests for the deployment

  • How you can use Oracle VM to rapidly virtualize and deploy to production enterprise applications in minutes

  • Specific steps on how to validate and manage the server pools

Note: You'll need to bring your own laptop to follow the practical exercises that we will go through in an Oracle VM VirtualBox environment.

Event Details:

Thursday August 23, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Oracle
500 Eldorado Blvd
Building 1, 1st Floor, Room 1125
Broomfield, CO 80021

Monday Jul 30, 2012

Versace Accelerates Application Deployment & Reduces Server Virtualization Costs by 50% with Oracle VM

Today Oracle announced international fashion icon, Versace, is using Oracle VM Server for x86 to address the demands of its rapidly growing data center. 

To ensure their IT infrastructure could meet the growing demands of the business, Versace began an upgrade process that would replace aging IT components with lower cost, higher performance solutions. By choosing Oracle VM, Versace was able to reduce virtualization-related costs by 50 percent, while doubling the number of cores in production. With its new Oracle VM-based architecture, which also leverages Oracle Linux, Versace has been able to reduce its physical number of servers by 40 percent, rack space by 25 percent and power consumption by 45 percent.

Read more about how Versace improved application deployment time, increased performance, and saved on virtualization-related costs in the press release.

To learn more about Oracle VM visit us at: oracle.com/oraclevm

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Sun Ray Software 5.3

Following up from our announcement of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop last month, today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Sun Ray Software version 5.3. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and Sun Ray Software 5.3 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Sun Ray Software within Oracle VM 3. 

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and, Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
  • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Sun Ray Software Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit) (64 bit)
    • Oracle VM 3 template for Sun Ray Software 5.3 with Oracle Linux 5.7 (64-bit)

Once you download the above template, you must 

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Sun Ray Software installation script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may may then begin to use a supported Sun Ray hardware client or Oracle Virtual Desktop Client software to connect to the Sun Ray server and use the default Oracle Linux desktop. You may also want to refer to the Sun Ray Software Administration Guide to learn more about Sun Ray Software and its capabilities.

Wednesday Jul 04, 2012

Oracle VM Server for x86 Training Schedule

Learn about Oracle VM Server for x86 to see how you can accelerate enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management with fully integrated support from physical to virtual servers including applications.

Oracle offers a 3 day course Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86. This course  teaches you how to:

  • Build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86.
  • Deploy and manage highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines.
  • Install and configure Oracle VM Server for x86 as well as details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

You can take this course as follows:

  • Live Virtual Class - taking the course from your own desktop accessing a live teach by top Oracle instructors and accessing extensive hands-on exercises. No travel necessary. Over 300 events are current scheduled in many timezones across the world. See the full schedule by going to the Oracle University Portal and clicking on Virtualization.
  • In Classroom - Events scheduled include those shown below:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Warsaw, Poland

 6 August 2012

 Polish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 10 September 2012

 Turkish

 Dusseldorf, Germany

 6 August 2012

 German

 Munich, Germany

 10 September 2012

 German

 Paris, France

 17 October 2012

 French

 Denver, Colorado, US

 30 July 2012

 English

 Roseville, Minnesota, US

 23 July 2012

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 3 September

 English

For more information on this course and these events or to search for additional events or register your interest in an additional event/location, please visit the Oracle University Portal and click on Virtualization.

Friday Jun 22, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62


Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.62. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Oracle Secure Global Desktop within Oracle VM 3. 

This means drastically reducing the evaluation and deployment time for Oracle Secure Global Desktop when leveraging Oracle VM 3. Feel free to give it a try!

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and:

  1. Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
    • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit)
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 template for x86_64 (64 bit) with Oracle Linux 5.7
  2. Under Oracle VM templates – x86 32 bit, look for
    • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop Media Pack for x86 (32 bit)
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 template for x86 (32 bit) with Oracle Linux 5.7

Download any of the above templates. Once you are done, you must

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template.

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Oracle Secure Global Desktop install script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may want to refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Administration Guide to learn more about Oracle Secure Global Desktop and its capabilities.

Wednesday Jun 20, 2012

Oracle VM Moves into Challenger Position in the Latest Gartner Magic Quadrant

Oracle Innovations boost Oracle VM into Challenger Position in Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant

Oracle VM's placement in the just published Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant affirms the Oracle strategy and is also supported by strong customer momentum gains. Optimizations delivered in Oracle VM releases during this last year along with easy software access and low cost licensing have moved Oracle’s placement into the Challenger quadrant in a very short time.

Oracle continues to focus on delivering a strong integrated virtualization with Oracle VM and the managed stack in the following areas:

  • Integrated management with Oracle VM and all layers of the Oracle stack from hardware to virtualization to cloud
  • Application-Driven virtualization with Oracle VM templates for rapid enterprise application deployment
  • Certified Oracle applications on Oracle VM
  • Complete stack solution offering more values to customers

Get a copy of the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report to read more about how Oracle VM rapidly moved up in its new position.

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