Friday Apr 29, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Learn About Choice of OSes in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

Virtualizing with a choice of operating systems provides flexibility. The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance includes Oracle VM software that is designed to run Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris guest operating systems and their applications in your data center. 

Learn about this topic and much more by taking the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar. You can take this course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following the training at your own pace.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Attend the event on the schedule for the 6 May 2016 or register your interest in an additional date.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this class. You can attend the event on the 25 May 2016 in Madrid, Spain in Spanish or register your interest in an additional location.

For more information about Oracle's Engineered Systems curriculum, go to

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

Live WebCast: Oracle VM VirtualBox

Test, Develop, and Demonstrate across Multiple Platforms on one Machine

Join the live webcast on October 29 and learn how to enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications using Oracle VM VirtualBox. Register here.

Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with more than 100 million downloads. It is used by developers around the world to develop, test, and build virtual machine appliances. And end users leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox to deploy pre-built virtual appliances or simply to run multiple operating systems on their desktop machines (for instance, running Windows, Linux, or Oracle Solaris on a Mac OS X system).

In this live webcast, Oracle experts cover the latest advancements in Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and share the experience of using Oracle VM VirtualBox to develop and test virtualization infrastructure.

Friday Oct 02, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.6 Now Available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 6.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of changes and bug fixes; between the others I would like to mention big improvements we did on Microsoft Windows 10 RTM (Release 10240) platform ( as guest and host platform ) and, at the same time, further important steps on the new OS X platform, officially released by Apple not more than two days ago. MAC OS X 10.11 El-Capitan, starting from VirtualBox 5.0.6 release is officially supported as host platform.

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

Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

The September 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

The September 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

  • Oracle OpenWorld 2015
  • The latest update to Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Oracle VM Windows Paravirtual (PV) Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft
  • Oracle VM Templates for Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 now available on Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 now available for Oracle VM Server 3.3
  • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.3 Released
  • And more...

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy! 


Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft

Microsoft Windows OS and the application are important part of the growing ecosystem for Oracle VM virtualization solution.

Oracle has developed the Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows that provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running on Oracle VM. The latest Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 is a maintenance update that includes all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. The patch update can be downloaded from My Oracle Support by patch ID 16863114.

The Oracle VM Windows PV drivers release 3.2.3 has been signed by Microsoft for the Windows Logo Program for Windows Server 2012 R2 x64. Support for additional Windows operating systems is listed in the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Release 3.2.3 Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows.

  • Download Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3, search patch ID 16863114
  • You may also download the software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  After accepting the license, you filter products with "Linux/OVM/VMs". Select "Oracle VM Server" product and "x86 64-bit" platform. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Now you continue to the available release page where you download the latest Oracle VM 3.3.3 and Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Friday Feb 20, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows released!

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

    The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers have been updated to Release 3.2.3 to include all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release.  To download the new Windows PV drivers, search patch ID 16863114 on My Oracle Support.

    For details on how to install the software drivers as well as the known limitations and workarounds, please see the Oracle VM Documentation.

    Note: An update will be posted to this Blog site when the Oracle VM PV Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows have been signed by Microsoft.

    Monday Nov 17, 2014

    Training on the Most Complete Virtualization

    Learn about the most complete virtualization. Oracle's server virtualization products support x86 and SPARC architectures and a variety of workloads including Linux, Oracle Solaris and Windows.

    The training cited below will teach you how to build the infrastructure for cloud computing and deploy resources on the architecture of your choice.

    Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration

    You can take this 3-day course as a:

    • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Events on the schedule include classes with start dates of 14th of January and 25 February 2015.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events on the schedule include:



     Delivery Language

     Melbourne, Australia

     21 January 2015


     Sydney, Australia

     4 February 2015


     Hamburg, Germany

     15 June 2015


     Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

     7 January 2015


    Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

    You can take this 2-day instructor-led course as a:

    • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Events on the schedule include classes with start dates of 24 and 27 November, 1 and 11 December 2014, 11 and 12 January, 5, 8, and 23 February 2015.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule:

     Location  Date
     Delivery Language
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    27 November 2014 English
    Canberra, Australia
    23 February 2015 English
    Melbourne, Australia
    12 January 2015 English
    Sydney, Australia
    9 February 2015 English
    Santiago, Chili
    4 December 2014 Spanish
    Prague, Czech Republic  12 March 2015 Czech
    Frankfurt, Germany  16 March 2015 German
    Munich, Germany
    1 June 2015 German
    Causeway, Hong Kong
    29 December 2014 English
    Tokyo, Japan
    9 February 2015 Japanese
    Madrid, Spain
    7 April 2015 Spanish
    Riyadh, South Africa
    26 April 2015 English
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    26 April 2015 English
    Atlanta, GA, United States
    22 January 2015 English
    Columbus, OH, United States
    23 April 2015 English

    To register for an event or learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to

    Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

    Announcing Oracle VM 3.3 - Delivers Enterprise-Scale Performance Enhancements

    We are pleased to announce Oracle VM 3.3, Oracle’s latest server virtualization product. It deliver enhanced ease of use for x86 and SPARC architectures, improved management features, and expanded support for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, including support for OpenStack—providing customers and partners with additional choices and interoperability. This release continues to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management.

    Many customers are using Oracle VM 3 today, Oracle VM help customers virtualize the entire Oracle software stack; in addition, as a general purpose server virtualization solution, Oracle VM runs many non-Oracle workloads as well.

    With the latest Oracle VM 3.3 release, the product is getting even better and brings greater customer benefits. New Oracle VM 3.3 highlights:

    • Fully supported Web Services API: Oracle VM Manager now exposes a fully supported Oracle VM Web Services API that offers both SOAP and REST interfaces to program any action supported within Oracle VM, enabling more automation and interoperability. See the Oracle VM Web Services API Developer's Guide for more information. In addition, the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface and the Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface have been rewritten to use the new WS-API to provide further consolidation and consistency.  

    • New statistics and events model: The statistics and events model has been entirely rewritten to offer significant performance gains. A queued job task is in place to monitor the number of generated statistics and to adjust the threshold automatically during periods where the number of statistics exceeds the threshold.

    • Huge Page support: Support for Huge Pages (or Super Pages) has been added to allow guests, hosted on an x86-based server pool, to take advantage of this functionality to improve performance and reduce the I/O that results from page lookups in virtualized environments.

    • Improvements to guest VM messaging: A change to the Oracle VM Guest Additions messaging facility to support multiple key-value pairs in a single message reduces the number of jobs generated within Oracle VM Manager, resulting in significant performance gains.

    • Tighter security control: Reduces the number of required open ports to minimize potential access points and security vulnerabilities. To protect and ensure authorized access to Oracle VM Server, a certificate-based authentication model has been implemented for Oracle VM Agent and Oracle VM Manager.

    • Virtual machine configuration file view: It is now possible to view the virtual machine configuration file for any virtual machine directly within the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface and Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface, to provide more transparency for the configuration that is actually applied to a virtual machine when it is started by the hypervisor.
    • New virtual machine console: The virtual machine console has been redesigned to use JavaScript and HTML5 features. There is no longer any requirement to install or run software locally on the client computer. This change reduces complexity and provides a more reliable console tool.

    • Management database consolidation: Oracle VM Manager comes bundled MySQL Database Enterprise Edition, providing automated database backup and integrated tools for database object consistency checking to improve supportability and management. It removes the need for an external database as the backend management repository. 
    • Inbound migration Lock: A new feature allows you to protect an Oracle VM Server from attempts to move or migrate other virtual machines to that server. This allows you to run selected virtual machines on a specified Oracle VM Server, and to be certain that no other virtual machines are started on the server, consuming resources that may be mission critical for some applications.
    • Improved VLAN support: Simplified VLAN support definition enables users to specify VLAN interfaces as needed and to define which ports are used for which VLAN tags, bringing more flexibility to network design.
    • Improved SPARC virtualization management and availability: Additional storage types such as Fibre Channel, iSCSI, ZFS volume, and local disk, in addition to NFS, can now be directly assigned to virtual machines running in a SPARC server pool managed by Oracle VM Manager, offering customers more choices when choosing storage with Oracle VM Server for SPARC. Furthermore, virtual machine high availability and support for configuration of redundant I/O service domains improve system availability for business-critical operations.
    • Oracle VM Server installation partitioning: The Oracle VM Server Installer now handles all disk partitioning itself, to optimize installation. Part of this process make sure that only the maximum required disk space for the Oracle VM Server software is used. Any remaining disk space is automatically partitioned to be used as a discoverable local disk that can be used to host a storage repository, or attached to a virtual machine hosted on the server. This improvement to disk space usage ensures the best possible use of machine resources. This change is only supported for locally hosted boot disks and does not apply to SAN disks.
    • New guides and improved interface coverage: The documentation has been restructured to provide more comprehensive coverage.
    • Infrastructure changes in Oracle VM Manager: Much of the technology used to enable Oracle VM Manager has been updated to take advantage of new features, improved performance and security fixes. Major changes to these components include: Oracle WebLogic Server and ADF upgraded to 12c; Java upgraded to version 7; MySQL Database Enterprise Edition upgraded to version 5.6.
    • Infrastructure changes in Oracle VM Server: Major changes to the underlying technology used for Oracle VM Server on x86 hardware have been implemented, including: Xen hypervisor upgraded to version 4.3; Dom0 user space upgraded to Oracle Linux 6; and Dom0 kernel upgraded to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK3). The optimization of the hypervisor and special-built Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel has enabled Oracle VM Server the most scalable x86 server virtualization solution. Oracle VM 3.3 supports up to 240 physical CPU threads and 6 TB memory, and the guest VM supports up to 128 virtual CPUs and 2,000,000 MB memory. Such scalability limits have been tested on Oracle’s Sun Server X4-8 System.

    Visit the following resources for additional details:

    To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit

    Thursday May 08, 2014

    Oracle VM's Growing Ecosystem

    In the x86 server virtualization market, Oracle VM continues growing its ecosystem. 

    Oracle VM supports a broad range of the guest operating systems such as Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Microsoft Windows.

    For Windows guests, we have paravirtual (PV) drivers that provide improved network and disk throughput to run fully virtualized Windows guests on Oracle VM. Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers are signed by Microsoft. Oracle is a participant of  Microsoft Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Windows PV Drivers along with Oracle VM Server for x86 have passed the SVVP requirements, read the details here. The Microsoft SVVP program enables the vendor such as Oracle to validate Oracle VM Server for x86 along with Windows PV Drivers so that Microsoft customers running copies of Windows Server they have acquired and licensed from Microsoft directly can receive technical support for Windows Server in virtualized environments, learn the details of the supported Microsoft server software (e.g. SQL Server, Exchange Server, etc.) here.

    Not just Oracle software, non-Oracle applications are certified to run on Oracle VM. For example, SAP products can be deployed in Oracle VM virtualized environments. 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. Oracle VM helps customers deploy enterprise software in a rapid, repeatable and error-free manner with many Oracle VM Templates or Virtual Appliances for Oracle applications, middleware and databases as well as 3rd party ISV applications. You can watch the recent webcast below.

    Oracle VM has been integrated into many Oracle Engineered Systems with enhanced virtualization capability. Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is the latest example, which radically simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows application.

    Oracle VM is widely deployed on the x86 hardware across many vendors. For the complete list of certified hardware platform, visit Oracle Linux and Oracle VM certified hardware.

    Oracle Validated Configurations program offers pre-tested, validated architectures—including software, hardware, storage, and network components—along with documented deployment guides, available on many different hardware platforms.

    Furthermore, Oracle has been working with other vendors to offer Oracle VM as part of their validated configurations such as FlexPod. For example, Oracle VM with Oracle RAC as workload was validated on FlexPod published here as a Cisco Validated Configuration document.

    To learn more, visit:

    Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

    Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows 3.2.2 released!

    The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Window guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM. 

    Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2 is signed by Microsoft. New features in this release are:

    Additional support for the following new guest operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
    • Microsoft Windows 8.1
    • Microsoft Windows 8

    Windows XP is now dropped from the supported guest OS list.

    For details how to install the software as well as the known limitations and workarounds, see the Oracle VM Documentation.

    To download the new Windows PV drivers, search patch ID 16863114 on My Oracle Support.


    Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

    Just released: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3

    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.

    Head on over to the FatBloke blog for a rundown of what's new, or read the news release.


    Friday Jul 12, 2013

    Friday Tips #36

    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:

    Head on over there to have a read.

    We'll see you next week!


    Thursday Jan 31, 2013

    Oracle Virtual Desktop Client updated!

    You might have seen that Oracle announced updates to the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for mobile platforms and desktop PCs today. The Oracle Virtual Desktop Client is an important piece of the Oracle desktop virtualization portfolio because it allows on the go access to your virtual desktop from many different devices, over WiFi and wired connections, 3G/4G/LTE for your mobile devices, pretty much anything that a modern client device would use. You can seamlessly and instantly move your desktop between any supported device–start on your laptop at home, pick up on a tablet on the train to work, continue on a Sun Ray Client at work, for example. And starting today, there are two new platforms that can enjoy this instant desktop access!

    - This is first release to include support for Android. This opens up remote access to Oracle desktop virtualization deployments to a whole new group of users.

    - The Windows Oracle Virtual Desktop Client now supports Windows 8. Just to be clear, the support in this release is *not* for gesture based Windows 8 tablets, but for Windows 8 desktops PCs.

    - New gestures are available on the mobile client, and these are consistent across iPad and Android, which makes moving between devices easier.

    - Expanded USB support in the desktop client, allowing you to use more of your USB devices.

    This is a very exciting release, especially for Android and Windows 8 users! You can read the news release here, or download from here.


    Monday Jul 13, 2009

    Announcing Windows PV Drivers for Oracle VM

    We are pleased to announce the general availability of Windows PV Drivers for Oracle VM to bring customer boosted network throughput and higher disk I/O while running Microsoft Windows guests in a virtual environment on Oracle VM.

    You can download the software today for free from Oracle E-Delivery. You choose Oracle VM and select 2.1.5. The Windows PV drivers are included in the Oracle VM 2.1.5 media pack.

    You will require Oracle VM 2.1.5 to use the Windows PV drivers. The following Windows operating systems (32-bit and 64-bit) are the currently supported guests with the Windows PV drivers.

    * Windows Server 2008
    * Windows Server 2003
    * Windows Vista
    * Windows XP

    For details how to install the software as well as the known limitations and workarounds, please see the Oracle VM Windows Paravirtual Drivers Installation Guide. To learn how to upgrade the existing Oracle VM 2.1.x to the latest Oracle VM 2.1.5, please refer to the Oracle VM Documentation.


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