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:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Melbourne, Australia

 21 January 2015

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 4 February 2015

 English

 Hamburg, Germany

 15 June 2015

 German

 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 7 January 2015

 English

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 http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

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 oracle.com/virtualization.

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.

-Robbie

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.

 -Chris 

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!

-Chris 

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.

-Chris

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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