Friday Apr 13, 2012

More Oracle VM templates for PeopleSoft and Oracle Enteprise Manager

Just as I wrote up a blog promoting the Oracle VM Ebusiness suite templates, we also pushed out 2 other products :

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
  • Oracle PeopleSoft FSCM 9.1 and PeopleTools 8.52.03
  • They can be downloaded from edelivery.

    Same advantage... you download the template, import it and you have a completely pre-installed set of products. That's application deployment, not just VM deployment. That's flexibility across the stack, not just a hypervisor, not just virtualization, but a complete solution stack.

    Oracle Ebusiness Suite 12.1.3 Oracle VM templates

    Steven Chan just published a great blog entry that talks about the release of a new set of Oracle VM templates.

    Oracle Ebusiness Suite 12.1.3.

    You can find the blog post here.

    Templates are available for:

  • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Vision (64-bit)
  • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Production (32-bit)
  • E-Business Suite 12.x Sparse Middle Tiers (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Thanks Steven!

    Why does this stuff matter? Well, in general, virtualization (or cloud) solutions provide an easy way to create Virtual Machines. Whether it's through a "cloud api" or just a virtualization API. But all you end up with, in the end, is still just a Virtual Machine... Maybe with an OS pre-installed/pre-configured. So you have flexibility of moving VMs around and providing a VM but what about the actual applications (anything more than a very basic app)?

    The application administrator then still has to go and install and configure the OS for that application and install the application and its patches and basic configuration so that the application user then can go in. Building gold images for complex software stacks that are not owned by the users/admins is always very difficult.

    With our templates, we provide a number of things :

  • Oracle Linux pre-installed and pre-configured with the minimum required packages for that application to run. (so it's secure)
  • Oracle Linux can be distributed and used for free or with a support subscription. There is no trial license, there is no registration key, no alpha version or community version versus enterprise version. You get what we provide in our engineered systems, what we provide support for, without change. Supported out of the box. No virtual Trial appliances, no prototypes, no POC. What you download is production ready without change.
  • The applications are installed by the developers of the application. The database team builds database templates, the applications engineering team builds applications templates. The first boot/configuration scripts ask for the basic information such as hostname, ip address, user passwords and then go off and set everything up correctly.
  • All tested together -> application -> operating system -> hypervisor. not 3 (or more) products from 3(or more) different companies.
  • Thursday Apr 05, 2012

    Some Oracle VM 3 updates

    Today we did another patch set update for Oracle VM 3 (3.0.3-build 240). This can be downloaded from My Oracle Support as patch ID 13614645. There are quite a few updates in here and I highly recommend any Oracle VM 3 customer or user to install this update.

    This patch can be installed on top of Oracle VM 3.0 versions 3.0.2 and 3.0.3. The patch is cumulative for 3.0.3. So if you already installed patch update 1 (3.0.3-150) then this will just be incremental on top of that and brings you to 3.0.3-build 227. There is a readme file which contains the patchlist in the patch info.

    The following patches are released on ULN for Oracle VM server 3.0 :

  • initscripts-8.45.30-2.100.18.el5.x86_64 The inittab file and the /etc/init.d scripts.
  • kernel-ovs-2.6.32.21-45.6.x86_64 The Linux kernel
  • kernel-ovs-firmware-2.6.32.21-45.6.x86_64 Firmware files used by the Linux kernel
  • osc-oracle-ocfs2-0.1.0-35.el5.noarch Oracle Storage Connect ocfs2 Plugin
  • osc-plugin-manager-1.2.8-9.el5.3.noarch Oracle Storage Connect Plugin Infrastructure
  • osc-plugin-manager-devel-1.2.8-9.el5.3.noarch Oracle Storage Connect Plugin Development
  • ovs-agent-3.0.3-41.6.x86_64 Agent for Oracle VM
  • xen-4.0.0-81.el5.1.x86_64 Xen is a virtual machine monitor
  • xen-devel-4.0.0-81.el5.1.x86_64 Development libraries for Xen tools
  • xen-tools-4.0.0-81.el5.1.x86_64 Various tooling for the manipulation of Xen instances
  • Errata emails will be sent in the next few days with details on the above updates. Or you will find them here.

    I also did an update of my Oracle VM utilities to 0.4.0. They are also available from My Oracle Support, patch ID 14736239.
    These utils can be unzipped and installed on the server running Oracle VM Manager. Typically in /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_utils. There is a set of man pages in /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_utils/man/man8. There now are 6 commands :

  • ovm_vmcontrol : VM level operations
  • ovm_servercontrol : server level operations
  • ovm_vmdisks : virtual disk/physical location mapping for VM disks
  • ovm_vmmessage : message passing utility between the manager and the VM tools (in the Oracle VM templates)
  • ovm_repocontrol : repository level operations
  • ovm_poolcontrol : pool level operations

    Some of the new changes :

  • at a pool level, acknowledge events and cascade to servers and virtual machines with outstanding events
  • at a pool level, do a rescan of the storage for fibrechannel/iscsi disks if you add new devices (it does this operation then on every running server)
  • at a repository level, fixup a device if it had a failed create repository
  • at a repository level, refresh the repository and this will update the free space in the UI for ocfs2 repositories
  • at a server level, acknowledge server events and cascade to virtual machines if needed
  • at a VM level, acknowledge VM events
  • at a VM level, bind vcpus to cores with vcpuset/vcpuget

    Please see the man pages and remember that these tools are just written As Is - no SRs... (per the documentation) Hopefully they are useful.

  • About

    Wim Coekaerts is the Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering for Oracle. He is responsible for Oracle's complete desktop to data center virtualization product line and the Oracle Linux support program.

    You can follow him on Twitter at @wimcoekaerts

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