Importing Oracle VM templates through a proxy

I am working on a little tool that makes it easy to import an Oracle VM template in a more automated fashion, using python's built-in SimpleHTTPServer. While working on this, I realized that in many environments the Oracle VM Servers might be in an isolated network so that they don't have direct access to the intranet. We're talking about the management network here.

One simple way around this, is to take one server that's on the same network as the Oracle VM Server's management network, for instance, the Oracle VM Manager system... and install something like TinyProxy on that machine. Then, use that servername as the proxy in Oracle VM Manager when you import a VM, VM Template or VM Assembly.

TinyProxy can be found in the EPEL repository (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL). The tinyproxy RPM will install without issue on Oracle Linux. It is very easy/simple to configure and this can be a good workaround or solution to make it easy to import templates or VMs while the servers are on a more isolated network.

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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.

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