One of the new features that Oracle introduced in OVM 3.0, was the Oracle VM Storage Connect. In a nutshell, the objective of the Storage Connect is to allow users to use advanced storage features directly within the Oracle VM Manager; giving users the ability to use the OVM Manager 3.0 as a central station for managing their OVM servers, virtual machines, and storage. The one catch to the Storage Connect is it requires your storage vendor to have written code to enable these features within OVM Manager. If you’d like to check out an overview of the Oracle VM Storage Connect, check out this whitepaper by Oracle: http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/virtualization/ovm3-storage-connect-459309.pdf
If you are lucky to have a vendor that does have a storage plugin for the Oracle VM 3.0 Manager, what are your thoughts on it?
In today’s article I wanted to focus a little bit about some interesting information I came across with Oracle VM 3.0 and the bundled Oracle Database Express Edition (XE). In previous version of Oracle VM (i.e. 2.1.x – 2.2.x), Oracle supported Oracle XE databases for it’s production environments (to my knowledge anyway, never seen any documentation to say otherwise). However, with the new instalment of Oracle VM 3.0 that has changed. Oracle’s new stance is for non-production environments you can use the bundled Oracle XE database found within the Oracle VM 3.0 Manager media, however if you want to have production support you are required to install Oracle Database Standard Edition (SE) or Enterprise Edition (EE). It never mentioned what version of Oracle SE or EE, but I’d assume an 11g database would be appropriate assumption. So what exactly does that mean for you? Well for one, prior to installing the Oracle VM 3.0 Manager media, you will need to have an Oracle Database SE or EE installed on your system. Once you have completed that step, when installing the Oracle VM 3.0 Manager, select your Installation type to be ‘Standard’ (‘Simple’ will auto install the bundled Oracle XE database), then select option two ‘Use an existing Oracle database’ and enter the appropriate credentials.
Hope you enjoyed the article and keep an eye out for future articles to come.