We currently use Oracle VM 3.3.3 quite heavily and look to improve our setup. So for that I decided to install latest Oracle VM 3.4.2. to see what improvements it brings.

Oracle Virtualization blog has good summary on 3.4.2:

To install I had to download two files. One for OVM Manager and one for OVS which is the physical server running under VM’s. When I test I usually use VM where we install OVM Manager and then one old blade server where to install OVS.

You can download these either from Oracle’s edelivery cloud or using following patch id’s:

  • Oracle VM Server ISO, search patch ID 22902487
  • Oracle VM Manager Install/Upgrade ISO, search patch ID 22902502

OVM Manager installation

After downloading I need to extract the OVM Manager zip and mount the .iso file.

[root@ovm_mgr u01]# mount -o loop ovmm-3.4.2-installer-OracleLinux-b1384.iso /mnt/iso/
[root@ovm_mg u01]# ls -la /mnt/iso/
total 157567
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 2048 Sep 14 14:38 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Dec 14 09:47 ..
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 8192 Sep 14 14:38 components
-r-xr-x--- 1 root root 11556 Sep 14 14:37
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 230 Sep 14 14:37 oracle-validated.params
-r-xr-x--- 1 root root 157020203 Sep 14 14:38 ovmm-installer.bsx
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4291688 Sep 14 14:34
-r-xr-x--- 1 root root 1919 Sep 14 14:38
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 372 Sep 14 14:38 sample.yml
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 1596 Sep 14 14:38 TRANS.TBL

After mounting I can kick off the Installation of OVM Manager is really easy as you only need to provide password and hostname / IP address. After that you are pretty much done.

End result will be login URL given:

Oracle VM Manager UI:
Log in with the user 'admin', and the password you set during the installation.

And then I can login to newly installed OVM Manager.


So far it looks exactly like 3.3.3. Response time is bit better overall. Then we can continue with rest of tasks.

OVS Server installation

Now I will need to add one OVS server where the virtual machines will run. Just extract the downloaded zip which contains .ISO to install OVS. Mount it as virtual disk to your physical server.

Installation is again really simple. Need only to provide basic passwords and network setup so there is no need to drill down to that.


Adding OVS server to OVM Manager

Next I will connect OVS server to OVM Manager so I can start configuring it further. Under Servers and VMs click “Discover Servers..” and enter your OVS IP address and password given to agent during OVS installation.

Few seconds and OVS will show up under unassigned servers.

discover ovs.PNG
OVS shows up under unassigned servers

That’s it for Part 1! Really straightforward.

On Part 2 I will create server pool & assign OVS there. Configure networks to storage and add repository for server pool.


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