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Oracle VM Licensing, Support and Packaging

 
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Author: Roddy Rodstein
 
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Table of Contents
 
Oracle VM Licensing and Support Options
Oracle VM is “not” a licensed Oracle technology product. There are no license fees for Oracle VM. Oracle offers enterprise support for Oracle VM on third-party hardware as well as bundled support with Sun hardware. Support for Oracle VM for third-party hardware is purchased as an add-on component of Oracle’s enterprise support package. Support for Oracle VM on Sun x64 hardware is bundled with hardware support as an add-on to the Premier Support for Systems package.
 
Support for Oracle VM for third-party hardware is sold in two packages: Oracle VM Premier Limited support for x64 servers with up to two sockets for $599.00 per server, per year. Oracle VM Premier support for x64 servers with more than two sockets for $1,199.00 per server, per year. Both Oracle VM Premier support packages provide access to RPMs, patches and updates from the Unbreakable Linux Network along with access to My Oracle Support (MOS) to create and manage Oracle Support Service Requests (SRs). Support for Oracle VM for third-party hardware “only” includes support for Oracle VM, operating system support for Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Solaris 10 and 11 Express x86, and Windows virtual machines must be purchased separately.
 
Note: Oracle offers free updates for Oracle Linux and a Network support package for Linux with access exclusively to the Unbreakable Linux Network without My Oracle Support. Oracle does not offer free updates or Network support for Oracle VM.
 
Premier Support for Systems costs 12% of the net Sun system purchase price and includes support for the system hardware and firmware, as well as operating system support on the Sun hardware for Solaris x86, Solaris 11 Express, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. The operating system support with Premier Support for Systems covers an unlimited number of virtual instances of Oracle Linux, Solaris 10 and 11 Express x86 hosted on Oracle VM on the Sun hardware. Premier Support for Systems provides access to RPMs, patches and updates from the Unbreakable Linux Network along with access to My Oracle Support (MOS) to create and manage Oracle Support Service Requests (SRs).
 
The Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network
The Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network is Oracle' cloud repository for Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Exadata and Exalogic RPMs, software patches, updates and fixes. Access to the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network is available to all levels of Oracle VM, Oracle Linux and Sun Premier support customers. The Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network has a simple dashboard to configure yum servers, manage customer service identifiers (CSIs), and monitor the status of RPM repositories, software patches, updates and fixes. The Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network dashboard is accessed with a web browser and an associated Oracle Single Sign-on account. Existing “My Oracle Support (MOS) Oracle Single Sign-on accounts” must be associated with the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network, in order to access the Unbreakable Linux Network.
 
To associate an existing Oracle Single Sign-on account, access the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network portal and click the Register link. To create a new Oracle Single Sign-on account, access the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network portal, click the Sign On button, then from the Oracle Single Sign-on page, click the Sigh Up link.
 
Figure 1 shows the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network dashboard.
Unbrekable Linux Network
 
The Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network and My Oracle Support, are entirely separate systems, accessed by different URLs, and use different customer service identifiers (CSIs). My Oracle Support is used to interface with Oracle’s enterprise support organization, whereas the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network is used to configure yum servers, manage customer service identifiers (CSIs), monitor the status of RPM repositories, software patches, updates and fixes. A valid customer service identifier (CSI) for Oracle VM or Oracle Linux is required to access the RPM repositories, software patches, updates and fixes at the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. The customer service identifiers for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux are only valid for the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network, not for My Oracle Support.
 
Tip: The customer service identifiers for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux are not valid at the My Oracle Support portal.
 
Oracle VM Packaging
Oracle VM consists of a x64 server component, named Oracle VM Server and a manager component, named Oracle VM Manager which is used to manage one or more clustered servers. The Oracle VM Server Media Pack for Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager is available at the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Cloud Portal. Access to the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Cloud Portal requires an Oracle.com user account and password. The Oracle VM Media Packs are downloaded as a zip files that contain ISO images. The ISO images can be burned to CD or mounted locally to install Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager. Oracle VM Server is distributed as Open Source software, therefore the source code is also available along with the ISO image at the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Cloud Portal.
 
Oracle VM Server is installed on bare metal x64 hardware using the Oracle VM Media Pack. Oracle VM Manager is a traditional Oracle application consisting of an Oracle Database, one or more Oracle WebLogic servers hosting a J2EE web application with an application development framework (ADF) browser based console. All of the Oracle VM Manager components are supported exclusively on Oracle Linux 5U5 x64 or later. In the context of Oracle VM Manager, the Oracle Database repository stores all of the configuration data for an Oracle VM environment, including the data collected by the Oracle VM Server Agents. WebLogic is the J2EE platform which hosts the Oracle VM Manager application and the Core API. Oracle VM Manager provides a limited-use license for a Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition Oracle Database and a limited-use license for Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition WebLogic, as long as the Database and WebLogic are “only” used for Oracle VM Manager.
 
Tip: Oracle Support Requests (SRs) for the limited-use license versions of the Oracle Database and WebLogic should be created with the Oracle VM Manager Support identifier.
 
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle VM
The Oracle VM product family; Oracle VM, Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder can be managed from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control with a plug-in named the "Oracle Virtualization". The right to use the Oracle Virtualization plug-in is bundled with all levels of Oracle VM support.
 
Managing Oracle VM Servers and virtual resources from the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Console requires an Oracle Linux host with Oracle VM Manager, an Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c agent and the Oracle Virtualization plug-in.
 
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