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Best Practices in OVM – 2. Fakeuuid it

part 2 in the “Best Practices in OVM” series. Part 1 is here
The UUID
Every OVM Server receives an unique ID when the agent starts. Without this ID, a server can’t join a cluster and the manager can’t dispatch commands to the agent. But how does this ID get set? 
Well if you look into the OVM source RPM’s for the ovs-agent-3.1.1-89.src, you’ll see in the file linux_xen/Extensions/discover.c file the following :

How to move eth devices on Oracle Linux 6.x

When you install more than 1 Linux server at a site, it often happens that the patched interfaces get a different interface name. I’ll try to explain in this blogentry how to get them renamed correctly.
What we want

eth0      LAN 1Gb
eth1      LAN 1Gb
eth2      STORAGE 10Gb
eth3      STORAGE 10Gb

What we have
We installed 3 brand new servers and when we detect the interfaces :

Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual appliance images for Oracle VM 3.1.1 server and Manager

I updated the Oracle VM VirtualBox appliances for Oracle VM Manager. It now contains the latest release+patch Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1 build 365.
Alongside the Manager VM I also created a preconfigured server setup. Oracle VM Server 3.1.1 build 365. The nice thing with this combination is that you can effectively run a smaller server pool on your desktop or laptop if you have a decent amount of RAM. I managed to create a 2 node server pool. Basically run the Manager VM + 2 server VMs on one 8gb macbook.

ASMLib

Oracle ASMlib on Linux has been a topic of discussion a number of times since it was released way back when in 2004. There is a lot of confusion around it and certainly a lot of misinformation out there for no good reason. Let me try to give a bit of history around Oracle ASMLib.

Oracle ASMLib was introduced at the time Oracle released Oracle Database 10g R1. 10gR1 introduced a very cool important new features called Oracle ASM (Automatic Storage Management). A very simplistic description would be that this is a very sophisticated volume manager for Oracle data.

What's up with OCFS2?

On Linux there are many filesystem choices and even from Oracle we provide a number of filesystems, all with their own advantages and use cases. Customers often confuse ACFS with OCFS or OCFS2 which then causes assumptions to be made such as one replacing the other etc...

My own personal use of Oracle Linux

It always is easier to explain something with examples... Many people still don't seem to understand some of the convenient things around using Oracle Linux and since I personally (surprise!) use it at home, let me give you an idea.

I have quite a few servers at home and I also have 2 hosted servers with a hosted provider. The servers at home I use mostly to play with random Linux related things, or with Oracle VM or just try out various new Oracle products to learn more. I like the technology, it's like a hobby really.

Oracle Linux 6 update 3

Oracle Linux 6.3 channels are now available online

  • http://public-yum.oracle.com repositories. Both base channels and latest channels are available (for free for everyone)
  • http://linux.oracle.com repositories. Behind our customer portal but effectively the same content.
  • Source RPMs (.srpm) are being uploaded to http://oss.oracle.com/ol6/SRPMS-updates.

    OL6.3 contains UEK2 kernel-uek-2.6.39-200.24.1.

    Oracle VM VNC Console Path to VNCViewer.exe

    Product Name and Version: 
    Oracle VM 3.1.1
    Problem Description: 
    On a Windows 7 workstation we access Oracle VM Manager and launch a virtual machine's VNC console. We are presented with a dialogue box to enter a valid path to “Path to local VNC Viewer”, we enter the path and the Windows 7 system launches the RealVNC Viewer as expected and and connects to 127.0.0.1: xxxxx port, which sits at “connecting” forever without establishing a connection. If we leave the valid path to “Path to local VNC Viewer” BLANK, it returned with the TightVNC console with a blank screen.
    Notes: 
    We have installed the TightVNC package on the Oracle VM Manager host and bounced ovmm. On the Windows 7 workstation accessing Oracle VM Manager we have installed RealVNC viewer.
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