Oracle VM Server for x86

Application-Driven Virtualization

Going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM server virtualization is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management.

  • Oracle VM Server for x86
  • Oracle VM Server for x86
  • Oracle VM Server for x86
 

These are the technical details of the Oracle VM 3.x release. For the latest technical information about Oracle VM Server for x86, please visit Oracle VM page on OTN.

The following tables include further details on Oracle VM specifications. For additional information, refer to the Oracle VM documentation.

Oracle VM Server for x86 Supported Guest Operating Systems

The guest virtual machines you create in an Oracle VM Server for x86-based server pool must be one of the following supported configurations.

Table 1. 64-bit CPU Hardware Virtualized Supported Guest Operating Systems (Linux and Solaris)

Guest Operating System
Hardware Virtualized 32-bit
Hardware Virtualized 32-bit with PV Drivers
Hardware Virtualized 64-bit
Hardware Virtualized 64-bit with PV Drivers 3.x
Oracle Linux 6.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oracle Linux 5.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oracle Linux 4.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oracle Solaris 11[a] N/A N/A N/A Yes
Oracle Solaris 10[a] N/A Yes N/A Yes
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
CentOS 6.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
CentOS 5.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
CentOS 4.x Yes Yes Yes Yes
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.x[b] No No Yes Yes
 
 

a Oracle Solaris support begins with Solaris 10 10/09. The Solaris 10 or Solaris 11 OS runs as a hardware virtual machine (HVM), which requires HVM support (Intel VT or AMD-V) on the underlying hardware platform. By default, Solaris 10 or Solaris 11 OS already has the required paravirtualized (PV) drivers installed as part of the OS. Oracle Solaris 10 supports x86 32-bit and 64-bit architecture. 32-bit or 64-bit mode is selected at OS boot time by examining the hypervisor and the underlying hardware. Oracle Solaris 11 supports x86 64-bit architecture only.

b The minimum required kernel version for SLES 11 is 3.0.31-0.9. To start a PVHVM guest on SLES 11, the following steps are required:

  • Install the operating system and upgrade to the 3.0.31-0.9 kernel version.
  • Shutdown the virtual machine.
  • In Oracle VM Manager, edit the Domain Type for the virtual machine to set it to "Xen PVM".
  • Restart the virtual machine.

See also Section 8.3.25, "(x86 Only) Netconsole Does Not Work on a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Guest"

Note
For details about Oracle software certification, please refer to My Oracle Support Document 464754.1, titled Certified Software on Oracle VM at https://support.oracle.com/oip/faces/secure/km/DocumentDisplay.jspx?id=464754.1.

Please also visit the Oracle VM resource page at http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/virtualization/oraclevm/resources/index.html to learn about the support plans for available for Oracle VM, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris.

Table 2. 64-bit CPU Hardware Virtualized Supported Guest Operating Systems (Microsoft Windows)

Guest Operating System
Hardware Virtualized 32-bit
Hardware Virtualized 32-bit with PV Drivers
Hardware Virtualized 64-bit
Hardware Virtualized 64-bit with PV Drivers 3.x
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 N/A N/A Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 N/A N/A Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows™ 7 SP1 Yes[a] Yes Yes[a] Yes
Microsoft Windows™ Vista SP2 Yes[a] Yes Yes[a] Yes
Microsoft Windows™ Server 2008 R2 SP1 N/A N/A Yes[a] Yes
Microsoft Windows™ Server 2008 SP2 Yes[a] Yes Yes[a] Yes
Microsoft Windows™ Server 2003 R2 SP2 Yes[a] Yes Yes[a] Yes
Microsoft Windows™ Server 2003 SP2 Yes[a] Yes Yes[a] Yes
 
 

a HVM-only mode is used to facilitate the Windows PV Drivers installation. Windows PV Drivers are required on the Windows OS if available in order to be supported as a guest OS.

Oracle VM Server for x86 SPARC Guest Operating Systems

The guest virtual machines you create in an Oracle VM Server for SPARC-based server pool must be one of the following supported configurations.

  • Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 or later

See the Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.0 Release Notes for any specific patches that may be necessary on these supported guest operating systems.

Please refer to Oracle VM Server for x86 release note for guest OS support details.

ORACLE VM Server Requirements

Supported Host Platforms Systems with x86 or x86_64; 64-bit processors. Dual core CPU or multiple CPUs are recommended to run multiple guests
Minimum Memory 1GB
Recommended Memory 2GB
Number of Supported Guests Based on the amount of physical memory in the server and the amount of memory allocated to each guest.
CPUs Supporting Hardware Virtualized Guests For hardware virtualized (unmodified) guest operating systems (for example, Microsoft Windows), a CPU with hardware virtualization support is required. This feature may also need to be enabled in the BIOS. Refer to your processor documentation for information on whether your processor supports hardware virtualization and how to enable it in the BIOS.
Maximum Number of CPUs Oracle VM Server: 160 CPUs (threads)
Guests: 128 virtual CPUs
Maximum Memory Oracle VM Server: 4TB
 
 

Oracle VM Manager Requirements

Processor Type 64 bit
Processor Speed 1.83 GHz*1
Memory 6.0 GB (8.0 GB if using local MySQL)
Operating System Oracle Linux 5 Update 5 64-bit or later; Oracle Linux 6 64-bit or later
RHEL 5 Update 5 64-bit or later; RHEL 6 64-bit or later
Web Browser Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or later
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later; Apple Safari 5.0 and above; Google Chrome 1.0 and above
Minimum Swap Space 2.1 GB
Minimum Memory 6 GB
Minimum CPU Speed 1.83 GHz
Minimum Disk Space 5.5 GB in /u01; 2 GB in /tmp; 500MB in /var; 500 MB in /usr
Supported Oracle Databases Editions Oracle Database Express Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC); MySQL Enterprise Edition
 
 

The preceding tables include further details on Oracle VM specifications, features, and benefits. For additional information, visit www.oracle.com/oraclevm.

 
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