To help simplify the setup and installation process, Oracle now bundles and supports MySQL Database as the Oracle VM Management repository at no additional cost. However, support for an existing Oracle Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition Database is still included within the installer so that organizations can perform a custom installation and take advantage of their existing infrastructure. Simple installation using the bundled MySQL Database is fully supported within production environments. Oracle VM Manager installations that take advantage of the bundled MySQL Database will also receive fully automated database backups and a quick restore tool that can help with easy database restoration.
The growing list of new features in Oracle VM 3.2 also includes the ability to tag, search and filter objects for customized views of VMs and servers; "multi-select," so a user can initiate an operation on multiple objects at the same time; virtual machine auto placement, so users do not have to worry about resource availability before starting each and every virtual machine; and at-a-glace "health status" reporting that will alert the user about pools, servers, and virtual machines, which have errors and warn the user in the case of high resource consumption.
The Oracle VM 3.2 release is also accompanied by the first set of templates specifically designed for Oracle Exalogic. Extending the same ease-of-use and peace of mind of certification with existing Oracle VM Templates, these new templates are based on Oracle's expertise and best practices, and they are pre-configured for rapid application deployment to an Oracle Exalogic environment. These include Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1, Oracle's PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52, and Oracle's Siebel CRM 220.127.116.11 and 8.2.2.
The latest version of Oracle VM and its templates are available as a free download.
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