4 Supported Guest Operating Systems

4.1 Oracle VM Server for x86 Supported Guest Operating Systems
4.2 Oracle VM Server for SPARC Supported Guest Operating Systems

The guest virtual machines you create must be one of the supported configurations listed in this section. The supported guest operating systems differ virtual machines created in x86-based server pools, and SPARC-based server pools.

4.1 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

Oracle Linux Release 6.x

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Oracle Linux Release 5.x

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Oracle Linux Release 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 Paravirtualized Supported Guest Operating Systems

Guest Operating System

Paravirtualized 32-bit

Paravirtualized 64-bit

Oracle Linux Release 6.x

Yes

Yes

Oracle Linux Release 5.x

Yes

Yes

Oracle Linux Release 4.x

Yes

Yes

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x

Yes

Yes

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x

Yes

Yes

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.x

Yes

Yes

CentOS 6.x

Yes

Yes

CentOS 5.x

Yes

Yes

CentOS 4.x

Yes

Yes

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.x

No

Yes


Table 3 Microsoft Windows Supported Guest Operating Systems

Guest Operating System with Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Installed

64-bit

32-bit

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Yes

N/A

Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Yes

N/A

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Yes

N/A

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows 8.1

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows 8

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Windows Vista SP2

Yes

Yes


Table 4 Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Supported Releases

Oracle VM Release

Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.0.1

Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2

Oracle VM 3.0

Yes

No

Oracle VM 3.1

Yes

No

Oracle VM 3.2

Yes

Yes

Oracle VM 3.3

No

Yes


4.2 Oracle VM Server for SPARC Supported 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.

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37707_01/html/E29668/gentextid-298.html#ldomsrequiredsoftwarepatches