The Oracle VM Administrator's Guide explains how to manage Oracle VM and perform administrative tasks, such as configuring the system configuration, using Oracle VM Guest Additions, backing up and restoring components, troubleshooting common issues.


This document is intended for Oracle VM administrators with privileged access to the physical and virtual resources of the Oracle VM environment. This guide assumes that you have an in depth knowledge of Oracle VM (see the Oracle VM Manager User's Guide), and that you are familiar with Oracle Linux system administration and Linux command line operation.

This Guide contains information previously contained in other parts of the Oracle VM documentation set, especially the now deprecated Oracle VM Utilities Guide.

Command Syntax

Oracle Linux command syntax appears in monospace font. The dollar character ($), number sign (#), or percent character (%) are Oracle Linux command prompts. Do not enter them as part of the command. The following command syntax conventions are used in this guide:



backslash \

A backslash is the Oracle Linux command continuation character. It is used in command examples that are too long to fit on a single line. Enter the command as displayed (with a backslash) or enter it on a single line without a backslash:

dd if=/dev/rdsk/c0t1d0s6 of=/dev/rst0 bs=10b \

braces { }

Braces indicate required items:

.DEFINE {macro1}

brackets [ ]

Brackets indicate optional items:

cvtcrt termname [outfile]

ellipses ...

Ellipses indicate an arbitrary number of similar items:

CHKVAL fieldname value1 value2 ... valueN


Italic type indicates a variable. Substitute a value for the variable:


vertical line |

A vertical line indicates a choice within braces or brackets:

FILE filesize [K|M]

forward slash /

A forward slash is used to escape special characters within single or double quotes in the Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface, for example:

create Tag name=MyTag description="HR/'s VMs"


The following text conventions are used in this document:




Boldface type indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.


Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.


Monospace type indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.

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