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Introduction to Oracle® Solaris 11.4 Virtual Environments

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Updated: August 2019
 
 

Oracle VM Server for x86 Overview

Oracle VM Server for x86 is the x86 virtualization solution for simultaneously running multiple operating system instances on a single machine. Oracle VM Server for x86 is based on the open source Xen project. The Oracle VM Server for x86 software supports a privileged domain (dom0) to manage guest domains and unprivileged guest domains (also called domUs) to run workloads. As with the Oracle VM Server for SPARC control domain, the dom0 domain permits the use of a small and efficient hypervisor and enhances availability. The Oracle VM Server for x86 software supports the running of the Oracle Solaris OS in guest domains. Oracle Solaris guest domains can use operating system level virtualization features, such as zones.

    Oracle VM Server for x86 uses an administration tool called Oracle VM Manager that enables you to use a browser to do the following:

  • Provision and manage virtual machines

  • Arrange physical servers into pools

  • Apply resource management policies

  • Manage network and storage resources

Oracle VM Manager can also be used with Oracle VM Server for SPARC systems. For information about using the Oracle VM Manager with Oracle VM Server for SPARC, see https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E50245_01/E50246/html/vmrns-sparc.html.

For more information about the Oracle VM Server for x86 product, see the Oracle VM Server for x86 documentation (https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/documentation/vm-096300.html).