Chapter 5 Upgrading Oracle VM

Oracle VM Release 3.x is not backwardly compatible with Oracle VM Release 2.x. If you are using Oracle VM Release 2.x you cannot upgrade to Release 3.x. You must reinstall your Oracle VM Servers and Oracle VM Manager. You can, however, reuse your virtual machine templates from Oracle VM Release 2.x by importing them into Oracle VM Release 3.x.

For information on repository migration from Oracle VM Release 2 to Oracle VM Release 3, see the My Oracle Support website at:

There is no provision for upgrading releases where an Oracle Database XE has been used as a back end repository for Oracle VM Manager. Oracle VM Manager no longer supports Oracle Database XE as a back end repository and there is no way to migrate to the new MySQL database back end supported in Oracle VM Release 3.3. If you are using Oracle VM Release 3.x with a supported Oracle Database such as Oracle Database SE or Oracle Database EE, you should be aware that Oracle VM RRelease 3.3 no longer supports these databases to store Oracle VM configuration data. Instead, Oracle VM Release 3.3 uses its own bundled MySQL database for this purpose. The upgrade process includes a facility to help migrate Oracle VM configuration data from a previously supported Oracle Database into the bundled MySQL database.

The upgrade procedures discussed in this chapter refer to upgrades between Oracle VM Release 3.1.1 or 3.2.x to Oracle VM Release 3.3.x. Upgrades from earlier versions of Oracle VM are not supported. This chapter outlines the upgrade process for all the components of Oracle VM when upgrading to minimize down time and make sure the upgrade process is performed in the correct order.


Generally, there is no need to perform incremental upgrades between releases; that is, you can skip releases as long as you upgrade from Oracle VM 3.x to 3.x. For example, you can upgrade from Release 3.0.2 to 3.1.1. The exception to this is if you are running Oracle VM Release 3.0.1, where you must first upgrade to Release 3.0.2 or 3.0.3 before upgrading to Release 3.2. Also, if you are running Oracle VM Release 3.0.x, you must first upgrade to Release 3.2 before upgrading to Release 3.3.