The Oracle VM Concepts Guide provides an overview of the different components within an Oracle VM environment and explains key concepts that are essential to working with Oracle VM.


The Oracle VM Concepts Guide is intended for system administrators and end users who want to learn the fundamentals of virtualization, Oracle VM, and who may require a conceptual overview of the different elements that make up and are used within an Oracle VM environment. This guide outlines the concepts behind the different components of Oracle VM and links to procedures in the Oracle VM Manager User's Guide that outline how to perform the operations using the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface.

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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