4.8 Virtual Appliances Item

The management pane includes the default Virtual Appliances perspective, and toolbars that enable you to perform various configuration or management tasks specific to virtual appliances.

4.8.1 Virtual Appliances Perspective

The Virtual Appliances perspective lists the virtual appliances configured in your environment. The following columns are displayed in the management pane:

  • Name: The name that has been configured for the virtual appliance.

  • Origin: The origin of the virtual appliance which is the URL from which this virtual appliance was imported.

  • Description: The description of the virtual appliance.

  • ID: The unique identifier for this object within Oracle VM Manager

An arrow displays next to each virtual appliance in the table. Click the arrow to expand the view and display the virtual machines and virtual disks that the virtual appliance contains. Each of these is displayed in its own subtab.

On the Virtual Machines subtab, it is possible to see a list of virtual machines contained within the virtual appliance. These are displayed in tabular format with the following columns:

  • Name: The name that has been configured for the virtual machine within the virtual appliance.

  • Description: The description that has been configured for the virtual machine within the virtual appliance.

On the Virtual Disks subtab, it is possible to see a list of the virtual disks contained within the virtual appliance. These are displayed in tabular format with the following columns:

  • Name: The name that has been configured for the virtual disk within the virtual appliance.

  • VM(s): A comma separated list of virtual machines within the virtual appliance that are configured to use the virtual disk.

  • Format: The format of the virtual disk image file.

  • Capacity: The capacity of the virtual disk in gibibytes (GiB).

  • Populated Size: The populated size of the virtual disk image file in gibibytes (GiB).

This perspective includes a toolbar that consists of the following options:

Table 4.7 Virtual Appliances Perspective Toolbar Icon Options

Toolbar Icon Option

Icon

Description

Import Virtual Appliance...

Import Virtual Appliance... icon

Displays the Import Virtual Appliance dialog box. Use this option to import a virtual appliance.

Create Virtual Machine...

Create Virtual Machine... icon
Displays the Create Virtual Machine dialog box. Use this option to create a virtual machine from a virtual appliance.

Edit Selected Virtual Appliance...

Edit Selected Virtual Appliance... icon

Displays the Edit Virtual Appliance dialog box. Use this option to edit a virtual appliance.

Delete Selected Virtual Appliance

Delete Selected Virtual Appliance... icon

Displays the Delete Confirmation dialog box. Use this option to delete the selected virtual appliance.

Refresh Selected Virtual Appliance...

Refresh Selected Virtual Appliance... icon

Refreshes one or more selected virtual appliances.

Help

Help icon

Displays context sensitive help.


4.8.1.1 Import Virtual Appliance

To import a virtual appliance:

  1. Create or locate a virtual appliance file. This should be a single .ova file, which contains the .ovf descriptive file(s), and disk image file(s) for the virtual appliance.

    Note

    OVF files in the version 0.9 format (as used by ESX 3.5) are not supported. If the virtual appliance uses an unsupported format, you can attempt to convert it to a newer version with a tool such as VMware's Converter or OVF Tool, or you can use qemu-img to convert the vmdk files to raw disk files and recreate the virtual machine manually.

  2. Place the virtual appliance in a location accessible from your Oracle VM Manager host computer.

    Note

    Supported URL schemes are HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP.

  3. Click the Repositories tab. Select the repository in which to store the virtual appliance. Select Virtual Appliances in the navigation tree.

  4. Select Import Virtual Appliance... Import Virtual Appliance... icon in the toolbar in the management pane.

  5. The Import Virtual Appliance dialog box is displayed. Select or edit the following fields:

    • Virtual Appliance download location: URL for the virtual appliance; for example: http://example.com/appliances/myvirtappliance.ova

    • Proxy: Optional IP address or hostname of a proxy server.

    • Create VM: Option to create the virtual machine(s) that the virtual appliance contains during the import.

      If the virtual appliance contains more than virtual machine, Oracle VM Manager creates a separate virtual machine for each one in the virtual appliance.

    • Server Pool: Option to deploy the virtual machine(s) to a specific server pool after creation.

    Click OK to import the virtual appliance. When the import job is complete, the new virtual appliance is displayed in the table in the management pane.

    If you selected the option to create virtual machines from the virtual appliance, the virtual machines are located in the server pool that you specified or the Unassigned Virtual Machines folder on the Servers and VMs tab.

4.8.1.2 Create Virtual Machine

To create a virtual machine from a virtual appliance:

  1. Click the Repositories tab. Select the repository in which the virtual appliance is located. Select Virtual Appliances in the navigation tree.

  2. Select Create Virtual Machine... Create VM Template... icon in the toolbar in the management pane.

  3. The Create Virtual Machine dialog box is displayed. Select the virtual machine you want to create in the Available Virtual Appliance VM(s): column and move it to the Selected Virtual Appliance VM(s): column.

    You can select multiple virtual machines if the virtual appliance contains more than one. Oracle VM Manager creates a separate virtual machine for each one that you select.

  4. Optionally select the server pool in which to deploy the virtual machine(s) from the Server Pool drop-down menu. If you do not select a server pool, the virtual machines are deployed to the Unassigned Virtual Machines folder on the Servers and VMs tab.

  5. Click OK. Oracle VM Manager creates the selected virtual machines from the virtual appliance and deploys them to the server pool that you specified or the Unassigned Virtual Machines folder.

4.8.1.3 Edit Virtual Appliance

To edit a virtual appliance:

  1. Click the Repositories tab. Select the repository in which the virtual appliance is located. Select Virtual Appliances in the navigation tree.

  2. Select the virtual appliance in the table in the management pane. Click Edit Selected Virtual Appliance... Edit Selected Virtual Appliance... icon in the management pane toolbar.

  3. Edit the Name or Description. Click OK.

4.8.1.4 Delete Virtual Appliance

To delete virtual appliances:

  1. Click the Repositories tab. Select the repository in which the virtual appliances are located. Select Virtual Appliances in the navigation tree.

  2. Select one or more virtual appliances in the table in the management pane. Click Delete Selected Virtual Appliance Delete Selected Virtual Appliance icon in the management pane toolbar.

  3. The Delete Confirmation dialog box is displayed. Click OK.

4.8.1.5 Refresh Virtual Appliance

The contents of virtual appliances are not automatically refreshed when you refresh a repository. For this reason, you must refresh the virtual appliance to see the contents of a new or modified virtual appliance.

To refresh virtual appliances:

  1. Click the Repositories tab. Select the repository in which the virtual appliances are located. Select Virtual Appliances in the navigation tree.

  2. Select one or more virtual appliances in the table in the management pane. Click Refresh Selected Virtual Appliance Refresh Selected Virtual Appliance icon in the management pane toolbar.

  3. The contents of the virtual appliances are refreshed from the storage repository.