4.1 Toolbar

The navigation pane includes its own toolbar that provides quick access to the most commonly used configuration tools for the Repositories tab. Clicking on any of the icons provided in the toolbar opens a dialog or wizard that can guide you through the configuration process for that item. The toolbar icons included in the Repositories navigation pane are:

The toolbar also includes a filter that controls which repositories are represented within the navigation tree and within the perspectives available in the management pane. The filter includes two radio buttons:

  • Show My Repositories: Filters the content to only show repositories that are currently under the ownership of this Oracle VM Manager instance.

  • Show All Repositories: Filters the content to show all repositories that have been discovered by this Oracle VM Manager instance, regardless of whether or not they are owned by the current Oracle VM Manager instance .

If you release ownership of a repository and it is not displayed on this tab, you should check that the filter is not set to Show My Repositories if you wish to perform an action on the repository.

4.1.1 Create New Repository

A storage repository should be at least 10 GB in size. In addition to this minimum size requirement, you should include enough storage space for virtual machines, templates, ISO files and other virtual machine resources.

To create a storage repository for your server pool:

  1. Select the Repositories tab.

  2. Click Create New Repository Create New Repository icon in the toolbar.

  3. In the Create a Repository dialog box, enter the following information:

    • Repository Name: The name you wish to use to identify the repository.

    • Repository Location: Either a network file server or a physical disk.

  4. If you selected Network File Server as location, click Search Search icon to select a location in the Select Network File System dialog box:

    • Select a Network File Server from the list. The available file systems appear. Note that only a refreshed file system can be used.

    • Select the file system you wish to install the storage repository on. Click OK.

      Note

      When searching for a file system, there is an option to provide a Name Filter. You can use this filter to specify search criteria to limit the objects displayed. See Section 1.16, “Name Filters” for more information.

  5. Optionally provide this additional information:

    • Share Path: Path to a subdirectory on the selected file system.

    • Description: Information you would like to add about this storage repository.

  6. If you selected Physical Disk as the Repository Location, click Search Search icon to select a location in the Select Physical Disk dialog box:

    • Select a Storage Array and, if applicable, a Volume Group from the respective lists. The available disks appear.

    • Select the physical disk you wish to install the storage repository on. Click OK.

      Note

      When searching for a physical disk, there is an option to provide a Name Filter. You can use this filter to specify search criteria to limit the objects displayed. See Section 1.16, “Name Filters” for more information.

  7. Select from the list to which Server Pool this storage repository should be provided, or alternatively select None if you are creating a repository on a local disk for use on a single Oracle VM Server. Optionally enter additional information about this storage repository in the Description field.

    Note

    When you create a storage repository on a LUN, only clustered server pools can be selected. If a non-clustered server pool or no server pool is selected, then you must specify a physical disk in local storage to create the repository.

  8. Click Next to proceed to the second section of the wizard: Present to Servers.

    When the storage repository is prepared and created, it must also be made available for use by your Oracle VM Servers before it can be populated. Typically you present the storage repository to all the Oracle VM Servers in the server pool. However, should you wish to set up storage differently, Oracle VM Manager allows you to present a repository to a selection of Oracle VM Servers instead of the entire server pool. See also Section 4.3.1.4, “Present or Unpresent Repository”

  9. In the Present to Servers dialog box, use the arrow buttons to move the required Oracle VM Servers from the left to the right pane.

  10. Click Finish to create the new storage repository and present it to the selected Oracle VM Servers. The new storage repository is displayed in the Repositories table in the management pane.

At this point, the storage repository has been created, Oracle VM Manager has taken ownership, and the selected Oracle VM Servers have access in order to store virtual machines, ISO files, templates and so on. To modify the configuration of servers with access to the storage repository, see Section 4.3.1.4, “Present or Unpresent Repository”.