Preface

The Oracle VM Security Guide explains how to install, configure and use Oracle VM in a secure way.

Caution

Oracle VM environments can be built on both x86-64bit and SPARC hardware. Even though much of the content is generic and applicable to both architectures, you should keep in mind that this document focuses on the secure deployment of Oracle VM on x86 hardware platforms. Additional guidelines for the SPARC architecture can be found in the Oracle Technical White Paper entitled Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC, which can be downloaded from the Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/systems-hardware-architecture/secure-ovm-sparc-deployment-294062.pdf

Audience

This document is intended for system administrators who install, configure and manage the Oracle VM environment. We assume that you have a solid understanding of the product and are familiar with virtualization in general, Web technologies and the Oracle Linux operating system.

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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:

Convention

Description

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 \
count=10000

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

italics

Italic type indicates a variable. Substitute a value for the variable:

library_name

vertical line |

A vertical line indicates a choice within braces or brackets:

FILE filesize [K|M]

forward slash /

A forward slash is used as an escape character in the Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface to escape the special characters ", ', ?, \, /, <, >:

create Tag name=MyTag description="HR/'s VMs"

Conventions

The following text conventions are used in this document:

Convention

Meaning

boldface

Boldface type indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.

italic

Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.

monospace

Monospace type indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.

Documentation Accessibility

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