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Oracle® Servers X8-2 and X8-2L Operating Systems Installation Guide

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Updated: January 2020

Oracle VM Server Overview

Oracle VM is a platform that provides a fully equipped environment with all the latest benefits of virtualization technology. Oracle VM allows you to deploy operating systems and application software in a supported virtualization environment. The Oracle VM architecture includes Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server.

Oracle VM Manager manages Oracle VM Servers, virtual machines, and resources. Oracle VM Manager includes a web browser-based user interface and a command-line interface (CLI), enabling you to manage your infrastructure directly from the command line either with external scripts or by running manual command sequences. Each interface runs as a separate application to the Oracle VM Manager core and interfaces with this using the Web Services API.

Oracle VM Server is a self-contained virtualization environment designed to provide a lightweight, secure, server-based platform to run virtual machines on x86 hardware. Oracle VM Server is based upon an updated version of the underlying Xen hypervisor technology, and includes Oracle VM Agent. It also includes a Linux kernel with support for a broad array of devices and file systems. The Linux kernel is run as Dom0 to manage one or more DomU virtual machines, each of which could be Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows. At least one Oracle VM Server is required, but several are needed to take advantage of clustering.

Oracle VM Agent is used to manage communication with Oracle VM Manager. Oracle VM Manager is a server side component that allows you to configure and manage your Oracle VM environment. Oracle VM Manager includes both a command line interface and a web-based user interface, which is a standard Application Development Framework (ADF) web application. Oracle VM Manager provides virtual machine management facilities, including creating virtual machines from installation media or from templates. It provides features such as power on, power off, deleting, importing, deploying, and live migration of virtual machines. Oracle VM Manager also manages resources, including ISO files, virtual machine templates, and shared virtual disks.

For information about the complete Oracle VM environment and installation instructions for other components of Oracle VM, refer to the Oracle VM 3.4.6 Documentation Library at https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E64076_01/index.html.