11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 21, 2014 1:32 PM by Looney128 RSS

    Oracle VM PVM Drivers

    Janne M

      Hi Community Specialists!

       

      I am currenty building Oracle VM infrastucture for our customer. The goal is to virtualize Oracle database and couple of other Windows servers for applications using the db. I downloaded and installed the latest version (3.2.7) VM servers and Manager software and the infrastructure is up and working fine. I installed Windows 2008 R2 with PV drivers found from the Oracle VM download site and everything is ok, 2008R2 works like a charm.

       

      The next I tried was Windows Server 2012. I have read confusing information that there is no support for 2012 in Oracle VM 3 but I have also found information that it should work with PV Drivers. So I tried ant the installation was ok and the Server 2012 started as supposed. But the problem came with the PV drivers found from the Oracle VM download site, they did not install properly and there is unregonized devices in device manager. Also the network is only 100Mbps, not 1Gbps as in 2008R2.

       

      The publically available PV drivers version is 3.0.1, and this is probably the reason for my problem. I have found information that there is a newer version, Windows PV Drivers 3.2, patch ID 16863114 but I cannot access it as it is behind support section and I have no currently active support agreement. Is there any way to get 3.2 drivers without support agreement or do I have to pay for the support? Is Oracle going to publish the driver for everybody in the near future?

       

      Thanks and regards,

      Janne

        • 1. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
          budachst

          Hi Janne,

           

          I have just taken a look at the patch and it indeed addresses both, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 compatibility. However, as you already noted, you'd need a support contract to get to that patch. I am sure that this patch will also show up on eDelivery eventually. On the other hand… a support contract runs you only approx. $ 400,- per OVM server/year. Maybe it's worth the investment…

           

          Cheers,

          budy

          • 2. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
            Janne M

            Hi Budy!

             

            Thanks for the quick answer! I'll have to ask the customer if they are willing to pay the support costs, as this infra is built only for their usage. I have three servers so the cost will be triple, but I think that this is minor cost in this project. If Oracle would publish the 3.2 drivers couple of few weeks I would be able to wait but I have no clue how fast Oracle has been in the past with these kind of things. It is of course reasonable that paid support customers are getting their hands on things faster.

             

            I'm supposing that if this version works on W2012 it will work also on W2012 R2?

             

            Cheers,

            Janne

            • 3. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
              budachst

              Hi Janne,

               

              I'd assume that the PV drivers will run in W2012 R2 as well. The 3.0 PV drivers also worked on each release on W2k8.

               

              Cheers,

              budy

              • 4. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
                Janne M

                I'll have to buy the support contract and give W2012 R2 a try with the 3.2 PV Drivers! I hope it is not just a waste of money and Oracle keeps developing this solution.

                 

                Thank you budy for your helpful information!

                 

                Regards,

                Janne

                • 5. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
                  Janne M

                  I have now confirmation that 3.2 drivers are also 2012 R2 compatible. I bought the support contract and downloaded the patch and the installation was easy and painless. The driver is 8 months old so Oracle does not release these updates to public very soon.

                  • 6. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
                    Looney128

                    Janne,

                     

                         They just released newer PV drivers (3.2.2)....

                    https://updates.oracle.com/Orion/PatchDetails/process_form?patch_num=16863114

                     

                    but.......you need support to get it (but you do now).

                    I have not tried the new drivers as our support has lapsed....so I can not get the drivers yet...

                    • 7. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
                      user12273962

                      I believe Oracle doesn't see the PV Drivers need for Windows products to be part of the open source offering. I wouldn't doubt they might never offer the updated PV Drivers via a free download.

                      • 8. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
                        budachst

                        Might be, but on the other hand… software support is rather cheap and the benefit of the new PV drivers for Windows are alone well worth the prize. I just updated a number of WIndows VMs using the 3.2.2 PV driver and it is really a lot better than the old one - let alone the option to monitor the network performance in Nagios using the check_mk agent.

                        • 9. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
                          Looney128

                          Other than support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2, any other new features?

                           

                          Does it show IP addresses correctly now? (Under the networks tab for the VM)

                          • 10. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
                            budachst

                            It does show the current IP of the assigned interface correctly. I actually never noticed it otherweise, by then I rarely use this view, so it has surely escaped me.

                            • 11. Re: Oracle VM PVM Drivers
                              Looney128

                              I bet when OVM 3.3 comes out, they will package the new 3.2.2 PV drivers with them.