Provisioning Oracle Solaris 11

| May 16, 2013

I've seen some questions about provisioning Oracle Solaris 11. They boil down to this:

"Is it possible to provision both Oracle Solaris 11 and 11.1 onto managed systems from one Ops Center installation?"

Yes, this is possible. There are two ways to do it.

The first way is (more...)

P2V in Ops Center

| May 10, 2013

I saw a question about physical to virtual migration:

"Does Ops Center have any capabilities that will facilitate the physical to virtual process?"

You can do P2V using Ops Center, but it's not a single-wizard process, and it'll take a bit of tinkering. Basically, you take a flash archive (more...)

The Ops Center license

| Apr 30, 2013

I've seen a few questions about the license for Ops Center:

"What does the Ops Center license cost? Is it supported to manage Oracle Solaris on non-Oracle hardware with Ops Center? What about Oracle hardware with a non-oracle OS, or non-Oracle hardware with a non-Oracle OS?"

There are two (more...)

How To: Migrating Virtual Machines

| Apr 10, 2013

One of the big advantages of using Oracle VM Server for x86 or SPARC is the ability to migrate virtual machines. If two Oracle VM Servers are grouped together in a server pool under one Oracle VM Manager, you can perform a live migration to move an Oracle VM to (more...)

Version 12.1.3 is released

Version 12.1.3 of Ops Center was just released. There are some bug fixes, but also some feature additions and enhancements:

  • New hardware and virtualization support: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.0, Oracle SPARC T5-1B, T5-2, and T5-4 are all supported.
  • Improved performance for adding Oracle Solaris 11 (more...)

Ports used to talk to Agents

| Mar 26, 2013

I got a question about the ports used by Ops Center:

"What ports are needed for communication between a Proxy Controller and managed assets?"

There is a table in the Security Guide that shows the ports and protocols used by Ops Center, including those used by Proxy Controllers to (more...)

Quick Browser Question

| Mar 19, 2013

I got a question about supported browsers:

"I'm using Firefox 10.0.7. Is that a supported browser for accessing the Ops Center user interface?"

Yep, it is. The full list of supported browsers is here, in the Certified Systems Matrix, which also lists supported operating systems, (more...)

Discovery question

| Mar 12, 2013

I got a question about discovering operating systems:

"My operating systems are configured not to allow root SSH access. How can I discover these OSes with Ops Center?"

When you're creating a discovery profile, you provide credentials for each protocol being used to access the asset. So, for an Oracle Solaris OS, you provide SSH credentials. If root SSH access is allowed by the system, you can provide root credentials.

However, if root SSH access is not allowed, you can provide one username and password to use for logging in, and then the root credentials to use for managing (more...)

High Availability question

I got a question about Enterprise Controller high availability:

"If I have an Ops Center installation with a single Enterprise Controller, can I change my mind and turn it into a high availability setup?"

Yes. There are a few things you need to do to prepare, first:

Once you've taken those steps, you can set your current EC up as the primary (more...)