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RUSH POST: VMware Tools and RSS Incompatibility Issues

UPDATE:

We have just released a new version of the VMware Tools which fixes the issue described in this post (below).

Please download and install this version of the VMware Tools, especially if you are using the VMXNet3 vNIC type for your Windows VMs.

We thank you very much for your patience and understanding while we worked on fixing this problem.

From the Release Notes:

Receive Side Scaling is not functional for vmxnet3 on Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Server or later. This issue is caused by an update for the vmxnet3 driver that addressed RSS features added in NDIS version 6.30 rendering the functionality unusable. It is observed in VMXNET3 driver versions from 1.6.6.0 to 1.7.3.0.

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VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps

VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps

On a mission to arm yourself with the latest knowledge and skills needed to master application virtualization?

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VMworld Customer bootcamps can get you in shape to lead the virtualization charge in your organization, with Instructor-led demos and In-depth course work designed to put you in the ranks of the IT elite.

Oracle on vSphere
The Oracle on VMware vSphere Bootcamp will provide the attendee the opportunity to learn the essential skills necessary to run Oracle implementations on VMware vSphere. The best practices and optimal approaches to deployment, operation and management of Oracle database and application software will be presented by VMware expert Sudhir Balasubramanian who will be joined by other VMware and Industry Experts.

This technical workshop will exceed the standard breakout session format by delivering “real-life,” instructor-led, live training and incorporating the recommended design and configuration practices for architecting Business Critical Databases on VMware vSphere infrastructure. Subjects such as Real Applications Clusters, Automatic Storage Management, vSAN and NSX will be covered in depth.

Learn More

https://www.vmworld.com/en/us/learning/sessions.html?mid=9592&eid=CVMW2000001358867&elqTrackId=ac4f78fd201d4b8ea8c06c94903ec64e&elq=a30d659ad2934a969e912b357d9624d2&elqaid=9592&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=4153

SAP HANA on VMware vSphere, Multi-VM Support Status as of May 2017

Since my last SAP HANA blog in February, our SAP HANA validation and engineering team was busy performing the remaining validation test on the Intel Broadwell platform.

Because of the positive results, SAP granted us Multi-SAP HANA VM and NUMA node sharing support for vSphere 6.0 and 6.5 on the 4 socket Intel Broadwell platform up to 4 TB VM sizes.

By now we have five SAP support notes that describe the support status of SAP HANA on VMware vSphere. This blog concentrates on Multi-VM configurations. For a complete overview of what is SAP supported please visit the SAP HANA on VMware vSphere Wiki pages on wiki.scn.sap.com.

The first table in this blog shows the SAP HANA Multi-VM configuration status and what is supported in production. The 2nd table shows what is VMware platform supported, but was not explicitly validated for SAP HANA workloads.

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Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management

Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management

Customers deploying production Oracle workloads have stringent requirements to support and maintain critical database operational tasks such as Backup and Recovery, Cloning, Data Refresh for Development/Test environment and Patching. These operational tasks are also known as Database Day 2 Management Operations.

With the rapid adoption of VMware vSAN™ for business-critical workloads due to highly scalable , available , reliable and high performance HCI solution. It is essential to provide features and tools for seamless Day 1 and Day 2 Operations.

vSAN offers a range of tools and features for Day 1 and Day 2 Operations. VMware vSphere® web client provides administrator with the capability to manage their infrastructure in a unified way for deploying, provisioning, health check, and performance monitoring. vSAN 6.0 and above has improved snapshot capability, which provides users with enterprise-class snapshots and clones that can be used for Oracle database cloning use cases.

The Oracle Real Application Clusters on VMware vSAN reference architecture addresses common business challenges that CIOs face today in an online transaction processing (OLTP) environment that requires availability, reliability, scalability, predictability and cost-effective storage, which helps customers design and implement optimal configurations specifically for Oracle RAC Database on vSAN.

The Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN 6.2 All-Flash reference architecture addresses common business challenges that CIOs face today in an OLTP and decision-support-system (DSS) environment that requires predictable performance and cost-effective storage.

Having addressed the Day 1 operations including deployment and provisioning of critical Oracle workloads on VMware vSAN, this operation guide focuses on the Day 2 Operations of Oracle on vSAN including backup and recovery, database cloning, database refresh for test and development environment and database patching.

 

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VMware vSAN snapshot and clone technologies are primarily used for providing support to Oracle Day 2 Operations. VMware vSAN snapshot and clone technologies used with inherent Oracle tools provide efficient Day 2 Operations for business-critical Oracle database.

Check out the recently published Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management  operation guide that provides solutions and operation procedures for Oracle Database Day 2 Operations including below key oracle database tasks using vSAN snapshots and clones:

  • Backup and recovery
  • Cloning
  • Data refresh for development and test environment from production
  • Patching

While the operation guide provides above solutions natively for the Oracle database on vSAN environment. There are backup vendors who provide Oracle application-level integration along with VADP (VMware vSphere Storage APIs – for Data Protection) API integration, which can help in ease of backup/cloning, greater levels of manageability and control in vSphere environment including vSAN. These third-party backup solutions can also be used for these use cases.

Further, with the announcement of VMware Ready for vSAN program that offers partners a set of tools, resources, and processes needed to certify Data Protection products with VMware vSAN. This certification program will provide confidence with the partner data protection solutions deployed in VMware vSAN environments for seamless operation.

Updated – Official SQL Server on vSphere best practices guide, March 2017

Microsoft SQL Server is the most virtualized enterprise mission critical application today. In recent years it has become a mainstream effort among VMware customers to virtualize critical databases to allow better agility and scale while increasing availability and operational efficiency.

The official best practices guide for virtualizing SQL Server is now updated with information regarding vSphere 6.5 and some new lessons learned in the past year.

A big Thank you! is due to:

Allan Hirt (Twitter @SQLHA) for keeping me honest on SQL Server nomenclature

David Klee (Twitter @Kleegeek) for his help reviewing this paper

Deji Akomolafe (Twitter @dejify) for his expertise and contribution

You can read the updated guide
here: http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/solutions/sql-server-on-vmware-best-practices-guide.pdf

As always, comments and feedback are welcome

Niran

VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management 1.4.1 – Automate and manage your VMware virtualized SAP Landscape

On behalf of David Gallant, ISBU, Product Management and the Integrated Systems Business Unit, we are very pleased to announce the General Availability of VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management 1.4.1.

VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management integrates SAP Landscape Management (LaMa) with VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies, allowing SAP BASIS administrators, VMware administrators, SAP project and business stakeholders to automate provisioning and management of SAP landscapes running on VMware’s SDDC. The adapter is a key component of VMware private cloud solution for SAP, which defines the software stack to virtualize, secure and automate SAP environments leveraging VMware’s software-defined architecture. At its core, it includes VMware vSphere, VMware NSX, vRealize Automation and the VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management and will help to bring SAP Consumers closer to IT Providers, by leveraging for instance an optional service portal to perform SAP system deployments and management tasks instead of using administrator and system tools.

Below figure shows how providers and consumers can leverage the VMware Adapter for SAP Landscape Management.

VMware Adapter

This release of the adapter is a very important maintenance release. With this release, we continue to enhance support for vRealize Automation and the system automation application interface (SA-API).  These enhancements pave the way for additional customers to adopt SAP LaMa, and VMware’s SDDC.

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Multiple production SAP HANA virtual machines on a single physical server on vSphere 6

Last week we finished the Multi SAP HANA VM and NUMA Node Sharing (CPU socket sharing) tests with vSphere 6. Due to the good results, SAP granted full production level support for multiple SAP HANA systems deployed on a single SAP HANA certified server virtualized with vSphere 6.

With this, customers can get now better TCO results by SAP HANA system consolidation and better utilizing their hardware assets.

For details please review SAP note 2315348 – SAP HANA on VMware vSphere 6 in production.

What is allowed by now with vSphere 6?

  • Consolidation of multiple SAP HANA production level VMs on a single SAP HANA certified server based on Intel Xeon E7-v3 (Haswell).
  • Possibility to share a NUMA node with two production level SAP HANA VMs. Example: 4 socket Haswell server is now able to support up to 8 SAP HANA VMs, and an 8 socket Haswell based server supports up to 16 SAP HANA VMs in production.
  • SAP HANA sizing rules must get applied and followed.
  • When sharing a NUMA node minimal 8 CPU cores (16 threads) must get assigned to the VMs, RAM must get assigned accordingly the latest SAP HANA sizing rules.
  • Enough network and storage IO capacity must be available for all running production SAP HANA VMs (SAP HANA TDI storage KPIs).
  • Enable VMware HA to protect the consolidated SAP HANA workload and ensure that enough failover capacity is available in the vSphere cluster.

What is not allowed as of today with vSphere 6?

  • No Intel E7-v4 (Broadwell) based system and vSphere 6.5 support. Validation and tests are ongoing but not finished.
  • Running more than two SAP HANA VMs on a single NUMA node (CPU socket)
  • Over-subscription of CPU and RAM resources

 

SAP and NSX Micro-Segmentation Example & Demo

Many companies deploying SAP systems run business processes that incorporate credit card payment transactions. Credit cards are subject to strict security standards developed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a consortium of the largest international payment card issuers. These standards require security settings within the SAP application and in the case where SAP is deployed on the VMware SDDC, PCI standards affects the VMware layer with requirements such as “Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data”. This is addressed by micro-segmentation which makes the data center network more secure by isolating each related group of virtual machines onto a distinct logical network segment, allowing the administrator to firewall traffic traveling from one segment of the data center to another (east-west traffic). This limits attackers’ ability to move laterally in the data center.   Micro-segmentation is powered by the Distributed Firewall (DFW) – a component of NSX. DFW operates at the ESXi hypervisor kernel layer and offers control at the vNIC level, which is very close to a guest VM operating system without being in the operating system.

For SAP micro-segmentation means we can create flexible security policies that align to: the multi-tier architecture of an individual SAP system (presentation, application and database tiers); the landscape of the SAP environment (separate production from non-production). The diagram below shows a SAP micro segmentation example based on the Netweaver ABAP stack with a backend database. The different tiers/components of the SAP architecture are:

  • Presentation tier – in this example I am using the SAP client “SAPGUI” to access the application tier. (note: customer environments would include  browser based access, load balancers and a web tier)
  • Application tier – application servers based on the Netweaver ABAP stack
  • Central Services / Global Host – handles SAP locking services, messaging between the app servers and a NFS share required by all the application servers
  • Database tier – services are database dependent
  • The components are isolated into their own NSX security groups. A NSX security group, in this example (other classifications are possible), is a definition in NSX and corresponds to a logical grouping of VMs within which there is free communication flow. Communication flow in/out of a security group from/to another group depends on the firewall rules.

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Security policies in the above design provide the following controls:

  • Controlled communication path limited to specific services and protocols between tiers
  • External access only permitted to the application tier via the SAP presentation service
  • Access between application and database VMs via specific database services
  • SAP services ports vary depending on the “Instance Number” assigned to the application servers and Central Services. Some values are shown here.
  • In this example I have included external access from a monitoring tool – vRealize Operations (vROps) with the  Blue Medora  SAP Management pack. This needs access to the application tier via certain ports.

The top right of the diagram above shows a NSX screenshot of the security group definition for the application tier – it shows how VM membership can be dynamically assigned to a security group, for example based on the VM naming convention. This way you can provision new application server VMs and the new VMs will automatically inherent the security policies of the application tier security group.

The following diagram shows the high level architecture that makes all this happen.

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The following screenshot shows an example configuration of the NSX communication paths based on the micro-segmentation design shown above (note: actual implementations will differ based on customer security requirements).

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You can see a recorded demo of the configuration at the URL below. The demo starts in vRealize Operations where the Blue Medora SAP Management Pack has been configured to monitor the SAP system. Data collection fails due to activation of the NSX firewall.  The NSX configuration is shown and tested and the services are configured to re-establish communication between vROps and the SAP system.

DEMO URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdPhejVCG3s&t=82s&index=1&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

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New Architecture Guidelines and Best Practices for Deployments of SAP HANA on VMware vSphere Guide, now available!

I am happy to announce that after a very long review and publication cycle the “Architecture Guidelines and Best Practices for Deployments of SAP HANA on VMware vSphere Guide” is now published.

The guide can be downloaded from our central VMware SAP page.

Direct link to the document: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/whitepaper/sap_hana_on_vmware_vsphere_best_practices_guide-white-paper.pdf

The chapter on sizing tackles the complex subject getting HANA VM’s sized properly, and provides incredible value to the reader as it provides guidance that explains how to size beyond physical to virtual so your organization can get it right the first time, every time.

Building a virtual SAP HANA VM requires to know not only the needed RAM, but also the number of needed CPUs to support this RAM. Without this information, it is not possible to create a VM.

The sizing guidelines published in this guide follow the SAP currently requested CPU socket / CPU core to RAM ratios or, when available describe how to perform a SAPS sizing. Using these guideless will provide you with SAP supported VM configurations.

I will provide some additional sizing examples that focus on SAPS and vCPU sizing, in addition to the already provided “NUMA” node based sizing example. Please remember, primary sizing figure for SAP HANA is memory and CPU is second and a SAP HANA configuration is optimized to optimal memory performance with lowest latency.

Oracle on VMware Collateral – One Stop Shop

Here is a one stop shop for all collateral related to Oracle on VMware SDDC  for easy and quick access.

 

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The links also contains offline demos/videos (no audio) which are currently in the process of being uploaded to VMware TV on YouTube which users can subscribe to.

I will updating this blog as and when we add more Oracle collateral to the kitty.

 

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VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps
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On a mission to arm yourself with the latest knowledge and skills needed to master application virtualization?

VMworld bootcamps can get you in shape to lead the virtualization charge in your organization, with instructor-led demos and in-depth course work designed to put you in the ranks of the IT elite.

https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2017/05/vmworld-2017-oracle-customer-bootcamps.html

 

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A Comprehensive Authority for Oracle on VMware SDDC
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“Virtualize Oracle Business Critical Databases on VMware SDDC” – A Comprehensive Authority for Oracle DBA’s on the subject of Oracle & Linux on vSphere

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Oracle Licensing on VMware
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Oracle fully supports the virtualization of Oracle databases on VMware. To augment Oracle’s support document, VMware also has a total ownership policy for customers with Oracle issues.

VMware Support will accept accountability for any Oracle-related issue reported by a customer. By being accountable, VMware Support will drive the issue to resolution regardless of which vendor (VMware, Oracle or others) is responsible for the resolution

VMware Oracle Support provides customers the following new advantages as part of the existing Support and Subscription contract at no additional charge:

  • Total ownership of Oracle Database technical issues reported to VMware Support

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/VMware-Oracle-Support-Affirmation.pdf

  • Access to a team of Oracle DBA resources within VMware Support to troubleshoot related to Oracle Databases used as a data store or run within a VM
  • Performance tuning and best practices related to Oracle Database used as a data store or run within a VM
  • Faster resolution of technical issues in VMware environments via a TSANet collaborative support arrangement between VMware Support and Oracle Support

tsanet1      tsanet2

 

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More details can be found at the url below

https://www.vmware.com/support/policies/oracle-support.html

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Oracle Licensing on VMware vSAN
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Oracle licensing DOES NOT change from a licensing perspective, whether you run Oracle workloads on a classic vSphere environment or Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solution like vSAN

http://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2017/01/oracle-vmware-vsan-dispelling-licensing-myths.html
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2017/01/04/licensing-applications-vsan/

Updated Understanding Oracle Licensing, Certification and Support on VMware guide

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/Understanding_Oracle_Certification_Support_Licensing_VMware_environments.pdf

Support Position for Oracle Products Running on VMWare Virtualized Environments (Doc ID 249212.1)
For Oracle RAC, Oracle will only accept Service Requests as described in this note on Oracle RAC 11.2.0.2 and later releases

Oracle Licensing Webinar Recording – Links to the webinar and corresponding introduction article
http://www.dbta.com/Webinars/722-Straight-Talk-on-Oracle-on-VMware-Licensing.htm

http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/Listening-to-Straight-Talk-on-Oracle-on-VMware-Licensing-103134.aspx

New DBTA webinar on Oracle Licensing on vSphere

http://www.dbta.com/emc/

http://www.dbta.com/Webinars/1041-Straight-Talk-on-Oracle-on-VMware-Licensing-in-2017.htm

http://www.licenseconsulting.eu/oracle-risk-mitigation

Scheduler operation when using CPU Affinity (2145719)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2145719

Licensing Databases on EMC and VMware Technology
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere-new/2016/08/new-database-licensing-white-paper-house-brick.html

LogInsight Dash Board for License Compliance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHcT4xDyONc

License Consulting Video

http://www.licenseconsulting.eu/2012/08/29/vmworld-richard-garsthagen-oracle-on-licensing-vmware-virtualized-environments/

Virtualizing Oracle – Caging the Licensing Dragon (Daniel Hesselink and Judy K (Lawyer)

http://t.co/2KmUc4ZB

Hardware Certification List for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

http://linux.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=117:1:0::NO:RP::

IOUG Survey

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/solutions/oracle/VMware-The-Empowered-Database-2014-IOUG-Platform-Decisions-Survey-Report.pdf

 

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Oracle Performance on VMware Guides
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Oracle on vSphere white papers including best practices, RAC deployment guides, workload characterization guide can be found on the Oracle landing page below.

http://www.vmware.com/solutions/business-critical-apps/oracle-virtualization.html

Oracle Databases on VMware – Best Practices Guide
https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/solutions/vmware-oracle-databases-on-vmware-best-practices-guide.pdf
https://www.vmware.com/solutions/business-critical-apps/oracle-virtualization.html

End of General Support for vSphere 5.0 and vSphere 5.1 (2145103)
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2145103

Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere

http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmware-perfbest-practices-vsphere6-0-white-paper.pdf

https://www.vmware.com/pdf/Perf_Best_Practices_vSphere5.5.pdf

Best Practices for Performance Tuning of Latency-Sensitive Workloads in vSphere VMs
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmw-tuning-latency-sensitive-workloads-white-paper.pdf

Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5
http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/latency-sensitive-perf-vsphere55-white-paper.pdf

Virtualizing Performance-Critical Database Applications in VMware vSphere 6.0
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsphere/vmware-database-apps-perf-vsphere6.pdf

Oracle 12c and vSphere 6.0 Monster VM
https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vsphere6-oracle-perf.pdf

Accelerating Virtualized Oracle 12c performance with vSphere 5.5 Advanced features Flash Read Cache and vMotion
http://principledtechnologies.com/vmware/vFRC_Oracle_12c_0414.pdf

Tuning Queues
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2015/07/queues-queues-queues-2.html

VMware Communities: Interpreting esxtop Statistics
http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-9279

 

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Oracle RAC  on VMware Deployment guide
http://www.vmware.com/solutions/business-critical-apps/oracle-virtualization.html

Multi-writer Flag KB (1034165)
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1034165

Setting Multi Writer Flag for Oracle RAC on vSphere using Power Cli
https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-24873
http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2015/10/new-method-of-enabling-multiwriter-vmdk-flag-in-vsphere-6-0-update-1.html

https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2013/10/setting-multi-writer-flag-for-oracle-rac-on-vsphere-without-any-downtime.html#more-864

Using Oracle RAC on vSphere 6.x VSAN Datastore (2121181)
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2121181

Oracle RAC and vSphere 5.1 vMotion
http://www.principledtechnologies.com/VMware/vMotion_Oracle_RAC_1013.pdf

Performance Study of Oracle RAC on VMware vSphere 5.0
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/OracleRAC-perf-vSphere5.pdf

Oracle 12c RAC Performance on vSphere 5 and EMC
http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h23606-emc-vnx-scaling-performance-oracle-12c.pdf

EBusiness Suite on Oracle / Oracle RAC on VMware

http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h8124-oracle-e-business-unified-storage-vmware-wp.pdf

http://www.emc.com/collateral/software/white-papers/h7270-rapid-deployment-scale-out-oracle-wp.pdf

http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h5896-oracle-ebiz-suite-dr-vmware-srm-clariion-wp.pdf

http://www.vce.com/asset/documents/oracle-ebs-migration-refarch.pdf

Oracle RAC Virtualization Technical Case Study – VMware IT
http://vmware.roinnovation.com/v2/DisplayDocumentShell.aspx?p=StreamDocumentDepotRV&id=12%2097C93A6AC&i=68748&po=69692

Extended Oracle RAC on vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Storage Virtualization
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2015/10/oracle-vmware-and-extended-distance-oracle-real-application-clusters-on-vsphere-metro-storage-cluster.html

EMC vPLEX , VNX & vSphere Metro Storage Cluster
https://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h11225-VNX-VPLEX-use-cases-wp.pdf

Oracle 11gR2 4 Node RAC vMotion operation with Swingbench
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncm1QGfDCRc&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

Virtualizing Oracle RAC – Offline Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mASWP3kSl08

 

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Oracle Data Guard and VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)
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Architecting Oracle Database DR Solution on vSphere 5 With Data Guard and SRM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-xgPniaFao&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

 

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Oracle on VMware vSAN Hybrid
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White Paper
https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmware-oracle-real-application-clusters-on-virtual-san-reference-architecture.pdf

http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san/resources.html

Blog
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2015/12/oracle-real-application-clusters-on-vmware-virtual-san.html

https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2015/12/10/oracle-real-application-clusters-on-vmware-virtual-san

Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWNbn2radiQ&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

Case Study
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/customers/vmware-cloud-carib-15q4-cs-en.pdf?src=WWW_customers_vmware-cloud-carib-15q4-cs-en.pdf

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/customers/VMware-UnionHospital-15Q2-CS-EN.pdf?src=WWW_customers_VMware-UnionHospital-15Q2-CS-EN.pdf

https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/casestudy/vmware-union-hospital-15q2-casestudy-en.pdf

https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks

 

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Oracle 12c on VMware vSAN SAN All Flash
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White Paper

http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/products/vsan/oracle-database-12c-on-vmware-virtual-san-6.2-all-flash.pdf

Blog
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2016/08/oracle-12c-oltp-dss-workloads-flash-virtual-san-6-2.html

Oracle Database 12c on VMware vSAN — Day 2 Operations and Management

https://storagehub.vmware.com/#!/vmware-vsan/oracle-database-12c-on-vmware-vsan-day-2-operations-and-management-1

Oracle U2VL with Virtual SAN and the batch processing use case
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/02/03/oracle-u2vl-with-virtual-san-and-the-batch-processing-use-case

Other Oracle on vSAN Collateral
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/?s=oracle

VMware vSAN Demos
https://storagehub.vmware.com/#!/vmware-vsan/vmware-vsan-demonstrations

 

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Oracle on VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOL)
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White Paper
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vvol/vmware-oracle-on-virtual-volumes.pdf
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/resources

Blog
Virtual Volumes: A game changer for operations of virtualized business critical databases
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2015/10/virtual-volumes-a-game-changer-for-operations-of-virtualized-business-critical-databases.html#more-1325

https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2015/10/06/virtual-volumes-a-game-changer-for-operations-of-virtualized-business-critical-databases

Demo

EMC VVOL
http://www.emc.com/collateral/technical-documentation/h14638-virtual-volumes-oracle-vmax3-sg.pdf

VMworld 2015 session recording (VVOLs for Business Critical Oracle Databases)
https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/07/28/vvols-reloaded-game-changer-for-tier-1-business-critical-databases

 

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Demo – Extended Oracle RAC across sites with VMware NSX
http://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2016/09/demo-extended-oracle-rac-across-sites-vmware-nsx.html

 

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Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS)
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Virtual LiVefire Solutions Oracle RAC-as-a-Service
https://www.dropbox.com/s/50yza6hiy9gp02x/Virtual%20LiVefire%20Solutions%20%20Oracle%20RAC-as-a-Service-20160713%200305-1.mp4?dl=0

Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQvAWhLzM4E&list=PLCED9FDF31C7C0562

Accelerating Database-as-a-Service(DBaaS) with VMware vRealize Automation and EMC XtremIO All-Flash Array

https://www.emc.com/video-collateral/demos/microsites/mediaplayer-video/accelerating-database-service-vmware-vrealize-automation-xtremio-all-flash-array.htm

DBaaS at EMC using vRealize Suite:

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/customers/VMware-EMC-CaseStudy.pdf?src=WWW_customers_VMware-EMC-CaseStudy.pdf

Deploying Database-as-a-Service with Pure Storage and VMware

https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/DBaaS-White-Paper-PureStorage-VMware-VLSS.pdf

Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) Reference Architecture with VMware and Tintri

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/files/2015/10/VLSS-Tintri-DBaaS-v2.pdf

Enabling Oracle EM12c-­based Database-­as-­a-­Service on VMware with the Blue Medora Plugin for VMware

https://community.emc.com/servlet/JiveServlet/previewBody/34701-102-1-109942/Blue%20Medora%20-20Oracle%20DBaaS%20on%20VMware%20Overview.pdf

DBaaS with Oracle 12c, EMC ExtremeIO and VMware (vCAC)

http://www.principledtechnologies.com/vmware/vCAC_DBaaS_0914.pdf

 

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VMware Unix to Linux
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https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/02/03/oracle-u2vl-with-virtual-san-and-the-batch-processing-use-case/

 

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VMware Online Documentation
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http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-65/index.jsp

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/index.jsp

https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/index.jsp

 

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Important KB Articles
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Log rotation and logging options for vmware.log (8182749)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=8182749

Linux 2.6 kernel-based virtual machines experience slow disk I/O performance (2011861)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2011861

PVSCI/vmdk lun queue depth

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2053145

Low throughput for UDP workloads on Windows virtual machines (2040065)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2040065

Virtual machine performance degrades while a vMotion is being performed (2007595)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2007595

Understanding and troubleshooting vMotion (1003734)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003734

A snapshot removal can stop a virtual machine for long time (1002836)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1002836

Disabling Time Synchronization (1189)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1189

RSS and multiqueue support in Linux driver for VMXNET3 (2020567)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&externalId=2020567

Poor network performance or high network latency on Windows virtual machines (2008925)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2008925

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2061598

Virtual machine performance degrades while a vMotion is being performed (2007595)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2007595

Quiescing Oracle Database on Windows for Backup with VMware VDPA

https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2013/03/quiescing-oracle-db-windows-vdpa.html

VMFS v/w RDM

http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmfs_rdm_perf.pdf

Performance Characterization of VMFS and RDM Using a SAN

http://www.vmware.com/techpapers/2008/performance-characterization-of-vmfs-and-rdm-using-1040.html

Troubleshooting migration compatibility error: Device is a SCSI controller engaged in bus-sharing (1003797)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1003797

 

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Miscellaneous
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Oracle VM – 4x More Marketing, 4x Fewer Substantiated Facts
https://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2012/04/oracle-vm-4x-more-marketing-4x-less-substantiated-facts.html

Consolidating Mixed-Workloads with Agile All-Flash Private Clouds : VMware & XTREMIO

Virtualization for MySQL on VMware: Best Practices and Performance Guide

Exadata v/s vBlock

https://community.emc.com/thread/125829?tstart=0

http://houseofbrick.com/exadata-vs-vblock-a-case-study