One Stop Shop


Here is a one stop shop for all collateral related to Oracle on VMware SDDC  for easy and quick access. This blog will be constantly updated as and when new collaterals are produced.




A Comprehensive Authority for Oracle on VMware SDDC


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



This book is a single source of information for an Oracle DBA to understand the benefits of virtualization and how to effectively deploy Oracle Databases on VMware’s SDDC platform. This book is targeted for DBAs looking at implementing Oracle on a virtualized infrastructure. Key topics include deployment, scaling, troubleshooting and performance tuning. The authors have spent a number of years focusing on virtualizing Tier-One high performance Oracle platforms. The authors include VMware VCPs, VMware vExperts as well as an Oracle ACE, Oracle ACE Director and hold certifications in the Oracle stack.


My Personal Blog


I have also posted useful links , event participation, videos, audios etc to my personal blog to Oracle. Linux, Solaris, Veritas, EMC Sites. It also has information about all the events (events list and recordings) that I have participated in including  VMworld , EMC World, IOUG/Collaborate, Open World.



Oracle Licensing on VMware


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
  • 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



More details can be found at the url here.



Oracle Licensing on VMware SDDC / VMware Cloud on AWS


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 or Oracle workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS.


Oracle on VMware vSphere , vSAN & VxRAIL – Dispelling the Licensing myths

Oracle on VMware vSphere, vSAN & VxRAIL – Preparing for an the Oracle Audit

Oracle on VMware vSphere, vSAN & VxRAIL – Asks the Oracles

Oracle on VMware Cloud on AWS – Unraveling the licensing myth



Oracle Licensing Collaterals


Oracle on vSphere Certification, Support and Licensing Guide 2017

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 and later releases

“The Empowered Database: Database Trends and Applications – 2016 Oracle on vSphere Usage Survey”

The VMW-DellEMC microsite with all jointly developed Oracle & SQL Server collateral

Straight Talk on Oracle on vSphere Licensing webinar

Scheduler operation when using CPU Affinity (2145719)

Licensing Databases on EMC and VMware Technology

LogInsight Dash Board for License Compliance

License Consulting

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

Hardware Certification List for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

IOUG 2014 Survey

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

Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment

Mars v/s Oracle – The Face off

FlashStack + LicenseFortress – VLSS

VMware Cloud on AWS – Migrate and Extend VMware Environments to the AWS Cloud

Licensing Oracle on AWS: Opening a Window Wide to the Cloud

Licensing Oracle on AWS? A Word of Caution


VMworld Oracle Bootcamp


VMworld 2017 Oracle Customer Bootcamps




VMworld Sessions


VMworld US & Europe 2017 Breakout Sessions Playback URLs

VMworld US 2016 Breakout Sessions Playback URLs

Past VMworld Recordings





Oracle Documentation

Oracle Clusterware Control (CRSCTL) Utility Reference 12.2


Oracle Developer Community

VMware Docs

The VMware Validated Designs provide comprehensive and extensively-tested blueprints to build and operate a Software-Defined Data Center. With the VMware Validated Designs, VMware delivers holistic data center-level to deploy and configure the complete VMware SDDC in a wide range of use cases with detailed guidance on how to operate efficiently.



vSphere 6.7 and Enterprise Apps


Introducing VMware vSphere 6.7

Introducing vSphere 6.7 for Enterprise Applications

vSphere 6.7 Core Storage

What’s New with SRM and vSphere Replication 8.1

VMware vSAN 6.7 Technical Overview



VMware Cloud on AWS


Oracle RAC on VMware Cloud on Amazon AWS

A Journey to the Clouds – Oracle on VMware Cloud on AWS

Demo – Migrating Oracle workload from on prem VMware SDDC to VMware Cloud on AWS and back

VMware Cloud on AWS: Live End to End Demo

Oracle Database Performance with VMware Cloud on AWS



Oracle Collateral on VMware


Oracle on vSphere white papers including Best practices, RAC deployment guides, workload characterization guide can be found on the Oracle BCA landing page below.

Oracle Databases on VMware – Best Practices Guide

End of General Support for vSphere 5.0 and vSphere 5.1 (2145103)

Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere

Best Practices for Performance Tuning of Latency-Sensitive Workloads in vSphere VMs

Deploying Extremely Latency-Sensitive Applications in VMware vSphere 5.5

Virtualizing Performance-Critical Database Applications in VMware vSphere 6.0

Oracle 12c and vSphere 6.0 Monster VM

Oracle Monster Virtual Machine Performance on vSphere 6.5

Tuning Queues – From the Application down to the Storage



Oracle RAC


Oracle RAC  on VMware Deployment guide

Multi-writer Flag KB (1034165)

Using Oracle RAC on vSphere 6.x VSAN Datastore (2121181)

Setting Multi Writer Flag for Oracle RAC on vSphere using Power Cli

Oracle RAC and vSphere 5.1 vMotion

Performance Study of Oracle RAC on VMware vSphere 5.0

Oracle 11gR2 4 Node RAC vMotion operation with Swingbench

Virtualizing Oracle RAC – Offline Demo

Extended Oracle RAC on vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Storage Virtualization

Oracle Real Application Clusters on Extended Distance Clusters (Oracle RAC 10g R2)

Oracle RAC and Oracle RAC One Node on Extended Distance (Stretched) Clusters

Oracle RAC Virtualization Technical Case Study – VMware IT

Oracle 12c RAC Performance on vSphere 5 and EMC


EBusiness Suite on Oracle / Oracle RAC on VMware


Oracle RAC KB

Attempts to enable the multi-writer virtual disk option on an NFS datastore fail (2147691)

Hot adding a virtual disk in ESXi 5.5 removes the multi-writer flag (2078540)

Changed Block Tracking (CBT) on virtual machines (1020128)

Cloning and converting virtual machine disks with vmkfstools (1028042)

Determining if a VMDK is zeroedthick or eagerzeroedthick (1011170)




Oracle on VMware SDDC – Technical Blogs


Migrating an Oracle RAC Cluster using Storage vMotion to vSAN Storage – Private Investigation

Migrating non-production Oracle RAC using VMware Storage vMotion with minimal downtime

Around the “Storage World” in no time – Storage vMotion and Oracle Workloads [RAC and Non-RAC]

VMware Snapshots and Oracle non-clustered Independent Persistent disks

“RAC” n “RAC” all night – Oracle RAC on vSphere 6.x – Add shared vmdk online without downtime for Oracle RAC ASM / OCFS2

Add Shared RDM in Physical/Virtual Compatibility mode for Oracle RAC

The Art of P2V and Oracle ASM ( Use Case : Migrate Oracle OVM to vSphere)

On Demand Scaling up resources for Oracle production workloads

Oracle on vSphere – Storage options



Oracle Backup and Recovery


Database Backup and Recovery User’s Guide





Optimizing Deduplication

Maximizing Deduplication Results with Oracle Databases and RMAN


Symantec Clustering on VMware


Symantec Storage Foundation High Availability 6.x in guest storage, high availability, and disaster recovery support (Partner Verified and Supported) (2046035)

What configuration does InfoScale support when simultaneous write protection is disabled?

InfoScale support for SCSI Bus Sharing configurations and VMware vMotion

Storage Foundation Cluster File System HA on VMware VMDK Deployment Guide



Red Hat Clusters on VMware


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 High Availability Add-On Overview

Support Policies for RHEL High Availability Clusters – Virtualization Platforms

How to configure VMware fencing using fence_vmware_soap in Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add On?

Are VMware VMDK disk images a supported shared storage method in Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Cluster?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Configuration Example – Oracle HA on Cluster Suite

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Cluster, High Availability, and GFS Deployment Recommended Practices

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Configuring the Red Hat High Availability Add-On with Pacemaker

Using Red Hat Clustering Suite on a vSphere 6.x vSAN Datastore (2151774)



Oracle Sun Cluster on VMware


Clustering Solaris Guests That Run on VMware with Sun Cluster 3.2 Software

Oracle Cluster 3.3 Setup Solaris 10 x86(VMware)



HPE Serviceguard on VMware


HPE Serviceguard for Linux with VMware virtual machines

HP Serviceguard for Linux with VMware virtual machines

Using HP Serviceguard for Linux with VMware


vSphere Metro Storage Cluster


VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Recommended Practices VMware vSphere 6.0

VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Case Study

Stretched Clusters and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Understanding the Options and Goals





Implementing VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) using EMC VPLEX (2007545)

Using VMware vSphere with EMC VPLEX

Using SRDF/METRO in a VMware Metro Storage Cluster running Oracle E-Business Suite and 12c RAC

EMC vPLEX , VNX & vSphere Metro Storage Cluster



HP Peer Persistence


Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using HP 3PAR StoreServ Peer Persistence (2055904)

Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using HP LeftHand Multi-Site (2020097)

Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using HPE 3PAR Peer Persistence

Implementing VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster with HP LeftHand Multi-Site storage



Hitachi VSP


Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Hitachi Storage Cluster for VMware vSphere (2073278)

Deploying a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) using Hitachi NAS (HNAS) Platform with Synchronous Disaster Recovery (SyncDR) Cluster software in VMware vSphere (2085108)

Deploy VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster with Hitachi NAS Platform on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 Using Global-Active Device

Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using Hitachi Storage Cluster for VMware vSphere (featuring Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform) (2039406)

Deploy VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform




Implementing vSphere Metro Storage Cluster using IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (2032346)

VMware HA and vMotion with stretched IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Cluster (2000948)



Netapp MetroCluster


A Continuous-Availability Solution for VMware vSphere and NetApp

MetroCluster Version 8.2.1 Best Practices for Implementation

VMware support with NetApp MetroCluster (1001783)



Oracle Data Guard and VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)


Architecting Oracle Database DR Solution on vSphere With Oracle Data Guard and SRM



Oracle on VMware vSAN


Oracle Real Application Clusters on VMware vSAN

White Paper




Oracle Database 12c on VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 All-Flash

White Paper



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

White Paper

Oracle U2VL with Virtual SAN and the batch processing use case



Other VSAN Collateral!/vmware-vsan

vSAN sizing guides for Business Critical Applications

vSAN 6.2 New Features

What’s New with VMware vSAN 6.6

An in-depth view into vSAN’s revolutionary features and technologies

Design Considerations for Storage Controllers in vSAN

Disk Controller features and Queue Depth?

Why Queue Depth matters!

“Community” VSAN Storage Controller Queue Depth List

VMware VSAN Demos

vSAN performance diagnostics reports: “vSAN is experiencing congestion in one or more disk group(s)” (2150012)



Case Study



Oracle & VAIO / vFRC


Accelerating Virtualized Oracle 12c performance with vSphere 5.5 Advanced features Flash Read Cache and vMotion

VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache


Configuring vSphere Flash Read Cache

vSphere APIs for IO Filtering




Frequently Asked Questions for vStorage APIs for Array Integration (1021976)

VMware vSphere Storage APIs Array Integration (VAAI)



Oracle on VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOL)


White Paper

Virtual Volumes: A game changer for operations of virtualized business critical databases

VMworld 2015 session recording (VVOLs for Business Critical Oracle Databases)


Using VMware Virtual Volumes with EMC VMAX3 and VMAX All Flash

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform Family and Hitachi NAS Platform

VMware vSphere 6.5 Virtual Volume Environment Deployment in Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Implementing VMware Virtual Volumes on HPE 3PAR StoreServ

Operation Guide for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes – Fujitsu

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes on Dell PS Series

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes – NEC Corporation of America

Virtual Volumes on Nimble OS 3

Pure Storage and VVOL

Utilizing VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL) with the FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS DX S3 series

Whats New in Virtual Volumes 2.0

vSphere Virtual Volumes Technical Overview

vSphere Virtual Volumes – FAQ

3 Key Reasons Customers Move to Virtual Volumes

Understanding Virtual Volumes (VVols) in VMware vSphere 6.0 (2113013)



Oracle & VMware NSX


Demo – Extended Oracle RAC across sites with VMware NSX



Oracle & vROPS


VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Oracle Database

Blue Medora’s vROps Management Pack for Oracle Database

Blue Medora’s vROps Management Pack for OEM Overview

Blue Medora MP for Oracle Enterprise Manager



Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS)


Virtual LiVefire Solutions Oracle RAC-as-a-Service


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

DBaaS at EMC using vRealize Suite

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

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

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

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


Oracle and VM / vSAN Encryption


Oracle Advanced Security Guide

vSphere 6.5: VM and vSAN Encryption FAQ



Important KB Articles


Virtual machine hardware versions (1003746)

Upgrading a virtual machine to the latest hardware version (multiple versions) (1010675)


Controlling LUN queue depth throttling in VMware ESX/ESXi (1008113)

Configuring advanced driver module parameters in ESX/ESXi (1017588)

Large-scale workloads with intensive I/O patterns might require queue depths significantly greater than Paravirtual SCSI default values (2053145)

Increasing the disk timeout values for a Linux 2.6 virtual machine (1009465)

Tuning options for disk I/O performance in Linux virtual machines (2011861)

Changing the queue depth for QLogic, Emulex, and Brocade HBAs (1267)

Checking the queue depth of the storage adapter and the storage device (1027901)

Determining Network/Storage firmware and driver version in ESXi 4.x and later (1027206)

Identifying correct driver for ESXi/ESX host PCI devices (HBA) using VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide (HCL) (1031534)

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

Using Virtual NVMe With ESXi 6.5 and virtual machine Hardware Version 13 (2147714)

Quiescing Oracle Database on Windows for Backup with VMware VDPA

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

Virtual Machines using large pages can temporarily become unresponsive after vMotion (2144984)


Performance Characterization of VMFS and RDM Using a SAN


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

Understanding and troubleshooting vMotion (1003734)

Large packet loss at the guest operating system level on the VMXNET3 vNIC in ESXi (2039495)

Disabling Time Synchronization (1189)

Choosing a network adapter for your virtual machine (1001805)

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

VMXNET3 resource considerations on a Linux virtual machine that has vSphere DirectPath I/O with vMotion enabled (2058349)

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

VMXNET3 resource considerations on a Windows virtual machine that has vSphere DirectPath I/O with vMotion enabled (2061598)

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


Troubleshooting a virtual machine that has stopped responding: VMM and Guest CPU usage comparison (1017926)

High co-stop (%CSTP) values seen during virtual machine snapshot activities (2000058)

Determining if multiple virtual CPUs are causing performance issues (1005362)

Best Practices for Oversubscription of CPU, Memory and Storage in vSphere Virtual Environments

VMware Communities: Interpreting esxtop Statistics

Using esxtop to Troubleshoot Performance Problems – VMware

Using esxtop to identify storage performance issues for ESX / ESXi (multiple versions) (1008205)

vSphere 6 ESXTOP quick Overview for Troubleshooting



Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Storage Queues

Pure Storage Cody Hosterman


Linux Performance


Linux Load Averages: Solving the Mystery

USE Method: Linux Performance Checklist

The USE Method

Understand Linux Load Averages and Monitor Performance of Linux

Examining Load Average

Understanding CPU Steal Time – when should you be worried?

Steal Time Accounting

Product Documentation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux


6.5 NVME Articles

Using Virtual NVMe With ESXi 6.5 and virtual machine Hardware Version 13 (2147714)

NVME nvme-get-feature

vSphere 6.5 – New Virtual Storage Hardware (NVME)



User Groups


Oracle User Group Community Portal

VMware User GroupConnect, Learn, Grow and Share as a VMUG Member

The VMware User Group (VMUG) is an independent, global, customer-led organization, created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration and events.

Join today to connect with the community and take advantage of all of the benefits of a free VMUG membership.



VMware Unix to Linux

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Oracle VM – 4x More Marketing, 4x Fewer Substantiated Facts

Exadata v/s vBlock