Oracle VM Manager , the book Review

Late 2009 the nice folks over at Packt Publishing sent me the book on Oracle VM Manager by Tarry Singh. Some people say that a technology only becomes relevant when there are books being published about it, so for Oracle VM Manager Tarry’s book marked that milestone.

Tarry did a very nice job writing an introductory book on Oracle VM Manager , He splits the book in 2 big parts, Deploying Oracle VM Manager , and using it. After a good introduction on Virtualization he uses the bigger part of the first 100 pages of the book details the concepts behind Oracle VM Manager and it’s different setups, he clearly documents the different components , Oracle VM Manager, VM Server and VM Agent.
The first three chapters cover the installation of both the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM server, all pretty straight forward with a lot of scree
nshots.

The second part of the book is more interresting , it document the deployment of Virtual machines based on the different available options Oracle V
M server has available , how to manage VM server pools and how to create and manage HA setups with this framework.

Tarry saves the best for last ,the last chapter on troubleshooting and gotchas is where the reader will turn to when he runs into problems with his setup , together with the Command Line Tools appendix this is probably the part of the book that will be reused after you have read it once .

Oracle DBA’s that are new to Oracle VM and Xen in general might want to have this book on their shelve.

About the author

Kris Buytaert is a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant active in Belgium , Europe and the rest of the universe. He is currently working for Inuits Kris is the Co-Author of Virtualization with Xen ,used to be the maintainer of the openMosix HOWTO and author of different technical publications. He is frequently speaking at, or organizing different international conferences He spends most of his time working on Linux Clustering (both High Availability, Scalability and HPC), Virtualisation and Large Infrastructure Management projects hence trying to build infrastructures that can survive the 10th floor test, better known today as the cloud while actively promoting the devops idea ! His blog titled "Everything is a Freaking DNS Problem" can be found at http://www.krisbuytaert.be/blog/

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