• IBM Consulting

    DBA Consulting can help you with IBM BI and Web related work. Also IBM Linux is our portfolio.

  • Oracle Consulting

    For Oracle related consulting and Database work and support and Migration call DBA Consulting.

  • Novell/RedHat Consulting

    For all Novell Suse Linux and SAP on Suse Linux questions releated to OS and BI solutions. And offcourse also for the great RedHat products like RedHat Enterprise Server and JBoss middelware and BI on RedHat.

  • Microsoft Consulting

    For Microsoft Server 2012 onwards, Microsoft Client Windows 7 and higher, Microsoft Cloud Services (Azure,Office 365, etc.) related consulting services.

  • Citrix Consulting

    Citrix VDI in a box, Desktop Vertualizations and Citrix Netscaler security.

  • Web Development

    Web Development (Static Websites, CMS Websites (Drupal 7/8, WordPress, Joomla, Responsive Websites and Adaptive Websites).

26 July 2012

Oracle has NEW Virtual Machine Templates

The Simplicity of the Oracle Stack

Oracle beliefs in a total solution for your IT environment, they call it the Oracle Stack and you can explain it very difficult and stammering about or just introduce it with a small overview like the video below.

Oracle Real Application Clusters

Lower the Cost of Computing

Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) supports the transparent deployment of a single database across a cluster of servers, providing fault tolerance from hardware failures or planned outages. Available as an option with Oracle Database 11g, Oracle RAC is a key component of Oracle's private cloud architecture.

Oracle Cloud Computing Video

Oracle Real Application Clusters Overview

Oracle VM Templates

Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) 11g  Release 2 (x86 32-bit & 64-bit)

Oracle RAC is an option to the award-winning Oracle Database Enterprise Edition. Oracle RAC is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. Oracle RAC is a key component of the Oracle Enterprise grid architecture.
The templates provide an easy and fast way of deploying an Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM for test as well as production environments. The templates are designed to build clusters of any number of nodes, while by default a 2-node cluster is created. The templates are available in the following versions (ordered by template release date):
  • Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set two Update #2 ( & Oracle Linux 6 Update 2, available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 13818831 for 32-Bit & 64-Bit Linux [Jun 2012]
  • Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set one Update #6 ( & Oracle Linux 5 Update 8, available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 14000016 for 32-Bit & 64-Bit Linux [May 2012]
  • Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set two ( & Oracle Linux 5 Update 7, available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 12694014 for 32-Bit & 64-Bit Linux [Sep 2011]
  • Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set one Update #2 ( & Oracle Linux 5 Update 6, available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 11836831 for 32-Bit & 64-Bit Linux [Jul 2011]
  • Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Bundle Patch #2 and Oracle Database Patch Set Update #4 ( & Oracle Linux 5 Update 5, available via Oracle Oracle Software Delivery Cloud [Apr 2011]
  • Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set one ( & Oracle Linux 5 Update 4, available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 10113572 for 32-Bit & 64-Bit Linux [Sep 2010]
  • Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Bundle Patch #2 and Oracle Database Patch Set Update #2 ( & Oracle Linux 5 Update 4, available via Oracle Oracle Software Delivery Cloud [Aug 2010]

Oracle Template Deployment

For more information about the latest Oracle Grid Infrastructure and Oracle RAC templates for Oracle VM refer to My Oracle Support note ID 1185244.1
The entire installation is automated, requesting minimal information (e.g. node names, IP addresses, etc.) from the user when guests are booted. Fully automated build of cluster (OVM2: directly from Dom0, OVM3: Using the Deploycluster tool) are also possible, including automated network setup for N-node clusters. The final cluster configuration adheres to the best practices for production systems (assuming the production implementation was chosen) as described in the "Oracle Real Application Clusters in Oracle VM environments" technical white paper.

Oracle VM HA and Oracle RAC

Template Highlights

  • NEW: Deploycluster tool provides fully automated end-to-end Oracle Real Application Clusters deployments on Oracle VM 3
  • All versions of the RAC Templates are fully supported on Oracle VM 2 and Oracle VM 3.
  • The Oracle VM templates use a minimal installation of Oracle Linux 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8 or 6.2 system images for either 32-bit or 64-bit. Only basic RPM packages are installed.
  • Mixing and matching the OS and the Oracle disks is supported and easy to achieve.
  • The Oracle VM templates can be used to build clusters of any number of nodes using Oracle Database 11g Release 2, which includes Oracle 11g Rel. 2 Clusterware, Oracle 11g Rel. 2 Database, and Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) 11g Rel. 2, patched to the latest, recommended patches.
  • The environment comes loaded with Swingbench, Oracle Cluster Health Monitor, OS Watcher, and more tools.
  • During the installation process an Oracle RAC database instance is created on all nodes by default.
  • Any number of nodes or instances can be added or removed from the cluster using a single command.

Storage configuration options in Oracle VM

DeployCluster Tool

Oracle VM 3 users can benefit from the newly available DeployCluster tool to help further with cluster creation automation using the RAC Templates. The tool leverages the Oracle VM 3 API so that given a set of VMs it quickly boots them up sends them the needed configuration details, and an automated cluster build is initiated, without requiring the user to login to Dom0, any of the involved VMs or Oracle VM Manager.

Production Architecture Example

Tutorial: Create Virtual Machine using Oracle VM Template

And here is some more RAC training from GogoTraining.com if you can not afford Oracle trainings like me (really bad economy and criminal competition):

Learn Install Cluster Software from the Oracle RAC course from GogoTraining.com

Oracle's Real Application Cluster - Patch Your System Without Shutting It Down

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IBM Pure Flex Systems

IBM Pure Flex Systems

IBM has a new generation of extremely flexible systems, called Pure Flex Systems. They come in different tastes:

-       PureFlex Systems
-       PureApplication Systems

Introducing the IBM PureFlex System

A PureFlex System includes integrated patterns of expertise designed to automate and optimize the deployment and maintenance of your workloads. With built-in expertise, the PureFlex System supports 66 percent faster management set-up time. Consolidation and management expertise from thousands of successful data center optimizations drives automation to significantly reduce manual processes that consume too many staff hours. Optimization expertise also allows your infrastructure the flexibility to address unexpected demands without requiring expensive surplus capacity.
This system is designed to provide a simplified experience and reduce IT complexity without compromising the flexibility you need. “Scale in” integrated design reduces implementation to as little as a day vs weeks and enables payback in as little as 9 months. By delivering both simplicity and flexibility in a system with integrated expertise you can rapidly deploy IT services and keep them running at the performance levels you business demands, while still managing cost.
The PureFlex System is built on elements of The IBM Flex System. IBM PureFlex System Includes compute, storage, systems management, and networking components. These Components are pre-configured, pre-integrated to make up three editions of the PureFlex System offerings: Express, Standard, and Enterprise to meet your IT infrastructure needs.

What are IBM PureApplication Systems

Whether you operate in a traditional environment or in a private cloud environment, this IBM platform system can provide you with superior IT economics. With the PureApplication System, you benefit from the 'scale-in' design, integrated provisioning, elasticity and virtualization infrastructure and provision your own patterns of software, middleware and virtual systems resources. You can provision these patterns within a unique framework that is shaped by IT best practices and industry standards. Patterns of expertise can automatically balance, manage and optimize the elements necessary, from the underlying hardware resources up through the middleware and software. IBM builds expertise into pre-integrated deployment patterns, which can speed the development and delivery of new services.
Patterns of expertise help deliver and manage today's modern business processes, services and applications. They do so by encapsulating, into a repeatable and deployable form, proven best practices and expertise. This best-practice knowledge and expertise has been gained from decades of optimizing the deployment and management of data centers, software infrastructure and applications around the world.

IBM PureApplicaton Systems Part1:

IBM PureApplicaton Systems Part1:

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25 July 2012

Microsoft has been busy.

Windows 8 is here and has some very nice new features for you and lots of other news.

Explore Windows 8
Find out what's new in the Windows 8 Release Preview and get an overview of key features for IT professionals.
Explore New and Improved Features

Windows 8:

Meet windows 8:

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Overview

 Windows Server 2012 RC delivers value in four key ways:

1. It takes you beyond virtualization. Windows Server 2012 RC offers a dynamic, multitenant infrastructure that goes beyond virtualization technology to provide a complete platform for building a private cloud. Going beyond virtualization lets you scale and secure workloads, cost-effectively build your cloud, and more securely connect to cloud services.
2. It delivers the power of many servers, with the simplicity of one. Windows Server 2012 RC offers you excellent economics by providing an integrated, highly available, and easy-to-manage multiple-server platform.
3. It opens the door to every app on any cloud. Windows Server 2012 RC is a broad, scalable, and elastic server platform that gives you the flexibility to build and deploy applications and websites on-premises, in the cloud, and in a hybrid environment, using a consistent set of tools and frameworks.
4. It enables the modern workstyle. Windows Server 2012 RC empowers IT to provide users with access to data and applications from virtually anywhere, from any device, with a rich user experience—while simplifying management and helping maintain security, control, and compliance.

Cloud computing can present many opportunities for helping you solve your organization's fundamental business and IT challenges. 

Through Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC), we've brought our cloud experience to you—from building and operating public clouds to delivering a highly dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform for the private cloud. It provides solutions to help you cloud optimize your IT so you can fully meet your organization's unique needs.

SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server history:

Go beyond virtualization:

Offers a dynamic, multitenant infrastructure to help you scale and secure workloads to build a private cloud. Windows Server 2012 can help you provide:

Complete Virtualization Platform

A fully isolated, multitenant environment features tools that can help guarantee service-level agreements, enable chargebacks through usage-based billing, and support self-service delivery.

Increased Scalability and Performance

A high-density, highly scalable environment can be modified to perform at the optimum level based on your needs.

Connectivity to Cloud Services

A common identity and management framework enables highly secure and reliable cross-premises connectivity. 

Power of Many Servers, Simplicity of One

Delivers a highly available and easy-to-manage multi-server platform. Windows Server 2012 can help you provide:

Continuous Availability

New and improved features offer cost-effective, high IT service uptime. They are
designed to endure failures without disrupting services to users.

Management Efficiency

The automation of an even broader set of management tasks and the simplified deployment and virtualization of major workloads offer a path to full lights-out automation.

Cost Efficiency

Taking advantage of commodity storage, networking, and server infrastructure and increased power efficiency offer superior acquisition and operating economics.

Every App, Any Cloud

Offers a broad, scalable, and elastic server platform that gives you the flexibility to build and deploy applications and websites on-premises, in the cloud, or across both. Windows Server 2012 can help you deliver:

Flexibility to Build On-Premises and in the Cloud

Developers can use a consistent set of tools and frameworks enabling them to build symmetrical or hybrid applications across the data center and the cloud.

A Scalable and Elastic Infrastructure

Windows Server 2012 offers new features to increase web site density and efficiency, and provides frameworks, services, and tools to increase scalability and elasticity for multitenant-enabled applications. Windows Server 2012 enables service providers to better build, provision, and manage a hosting environment.

An Open Web and App Development Environment

Windows Server 2012 enables critical applications and enhanced support for open standards, open source applications, and various development languages.

Modern Workstyle, Enabled

Provides users with flexible access to data and applications while simplifying management and maintaining security, control, and compliance. Windows Server 2012 can help you offer:

Access to Applications and Data from Virtually Anywhere on Any Device

Seamless, on-demand access to virtualized work environments is available from virtually anywhere, including branch locations and public connectivity services.

A Full Windows Experience Anywhere

A personalized and rich user experience is enabled from virtually any device while adapting to different network conditions quickly and responsively.

Enhanced Data Security and Compliance

Granular access to data and corporate resources is enabled by central audit and access policies based on strong identity, data classification, and simplified administration for remote access.

Licensing Overview

Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience. Shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server licensing approach will help make choosing the right Windows Server easier while delivering the following benefits.


It’s easier than ever to determine the right Windows Server edition for you. Choose from just four editions of Windows Server 2012, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing.


All editions of Windows Server 2012 deliver excellent economics and ROI for your business. For example, Datacenter edition with unlimited virtualization rights provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. Standard edition now offers all of the same enterprise-class features as Datacenter and is differentiated only by virtualization rights.


Businesses today are rapidly adopting a hybrid approach across private and public cloud computing. Windows Server 2012 offers the right edition for you, no matter where you are on your path to the cloud; Datacenter edition for highly virtualized cloud environments, Standard edition for lightly virtualized environments progressing toward cloud, or Essentials edition for an ideal cloud-connected first server.

Editions Overview

*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details. 

**Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP. For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

Microsoft windows 2012 New Features from TechED video (1 hour):

Microsoft BI and project crescent:

Windows Surface can also be used for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 BI capabilities:

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Power View:

, and off course Microsoft Power Pivot:

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