?
Solved

Virtual Box

Posted on 2011-02-22
11
Medium Priority
?
778 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I just iinstalled my first first virtual server on oracle virtual box (the free version). My question is, is there a way for me to keep this server up & running without keeping it minimized all the time? This is a production server & I need it up at all times. Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:wantabe2
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • +2
11 Comments
 
LVL 123
ID: 34955176
With a desktop product like Virtual Box, you either keep it open or minimize it.

Citrix Xen, VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V would be a better choice, of VMware Server 2.0.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:jason987
ID: 34955192
0
 
LVL 77

Expert Comment

by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
ID: 34955201
Never used VirtualBox so cannot comment on it.  I just wanted to make sure you are properly supported since you mention it is a production server.

Is Oracle supporting production databases on VirtualBox?

I know there 's a specific note for VMWare on their support policy:
Support Position for Oracle Products Running on VMWare Virtualized Environments ID 249212.1

I've never heard they are supporting any VM.

0
Get your Conversational Ransomware Defense e‑book

This e-book gives you an insight into the ransomware threat and reviews the fundamentals of top-notch ransomware preparedness and recovery. To help you protect yourself and your organization. The initial infection may be inevitable, so the best protection is to be fully prepared.

 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:jason987
ID: 34955207
Here is the thread from their actual forums on the topic:

http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4762
0
 
LVL 15

Author Comment

by:wantabe2
ID: 34955424
Okay, I'm convinced not to use Virtual Box...I thought about using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 but I don't think that will run on a Win 2008 server....I'm getting ready to download VMWARE Server 2. I noticed under this download it has VIX API 1.6 for Windows. It has no description...do I need this?

I did mention this is a production server but it will not be a DC or file server, it is just a server reports are going to be generated on...very little load at all times. It will also be running WAMP.

Is VMWARE Server 2 stil what you think I need? Virtual box would have worked finie for me if I could have set the VM to run in the background & to start automatically if the server is rebooted. I do not have hyper-v on this Win 2008 server. It is a Windows 2008 SP2 server. I checked the admin tools & hyper-v is not there. Can I download it or activate it somehow?
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:jason987
ID: 34955503
Did you not see above where you can do exactly that with virtualbox?

http://sourceforge.net/projects/vboxvmservice/files/vboxvmservice/Versions%202.x/2.2%20-%20Fireworks/
0
 
LVL 77

Expert Comment

by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
ID: 34955934
I STRONGLY encourage you to NOT run a production Oracle database on a virtual machine.

You will regret it someday at 3AM when the database is down and Oracle tells you: Call us back when you reproduce the problem on a physical server.

If you can be down for a couple days, have at it.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:jason987
ID: 34956046
I don't think he is running Oracle DB since he mentioned WAMP (i think it dropped into oracle DB because of the oracle in the virtualbx title) and very light use so I think he was using "production" to mean something a bit different than what we consider.  

Side note:  That sounds like really cruddy support  :(
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 34956223
I wouldn't use VMWare server either, as that hasn't been updated for very long. I think it is being discontinued.

As has been mentioned earlier you should use a proper Hypervisor like ESXi or Hyper-V.

ESXi is free too, and it runs without having to install a separate hosting OS for it, as it comes with a very small own OS which hardly uses any resources.

Or you can use Hyper-V which is included with windows 2008.

For both of these your CPU must have built-in virtualization (On Intel CPU's I think it is VT).

Only if your CPU doesn't have built-in virtualization capabilities you'd have to use another product.
0
 
LVL 15

Author Comment

by:wantabe2
ID: 34960444
jason987,
I've have looked at your link for installing & configuring virtual box but still have not seen where I can make an adjustment to make virtual box run in the background without having it opened & minimized. Can you be more specific as to which link inside the link you gave? Thanks
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
jason987 earned 2000 total points
ID: 34962416
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Will try to explain how to use the VMware feature TAGs in the VMs and create Veeam Backup Jobs using TAGs. Since this article is too long, I will create second article for the Veeam tasks.
Last article we focus in how to VMware: How to create and use VMs TAGs – Part 1 so before follow this article and perform the next tasks, you should read the first article how to create the TAG before using them in Veeam Backup Jobs.
Via a live example, show how to take different types of Oracle backups using RMAN.
This video shows how to Export data from an Oracle database using the Datapump Export Utility.  The corresponding Datapump Import utility is also discussed and demonstrated.
Suggested Courses

777 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question