Reduce your OCI bill or get the correct performance when needed! The OCI Auto Scaling super script can automatically execute the right Scale Up/Down and Power On/Off actions based on a daily schedule.
The script supports: Compute VMs, Instance Pools, Database VMs, Database Baremetal and the Autonomous Database
This week you can find the updated version of my OCI iPhone Manager App in the app store. Besides supporting the newly opened regions for OCI and some bug fixes, it now also supports easily starting, stopping and resetting your DB VMs. (the DB node). When you stop a DB node, the actual billing stops… Read More »
As most people know, an Oracle Database license is not really cheap 😉 On-premise you have to buy licenses for each server, no matter how long that server is actually running. In the Oracle Cloud this is NOT the case! With the Oracle Database Cloud Service (DBCS) you can have the Database license included in… Read More »
Most instances (VMs and Bare Metal) can be exported, so that they can be copied/transferred to other regions or other Cloud Accounts. One type of instance does not support this, these are the instances created based on Oracle provided Windows. This has to do with the licensing deal between Oracle and VMware. So is it… Read More »
Having delivered a few OCI workshops, I noticed that a lot of people struggle creating the correct SHA-256 key pairs. If you want to connect to a linux console using SSH, you need to specify SSH keys. If you want to use the OCI APIs, CLI or my OCI iPhone APP you need a different… Read More »
Read all about my attempt to run old-skool Microsoft Windows 2003 on OCI and find out it is actually supported by Oracle!
It turns out that Oracle provides “best effort” support on ANY OS you bring to OCI!
Oracle’s Secret: Windows Para-virtualized drivers for OCI available! UPDATE (May 9th): OCI now officially supports importing Windows VMs in paravirtualization mode! So you no longer have to lie about the operating system you are importing 🙂 When running Windows in a virtual machine you typically have 2 strategies. One is to pretend that windows is… Read More »
The updated version of the OCI Manager iPhone app got approved by apple again, with some nice new features like support for multiple OCI profiles, more details on instances and an improved UI.
Check out the DEMO VIDEO!
Wow!! It must have been a busy week for the OCI developers. The last week of February was full of new feature updates to the OCI platform. Let’s have a look at some of this goodness 🙂 Performance Metrics On your Instances (VMs and baremetal) you now have full performance metrics available in the cloud… Read More »
OCI’s Native VMDK Import feature It is of course important that you can easily move any of your on-premise workloads to the Cloud. The Oracle Cloud has specific features to help you with this task, like the native support for importing .VMDK files. A good starting point in the documentation is here: https://docs.cloud.oracle.com/iaas/Content/Compute/References/bringyourownimage.htm If you… Read More »
If you start using the Oracle Cloud (OCI), you want to of course have a good understanding about your spending. The Oracle Cloud provides you with some special tools to manage your consumption. One of them being cost-tracking tags. On each object / service in the Oracle Cloud you can apply cost-tracking tags, these tags… Read More »
A very common question I come across a lot is “how to change the size of the Compute Instance (VM)“. Currently this is not “natively” possible, but with some manual labor very doable!. Happily OCI does support terminating an Instance while keeping the boot and data volumes. If you instance works with a reserved Public… Read More »
I have extended the library of scripts for automatic scheduling. There was already a script to auto Scale BM Database and ATP/ADW instances. New is the autoOnOff script for compute instances. Based on a pre-defined tag in the namespace “Schedule” you can now automatically power on or off compute instances. This will not delete any… Read More »
The OCI Manager iPhone App is still going strong 🙂 Over 300 people have installed the App and the 5th release v1.4 is now available. The Last 2 released have added the following features: View the Console of Compute Instances Added support for sub compartment bug fixes You can find the App in the Apple… Read More »
When you are running your instances on OCI, you sometimes would like to know inside the instance where it really it. Well this is possible by using OCI Metadata service. The Metadata service listen on 169.254.169.254 and will report back information about the Instance, like OCID, Displayname, Shape, Region, etc. Including any custom Metadata that… Read More »
This was the week of Oracle Open World. A huge Oracle customer and partner gathering in San Francisco, with of course many new announcements. There were 2 Larry keynotes, one focusing on OCI and the other on the Oracle Applications business. Larry made it very clear that OCI (The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure) is a NEW… Read More »
Cost-Tracking Tags Managing your consumption cost is of course important in any Cloud situation. To make it easier to understand what project is consuming what, OCI now support Cost-Tracking Tags. You can create (currently) up to 10 different cost-tracking tags. For each resource like Compute, Storage, Database and Networking you can assign these Tags with… Read More »
Well it took a few late nights of nerding, but I finished version 1 of my OCI Management App for the iPhone 🙂 Below you can see a preview video. The App is now available in the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oci-manager/id1439011461 If you need help configuring the App, here are the instructions: https://www.oc-blog.com/iphone/ The app… Read More »
If you want to connect your cloud environment securely with your on premise environment you can do this with the built in VPN service of OCI. I have in my own (on premise) environment a pfsense virtual appliance running that acts as my router/firewall/vpn box. Below a video explanation and demonstration on how to easily create… Read More »
Last week I released a script that allows you to schedule the scaling of an Oracle Database running on the baremetal cloud instances. That script was designed to run inside the actual Database instance. The new Oracle Autonomous services do not allow you to do this, as these are fully managed platforms by Oracle, so… Read More »