Solaris p2v

Just had another fun with a p2v conversion migrating an old e2900 with 12 US-IV+ CPUs to a small LDOM on a T5-8 with 2 cores… and guess what, it runs perfect and much faster then before on the big iron…

And with application data on SAN LUNs it only took about 5 minutes downtime to map the disks to the guest and start the application again..

My notes:

LDOM p2v

a short summary how to migrate a solaris server to a LDOM

First create a default configuration file on the target server

target # more /etc/ldmp2v.conf
# Virtual switch to use
# Virtual disk service to use
# Virtual console concentrator to use
# Location where vdisk backend devices are stored
# Default backend type: "zvol" or "file".
# Create sparse backend devices: "yes" or "no"
# Timeout for Solaris boot in seconds

now copy the "ldmp2v" script from the target server to the solaris client and start the collect phase. the rest is done on the target server, that's all

source # ldmp2v collect -d /mnt/src-svr1
target # ldmp2v prepare -b disk -B /dev/dsk/c0t60060E801653CE00000153CE00001520d0s2:src-svr1-vol0:src-svr1-hdd0 -c 8 -M 32g -m /:40g -m swap:4g -m /var:8g -o keep-hostid -p primary-vds -d /export/collect/src-svr1 src-svr1
target # ldmp2v convert -i /downloads/new/sol-10-u11-ga-sparc-dvd.iso -d /export/collect/src-svr1 -x skip-ping-test src-svr1

Oracle’s x86 beast – X5-8

Just read an announcement about the brand new Oracle X5-8 server.

Oracle will be one of the few vendors with an 8 socket Intel based server. This beast runs up to 144 Xeon cores based on E7-8895 v3 CPUs with 6 TB memory and 16 PCIe Gen3 slots.

server_x5-8Read more about at Josh Rosen’ Blog.

Standard Edition 2 ?!?

Oracle published a new MOS announcement saying with the beginning of Oracle Database, Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition One (SE1) are replaced by Standard Edition 2.

SE2 will support 2 socket systems and is RAC aware. So it seems, that it will be allowed to run on two 2 socket servers (which reflects 4 sockets) and not more.

That would affect customers running SE on 4 socket systems…
And it seems that SEO and SE installation will need to be migrated to SE2, what ever that will mean in $€’s… Costs are expected between SEO and SE, but as usual on the higher end…

Let’s see what will happen….

Link to MOS:
2027072.1 Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition 2 (



Oracle Sun HW EOL/EOSL?

I was looking for a while to find official answers on how long a Sun or an Oracle hardware could be under a valid service contract. There is no more “End of Service Life” (EOSL) like it was at Sun… in Oracle terms:

“With Lifetime Support for Oracle Hardware, Oracle hardware systems will be supported at the Premier support level for an indefinite period. Support levels will remain the same.

Beginning June 1, 2014, Oracle implemented a small surcharge on aged systems. The surcharge on Premier Support for Systems is in effect for systems that are over 5 years from LSD.”

You can find the official information on the Oracle Hardware and Systems Support Policies.

Surcharge is 5% additional to last year support price. But this does not include the IAR per year. So in this example taking a v445, LOD was 04/08, which is 5+ from 2014… Assuming Premier Support @ 1.000,- would mean for 2015 (e.g. 3% as IAR):
2.000,- + 5% surcharge + 3% IAR == 2.163,-
In 2016: 2.163,- * 1,05 * 1,03 == 2.339,28
And so on…

LODs could be found at MOS in the Oracle System Handbook.

More details can found at Aged Hardware Surcharge – Process & Sales Messaging document. This document is Internal Use Only, you can share the link with your local Partner Manager, in order for him to share with you the information he finds suitable.

[[UPDATE – Oct17]]

For a funny reason, this post is the most visited page on this website so I want to write an update regarding hardware support as it stands for now as far as I understood. But never forget, that’s my understanding, nothing official. If you need details get in contact with your Oracle Support Manager; the best resource for this kind of clarifications should be the renewal support sales people.

In the latest hardware support policies you can find a “Right to End of Service Life” – so no lifetime support anymore. Also new is that Oracle Premier Support for Systems will be available for a minimum of five years from the last ship date of the hardware system. And Oracle will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide twelve (12) months advance notice of End of Service Life.

Starting with Oct16 the surcharge fee for systems older than 5 years is 15% now (was 5%) but I could not find any public document reflecting that. And after 10 years it is 15% per year. And systems support could be discontinued after EOSL.

MOS: List of Supported Oracle Hardware (With Last Ship Dates Announced) (Doc ID 1450710.1)

MOS: List of Oracle Inbound OEM Hardware and Acquired Company Products with Support End Dates (Doc ID 1525631.1)