Oracle Database License on VMware Resources

Here are some resources you should take the time to look at:

Understanding Oracle Certification, Support and Licensing for VMware Environments

Oracle Licensing: Soft Partitioning on VMware is Your Contractual Right

VMworld TV – Oracle on licensing VMware / virtualized environments (Updated)

Virtualizing Oracle: Caging the Licensing Dragon

Virtualizing Oracle to Save on Licensing Costs

Understanding Oracle Certification, Support and Licensing for VMware Environments

Oracle Support Policy – The Official Story

Virtualizing Business Critical Applications

Oracle FUD – The Phantom Menace: Licensing on VMware vSphere

User Groups – Virtualization

The Virtualization Technology Users Group

VTUG - Virtualization Technology Users Group


The VTUG Users group has been around a very long time. They run an event called Summer Slammer every year that is a must attend event in the VMware world. (Click Here for my latest blog in the event) The event if offered at no charge. The Technical content is excellent. At the end all the Lobsta and Gritty’s Beer you can drink.

The Who’s Who of the virtualization world show up to it. You just never know who you will meet. At one event I met one of the creator of VMware vMoition there. Michael Webster one my co-authors of the book Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right is flying in from New Zealand to attend.

The mission of the Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG) is to provide education and information to IT professionals in order to make better decisions in their virtual environments.

This group represents all virtualization technology not just VMware. You can get it all at the VTUG events.

VMUG VMware Users Group

VMUG Vmware Users Group


User Groups – Microsoft SQL Server

Professional Association of SQL Server


The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the global Microsoft SQL Server community. It has a membership today of over 100K members. Membership in PASS is free.

To learn more about the Professional Association of SQL Server click on the link.

Pass SQL Saturday

Pass SQL Satrday

PASS SQLSaturdays are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical sessions, and making it all happen through the efforts of volunteers. Whether you’re attending a SQLSaturday or thinking about hosting your own, we think you’ll find it’s a great way to spend a Saturday – or any day.

SQLSaturday’s are a great place to meet Microsoft MVP’s, accelerate your career or become part of the SQL Server Family. Once you have attended a SQLSaturday you will know first hand why I called it the SQL Server Family.

In my opinion SQLSaturdays are the best thing a technology user group has done in years.

To learn more about SQLSaturdays click on the link.

Pass Virtual Chapters

Pass Virtual Chapter


Join SQL Server professionals from around the world for free online technical training and networking year round. PASS Virtual Chapters (VC) are interest-based forums that unite the SQL Server community through live webcasts with top SQL Server experts, online forums and resources – including an archive of past presentations, and special training events.

Whether you are a DBA, developer, or BI professional, there is a Virtual Chapter for you. We also have Virtual Chapters focused on professional development and Women in Technology, as well as language-based Virtual Chapters.

PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter


The Pass Virtualization Pass Virtualization Virtual Chapter(aka SIG) of the Professional Association of SQL Server is dedicated to better management of SQL Servers in virtual environments like Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. The meetings are held virtually inMicrosoft LiveMeeting.

This Virtual Chapter has a nice balance of Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.

To learn more about PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter

Recorded Meeting Archive for

Recorded Meeting Archive – PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter

This group records past meetings and makes them available for viewing later. There is a really nice collection of video’s here.

Recorded Meeting Archive Click Here



User Groups – Oracle

Independent Oracle Users Group

To quote their website “The Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) represents the voice of Oracle technology and database professionals – empowering you to be more productive in your business and career by delivering education, sharing best practices and providing technology direction and networking opportunities”

To learn more about the Independent Oracle Users Group click on the link

Independent Oracle Users Group VMware Sig

IOUG VMware Sig


This is a Special Interest group 100% focused on VMware and Oracle.


Blogs On Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Database Virtualization and Cloud Computing

VMware Virtualize Business Critical Applications

For Application Owners, Database Administrators, Microsoft Exchange Administrators, vSphere Administrators and Application Architects who want to Virtualize Business Critical Applications. There is an archive section that covers Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Exchange, JAVA, SAP, Microsoft Sharepoint

Long White Virtual Cloud – Michael Webster

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Michael Webster Long White Clouds

Michael Webster, VCDX, vExpert is one of my Co-Authors on Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right. I have had the privilege to work with him closely and have learned a lot from Michael. He is a frequent speaker at events all over the globe. Michael’s Blog  Long White Virtual Cloud is loaded with lots of technical information that will help anyone attempting to virtualize a business critical application like Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Exchange, SAP or E-Business Suite. There is a good reason why was recently voted as one of the top 15 virtualization blogs (#13) in the world as listed on

Michael Corey VMware vExpert, SQL Server

MVP and Oracle Ace Blog


This is my personal blog where I comment on anything that catches my interest from funny sites, to technical information on Microsoft SQL Server databases, Oracle databases and all things on Database virtualization.

Yellow Bricks by Duncan Epping

Duncan Epping Yellow Bricks

When We wrote the book Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Rightwe asked Duncan Epping to write the forward to the book. Jeff Szastak, Michael Webster & I have great respect for Ducan Epping and his knowledge on VMware and virtualization. We were quite excited when he agreed to write the forward. His blog Yellow Bricks was recently voted as the top virtualization blog in the world as listed on

Here is a little bit about Duncan from his blog. “I am a Principal Architect working for VMware R&D in the SDDC Emerging Solutions organization. My main responsibility is exploring new possibilities with existing products and features, researching new business opportunities for VMware through prototyping new solutions or products. I specialize in Software Defined Storage and business continuity / disaster recovery solutions, and have a patent pending.”

It is well worth a visit if you are serious about learning more about VMware and Virtualization.

To see the books published by Duncan Epping at VMware Press click on the link.

Derek Seaman’s Blog VMware vExpert


This is Derecks personal blog which focuses on enterprise IT technologies such as VMware Virtualization, datacenter hardware, and Microsoft enterprise software like Windows Server.


VMware Blogs

VMware Oracle

VMware Oracle




VMware Press

VMware Press is a publishing alliance between Pearson and VMware, and is the official publisher of VMware books and training materials that provide guidance for the critical topics facing today’s technology professionals and students.

With books, certification and study guides, video training, and learning tools produced by world-class architects and IT experts, VMware Press helps IT professionals master a diverse range of topics on virtualization and cloud computing, and is the official source of reference materials for completing the VMware certification exams.

Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right

If you are serious about Virtualizing a business critical application like Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Exchange, SAP or Oracle E-Business Suite this would be an excellent resource. The book was written specifically with Microsoft SQL Server in mind, but many of the lessons taught will apply for any business critical application.

Virtualizing SQL Server Book








Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right

Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vsphere


Virtualizing Oracle Databases