Oracle® VM - Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft

Oracle® VM
Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.4.1
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May 2016
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Table of Contents
Preface .............................................................................................................................................. v
1 Getting Started with the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows .................................... 1
1.1 Downloading the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows .................................... 1
2 Supported Releases, Operating Systems, and Configuration Limits .................................................... 3
2.1 Supported Oracle VM Releases ............................................................................................ 3
2.2 Supported Guest Operating Systems ..................................................................................... 3
2.3 Microsoft Windows Compatibility Signing ............................................................................... 4
2.4 Configuration Limits .............................................................................................................. 4
3 What's New with the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows? ....................................... 5
3.1 New in Release 3.4.1 ........................................................................................................... 5
3.2 New in Release 3.2.3 ........................................................................................................... 6
3.3 New in Release 3.2.2 ........................................................................................................... 7
3.4 New in Release 3.0.1 ........................................................................................................... 7
3.5 New in Release 2.0 .............................................................................................................. 7
4 Installing the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows .................................................... 9
4.1 Configuring Policies for Device Installation ............................................................................. 9
4.2 Installing Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows ............................................... 9
4.3 Verifying the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Installation ....................... 12
4.4 Setting the MTU Size for Virtual Machines ........................................................................... 13
5 Upgrading the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows ................................................ 15
6 Silently Installing or Upgrading the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows ................... 19
7 Uninstalling the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows .............................................. 21
8 Known Limitations and Workarounds .............................................................................................. 23
8.1 Security Alert for Unsigned Drivers ...................................................................................... 23
8.2 Microsoft Windows Upgrade Required Before Installation ..................................................... 24
8.3 Upgrading on Microsoft Windows 32-bit ............................................................................... 24
8.4 Windows Guest Kernel Panic .............................................................................................. 24
8.5 Found New Hardware Wizard Displayed .............................................................................. 24
8.6 Crash Dump or Hibernation Fails ........................................................................................ 25
Glossary ........................................................................................................................................... 27
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Preface
The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows explains how to install, use, and troubleshoot the
Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
Audience
This document is intended for users and administrators of Oracle VM guests running the Microsoft
Windows™ operating system. It includes a brief introduction of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows, how to install them, and describes potential issues and the corresponding
workarounds you may encounter while using the drivers.
Oracle recommends that you read this document before installing and using the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
Related Documents
For more information, see the Oracle VM Documentation.
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Chapter 1 Getting Started with the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows
Table of Contents
1.1 Downloading the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows ........................................... 1
The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows improve performance for network and block
(disk) devices on Microsoft Windows™ guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM.
The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows resolve common issues with Microsoft Windows
guests, such as the following:
• Shutting down the guest does not shut down gracefully. Instead, it is the equivalent of turning the power
off. In this case, if you are using the virtual machine console, the console would immediately turn to black
instead of showing the shut down process.
• Restarting the virtual machine may display messages that the virtual machine was not properly shut
down.
• Restarting the virtual machine requires disk checks and verification.
Important
Oracle Support require you to install the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft
Windows before obtaining support for any issues on Microsoft Windows virtual
machines.
1.1 Downloading the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft
Windows
Download the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows from:
https://updates.oracle.com/Orion/PatchDetails/process_form?patch_num=23346086
The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows are included with the Oracle VM media pack.
The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installer installs paravirtualized drivers for block
(disk) and network devices.
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Chapter 2 Supported Releases, Operating Systems, and
Configuration Limits
Table of Contents
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
Supported Oracle VM Releases ....................................................................................................
Supported Guest Operating Systems ............................................................................................
Microsoft Windows Compatibility Signing .......................................................................................
Configuration Limits ......................................................................................................................
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Find out what Oracle VM releases are supported with the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft
Windows in addition to the supported operating systems for each version of the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows. Review information about Microsoft Windows compatibility signing. Get
details on tested and recommended configuration limits for the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft
Windows.
2.1 Supported Oracle VM Releases
The following table lists the supported Oracle VM releases for the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows:
Table 2.1 Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Supported Releases
Oracle VM Release Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft
Windows Release
3.0.1
Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft
Windows Release
3.2.2
Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft
Windows Release
3.2.3
Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft
Windows Release
3.4.1
Oracle VM 3.0
Yes
No
No
No
Oracle VM 3.1
Yes
No
No
No
Oracle VM 3.2
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Oracle VM 3.3
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Oracle VM 3.4
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
2.2 Supported Guest Operating Systems
The following table lists the supported Microsoft Windows operating systems for the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows:
Table 2.2 Microsoft Windows Supported Guest Operating Systems
Guest Operating System with Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows
Installed
64-bit
32-bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Yes
N/A
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Yes
N/A
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Yes
N/A
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
Yes
Yes
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Microsoft Windows Compatibility Signing
Guest Operating System with Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows
Installed
64-bit
32-bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2
Yes
Yes
Microsoft Windows 10
Yes
Yes
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Yes
Yes
Microsoft Windows 8
Yes
Yes
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
Yes
Yes
Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
Yes
Yes
2.3 Microsoft Windows Compatibility Signing
The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows have not been signed by Microsoft for the
Windows software logo program.
Because the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows are not signed, Microsoft Windows does
not recognize them as compatible and a security alert occurs during installation. See Section 8.1, “Security
Alert for Unsigned Drivers”.
Likewise, you cannot perform silent installations or upgrades unless the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows have been signed by Microsoft. The Microsoft signing process prevents pop-up
windows and notifications that are required to run the installation program silently.
2.4 Configuration Limits
The following table lists the tested and recommended maximum configuration limits for the Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows:
Table 2.3 Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows configuration maximums
Item
Maximum
Virtual CPUs
32
Virtual RAM on 32-bit guests
64 GB
Virtual RAM on 64-bit guests
256 GB
Virtual disks
40
The number of virtual disks includes the number of
virtual NICs. See Note.
Virtual NICs
8
The number of virtual NICs are included in the
number of virtual disks. See Note.
Note
The number of virtual disks includes the number of virtual NICs. If there are eight
virtual NICs, only 32 virtual disks are supported. Virtual disks are assigned a higher
priority than virtual NICs. If a virtual machine is configured with eight virtual NICs,
and 35 virtual disks, then 35 disks are created, and five VNICs.
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Chapter 3 What's New with the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows?
Table of Contents
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
New
New
New
New
New
in
in
in
in
in
Release
Release
Release
Release
Release
3.4.1 ...................................................................................................................
3.2.3 ...................................................................................................................
3.2.2 ...................................................................................................................
3.0.1 ...................................................................................................................
2.0 ......................................................................................................................
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Each release of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows includes bug fixes and new
features. Find out what's new in each release of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
3.1 New in Release 3.4.1
Release 3.4.1 of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows introduces new features and
enhancements along with a cumulative list of bug fixes.
New Features and Enhancements
Release 3.4.1 provides the following new features and enhancements:
• Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows now supports Microsoft Windows 10.
• As of this release, Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provides informative notifications
to help you troubleshoot common installation issues.
• Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows introduces multipage ring buffer support in this
release.
• The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installation program now verifies that the guest
operating system is supported. If a user attempts to install Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft
Windows on Microsoft Windows XP, or other operating system that is not supported, the installation
program notifies the user.
Notable Bug Fixes
Release 3.4.1 provides a cumulative update of fixes, as follows:
• Microsoft Windows blue screen occurs during installation on Windows Server 2003 R2. Bug 23232273
• Windows blue screen occurs during the uninstallation process. Bug 23198931
• Windows blue screen occurs during the upgrade process. Bug 22482031
• Installer properties do not provide a build version. Bug 23198943
• Build number is not included as part of the release version. Bug 22589921
• Cannot create a dump file when Windows blue screen occurs. Bug 23102589
• Windows virtual machines reboots when using the Iperf3 tool and the virtual machine MTU is set to
9000. Bug 23032144
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• The Microsoft Windows device manager displays a black exclamation point (!) on a yellow field next to
Oracle VM Virtual Ethernet Adapter after installation. Bug 23022322
• Low network throughput on Windows virtual machine. Bug 22657587
• Cannot dynamically access grant references for page ring order. Bug 22518244
• Virtual machine network TX performance issue when pinned to the NUMA node #0. Bug 22342913
• Virtual machines do not function as expected when using a Xen driver domain. Bug 22243923
• Windows domU behaves unexpectedly when using the Iperf tool with the MTU set to 9000 in the
ethernet adapter properties. Bug 22203768
• Network delays occur after installation. Bug 22201572
• Windows blue screen occurs when running network performance tests. Bug 22058506
• Windows guests do not inherit IP addresses after installation. Bug 21845785
• RDP communication does not function after installation on Windows Server 2012. Bug 21803860
• Network performance issues occur after installation. Bug 21458061
• Cannot communicate with Windows guests using RDP or the Oracle VM console, even though the
guests are running. Bug 21457678
• The Xen VBD driver causes a Windows blue screen to occur when running network performance tests.
Bug 21373489
• Running network performance testing with the MTU set to 9000 on a guest causes Windows blue screen
to occur. Bug 21303484
3.2 New in Release 3.2.3
Release 3.2.3 provides a cumulative update of fixes, as follows:
• Fixes a BSOD issue when running a netperf test with 10 TCP streams from a remote Dom0 to a
Microsoft Windows guest. Bug 21302935
• Modifies the Oracle VM service to remove spaces from the executable path name. Bug 20863991
• Fixes an issue to allow more than 1Gbps speeds on 10GBE links. Bug 19833775
• Fixes a issue where packet loss occurred when pinging some virtual machines. Bug 19820063
• Fixes an issue where the default policy on virtual disks was set to write-caching, which resulted in a loss
of data integrity. Bug 19452465
• Fixes an issue where the network interface of the Windows guest was lost when an Oracle VM Server
was upgraded to Release 3.3 in Cisco UCS server. Bug 19449368
• Fixes an issue where the current network interface settings are not applied during an installation of
Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows. Bug 18865098
• Fixes an issue where it is not possible to format disks on a Windows virtual machine in some
circumstances. Bug 18707840
• Fixes an issue where a system crash, or fatal system error, occurs when upgrading from a previous
release of Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows. Bug 18702781
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New in Release 3.2.2
• Fixes performance degradation issues if more than 16 virtual CPUs (vCPU) are configured on some
Windows guests. Bug 18593684 and Bug 18558015
• Fixes an issue where a virtual disk provisioning failure occurs if the virtual disk is greater than 1TB. Bug
18553901
• Fixes an issue where a system crash, or fatal system error, occurs on a 32-bit Windows operating
system. Bug 18361346
3.3 New in Release 3.2.2
The new features and enhancements in Release 3.2.2 include additional support for the following new
guest operating systems:
• Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
• Microsoft Windows Server 2012
• Microsoft Windows 8.1
• Microsoft Windows 8
The following maximum limit configurations have been tested with the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows:
• Maximum number of virtual CPUs: 32
• Maximum RAM per 32-bit guest: 64 GB
• Maximum RAM per 64-bit guest: 256 GB
3.4 New in Release 3.0.1
Release 3.0.1 includes support for the Storport miniport driver, which delivers improved performance
compared to the SCSI port driver.
3.5 New in Release 2.0
For details about new features and content in the 2.0 release, see the Oracle VM Windows Paravirtual
(PV) Drivers 2.0: New Features document at:
http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/virtualization/oraclevm/winpv20-newfeatures-wp-080929.pdf
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Chapter 4 Installing the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows
Table of Contents
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
Configuring Policies for Device Installation ..................................................................................... 9
Installing Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows ....................................................... 9
Verifying the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Installation ............................... 12
Setting the MTU Size for Virtual Machines ................................................................................... 13
Installing the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows involves configuring Microsoft Windows
policies, running the installation program, and then verifying the installation.
4.1 Configuring Policies for Device Installation
You must configure Microsoft Windows policies to allow the installation of the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows, if these policies are not already configured. This task prevents the following
error during installation: The installation of this device is forbidden by system
policy. Contact your system administrator.
To configure policies for installation, do the following:
1. Open the Microsoft Windows virtual machine on which you want to install the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
2. From the Start menu, select Run.
3. Enter gpedit.msc and then click OK.
The Local Group Policy Editor displays.
4. From the Console Tree, expand Computer Configuration then Administrative Templates then
System then Device Installation and then select Device Installation Restrictions.
The list of device installation restrictions displays.
5. Edit policy settings so that no device installation restrictions are configured.
Alternatively, review each policy setting to determine the correct configuration for your business needs.
6. Exit the Local Group Policy Editor.
7. Restart the Microsoft Windows virtual machine.
When you are finished configuring the policy settings for device installation, you can proceed with the
installation of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
4.2 Installing Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows
Before You Begin.
Do the following before you start the installation process:
• Review the list of supported Microsoft Windows operating systems. See Section 2.2, “Supported Guest
Operating Systems”.
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• Configure system policies to allow the installation. See Section 4.1, “Configuring Policies for Device
Installation”.
You can install the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows using the graphical installation
program or by performing a silent installation. You should use the graphical installation program if you
are installing a single instance of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows. If you plan to
silently install multiple instances of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows, you must run
the graphical installation program in a command line window on at least one Microsoft Windows guest to
create a response file. You can then use the response file to perform all subsequent installations silently.
To install the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows, do the following:
1. Create a new virtual machine and install a supported operating system.
2. Copy the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installation program, Setup.exe, to the
guest.
3. Do one of the following:
• Double click Setup.exe to start the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installer.
• Open a command line window and then:
a. Navigate to the directory where the Setup.exe file is located.
b. Run Setup.exe -r to start the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installer
and create a response file for silent installations.
4. If prompted, select Yes in the User Account Control dialog to allow the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows installer to proceed.
Figure 4.1 Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows user account control dialog
The initial installer window is displayed.
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Figure 4.2 Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installer window
5. Click Install to start the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installation.
The installer copies the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows files, and installs the
drivers on the guest. The Installation Complete window is displayed.
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Verifying the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Installation
Figure 4.3 Installation Complete window
6. Check Yes, restart the system now and click Finish. The virtual machine is restarted.
If you used the -r option in the command line, the installation program creates a response file in the C:
\Windows directory. You then use the response file, setup.iss, to perform silent installations on other
Microsoft Windows guests. See Chapter 6, Silently Installing or Upgrading the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
4.3 Verifying the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft
Windows Installation
To verify the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installed successfully, do the following:
1. Open the Microsoft Windows virtual machine on which you installed the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows.
2. Open the control panel and then locate and open the Device Manager window.
3. Expand Disk drives and verify that the following entry exists: Oracle VM Virtual SCSI Disk
Device.
4. Expand Network adapters and verify that the following entry exists: Oracle VM Virtual
Ethernet Adpater.
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If both device entries exist, and do not have any device issue symbols next to them, then the Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows are installed successfully.
If a device issue symbol, such as a black exclamation mark on a yellow field, displays next to either device,
you should attempt to reinstall the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows. If the device issue
symbol displays next to the device after you reinstall, either refer to the appropriate Microsoft Windows
documentation for troubleshooting procedures or contact Oracle support.
The following image is an example of device drivers before installing the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows:
The following image is an example of device drivers after successfully installing the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows:
4.4 Setting the MTU Size for Virtual Machines
The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows override the maximum transmission unit (MTU)
settings in the virtual network adapters for Microsoft Windows virtual machines. After you successfully
install and verify the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows, you should set the MTU for
each guest virtual machine.
To set the MTU size for a virtual machine, do the following:
1. Open the Microsoft Windows virtual machine.
2. Open the control panel and then locate and open the Device Manager window.
3. Expand Network adapters and select the appropriate Oracle VM Virtual Ethernet Adpater.
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4. Right-click the adapter, select Properties, and then select the Advanced tab.
5. Select the MTU property and set the value as appropriate. Click OK to save your changes.
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Chapter 5 Upgrading the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows
You can upgrade an existing installation of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows
using the graphical installation program or by performing a silent upgrade. You should use the graphical
installation program if you are upgrading a single instance of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows. If you plan to silently upgrade multiple instances of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows, you must run the graphical installation program in a command line window on at
least one Microsoft Windows guest to create a response file. You can then use the response file to perform
all subsequent upgrades silently.
To upgrade the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows, do the following:
1. Copy the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installation program, Setup.exe, to the
guest.
2. Do one of the following:
• Double click Setup.exe to begin the upgrade.
• Open a command line window and then:
a. Navigate to the directory where the Setup.exe file is located.
b. Run Setup.exe -r to begin the upgrade and create a response file for silent installations.
3. If prompted, select Yes in the User Account Control dialog to allow the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows installer to proceed.
Figure 5.1 Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows user account control dialog
The initial upgrade window is displayed.
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Figure 5.2 Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installer window
4. Click Next to start the upgrade.
The installation program then copies new versions of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft
Windows to the system and updates the installed drivers. The Update Complete window is displayed.
Figure 5.3 Update Complete window
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5. Check Yes, I want to restart the system now and then click Finish. The virtual machine is restarted.
If you used the -r option in the command line, the installation program creates a response file in the C:
\Windows directory. You then use the response file, setup.iss, to perform silent upgrades on other
Microsoft Windows guests. See Chapter 6, Silently Installing or Upgrading the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
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Chapter 6 Silently Installing or Upgrading the Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows
You can use a response file that you create with the graphical installation program to silently install or
upgrade the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows. The response file provides the prompts
that the installation program requires to successfully install or upgrade the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows.
Important
• Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows must be signed by Microsoft
to perform a silent installation or upgrade. See Section 2.3, “Microsoft Windows
Compatibility Signing”.
• You can perform a silent installation or upgrade only on 64-bit versions of
Microsoft Windows later than Windows Vista. You cannot perform a silent
installation or upgrade on any 32-bit version of Microsoft Windows or Microsoft
Windows 2003 (32-bit or 64-bit).
Before You Begin.
Complete at least one installation or upgrade of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers
for Microsoft Windows using the graphical installation program to create a response file. See Section 4.2,
“Installing Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows” or Chapter 5, Upgrading the Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
To install or upgrade the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows silently, do the following:
1. Locate the response file, setup.iss, in the C:\Windows directory on the filesystem of the computer
where you ran the graphical installation program.
2. Copy setup.iss to the same directory as the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows
installation program. Alternatively you can specify the location of the response file at the command line.
3. Open a command line window.
4. Run Setup.exe -s to silently install or upgrade the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft
Windows with the response file.
You can include the following options at the command line:
• -f1c:path\to\setup.iss to specify the location of setup.iss. For example, Setup.exe -s
-f1c:\Users\Username\setup.iss.
• -f2c:path\to\setup.log to specify the location of setup.log. By default, log files are
written to the the C:\Windows directory. For example, Setup.exe -s -f2c:\Users
\Username\setup.log.
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Chapter 7 Uninstalling the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows
You can uninstall the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows through the Microsoft Windows
control panel or by running the installation program that you used to install the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
To uninstall through the Microsoft Windows control panel, do the following:
1. Open the control panel and navigate to the Uninstall or change a program section. Note that the
name of this section might be different, depending on your version of Microsoft Windows.
2. Locate and select Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers.
3. Right-click and select Uninstall.
The installation program starts and prompts you to confirm the uninstallation.
4. Select Yes when prompted to remove the application.
The installation program removes the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows and deletes
the binaries from your system.
5. When prompted, select Yes, restart the system and then click Finish to complete the uninstallation.
To uninstall with the installation program, do the following:
1. Double click Setup.exe to start the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installer.
The installation program starts and prompts you to modify the current installation.
2. Select Remove and then click Next.
The installation program removes the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows and deletes
the binaries from your system.
3. When prompted, select Yes, restart the system and then click Finish to complete the uninstallation.
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Chapter 8 Known Limitations and Workarounds
Table of Contents
8.1
8.2
8.3
8.4
8.5
8.6
Security Alert for Unsigned Drivers ..............................................................................................
Microsoft Windows Upgrade Required Before Installation .............................................................
Upgrading on Microsoft Windows 32-bit .......................................................................................
Windows Guest Kernel Panic ......................................................................................................
Found New Hardware Wizard Displayed ......................................................................................
Crash Dump or Hibernation Fails ................................................................................................
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This section contains information on known limitations and workarounds for the Oracle VM Paravirtual
Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
8.1 Security Alert for Unsigned Drivers
• The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.4.1 are not signed by Microsoft for
the Windows software logo program.
• The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.3 are not signed for 32-bit
Microsoft Windows operating systems or Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
Because the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows are not signed by Microsoft, the
following security alert displays during installation:
To continue the installation, click Yes and then click Continue Anyway when the following screen
displays:
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Microsoft Windows Upgrade Required Before Installation
Bug 18361346
8.2 Microsoft Windows Upgrade Required Before Installation
Running the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installation program causes a system
error that prevents user login after the system restarts.
This issue occurs on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, 64-bit version, and Microsoft
Windows Server 2008 R2.
This issue occurs only for the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows that are not signed by
Microsoft.
Workaround: Upgrade the system using the Windows upgrade program before you install the Oracle VM
Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows.
Bug 23296057
8.3 Upgrading on Microsoft Windows 32-bit
Upgrading from Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2 to Release 3.2.3,
and then uninstalling Release 3.2.3, might cause a fatal system error. This issue might occur on some
Microsoft Windows 32-bit versions, such as Microsoft Windows 2008 SP2, Microsoft Windows 7, and
Microsoft Windows 8.1.
Workarounds:
• Uninstall Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2 before you install Release
3.2.3.
• If you encounter this issue, restart the system and then use the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for
Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.3 installation program to completely uninstall Release 3.2.3. You should
then uninstall Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2 before installing
Release 3.2.3.
8.4 Windows Guest Kernel Panic
Windows guests may experience kernel panic when the virtual machine is stopped and started several
times. This may also occur if there is intensive I/O. The error in this case is:
(XEN) p2m_pod_demand_populate: Out of populate-on-demand memory!
Workaround: Set the Maximum Memory and the Memory fields to the same value in the Create/Edit
Virtual Machine wizard in Oracle VM Manager.
Bug 10334923
8.5 Found New Hardware Wizard Displayed
During the installation or uninstallation of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows, the
Found New Hardware wizard is displayed during the installation/uninstallation, and when the guest
restarts. This only occurs on a guest with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32- or 64-bit) installed.
Workaround: Click Cancel to ignore the message and close the dialog box.
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Crash Dump or Hibernation Fails
8.6 Crash Dump or Hibernation Fails
The stop error 0x000000D1 may occur when doing a crash dump or hibernation. This only occurs when
using the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.0.1 on Microsoft Windows
Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Windows Vista or Microsoft Windows 7.
Workaround: Download and install the Microsoft hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2320550/
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Glossary
D
dom0
An abbreviation for domain zero. The management domain with privileged access to the hardware and device
drivers. Dom0 is the first domain started at boot time. Dom0 has more privileges than domU. It can access the
hardware directly and can manage the device drivers for other domains. It can also start new domains.
domU
An unprivileged domain with no direct access to the hardware or device drivers. Each domU is started by dom0.
G
guest
A guest operating system that runs within a domain in Oracle VM Server. A guest may be paravirtualized or
hardware virtualized. Multiple guests can run on the same Oracle VM Server.
O
Oracle VM Manager
Oracle VM Manager is the management platform, which offers an easy-to-use, web-browser interface as well as
a command-line interface (CLI). Oracle VM Manager tracks and manages the resources available in your virtual
environment and allows you to easily manage Oracle VM Server pools. Oracle VM Manager lets you manage the
virtual machine life cycle, including creating virtual machines from templates or from installation media, deleting,
powering off, uploading, deployment and live migration of virtual machines. Oracle VM Manager also lets you
manage resources including ISO files, templates and shared virtual disks.
P
paravirtualized machine (PVM)
A virtual machine with a kernel that is recompiled to be made aware of the virtual environment. Runs at near
native speed, with memory, disk and network access optimized for maximum performance.
Paravirtualized guests use generic, idealized device drivers, which are part of the guest’s OS. The I/O operations
using these generic device drivers are mapped to the real device drivers in dom0. The generic, abstracted drivers
in the guest seldom change and provide excellent guest stability. The dom0 domain, alternatively, can use the
native hardware vendor drivers, and the guests can safely migrate to another dom0 with slightly different drivers.
For other resources such as CPU and memory, paravirtualized kernels make special “hypercalls” to the Xen
hypervisor. These hypercalls provide better performance by reducing the number of instructions and context
switches required to handle an incoming request. By contrast, on an emulated (hardware virtualized) guest, driver
requests engage the guest’s interrupt handler, increasing the I/O operation overhead.
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