Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Oracle Support & VM

Often requested are the documents and policies regarding Oracle Support and VM.  Here is a foundational starting point for all on the subject.  If you know of others, please submit in the comments.

Read and review the following;

  1. Oracle Linux and VM Certified Hardware
  2. Oracle VM General Policy Description [ID 466538.1]
  3. Oracle VM General Frequently Asked Questions [ID 464756.1]
  4. Support Position for Oracle Products Running on VMWare Virtualized Environments (Doc ID 249212.1)
  5. Does OBIEE Provide Support For Virtualization And Virtual Machines Or VMWare (Doc ID 1063937.1)
  6. Certified Software on Oracle VM [ID 464754.1]
    1. Entitlement for Oracle VM support
      ..... If a customer has an Oracle product issue but no Oracle VM support entitlement, the customer will be informed that they lack support entitlement for Oracle VM and that to receive further Oracle product assistance, they will be required to reproduce the issue in a non-virtualized environment.

Customers can participate in the Linux and Virtualization communities that exist:
Thanks
- Chris Warticki - Global Customer Management
#Oracle News, Info & Support
@cwarticki

Friday Jan 06, 2012

Ask the Support Blogger....he'll know (Skills & Training)

Question:  Is there any model or definition of the skills/resources that clients should have to effectively use and support various Oracle products?  We're looking to do a gap analysis of what they need and what they have, and to show where Advanced Customer Services can fill the gaps?

I get a lot of questions asked both internally and from our customers.  I'm going to start posting the replies so that all will benefit.

Answer:  Begin by going to Oracle University and do a job role guided learning path.  There's really no model (that I know of), but I've created a decent checklist which is a good starting point for a discussion with your customer.  Check this blog article out - 8 Habits of Highly Effective Oracle Support Users

Chris Warticki, Global Customer Management
#Oracle News, Info and Support
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Thursday Jan 05, 2012

Ask the Support Blogger....he'll know (Data Collections)

Question: Are there any best practices around which files/logs should be collected and uploaded proactively for different kinds of  issues?  For instance, if it's a performance issue, they should expect to be asked for AWR reports... so they might as well upload them as early in the process as they can.

I receive lots of questions both internally and from our customers on best practices and resources.  I'm going to start posting them here for all to benefit.

Answer: By default - a customer should ALWAYS upload an RDA.  Don't wait for Support to request it. Just give it too us when the SR is logged. RDA is the most comprehensive Data Collector we have. They should run via cron job every day as a best practice anyway.  Attend my next FREE Customer Workshop on RDA and DBA Diagnostics on January 26th, 2pm EST.

With regards to Performance Data Gathering:
Have the customer begin by having EVERY DBA READ - Oracle Performance Diagnostic Guide (OPDG)
Then, determine if they need to use HANGFG User Guide, OSWatcher User Guide, or LTOM User Guide or all three.  If the customer is using a product solution like EM/Grid/Cloud Control then even better. Product solutions help prevent problems.  For some FREE training on those products, check out the Oracle Learning Library.

Also, instead of waiting for a webconference to be scheduled and coordinated - have the customer record their problem using CamStudio.  Don't log another SR without using it and uploading it at the time the SR is created.

Of course, there's Oracle Configuration Manager (gotta plug that one) and there's a host of other data collector tools listed in my post here. (see #5)

Thanks
- Chris Warticki
#Oracle News, Info & Support
@cwarticki

Tuesday Dec 13, 2011

Good example of Proactive Support from EPM/BI

Proactive Support is a huge initiative at Oracle Support. It has been for a long time.  Proactive Support doesn't just mean adding content to the knowledge base. It's not just another 'tool' to use.

The Best Support is NO Service Request!

A good example of a team that is working hard at being proactive is the EPM / BI team.  They have great information on their blog.  If you are using these products, subscribe to their blog feed.

Proactive Support is about meeting your customers where they are.  Social media is an important tool to leverage with our customer base.  Stay connected.

Chris Warticki, Global Customer Management
#Oracle News, Info and Support
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Tuesday Aug 16, 2011

8 Habits of Highly Effective Oracle Support Users

First – The #1 investment is the product itself, therefore study the product

Oracle University
Product-specific landing pages
Oracle Learning Library aka, Oracle By Example – 1000+ Free Tutorials/Demos
Public list of all available webconferences
Advisor Webcast Current Schedule and Archives too from Support (ID 740966.1)
Oracle E-Business Suite Transfer of Information (TOI) courses (ID 807319.1)

Information about the functional changes in Release 12.1 and Release 12.1.x Release Update Packs (RUPs).

#2 – Remain In-the-Know from Oracle Support and Oracle Corporation

Setup Hot-Topics emails from My Oracle Support
Subscribe to available Newsletters from major product lines and technologies
Events & Webcasts Schedule and Archives
EBS and Database Newsletters from Oracle Support teams

#3 – Personalize My Oracle Support and Use Configuration Manager

Customize your Dashboard & use Powerviews
Install and setup Configuration Manager
Prerequisites
QuickStart Guide
Security Concerns?
Videos here

#4 – FIND it, the FIRST time, FAST!

Use the Knowledge Browser in My Oracle Support
Know what Support knows with 100% certainty whether you need to open a Service Request or not.

#5 – Leverage ALL the available Diagnostics tools and Scripts

Configuration Manager

Install - Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) for Database, Server Tech & other Products
Over 25 built-in tools and tests. Over 80 seeded profiles
Database Script Library
Ora-600/7445 Internal Errors Tool
Performance Diagnostics Guide and Tuning Diagnostics
PL/SQL Tuning Scripts

Install - EBusiness Diagnostic Support Pack for Applications

PSFT – Change Assistant
PSFT – Change Impact Analyzer
PSFT – Performance Monitor
PSFT – Setup Manager

JDE – Change Assistant
JDE – Configuration Assistant
JDE – Support Assistant

Guardian Resource Center

SUN Systems Mgmt & Diagnostic Tools

#6 – Engage with Oracle Support

Check Configuration Manager Healthchecks and Patch Recommendations
Fill-out Service Request Templates completely
Use all Diagnostics & Data Collectors (RDA and others)
Upload ALL reports if logging a Service Request
Leverage Oracle Collaborative Support (web conferencing)
Better Yet – Record your issue and upload it (why wait for a scheduled web conference?)
Initiate the Escalation Process as necessary

#7 – Expand your Circles of Influence

Oracle Community-wide Resources

Oracle Technology Network Forums

Blogs.oracle.com

Twitter Directory

Oracle Podcasts

OracleMix

UserGroups

AskTom

OracleCommunity

#8 – Understand Oracle Support Policies and Processes

All Technical Support Policies

Lifetime Support Policy

Oracle Support Technical Support Policies

Database, FMW, EM Grid Control and OCS Software Error Correction Policy

Ebusiness Suite Software Error Correction Policy

Thanks
- Chris Warticki
#Oracle News, Info & Support
@cwarticki

Tuesday Jun 14, 2011

Oracle Support – EBusiness Webcasts

Our EBS Proactive Services team will be conducting the following EBS-wide webcasts.

Making The EBS Upgrade from 11.5.10 Easier - Part I, 28-Jun-2011

Making The EBS Upgrade from 11.5.10 Easier - Part II, 12-Jul-2011

Making The EBS Upgrade from 11.5.10 Easier - Part III, 19-Jul-2011

Each one-hour session is recommended for technical users who are responsible for upgrading their E-Business Suite applications from Release 11.5.10 to Release 12.1.x.

A successful upgrade requires careful planning, correct upgrade processing, detailed testing, and user (re)training prior to upgrade. There are a number of tools available via My Oracle Support and as part of the E-Business Suite product offerings to assist customers in a successful upgrade. To learn more about these tools and how to use them, join us for a three part webcast series, Making The EBS Upgrade from 11.5.10 Easier.

Topics for Part I will include:

  • Overview of Tools Available for Upgrading
  • Upgrade versus Re-implementing
  • Upgrade Community
  • Upgrade Product Information Center Page
  • Detailed Look at Upgrade Advisors

Part II will provide a detailed look at the Maintenance Wizard and Patch Wizard tools.

Part III will review best practices for using the upgrade tools.

-Chris Warticki
twittering @cwarticki

About

Chris Warticki
Support Specialist, Presenter Extraordinaire, Toastmaster & self-proclaimed Support "spokesmodel".

Chris has been working for Oracle for over 15 years. Chris educates customers how to maximize their Support investment and leverage the support tools and available resources as part of Premier Support.

Chris works for Global Customer Management and speaks with customers on all topics regarding Oracle support services

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