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EBS on Oracle Cloud: New and Improved Automation

Terri Noyes
Product Management Director

We have been busy improving the EBS on Oracle Cloud automation infrastructure to provide significant enhancements as well as new capabilities.

As always, Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud is the best place to start reading about what is possible, and to help you choose the right solution for your specific needs.

The following are some of the most notable automation enhancements and new options.

Enhanced Multi-Node Provisioning

The new EBS Cloud Admin Tool allows you to provision a new installation of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 with Oracle Database Release 12.1.0.2 or 11.2.0.4 in Oracle Cloud.  This now includes the capability to deploy an EBS 11.2.0.4 database to the Oracle Database Cloud Service if desired.  

In addition, you can provision either Oracle Distributed Warehouse Management 12.2 or Oracle Distributed Yard Management 12.2 with Database 12.1.0.2 in the Compute Cloud Service.

Details can be found in the Oracle by Example tutorial Provisioning a New Multi-Node Oracle E-Business Suite Installation in Oracle Cloud Using the EBS Cloud Admin Tool.

Optimized Cloning from On-Premises to Oracle Cloud

Our EBS cloud tools, which include the EBS Cloud Backup Utility and EBS Cloud Admin Tool, allow you to copy your on-premises Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3+ or 12.1.3 (with Database 12.1.0.2 or 11.2.0.4) environment to Oracle Cloud in two linked stages:

  1. Back up your on-premises EBS installation to Oracle Storage Cloud Service
  2. Provision your desired topology on Oracle Cloud

This includes the ability to deploy the database to the Compute Cloud Service or to the Database Cloud Service (11.2.0.4 only).

Details can be found in the Oracle by Example tutorial Cloning Oracle E-Business Suite from On-Premises to Oracle Cloud Using EBS Cloud Tools.

 New Management Capabilities for Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud

 Once you have created an environment using the EBS Cloud Admin Tool, you can subsequently use the tool to do the following:

  • Add a shared or non-shared application tier to your environment
  • Delete an environment
  • Clone an environment using volume snapshots
 Details can be found in the Oracle by Example tutorial Managing Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud Using the EBS Cloud Admin Tool.

New Automated Configuration of Integrations

You have the option to configure the following integrations for environments created using the EBS Cloud Admin Tool:

  • Oracle Workflow Notification Mailer
  • Oracle Access Manager
  • SOA Cloud Services
We are working hard to bring you even more features in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!

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Comments ( 10 )
  • guest Saturday, March 4, 2017

    I have couple of question on cross-site provisioning of EBS with DBCS

    Let us assume,

    1. My REST End-Point of my Compute Service is : https:// api-z53.compute.us6.oraclecloud.com

    -> Which is on Site : US6 Zone53

    2. My REST End-Point of my DBCS Service is : https:// dbaas.oraclecloud.com

    3. Provisioning VM Service End-Point : https:// api-z17.compute.us2.oraclecloud.com

    -> Which is on Site : US2 Zone17

    Question 1 :

    Since the DBCS service end-point does not contain details specific to site,

    Would it be possible for me to provision an EBS instance (Application on Compute, Database on DBCS) using DBCS onto the same Site : US2 Zone17 ?

    Question 2 :

    Since the DBCS service end-point does not contain details specific to site, which site would it use for DBCS instance provisioning ?

    How do we provision a DBCS instance to a user-specific site ?


  • Susmit Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Hi,

    The information is really helpful. Needs to know the following as well. Can you please clarify,

    1. While Migrating EBS R12.x to OPC/OCM is the following is a supported method,

    a. Create Physical Standby Database @OPC/OCM IAAS Host/ DBCS Host.

    b. Create Passive Mid Tier @OPC/OCM IAAS Host.

    c. Do Switchover from on-premise to OPC/OCM/DBCS host.

    2. While Clone an environment using volume snapshots, can custom clone steps be taken care through automation? I mean once the main clone is completed using volume snap, if customer wants to update WF mailer host,Re integrate SSO,Update some custom tables etc etc, can these be added in any automation script per customer requirement? Or customer has to do it manually each time.


  • guest Monday, March 6, 2017

    In all the provisioning cases, they all seem to have only one OTD server which is used for load-balancing purpose

    For High Availability, if this OTD server were to crash for some reason, Is there any alternate way to provide load-balancing ?

    There is an active-passive approach to configure OTD for EBS that provides the High Availability for the load-balancer, but this would require a Virtual-IP

    Oracle Traffic Director 12c Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 (Doc ID 2130592.1)

    Is there any way to have this Virtual-IP created in Oracle-Compute Cloud ?


  • Terri Noyes Monday, March 6, 2017

    Susmit-

    1 a, b, c –

    In theory this would work although we have not tested this methodology. That is, you could configure DR manually by following the instructions in "Business Continuity for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 using Virtual Hosts with Oracle 12c Physical Standby Database (Doc ID 2088692.1)", duplicating the mid-tier, and orchestrating a switchover when the time is right.

    Note 1: VPN is recommended for the standby database creation and ongoing transfer of redo logs plus the synchronization of the application tier between on-prem and Oracle Cloud.

    Note 2: Automated creation of a DR environment and DR failover are roadmap items.

    2 -

    There is currently no mechanism to call a custom script from the automation of the volume snapshot clone. You can create and run a custom script on the cloned environment after the clone is complete.

    -Terri


  • Terri Noyes Friday, March 10, 2017

    Regarding "guest's" question of cross-site provisioning of EBS with DBCS:

    When you sign in to your cloud account, you sign in to a specific identity domain.

    Compute and DBCS are provisioned within the same identity domain by default.

    While the DBCS REST endpoint is generic, if you are able to see both the Compute service and the Database service from the Cloud My Services dashboard for that identity domain, then you are OK.

    Regards,

    Terri


  • guest Friday, March 10, 2017

    Hi,

    The Cloud Admin utility provides an option to create storage volume snapshot for backups, could you confirm if it uses Colocated snapshot or Remote Snapshot ?

    Since Colocated snapshot is limited to a specific site, Is there a way to restore this backup to a different site ?


  • Terri Noyes Friday, March 10, 2017

    Guest, please use your name in future.

    Regarding high availability of the load balancer, the "High Availability Policy" of the OTD VM is set to "Active" in our automation. This means that if the VM stops unexpectedly, it will be automatically restarted.

    https://docs.oracle.com/cloud-machine/latest/stcomputecs/ELUSE/GUID-E2F33BA3-65CA-46F6-86A0-2B137B828C1E.htm#ELUSE186

    The method that you refer to described in "2130592.1" which uses a virtual IP is not supported in Compute.

    Regards,

    Terri


  • Terri Noyes Friday, March 10, 2017

    Guest,

    In response to your question regarding snapshots, our automation creates a colocated "whole" EBS environment snapshot.

    While you could manually create a remote snapshot of an individual VM, and attach that remote snapshot volume to a new instance, the remote snapshot is still only visible within the current identity domain.

    -Terri


  • Robin Chatterjee Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Hi terri Its Robin chatterjee for the TCS Exadata CoE here. Does the Tool support Migrations to OCI yet ? And can the tool itself be found in OCI given that all the oracle by example tutorials are for classic and classic is no longer being offered to customers ?
  • Terri Noyes Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Hi Robin-
    The EBS Cloud Tools have supported OCI since September 2017, and the good news is that we recently introduced a new web-based UI and continue to add new capabilities. Please take a look at these articles (with more coming soon!):
    - https://blogs.oracle.com/ebsandoraclecloud/ebs-on-oci-updates-including-new-cloud-manager-ui-for-september-2018
    - https://blogs.oracle.com/ebsandoraclecloud/oracle-e-business-suite-cloud-manager-overview
    - https://blogs.oracle.com/ebsandoraclecloud/ebs-on-oci-updates-including-cloud-manager-enhancements-for-october-2018

    -Terri
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