Friday Aug 30, 2013

WebLogic Partner Community Newsletter August 2013

Dear WebLogic Partner Community member,

This is the 24th edition of our WebLogic Community newsletter – thanks for all your content & feedback! We keep tradition, as I not plan to damage my knee this year, we will host our Fusion Middleware Partner Community Reception at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 – Spaces are limited register asap!

If you are planning to attend OOW, make sure you prepare your visit and below you'll find some useful tips. Let us know if you like us to arrange 1:1 meeting with the product management or sales team, to discuss your large opportunities or projects. In combination with OOW 2013 we will also host our global WebLogic Partner Advisory Council IV, if you are a WebLogic guru and would like to attend., please feel free to let us know.

Partners are key in Fusion Middleware, therefore we make the latest sales kit available to you at the WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required). The sales kits include the sales plays, cheat sheets, customer presentations and marketing kits. Please handle the material in the spirit of our partnership!

We started our two major training roadshows make sure you attend a ADF & ADF Mobile Bootcamp or WebLogic Bootcamp. It is coming to an Oracle office in your country.

Thanks for all the excellent twitter feedback on the WebLogic 12.1.2 launch, if in case you missed it, the Webcasts are now available on-demand - Executive Webcast & Technical Breakout Webcast.
In addition to this a series of whitepapers are available for you: WebLogic Server 12.1.2 - Business Whitepaper | Datasheet & Coherence 12c PDF & Cloud Performance,  with WebLogic Server 12c Whitepaper.

Thanks to C2B2 for the great blog post on What's new in Weblogic 12.1.2 , Rene for the Session Management article, the A-Team on a long list of WebLogic articles. Coherence and Maven support is one of the hot features in WebLogic 12.1.2. Let us know if you published a post about WebLogic 12.1.2 best via twitter @wlscommunity.

Simon Haslam completed the POC of WebLogic on the Oracle Database Appliance- click here to see his blog series. Our product management team made the templates for the latest hardware X3-2 available and is interested to publish your success story!

On the Exalogic side the pricing was updated and many templates for Oracle applications like Peoplesoft are now available.

For all ADF experts we are now offering ADF Architecture TV on  YouTube. Seems like the AMIS team is watching ;-) thanks for the nice article on ADF 12c: Using WebSockets!

Hope to see you at OOW 2013 and at Tech13 the UKOUG Middleware conference!

Best regards and Have agreat summer time!

Jürgen Kress

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WebLogic Server Cluster Messaging Protocols by Robert Patrick and Sabha Parameswaran

WebLogic Server clusters form a loosely-federated group of managed servers that provide a model for applications to leverage for achieving scalability, load balancing, and failover. Each managed server manages its view of what servers are in the cluster and its own cluster-wide view of the JNDI tree. The cluster uses a messaging model for members of the cluster to exchange the information required to keep the cluster in sync.  WebLogic Server supports two different cluster messaging protocols, known as unicast and multicast. This blog entry describes the two different cluster messaging protocols and makes recommendations around selecting which protocol to use for all versions of WebLogic Server up to and including WLS 12c (12.1.x).

WebLogic Server Clustering Fundamentals

Most features of WebLogic Server clustering are targeted at providing scalability, high availability, and failover capabilities to specific application component types (e.g., web applications, EJBs, JMS).  To support these capabilities, WebLogic Server clustering provides some infrastructure services upon which all of the other features rely.  The two most important services are: Read the full article here.

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Thursday Aug 29, 2013

top tweets WebLogic Partner Community – August 2013

Send us your tweets @wlscommunity #WebLogicCommunity and follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/wlscommunity. Please feel free to send us your news!

clip_image001[12]WebLogic CommunityThe Road Ahead for WebLogic Server Interview with Will Lyons by Simon Haslam http://wp.me/p1LMIb-HC

clip_image002OracleBlogsPartner Webcast Oracle ADF Mobile: What's new in ADFM 11.1.2.4 - 29 August 2013 http://ow.ly/2z3EY5

clip_image001[13]WebLogic CommunityExalogic Implementation Workshop by PTS South Africa & Saudi Arabia http://wp.me/p1LMIb-HH

clip_image001[14]WebLogic CommunityOracle Demo Systems for Oracle partners! Use the demo systems to win your middleware deals! http://wp.me/p1LMIb-HA

clip_image003[6]OracleSupport_WLSSession Management using WebLogic12 #JDBC #Cluster http://pub.vitrue.com/KG9l

clip_image004[4]Bruno Borges Oracle #WebLogic Plugin for Apache 2.2 and 2.4: first middleware to deliver #WebSockets support for real apps http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/wls-plugins-096117.html …

clip_image005OTNArchBeatTop 10 Facebook Faves for August 4-10, 2013 #weblogic #coherence #oepe #oracleace http://pub.vitrue.com/Zd7B

clip_image007Middleware Magic ‏On the Road http://goo.gl/fb/BR4LI #Weblogic #J2EE #commoncategory #news #testimonials #uncategorized

clip_image009Arun GuptaLearn latest JMS2/#JavaEE7 features from Nigel Deakin in GlassFish User Group meetup in London: http://meetu.ps/1Sty0F (@c2b2consulting)

clip_image011Cloud FoundationMonday blues? We’ve got just the thing to cheer you up! The new Coherence Technical Whitepaper, deploy away! http://pub.vitrue.com/1PE8

clip_image005[1]OTNArchBeatSession Management using #WebLogic 12c | Rene van Wijk #coherence #java7 http://pub.vitrue.com/7olU

clip_image005[2]OTNArchBeat#Coherence 12.1.2 Rest application build with #OEPE | @Biemond #weblogic http://pub.vitrue.com/f9y3

clip_image013[4]JavaOneSouth of the Zone - JavaOne keynotes Sunday @ Moscone #javaone http://bit.ly/1bZXVKk

clip_image005[3]OTNArchBeatBook review: Oracle #ADF 11gR2 Development Beginner’s Guide | @StenVesterli http://pub.vitrue.com/t573

clip_image001[15]WebLogic CommunityWebLogic 12c hands-on Workshops new locations: Madrid & Barcelona & Milan http://wp.me/p1LMIb-Hv

clip_image014[4]Edwin BiemondCoherence 12.1.2 Rest application build with OEPE: With WebLogic 12.1.2 Oracle also released a new version of ... http://bit.ly/15rNb0g

clip_image001[16]WebLogic Community Oracle Fusion Middleware Customer Reference Booklet http://wp.me/p1LMIb-Ht

clip_image011[1]Cloud FoundationHot off the press! A new white paper on planning a successful Coherence deployment is now available http://pub.vitrue.com/5D9K

clip_image016Oracle Eclipse Free online training session - Deploying #Oracle #ADF Applications to Oracle #Cloud by Using OEPE - sign up today http://pub.vitrue.com/M5pP

clip_image018Oracle WebLogicWow! 100% of viewers loved the #OracleCAF launch content, 75% said outstanding. Check out why, read the blog http://bit.ly/1348WJh

clip_image014[5]Edwin Biemondjust finished the AMIS virtualbox #WebLogic 12.1.2 and #Oracle DB 12 image with Dynamic Servers, Elastic JMS and Coherence Clusters

clip_image019ADF EMGOffline ADF application best practices? Join the discussion: https://groups.google.com/d/topic/adf-methodology/gMkjY894gHI/discussion …

clip_image003[7]OracleSupport_WLS Changed or New Features in WebLogic 12.1.2 http://pub.vitrue.com/NHZs

clip_image001[17]WebLogic CommunitySales Briefing Fiscal Year 2014 go to market WebLogic http://wp.me/p1LMIb-Hr

clip_image003[8]OracleSupport_WLSBrand new weblogic server patching & maintenance info center - check it out, it's pretty cool and right on target http://pub.vitrue.com/QdHh

clip_image001[18]WebLogic CommunityWho is running WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance #ODA? We want to invite you for a special #OOW reception! Contact us #WebLogicCommunity

clip_image005[4]OTNArchBeatToday - 9am PT / Noon ET / 1pm BRT: OTN Virtual Developer Day: Mobile Development for iOS and Android. Register now! http://pub.vitrue.com/3486

clip_image001[19]WebLogic CommunityADF training for Oracle partners across Europe http://tinyurl.com/adfbootcamp #adf #adfbootcamp #WebLogicCommunity #education @fnimphiu

clip_image001[20]WebLogic Community ‏Additional new material WebLogic Community http://wp.me/p1LMIb-F7

clip_image003[9]OracleSupport_WLSRegistrations open for August 13th advisor webcast on WebLogic Server – Support Interaction Optimization http://pub.vitrue.com/FDHi

clip_image001[21]WebLogic CommunityWebLogic Application redeployment using shared libraries - without downtime by Andreas Koop http://wp.me/p1LMIb-F5

clip_image020Frank HoppeOracle Traffic Director - new cool features in 11.1.1.7.0 by Frances Zhao http://wp.me/p1LMIb-EZ via @wlscommunity

clip_image005[5]OTNArchBeat The OTNArchBeat Daily is out! http://paper.li/OTNArchBeat/1329828521 … ▸ Top stories today via @InfoQ @wlscommunity

clip_image021Sten VesterliFajitas, margaritas, and conversations on task flows - ADF EMG social night at OOW: https://groups.google.com/d/topic/adf-methodology/GFLhMulOeNc/discussion …

clip_image001[22]WebLogic CommunityWebLogic 12.1.2 technical launch webcasts on-demand & WebLogic Community feedback http://wp.me/p1LMIb-Hm

clip_image001[23]WebLogic CommunityFederal Agency for Information and Telecommunications Improves Performance and Availability of Critical Applications, Automates Upgrades…

clip_image009[1]Arun GuptaSecuring WebSocket applications on GlassFish: https://blogs.oracle.com/PavelBucek/entry/securing_websocket_applications_on_glassfish …

clip_image014[6]Edwin Biemond ‏the #puppet #WebLogic module http://forge.puppetlabs.com/biemond/wls now supports 12.1.2 Dynamic Clusters with JMS, dynamic cluster and JMS part really rocks

clip_image023Andreas KoopOracle Cloud Application Foundation Goes GA; Unifying WebLogic, Coherence Could Change Cloud Game http://zite.to/16TsdKu via @zite

clip_image024ADF Code CornerPlease join the ADF TV channel on Youtube. See trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vdPitkLEdbY … Subscribe here: http://www.youtube.com/user/adfarchtv?sub_confirmation=1 … Its free.

clip_image002[1]OracleBlogsWebLogic 12.1.2 launch webcast on-demand & WebLogic Community feedback http://ow.ly/2yP4iR

clip_image003[10]OracleSupport_Quick introduction to the new #WebLogic 12.1.2 #Maven Plugin http://pub.vitrue.com/bH9N

clip_image023[1]Andreas KoopWith #OEPE 12.1.2.1 we get maven archetype to create ADF application Project structure http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E47843_02/12121/OEPUG/maven.htm#CHDEJCGC …

clip_image001[24]WebLogic CommunitySpecial thanks to @simon_haslam & @frankmunz for the great webcast participation http://weblogiccommunity.com/2013/08/01/weblogic-12-1-2-launch-webcast-on-demand-weblogic-community-feedback/ … #WebLogicCommunity #OracleCAF

clip_image001[25]WebLogic CommunityWebLogic 12.1.2 launch webcast on-demand & WebLogic Community feedback http://wp.me/p1LMIb-Hj

clip_image025Mark Nelson New Maven support in Coherence 12c http://wp.me/pgVeO-LQ

clip_image025[1]Mark Nelsonuick introduction to the new WebLogic Maven Plugin (in 12.1.2) http://wp.me/pgVeO-M0

clip_image026chriscmuirAre you a Google+ and ADF developer? Check out the G+ ADF community group - https://plus.google.com/communities/113990885678873525746 …

clip_image001[26]WebLogic CommunityExalogic Engineered Systems Strategy for Optimizing Software Performance Presentation http://wp.me/p1LMIb-EX

clip_image027Frank MunzA well known glitch or WebLogic 12.1.2. nodemanager bug? Did you ever notice it in 10.3.x ?? http://goo.gl/fl3Uxt

clip_image001[27]WebLogic CommunityOracle Traffic Director - download and check out new cool features in 11.1.1.7.0 by Frances Zhao http://wp.me/p1LMIb-EZ

clip_image011[2]Cloud FoundationMiss something during the #OracleCAF launch? Archives at http://bit.ly/1b5SrgS

clip_image029Andrejus BaranovskisBoth our papers - ADF Anti-Patterns and ADF Survival Kit are accepted for UKOUG Technology Conference. This will... http://fb.me/6oZuvFGPP

clip_image005[6]OTNArchBeatListen: Mobile Architectures and ADF Mobile with @andrejusb @lucb_ @stevendavelaar @JDevShay #OracleCAF http://pub.vitrue.com/OEdZ

clip_image031JDeveloper & ADFNew #Oracle #ADF Architecture TV episode - Planning and Getting Started - Developer PCs http://pub.vitrue.com/qmPP

clip_image005[7]OTNArchBeatGet educated: ADF Mobile Academy - Free multimedia resource #OracleCAF http://pub.vitrue.com/rYmN

clip_image011[3]Cloud Foundation#ADF providing richer components and advanced mobile functionality. #OracleCAF #HTML5 http://pub.vitrue.com/6NDZ

clip_image033Carlos ChangOracle ADF Mobile, build mobile apps for iOS and Android w/ Java http://bit.ly/1aWSydq #WebLogic #Coherence #OracleCAF #Jdeveloper #mobile

clip_image035OracleEnterpriseMgrThe JVM diagnostics features of #EM12c are now shown in a demo by @hawkinsg1 at the #OracleCAF launch http://bit.ly/caflaunch

clip_image037Shaun SmithCurious about the new #Coherence 12.1.2 GoldenGate HotCache feature? I explain all on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0TIG3hgbg0&feature=share&list=PLxqhEJ4CA3JtQwuPS8Qmd88lGX-gsIbHV … #OracleCAF

clip_image001[28]WebLogic CommunityJoin the #WebLogic Partner Community for the latest WebLogic 12.1.2 details and upcoming trainings http://www.WeblogicCommunity.com #OracleCAF

clip_image018[1]Oracle WebLogic Unified update, patch, install process is a key component in reducing Ops cost in #WebLogic 12c #OracleCAF

clip_image001[29]WebLogic CommunityDemo time #WebLogic cluster creation in seconds #OracleCAF by @mike_lehmann & Will Lyons #WebLogicCommunity pic.twitter.com/gyb8YqnKco

clip_image018[2]Oracle WebLogicDynamic server clusters to scale apps - coming up in #WebLogic 12c launch. #OracleCAF http://pub.vitrue.com/lBmE

clip_image018[3]Oracle WebLogicKey feature of #WebLogic 12.1.2 release: @Oracle Database 12c integration. #OracleCAF #OracleDB

clip_image005[8]OTNArchBeatMany tech posts on #weblogic available on #oracleace Rene van Wijk's blog. #OracleCAF http://pub.vitrue.com/O9Cn

clip_image027[1]Frank MunzCorrect me if I am wrong, but this could be the first WebLogic 12.1.2 training ever: http://www.ausoug.org.au/insync13/insync13-frank-munz.html …

clip_image011[4]Cloud Foundation#WebLogic 12.1.2 deep dive starts NOW during #OracleCAF launch. #Coherence up next in a few minutes. http://pub.vitrue.com/HPHM

clip_image038Maciej Gruszka ‏Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiCoO_QGBsU&feature=c4-overview&list=UUrEIV9YO17leE9aJWamKEPw … at #WebLogic channel with @dave_cabelus about Elastic JMS

clip_image018[4]Oracle WebLogicPick up the new book by @frankmunz on WLS 12c http://amzn.to/1ceppgZ #WebLogic #OracleCAF

clip_image005[9]OTNArchBeat@frankmunz 's #WebLogic YouTube channel >> watch and learn #OracleCAF http://pub.vitrue.com/B4IM

clip_image001[30]WebLogic Community@frankmunz WebLogic expert build elastic clouds with #WebLogic http://www.munzandmore.com/blog #OracleCAF #WebLogicCommunity pic.twitter.com/UK5UKjXUVl

clip_image005[10]OTNArchBeat@frankmunz 's blog, covering #weblog #cloud and more #OracleCAF http://pub.vitrue.com/N8ST

clip_image005[11]OTNArchBeatoracladmin: @simon_haslam 's Oracle Fusion Middleware blog #OracleCAF #oracleace http://pub.vitrue.com/cwGx

clip_image038[1]Maciej GruszkaTry for Yourself -- Download the products Oracle WebLogic 12.1.2: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/fusion-middleware/downloads/index.html … Oracle Coherence 12c: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/coherence/downloads/index.htm …

clip_image001[31]WebLogic CommunityWhat is Your favorite feature in #WebLogic 12.1.2 ? cool stuff! #OracleCAF #WebLogicCommunity http://WeblogicCommunity.com pic.twitter.com/xjR05tiaQj

clip_image038[2]Maciej GruszkaExecution Context ID inside #EM12c across middleware and DB allows to really diagnose many issues - cool and simple.

clip_image038[3]Maciej Gruszka#EM12c does multi domain patching of #WebLogic - use case required in many projects

clip_image039Yuri GrinshteynCoherence uses WLS tooling, including deployment, and can be part of the WLS cluster. Well done there. #OracleCAF

clip_image038[4]Maciej Gruszka#Coherence 12.1.2 auto updates data grid on changes inside DB thru #GoldenGate HotCache - another cool feature of #OracleCAF

clip_image039[1]Yuri Grinshteyn EM12cR3 features - management extended to Web tier, TopLink, ADF, etc. Complete stack management. #OracleCAF

clip_image018[5]Oracle WebLogicFrom #OracleCAF launch: Tight integration tween WLS, #Coherence and #OracleDB. Dynamic clusters, OSS support & more http://pub.vitrue.com/3NL9

clip_image005[12]OTNArchBeat25 recent no-fluff technical articles on Oracle WebLogic #OracleCAF http://pub.vitrue.com/FEG5

clip_image038[5]Maciej Gruszka GAR - Grid Archive - new model of deploying application to #Coherence clusters inside new #OracleCAF 12.1.2

clip_image038[6]Maciej Gruszka@dave_cabelus Elastic JMS is my favourite capability of #WebLogic 12.1.2

clip_image001[32]WebLogic Community Dynamic WebLogic Clustering COOL - what is Wour favorite 12.1.2 feature? #OracleCAF #WebLogicCommunity pic.twitter.com/T8lvDMJ1U0

clip_image001[33]WebLogic Community WebLogic partner experts @simon_haslam & @frankmunz share WebLogic 12.1.2 experience at lunch #WebLogic #OracleCAF pic.twitter.com/Wv0cuR9agO

clip_image001[34]WebLogic CommunityWebLogic 121.2 launch webcast is open starts in 10 minutes http://weblogiccommunity.com/2013/07/30/launch-webcast-weblogic-coherence-jdeveloper-adf-12-1-2-00-july-31st-2013/#WebLogic … #WebLogicCommunity pic.twitter.com/TtndtqWUjT

clip_image018[6]Oracle WebLogicOnly 30 minutes until the live #OracleCAF launch incl #WebLogic & #Coherence ! Register if you haven't already: http://pub.vitrue.com/t6oe

clip_image003[11]OracleSupport_WLS ‏How to analyze java thread dumps http://pub.vitrue.com/lCue

clip_image001[35]WebLogic CommunityWhat is the coolest #WebLogic 12.1.2 feature? Let us know @wlscommunity http://weblogiccommunity.com/2013/07/30/launch-webcast-weblogic-coherence-jdeveloper-adf-12-1-2-00-july-31st-2013/ … #WebLogicCommunity

clip_image005[13]OTNArchBeatHands-On Lab Instructions for OTN Virtual Developer Day: Mobile Development for iOS and Android #adf http://pub.vitrue.com/j3Jo

clip_image040Simon Haslam#WebLogic 12.1.2 is a *stonking* release for admins - see my blog post (at last!) http://www.veriton.co.uk/roller/fmw/entry/weblogic_12_1_2_an …

clip_image041Markus Eisele#WebLogic 12.1.2 - an Important New Release for Middleware Admins http://bit.ly/1cmtqhX by @simon_haslam

clip_image042GlassFishOracle GlassFish Server 3.1.2 and 2.1.1 updates: Support and maintenance is one of the added value of Oracle G... http://bit.ly/14Bp4Mm

clip_image041[1]Markus Eisele ‏What's New In #OEPE 12.1.2.1? http://bit.ly/17h0dzt #Eclipse #Oracle

clip_image027[2]Frank Munz"Even with many years of Weblogic experience under my belt, I still ran into a large number of surprises and new ..." http://goo.gl/1H8aMN

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WebLogic Troubleshooting and Tuning at Oracle Support Website & YouTube

Troubleshooting and Tuning with #WebLogic - Developer Webcast now available on #YouTube http://pub.vitrue.com/GSOy.


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Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

A Twitter Bootstrap Based Self-Measuring Application To Quantify the Effect of Precompilation on WebLogic – Part I by Frank Munz

Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Yet a bit academic - I agree. So why this title? It is as precise as it gets. And it’s less 140 chars, so I can even tweet it. Yet no worries, I’ll enjoy dissecting the headline for. There are a number of important messages. To make it more readable I will split it into three parts.

  • So let’s get to the topic right away (which by the way is precompilation).
  • To prove it makes a real difference, I will show in part II how you can measure the effect of precompilation since quite often people fail to do so.
  • Later in the cool part, part III, we look at some exciting bells and whistles for web applications (Twitter Bootstrap framework).

Precompilation

Why would you precompile your application?
Precompilation isn’t really necessary to make an application work correctly. WebLogic will compile necessary artifacts when they are needed. For example a JSP page which is not precompiled will be compiled at the time it is accessed.

Deploying an application without precompilation forces you to use lame excuses such as “It’s a bit slow right now, because it is running for the first time after deployment“. I am sure you don’t want to be remembered for lame comments. Running your applications without precompilation costs you time. And time is expensive.

What is the difference between precompilation and compilation?
Well, every Java class has to be compiled before it is executed by the JVM. The .java file is converted into a .class file. Other stuff, such as a JSP page could be deployed as is. It will then be compiled by WebLogic. Read the full article here.

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Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

Virtualised Oracle Database Appliance POC – #3 Physical Networking by Simon Haslam

The Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is one of Oracle's "Engineered Systems" - an implication of which is that you can't change the hardware components at all. Therefore it is important that its specification provided meets your requirements, and will do so for the expected lifespan of the system.

I briefly described the networking for ODA X3-2 in an earlier earlier post. In this one I will discuss the ODA's physical networking in more detail, how you configure it, and its suitability for my customer in this particular Proof of Concept (POC).

ODA X3-2 Physical Networking

Each of the servers in the ODA X3-2 has the following ethernet connections:

  • 4 on-board 10GbE (10Gbase-T copper) ports - for connection to your own networks
  • a dual port PCI card (10Gbase-T copper) - for the internal connection between virtual machines (e.g. RAC interconnect, WebLogic administration channel)
  • a Fast Ethernet (100base-T) port for the ILOM management controller

These are configured within the ODA (virtualised ODA 2.6.0 image) as shown in the diagram below (which is taken from p14 of the Oracle X3-2 and X3-2L System Architecture white paper but with my own annotations added): Read the full article here.

Simon Haslam ‏@simon_haslam Result for @JulianDyke's CPU test on Virtualised ODA X3-2 (E5-2690, 11.2.0.3.0 RAC, OL 5.7 UEK): 9.09s.

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Virtualised Oracle Database Appliance POC – #3 Physical Networking by Simon Haslam

The Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is one of Oracle's "Engineered Systems" - an implication of which is that you can't change the hardware components at all. Therefore it is important that its specification provided meets your requirements, and will do so for the expected lifespan of the system.

I briefly described the networking for ODA X3-2 in an earlier earlier post. In this one I will discuss the ODA's physical networking in more detail, how you configure it, and its suitability for my customer in this particular Proof of Concept (POC).

ODA X3-2 Physical Networking

Each of the servers in the ODA X3-2 has the following ethernet connections:

  • 4 on-board 10GbE (10Gbase-T copper) ports - for connection to your own networks
  • a dual port PCI card (10Gbase-T copper) - for the internal connection between virtual machines (e.g. RAC interconnect, WebLogic administration channel)
  • a Fast Ethernet (100base-T) port for the ILOM management controller

These are configured within the ODA (virtualised ODA 2.6.0 image) as shown in the diagram below (which is taken from p14 of the Oracle X3-2 and X3-2L System Architecture white paper but with my own annotations added): Read the full article here.

Simon Haslam ‏@simon_haslam Result for @JulianDyke's CPU test on Virtualised ODA X3-2 (E5-2690, 11.2.0.3.0 RAC, OL 5.7 UEK): 9.09s.

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Monday Aug 26, 2013

Virtualised Oracle Database Appliance POC – #2 Unboxing & Connecting Up by Simon Haslam (in Hardware)

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 comes in 3 large boxesWell, just like all the best blog posts about new mobile phone models, today I bring you "Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 unboxing!" Whilst technically this may not be the most interesting article in my ODA POC series, we'll see what subtleties we can tease out from just what's on the outside.

On the right you will see the ODA packaging or, more precisely, the 3 separate boxes the it arrives in. In case you needed any further convincing following my previous posts, the X3-2 is two servers and one (or two) array(s) loosely connected together, not a kind of 2 node blade system like the ODA v1.

Looking on the bright side, at least no individual box is all that heavy - compare this to something like an HP blade enclosure which is 10U tall and certainly not a one person job to install in a rack without a fancy fork lift. Read the full article here.

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Friday Aug 23, 2013

Oracle Database Appliance With WebLogic Server (ODA X3-2) by Jacco H. Landlust

On April 3rd the new ODA X3-2 was released. Sadly I was sick from April 1st  on so I had to miss the launch, and I was so well prepared… others had the scoop. Anyway, as an administrator that not only manages databases this release is pretty exciting since it brings not only virtualization but also WebLogic to ODA. This would make ODA a pretty good appliance for some of my customers, so I did a little investigation in the product.

This blogpost is the first result of that investigation. My main focus was the WebLogic part of the box. The questions that arose with me were either answered by documentation or by product management. Obviously that doesn’t guarantee that I understood everything correct :)I left out references to documentation on  purpose, it would be smart for everyone interested in the product to hit the documentation thoroughly.

The most import slide in the slide deck I received about the ODA launch is this.

It does some pretty smart claims that can be verified easily. The three simplified statements call for some clarification. Here’s what my questions were, plus the answers I found:

Simplified provisioning / install

Q: Can we test any of this without ODA?
A: No, although I was able to get a virtual ODA in a virtual box environment. This is by no means supported and requires altering of the images that Oracle sends you. Read the full article here.

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Thursday Aug 22, 2013

Above the clouds – WebLogic on Microsoft Windows Azure By Ayalla Goldschmidt

In my last blog, I wrote about Cloud deployment model choices and how Oracle Cloud Application Foundation customers have choice between an on premise private cloud or a public 3rd party cloud environment for the perfect hybrid. Well, with the latest partnership announced between Oracle andMicrosoft, Oracle customers have one more deployment option with Microsoft Windows Azure.

So as I was flying above the clouds on my weekend getaway passing through Oracle and Microsoft headquarters, I thought I’d share more details on how this partnership will benefit WebLogic customers.

As part of this partnership, WebLogic customers will be able to use their existing WebLogic licenses for cloud deployments on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Licensing will work in the same fashion that is available today on Oracle Cloud. See more licensing details for Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment here. WebLogic licenses on Windows Azure will work in the same manner. Microsoft will also offer license and support for Java in Windows Azure. Read the full article here.

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Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Fun with Enterprise Manager for WebLogic by René van Wijk

Oracle Enterprise Manager is Oracle’s integrated enterprise information technology management product line, which provides a complete, integrated, and business-driven enterprise cloud management solution. Oracle Enterprise Manager creates business value from IT by leveraging the built-in management capabilities of the Oracle stack for traditional and cloud environments, enabling customers to achieve unprecedented efficiency gains while dramatically increasing service levels. The key capabilities of Enterprise Manager include:

  • A complete cloud lifecycle management solution enabling you to quickly set up, manage, and support enterprise clouds and traditional Oracle IT environments from applications to disk.
  • Maximum return on IT management investment through the best solutions for intelligent management of the Oracle stack and engineered systems with real-time integration of Oracle’s knowledge base with each customer environment.
  • Best service levels for traditional and cloud applications through business-driven application management.

Tuning

After installing and configuring enterprise manager it might be beneficial to tune the environment. To tune the agent, navigate to the${AGENT_HOME}/agent_inst/sysman/config directory. Open the file emd.properties and edit the agentJavaDefines property, set the memory parameters for the Java Virtual Machine to, for example, Set extra tuning parameters for the Java Virtual Machine in the s_jvm_options.opt file, for example: Read the full article here.

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Tuesday Aug 20, 2013

Take now the newly re-launched production exam for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c!

Starting from July 4th - Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Essentials exam is again live in production with a new set of questions and measurement! Take the chance and prove you are a specialist in the domain.
The Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Implementation Specialist certification (1Z0-599) is designed for individuals who possess a strong foundation and expertise in selling and implementing Oracle WebLogic Server solutions. The candidates should have hands on experience in installing, administering, and configuring Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and its components, including, Java Enterprise Edition (EE) Applications. The certification covers topics such as: system architecture, deployment & post-install configurations and implementation best practices. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended.
This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle PartnerNetwork. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists. This certification qualifies as competency criteria for the Oracle Cloud Application Foundation Specialization.
Contact: Register Now at Pearson VUE!

Resources for preparation:


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Saturday Aug 17, 2013

Active Data Guard & Fusion Middleware Repositories by Jacco H. Landlust

Last year while working on a POC Rob den Braber noticed the following in Disaster Recovery for Oracle Elastic Cloud with Oracle ExaData Database Machine on page 13.

Currently, Oracle Fusion Middleware does not support configuring Oracle Active Data Guard for the database repositories that are a part of the Fusion Middleware topology. However, Active Data Guard can be configured if your custom applications are designed to leverage the technology.

Today this came up in a discussion with Simon Haslam , and he didn’t hear from this support issue before. So it seems that it is not that well know that Active Data Guard and Oracle Fusion Middleware is not a supported combination.

This makes this blog post a reminder from what is already in documentation (unless someone can comment and tell me that currently in the quote is not so currently anymore).
Hope this helps.

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Friday Aug 16, 2013

Mastering Glassfish Training by Markus Eisele – October 8th – 9th 2013 Munich Germany

Markus Eisele Oracle ACE Director will run a Glassfish Training in Munich. The training will include: installation, configuration, cluster & high availability, development & deployment from applications with NetBeans.

For more details please visit the registration page.


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Thursday Aug 15, 2013

Oracle Applications Customers Using Oracle Fusion Middleware Reference Booklet

At our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required) you can find the Fusion Middleware Customer Reference Booklet. The booklet is a wonderful resource for sales, portfolio managers and architects to get new ideas clients. Make sure you use references within your sales process! Submit your reference to be written and published at the Oracle website!

We are at the dawn of a new age of information technology. The pace of business change, and the need to simultaneously generate cost reduction and drive innovation is stressing IT operating models as never before. Traditional enterprise systems such as ERP, while critically important as systems of record and in driving standardized processes and data, cannot alone deliver the agility and innovation required. A new enterprise systems framework is needed.

Oracle Fusion Middleware is the leading business innovation platform for the enterprise and the cloud. Using a layered approach with Oracle Fusion Middleware, enterprises can leverage their existing enterprise investments while offering new and unique capabilities that the Business requires. Oracle Fusion Middleware products enable a layered approach today with Oracle Applications and are also the foundation for next generation Oracle Fusion Applications.

With over 120,000 Fusion Middleware customers, and 80,000 Oracle Applications customers we are already seeing many customers realize the benefits of a layered approach to Enterprise Applications using Oracle Fusion Middleware. Many of these customers are using Fusion Middleware in the context of Oracle Applications today, to:

  • “Simplify” - minimize IT complexity and lower cost while ensuring security, reliability and optimal performance through (i) Enterprise Security and (ii) Infrastructure Modernization
  • “Differentiate” - drive business effectiveness and deliver growth through (i) Business Process Agility (ii) Enterprise Application Extensions and (iii) Cloud and On-Premise Integrations
  • “Innovate” - drive business innovation, change and industry leadership by connecting people, information, and applications anywhere, anytime through (i) Enterprise Mobility (ii) Online Engagement (iii) Self-Service Enablement4.

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