Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 11 (13.5.0.11) is now available

November 21, 2022 | 5 minute read
Daniela Hansell
Director, Observability and Management
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Our eleventh monthly Release Update is now available to take advantage of its new features and bug fixes. 

EM 13.5.0.11 download available on My Oracle Support

Release Updates Details

Release Updates (RUs) are the agile way to roll out new EM features and bug fixes quickly to customers, so they don't have to wait for a major release. RUs are versioned with a trailing digit indicating the RU version. Note that RUs are cumulative, which means that the most recent RU includes functionality from all previous release updates.  Our general recommendation is to apply the most current RU as soon as possible.

Access the download on My Oracle Support > Patches & Updates.

Key updates in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.5 RU11

Functionality added or enhanced in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.5 RU11 includes the monitoring framework, database lifecycle support (migration and compliance), dashboards, Autonomous Database support, EM CLI Engineered Systems support and many more. Here are the highlights:

Event Compression Analysis: Event Compression Policies were introduced in an earlier Release Update and they are the basis of event compression, the algorithm that determines if related events can compress into a single incident to make the set of incidents more manageable. Starting with this release, you can analyze the impact of event compression by running an Event Compression Analysis. This analysis uses historical monitoring data to analyze the impact your policies would have had on events and incidents over a selected period in the past. The results include a summary of all events analyzed, the number of incidents with and without policies, and a compression ratio (events compressed per incident). For additional details, you can drill down further by a specific date or by the incident.

Event Compression
Figure 1: Event Compression Policy Analyzer

Import/Export Published Runbooks and Define External Links: By now, the Dynamic Runbooks functionality, a set of documented procedures that your IT administrators can follow to resolve an issue, should sound very familiar.  Now, you can export and import published Runbook definitions, allowing the reuse of previously defined procedures. In addition, this release features the ability to specify links to external websites and MOS notes within the Note steps.

Use Kerberos Credentials with Corrective Actions: Corrective actions, an essential part of a monitoring system, enables you to specify automated responses to metric alerts and events. The "Add Space to Tablespace (Advanced)" corrective action is now available and can be used with Kerberos credentials. Note that in an earlier release, we enabled Kerberos/RADIUS-based Named Credentials as Preferred Credentials.

Include/Exclude Indirect Members in an Administration Group Hierarchy: Administration groups are a special type of target group used to automate the monitoring and management settings. When a target is added to this type of group, Enterprise Manager automatically applies these settings using a template collection. When creating an administration group hierarchy, you can now specify whether to include or exclude indirect members. Indirect members are targets whose target properties do not match administration group criteria but have been added to the administration group because their parent target is a direct member of the administration group.

Create Widgets Using Custom SQL Queries: The Enterprise Manager dashboard data visualization capabilities were further enhanced in this release.  Now, widgets can be created using custom SQL queries. This functionality enables you to query data from an Enterprise Manager Management Repository view and use the available visualization options to display the data in a widget.

Oracle Database Vault for Autonomous Databases: Oracle Database Vault can be enabled on Autonomous Databases and implements powerful security controls that restrict access to application data by privileged database users.  If Database Vault is enabled on Autonomous Databases and EM is discovering and monitoring them, you can manage the associated Oracle Database Vault from EM. Propagating policies to other databases, setting alerts, and other tasks can be performed from the EM interface.

DBSAT Compliance Sensitive Data Assessment Report: The Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT), is an EM-integrated tool and an Enterprise Manager Compliance standard that identifies areas where database configuration or implementation introduces risk. This standard allows you to associate database targets and run a security assessment. A new Report, Database Sensitive Data Assessment is now available and automatically created when associating targets and running a security assessment.

DBSAT Compliance Report
Figure 2:  DBSAT Compliance report - Database Sensitive Data Assessment

STIG Standard Version 2 Release 4 for Oracle Database 12c and 19c: The latest STIG Version 2 Release 4 standards for Oracle Database 12c and 19c are now available via the Self Update option and the traditional Configuration and Compliance standard options.

Custom Pre and Post scripts, encryption, and experience flow changes for Transportable Tablespace Migrations: Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Migration Workbench and the database migration and consolidation EM framework support additional commands that can run on the source database host or the newly migrated database. These scripts are called Pre or Post scripts, depending on whether they run before (Pre) or after (Post) a database has been created or provisioned. Now, there are Pre and Post scripts to use to further customize Transportable Tablespace (TTS) migrations using the Migration Workbench.  These scripts can be defined for both Tablespace and Full Database migrations using TTS.  In addition, for TTS migrations, there are requirements to supply the metadata dump files encryption password to be entered and confirmed, for an additional layer of security. Starting with this release, the migration selection method (Data pump or Transportable Tablespace) has been moved from the third step to the first step of the wizard of the Migration Workbench,

EM CLI additions:  The existing EM CLI verb cleanup_cs_target_associations removes failed or pending target associations for a given compliance standard. In this release, a -force flag was introduced for removing any failed or pending target associations for a compliance standard. 

In addition, EM has enhanced the EM CLI verb submit_procedure used for Exadata Database Machine management. To lock down an Exadata Storage Server and switch to RESTful API for monitoring or administration, provide the RESTful API monitoring credentials of each Exadata Storage Server. If you have a large set of storage servers, EM CLI can now be used to provide the monitoring credentials through a single input file, making your job much easier.

 

Complete List of Updates

View the full list of enhancements and bug fixes in the Release Update READMEs and the My Oracle Support note: "Enterprise Manager 13.5 Main Release Update List (Includes Plug-ins)" (Doc ID 2760230.2).

For more details on the key enhancements available with all EM 13.5 Release Updates, see:

We hope you enjoy Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.5 Release Update 11!

As always, we welcome feedback on how we can improve your experience with Enterprise Manager!  Be sure to also check the following locations for continuous updates:

Oracle Manageability Solutions for Database and Cloud (solution briefs, customer stories, technical briefs)

Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.5 Technical Content (documentation, videos, technical blogs, and other resources)

My Oracle Support > Certifications (for the latest certified platforms and version combinations)

Daniela Hansell

Director, Observability and Management

Daniela has a background in Oracle Observability and Management solutions product management, training, and curriculum development.  She currently manages the observability and management user assistance development team, focusing on optimizing the end user experience with our products and various types of technical content.


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