Wednesday Oct 05, 2016

Reasons to upgrade to Enterprise Manager 13.2

Before, during and after the Open World, I have received numerous queries on the release of Enterprise Manager 13.2. This is an important release for Enterprise Manager 12c customers whose Premier Support expires this month and who traditionally wait for the release 2 of any product before upgrading, and for customers who have already upgraded to 13c, but want their critical issues addressed. And there are specific capabilities that are sought for by a specific set of customers, for example, security-sensitive customers have been asking for TLS 1.2 support. 

Se here we are, announcing the release of Enterprise Manager 13.2. The primary focus of this release was around security, scalability and availability of the platform. Some long pending requirements have been addressed in the release. First, comes the support for TLS1.2. The communication between the agent and OMS, the agent and the targets, and in case of target types such as database, between the OMS and the targets are now secure with TLS1.2 protocol. Second, Enterprise Manager 13.2 supports IPv6 addresses, allowing targets to be managed on IPv6-enabled hosts. Lastly, for ensuring higher availability of the Enterprise Manager platform, the "Always On" Monitoring feature has now been certified to run on a different host than the OMS.

Enterprise Manager 13.2 continues to improve upon the 13c theme of having a unified hardware and software management. The highlights in this area include better engineered systems and infrastructure management with the support for Exadata X6-2, X6-8 and Oracle VM 3.4 (and therefore the latest PCA models). Couple of other improvements in infrastructure management worth mentioning, are seamless ASR integration for hardware telemetry and Solaris Compliance checks.

Management of database and middleware platforms continues to evolve in this release. The fleet-maintenance feature, first introduced in 12cR5, can now support a wider range of database configurations, making patching really simple for cloud-scale environments. For Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager now supports Weblogic 12.2.x, enabling customers to enjoy the benefits of multitenancy for their Weblogic platform. Some of the benefits can also be enjoyed in a hybrid environment, as on-prem targets as well as DBCS, JCS and SOACS targets can be managed by a single Enterprise Manager instance.

Visit the OTN page to get more information on Enterprise Manager 13c.

Enterprise Manager 13.2 Now Available

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 (13.2) is now publicly available. This release marks an important milestone in the ongoing evolution of Oracle’s on-premise systems management platform, which provides a single pane of glass for customers to manage the Oracle stack, whether in their on-premises data centers or in the Oracle Cloud. Through deep integration with Oracle’s product stack, Oracle Enterprise Manager provides market-leading management and automation support for Oracle applications, databases, middleware, hardware and engineered systems.

Highlights of the release include, but are not limited to:

  • More secure and scalable management with the support for TLS1.2 and IPv6 protocols.
  • Better engineered systems and infrastructure management with the support for Exadata X6-2 and X6-8, Oracle VM 3.4, ASR integration and out-of-box Solaris Compliance checks.
  • Improved hybrid cloud management with automated service discovery of public cloud (DBCS and JCS) assets and with support for Fusion Middleware 12.2.x in JCS and SOACS environments

Additionally, the release contains critical fixes for monitoring and managing the Oracle ecosystem.

You can find more information about this release on OTN. Please check back for additional resources. For the latest download, go to Oracle Enterprise Manager Downloads.

Tuesday Sep 27, 2016

Oracle Database 12c STIG Compliance Standard sample code is here!

One of the most requested features in the compliance management area has been a compliance standard for Oracle Database 12c. We can now announce the availability of not one but TWO Oracle Database 12c STIG compliance standards as sample code – one is for standard architecture and the other is for multitenant architecture.  

Sample code, of course, does come with some provisos. As listed on the OTN sample code page, it is provided for educational purposes or to assist your development or administration efforts. Your use rights and restrictions for each sample code item are described in the applicable license agreement. Except as may be expressly stated in the applicable license agreement or product documentation, sample code is provided “as is” and is not supported by Oracle.  

For all the details of the sample code, see the full announcement here.

Monday Sep 19, 2016

Some Exciting Customer Presentations!

While I always enjoy getting in front of customers to present on some new and really cool functionality in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, it's even better to be in the audience listening to actual customers doing just that!  There are a couple of those presentations coming up on Thursday this week at OOW.  Unfortunately I can't be there to listen in, but if you're interested in learning how to provide scalable and flexible patching solutions, make sure you get along to these two presentations and learn directly from these customers!

Pivot from Manual to Scalable with Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Pack [CON2494]

This presentation is on at 10:45 am on Thursday in Moscone South - 305.  Sarah Brydon and Ashwin Vaidya, both from Paypal, are the presenters. Are your skilled DBAs spending time installing software and applying patches instead of growing your business? Come to this session to learn how PayPal moved from manual execution of homegrown scripts for Oracle Real Application Clusters installs and patching to leveraging the power of Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Pack. Oracle Real Application Clusters provisioning moved from days to an hour per node, with improved build consistency and quality. Security and reliability patching scaled to deliver patches across the enterprise faster and more consistently than ever before. The session includes best practices for implementing provisioning and discusses PayPal’s experience with patching plans and the new fleet maintenance feature in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.5 and 13c.

Database Patch at 1,000 Scale: Nationwide’s Oracle Enterprise Manager Fleet Maintenance Odyssey [CON2260]

This session is on at 12 noon on Thursday, in the same room (Moscone South - 305).  The presenters this time are Gary Henderson and John Norman, both from Nationwide. Database currency is becoming an increasingly important part of every company’s security posture, but there are significant challenges with patching at scale—say, 1,200 databases. This session is on how Nationwide followed Oracle’s best practice (out-of-place patching) and used Oracle Enterprise Manager’s command-line interface with the new switch database capability to accomplish patching at scale and position the company for forthcoming fleet maintenance.

So there you have it - two fantastic presentations, learning from real customer experiences.  It doesn't come much more realistic than that! 

Thursday Sep 15, 2016

Database Lifecycle Management and Database Cloud Management at OOW2016

Every year just before OOW, the product teams produce what we call Focus On documents, that show you all the sessions (both customer and Oracle presented) around a particular area. This year is, of course, no different in that respect, so if you want to know what’s coming up in the Enterprise Manager space, you can do no better than going directly to our Focus on Enterprise Manager document. Likewise, there is a Focus on Oracle Management Cloud document, for those that are interested in the OMC space. These are living, breathing documents, so as changes are made (whether those changes be changes in time, room allocation, speaker, whatever) they will be automatically propagated to the relevant Focus on document, so remember to come back and check on them regularly.

In this post, however, I wanted to focus specifically on Database Lifecycle Management and Database Cloud management sessions at OOW this year.  So let’s drill into those sessions in a little more detail. Please note I’ve left the rooms / times off the listing below as they are still subject to change. See the Focus on Enterprise Manager document for the most up to date information on these (I’ve included the session ID’s for ease of cross reference). Also note the Hands-on Labs, where you can get practical experience on using the Enterprise Manager functionality in different areas, always fill up quickly so first in best-dressed for those!

  • Harden and Standardize Your Database Configurations Across Clouds [CON6978] – A fantastic presentation by Martin Pena (Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle), along with Tim Albrecht (Database Administrator, Wells Fargo), and Madhav Ravipati (Lead/Supervisor Database Administrator, PG&E). Do you think your database environments are secure? This presentation examines how to really be sure by using Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c database lifecycle management functionality. It provides the ability to evaluate various targets along with Oracle’s engineered systems, as they relate to business best practices for configuration, security, and storage. In this session see the tools available to enforce standardization on your IT landscape, including Oracle Database 12c security technical implementation guide checks, ORAchk/EXAchk functionalities, and ways to build gold images of your environment to check configuration management, drift, and consistency.

  • Hybrid DBaaS with Oracle Enterprise Manager: Comcast’s 7 Goals for the Cloud [CAS1595] – Presented by Bala Kuchibhotla (VP of Software Development at Oracle), Jayson Hurd (Database Administrator, Comcast) and Tejas Gohil (Manager, Comcast). Comcast has a footprint of more than 2,500 Oracle databases running on 1,500 servers. Oracle Enterprise Manager’s cloud management capabilities have revolutionized Comcast’s service delivery method, cutting process times and operational costs dramatically. Comcast has shifted its delivery model from a ticket-based, mostly manual process to a fully automated database-as-a-service (DBaaS), portal-based service catalog model. In this session Comcast demonstrates how it was able to cut costs and increase compliance and efficiency by embracing the following: fully automated environment, self-service, controlled delegation of routine tasks and maintenance, reduction in mean time to repair, rapid provisioning, a common interface, and maximized consolidation.

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: Unifying Self-Service PaaS Across Multivendor Cloud [CAS2348] – A customer presentation, presented by Adrian Turner (Infrastructure Architect, Maersk). This session demonstrates Maersk’s approach to providing quota-limited self-service capability across multiple vendor clouds, using Oracle Enterprise Manager 13’s cloud management pack. It explores the following:
    • The infrastructure-as-a-service delivery approach (templates, automation, and provisioning)
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c configuration (agent deployment, administration hierarchies, monitoring collections, and configuration collections)
    • Architecture compliance enforcement through the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c compliance framework
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager cloud management pack configuration and allocation to database and middleware pools
    • Self-service delivery via REST APIs
  • Deep Dive: Snap Clone and Data Refresh Solutions using Oracle Enterprise Manager [CON6982] – Presented by Janardhana Korapala (Database Admin Consultant, Dell Inc), Subhadeep Sengupta (Consulting Product Manager, Oracle), and Martin Pena (Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle) – Creating private copies of large multiterabyte databases is a critical requirement for many customers in their efforts to build and deliver high-quality applications. The challenge is to provide these copies quickly and without adding additional storage costs. In addition, these copies may need to be continuously refreshed to match production data. In this session learn how the Oracle Enterprise Manager Snap Clone feature
    • Performs instant cloning of large databases while saving more than 90 percent on storage costs
    • Fits perfectly with your existing investments in storage, servers, and engineered systems
    • Is best suited for performing thin cloning even within Oracle cloud instances
  • Expanding DBaaS Beyond Data Centers: Hybrid Cloud Onboarding via Oracle Enterprise Manager [CON6985] – Presented by Bala Kuchibhotla (Vice President, Software Development, Oracle), Bharat Paliwal, (Snr. Development Director, Oracle), and Subhadeep Sengupta (Consulting Product Manager, Oracle) – Hybrid clouds are becoming standard for building next-generation SaaS applications. The challenge for IT is how to run and manage database operations supporting both environments. Oracle’s DBaaS hybrid cloud solutions simplify coexistence and adoption of Oracle cloud deployments. They allow transparent movement of workloads using the same architecture, standards, products, and management. In this session learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c enables DBAs to:
    • Migrate databases to/within/from Oracle Cloud on-demand
    • Implement a unified service catalog that includes schemas, databases, and pluggables
    • Obtain a single pane of glass view and perform lifecycle management tasks across database clouds
  • Hands-on Lab: Harnessing the Value of Hybrid Cloud—Complete Management of Cloud Services [HOL7631] – In this hands on lab learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager 13 manages the full range of Oracle cloud services, including Oracle Compute Cloud Service, Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Java Cloud Service, and Oracle Cloud Machine. Experience firsthand how cloud services are managed by the same Oracle Enterprise Manager tools that customers use on premises to monitor, provision, and maintain Oracle Database, Oracle engineered systems, Oracle Applications, Oracle Middleware, and a variety of third-party systems. Discover the latest enhancements, including gold image provisioning and standardized software deployment, data cloning and “continuous refresh” from production, and end-to-end provisioning on Oracle Compute Cloud Service.

  • Hands-on Lab: Relief from Chronic Patching Pain—Oracle Enterprise Manager Fleet Maintenance [HOL7632] – Whether you are patching a handful or even thousands of databases, long downtimes and multiple maintenance windows can cause pain for DBAs and application owners. Ease the suffering and improve the quality of life for DBAs by using the Oracle Enterprise Manager fleet maintenance solution. It allows administrators to patch and upgrade database software with minimal downtime as well as updates at scale across your entire database estate, significantly reducing the time required for maintenance activities. Now available for both traditional database estates as well as cloud implementations, the Oracle Enterprise Manager fleet maintenance solution is a must-have for managing databases at scale. Attend this session to learn more.
  • So there you have it! Plenty to see and do this year with Enterprise Manager at #OOW2016!

    Wednesday Aug 17, 2016

    Bash script to deploy webapp to Weblogic server domain via WLST

    I wrote a bash script to deploy a war file to ALL managed servers in a Weblogic domain. You should be able to modify it to work for your needs.

    #!/bin/bash HOST_NAME=${1-localhost} HOST_USER=${2-weblogic} HOST_PASS=${3-welcome1} HOST_PORT=${4-7001} JAVA_BIN="/usr/bin/java" SCRIPT_HOME="$(dirname $(readlink -f $0))" WL_JAR="${SCRIPT_HOME}/middleware/wlserver_10.3/server/lib/weblogic.jar" JAM_JAR="myapp.war" function getServerList() { WLST_SERVER_LIST=$(${JAVA_BIN} -cp ${WL_JAR} weblogic.WLST <<EOF connect("${HOST_USER}", "${HOST_PASS}", "t3://${HOST_NAME}:${HOST_PORT}") cd('Servers') ls('a') EOF ) SERVER_LIST="" while read -r CURR_LINE; do if [[ ${CURR_LINE} =~ drw-* ]] then SERVER_LIST+=$(printf ${CURR_LINE#*drw-},) fi done <<< "${WLST_SERVER_LIST}" SERVER_LIST=${SERVER_LIST%,*} #echo $SERVER_LIST } function agentDeployer() { ${JAVA_BIN} -cp ${WL_JAR} weblogic.Deployer -adminurl t3://${HOST_NAME}:${HOST_PORT} -user ${HOST_USER} -password ${HOST_PASS} -targets ${SERVER_LIST} -deploy -upload ${JAM_JAR} } echo "Deploying" getServerList agentDeployer
     

    Thursday May 05, 2016

    Webcast: Ensure an Exceptional User Experience

    Thursday May 12, 2016

    9:00 a.m. PST (San Francisco)
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    Today, customer loyalty is about how fast you can deliver new functionality while still providing exceptional user experience. End-users rank application and website performance (such as quick-loading pages) as their top expectation and will leave any site that is too slow.

    Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service helps you monitor the performance of your applications and the experience of your end-users from a business perspective. The solution enables DevOps organizations, application owners and business analysts to respond quickly to issues that impact productivity, customer satisfaction and revenue.

    Join us for a technical webcast and demo to learn how to:

    • Correlate end user and application data—cut the time it takes to resolve application issues
    • Gain deep transaction visibility with in-depth application performance diagnostics for DevOps
    • Leverage the power of log information by ingesting, normalizing and categorizing log data across the application stack for better insight

    Register Now

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    Monday Apr 11, 2016

    Webcast: Tear Down DevOps Barriers with Oracle Management Cloud

    Thursday April 14th
    10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

    Do you have barriers between development and operations and your end-users?
    Join us for a live webcast on Oracle Management Cloud, the modern solution for rapid application delivery and efficient application and operations management. This exciting new product enables business decision makers and DevOps leaders to manage technology innovations so that employees can do their jobs more effectively and business users can enjoy a superior experience.

    During the webcast Oracle experts will talk about how to:

    • Cut the time it takes to resolve application issues
    • Break down barriers between Development and Operations
    • Ensure a good user experience
    • Run IT like a business

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    Monday Apr 04, 2016

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: Centralized Administration and Auditing of Oracle WebLogic Server

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c enables administrators to perform administration operations against Oracle WebLogic Server as well as to view the audit records for those operations.  Traditionally, administrators were required to use the WebLogic Server Administration Console or the Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control console to administer their domain. However, administration and configuration operations are available directly from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c console. From the Cloud Control console, administrators can do the following:

    • Leverage Change Center to lock a domain configuration prior to making configuration changes.
    • Configure domain, cluster, server, machine – as well as multi tenancy settings.

    • Manage JDBC data sources.

    • Access the System MBean Browser to view, invoke or edit MBeans.

    · Start, stop or restart middleware components.

    • Schedule and track execution of WLST scripts.

    · View the audit trail of WebLogic operations performed from either the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control console or the Oracle Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface (EMCLI).

    Having a single tool for monitoring, administering and viewing audit records for Oracle WebLogic Server not only simplifies an administrator’s job and increases productivity, but also maintains security of a middleware environment.

    To see first-hand some of the Oracle WebLogic Server administration and auditing capabilities available from Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c, watch and listen to the recorded demonstration available on the Oracle Learning Library here. Additional information can also be obtained from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Online Documentation Library:

    Monday Mar 28, 2016

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: Track Compliance with the Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG)

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c enables administrators to track compliance of their WebLogic Server environments to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG).  The Security Technical Implementation Guide contains technical guidance to “lock down” information systems and software that might otherwise be vulnerable to a malicious computer attack. Originally published by the Defense Information Systems Agency for the Department of Defense, the STIG for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c can be used by administrators from public or private sectors to ensure their WebLogic Server environments are sufficiently secure and not vulnerable to attack.

    Beginning with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 1 and the Fusion Middleware Plug-in Release 13.1.1.0.0, a predefined compliance standard named “Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG Version 1.1) for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c“ is available from the Cloud Control console. Administrators can associate this compliance standard with their 12c WebLogic Domains to ensure that those domains adhere to strict security guidelines.

    The below screenshot highlights one of the 72 predefined rules included in the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG Version 1.1) for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c compliance standard.

    The below screenshot highlights a violation event to one of the automated rules included in the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG Version 1.1) for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c compliance standard.

    To see first-hand how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c to track compliance to the Oracle WebLogic Server 12c STIG, watch and listen to the recorded demonstration available on the Oracle Learning Library here.   Additional information can also be obtained from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Online Documentation Library:

    Thursday Mar 03, 2016

    DBaaS RESTful API Cook Book

    Having a GUI tool like Enterprise Manager Cloud Control to manage your entire data center is an imperative for most enterprises these days. But in the cloud paradigm, you must also have a uniform API that can be used to tailor the cloud to your business processes and economic models. That API is known as the REST API, and services based on that are known as RESTful services.

    With the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager, enhancements have been made to the REST API to facilitate the administration as well as the operational use of features in the Cloud Pack for Oracle Database. You are now able to fully automate the administration of your cloud assets. The REST API also facilitates the self-service model for private cloud, enabling you to fully automate the actual request and governance of database needs by a given Line of Business (LOB). Through the use of the REST API, you can streamline the process of delivering critically needed databases to the LOBs at a fraction of the current Operational Expenses (OPEX) cost. Some critical business benefits are as follows:

    Standardization – With the implementation of the DBaaS REST API you will be able to reduce OPEX by standardizing the provisioning of databases in a fully automated fashion. A database request from different parts of your organization would be self-service and based on a standard build of the database specific to the binaries, structure and data.

    Centralization – With the streamlining of database provisioning via the DBaaS REST API, you can centralize the overall management and lifecycle of the entire private cloud landscape and ensure that service levels are maintained.

    Simplification – With a central and standard delivery model, you will also simplify the entire configuration landscape. This will reduce OPEX by way of reducing the number of Oracle Homes (OH) and databases being managed. Consolidation of OHs and databases will also contribute to a reduction in Capital Expense (CAPEX) by ensuring that you maximize the use of existing resources in a data center or ensure that pending purchases are fully used. Finally, the simplification and consolidation will also reduce CAPEX by reducing environments in the data center itself. This translates to reduced power, A/C and a reduction in real estate required to satisfy the business needs while ensuring that IT can provide the proper environments, maintaining world-class standards for the business.

    Recently, the Enterprise Manager product management team has released a cookbook that is intended to provide direction and requirements for the execution of DBaaS specific to the use of the REST API provided with the Cloud Pack for Oracle Database. That cookbook is available on OTN. If you want more information on DBaaS, you can find white papers, demonstrations, case studies and more here.

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    Friday Jan 08, 2016

    Enterprise Manager 13c: What’s New in Database Lifecycle Management

    Enterprise Manager 13c: What’s New in Database Lifecycle Management

    A month back, we announced the release of Enterprise Manager 13c. Enterprise Manager 13c includes several improvements over Enterprise Manager 12c, which was itself had witnessed pretty successful adoption over the last four years. Enterprise Manager 12c rested on the key themes of enterprise grade management, stack management and cloud lifecycle management. The 13c version simply bolsters those pillars.

    In the area of database lifecycle management, we have delivered some key features that span both the depth and the width of the data center. In terms of depth, it leverages the unification of hardware and software management to manage Exadata better. In terms of width, it offers simpler and more scalable cloud management. Over the next few paragraphs, I will touch upon few features that highlight the above.

    Exadata Patching:

    The patching of Exadata has been laborious process for our key customers. It involves multiple components across multiple nodes and often multiple administrators in the process. In Enterprise Manager 13c, some of the important hardware management features have been assimilated into the Cloud Control product. In course of developing the hardware aka the infrastructure management features, we have modeled the infrastructure target types: servers, storage, network, VMs in Enterprise Manager. This also enables us to have a more sophisticated management of Engineered Systems. For example, Enterprise Manager can now patch an Exadata stack- storage servers , Infiniband drivers, compute nodes, grid infrastructure and as before, the databases on top. The patching application offers the facility to run the pre-flight checks and monitor the logs from a single place (imagine having to manually monitor the patch execution logs for grid infrastructure, operating system, storage for all the compute and storage cells in a rack).

    Enhancements in Database Compliance Management:  

    There have been some significant enhancements in database compliance management. These include:

    a) Integration of Oracheck: A long-standing requirement that should thrill Exadata customers is the integration of Oracheck (including Exacheck) into the Compliance framework of Enterprise Manager. Exacheck had formerly existed as a standalone utility, but customers have asked for at-scale execution over all the Exa’s in a data center, with the ability to flag, suppress or escalate any violation. They can also generate reports on overall health and share with other administrators and IT Managers.

    b) Integration with corrective action: Another much sought-after feature has been to integrate the compliance violations with corrective action. For example, a DBA may want to lock an account with default username and password. Enterprise Manager 13c makes this a reality.

    Configuration Drift and Consistency Management:

    When it comes to managing a cloud horizontally at scale, the configuration comparison feature of Enterprise Manager has always been a DBA’s favorite. The new configuration drift management feature evolves the feature further by enabling administrators to proactively spot the “needle in the haystack” among the hundreds and thousands of members that can be a part of a cloud or even span multiple clouds (example, on-prem and Oracle Cloud). The DBA can set up a golden standard with a selected list of configuration parameters and make sure that all the members of a cloud or a pool of databases subscribe to that standard. In case of any deviation, the DBA will be automatically notified. The consistency management can be applied across the different phases of lifecycle (for example, the test database should be the same as production) or across the different members of a system (for example, all the nodes of an Exadata should be exactly alike).

    Additional Info

    Friday Dec 18, 2015

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: New and Exciting Features

    Learn about all the exciting new features in the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c.[Read More]

    Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

    Oracle Enterprise Manager @ Oracle OpenWorld 2015

    With Oracle OpenWorld less than a week away, we wanted to highlight all the exciting Oracle Enterprise Manager events and activities at this year's conference. The Oracle Enterprise Manager team put together a snapshot of what's happening—from general sessions to hands-on labs—here is a quick summary:

    Highlights:

    • Oracle Management Cloud General Session, featuring 3 brand new services—Real-Time Monitoring, Log, and IT Operations Analytics. Save your seat, pre-register today
    • Unprecedented number of sessions delivered by Oracle experts and customers at this year's conference. See full session list
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager at the SIG Sunday User Group Forum. Session details
    • Dedicated Oracle Enterprise Manager demopods in the Oracle DEMOgrounds. Search Oracle OpenWorld demos
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager Hands-on Labs, providing a deep-dive experience led by Oracle experts. See full list

    For the complete list of sessions, demos and hands-on labs, read the Oracle Enterprise Manager Focus on Doc for more.

    We look forward to seeing you there!



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    Friday Oct 16, 2015

    Oracle OpenWorld Sneak Preview: Oracle’s Newest PaaS Offerings for IT Operations Management – Oracle Management Cloud

    OpenWorld is always a very exciting time for Oracle and our customers, and every year we reveal some of our newest offerings. We sat down with Prakash Ramamurthy, Senior Vice President of Oracle Management Cloud, to discuss this year’s conference.

    Q: Tell us about what’s happening this year at OpenWorld for Oracle Management Cloud?

    PR: This year, we have a rare and fantastic opportunity to introduce an entirely new category of systems management cloud services for Oracle customers – the Oracle Management Cloud. Oracle Management Cloud is a suite of next-generation, integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions delivered as a service on Oracle Cloud. It is designed for today’s heterogeneous environments across on-premises, Oracle Cloud and third-party cloud services.

    Q: Why will Oracle Management Cloud be so valuable to customers?

    PR: Customers today are struggling with the need to reduce time-to-market for new applications, even as those applications are getting more and more complex and distributed. Whereas a new offering five years ago might have been supported by a monolithic, on-premises infrastructure, today that offering may be composed of half a dozen cloud services from several different providers. Oracle Management Cloud was purpose-built to provide the new level of operational efficiency and visibility that these rapidly-changing environments require.

    Q: What services will be available in the Oracle Management Cloud?

    PR: We will be offering three services out of the gate focused on some of the highest pain points for customers today. Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service provides development and operations teams with the information that they need to find and fix application issues fast, via deep visibility into your application performance from end user experience, through application server requests, and down to application logs. Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service monitors, aggregates, indexes, and analyzes all log data from applications and infrastructure – enabling users to search, explore, and correlate this data to troubleshoot problems faster, derive operational insight and make better decisions. And finally, Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service provides 360-degree insight into the performance, availability, and capacity of applications and IT investments, enabling line-of-business executives, analysts, and administrators to make critical decisions about their IT operations based on comprehensive system and data analysis.

    Q: Where can customers go to learn about these new offerings?

    PR: The single best place to experience the power of these new offerings will be in the Oracle Management Cloud Launch General Session, which is titled GEN9778 - Oracle Management Cloud: Real-Time Monitoring, Log, & IT Operations Analytics and takes place on Tuesday, October 27 at 11AM in Moscone South Room 102. Oracle OpenWorld attendees should pre-register for the session as there is limited space and attendees will be receiving a gift from Oracle. In addition to the General Session, there will be several dedicated track sessions, demonstration stations and hands-on labs throughout the remainder of the week. It’s going to be a very exciting time.

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    Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

    Snap Cloning Databases on Exadata using Enterprise Manager

    Historically, Exadata has mostly been deployed for heavy, production workloads, leaving cheap commodity hardware and third-party storage to perform as infrastructure for Development and Testing. From the viewpoint of Enterprise Manager, we have seen customers clone production databases running on Exadata to secondary storage such as ZFS Storage Appliance or even third-party NAS or SAN for the purpose of testing. Customers mainly used RMAN (with or without Enterprise Manager) to clone the databases. While the master clones (often referred to as Test Master) could be further cloned via storage efficient snapshots, there were significant limitations to the approach.

    • First of all, the testing on non-like systems from Exadata (both compute and storage) often yielded erroneous inferences.
    • Second, both the compute and storage on existing Exadata racks often remained underutilized.

    Most surveys establish that there are several Dev/Test copies for every Production database, and leaving Dev/Test outside the realm of Exadata can only yield partial usage of engineered systems.




    Two recent advancements in Exadata break this existing barrier. First of all, the compute nodes on Exadata can now be virtualized. Consolidated environments can now use Oracle Virtual Machine (OVM) on X5-2, X4-2, X3-2, and X2-2 database servers to deliver higher levels of consolidation and isolation between workloads. The Virtual machines can be configured on demand with the appropriate number of Virtual CPUs (vCPUs) for iterative testing. Second, with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1) release 12.1.0.2 BP5 or later, space-efficient database snapshots can now be quickly created for test and development purposes on Exadata.

    Snapshots start with a shared read-only copy of the production database (referred to as the Test Master in Enterprise Manager Parlance) that has been masked and/or cleansed of any sensitive information. Snapshot technology as deployed on Exadata is "allocate on first write", not copy on write. As changes are made, each snapshot writes the changed blocks to a sparse disk group. Multiple users can create independent snapshots from the same base database, therefore multiple test and development environments can share space while maintaining independent databases for each task. The base database must remain read-only during the usable lifespan of snapshots that are created from that base database. If there is a need to create another set of snapshots from a more recent copy of production data, a new read-only base from a production database needs to be created.




    Enterprise Manager 12cR5 leverages the capabilities of Exadata to extend the Snap Clone capabilities for Exadata Sparse clones. As shown in this tutorial, with Snap Clone, Enterprise Manager can create a Test Master using either Dataguard technology or RMAN preceded by data masking. The Test Master can be created either on the same Exadata rack or on a different one. Once the Test Master has been created, snapshots can then be created on the sparse disk groups using the Deployment Procedures. The Deployment Procedures also automate the post-cloning discovery and promotion of the cloned targets, making them fully managed right from inception. Internal testing confirms that for cloning a Terabyte of database with a complete discovery of all its components takes less than a minute.

    Enterprise Manager also helps DBAs track the lineage of the clones by providing a report on the production database, the Test Master and its clones. Enterprise Manager Snap Clone on Exadata supports both regular as well as pluggable databases with optional ACFS configuration. In addition to support for Exadata sparse clones, Snap Clone continues to support NAS (ZFS Storage Appliance and NetApp) and SAN (certain EMC storage arrays), in case users want to deploy these for their Dev-Test environments. 



    Further Reading Resources

    • To learn more about Database as a Service visit the otn page.
    • Prerequisites for setting up Exadata Snapshots are documented here.
    • Watch the video, Snap Clone Multitenant (Pluggable Database) on Exadata here.
    --Subhadeep Sengupta (@Subh_here)

    Monday Jul 06, 2015

    Understanding Plans, Profiles and Policies in Enterprise Manager Ops Center

    Enterprise Manager Ops Center uses a combination of Plans and Profiles to maximize repeatability and reuse, while giving you the degree of flexibility to provision and update what you need to in your environment. The structured building block approach will allow reuse of many of the components instead of re-entering data each time, but does make the whole thing look very confusing until you understand the relationship between plans and profiles.

    The sort activities covered by plans and profiles are:

    • OS provisioning and configuration
    • BIOS and Firmware updates
    • LDOM creation
    • Zone creation
    • Boot environment creation
    • Patching and adding packages (S10 and S11)
    • Configuration files and pre/post action scripts (S10)
    • Automation using operational plans (scripts)

    The Building Blocks

    So, firstly, let's look at the building blocks and see what is the difference between a Plan and a Profile.

    Profiles

    Profiles contain the configuration information required to perform an action eg:

    • OS Provisioning plan - contains type/architecture, resourcing, OS version, software group, language, timezone, password, filesystems, name services
    • OS configuration - contains type/architecture, agent/agentless, multipathing, network configuration
    • Discovery - contains asset type, tags, IP address, credentials, grouping
    • Logical Domains - contains type, name, CPU/Cores, memory, automatic recovery, storage, networks

    These are just some examples of the 16 types of profiles available in the BUI. 

    Plans

    Plans are objects that can be run (executed) to make something happen. Plans contain profiles, other plans, policies, or a combination of these.

    Policies

    In addition to these profiles, there are update and monitoring policies and credentials that can also be created and edited here.

    Examples

    Let's look at a couple of examples from a process prospective and how they actually look in the BUI. A side note here is the screenshots have been taken from an Ops Center 12.2.2 environment. Ops Center 12.3.0 introduces new styles of icons, but the principles are still all the same.

    Process overview

    For example, if we were going to provision a bare metal physical sever, you would have 2 choices:

    • A simple provision that would just lay down an operating system
    • A complex provision that
      • could update the BIOS on an X86
      • lay down the OS
      • update (patch) the OS
      • Add applications
      • Run scripts
      • Apply a non default monitoring profile
      • etc.

    You choose the one that best suits what you are trying to do.

    Simple OS Provisioning

    If you just wanted to get an OS laid down, basic network/filesystems configured and possibly an agent installed, you would choose a "Provision OS" plan

    This plan contains 2 profiles, an "OS Provisioning" profile and an "OS Configuration" profile. These profiles contain the answers to the same questions that would have been asked if you provisioned the server manually. A point to remember: it is required that you create your profiles (answering the questions that the wizard presents) before they are available to be added to a plan.

    In the BUI it looks like this:

    Complex OS provisioning

    This plan must have the same 2 plans that the simple approach did, but has the option to add many other plans to be able to patch the deployed OS (Update OS, Update software), add software (Install, Operational plans), and further configure the OS/Application using scripts (Pre-install, Post-install, Operational plans)

    In the BUI it looks like this:

    The steps (profiles) you choose will be determined by what you want to achieve and if you are provisioning Solaris 10/Linux or Solaris11. 

    Duplicating steps

    In addition, most of these optional steps can be duplicated to allow you to execute more than one profile. To do this, add your first profile for that step, then select (highlight) that step and if it is available, the copy icon (with 1, 2 shown on it) will become active.

     Click that icon and the step will be duplicated allowing you to run more than one profile.


    This makes the whole operation much more flexible, as you could have an update profile for your OS , one for web servers and one for databases. So if this plan was to build a web server, your plan would contain both the OS update profile and the web server update profile, avoiding the need to have the OS patches in 2 profiles.

     Other examples

     Another example of this would be if you wanted to build and LDOM or if you wanted to build an LDOM and deploy an OS into it (complex or simple), you would choose the appropriate plan.

    Building an LDOM

    Building an LDOM requires a "Create Logical Domain" plan

    which only has a single step, which is a "Logical Domain" profile.

    Building an LDOM and provisioning an OS

    You can build the LDOM and provision the OS into it in a single action by creating a "Configure and Install Logical Domains" plan

    which contains two steps, which is a "Logical Domain" profile and an "Install Server Profile"

    Summary

    By now, hopefully, the pattern has become clear. Plans and profiles are just the building blocks that allow you to deploy your system in the way you want. Each of the components are modular, so they can be re-used as much as possible and make it easier to maintain as you have fewer places you need to change when you want to change your configurations. There are many other types of plans offered by Ops Center that will create zones , build M-series physical domains and deploy OVM for X86 virtual machines, individually or combined with OS deployment, but they all follow the same basic structure. While how to do this is all laid out in the online documentaion, my best advice is to get yourself some test systems and try it out. There is often no substitute for having actually done it.

    Regards,

    Rodney Lindner


      Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

      New Enterprise Manager Release Allows Customers to Manage Their Hybrid Cloud from a Single Interface

      Oracle is today announcing Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 5, which simplifies the journey to the cloud.  For the first time, you will be able to manage your hybrid cloud as one, from a single pane of glass.

      According to a recent Computerworld survey, cloud consumers are struggling with security issues, integration headaches and performance concerns in public and hybrid cloud environments.

      The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager addresses these concerns through new enhancements that manage, migrate, test and deploy applications and databases across hybrid clouds, with 100% reuse of existing management tools and practices.  These enhancements will provide centralized visibility and control to Oracle customers on their cloud journey, while helping to ensure that their existing company-wide standards are applied across the estate.  The following set of hybrid cloud features is now available for those using Oracle Database and Oracle Java Cloud Services:

      • Workload portability & secure, bi-directional cloning: Replication of application artifacts and data across the hybrid estate with automated workload migration
      • Quality of service management: deep, expert performance management, diagnostics, tuning, leveraging the full breadth of Oracle’s extensive best practices for optimizing our stack.
      • Lifecycle and Cloud Management: automated patching and rapid provisioning of database and middleware with self-service access for agility.
      • Data governance & configuration compliance controls:  Configuration and compliance management, data masking, compliance frameworks and rich notifications for control.

      Clone database to Oracle Cloud with the click of a single button
      Migrate on-premises IT assets to Oracle Cloud, or from Oracle Cloud to on-premises, with a single click

      A simple, secure deployment architecture

      This rich functionality is exposed through an extremely simple deployment architecture.  Administrators will  install the Oracle Enterprise Manager Hybrid Cloud Gateway to manage and encrypt all required communication between their existing on-premises Enterprise Manager and the Oracle Cloud Platform...and that’s it!  With no additional network reconfiguration, Oracle customers can immediately begin to manage their hybrid estate as if it were one.

      Customers, partners and analysts welcome Oracle’s hybrid cloud management approach

      "e-DBA, an Oracle Platinum Partner and customer, has seen the benefits Oracle Enterprise Manager brings to our clients regardless of the size and complexity of their estate, which is why we also use it internally,” said Phil Brown, Global Lead for Enterprise Management Technologies, e-DBA.  “Reusing our existing skills will accelerate adoption of the Oracle Cloud Platform since our hybrid cloud will be a natural extension of our existing estate, all seamlessly managed as one." 

      “As Bridge Consulting has expanded our Oracle footprint to include Oracle Cloud Platform, we have recognized the importance of centralized management control over our entire hybrid estate,” said Marco Bettini, Co-founder and CTO of Bridge Consulting.  “The new Oracle Enterprise Manager capabilities are exactly what we need to ensure our hybrid cloud can be managed and consumed as one single environment, and we are especially glad we can leverage our existing best practices and knowledge across the entirety of our hybrid estate.” 

      “Our customers have consistently told us that they want to treat their hybrid cloud as a single unit, with workload portability as well as consistent governance across the entire estate,” said Dan Koloski, Senior Director of Product Management, Systems and Cloud Management, Oracle.  “The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager provides customers the ability to lift-and-shift applications from on-premises to cloud and from cloud to on-premises, while leveraging all of the rich quality of service and lifecycle management capabilities they use today.  We are excited to enable a hybrid cloud that truly functions as an extension of an on-premises data center.”   

      “IDC predicts that the majority of IT organizations will adopt a hybrid cloud strategy in the next five years.  For these companies, a key success factor is the ability to consistently support workload monitoring, management and portability across on premises IT and public cloud services,” said Mary Johnston Turner, Research Vice President, IDC.  “Oracle customers who are evaluating a hybrid cloud strategy spanning Oracle on premises and public cloud databases, web services, backup services and development resources will be well served to consider the new Enterprise Manager hybrid cloud management capabilities.”

      Demonstration

      One of the most appealing aspects of this solution is that it is so simple to deploy and operate

      Clear benefits

      The value of Oracle Enterprise Manager has been empirically demonstrated by numerous studies from Crimson Consulting, Pique Solutions, Forrester and IDC.  Some of the recorded benefits are:

      Clear benefits Oracle Enterprise Manager

      Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c release 5 will help you simplify your journey to cloud by managing your hybrid estate as one.  A LIVE webcast with more information and Q&A will be aired on June 25, 2015.  Please register here to learn how to overcome the challenges involved with managing IT environments where public- and private clouds and on-premises infrastructure can thrive as one 

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      Tuesday May 26, 2015

      Data to collect when logging a Service Request on Enterprise Manager Ops Center

      If you ever have to log a Service Request (SR) on your Enterprise Manager Ops Center instance, the question often arises as to what data you should include with the SR. Including the right information when you log the SR will greatly reduce your Time To Resolution (TTR).

      So, what data should you add to the SR? That will depend on what type of issue you are experiencing.

      Basic Information for All SR's

      While the My Oracle Support (MOS) portal will help by asking you relevent questions, here is a list of things to think about while answering them:

      1. A clear problem description - Tell us about what you were attempting to do when you encountered the issue, what host(s) were involved and what error message you saw. You would be surprised how many SR's get logged with "It didn't work" or just the error message as the problem description without telling us what you were actually trying to do. 
      2. Time and date - Tell us the time and date you saw the issue. The log files are time stamped, so knowing the time the issue occurred (at least approximately) will reduce the extent of searching of the log files that will need to be done.
      3. Software Version - Always tell us what version of Enterprise Manager Ops Center you are using. To find out your version, look on your Ops Center BUI under [Administration] ==> [Enterprise Controller] and at the top of the middle panel (Summary Tab) will be listed the Enterprise Controller Version. Don't forget to include if there are any IDR's (Patches) that have been applied to your Enterprise Manager Ops Center instance.


      Additional Data to include with your SR

      The most common thing to include with your SR is an OCDoctor --collectlogs output (# /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs), but it will often depend on which part of the process Ops Center was at when the issue occurred. If your issue falls under multiple sections below, please supply the data from all relevant sections.

      It should be noted that all of the Ops Center logs will rollover over time and on a busy environment that may not be a long time. So, it is important to collect any log files as soon as possible after you have seen your issue or you should reproduce the issue just before collecting the logs.

      Browser User Interface (BUI) issues

      • Collect screen shots of what you are seeing in the browser
      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on your Enterprise Controller and collect the output file

      Job related issues (Job fails)

      • Provide the job number
      • Provide the full job logs
        • In the BUI, click through to the failed task on the job and then export the logs
        • Select the radio button for "Full Job Log" and save the job log
      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on your Enterprise Controller and collect the output file

      OS provisioning issues

      • Capture the full job log (as described above)
      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on the relevant Proxy Controller and collect the output file
      • Capture any console logs of either the physical server or, if deploying to LDOMs, capture /var/log/vtnds/[LDOM name]/console.log
      • If deploying to an LDOM, run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on the relevant CDOM and collect the output file

      Patching issues

      • Capture the full job log (as described above)
      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on the system being patched and collect the output file
      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on your Enterprise Controller and collect the output file

      Discovery issues

      • Capture the full job log (as described above)
      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on your Enterprise Controller and collect the output file
      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on the relevant Proxy Controller and collect the output file

      Agent deployment issues

      • Capture the agent install output and logfile (/var/tmp/agent_install, /var/scn/install/log)
      • Capture the agent configuration output and logfile (/var/tmp/agentadm.log)
      • If the agent has actually been installed, run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on the system you are installing the agent on and collect the output file
      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs on the relevant Proxy Controller and collect the output file

      Domain Model issues

      • Run # /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --collectlogs -u [EC Master Admin User] on your Enterprise Controller and collect the output file
        • This will collect the domain model information as well as the normal output from OCDoctor log collect. Note:  this can take a long time to run
        • The [EC Master Admin User] is the user that you specified as part of the initial install. On some customer systems, this will be root but it does not have to be.

      Collecting the right information and providing it as part of the initial logging of the SR will make it easier for the engineer to analyze your issue and avoid a lot of unnecessary back and forth. Overall, it will get your issue resolved quicker. I hope this information will help you if you ever have to log a SR on Enterprise Manager Ops Center.

      Regards,

      Rodney Lindner






      Tuesday May 12, 2015

      Data Clone and Refresh (part 1)

      In mid January we released the latest version of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c, the 12cR4 Plugin Update.  This release included many enhancements in the cloud management space, making it the complete DBaaS automation solution.  The main areas of enhancement are:

      • Self Service Portal and Service Catalog, including add and remove standby capabilities, externalized database size and improved customization
      • Cloud Framework, with an improved self service portal, role and service type based access across all pages, and improved administration capabilities
      • Data Clone and Refresh, including an improved self service experience, admin flows for non-cloud cloning and refreshes, and additional storage certification
      • Fleet Maintenance, such as the ability to subscribe to database and grid infrastructure images, deploying them automatically to servers

      In this posting, I'll be focusing on the data clone enhancements.  My next post will focus on the refresh enhancements.

      Improved Self Service Experience

      Enterprise Manager ships with an out-of-box self-service portal that allows developers, testers, DBA's, and other self service users to log on and request various services. It also provides an administrative interface for DBA's to deliver one-off or special requests for services. These services include:

      • New single instance (SI) and Real Application Clusters (RAC) databases using pre-defined golden standards. This is ideal for developers asking for standard databases with or without data.
      • New SI and RAC databases along with Data Guard standby databases either within the same data-center or across different geographical regions. This is ideal for production and semi-production workloads that have high availability requirements. 
      • Schemas hosted in one or more databases, and provided as Schema-as-a-Service.
      • Pluggable databases that are hosted in one or more Oracle Database 12c Multitenant container databases provided as Pluggable Database as a Service. 
      • Database thin clones, using the Enterprise Manager 12c Snap Clone feature that leverages storage Copy-on-Write (CoW) technology on Oracle and non-Oracle storage. Snap Clone lets users, such as functional quality assurance testers, to create multiple copies of the database in minutes without consuming additional space, take private backups, and refresh data from the original source. Snap Clone supports cloning of databases on file and on Oracle Automatic Storage Management with block storage. 
      • Database full clones using RMAN backups or RMAN duplicates. This could be ideal for intense testing, such as database upgrades and performance testing on Exadata. 
      • All cloning services come integrated with masking, and ability to change configuration and software versions. 
      • Fleet maintenance allows administrators to patch and upgrade database software, with near zero or zero downtime. The subscription based model enables updates at scale, and across the entire cloud ecosystem thus significantly reducing the time required for maintenance activities. 
      Additionally, self service users can perform lifecycle operations like starting and stopping, checking the status, health monitoring, etc. on the requested databases and schemas. Provisioning can be done on both physical infrastructure using Deployment Procedures and on an Oracle VM virtualized server infrastructure using Virtual Assemblies and Virtual Templates. The portal provides access to a Service Catalog which lists various published service templates for standardized database configuration and versions. Users can review their past and outstanding requests, resource quotas, and current utilization as well as chargeback information for the databases and services they own. The portal also allows users to automatically backup their databases on a scheduled basis or take on demand backups. Users can restore the database to any of these backups. The self-service portal is the user's view into the cloud, thus it is designed to be easy to use and yet useful. The portal is also backed by both a command line interface and an API that can be used to request and manage cloud resources via scripts in lieu of the user interface.

      Admin Flows for Non-Cloud Cloning and Refreshes

      Often, people think of cloning as only important as a cloud operation, but  that’s not the only place that cloning can be important.  It’s ideal, for example, as a way to build environments for proofs of concept, test master creation, or indeed anywhere that you may need a one-off clone. With the Clone and Refresh functionality, you can clone from an existing snapshot of a database, or you can choose to clone to a particular point in time or SCN.  Not only that, you can integrate both masking and patching (for PSU’s) in this flow as well.  Once you have created a clone, you can then refresh it from the source later with a few clicks. And finally, once you’ve done cloning through the user interface, you might then decide to clone and refresh in a scripted manner, using the EM CLI verbs or REST API's that are provided for this.  You can even schedule the cloning through EM CLI to occur at a time that suits you.

      Now let’s look at the details of what can happen as part of this clone and refresh flow, based on the environment you can see in the image below:



      On the left hand side you can see our Production database.  In this example, this is an 11.2.0.4 database running in a 3 node RAC environment, with some RMAN backups already taken.  So what can I do with this database when I clone it?

      Firstly, I can mask sensitive data.  Generally, when you take a copy of your Production database to another environment, you want to mask some of the data in that database, such as credit card numbers, salary details and so on.  The admin flow allows you to apply a pre-defined masking format to your data as it is cloned, or indeed execute your own custom SQL scripts to change the data as you need to.

      Secondly, I can actually test patching as part of the flow.  In the example I’m showing here, I’m cloning my 11.2.0.4 Production database to an 11.2.0.4.2 test environment.

      Thirdly, I can change the configuration as part of the admin flow as well.  Again, in the example shown here we're moving from a 3 node RAC environment in Production to a single instance test environment.

      Finally, if my underlying storage supports copy on write technology, I can also take advantage of that and take a snap or thin clone of my Production environment, where blocks are only written to my test environment as they are changed in Production.  That means I can build a lot more snap clones and still require only a very small percentage of the storage of my Production environment.

      Additional Storage Certifications

      Earlier releases of the Enterprise Manager Snap Clone functionality provided two different solutions from a storage perspective.  If you already had either Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance or NetApp, you could create a vendor specific hardware solution.  If not, you could use either the Solaris ZFS File System or the CloneDB functionality provided sine Oracle Database 11g release 11.2.0.3.   More details on the EM12cR4 Snap Clone functionality is provided here.

      In the January plugin release, we added additional storage certification, so you can now also use an EMC SAN with ASM to create snap clones.  If you want more details on the Snap Clone and EMC solution, you can find details about it here.

      Further Information

      You can find more information on the material I've just covered in Part VII of the Cloud Administration Guide in the online documentation here.  You can also watch the screenwatch we recorded to show you the cloning process in action here.

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      Friday May 08, 2015

      Vote for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

      Voting for the 2015 Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) Readers' Choice Awards is now open.

      In last year's DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c won two awards for "Best Database Administration Solution" and "Best Database Performance Solution."

      This year Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has been nominated again in the same two categories; Best Database Administration Solution and Best Database Performance Solution.

      Be sure to cast a vote for your favorite management tool, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

      The voting will close on May 22nd.

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      Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

      EM Compliance ‘Required Data Available’ flag – Understanding and Troubleshooting

      Overview

      Starting in release 12.1.0.3 of Enterprise Manager a new column was added to the top level Compliance Standard Results page named ‘Required Data Available’. This column is meant to convey whether the data required for proper compliance evaluation of all of the rules within the Compliance Standard for each associated target is available in the repository. If the value for a given target is ‘No’ then the compliance results for that target should not be considered valid. A value of ‘Yes’ indicates the required configuration data is being collected and results valid; at least from a data availability perspective.

      One challenge facing customers is the lack of understanding of the column and how to correct the cause of the ‘No’ status. The goal of this guide is to explain how this column’s value is derived and provide some tools to correct the situation.

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      Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

      Test Drive Oracle’s Application Platform as a Service Solution

      We've just launched a new set of workshops in several U.S. cities: Oracle Platform as a Service for Application Development.

      This follows the success of the Database as a Service workshop series (see previous blog entry). It’s another opportunity to test drive new Oracle Enterprise Manager capabilities, but it goes far beyond Enterprise Manager. This time we focus on Java development and testing in the private and public cloud, and the cloud operations needed to support them.

      So bring your laptop, connect to our live environment and try it for yourself!

      The day begins with an overview of APaaS benefits and the architectural choices for building your enterprise private or public cloud (or both). You then use step-by-step workbooks that guide you through creating an application platform / middleware cloud environment. The event is perfect for application developers, IT managers and anyone developing, testing and deploying Java applications.

      The time is evenly split between private and public cloud labs. These are the workbooks we’ll go through:

      • Middleware as a Service
      • SOA as a Service
      • Fusion Middleware Provisioning
      • Creating and Exploring Java Cloud Service
      • Building and Deploying an Application with Java Cloud Service
      • Managing Java Cloud Service Operations

      Looks interesting? Register for an event near you.

      Monday Apr 13, 2015

      New Enterprise Manager STIG Compliance Standards for Oracle Database 11gR2 Now Available

      Last Friday, Oracle released new Enterprise Manager compliance standards based on DISA’s Security Technical Information Guide ( STIG ) for Oracle Database 11.2g Version 1 Release 2. These standards are specifically for use with Oracle Database 11g Release 2, both single instance and RAC.

      This is actually the second compliance content update since February. The previous one included an update to the Oracle Database 11g STIG standard bringing support from Release 8 to 11.

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      Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

      New TimesTen Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager

      Co-contributor:  Simon Law, TimesTen Product Manager 

      Last Friday, Oracle released a new version 12.1.0.3 of TimesTen Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control. This is a landmark release with many new features for database administrators in the enterprise.

      Besides database performance and availability monitoring; the new plug-in offers administrators the ability to manage and administer their TimesTen instances and databases, such as starting and stopping TimesTen services, loading and unloading databases to and from memory, and scheduling backups and restoring databases. Additionally, users can monitor database and replication activities, memory and disk usages, workload performance statistics, and identify longest running and most executed SQL statements.

      International users will be pleased to know that the new TimesTen plug-in was globalized with its user interface translated to nine different languages, the same languages as available in Oracle Enterprise Manager.

      TimesTen plug-in 12.1.0.3.0 can be down-loaded through Enterprise Manager Self-Update.

      For more information, visit the Enterprise Manager Extensibility Exchange or the Oracle TechnologyNetork (OTN) TimesTen product page.



      Monday Mar 16, 2015

      Oracle Private Database Cloud: Defining Database Sizes in the Service Catalog

      Latest release of cloud plug-in (part of EM12c R4 Plug-in Update 1) brings the ability to define sizes for database cloud services (Schema and PDB services already support definition of size). Prior to this ability, customers were required to define a new template for each size – small, medium, large, etc. This will help in significantly reducing the number of templates required.

      So lets see how to use them.

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      Discover and Promote Oracle Homes as EM Targets

      Typically, Oracle Homes are discovered and promoted as targets automatically along with guided flows for addition of primary targets like databases, weblogic domains, etc, but there might be instances (not very often) where you need to discover the Homes standalone.

      There are two ways to do this – from the GUI and using EMCLI verbs.

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      Friday Mar 06, 2015

      Oracle Database In-Memory Advisor

      Recently, Oracle announced the general availability of the Oracle Database In-Memory Advisor—a new capability built into Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Tuning Pack. With this release, Oracle introduces new and extensive capabilities for managing Oracle Database In-Memory, an Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition option.

      Oracle Database In-Memory can be used to improve queries on a variety of OLTP and/or data warehouse operations. The In-Memory Advisor helps to optimize performance with recommendations to run analytics processing faster. It gives customers insight into the sizing of the workload and offers actionable recommendations for running workloads at peak performance. The Advisor analyzes workloads and related objects making specific recommendations to which objects would give you the greatest benefit and performance if they were placed In-Memory.

      Key Capabilities:

      • Assists with In-Memory size selection
      • Recommendations for tables, partitions and sub-partitions for a given In-Memory size
      • Uses workload and performance data to prioritize objects
      • Takes into account differences in disk and memory footprint, as well as compression ratios

      Actionable Recommendations

      • Workload based cost/benefit analysis
        • Cost: Offers estimated memory size with various compression options
        • Benefit: Offers estimated database time reduction metrics for workload processing
      • In-memory area population plan

      Reporting

      • Ability to vary In-Memory size to receive specific loading plan
      • Generates DDL scripts with all the tables/partitions/sub-partitions recommended
      • Top SQL benefits from any given configuration

      For more information, visit the Oracle Database In-Memory Advisor page on the Oracle Technology Network. You can download the In-Memory Advisor, via MOS note 1965343.1.


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      Friday Feb 27, 2015

      Oracle Private Database Cloud REST APIs

      While we spend a lot of time developing GUI for our private cloud features – like the self service portal, setup screens, etc, a large percentage of our customers use these features via our APIs, both EMCLI and REST based.

      Q: So why would anyone not use the out of the box cloud (self service) portal and use the APIs instead?

      A: Well, there are many reasons:

      1. You already have a custom cloud portal that you use to deploy non-Oracle products and now you would like Oracle products to be part of it
      2. You want cloud related actions to be part of a larger orchestration flow. For example, prior to provisioning, you want to integrate an approval workflow, and then post-provision update your asset management system with the service details.
      3. You want to integrate the cloud actions with our IT service desk or ticketing systems
      4. Integrate actions like cloning of databases (Snap Clone), or provisioning of middleware and applications with your continuous integration or devops process.

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      Oracle Enterprise Manager at Collaborate15

      April 12-16, 2015  •  Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas  •  #C15LV

      Since the release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, the user community has responded to the significant increased adoption of this popular product by featuring deep-dive sessions and labs in various user conferences spread all over the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than at Collaborate, a very popular user conference being held this year in Las Vegas and comprised of the respected IOUG, OAUG and Quest User Groups.  Collaborate15 has almost 50 sessions devoted to Enterprise Manager topics ranging from Private Cloud Management, Oracle technology or “stack” management and Applications Management heavily sprinkled throughout all three groups. Although some of those sessions on new features and “inside baseball” capabilities are being delivered by Oracle folks, the majority are developed and presented by experienced Enterprise Manager customers and partners.

      Word is starting to get out. In fact, Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman just published an excellent blog, “Everything I Needed to Know about Enterprise Manager I Learned at Collaborate15” which takes you on a highly-descriptive day-by-day journey of all the sessions, hands-on labs, demos and SIG meetings which feature Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle has also published a handy guide for Collaborate15 attendees to help build their schedules, called “FocusOn Enterprise Manager at Collaborate15” which is duplicated below for your convenience.

      The Oracle Enterprise Manager product group will also have a solid contingent present through-out the conference so please stop by the Oracle Demogrounds area and check out the OEM demo kiosks. See you there!


      Sunday April 12 - Pre-Conference Day

      Title

      Time

      Room

      ID

      Primary Presenter

      Hands-on Lab: Everything I Needed to Know About Enterprise Manager I Learned at COLLABORATE

      9:00 AM start


      Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Oracle

      Courtney Llamas, Oracle

      Werner de Gruyter, Oracle

      Expanding Use of Your Enterprise Manager System

      3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

      South Seas I

      10188

      Brent Sloterbeek, Gentex

      Monday April 13 - Day One

      Title

      Time

      Room

      ID

      Primary Presenter

      Zero to Manageability in One Hour: Build a Solid Foundation for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

      9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

      Banyan B

      0

      Courtney Llamas, Oracle

      Architecting your own DBaaS in a Private Cloud with EM12c

      9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

      Reef F

      556

      Gustavo Antunez , Pythian

      The Best Oracle Database 12c Tuning Features

      10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

      Palm B

      567

      Rich Niemiec, ROLTA

      Exadata Exachk and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Keeping up with Exadata

      12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

      Banyan B

      746

      Bobby Curtis, Enkitec

      Application Management Suite Deep Dive - Patching and Cloning

      3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

      South Seas I

      10479

      Ravi Madabhushanam, Apps Associates

      The Power of the AWR Warehouse

      3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

      Banyan B

      112

      Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, Oracle

      Panel: Wait, Before We Get the Project Underway, What Do You Think Database as a Service Is...

      3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

      Reef F

      598

      Steve Lemme, Oracle

      Erik Benner, Mythics

      Seth Miller, Collier IT

      Gustavo Antunez, Pythian

      The New Tool- Automatic Diagnostic Repository (ADR): How Can It Help You Troubleshoot Your Databases?

      3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

      Palm C

      241

      Michael Nelson, Northrop-Grumman

      Getting Started with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c

      4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

      Banyan B

      856

      Leighton Nelson, World Wide Technology

      Stabilize Your Plans with SQL Plan Management Including 12c

      4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

      Palm B

      231

      Alfredo Krieg, Sherwin Williams Company

      Top Weblogic Administration Tasks You Can Automate Now

      4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

      Breakers H

      10506

      Mrityunjay Kant, AST Corporation

      Welcome Reception

      Enterprise Manager Demos:

      • Total Cloud Control with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Technology Area)
      • Applications Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Applications Area)

      5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

      Exhibit Hall - Oracle Demogrounds

      Oracle Enterprise Manager Team

      Tuesday April 14 - Day Two

      Title

      Time

      Room

      ID

      Primary Presenter

      Enterprise Manager Demos:

      • Total Cloud Control with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Technology Area)
      • Applications Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Applications Area)

      9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

      Exhibit Hall - Oracle Demogrounds

      Oracle Enterprise Manager Team

      Protect Your Identities: Managing User Access Using Oracle Identity and Access Management With Bonus Tuning Tips

      9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

      Banyan C

      100

      Ken Ramey, Centroid Systems

      Upgrading to an OEM 12c High Availability Architecture for Monitoring and Job Execution - Keeping the NOC from Knocking

      9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

      Banyan B

      741

      Bill Petro, American Express

      Enable Oracle GoldenGate Monitoring for the Masses with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Banyan B

      219

      Bobby Curtis, Enkitec

      What is My EnterpriseOne Web Users Real Experience?

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Surf C

      101760

      Frank Jordan, ERP Suites

      The Best Oracle Database 12c New Features

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Palm A

      565

      Rich Niemiec, ROLTA

      Oracle WebLogic Performance Tuning

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Banyan C

      239

      Jon Gilmore, Zirous, Inc

      Where did my day go?: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Administration

      2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      Banyan B

      230

      Alfredo Krieg, Sherwin Williams Company

      Automated Database Patching with Clould Control 12c: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

      4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

      Banyan B

      182

      Fernando de Souza, General Dynamics IT

      Happy Hour

      Enterprise Manager Demos:

      • Total Cloud Control with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Technology Area)
      • Applications Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Applications Area)

      5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

      Exhibit Hall - Oracle Demogrounds

      Oracle Enterprise Manager Team

      Wednesday April 15 - Day Three

      Title

      Time

      Room

      ID

      Primary Presenter

      Your Own Private Cloud

      8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

      Reef F

      460

      Gleb Otochkin, Pythian

      Managing and Monitoring Fusion Middleware Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

      8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

      Banyan C

      336

      Shawn Ruff, Mythics

      You've Got It—Flaunt It: Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility

      8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

      Banyan B

      281

      Ray Smith, Portland General Electric

      Exadata 101 - What You Need to Know

      8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

      Banyan D

      569

      Rich Niemiec, ROLTA

      How to Comply With Audit and Make Your Life Easier

      8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

      South Pacific J

      389

      Frank Pound, Bank of Canada

      Enterprise Manager Demos:

      • Total Cloud Control with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Technology Area)
      • Applications Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Applications Area)

      9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

      Exhibit Hall - Oracle Demogrounds

      Oracle Enterprise Manager Team

      Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control for Managing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2

      9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

      South Seas H

      10550

      Angelo Rosado, Oracle

      SIG: OAUG Oracle Enterprise Manager for Applications Special Interest Group

      10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

      South Seas H

      10083

      James Lui, Aramark

      Erik Benner, Mythics

      Oracle 12c Multitenant Database Lifecycle Management with Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control

      10:45 AM– 11:45 AM

      Banyan B

      108

      Krishna Kapa, UBS

      SIG: IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group Meeting

      12:30PM – 1:00 PM

      South Seas Ballroom B

      949

      Enterprise Manager Leadership Committee

      Design and Implement your Own Self-Service Enabled Private Cloud with Oracle EM12c

      2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

      Reef F

      464

      Kai Yu, Dell

      Migrate Your Cron Jobs to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c

      2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

      Banyan B

      335

      Vladimir Lugo, Loyola Marymount University

      PeopleSoft Application and System Monitoring Basics

      2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

      Mandalay Bay Ballroom C

      100270

      Raj Garrepally, Emory University

      Migrate Your Cron Jobs to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c

      2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

      Banyan B

      335

      Vladimir Lugo, Loyola Marymount University

      Servers and Systems and Storage, Oh my! Infrastructure Management Using OEM 12c

      4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

      Banyan B

      453

      Erik Benner, Mythics

      Recipe for Building a Private Database Cloud with Oracle RAC 12c

      4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

      Reef F

      656

      Leighton Nelson, World Wide Technology

      Panel: Oracle Best Practices for Managing Oracle Applications

      4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

      Mandalay Bay Ballroom B

      104800

      Ken Baxter, Oracle

      Thursday April 16 - Day Four (Final Day)

      Title

      Time

      Room

      ID

      Primary Presenter

      Pluggable database as a service: Combining Oracle 12c Database multitenant architecture and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

      8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

      Reef F

      107

      Krishna Kapa, UBS

      Future Now: Advanced Database Management for Today's DBA

      9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

      Banyan B

      866

      GP Gongloor, Oracle

      12 Things to Consider for Migrating EBS to Exadata

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Banyan D

      660

      Arun Kumar Anthireyan, BIAS Corporation

      Anomaly Detection for Database Monitoring

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Palm B

      701

      Alex Gorbachev, Pythian

      Data Clone and Refresh Made Easy with Enterprise Manager 12c Snap Clone

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Palm D

      921

      Pete Sharman, Oracle

      Under The Hood of Enterprise Manager - A troubleshooting primer

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Banyan B

      157

      Courtney Llamas, Oracle

      Werner de Gruyter, Oracle

      Best Practices for Planning and Deploying Private Database Clouds with Oracle RAC 12c Technologies

      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Reef F

      729

      Mark Scardina , Oracle

      Smarter Monitoring with Adaptive Thresholds and Time Based Metrics

      12:15 AM – 1:15 PM

      Banyan B

      144

      Courtney Llamas, Oracle

      Case Studies Moving ASM Files

      12:15 AM – 1:15 PM

      Palm D

      211

      Anthony Noriega, ADN

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