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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...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Product Info | Read More

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-leadingmanagement and...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | News | Read More

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...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | Best Practices | Read More

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...

Monday, September 19, 2016 | Tips | Read More

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...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 | Events | Read More

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}...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | Tips | Read More

Webcast: Ensure an Exceptional User Experience

Thursday May 12, 2016 9:00 a.m. PST (San Francisco) 12:00 p.m. EST (New York) 5:00 p.m. GMT (London) 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 performanceof your...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | OMC | Read More

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 employeescan do their jobs more effectively and business users can enjoy...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | OMC | Read More

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 theOracle...

Monday, April 4, 2016 | Product Info | Read More

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 vulnerableto a malicious computer attack. Originally published by the Defense Information...

Monday, March 28, 2016 | Product Info | Read More

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...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | Product Info | Read More

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...

Friday, January 8, 2016 | News | Read More

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: New and Exciting Features

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: What’s New We just announced the release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. Well, if the number 13 makes you jittery, rest assured that this new release is an improvement on Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c which has witnessed unprecedented adoption among customers worldwide. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c rests on the key themes of enterprise grade management, stack management and cloud lifecycle management. The 13c version simply bolsters those...

Friday, December 18, 2015 | News | Read More

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 Unprec...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Events | Read More

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 systemsmanagement cloud services for Oracle...

Friday, October 16, 2015 | OMC | Read More

Snap Cloning Databases on Exadata using Enterprise Manager

Historically, Exadatahas 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)...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

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...

Monday, July 6, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

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...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

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...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

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 serviceportal, role and service...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

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 sureto cast a vote for your...

Friday, May 8, 2015 | News | Read More

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 complianceresults for that target should not be considered valid....

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | Tips | Read More

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...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

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. Read...

Monday, April 13, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

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...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

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. Read More

Monday, March 16, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

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. Read More

Monday, March 16, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

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 warehouseoperations. The In-Memory Advisor helps to optimize...

Friday, March 6, 2015 | News | Read More

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: You already have a custom cloud portal that you use to deploynon-Oracle products and now you would like Oracle products to...

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

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 comprisedof the respected IOUG, OAUG and Quest...

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Events | Read More

Editing EM12c Jobs in Bulk

I recently received requests for suggestions on how to edit EM12c jobs in bulk. The two examples that were presented to me were: Change the start time of 70+ jobs Change the oracle home path in 80+ RMAN script jobs So how do we do this? Read More

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

Q&A: The Cloud Journey with Enterprise Manager

On last week's Enterprise Manager webcast, we had a great opportunity to catch up on the latest product news and hear how Enterprise Manager is helping companies transition to the cloud. We specifically focused on new capabilities around Platform as a Service for databases and middleware. You can still view the webcast on demand. As a speaker on the webcast, I really enjoyed seeing the high number of questions in the text chat window - that's maybe the most fun part! Here are...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | Events | Read More

Webcast: Database Provisioning in Minutes: Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c DBaaS Snap Clone and EMC Storage

Live Webcast Wednesday February 25, 2015 8:00 a.m. PST | 11:00 a.m. EST Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Database as a Service Snap Clone allows administrators to create fully functional copies of databases using the capabilities of the underlying storage layer. Users can request databases from the self-service console and have them provisioned within minutes instead of hours while keeping storage needs to a minimum. Attend this presentationto learn more about the features and...

Monday, February 23, 2015 | Events | Read More

Test Drive Oracle Enterprise Manager at a City Near You

Are you tired of watching product demos? Prefer to try products for yourself? Then this is for you. Oracle is currently running a workshop series called Oracle Database as a Service Test Drives. You bring your laptop, connect to live Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c instances, and try our latest database cloud management solution for yourself. The day begins with an overview of DBaaS benefits and the architectural choices for building your enterprise cloud...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 | Events | Read More

Webcast: Accelerate Your Cloud Journey With Enterprise Manager (February 17)

On February 17, join us for a webcast about the journey to the cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. (If you can't make it, you can watch the webcast later on demand.) Last month, Oracle announced a new release of Enterprise Manager with many new cloud management capabilities, especially around Database as a Service and Middleware as a Service. This is a good opportunity to learn how the new capabilities fit into the overall cloud story. On the agenda: The Cloud Journey Priva...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Events | Read More

Take the IOUG Database Manageability Survey

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), is conducting its annual database manageability survey. If you are a database professional responsible for managing and operating your organization's database applications and systems, then the IOUG wants to hear from you. Take the next few minutes to answer simply questions around your common manageability practices and challenges. Share your experience and insight with the IOUG and Oraclecommunities and you'll be entered into a draw...

Monday, February 9, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

Snap Clone using EMC SAN and ASM

Recently we announced the latest update to Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4.  One of the enhancements in that release is support for Snap Clone on Automatic Storage Management (ASM) and EMC Storage.  Before we examine the details of this specific enhancement, let's look at a quick refresher on what Snap Clone provides for you. What is Snap Clone? Snap Clone is a storage agnostic and self service approach to creating rapid and space efficient clones of largedatabas...

Monday, February 2, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

Top Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Questions

Guest contributors: Courtney Llamas and David Wolf What are the steps involved for upgrading from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 to Release 4? Is it an upgrade in place or a new install/migration Answer: Yes, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 to R4 is an out-of-place upgrade, which means the installer will install in a new Oracle Home and migrate the application over. You will need the additional spacefor a new Oracle Home. You can reduce downtime of the upgrade...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

Register Now for the Cloud Platform Online Forum

January 28th, 2015 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST Register Today Modern Business. Modern Cloud. Is Your PaaS Delivering the Agility Your Users Demand? Don't miss the opportunity to join Oracle and IDC in a series of deep discussions on Cloud Platform as a Service. This online event kicks off on Wednesday January 28th at 10:00 a.m. PST. Take advantage of 20+ sessions, 10+ demos and 100+ tips and techniques to plan your PaaS adoption effectively. Topicsencompass private, public and...

Monday, January 26, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

Enterprise Manager Ops Center - Ops Center EC/PC sizing

Counting Access Points Vs Assets When designing a customer's Ops Center environment, one of the first questions I get asked is how many servers can an Enterprise Controller (EC) or a Proxy Controller (PC) support.  Customers think of sizing, as being the number of servers,  LDOMs, etc. and these are lumped together into a total number of assets. In the real world, the answer to the "How many assets can my Enterprise Controller /Proxy Controller support?" question is,...

Monday, January 19, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:00 p.m. EST | 10:00 a.m. PST The goal in every Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c rollout is to take it from zero to manageability in the shortest possible time. This presentation will show you how to accomplish this feat. Oracle experts will demonstrate how to properly architect and deploy Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, including designing a highly available and scalable environment. Throughthis demonstration a list of essential techniques and...

Friday, January 16, 2015 | Events | Read More

IOUG eBrief: News for the Oracle Enterprise Manager User Community

IOUG eBrief: January Edition Now Available Check out January's issue of the IOUG eBrief featuring all the latest news and highlights from IOUG and the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Special Interest Group (SIG). Read the newsletter Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Linkedin | NewsletterDownload the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Mobile app

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | News | Read More

New Enterprise Manager Release Delivers Adaptive Private PaaS

We are pleased to announce an update to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4. The update is now available on OTN. So what exactly is adaptive private PaaS? Recent releases of Enterprise Manager have expanded capabilities around Platform as a Service (PaaS) delivery in your private cloud. In particular, the EM Cloud Management Packs have focused on two critical areas for Oracle customers: Database as a Service (DBaaS) and Middleware as a Service (MWaaS). In this...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | News | Read More

Enterprise Manager Ops Center - The Power of Groups

To Group or not to Group Any customer with more than a handful of servers will struggle to take advantage of Ops Center's full features, unless they embrace the use of groups. The ability to group a number of like servers into a logical target, that can then be operated on, means you can do a single action instead of running the same action hundreds of times, once for each server in the group. Grouping also allows you to view and manage your environment in line with...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | Best Practices | Read More

Innovating to Optimize: Creating Room in the IT budget for Initiatives that Boost Business

Read the latest Economist Intelligence Unit whitepaper called Innovating to Optimize: Creating Room in the IT budget for Initiatives that Boost Business. The paper outlines new ways executives can use technology to improve IT operational processes in order to drive innovation and optimize their business. The Economist interviews industry experts and thought leaders, revealing candid insights and new emerging trends. Download the whitepaper Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook|...

Friday, January 9, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

Webcast: Oracle Database 12c Performance Analysis

IOUG Webcast: Long Term and Cross-Database Performance Analysis for Oracle Databases Using Automatic Workload Repository Warehouse Thursday, January 15, 2015 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. PST The Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) feature in Oracle Database has been the standard used by DBAs to diagnose database performance problems. In this session, you will learn about the new AWR Warehouse capability, which enablesDBAs with capacity planning and performance analysis for...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 | Product Info | Read More

Enterprise Manager Ops Center - OS provisioning across secondary network interfaces

Description One of Enterprise Manager Ops Center's core functionalities is to be able to provision the OS to bare metal servers. If the network you are provisioning across is connected to one of the onboard ports (on the first onboard network chip), all is well and provisioning will work as expected. This would be the case for 95% plus of all customers, but if you are trying to provision across a network that is connected to a port on a card in an expansion slot (or a second...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | Tips | Read More

Business Brief: Optimize Your Database Performance - Spend Less Time Keeping the Lights on and More Time Innovating

How are you keeping up with the challenges and demands from the business? Are you able to innovate or just keeping the lights on? Read the latest business brief on Oracle Database Performance Management to get better insight into the challenges facing IT and find out ways to overcome them. Read the business brief. Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Linkedin | NewsletterDownload the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Mobile app

Friday, December 19, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

IDEXX Uses Oracle Enterprise Manager for Monitoring and Provisioning

Check out the latest SearchOracle article featuring Brett Curtis, System Administrator from IDEXX Laboratories. Read how Brett outlines how IDEXX is benefiting from using Oracle Enterprise Manager to not only monitor both middleware and database systems, but use it for provisioning as well. Read the article. Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Linkedin | Newsletter Download the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Mobile app

Thursday, December 18, 2014 | News | Read More

Monitoring NFS mounted file systems using EM12c

A customer recently asked me how they could monitor and alert against all the NFS mounted file systems across their datacenter. Here is a quick guide to do the same. Read More

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Download Urls for Self Update Entities in Offline Mode

Many enterprises run their EM 12c environments in the offline mode (no direct internet connection). These customers have the additional task of downloading the plug-ins, connectors, agents, etc on a machine with access to internet, and then upload them to EM. The current solution makes the task of fetching the download url rather cumbersome, so in this blog i discuss a quick hack to list all download urls for plug-ins and agents. Read More

Monday, November 24, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

Will the REAL Snap Clone functionality please stand up?

Possibly one of the least known pieces of functionality that is provided as part of the Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c product suite is the Snap Clone product. In simple terms, Snap Clone is a storage agnostic self service approach to rapidly creating space efficient clones of large databases (and by large, we're talking terabytes or more).  I blogged on that a few months back, but a few months can be an eternity in software development terms, so here's an update that...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

Get Compliant with Oracle Java VM Database PSU OCT 2014 using EM12c

Check for compliance and automate patching of Oracle Database fleet using EM12c <span id="XinhaEditingPostion"></span><span id="XinhaEditingPostion"&am...

Friday, October 24, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: In-Depth Newsletter Now Available

The latest issue of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c newsletter is out. Read all about the latest news and information around the award winning Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c solution. This month's edition features the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) survey results, new study on middleware management cost reduction, and the latest details on Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database plug-in. Read the newsletter Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Linkedin|...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | News | Read More

Webcast: Trouble-Free Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c with Oracle Real Application Testing

Live Webcast: October 28 9:00 a.m. PST | 12:00 p.m. EST | 4:00 p.m. GMT Oracle Database 12c contains many new capabilities including Oracle Multitenant, in-memory column stores and much more. Oracle Real Application Testing gives you verifiable functionality and performance testing capabilities to take advantage of all the new enhancements. Combining your database upgrade with Oracle Real Application Testing assures you that your databasewill perform as required, whether...

Monday, October 20, 2014 | Events | Read More

Using JVM Diagnostics (JVMD) to help tune production JVMs

Contributing Author: Shiraz Kanga, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Tuning a production JVM involves more than merely adding more RAM to it via the -Xmx parameter. It depends upon an understanding of how your application truly behaves in a production environment. Most JVM tuning is done by developers with a simulated load in their Development or QA environment. This is unlikely to be truly representative of the production load running on production hardware with...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Summary of Enterprise Manager general session at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Oracle OpenWorld is at full speed now and this morning we just delivered our Enterprise Manager general session. We realize that probably the majority of the thousands of readers of our blog are not attending OpenWorld so that's why we have created a summary of the Tweets that were sent during the session (in case you are not familiar with Twitter timelines, please read from the bottom to the top for a chronological order of the presentation)  For those that want to see the...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Oracle Announces Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database

To help customers simplify management of complex IT environments, Oracle is extending Oracle Enterprise Manager capabilities to MySQL databases. With this new offering, customers can manage deployments of MySQL, either on-premises or in a cloud. Existing users of Oracle Enterprise Manager can now easily add MySQL to their environments. With this capability, customers can manage their applications and technology stack, including web and departmentalapplications that rely on...

Sunday, September 28, 2014 | News | Read More

Software Configuration Pollution: Is the invisible smog covering your Data center too?

Source: TIME Magazine Data center technologies are pushed to new frontiers with an unprecedented explosion in Data and Big Data Analytics. IT Resource Strategy  survey from IOUG 2014 ("Efficiency isn't enough: Data centers lead the drive to innovation") talks about the need to relieve the data management department mired into the maintenance activities. Its one of the key revenue pockets to dig into, to achieve the competitive edge beyond having an efficient IT. The explosion...

Saturday, September 20, 2014 | News | Read More

Stay Connected at Oracle OpenWorld

Follow Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c @ Oracle OpenWorld If you are planning to attend OpenWorld this year, make sure you maximize the full conference experience—stay connected to all the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c activities. For the complete list of OpenWorld events and activities, read the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Focus on Doc. Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Linkedin | NewsletterDownload the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Mobile app

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Oracle OpenWorld: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c General Session

Heading to Oracle OpenWorld? Be sure to check out the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c general session, Drive the Future of Self-Service IT with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c [GEN8250]. Session Abstract: Successful strategies for cloud computing and self-service IT demand a unified management solution that provides visibility, insight, and control across the IT landscape. In this session, key representatives from Oracle Enterprise Manager ProductDevelopment will discuss customer...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Events | Read More

The Countdown is on—12 Days to Go!

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c @ Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, in its fourth year, has seen record levels of customer adoption. We are excited to showcase many of these customers throughout our OpenWorld activities, sessions, hands-on labs and DEMOgrounds this year. With Oracle Enterprise Manager's large presence at OpenWorld, we've provided a variety of resources that you can use to follow all the Oracle Enterprise Manager activities and events. Highlights: U...

Monday, September 15, 2014 | Events | Read More

Simplify deployment of JVMD Agents to command line Java applications

Contributing Author: Shiraz Kanga, Consulting Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Most customers of Oracle Enterprise Manager using JVM Diagnostics use the tool to monitor their Java Applications servers like Weblogic, Websphere, Tomcat, etc. In this environment it is fairly easy to deploy the JVMD Agent. Since it is distributed as a war file, you merely deploy the agent into a running application server using the management GUI or command line tools. Then you can start...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Enterprise Manager Ops Center - Changing alert severity in default monitoring policies

Modifying Monitoring Policies Ops Center delivers default monitoring policies for the various types of assets managed and monitored by Ops Center. These policies are specific to each asset type. In the real world, these policies act only as a starting point and you will need to customize them to suit your own environment. Most of the customizations can be done in the BUI (Browser User Interface),  which is covered in the manuals and other blogs on this site, but occasionally,...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Express Scripts Automates IT with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the United States, automates its database services using Oracle Enterprise Manager's centralized management solution. Watch the video. Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Linkedin | Newsletter Download the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Mobile app

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Demo: Consolidation Planner

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Consolidation Planner is a great tool that helps you plan and consolidate multiple targets on to a single machine such as Oracle Exadata. This solution helps you visualize what you have running in your environment and where you can take advantage of consolidation in order to maximize resources and lower IT operational costs. Watch the demo below to get a better understand of how Consolidation Planner works. Want to learn more, readthe...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Q&A: Oracle's Andrew Sutherland on Managing the Entire Oracle Stack with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

As senior vice president of middleware for Oracle in Europe, Dr. Andrew Sutherland has more than 20 years’ experience in emerging technologies and their application to business problems. Currently, he manages a team of architects, business development managers, and technical specialists who help customers make the best use of their investments in Oracle technologies. Given his breadth and depth of experience, we decided to ask Sutherland how OracleEnterprise Manager 12c...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Aramark Streamlines IT with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Aramark, a global leader in the food services industry, facilities management, and uniform services business, delivers world-class application SLAs consistently using Oracle Enterprise Manager. Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Linkedin | Newsletter Download the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Mobile app

Monday, August 25, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Preview: Don't-Miss Sessions, Hands-on Labs, and More

Check out all the latest Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c sessions at this year's Oracle OpenWorld. Organizers of the event, taking place in San Francisco from September 28 to October 2, expect heavy turnout at sessions, hands-on labs, and customer panels devoted to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. Find out who is participating and which sessions are most recommended by the Oracle Enterprise Manager team. Read More Stay Connected: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Linkedin | Newslette...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Events | Read More

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Wins 2 DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards

In the first annual 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards, Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) magazine announced that Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has won two awards for "Best Database Administration Solution" and "Best Database Performance Solution." More than 22,000 votes were cast across 31 different database categories, from Best Relational Database to Best Database Appliance, DBTA called the contest a tight race and was "often neck and neck" between nominees. "Oraclehas a...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | News | Read More

EM12c Release 4: Using Repository-Side Metric Extensions

A few weeks ago, someone asked on the OTN forums how to alert on some of the JVM metrics such as ‘JVM Threads – Threads Started (since startup)’ using Enterprise Manager 12c (EM).    This is one of those few metrics that EM collects, but does not allow custom thresholds.    Let’s take a look at the metrics that EM collects on the WebLogic Server target. Read more... 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Organizing Your Enterprise Manager Targets

If you’re monitoring more than a handful of servers or databases in your Enterprise Manager 12c (EM), you have probably started creating groups to manage many targets together.   If you haven’t, this is one of the most critical aspects of setting up your EM to properly monitor and manage targets.  There are several use cases where you will want to perform a single action on multiple targets. Setting monitoring thresholds Granting privileges Sending notifications Applying...

Friday, August 1, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Reducing Downtime While Patching Multi-OMS Environments

Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.4 has now been released for a few weeks, as well as the 12.1.0.4 OMS Bundle patches (also known as System patches). If you plan to apply these bundle patches to your 12.1.0.4 OMS, and you are concerned about the downtime, then, you can reduce the downtime by referring to this whitepaper that contains patching instructions to reduce downtime.  This whitepaper covers various Enterprise Manager High Availability (EM HA)  usecases (level 1, 2, 3,...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c R2 U1 Released

We are happy and excited to announce that on July 20, 2014, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2 Update 1 was released for all platforms including Oracle Solaris SPARC/x86 and Linux. Ops Center 12cR2 PSU1 is an update release containing improvements and enhancements in the following areas: performance, new hardware support and general quality improvements. In the performance area we have made improvements in core Ops Center components such as the Enterprise...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

EM12c Release 4: Upgrading Agents with Ease

<span id="XinhaEditingPostion"></span> Now that Enterprise Manager 12cR4 has been out for a little while, more people are getting around to upgrading their agents.  Since the monthly Patch bundles were released we already have a few Agent side patches that we want to apply to our newly upgraded agents.  I’ve written aboutsimplifying your agent patching before, but this feature still...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Upgrading to Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12.2.1.0.0

Hi all, this is just a quick note for those looking to upgrade to the new relase of Ops Center (12.2.1.0.0). It is avalable for download: From OTN - after July 25, 2014 From OSDC - after July 31, 2014 From  the Ops Center BUI - after July 20, 2014 Before you can see the new version in an existing 12.2.0 (or earlier) version of Ops Center you will need to apply a quick patch to to make the new version visable to downlaod. Details of how to access this IDR and how to apply it can be...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Tips | Read More

Pre-Upgrade Checks Enterprise Manager Ops Center

With the release of Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12.2.1, it is time to go through the upgrade cycle. I thought I would share the pre-upgrade checks I go through when I upgrade to a new Ops Center build. As part of the development team, I get involved in pre-release Quality Assurance testing, which means I end up doing hundreds of upgrades as part of the testing process. Update releases come out regularly and contain enhancements and bug fixes. As with any other application in...

Sunday, July 20, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Patching 101 - The User Friendly Guide to Understanding EM Patches

There was a conversation on twitter last week about available patches for Enterprise Manager (EM) 12.1.0.4, and it got a little deeper than 140 characters will allow.  I've written this blog to give a quick Patching 101 on the types of EM patches you might see and the details around how they can be applied. OMS Patches The core Enterprise Manager system is typically patched with the quarterly PSU patches (released Jan, Apr, July, Oct) or a one-off when directed by support for a...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Limit Self Service User Access to Database Self Service Portal

When implementing database as a service and/or snap clone, a common request was for a way to hide the other service types like IaaS, MWaaS, etc from the self service portal for the end users. Before EM12c R4, there was no way to restrict the portal view. Essentially, any user with the EM_SSA_USER role would be directed to the self service portal and would then be able to see all service types supported by EM12c. Of course, you could always set Database as your default...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Convert Crontab to Enterprise Manager Jobs

Surprisingly, a popular question posted on our internal forum is about the possibility of using the Enterprise Manager (EM) Job System to replace customer’s numerous cron jobs. The answer is obviously YES! I say surprisingly because the EM Job system has been in existence for around 10 years (I believe since EM 10.2.0.1), and my hope was that, by now, customers would have moved to using more enterprise class job schedulers instead of cron. So, here is a quick post on how to...

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

Creating A Secondary I/O domain with Ops Center 12.2

Contributed by Juergen Fleischer and Mahesh Sharma. The purpose of this blog is to show you how to create a Secondary I/O domain. The First I/O domain is commonly known as Control Domain (CDOM). There are various terms that are used for a Secondary domain, like alternative I/O domain or redundant I/O domain. The secondary I/O domain will have been assigned some physical I/O devices, which may be a PCIe bus root complex, a PCI device, or aSR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization)...

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | Tips | Read More

Discovering an Oracle ZFS 7120 Storage Appliance with Ops Center 12.2 and creating an iSCSI LUN

Contributed by Juergen Fleischer and Mahesh Sharma. In this blog we will show you how to discover an Oracle ZFS 7120 Storage Appliance within Ops Center (12R2) as a dynamic storage library. Once discovered we can create, delete, resize and dynamically assign iSCSI LUNs from Ops Center. First we need to configure the 7120 for iSCSI LUN distribution. Creating an iSCSI Target Group We need to create an iSCSI Target Group so to define theports and protocols by which the LUN will be...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Tips | Read More

Patch automation of Data Guard Databases takes a leap with EM12cR4

Patching has always been one of the many joys (or dreads) of Oracle DBAs. ">The effort compounds as the Database sprawl grows and the architecture complexity increases. Additionally, there is an increasing pressure to patch the systems with minimal or zero downtime.  EM12c's Database patch automation functionality provides an end-to-end management starting with proactive patch recommendations (like quarterly PSUs and CPUs), complete pre-flight checker to ensure predictable...

Monday, June 23, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

Creating a Network Aggregated Link with Ops Center (12R2)

Contributed by Juergen Fleischer and Mahesh Sharma. In this short blog we will use Ops Center to create Link Aggregation. This will allow us to combine multiple network connections in parallel to increase the throughput and provide redundancy. If you recall from the ""Ops Center 12.2: Creating a CDOM - Detaching Unused PCIe Buses - Adding PCIe Buses", we created the CDOM with just one network connection (net0, ixbge2), this wasfrom pci_0 which is the onboard bus. Pci_0 also had...

Monday, June 23, 2014 | Tips | Read More

Ops Center 12.2: Creating a CDOM - Detaching Unused PCIe Buses – Adding PCIe Buses

Contributed by Juergen Fleischer and Mahesh Sharma. In this blog we wanted to show you how to provision a Control Domain (CDOM) and detach the PCIe buses that are not required by the CDOM for I/O operations. By detaching the buses we have the opportunity to create another I/O domain if required. We’ll also show you how to add a PCIe Bus to the CDOM. We have a factory-default Sparc T5-2 server, which means bydefault a CDOM is already installed and it has all resources allocated...

Friday, June 20, 2014 | Tips | Read More

Creating a VLAN network in Ops Center 12.2

Contributed by Juergen Fleischer and Mahesh Sharma. In this short blog we would like to show you how to create a VLAN tagged network in Ops Center 12R2. In a future blog we will show you how we’re using a VLAN tagged networks to separate the network traffic between our LDOM guests for security reasons. To create a VLAN tagged Network from: Navigation -> Networks, then highlight the "default" network as shown below. On the right under Actions click on “Define Network” From the...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 | Tips | Read More

Creating and sharing FC LUNs from an Oracle ZFS 7120 Storage Appliance

 Contributed by Juergen Fleischer and Mahesh Sharma. While working on a larger project in which we will be using Ops Center to create a resilient OVM for Sparc environment, we borrowed a ZFS 7120 Storage appliance. The 7120 will be used to distribute FC LUNs to boot our Control Domain (CDOM). As we’ve never had the opportunity to play with a 7120 before, we needed to some quick learning and thought it would be a good idea to share with you. Please note: we are not Storage...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | Tips | Read More

EM12c Release 4: Job System Easter Eggs - Part 2

This is part 2 of my two part blog post on Job System Easter Eggs (hidden features). The two features being covered are: New Job progress tracking UI Import/Export of job definitions In the previous post, I talked about the new UI while in this post I will cover import and export for job definitions.  2.  Import/Export of job definitions The ability to export and import job definitions across EM environments has been a popular enhancement request for quite some time. There are 3...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

EM12c Release 4: Job System Easter Eggs - Part 1

So you just installed a new EM12c R4 environment or upgraded your existing EM environment to EM12c R4. Post upgrade you go to the Job System activity page (via Enterprise->Job->Activity menu) and view the progress details  of a job. Well nothing seems to have changed, its the same UI, the same multi-page drill down to view step output, same no. of clicks, etc. Wrong! In this two part blog post, i talk about two Job System Easter Eggs (hidden features) that most of you will...

Monday, June 16, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

EM12c Release 4: New Compliance features including DB STIG Standard

Enterprise Manager’s compliance framework is a powerful and robust feature that provides users the ability to continuously validate their target configurations against a specified standard. Enterprise Manager’s compliance library is filled with a wide variety of standards based on Oracle’s recommendations, best practices and security guidelines. These standards can be easily associated to atarget to generate a report showing its degree of conformance to that standard. ( To...

Friday, June 13, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

EM12c: Using the LIST verb in emcli

Many of us who use EM CLI to write scripts and automate our daily tasks should not miss out on the new list verb released with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.3.0. The combination of list and Jython based scripting support in EM CLI makes it easier to achieve automation for complex tasks with just a few lines of code. Before I jump into a script, let me highlight the key attributes of the list verb and why it’s simply excellent!1. Multiple resources under a single verb:A...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

EM12c Release 4: New EMCLI Verbs

Here are the new EM CLI verbs in Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 (12.1.0.4). This helps you in writing new scripts or enhancing your existing scripts for further automation. Basic Administration Verbs  invoke_ws - Invoke EM web service. ADM Verbs  associate_target_to_adm - Associate a target to an application data model.  export_adm - Export Application Data Model to a specified .xml file.  import_adm - Import Application Data Model from a specified .xml file. list_adms -...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

EM12c Release 4: Cloud Control to Major Tom...

With the latest release of Enterprise Manager 12c, Release 4 (12.1.0.4) the EM development team has added new functionality to assist the EM Administrator to monitor the health of the EM infrastructure.   Taking feedback delivered from customers directly and through customer advisory boards some nice enhancements have been made to the “Manage Cloud Control” sections of the UI, commonly known in the EM community as “the MTM pages” (MTM stands for Monitor the Monitor).  This...

Friday, June 6, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility News - June 2014

Introducing Extensibility Exchange Version 2 On the heals of Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 this week comes version 2.0 of the Extensibility Exchange.  A new theme allows optimal viewing on a number of different computing devices from large monitor displays to tablets to smartphones.   One of the first things you'll notice is a scrollable banner with the latest news related to Enterprise Manager and extensibility.  Along with the "slider" and the latest entries from Oracle...

Friday, June 6, 2014 | News | Read More

EM12c Release 4: Database as a Service Enhancements

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.4 (or simply put EM12c R4) is the latest update to the product. As previous versions, this release provides tons of enhancements and bug fixes, attributing to improved stability and quality. One of the areas that is most exciting and has seen tremendous growth in the last few years is that of Database as a Service. EM12c R4 provides a significant update to Database as a Service. The key themes are: Comprehensive Database Service Catalog...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | Product Info | Read More

Oracle Delivers Latest Release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Richer Service Catalog for Database and Middleware as a Service; Enhanced Database and Middleware Management Help Drive Enterprise-Scale Private Cloud Adoption News Summary IT organizations are adopting private clouds as a stepping-stone to business-driven, self-service IT. Successful implementations hinge on the ability to efficiently deploy and manage cloud services at enterprise scale. Having a completecloud management solution integrated with an...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | News | Read More

Notifications for Expiring DBSNMP Passwords

Most user accounts these days have a password profile on them that automatically expires the password after a set number of days.   Depending on your company’s security requirements, this may be as little as 30 days or as long as 365 days, although typically it falls between 60-90 days. For a normal user, this can cause a small interruption in your day as you have to go get your password reset by an admin. When this happens to privileged accounts,such as the DBSNMP account...

Friday, May 30, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Whitepaper: Best Practices for Managing Siebel Configurations

Contributing Author: Eunjoo Lee, Principal Product Manager, Oracle The Oracle Enterprise Manager Applications Management team is pleased to announce the release of their latest whitepaper (available here) and associated screenwatch (available here) on configuration management for Siebel. The task of managing configuration parameters in a dynamic, multi-target environment can be extremely challenging. A large, production scale environment canhave dozens of unique targets, and...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | Best Practices | Read More

Quickly Diagnose the Root Cause of Stuck Threads using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c JVM Diagnostics

Note: Clicking on any image will open the same image in full size in a new window One of the hidden gems in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c is JVM Diagnostics. If you purchased the Weblogic Management Pack license then you already own it. JVMD allows administrators to diagnose performance problems in production Java applications. By eliminating the need to reproduce these “production only” problems in QA, it reduces the time required to resolve them.It does not require complex...

Monday, May 12, 2014 | Tips | Read More

The case for Snap Clone over point tools

Today, I stumbled over a competitor blog, conspicuous by its factual incorrectness on Enterprise Manager Snap Clone. However, I must compliment the author of the blog, because inadvertently, he has raised a point that we have been highlighting all along. The author, with reference to Dataguard and storage technologies, argues against the cobbling of technologies together and adding another technology stack to the mix without any automated management.  Precisely the point! In the...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Product Info | Read More