Friday Nov 18, 2011

Japan Welcomes Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Following Oracle’s grand unveiling of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco, Oracle Japan just completed their launch for the product. Leng Tan, Oracle VP of Products, delivered the keynote with collaboration from a number of key partners in the region.

From left to right: Leng Tan, VP of Products, Oracle; Shinyashiki-san, Assistant General Manager, NEC; Fuketa-san, General Manager, HITACHI; Fujii-san, General Manager, Fujitsu; Misawa-san, VP of Alliances, Oracle Japan

NEC, Hitachi and Fujitsu have been among Oracle’s most active partners in the Japan region. They have received key awards from Oracle Japan for their efforts. NEC received the partner of the year award for 2010 and 2011. Hitachi received the partner of the year award for Oracle Enterprise Manager in 2011. Fujitsu received awards in the areas of Database and Oracle Exadata in 2011. All three partners were active participants in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c beta program.

According to Hirai-san, the technical lead at the event, there were over 200 attendees. “The event was so well-attended; there was no room to stand.” Said Hirai-san.

Hirai-san demonstrating Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c at the Oracle Japan launch

Here’s the highlight of the presentations made by the Oracle partners during this launch.

  • NEC has developed an Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-in for iStorage (NEC SAN Storage product). Additionally, NEC’s WebSAM Invariant Analyzer management tool is now capable of integrating with Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • HITACHI demonstrated monitoring capabilities for Oracle Exadata through Oracle Enterprise Manager in their JP1 system management tool
  • Fujitsu’s Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g adapter for their SystemWalker tool has now been enhanced to work with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Following a very successful launch in Japan, Oracle’s Total Cloud Control road show and additional Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c launches continue in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. This week Sushil Kumar, VP of Product Strategy and Business Development is scheduled to deliver the keynotes at several cities in India. Richard Sarwal, SVP of Products, delivered a keynote at the DOAG conference in Nuremburg, Germany. Richard also delivered the Oracle Enterprise Manger 12c launch event keynote in Paris on November 18th.

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Monday Nov 14, 2011

Install and upgrade strategies for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c - Upcoming Webcasts with live demos

At Oracle Open World 2011, we launched the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c , the only complete cloud management solution for your enterprise cloud. With the new release of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c, the installation and upgrade process has been enhanced to provide a fast and smooth install experience.

In the upcoming webcasts, Oracle Enterprise Manager experts will discuss the installation and upgrade strategies for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c . These webcasts will include live demonstrations of the install and upgrade processes.

In the Webcast on November 17th, we will cover the installation steps and provide recommendations to setup a new Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c environment. We'll also provide a live demonstration of the complete installation process.  

Upgrading your Oracle Enterprise Manager environment can be a challenging and complex task especially with large environments consisting of hundreds or thousands of targets. In the webcast on November 18th, we'll describe key facts that administrators must know before upgrading their Enterprise Manager system as well as introduce the different approaches for an upgrade. We'll also walk you through the key steps for upgrading an existing Enterprise Manager 11g (or 10g) Grid Control to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c.

In addition to the live webcasts on Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c install and upgrade processes, please consider attending the replay of  Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center webcast with live Q&A .

Schedule and registration links of upcoming webcasts  :-



Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center:
Global Systems Management Made Easy

November 17 10 a.m PT Register Now
December 1 10 a.m PT Register Now

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Installation Overview

November 17 8 a.m PT Register Now

Upgrade Smoothly to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c

November 18 8 a.m PT Register Now
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Thursday Nov 03, 2011

Alert Monitoring and Problem Notification in Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center provides full lifecycle management of your Oracle hardware and operating systems, including your virtual environments. A significant portion of any given asset's lifecycle is spent in daily operations and when things are running smoothly, there isn't much for an administrator to do. When things go awry, it's critical to know what happened and why as quickly as possible. Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center provides alert monitoring and problem notification and management capabilities to enable you to do just that. I'll walk you through a quick and simple example of how you can use these features and hopefully it will spark ideas of how you can implement even more interesting solutions using the same basic steps.

The first step is to tune your monitoring rules. Each type of asset will have a default set of monitoring rules that are applied when the asset is first managed. Rules can be managed on individual assets via their Monitoring tab, or by applying Monitoring Profiles to individual assets or groups of assets. Monitoring rules can be configured to raise alerts when, for example, a monitored attribute exceeds a threshold value for a selectable period of time. For more details on how to configure your monitoring rules, please see section 9 of the Advanced User's Guide, available by clicking on the Help link from within the browser user interface. If you update monitoring rules in a Monitoring Profile, be sure to apply that profile to your desired assets in order to make it affect their monitoring rules. For this example I have set a very short window for the CPU Usage attribute to generate an alert after only 1 minute of high CPU utilization, as shown in the screenshot below.

When an alert is generated, a new problem will be created if none is already open for the issue. Otherwise the alert will be added to an existing problem. Problems aggregate alerts and annotations together and provide the opportunity to assign and track resolution. Any users who have their Notification Profile defined to receive notification of the problem will get an email or page with the pertinent details. The image below shows how you might specify to have the root user subscribe to get email notification of all WARNING or higher level problems.

Problems can be managed holistically from the Message Center in the top of the left-hand navigation panel or they can be viewed for individual assets by selecting the Problems tab. When looking at an open problem, icons along the top allow you to see existing alerts and annotations, to add an annotation, to assign the problem to a user or to take action on the problem, as shown in the screenshot below.

Annotations can be simple textual comments or suggested actions which can include the execution of an existing Operational Plan. For more detail on how to use Operational Plans, see section 11 of the Advanced User's Guide. For this example, I created a simple Operational Plan to execute a prstat. Be sure to select the appropriate Subtype, in this case a Global Zone.

When adding an annotation to a problem, you can optionally select the checkbox at the bottom of the window in order to save that annotation to the Problems Knowledge Base and associate it to future problems of the same type and severity as shown below.

When an annotation has been saved to the Problems Knowledge Base, it can be edited to include additional severities and can also be changed to execute automatically when a future problem is initially created, as shown below. For more detail on the Problems Knowledge Base, please refer to section 10 of the Advanced User's Guide.

When a new problem is detected, the newly added Automated Action will execute the associated Operational Plan and attach the output as an annotation to the problem. To demonstrate this in action, I executed several 'dd' commands on the host to force excessive CPU usage. In this case, the prstat output shows the high CPU usage of the processes that were running at the time that the alert was generated, even though they lasted only a few minutes.

This is clearly a simple example and would not suffice to capture very short-lived processes but it illustrates the possibilities available. The automatic action could have been a more in-depth data gathering script utilizing dTrace or could have even made system changes, depending on the real scenario it was built to address. I hope this quick walk-through has provoked thoughts of how you might implement Alert Monitoring and Problem Notification and Management in your enterprise using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center.

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