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New and updated Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Plug-Ins for Infrastructure as a Servce ( IaaS )

With the recent announcement of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 2 Plugin Update 1 (12.1.0.2), building and managing Infrastructure
as a Service ( IaaS ) cloud is simpler than ever. Enterprise Manager for Oracle Virtualization
(VT) plug-in 12.1.0.4 now support Oracle VM 3.2.1 which is enhanced for
building much more secure and scalable enterprise class infrastructure cloud.
Particularly, we were able to see significant performance improvement in handling
parallel operations in the area of storage and VM management. Some of the key
features supported for Oracle VM 3.2.1 include:

• Virtual
Machine Tagging- During deployment, users specify tags (that can be
edited later) for the machines they are creating, and search based on the tags.

• Periodic Storage Repository Refresh - Synchronization
between data on the repository and that on the Oracle VM Manager can now be
automated

• Oracle VM Agent password update support - Oracle
VM Agent password can now be updated via the EM UI

• Virtual Server Roles support – Servers can be
marked for playing different roles, such as utility role or virtual machine
role

• VM start policy – Users can set the policy on where
the VM should be started on (e.g., Current Server, Best Server or based on Pool
Policy)

• OCFS2 timeout support – Users can set heartbeat
timeout for servers in a clustered server pool

More details on Oracle VM 3.2.1 features can be found here

Enterprise Manager for Oracle Cloud (SSA) 12.1.0.5 enables
the new capabilities provided by Enterprise manager for Oracle Virtualization plug-in
12.1.0.4 for self service users through self service portal.

Some of the key features and improvements in Enterprise Manager
for Oracle Virtualization 12.1.0.4 and Enterprise Manager for Cloud 12.1.0.5 plug-ins
for building Infrastructure as a Service cloud include:

• Faster
and consistent synchronization with Oracle VM Manager – Any VM status
change is reflected in Enterprise Manager must faster than before and more
consistently. Both target status and OVM status of VM target instance in EM are
consistently updated when VM goes through any status changes

• Improved UI page performance – Many of key UI pages
for cloud management load much faster now

• Improved assembly deployment – There are multiple
enhancements in this area including better error handling, improved and more
robust Storage Repository selection for better distribution on storage usage,
and enhanced network placement logic.

• Out of box assembly support - Database assemblies
available in Self Update Console can be downloaded and used in Self Service
Portal for easy deployment of database in your cloud. Deployment is completely
integrated with EM agent deployment so that host and applications like database
instance can be discovered and managed when the assembly deployment is complete

Follow the steps below to enable the latest functionality
using these plug-ins:

1.    Apply patchset update (PSU) patch 14840279 to EM 12c Release 2 (12.1.0.2) OMS
$ORACLE_HOME. This is a recommended patch on 12.1.0.2.0

2.    Deploy the Oracle Virtualization Plug-in 12.1.0.4.0 and
Oracle Cloud Plug-in 12.1.0.5.0 on the OMS using the Enterprise Manager 12c
console. If you plan to use the database assemblies, also deploy the Oracle
Database Plug-in 12.1.0.3.0

To deploy the above three plug-ins use the following EM CLI
command:

$ emcli login -username=sysman -password=<password>

$ emcli deploy_plugin_on_server -plugin="oracle.sysman.vt;oracle.sysman.ssa;oracle.sysman.db"

3.    Apply the Virtualization Plug-in patch 16235354 on to the Plug-in $ORACLE_HOME. (Make
sure PSU mentioned in step 1 is applied before this step.
)

4.    Deploy the Oracle Virtualization 12.1.0.4.0 Plug-in on the
Enterprise Manager Agent managing Oracle VM Manager using the Enterprise
Manager console. (This is the agent used when registering the OVM Manager to
Cloud Control)

5.    Apply patch 16219750 on this same Agent used to manage the
Oracle VM Manager target. This can be done via a Patching Plan in the
Enterprise Manager Console.

6.    Apply the Virtualization Plug-in patch 16235337 on the Agent. (Make sure patches
mentioned in steps 3 and 5 are applied before this step - this can
also be applied via a Patching Plan
)

Refer to support note 1371536.1
for more details.

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