Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c for Exalogic: Setting up Apps-to-Disk Monitoring

Exalogic is the logical choice for running Business Applications and provides an excellent consolidation platform hosting wide range of application workloads. It’s important to have a comprehensive Apps-to-Disk monitoring of Exalogic system enabled including monitoring of business applications, software and hardware components together from a single Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c console.

There are two Exalogic configuration flavors specifically in the way Exalogic is implemented 1) Virtualized or 2) Non-virtualized/physical configuration. More details on system configuration with each Exalogic release are described in this MOS note here.

In this blog post, we will cover important steps that are required to enable Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control (CC) 12c as a centralized monitoring platform with Apps-to-Disk visibility for either configuration of Exalogic.

Setting up Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c for monitoring virtualized Exalogic stack 

  • Setup your EM CC 12cR2 site with latest PSU if not already done. Refer to EM 12cR2  install/upgrade guide here
  • Deploy EM CC 12cR2 agent on Exalogic Control Ops Center Enterprise Controller(EC) vServer
  • Export Ops Center Enterprise Controller trust certificate and import it to Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Management Agent
    • Ops Center Certificate should be imported to agent running on Ops Center Enterprise Controller.
    • Steps to Export and import the certificate here
      It's recommended to use emctl to import - emctl secure add_trust_cert_to_jks -trust_certs_loc $CERT_LOC/oc.crt -password welcome -alias <alias_name>
    • Restart the agent after importing the certificate
  • Deploy EM CC 12cR2 agent on OVM Manager(OVMM) vServer. Deploy Oracle Virtualization (VT) plug-in on OMS if not already done and on agent installed on OVM Manager vServer.
  • Configure OVMM for read-only access [Mandatory]. Steps to configure OVMM for read-only access are here. If OVMM was registered with EM CC prior to performing this mandatory configuration then you must run synchronize operation from OVMM target menu in EM CC [Important]. Note – vDC operations are done via Exalogic Control that has embedded EM Ops Center pre-installed in the Exalogic system. Refer to Exalogic Administrator’s guide here
  • Register OVMM in EM CC site by following EM CC Cloud Administrator’s guide here . It’s recommended to use the same EM CC 12cR2 agent deployed on the OVMM vServer during the OVMM registration process.
  • Deploy and configure EM CC ZFS plug-in by referring to ZFS plug-in installation guide here. It’s recommended to use the agent deployed on Ops Center Enterprise Controller vServer for discovering ZFS Storage Appliance target.
  • Deploy and configure EM CC Engineered System Healthchecks plug-in by referring to plug-In Installation Guide here. It’s recommended to use the agent deployed on Ops Center Enterprise Controller vServer for discovering Healthchecks target.
  • Discover Exalogic system using Targets -> Systems UI and select deployment type ‘Virtual’ and use agent deployed on Exalogic Enterprise Controller for Exalogic targets discovery.
  • Configure Exalogic Guest Base Template and Exalogic network by referring to following guide here and deploy agents on guest vServers
  • FMW, Apps targets and Application stack should be discovered in EM CC. In case of Oracle Applications on Exalogic, it’s recommended to have respective Apps plug-ins (FA, EBS, PSFT, Siebel etc) deployed and configured. Refer to Applications Management pack collateral here.

EM CC Plug-Ins required in case of virtualized Exalogic configuration –

  • Fusion Middleware (FMW) Plug-in [Default plug-in and deployed out-of-box] - enables overall Exalogic stack management. Exalogic monitoring for virtualized configuration was introduced in FMW 12.1.0.3 plug-in (EM 12cR2 release)
  • Oracle Virtualization (VT) Plug-in – enables Virtual Targets monitoring integration. VT monitoring integration for Exalogic was introduced in VT 12.1.0.3 plug-in (EM12cR2 release)
  • ZFS plug-in – enables ZFS target monitoring
  • Engineered System Healthchecks plug-in – enables Exachk integration in EM CC
  • Oracle Applications plug-ins (FA, EBS, PSFT, Siebel etc) – enables respective Application Management capabilities

Setting up EM CC 12c for monitoring non-virtualized/physical Exalogic stack

  • Setup your EM CC 12cR2 site with latest PSU if not already done. Refer to EM 12cR2  install/upgrade guide here
  • Deploy EM 12cR2 agents on all Compute Nodes. 
  • Discover Exalogic system via Targets -> Systems UI and select deployment type 'Physical’ and use any of the agents deployed on compute nodes for Exalogic targets discovery
  • Setup your EM Ops Center (OC) 12c site if not already done. Refer to EM OC 12c installation guide for Linux OS here and in case of Solaris OS here
  • Discover Exalogic infrastructure targets in EM OC 12c by following EM OC feature reference guide here
  • Deploy Exalogic Elastic Cloud Infrastructure (EECI) plug-in on EM CC OMS and management agent installed on OC Enterprise Controller server. Refer to EECI Plug in Install guide here for details and it’s also recommended to apply EECI plug-in patch 14214742. Each infrastructure component must be already discovered and managed in EM OC in previous step. Availability, performance and configuration Metrics for infrastructure components related to are collected by EM CC agent through EM OC JMX client.
  • Configure EM OC Enterprise Controller and EM CC repository connection by following EM OC Plug in guide here
  • Discover ‘Elastic Cloud Infrastructure’ target via Setup -> ‘Add Target’ -> ‘Add Targets Manually’ option and using agent deployed on Ops Center Enterprise Controller
  • Deploy and configure EM CC ZFS plug-in by referring to ZFS plug-in installation guide here. It’s recommended to use the agent deployed on EM OC Enterprise Controller server for discovering ZFS Storage Appliance target.
  • Deploy and configure EM CC Engineered System Healthchecks plug-in by referring to plug-In installation Guide here. It’s recommended to use the agent deployed on EM OC Enterprise Controller server for discovering Healthchecks target.
  • FMW, Apps targets and Application stack should be discovered in EM CC.In case of Oracle Applications on Exalogic, it’s recommended to have respective Apps plug-ins (FA, EBS, PSFT, Siebel etc) deployed and configured. Refer to Applications Management pack collateral here.

EM CC Plug-Ins required in case of non-virtualized/physical Exalogic configuration –

  • Fusion Middleware (FMW) Plug-in [Default plug-in and deployed out-of-box]  – enables overall Exalogic stack management.
  • Exalogic Elastic Cloud Infrastructure (EECI) plug-in - enables Exalogic rack infrastructure components monitoring in EM CC
  • ZFS plug-in – enables ZFS target monitoring
  • Engineered System Healthchecks plug-in – enables Exachk integration in EM CC 
  • Oracle Applications plug-ins (FA, EBS, PSFT, Siebel etc) – enables respective Application Management capabilities


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Contributed by Gagan Chawla, Saurabh Sachdev and
Sumit Choudhary

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Friday Aug 24, 2012

Managing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c now comes out-of-the-box  with the latest release of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0.1 software. It allows Customer to manage and monitor all components inside the Exalogic rack, including provisioning and management of physical and virtualized server. Ops Center will allow Customers to easily get started with creating and managing Private Clouds using the Exalogic components.

Here is a snaphot of the Assets view showing the managable components of a Quarter Rack with 8 Compute Nodes:

A colleague has recently posted an interesting series of "Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets" which will guide you through the initial steps to get started with setting up your Exalogic environment:

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Creating Cloud Users
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea1

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Creating Networks
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea2

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Allocating Static IP Addresses
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea3

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Creating Accounts
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea4

Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets - Importing Public Server Template
https://blogs.oracle.com/ATeamExalogic/entry/exalogic_2_0_1_tea5

Have fun reading these very useful postings !

Dr. Jürgen Fleischer , Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Engineering

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Thursday Jul 12, 2012

Online Launch Event on July 25 : Introducing Oracle ExaLogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0

I would like to bring your attention to the online launch event on July 25 to introduce Oracle ExaLogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0 . One of the focus areas of the upcoming ExaLogic release is enhanced manageability with Oracle Enterprise Manager .

Please join Oracle executives Hasan Rizvi, Cliff Godwin, Steve Wilson, Wim Coekaerts and Mohamad Afshar on July 25 for the launch of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. Oracle’s latest release of hardware and software is engineered to work together to run your business applications.

Learn how Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0 can help your company:

  • Close business up to 10x faster
  • Protect sensitive data with complete application isolation
  • Rapidly respond to market needs by provisioning applications 6x faster
  • Maximize availability and productivity with 2x faster troubleshooting

The interactive launch event will feature a panel discussion with Oracle executives and customer testimonials.Register now.

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Tuesday Apr 24, 2012

Demo Series : Gain Total Cloud Control of Systems with Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c

Earlier this month, at Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c launch, we published a series of demos of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c  managing various Oracle solutions from applications to hardware . You could see all of those demos by clicking the graphic below.  Following the graphics below, I have a brief overview of an enterprise customer scenario and various demos highlighting the management of various systems .

Demo Series - Explore Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c

A Step-by-Step Journey to Enterprise Clouds

A large global financial company serving millions of customers worldwide has decided to investigate a private cloud infrastructure. They have multiple business units and are located in multiple regions worldwide.

Their enterprise applications include Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle E-Business Suite Financials, and PeopleSoft HCM. They have recently added several Oracle Fusion Applications modules to enhance their CRM and HCM capabilities. Over time, they have also deployed a number of Java and web-based applications. They use Oracle Solaris/SPARC environments for their E-Business Suite applications. Their web servers, some of their application servers, and a number of the home grown applications run on Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle x86 servers. They have deployed Oracle virtualization solutions for x86 servers and SPARC.

This company is transitioning their IT to a private cloud environment to support the CEO’s new corporate strategy to increase operational efficiency by 10% while growing the top line by 30% in two years. The IT organization, led by their CIO, considered various options and concluded that achieving the CEO’s objectives would require them to transition their enterprise applications to the cloud, thereby creating real differentiation in how they service their customers. They reviewed several vendors and concluded that their private cloud solutions were adequate for small applications but too risky for enterprise applications. They decided to go with the an Oracle solution because only Oracle was able to demonstrate a proven solution to power enterprise applications while also leveraging SPARC and x86 virtualization for a complete cloud management solution.

They have already started to deploy Database-as-a-Service and Fusion Middleware-as-a-Service clouds using Oracle Enterprise Manger Self Service Application Portal. They plan to deploy Infrastructure-as-Service cloud based on both SPARC and x86 servers with Oracle virtualization solutions and manage them through Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. They have recently deployed many ExaData systems. They are starting to deploy ExaLogic and Super Clusters Engineered systems as well to accelerate performance and time to market.

Integrated Linux Management in the Cloud

Linux Management functionality is available as part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and is available to Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support customers at no cost. The solution provides an integrated and cost-effective solution for complete Linux server lifecycle management and delivers comprehensive provisioning, patching, monitoring, and administration capabilities via a single, web-based user interface thus significantly reducing the complexity and cost associated with managing Linux operating system environments.

Using these rich Linux management features along with the complete Oracle Enterprise Manager product solution, the global financial company takes advantage of enterprise-scale service level management, automated change and configuration management, and comprehensive system and application performance management.

Integrated Lifecycle Management for Physical and Virtual Servers in the Cloud

Oracle VM offers server virtualization for both x86 and SPARC architectures that enable the deployment of agile cloud infrastructures. Virtualized server environments integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center allow you to easily create, deploy, clone virtual servers, and live migrate workloads while dynamically controlingcompute resources. Integrated lifecycle management of both physical & virtual servers with Ops Center simplifies the daily workflowneeded to control cloud infrastructures. This is one of the key reasons why this company decided power their private cloud with Oracle virtualization technologies.

Oracle Solaris 11 – The First Cloud OS

With its new and improved features, Oracle Solaris brings mission-critical enterprise class computing to cloud scale environments. These features include extremely agile, no overhead virtualization, simplified software lifecycle management, and built-in security across all layers. Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center understands all these new technologies, and therefore is the perfect tool to manage Oracle Solaris deployments at data center and cloud scales.

Manage Mission Critical Applications in the Cloud

Deploying and managing mission critical applications in cloud are one of the key strategic interests of the enterprises. Oracle SPARC based Infrastructure-as-a-Service ( IaaS ) offers the scale, reliability, and performance needed for those mission critical applications. In this demo, you will learn about how to manage SPARC server platforms, which is the foundation of the enterprise cloud this global financial company wants to deploy The Oracle SPARC technologies offers an extreme thread count and memory density in a small and eco-friendly form factor. This company wanted to insure they could leverage their existing SPARC population with not excluding new growth into the T4 chassis models. They found Ops Center offered them complete coverage of where they were the most invested.

Private PaaS and IaaS Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle Enterprise Manager provides complete lifecycle management for cloud - from automated cloud setup, to delivery, to cloud operations. Learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c work together to provide an end-to-end solution to take you from zero to cloud in a day, whether the goal of your private cloud is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Managing DBaaS and MWaaS Cloud Services Delivery with Oracle Enterprise Manager

This demo showcases Engineered Systems Management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control and Ops Center 12c. You can now manage all components of Oracle Exadata Database Machine, from databases to cell storage to network swicthes, from a single console. Similarly, you can now manage all aspects of Oracle Exalogic, including software and hardware, from a single console. Learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager is engineered systems-aware and provides insight into the performance, configuration and physical health of these highly performance machines.

Simplify Your Data Center with Exalogic Elastic Cloud

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is the industry’s Best Foundation for Cloud. It is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance for Java applications, Oracle Applications, and other enterprise applications. Exalogic offers fully integrated compute nodes, storage and networking, fully integrated ZFS network attached storage appliance with 40TB of SAS disk storage, QDR InfiniBand IO Fabric, with 40 Gb/second throughput and microsecond latencies, Data center service network integration with 10 GbE, Scalable, open standard grid architecture. That means less effort spent by you on putting the pieces together and more time spend on extending the business value of your applications.

Check out this demonstration to learn more about Exalogic and the right configuration that meets your needs.

Oracle Software Runs Best on Oracle Hardware

Oracle Enterprise Manager offers the right amount of information across the stack, breaking down isolated IT organizations and helps make a stronger connection between the business services and the server assets they utilize.

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