By Scott Mcneil-Oracle on Aug 25, 2014
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.
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.
"Oracle has a longstanding commitment to superior manageability for our products. Oracle Enterprise Manager's continued success and innovations in providing the leading solution for managing Oracle Database is a prime example of this commitment. These awards are a further testament to the importance customers place on Oracle Enterprise Manager." says Moe Fardoost, Senior Director, Product Marketing for Oracle Enterprise Manager.
You can see the complete list of winners here: Database Trends and Applications magazine—2014 Readers’ Choice Awards
Richer Service Catalog for Database and Middleware as a Service; Enhanced Database and Middleware Management Help Drive Enterprise-Scale Private Cloud Adoption
Automation for Broader Cloud Services
Enhanced Database Management
Expanded Fusion Middleware Management
Superior Enterprise-Grade Management
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 can have dozens of unique targets, and each target can have several hundred different configuration parameters.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, with the Siebel Plug-in, provides advanced, out-of-the-box tools to manage the complexity of Siebel configuration management. Oracle Enterprise Manager has advanced configuration capture, change detection, and comparison reporting capabilities that can dramatically reduce the amount of time that System Administrators spend on configuration management.
The purpose of the whitepaper and screenwatch is to provide customers with details on Oracle’s Best Practices for managing Siebel Configurations. It addresses several key areas including;
The benefits of using configuration templates to manage Siebel applications are substantial, and include:
We hope this white paper and screenwatch help to provide you with a good starting point to manage your Siebel Application configurations more efficiently and pro-actively.
Here is a great article from resident Oracle ACE, Arup Nanda, who details insight into predicting the impact of consolidating separate database workloads into one. The article outlines a typical consolidation scenario and explains how Oracle Real Application Testing's Consolidated Database Replay capabilities can help measure the impact of the workload consolidation. A must read for those considering a consolidation project in the near future. Read the article.
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Since the demands from the business for IT services is non-stop, creating copies of production databases in order to develop, test and deploy new applications can be labor intensive and time consuming. Users may also need to preserve private copies of the database, so that they can go back to a point prior to when a change was made in order to diagnose potential issues. Using Snap Clone, users can create multiple snapshots of the database and “time travel” across these snapshots to access data from any point in time.
Join us for an in-depth technical webcast and learn how Oracle Cloud Management Pack for Oracle Database's capability called Snap Clone, can fundamentally improve the efficiency and agility of administrators and QA Engineers while saving CAPEX on storage. Benefits include:
Since the launch of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3, we have received tons of questions around managing Oracle Multitenant, an Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition option, and pluggable databases (PDBs)—more specifically; questions about pluggable database as a service (PDBaaS). In this blog, we provide answers to some of the common questions from people.
What qualifies a database to be pluggable?
Can the pluggable
databases be plugged and unplugged across multiple platforms such as Solaris,
AIX, and Linux?
of database consolidation, what are the differences between using VMs,
dedicated schemas and pluggable databases?
Pluggable database combines the best of all the other models and offers excellent consolidation, isolation, manageability and is suitable for any application that is certified to run on Oracle Database 12c. With the other models, we see certain shortcomings. For example, server virtualization offers good isolation but creates compliance and administrative headaches. Schema based consolidation offers ease of management and patching, but limited isolation.
How do you
track configuration drift with a pluggable database? I certainly understand
drift in the container database, but in what ways would a pluggable database
drift from its standard baseline?
What is a
zone? Is it physical? Regional?
be the DBA and SYSADMIN role in the pluggable DBaaS environment?
What if you
need custom configurations on a pluggable database? Once the database
is deployed via self-service how do you make changes?
If I'm an
application developer and I request a database with a certain pre-defined
service level, what level of permissions should I expect with that database?
Am I getting DBA or SYSDBA privileges with that request?
Are the pluggable
database as a service capabilities for Oracle Database 12c included in
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c? Do we need a plug-in? Do we need to license
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Database Management Packs?
Enterprise Manager 12c Management Packs are required to be able to provide
If you have
shared memory and background processes in the container database, how
do you allocate server resources to a particular pluggable database? Can
you assign specific amount of CPU cycles, RAM and IOPS for a given pluggable
What is the
largest number of pluggable databases you can deploy on Oracle Exadata?
Can I use
pluggable database as a service if the target database is 9i or 10g?
Data Guard be configured for selective pluggable databases from a container
database? I do not want all pluggable databases to have a standby.
support pluggable databases?
For complete details of managing pluggable database as a service, be sure to watch this webcast: Delivering Pluggable Database as a Service
Munhowen, a leading Luxembourg beverage distributor, decided to replace its existing IT environment. By selecting Oracle technology, including Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Linux and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances, the company was able to enhance system performance and reduce maintenance costs associated with sustaining an optimal hardware environment.
Jean-Pierre Rasquin, CIO, Munhowen, explains: “Implementing Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance helped us to significantly increase our IT environment’s availability, scalability, and manageability—providing superior support, tailored to our business needs, while helping us to reduce maintenance costs.” Read the press release.
Great Resource for Learning Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
The guide includes coverage of Oracle Diagnostics Pack and Oracle Tuning Pack features such as Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor (ADDM), Active Session History (ASH) Analytics, SQL Tuning Advisor, Real-time SQL Monitoring and more. Download the PDF or HTML verision.
As a DBA, getting ahead of the demands of the job are challenging enough, day in and day out. A recent IOUG survey on database management sheds new light on some of the top challenges facing administrators. Here's an infographic breakdown on what you need to know.
the IOUG Survey.
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The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) has selected Oracle to store, analyze and manage scientific data generated from the European Space Agency's Gaia mission. The mission sets out to provide in-depth 3-D mapping of the Milky Way galaxy over the course of the next 5 years. An estimated 1 petabyte of astronomical data (equivalent to 1 million gigabytes) will be collected and stored in Oracle Database with Oracle Enterprise Manager entrusted to manage the system.
The goal of the Gaia mission will give researchers a better understanding into how the Milky Way was formed and how it has evolved over time. According to Roberto Morbidelli, Scientific Operation Manager at INAF, "Our activity within the Gaia mission will provide a huge volume of information, a very precious heritage of astronomical data that will have to be stored for the whole 21st century and beyond. Oracle has demonstrated in other research contexts that it would be the ideal technological partner to manage scientific projects of this kind of size. Thus we are sure that it will be a successful choice for INAF too. Oracle has been selected for its technology’s reliability, scalability, availability and the appropriate technological evolution planned in the next years; also key was the competence showed by Oracle experts in the development of features useful to our research.”
Oracle Enterprise Manager will be deployed to help manage the multiple Oracle Database instances and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle Enterprise Manager will be used to ensure reliable access to Gaia mission data, allowing for numerous third-party applications and systems that control and verify the correct functioning of satellites and astronomical instruments.
“We are proud to offer our technology to the Gaia mission, an international research project that is of both major importance and high ambition,” said Xavier Verhaeghe, Vice President, Technology & Big Data Oracle EMEA. “INAF’s choice is another confirmation of Oracle’s ability to easily manage the extreme challenges involved in processing petabytes of Big Data."
Adopting the Cloud Computing paradigm enables service providers to maximize
revenues while driving capital costs down through greater efficiencies of
working capital and OPEX changes. In case of enterprise private cloud, corporate IT, which
plays the role of the provider, may not be interested in revenues, but still
care about providing differentiated service at lower cost. The efficiency and
cost eventually makes the service profitable and sustainable. This basic tenet has to be satisfied irrespective of the type of service-infrastructure (IaaS), platform (PaaS) or software application (SaaS). In this blog, we specifically focus on the database layer and how its lifecycle gets managed by the Service Providers.
Any service provider needs to ensure that:
While the Database Lifecycle Management features of Enterprise Manager have been widely adopted, I feel that the applicability of the features with respect to service providers is yet well understood and hence appreciated. In this blog, let me try addressing how the lifecycle management features can be effective in addressing each of the above requirements.1. Controlling hardware and software population:
Enterprise Manager 12c provides a near real-time view of the assets in a
data center. It comes with out-of-box inventory reports that show the current
population and the growth trend within the data center. The inventory can be
further sliced and diced based on cost center, owner, etc. In a cloud, whether
private or public, the target properties of each asset can be appropriately
populated, so that the provider can easily figure out the distribution of
assets. For example, how many databases are owned by Marketing LOB can be
easily answered. The flux within the data
center is usually higher when virtualization techniques such as server
virtualization and Oracle 12c multitenant option are used. These technologies
make the provisioning process extremely nimble, potentially leading to a higher
number of virtual machines (VMs) or pluggable databases (PDBs) within the data
center and hence accentuating the need for such ongoing reporting. The inventory reports can be also created using BI Publisher and delivered to non-EM users, such as a CIO.
Now, not all reports can always be readily available. There can be situations where a data center manager can seek adhoc information, such as, how many databases owned by a particular customer is running on Exadata. This involves an adhoc query based upon an association, viz. database running on Exadata and target properties, viz. owner being the customer. Enterprise Manager 12c provides a sophisticated Configuration Search feature that lets administrators define such adhoc queries and save them for reuse.
2. Standardization of platform:
The massive standardization of platform components is not merely a nice-to-have for a cloud service provider, it is rather a must-have. A provider may choose to offer various levels of services, tagged with levels such as gold, silver and bronze. However, for each such level, the platform components need to be standardized, not only for ease of manageability but also for ensuring consistency of QOS across all the tenants. So how can the platform be standardized? We can highlight two major Enterprise Manager 12c features here:
The ability to rollout gold images that can be version controlled within Enterprise Manager's Software Library. The inputs of the provisioning process can be "locked down" by the designer of the provisioning process, thereby ensuring that each deployment is a replica of the other.
The ability to compare the configuration of deployments (often referred to as the "Points of Delivery" of the services). This is a very powerful feature that supports 1-n comparisons across multiple tiers of the stack. For example, one can compare an entire database machine from storage cells, compute nodes to databases with one or more of those.
3. Automation of repeatable tasks:
A large portion of OPEX for a service provider is expended while executing mundane and repeatable tasks like backup, log file cleanup or patching. Enterprise Manager 12c comes with an automation framework comprising Jobs and Deployment Procedures that lets administrators define these repetitive actions and schedule them as needed. EMCC’s task automation framework is scalable, carries functions such as ability to schedule, resume, retry which are of paramount importance in conducting mass operations in an enterprise scale cloud. The task automation verbs are also exposed through the EMCLI interface. Oracle Cloud administrators make extensive use of EMCLI for large scale operations on thousands of tenant services.
One of the most popular features of Enterprise Manager 12c is the out-of-box procedures for patch automation. The patching procedures can patch the Linux operating system, clusterware and the database. For minimizing the downtime involved in the patching process Enterprise Manager 12c also supports out-of-place patching that can prepare the patched software ahead of time and migrate the instances one by one as needed. This technique is widely adopted by the service providers to make sure the tenants' downtime related SLAs are respected and adhered to. The co-ordination of such downtime can be instrumented by Enterprise Manager 12c's blackout functionality.
4. Managing Compliance risks:
In a service driven model, the provider is liable in case of security breaches. The consumer and in turn, the customer of the consumer's apps need to be assured that their data is not breached into owing to platform level vulnerabilities. The security breaches often happen owing to faulty configuration such as default passwords, relaxed file permissions, or an open network port. The hardening of the platform therefore, has to be done at all levels-OS, network, database, etc. The security breaches often happen owing to faulty configuration such as default passwords, relaxed file permissions, or an open port. . To manage compliance, administrators can create baselines referred to as Compliance Standard. Any deviations from the baselines triggers compliance violation notifications, alerting administrators to resolve the issue before it creates risk in the environment.
We can therefore see how four major asks from a service provider can be satisfied with the Lifecycle Management features of Enterprise Manager 12c. As substantiated through several third party studies and customer testimonials, these result in higher efficiency with lower OPEX.
Tuesday, December 3 , 2013
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Snap Clone allows administrators to create fully functional copies of databases using the copy-on-write capabilities of the underlying storage layer. Users can request databases from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c's self-service portal and have them provisioned within minutes instead of hours while keeping storage needs to a minimum. Part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Management Pack for Oracle Databases, Snap Clone can fundamentally improve the efficiency and agility of administrators and QA engineers while saving storage costs and other capital expenses.
Join us for this webcast to learn how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Snap Clone can help:
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Save Time and Costs, Reduce Complexity
Database as a service (DBaaS) offers a variety of benefits to help companies improve operations and move faster to the cloud. Using Oracle Multitenant—a new option for Oracle Database 12c featuring pluggable databases—and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, companies can make the most of those benefits.
Join us for the webcast and learn how Oracle technology can help:
High Level Steps:
The animation below captures the steps in the wizard. For step by step process and to understand the support matrix check this documentation link.
Explore the functionality!!
In the next blog, will talk about automating rolling Upgrades of Databases in Physical Standby Data Guard environment using Transient Logical Standby.
New Self-Service Driven Provisioning of Pluggable Databases
Today Oracle announced new capabilities that support managing the full lifecycle of pluggable database as a service in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 (188.8.131.52). This latest release builds on the existing capabilities to provide advanced automation for deploying database as a service using Oracle Database 12c Multitenant option. It takes it one step further by offering pluggable database as a service through Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c self-service portal providing customers with fast provisioning of database cloud services with minimal time and effort.
This is a significant addition to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’s existing portfolio of cloud services that includes infrastructure as a service, database as a service, testing as a service, and Java platform as a service. The solution provides a self-service mechanism to provision pluggable databases allowing users to request and access database(s) on-demand. The self-service operations are also enabled through REST APIs allowing customers to integrate with third-party automation systems or their custom enterprise portals.
To understand how pluggable database as a service works, watch this quick demo:
Discover Oracle’s Next-Generation Database Management Solution
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn first-hand how Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c bring together the next evolution in self-manageability—so you can plug into the Cloud faster using the power of Oracle Database 12c.
Join us for this live webcast to discover new groundbreaking management capabilities for:
Only Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c offers customers maximum performance, enhanced automation, and total control for Oracle Database 12c.
Oracle recently announced new management capabilities for Oracle Database 12c, providing customers with even more enhancements to improve productivity and manageability. The new Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c features are supported out-of-the-box with Oracle Database 12c. So whether you want to take advantage of the new Data Redaction capabilities at the security layer, or whether you want to take a look at some of the heat map capabilities in our Information Lifecycle Management or leverage the new performance management features, such as, Database Operations Monitoring or Enhanced Real-Time ADDM, you can use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to manage them all.
These new capabilities can be integrated with your standard monitoring and management that you already have in your environment without having to undertake any additional tools or any additional training. Simply install or upgrade to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle Database 12c and together these two products will let you plug into the Cloud.
Here is a quick summary of all the new Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c capabilities for Oracle Database 12c:
To learn more about all the latest capabilities, be sure to register for our upcoming webcast: Managing Oracle Database 12c with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.
Within the Enterprise Manager UI, users can build sophisticated queries against Enterprise Manager’s configuration management repository to generate reports without writing even one line of SQL. If the Oracle provided Search library does not already contain a matching search a user can build a search to their exact specification completely graphically.
Outside of the Enterprise Manager UI, users can find and run saved searches using the EMCLI in both interactive and the new script mode. When used in a script, configuration search results can be used to drive other lifecycle operations like patch automation and provisioning.
In this article we will take a closer look at the Configuration Search feature using some common real world examples.
Arguably one of the most important configuration items collected by Enterprise Manager is applied patches. Finding the location of applied patches can cause some confusion at first owing to the new target model introduced in Enterprise Manager 12c. Oracle Home is now a separate and proper target with its own configuration collection which includes patch information. This makes great sense as patches are in fact applied to the Oracle Home and not the software running out of it.
The question is how can you figure out which targets ( ie databases ) are using which Oracle Homes? The answer is using relationships. Enterprise Manager 12c now discovers and collects relationships between targets. These relationships include both physical (observed) and logical (inferred from configuration). As an example, all databases running out of a given Oracle Home will have an “Installed At” relationship to its specific Oracle Home target. These relationships can be graphically viewed using the topology viewer available under the configuration menu of all targets. They can also be used when building a Configuration Search when starting with a well known target like database instance.
Let’s build a configuration search to find all single instance databases with Advanced Compression option that do NOT have a patch applied to their Oracle Home. Since patches are typically specific to a version let’s narrow it down to version 184.108.40.206 databases and patch 14275605. ( Database Patch Set Update : 220.127.116.11.4 )
1. Start by navigating to the Configuration Search Library. Enterprise->Configuration –>Search…
2. Click Create to start building a new Configuration Search.
3. Select Database Instance from the Target Type list of value.
Next we need to narrow the list of databases to those of version 18.104.22.168 and single instance. To do this we will use the target model to choose properties which contain this data so we can filter it further.
4. Click Properties on the Database Instance row.
5. Open the Target Properties and Instance Information folders and Select Property Name, Property Value,Version, Name and Selected as shown.
6. Click OK.
To filter down the results, we enter criteria into the text boxes to the right of the properties.
7. Enter 22.214.171.124 next to Version.
8. Enter ‘Advanced Compression’ for Name and ‘TRUE’ for Selected under Database Options
9. Select ‘Metric Scope’ for property Name and Enter ‘DB’ for value. ( Metric scope can have a value of DB for single instance and RACINST for RAC instances. )
Your search should look something like this:
At any point while you are creating a Configuration Search, you can see how your search is coming along by clicking Search. Doing so at this point will show results similar to the results shown here. ( Note: If you are not interested in seeing the results of a column you can uncheck the property to remove it from the results. )
At this point we need to pull the Oracle Home target into the picture to get at the applied patches configuration information.
10. Click Relationships on the Database Instance row.
11. Choose “Oracle Home” as the Destination Target Type then Click Search. This should result in one relationship type “Installed At”. Select this row and click OK.
We now have something that looks like this:
To add collected patch information from the Oracle Home target we need to use the target model again.
12. Click Properties on the Oracle Home row.
13. Open the “Patches installed in Oracle Home” folder and select “Patch ID” property.
14. Click OK.
15. Enter 14275605 in the text box next to “Patch ID” to narrow the results to this patch.
16. Click Search. You should see something similar to the results below.
But wait, this shows the databases that HAVE patch 14275605 installed. We are after databases that DON’T have this patch installed.
Fortunately we can achieve this result by using the “Advanced Options” capabilities.
17. Click the “Advanced Options” button on the “Patches installed in Oracle Home” row. ( Be sure to select the correct one! )
18. Change the Condition in the resulting dialog box to “NOT EXISTS”. ( The explanatory text shown just happens to use patch search as an example. )
19. Click OK.
Notice the addition of “Condition : NOT EXISTS” on the “Patches installed in Oracle Home” row. This will show targets in which none of the targets matches the criteria. In our case, an Oracle Home may have hundreds of patches applied. Only if none of the patch IDs equal 14275605 will the target be in the results.
20. Click Search.
This time, the results finally display what we are after. That is “126.96.36.199 Single Instance database with Advanced Compression option that do NOT have patch 14275605 applied.”
21. Click ‘Save As’ to save the search with the name “188.8.131.52 SI AC DBs without patch 14275605”.
22. Click OK.
The library now shows our new search. You or any other user can run the search by selecting it and clicking Run. You can modify it by using Edit or make a copy with Create Like to continue to refine it without affecting the original.
As mentioned at the opening, Enterprise Manager Release 3 now supports the execution of saved Configuration Search from the EMCLI. There are two verbs with which you can run configuration searches: get_targets and run_configuration_search
The get_targets verb has been available since Release 1 but now has an additional switch to specify a configuration search. This results in a standardized result containing the Target Name, Target Type and Status.
Here is an example using the configuration search we just built.
The run_config_search verb generates results exactly as you see them in the results of the configuration search. The results are a little harder to read but the output could be re-directed to an output file for import into something like a document editor or spreadsheet for easier viewing or analysis.
Enterprise Manager Release 3 introduced the EMCLI Script mode which is especially effective when performing tasks in bulk or many tasks at once. This mode enables you to create Jython scripts, store them as files and pass them as an argument to EMCLI. For more information on EMCLI see the documentation here.
In this section, we will expand on our previous work to automate the creation of patch plans to automate the application of the missing patch. We will use a python script to retrieve the list of databases without a patch, and then create a patch plan for each database.
As a prerequisite you must create a sample patch plan for a single instance database which has the desired patch ( 14275605 ) added to the plan. We will use this plan to create the others.
The work flow is as follows:
A zip of the script is available for download here.
Run the script by passing it as an argument to EMCLI:
Here we can see all of the patch plans created by the script plus the sample patch plan “PSU4 Rollout”
Enterprise Manager’s Configuration Search feature is a powerful tool that can be leveraged both inside and outside of the UI. It can quickly and easily provide answers to difficult configuration questions without writing any SQL. When used via through the EMCLI it can be used to dynamically generate a target list which can be used to drive complex and otherwise time consuming tasks in the UI quickly and efficiently.
Configuration Search and patch automation are both features of Enterprise Manager’s Database lifecycle management pack.
For more information on Enterprise Manager’s database lifecycle management capabilities, visit http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/lifecycle-mgmt/index.html
When using an enterprise monitoring tool such as Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, one of the most critical components is notification. Once an alert or issue has been identified, how do you tell the right people at the right time? Most enterprises use e-mail or open a trouble ticket. As you can imagine, no two enterprises are the same when it comes to their tools and processes. Many customers use one of the more common and well known trouble ticketing systems but quite a few use non-standard or custom (homegrown) trouble ticketing systems. Some customers have special routing requirements or corporate standards and have custom applications which handle all emailing functions instead of directly emailing using an SMTP server.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can handle all of these situations by utilizing one of the various notification methods provided: E-mail, 3rd party connectors and advanced notification methods. There are three types of advanced notifications: SNMP, OS Command or PL/SQL. This blog will introduce you to the OS Command and PL/SQL notification methods available in EM 12c and provide an example of using a custom OS script for notifications.[Read More]
Join us for a live Webcast to find out about the recently released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c plug-ins that deliver new capabilities and support for managing database cloud services with schema as a service for extreme database consolidation and quick efficient database cloning through Snap Clone or RMAN Backups. These new capabilities provide an optimum utilization of development and database resources giving customers more flexibility and control during application development, leading to a faster time-to-market for delivering IT services.