Contributed by Mahesh sharma, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center team
In Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
12c we introduced a new feature to make the Enterprise Controllers
highly available. With EC HA if the hardware crashes, or if the
Enterprise Controller services and/or the remote database stop
responding, then the enterprise services are immediately restarted on
the other standby Enterprise Controller without administrative
In today's post, I'll briefly describe
EC HA, look at some of the prerequisites and then show some screen
shots of how the Enterprise Controller is represented in the BUI. In my next post, I'll show you how to
install the EC in a HA environment and some of the new commands.
Join live webcast on more about EC HA on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00).
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What is EC
Enterprise Controller High Availability
(EC HA) provides an active/standby fail-over solution for two or more
Ops Center Enterprise Controllers, all within an Oracle Clusterware
framework. This allows EC resources to relocate to a standby if the
hardware crashes, or if certain services fail. It is also possible
to manually relocate the services if maintenance on the active EC is
required. When the EC services are relocated to the standby, EC
services are interrupted only for the period it takes for the EC
services to stop on the active node and to start back up on a standby
What are the
To install EC in a HA framework an
understanding of the prerequisites are required. There are many
possibilities on how these prerequisites can be installed and
configured - we will not discuss these in this post. However, best
practices should be applied when installing and configuring, I would
suggest that you get expert help if you are not familiar with them.
Lets briefly look at each of these
prerequisites in turn:
Hardware : Servers are required
to host the active and standby node(s). As the nodes will be in a
clustered environment, they need to be the same model and configured
identically. The nodes should have the same processor class, number
of cores, memory, network cards, for example.
Operating System : We can use
Solaris 10 9/10 or higher, Solaris 11, OEL 5.5 or higher on x86 or
Network : There are a number of
requirements for network cards in clusterware, and cables should be
networked identically on all the nodes. We must also consider IP
allocation for public / private and Virtual IP's (VIP's).
Storage : Shared storage will be
required for the cluster voting disks, Oracle Cluster Register (OCR)
and the EC's libraries.
Clusterware : Oracle
Clusterware version 188.8.131.52 or later is required. This can be
Remote Database : Oracle
RDBMS 11.1.0.x or later is required. This can be downloaded from:
For detailed information on how to
install EC HA , please read :
For detailed instructions on
installing Oracle Clusterware, please read :
detailed instructions on installing the remote Oracle database have a
schematic diagram below gives a visual view of how the prerequisites
When a fail-over occurs the Enterprise
Controller resources and the VIP are relocated to one of the standby
nodes. The standby node then becomes active and all Ops Center
services are resumed.
to the Enterprise Controller from your favourite browser.
Let's presume we have installed and
configured all the prerequisites, and installed Ops Center on the
active and standby nodes.
We can now connect to the active node
from a browser i.e. http://<active_node1>/, this will redirect
us to the virtual IP address (VIP). The VIP is the IP address that
moves with the Enterprise Controller resource.
Once you log on and view the assets,
you will see some new symbols, these represent that the nodes are
cluster members, with one being an active member and the other a
standby member in this case.
If you connect to the standby node, the
browser will redirect you to a splash page, indicating that you have
connected to the standby node.
Hope you find this topic interesting.
Next time I will post about how to install the Enterprise Controller
in the HA frame work.
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