Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

IOUG SIG Webcast on August 7th : SQL Monitoring and ASH Analytics

The Oracle Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group (SIG) growing body of IOUG members who manage or are interested in all aspects of Enterprise Manager. This IOUG SIG is managed by volunteers and supported by Oracle EM product managers and developers. The purpose of the SIG is to bring relevant information and education through webcasts, discussions and networking to users interested in learning more about the product, and to share user experiences.

On August 7th at 10 AM pacific time, Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG is hosting a webcast on SQL monitoring and ASH analytics. In this webcast, Edward Whalen, Chief Technologist, Performance Tuning Corporation will provide a tutorial on how to take advantage of two of the powerful performance monitoring and debugging tools; SQL Monitoring and ASH Analytics.

After attending the session, the attendee should have a better understanding of:

1. Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and how to take advantage of some of the key performance monitoring features.

2. The usage and basic properties of SQL Monitoring; how to invoke it and how to use it to identify long running SQL statements.

3. What ASH Analytics is, what is ASH data and how to use ASH Analytics for determining which sessions, modules or SQL statements are consuming system resources.


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Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 introduces advancements in cloud lifecycle and operations management

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 (R3) was announced ( Press Release ) earlier today. It is now available for download at  OTN .

This latest release features improvements in several areas, including:

  • Improvements to Private Cloud and Engineered Systems Management
  • Expanded Middleware and Application Management Capabilities
  • Efficiency Gains for Enterprise manager Users in EM’s Enterprise-Ready Framework

You can learn more about what's new in the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 in the Enterprise Manager 12c documentation . You will see more blogs and details about the new features during the next few weeks. Please let us what

On July 18th, you can join us at a webcast to hear Thomas Kurian, EVP of Product Development on what Oracle Engineering has achieved with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 to address these challenges. Later, during this webcast, Oracle experts will discuss the latest capabilities in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 for cloud lifecycle and operations management.

The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with Oracle experts. You can also join us online on Twitter to get your specific questions answered. Please use hash tag #em12c to join the conversation.

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Monday Jun 10, 2013

Private Cloud Benefits : Different Strokes for Different Folks

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Private Cloud Survey Findings from Five Key Industries

Are you feeling the pressure to deploy private cloud but lack the real-world data to support its benefits from early adopters in your industry? You are not alone. A recent survey of the cloud computing field by IDG Research Services uncovered very little in the way of industry-specific guidance for private cloud.

In this Webcast, you will learn the results of the IDG survey that reveals stark differences in the use cases, benefits, and challenges reported by industry—specifically banking and financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, high tech, and the public sector.

Attend this Webcast to learn about the key aggregate findings of this IDG survey on private clouds with added detail around the five industry sectors. Hear the survey results regarding:

  • Private cloud investment in your industry
  • The range of benefits being reported
  • Challenges to cost benefits realization and what early adopters have done to address them


Webcast attendees will receive a complimentary white paper summarizing the survey results. Register now for the Webcast.

Featured Speakers:

Janet King
General Manager/VP of Research
IDG Research Services
Anand Akela
Senior Principal Product Marketing Director
Oracle


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Wednesday May 29, 2013

The Enterprise Manager: Episode 8 - Database as a Service

Our intrepid hero Ed Muntz is back after a short stint in marketing to rescue the CIO Felix from IT challanges created by virtualization sprawl and management challanges for his enterprise databases.

Spinning VMs for database deployment is creating VM sprawl. Ed Muntz explains how Oracle Enterprise Manager enables rapid deployment of private database as a service and provides total control over the Database as a Service cloud.


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Tuesday May 28, 2013

IOUG Webcast - Upgrading to Enterprise Manager 12c: Best Practices and Real World Lessons

Upgrading to Enterprise Manager 12c: Best Practices and Real World Lessons
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Join the IOUG webcast to learn how CernerWorks, the remote hosting division of Cerner, a global health IT company, upgraded their Oracle Enterprise Manager system from 11g to 12c.

In this webcast , Aaron Rimel from Cerner and Akanksha Sheoran from Oracle will discuss available upgrade paths and why Cerner chose what the upgrade path they followed.

With thousands of managed databases in Cerner's IT environment, high availability, ease of upgrade and minimal downtime were key requirements for the upgrade process. You will learn how all of these requirements were met with proper planning and out-of-the-box features included with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. 

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Thursday May 02, 2013

Bullet Proof Your Oracle Applications and Databases Workshop - Guest Blog by Rajesh Krishnan of Acolade

Guest Blog by Rajesh Krishnan of  Oracle Partner Acolade Consulting 

Testing can be a costly and time consuming process. Because of that, few organisations test their Data and Business Applications as thoroughly as they should.

As opposed to just testing for an upgrade or new application deployment, testing should be regarded as an essential part of an organisation's standard IT practice. Many think that to achieve this, the cost is prohibitive.

The tools to identify and prevent performance problems before they occur are almost always significantly cheaper than the cost of the problems in production.

Oracle offers a comprehensive suite of testing tools that makes this easy and cost effective for organisations to achieve.

A recent testing methodology and tools workshop was conducted in Australia by Oracle and Specialized Partner, Acolade Consulting to address issues and customer pain points relating to testing.  Testing best practices, techniques and tools rollout were showcased to address and mitigate risks and pain points.  Some of the key points discussed were:

  • Make your testing more comprehensive and robust
  • Test Automation and techniques
  • Take the risk out of change
  • Use real production workload to test planned changes in Applications and Databases
  • Replay real Database workloads to identify performance issues and SQL degradation, and to test Database consolidation, before changes affect Production
  • Reduce testing time and costs.
  • Case studies for Oracle EBS – Finance and HR modules

Following are the links to the presentations

1. Oracle's Approach to Database and Applications Testing

2. Acolade Consulting Testing Best Practices

3.Testing Lifecycle Management

4.Department of Primary Industries Victoria Case Study

5.Test Automation

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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Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

COLLABORATE13 - @IOUG Forum : Oracle Enterprise Manager SIG - Birds of a Feather

IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group (SIG) presents "Birds of Feather" event at Collaborate 2013 in Denver on Wednesday, April 10th at 9:30AM-10:30AM Mountain Time .

Join the event to ask your questions about Oracle Enterprise Manager to the user group and Oracle experts , provide feedback to product team, share best practices and learn how can you participate in the ongoing Oracle Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group (SIG) activities. We will have many SIG members, Collaborate speakers and Oracle Enterprise Manager experts attend the event.

Location :  Mile High Ballroom 4F , Colorado Convention Center

Date : Wednesday, April 10th

Time : 9:30AM-10:30AM Mountain Time

You can also join the event virtually via twitter using hash tag #em12c on twitter.com or by going to tweetchat.com/room/em12c . Use #C13DEN for Collaborate event as appropriate.

Please RSVP for the event at http://tweetvite.com/event/3fvg


Thursday Mar 28, 2013

IOUG Webcast: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Metrics Monitoring and Management Repository Views: Tips & Tricks

IOUG Oracle Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group (SIG)    presents webcast "Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Metrics Monitoring and Management Repository Views: Tips & Tricks".  Suzanne Strasser will be sharing he real-life experience with Oracle Enterprise Manager metrics monitoring and management.

Date : April 2nd, 2013
Time : 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Featured Speaker: Suzanne Strasser
Register herehttps://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/612927881

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c provides a rich set of metrics for monitoring database health and alerting when problems are encountered. In this educational webcast we will demonstrate the steps needed to set up and customize metrics monitoring in EM to meet the needs of your business. We will also cover the use of management repository views to access historical metrics data for performing additional analyses and graphics presentation outside of EM. Join this webcast to learn how to:

• Identify and describe the steps needed to implement administration groups / template collection associations in order to customize monitoring requirements for various targets based on the needs of your business;

• Build queries using the EM management repository views to extract metric data for historical analysis, trending, and graphing; and

• Identify how EM uses rollup tables to summarize metric data on an hourly and daily basis.

Tuesday Mar 26, 2013

Get OPN certified on Oracle Enterprise Manager and other Oracle Technologies at Collaborate

A rare opportunity to get your OPN Certified Specialist credentials at the Collaborate 13 event and at times your staff is not in the booth! Register now.

At Collaborate 13, Oracle Partners have a unique opportunity to become Oracle Certified Specialists in their chosen Oracle solution area from exams available at the event site. Understanding there are times the Exhibit Hall is closed to your staff, special hours and an onsite location have been arranged to make it as easy as possible for OPN Partners to take advantage.

OPN certification differentiates Oracle Partners in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Earning these certifications will also contribute to increasing your company's level in the OPN Specialization Program. Oracle Specialized partners are recognized by Oracle, and preferred by customers. Make sure you check the exams available at the event site and register early as there is a limited number of FREE vouchers enabling partners to take exams at no charge.

This is an excellent way for Oracle partners already attending the Collaborate event or have staff exhibiting at Collaborate, to easily get away when the Exhibit Hall is closed and take the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c exam 1Z0-457

Best of all is there are a limited number of FREE vouchers available, so the first partners to register and use them save $195 for each person that takes the exam. As you  have already invested in travel for staff to be at the event, why not get more out of that investment and take advantage while staff is already out of the office to get it done.

Friday Mar 22, 2013

Cookbook : Middleware as a Service using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Oracle's Middleware as a Service (MWaaS) solution for enterprise private cloud provides a complete application development and deployment environment. It includes a complete runtime environment comprised of all services necessary to deploy and run an enterprise-class application, including services such as application hosting, persistence store, application integration and APIs that enable programmatic access to additional computing services that might be required by an application. Identity services are an example of APIs available within a PaaS environment. MWaaS facilitates cheaper and faster deployment of applications as developers need not deal with the complexities of the underlying hardware and software components.

Oracle recently published a cookbook for Middleware as a Service using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. This document explains the step-by-step instructions in provisioning a WebLogic domain using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c . These steps include:   

  • Security Configuration for Named Credentials, Roles and Accounts for Cloud Management
  • Using Out of Box WebLogic profiles shipped with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R2
  • Customizing WebLogic domain creation procedures to your environment and business requirements
  • Setting up the Middleware Zones
  • Setting quota limits for each cloud management roles
  • Definition of Service Templates to be used for middleware domain creation
  • Configuring chargeback policies for your middleware cloud infrastructure


Friday Mar 15, 2013

Wipro Gets a Complete View of Its Enterprise IT in One Click

Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Wipro can see the entire IT stack of its managed services offering, from applications to Infrastructure layers.

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Wednesday Feb 27, 2013

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 2 Plug-In Update 1 Installation and Upgrade Overview

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 2 Plug-In Update 1 Installation and Upgrade Overview

Friday, March 01, 9:00 a.m. PT

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Join us for this live technical presentation to learn about Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 2 Plug-in Update 1 release and how it impacts you. This webcast is a must-attend event for users who have EM 12.1.0.x in their environment or are planning to deploy EM 12.1.0.x or upgrade to EM 12.1.0.x from older Enterprise Manager versions.

Oracle has recently released new and updated Enterprise Manager Plug-ins which enables optimum utilization of compute resources giving customers more flexibility and control during application development, leading to faster time-to-market for delivering IT services. These plug-in provide enhanced support and extend EM's capabilities for Database as a Service (DBaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and introduce new features for Testing as a Service (TaaS).

During this presentation we will review the following topics:

  • Overview of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 2 Plug-in Update 1
    • Does it have new features or bug fixes?
    • How do I get EM 12c Release 2 Plug-in Update 1 binaries?
    • Various Install/Upgrade/Additional OMS Usecases
    • What happens to Agent Binaries?
    • Go over Install/Upgrade FAQ on EM 12c Release 2 Plug-in Update 1
  • Quick overview of new version /revision of plug-ins
  • How to deploy new plug-in in your existing EM 12.1.0.x environment
    • In Offline or Online mode
    • Using emcli to reduce OMS downtime
  • Documentation
  • Q&A

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Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Epsilon : An Oracle Customer Profile

ZDNet published an article today based on the interview of Jeff White, vice president, technology, strategic database services at Epsilon. Jeff discussed Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Enterprise Manager with the ZDNet writer

Read the article  Epsilon : An Oracle Customer Profile .

Jeff White, Epsilon VP, was honored with Oracle’s Data Warehouse Leader of the Year for Innovative Data Warehouse Deployment of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Enterprise Manager earlier this year.

In one of the videos earlier this year, Jeff mentioned that Epsilon has streamlined IT administration, monitoring, and engineered systems maintenance with Oracle Enterprise Manager. Having gained in operational efficiencies, Epsilon is now providing greater efficiencies to its customers.

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