Monday Jul 23, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Update 1 - Additional Information and Best Practices

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Update 1 was released earlier this month. Eran Steiner , Technical Architect, Oracle Enterprise Manager, adds some additional information and best practices about upgrading to Ops Center 12c Update 1 in this blog.

Eran hosted a call to provide an overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Update 1 and answer any questions.The recording of this call is available here and the presentation can be downloaded here.

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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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Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

A new version of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Doctor (OCDoctor ) Utility released

In February,  we posted a blog of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Doctor aka OCDoctor Utility. This utility assists in various stages of the Ops Center deployment and can be a real life saver. It is updated on a regular basis with additional knowledge (similar to an antivirus subscription) to help you identify and resolve known issues or suggest ways to improve performance.

A new version ( Version 4.03 ) of the OCDoctor is now available . This new version adds full support for recently announced Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c including prerequisites checks, troubleshoot tests, log collection, tuning and product metadata updates. In addition, it adds several bug fixes and enhancements to OCDoctor Utility.

To download OCDoctor for new installations:
https://updates.oracle.com/OCDoctor/OCDoctor-latest.zip

For existing installations, simply run:
# /var/opt/sun/xvm/OCDoctor/OCDoctor.sh --update

Tip : If you have Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center12c EC installed, your OCDoctor will automatically update overnight.

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Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Oracle Launches Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c at OpenWorld Japan

Oracle Senior Vice President John Fowler and Oracle Vice President of Systems Management Steve Wilson unveiled Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c at Oracle OpenWorld, Tokyo Japan on April 4th morning. 

Oracle Enterprise Manager combines management of servers, operating systems, virtualization solution for x86 and SPRC servers, firmware, storage, and network fabrics with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. Available at no additional cost as part of the Ops Center Anywhere Program, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c allows enterprises to accelerate mission-critical cloud deployment, unleash the power of Solaris 11 — the first cloud OS, and simplify Oracle engineered systems management.

Here are some of the resources for you to learn more about the new Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c : 

Press Release : Introducing Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c

White paper: Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c - Making Infrastructure-as-a-Service in the Enterprise a Reality

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center web page at Oracle Technology Network

Join Oracle Launch Webcast : Total Cloud Control for Systems on April 12th at 9 AM PST to learn more about  Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c from Oracle Senior Vice President John Fowler, Oracle Vice President of Systems Management Steve Wilson and a panel of Oracle executive.



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Tuesday Mar 06, 2012

How to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to patch your Solaris Systems ?

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center allows you to update your Solaris systems with patches available from My Oracle Support (MOS).

Like always in life, there are multiple ways to perform a given task and the same is true for Ops Center.

Juergen Fleischer, Senior IT/Product Architect , Oracle Enterprise manager Ops center provided the content for this blog to guide you through different ways to perform Oracle Solaris patching depending on deployment scenarios.

Scenario 1 - Applying a single Patch to an Asset

Let's start with installing just a single patch to a system. To perform this task you would select the OS Asset and pick the action 'View/Modify Catalog' from the right hand side Actions panel.

From the pop-up screen, you can search for the patchid, see which revision is already installed and select a newer one if required.

Here is a MOS how-to document describing this in all detail:
https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390766.1


Scenario 2 - Applying multiple patches to several systems

If you have to apply a list of patches to multiple systems every now and then, creating an Update Profile would be the best method, as once you have created the Profile it can be used many times ensuring the exact same patches in the list are applied each and every time.

Update Profiles are located in the 'Plan Management' section. Update Profiles can be used in two ways: either you select a single or a group of OS assets and pick the action 'New Update OS Job'. Or, you pick the Update Profile in the Plan Management section and select 'New Update OS Job'. The wizard will allow you to select one or more target assets or groups.

Here is a MOS how-to with all the details:
https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390769.1

Scenario 3 - Regular Baseline Patching

For regular Baseline Patching 'Update Profiles' can be based on given patchsets which are made available by the Ops Center Knowledge Base (KB).

The KB offers two different patchsets, the monthly released Solaris Baselines (based on Oracle's internal EIS-DVD) and the current or archived versions of the "Recommended Patchset for Solaris". These are updated whenever a new critical patch gets released. Every quarter, one of these Recommended Patchsets for Solaris will be renamed as the 'Critical Patch Update' in line with standard Oracle practice. It's up to the Customer's patching policy and strategy to determine which patchsets should be used and how often they should be applied.

Scenario 4 - Latest & Greatest patchset

Finally, if required, Customers can select what is called "Latest & Greatest" patchset. These are all the latest available patches for all installed packages. To perform this task, use the 'Host Compliance Report' and tick the Security & Bug Fixes check box.

More details can be found in this blog entry
https://blogs.oracle.com/patch/entry/applying_the_latest_solaris_patches

or in this MOS how-to document:
https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390785.1


So far, we have talked about various scenarios around applying a single patch or multiple patches.  These patches can be applied on a running system or by using LiveUpgrade (LU).  LU allows creating Alternate Boot Environment (ABE), Synchronizing boot environments, Patching the ABE and then Activating the ABE.
For detailed examples and howto examples:

https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390757.1
https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=HOWTO&id=1390764.1


Before using LiveUpgrade, please verify that the latest LU-Patch (sparc: 121430, x86: 121431) is  installed on the running system.

Furthermore, when payching zones always make use of the parallel zone patching feature, independent if using LU or not. Following blog entry describes this very well :
https://blogs.oracle.com/patch/entry/zones_parallel_patching_versus_update

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Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center plug-in for Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c is now available

Systems monitoring plug-in to connect Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1.0) and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g Release 1, Update 3 (11.1.3.0.0) is now available in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c self update software catalog (see screenshot below).


This Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g plug-in for Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c increases the efficiency of datacenter operations by sharing event and target attribute information between the business service owners and the infrastructure operations staff.  This enables business service owners to be fully aware of hardware, virtualization, and operating system event information while troubleshooting application issues.  They can see hardware component level details from the user interface they are comfortable working from within EM Cloud Control 12c. 

At the same time, the operations staff can see which Oracle applications are running on which infrastructure asset within Ops Center before taking maintenance actions and disrupting business.  

More information on this plug-in can be found in the following user guide:

The Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g plug-in for Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g and 11g is located within the Ops Center 11g product media.  No additional download is required.  More information can be found in the following user guide:

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Tuesday Dec 20, 2011

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g UPDATE 3 is now available - Learn more in a webcast on December 22

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g UPDATE 3 was released last week. The update 3 is now available for download via the Ops Center user interface. You will be able to download it soon at edelivery.oracle.com.  You can read the updated readme file for all changes and installation instructions.

Here is a summary of what's new with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g UPDATE 3 :

  • Operating Systems support
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.6, 5.7
    • Red Hat 5.6 and 5.7
    • Solaris 10 Update 10 (X86 and SPARC)
  • Enhanced support of SPARC T4 systems
    • LDOM provisioning
    • Component firmware provisioning
    • RAID support
    • Hardware management provided by HMP
  • Added driver for Netra SPARC family
  • Disconnected Mode Improvements
    • Major upgrade to harvester utility
    • Improve the upload process of offline content on the Enterprise Controller
  • Many other performance related and general product improvements

The Oracle Enterprise Ops Center engineering team will be hosting a webcast on Thursday, December 22 at 8:00 A.M. Pacific time to review the key enhancements in the Update 3. The webcast will also cover download and upgrade instructions . You will also have an opportunity to ask questions to the experts from the Ops Center engineering team in this webcast.


Date: Thursday, December 22, 2011
Time: 8:00 A.M. Pacific time, 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

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The recording of the call is now available at:
https://oracleconferencing.webex.com/oracleconferencing/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=65907517&rKey=188af7c933c3f4d0

The presentation may be downloaded from:
http://java.net/projects/oc-doctor/downloads/download/Ops%20Center%20Documentation/Ops%20Center%2011g/EnterpriseManager-OpsCenter11g-Update3-call.pdf

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Friday Sep 16, 2011

How to Install Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g (Step by Step Guide)

This morning I came across a blog post from Gokhan Atil, founding member of Turkish Oracle User Group (TROUG), about Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and thought of sharing with all of you. In his latest blog, Gokhan writes about how to install Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g Release 1 on Oracle Linux 5.5 (32bit) . We really appreciate all the contribution by Gokhan and many other Oracle User Group members around the world.

As you know,  Oracle Open World  is once again around the corner, October 2-6, 2011. There will be many sessions, demos and hands-on labs related to Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and Oracle Enterprise Manager.  Hope to see you at Oracle Open World 2011.

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