Tuesday Jun 25, 2013
Tuesday May 21, 2013
By Owen Allen-Oracle on May 21, 2013
We had a post not too long ago about physical to virtual migration in Ops Center. It outlined the broad steps involved in performing P2V by taking a flash archive of a physical system and then provisioning a virtual system using that FLAR.
Well, over on to the Enterprise Manager blog, Rodney Lindner put together a detailed post about doing P2V migration with Oracle Solaris Zones. He goes into great detail, with plenty of examples and screenshots. If you're planning on giving P2V a try, you should definitely have a look.
Rodney also did a webex session that covered the procedure; you can find a recording of that session here.
Thursday Nov 29, 2012
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Nov 29, 2012
Leon Shaner is doing a webcast next week, on Thursday Dec. 6 at 11 am EST, about updating Oracle Solaris in Ops Center using Live Upgrade. He's also written a blog post over on the Enterprise Manager blog about using Live Upgrade and and Oracle Solaris 11 Boot Environments, which goes into a lot of detail about the benefits, requirements, setup, and use of these features.
Edit: A recording of this conference is available here.
Wednesday Nov 21, 2012
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Nov 21, 2012
If you're operating in a dark site, or are otherwise without easy access to the internet, it can be tricky to get access to the docs. The readme comes along with the product, but that's not exactly the same as the whole doc library.
Well, we've put a zip file with the whole doc library contents up on the main doc page. So, if you are in a site without internet access, you can get the zip, extract it, and have a portable version of the site, including the pdf and html versions of all of the docs.
Tuesday Oct 30, 2012
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Oct 30, 2012
Eran Steiner has written an interesting piece over on the Enterprise Manager blog about the OS Analytics feature of Ops Center. OS Analytics gives you a huge amount of information about the characteristics of managed operating systems and lets you track changes to these characteristics over time. Take a look; it's a useful feature.
The OS Analytics feature is also the subject of the community call this week (Eran is leading that one too). It's at 11 am EST.
Edit: The conference has happened, but the recording is available here.
Thursday Sep 27, 2012
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Sep 27, 2012
There are a couple of new videos up on the Oracle Learning Youtube channel about Ops Center's provisioning capabilities. Simon Hayler does a walkthrough of a couple of different procedures.
The first video shows you how to provision Oracle Solaris zones. It explains how to create an Oracle Solaris Zone profile, and then how to apply it (using a deployment plan) to a target system.
The second video shows you how to provision an x86 server with Oracle Solaris. This uses a very similar process - you create a OS provisioning profile, then use a deployment plan to apply it to the target hardware.
Monday Sep 17, 2012
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Sep 17, 2012
There was an update for Oracle Solaris Agents not too long ago. Over on the Oracle Enterprise Manager blog, Steve Stelting has put together a detailed walkthrough for upgrading your environment. It covers downloading the Agent update, seeing what Agents need to be upgraded, and performing the upgrade itself
Speaking of which, the Oracle Enterprise Manager blog often has in-depth posts about Ops Center, so it's well worth a look if you don't follow it.
Tuesday Aug 14, 2012
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Aug 14, 2012
Sometimes, through network or configuration problems, you can end up with an OS where you're not sure if it has a properly configured Agent. There are a few simple things you can do to see if an asset has an Agent, and if it does, to see if it's correctly configured to talk to a Proxy Controller.
One way to check is to look for the "scn-agent" SMF service. If it exists, there's an Agent on the system that has been configured. If the service is disabled, the agent isn't running, but it has been installed and configured.
# svcs scn-agent
STATE STIME FMRI
online Aug_14 svc:/application/management/common-agent-container-1:scn-agent
Another way is to run "sc-console list-connections". If the Agent is configured, this will show you the connection to the Proxy Controller.
# sc-console list-connections
Another way is to run the OCDoctor utility with the --troubleshoot flag, which will let you know if there's an issue with the Agent.
# ./OCDoctor.sh --troubleshoot
Ops Center Doctor 4.10 [OC 220.127.116.116,SunOS11]
OCDoctor: =============== Checking agent... ===============
OCDoctor: OK: Agent requirements are met
OCDoctor: OK: Patch 121431-54 is installed
Any one of these tools can help you get a better idea of what a particular Agent is doing, and whether or not it's configured properly.
Wednesday Jul 25, 2012
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Jul 25, 2012
I've been getting a lot of questions about the documentation for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center recently. A lot of it has changed for the 12c version; there's new content and old content in new places, and it's a lot of information to take in.
Given that, I thought I'd resurrect this blog and talk about how the documentation can help you use the product. I'll answer questions from the blog and from other users, point out How To guides and other docs that will help you better use the product, and let you know when there's an update and what's in it.
If you have any questions, let me know.
Thursday Apr 08, 2010
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Apr 08, 2010
Ops Center 18.104.22.1686 is available today. For those of you who aren't familiar with Ops Center, it's a datacenter management tool that lets you discover physical and virtual assets in your data center, manage and monitor them, provision OSes and firmware, and update OSes.
This update is primarily focused on performance enhancements. Here are some of the key changes:
- The OC Doctor and GDD are now bundled with the update. The OC Doctor can be used to predict, diagnose, and sometimes fix Ops Center issues, and the GDD gathers data for troubleshooting.
- Limited IPMP support
- Job Throttling - this improves job performance when jobs are run on large numbers of targets.
- Oracle Branding - this shows that we're part of the Oracle Enterprise Manager family, and makes us look snazzier.
- 64-bit support for Solaris ECs.
Thursday Mar 18, 2010
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Mar 18, 2010
There's an announcement out that Ops Center is now a part of the Oracle Enterprise Manager family. I thought I'd talk a little about what that means.
The Oracle EM Management Connector, which is now available, is our first step in making Ops Center work with Oracle Enterprise Manager. The Connector lets Ops Center share some data with EM. Notifications from Ops Center about Sun Server hardware faults; Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Windows OS performance; and other events can be sent to the EM console, where they are displayed along with EM notifications. These notifications help you
address potential issues by showing them all in one place.
If you're currently using EM and Ops Center, you can get started with the Management Connector using these instructions. Here's the short version:
- Download and install the connector.
- Set up a user in Ops Center and make a notification profile that includes the notifications you want sent to EM.
- Register the connection between EM Ops Center and EM.
- Add the Ops Center cert to EM.
- Configure EM to listen to Ops Center.
Once you've done this, the Ops Center notifications that are sent to your new user will also appear in the EM console. You can fine-tune the way that they show up using controls in the EM console.
Tuesday Feb 02, 2010
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Feb 02, 2010
In addition to some bug fixes, there are a couple of new features in this update:
- The "Add Asset to Group" action is now available from within smart groups and user-defined groups.
- Limited support is now available for aggregated links for Zones and LDoms networking. Link aggregations are now displayed in the configuration wizard. You can define a network as using a link aggregation and assign a network to a global zone or to a control domain (logical domain host) in the configuration wizard. You can also define a zone guest or an LDom guest using link aggregation.
Thursday Jan 21, 2010
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Jan 21, 2010
Updating operating systems is one of Ops Center's key features. There are a variety of ways to update Solaris, Linux, and Windows operating systems.
You can update a Solaris OS by running a report on the OS, modifying a system catalog, using live upgrade, using an existing profile, or launching an OS update job directly.
You can create customized OS update profiles and policies that standardize your update jobs to fit
your patching requirements. We've put together a video
that shows you how to create policies and profiles and how to use
them to update a Solaris OS.
Take a look at the Media Library for links to other Ops Center demos.
Tuesday Dec 22, 2009
By Shanthi Srinivasan on Dec 22, 2009
In an earlier blog post we described the enhanced support for Solaris Containers in Ops Center. Using Ops Center 2.5, you can create zones through the BUI. This is much simpler than the regular procedure of using the native command line environment to create a zone.
Before creating a non-global zone in Ops Center, you have to discover and manage the global zone. You then select the global zone and click Create Zone in the Actions panel of the BUI. It takes you through the Create Zone wizard.
We have put together a screencast that takes you through the wizard of creating a zone in Ops Center.
Thursday Dec 17, 2009
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Dec 17, 2009
Our engineering team has just released the Ops Center 2.1>2.5 Upgrade. If you're currently using Ops Center 2.1, you can use it to upgrade to 2.5 while preserving your asset and job data.
Before you use the upgrade, take a look at the upgrade documentation and the system requirements for Ops Center 2.5. There are some tasks that you need to perform before upgrading, including upgrading your SLES systems with a required RPM package, backing up your Proxy Controllers, and verifying system requirements (since they've gone up since version 2.1). The new OC Doctor can also help you determine if your system is up to par for version 2.5.
After you confirm that your system can be upgraded, you can get the upgrade either by talking to Sun Support Services or, on Solaris Ops Center installations, by downloading it. Follow the instructions in the documentation, and you'll be running version 2.5.
This blog discusses issues encountered in Ops Center and highlights the ways in which the documentation can help you
- Upgrading to 12.3
- Ops Center 12.3 is Released
- Using MPxIO and Veritas in Ops Center
- Providing Contact Info for ASR
- Enterprise Controllers in Logical Domains
- Uploading and Deploying Oracle Solaris 11 Files
- Special Database Options
- Supported OS, LDom, and firmware versions
- Clustered Ops Center installation
- Using Maintenance Mode