Wednesday Dec 26, 2012

Workflow: Update Oracle Solaris 10

The Update Oracle Solaris 10 workflow is one of the new workflow documents, which follows after the Deploy Operating Systems workflow that I talked about last week. It explains the prerequisites and steps involved in updating Oracle Solaris 10.

The workflow is built around this image:

The left side shows the prerequisites: Before you can update a Solaris 10 OS, you have to deploy libraries and deploy operating systems.

Once you have some Oracle Solaris 10 OSes up and running, you can update them. If your Enterprise Controller is in Disconnected Mode, you'll have to take some additional steps to get OS update content, which are covered in the Using Disconnected Mode how-to. In either connection mode, you use the Creating and Administering UFS Boot Environment for Oracle Solaris 10 how-to if you want to use boot environments, and then use the Updating Your Oracle Solaris 10 OS how-to to perform the actual update.

When you've finished, you're directed to the Monitor and Manage Incident workflow, which covers asset monitoring.

Tuesday Dec 18, 2012

Workflow: Deploy Operating Systems

The Deploy Operating Systems workflow is a workflow document that we added recently. It shows you how to get operating systems up and running in your environment.

It's mostly linear, but it's a bit more complicated than some of the others. It's built around a pair of images.

In both images, the left side shows the prerequisites for the whole process. Before you can deploy operating systems, you have to have Ops Center fully installed, with libraries set up and hardware already discovered.

Once you've done that preparation, the first image walks you through all of the OS deployment steps. First you discover existing operating systems, then you provision Oracle Solaris 10 or Oracle Solaris 11. If you're not planning on using virtualization, then your deployment is done, and you're directed to the operate workflows. If you are interested in virtualization, though, you go on to the second image:

The second image walks you through deploying virtualization, sending you to the Deploying Oracle Solaris 10 Zones, Deploying Oracle Solaris 11 Zones, or Deploying Oracle VM Server for SPARC workflows, depending on what kind of virtualization you're planning on using. Once you've done that, you're ready to go on to the operation workflows.

Thursday Dec 13, 2012

Workflow: Operate Zones

The Operate Zones workflow is another of the workflow documents that we introduced recently. It follows naturally after the Deploy Oracle Solaris 11 Zones workflow that I talked about last week, so I thought I'd talk about it next.

This workflow is less linear than the zone deployment workflow. It's built around this image:

The left side shows you the prerequisites for zone operation: you have to deploy libraries and deploy either Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 zones - whichever type you want to manage using this workflow.

Once you have the zones deployed, you can begin to operate them. If you want to associate resources with the global zone, the workflow directs you to the Exploring Your Server Pools how-to, which talks about adding global zones to server pools and associating libraries and network resources with them.

Otherwise, it directs you to a set of how-tos about zone management: Managing the Configuration of a Zone, which explains how to add storage, edit zone attributes, and connect zones to networks; Lifecycle Management of Zones, which explains how to halt, shut down, boot, reboot, or delete a zone; and Migrating Zones, which explains how to move a zone to a new global zone in the same server pool.

Finally, it directs you to the Update Oracle Solaris workflow when you want to update your zones, and to the Monitor and Manage Incidents workflow to learn more about monitoring your assets.

Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Discovering Assets on Multiple Subnets

I saw this question recently, about making discovery work:

"I am attempting to discover a group of ILOMs which seem to be on a different subnet than their hosts. When I try to discover the ILOMs, Ops Center can't find them. Is it a requirement that the ILOM and its host should be on the same subnet?"

The short answer is no, related assets don't have to be on the same subnet for you to discover them. The correlation between related assets doesn't depend on them being on the same subnet.

What's likely going on, if you're running into similar issues, is that the subnet where you're trying to discover systems needs to be associated with a Proxy Controller that can reach it. You can go here to see how to associate a network with a Proxy Controller. Once the network is associated with a Proxy Controller, you should be able to discover and manage assets on it.

Friday Dec 07, 2012

Agent Controller update

There's an updated version of the Ops Center 12.1.2 Agent Controller available which fixes an upgrade issue on Oracle Solaris 10 and an installation issue on Oracle Solaris 11.

Take a look at the readme for information about whether you should upgrade, and if so, how to do so. Upgrade instructions are available in the Administration Guide.

Wednesday Dec 05, 2012

Workflow: Deploy Oracle Solaris 11 Zones

One of the new workflows that we've introduced, which is a pretty good example of what workflows can do for you, is the Deploy Oracle Solaris 11 Zones workflow.

This workflow was designed to show you everything you need to do in order to create and manage an environment with zones. It tells you what roles are needed, and it shows you the process using this image:

The left side shows you the prerequisites for deploying Oracle Solaris 11 Zones - you need to have Ops Center configured on Oracle Solaris 11, have your libraries set up, and have your hardware ready to go.

Once you've done that, you can begin the workflow. If you haven't provisioned Oracle Solaris 11, you do so, then create one or more zones, and create a server pool for those zones. Each one of these steps has an existing How-To, which walks you through the process in detail, and the final step of the workflow directs you to the next workflow that you're likely to be interested in - in this case, the Operating Zones workflow.

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