Tuesday Feb 26, 2013

Installation Questions

I've seen a few installation-related questions recently, which might be of interest if you're preparing for an installation:

"Can the Enterprise Controller be deployed on Oracle Linux on Oracle VM Server for x86, or on Oracle Solaris on OVM for x86 or SPARC? What about a Proxy Controller?"
  • Yes. Any OS that's listed in the EC section of the Certified Systems Matrix can support an EC, even if it's on OVM. There's also a Proxy Controller section in that same book, which shows the OSes that can support a PC, even if they're on OVM.

"Can the Target OS be Oracle Linux on OVM for x86?"

  • Yes, Oracle Linux on OVM for x86 can be discovered and managed like other operating systems.

"Does it matter which OS I install the EC and PC on?"

  • For most features, Ops Center works equally well on Linux and Solaris, and can discover and manage both OSes. The big exception is Oracle Solaris 11 - if you want to provision, manage, and update S11, your EC and PC have to be on S11 as well.

"Can the database be deployed on another server without having to license it for full use?"

  • There are two ways you can set up the database for Ops Center. You can use the embedded database, which is installed automatically on the EC system, or use a customer-managed database, which you install yourself. In either case, as long as you're only using the database for an Enterprise Manager offering (which includes Ops Center), then you don't need a license.

Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Workflow: Deploy Oracle Solaris 10 Zones

The Deploy Oracle Solaris 10 Zones is one of the workflow documents that we introduced. It explains how to set up zones on Oracle Solaris 10 systems. (There's a similar workflow for setting up zones on Oracle Solaris 11 systems, too.)

This is the workflow image:

The left side gives you the prerequisites - you need a working EC and PC, configured libraries, and (as you suspected) hardware and operating systems.

The workflow itself takes you through the How-Tos needed to get Oracle Solaris 10 zones running. If you don't have OSes installed, the Provisioning Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System how-to explains how to do so. From there, the Creating Oracle Solaris 10 Zones how-to shows you how to install the zones themselves, and the Creating a Server Pool for Zones how-to shows you how to group them together into server pools. From there, the Operate Zones workflow will give you a path for keeping your new zones running.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

Workflow: Operate Hardware

The Operate Hardware workflow is one of the workflow documents that we added a while back. It covers how to keep hardware running.

It's a very simple workflow:

The left side covers the prereqs - you need to have deployed libraries and hardware before beginning this workflow.

Next, it covers how to operate the hardware that you have. There are really only two steps in this process - Keeping Your Firmware Up-to-date and, if you want to configure RAID controllers, Configuring RAID Controllers. Once you've seen those docs, your next step is to go on to the Monitor and Manage Incidents Workflow, which talks about how to stay aware of hardware incidents and respond effectively to them.

Thursday Feb 07, 2013

Agent Controller requirements

I got a question about the requirements for Agent Controller installation:

"The Certified Systems doc talks about the supported operating systems for Agents, but it doesn't say if specific packages or patches are required. Where can I find out if my OSes can support an agent?"

We figured that a tool to check a system for Agent compatibility would be easier to use than a list of required packages and patches. The OCDoctor, among other functions, can check a system to see if it meets the prereqs for an Agent, Proxy, or Enterprise Controller installation. To check a system, you can download the OCDoctor from http://java.net/projects/oc-doctor/downloads, unpack it on the target system, and run it with the --agent-prereq option. This will tell you what (if anything) needs to be done so that the system can support an Agent.


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