Friday Apr 04, 2014

Engineered System Management in 12.2

Managing Oracle Engineered Systems is a good bit easier in Ops Center 12.2. It's always been possible, but we've made the process simpler in a few ways.

For one, you can now discover an Oracle SuperCluster from a separate Enterprise Controller using a discovery file. In the past, Oracle SuperClusters had to be discovered from a specially configured local Enterprise Controller, but they can now be discovered and managed from your datacenter Ops Center instance.

We've also added support for Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 servers, letting you manage and monitor the latest and greatest engineered systems from Ops Center.

Take a look at the Engineered Systems chapter for detailed information about managing engineered systems. The Admin Guide also has some information about the SuperCluster Admin role, which gives a user the necessary permissions to manage Oracle SuperClusters.

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

VLAN Tagging in 12.2

Among the new features in Ops Center 12.2 is support for VLAN tagging. VLAN tagging lets you use VLANs that span more than one network switch, giving you more flexibility in your network setup.

When you attach a network to an Oracle VM server or global zone, you can attach the network in tagged mode or untagged mode. In tagged mode, the VLAN ID is added to the ethernet frame by the network device such as the switch. In untagged mode, VLAN ID is not added to the ethernet frame.

It's a good idea, when you're creating a server pool, to combine assets that are associated with networks in the same mode. If you have a server pool with some assets on a tagged network and others on an untagged network, then a logical domain OS will lose its network configuration if it's moved from one sort of asset to another.

For more information about VLAN tagging, take a look at the Oracle VM Server for SPARC chapter in the Feature Reference Guide.

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

OS Provisioning Changes in 12.2

With the release of Ops Center 12.2, I'm going to do a series of posts about the new and enhanced features. I'll start with OS Provisioning, because it's had some big changes.

In older versions, Ops Center used an OS Provisioning profile to specify all of the OS parameters, including the OS image to be used, the installation requirements, and the OS and network configuration information.

In version 12.2, however, we've changed this in order to make the process more manageable and flexible. For the new process, we've broken the old OS Provisioning profiles into two new profiles:

  • OS Provisioning (OSP) profile - This specifies the OS image, and the provisioning and install requirements.
  • OS Configuration (OSC) profile -This specifies the operating system and network configuration.

The advantage here is that it makes it much easier to reuse profiles. If you want to create systems from the same OS image but with different network configurations, you don't need to repeat or copy the OS Provisioning info, you can just reuse the same profile.

When you upgrade to version 12.2, your existing OSP profiles will be automatically split into an OSP and an OSC profile, and any plans that used the old profile will be updated accordingly. You can see more information about the new profiles in the OS Provisioning chapter of the Feature Reference Guide; this section talks about the naming conventions that are used for this update. The Deploy How To section of the library also has how-tos explaining how to provision Oracle Solaris 10, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC using the new process.

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Upgrading to version 12.2

Now that Ops Center 12.2 is out, you might be interested in upgrading to it. We've put together a guide that explains how to perform an upgrade, but I thought I'd explain some of the basics here.

First off, you can only upgrade from version 12.1.3 or 12.1.4, so if you're not on one of those versions already, you need to upgrade to one of them before upgrading to 12.2.

Also, before you upgrade, take a look at these docs and follow their instructions:

Once you've done this, the Upgrade Guide will walk you through the process of upgrading. The book has several chapters, each one tailored to a specific environment (high availability or single Enterprise Controller) and upgrade method (user interface or command line), to make the process as clear as possible.

Monday Mar 10, 2014

Searching the Ops Center Documentation

I wanted to tell you a bit about how the search works in the documentation for 12.2.

When you do a search on the 12.2 documentation, in addition to giving you the sections that match your criteria, it gives you a few other categories of info:

The results on the left are the general search - what sections of what books best match your criteria.

The first box on the right, "Refine Results," is links to refined searches - to concepts, tasks, and examples that match your criteria. If you're searching for a specific procedure, then seeing examples or tasks is a quick way to narrow your search down, and concepts can be helpful if you're looking for background information.

The second box on the right, "Top Matching Books," is links to the top level of the books that best match your search. If you're looking for a general topic and all of the explanation and related procedures, this can be a useful tool.

Friday Mar 07, 2014

12.2 Release Documentation

A new version of Ops Center, version 12.2, has just been released. With it, we've made some improvements to the documentation (you can see all of the new documentation at Ops Center 12.2 documentation library). Here's a rundown of the big changes.

There's a section on the main docs page with bulletins about known issues and things you should be aware of before you install or upgrade. It's highlighted in the image below. You should read it.

Here are some of the big changes and improvements:
  • The What's New In This Release doc tells you about all of the new features, including improved OS Provisioning, LDOM management enhancements, and VLan Tagging.
  • The Known Issues section of the Release Notes tells you about the issues you should be aware of when you're upgrading or installing.
  • The Certified Systems Matrix lists the supported systems, some of which are new in 12.2.
  • There's a new Upgrade Guide, which includes end-to-end upgrade procedures for a variety of environments and preferences: HA or single Enterprise Controller, large or small, command line or UI.
  • The Ports and Protocols Guide lists all of the ports and protocols that Ops Center uses, which is good information if you're preparing to install.
  • There are quite a few new how-tos in the Deploy and Operate libraries, including how-tos for provisioning Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11, and for provisioning root domains and I/O domains.
  • The Feature Reference Guide explains the product's main features, new and old, and the Feature Reference Appendix has some information that adds to that such as API information.
  • There's a new book that goes into detail on the use of the Ops Center command line interface.


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