Thursday May 15, 2014

Expanded Workflows

Along with the new and expanded content for 12.2, we added quite a few new workflows. I thought I'd talk a bit about the philosophy behind these docs and show you how they work.

A workflow is a document that explains how to perform a broad task by linking together multiple how-tos. It explains the task and the prerequisites, and shows you which how-tos you'll need to follow (in what order) based on your environment and the result that you're shooting for.

As an example, we'll look at the Deploy Storage Libraries workflow. It's centered on this image:

The left side shows the prerequisites. The right side presents a set of choices (indicated in white), then directs you to the necessary how-tos (the blue boxes) based on your responses. On the Deploy and Operate how-to tabs, each Workflow has its component how-tos listed immediately beneath it, like this:

Take a look at those two tabs (Deploy and Operate) to start using these workflows.

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.

Wednesday Jan 23, 2013

Workflow: Monitor and Manage Incidents

The Monitor and Manage Incidents workflow is one of the mostly new workflow documents. It explains how to monitor assets and deal with incidents.

 It's built around this image:

The left side has the prerequisites; you have to set up hardware, libraries, and operating systems before you can get into all aspects of monitoring and incident management.

Once you've gone through the prereqs, you can get into monitoring and incident management. The Understanding OS Performance and Capacity how-to explains how to use OS analytics, and the Tuning Monitoring Rules and Policies how-to explains how to fine-tune the monitoring for all of your assets. Managing Incidents and Using Service Requests explain how to deal with incidents and file service requests for them if necessary. Finally, you're given a pointer over to the Feature Reference Guide, which goes into more detail about all of these features.

Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

Workflow: Deploy Oracle VM Server for SPARC

The Deploy Oracle VM Server workflow is one of the workflow documents that we've added. It explains how to get Oracle VM Servers for SPARC up and running.

It's pretty straightforward, and it's built around this image:

The left side shows the prerequisites. You have to have Ops Center installed (most options in Ops Center have this as a prerequisite), deploy libraries, deploy hardware, and deploy operating systems.

Once you've done that, you can begin your deployment. You configure and deploy the VM servers, then create your server pools, and finally configure and install your logical domains. Once you've done that, you're directed to the Operate Logical Domains workflow, which picks up where this workflow leaves off.

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.

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.

Friday Nov 30, 2012

Introducing the Documentation Workflows

The how-to documents  provide end to end examples of specific features, such as creating a new zone or discovering a new system. We are enhancing the individual how-tos with documents called Workflows.

These workflows are each built around procedural flowcharts that show these larger and more complex tasks. The workflow indicates which how-tos or other workflows you should follow to complete a more complex process, and give you a flow for planning the execution of a process.

Over the coming days I'll highlight each of these workflows, and talk about the tasks that each one guides you through.


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