Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Automating the OBIEE patching process from EM Cloud Control 12c

(in via Senthil)

With Software patching being one of the more work intensive and error prone tasks in your daily business, it is nice to see that there are people constantly working to make this easier, more reliable and less demanding.

OBIEE Development has taken the time to lay out steps to automate the patching process of OBIEE by using Deployment Procedures (DP) that are already available in Enterprise Manager 12c.

A Deployment Procedure (DP) is a sequence of steps and phases, where each phase can contain sequence of steps. The steps can be scripts or commands to be run on any BI host where patch has to be applied. The DP once created can be used to:

  • Apply a patch on multiple BI environments.
  • Apply multiple patches if the steps to patch are the same.
  • Apply multiple patches having different patching instructions by customizing the DP (adding new steps and enabling/disabling certain steps).

The complete article including detailed explanations, steps and screenshots can be found in:

Automate Patching of OBIEE using EM Cloud Control (Doc ID 1919956.1)

Apart from the obvious work to create this detailed guide and the simplicity of the idea to use what already exists, what I personally like about this is that these Deployment Procedures carry the potential to work for other software that runs on a Weblogic Server just as well. 

  • They are pointed at any Weblogic Server that are managed by Enterprise Manager 12c
  • They call opatch with a user defined set of instructions

so unless we hear different, it is fairly safe to assume that the same technique can be applied to any other Weblogic based Application that uses opatch for patching.

To prevent anyone from thinking that I am are jumping to conclusions here: there is a KM note indicating this:

Master Index for Provisioning and Patching through Deployment Procedures (a Generic Note specific to a Target Type) (Doc ID 1305014.1)

definitely one to keep bookmarked to ease the troubleshooting of DPs:

Tips and Tricks on Debugging Deployment Procedures (Doc ID 463355.1)

And finally the detailed steps to use Deployment Procedures in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide (  Chapter 42 "Customizing Deployment Procedures") along with the instructions how to create them in the first place ( Chapter 41.6 "Creating, Saving, and Launching User Defined Deployment Procedure (UDDP)")

(info: Senthil; text and layout: Torben; authorized: Lia)

Tuesday Jan 22, 2013

Patching & Maintenance Advisor for EPM

(in via Greg)

Oracle Proactive Support is proud to announce another Patching and Maintenance Advisor note:

Patching & Maintenance Advisor: Enterprise Performance Management
(EPM) 11.1.2.x (  Doc ID 1517258.1)

 This KM Doc takes you through the steps of evaluating, planning, testing and implementing your EPM installation.

(click to enlarge)

It links out to all the "modules" different latest patch sites, with release dates and links to the patches (where available).

It features all necessary links to support matrices (supported platforms) / certification as well as valuable tips towards the patching process in general and helpful tips for your personal reference and system.

This could well be one of the most valuable "to bookmark" sites that KM currently offers in the EPM area. (in fact so valuable that we take this in our bookmark list in the blog :) )

While you may not need it today, I am pretty sure it will come in handy when your next system update is getting closer. So have a look, check out its features and enjoy the relaxed feeling of preparedness.

Something complex just got made easy.

Tuesday Feb 07, 2012

Hot Topics on MOS and patches

  • Did you miss the latest patch set for your product?
  • Did you ever wonder where other people get the fresh information from?
  • Are you tired of searching for new fixes for Bugs?

How about signing up for some personalized newsfeed?

See our KM note  "Use My Oracle Support Hot Topics Email and Never Miss an Important Update (Doc ID 793436.1)"

It takes you step by step through the process of signing up for your Product and the news you want to receive on it.

(credits to Dan Henderson, who pointed us to this note)

Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

EPM / BI Patch overview KM Notes

The aforementioned software-elves seem not to live in Development alone...
We just got notice that a few overview KM notes on EPM / BI patches have gone live, that might just be worth bookmarking:

1395593.1 Recommended Patches for Oracle Hyperion Planning
1396084.1 Recommended Patches for Oracle Hyperion Essbase
1400076.1 Recommended Patches for Enterprise Performance Management Architect and Calculation Manager
1400561.1 Recommended Patches for Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management
1400559.1 Recommended Patches for Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Products

 be sure to

  • bookmark these in MOS
  • check the pages when planning for an upgrade


This blog talks about the latest news and upcoming events initiated by the EPM/BI Proactive Support Team.
Lia, Torben, Paul, Julie


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