Sunday Feb 23, 2014

Scripted SOA Diagnostic Dumps for PS6 (11.1.1.7) By Shawn Bailey

When you upgrade to SOA Suite PS6 (11.1.1.7) you acquire a new set of Diagnostic Dumps in addition to what was available in PS5. With more than a dozen to choose from and not wanting to run them one at a time, this blog post provides a sample script to collect them all quickly and hopefully easily. There are several ways that this collection could be scripted and this is just one example.
What is Included:

  • wlst.properties: Ant Properties
  • build.xml
  • soa_diagnostic_script.py: Python Script

Read the complete article here.

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Friday Apr 19, 2013

Authorization Model in SOA Suite 11g by Shawn Bailey

Figuring out how the authorization works in SOA Suite 11g between the WebLogic Console and Enterprise Manager can seem daunting. This blog post aims to clarify how the two parts work together and hopefully demonstrates that it is not as complicated as it may first appear.
In SOA Suite 11g there is one Authentication stack and 2 Authorization stacks:

  • Authentication is handled by WebLogic Server and is based on the order and control flags set for the Authentication Providers in the Security Realm.
  • Authorization is split between the Global Role definitions in WebLogic Server and the SOA Application Roles in Fusion Middleware Control (EM). WLS Roles govern the interactions in the WLS Console while the SOA Roles control permissions on SOA resources / activities. In most cases the users will need access to both.

Let's describe the authorization stacks independently:
In WLS there are Global Roles defined out of the box that apply to the WebLogic Console. For our purposes we will focus on the 'Admin' Global Role as it has a counterpart in EM and is representative of the other roles as well. In the standard domain this role has a single membership condition which is for the pre-configured Group 'Administrators'. This means that any user who is a member of a group called 'Administrators' will be granted the permissions of the 'Admin' Global Role in WLS. This is important because in order for a user to login to the WLS or EM consoles they must have permissions for at least one of the WLS Global Roles, either through a Group or individual association. Read the full article here.

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Sunday Mar 10, 2013

RDA Health Checks for SOA By Shawn Bailey

What is a health check in RDA?
A health check evaluates something in your environment to determine whether a change needs to be considered in order to avoid a problem or optimize fuctionality. Examples of what this 'something' might be are:

  • Configuration Parameters
  • JVM Options
  • Runtime Statistics

What have we done for SOA?
In the latest release of RDA, 4.30, we have added a Rule Set for SOA called 'Oracle SOA 11g (11.1.1) Post Installation (Generic)'. This Rule Set contains 14 SOA related health checks.
These checks were all derived from common issues / solutions we see in support of the SOA product. Many of the recommendations come from the product documentation while others are covered in the SOA Knowledge Base. Our goal is that you will be able to easily identify the areas of concern and understand the guidance available from the output of the Rule Set.
Running the health checks for SOA
The rules that the checks use are installed with RDA and bundled by product or functional area into what are called 'Rule Sets'. To view the available Rule Sets simply run the command from the RDA home location:
rda.cmd (or .sh) -dT hcve
This will bring up a list of the available HCVE (Health Check / Verification Engine) Rule Sets. Each Rule Set contains a group of related rules that are used for evalutation and display of results. A rule can be considered synonymous with a single health check and they are assigned an ID, Name and Description that can be seen when they are executed. The Rule Set for SOA is option number 11 and you just enter this selection at the prompt. The Rule Set will then execute to completion. After running an HCVE Rule Set the tool will write the output to the RDA_HOME/output folder. The simplest way to view the output is to drag the .htm file to a browser but of course it can also be uploaded to a Service Request for evaluation by Oracle Support. Read the full article here.

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