Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

How to run a RDA collection for SOA without providing a password at runtime?

One of my previous blog posts shows in detail how to collect information for a SOA domain using RDA (Remote Diagnostic Agent):
Diagnose SOA Suite 11g Issues Using RDA (Remote Diagnostic Agent).

However, a complete RDA collection for a SOA Suite domain including database artifacts takes some time. Also specific requirements may make it necessary to run the actual RDA collection at times of low system load. Or via a cron job. Usually, during an RDA collection, which connects to the WebLogic Server or to the database, passwords need to be provided.

In newer versions of RDA, functionality has been added so that passwords may be stored in the setup.cfg file in encrypted format. This can be accomplished by using the -A parameter of RDA.

RDA can collect data for one or more domains. RDA can either figure out the name of the administration user to connect to WebLogic Server, or it will ask for it during the setup phase. After the setup is done, a setup.cfg file is created that contains all information necessary to run a collection. Except passwords needed.

To add password information in order to run a RDA collection in silent mode, run the following commands:
  • For every domain (1..n), add the password for the administration user:
    • rda.[cmd|sh] -A WLS_USER_SOA_DOMi
    Use the number of the domain instead of i, like WLS_USER_SOA_DOM1, ..., WLS_USER_SOA_DOMn
  • For every domain (1..n), add the password for the SOAINFRA database schema user:
    • rda.[cmd|sh] -A YourPrefix_SOAINFRA@myhost.mydomain:1521::oracle_sid


After all passwords are stored in setup.cfg, collections can run in silent mode. They can be scheduled via a cron job or run by scripts.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

SOA Suite 11g PS5 Bundled Patch 3 (11.1.1.6.3)

Announcing the Availability of SOA Suite 11g PS5 Bundled Patch 3

This Bundled Patch contains a number of high impact fixes for PS5 and is recommended for anyone currently using this release. Please review the list of included fixes in the readme and if you are running with any SOA patches not included in the Bundled Patch please request for Support to create a one-off on top of the Bundled Patch.

Patch can be downloaded from My Oracle Support. 'Patches & Updates' -> Enter '14082705' and click 'Search'. The patch is 606MB.


Tuesday Jul 24, 2012

Follow Up to Proactive Support Presentation at the Fusion Middleware Summer Camp in Munich

On July 18th, I had the oportunity to present the SOA Proactive Support projects at the Oracle Fusion Middleware Summer Camp in Munich. This post is a follow up in order to provide the material that was covered for your reference.

Thanks to everyone who listened to the sessions and for the interesting discussions around RDA and Selective Tracing and other diagnostic tools.

The link to the event can be found here.

Material

SOA Proactive Support Overview
SOA Diagnostic Tools Overview
Using Selective Tracing with Oracle SOA Suite 11g
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