Thursday Jul 25, 2013

Using the New RDA 8 with SOA Suite 11g

RDA 8 was released on July 23rd and this blog post is a brief summary of the new, smaller profiles available for SOA Suite and Service Bus 11g.

Install RDA 8

You can download the package from here.

Extract the package to a location of your choosing. It is recommended that if you want to install RDA 8 in the same location as a previous RDA installation, first delete the existing 'rda' directory. You will lose your previous configuration and this is expected when moving from RDA 4.x to 8. When subsequently updating RDA 8.x it is expected that you will be able to preserve your configuration by saving the 'output.cfg' file.

Configure and Run RDA 8

We have added 2 new profiles in RDA 8, one for SOA Suite and one for Service Bus. The purpose of these profiles is to simplify configuration, shorten the collection time and reduce the size of the resultant package.

There are 2 options for each profile, 'offline' (default) and 'online'. The 'online' collections will include a few items that require a connection to the running server and are generally only needed in special circumstances. The SOA Suite online collection adds thread dumps along with soa-infra MDS, composite and WSDL configuration information. The Service Bus 'online' collection adds thread dumps and Service Bus specific Diagnostic Dumps available starting in PS6 (cache contents, JMA and MQ async message tables).

It is recommended that the ORACLE_HOME and DOMAIN_HOME environment variables be set as this will speed / simplify the profile configuration. This can be done by running source <DOMAIN_HOME>/bin/setDomainEnv.

Steps for SOA Suite:
  1. From a command prompt enter the command: rda.sh (cmd) -CRP -p FM11g_SoaMin
  2. If the environment variables are set appropriately you can hit 'enter' at every prompt and the collection will run automatically. Otherwise continue with the steps.
  3. Accept the default value of the first prompt asking about the network domain
  4. Enter ORACLE_HOME as the Middleware Home location
  5. Confirm or enter a new location for the domain. By default it is <ORACLE_HOME>/user_projects/domains'
  6. Choose whether you want an 'offline' or 'online' collection. The default is 'offline'.
  7. If you have more than one domain in the domains location you will next be asked to choose which domain / domains to analyze.
  8. Select the domain servers to include. The default is all of them.
  9. Choose whether you want to run the OCM collection. For SOA this can be set to 'n' but the default is 'y'

Steps for Service Bus: (Identical except for the name of the profile)
  1. From a command prompt in the RDA installation location enter the command: rda.sh (cmd) -CRP -p FM11g_OsbMin
  2. If the environment variables are set appropriately you can hit 'enter' at every prompt and the collection will run automatically. Otherwise continue with the steps.
  3. Accept the default value of the first prompt asking about the network domain
  4. Enter ORACLE_HOME as the Middleware Home location
  5. Confirm or enter a new location for the domain. By default it is <ORACLE_HOME>/user_projects/domains'
  6. Choose whether you want an 'offline' or 'online' collection. The default is 'offline'.
  7. If you have more than one domain in the domains location you will next be asked to choose which domain / domains to analyze.
  8. Select the domain servers to include. The default is all of them.
  9. Choose whether you want to run the OCM collection. For SOA this can be set to 'n' but the default is 'y'

The collected files are written to RDA_HOME/output and the zipped package is written to RDA_HOME. If you are interested in viewing the collection you can go to /output and drag the file RDA__start.htm to a browser.

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