EBS Sysadmin Primer: Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Management Tools

[Editor: This is the second in a multi-part series from Nirzari Raichura, a senior member of our ATG Certification team, on essential Fusion Middleware concepts and tools for the EBS sysadmin]

In my previous article, I discussed the core Fusion Middleware 11g concepts, Fusion Middleware 11g components, and Oracle WebLogic Server concepts that every E-Business Suite sysadmin should understand. 

In this article, I'll give a quick overview of the essential tools that you use to manage and configure your external Fusion Middleware 11g instance.


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Tools to manage Oracle Fusion Middleware

Here's a summary of the main tools that you'll use to manage a Fusion Middleware instance:

  1. Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control
  2. Oracle WebLogic Server Administration Console
  3. Weblogic Scripting Tool
  4. Oracle Process Manager and Notification Server (OPMN)
  5. Node Manager
  6. WLS Configuration wizard
1. Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control

URL:
http://hostname.domain:port/em

The default user name for the administrator user is weblogic.

Tasks you can perform
  • Navigate, View and Manage a Farm, create clusters
  • View log messages
  • Specify monitoring credentials
  • Navigate, view and manage components and applications in a Farm:
    • Start and stop Oracle WebLogic Server
    • Manage SOA Environment
    • Manage Oracle HTTP Server
    • Manage Oracle Web Cache
    • Configure and manage auditing
    • Configure SSL
    • View and manage log files
    • Change ports for some system components
  • Access the WebLogic Server Administration Console

2. Oracle WebLogic Server Administration Console

URL:
http://hostname:port_number/console

You can also access the Administration Console from Fusion Middleware Control, and from the home pages of targets such as the Administration Server and Managed Server

Tasks you can perform
  • Configure, start, and stop WebLogic Server instances
  • Configure WebLogic Server clusters
  • Configure WebLogic Server services, such as database connectivity (JDBC) and messaging (JMS)
  • Configure security parameters, including creating and managing users, groups, and roles
  • Configure and deploy Java EE applications
  • Monitor server and application performance
  • View server and domain log files
  • View application deployment descriptors
  • Edit selected run-time application deployment descriptor elements

3. Weblogic Scripting Tool

The WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST) is a command-line scripting environment.

You can use any of the following techniques to invoke WLST commands:

  • Interactively, on the command line
  • In script mode, supplied in a file
  • Embedded in Java code

TIP:  You can use the 'Record' feature in WLS Admin console to record actions to a WLST Script

Tasks you can perform

  • Create, manage, and monitor Oracle WebLogic Server domains
  • Run Custom WLST Commands supplied by components such as Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS), Oracle Fusion Middleware Audit Framework, and MDS, and services such as SSL and logging
  • Manage system components, e.g. start, stop, check status and obtain lists of components 

4. Oracle Process Manager and Notification Server (OPMN)

OPMN will be familiar to Apps DBAs who have worked with Oracle Application Server 10g. FMW 11g components are deployed using Weblogic Server, and OPMN is integrated with the WebLogic domain to provide remote management of system components.

OPMN manages system components in the local and remote Oracle instance.  You can use either the Fusion Middleware Control Console or the WLST command line.

5. Node Manager

Node Manager is a WebLogic Server utility that allows you to start, shut down, and restart Administration Server and Managed Server instances from a remote location.

Node manager is not associated with a domain. It can be used to manage any sever instance that resides on the same physical server.

6. WLS Configuration Wizard

The WLS Configuration Wizard simplifies the process of creating and extending domains.

  • WLS Ships with a default template and templates for samples domains
  • Can also be used to add or remove services from an existing 'inactive' domain.  
  • Can be used offline only
  • Can also be used to create user-defined domain configuration templates, which can later be used to create customized domains

Coming up next in this series:  EBS Sysadmin Primer: Oracle Identity Management 11g.

References

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Tutorials, Overviews, and Getting Started
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Online Documentation Library 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.2)

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Comments:

Hi Nirzari, First of all I would like to thank you for posting these two very good posts on FMW for starters. Steven Chan is my inspirartion behind my blog and even after 4 years (first visited this site in June 2006) I don't miss even single day visiting this blog (Thanks to your entire team) .

My recommendation for starter (I still believe I am starter) would be to pick up WebLogic first , I posted few day-to-day task which as FMW administrator must know i.e. Installation, Domain/ManagedServer/Cluster, Startup-Shutdown, Integration with OID, Patching (BSU) at
http://onlineappsdba.com/index.php/2008/07/24/domain-administration-managed-server-cluster-in-oracle-weblogic/

Hope this link ( http://onlineAppsDBA.com ) which also covers other fusion middleware products like SOA, WebCenter and Identity Management (OID,OAM,OIM,ORM,OAAM) will be useful to some (if not all) of your readers.

Atul Kumar

Posted by Atul Kumar on June 30, 2010 at 02:51 PM PDT #

Hi

One question, can i will install the FMW control in one server with the weblogic consol, et dans another server les Manageds Servers for the Portal, Forms et Reports? this is for production environnment.

Thanks et sorry for my english

Luis

Posted by Luis Flores on October 05, 2010 at 08:03 PM PDT #

Yes. You can. Refer: Oracle® Fusion Middleware Installation Planning Guide for more details. Here is link for that:
http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E14571_01/install.1111/b32474/toc.htm

Posted by Nirzari on October 05, 2010 at 09:11 PM PDT #

Hi Nirzari

Thnaks for the answer, maybe i can install the Fusion Middleware Control in one server (Machine-1), but what happend with the OHS and the WebCache if this components live in the other server (Machine-2),

This is my architecture: I need install Forms, Reports, OHS and WebCache

Machine-1

AdminServer --> Administration Console WebLogic
-->Fusion Middleware Control (EM)
Managed Server 1
Managed Server 3

Machine-2

Managed Server 2
Managed Server 4

How i do my installation?

Thanks
Luis

Posted by Luis Flores on October 07, 2010 at 12:16 PM PDT #

Hi Luis,

Sorry for the delay in reply. Got busy with urgent work and then was out on vacation.
I checked with iAS team and received following information.
Refer Link:http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E14571_01/core.1111/e10106/classic.htm#CIHIEHDI

It explains about "Configuring High Availability for Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports, and Discoverer".

Posted by Nirzari on November 03, 2010 at 06:30 PM PDT #

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