Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

Webcast Replay Available: Advanced Management of EBS with Oracle Enterprise Manager

You might have missed our webcast on managing E-Business Suite environments with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the Application Management Pack plug-in.  This webcast was presented by Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager, and Lauren Cohn, Principal Curriculum Developer.

The recorded webcast and its presentation materials are now available here:

Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Presentation)

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The Application Management Pack plug-in is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including midtier, configuration, host, and database management—to name just a few. Customers that have implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager have experienced dramatic improvements in system visibility, diagnostic capability, and administrator productivity.

This webcast highlights the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager and the latest version of the Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

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Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

ATG Live Webcast Nov. 8th: Advanced Management of EBS with Oracle Enterprise Manager

The task of managing and monitoring Oracle E-Business Suite environments can be very challenging. The Application Management Pack plug-in is part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

The Application Management Pack plug-in is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including midtier, configuration, host, and database management—to name just a few. Customers that have implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager have experienced dramatic improvements in system visibility, diagnostic capability, and administrator productivity.

This webcast will highlight the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager, the latest version of the Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.0.1.0

Date:                Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time:               8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                         Lauren Cohn, Principal Curriculum Developer, E-Business Suite ATG

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103191

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591460967

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Friday Apr 20, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast: 

Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Presentation)

Enterprise Manager 12c with E-Business Suite Plug-in 5.0

Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development discussed using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the latest E-Business Suite Plug-in to manage E-Business Suite systems, including 11i, R12, R12.1, and the upcoming release. (April 2012)

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Monday Apr 02, 2012

ATG Live Webcast April 5: Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

The next ATG Live Webcast covers one of the hottest topic areas in E-Business Suite Tools and Technology: Lifecycle Management. Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development will lead you through using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the latest E-Business Suite Plug-in to manage E-Business Suite systems. You can register for the Apr. 5, 2012 event at:

Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Enterprise Manager 12c with E-Business Suite Plug-in 5.0


The topics covered in this webcast will be:

  • Manage your EBS system configurations
  • Monitor your EBS environment's performance and uptime
  • Keep multiple EBS environments in sync with their patches and configurations
  • Create patches for your EBS customizations and apply them with Oracle's own patching tools

Date:               Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:            877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99343

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  594372618

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com. 

Wednesday Jun 29, 2011

Reminder: ATG Live Webcast June 29th: Reducing TCO Using Oracle E-Business Suite Management Packs

Conceptual diagram showing Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Reminder: Our next ATG Live Webcast is happening tomorrow, Thursday, June 29th:

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of how EBS sysadmins can make their lives easier with the Management Packs for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x. This session will highlight key features in Applications Management Pack (AMP) and Applications Change Management Pack (ACMP) that can automate or streamline some of the tasks needed to:

  • Manage your EBS system configurations
  • Monitor your EBS environment's performance and uptime
  • Keep multiple EBS environments in sync with their patches and configurations
  • Create patches for your EBS customizations and apply them with Oracle's own patching tools

There will also be a special mention of Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter.

How to Reduce TCO Using Oracle E-Business Suite Management Packs

  • Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM GMT)
  • Presenters: Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development
  • Registration Link to Webcast
  • Event Dial-in Numbers:
    • U.S. Participants: 877-697-8128
    • International Participants: 706-634-9568
    • Passcode: You will receive this with your registration confirmation.

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Friday Jun 10, 2011

ATG Live Webcast: How to Reduce TCO Using Oracle E-Business Suite Management Packs

ACMP AMP functional architecture diagram I am pleased to announce our next ATG Live Webcast on 30-Jun-2011. The event is titled:

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of how EBS sysadmins can make their lives easier with the Management Packs for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x. This session will highlight key features in Applications Management Pack (AMP) and Applications Change Management Pack (ACMP) that can automate or streamline some of the tasks needed to:

  • Manage your EBS system configurations
  • Monitor your EBS environment's performance and uptime
  • Keep multiple EBS environments in sync with their patches and configurations
  • Create patches for your EBS customizations and apply them with Oracle's own patching tools

There will also be a special mention of Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter.

How to Reduce TCO Using Oracle E-Business Suite Management Packs

  • Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM GMT)
  • Presenters: Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development
  • Registration Link to Webcast
  • Event Dial-in Numbers:
    • U.S. Participants: 877-697-8128
    • International Participants: 706-634-9568
    • Passcode: You will receive this with your registration confirmation.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me: Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

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Friday Feb 25, 2011

Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0 Released for OEM 11g (11.1.0.1)

[Feb. 25, 12:40 PM Update: Removed incorrect references to RHEL 3, SLES 9, HP-UX 11.11, Solaris 8]

We're very pleased to announce the release of Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0, an integral part of Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

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The management suite combines features in the standalone Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle's real user monitoring and configuration management capabilities. 

The features that were available in the standalone Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite are now packaged into the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0.  The Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0 is now fully certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control. 

This latest plug-in extends Grid Control with E-Business Suite specific management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.  The Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in is released via patch 8333939.  For the AMP and ACMP 4.0 installation guide, see:
General AMP & ACMP improvements
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control Support
    Application Management Pack 4.0 and Application Change Management Pack 4.0 for Oracle E-Business Suite are certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control Release 1 (11.1.0.1.0).
  • Built-in Diagnostic Ability
    Release 4.0 has numerous major enhancements that provide the necessary intelligence to determine if the product has been installed and configured correctly. There are diagnostics for Discovery, Cloning, and User Monitoring that will validate if the appropriate patches, privileges, setups, and profile options have been configured. This feature improves the setup and configuration process.
Enhanced ACMP Capabilities
Customization Manager
  • Multi-Node Custom Application Registration: This feature automates the process of registering and validating custom products/applications on every node in a multi-node EBS system.
  • Public/Private File Source Mappings and E-Business Suite Mappings: File Source Mappings & E-Business Suite Mappings can be created and marked as public or private. Only the creator/owner can define/edit his/her own mappings. Users can use public Mappings, but cannot edit or change settings.
  • Test Checkout Command for Versions: This feature allows you to test/verify checkout commands at the version level within the File Source Mapping page.
  • Prerequisite Patch Validation: You can specify prerequisite patches for Customization packages and for Release 12 Oracle E-Business Suite packages.
  • Destination Path Population: You can now automatically populate the Destination Path for common file types during package construction.
  • OAF File Type Support: Ability to package Oracle Application Framework (OAF) customizations and deploy them across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite instances.
  • Extended PLL Support: Ability to distinguish between different types of PLLs (that is, Report and Forms PLL files). Providing better granularity when managing PLL objects.
  • Enhanced Standards Checker: Provides greater and more comprehensive list of coding standards that are verified during the package build process (for example, File Driver exceptions, Java checks, XML checks, SQL checks, etc.)
  • HTML Package Readme: The package Readme is in HTML format and includes the file listing.
  • Advanced Package Search Capabilities: The ability to utilize more criteria within the advanced search package (that is, Public, Last Updated by, Files Source Mapping, and E-Business Suite Mapping).
  • Enhanced Package Build Notifications: More detailed information on the results of a package build process. Better, more detailed troubleshooting guidance in the event of build failures.
Patch Manager
  • Staged Patches: Ability to run Patch Manager with no external internet access. Customer can download Oracle E-Business Suite patches into a shared location for Patch Manager to access and apply. Supports highly secured production environments that prohibit external internet connections.
  • Support for Superseded Patches: Automatic check for superseded patches. Allows users to easily add superseded patches into the Patch Run. More comprehensive and correct Patch Runs. Removes many manual and laborious tasks, frees up Apps DBAs for higher value-added tasks.
  • Automatic Primary Node Identification: Users can now specify which is the "primary node" (that is, which node hosts the Shared APPL_TOP) during the Patch Run interview process, available for Release 12 only.
Setup Manager
  • Preview Extract Results: Ability to execute an extract in "proof mode", and examine the query results, to determine accuracy. Used in conjunction with the "where" clause in Advanced Filtering. This feature can provide better and more accurate fine tuning of extracts.
  • Use Uploaded Extracts in New Projects: Ability to incorporate uploaded extracts in new projects via new LOV fields in package construction. Leverages the Setup Manager repository to access extracts that have been uploaded. Allows customer to reuse uploaded extracts to provision new instances.
  • Re-use Existing Extracts in New Projects: Ability to incorporate existing extracts in new projects via new LOV fields in package construction. Leverages the Setup Manager repository to access point-in-time extracts (snapshots) of configuration data. Allows customer to reuse existing extracts to provision new instances. Allows comparative historical reporting of identical APIs, executed at different times.
  • Support for BR100 formats: Setup Manager can now automatically produce reports in the BR100 format. Native support for industry standard formats.
  • Concurrent Manager API Support: General Foundation now provides an API for management of "Concurrent Manager" configuration data. Ability to migrate Concurrent Managers from one instance to another. Complete the setup once and never again; no need to redefine the Concurrent Managers.
Certified configurations

The following Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control releases, Oracle E-Business Suite releases, and platforms are supported:
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0 requires Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control Release 1 (11.1.0.1.0)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
    • 11i: Release 11.5.10 CU2 with ATG_PF.H RUP6 or higher
    • 12.0: Release 12.0.4 with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6
    • 12.1: Release 12.1 with R12.ATG_PF.B.delta.3
  • Certified Platforms and Releases
    • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5); (RHEL 4, 5); (SLES 10)
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5); (RHEL 4, 5); (SLES 10)
Certifications still underway

The following certifications are still in progress:
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

Upgrades from AMP & ACMP 3


This plug-in supersedes the Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 3.1. An upgrade path to 4.0 is provided from 3.1 only. Therefore it is mandatory for the existing installations to be at the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 3.1 level before upgrading to 4.0.

AMP & ACMP 4.0 run only with EM 11g, and vice versa

If you're running AMP or ACMP 3.1 on EM 10gR5 and upgrade to AMP/ACMP 4.0, you must upgrade to EM 11g.

If you're running AMP or ACMP 3.1 on EM 10gR5 and upgrade to EM 11g, you must upgrade to AMP or ACMP 4.0.

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Wednesday Jun 23, 2010

Statement of Direction: Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g + Oracle E-Business Suite Packs

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Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g (OEM 11g) was announced in April 2010.  The new systems management features in this latest release have generated a great deal of interest from existing and prospective users of our Applications Management Pack (AMP) and Applications Change Management Pack (ACMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite.  We covered our roadmap for AMP and ACMP at OAUG/Collaborate earlier this year, which triggered some lively discussions about our priorities.

This is a compelling example of how you can affect the course of a product.  In response to your (sometimes very vocal) feedback, we have begun projects to certify upcoming releases of AMP and ACMP with the latest Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g platform. 

We appreciate your sharing your AMP/ACMP priorities with us, and we're excited about the prospect of running our EBS plug-ins with the latest Grid Control 11g release.  We look forward to sharing more details with you as soon as they're available.

When will this be released?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.   

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Friday Jan 08, 2010

Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack 3.1 Now Available

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Our Applications Technology Group has released new versions of Application Management Pack 3.1 and Application Change Management Pack 3.1 for Oracle E-Business Suite:
Application Management Pack (AMP) and Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) extend Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g to monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite components and the changes the system undergoes. 

Application Change Management Pack provides features to monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite changes. Application Change Management Pack provides a centralized view to monitor and orchestrate changes (both functional and technical) across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite systems.

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Enterprise Manager Grid Control to monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite systems.

What's new in this release?

Application Change Management Pack 3.1 has been enhanced to provide more control and flexibility in managing Oracle E-Business Suite changes:
Change Approval Framework: Changes orchestrated through Application Change Management Pack can now be controlled through the new change approval framework in Release 3.1. Users can now be segregated as approvers across Oracle E-Business Suite systems and modules using Customization Manager, Patch Manager or Setup Manager. Built-in notification capabilities enable approvers and requestors to be informed about the status of relevant change requests. It also provides an implicit audit trail mechanism.
Integrated Custom Application Management: An integrated custom applications management feature enables users to easily register new custom applications across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite systems.  Administrators can track and validate existing custom applications using a common framework.
Prerequisite Patch Analysis: Oracle E-Business Suite patches can now be analyzed for prerequisites prior to target system deployment. The analysis verifies whether the prerequisites are already available.  If not, they can be added to the automated patch job.

Offline Transformation:  Users have the new ability to download Oracle E-Business Suite setup data to Microsoft Excel.  Setup Data can be edited and new data can be entered via Excel worksheets. Data is validated within Microsoft Excel and in Setup Manager.
Built-in Intelligence: Release 3.1 has additional enhancements, including:
  • Automated file driver metadata generation for new files and $Header handling
  • Customization Package impact analysis report
  • Advanced filtering options for setup migration
Improved Usability:  Release 3.1 contains usability and reporting enhancements to ensure better integration with third-party systems like source-control systems.
What's New in Application Management Pack 3.1?

This new release of Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Version 3.1 offers the following new capabilities:
Smart Clone:  Next Generation hot-cloning technology built on Enterprise Manager Grid Control. Smart Clone provides flexibility for administrators to incorporate their own custom database cloning techniques into AMP's cloning routines. Smart Clone supports cloning of single or multi-node Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 CU2 systems deployed on Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Shared APPL_TOP. Some of the key cloning scenarios supported include RAC to RAC, RAC to Non-RAC, and Scale Down (Multi-Node to Single Node).
Concurrent Processing Dashboard:  Administrators now have the ability to monitor and manage Concurrent Managers and concurrent programs through Application Management Pack Release 3.1. The new dashboard displays the efficiency of Concurrent Managers in processing concurrent requests. Administrators can create a watch list of specific concurrent managers and specific concurrent programs.
End-to-End Tracing:  Administrators can analyze Oracle E-Business Suite's database load from Application Management Pack 3.1.  Administrators can trace Application Web User Sessions down to Database Sessions. Top database sessions can also be traced back to individual application users.
Prerequisites
  • Operating system:  Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX
  • Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10gR5
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 CU2 + 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP6; or,
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 + R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6; or,
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1
Both Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite are separately-licensed products. Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is a mandatory prerequisite for Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite.

References
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Wednesday Nov 18, 2009

Application Change Management Pack for EBS (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

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I recently wrote about the eternal dilemma of the Apps system implementer: whether it's worth customizing the E-Business Suite or not.  Customizations and extensions introduce the challenge of deploying your customizations between multiple development, QA, and production environments.  Our new Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite has the potential to help to with that, and a few other notable systems management tasks, too.

The Application Change Management Pack is one of the most-interesting new lifecycle management products released recently from our Applications Technology Group.  The Application Change Management Pack is an optional add-on to the Application Management Pack.  The Application Management Pack is an Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control plug-in for the E-Business Suite. 

The Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite (sometimes oddly referenced as "ACP" instead of "ACMP") has three noteworthy new capabilities:
  1. Customization Manager:  Takes all files associated with a custom application, report or extension and bundles them into an Oracle patch.  Standard AD utilities can then be used to apply the patch to different Apps instances.
  2. Patch Manager: Auomates many of the manual tasks associated with applying EBS patches, as well automates installing patches in multiple EBS instances.
  3. Setup Manager:  Automates the migration of configuration/setup data across instances. Provides over 300 functional APIs (AOL, Financials, Manufacturing, Distribution) for setup data management.
Ken Baxter and Biju Mohan covered the new Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite in detail in their OpenWorld 2009 session:

They discuss the following topics in this session:
  • Use cases for managing E-Business Suite customizations
    • New workflow when using the Customization Manager
  • Use cases when patching multiple E-Business Suite environments 
    • New patching process when using the Patch Manager
    • Defining a "Patch Run" to apply patches to multiple Apps environments in parallel
  • Use cases for configuring E-Business Suite environments
    • New process for transferring setups from one environment to another with the Setup Manager
    • Example use case: rolling out "Sets of Books" to multiple instances
Listening to the Session

If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download the presentation or listen to the live recording of this session.

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Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

Applications Management and Change Management Packs Certified with Enterprise Manager Grid Control Release 5

Our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group released a new product, the Application Change Management Pack (ACMP), and a new version of their Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 4 earlier this month.  They've just followed this up with a new certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 5.

Oracle-Enterprise-Manager-amp-screenshot showing iProcurement web application uptime and performance metrics

For more details about the new features, documentation, and patches for the latest Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack releases, see:

Oracle E-Business Suite Prerequisites

  • 11.5.10 with ATG_PF.H RUP5 and higher
  • Release 12.0.4 and higher
  • Release 12.1

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX Based Systems

Certification on Windows platforms are in progress.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

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Sunday Apr 20, 2008

Comparing OEM Data Masking and AMP Data Scrambling Features

[Editor note: Sep 3 2010:  The embedded table (the final figure in the article) lists a line that reads, "Pre-Defined Masking Configuration for EBS."  This is an error.  It should read, "Pre-Defined Masking Algorithms for EBS."]

My last article spurred a flood of questions about the difference between Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) Data Masking and the Application Management Pack's (AMP) Data Scrambling features.

What is Data Masking?

The act of anonymizing customer, financial, or company confidential data to create new, legible data, which retains the original data's properties, such as its width, type, and format.

Datamasking:

The Oracle Enterprise Manager Data Masking Pack uses an irreversible process to replace sensitive data with realistic looking but scrubbed data based on masking rules.  This ensures that original data cannot be retrieved, recovered or restored.

This feature was introduced in Oracle Enterprise Manager 10gR4.

Datamasking-fig:

Major features of Data Masking

  • Maintains Automatic Database Referential Integrity when masking primary keys
    • Implicit - database enforced
    • Explicit - application enforced
  • Provides out-of-the-box Data mask format library
  • View sample data before masking
  • Application masking templates using the Export Mask Definition capability
  • Define once; execute multiple times

Datamasking-Formats:

Masking processes are traditionally slow because they perform table updates.  The Data Masking Pack takes an advantage of built-in optimizations in the database to disable database logging and runs in parallel to quickly create a masked replacement for the original table.

Distinguishing OEM Data Masking and AMP Data Scrambling

The OEM Data Masking is a part of Database Management Pack.  Data Scrambling is a part of the Application Management Pack for E-Business suite, a plug-in for the Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Database Scrambling can only be performed when cloning E-Business Suite environments using the Applications Management Pack.

Here's a detailed comparison of the OEM Data Masking and Applications Management Pack Data Scrambling capabilities:

Distinction-Masking-Scrambling-1: Matrix comparing OEM Data Masking features with Application Management Pack Data Scrambling features

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Thursday Feb 28, 2008

Scrambling Sensitive E-Business Suite Data During Cloning

Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control allows you to manage all of your Oracle E-Business Suite systems from a single console.  The Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite, Release 2.0.0 and 2.0.1 extends EM 10g Grid Control to manage Oracle Applications systems.

ScamIntro:

One of the key features of the Applications Management Pack is the ability to clone an Oracle E-Business Suite system automatically.  While cloning environments, administrators can modify the standard cloning process to include some custom actions. One such custom action is data
scrambling.

Data scrambling is the process of obfuscating or removing sensitive data, and can be used by functional administrators and database administrators when cloning an environment that contains sensitive information.

Data Scrambling Characteristics

The key characteristics of Data Scrambling are:

  • The scrambling process is irreversible, so that the original data cannot be derived from the scrambled data.
  • The scrambling process is repeatable (with the same parameters) and can be used for multiple cloning processes.

Key Data Scrambling Terms


Attribute:  Group of columns in one or more tables representing a single, logical E-Business Suite-wide value such as customer name


Tables to Purge:   Tables selected to be purged for rows matching user-defined criteria. This table selection allows the removal of sensitive data such as transaction histories before allowing applications to access to the system.


Policy:  Functional groupings of Attributes and Tables to Purge related to one or more applications in the E-Business Suite. For example: "GL Policy" or "AR Policy".


Policy Set:  Policy sets are groups of policies. Multiple policy sets can contain overlapping policies.  Example: "Financial Policy Set"


Configuring Data Scrambling1: Flow diagram showing data scrambling policy definition process

Preparing for Data Scrambling

  1. Data scrambling is configured through the Oracle Applications Manager.  To enable data scrambling, set the site-level profile option OAM: Data Scrambling Enabled to "Yes".
  2. Functional administrators define the attributes and map them to database columns.
  3. Functional administrators collect attributes together to define policies and policy sets.

Scrambling the Data


The configuration defined in Oracle Applications Manager for data scrambling can be utilized within the Apps Management Pack during the cloning process.


The Database Administrator specifies the policy sets to scramble the source data, initiates and then monitors the data scrambling process.


The source data from the original instance is sent through the data scrambling engine, which then scrambles the data.


Configuring Data Scrambling2:

References

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Thursday Feb 21, 2008

Latest Apps Management Pack 2.0.1 Now Available

Our hardworking E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group recently released  Application Management Pack version 2.0.1 for Oracle E-Business Suite.  This upgrade includes some important new features and a large number of bug fixes.  This update  is available for download via Patch 5969524 from Oracle Metalink.

Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

Supported E-Business Suite Releases

Application Management Pack (AMP) 2.0.1 is available for Grid Control 10gR3 on Linux (x86) and can be used to manage the following E-Business Suite releases:
  • Release 11.5.10 CU2 + ATG FP RUP4.H
  • Release 12.0
What Else Is New?


AMP 2.0.1 is an OPatch rollup update on top of the Pack's earlier release V2.0.  Some of the key benefits of this upgrade are:

  • Improved discovery and cloning capabilities
  • Management of E-Business Suite advanced topologies
  • Option to discover and register E-Business Suite instances either through the Command line or EM Grid Control User Interface
This pack also contains major bug fixes in the following areas:

Cloning
  • 6141071: Ability for user to choose custom directories for installing APPL_TOP and DB TOP while cloning EBS R12.
  • 5976900: Ability for users to perform scale up or scale down clone of DB TOP.
  • 6155177: Ability for clone to support the capability to skip optional steps specified in the Clone Procedure.
  • 5876590: Support cloning of Individual EBS components (Database Techstack, Data Top, Application Techstack, and Application Top).
  • 5892625: Ability to apply an EBS image on an existing E-Business Suite Target.
Discovery
  • Command Line Interface (CLI) for discovering and registering E-Business Suite system. In addition to the EM Grid Control User Interface based EBS discovery process, customers can now choose to discover using CLI. However the discovery mechanism still remains the same in both the steps.
Certified Oracle E-Business Suite Topology
  • EBS deployed on shared file system (NFS): Customers can now use AMP 2.0.1 to monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite systems deployed on a shared file system. However the cloning capability is still pending certification.
  • SSL enabled EBS System: Using AMP 2.0.1 customers can monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite systems that are SSL enabled.
References
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[Completely unrelated aside: This is likely going to be the last major piece of news on this blog for a while.  I'm off to visit my teams in India and the UK for an extended trip.  It's unlikely that I'll have a lot of free time to post techstack news during my travels, but we'll see how things go.]

Friday Jun 29, 2007

Apps Management Pack for E-Business Suite on Solaris Now Available

The Applications Management Pack for the E-Business Suite was originally available only for Linux platforms.  For those of you waiting for the latest generation of our systems management tool to be ported to your operating system, some good news:  it's now available for Sun Solaris.

Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

The Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Oracle Enterprise Manager 10gR3 Grid Control to help monitor and manage Applications environments.  This latest version can be used to manage the following environments:
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and higher
  • E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 with ATG RUP 4 or higher
Free downloads for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control are available, but it's important to note that the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is a separately licensed product.  If you'd like to do a hands-on evaluation of this latest release, you should give your Oracle account team a call.

Wednesday Apr 04, 2007

Fully Automated Cloning for Release 11i and 12

Cloning is the process of creating an identical copy of an already existing Oracle Applications system.  Cloning is a regular part of an Apps DBA's responsibilities, so you're probably already familiar with the latest Rapid Clone utility and its predecessor,  adclone.pl, the original AD Clone Utility.  If you've used those tools in the past, you likely also know that overall cloning process requires some user intervention for things like the APPS password and so on. 

Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

A customer recently asked whether the following cloning process can be fully automated, so that no user intervention is required at all:
  1. Shut down the PROD environment for both the application server and database tier
  2. Do an offline preclone of both tiers
  3. Copy both tiers to another server (the sandbox environment)
  4. Restart the PROD environment
  5. Do an offline postclone of both tiers for the sandbox environment
  6. Start the sandbox environment
In researching that, I was pleased to learn that this kind of automation is a new feature in the latest Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite for Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10gR3. 

The management pack automates the cloning of both Release 11i (11.5.10 with ATG RUP4) as well as Release 12 environments.  You go through a step-by-step interview process to configure the clone routine once, and then you can reuse the cloning routine as many times as you wish.  In addition, the cloning routing can send out a notification if it failed.

Very slick.  If you've had a chance to try this, I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences with this new feature.

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Friday Feb 23, 2007

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Now Available

Editor May 7, 2006 Update:  It's been pointed out that the relative positioning between Oracle Application Manager and the Oracle Application Management Pack could stand to use some elaboration.  Oracle Application Manager is still present and bundled with both Apps 11i and 12.  The Oracle Application Management Pack is a purchased add-on for Oracle Enterprise Manager.  They're related but distinct products.

If you've used previous versions of Oracle Applications Manager (OAM), you'll be pleased to hear that the latest generation of systems management tools has just been released:  the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is now available.  This new product plugs into Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10gR3, and is available for Linux platforms in its initial release.


Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control to help you monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite system environments. The Pack can be used to manage the following Apps releases:
The pack integrates Oracle Applications Manager with Enterprise Manager Grid Control, allowing you to drill down from Enterprise Manager's server monitoring level to specific E-Business Suite technology stack components.  Some of the key new capabilities include:
  • Automated cloning: Using the pack, Enterprise Manager Grid Control can be used to clone an Oracle E-Business Suite system (both 11.5.10 and Release 12) automatically.
  • Service Level Management (SLM):  Monitor the E-Business suite infrastructure and application service's availability and performance, and capture activity and performance metrics for trend analysis.  
  • Configuration Reports:  Over a hundred reports on E-Business suite configuration details.  Reports can be viewed, searched, and compared from within Enterprise Manager Grid control.
Free downloads for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control are available, but it's important to note that the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is a separately licensed product.  If you'd like to do a hands-on evaluation of this latest release, you should give your Oracle account team a call.

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Monday Nov 13, 2006

New Systems Management Capabilities for Release 12

The latest details about the upcoming Release 12 Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g were unveiled at OpenWorld.  This new product replaces the older "Grid Control Plug-in for E-Business Suite," and many of the new features are backwards-compatible with Release 11i, too.

OAM R12 screenshot:

This latest plug-in will extend the Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control capabilities for monitoring and managing E-Business Suite environments.  It will include a number of cool new features, including:
  • User interface enhancements, including an enhanced Home and Topology views

  • Automatic discovery of E-Business Suite environments

  • New configuration management capabilities, including views, comparisons, and searchs of configuration information across multiple Apps systems

  • Application Service Level management for Concurrent Porcessing, Forms, Workflow, and Self-Service, with configurable service level alerts

  • JVM usage monitoring, including monitoring of the Application Module pool, locked AOL/J connections, and OA Framework cache components

  • Enhanced cloning and data scrambling capabilities
For a more in-depth discussion of these new features and capabilities -- and lots of screenshots -- check out Biju Mohan's OpenWorld presentation:
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Tuesday Oct 17, 2006

New Application Management Packs Coming for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g

[Editor Oct 18, 2007 Update:  Changed link to detailed information; there's more coming, including the presentation with detailed features and screenshots, during OpenWorld.]

Our hard-working Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g team has just announced that a new set of Application Management Packs will soon be released for Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, and Siebel.

Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

For the E-Business Suite, this new Application Management Pack will support both Release 11i and 12.  Some interesting new features:
  • Automated discovery
  • Service Level Management
  • Out of box service models & beacon transactions
  • Configuration Management
  • Topology views
  • Integration with Application Server & Database diagnostics
  • Cloning automation for production to test environments
  • Customized beacon for Forms components
A bit more information about the new application management, monitoring, and service level capabilities can be found here:
The official press release is characteristically light on specific release dates for the E-Business Suite Application Management Pack.  Stay tuned; I'll post updates as they become available.

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Thursday Jun 29, 2006

Oracle Grid Control 10gR2 Plug-in for Oracle Applications on AIX

Following up on my recent article on using Oracle Enterprise Manager with Oracle  Applications Manager, the Oracle Grid Control 10gR2 Plug-in for Oracle Applications has just been released for IBM AIX. This release can be downloaded via MetaLink as patch 5294640.

OEM Apps Plug-in - Home screenshot:

See the links below if you're interested in other platforms or pointers to the Oracle Enterprise Manager 10gR1 equivalent plug-ins.

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Monday Jun 26, 2006

Using Enterprise Manager with Applications Manager

Oracle Applications Manager (OAM) has matured into a very slick and powerful toolbox for Apps sysadmins.  Oracle Applications Manager is a standalone tool, but if you're so-inclined, you can optionally use a plug-in to integrate it with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control (OEM).  Grid Control allows you to monitor multiple e-Business systems and drill down into Oracle Applications Manager.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Apps Plug-in Architecture:

The Oracle Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle Applications provides extensions for the Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control management service, repository, and agent. 

These extensions introduce new target types that can be monitored within Grid Control, including:
  • Oracle Applications System
  • HTTP Server for Oracle Applications 11i
  • JServ for Oracle Applications 11i
  • Forms Listener for Oracle Applications 11i
  • Reports Server for Oracle Applications 11i
  • Discoverer for Oracle Applications 11i
You can get a top-level view of your Apps environment in Oracle Enterprise Manager:

Oracle Enterprise Manager Apps Plug-in System View:

You can drill down into operational reports for your application server-tier:

OEM Apps Plug-in - Apps Tier View:

As well as getting the same details for your database tier:

OEM Apps Plug-in - Database Tier View:

The patch numbers for the Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle Applications are:

For Grid Control 10gR2
  • HP-UX: 5189739 (released 27 April 2006)
  • Solaris: 5109595 (released 04 April 2006)
  • Linux : 4678538 (released 12 January 2006)
  • AIX:  5294640 (released 26 June 2006)
  • Other platforms will be made available soon
For Grid Control 10gR1
  • Linux : 4289612 (released 06 April 2005)
  • Solaris : 4288879 (released 06 April 2005)
  • AIX : 4685522 (released 30 November 2005)
  • HP-UX : 5053049 (released 4 March 2006)
  • Windows NT : 5001875 (released 4 March 2006)
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