Tuesday Oct 04, 2011

The New Enterprise Manager Ops Center "Harvester" utility

Did you know that you can run Enterprise Manager Ops Center is a totally "disconnected" mode for networks that are detached from the internet?  There is a cool utility we call the "Harvester" that helps you do this and we've just put out a major upgrade to it.  

If you haven't used the Harvester before, here is a quick overview. It uses your credentials to log into My Oracle Support and download all of the patch meta data and other content you require and bundles it up into a nice, crisp tar ball ready to be moved onto your dark network and loaded into the Ops Center Enterprise Controller.  Once you've done this, Ops Center's patching and configuration management functions will work just as if it is attached to the internet.

Now, here's what's new in Harvester 2.0:

  • Major performance improvements - at least 8 times faster. This will allow customers to initiate and continually refresh their offline environments without having to wait for hours and days for the content to download.

  • Ability to download patches from a certain date - this will allow dramatic reductions in the size of the offline bundle customers have to carry with them to a dark environment.

  • Ability to download a customized, predefined list of patches - this will allow customers to download only certain patches that they deem important in their environment.

  • Support for incremental downloads - automatically flag which patches were downloaded in each run, allowing customers to copy only the new files to the disconnected EC.

  • Disk space optimization - a major complaint of customers is that the old Harvester created a huge TAR ballwhich made it frustrating to 1) create 2) transfer and 3) upload to the disconnected EC. The new Harvester resolves this issue on all levels.

  • Ability to run the Harvester on Linux - the old version only runs on Solaris.

  • Self auto update mechanism - allows customers to enjoy additional features and bug fixes immediately, without having to upgrade their EC.

  • Simplified user interface - special attention was given to simplifying the Harvester and disconnected process for new customers.

This new Harvester will be bundled with the next Ops Center update release, but will also work with all versions of 2.5 and 11g ECs.

To download and use right now you can grab it from this URL:


Monday Oct 03, 2011

The New Enterprise Manager Ops Center Quickstart Guide

Are you thinking about getting started with Enterprise Manager Ops Center for the first time?  It may be easier than you think!  The best place to go and get started is with the new Quickstart guide.  It tells you everything you need to know to get your first Ops Center controller up and running (and monitoring servers) in less than an hour!  Click here to check it out!

Also, there's an excellent guide put together by Gokhan Atil who is currently a DBA at Koc.net.  You can check out his guide here

Happy installing! 

Sunday Oct 02, 2011

Ops Center at OpenWorld 2011

Are you going to Oracle Open World?  Want to find out the latest on what's going on with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center?  Well, here are some great things to check out where you'll see Ops Center featured:

General/Executive Sessions:

  • Oracle OpenWorld Keynote with Thomas Kurian (32181) Monday, 08:00 AM, Moscone North - Hall D
  • General Session: Server and Storage Systems Strategy  (25601) Tuesday, 01:15 PM, Moscone North - Hall D

Enterprise Manager Launch:

  • Launch Event  Monday, 5:00 PM, Novellus Theater

Speaking Sessions:

  • Main Ops Center Presentation (15286)  Thursday, 09:00 AM, Moscone South - 236
  • Ops Center on SPARC (15332)   Monday, 11:00 AM, Moscone South - 200
  • Ops Center on x86 (14304)  Monday, 02:00 PM, Moscone South - 252

Demo Booths:

  • Ops Center (S-113) Moscone South Level 1
  • Server ROI (S-143) Moscone South Level 1

Wednesday Sep 07, 2011

Integrated Cloud Management

I have a couple of new videos produced by the Oracle Enterprise Manager team that I wanted to share with you.  First, here's a short video where I talk about things I'm hearing from data center operators on their challenges.

Next, here's a video that includes some details on what we're doing about it with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center.

Check them out and let me know what you think.

Sunday Jul 17, 2011

Important Notice for Ops Center Users

On July 29, 2011 Oracle will be making some changes to streamline the delivery of Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux updates.  Most Oracle Enterprise Ops Center customers will not see any interruptions in the way Ops Center retrieves content. If your Enterprise Controller can reach the internet directly or via an HTTP proxy then no changes will be required. However, if you have explicit firewall openings to allow your Enterprise Controller to reach Oracle's getupdates.oracle.com site then you will need to add a few new addresses to your firewall rules.  

The sites listed below provide local IP addresses to optimize your content download experience. As such, you will need to locally resolve the IP addresses for each one and use those local addresses in your firewall rules. Because DNS IP address resolution can change over time, you will want to override DNS to always use the same addresses for these hosts so they match your firewall changes. The additional hosts that your Enterprise Controller needs to reach include:

  • updates.oracle.com
  • aru-akam.oracle.com
  • aru-llnw.oracle.com
  • aru-llnw-dl.oracle.com

Monday Nov 22, 2010

Ops Center 11g Docs Now Available

The full docs set for Ops Center 11g is now available.  You can check it out here if you want to learn more about what's in the release.


Monday Nov 08, 2010

Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center

Today we're announcing Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center .  With it, we're introducing true converged management for the Oracle hardware and systems platforms.  While the broader Oracle Enterprise Manager suite offers true "Apps-to-Disk" management, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center is now a one-stop-shop for the System Administrator that will let them manage more effectively than ever before.


 New in this release, we've added the ability to manage Storage and Network devices -- in tandem with your servers, operating systems and virtualized guests.  We've added deep integration with Oracle's database, middleware and application management tools.  And, we've added integration with My Oracle support which will allow you to get minimize downtime in new ways.

There is a ton of things to cover about this new release, and I'll be making several postings here over the coming weeks about new features, but here is a teaser.  Here is the new network management view in Ops Center (see screen shot below -- click to enlarge) looking at a "quarter rack" Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud system.  Deep knowledge of Infiniband and Ethernet fabric management is just one of the cool new features you'll see in this new release of Ops Center.

Watch this space for a lot more detail on the release over the coming weeks.  Feel free to post questions here and I'll do my best to answer them.

Monday Oct 18, 2010

Register for the Ops Center Launch

I'm pleased to let you know that we'll be launching the new Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center on November 9th!  It's been just about one year since we released Ops Center 2.5 and the team has been hard at work packing in features that customers have been asking for.

Want to learn what's new in the release?  Please join us for the launch event that we're doing in conjunction with Infoworld.  Click here to register.

Converged Hardware Management

Check out this video teaser for the new release of Ops Center we're preparing...

Tuesday Sep 07, 2010

Here Comes Oracle OpenWorld!

It's hard to believe that Oracle OpenWorld is almost here.  This will be my first year attending as an Oracle employee -- last year I was still Sun. Preparations are in full swing, and we'll be doing a lot.  The Enterprise Manager team has literally dozens of sessions and demo pods, but I wanted to call your attention to some of the things we'll be doing for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and Oracle Grid Engine.

First for Grid Engine, now formally called Oracle Grid Engine, we have the following activities:

S316977: Scalable Enterprise Data Processing for the Cloud with Oracle Grid Engine
Dan Templeton (Oracle), Tom White (Cloudera)
Thursday 23-Sep-10 12:00-13:00 Moscone South Rm 310

S317230: Who's Using Your Grid? What's on Your Grid? How to Get More
Dan Templeton, Dave Teszler, Zeynep Koch
Tuesday 21-Sep-10 17:00-18:00 Moscone South Rm 305

Also, if you're a developer attending JavaOne you can get hands on with Grid Engine in the following labs

S314413: Extracting Real Value from Your Data with Apache Hadoop
Dan Templeton (Oracle), Aaron Kimball (Cloudera), Michal Bachorik (Oracle)
Wednesday 22-Sep-10 12:30-14:30 Hilton San Francisco Plaza B

S314233: Scale Your Java Service into the Cloud
Dan Templeton, Michal Bachorik
Time and date are still To Be Announced on this session (watch this space)

Now, if you're interested in Ops Center, we have lots going on too.

First, we have two "pods" in the demo grounds area where we'll be showing Ops Center. These are both in the "west" part of Moscone center and you'll be able to talk live with engineers from the team there and get your questions answered in detail.

  • Booth W-107  Enterprise Manager Ops Center
  • Booth W-094  Hardware, Software...Managed 

Also, we have a bunch of sessions you can attend where we'll be covering Ops Center.  Here are some good ones:

S316976 : Mission Accomplished: Virtualization powered by Oracle Enterprise Manager
Sudip Datta and others
Monday, September 20, 2010 5:00pm  Moscone South/Rm 305

S316975 :  Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center for OS and Hardware Management
Steve Wilson, Mike Barrett
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:00pm  Moscone South/Rm 270

S317552: Managing Sun SPARC Servers with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
Gary Combs, Mike Barrett
Thursday, September 23, 2010 10:30AM Moscone South/Rm 252 

Also, we have one hands on lab where you'll be able to actually walk through using some of the main Ops Center features with a live instructor.

S318957 The Future of Datacenter Management: A View of an "Apps to Disk" Solution
Steve Stelting, Mike Barrett
Monday, September 20, 2010 2:00pm  Marriott Marquis/Nob Hll AB  

Now, the most exciting part of Oracle OpenWorld is that we'll be showing the new, forthcoming version of Ops center for the first time.  See below for a sneak peek (click on image to enlarge). 

I'm looking forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld! 


Thoughts on cloud computing, virtualization and data center management from Steve Wilson, Oracle engineering VP.


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