Options For Pre-EM13c Target Software and Non-Supported OS in EM13c

Per Oracle documentation, you’re able to upgrade from EM12c to EM13c, including the OMR, (Oracle Management Repository) to DB12c and the OMS, (Oracle Management Service) to EM13c, but leave the agent software at a version of 12.1.0.3 or higher, leaving upgrades of the agents to be performed later on using the Gold Agent Image, removing a lot of work for the administrator.

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BI Publisher will not start (using emctl oms start and emctl oms start -bip_only)

*Customer names obfuscated to protect the innocent (and the guilty!)

This post covers a particular customer’s recovery scenario. They had reverted their config.xml to a previous version due to a failed attempt to integrate LDAP into WLS myrealm, and ever since, they have been unable to start BI Publisher via the emctl command. Although they can start it from the WLS Admin Console, the ’emctl status oms -details’ shows BI Publisher Server is (more...)

Chargeback in Oracle Enterprise manager 13C

Since Oracle Enterprise Manager 12C it is possible to allocate the costs of IT resources to the people of organizations who consume them. This is done through the use of the plugin ‘Consolidation Planning and Chargeback’ .

Pete Sharman wrote an excellent blog about configuring  this plugin in Enterprise Manager 12c, and it’s not my intention to copy his work, so I’d like to focus on complementary stuff regarding Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c.

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Enterprise Manager 13c and AWS

This posting is to try to clarify what is supported when using Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c (EM13c) and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The question came from some of our sales consultants who were finding confusing information about what is actually supported when using EM13c and AWS, so I have asked our Support folks to write a support note to provide the definitive answer on this. While that is being written, I thought I would (more...)

Short-term Answers Vs. The Correct Answer

Enterprise Manager does a LOT.  Sometimes it may do too much.  Customers on forums, on support or via email and social media may come to us asking how to address something they view as not working right and the truth is, we could simply answer their question, but they aren’t using the right tool to accomplish what they’re attempting.

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The Export Feature in Enterprise Manager

A customer was (more...)

EM13c Monitoring Non-Oracle Databases

This last week I presented at Great Lakes Oracle Conference, (GLOC16) and the discussion on monitoring of non-Oracle databases came up while we were on the topic of management packs, how to monitor usage and what ones were required to monitor non-Oracle databases.  I didn’t realize how confusing the topic could be until I received an email while in on layover in Chicago and relaying what (more...)

ORAchk / EXAchk questions

Yesterday I wrote a post on the ORAchk / EXAchk plug-in in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c, and I promised I would write another post that would cover some of the more frequently asked questions we’ve been receiving on the plug-in. That’s what this post in, so the rest of the post will be in a Q&A sort of format.

Question: What are the benefits of EXAchk integration with the Enterprise Manager compliance framework i. (more...)

Engineered Systems Healthchecks Plug-in (ORAchk)

In Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c release 12.1.0.3, we released the Oracle Engineered System Healthchecks plug-in which processed the XML output from the EXAchk tool, included as part of Oracle Enterprise Manager system monitoring. The EXAchk tool provides functionality for system administrators to automate the assessment of Engineered Systems for known configuration problems and best practices.

Over the years since that first release, we increased the scope and functionality of the tool, (more...)

Changes to Configuration Management in EM13c

Change is difficult for technical folks.  Our world is always moving at blinding speed, so if you start changing things that we don’t think need to be changed, even if you improve upon them, we’re not always appreciative.

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Configuration Management, EM12c to EM13c

As requests came in for me to write on the topic of Configuration Management, I found the EM13c documentation very lacking, having to push (more...)

Configuration Management Searches in EM13c

With the addition of the Configuration Management from OpsCenter to Enterprise Manager 13c, there are some additional features to ease the management of changes and drift in Enterprise Manager, but I’m going to take these posts in baby steps, as the feature can be a little daunting.  We want to make sure that you understand this well, so we’ll start with the configuration searches and search history first.

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Database Comparisons with AWR Warehouse- Part II, Comparison Period Report

There are two ways to compare one database to another in the AWR Warehouse.  I covered the ADDM Comparison Report here and now we’ll go through the second one, which is much more involved and has us empowering the AWR Warehouse taking two AWR Warehouse reports and comparing two databases to each other.

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The AWR Warehouse, once setup and databases that are targets already monitored by your (more...)

EM13c- Applying System Patches with the OMS Patcher

The OMS Patcher is a newer patching mechanism for the OMS specifically, (I know, the name kind of gave it away…)  Although there are a number of similarities to Oracle’s infamous OPatch, I’ve been spending a lot of time on OTN’s support forums and via email, assisting folks as they apply the first system patch to 13.1.0.0.0.  Admit it, we know how much you (more...)

Blue Medora’s Brian Williams Blogs About Customer Monitoring Templates

Monitoring templates are an essential feature to a basic Enterprise Manager environment, ensuring consistent monitoring across groups and target types.  There’s an incredibly vast group of experts in the EM community and to demonstrate this, Brian Williams from Blue Medora, a valuable partner of Oracle’s in the Enterprise Manager space, is going to provide a guest blog post on how simple and efficiently you can monitor even (more...)

Enterprise Manager Friday Tip- Management Packs and Annotations

Licensing can be a confusing topic for many, but additional stress can be felt for those that use tools that cover multiple products and features that can span more than one management pack.

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I’ve demonstrated how you can see what management packs are used and how to control this via EM13c, (also available in EM12c) but that can take you away from the task at hand.  That’s where turning (more...)

Enterprise Manager Support Files 101- The EMOMS files

Someone pinged me earlier today and said, “Do I even really need to know about logs in Enterprise Manager?  I mean, it’s a GUI, (graphical user interface) so the logs should be unnecessary to the administrator.”

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You just explained why we receive so many emails from database experts stuck on issues with EM, thinking its “just a GUI”.

Log Files

Yes, there are a lot of logs involved (more...)

EM13c Proxy Setup, MOS and CSI Setup

The change in EM13c, is that it support multiple proxies, but you may still not know how to set up a proxy and then use it with your MOS credentials and then assign out your CSI’s to targets.

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Proxies

To do this, click on Settings, Proxy Settings, My Oracle Support.  Click on Manual Proxy Setting and then type in your proxy host entry, (sans the HTTPS, that’s already provided (more...)

EM13c- BI Publisher Reports

How much do you know about the big push to BI Publisher reports from Information Publisher reporting in Enterprise Manager 13c?  Be honest now, Pete Sharman is watching…. :)

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I promise, there won’t be a quiz at the end of this post, but its important for everyone to start recognizing the power behind the new reporting strategy.  Pete was the PM over the big push in EM13c and has a (more...)

Enterprise Manager 13c And Database Backup Cloud Service

The Oracle Database Cloud Service allows for backup of an Oracle Database to the Oracle Cloud using Rman. Enterprise Manager 13c provides a very easy way to configure Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service. This post will walk you thru setup of the Oracle Database Backup Cloud service as well as running backups from EM.


There is a new menu Item to configure the Database Backup Cloud Service (DBCS) in the Backup & Recovery Drop down.


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New Series of EM Blog Posts

One thing I like seeing is how people use Enterprise Manager. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of speaking at conferences (apart from the social networking, of course), because quite often the users of Enterprise Manager find ways of using the product that we in Product Management might never have thought of. Sometimes that can lead to useful product enhancements, and other times it leads to much head shaking in disbelief (but since I (more...)

BI Publisher Integration in EM12c

As some of you would already know, for my sins I am the product manager with responsibility for BI Publisher in Enterprise Manager [I must have a lot of sins because I’m also responsible for Change Management, Compliance Management, Configuration Management (these three form the Database Lifecycle Management pack), jobs, the target discovery framework, and at least part of DBaaS along with data cloning and refresh :) )]. While I was investigating another issue from a (more...)