Enterprise Manager Presentations at RMOUG Training Days 2015

RMOUG Training Days – Feb 17-19 (Denver)

This is a great regional Oracle User’s Group conference with some of the best speakers you’ll find on multiple subjects!  Something enticing about being in freezing cold temperatures during ski season I think?  My colleague Kellyn Pot’vin-Gorman does a great job promoting it and making sure people get a great educational experience.   If you’re in the area, it’s a great 2 day conference!   See the agenda and register now!

I will be presenting two sessions on Thursday: Smarter Monitoring with Adaptive Thresholds and Time-Based Metrics and  Enterprise Manager 12c: Extending Beyond the DBA.  Several of my colleagues will also be there presenting and running Deep Dives covering Enterprise Manager, check out the line up of Oracle speakers presenting on #EM12c:

Tuesday 2/17
1:00 – 3:00 Hands-On: Delivering Schema as a Service with Enterprise Manager (Pete Sharman)

3:15 – 5:15 Hands-On: Delivering Pluggable Database as a Service with Enterprise Manager (Pete Sharman)

Wednesday 2/18

8:30-9:30 A Day in the Life of an Enterprise Manager Agent (Andrew Bulloch)

12:15-1:15 SIG Meetings – Enterprise Manager 12c

2:30-3:30 Enterprise Manager Snap Clone: Snapshot Your Data without Snapping Your Storage (Pete Sharman)

Thursday 2/19

9:45-10:45 Smarter Monitoring with Adaptive Thresholds and Time-Based Metrics (Courtney Llamas)

11:15-12:15 Enterprise Manager 12c: Extending Beyond the DBA (Courtney Llamas)

2:45-3:45 Under the Hood of Enterprise Manager: A Troubleshooting Primer (Werner De Gruyter)

4:00-5:00 The Power of the AWR Warehouse (Kellyn Gorman)

4:00-5:00 The High Availability Enterprise Manager Roundtable (Werner De Gruyter)

Enterprise Manager Patching FAQ

Every time a new plug-in, patch or PSU comes out for Enterprise Manager, I get a series of questions.   I’m going to quickly address a few of the ones I’ve gotten this month with the release of the new plug-ins and the PSU patches to try and help you in updating your EM site. I wrote a detailed blog EM Patching 101 about the various patches, and that’s still relevant so read if you haven’t (or read it again)!

What’s the difference between the Plug-in release (released 1/5/2015) and the Plug-in system bundle (released 12/31/2014)?  

The plug-in system bundle will come out every month on the last day of the month.  The next one is scheduled for 1/31/2015.   This is a cumulative compilation of monthly plug-in bundle patches.   So it will look at what plug-ins you have installed on the OMS, and it will deploy the latest plug-in patch bundle to that plug-in.  It will skip what you don’t have installed.   These patches will include fixes and will be indicated by the 5th digit in the version.  For example, the latest Database plug-in patch was 12.1.0.6.7.

The plug-in updates released on 1/5 were full plug-in version upgrades.  These need to be deployed to the OMS by using Extensibility -> Plug-ins and deploy to OMS.  They may require downtime.  Plug-in updates for Database, Fusion Middleware, Storage Management and Cloud were released.  These updates include new features and fixes.   For example, the Database plug-in is now 12.1.0.7.0.

Which one should I apply?

My recommendation would be to test and apply both.   The plug-in updates for Database and other components you use have the latest features and code that will enable new features or improvements.   You will also want to apply the latest system bundle patch (whether it’s December’s or January’s) to patch the other plug-ins that did not get updated (MOS for example).

Should I deploy the new Plug-ins first or apply patches first?

My suggestion is to apply the Plug-in updates first.  The plug-ins released in January include Database, Fusion Middleware, Cloud and Storage Management plug-ins.  When you download and apply these to the OMS, and Agents if required, they will not need the patches from the December 31st patch bundle, and you’ll have the most recent update. After deploying the plug-in updates, when you apply the Plug-in System patch (20188140) you will see that the updated plug-ins (DB, MW, etc) are skipped.

How often should I patch EM?   Agents?

I recommend to most my customers to stick to a quarterly patching cycle, and this typically follows the PSU cycle.  So start looking at the patches that are released in the January PSU and testing them.  At that time, grab all the recommended or latest plug-in and agent patches, and apply those as well.   The agent and plug-in patches will come out monthly, and if you need a patch for a particular bug or issue, then you should apply.  However, patching EM monthly is not feasible for most customers.

What patches do I need to apply as of now (January 2015)?

As mentioned in the previous Patching 101 blog, there’s multiple components involved that each have their own patch. So here’s what I’d recommend if you were my customer deploying or updating this month:

  • Latest Database PSU Patch (1/15) for your repository version
  • OMS 12.1.0.4.2 PSU Patch – 19830994
  • OMS 12.1.0.4.7 Plug-in System Patch – 20188140
  • Weblogic 10.3.0.6.0.10 PSU Patch – 19637463
  • WebLogic Server one-off recommended – 16420963
  • OPMN Patch (CVE-2014-4212) – 19345576
  • Oracle Help Patch (CVE-2015-0426) – 20075252
  • Agent 12.1.0.4.4 Bundle – 20109357
  • Agent Plugin Patches for non-Updated plug-ins as necessary – From Doc ID 1900943.1  (Siebel, OVI, Exadata)

When I apply Weblogic PSU it has a conflict, can I roll it back and how do I do it?

When you follow instructions to apply the PSU, you may receive a warning that there’s a conflict and patches are mutually exclusive such as the following:

$ ./bsu.sh -install -patch_download_dir=<MW_HOME>/utils/bsu/cache_dir -patchlist=12UV -prod_dir=<MW_HOME>/wlserver_10.3
Checking for conflicts..
Conflict(s) detected - resolve conflict condition and execute patch installation again
Conflict condition details follow:
Patch 12UV is mutually exclusive and cannot coexist with patch(es): FSR2

You must first deinstall the conflict patch first, and install the new PSU.  The patches are cumulative.

$ ./bsu.sh -remove -patchlist=FSR2 -prod_dir=<MW_HOME>/wlserver_10.3
Checking for conflicts..
No conflict(s) detected
Removing Patch ID: FSR2..
Result: Success

Now you can install the new PSU:

$ ./bsu.sh -install -patch_download_dir=<MW_HOME>/utils/bsu/cache_dir -patchlist=12UV -prod_dir=<MW_HOME>/wlserver_10.3
Checking for conflicts..
No conflict(s) detected
Installing Patch ID: 12UV..
Result: Success

How do I apply the Oracle Help Patch (20075252)?

The January PSU calls for 17617649 on the Oracle Help product but this conflicts with a pre-existing EM patch.   There is a merge patch 20075252 that is available for this.  The Oracle Help patch is applied to the <MW_HOME?/oracle_common and uses the OPatch from that directory as well.    Read the readme.txt for full patching steps, but some tips are listed here in applying.

emctl stop oms -all
export MW_HOME=<MW_HOME>
export ORACLE_HOME=$MW_HOME/oracle_common
export PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/OPatch:$PATH

You should be able to do an opatch lsinventory and get the output of the ORACLE_HOME and the opatch apply should be similar to below:

How do I apply the OPMN Patch (19345576)?

Following the readme.txt it wants you to set Oracle Home to the  Classic/WebTier home.  For EM, this is the MW_HOME/Oracle_WT directory.

emctl stop oms -all
export MW_HOME=<MW_HOME>
export ORACLE_HOME=$MW_HOME/Oracle_WT
export PATH=$MW_HOME/oracle_common/OPatch:$PATH

You should be able to do an opatch lsinventory and get the output of the ORACLE_HOME and the opatch apply should be similar to below:

Let me know if you have any other patching questions and I’ll add them here!

On the Books for 2015…

As always, starting 2015 with a full plate! Several presentations and papers in the works for the next few months… now if my kids could stay healthy and get back to school so I can get some real work done!   One webinar, 2 presentations, 1 whitepaper and a hands on lab in progress… oh and finding time to blog on my list of topics that keeps growing…

IOUG Webinar – Jan 21 at 12:00pm CDT – Online

I’m excited to do another webinar for IOUG this year, covering EM install and setup.  Be sure to register!

Zero to Manageability in One Hour: Build a Solid Foundation for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

The goal in every Oracle Manager 12c rollout is to take it from zero to manageability in the shortest time possible. This presentation will show you how to accomplish this feat.

Speakers will demonstrate how to properly architect and deploy Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c implementation, including designing for high availability and scalability. Through this demonstration a list of essential techniques and tips compiled from Oracle Enterprise Manager Development’s Strategic Customer Programs team will also be shared.   Topics such as users, roles, groups, templates, and incidents will be discussed, plus key architectural decisions.

By attending this webinar, attendees will learn how to:
• Organize targets, notifications and users properly
• Configure for best practices after the install is complete
• Properly plan and architect an EM 12c environment

RMOUG Training Days – Feb 17-19 – Denver, CO

This is a great regional Oracle User’s Group conference with some of the best speakers you’ll find on multiple subjects!  Something enticing about being in freezing cold temperatures during ski season I think?    I  don’t ski, but I love this conference because I can get a little personal benefit from it.  I grew up in Fort Collins, CO and proud to be a CSU Ram.  I still have many friends and family there so when I get back I try to meet up with someone!

My colleague Kellyn Pot’vin does a great job setting up the agenda and making sure people get a great educational experience.   If you’re in the area, it’s a great 2 day conference at reasonable rates.   See the agenda here and register.

I will be presenting Enterprise Manager 12c: Extending Beyond the DBA on Thursday at 11:15.    Several of my colleagues will also be there presenting and providing Hand on Labs covering Enterprise Manager and we’ll also be holding an EM Roundtable to wrap up the conference.

Collaborate – April 12-16 – Las Vegas, NV

Last year was my first year at Collaborate and I was surprised at how big and diverse this conference was for a User Group sponsored event.  They’ve done a great job making it a full week of great sessions, exhibits and labs!  If you haven’t gone before, maybe this is the year to check it out?   You can find out about registration here.

I don’t have the schedule for my sessions, but I do know it’s going to be busy!   I have two sessions scheduled so far – Zero to Manageability in One Hour: Build a Solid Foundation for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Smarter Monitoring with Adaptive Thresholds and Time Based Metrics.  I’m also co-presenting with Werner  on Under the Hood of Enterprise Manager – a Troubleshooting Primer.  We’re hoping to get a Hand on Lab set up for EM as well, still waiting for word on that!

Besides, who doesn’t love a few days in Las Vegas?   This year the conference is at Mandalay Bay, which is where my husband and I got married almost 12 years ago. Hoping to get him to join me for a few days if we can line up a sitter!

That should be enough for this Spring right??  At least for me it is!