Enterprise Manager 13c – What’s New and What You Should Know!

Enterprise Manager 13c – What’s new and What You Should Know!

You may have heard by now that Enterprise Manager (EM) 13c has been  released and you can’t wait to get your hands on the new updates and see what it’s all about!   Here’s a few things you should know!

What’s With the New UI?

Just when you got used to the changes in EM 12c, they go and change it all up again right?  Well, change can be hard, but in this case, I think you’ll appreciate a few things.   The overall theme has been updated to match that of other Oracle Products.  Focus is on presentation of the data, so more charts, callouts of number of incidents/errors and tiles that help you get to important information quickly.

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Enterprise Manager 13c

Where did my menu’s go?

Instead of a menu on the left for general use, and admin features on the right, the menu bar has been consolidated to the right side of the page.   Once everyone gets used to this, I think that it’s going to be a lot easier to navigate and more consistent.  Even I had a hard time remembering, was it on the left menu or the right?  This will take a little to get used to but I think it’s much more user friendly.

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From left to right:

  • em13enterprise (Enterprise) – Monitoring, Jobs, Reports, Patching, etc.
  • em13target(Target) – All Targets, Databases, Exadata, etc.
  • em13favorites(Favorites) – Save your favorite targets for quick access
  • em13history(History) – View your last 10 pages
  • em13setupSetup – Security, incident rules, add targets, etc.

Next you’ll see the Search icon, when you click on the magnifying glass, a search box will appear.  This can be used to search for any target.

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The em13notification is new, this will take you to the Notification Center, one of the new features we’ll discuss more later.

Finally you have the User Menu em13user where you’ll find user preferences and logout.

What versions of WebLogic and Java are installed?

The infrastructure stack for WebLogic is now 12.1.3.0.0, and Java is version 1.7.0.    Both are deployed during the Enterprise Manager install.

What’s the upgrade path?

Direct upgrade from Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.3 and higher will be supported.  The Repository database needs to be upgraded to DB 12.1.0.2 first.

If you’re still on EM 10g or 11g (we need to talk), you need to upgrade to EM 12.1.0.5 first before you can upgrade to 13c.

Is there a 2-system upgrade?

No, unfortunately, there is no 2-system upgrade so a full downtime will be required.

Can I use my 12c Agents?

Yes, if you’re agents are 12.1.0.3 or higher, they are compatible with 13.1.  However, you should plan to upgrade the Agents as soon as possible to take advantage of new features.

A Few New Features

Always On Monitoring Service – A separate service used in planned downtime, will receive target availability and send limited notifications.

Agent Gold Images – Create a standard agent and mass deploy updates with ease.  This will cover provisioning, upgrading and updating agents.    I will be posting about this separately, in detail.

Corrective Actions – Support for corrective actions on all event types (beyond just metrics), and out-of-the box customizable Tablespace corrective action.

Target Properties Master List of Values – Define a list of values for your target properties.

Incident Manager  –  New dashboards and export incident rules. Enough said.

That’s a quick summary, but I’ll be blogging about more features in detail.  In the meantime, takes sometime to review the New Features documentation.

 

 

 

EM 12cR5 – What’s the Scoop?

In case you missed the announcement, EM 12.1.0.5 has been announced.  See https://blogs.oracle.com/oem/entry/new_enterprise_manager_release_allows for details.

Many of my customers have heard about the release of EM 12.1.0.5 last week and wondering what are the new features and whether they should plan to update right away.

The main new feature in 12.1.0.5 is the Hybrid Cloud, which essentially enables a customer to use their on-premise Enterprise Manager to view their Oracle  Cloud targets.  This has been a long requested feature allowing the customers to manage and monitor their Oracle Cloud targets alongside their on-premise targets.   This also enables additional features, such as easy cloning to and from the Oracle Cloud.

The Database Plug-in has been updated to 12.1.0.8 with the main features also enhancing the Hybrid Cloud experience.   For Exadata customers, this plug-in will enable thin cloning options on Exadata ACFS.

The Middleware Plug-in has also been updated to 12.1.0.8 and will enable additional MW cloud options such as allowing users to deploy JVMD agents to Oracle Cloud virtual hosts,

Additional updates have been made to the Cloud, Virtual Infrastructure and Chargeback and Consolidation Plug-ins to enhance and enable the Hybrid Cloud functions.
In summary, if you are an Oracle Cloud customer, then this release is a must upgrade!   For full details about the new features enabled in the 12.1.0.5 upgrade see the documentation here.

 

Organizing Your Oracle Enterprise Manager Targets

If you’re monitoring more than a handful of servers or databases in your Enterprise Manager 12c (EM), you have probably started creating groups to manage many targets together.   If you haven’t, this is one of the most critical aspects of setting up your EM to properly monitor and manage targets.  There are several use cases where you will want to perform a single action on multiple targets.

  • Setting monitoring thresholds
  • Granting privileges
  • Sending notifications
  • Applying compliance rules
  • Viewing dashboards
  • Running jobs, upgrades, backups
  • Creating reports

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Network Ports Used in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

When planning and configuring your Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c implementation, you will have many infrastructure considerations. One of the most often discussed pieces is the network ports that are used and how to configure load balancers, firewalls and ACLs for communication.

This blog post will help identify the typical default port and range for each component, how to identify it and how to modify the port usage.

Read original post here.