Thursday, July 25, 2013

EM12c: What's new in EM 12.1.0.3 (PS2) Middleware Management?


Recently Oracle Enterprise Manager has done PS2 (12.1.0.3) release.
With this EM release, Fusion Middleware Plug-in 12.1.0.4 has been released. Next post will talk about new features with FMW plugin 12.1.0.4.
This post will limit to new features introduced in Middleware management.
Along with specific Middleware management features, it would be nice to know about new features introduced at framework/monitoring level  etc.

Monitoring and Diagnostics Features 
WebLogic Cluster Performance Summary PageA new customizable performance summary page is available for Oracle WebLogic Cluster target types. Administrators can now modify the default performance metrics that are displayed when metric annotations are enabled on the middleware Routing Topology page. 

Log File Monitoring
This release of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control introduces log file monitoring for the WebLogic Server as well as Application Deployment target types. Middleware
administrators can configure the new log monitoring metric to send alert notifications to on-call administrators when specific patterns are found in the middleware-related log
files.

WebLogic and Fusion Middleware Log Viewer Enhancements
Beginning with this release, two significant enhancements have been made to the log viewing capabilities within Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control. First, instead of being able to group log messages only by Message Type or Message ID, administrators now have the flexibility of grouping messages by several other possible fields - including Execution Context ID (ECID)/Relationship ID, Host, Host IP Address, Incident ID, Module, Target, Thread ID, or User. Second, the search criteria for log messages that an administrator defines can be saved for future usage and accessed through the Favorites menu.

New Home Pages for Oracle Service Bus Target
New management pages for the Oracle Service Bus target replace the previous pages. The new pages improve the look-and-feel of the OSB monitoring pages and enable the OSB targets to appear in the standard Fusion Middleware Farm/Domain navigation tree.

Business Application Target Features

The Business Application (BA) Target is a monitored functional application. It combines the user's perspective (RUEI), transaction visibility between application components (BTM), application component monitoring (JVMD) and Application and Dependency Performance (ADP)) and system monitoring.

The BA Target provides a consolidated overview that enables BA owners to see and understand the health of their applications. The following pages are an integral part of the BA Target:

Business Application List PageThis page provides a list of all BA Targets for which you have at least read permission, including significant status indicators. You can use it to navigate to a specific BA dashboard. This page enables you to see at a glance which BAs require attention.

Business Application Home PageHome page for the BA target. The dashboard displays following regions:
        RUEI KPIs
        BTM Transaction List
        System Status
        Incidents
        Service Test Status

It also provides problem triage capabilities and a starting point to drill down to more detailed system related views (including JVMD, composite application, and WLS monitoring home page,).

Business Transaction Drill-Down Page
The Business Transaction region on the Business Application Home page displays the transactions mapped by the administrator of the BA, one transaction for each row. Click a
transaction link to view the dedicated business transaction page.This page contains the following regions and features:
        Transaction Summary
        Business Transaction Aggregate Flow
        Operations
 
Real User Experience Insight Session Diagnostics PageWith this feature it is possible to correlate the Request Instance trace that is reported in Request Instance Diagnostics to a user session reported in RUEI Session Diagnostics. It also provides a contextual drill-down to review the request within the complete user session.This feature is created from the following pages:
        Session Search
        Session Diagnostics

Registering RUEI Engine and BTM Engine in Enterprise Manager Cloud ControlYou can register a Real User Experience insight deployment and a BTM engine as a system in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control. Only one RUEI and one BTM system can be created in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control. 

Lifecycle Management Features

Synchronization of WebLogic Server Configuration FilesIf differences are detected between WebLogic Domains or WebLogic Servers during a configuration comparison operation, you can now synchronize WebLogic Server related
configuration files (for example config.xml) from the Cloud Control console to make the configurations the same.

Oracle Fusion Middleware Provisioning Enhancement
The Provision Middleware Deployment Procedure and Scale up/out Middleware Deployment Procedure now support the lock down feature. This feature enables administrators with designer privileges to launch the procedure, enter values for certain fields, and lock them so that the fields cannot be edited when accessed by other administrators. Creating these deployment procedure templates helps administrators to enforce standardization and consistency across the enterprise.
While cloning or scaling out a WebLogic Domain, you can now modify the default names for the administration server, managed servers, clusters, and systems for the destination
domain.
While cloning a WebLogic Domain, you can now specify the applications directory and Node Manager home directory locations.
 
Patchability Report for Fusion MiddlewareTo ensure that WebLogic Server and SOA Infrastructure components are suitable for patching operations, administrators are encouraged to review the new Fusion Middleware Target Patchability Report available from Information Publisher before creating patch plans. This report analyzes WebLogic Domains as well as SOA Infrastructure and identifies whether the targets have missing properties or unsupported configurations and provides recommendations for resolving the issues found.
 
Apply Patches Across WebLogic DomainsBeginning with Fusion Middleware Plug-in release 12.1.0.4, administrators can apply WebLogic Server patches to several WebLogic Domains in a single operation. Such support increases efficiency because administrators can create and track a single patch plan across domains instead of creating multiple patch plans.
 
EMCLI Support for Creating Java EE Application ComponentAdministrators can now create a Java EE Application component in the software library through the EMCLI thereby automating application deployment end-to-end.
 
Oracle Site Guard Features

This section provides an overview of the new features available in Oracle Site Guard 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.3) plug-in releases.
User Interface for Site Guard ConfigurationIn 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.3), you can use the Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Console user interface to perform the following task:
    Creating Oracle Site Guard Configuration
    Associating Credentials for Site
    Associating Pre-Scripts and Post-Scripts
    Associating Storage Scripts

For more information, see "Setting Up Oracle Site Guard" in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.


Identity Management Features

Configuration Collection for Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Identity Manager
Configuration collection for Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Identity Manager is now available, enabling users to view and keep track of configurations in oim-config.xml,
entries in the property (PTY) table, and oam-config.xml. 

The feature provides automated configuration management to accelerate problem resolution and to find root causes of problems that could potentially slow performance or create outages.
 
Out-of-Box Compliance Rules and Change Detection for Oracle Identity Manager
A set of 12 out-of-box compliance rules have been defined for Oracle Identity Manager based on best practices around plug-in and adapter reloading, caching configuration, and
recommended database settings such as cursor sharing, block size, maximum number of blocks read in one I/O operation, buffer pool, initial number of database writer processes,
log buffer, maximum number of open cursors, query rewrite integrity, and session cursors to cache. Users can perform rules based analysis and change detection, and get access to
a compliance scorecard for each of the monitored Oracle Identity Manager deployments.

This feature provides compliance monitoring and change detection that can help customers meet compliance and reporting requirements, and accelerate problem resolution.
Oracle Identity Manager Database Performance

Out-of-Box Reports for Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle Access Manager, and Oracle Identity Manager
Out-of-box BI Publisher reports are now available for Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle Access Manager, and Oracle Identity Manager. These reports summarize monthly LDAP
Operations and Replication Jobs for OID, Provisioning, Self-Service and Role-Grant Requests for OIM, and Authentications & Authorizations Metrics for OAM - including
Authentications/Authorizations Per Second and Failed Authentication/Authorization Ratio.

The out-of-box reports can be used to track the overall health of the monitored Identity Management environment enabling administrators to share these reports with the line-of-
business or application owners to align IT and business demands.
 
Other Features

Oracle Traffic Director Target Correlation
This feature correlates the new Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) target monitoring with the WebLogic and OHS targets ensuring that administrators can easily understand relationships via the middleware topology and analyze problems across tiers.

OTD is available from the Exalogic dashboard as well.
 
Performance & Health Monitoring of Oracle BI 11g Instances & EssbaseThe discovery of BI 11g Instance is now included as part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware/WebLogic Domain discovery wizard, enabling you to quickly set up your monitoring environment. The discovery includes all key Oracle BI components as well as Essbase. The BI components discovered include Oracle BI Server, Oracle BI Presentation Server, Oracle BI Scheduler, Oracle BI Cluster Controller, and Oracle BI Java Host. After the BI Instances are discovered, you can proactively monitor your Oracle BI environment from both systems and end-user perspectives. A wide range of out-of-box performance metrics are collected for monitored Oracle BI targets enabling you to set up alerts based on warning and critical thresholds, view current and historical performance information using customizable charts in the Metric Palette and reports, and diagnose performance problems by identifying bottlenecks in any of the monitored Oracle BI targets.

For the Essbase Server, you can now monitor running applications, view any unaccessed applications as well as other useful metrics and information such as the number of connected users, configuration changes, and potential incidents.
 
Coherence Elastic Data and QL SupportWith the new capabilities of Coherence on engineered systems introducing the new Elastic Data and QL capabilities, Enterprise Manager now provides complete visibility into these
key Coherence platform features to ensure these optimizations are fully used to their maximum potential.
 
Exalogic Topology ViewThe new Exalogic Topology View ensures that administrators can immediately identify cross-tier relationships between components, middle-tier platforms, and the underlying hosts and hardware that make up an Exalogic Elastic Cloud system.
 
Middleware as a Service Features

Resource PoolSupport is provided for guided flow to create middleware resource pools on a self-service zone. This feature enables SSA administrators to carve out resources for a middleware
cloud.
 
MWaaS QuotasSupport is provided for the creation of middleware cloud quotas by an SSA administrator. This feature enables administrators to allocate resources between different users and
ensure that no one user can usurp all resources.
 
MWaaS Request SettingsSupport is provided for the creation of middleware request quotas by SSA administrators. This feature offers SSA users the ability to schedule resources requests in advance.
 
Service TemplatesSSA administrators can create Service Templates and map them to resource pools and Zones. This feature enables SSA administrators to build a self-service catalog tailored to
enterprise needs.
 
Provision and De-provision Service InstanceA guided flow is available that enables SSA users to request a new service instance from a given set of service templates, resulting in creation of a new service instance and its appropriate placement in the resource pool. You can later delete a service instance as well, thereby returning resources to the underlying pool.

This feature enables SSA users to self-service provision and manage resources on the cloud.
 
Manage Application LifecycleSSA users can deploy, redeploy, and delete a Java application from the self-service portal, enabling SSA users to manage the application lifecycle.
 
Service Instance ScalingSSA users can scale up or scale down a service instance from the self-service portal, enabling SSA users to manage scalability of a service instance.
 
Manage Data SourcesSSA users can create data sources, add data sources to, or delete data sources from the service instance as required by an application. This feature enables SSA users to add
data sources required by an application to the service instance.
 
Oracle Exalogic Management Enhancements

This release provides the following Exalogic dashboard enhancements:
    Integrated hardware and software schematics
    Hardware-software topology views
    Hardware targets monitoring (Compute, ZFA appliance, Infiniband Fabric, ILOM)
    OTD monitoring
    Support for virtual and non-virtual configurations
    Monitoring of Exalogic vServer guest virtual machines (VMs)
    Health checks
    Trusted partition/Virtual Central Processing Unit (vCPU) licensing report


For more details, pl refer http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/doc.121/e25353/whats_new.htm#CEGGGJEC

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Awesome!