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Getting Started with OEM 13cR2 (13.2.2.0.0) Enterprise Manager

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OEM13c Release 2 Enterprise Manager Summary Page

Relatively easy installation, a new learning curve to master for post-installation maintenance and patching.
The principal changes in Release 2 of 13c are the segregation of the Cloud Management Services plugins (and related functionality) to specific licensable plugin components – namely:

  • Cloud Services Management – used for provisioning, allocation, and administration (think “infrastructure”) of Oracle Public Cloud-based resources (databases, development tools, middleware, etc.)
  • Oracle Cloud Application – a portal punch-out to access Oracle Cloud-based applications such as hosted e-Business Suite, Cloud Content Management, Cloud SOA Suite, Cloud Identity Management, etc. (think “apps”.)
  • Cloud Framework – a repackaging of the EM OMS framework components, and the only portion of the “cloud” components included in the base OEM licensing.
    Installation guide: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/grid-control/documentation/oem-091904.html
Oracle Cloud Framework
Cloud Management related plugins for OEM13cR2

This proof-of-concept testbed system was based upon the latest available installer set – Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 Plug-in Update 1 (13.2.0.0) – we happen to be testing backwards-compatibility with some 10g databases before committing to the upgrade.  Direct (out-of-place) upgrades are supported for version of EM 12.1.0.4 and newer.

Download page for OEM 13c R2
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/enterprise-manager/downloads

Fusion Middleware in this release is Weblogic 12.1.3
The host system is built upon Windows Server 2012 R2, single-tier, 16GB RAM, 2 cores, also hosting the OMS repository database in a 12.2.0.1.0 EE installation.  Since the DB Templates provided seemed to be specific for a 12.1.x database (and errors out in certain steps during the build), I simply created a generic database from the standard template with the pre-requisite parameter settings (e.g. _allow_insert_with_update_check=TRUE; sessions > 300; shared_pool_size (10% of SGA); etc.) , and pre-created the required tablespaces:

MGMT_AD4J_TS
MGMT_ECM_DEPOT_TS
MGMT_TABLESPACE

  During the installation, the (Oracle Universal Installer) OUI will create the following new users assigned to these tablespaces:

Open:
SYSMAN
SYSMAN_TYPES
SYSMAN_BIPLATFORM
SYSMAN_STB
SYSMAN_OPSS
SYSMAN_MDS
MGMT_VIEW

Expired & Locked:
CLOUD_ENGINE_USER
CLOUD_SWLIB_USER
EUS_ENGINE_USER
SYSMAN_RO

The standard download set includes a single executable file (.exe or .bin) and several additional ZIP archives.  These are to be staged in a single directory, and the ZIP files do NOT need to be pre-extracted.

Overall, the installation was straight-forward and as-documented (despite this being a Windows installation – which usually has its own quirks.) The portion that I feel has the steepest learning curve is post-installation maintenance, and particularly patching. The new tool in 13c, the OMSpatcher (Patchset 19999993 – think of it as a Java wrapper for opatch) was really designed for use specficially in a cloud-based environment and hasn’t been completely polished for use on-premise in smaller installations.

For example, it is designed to rely upon an active Weblogic AdminServer to instantiate it’s requests for inventory versioning information and component availability for patching. But if any of those components are actually in-use by the AdminServer itself, it will tend to fail to apply, and instead provide a lengthy step-by-step instruction set of how to accomplish all of the steps manually. Depending on the complexity of your OEM setup (e.g. the number of registered plugins and target types) this could take over an hour to get the patching utility to fail and then provide the manual steps.

The OEM-specific version of OPatch (Patchset 6880880) is quite different than its predecessors.  While the OMSPatcher uses the prior “unzip into the existing Oracle Home” installation technique, the OPatch utility itself now is a Java installer that relies on the OUI to allow updating of component versioning and inventory adjustments. Most importantly, you will need to “install” the new version of OPatch before being allowed to continue with your planned patching:

$JAVA_PATH\java -jar $PATCH_STAGE\6880880\opatch_generic.jar -silent oracle_home=$ORACLE_HOME (being updated for OPatch)

This OPatch update needs to be applied (before patching) to every Oracle Home using 13c technology (the OMS home, the Agent Home, other FMW homes at version 12.1.3 or newer, etc.)

See MOS EM 13c: How to Apply a Patch to the Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control OMS Oracle Home (Doc ID 2091619.1) for details about making an OMSPatcher property file, and why you want to create one.

Final steps executed:
Build general purpose 12.2.0.1.0 database with new tablespaces.
Install Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 Plug-in Update 1 (13.2.0.0)
Patch 19999993: EM OMSPatcher latest version 13.8.0.0.2 (unzip to ORACLE_HOME)
Patch 6880880: EM OPatch latest version 13.9.0.0.0 (both OMS and Agent)

cd $PATCH_STAGE\<patch#>
$FMW_HOME\OMSPatcher\omspatcher apply -analyze -property_file 
$FMW_HOME\OMSPatcher\omspatcher apply -property_file  [OMS_DISABLE_HOST_CHECK=true  -- a useful option added to deal with virtual host names]

Patch 25163555: Tracking bug for Back-porting 24588124 oms side fix
Patch 25604219: MERGE REQUEST ON TOP OF 13.2.0.0.0 FOR BUGS 25497622 25497731 25506784
Patch 25387277: APR-2017 PSU OMS 13.2.0.0.170418
Patch 25162444: EM-BEACON Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.161231 (Agent)
Patch 25580746: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.170331 (Agent)

Other useful references:

Enterprise Manager 13.2 Master Bundle Patch List (Doc ID 2219797.1)
13.2.0.0.170418 Enterprise Manager Base Platform Patch Set Update (PSU) Readme for Oracle Management Server (OMS) (Doc ID 2246778.1)

What’s New Features in OEM AMS Applications Management Pack 13.1.1.1.0 for OEM 13c Released July 22

Per Getting Started with Oracle Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 13.1.1.1.0 (Doc ID 2045552.1)

Key Features

New EBS AMS Plugin Homepage Screenshot 13c 13.1.1.1.0
New EBS AMS Plugin Homepage Screenshot 13c 13.1.1.1.0

The following are brief descriptions of key features introduced in this release:

Enterprise Manager 13c Technology Uptake
Hybrid Cloud Management
System Management for Oracle E-Business Suite
Change Management for Oracle E-Business Suite

Enterprise Manager 13c Technology Uptake

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c includes several enhancements including:

  • A new Oracle Fusion Middleware technology stack
  • The “Alta” user interface to enhance user experience

    New OEM Alta Interface 13c
    New OEM Alta Interface 13c
  • Edition Based Redefinition (EBR) support

Hybrid Cloud Managment

Oracle Application Management Suite now delivers several capabilities to monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite environments on Oracle Cloud and on-premises. These capabilities are delivered through the Enterprise Manager command line interface (EMCLI) for greater flexibility.

  • Discovering Orchestration Virtual Machine
  • Provisioning a New Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Instance
  • Backup and Restore an Oracle E-Business Suite Instance
  • Lift and Shift E-Business Suite instances from On-premise to Oracle Cloud
  • Cloning E-Business Suite instances within Oracle Cloud
  • Ability to run FS_Clone only option
  • Apply E-Business Suite patches
  • Start and Stop E-Business Suite instances on Cloud
  • To create custom packages

System Managment for Oracle E-Business Suite

Discovery and Monitoring
  • Real User Experience Insight (RUEI) regions integrated within the Oracle E-Business Suite Summary page
    • In this release, we have integrated five different RUEI regions within the Oracle E-Business Suite Summary page. Customers can personalize and activate one or all RUEI regions. These RUEI regions are specific to a given Oracle E-Business Suite instance and customers can view the data and drill down for detailed information.
  • Auto Host Aliasing
    • Host aliasing is now automated and will attempt to match the host name in the Oracle E-Business Suite context file and the discovered host name in Oracle Enterprise Manager. If this attempt fails, you will be prompted to perform the mapping manually. Customization Manager and Patch Manager features now support host aliasing.

Change Management for Oracle E-Business Suite

Patch Manager – Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Stack Pack Deployments
  • During the prior release of Application Management Suite, you had the ability to view patch recommendations for E-Business Suite applications and the technology stack. In this release, you now have the ability to deploy Database and WebLogic server patches using Enterprise Manager patch plans.
Customization Manager – Customization Discovery & Reporting
  • Customization Discovery & Reporting process now includes discovery of database objects.
Cloning – Automated Cloning
  • You now have the ability to save the cloning interview process as templates that can be used for future purposes for Smart Clone for R12, 12.2.x procedure.
  • You can add custom parameters to the cloning procedure