The only thing that is constant is change.
For those of you that have been wondering why I’ve been so quiet of recent times, it’s because my wife and I took advantage of a trip to England for UKOUG in December to spend nearly 5 weeks touring around Europe (2 weeks of which was spent river cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest with the fabulous APT river cruises, something I can HIGHLY recommend if you want to see Europe!). But while I might have been taking time off, you can bet the Enterprise Manager developers were not, with the result that Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c was released just before Christmas! That makes two releases in a row where Enterprise Manager is the first Oracle product to use a new major version number – EM 184.108.40.206 was the first product to use the version number 12, while EM 220.127.116.11 was the first product to use the version number 13!
As I patiently wait for approvals to post my Oracle Management Cloud blog posts, I thought I would just post on Enterprise Manager 13c and answer questions that have been posed to me via email and comments.
Is there anything new I need to watch for as I install EM13c?
I’ve continued to play around with Cloud Control 13c and I’m generally getting a nice vibe from it.
One of the things I really hated about Grid Control 10g and 11g was the navigation. It felt like you had to click on 50 links to get to the thing you wanted. When Cloud Control 12c came along and had a main menu it was a massive improvement. Even so, it was still a little annoying as the menu was split, with some bits on the left and some bits on the top-right.
In Cloud Control 13c, these menus have been brought together into the top-right of the screen.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 1 (18.104.22.168.0) was released a few days ago. Does that have the acronym “oemcc13cr1”?
As usual, my first steps are to do some basic installations. The approach is pretty similar to the 12c installations, but it’s a little greedier now.
SQL Monitor is one cool tool. Via EM12c, it empowers everyone, (yes, that means the developer, too, so give them the access to view this data via Cloud Control, please!) This is a top five list, but it doesn’t stop there, just remember, this is my favorite features when using Cloud Control with SQL Monitoring.
Recently a customer asked if it was possible to promote unmanaged targets automatically without any interaction. They were already using auto-discovery.
The answer is yes, and of course as soon as you see words like “without any interaction” you know there’s going to be scripting involved. In the Enterprise Manager world, scripting is handled by the EM Command Line Interface, better known as EMCLI. I’ve posted some example scripts of using EMCLI a while back (see this post), but I thought it was worthwhile to show you how this particular request is handled as well. If you have the latest bundle patch on either 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199, you can also use additional parameters to the get_targets verb to list discovered targets (-unmanaged). This includes listing the associated instance targets if you want to promote a RAC database (-associations).
Well, another Oracle Open World has bit the dust, and as is always the case, there was a lot of great material presented, both by Oracle employees and customers. To help you identify the material and get your hands on the presentations where possible, I’ve taken a stab at grouping all the material together into sections. These are the areas the presenters identified the material as covering, so if the title doesn’t seem to match that area blame the presenters.
So I’m about to depart for one day in San Antonio, Tx. to present at the International Performance and Capacity Conference, but I wanted to try to get another blog post out, this time regarding my survival at the 2015 Oracle Open World.