Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 10 (13.5.0.10) is now available

Release Updates Details

Release Updates (RUs) are the agile way to roll out new EM features and bug fixes quickly to customers, so they don’t have to wait for a major release. RUs are versioned with a trailing digit indicating the RU version. Note that RUs are cumulative, which means that the most recent RU includes functionality from all previous release updates.  Our general recommendation is to apply the most current RU as soon as possible.

Access the download on My Oracle Support > Patches & Updates.

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Reducing alert fatigue with Event Compression Policies in Oracle Enterprise Manager

Proactive alerting of issues is important, but having too many alerts can be overwhelming. The latter can cause alert fatigue, and this is usually the result of not being able to correlate related alerts (or events) into a single issue that can be managed holistically.

Event Compression Policies in Enterprise Manager address this need. It automatically correlates and compresses related events into a single, actionable incident.  The overall result of compression is a smaller set of meaningful incidents that ITOps teams can manage. This feature is available in Enterprise Manager 13.5 Release Update 8 (RU8) and later versions.

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Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 9 (13.5.0.9) is now available

Download available on My Oracle Support

Release Updates Details

Release Updates (RUs) are the agile way to roll out new EM features and bug fixes quickly to customers, so they don’t have to wait for a major release. Release Updates are versioned with a trailing digit indicating the RU version. Note that RUs are cumulative, which means that the most recent RU includes functionality from all previous release updates.  Our general recommendation is to apply the most current Release Update as soon as possible.

Access the download on My Oracle Support > Patches & Updates.

Read the complete article by Daniela Hansell

Migrate Oracle Databases with a safety net using Migration Workbench

Businesses are on a journey to migrate legacy Oracle Databases to new versions and new platforms. These new platforms could be cloud or Exadata Engineered Systems. Architects and Administrators want a solution to securely migrate these databases with minimal downtime and ensure migrated databases are performant for applications’ seamless interaction.

Enterprise Manager Database Migration Workbench helps you quickly and securely migrate databases to various destinations like new Exadata, ExaCC, ExaCS, DBCS, and Autonomous. Migrations can be done without impacting the source database thus, ensuring they are fully operational during the migration process and minimizing application downtime.

Migration Workbench can migrate a full database, or only schemas or required tablespaces. It can also migrate source databases to a multi-tenant environment.

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Find performance issues faster with new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database Management service features

The new feature enhancements for Database Management (DBM) service in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) help rectify degrading performance trends before they become larger issues. OCI DBM provides a single-pane-of-glass view to track weekly resource trends with a concise overview to manage a healthy database environment. Database groups combine database resources – in the cloud or in a data center – to track the top trending databases across CPU, memory, or throughput usage to efficiently triage at-risk environments. Once a database has been identified as declining in overall performance, the Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor (ADDM) can be invoked to assist in identifying the root cause of the degradation.

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Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 8 (13.5.0.8) is now available

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 8 (13.5.0.8), RU8 for short, is now available for download from My Oracle Support > Patches & Updates.

Release Updates Details

Release Updates (RUs) are the agile way to roll out new EM features and bug fixes quickly to customers, so they don’t have to wait for a major release. Release Updates are versioned with a trailing digit indicating the RU version. Note that RUs are cumulative, which means that the most recent RU includes functionality from all previous release updates.  Our general recommendation is to apply the most current Release Update as soon as possible.

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Introducing Oracle’s sovereign cloud regions for the European Union

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) will launch new sovereign cloud regions for our customers across the European Union. 

Cloud is not one size fits all. As companies and governments move more mission critical workloads to cloud, there is increasing demand for protection of sensitive data in public clouds that span national borders and jurisdictions. Countries and jurisdictions are placing more requirements on data within their borders, and organizations are asking their global cloud providers for more transparency and control over how and where their data is stored, handled, and secured.

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Latest new capabilities in OCI Application Performance Monitoring

In a prior blog, we shared enhancements on Oracle Application Performance Monitoring (APM). It was well received, so we thought we would summarize another set of updates that happened in the last couple of months. 

Dedicated Vantage Points

Synthetic monitoring allows for proactively generated user transactions on-demand, from various vantage points, and analysis of the sytem response just like end users would.  This way, problem detection occurs before they are reported by users. Many of our customers applications are deployed on-premises or within secure networks and they could not be tested from a public vantage point. Often, these secure applications APIs also need to be tested in order to integrate with other applications. APM’s monitors allow you to meet all these requirements. With APM Dedicated Vantage Pointset up you can run APM monitors. Dedicated Vantage Points define a secure location within a tenancy, give complete control over network settings, and enable endpoint monitoring for endpoints that are not publicly accessible.

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Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 7 (13.5.0.7) Is Now Available!

Our seventh Release Update for Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.5!  Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 7 (13.5.0.7), RU7 for short, is now available for download from My Oracle Support > Patches & Updates.

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Key Updates in RU7

Here is a list of new features this EM 13.5 Release Update is introducing:

Enterprise Manager Dynamic Runbooks

A Runbook is generally understood as a collection of instructions, or a recipe book, for performing common tasks and IT operations procedures. Runbooks can be created to provide step-by-step guidance to efficiently and accurately resolve an issue, based on previous experiences. Senior team members can this way share their knowledge with junior members and save detailed procedural steps for anyone to use in the future.

The Enterprise Manager Dynamic Runbooks are collections of automated steps that can be used to resolve incidents and events by leveraging the wealth of knowledge and monitoring expertise in an IT organization. Many of these steps, if not all, can be performed using Enterprise Manager.

Create and run Runbooks from Incident Manager
Figure 1:  Create and run Dynamic Runbooks from Incident Manager

Migration Workbench Multiphase Transportable Tablespace Migrations

Oracle Enterprise Manager Migration Workbench has been supporting Transportable Tablespace (TTS) migrations, a migration method of choice, especially for large databases since the downtime can be minimized.  With this release update, you now have more control over the various migration phases.  You have the option to control the number of incremental backups and initiate the final migration step during a planned maintenance window.  This final migration step is the only time when your source data would not be available. The job execution’s Launchpad user interface, with its tree-like structure, makes it easy to review the various phases and incremental backups, and you can schedule and complete them as needed.

TTS Migration
Figure 2:  TTS Migration

Fleet Maintenance Automatic Operation Scheduling 

You can now automatically schedule Fleet Maintenance operations such as Migrate Listener and Update Databases to be performed at a specific time or immediately after the previous task completes.

New Configuration and Compliance Management Views 

The Compliance Framework added two new management views:  the Compliance view mgmt$rules_evaluated_per_day, which provides information on rules evaluated daily, and the Enterprise Configuration Management view mgmt$changes_per_snapshot, a diagnostic view that tracks changes performed per snapshot. 

STIG Standard Version 2 Release 3 for Oracle Database 11g Release 2, 12c, and 19c 

The latest STIG Version 2 Release 3 standards for Oracle Database 11g Release 2, 12c, and 19c are now available via the Self Update option and the traditional Configuration and Compliance standard options.

Support for Chargeback Templates

The Cloud Management Pack’s Chargeback option, for the functionality that allows you to divide the cost among Oracle Cloud Infrastructure entities and charge based on usage, has been enhanced to support templates.  You can now save the input from a wizard session to a template and then apply it to future Chargeback setup sessions.  This capability saves significant time and effort, especially when working with a large number of entities/targets.

New metric group for PDBs

A new metric group, Resource Usage, is now available for Pluggable Databases (PDBs). The metrics in this metric group, such as Average Buffer Cache Usage and Average CPU Utilization, enable you to monitor the various aspects of PDB resource usage.

Export Enterprise Manager data to Exadata Warehouse

Enterprise Manager collects and stores valuable performance data from all its targets, including on-premises or Cloud Exadata Database Machine and ZDLRA targets.  This Engineered Systems data can now be exported to an Exadata Warehouse for longer retention and analysis.

Exporting Data to Exadata Warehouse
Figure 3:  Exporting Data to Exadata Warehouse 

New REST API Reference Documentation

Oracle Enterprise Manager has now released a new reference guide for REST API endpoints that allow you to manage core framework subsystems. This guide includes an initial set of APIs that are now officially released.  As new REST APIs get tested and made available, their full descriptions will be added to this guide.

Accessing the EM REST API Guide
Figure 4:  Accessing the EM REST API Guide

Reorganized Metric Reference Guides

The Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Oracle Database Plug-in Metric Reference Manual has now been split into three independent guides to provide a better user experience in searching and accessing the various metrics.  The metrics are separated by types such as Grid Infrastructure, Database, and Engineered Systems.

Enable new dashboards in Grafana with 3.0 plugin for Oracle Enterprise Manager

Share Insight In New Ways Using Grafana and EM

Team members in DevOps, Development, and Application owners roles are often interested in the rich data collected by EM, but don’t have access to EM directly or are not interested in using EM’s full functionality. Using the EM App for Grafana, EM customers can display data from their managed targets into another tool already in use, like Grafana. Enabling this capability also helps organizations reduce collection overhead and finger-pointing. The app is available to EM customers at no additional cost. Check that you have the applicable EM Management Packs licensed that provide the data before using.

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