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

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

Read the complete blog article by Daniela Hansell

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.

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