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Oracle® Enterprise Manager Administrator's Guide for Software and Server Provisioning and Patching
11g Release 1 (11.1.0.1.0)

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Preface

The Administrator's Guide for Software and Server Provisioning and Patching introduces you to the lifecycle management solutions offered by Enterprise Manager Grid Control, and helps you understand what Deployment Procedures are and how they can be used for meeting your provisioning and patching requirements.

The guide has been created with great care and attention using multiple sources of information, including valuable notes from My Oracle Support, white papers and marketing collaterals from product management, feedback from development teams and also from customers that came in the form of bugs, services requests, and so on.

Understandably, this guide describes one of the most critical offerings of Enterprise Manager Grid Control and since some of the concepts may be difficult to describe using textual descriptions, we have considered some of the best practices in the industry and added as many examples and graphics as possible to help you understand the concepts, processes, and features better.

Audience

This guide is primarily meant for administrators who want to use the Deployment Procedures offered by Enterprise Manager Grid Control to meet their lifecycle management challenges. As an administrator, you can be either a Designer, who performs the role of a system administrator and does critical data center operations, or an Operator, who runs the out-of-box, automated procedures to maintain the enterprise configuration.

Structure of the Document

This guide covers conceptual information, facts you must know before you start using the Deployment Procedures, and a comprehensive set of instructions that help you understand how you can run the Deployment Procedures for different areas.

This section describes how the entire guide is structured. In particular, this section describes the following:

Different Parts of the Guide

This guide has the following parts:

Part Description
Part I, "Overview and Setup Details" Introduces you to the lifecycle management solutions offered by Enterprise Manager Grid Control, describes the concepts and terms related to these solutions, and the infrastructure requirements for running the Deployment Procedures.
Part II, "Database Provisioning" Describes the Deployment Procedures offered for provisioning Oracle Databases, Oracle RAC, and Oracle Database Replay Clients. Also describes the Deployment Procedures offered for extending, scaling down, or deleting an existing Oracle RAC instance.

Covers information about the supported releases, core components deployed, prerequisites to be met, and instructions to be followed for running the Deployment Procedures.

Part III, "Provisioning Linux Operating System" Describes how you can provision Linux operating system on bare metal servers and virtual servers.
Part IV, "Provisioning Virtualization Systems" Describes how you can provision Oracle Virtual Server (OVS) and Guest Virtual Machines, clone Guest Virtual Machines, and live-migrate Guest Virtual Machines.
Part V, "Middleware Provisioning" Describes the Deployment Procedures offered for provisioning Oracle Application Server, Oracle Service Bus resources, and Oracle BPEL Processes.

Covers information about the supported releases, core components deployed, prerequisites to be met, and instructions to be followed for running the Deployment Procedures.

Part VI, "Patching" Describes the Deployment Procedure offered for patching Oracle Database, ASM, Oracle Application Server, Oracle Clusterware, Oracle RAC, and operating system such as Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Sun Solaris.

Covers information about the supported releases, core components deployed, prerequisites to be met, and instructions to be followed for running the Deployment Procedures.

Part VII, "Customization" Describes how you can customize Deployment Procedures. If you are already familiar with Deployment Procedures and have already used the out-of-box procedures for provisioning and patching, then this part will help you understand how you can create custom copies of those default procedures with changes specific to your environment. For example, you can enable e-mail notifications or even run the procedure as another user.
Part VIII, "Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface (EMCLI)" Describes the EMCLI commands you can use to run Deployment Procedures.
Part IX, "Additional Information" Provides additional information that are relevant and related to the details covered in the other chapters of this guide.

Structure of the Chapters

The chapters of part II, III, IV, and V cover multiple use cases and provide a comprehensive set of instructions. These chapters have the following structure:

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Related Documents

For more information, see the following documents in the Enterprise Manager documentation library available on Oracle Technology Network (OTN):

You can access the Enterprise Manager documentation library using the following URL:

http://www.oracle.com/technology/documentation/oem.html

Conventions

The following conventions are used in this document:

Convention Meaning
boldface Indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.
italic Indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.
monospace Indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.
Other Graphics Graphics have been used extensively in addition to the textual descriptions to ensure that certain concepts and processes are illustrated better.