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Oracle® Enterprise Manager Ops Center Advanced User's Guide
11g Release 1 Update 3 (11.1.3.0.0)

Part Number E18416-04
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1 Overview

Advanced User concepts and tasks are typically performed by a senior system administrator that has Enterprise Controller Admin or All Assets role permissions. See "Roles and Authorizations" in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Administration Guide for the set of authorizations granted for each role.

Many of the tasks described in this document are used to configure Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to comply with your organization's system administration policies and procedures. Once established, these tasks are not performed on a daily basis.

The following topics are covered:

Overview

The first step is to discover the assets that you want to manage. A number of discovery methods are available for you to locate the physical and virtual hardware and operating systems that are present in your data center. Each discovery method launches a discovery job. When the job is successfully completed, the asset is displayed in the Available to be Managed tab in the UI.

After you install the software, determine the data center assets that you want to manage with the software. Asset management enables you to use a variety of methods to identify the assets in your data center and display them in the user interface. This is a prerequisite for almost every action inEnterprise Manager Ops Center.

The second step is to manage the assets. Managing assets allows you to use the management console to monitor and control them. Agent software is installed on operating systems during the management process. An Agent is lightweight Java software that identifies the asset and can respond to inquiries from the Proxy Controller. It is required to perform some OS update, management, and monitoring operations. All managed assets appear in the Asset section of the Navigation pane.

You can register your managed assets with My Oracle Support and gain access to eligible Oracle services, such as displaying warranty information and filing service requests, from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center UI.

Managed Networks

Managed networks are used by the virtualization technology. If your organization is using Oracle VM Server for SPARC or Oracle Solaris Zones, you can establish and configure storage libraries and networks for virtualization.

Libraries

Libraries are used to store cached data, images, packages, and metadata. The following types of libraries are available:

  • Software – Contains images, supporting metadata, and profiles that are used in provisioning

  • Solaris and Linux OS Update – Contains OS update packages and your custom programs and scripts, known as local content

  • Storage – Contains virtual images, the profiles that create the virtual images, and the data used by them

    • NAS storage libraries contains metadata and data for any virtual image associated with the storage library

    • Fibre Channel storage libraries contain virtual images' data

You can create virtual pools for your Oracle VM Server for SPARC instances and share resources between members of the virtual pool. This enables you to associate multiple virtual hosts with a storage library and share the content with other hosts in the virtual pool. This type of library can be accessed through an NFS server or SAN network, or can reside locally on the virtual host's server.

Policies, Profiles, and Plans

You can configure a variety of policies, profiles, and plans to monitor, manage, and update your data center environment.

The following are the major profile categories:

  • Monitoring rules and profiles

    • Monitoring rules - Define the rule parameters and alerting conditions

    • Monitoring profiles - Contain user-defined alert configurations that are used to monitor a managed asset, including thresholds and alert monitors

  • OS Update policies and profiles

    • Update policies - Define the component configuration of the systems to update

    • Update profiles - Define what update actions to take and in what order

  • Provisioning profiles - Define firmware and OS provisioning tasks

  • Operational profiles - Contain a shell script, utility, or suggested action that are required to operate your environment or to perform problem resolution

Plans

You can use profiles to create operational and deployment plans to create consistency and efficiency when performing simple or complex tasks.

The following types of plans are available:

  • Operational plan

  • Deployment plan

An operational plan associates one or more targets with an operational profile. You can use an operational plan to perform a specific task, such as providing an automated response to a monitoring alert or problem.

A deployment plan defines the sequence of operations or steps that must be performed to deploy or manage an asset. It can contain multiple profiles and operational plans. A comprehensive set of deployment plan templates is available, including virtualization templates. A deployment template is an unbound deployment plan which defines the steps of execution but not the profiles and assets. You can copy the templates to create custom deployment plans.

Only the user that creates a plan can edit the plan, including updating the profile version. Other users can edit the plan for a specific deployment, but they cannot change the plan itself. This section describes how to create and manage deployment plans. Information about how to deploy a plan is available in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center User's Guide.