10 Base Enterprise Manager Functionality

This chapter outlines the list of features that are included with the base functionality of Oracle Enterprise Manager:

The base installation of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c includes several features free of charge with the purchase of any Oracle software license or Support contract.

The release of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c makes several licensing changes. Some features that were part of licensed packs are now included in the base functionality.

10.1 Base Framework Features

The following items are included as part of framework features of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c:

Feature Description
Agent Management Start, stop, restart, and modify agent configuration from Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c. View agent health from agent home page.
Agent Provisioning and Patching Automate deployment of agent software and patches to the target servers.
Agent-based Target Discovery Discover targets running on a host automatically by deploying the agent.
Alerts and Metric Threshold Management (excludes notifications) Configure thresholds for metrics and view alerts (server generated or generated based on threshold violation). This excludes notifications which requires one or more licensed Packs.
Auto Discovery Discover host on a network and promote to being managed by Enterprise Manager.
Enterprise Manager Self Management and Monitoring View Management Services and Repository and Management Service target pages and reports. View Enterprise Manager topology.
Enterprise Manager Support Workbench Access Checker Central diagnostics checks. Run EMDiag Kit. Package and send Problem information to Oracle Support.
Groups and Systems Management Enable administrators to manage multiple targets as one.
Information Publisher and Reporting Create and manage reports in Enterprise Manager's embedded reporting solution or in BI Publisher. Specific reports in Enterprise Manager may be licensed under Packs.
Job System and Corrective Actions Automate routine (often repetitive) tasks. Enables automated response to metric alerts.
Monitoring and Incident Management Provide administrators with ability to monitor targets individually or in groups or systems. View and manage incidents generate from events associated with targets.
My Oracle Support integration Provide seamless access to My Oracle Support within the Enterprise Manager user interface. Manage Service Requests and review Knowledge Base articles, all without leaving the Enterprise Manager user interface.
Self-update (functionality in plug-ins may be licensed under Packs) Update Enterprise Manager with new features or fixes based on new versions of software available on Oracle Technology Network (OTN) or My Oracle Support (MOS).
Extensibility Development Kit (EDK) Collection of tools, utilities, sample code, and documentation that enables creation of new plug-ins to extend Enterprise Manager's ability to monitor and manage new types of targets.
Software Library (excludes licensed software) Manage software entities such as software patches, virtual appliance images, reference gold images, application software, and their associated directive scripts. This excludes any software entities that are a part of a licensed Pack.
User, Role and Credentials Management Manage Enterprise Manager user access, the roles associated with users, and the credentials used by users to access targets.
vCPU Utilization Tracking Track and report on Oracle product vCPU consumption on supported Oracle Engineered Systems.

10.2 Base Database Management Features

Users of Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition databases can use the Base Framework features and the Base Database Management Features. The following items are included as part of base database management features of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c:

Feature Description
Advisor Central Initiate an Advisor operation for various database management tasks, such as Segment Advisor, Memory Advisor. Some Advisors may be licensed under Packs.
Data movement Configure and manage movement of data between databases using features such streams, replication, data pump.
Error management View error history reported in the database alert log. Manage and diagnose critical errors reported using Support Workbench. Package errors and associated trace files into incidents for reporting on My Oracle Support.
Grid Infrastructure management Manage all components of Oracle Grid Infrastructure including Automatic Storage Management (ASM) and Clusterware (including Cluster Ready Services (CRS).
High availability Configure and manage database backups, initiate recovery actions, configure flashback. View and configure standby databases. Analyze high availability configuration against Maximum Availability Architecture.
Non-structured data management Manage multi-dimensional data such as OLAP, semi-structured data such as XML, and unstructured data such as text.
Object, program and initialization parameters management Manage database objects such as tables, indexes, views, materialized views. Manage PL/SQL and Java-based database programs such as triggers, procedures, functions. View and manage database initialization parameters.
Optimizer Management Manage optimizer statistics and SQL plans. Some capabilities under SQL Plan Control may be licensed under Packs.
Patch Recommendations My Oracle Support Critical Patch Recommendations.
Pluggable Database (PDB) Create/Plug/Unplug Create PDB from seed, plug PDB from unplugged PDB and unplug PDB (single target operations only using non-customized deployment procedure).
Resource Management Manage the distribution of operating system resources by defining and assigning resource plans to consumer groups within the database.
Scheduler Central Manage automated jobs maintained by Oracle Database and Oracle Enterprise Manager including Automatic Maintenance Tasks.
Security Manage database users, roles, profiles, configure Virtual Private Database (VPN) policies. Certain database security pages are licensed under the corresponding database security option, for example, Database Vault, Audit Vault.
SQL Execution View SQL execution history, execute ad hoc SQL using Run SQL or SQL Worksheet.
Space and Undo Management Manage control files, tablespaces, datafiles, log files, automatic undo management.
Support Workbench View critical errors captured in the Automatic Diagnostic Repository, create incidents from errors to report to My Oracle Support.
Upgrade Planner My Oracle Support Upgrade Planner.
Workspace management Define and configure workspaces to maintain different versions of table row values in different workspaces.

10.3 Base Middleware Management Features

The following items are included as part of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Middleware management:

Note:

Only the target home page itself is unlicensed. All links including metric links to look at historical metrics are part of the appropriate middleware management pack and require a license.
Feature Description
Discovery of Oracle Fusion Middleware Farm/WebLogic Domain Allow for discovery of Oracle WebLogic Domains and Oracle Fusion Middleware Farms (includes discovery of Fusion Middleware components deployed to the domains as well).
Drilldowns to Administration Consoles Provide links for launching and accessing administration consoles such as the Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control console, Oracle GlassFish Server Administration Console, and Oracle WebLogic Server Administration Console.
Fusion Middleware targets home pages

(Exception is JVM and JVM Pool target home pages; these two home pages are part of a management pack and require a license.)

View target home pages including, but not limited to the following target types:
  • WebLogic Domain

  • Fusion Middleware Farm

  • WebLogic Cluster and WebLogic Server

  • Application Deployment and Clustered Application Deployment

  • WebCenter

  • Oracle Service Bus target

  • SOA Infrastructure and Composite target

Process Control Ability to start, stop, restart Oracle Fusion Middleware related components.
Refresh or Rediscovery of Oracle Fusion Middleware Farm/WebLogic Domain Refresh or rediscover Oracle Fusion Middleware Farm/WebLogic Domain and its members - either manually or automatically with a predefined job.
Support Workbench Automatic collection of diagnostic data when critical errors occur in WebLogic Server and SOA Infrastructure components. Data can then be quickly and easily packaged and sent to Oracle Support to reduce problem resolution time.
WLST Script job Schedule and track the execution of WLST commands from the Cloud Control console.

10.4 Base Engineered Systems Management Features

Engineered Systems includes Exadata and Exalogic systems:

10.4.1 Exadata Management Features

The following pages are included as part of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Exadata management:

Page Page Features
Schematic
  • Database Machine Schematic
  • Physical components

  • Physical placement

  • Temperature of cells

  • Alter physical placement of each component via Edit

  • Status summary of each component

  • List of alerts

Topology Viewer
  • DB Machine Software Topology
  • System Members

  • InfiniBand Switch

Exadata Grid
  • Overview – Target status, Cell health, release version and IORM status
  • Capacity – Disk capacity allocated to ASM, ASM Diskgroup summary and cell incidents

Note: these regions are licensed by the Oracle Diagnostics Pack:

  • Workload Distribution by Databases

  • Cell level Performance charts – I/O, CPU, Network and Response Time

IB Network page Overview – status, switches, firmware version, Schematic explaining the port status, Node status, List of alerts, incidents.

Note: these regions are licensed by the Oracle Diagnostics Pack:

  • Throughput details

ILOM, KVM, Cisco Switch, PDU Summary, Job Activity, list of alerts

10.4.2 Exalogic Management Features

The following items are included as part of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Exalogic management:

Feature Description
Basic monitoring
  • Component placement – schematic view, temperature, hardware up and down status
  • Software dashboard page

  • Virtualization pages within the Exalogic Navigation tree

  • Storage pages

  • Topology view of the system and components

  • Exalogic InfiniBand (IB) Fabric Page


10.5 Server, Storage, and Virtualization Management Features

The following items are included as part of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c server and virtualization management:

Feature Description
Administration Provide remote administration capabilities for hosts.
Chargeback Metering and Chargeback for guest virtual machines (VMs) and hosts.

Note: If you have not purchased a license for Oracle Cloud Management Pack for Oracle Database or Oracle Cloud Management Pack for Oracle Middleware, you should grant access to the Oracle Cloud Management Pack for Oracle Database to the Enterprise Manager Repository database to obtain access to Chargeback for VM Guest and Host targets.

Configuration management Provide hardware and software configuration data collection.
Consolidation Planner Determine optimal server consolidation scenarios by leveraging data collected by Cloud Control against business and technical constraints.
Controlling/Service Domain Configure Oracle VM Server for SPARC controlling or service domain attributes and monitor resource consumption. Manipulate vdisk allocation to VMs post-creation.
Dynamic Resource Allocation Provide for real-time changing of allocated resources using Oracle Solaris Container and Oracle VM Server for SPARC technology.
Dynamic Topology Maintain the child-to-parent relationship between the service processor, hypervisor, global zone, control domain, and virtual machine.
Guest VM/Linux OS Patching Provide automated host patching and integration with an Unbreakable Linux network (ULN).
Historical Trending View historical workload trends for Oracle Solaris Zones against one another on a central graph.
Host monitoring and management Monitor of Cloud Control component services, such as jobs and notifications.
Hypervisor/OS Provisioning Provide default templates for the creation of Oracle VM Server for SPARC controlling domain configuration. Ensure compatibility between embedded hypervisor components in the firmware and the bare metal OS layers above.
Image Library Management Maintain ISO and Oracle Solaris Flash Archive (FLAR) images for both physical and virtual provisioning.
Infrastructure Management Provide ready access to Home, Self-Service, Request Dashboard pages via the Infrastructure Cloud menu.
Metric Extensions Create new metrics to monitor conditions specific to customer environments.

Note: Metric Extensions are available free of charge only for the host target and not for other targets.

Monitoring Profiles for V12N Provide monitoring attributes for issues associated with Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Container environments.
Network Configuration Provide network topology in VM creation wizards that result in more redundant configurations based on IP multi-pathing and VLAN tagging.
Notifications Notification on events and incidents for infrastructure targets (hosts, storage, VMs).
Oracle Solaris Container Management Provide full life-cycle management, including discovery, create, delete, configure, boot, shutdown, and monitor.
Oracle Solaris Global Zone Configure global zone resource allocation and monitor resource consumption.
Oracle Solaris Zones and Patch Management Facilitate ”update on attach” actions as zones are migrated around to different global zones.
Oracle VM and Guest VM provisioning Deploy Oracle VM server software to bare-metal servers and create Guest VMs using operating system ISOs or using the PXE mode.
Oracle VM management including Oracle VM manager and self-service console (IaaS manager) Manage environment requests to allow for more storage.
Oracle VM Server for SPARC Provide full life-cycle management, including discovery, create, delete, configure, boot, shutdown, and monitor.
Performance monitoring Provide real-time and historical performance monitoring.
Provisioning of Oracle VM templates Provisioning of Oracle VM templates.
Resource Virtual Pools Construct T-series server group and manage the network configuration and shared storage, auto-balance the workload, and view historical aggregations of performance metrics.
Storage Orchestration Automatically facilitate the use of Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliances in the Oracle Solaris Container and Oracle VM Server for SPARC environments.
Storage Plug-in Manage storage assets more effectively.
Technology Abstraction Layer Use M-series dynamic hardware domains, T-series Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and Oracle Solaris Zones, and create complex operational plans.

10.5.1 Ops Center Features

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center provides the most comprehensive management across Oracle servers, storage, network devices, operating systems, and Oracle Solaris virtualization technologies while dramatically improving the efficiency of IT operations with its integrated life-cycle management and built-in automation. Ops Center is the best solution on the market today for Oracle infrastructure management.

Ops Center provides full life-cycle management of virtual guests, including resource management and mobility orchestration. It helps customers streamline operations and reduce downtime. Ops Center provides an end-to-end management solution for both physical and virtual systems. From Oracle Solaris Zones to Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Ops Center offers the right combination of granular control and workload abstraction for a complete hardware and software solution.

Ops Center includes the following features:

Feature Description
Alarm Management Provide alert correlation and aggregation. Open a Service Request with My Oracle Support.
Asset Management Manage distributed assets from the same console. Provide new hardware asset reporting down to the field replaceable unit (FRU) part number.
Audit Reporting Track software and configuration changes made with Ops Center through easily read reports.
Bare Metal OS Provisioning Automate Kickstart, Jumpstart, YAST, and DHCP configuration for the remote light-out provisioning of servers. Create profiles to capture finish scripts and customization.
Cloud Control Integration Provide integration between Enterprise Manager Cloud Control and Ops Center. Discover targets and view alarm information. View hardware, OS, and virtualization information.
Complex Plan Management Create in-depth workflow plans by nesting server provisioning tasks into a comprehensive string of events.
Compliance Automation Provide reporting capabilities to schedule tests against target nodes, point-in-time comparisons, operational policies, or self-made software profiles.
Disconnected Mode Provide choice to remain connected to Oracle to receive knowledge transfer automation and protection, or to run in disconnected mode from Oracle.
Energy Awareness View historical and real-time energy consumption of individual servers or groups of servers in both Watt (W) and KwH in terms of cost. View CPU utilization, temperature, and fan RPM trending.
Enhanced OS Patching Minimize downtime originating from software life cycles activities.
Firmware Provisioning Automatically download firmware for servers and storage appliances, including Service Processor, RAID HBA cards, and drive firmware.
Hardware Management Provide hardware monitoring across the Oracle T-series, M-series, X-series, Network Appliances, and Storage Appliances. Provide integration with Oracle Solaris FMA.
Historical Monitoring Provide a view of past trends in monitored performance attributes.
M-series Dynamic Domains Create provisioning plans that control the configuration of dynamic hardware domains.
My Oracle Support Integration Provide integration to My Oracle Support. Automatically open service requests and validate assets. View service request status updates.
Network Fabric Monitoring Discover, map, and view Oracle 10GBe and Infiniband Switches, NEMs, and HBA devices from the server point of view.
Operational Plans Set alarm thresholds on any attribute in the product and house them in a monitoring profile that can be provisioned across multiple boxes. Allow for ad-hoc actions and scripts to be run and their output captured.
Oracle Solaris Cluster Support Discover an Oracle Solaris Cluster environment provide full coverage of Oracle Solaris Cluster software in the Ops Center knowledge repository.
Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliances Discover Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliances properly in the topology and provide a view of configuration and service information of the device.
OS Performance Monitoring Provide Oracle Solaris and Linux OS performance monitoring, both real-time status of attributes and historical charting.
RAID Device Configuration Provide pre-OS installation and RAID device configuration.
Role Based Access Control Provide roles that control a user's access, which can be granted universally or for specific groups of assets.
Windows Support Provide comprehensive Windows patching integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.