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Oracle® Enterprise Manager

System Monitoring Plug-in Installation Guide for Oracle Audit Vault

Release 12.1 (12.1.0.2.0)

E26595-02

September 2012

Oracle Audit Vault is used to transparently collect and consolidate audit data into a secure central repository. Audit Vault accomplishes this task by configuring policies, agents and collectors/trails to bring audit data from database sources such as Oracle database, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE).

The Oracle Audit Vault plug-in provides support for monitoring Oracle Audit Vault Release 10.3.x Server and 10.2.3.2.x Agent components only. You can monitor these database source types in Enterprise Manager only if the source database is available and supported (for example, Database plug-in for IBM DB2, Sybase ASE plug-in, Microsoft SQL Server plug-in, etc.).

Audience

This document is intended for anyone who is responsible for administering an Oracle Audit Vault system and has purchased Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1.

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Versions Supported

This plug-in supports the following versions of products:

Prerequisites

This section should contain any special instructions required that are specific to installing, configuring, or using the Audit Vault plug-in.

Note:

The Oracle Database plug-in Release 12.1.0.2.0 or later should be deployed first. See Deploying the Oracle Database and Audit Vault Plug-ins.

The Oracle Audit Vault plug-in supports the following native Audit Vault manageable entities as a target or collection item types:

SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE and AV_MONITOR User Role Requirements

To monitor Audit Vault through Enterprise Manager, a user with the AV_MONITOR and SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE roles should be used.

To create a new user with the required roles:

  1. Connect to the Audit Vault repository with Oracle Database Vault Account Manager (user with DV_ ACCTMGR role) and create a new user:

    CREATE USER monitor_user
    IDENTIFIED BY password;
    
  2. Connect to the Audit Vault repository with a user with SYSDBA privilege and grant SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE to the new user:

    CONN sysdba_user
    Enter password: password
    
    GRANT SELECT_CATALOG_ROLE, CREATE SESSION TO monitor_user;
    
  3. Connect to the Audit Vault repository with Audit Vault Administrator and grant AV_MONITOR role to the new user:

    CONN avadmin_user
    Enter password: password
    
    GRANT AV_MONITOR to monitor_user;
    

Components Monitored

The Oracle Audit Vault plug-in provides monitoring support for the following Audit Vault components:

Deploying the Oracle Database and Audit Vault Plug-ins

See the Plug-in Manager chapter in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide for steps to deploy the plug-in:

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/doc.121/e24473/plugin_mngr.htm

Discovering Targets Automatically

After successfully deploying the plug-in, follow these steps to add the plug-in target to Enterprise Manager Cloud Control for central monitoring and management:

  1. From the Setup menu, select Add Target and then Configure Auto Discovery.

  2. Click on the Oracle Audit Vault module and then the Configure icon to display the Configure Target Discovery for Target Types screen.

  3. Click Add Host. Make sure you have added all hosts that you want to manage.

  4. In the Search and Select pop-up, select a host from the target list and click Select.

  5. Click OK.

Manually Adding Targets

In addition to automatic discovery, Enterprise Manager Cloud Control allows you to manually add hosts as well as a wide variety of Oracle software and components as managed targets.

You must be able to specify the properties of a target to be managed and create an Enterprise Manager managed target.

Not all target types can be manually added. During registration with the discovery framework, the target type owner indicates whether a target type can be manually added or not.

To add targets manually to Enterprise Manager, follow these steps:

  1. Log in into Enterprise Manager.

  2. Click Setup, then click Add Target followed by Add Targets Manually from the drop-down menus. Enterprise Manager displays the Add Targets Manually page.

  3. Under the Add Targets Manually page, go to the Add Targets Manually sub-section and choose an option:

    • Add Non-Host Targets Using Guided Process

      Choose one of the target types to add, such as Oracle Cluster and High Availability Service, Oracle Database Machine, or WebLogic Domain Discovery. This process will also add related targets.

    • Add Non-Host Targets by Specifying Target Monitoring Properties

      Choose one of the target types to add, such as Fusion J2EE Application, Applications Utilities, or Supplier Portal.

  4. After you select the target type, you will follow a wizard specific to the target type to add the target.

    Upon confirmation, the target becomes a managed target in Enterprise Manager. Enterprise Manager simply accepts the information, performs validation of the supplied data where possible and starts monitoring the target.

Undeploying the Plug-in

To remove a plug-in from Oracle Management Service or a Management Agent:

  1. From the Setup menu, select Extensibility, then Plug-ins.

  2. Select the row for the plug-in you want to remove to in the table.

  3. Click Undeploy From, then either Management Servers or Management Agent. You can then select the OMS or Management Agent you want to remove the plug-in from.

  4. Confirm the plug-in removal. Enterprise Manager notifies the connected and relevant Enterprise Manager users and begins the de-configuration process.

Notes:

  • Removing a plug-in also removes all of its metadata from the Management Repository.

  • Default plug-ins provided by Oracle cannot be un-deployed.

Viewing Metrics

From the Oracle Audit Vault System drop-down menu, select Monitoring, then All Metrics for the All Metrics summary page. On this page, you can view metric summaries for all targets available through the Audit Vault plug-in. In the View section, the following metric options are available:

The All Metrics summary page includes any open metric events with a severity of Critical. Click the metric name link for details.

As a reference, the top five alerting metrics for the past seven days are also provided on the All Metrics summary page.

Metric and Collection Settings

From the Oracle Audit Vault System drop-down menu, select Monitoring, then Metric and Collection Settings. On this screen, you can set collection thresholds and schedules for each target.

Note:

Empty thresholds will disable alerts for that metric.

Metric Collection Errors

From the Oracle Audit Vault System drop-down menu, select Monitoring, then Metric Collection Errors. This screen will show a list of errors if your managed target encounters any metric evaluation errors. These errors are usually a result of installation or configuration issues.

Metrics Collected Summary

The following Collection and Configuration metrics are available for the Oracle Audit Vault source database target type (ORACLE_AV):

Collection Metrics

  • Collection name: Response

    • Metric Group: Response

    • Frequency: 5 minutes

    • Metric Name

      • Status: Collects the Audit Vault server Status (Threshold = Y)

      • Message: Error or informational message (Threshold = N)

  • Collection name: AV_NOTIFICATIONS

    • Metric Group: AV_EMAIL_NOTIFICATIONS

    • Frequency: 15 minutes

    • Metric Name

      • Pending: Ready to be sent

      • Expired: Alert message expired

      • Queued: Alert e-mails that are still queued

  • Collection name: AV_PROCESS_STATUS

    • Metric Group: AV_COLLECTOR_STATUS

    • Frequency:

    • Metric Name

      • Status: Collects Audit Vault agent status (Threshold = Y)

      • Message: Error or informational message (Threshold = N)

  • Collection name: AV_PROCESS_STATS

    • Metric Group: AV_COLLECTOR_STAT

    • Frequency: 2 minutes

    • Metric Name

      • Collector with no upload: Collector name (Threshold = N)

      • Agent: Agent name (Threshold = N)

      • latency: X amount of data has not been sent to the Audit Vault Repository in Y time (Threshold = Y)

      • throughput: How much data has been sent to the Audit Vault Repository (Threshold = Y)

      • last_upload_time: Last time data was sent to the Audit Vault Repository (Threshold = N)

Configuration Metrics

  • Collection name: AV_PROCESS_CONFIG

    • Metric Group: AV_AGENT_CONFIG

      • Frequency: 24 hours

      • Configuration Data: Name, host, installation location

      • Description: An association amongst agent, collector, and source needs to be established

    • Metric Group: AV_COLLECTOR_ATTRS

      • Frequency: 24 hours

      • Configuration Data: Collector attribute name, value, description

      • Description: Collects collector attribute details

    • Metric Group: AV_COLLECTOR_CONFIG

      • Frequency: 24 hours

      • Configuration Data: Name, installation location, source being supported

      • Description: An association amongst agent, collector, and source needs to be established.

    • Metric Group: AV_SOURCE_ATTRS

      • Frequency: 24 hours

      • Configuration Data: Source attribute name, value, description

      • Description: Collects source attribute details

    • Metric Group: AV_SOURCE_CONFIG

      • Frequency: 24 hours

      • Configuration Data: Name, installation location, version

      • Description: An association amongst agent, collector, and source needs to be established.

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E26595-02

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