12 Base Enterprise Manager Functionality

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

12.1 Base Framework Features

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

Feature Summary

EM user, role and credentials management

Incident management, viewing alerts and metric threshold management (excludes notifications)

Reporting, job system and software library (items under these may be licensed under Packs)

Agent provisioning and patching

Groups and systems management

Target discovery (Network and agent-based)

Target Configuration (limited to current configuration only)

My Oracle Support integration

Self-update of plug-ins (functionality in plug-ins may be licensed under Packs)

12.2 Base Database Management Features

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

Feature Summary

Schema, user and role management

Optimizer Statistics and Resource Management

ASM and Clusterware management

Tablespace, log files and undo management

Backup and recovery management (includes MAA Advisor)

Data pump, streams and replication management

Alert log management and Support Workbench

Advisor and Scheduler Central

SQL Worksheet

12.3 Base Middleware Management Features

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

Feature Summary

All Fusion Middleware targets Home page (except JVM Diagnostics):

  • WebLogic Domain

  • Fusion Middleware Farm

  • SOA Infrastructure

Support Workbench

12.4 Server, Storage, and Virtualization Management Features

The following sections include features of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c server and virtualization management.

12.4.1 Cloud Control Features

Cloud Control includes the following features:

Feature Description


Provide remote administration capabilities for hosts.

Advanced alert management

Provide notification methods, rules, and schedules, metric history and associated drill-downs, ability to set blackouts, associate corrective actions with an alert, user-defined metrics, metric snapshots, and monitoring templates.

All menu items under Infrastructure Cloud

Provide ready access to Home, Self-Service, Request Dashboard pages.

Configuration management

Provide hardware and software configuration data collection, search, comparison, and analytical reporting.

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 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.

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.

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 to bare metal servers and create Guest VMs.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Provide full life-cycle management, including discovery, create, delete, configure, boot, shutdown, and monitor.

Oracle VM management including Oracle VM manager and self-service console (IaaS manager)

Manage environment requests to allow for more storage.

Oracle VM-template based provisioning

Manage applications and required resources based on service level requirements, etc.

Performance monitoring

Provide real-time and historical performance monitoring.

Policy management

Ensure consistency of deployments and adherence to operation standards. Includes policy violation notifications.

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.

12.4.2 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.