2 New Features In Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c

This chapter provides an overview of the new features available in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c. It lists new features specifically associated with the base Oracle Enterprise Manager platform which includes the Cloud Control console, Oracle Management Service, and Oracle Management Agents.

This chapter contains the following sections:

2.1 Framework and Infrastructure

This section describes new features and enhancements for Enterprise Manager Framework and Infrastructure.

2.1.1 Support for Customization of Enterprise Manager Login Page

The Enterprise Manager login page can be customized in order to accommodate corporate policies and standards.

  • A logo can be placed on the upper left corner of the Enterprise Manager login page.

  • A License Agreement popup message can be configured to appear after user clicks on the Login button. The license agreement message, popup title, and button labels can be customized by using new emctl properties.

  • A customized informational text can be placed to the left of the login fields. Some use cases for informational text include instructions to apply for access, password reset policy, and instructions for assistance.

2.2 Middleware Management

This section describes new features and enhancements for middleware management.

2.2.1 Fusion Middleware Plug-in (13.3.1.0) Features

This section describes new features and enhancements included in the Fusion Middleware Plug-in (13.3.1.0):

2.2.1.1 Enhancements to Oracle Fusion Middleware Process Control

Beginning with Fusion Middleware Plug-in Release 13.3, the following enhancements to Oracle Fusion Middleware process control operations enable administrators to:

  • Start up or shut down managed servers while the administration server is down. In prior releases, this was not supported.

  • Start up the administration server through node manager. In prior releases, administrators could only start the target through the default script or a custom script.

  • Start up or shut down a subset of the domain. In prior releases, when administrators chose to start up or shut down a domain, the domain and all its members were started or stopped; there was no granularity as to which members of the domain to take action against.

  • Create or end a notification blackout when shutting down or starting up Oracle Fusion Middleware software. In prior releases, administrators were only able to create or end a traditional blackout when controlling processes.

Being able to increase the flexibility in controlling Oracle Fusion Middleware processes directly from Cloud Control helps the administration team be more efficient and effective in managing their middleware environment.

2.2.1.2 Configure Success and/or Failure Strings in Web Service Tests

When creating a service test of the Web Service (SOAP/Rest) test type, administrators can now validate the response of the test by specifying success and/or failure strings. A transaction is considered up if each success string appears at least once within the transaction and a transaction is considered down if any failure string appears within the transaction.

Having such configuration abilities for the Web Service test type prevents Oracle Enterprise Manager from reporting an incorrect status of the test and service.

2.2.1.3 Oracle Identity Management 12.2.x Management

Beginning with Fusion Middleware Plug-in Release 13.3, administrators are able to discover and centrally manage their Oracle Identity Management version 12.2.x deployments. The following components are supported in Enterprise Manager 13.3 for IDM 12.2.x: OIM, OUD, DIP, and OID. The existing management features continue to be supported with Oracle Identity Management version 12.2.x, including:

  • Performance monitoring and diagnostics

  • Configuration management

  • Process control

So after upgrading to the latest version of Oracle Identity Management software, you can continue to leverage Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c for centralized monitoring and management alongside the other targets in your enterprise.

Note:

Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control to apply patches to Oracle Identity Management Release 12c components is not supported.

2.2.1.4 Support for Cloning of SOA or OSB-based Domains Versioned 12.2.1.3 and later

Beginning with Fusion Middleware Plug-in Release 13.3, administrators are able to create provisioning profiles based on SOA or OSB domains versioned 12.2.1.3 and later. Administrators can also perform cloning from these profiles.

2.2.2 JVMD (13.3.1.0) Features

Following are the new features and enhancements for JVMD:

  • Request metrics based on all executed instances (sampled instances only): Prior to this release, Request metrics for example, count, allocation, and duration were calculated based on the data collected for the specific instances that were “caught” while taking a sample of the stuck. Starting with this release, the metrics are calculated based on all the instances that were executed since the previous sampling.

    For example, a Request average execution time varies from 50 to 1500ms, while the average execution time is 100ms. The request is executed 1000 times per second.

    Sampling will “catch” mainly the slow executions. The sampled count will be much smaller than 1000/s and the average execution time and other metrics will reflect the behavior of the “caught” slow executions. With the new feature introduced in 13.3, all the Request executions are counted and measured. In the example above, the count will show 100/s and the average will be 100ms.

    Both the sampled based metrics and the actual measurement are presented to the user.

    Note:

    • The ‘Thread state’ and ‘JVM Time’ metrics are available only as sampled data.

    • Requests that are not sample at all (not even one instance is caught while JVMD takes the thread execution sample) will not show at all at that time period.

  • Deploy agent in off mode: User can opt to deploy an agent, but the agent will not report data to EM until specifically enabled (through UI or emcli).

  • Agent deployed through the Agent Deployment wizard (for WebLogic) can be selected to be deployed on cluster level, enabling dynamic targeting to future managed servers in this cluster.

  • Allows to specify LIBDIR at time of agent deployment.

  • emcli support (for JVM and JVM Pools):

    • Configure Heap/JFR Dump Directory

    • Enable/disable monitoring

    • Change log level

    • Enable/disable Byte Code Instrumentation

  • Improvements to DB requests data collection: Higher percentage of the SQL invocations will be captured.

  • Call tree view enhancements:

    • Optional view in method level (in addition to the code line level)

    • Auto expand option to reveal the significant code path

2.3 Cloud Management

This section describes new features and enhancements for cloud management.

2.3.1 Virtual Infrastructure Plug-in (13.3)

The Virtual Infrastructure Plug-in (13.3) works seamlessly with Oracle's latest server virtualization product, Oracle VM Release 3.4. 

Oracle VM is an enterprise-class server virtualization solution comprised of Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and Oracle VM Manager. Oracle engineered the Oracle VM server virtualization and management solution to address the market segments of private cloud infrastructure within a corporate data center, or at a hosting site (managed cloud services) as well as cloud service providers. Oracle VM enables virtual machines to be deployed, managed, and moved throughout Oracle’s public and private cloud infrastructure.

Oracle VM Release 3.4 delivers many important features and enhancements to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. The entire Oracle VM environment can be managed from within Oracle Enterprise Manager.  In addition, Oracle Enterprise Manager offers extended functionality beyond that of Oracle VM.

2.3.2 DBaaS

Beginning with 13.3, the following enhancements have been made to Oracle DBass:

  • Database/Pluggable Database Onboarding on DBaaS Cloud for easy accessibility of existing DB instances from Self Service Portal.

  • Database/Pluggable Database relocation across cloud pools.

  • Database as a Service support for database 18c including support for relocation and clone refresh.

  • Container Database provisioning from Self Service Portal.

  • Pluggable Database Upgrade using Fleet Maintenance.

2.4 Database Management

Following are the new features and enhancements for database management:

  • Lifecycle management of database 18c including support for provisioning, patching, and upgrade from earlier versions.

  • Database Fleet Maintenance REST API support for Gold Image lifecycle management operations such as creation, deletion, and DB target subscription.

    Note:

    From the 12.2 release, classic patching using Lifecycle Management Graphical User Interface is deprecated. You must use the Database Fleet Maintenance feature to patch 12.2 databases and GI environments.

2.5 Oracle Linux Host Administration

Following are the new features and enhancements for Oracle Linux Host Administration:

  • The new Oracle Linux Home target will enable the user to access and perform complete management of Oracle Linux Hosts. This includes Bare Metal Provisioning (BMP), Host Patching, Ksplice Patching along with Host Administration and Management. The new features for Linux hosts are summarized for all the managed hosts on this target home page to enable simplicity of Oracle Linux Host management.

  • Ksplice allows system administrators to deliver valuable patches with lower costs, less downtime, increased security, and greater flexibility and control. Ksplice updates the Linux operating system (OS) kernel and key user space libraries, while the OS is running, without a reboot or any interruption. The Oracle Linux Home target adds support for Kernel and User space patching using Ksplice. It also provides information on Ksplice and effective Kernel Versions, Patches and Packages, and Compliance Status of the managed Oracle Linux Hosts.

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager now supports Oracle Linux Host Administration and Monitoring without YaST dependency. Host agent must be running on the latest Enterprise Manager Agent Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.0 or later Agent versions.