New Features by Focus Area

This section lists new features categorized by focus area.

Installation and Upgrade

This section describes new features and enhancements for Installation and Upgrade.

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Federation: You now have the ability to define all your Enterprise Manager sites and access critical information from a single new interface. The Federation Overview Dashboard rolls up information such as the status of targets, incidents, problems, and jobs status across all your Enterprise Manager sites, provides various ways to sort your data, and allows you to drill down for more information directly to each Enterprise Manager site and its monitored targets.

    For more information, see Configuring Enterprise Manager Federation in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Advanced Installation and Configuration Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 5 (13.4.0.5).

  • Parallel OMS Upgrades: In a multi-OMS environment, you can now upgrade the primary OMS and then all additional OMS can be upgraded simultaneously.

    For more information, see Upgrading Multiple OMS in Parallel in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Upgrade Guide.

  • Decommission Multiple Agents: You can now decommission multiple agents at the same time using the Enterprise Manager console or EM CLI. You can choose to remove multiple agents and their associated targets from the repository only, or you can choose to remove multiple agents and their targets from the repository as well as deinstall all agent software from their hosts. You need super administrator privileges to perform this operation.

    For more information, see Decommissioning Oracle Management Agents in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Advanced Installation and Configuration Guide.

Enterprise Monitoring

This section describes new features and enhancements for Enterprise Monitoring.

  • Diagnose Job System Issues: The Job Diagnostic dashboards provide an administrator view into Job System operations, thus allowing you to isolate and identify problems when running jobs.

    For more information, see Diagnosing Job System Issues in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 8 (13.4.0.8).

  • Ability to Set Preferred Credential Type for Corrective Actions: When defining a Corrective Action (CA), you can now specify the type of Preferred Credential (Normal or Privileged) to be used when the CA is invoked. Preferred Credentials used for CAs must be Global Named Credentials.

    For more information, see Specifying Preferred Credential Type for Corrective Actions in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Filter Targets by Cost Center: On the All Targets page, under Refine Search, you can now filter targets by Cost Center, in addition to the existing target properties: Target Type, Target Status, Target Version, Lifecycle Status, Line of Business, Department, Location, Contact, Platform, Operating System, Owner, Site, and On Remote Host.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 1 (13.4.0.1).

  • Always-on Monitoring – Filter Alerts by Severity and Event Type: New emsctl enable_notification and disable_notification verb options are available that let you filter alerts by:
    • Severity (-severities) such as Fatal, Critical, Warning, or Clear
    • Event Type (-alert_types) such as Metric Alert, Availability, and Metric Evaluation Error

    For more information, see Enabling Notifications in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

  • Exclude Targets from Composite Targets During a Blackout Using EMCLI: New emcli blackout verb options (exclude_targets, exclude_types) are now available that let you exclude targets or target types from a blackout.

    For more information, see Exclude Targets from Composite Targets During a Blackout in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

  • Automated Password Functionality for DBSNMP (monitoring only) Database Password: A new job type allows you to automate updating the password for dbsnmp or any monitoring user that is not SYSDBA or SYSOPER from the Enterprise Manager Cloud Control console. The password update job can be run on Oracle Database and Cluster Database instances.

Database Management

This section describes new features and enhancements for Database Management.

  • Enhancement to the Automatic Indexing Activity Report for Autonomous Databases: The Automatic Indexing Activity Report for Autonomous Databases has been enhanced with options to generate a report in the HTML format with graphical representations of the Summary, Index Details, Verification Details, and Error sections, for a selected time period. You can also use the Download All Index Created Details and Download All Index Dropped Details options to download the index details in a .csv format.

    For more information, see Monitoring and Administration Tasks in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide for Oracle Autonomous Databases.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 7 (13.4.0.7).

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Support for Autonomous Data Warehouse – Dedicated and Autonomous Databases – Shared: You can now use Oracle Enterprise Manager to discover, manage, and monitor the following Autonomous Databases:
    • Autonomous Data Warehouse – Dedicated
    • Autonomous Transaction Processing – Shared
    • Autonomous Data Warehouse – Shared

    Note that Oracle Enterprise Manager support for Autonomous Databases was introduced in EM DB Plug-in Bundle Patch 13.3.2.0.190731, and previously only supported the Autonomous Transaction Processing – Dedicated database.

    For more information, see Use Oracle Enterprise Manager for Autonomous Databases in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide for Oracle Autonomous Databases.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Support for Autonomous Databases – Dedicated on Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer: You can now use Oracle Enterprise Manager deployed on-premises to discover, manage, and monitor Autonomous Databases – Dedicated on Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer.

    For more information, see Prerequisite Tasks for Autonomous Databases – Dedicated in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide for Oracle Autonomous Databases.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Support for Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Enabled Oracle Databases: Oracle Enterprise Manager now supports TDE-enabled Oracle Databases, for most capabilities. The currently supported configuration requires that the wallet location is specified using the ENCRYPTION_WALLET_LOCATION parameter in the $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/sqlnet.ora file.

    For more information, see Oracle Enterprise Manager Support for TDE-enabled Oracle Databases in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Security Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Execute SQL is Supported via REST API: You can now use HTTP-based REST endpoints to execute SQL commands and extract data. Using this you can extract data from:
    • The Oracle Management Repository
    • A database target configured in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control

    For more information, see Executing SQL via REST API in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

  • Cluster Health Advisor Integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control: You can now use Oracle Cluster Health Advisor, which is integrated into the Incident Manager in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, to detect and analyze operating system and cluster resource-related degradation and failures. Cluster Health Advisor is enabled by default and it continuously tracks the operating system resource consumption at each node, process, and device level. It provides detailed explanation regarding issues that occur in clusters where Oracle Clusterware and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) are running, for example, during node eviction.

    Here are some of the benefits you can derive from the Cluster Health Advisor functionality:

    • Detects node and database performance problems
    • Provides early-warning alerts and corrective action
    • Supports on-site calibration to improve sensitivity

    For more information, see Introduction to Oracle Cluster Health Advisor in the Oracle Database Autonomous Health Framework User's Guide.

  • Automatic Indexing for Autonomous Transaction Processing – Dedicated Databases: You can now enable Automatic Indexing for the Autonomous Transaction Processing – Dedicated databases monitored in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.

    The automatic indexing feature automates index management tasks such as creating, rebuilding, and dropping indexes based on the changes in application workload, thereby improving database performance.

    For more information, see Monitoring and Administration Tasks in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide for Oracle Autonomous Databases.

  • Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) Warehouse Enhancements:
    • Support for Pluggable Databases (PDBs): The AWR warehouse now supports PDBs. The new support for PDBs includes support for the warehouse repository as a PDB and also for PDBs as source databases that upload their AWR data to the warehouse. This feature requires Oracle Database 12.2 and higher as the source or repository.

      This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 2 (13.4.0.2).

    • Active Data Guard (ADG) Support in AWR Warehouse: ADG now supports the switch over when the warehouse database or source database is configured with ADG and the primary database goes down and the standby database becomes the primary. After the switchover, the databases are automatically switched in the AWR warehouse.

      Previously, the AWR warehouse did not recognize the switch over when the primary database was down and the standby database became the primary, and this caused issues such as Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) process failure.

    • AWR Warehouse Diagnosability: You can now proactively identify the points of failure after the AWR warehouse is configured and the ETL process started running between the source database and warehouse, by running a number of tests on the AWR warehouse or a select set of sources and determine the health of the AWR warehouse configuration.
  • SQL Performance Analyzer Enhancements:
    • SQL Performance Analyzer for Migration from On-premises Database to Autonomous Database: You can now use the SQL Performance Analyzer workflow to test the effects of a migration from an on-premises database to an Autonomous Database.

      For more information, see Monitoring and Administration Tasks in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide for Oracle Autonomous Databases.

      This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 3 (13.4.0.3).

    • Concurrent SQL Execution with SQL Performance Analyzer: You can now execute SQL concurrently with the SQL Performance Analyzer. The default behavior of the SQL Performance Analyzer is to execute SQL sequentially when testing to measure performance. In some cases, when very large SQL tuning sets are involved, you can execute SQL concurrently to expedite the testing process. This enables you to complete testing quickly and with added flexibility.

      For more information, see Configuring the Degree of Parallelism for an Analysis Task in the Oracle Database Testing Guide.

    • SQL Performance Analyzer Result Set Validation: You can now use SQL Performance Analyzer Result Set Validation to validate whether the result sets which were returned during the initial SQL Performance Analyzer test are similar to the result sets returned in the subsequent tests. This feature adds an additional assurance that the queries are executing as expected and returning the exact same set of data.

      For more information, see Validating SQL Result Sets Using SQL Performance Analyzer in the Oracle Database Testing Guide.

  • Real Application Testing Enhancements:
    • When capturing a workload carrying PL/SQL based application logic for Database Replay, you can now select the Extended option for the PL/SQL capture mode on the Database Replay > Create Capture: Options page. This ensures that the workload is captured at the first level of recursive PL/SQL calls.
    • When replaying a workload carrying PL/SQL based application logic, you can now select the Extended value for the PL/SQL Mode replay parameter on the Replay Workload: Customize Options page > Replay Parameters tab, thereby ensuring that the workload is replayed at first level of recursive calls. Note that to be able to replay a workload in PL/SQL mode, it must be captured in the Extended mode.
    • For the Synchronization replay parameter, which controls the synchronization method used for database replay, you can now set one of the following values on the Replay Workload: Customize Options page > Replay Parameters tab:
      • Time: If the Synchronization parameter is set to Time, the replay uses the same wall-clock timing as the capture. This is the default option.
      • SCN: If the Synchronization parameter is set to SCN, then the COMMIT order in the captured workload is observed during replay and all replay actions are executed only after all dependent COMMIT actions have completed.

      Previously, the values available for the Synchronization replay parameter were SCN, FALSE, and OBJECT_ID.

    • You can now replay a workload in Query Only Mode by specifying True against the parameter on the Replay Workload: Customize Options page > Replay Parameters tab. When a workload is replayed in Query Only Mode, it omits all PL/SQL, DML and DDL statements, thereby allowing the rerunning of the workload without restoring the database. This mode should be used to perform a sanity check before replaying the workload in Read/Write mode.

    For more information, see Database Replay in the Oracle Database Testing Guide.

  • Support Availability Information: Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.4 has added support for the following:
    • Oracle Database 18c and 19c as repository and managed targets
    • Oracle Exadata Database Machine X6, X7, X8, and X8M

Database Lifecycle Management

Following are the new features and enhancements for database lifecycle management:

  • Database Compliance Standard Enhancement: Database Compliance Standards now allow the Create Like action on database targets. You can copy a database compliance standard into a new standard for a pluggable database. This new standard can be further customized with additional folders and rules.
    Create Compliance Standard: Like Copy of Basic Security

    For more information, see Creating Like a Compliance Standard in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 8 (13.4.0.8).

  • Database Migration Workbench: A new Database Migration Workbench interface is now available to guide you through the following database migration phases and associated tasks:
    • Planning pre-migration activities
    • Selecting the source and destination, validating and submitting a migration
    • Viewing the details of a completed migration and ensuring that the newly migrated database performs as expected

    Database Migration Workbench

    For more information, see Database Migration in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 7 (13.4.0.7).

  • Compliance Dashboard Violations Report: Administrators can now access a full report of all the violations for each target for a particular standard, directly from the Compliance Dashboard. The reports are in HTML format and can also be saved as single file for easy sharing.
    Compliance Dashboard Violations Report

    For more information, see About the Compliance Dashboard in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 7 (13.4.0.7).

  • Compliance Dashboard Filter Enhancements: New enhanced filter options are now available for the Compliance Dashboard. You can now filter by Target Type, Severity, and Properties (such as Contact, Cost Center, and Department). This allows for a more precise level of search when filtering. Additionally, the Compliance Dashboard now features an Applied Filters ribbon at the top where you can see what filters are in use. You can remove or add filters from the ribbon, as required.
    Compliance Dashboard Filters

    For more information, see About the Compliance Dashboard in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6).

  • Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark v3.0.0 – Traditional and Unified Audit Profiles for Oracle Database 12c Single Instance, Pluggable Database and Clusters: You can now use the following CIS v3.0.0 auditing profiles for Oracle Database 12c:
    • CIS Traditional Auditing for Oracle Database
    • CIS Traditional Auditing for Oracle Pluggable Database
    • CIS Traditional Auditing for Oracle Cluster Database (RAC)
    • CIS Unified Auditing for Oracle Database
    • CIS Unified Auditing for Oracle Pluggable Database
    • CIS Unified Auditing for Oracle Cluster Database (RAC)

    For more information, see CIS Compliance Standards in the Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Oracle Compliance Standards Reference.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6).

  • Configure Oracle ASM Filter Driver: When provisioning a new Oracle RAC Database Grid Infrastructure using Oracle Enterprise Manager, you can now configure the Oracle ASM Filter Driver in the Automatic Storage Management section of the deployment procedure.
    Configure ASM Filter Driver check box

    For more information, see Procedure for Provisioning Oracle Grid Infrastructure and Oracle Databases with Oracle ASM in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 5 (13.4.0.5).

  • Cleanup Container Databases: Oracle Enterprise Manager Fleet Management operations now support cleanup of Container Databases (CDBs). The CLEANUP operation automates the removal of old CDBs upon completion of a patching cycle, helping free valuable resources.

    For more information, see Clean Up Operations in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 5 (13.4.0.5).

  • Comparison and Drift Management: This version introduces a brand new Comparison and Drift Management Dashboard that allows you to see drifted, inconsistent, and comparison targets all from a single new interface.

    For more information, see Comparisons and Drift Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 5 (13.4.0.5) and Above in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 5 (13.4.0.5).

  • Compliance Dashboard: This version introduces a brand new dashboard for security compliance and configuration management to increase the operational efficiency of administrators and reduce the overall cost of management. This is a one-stop page for monitoring the security compliance of all EM supported targets allowing you to filter down to specific standard or target type, assess the overall compliance state of targets, review context specific security incidents, analyze rule violations, and determine remediation steps.
    Compliance Dashboard

    For more information, see Evaluating Compliance in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 5 (13.4.0.5).

  • Database Fleet Maintenance – Emergency Patching: You can now perform Emergency patching with Fleet Maintenance. Databases that require an emergency patch will be switched out to new homes where they can be isolated and patched without impacting functioning databases in the original home.

    For more information, see Fleet Maintenance Emergency Patching in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Unified On-premises and Cloud Provisioning: Manage database assets running in a combination of on-premises data centers or in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) from the same user interface. The "Provision Pluggable Databases" now provides a unified experience to manage pluggable databases on any platform. Perform operations like create, clone, refreshable clone, relocate on-premises PDBs as well as OCI PDBs.

    For more information, see Deploying Agents on OCI Resources and Provisioning Pluggable Databases Using Enterprise Manager in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • CIS v2.1.0 – Traditional and Unified Auditing Profiles for Oracle Pluggable Database 12c: You can now use the following CIS v2.1.0 auditing profiles for Oracle Database 12c:
    • Oracle 12c Database CIS v2.1.0 - Level 1 - RDBMS using Unified Auditing for Oracle Pluggable Database
    • Oracle 12c Database CIS v2.1.0 - Level 1 - RDBMS using Traditional Auditing for Oracle Pluggable Database

    For more information, see CIS Compliance Standards in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Oracle Compliance Standards Reference.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Ability to Re-run Compliance Evaluations: You can now choose to re-run compliance standard evaluations for any given target, to stay up to date, for example, with Security Recommendations For Oracle Products.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 3 (13.4.0.3).

  • CIS v2.1.0 – Auditing Profiles for Oracle Database 12c: You can now use the following CIS v2.1.0 auditing profiles for Oracle Database 12c:
    • Oracle 12c Database CIS v2.1.0 - Level 1 - RDBMS using Unified Auditing for Oracle Database
    • Oracle 12c Database CIS v2.1.0 - Level 1 - RDBMS using Unified Auditing for Oracle Cluster Database
    • Oracle 12c Database CIS v2.1.0 - Level 1 - RDBMS using Traditional Auditing for Oracle Database
    • Oracle 12c Database CIS v2.1.0 - Level 1 - RDBMS using Traditional Auditing for Oracle Cluster Database

    For more information, see Audit/Logging Policies and Procedures in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Oracle Compliance Standards Reference.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 3 (13.4.0.3).

  • Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG) for Oracle Database: Latest version of STIG supported in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 3 (13.4.0.3):
    • Oracle 12c Database STIG - Version 1, Release 16 for Oracle Database
    • Oracle 12c Database STIG - Version 1, Release 16 for Oracle Cluster Database
    • Oracle 11.2g Database STIG Version 1, Release 16 for Oracle Database
    • Oracle 11.2g Database STIG Version 1, Release 16 for Oracle Cluster Database

    For more information, see Security Technical Implementation Guide in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Oracle Compliance Standards Reference.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 3 (13.4.0.3).

  • Migrating Fleet Maintenance Gold Image Between Separate Oracle Enterprise Manager Installations: You can now send updates, software images and their metadata across separate Oracle Enterprise Manager installations by migrating the Fleet Maintenance gold image between Oracle Enterprise Manager environments. This is especially useful when having two Oracle Enterprise Manager installations, one for Development and one for Production.

    For more information, see Migrating Fleet Maintenance Gold Images between Enterprise Manager Deployments in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Lifecycle Management Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 2 (13.4.0.2).

  • TDE Support for Cloning Use Cases: TDE is now supported in the following Database Lifecycle Management workflows:
    • Creating a full clone database
    • Creating a full clone pluggable database (PDB)
    • Relocating a PDB

    EMCLI verb db_software_maintenance has been updated to support databases with TDE enabled.

  • REST APIs for Fast-start Failover and Observer Management: You can now manage your Fast-start Failover and Observer targets via REST commands.

    Fast-start Failover increases the availability of a database by eliminating the need for administrator intervention as part of the failover workflow.

  • Support for Oracle Homes Consolidation: You can now use the EM CLI attach_home flag to merge homes of databases running from different Oracle Homes, on the same host. A second Oracle Home can be merged to a previously deployed Oracle Home if the two homes are patched with the same version of the Gold Image. For more information, see Attach Oracle Homes in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Lifecycle Management Guide.
  • Cleanup of Oracle Homes: Oracle homes consume valuable storage space, they can be cleaned up to release space when they are no longer in use. This operation removes unused, empty no longer needed Oracle Homes to help you better administrate space and resources. For more information, see Cleaning Up Oracle Homes in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Lifecycle Management Guide.
  • Standby Database Start Option After Patching: The new STANDBY_START_OPTION parameter allows you to set a specific start option for your standby database after patching. The Parameter needs to be included in the -input_file. For more information, see Updating and Rolling Back Standby Databases in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Lifecycle Management Guide.

Engineered Systems Management

This section describes new features and enhancements for Engineered Systems Management.

Following are the new features and enhancements for Engineered Systems Management:
  • Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Metrics for Systems Infrastructure Oracle InfiniBand Switch: The following KPI metrics are available for Systems Infrastructure Oracle InfiniBand Switch - ILOM:
    • CPU Utilization
    • Memory Utilization
    • Storage Summary
    • SSH Session Count

    The following KPI metrics are available for Systems Infrastructure Oracle InfiniBand Switch - SNMP:

    • CPU Utilization
    • Memory Utilization

    For more information, see Systems Infrastructure Oracle InfiniBand Switch - ILOM and Systems Infrastructure Oracle InfiniBand Switch - SNMP in the Systems Infrastructure Plug-in Metric Reference Manual.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 8 (13.4.0.8).

  • KPI Metrics for Systems Infrastructure Cisco Switch: The following KPI metrics are available for Systems Infrastructure Cisco Switch - IOS:
    • CPU Utilization
    • Memory Utilization
    • Storage Summary
    • SSH Session Count

    The following KPI metrics are available for Systems Infrastructure Cisco Switch - SNMP:

    • Memory Utilization
    • Storage Summary

    For more information, see Systems Infrastructure Cisco Switch - IOS and Systems Infrastructure Cisco Switch - SNMP in the Systems Infrastructure Plug-in Metric Reference Manual.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 8 (13.4.0.8).

  • Discovery of a Systems Infrastructure Server ILOM Using REST Through the User Interface: You can now discover the ILOM server using the REST access point through Enterprise Manager Cloud Control user interface. Use the guided process in the user interface to select the ILOM target, monitoring agent, and specify the monitoring credentials for the setup.

    For more information, see Discover an ILOM Server Using REST Through the User Interface in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 8 (13.4.0.8).

  • Enhancement to the Automatic Indexing Activity Report for Database Nodes of Oracle Exadata Database Machine: The Automatic Indexing Activity Report for database nodes of Oracle Exadata Database Machine has been enhanced with options to generate a report in the HTML format with graphical representations of the Summary, Index Details, Verification Details, and Error sections, for a selected time period. You can also use the Download All Index Created Details and Download All Index Dropped Details options to download the index details in a .csv format.

    For more information, see Automatic Indexing for Database Nodes in the Oracle Exadata Database Machine Getting Started Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 7 (13.4.0.7).

  • Predefined Monitoring Template for Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (ZDLRA) Targets: Oracle now provides a predefined monitoring template that can be used with ZDLRA (Recovery Appliance) target types. This predefined template enables you to apply the Oracle recommended Warning and Critical threshold values for the key ZDLRA metrics.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 7 (13.4.0.7).

  • Read-only Access to ZDLRA Administration Console for an EM User: An EM User, who is not an RA Administrator can now have read-only access to the ZDLRA administration and monitoring pages. The RA Administrator can grant the user the Connect Target Read Only privilege to the Recovery Appliance target to enable the read-only access.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 7 (13.4.0.7).

  • Kubernetes Lifecycle Support on Private Cloud Appliance: Use IaaS Self Service Portal to view the Kubernetes Clusters and perform other operations. You can create new clusters by providing the network information and by selecting the Master and Worker node configurations. Visit the Kubernetes Cluster Details page to view the configuration details, the requests placed, and their status.

    For more information, see Viewing Kubernetes Clusters in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Administration Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6).

  • Automatic Indexing for Database Nodes of Oracle Exadata Database Machine: You can now enable Automatic Indexing for the database nodes of Oracle Exadata Database Machine monitored in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.

    The automatic indexing feature automates index management tasks such as creating, rebuilding, and dropping indexes based on the changes in application workload, thereby improving database performance.

    For more information, see Automatic Indexing for Database Nodes in the Oracle Exadata Database Machine Getting Started Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6).

  • ZDLRA Support for New Parameters on Copy-to-Media Jobs: When submitting the Copy-to-Media job template, you can optionally specify advanced parameters like Format and Auto Backup Prefix that will dictate the naming of the backup pieces being copied to media. You can also optionally specify a Tag to be applied to these copied backup pieces.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6).

  • ZDLRA Protected Database Enhancements: Using the manage_ra emcli verb, you can now configure one or more databases for protection with one or more Recovery Appliance targets. This command can also be used with Oracle Enterprise Manager administration groups and can be run on a recurring schedule, making it easy to enroll newly discovered databases with the Recovery Appliance targets.

    In addition, using the same manage_ra verb, you can now enroll with a Recovery Appliance, a database that has not been discovered in Oracle Enterprise Manager as a target.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Oracle Exadata Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Metrics: You can now view the KPI metrics for Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exadata Cloud.

    For examples of Key Performance Indicators Metrics for Exadata Storage Servers and Exadata Storage Server Grid in Oracle Exadata Cloud, see Exadata Key Performance Indicators Metrics Examples in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control for Oracle Exadata Cloud.

    For examples of Key Performance Indicators Metrics for Exadata Storage Servers and Exadata Storage Server Grid in Oracle Exadata Database Machine, see Exadata Key Performance Indicators Metrics in the Oracle Exadata Database Machine Getting Started Guide.

    For details of the metrics, see Oracle Exadata Storage Server: Exadata Key Performance Indicators and Oracle Exadata Storage Server Grid: Exadata Key Performance Indicators in the Oracle Database Plug-in Metric Reference Manual.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Discover Oracle Exadata Database Machine Using EMCLI: In addition to providing support for discovering Oracle Exadata targets using the console, Oracle Enterprise Manager now supports discovery using EMCLI. This feature helps to automate the discovery process where several Database Machines must be discovered offline or in the background.

    EMCLI based discovery is customizable, enabling you to add or skip components in the event of component outage and select the monitoring agents. The discovery process is idempotent, where the subsequent executions will make the best effort to discover any previously undiscovered targets (components) and will ignore any targets that have already been discovered and configured.

    The discovery works for both physical and virtual Exadata Database Machines (IB/RoCE) using local or remote agents.

    Complete the prerequisite tasks before you perform the discovery of the targets. Check the status for the deployment procedure to complete, and then perform the post-discovery verification tasks to begin monitoring your targets through Oracle Enterprise Manager.

    For more information, see Discover the Exadata Database Machine Target Using EMCLI in the Oracle Exadata Database Machine Getting Started Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • New Metric for Systems Infrastructure Cisco Switch - SNMP: Priority Flow Control If Priority Table metric is now available to get information about priority flow control for the PFC priority of each interface on the Cisco switch.

    For more information, see Systems Infrastructure Cisco Switch - SNMP in the Systems Infrastructure Plug-in Metric Reference Manual.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 1 (13.4.0.1).

  • Support for Exadata Extended Storage Server: Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control now provides dedicated support for Exadata Extended (XT) Storage. Since XT storage servers do not have flash drives, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control will automatically suppress all the flash-related monitoring functionalities, and present only those IO Resource Management settings that are appropriate for XT storage. Exadata X8 systems configured with XT storage are automatically recognized by Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control during discovery, and the corresponding Exadata Storage Server targets automatically adapt to the underlying storage server type.
  • Support to Monitor Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service and Oracle Database Exadata Cloud at Customer Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control: You can benefit from the following features that are now available with support for the cloud target:
    • Enterprise Manager Target for Exadata Cloud:
      • Automatically identifies and organizes related targets
      • Provides an integration point for Exadata Cloud-specific functionality
    • Improved Performance Monitoring:
      • Adds Exadata Storage Server and Exadata Storage Grid targets
      • Offers visualization of storage and compute performance for Oracle Exadata Cloud
      • Enables use of the same Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that was developed for Oracle Exadata Database Machine
    • Scripted CLI-based Discovery: Using emcli, discover the cloud target which includes the existing hosts, clusters, ASM, Database and related member targets.
    • Provides a Single Pane of Glass for All Exadata Targets:
      • Monitor and manage Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exadata Cloud systems through a common Exadata target menu
      • Consistent experience across Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service and Oracle Database Exadata Cloud at Customer
    • Visualization: Visualize the database and related targets associated with each Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service and Oracle Database Exadata Cloud at Customer.

Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface

This section lists the new or updated Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface (EM CLI) commands.

  • manage_ra: Add Protected Database operation for Recovery Appliance is now supported.

    This verb is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • create_blackout: New verb options, exclude_targets and exclude_types, let you exclude targets or target types from a blackout.

    For more information, see Exclude Targets from Composite Targets During a Blackout in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

  • create_dynamic_group: New verb for creating a new dynamic group
  • db_software_maintenance: Added support for databases with TDE enabled.

    Added a new flag -attach_home. This is used to merge homes of two databases running from different Oracle Homes, on the same host. A second Oracle Home can be merged to a previously deployed Oracle Home if the two homes are patched with the same version of the Gold Image.

    Oracle Home is now a valid target type for cleanup by providing: -performOperation -name="cleanup", -target_list, and -target_type=oracle_home.

  • delete_swlib_entity: New verb for deleting an entity from the Software Library
  • get_supported_privileges: New verb for getting privileges available to the type specified. (For example, ALL | SYSTEM | TARGET | JOB).
  • relocate_wls: New verb for migrating Weblogic Server from physical host to logical host
  • run_auto_discovery: New verb for running target discovery automatically
  • set_target_property_value: New verb to set the value of a target property for a specified target
  • upload_patches: New verb for multi-part patching
  • verify_swlib -verbose: New option to display verbose logging information

Cloud Management

This section describes new features and enhancements for Cloud Management.

  • Database Migration Planner: Support for Exadata Cloud and Bare Metal DB System Destinations.
    • Bare Metal DB System

      Extending Oracle Cloud Infrastructure service options, Database Migration Planner now supports Bare Metal DB System service options and associated shapes:

      • BM.DenseIO2.52
      • BM.DenseIO1.36


      Image shows the Bare Metal DB Systems service option.

    • Exadata on Cloud

      In addition to Oracle Exadata On-Premise, you can now choose the following Cloud-based server options:

      • Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer
      • Oracle Exadata Cloud Service

    These features are available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6).

  • Unified Self Service Portal for On-premises and OCI Databases: Use the Cloud Self Service portal to provide centralized provisioning and quota management of on-premises or Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Pluggable Database as a Service.

    For more information, see Requesting a Hybrid Pluggable Database in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Administration Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 4 (13.4.0.4).

  • Oracle Consolidation Planning and Chargeback Plug-in: The Oracle Consolidation Planning and Chargeback Plug-in has now added support for Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 1 (13.4.0.1).

  • Oracle Linux Virtualization (OLV): You can use Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control to monitor Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and its constituent parts. A comprehensive set of predefined performance and health metrics enables automated monitoring of the Oracle Linux Virtualization environment. Because all OLV components are full-fledged Enterprise Manager targets, monitoring an OLV Manager instance lets you monitor out-of-box metrics for all sub-components.

    For more information, see Monitoring Oracle Linux Virtualization Infrastructure Cloud in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Administration Guide.

Middleware Management

This section describes new features and enhancements for Middleware Management.

Certification Information: Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.4 has added support for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.2.1.4.0.

For more information on the products supported by Oracle Enterprise Manager in 13.4:

  1. Sign in to My Oracle Support and click the Certifications tab.
  2. In the Certification Search region, select one of the following from the Product list:
    • Enterprise Manager Base Platform - OMS, to view the certification for OMS.
    • Enterprise Manager Base Platform - Agent, to view the certification for Management Agent.
  3. From the Release list, select the release you are interested in and click Search.

Enterprise Manager Mobile

Oracle Enterprise Manager Mobile can now be downloaded from the App Store® for Apple mobile devices and from Google Play for Android mobile devices.

  • Mobile Terminal: The Mobile Terminal lets you type operating system commands against one host and immediately view the results, thus allowing you to perform administrative command line operations on the host within the context of Enterprise Manager.

    For more information, see Run a Host Command (Mobile Terminal) in the Help for Enterprise Manager Mobile.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 5 (13.4.0.5).

  • Monitor Target Compliance: You can evaluate the compliance of targets as they relate to business best practices for configuration, security, and storage directly from the Enterprise Manager Mobile Target Summary screen.

    For more information, see Monitor Target Compliance in the Help for Enterprise Manager Mobile.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 5 (13.4.0.5).

  • You can use the Enterprise Manager Mobile application to perform incident management for the entire IT infrastructure managed by Enterprise Manager.

    For more information, see Oracle Enterprise Manager Mobile.

Oracle Enterprise Manager App for Grafana

The Oracle Enterprise Manager App for Grafana is now available for download.

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager App for Grafana v2.0.0 has two new out-of-the-box dashboards for WebLogic Server:
    • WebLogic Server Performance Summary
    • WebLogic Server JVM Performance Report

    For more information, see Sample Dashboards in the Oracle Enterprise Manager App for Grafana User's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 7 (13.4.0.7).

  • The Oracle Enterprise Manager App for Grafana allows you to integrate and display Oracle Enterprise Manager metrics data in Grafana. Oracle Enterprise Manager collects extensive metric data from various managed targets. This app allows you to leverage this data by extending Oracle Enterprise Manager's data visualization capabilities for added dashboard customization supported by Grafana.

    For more information, see About the Oracle Enterprise Manager App for Grafana in the Oracle Enterprise Manager App for Grafana User's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 3 (13.4.0.3).