9 Enterprise Manager Base 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 13c includes several features free of charge with the purchase of any Oracle software license or Support contract.

Base Framework Feature Summary

The following items are included as part of framework features of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c:

Base Framework Feature Description

Agent Management

Start, stop, restart, and modify agent configuration from Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c. 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 Federation

Define all your Enterprise Manager sites and access critical information from a single new interface.

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.

Base Database Management Feature Summary

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 13c:

Base Database Management 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.

Database Migration Workbench

Migrate workloads from an on-premises database to an Autonomous Database using the Database Migration Workbench. Database Migration Workbench features include the actual migration, post-migration analysis, and post-migration performance comparison.

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.

Base Middleware Management Feature Summary

The following items are included as part of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c 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.

Base Middleware Management 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 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.

Base Engineered Systems Management Feature Summary

Engineered Systems Management components include:

Exadata Management Features

The following pages are included as part of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Exadata management:

Exadata Management Feature Description

Schematic

  • Database Machine Schematic

  • Physical components

  • Physical placement

  • Temperature of cells

  • Alter physical placement of each component through 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

Exalogic Management Features

The following items are included as part of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Exalogic management:

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

Private Cloud Appliance Management Features

The following items are included as part of Enterprise manager cloud control Private Cloud Appliance management:

Private Cloud Appliance Feature Description

IaaS Self Service Portal

Includes deployment of Operating System only templates or assemblies. Note: Provisioning templates or assemblies containing Oracle software such as Database or WebLogic Server requires the relevant Cloud and Lifecycle packs.

 Chargeback

Chargeback for host only metrics (CPU, Memory and Storage etc).

Rack Monitoring

  • Private cloud appliance schematic

  • Physical placement

  • Temperature and IP information

  • Status summary of each component

  • List of alerts and incidents

Topology Viewer

  • Private cloud appliance topology

  • System members

  • Switch fabric

Server, Storage, and Virtualization Management Feature Summary

The following items are included as part of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c server and virtualization management. This also includes Oracle Virtual Machine with the Private Cloud Appliance.

Server, Storage, and Virtualization Features 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 Fusion 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 through 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 Self Service Portal)

Manage and monitor Virtual Machines, hypervisors, storage and network environment."

Disaster Recovery (Site Guard) for Oracle VM

Disaster Recovery via Site Guard to automate complete site failover of Oracle Virtual Machine.

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.

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 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.