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.

  • Simplified Agent Patching: Agent System Patches now consolidate all platform and plug-in patches into a single system patch, thus simplifying patch tracking and deployment.

    For more information, see Agent System Patches in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Enterprise Manager Federation Group Filtering: You can now consolidate multiple Enterprise Manager deployments using group filtering.

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

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Enhancement to the Software Only Option: The software only option for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Installation and Upgrade process has been enhanced. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 installation wizard now offers the option to perform a software only install or upgrade.

    For more information, see Installing the Enterprise Manager Using the Software-Only Method in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Advanced Installation and Configuration Guide and Upgrading the OMS and the Management Repository to 13c Release Using the Software-Only Method in Graphical Mode Along With Plug-ins in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Upgrade Guide.

  • WebLogic Certificates Management : Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 can now carry over the existing custom WebLogic certificates when performing an upgrade.

    For more information, see Custom Certificates Configured for OMS and Management Agent Are Reused After Upgrading to Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Upgrade Guide.

  • Improved EM Prerequisite Kit: Ensures that your environment meets all the repository requirements during installation or upgrade. These improvements include:
    • Consolidated repository database related checks available in a single pane view
    • Prerequisite check results in HTML format
    • AutoFix option to reduce the manual effort of applying
    • Standalone execution of the prerequisite kit before Installation or Upgrade process

    For more information, see Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Basic Installation Guide, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Advanced Installation and Configuration Guide and Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Upgrade Guide.

  • Simplified Installation and Reduced Footprint: The reporting framework is now set up outside of the Oracle Enterprise Manager installation, thereby simplifying the installation process. BI Publisher support is replaced with the standalone setup of Oracle Analytics Server (OAS).

    For more information, see Standalone Oracle Analytics Server in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administration Guide.

Configuration, Security, and Maintenance

This section describes new features and enhancements for Configuration, Security, and Maintenance.

  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Support for Authentication: You can now configure Oracle Enterprise Manager with SAML, which is an open standard that allows a seamless, single sign-on login.

    For more information, see Supported Authentication Schemes in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Security Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

Enterprise Monitoring

This section describes new features and enhancements for Enterprise Monitoring.

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Dashboards: You can now use Enterprise Manager dashboards, which are data visualization tools that gather real-time data from the enterprise and display them in easy-to-interpret widgets. In the initial release, the following out-of-the-box dashboards are available in Enterprise Manager and you can customize these dashboards to meet your requirements:
    • Enterprise Summary
    • Group Summary

    For more information, see Using Dashboards in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 2 (13.5.0.2).

  • Automatic Password Rotation for Non-DBSNMP Users: For users that are not the default monitoring user for database targets, you can use the Change the Password for a Database User job type to automate password rotation.

    For more information, see Automate Non-DBSNMP Password Management in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Ability to Use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Services: You can now use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services (Logging Analytics and Operations Insights) against databases within your Oracle Enterprise Manager environment.

    For more information, see Using OCI Services with Enterprise Manager in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

  • Support for REST-based Connectors: In addition to SOAP, REST is now supported when developing ticketing connectors.

    For more information, see Building a Ticketing Connector in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Connectors Integration Guide.

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Compliance Standards: Sizing compliance standard rules are now built into Oracle Enterprise Manager. By default, Enterprise Manager checks the Enterprise Manager repository target against these rules and will send alerts suggesting changes for optimal performance.

    For more information, see Compliance Standards in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

  • Improved Job System Diagnostics: Improved Job System Diagnostics Dashboards and ability to drill down into new health metrics such as Health for Jobs, Queues, and Dispatchers.

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

Database Management

This section describes new features and enhancements for Database Management.

  • Data Distribution Analysis and Visualization for Database Sharding: An advanced analysis of data distribution across shards within a sharded database is now available using Sharded Database metrics. This includes the following features:
    • Ranking or visualization of shards by various size parameters, such as data size and number of unique keys.
    • Identification of "hot" shards based on throughput.
    • Visualization of size or load grouped within or across the following:
      • Shardgroup
      • Data Guard configuration
    • Search capability to find a shard with a specific key.
    • Individual shard-level drill down by chunks.

    For more information, see Sharded Database in Oracle Enterprise Manager Oracle Database Plug-in Metric Reference Manual.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 2 (13.5.0.2).

  • Database Scheduler Jobs Metrics: You can now view Database Scheduler Jobs metrics, which report the current status of DBMS jobs registered through the DBMS_SCHEDULER interface. Using these metrics, you can monitor long running jobs and obtain alerts on individual jobs.

    For more information, see Database Scheduler Jobs in Oracle Enterprise Manager Oracle Database Plug-in Metric Reference Manual.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 2 (13.5.0.2).

  • Support for Multiplex Locations in the clone_database and create_standby_database EMCLI Verbs: The multiplex_locs option has now been added to the clone_database and create_standby_database EMCLI verbs to support multiplex locations. Using this option, you can specify multiplex locations for the redo logs and control files.

    For more information, see clone_database and create_standby_database in Oracle Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 2 (13.5.0.2).

  • New convert_to option in the dg_convert_standby EMCLI Verb: The convert_to option has now been added to the dg_convert_standby EMCLI verb. Using this option, you can specify the role the standby database will be converted to.

    For more information, see dg_convert_standby in Oracle Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 2 (13.5.0.2).

  • Support for Parallelism in the clone_database and create_standby_database EMCLI Verbs: The -degree_of_parallelism option has now been added to the clone_database and create_standby_database EMCLI verbs to support parallelism. Using this option, you can specify the number of parallel channels used by RMAN to copy the database files.

    For more information, see clone_database and create_standby_database in Oracle Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Copy SQL Tuning Set from an On-premises Database to an Autonomous Database: You can now copy a SQL Tuning Set from an on-premises database discovered in Oracle Enterprise Manager to an Autonomous Database discovered in Oracle Enterprise Manager.

    For more information, see the Copying a SQL Tuning Set from an On-premises Database to an Autonomous Database tutorial.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • ignoreProtectionPolicies Property in ZDLRA Health and Protected Database metrics: You can use the ignoreProtectionPolicies property on a Health or Protected Databases metric to ignore the incidents generated against the databases associated with a specific protection policy.

    For more information, see Recovery Appliance in Oracle Enterprise Manager Oracle Database Plug-in Metric Reference Manual.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Automatic Detection of Database Role Changes: Oracle Enterprise Manager now has the ability to automatically detect any database role changes that might have occurred in an Oracle Data Guard configuration, irrespective of where and how these changes were initiated. All detected role changes will trigger a recompute of the required dynamic properties and ensure that all metrics and attributes for the databases in this Data Guard configuration are synchronized. If it's detected that a Fast-Start Failover (FSFO) has occurred, an alert is raised in Oracle Enterprise Manager.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Support for Database Backup to OCI Object Storage Using SWIFT Endpoints: Oracle Enterprise Manager now supports backing up a database to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage by leveraging the SWIFT endpoints. You will need to provide the SWIFT endpoint, credentials and Object Storage bucket information to configure the backup.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Enhancements and Additions to Sensitive Data Types: Oracle Data Masking and Subsetting Pack provides a comprehensive solution to manage secure production data for test and development environments. The sensitive data is identified through sensitive data discovery, where you can define search patterns specific to your business. You can also leverage the sensitive types that are available out-of-the-box. The pre-defined types that were updated include:
    • Credit Card Number
    • Email ID
    • IP Address
    • ISBN_10
    • ISBN_13
    • National Insurance Number
    • Phone Number
    • Social Insurance Number
    • Social Security Number
    • Universal Product Code

    Additionally, the following new types are now supported:

    • Age
    • Card Expiration Date
    • Card Security Code
    • Card Security PIN
    • Date of Birth
    • Ethnicity
    • First Name
    • Full Name
    • Gender
    • India Aadhaar Number
    • India PAN
    • Last Name
    • MAC Address
    • Mexico CURP Code
    • Place of Birth
    • Postal Code
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Sexual Orientation

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

Database Lifecycle Management

This section describes new features and enhancements for Database Lifecycle Management.

  • STIG Standards Release 18 for Oracle Database 12c: The latest STIG standards for Oracle Database 12c are now available via the new Self Update option and the traditional Configuration and Compliance standard options.

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

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 2 (13.5.0.2).

  • Compliance Dashboard Enhancements: In the Compliance Dashboard you can now filter by the Life Cycle metadata property, allowing you to filter compliance violations for Mission Critical, Production, Stage, Test and Development values.

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

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 2 (13.5.0.2).

  • New MTM Metric for Derived Association: This new metric scans all target and report derived associations of more than 5 seconds.

    For more information, see Derived Associations Taking More Than 5 Seconds in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Framework, Host, and Services Metric Reference Manual.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 2 (13.5.0.2).

  • New Fleet Maintenance UI: You can now perform Fleet Maintenance tasks from the Enterprise Manager User Interface page using a simple intuitive process that guides you through setting up and performing Fleet Maintenance tasks for your Oracle Database targets.

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

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Migration Workbench Functionality Enhancement: The Migration Workbench has been enhanced to support new destination targets. With this, on-premises databases and schema can now be migrated to:
    • On-Premises database, to either existing or new PDBs
    • Exadata, and across platforms
    • DBCS (ExaCC, ExaCS, Bare Metal, VM)
    • Autonomous Databases

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

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Oracle Database 21c Support for Provisioning, Upgrading, and Patching: You can now Provision and Upgrade your databases to Oracle Database 21c. Fleet Maintenance activities can also be performed to Update and Patch database deployments up to 21c.

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

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • CIS Compliance Standards for Oracle Database 19c: The latest CIS Compliance standards for Oracle Database 19c are now available. These standards are available via the new Self Update and traditional Configuration and Compliance standards options.

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

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • Self Update for Compliance Standards: Compliance Standards are now available via Self Update. This allows you to obtain new and updated standards whenever they become available outside of minor and major Oracle Enterprise Manager releases. Standards can be accessed via the Self Update home page, a common dashboard used to obtain information about new updates and a common workflow to review, download, and apply updates.

    For more information, see Self Update for Compliance Standards in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Database Lifecycle Management Administrator's Guide.

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

  • New Search Bars for Configuration and Compliance: Configuration and Compliance features two new search bars making deployment search much faster and easier. These new search bars are located in the Compliance Library under Deployments and in the Configuration Extensions under Deployments.

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

    This feature is available starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5 Update 1 (13.5.0.1).

Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface

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

  • New verb cleanup_cs_target_associations: This is a new verb for Configuration and Compliance that removes failed or pending target associations for a given compliance standard.

    For more information, see cleanup_cs_target_associations in Oracle Enterprise Manager Command Line Interface.

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.

  • Group Filtering: Filtering by group context lets you create a federated view of Oracle Enterprise Manager. A federated view allows you to create a single group where you can manage incidents/problems/jobs across multiple Enterprise Manager installations.

    For more information, see View Federated Enterprise Manager in Help for Enterprise Manager Mobile.

    This feature is available starting with Enterprise Manager Mobile version 1.3.

  • Share Details: Enterprise Manager Mobile lets you share the content of any page with other administrators using the native share functionality of your mobile device.

    For more information, see Share Details via Text or Email in Help for Enterprise Manager Mobile.

    This feature is available starting with Enterprise Manager Mobile version 1.3.

  • Incident Manager Enhancements: Incident Manager now allows you to show custom views by category and views shared by other administrators. You can now filter a list of issues (incidents, problems, and events) using a custom date range that overrides the view definition date range.

    For more information, see Manage Incidents in Help for Enterprise Manager Mobile.

    This feature is available starting with Enterprise Manager Mobile version 1.3.