Oracle Management Cloud 19.1.5 Newsletter
This issue: Mar, 2019

Oracle Management Cloud (OMC) is a suite of next-generation integrated monitoring, management, analytics and remediation cloud services that leverage machine learning and big data techniques against the full breadth of the operational and security data set. OMC’s Unified Platform helps customers improve IT stability, prevent application outages, increase DevOps agility and harden security across their entire application and infrastructure portfolio.

19.1.5 Release Announcements:

Resources:

 

Log Analytics

Flexible Purge based on Time and/or Entity, Full Query

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Infrastructure Monitoring

New Entity Types

In this release, Oracle Management Cloud supports these new entity types:

  • JVM Runtime This enables administrators to monitor JVM heap utilization, garbage collection activity and other performance metrics for infrastructure using JVMs.

  • Oracle VM Manager
    This enables administrators to monitor the availability and performance of their Oracle VM environments including VM Server Pools, VM Virtual Platforms, VM Virtual Servers.

Availability Status Monitoring

Monitoring the availability status of entities across the enterprise has been simplified. At a high level, an entity status is either Up, Down, or Other. This smaller set of status values enables an administrator to quickly identify outages across his enterprise.

The ‘Other’ status encompasses Error, Not Heard From, and Unknown statuses. An administrator can hover his mouse over the ‘Other’ status icon to determine if the entity is in Error, Not Heard From, or Unknown status.

Enhancements to Existing Entity Types

  • • Host monitoring
    • o SUSE Linux 11 and SUSE Linux 12 are now supported.
    • o Remote filesystems can now be monitored with the Filesystem Usage metric.
    • o Inode monitoring is now supported to enable administrators to ensure their systems are running within the configured inode limits.
  • • Tomcat
    Validation checks have also been added to the Tomcat ‘add entity’ process to validate input parameters and other pre-requisite conditions required to successfully discover and monitor Tomcat servers. If issues are found during entity addition, these are reported along with recommended actions to resolve the issues.    

Enhancements to the Entity Homepage

Basic information about the entity, such as the host that it is running on, the agent that is monitoring the entity, the source of data (e.g. agent, cloud integration…), etc. are now conveniently accessible in a region at the top of the homepage.

Non-numeric performance metrics are now displayed in the Performance Table tab of the homepage.

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Release Highlights

We are pleased to announce the availability of 19.1.5 release of Oracle Management Cloud. The following are the key updates to existing services in this release:

Log Analytics:

  • Flexible Purge based on Time and/or Entity, Full Query

Infrastructure Monitoring:

  • New Entity Types
  • Availability Status Monitoring
  • Enhancements to Existing Entity Types
  • Enhancements to the Entity Homepage

IT Analytics:

  • Set alert rule conditions and specify your preference for receiving notifications when alerts are triggeredSupport for Pre & Post conditioning checks in the Workflow Step definition.

Orchestration:

  • Nested Workflows
  • Command timeout
  • Sensitive Parameters

Common Features:

  • Data Explorer/Dashboard support for SE licensed entities
  • Dashboard APIs: change ownership for Dashboard and Widgets
  • Dashboard APIs: Get APIs
  • Stacked Area chart now supports key-metrics by allowing different keys
  • Maximize and auto refresh of Topology when dashboard is refreshed
  • EntityLink and Entity Card support for Card Widget

Agent Update:

  • Agent Task Based Management
  • The Agent List page display more details
  • Agent Upgrade and Delete API’s
  • Agent Install using -reinstall flag
  • Agent Install guide
 

 

IT Analytics

Starting 1.39 you can set alert rule conditions and specify your preference for receiving notifications when alerts are triggered. By default, the following alert rules are available for your use:

  • Exadata IOPS Capacity Headroom Rule
  • Exadata Storage Capacity Headroom Rule
  • Host CPU Capacity Headroom Rule
  • Host Memory Capacity Headroom Rule

You receive these alerts as early warnings that inform you about capacity utilization of your host resource types such as Exadata IOPS, Exadata storage, host CPU and host memory. You can then take remedial measures to manage capacity, such as move the workload to another host, add more capacity, or analyze the reason for increased resource usage and resolve the issue.

The alerts appear both on applications such as Host Resource Analytics and on the Oracle Management Cloud console.

Alert Rules enable you to define how alerts should be triggered (if they are not automatic) and how you want to get notified. You can modify the default alert rules that are predefined for you.

To modify an alert rule condition:

  • From Oracle IT Analytics navigation menu, click IT Analytics Admin, and then click Alert Rules.
    Alternatively, from the Oracle Management Cloud Console navigation pane, click Administration, click IT Analytics Admin, and then click Alert Rules.
    You can view the application-specific available alerts by clicking Alerts on the top left corner of the page.
  • From the predefined list of alert rules in the Alert Rules page, click the rule that you want to modify. The details of the selected rule appear.

  • The Enable Rule option (checked by default) ensures that you receive alert notifications for the rule. You can uncheck this option if you do not want to receive these notifications.
  • Modify the Days to Reach High Utilization value per your requirement. You should specify a value greater than zero. The default value is 30. This value indicates the number of days that remain to reach the defined threshold value for resource utilization. An alert is triggered when resource utilization reaches or exceeds the threshold value before 30 days (or the number of days you specify).

Orchestration

Nested Workflows

Introducing a new step type called "WORKFLOW" to support workflow nesting by referencing a workflow within a workflow

  • It enables modularization of complex workflows by breaking them into smaller, manageable and reusable components.
  • Below is the sample usage within a step operation definition:

"operation": {

            "type": "WORKFLOW",

            "parameters": {

              "workflow": {

                "name": "MyWorkflowName",

                "source": "MySourceName",

                "version": "1.0",

                "reference": {

                  "name": "MyLibWorkflowName",

                  "version": "1.0.0"

                },

            }

          }

    }

Command timeout

Users can now override the default command timeout set at the agent for any command execution.

  • Sample usage: "commandTimeout:"10h 10m 10s”
  • Some examples of valid timeouts are:
    • "5m" (5 minutes)
    • "5m 30s" (5 minutes, 30 seconds)
    • "1h 10m" (1 hour, 10 minutes)
    • "1h 5s" (1 hour, 5 seconds)
    • "1m 75s" (2 minutes, 15 seconds)

Sensitive Parameters

Introducing a new credential type “GenericSecret” to support using sensitive parameters in workflow definition.

  • Allows the end user to send sensitive info to the agent
  • Sensitive parameter values are encrypted
  • Sensitive values will be allowed only in stdin input parameter and cannot be passed in arguments
  • Sample Generic Secret Credential:

{

  "name": "SecretAccessKey",

  "credtype": "GenericSecret",

  "columnValues": {

    "sensitiveValue": "SecretKey"

  }

}

      • Workflow sample usage:

"plan": { 

"declaration": {

"input": {

                                        "properties": {

                                                        " dbpassword": {

                                                        "$ref": "#/definitions/credential"

                                                                        }

                                                        }

                                        }

                        }

        }

 

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Common Features

Data Explorer/Dashboard support for SE licensed entities

All widgets (except Analytics Line chart and Cluster chart) are now supported with entities licensed with SE. Data Explorer will show data for two weeks for entities licensed with SE.        

Dashboard APIs: change ownership for Dashboard and Widgets

OMC Admin users now can change the ownership of dashboards and widgets from one user to another user .         

Dashboard APIs: Get APIs   

Get all dashboards or save searches in the tenant or owned by a specific user .

Dashboard APIs: change ownership for Dashboard and Widgets

OMC Admin users now can change the ownership of dashboards and widgets from one user to another user

  

Dashboard API: Delete Dashboards

OMC Admin users now can delete all dashboards and widgets owned by another user

Stacked Area chart now supports key-metrics by allowing different keys    

Maximize and auto refresh of Topology when dashboard is refreshed

EntityLink and Entity Card support for Card Widget

Agent Update

Agent Task Based Management

The 1.39 release of Oracle Management Cloud introduced the Agent life cycle task page to monitor the status of the different tasks like upgrade, deinstall or delete of Oracle Management Cloud Agents. This gives the user the ability to monitor and view all the agent task at the central location. Key Features:

  • a) Allows you to multi select the Agents ( press CTRL key and click agents) and submit the task        

  • b) List down all the agent task performed

  • c) List down all the agent task performed
  • d) List down all the agent task performed

The Agent List page display more details

The Agent List page allows you to choose more details to be displayed in the columns (right click)

Agent Upgrade and Delete API’s

We have API’s available to allow user to mass upgrade and delete agents. We have scripted the API’s for the ease of the user. Reach out to akanksha.sheoran@oracle.com for the script

Agent Install using -reinstall flag

You can use the REINSTALL parameter to reinstall a cloud agent that has been deleted manually from a host or it was running on a host which was decommissioned or it had a hardware failure. It is very useful in environments where hosts are being provisioned on demand.

The reinstall option works in the following case:

  • • The agent was not deleted from OMC before the host went down and Agent is still registered/listed in OMC.
  • • The old and new hosts must have the same OS type and same host name. Different OS types/versions or different host names are not supported.

Agent Install guide

Quick link to Agent guide:-

https://docs.oracle.com/en/cloud/paas/management-cloud/emaig/you-begin.html#GUID-EC54BA43-3246-4DDD-B769-74314978E3E8

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Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Oracle Management Cloud and Enterprise Manager at OpenWorld 2018

 For this year’s OpenWorld, our focus was on customers who have adopted Oracle Management Cloud and best practices for maximizing the value of our systems management and security offerings.   There’s a good summary in the many interesting tweets at https://twitter.com/OracleMgmtCloud .

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Learn about Oracle Management Cloud

Oracle Management Cloud (OMC) is a suite of next-generation integrated monitoring, management, and analytics cloud services that leverage machine learning and big data techniques against the full breadth of the operational data set. OMC’s Unified Platform helps customers improve IT stability, prevent application outages, increase DevOps agility and harden security across their entire application and infrastructure portfolio. Explore Oracle Management Cloud through videos, eBooks, and Data Sheets.

  • UI-based Entity Addition Support:
  • As noted before, the new cloud agent installer (announced internally a couple of months ago) is now available to customers and downloadable via the OMC UI.  This new functionality is summarized in the external newsletter and, important to note:
  • Autonomous OMC: Identify End User Issues Quickly
    This demo provides a quick hands-on introduction to Oracle Management Cloud. You will learn how modern systems management can help any administrator or developer to identify and troubleshoot application and infrastructure issues more rapidly.
  • NEW: Collaborate19 - April 7-11, 2019 in San Antonio - http://collaborate.ioug.org
    • Sessions
      • Oracle Management Cloud - Intelligence at its Best - Nasym Prashad (eProceed)
      • OEM OMC Oracle Enterprise Manager and Management Cloud for Applications EM4APPS SIG- James Lui (SoCal Metro Water District) & Erik Benner (Mythics)
      • Now You See Me! Performance Monitoring in PeopleSoft – Longin Gogu (Lone Star)
      • SMART Performance Monitoring. Exadata & OEM 13c – Alfredo Krieg (Viscosity)
      • How does a DBA Tune PeopleSoft Tools, HCM & CRM ? ! – Martin Maczka (Aurora Healthcare)
  • VIDEO Managing SOA Applications with Oracle Management Cloud
    In this demo, we'll highlight the following capabilities in Oracle Management Cloud:
    • How to gain complete visibility into the health and performance of your SOA applications and infrastructure with Unified Monitoring
    • Do rapid root-cause analysis for your SOA based applications, starting from the end-user all the way to the SOA back-end.
    • How to simply diagnose Business Transactions issues end-to-end with Log Analytics.
  • VIDEO Oracle Management Cloud for Oracle Database Part 1 of 3
    This first part will cover how Oracle Management Cloud can help diagnose database issues using database logs.
  • VIDEO Oracle Management Cloud for Oracle Database Part 2 of 3
    This second part of the demo series will show how Oracle Management Cloud could be used for resource and capacity planning.
  • VIDEO Oracle Management Cloud for Oracle Database Part 3 of 3
    The third and last use case in this demo series will show how Oracle Management Cloud could be used for Database analytics.
  • VIDEO Multi Cloud Management Demo Part 1 of 3
    This first part of this 3 part demo series covers 1 use case on how you could leverage the capabilities from Oracle Management Cloud in a hybrid, or multi, cloud environment.The use case of this demo: Monitoring host resources across multiple cloud providers – both Public and Private - in a single dashboard.
  • VIDEO Multi Cloud Management Demo Part 2 of 3
    In this second part of this demo series, we cover 2 Hybrid Cloud Management use cases on how you could leverage the capabilities from Oracle Management Cloud in a hybrid, or multi, cloud environment:: - Auto remediation for application performance issue in multi-cloud environment using cloud bursting. - Investigating the performance of application servers running on-premises and in public cloud (Amazon EC2 in this case).
  • VIDEO Multi Cloud Management Demo Part 3 of 3
    In this 3rd and final part of this demo series, we again cover 2 use cases on how you could leverage the capabilities from Oracle Management Cloud in a hybrid, or multi, cloud environment: - Oracle Management Cloud allows you to investigate the performance of application servers running on-premises and in public cloud (Oracle Public Cloud in this case). - How Oracle Management Cloud helps organizations determine resource utilization and help save costs by reclaiming under-utilized resources.
  • VIDEO Identify End User Issues Quickly
    This demo provides a quick hands-on introduction on Oracle Management Cloud. You will learn how modern systems management can help any administrator or developer to identify and troubleshoot application and infrastructure issues more rapidly while taking advantage of the latest innovations in machine learning and big data analytics to make better decisions by yourself. Oracle Management Cloud eliminates the headaches associated with maintaining your own big data environment and the associated data mining science.
  • VIDEO Unified Platform Demo- Part 1 of 2
    This 1st part of the Oracle Management Cloud Unified Platform Demo focuses on demoing 2 use case: Complete Application Visibility, Early Warming: End User centric problem isolation.
  • VIDEO Unified Platform Demo - Part 2 of 2
    This 2nd part of the Oracle Management Cloud Unified Platform Demo focuses on demoing 3 use case: Early Warming: System Component Failure, Business Aware Analytics, Custom Analytics and dashboards.

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Customer References

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Analyst Resources and Press

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Oracle Management Cloud Community

Join the OMC community to get the latest information about Oracle Management Cloud. Interact through the discussion forum, read blogs, learn about events, watch the latest webcasts and learn about the latest resources.

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  • OMC Social Media

Keep current with Oracle Management Cloud and read the latest blogs written by system management experts.

Oracle Magazine discusses machine learning and how it enhances Oracle’s enterprise offerings. Specifically, learn how machine learning is used at the core of Oracle Management Cloud.

OMC's log parsing capabilities are extensible by customers and partners to parse any log you wish to ingest. In order to get you started, we have provided some sample Log Parser configurations to get you familiar with the parsing options available in Oracle Management Cloud.

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Getting Started with Oracle Management Cloud

A collection of OMC services overviews, deployment options as well as in-depth descriptions of value propositions, use cases, and best practices to help users be successful in using OMC from day one. Task-specific tutorials paired with instructional videos can guide users alongside OMC's rich user interface.

  • Application Performance Monitoring
  • Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Log Analytics
  • IT Analytics
  • Orchestration
  • Videos
  • Oracle Management Cloud Documentation Books
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    Oracle Support Master Notes

    • 2092091.1: OMC Master Note

      This document describes the different Oracle Management Cloud Services that are available. Please make sure you read this note before deploying or starting a trial or evaluating any of the Oracle Management Cloud Services. This document also has the links to the individual Oracle Management Cloud Services master notes.

    • 2092363.1: Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service (APMCS) Certification Matrix

    This document describes the certified environments and components for running Application Performance Management Cloud Service components.

    • 2107732.1: IT Analytics
    • This document covers an overview and FAQ for Log Analytics. Please make sure to read this note before deploying or starting a trial or evaluating this service.

    • 2108591.1: Log Analytics
    • This document provides a list of supported resources and information for this service. Please read this document prior to deploying or starting a trial or evaluating this service.

    • 2195015.1: Infrastructure Monitoring
    • This document describes the supported environments that can be monitored by Cloud Agents for the Infrastructure Monitoring Cloud Service. It also defines the ‘monitored object’ that is used for licensing the Service.

    • 2229523.1: Orchestration Cloud Service Master Note
    • This document describes the supported environments that can be monitored by Cloud Agents for the Orchestration Cloud Service.

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