Oracle Management Cloud 19.1.3 Newsletter
This issue: Feb, 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.

19.1.3 Release Announcements:

Resources:

 

Application Performance Monitoring

Support for Selenium side files replay

Recording test in Selenium today results in creating a side format testfile

Oracle Management Cloud now supports upload of the .side format for synthetic test creation and replay

Supported Side File commands

Log Analytics

Manual Purge based on Time

Export Content through the UI

  • Users can ONLY export user defined contents
  • Users can multi select for export
  • If users export a log source/sources you automatically get user defined log parsers, EFDs and Labels in the same bundle

New Advanced Log Filter Option

Standard Deviation for Aggregation

New Aggregrate Functions for “Timestas” Command

MD5 Mask – Text Hash

MD5 Mask – Numeric Hash

Sample Privilage Usage from Audit Logs

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Infrastructure Monitoring

Standby database support in Oracle Database unified system discovery

The 1.36 release of Oracle Management Cloud introduced the unified system discovery of Oracle Database and its associated infrastructure components. In this (1.38) release, Oracle Management Cloud now supports discovery and monitoring of standby (DataGuard) Oracle Databases. A standby database is a replica of a primary database where the standby database is kept in sync with the primary database by applying archived redo logs generated from the primary database to the standby database. Since the standby databases is in mounted or mounted read-only state, the Oracle database system discovery needs to use SYS as SYSDBA credentials to complete the discovery of the standby database.
When a primary database is discovered, Oracle Management Cloud also will now identify the associated standby databases in the Configuration tab.

SQLServer 2016 Monitoring

Oracle Management Cloud is now certified for monitoring of Microsoft SQL Server 2016 entities, in addition to SQLServer 2014 which is already supported. The discovery process discovers all artifacts of SQLServer including its associated databases (“schema” in Oracle-speak). In addition of availability status, Oracle Management Cloud also monitors key performance metrics and wait events for SQLServer 2016.
Note that this release does not support the clustered version of Microsoft SQLServer which is planned for a later release. Secondly, the logs for the SQLServer entities would need to be added after the discovery process has completed successfully.

GoldenGate Monitoring

Oracle GoldenGate enables real-time data movement and replication in heterogeneous IT environments. Monitoring GoldenGate itself thus becomes critical to keep this continuous flow of data. In this release, Oracle Management Cloud provides integrated discovery and monitoring of GoldenGate environments. Starting with a single ‘add entity’ flow, all components of a GoldenGate installation (Extract, Replicat, Performance Metric Server, Distribution Server, etc.) are automatically discovered and associations between them are auto-created. For each component, monitoring of availability status and performance starts immediately after discovery. Alerts are automatically raised if any component is down. Baselines on key performance metrics enable anomalies to be raised for performance outliers. Flexible alerting (based on static thresholds, anomalies, early warning) and notification channels (email, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, webhooks, mobile app) enable true lights-out monitoring. Both Classic Architecture and Microservices Architecture are supported.       

Add Entity Enhancements

In this release, additional validation checks have been added as part of the ‘add entity’ process:

  • Kubernetes
    Validation checks have been added to the Kubernetes ‘add entity’ process to verify the input parameters and other pre-requisite conditions required for the successful discovery and monitoring of all components of a Kubernetes environment (Kubernetes cluster, node, pod, etc.). If issues are found during entity addition, they are reported along with recommended actions for resolution.
  • Microsoft IIS
    Validation checks have also been added to the Microsoft IIS’ ‘add entity’ process to validate input parameters and other pre-requisite conditions required for the successful discovery and monitoring of Microsoft IIS. Any issues found are reported along with recommended actions for resolution.

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Release Highlights

We are pleased to announce the availability of 19.1.3 release of Oracle Management Cloud. The following are the key updates to existing services in this release:

Application Performance Monitoring

  • Support for Selenium side files replay
  • Supported Side File commands

Log Analytics:

  • Manual Purge based on Time
  • Export Content through the UI
  • New Advanced Log Filter Option
  • Standard Deviation for Aggregation
  • New Aggregrate Functions for “Timestas” Command
  • MD5 Mask – Text Hash
  • MD5 Mask – Numeric Hash
  • Sample Privilage Usage from Audit Logs

Infrastructure Monitoring:

  • Standby database support in Oracle Database unified system discovery
  • SQLServer 2016 Monitoring
  • GoldenGate Monitoring
  • Add Entity Enhancements

Orchestration:

  • Support for Pre & Post conditioning checks in the Workflow Step definition

Common Features:

  • Default Context in Dashboards
  • Edit Column Header in Data Explorer Table Visualization
  • Enhancements in the Data Explorer Card visualization
  • Enhancement in the Siebel Topology view

 

 

 

Orchestration

Support for Pre & Post conditioning checks in the Workflow Step definition

Pre and Post conditioning allows users to specify any prerequisite and post validation checks like Retry, Abort and Skip to be performed within a Step execution respectively.

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Common Features

Default Context in Dashboards

A dashboard owner can now specify a Default Entity Context for his/her dashboard when he/she shares it with other users. This means that when another user accesses this dashboard without any pre-selected entity context or any last user selected entity context on this dashboard, then dashboard will open with the Default Entity Context specified by the owner.
To specify the Default Entity Context, the owner needs to first select the entity context he/she wants to make default for this dashboard in the Entity Selector and then share the dashboard.
       

Edit Column Header in Data Explorer Table Visualization

In a widget using the Table visualization option, a user can now edit the heading of the attribute columns to something that is more relevant. To do so, in the Visualize column > Column field, user needs to click the drop-down menu against the attribute, click the Edit Column Header icon, enter the new heading in the Display as field, and click Apply.         

Enhancements in the Data Explorer Card visualization   

A user can now display the average or aggregate value for the attributes selected in the Visualize column > Values field, across the time frame selected in the Time Selector. To do so, user needs to click the drop-down menu against an attribute selected in the Visualize column > Values field, and select Average or Sum.

A user can now edit the label of the attributes selected in the Visualize column > Values field to something that is more relevant. To do so, user needs to click the menu in one of the attributes selected in the Values field and click the Edit Value Label icon, enter the new label in the Display as field, and click Apply. The cards are updated with the new label assigned to the value.

  

A user can now sort the cards by one of the attributes selected in the Visualize column > Values field or the Entity Status attribute. To do so, user needs to select an attribute in the Visualize column > Sort By field and the entities are sorted and a message is displayed at the bottom of the widget.

Enhancement in the Siebel Topology view   

Data Explorer now allows users to pin a specific x-axis e.g. Raw, Hour or Day while building a dashboard and Dashboard will respect that selection instead of changing the x-axis automatically when time in the dashboard is changed.

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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: 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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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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