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    Managing Oracle Engineered Systems - Exalogic (Physical):

    Administration Tasks and Tools

    An Oracle White Paper

    January 2013

    Jules Lane

    UK Engineered Systems Acceleration Team

  • Managing Exalogic (Physical)

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    CONTENTS

    1 Executive Summary .............................................................................................................. 6

    2 Exalogic Architecture Refresher ........................................................................................... 6

    2.1 Physical or Virtualised ............................................................................................................... 9

    2.2 Exalogic Technology Components............................................................................................10 2.2.1 Base Package .................................................................................................................................. 10 2.2.2 Additional Software ........................................................................................................................ 13

    3 How Is Exalogic Different ? ................................................................................................. 15

    3.1 Exalogic uses standard building blocks . . . ...............................................................................15

    3.2 . . . but they are implemented differently ................................................................................15 3.2.1 Pre-engineered to work together. .................................................................................................. 15 3.2.2 New components ........................................................................................................................... 16 3.2.3 Exalogic Optimisations ................................................................................................................... 16

    4 Potential for reduced administration effort ....................................................................... 18

    5 Organisational Impact ........................................................................................................ 20

    6 Exalogic Administration Tasks and Tools ............................................................................ 21

    6.1 Exalogic Task Definitions..........................................................................................................21

    6.2 Enterprise Manager for Exalogic Overview ..............................................................................22 6.2.1 EM Cloud Control Core ................................................................................................................... 23 6.2.2 EM for Fusion Middleware. ............................................................................................................ 25 6.2.3 EM for Applications. ....................................................................................................................... 25 6.2.4 EM for Hardware. ........................................................................................................................... 26

    6.3 Monitoring and Alerting ..........................................................................................................26 6.3.1 Exalogic Monitoring with Enterprise Manager ................................................................................ 27

    6.4 Provisioning .............................................................................................................................28 6.4.1 Exalogic Provisioning with Enterprise Manager .............................................................................. 31

    6.5 Configuration Management ....................................................................................................32 6.5.1 Exalogic Configuration Management with Enterprise Manager ...................................................... 32

    6.6 Tuning ......................................................................................................................................33 6.6.1 Tuning – General Points ................................................................................................................. 34 6.6.2 Exalogic Tuning with Enterprise Manager ....................................................................................... 35

    6.7 Backing Up ...............................................................................................................................35 6.7.1 Backup Best Practice ...................................................................................................................... 36 6.7.2 Exalogic Backup and Enterprise Manager ....................................................................................... 38

    6.8 Problem Diagnosis and Resolution ..........................................................................................38 6.8.1 Problem Diagnosis with Enterprise Manager .................................................................................. 38

    6.9 Patching ...................................................................................................................................39 6.9.1 Patching Best Practise .................................................................................................................... 40 6.9.2 Exalogic Patching with Enterprise Manager .................................................................................... 41

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    6.10 Replacing ..............................................................................................................................42 6.10.1 Exalogic Hardware Replacement with Enterprise Manager ............................................................ 42

    6.11 Change Testing .....................................................................................................................42

    6.12 Future Planning ....................................................................................................................43 6.12.1 Capacity Planning ........................................................................................................................... 43 6.12.2 Consolidation Planning ................................................................................................................... 44 6.12.3 Defining and Managing a Private Cloud .......................................................................................... 44

    7 Integrated Management of Exalogic and other Systems .................................................... 46

    8 Conclusion .......................................................................................................................... 48

    9 Appendix 1 – Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c .................................................................... 49

    9.1 Functionality ............................................................................................................................49

    9.2 Architecture and Implementation Guidelines ..........................................................................49

    9.3 Integration and co-existence ...................................................................................................50

    9.4 Enterprise Manager Benefits ...................................................................................................50

    10 Appendix 2 – Oracle Services for Exalogic ....................................................................... 52

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    Related Documents

     Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook – Plunkett, Palazzolo and Joshi. McGraw Hill Oracle Press 2012. ISBN 978-0-07-177828-2

     Oracle Fusion Middleware Exalogic Enterprise Deployment Guide. Product documentation.

     Oracle's Secret Sauce: Why Engineered Systems are Rocking the Tech Industry (Forbes Magazine article)

     Managing Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c (Oracle White Paper)

     Managing (virtualised) Exalogic – An Operational Perspective. (Oracle White Paper).

     Exadata

    o Managing Oracle Engineered Systems – Exadata . Maximising Operational Management Benefits. (Oracle White Paper; available from your Oracle account team).

    o Managing Oracle Engineered Systems – Exadata . Administration Tasks and Tools. (Oracle White Paper; available from your Oracle account team).

    o Cost comparison for Business Decision Makers; Oracle Exadata Database Machine vs IBM Power Systems. (White Paper by the Factpoint Group, October 2012. Discusses Exadata but the general points apply equally to Exalogic)

    Engineered Systems Acceleration Team

    The ESAT team is a UK based group of highly experienced Oracle architects and product experts who work with Oracle account teams to provide high level assistance to all Engineered Systems customers through the provision of the formal ‘Excite’ process and informal

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