Friday, March 26, 2010

Announcing the launch of Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g

Representing years of research, planning, and development, Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g is set to be unveiled on April 22 by Oracle President Charles Phillips.

If you are in the New York area, join Oracle President Charles Phillips and Oracle Senior Vice President Richard Sarwal for the launch of Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g. You can register here:

It's also possible to show your interest or even if your attending at this LinkedIn event.

If you're not able to attende the Live event, don't worry about that, we will be live broadcasting it. You can register for that live webcast from this page:

- The Oracle Enterprise Manager team

Thursday, March 18, 2010

EM Jobs and Daylight Saving Time

A user reported that:

"The North American Daylight Saving Time (DST) switch happened on the 14th of March. Since then our Enterprise Manager scheduled RMAN backups are running 1 hour later than ususal - essentially they haven't taken notice of the DST switch. We have Oracle on Solaris 10. We use individual Enterprise Manager dbconsoles for each database. My timezone version is 4. Newfoundland Canada, standard GMT offset of -03:30, DST offset of -02:30. Dbtimezone from dual is -02:30 (this is correct). The agentTZRegion from the file (for the specific instance of dbconsole, not the global file) is Canada/Newfoundland which is correct. But the RMAN jobs in OEM are still showing a GMT offset of -03:30 hours (explaining the 1 hour offset when they run). These are my two questions/issues:
1. Shouldn't that offset have auto-corrected to -02:30 when DST occurred?
2. I can't change the jobs to have an -02:30 GMT offset because that option doesn't exist in my Time Zone drop down list when trying to schedule an RMAN backup via OEM. Is there an additional patch I need to apply?"

My answer:

Mate, did you search in Metalink for this issue? I found a note that explains your particular case perfectly:

Jobs In Dbconsole Shows One Hour Difference After Dst Patch Is Applied [ID 749147.1]

The reason is simple - your JDK and JRE was not made DST compliant. Simply follow the
instructions in Note:553534.1 after stopping the DBCONSOLE on each node, then restarting it again.

The issue has nothing to do with Enterprise Manager 10g or its jobs system which is quite good, and better in Enterprise Manager 11g. Certainly better than crontab jobs that we DBAs have been doing for years. And who wants to use a crontab when we have a central Grid Control job system controlling multiple unix servers?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Oracle really wants to hear from you! - Patching Survey

Welcome, Oracle really wants to hear from you!

If you are involved with the patching process (evaluating, approving, testing, or deploying), Oracle wants to hear from you. Our primary focus is on how to improve this process for Oracle customers.

We sent this to you because you either; responded to a previous survey or forum post where we asked if you would participate in future studies, or are currently involved with downloading patches from My Oracle Support.

This survey IS NOT for providing general feedback about Oracle products or My Oracle Support. Please use your support process for that type of feedback.

This survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes.

You will be prompted concerning Oracle Database/Middleware, E-Business Suite (Oracle Applications) and Enterprise Manager.

The survey will automatically skip the areas which you respond as not applicable.

Concerns? Want to verify this is from Oracle? Email us directly.
My Oracle Support and Enterprise Manager Patching Team

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

More comments on Grid Control Book

Friends, here are a few more comments that I received on my upcoming book on Grid Control:

I read the briefing on OTN hope I buy the book and will see how it can help.
Between Grid, cloud and RAC the concept is still a bit cloudy.

Congratulation for this achievement & Thanks for telling. I will wait for
this to be available in market.

Porus, Its great to know that finally some one wrote a very valuable book
for all of us. But I would strongly recommend if you could add additionally
topics related to setting Events, alerts, strategies used in practical
production environments and also customizing the reports, Dashboards and adding
additional few steps to add layer of analytical queries (using the Metadata) to
create ITIL based reporting using various Mgmt repository tables. That way not
only DBA's can use GRID but it can help the Upper Management as well.

My reply:

Thanks guys. Great to know that you appreciate the book. Yes, definitely I have some ITIL content with customization of a few reports. I am not concentrating on events and alerts, I think every other book does that - they look at the "monitoring" aspects of Grid Control and seem to forget the "management" aspects. For eg. Service level management.


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