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Middleware Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g R5

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Middleware Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g R5

Overview of this book

Today's IT environment is very complex, encompassing a myriad of technologies and middleware platforms. Many organizations have large and heterogeneous middleware platforms that power their enterprise applications and it is often a real challenge for administrators to meet agreed service levels and minimize downtime. Oracle Enterprise Manager allows administrators to manage the complete lifecycle of an entire application infrastructure for middleware and SOA applications. This book will help you kick-start the setup of Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control and master all aspects of middleware management supported by Oracle Enterprise Manager. This book, written by senior members of the Oracle team serves as the only hands on guide to provisioning middleware and implementing proactive monitoring to maximize application performance and compliance using Oracle Enterprise Manager. The book starts with an introduction to the challenges faced by middleware administrators in their everyday life, and how Oracle Enterprise Manager helps solve those challenges. This book will help you manage your middleware infrastructure and applications effectively and efficiently using Oracle Enterprise Manager. By following the practical examples in this book you will learn to proactively monitor your production middleware applications running on Oracle Application Server, Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle SOA suite (such as Oracle BPEL Process manager), Oracle Server Bus, and Oracle Coherence. You will also learn different aspects to proactive monitoring and alert notifications, service level and incident management, diagnostics for production applications, lifecycle automation using out-of-the-box deployment procedures, and patching mechanisms. This book also helps you to master best practices for managing your middleware and SOA applications for optimal service performance and reduced down time.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Middleware Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g R5
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In this chapter, we learnt about extending the Enterprise Manager Grid Control monitoring support. Extensibility support is crucial for any system's management product, as there can always be some products that do not have out-of-the-box support.

The key takeaways before you move to the next chapter are:

  • Management Plug-ins can be built and deployed on top of Enterprise Management Server

  • Management Plug-ins are packaged as Management Plug-in Archive (MPA)

  • There are many MPAs available from the Oracle website, some developed by Oracle, others developed by third party vendors

  • To create an MPA, we need metadata and collection files

  • There are some advanced features like Charts, Reports, and so on that can also be packaged with MPA

In the next chapter, we'll provide the best practices for various aspects of systems' management, such as best practices for monitoring, configuration management and so on.