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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
About the Authors
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Provisioning is usually the first step in the lifecycle of an IT resource. Provisioning of an application comprises multiple provisioning operations. These operations include:

  • Provisioning of core stack i.e. J2EE server, HTTP server, Identity servers, and so on

  • Provisioning of application artefacts i.e. J2EE applications, BPEL processes, OSB services, and so on

Some of the best practices for provisioning are discussed in the sections ahead.

Creating gold images

After the first installation is completed, various required patches are applied, configuration is done, and the system is stabilized; you should create a gold image of the setup and use it for subsequent setups. This image will also help to rebuild a system from scratch just in case the server crashes.

Enterprise Manager provides support for the gold image creation for Oracle products like Oracle Application Server. For other products you can write your own scripts and use them for the gold image creation.

Use software library...