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Know the Best Tools to Provision and Patch Oracle Database 11g

Built on business-driven IT management capabilities, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c helps simplify the patching and provisioning for Oracle Database 11g, including Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC).

A recent white paper, Provisioning and Patching Oracle Database Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, lays out the simple process along with an in-depth demo that shows the quick steps for provisioning Oracle Databases and Oracle RAC.

"Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c reduces manual processes in unprecedented ways— especially tedious and error-prone tasks—while also creating standard software environments for maximum availability and scalability," explains Hari Srinivasan, principal product manager at Oracle.

Capabilities for managing the entire patching and provisioning lifecycles are built right into Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Pack. They include the following.

Discovery and setup. Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Pack helps automate discovery of hosts and software. You can also quickly and securely delegate privileges, create named credentials, and establish software libraries.

Provisioning. Oracle Database Lifecycle Management Pack offers various options for provisioning Oracle Database 11g and Oracle RAC. Provisioning profiling enables you to clone either the infrastructure or Oracle Database. Alternately, provisioning can be completed using gold-standardized configurations that can be prestaged in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’s software library. It also allows you to adopt segregation of roles and responsibilities among, for example, designers and operators, providing more control over the process and ensuring deployment of standardized configurations.

Patching. Administrators can connect to My Oracle Support through Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’s console to receive the latest Oracle patches for their environments. From there, administrators can receive proactive alerts and patch recommendations from Oracle Support without ever leaving Oracle Enterprise Manager. This solution provides capabilities for analyzing and verifying patches to prevent conflicts based on existing system configurations, helping administrators get the information necessary to resolve issues quickly. Patches can then be applied automatically across multiple systems with options for minimizing downtime during maintenance cycles.

Find out more about provisioning and patching Oracle Database 11g.
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