Thursday, August 11, 2016

Backing up OEM Cloud Conrol 12c, 13c

Just like any other application or database deployment, we should also devise a backup and recovery policy for the OEM deployments. Here I would discuss how we devise a backup policy to back up our OEM 13c (and also previous versions) deployment. Following are the major components that should be considered for the backup. Official documentation explains this in more detail

Backup Management Repository
Since Management Repository is an Oracle database, any backup procedure can be adopted for backing up Management Repository, for example configuring an RMAN backup. To recovery the repository in case of disaster, just perform the recovery using RMAN backup.

Backup OMS
This includes backing up Software Library, Middleware Home, Instance Home, Administration Server. For my OEM 13c Installation available here, I have following directories.
[oracle@salman11]$ cd /u01/software/em/
[oracle@salman11]$ ls -l
total 8
drwxr-x---.  4 oracle oinstall   46 May 25 13:29 agent
drwxr-x---.  4 oracle oinstall   35 May 25 12:44 gc_inst
drwxr-x---. 58 oracle oinstall 4096 Jun 24 14:19 middleware
drwxr-x---. 75 oracle oinstall 4096 Jun 26 06:35 swlib
agent directory contains agent installation, gc_inst is Instance Home (contains configuration files for Weblogic Server, OMS and webtier), middleware contains Middleware installation, and swlib contains software library.
Oracle recommends taking a filesystem backup of all directories; along with Oracle Inventory so that everything could be restored back in case of any disaster.
Along with above directories backup, OMS configuration backup should also be taken using following command

$OMS_HOME/emctl exporconfig oms –sysman_pwd <sysman_password> -dir <backup directory>

[oracle@salman11]$ $OMS_HOME/bin/emctl exportconfig oms -sysman_pwd salman77 -dir /u01/oms_backup/
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 1
Copyright (c) 1996, 2015 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.
ExportConfig started...
Backup directory is /u01
Machine is Admin Server host. Performing Admin Server backup...
Exporting emoms properties...
Exporting secure properties...

Export has determined that the OMS is not fronted
by an SLB. The local hostname was NOT exported.
The exported data can be imported on any host but
resecure of all agents will be required. Please
see the EM Advanced Configuration Guide for more

Exporting configuration for pluggable modules...
Preparing archive file...
Backup has been written to file: /u01/oms_backup/opf_ADMIN_20160627_145626.bka

The export file contains sensitive data.
 You must keep it secure.

ExportConfig completed successfully!

Backup Agent
Agents are not usually backed up. A new installation (usually from cloud control), is done in case we lose the agent software.

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