Service Bus: Pipeline alerts in Splunk using SNMP traps by Maarten Smeets

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Oracle Service Bus provides a reporting activity called Alert. The OSB pipeline alerts use a persistent store. This store is file based. Changing the persistent store to JDBC based, does not cause pipeline alerts to be stored in a database instead of on disk. When the persistent store on disk becomes large, opening pipeline alerts in the Enterprise Manager (12c) or Service Bus console (11g) can suffer from poor performance. If you put an archive setting on pipeline alerts (see here), the space from the persistent store on disk is not reduced when alerts get deleted. You can compact the store to reduce space (see here), but this requires the store to be offline and this might require shutting down the Service Bus. This can be cumbersome to do often and is not good for your availability.

If you do not want to use the EM / SB console or have the issues with the filestore, there is an alternative. Pipeline alerts can produce SNMP traps. SNMP traps can be forwarded by a WebLogic SNMP Agent to an SNMP Manager. This manager can store the SNMP traps in a file and Splunk can monitor the file. Splunk makes searching alerts and visualizing them easy. In this blog I will describe the steps needed to get a minimal setup with SNMP traps going and how to see the pipeline alerts in Splunk. Read the complete article here.

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Automated Fusion Middleware 12c Migration – Part 1 – Introduction

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SOA 12.2.1.2.0: Schedule your Integration Workload Statistics (IWS) Report by Command Line by Dirk Nachbar

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From Oracle SOA Suite 12.2.1 on, Oracle added a nice feature – The Integration Workload Statistics, which you can compare to an Oracle Database AWR report for your SOA Suite.
Kevin King from AVIO Consulting has released for this a really good blog post about the IWS http://www.avioconsulting.com/blog/no-more-hidden-soa-performance-problems
As I am more coming from the Administration site, I prefer to have script-based solutions.
Here I will show you how to scheduled an automated way for the generation of your Integration Workload Statistics including mailing of the report for UNIX platforms:
On your server which is hosting your SOA suite simply perform following steps as SOA Suite Software owner: Read the complete article here.

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SOA Suite 11g and SOA Suite 12c Bundle Patches

 

New Bundle Patches for SOA 11.1.1.9 and 12.1.3.0

Product Version

Bundle Patch Name

Bundle Patch Number

SOA 11.1.1.9

Bundle Patch 170102 (11.1.1.9.170102)

Patch 25247644

SOA 12.1.3.0

Bundle Patch 170117 (12.1.3.0.170117)

Patch 24835839

For more information:

1. Note 1485949.1 SOA 11g and 12c: Bundle Patch Reference

2. Note 2061926.1 Oracle Database, Enterprise Manager and Middleware – Change to Patch Numbering from Nov 2015 onwards

3. Fusion Middleware Support Blog

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Using Integration Versioning – ICS Definitive Tip #2 by Phil Wilkins

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In this Definitive Tip, we are going to look at the ability to use Versioning on Integrations to seamlessly deploy update integrations is an important requirement of any enterprise integration platform.

ICS supports the model of semantic versioning, perhaps better recognised as versioning as Major, Minor and patch.  Which is best described at http://semver.org/.

This post will demo a minor and then a major version change. So we can see how change as the behaviours change between the two. A major change indicates an likely change in definition and minor one reflects logical change.

Seeing Versioning in Action

To demonstrate versioning we need an integration that is currently active. Ideally, you will have some sort of data feed or test framework, such as SoapUI or even a simple cURL script regularly triggering the integration. We need this script running to demonstrate the impact of the cutover.

In our example we’re going to use the service from Definitive Guide #1 (DG1), but given that we are not going to really modify the service itself, this will work with any service you want. Read the complete article here.

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Teaching how to use the Integration Cloud Service Connectivity Agent by Carlos Rodriguez Iturria

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I have been Integrating applications for the last 15+ years and normally every integration is a new challenge. It really doesn’t matter what technology or standards you use or have used in the past, the reality is that integrations come a new set of challenges. In the past few years the pre-built adapters have simplified in a way these challenges, but with hybrid architectures a new set of challenges comes to the picture, for example; connectivity, security, simplicity, message reliability, etc.

I was very excited when I learned the way Oracle Cloud is using to solve this problem. It is with something called Oracle ICS (Integration Cloud Service) Connectivity Agents, that basically get installed close to the Application being integrated, for example on-premise or in IaaS. Then using ICS in a browser, you can introspect into the backend application as if it was close to ICS, in fact with this solution ICS is completely oblivious of the location of the actual backend application. The Connectivity Agent will in this case connect internally with the back-end applications and communicate to ICS by pushing out messages via Messaging Cloud Service.

This agent is installed and runs in an on-premises environment on the same network as internal systems such as Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Siebel, Oracle Database, and others. You download the on-premises agent installer from the Agents page in Oracle Integration Cloud Service to your on-premises environment for installation. Multiple agents can run on a single host. There can be multiple host systems, each running one or more agents, in a cloud/on premises topology. Read the complete article here.

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Designer Content Filters – ICS Definitive Tip #1 by Phil Wilkins

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Definitive Tips, like our Definitive Guide posts address features could not be incorporated into the book, either simply because the feature is new or simply down to the fact the new feature arrived since the book has been published. Unlike the Definitive Guide entries, the tips will always remain very short. The first tip will address content filters in the designer.

Designer Content Filters

Release 16.4.5 introduced a new filter feature to help improve the location of Integrations, Connections and other designer elements. If you visit the Integrations  parts of the designer for example, you will now see  additional options included in the banner as highlighted in the following screenshot:

Some of the designer views only have one filter option, although most have two. The following tables show the different filters available in each part of the Designer. Read the complete article here.

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OAUX Oracle OpenWorld highlights

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The OAUX team has lots to share post-OpenWorld, and we hope you’ll find it useful! For an overview of where we were and what product family executives were saying about UX, among other things, please take a look at the Storify post we’ve created that spans the week of activity. For a roundup of all of our content, see our recent blog post on the OAUX Blog. I’ve pulled out the top bits of content for you here:

And updates to the OAUX Rapid Development Kits (RDKs) were announced just in time for Oracle OpenWorld. A new blog post on the OAUX Blog gives the details on these platform-based kits that offer a faster development path. OAUX friend (and Oracle ACE Director) Tim Hall also wrote about the RDKs in this post.

And because we love chatbots, a new Conversational UI ebook is available. Go to tinyurl.com/OAUXConversationalUI for this specific RDK, including design guidance and a reusable wireframe template.

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PaaS Partner YouTube Update November 2017

The November issue of the PaaS & Middleware Partner Update contains four topics:

• Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, presentations and demos

• hands-on trainings to integrate and extend SaaS

• Universal Cloud Credits and BYOL for partners

• API Platform Cloud Service hands-on training

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My private Corner – PaaS Partner Community Reception

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Our annual community reception was a huge success. Thanks to all partners and the product management team to attend and celebrate our joint success. This year we had many reasons to celebrate as again most of the global Innovation Awards go to EMEA thanks to all partner for making our joint customer base a success. The networking event was a great opportunity to meet “old” friends and “new” friends to see our PaaS and Developer partner community is growing.

Jürgen Kress

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