Friday, 11 July 2014

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - EATT Create Assembly OTD/WLS Cookbook

In the blog entry "Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Create Assets Evolution" I described how the our asset / asssembley creation scripts had evolved to Python as a processing language and JSON as a file format. As part of that blog I briefly described the assembly configuration section and how it defines scripts that can be executed on the previously created vServers. Within this blog I intend to provide a Cookbook for using the new functionality to install and configure a simple OTD / WLS installation consisting of 3 OTD vServers and 3 WLS vServers linked over the Infiniband network. All scripts associated with the process can be found in Exalogic A-Team Tools folder (/exalogic-att) on the downloadable PythonUtilityTemplate and with some simple tweaks you should be able to build your own test environment.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Pythonised SimpleExaCli

Having completed the CreateAssembly (Create Assets) re-write of the SimpleExaCli I decided it was time to migrate some of the additional functionality I use and enhancing the outputs to match my requirements. This quick blog entry will describe the currently migrated commands and their new output structure. In accordance with my previous CreateAssembly blog I have split the functions into smaller commands and subsequently wrapped calls to these into a top level Although this is not a full re-write the list of functions will grow but currently comprise of the following:
Each will be described in more detail but all follow the same underlying principles on parameter requirements and processing described below.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Create Assets Evolution

Following the success of the CreateAssets shell script and it's subsequent merging into the SimpleExaCli script I decided to extend the features and leverage the full functionality of the 2.0.6.x (Echo) IaaS. As part of the revisit of the code a rewrite in python was performed and the primary reason for this was it allowed for simple coding to read and access the new JSON format definition file. The additional flexibility that the python language allows provided a framework within which we can build a simple assembly builder.
Because I have chosen to use Python 3 and the pexpect libraries this version of the CreateAssets functionality will only be released as a vServer Template, that is an extension of the Echo template described here, and can be downloaded from the link below.
The rest of this blog entry will describe the new calling mechanism and focus on the new structure within the JSON files. The scripts and files described can all be found within the examples directory in the template.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets – IaaS Utility vServer

Following a number of discussions around the SimpleExaCli Script and the ModifyLVM Script that are available from this blog site I decided to package the scripts and any future scripts within a simple Utility vServer that was then converted to a template using the SimpleExaCli script. The advantage of constructing this standard utility vServer is that it can be configured in an appropriate manner to allow simple use of all the scripts to control and configure your Exalogic Environment.

The Utility vServer currently comes in two flavours 2.0.4.x (Navstar) and 2.0.6.x (Echo) the key difference being the version of the IaaS Cli installed and hence the appropriate version should be downloaded and are available here.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets – Modifying the Default LVM Guest Template

With the latest release of the Exalogic Virtual Environment ( an number of modifications have been implemented and one of these is the introduction of an LVM based Guest Template. LVM was a much requested feature for the base template but it's introduction means the information provided in my blog entry Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Modifying the Default Shipped (Base) Template is no longer appropriate because modifyjeos does not work with an LVM based System.img.

To resize the new Base Template we need to work with LVM directly and working with colleagues I have put together a simple script that will allow you to increase the size of the default root Volume and Swap Volume and thus generate a new template.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets – Creating Assets with the Simplified Exalogic Cli (A Tutorial)

In a previous blog entry I described a script for creating assets (Distribution Groups, vServers, etc) but since that initial script I have written and blogged about the Simple Exalogic Cli Script and therefore have decided to write this short tutorial on the "--create-asset" command option. This version is expanded from it's original release last September so I will run through all the features available within this command.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Modifying Memory, CPU and Storage on a vServer (A Tutorial)

With the current release of Exalogic Virtual the Enterprise Manager Ops Center interface does not provide a support method for increasing the reasources associated with a running vServer. Therefore to increase the CPU, Memory or Disk size of a vServer we need to recreate vServer using the same Network information, mapped storage etc but with the new CPU, Memory and Disks space. Rather than simply destrying and then manually recreating the vServer we can use the script described in the blog entry "Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Simplified Exalogic IaaS Cli" to first create a template and capture the network information. Then using the generated Template and captured information to recreate the vServer with a new "VServer Type" that defines the new resource requirements. This blog entry will take you through the simple process of resizing the resources associated with an already existing Exalogic vServer.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets – Simplified Exalogic IaaS Cli

In previous blogs I have built and documented a number of extensions to the standard Exalogic IaaS Cli that either simplify the Cli usage or provide additional functionality. Following feedback from the various user I have enhanced and amalgamated a number of my scripts into a new single “”. In addition the script contains a number of new options for creating and managing vServers within your Exalogic environment.

The aim of this blog entry is to introduce the new script and document the commands available providing a starting point for script usage. I will produce a number of additional short targeted tutorials that will work through the individual commands in more detail.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Power Cycling Your Virtual Exalogic Rack

On rare occasions you may need to Power Cycle / Shutdown your Virtualised Exalogic Rack. Although the Power Cycle for the Physical Rack is documented in the "Exalogic Machine Owners Guide" and the Control Stack procedure is defined within a MOS note we do not have a single source that documents the Power Down / Power Up procedure for a fully Virtualised Exalogic Rack. This simple short blog entry will bring the distributed information into a single location and will also include the processes required for guest vServers.

At a High level the Power Cycle procedure is as follows:

Power Down

  1. Shutdown all guest vServers.
  2. Shutdown Control vServers (Control Stack).
  3. Power down Physical Rack. 

Power Up

  1. Power Up Physical Rack.
  2. Start-up Control vServers
  3. Start-up guest vServers.
The rest of this blog will go into more details about the high level steps above and draws from the "Exalogic Machine Owners Guide", "Exalogic Backup and Recovery Guide (MOS Note)" and the "Simple Exalogic Cli" blog entry to bring all the steps together in a single location.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Wrapping the Exalogic iaas cli

Having worked with the Exalogic Command Line for a while I decided to wrap some of the common functions in a simplified bash script. This saves me creating the keys, connecting and identifying the appropriate Ids. Instead I can simply specify the Name and the script will do the rest of the work. This initial version has just a few commands in it but as I add more the blog entry will expand, as will the script, and document the new functionality.