Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Modifying Memory, CPU and Storage on a vServer (A SimpleExaCli.sh 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 SimpleExaCli.sh 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 “SimpleExCli.sh”. In addition the SimpleExCli.sh 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.