Oracle EBS Cloning with Delphix 5.0
History of Delphix and Oracle
Oracle EBS non-Production environments often have complex topologies, usually with separate database and application tiers, often with multiple Application servers. The recent Delphix v5.0 releases addressed this challenging requirement with the introduction of support for multiple Application Servers 'Multi-Node'.
I thought it was a good time to revisit how Delphix virtualises a complete Oracle EBS environment including dbTech stack, Database and AppsTier and also provide a brief overview of Delphix EBS capabilities per release.
Below is a diagram I frequently use to describe the Delphix EBS Architecture, step-by-step virtualisation details can be found at one of my previous posts Virtualising Oracle EBS R12.1 using Delphix.
Delphix v4.0 was the first release to provide full stack Oracle EBS R12.1.x cloning, R12.1 was selected as it remains one of the most widely EBS deployed versions even though it's getting quite long in the tooth now as you can see from below.
Amazing to think R12.1 was GA (Generally Available) May 2009.
Delphix v4.2 was another important release extending support to include the terminal release of 11i (126.96.36.199) and R12.2.x and it's use of the WebLogic Application Server.
The latest version of Oracle EBS R12.2.5 went GA Oct 2015, this is also fully supported by Delphix.
Delphix v4.3 provided access to JetStream automation, with it's Ordered Containers environment level management was now possible as you could specify the sequence of operations e.g.
Delphix v5.0 now provides Out-of-the-Box support for multiple Application servers 'Multi-Node', this has previously been possible but required some development effort outside of Delphix.
You can now add additional Application servers to a Delphix Managed Oracle EBS environment from with the Delphix UI with a few extra clicks during initial provisioning or later on during configuration changes.
Configure as normal then click on the green '+'
Provide Environment, OS User, Hostname, required Services and Display variable details, the Port Pool will be inherited from the primary Apps server
OS User must the same UID (User ID) and GID (Group ID) as the primary Apps server.
Click 'Next and complete the Wizard to finish to your EBS Multi-Node deployment
Fast Backups and Restores
I recently came across an excellent post on Mike Swings' Blog which does a great job is detailing the impact Delphix can have on Oracle EBS deployments, suggest you check it out - Fast Backups and Restores are Critical during EBS Upgrades, Testing and Development