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Upgrade Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 (13cR2) to 13c Release 3 (13cR3)

This article describes a simple upgrade of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2 (13cR2) to 13c Release 3 (13cR3). Each upgrade potentially requires additional steps, so this is not meant as a replacement for reading the documentation.

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There are a lot of prerequisites in the documentation, which will vary depending on the version of the OMS you are upgrading from, the versions of the plugins you are currently using, and the versions of the agents you are using on the target hosts. The following prerequisites work when upgrading from a clean 13.2 installation, but for anything else you should read the documented prerequisites.

Make sure the privileges for the DBMS_RANDOM package are as described in the documentation. This should already be done as it was a requirement for the 13.2 installation, but it's worth checking.

export ORACLE_SID=emrep
. oraenv

sqlplus / as sysdba
GRANT EXECUTE ON dbms_random TO dbsnmp; 
GRANT EXECUTE ON dbms_random TO sysman;
REVOKE EXECUTE ON dbms_random FROM public;

Make sure there are no invalid objects in the repository database.

SELECT owner, object_name, object_type
FROM   dba_objects 
WHERE  status = 'INVALID'

If you have any, recompile them using the following commands. Only pick the schemas that have invalid objects though.

EXEC UTL_RECOMP.recomp_serial('SYS');
EXEC UTL_RECOMP.recomp_serial('DBSNMP');
EXEC UTL_RECOMP.recomp_serial('SYSMAN');

Copy the emkey using the following commands, adjust as required. You will have to enter the Cloud Control sysman password.

$ export OMS_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/middleware/oms

$ $OMS_HOME/bin/emctl config emkey -copy_to_repos
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2
Copyright (c) 1996, 2016 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.
Enter Enterprise Manager Root (SYSMAN) Password :
The EMKey has been copied to the Management Repository. This operation will cause the EMKey to become unsecure.
After the required operation has been completed, secure the EMKey by running "emctl config emkey -remove_from_repos".

$ $OMS_HOME/bin/emctl status emkey
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2
Copyright (c) 1996, 2016 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.
Enter Enterprise Manager Root (SYSMAN) Password :
The EMKey  is configured properly, but is not secure. Secure the EMKey by running "emctl config emkey -remove_from_repos".

Stop the OMS and the agent.

export OMS_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/middleware/oms
export AGENT_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/agent/agent_inst

$OMS_HOME/bin/emctl stop oms -all
$AGENT_HOME/bin/emctl stop agent

Create a directory for the new installation.

$ mkdir -p /u01/app/oracle/middleware2

This is a full product installation, so you need enough free space to hold a full Cloud Control installation. You can delete the old OMS later, but for a period there will be two installations on the server.

Backup your repository. In my case, Cloud Control runs on a VM, so a database backup was performed, as well as a whole VM backup.

For clarity, my starting 13cR2 installation had the following details.

HOSTNAME  : ol7-emcc.localdomain
DB Version:
PORT      : 1521
URL       : https://ol7-emcc.localdomain:7802/em

Cloud Control 13c Installation and Upgrade

Run the installer.

$ chmod u+x em13300_linux64.bin
$ ./em13300_linux64.bin

If you wish to receive support information, enter the required details, or uncheck the security updates checkbox and click the "Next" button. Click the "Yes" button the subsequent warning dialog.

My Oracle Support Details

If you wish to check for updates, enter the required details, or check the "Skip" option and click the "Next" button.

Software Updates

If you have performed the prerequisites as described, the installation should pass all prerequisite checks. Click the "Next" button. I got warnings as I was using a VM with less than the recommended memory. I ignored them by clicking the "Ignore" button, then the "Next" button.

Prerequisite Checks

Select the "Upgrade an existing Enterprise Manager System" option. Select the "One-System Upgrade" option. Select the OMS to be upgraded, then click the "Next" button. If you don't see this option it may be because of Bug 28350114.

Install Types

Enter the new middleware home location, I used "/u01/app/oracle/middleware2", then click the "Next" button.

Installation Details

Enter the passwords for the SYS and SYSMAN users and check both the check boxes, then click the "Next" button.

Database Connection Details

I got six separate warning dialogs. In all cases I ignored them by clicking the "OK" or "Yes" button as appropriate (W1,W2,W3,W4,W5,W6).

If you are happy with the plug-in upgrade information, click the "Next" button.

Plugin Upgrade

Select any additional plug-ins you want to deploy, then click the "Next" button.

Select Plugin

Enter the WebLogic details, then click the "Next" button. Just add a number on to the end of the OMS Instance Base Location specified by default. I used "/u01/app/oracle/gc_inst1".

Extend WebLogic Server Domain

This is a simple installation, using just a single OMS, so I don't need a shared location for BI Publisher. As a result, I unchecked the "Configure a Shared Location for Oracle BI Publisher", but I left the "Enable Oracle BI Publisher" option checked. If you plan to use a multiple OMS setup, then configure shared storage, like NFS, and put the relevant paths in here. Click the "Next" button.

Shared Location Details

Accept the default ports by clicking the "Next" button.

Port Configuration Details

If you are happy with the review information, click the "Upgrade" button.


Wait while the installation and configuration take place.

Installation Progress Details

When prompted, run the root scripts, then click the "OK" button.

Root Scripts

Make note of the URLs, then click the "Close" button to exit the installer. A copy of this information is available in the "/u01/app/oracle/middleware2/install/setupinfo.txt" file.


With the upgrade complete you should secure the EMKey using the following command.

$ $OMS_HOME/bin/emctl config emkey -remove_from_repos

Start the original agent. We will upgrade that in the next section.

$ export AGENT_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/agent/agent_inst
$ $AGENT_HOME/bin/emctl start agent

The login screen is available from a browser using the URL provided in the previous screen ("https://ol7-emcc.localdomain:7803/em"). Log in with the username "sysman" and the password you specified during your installation.


Once logged in, you are presented with a with the "Accessibility Preference" screen. Click the "Save and Continue" button and you are presented with the the "License Agreement" screen. Click the "I Accept" button and you are presented with the homepage selector screen. On the right side of the screen it lists the post-installation setup tasks you need to work through. I have these documented in a separate article. Select the desired homepage (I chose Summary).

Homepage Selector

You are presented with the selected screen as the console homepage.


It may take some time for all targets to be seen as up.

Agent Upgrade

Navigate to "Setup (cog icon) > Manage Cloud Control > Upgrade Agents".

Upgrade Agents

Click the "+ Add" button, highlight any agents to upgrade, then click the "OK" button.

Select Agents

When you are happy with your selection, click the "Submit" button.

Upgrade Agents

If you do not have "root" access or sudo configured to allow you to run the root scripts, click the "OK" on the warning message. The root scripts can be run after the installation completes.

Agent Upgrade Notifications

Wait while the upgrade takes place.

Agent Upgrade Status

If you need to run any root scripts manually, do so now. They are located in the agent home on each monitored machines (AGENT_HOME/agent_13.

Click on the "Post Agent Upgrade Tasks" tab and click the "+Add" button to create a job to clean up old agents from the servers that have had their agents upgraded. This can be done immediately, or at a later date.

The main body of the upgrade is now complete.

Navigate to the "Post Upgrade Tasks" screen (Setup > Manage Cloud Control > Post Upgrade Tasks). Highlight each of the tasks in the list and click the "Start" button. This just performs some final data migration.


Cloud Control is set to auto-start using the "gcstartup" service. The "/etc/oragchomelist" file contains the items that will be started by the system. After the upgrade, it may list both OMS installations. If you want to use this auto-start, you will need to amend the contents of the file to make sure it is consistent with the new installation.



The path to the agent is the same as that from the previous installation. If you included a version number in the agent home, this may look a little strange.

On a simple installation the default auto-start will cause a problem as Cloud Control will attempt to start before the database has started. The service can be disabled by commenting out (using #) all the contents of the "/etc/oragchomelist" file to prevent the auto-start and use start/stop scripts described below.

If the start/stop needs to be automated, you can do it in the usual way using Linux service that calls your start/stop scripts that include the database management.

Use the following commands to turn on all components installed by this article. If you have a startup/shutdown script, remember to amend it to take account of the new paths.

export ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/
export OMS_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/middleware2
export AGENT_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/agent/agent_inst

# Start everything

$OMS_HOME/bin/emctl start oms

$AGENT_HOME/bin/emctl start agent

Use the following commands to turn off all components installed by this article.

export ORACLE_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/product/
export OMS_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/middleware2
export AGENT_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/agent/agent_inst

# Stop everything
$OMS_HOME/bin/emctl stop oms -all

$AGENT_HOME/bin/emctl stop agent


Remove old OMS

If you have followed best practices when you originally installed Cloud Control and the upgraded has worked with no errors, the cleanup of old OMS installation is simple. You just remove the directory.

# Old OMS: /u01/app/oracle/middleware
# New OMS: /u01/app/oracle/middleware2

# Delete old OMS.
rm -Rf /u01/app/oracle/middleware

Check the crontab for the "oracle" user, to make sure there is no reference to the old OMS. If there is, amend it to match the new OMS location.

$ crontab -l
#0,15,30,45 * * * * /u01/app/oracle/middleware/oracle_common/ccr/bin/emCCR -cron -silent start
0,15,30,45 * * * * /u01/app/oracle/middleware2/oracle_common/ccr/bin/emCCR -cron -silent start

If your central agent was originally installed under the OMS home, you will have to relocate the agent before doing this. This topic is covered in full here.

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Hope this helps. Regards Tim...

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