Oracle DBA Tips and Techniques

By Arjun Raja


Posted by Arjun Raja on April 12, 2011

To install 11g grid agent you have to use the foll options –

1. Push Method.

2. Pull Method.

3. Clone agent home

4. Silent install.

GUI installs using runInstaller are obsolete now.

Example of silent install.

Download 11g grid control agent software and unzip it from –

cd /u01/oracle/stage –

ls -l *.zip


Creates a new directory aix.

cd /u01/oracle/stage/aix/response

cp additional_agent.rsp /u01/oracle/stage/aix/agent

cd /u01/oracle/stage/aix/agent

edit the file – additional_agent.rsp

Make the following changes- basic changes needed – no uploads to metalink.

OMS_HOST=”” – The grid control oms server. OMS_PORT=”4889″

cd /u01/oracle/stage/aix/agent

./runInstaller -silent
-responseFile /u01/oracle/stage/aix/agent/additional_agent.rsp Starting Oracle Universal Installer…

Checking Temp space: must be greater than 150 MB. Actual 1858 MB Passed
Checking swap space: must be greater than 150 MB. Actual 8192 MB Passed
Preparing to launch Oracle Universal Installer
from /tmp/OraInstall2011-02-02_08-14-12AM. Please
wait …cpsoa1:/u01/oracle/stage/aix/agent> *** Check for updates *** *** Select Installation Type ***
*** Check Prerequisites ***
*** Specify Oracle Management Service Location ***
*** Customize Ports ***
*** Review ***

Global Settings
Source: /u01/oracle/stage/aix/agent/stage/../stage/products.xml
Oracle Home: /u01/oracle/agent11g (agent11g1)
Installation Type: Complete
Product Languages
Space Requirements
/tmp/ Required 77MB (only as temporary space) : Available 1.59GB
/u01/ Required 2.54GB : Available 37.68GB
New Installations (58 products)
Oracle Management Agent
Agent Virtualization
Enterprise Manager Agent
Enterprise Manager Agent Core Files
Secure Socket Layer
Oracle Recovery Manager
Enterprise Manager Common Files
Enterprise Manager Common Core Files
Required Support Files
Oracle RAC Required Support Files-HAS
Oracle JDBC/THIN Interfaces
Oracle JDBC/OCI Instant Client
Oracle Globalization Support
Oracle Net Required Support Files
SSL Required Support Files for InstantClient
LDAP Required Support Files
Oracle Globalization Support
Perl Interpreter
Perl Modules
Expat libraries
XML Parser for Java
Precompiler Required Support Files
RDBMS Required Support Files
RDBMS Required Support Files for Instant Client
Parser Generator Required Support Files
Platform Required Support Files
Patch for Oracle Process Management Notification
Oracle Process Management Notification
Agent Required Support Files
XDK Required Support Files
SQL*Plus Required Support Files
Secure Socket Layer
Oracle Core Required Support Files
Enterprise Manager Agent for Grid Control
Installation Common Files
Oracle Configuration Manager
Oracle Bali Share
Enterprise Manager Application Server Integrator Plugin — Agent Support
Oracle Dynamic Monitoring Service Patch
Oracle Dynamic Monitoring Service
Enterprise Manager Application Server Plugin — Agent Support
Enterprise Manager Application Server Plugin — Common Support
Enterprise Manager Database Plugin — Agent Support
Enterprise Manager Siebel Plugin — Agent Support
Provisioning Advisor Framework Common Files For Agent and OMS
Common component for Virtualization
Oracle Notification Service (eONS)
Enterprise Manager Collaboration Suite Plugin — Agent Support
Oracle Notification Service
Oracle Required Support Files 32 bit
OracleAS HTTP Client
Oracle Wallet Manager
Oracle Security Developer Tools
Oracle Universal Installer
Oracle One-Off Patch Installer
Installer SDK Component
Installation in progress
…………………………………Installation in progress
Install successful
Linking in progress
Setup in progress
Setup successful

Warning: The following configuration scripts needs to be executed as the “root” user
To execute the configuration scripts:
1. Open a new terminal window
2. Login in as “root”
3. Run the scripts

To check progress – cd $AGENT_HOME/cfgtoollogs/cfgfw

cd /u01/oracle/agent11g/cfgtoollogs/cfgfw

tail –f CfmLogger_2011-02-03_08-55-32-AM.log

Final few lines –

Verifying the update…
Inventory check OK: Patch ID 9676134 is registered in Oracle Home inventory with proper meta-data.
Files check OK: Files from Patch ID 9676134 are present in Oracle Home.

The local system has been patched and can be restarted.

UtilSession: N-Apply done.

OPatch succeeded.

Finished one-offs apply…

Deleting the files…

Finished deleting the above files…

Configuration assistant “Agent Oneoff Patch Application” Succeeded

Running Configuration assistant “Agent Configuration Assistant”

Performing free port detection on

Securing the agent

Performing targets discovery and agent configuration

Starting the agent

Configuration assistant “Agent Configuration Assistant” Succeeded

AgentPlugIn:agent configuration finished with status = true

Running Configuration assistant “Agent Add-on Plug-in”

Configuration assistant “Agent Add-on Plug-in” Succeeded

CONTROL C to quit –

cd /u01/oracle/agent11g/bin > ./emctl status agent

Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Release 1 Grid Control
Copyright (c) 1996, 2010 Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.
Agent Version :
OMS Version :
Protocol Version :
Agent Home : /u01/oracle/agent11g
Agent binaries : /u01/oracle/agent11g
Agent Process ID : 1089764
Parent Process ID : 1581084
Agent URL :
Repository URL :
Started at : 2011-02-02 10:53:14
Started by user : ofsax
Last Reload : 2011-02-02 10:54:59
Last successful upload : 2011-02-02 10:55:01
Total Megabytes of XML files uploaded so far : 17.16
Number of XML files pending upload : 0
Size of XML files pending upload(MB) : 0.00
Available disk space on upload filesystem : 49.58%
Last successful heartbeat to OMS : 2011-02-02 10:55:20
Agent is Running and Ready

Get unix team to run from this area – /u01/oracle/agent11g

Then configure the dbsnmp user in database instances via Grid control.


  1. saifur said

    Thank for the nice post.
    According to you I have installed the agent in silent mode on a solaris system. The agent is up and running.
    But I cant’t add it to my GridControl(11g) target. Would you please tell me the procedure?

  2. Mohan said

    Hello Arjun, Good job. It helps and gives tips for new 11g agent installation.
    Did this agent installation software gives any graphical interface on standalone machine.
    Thanks —

  3. Gavin Soorma said

    Good document! – well efforts

  4. Michel Mezher said

    Great post! Thanks a lot!!

    I used the Push Method but the installation was not quite clean. I’m running OMS and wanted to install an agent to monitor 11gR2 databases.
    I followed your instructions and it worked like a charm.

    The only error I got was related to SE Linux. The environment I’m working with is Oracle Linux 5.7 x86_64 with SE Linux enabled (Enforced).

    When I ran $AGENT_HOME/bin/emctl status agent (or stop agent or start agent)
    I got the error –

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Release 1 Grid Control
    Copyright (c) 1996, 2010 Oracle Corporation. All rights reserved.
    /u01/app/oracle/OracleHomes/agent11g/bin/emdctl: error while loading shared libraries: /u01/app/oracle/OracleHomes/agent11g/lib/ cannot restore segment prot after reloc: Permission denied

    This behaviour is documented in MOS Note 454196.1

    As user root, I set SE Linux to Permissive mode and that solved the error. (Still need to make that change permanent though…)

    # getenforce -> Enforced
    # setenforce 0
    # getenforce -> Permissive


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