In This Chapter
Working with Enterprise Manager Database Control
Metering and Policy
Setting up notifications
Whether you began by reading this chapter or started with Chapter 1, you probably know lots of ways to manage your Oracle database. This book offers a few ideas. You may have been approached by various software companies with their own solutions. The most popular database management approaches follow:
Pure command line with SQL and OS commands
Oracle Enterprise Manager (Database Control/Grid Control)
Third-party software vendor tools
Any combination of these
What works best for you? Whatever you're most comfortable with. Some methods are better than others for specific tasks. Most people end up with some sort of hybrid approach.
This chapter focuses on the Oracle Enterprise Manager method. This chapter gives an overview of the tool's unique features, as well as some navigation through many of its management pages.
Oracle Enterprise Manager first became available way back in Oracle 7. It has gone through numerous changes since then. Without boring you with too much history, basically it started off as a desktop client and evolved into the web-based application it is today.
Oracle supports several current flavors of Enterprise Manager. It's important to know the differences between these tools. From now on, we refer to Oracle Enterprise Manager as OEM.