Exadata Administration – CellCLI 16 July 2011Posted by David Alejo Marcos in Exadata, Oracle 11.2.
One of the big differences between Exadata and Non-Exadata systems is the necessity to administer the Exadata Storage Server.
The first time you have to configure the Server side, it has to be done through KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse), meaning you will need to be physically near your server. Once the initial configuration steps have been performed, we shall be able to administer the Exadata Storage Servers over the network (i.e. SSH protocol or redirect the KVM console to your desktop using the Sun Integrated Lights Out Management – ILOM – remote client).
Once you are in the server, some tools will be available to us, including Cell Command Line Interface (CellCLI).
CellCLI is only available on the Storage Server. If we need to execute it from outside the storage server (or on more than one storage server), we will need to use the Distributed Command Line Interface (dcli).
CellCLI will allow us to perform administration task like startup, shut down, monitoring activities as well as maintenance.
The syntax to follow is:
[admin command / object command] [options];
1.- Admin Commands: Administration actions like START, QUIT, HELP, SPOOL.
2.- Object Command: Administration action to be performed on the cell objects like ALTER, CREATE, LIST.
3.- Options: Will allow us to specify additional parameters to the command.
[celladmin@ssssss ~]$ cellcli CellCLI: Release 220.127.116.11.0 - Production on Sat Jul 16 17:28:08 BST 2011 Copyright (c) 2007, 2009, Oracle. All rights reserved. Cell Efficiency Ratio: 17 CellCLI> list cell ssss_admin online CellCLI> exit quitting
If you prefer to execute the command from command-line, we will have to use -e:
[celladmin@ssssss ~]$ cellcli -e list cell ssss_admin online [celladmin@ssssss ~]$
[celladmin@sssss ~]$ cellcli -e help HELP [topic] Available Topics: ALTER ALTER ALERTHISTORY ALTER CELL ALTER CELLDISK ALTER GRIDDISK ALTER IORMPLAN ALTER LUN ALTER PHYSICALDISK ALTER QUARANTINE ALTER THRESHOLD ASSIGN KEY CALIBRATE CREATE CREATE CELL CREATE CELLDISK CREATE FLASHCACHE CREATE GRIDDISK CREATE KEY CREATE QUARANTINE CREATE THRESHOLD DESCRIBE DROP DROP ALERTHISTORY DROP CELL DROP CELLDISK DROP FLASHCACHE DROP GRIDDISK DROP QUARANTINE DROP THRESHOLD EXPORT CELLDISK IMPORT CELLDISK LIST LIST ACTIVEREQUEST LIST ALERTDEFINITION LIST ALERTHISTORY LIST CELL LIST CELLDISK LIST FLASHCACHE LIST FLASHCACHECONTENT LIST GRIDDISK LIST IORMPLAN LIST KEY LIST LUN LIST METRICCURRENT LIST METRICDEFINITION LIST METRICHISTORY LIST PHYSICALDISK LIST QUARANTINE LIST THRESHOLD SET SPOOL START [celladmin@ssssss ~]$
so, what about security?, CellCLI does rely on OS authentication.
There are three predefined users on the Exadata Storage Server:
1.- cellmonitor: This user can perform monitoring tasks.
2.- cellamin: This user can perform most of the administration task such CREATE, ALTER, MODIFY cell objects (cannot perform CALIBRATE).
3.- root: This user has super-user privileges.
I plan my next post to be about dcli and how to minimise work by executing the same CellCLI command on more than one Exadata Storage Server without having to log in on all of them.
As always, comments are welcome.