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Good question. I'm living a night mare with Microsoft SQL Server targets. First and foremost I'm having serious issues with deploying a target.Furthermore, the configuration screens seem completely differenmt then what I've seen people configure.
Can Oracle Put a latch on this issue --> WHAT VERSION of SQL Server are supported by the CURRENT plugin(188.8.131.52) EM12c? Seems that the one that you get from Plugins page is completely off from what "people" have been describing (a.k.a --> Since when is Database Role a required filed ??!!!!!)
--> PATCH --> p14047236_112000_Generic.zip has a completely different configuration page then the current plugin you get (a.k.a Role (Optional). Actually I've been told to ignore all the errors thrown during the Add target and change it after with (Microsoft Sql Server --> Target Setup --> Monitoring Configuration). Still doesn't work!!!
From what I know:
2005 on 32 --> not supported
2005 on 64 --> should work
2008 on 32 --> no clue
2008 on 64 --> should work
2008R2 on 64 --> should work
2012 --> not supported --> "MSSQL 2012 certification with EM 12c is currently underway, and will be completed in CY2013."
I have received a response from MOS to my original SR which confirms that EM12C is not certified for monitoring MSSQL 2008. For those who may possibly be interested in clarification of other OS and/or MSSQL versions with various flavors of EM, I've included below the full SR response details:
"The 12cR1 and 12cR2 Cloud Control are only certified to monitor two versions of Microsoft SQL Server : 2005 and 2008 R2
The 12cR2 is certified with these 3 Windows OS versions : 7,2008 R2,2003 on 64-bit platform where as the 12cR2 is certified with 4 versions of Windows OS version: 7,2008 R2,2008,2003
The 11g Grid Control is certified to monitor 7 versions of Microsoft SQL Server (including 2008) : 2008 R2 Cluster,2008 R2,2008 Cluster,2008,2005 Cluster,2005,2000
Also 11g Grid Control certified with 4 versions of Windows platform : 7,2008,2003 R2,2003"
The analyst who provided this information was also kind enough to open another SR on my behalf which will hopefully yield the answer to my other question- whether deploying 11g Grid Control is the best option for my environment or whether one of the EM10 versions might be a better choice. Unless someone else here is interested in that answer too, I won't update this post further with that information.
Thanks.Good to know. I can now stop bothering with trying to get the 2008 SQL Server cluster working. Also its a grey zone when they use certified. Basically they should say do it work or not! End of story.
I don't suppose there are any plans from Oracle to reproduce the support from Grid Control 11g?
I don't know the answer to your question, Jan, but I can tell you that the fact that I needed to monitor MSSQL 2008 databases was not the only deal-breaker for using EM12c in my environment. I need to monitor PeopleSoft instances, and in particular some instances running on Tools 8.52. Seems that there is not a 12c PSEM agent for that version of Tools yet.
Best advise I can give you is to make friends with the Certification Guides >:)