Rolling back OMS 13c to version 12c

Originally published by TriCore: January 17, 2017

This blog post discusses why Oracle® Enterprise Manager 13c (OEM 13c) users might want to consider rolling back to version 12c, and how to make the transition successful.


Change can occur in many different ways. It might come forcefully like a tidal wave, or creep along incrementally like a glacier. Technology advances in both of these ways. Although change can be difficult, it’s often for the best. Accomplishing great things requires us to push beyond our comfort zones.

Rolling back a system after an upgrade is one such change. For example, TriCore, which Rackspace acquired in 2017, implemented a restoration and recovery rollback for Oracle Management Service (OMS), Oracle Management Repository (OMR), and Oracle Management Agent (OMA) in 2017.

TriCore came to this decision after using version 13c for some time because they felt that it wasn’t stable. For example, they experienced certain issues that didn’t occur on version 12cR5. As a result, they decided to roll back completely to the 12cR5 environment.

You might be having a similar experience with OEM 13c. If you are, know that while rolling back can be painful in the short-term, it will yield positive results in the long run.

A visualization of the OMS rollback from 13cto 12c

Details on TriCore’s rollback

TriCore upgraded OEM 13c to a new environment by using the direct upgrade method. They used the old OMR backup for repository restoration. The backup configuration file for OMS 12c was used to roll back the changes to OMS.

If you want to roll back in the same way, you can complete the process in three phases.

Phase 1: Use Recovery Manager (RMAN) to restore the system

Restore the OMR backup that you took before the upgrade to version 13c.

Use the following steps to accomplish this task:

  1. Configure the listener, Transparent Network Substrate (TNS) alias, and services with the pre-migration setup that you had for version 12c.

    After you’ve restored the existing OMR backup, OMS configuration is also restored (such as emkey and other parameters).

  2. Next, install the OMS 12cR5 binary and use Oracle Management Server Configuration Assistant (OMSCA) to recover the OMS configuration.

  3. Finally, re-point the centralized agent and deployed the target agent on all servers.

This example uses OMR and OMS on the same server. If you want, you can change the repository server.

You can use any of the following methods to restore the repository database from the backup:

  • RMAN backup restoration and recovery
  • Export and import
  • Oracle Data Guard with broker
  • Cold backup

Phase 2: Move OMS and agents to a new host

This section describes how to move OMS and agents to a new host.

Configure the repository

Use the following steps to configure the repository:

  1. On the new server, restore the OMR repository database and configure the listener and the TNS alias and services.

    Note: Ensure that you copy and install the latest required plugins and that you recreate the same directory structure on the new server.

  2. Because you’re reverting the OMS, choose Installed Software Only.

  3. After the binary installation is complete, run the script to complete the installation.

  4. Enter the following command to copy the OMS configuration backup file to this server:

    [oracle@oem251 ~]$ cp /ora_global_nfs/BACKUP/REPDB_BACKUP/opf_ADMIN_20160303_105032.bka /backup/opf_ADMIN_20160303_105032.bka

Recreate the OMS with OMSCA

Use the following steps to recreate the OMS:

  1. Shut down everything on your old 13c server.

  2. Use the backup configuration and the following OMSCA command to recreate the OMS:

    [oracle@oem251 ~]$ omsca recover -as -ms -nostart -backup_file /ora_global_nfs/BACKUP/REPDB_BACKUP/opf_ADMIN_20160303_105032.bka

Phase 3: Configure the central agent on the new host

Use the following steps to configure the central agent on the new host:

  1. Enter the following command to set up the central agent on the new host:

    [oracle@oem251 agent_inst]$ /u02/app/oracle/Agent12c/core/
    AGENT_BASE_DIR=/u02/app/oracle/Agent12c AGENT_INSTANCE_HOME=/u02/app/oracle/Agent12c/agent_inst AGENT_PORT=3872 -configOnly EM_UPLOAD_PORT=4903 AGENT_REGISTRATION_PASSWORD=********
  2. Enter the following command to run the script and finish creating the central agent:

    [oracle@oem251 agent_inst]$ sudo /u02/app/oracle/Agent12c/core/
  3. Log in to OMS by using the Oracle Enterprise Manager command-line interface (emcli) and sync the repository.

  4. Use the following command to relocate the repository target to the new OMS host:

    [oracle@oem251 agent_inst]$ emctl config emrep -agent

Point the deployed target to the new host

Use the following command to reconfigure existing agents to re-secure them against the new OMS. If you’re working with a large environment, you can do this with a shell script.

[oracle@vm212 bin]$ ./emctl secure agent -emdWalletSrcUrl ""

Step through each of your existing agents to re-secure them against the new OMS. Again, if you have a large environment, you can use a shell script to perform this task on all of your agents at the same time.

A visualization of the three phases involved in therollback

Verify that everything is working correctly

Verify the status of each agent after re-pointing it to the new host. After all agents are re-pointing to the new OMS, verify the details through the OEM web console.

Also verify that the administration group has been migrated from the old OMS to the new OMS.


Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c provides the most comprehensive management solution for Oracle environments, including both traditional and cloud computing architectures. It also offers monitoring and administration capabilities.

While a rollback can be daunting, careful planning will make things go more smoothly. Using the methods described in this blog post will help you revert changes with minimal impact.

If you run into problems during your rollback, contact Oracle Support and submit a service request.

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Amit Kumar Srivastava

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