Thursday Nov 05, 2015

ORAchk now available

The new ORAchk release is now available to download.

New Features in ORAchk

Create your own checks

Would you find it useful to easily run your own environment or business specific checks?

Now you can use ORAchk to write, execute and report on your own custom user defined checks.

  1. Use the Collection Manager interface to write your checks
  2. ORAchk’s built-in email notification and diff reporting
  3. View the results of your checks in the new “User Defined Checks” section in the ORAchk html report
  4. Collect and easily view all results enterprise wide using the ORAchk Collection Manager

Expanded Oracle Product Support

ORAchk now brings wider and deeper support throughout the Oracle product stack, with newly added support for the following product areas:

  • Oracle Identity Manager
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Customer Relationship Management
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Project Billing
  • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Oracle Virtual Networking
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Applications
  • Application Continuity

Easily Run or Exclude Specific Individual Checks

New command line switches have been added so you can easily exclude or run only specific checks.

Shorter ORAchk Execution Time

ORAchk now has the ability to cache discovered databases, meaning database rediscovery is skipped and execution time is faster. If databases change you can simple issue one command to have ORAchk refresh the cache.

Support for Custom EBS APPS User

ORAchk will now dynamically determine the APPS user, enabling all EBS checks to be used even if you have changed the name of the APPS user.

See Document 1268927.2 for further details of the new product support.

Over 100 New Health Checks

This release of ORAchk adds more than 100 new checks for some of the most impactful problems seen to Oracle Customer Support specifically in the areas of:

  • Database best practices for patching, performance, scalability and high availability.
  • Oracle Identity Management pre-install settings, post-install configuration and runtime environment.
  • E-Business Suite best practice configuration settings for Human Resources and CRM (forecast, payment worksheets and service contracts).
  • E-Business Suite early detection of incompatible configurations in Project Billing.
  • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance best practice configuration for performance and resilience.
  • Oracle Virtual Networking best practice configuration settings.
  • PeopleSoft Applications database best practices.

For more details and to download the latest release of ORAchk see Document 1268927.2

Monday Mar 10, 2014

ORAchk Health Checks for the Oracle Stack (including Solaris)

My colleagues, Susan Miller and Erwann Chénedé, have been working with the nice people behind the ORAchk tool (formerly RACcheck) to add Solaris health checks to the tool.

ORAchk 2.2.4, containing the initial 8 Solaris health checks, is now available:

ORAchk includes EXAchks functionality and replaces the popular RACcheck tool, extending the coverage based on prioritization of top issues reported by users, to proactively scan for known problems within:

  • E-Business Suite Financials Accounts Payables
  • Oracle Database
  • Sun Systems

ORAchk features:

  • Proactively scans for the most impactful known problems across your entire system as well as various layers of your stack
  • Simplifies and streamlines how to investigate and analyze which known issues present a risk to you
  • Lightweight tool runs within your environment; no data will be sent to Oracle
  • High level reports show your system health risks with the ability to drill down into specific problems and understand their resolutions
  • Can be configured to send email notifications when it detects problems
  • Collection Manager, a companion Application Express web app, provides a single dashboard view of collections across your entire enterprise

ORAchk will expand in the future with more high impact checks in existing and additional product areas. If you have particular checks or product areas you would like to see covered, please post suggestions in the ORAchk community thread accessed from the support tab on the below document.

For more details about ORAchk see Document 1268927.1


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