Tuesday Feb 09, 2016

The new ORAchk 12.1.0.2.6 is now available to download

The new ORAchk release 12.1.0.2.6 is now available to download.

New Features in ORAchk 12.1.0.2.6

Faster Execution

Significant performance improvements have been implemented in ORAchk's discovery, execution, and report generation.

Testing shows this release of ORAchk runs up to 45% faster than the previous release.

Quickly see the issues that require attention

The report format has been enhanced:

  • All related checks are listed in the same section. For example, all Database Server checks (passed or failed) are now shown together under the Database Server section.
  • There are new check boxes at the top of the report to allow you to focus on what you need to fix.
  • Check status is color coded for quick visual reference.
  • Each check now expands in place when you click on the "View" link allowing you to easily see the recommendations and details in-line without the need to jump around to different areas of the report.
  • E-Business Suite checks are now grouped by the module they apply to and the E-Business Suite version number is shown in the report summary as well as at the top of the E-Business Suite section.

Improved Security

Security of ORAchk files and directories has been enhanced and Collection Manager Database connections are now stored in an encrypted wallet.

Health Check Catalog

ORAchk now has a searchable Health Check Catalog, which lets you quickly view and filter available checks by Product, Level, Release Authored, and Platform.

The Health Check Catalog is available via the "Health Check Catalog" tab of Document 1268927.2 and also bundled within the ORAchk distribution.

Health Verification for Oracle Solaris Clusters

Initial support has been implemented in this release for some Oracle Solaris Cluster Checks, which verify best practice for configuration and runtime Oracle Solaris Cluster details.

Save time configuring and accessing ORAchk reports

  • Orachk allows you to verify Collection Manager database configuration before ORAchk automated execution, ensuring results can be stored correctly the first time.
  • You can receive an email html report when running ORAchk in adhoc mode, meaning you no longer need the extra step of transferring the report to your local machine for viewing.
  • Verify email configuration by using ORAchk to send a test email ensuring the ORAchk report will be received correctly the first time.
  • Quickly subscribe or unsubscribe to email notifications of automated collection results, comparisons and ORAchk Collection Manager tablespace free space warnings.

Support to integrate with Kibana, Elastic Search & Others

ORAchk output is now also available in JSON format, allowing it to be consumed by many different log monitoring and analytics tools.

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

Tuesday Jun 03, 2014

ORAchk version 2.2.5 is now available for download

Those awfully nice ORAchk folks have asked me to let you know about their latest release...

ORAchk version 2.2.5 is now available for download, new features in 2.2.5:

  • Running checks for multiple databases in parallel
  • Ability to schedule multiple automated runs via ORAchk daemon
  • New "scratch area" for ORAchk temporary files moved from /tmp to a configurable $HOME directory location
  • System health score calculation now ignores skipped checks
  • Checks the health of pluggable databases using OS authentication
  • New report section to report top 10 time consuming checks to be used for optimizing runtime in the future
  • More readable report output for clusterwide checks
  • Includes over 50 new Health Checks for the Oracle Stack
  • Provides a single dashboard to view collections across your entire enterprise using the Collection Manager, now pre-bundled
  • Expands coverage of pre and post upgrade checks to include standalone databases, with new profile options to run only these checks
  • Expands to additional product areas in E-Business Suite of Workflow & Oracle Purchasing and in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
  • ORAchk has replaced the popular RACcheck tool, extending the coverage based on prioritization of top issues reported by users, to proactively scan for known problems within the area of:

    • Oracle Database
      • Standalone Database
      • Grid Infrastructure & RAC
      • Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) Validation
      • Upgrade Readiness Validation
      • Golden Gate
    • Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
      • Repository
    • E-Business Suite
      • Oracle Payables (R12 only)
      • Oracle Workflow
      • Oracle Purchasing (R12 only)
    • Oracle Sun Systems
      • Oracle Solaris

    ORAchk features:

    • Proactively scans for the most impactful problems across the various layers of your stack
    • Streamlines how to investigate and analyze which known issues present a risk to you
    • Executes lightweight checks in your environment, providing immediate results with no configuration data sent to Oracle
    • Local reporting capability showing specific problems and their resolutions
    • Ability to configure email notifications when problems are detected
    • Provides a single dashboard to view collections across your entire enterprise using the Collection Manager

    ORAchk will expand in the future with 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 subspace in My Oracle Support Community.

    For more details about ORAchk see Document 1268927.2

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