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

Monday Oct 13, 2014

ORAchk New Version 12.1.0.2.1

My ORAchk colleagues have asked me to post the following:

The new ORAchk release 12.1.0.2.1 is now available to download.

Easier to stay up to date with the most current version of ORAchk

ORAchk release versioning now aligns with and follows the same format used by the Oracle 12c Database Patch Set Updates (PSUs); this version is 12.1.0.2.1, the next will be 12.1.0.2.2.

It’s also now even easier to update ORAchk across multiple machines.

  1. Download the latest release of orachk.zip into a shared network staging directory
  2. Set the environment variable $RAT_UPGRADE_LOC to the staging directory
  3. The next time ORAchk is run it will prompt you to auto update

New ORAchk Support for Windows

ORAchk is now supported on Windows when run within a Cygwin environment. Instructions for configuring Cygwin can be found from Document 1268927.2. ORAchk now includes hundreds of database and application checks which will run on Windows. There are even more Windows specific checks in the pipeline.

Easier execution for environments with role separation

You no longer need to have different users execute different ORAchk profiles to workaround your company’s implementation of role separation. ORAchk can now be run once as root to execute all checks. Prior to executing checks that do not require root access, ORAchk will switch user to the lower level accounts.

Faster execution time

When running against multiple databases, ORAchk can now run database checks in parallel meaning it takes a fraction of the time to complete execution. Parallel database execution is now the default. It can be turned off, if you prefer to run checks serially.

Enhanced comparison of result output

Quickly find out what has changed on your system between two ORAchk runs. When ORAchk is run with the –diff command it will now not only compare check results but collection data too. Quickly compare and understand differences in kernel parameters or database initialization parameters.

Over 70 new EBS checks

ORAchk support for EBS has been enriched and broadened, with even more checks for Oracle Payables (R12) and Oracle Workflow and now with release 12.1.0.2.1 introduces new support for Oracle Order Management (R12) and Oracle Process Manufacturing (R12).

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

Friday Oct 19, 2012

October 2012 Security "Critical Patch Update" (CPU) information and downloads released

The October 2012 security "Critical Patch Update" information and downloads are now available from My Oracle Support (MOS).

See http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html and in particular Document 1475188.1 on My Oracle Support (MOS), http://support.oracle.com, which includes security CVE mappings for Oracle Sun products.

For Solaris 11, Doc 1475188.1 points to the relevant SRUs containing the fixes for each issue.  SRU12.4 was released on the CPU date and contains the current cumulative security fixes for the Solaris 11 OS.

For Solaris 10, we take a copy of the Recommended Solaris OS patchset containing the relevant security fixes and rename it as the October CPU patchset on MOS.  See link provided from Doc 1475188.1

Doc 1475188.1 also contains references for Firmware, etc., and links to other useful security documentation, including information on Userland/FOSS vulnerabilities and fixes in https://blogs.oracle.com/sunsecurity/

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