Sunday May 17, 2015

Oracle Database Support News - your monthly guide to Database support information

Oracle Database Support News - your monthly guide to Database support information

Want to keep up-to-date with the latest Database Support News as well as accessing interesting technical Database articles?

Check out the monthly Oracle Premier Support - Oracle Database Support News (Document 230.1) for content such as
  • Feature Article: discussing a technical topic, best practice, new support tool or new features in a release
  • Database Technology Updates: providing up-to-date information about the current database releases such as release schedule, known Issues, relevant My Oracle Support documents as well as release information about other Database Technology related products.
  • Support Tips: upcoming advisor webcasts, My Oracle Support updates and new or updated My Oracle Support documents.

Use Oracle Database Support News Archive (Document 1284265.1) to look up previous versions or find a specific feature articles.

Don't delay and bookmark Database Support News today so you always access the latest edition - December 2015:

  • Openworld 2015: Database, Enterprise Manager and Engineered System Support Sessions (replays, presentations etc)
  • Oracle Database Technology Updates 
    • Oracle Database 12c
    • Oracle Database 11g Release 2
    • Oracle Database 11g Release 1
  • Support Tips
    • New/Updated Database Support Blogs
    • Upcoming webcasts
    • Other Updates
  • Patch Updates

Sunday Oct 12, 2014

ORAchk New Version

The new ORAchk release 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, the next will be
It’s also now even easier to update ORAchk across multiple machines.
  1. Download the latest release of 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 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

Monday Mar 03, 2014

ORAchk Health Checks for the Oracle Stack

ORAchk includes EXAchk’s 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 Engineered 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

Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 - Patchset availability

This blog entry has moved to the new Database Support Blog  in the category - Product Releases and Lifecyle.

Sunday Apr 07, 2013

Oracle Support Social Media and Communities

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We invite you to follow / like us here and get the latest information on hot topics and database support news:


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