Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) 8 now available

 (in via Maurice)

Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) version 8 was released this week (23 July 2013) after extensive testing.

This most recent version should now be used in preference to earlier RDA versions.  The downloads are available in the following knowledge article on My Oracle Support:

Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) - Getting Started [Doc ID 314422.1]

Around 216 bugs and enhancements were handled in the process of updating RDA from version 4.31 to version 8.00.

A regular user of RDA will not see many changes as very few modifications have been made to the interface - however of interest:

  • The default output will go into a sub-directory named, "output", that is created on the fly.
  • The chief addition has been the case sensitive (miniscule) parameter, "-s <directory>".  It creates a collector file with the same name appended with ".cfg" as well as a directory with the same name in which the output accumulates.
  • The <directory>.cfg file is located in the directory that RDA was executed from.
  • To improve security, passwords are no longer stored in plain text in the *.cfg file.

The profiles which begin "Hyperion1112_" request the unambiguous path for 'Middleware home' environment variable as opposed to one of the Oracle Homes. RDA modules (all caps names) should not be called directly for Hyperion collections. Profiles (mixed case names starting 'Hyperion1112_') should be called instead.

Hyperion and OBIEE specific improvements are summarized as follows:

  • HCVE: Corrected memory detection, provided version option, improved port detection, improved prior install detection, improved NPTL version detection, proper processor speed is recorded.

  • Hyperion1112_HPSV: Log collection for Hyperion Provider Services has been expanded (especially on Linux).

  • Hyperion1112_EAS: Log collections for Essbase Administration Services have been expanded (especially on Linux).

  • Hyperion1112_HPL: Hyperion Planning start and stop scripts and more logs are now collected.

  • Hyperion1112_HIR: Hyperion Interactive Reporting logs on Linux are now collected and ambiguities in prompts have been removed.

  • Hyperion1112_ESS: Essbase security dumps, logs, and start scripts are now collected.

  • Hyperion1112_EPM: Improved logs and registry dump are now collected and collections no longer crash on Linux.

  • OBIEE: a new Oracle Exalytics module has been released in RDA 8 and an hcve module has been updated.

NOTE: Unfortunately repository database logins are not functioning in the Hyperion profiles of RDA (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2)


The link to download the Win x64 version will download a Win x32 version.

Posted by guest on September 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM CEST #

Thanks for the link John

Posted by admin on October 01, 2013 at 11:31 AM CEST #

The dodument Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) - Getting Started (Doc ID 314422.1) or the patch 18904184 both contains only readme file. I am not able to download complete RDA.

Posted by Bilal on June 29, 2014 at 07:32 AM CEST #

I was able to download patchset 18904184 on 1 July (which included RDA, DA, and OCM at around 73.9 M). May I suggest that you use 7-zip to expand the downloaded file [] with the 'Extract here' option. It will create a directory 'rda' at the same level.

Posted by mjb on July 01, 2014 at 10:09 AM CEST #

Im trying to download RDA for Windows x64, but the zip file that I donwloaded, only has a readme file. Anyone can help me with this?

Posted by guest on July 23, 2014 at 05:51 PM CEST #

Today checked the RDA Windows 64 Zip download and it successfully extracted. Once the file was downloaded & saved to required location, via right-click sub-menu, used the 7-Zip option: "Extract to p18904184_804_MSWIN-x86-64\". This extracts all files within a directory where the Zip file was saved.

Posted by .Paul on July 24, 2014 at 12:50 AM CEST #

Thank you all for your posts.

I would strongly recommend that you use 7-Zip to unzip the RDA 'installer' ( It has been my experience that the native Microsoft Windows facility cannot be depended upon to do a proper uncompress.

After installing 7-zip, select the zip file; right click; choose 7-Zip; select 'Extract Here' and an 'rda' directory will be created at the same level.

Wait for the next version of RDA (8.05) to run Diagnostic Assistent agains the Hyperion product stack.

Posted by Maurice Bauhahn on July 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM CEST #

The larger file size of the RDA installer bundles Oracle Configuration Manager...which is not significantly helpful in the Hyperion environment.

Posted by Maurice Bauhahn on July 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM CEST #

I could unzip the files with 7-zip, thanks.
But Im having another problem. I downloaded the 64-bit version but when I opened it, it is the 32-bit version.
Is there a 64-bit version?


Posted by guest on July 24, 2014 at 04:29 PM CEST #

Unless you use a pre-compiled RDA you have both options (the scripts can be run with a 32-bit perl engine or a 64-bit perl engine). To determine whether your perl engine is one or the other run: perl -v or perl -V

RDA is a set of scripts which can be run under either engine. There is no strong advantage to have a 64-bit perl engine as the 32-bit perl engine can do 64-bit integer arithmetic and will not present problems with files over 2 GB in size. But it internally uses 32 bit pointers and so should be linked to 32-bit database client libraries.

In summary, RDA scripts adopt the 32- or 64-bit characteristic of the perl executable (if running as follows):

perl -vSCRPp Hyperion1112_EPM

Pre-compiled RDA packages on the other hand have their 32-bit or 64-bit status determined by the (non-Oracle) compiler.



Posted by Maurice Bauhahn on July 30, 2014 at 09:53 AM CEST #

I kept getting an error about a 16-bit application not being able to run in Windows and eventually realized that you have to specify "rda.cmd" (with the extension) or it tries to run the executable by default.

Posted by David Graham on August 13, 2014 at 06:16 PM CEST #

Spot on and congratulations! You identified the problem... that on Microsoft Windows you need to incorporate the extension (rda.cmd). Otherwise a simple 'rda' will attempt to run (which is the executable for HP OpenVMS). The '16-bit' message is a signal you are running the wrong executable. Although RDA can run on OpenVMS, it is not a certified platform for EPM-related applications.



Posted by Maurice Bauhahn on August 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM CEST #

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