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Running orachk as part of TFA with support tools bundle

I have previously written a number of posts about OSWatcher integration in Tracefile Analyzer (TFA) w/support tools bundle (available from My Oracle Support Document ID 1513912.1). Thus far I have neglected another useful tool available to administrators in the same package: orachk.

Summary of the environment

My lab system used for this post uses Oracle Restart 12.1.0.2 on top of Oracle Linux 7.4. I installed TFA 18.3 to /opt/tfa. If memory serves me right, TFA isn’t automatically deployed with Oracle Restart 12.1 as it now is with 12.2 and later.

[oracle@server1 ~]$ /opt/tfa/bin/tfactl print version
TFA Version : 18.3.3.0.0

A quick check using tfactl toolstatus reveals that orachk is indeed present:

ORAchk / EXAchk questions

Yesterday I wrote a post on the ORAchk / EXAchk plug-in in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c, and I promised I would write another post that would cover some of the more frequently asked questions we’ve been receiving on the plug-in. That’s what this post in, so the rest of the post will be in a Q&A sort of format.

Question: What are the benefits of EXAchk integration with the Enterprise Manager compliance framework i.e. what can we do with this that we could not in EM12c?

Answer: In EM 12c, we ask customers to setup EXAchk in the target themselves, we just bring the results to EM and show the results on the EXAchk target Home page. In 13c these are our main features:

Engineered Systems Healthchecks Plug-in (ORAchk)

In Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c release 12.1.0.3, we released the Oracle Engineered System Healthchecks plug-in which processed the XML output from the EXAchk tool, included as part of Oracle Enterprise Manager system monitoring. The EXAchk tool provides functionality for system administrators to automate the assessment of Engineered Systems for known configuration problems and best practices.

Over the years since that first release, we increased the scope and functionality of the tool, to the stage where it now has its own documention guide, Enterprise Manager ORAchk Healthchecks Plug-in User’s Guide. Notice there’s no mention of the word “EXAchk” in that title. That’s because the plug-in has been expanded so far it now includes two health check tools: