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Re: OAT - Vantages? Useful for daily tasks? [700]

Posted By: Fernando Nunes
Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2012, at 7:32 a.m.

Hello Cesar.
OAT is priceless (and you get it for free). Having said this I do
understand most if not all your issues.

OAT is far from perfect, and perfection is a subjective measure... I'd like
to see some changes in it, but find it useful for a DBA daily job (which is
not exactly my situation).
I'll try to answer your questions below and I'll add a few remarks.

On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM, Cesar Inacio Martins <> wrote:

> Hi,
> Today I'm still reluctant to use OAT on my daily DBA tasks and
> production database.
> Maybe because I misunderstand what OAT is capable (I hope)
> So, I appreciate any answer, explanation or tips about my doubts bellow :
> 1) How to know where some task is needed and with this decide if keep it
> enabled/disabled.
> For example, tasks like mon_profile_table , mon_sysenv ...
> I not found where this information is accessible for me, because
> there is no interface on OAT to "see" it.
> After looked inside of the OAT source where this tables (mon_*) are
> used, is only on few parts use them.
> However, have a nice historical information saved , for what? how
> access it ? how see that historical information on OAT??
> I not understand why save a lot of historical data, if I not found
> any interface to see it.

I think some OAT reports use the historical data. If they don't you have
the following options:
1- Wait for them
2- Write your own
3- Access the tables directly with any query/reporting tool (Excel?)

> 2) There is a easy way to filter or personalize the Alerts, to no

show/save some informations?

Like , logical log events...

The way what work today is very very very annoying and useless , If
> I open the alert page once time per day, there is a huge list of alerts:

Logical log backup complete , Logical log backup complete ...
> To make worst the interface of OAT don't make easy, need to click
> "recheck" for each item and wait for reload the page...

I think there is (still) no way to keep "user preferences" in OAT. And that
would be very nice.
Without that option the only way would be to change OAT's code. It's easy,
but not what we would like/expect

> 3) How to avoid OAT enable automatically or execute tasks without our
> consent ?
> I still not trust on "Auto Update Statistics Refresh" , but I like
> use the "Auto Update Statistics Evaluation" .
> I'm always keep this two tasks disabled and run the refresh manually
> , clicking on "refresh" button at "Auto Update Statistics" page.
> When I do this, the task "Auto Update Statistics Refresh" is
> automatically enabled...
> For any task what is automatically enabled, should have a pop-up box
> asking for a confirmation if really what to enable this task.
> A situation similar occur when open the "Storage" page and the task
> "mon_compression_estimates" is automatically executed without express
> request of the DBA/user ...

I never noticed that some tasks are enabled by running others. If that
happens I agree with you.
I usually disable most of the tasks until customers understand how they
work and how to take advantage of them.

> 4) The flash graphics.
> The flash graphics is very useless when show numbers like
> 16000000000 instead 16GB ....
> Is possible use flash graphics like used into google analytics ?
> They are very light, stable, clean visual and appear have a lot of
> resources...

This can be a request for improvement.

A few more remarks... OAT is great if you know how to write your own tasks.
Around one year ago I was feeling just like you... And one costumer pressed
me to implement some consistent monitoring on their instances.
I've done it through OAT and putting aside some modesty it's one of the
best things I've done. The alarms are generated when they should, are "self
cleaning" if the situation is solved, appear on OAT's screen, send the
emails/SMS using the ALARMPROGRAM and there's no need to mess around with
crontab which they tend to avoid and also causes some issues in clustered

I believe you should look at OAT as a component for managing and monitoring
the instances. It's a great companion for the dbscheduler, the
alarmprogram, the SQL API etc.
I've blogged about this here:

You can use it as a task skeleton... I'd like to continue publishing other
articles about these tasks, but as usual, time is short.

Finally, please send your improvement suggestions to this forum. OAT is
being constantly improved, and it's open. That's one of it's greatest
features. We all can improve it. And writing a report is almost trivial.

Fernando Nunes
My email works... but I don't check it frequently...


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