Re: Grid Control - opinions please

I¹ve been testing Grid Control for a couple of months, and in general I¹m
happy with it.  After banging my head on R1 for a while, I gave up waiting
for Oracle to release R2 for Windows, and installed it on Linux without any
trouble.  R2 addresses many of the complaints people have with R1, including
multiple tasks in jobs, more flexible job scheduling options, job
notification emails, simpler proxy configuration for patch downloads, and
others.  Also, its extensibility is impressive, as mentioned earlier.

That said, things aren't all sunshine and roses.  Running in a browser does
limit you to only working on one target at a time, though you could open
multiple browser tabs to get around this.  Certain targets have a bad habit
of going into "Status pending" or "Metric collection error" status for no
apparent reason; and I'm having the same issue as Jeffrey Beckstrom, where
GC won't send me notification emails, even though everything appears to be
setup properly.  Finally, I haven't found a way to display a list of
sessions on a database without using the Diagnostics Pack.

It does take a little getting used to, but in general GC R2 is a good tool.
Between it and SQL Developer we have most of the functionality of the old
java OEM console and a lot more.  I use it because it's free (with a
properly licensed database), but if you already have a purchased tool that
does what you want, then there's probably not much point in spending the
time to set it up.  I guess it just depends on what you need.

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Jason Heinrich
Oracle Database Administrator
Pensacola Christian College

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