Re: Grid Control - opinions please

  • From: Daniel Fink <danielwfink@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Oracle-L Freelists <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 15:50:37 -0700 (PDT)

I've used OEM on and off since 7.2, though not enough to qualify as an 'expert' 
(or even mid).

The version of OEM in 9 I found to be pretty good. The basic functions for 
administration are pretty good. It has been very handy when putting together 
tasks to clean up databases.  I recently worked with one client who used it 
extensively for most of the routine dba work (their dba was spread pretty thin 
and the Oracle db was low priority). In working with jobs and alerts, the 
functionality was decent, but the documentation was geared more toward a java 
programmer than a good ol' command line dba (that is my excuse and I am 
sticking to it). 

So...why blather on about OEM when the question is about GC...because I have 
not found GC to be better than OEM for even the basic functions. The first 
installation for my personal playdatabase on WinXP was less than stellar. 
Perhaps I had grown too familiar to the OEM interface, but I found it more 
difficult to find the basic task areas. On Win2k, it caused the boot time to 
increase and would often throw errors, so I removed 10g completely and 
reinstalled without GC. Much better.

GC version 1 took away alot of custom reporting. It is supposed to be added 
back in v2, but that version is not available for all platforms (last I 
checked). We have also had a lot of minor problems getting it to work properly 
on HP.

All in all...I had become a fan of OEM for most day to day stuff I would do for 
operations support. I'm not impressed with GC.

Daniel Fink

Jared Still <jkstill@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
Well, is that subject a loaded question, or what?

Background: I have never used OEM.

Well, I have actually, but only long enough to try it and discard it
because I didn't like it too much.

I've been told that GC is completely re-written and a much 
better product than OEM.  What I want to find out is if there
is some community concensus to back up that claims.

Let's assume none of the add-on packs ($$$$) will be used,
and RAC is not involved.

 What does GC bring to the table that is worthwhile in your opinion?

I was also told that GC could be used to (easily?) download and
apply Critical Patch Updates.  Maybe not quite automated, but
simplified at least.  Has anyone experienced that? 

It was also stated that this beast would require 8Gig of RAM,
which seems rather excessive.


Jared Still
Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist

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