Which services and thresholds should I monitor in Oracle

Posted on 2008-10-08
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Hello Experts,

I'm suppose to set up a monitor or a set of monitors in Whats UP Gold to ensure proactive performance in a a Oracle DB in Windows servers.
The problem is I'm not very familiar with the Oracle system, and I'm not sure what services or thresholds I should look in to.
My guess is to look to windows services and monitor everything listed as Oracle.
Of course other things will be monitored, like cpu usage, memory, disk.
Could you clarify for me what should I monitor exactly?
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Without meaning to sound flippant, one should monitor anything that would cause a significant risk to the integrity, reliability, and availability of the data.  There are proactive approaches where someone has to review the same old logs day after day, or reactive where an error is somehow trapped and signaled to one or more people.
If you're using a relatively recent RDBMS, Oracle has provided nice tools to make this task easier on the administrators: AWR and STATSPACK tuning, for example, capture snapshots over time of key indicators.  The Enterprise Manager can easily watch and automatically report selected events such as when a tablespace capacity hits a given threshold.  There are many, many books, articles, white papers, blogs, and classes all available to "teach" someone how to do this.
In summary, a modern DBA should monitor for trapped errors, resource consumption, and for wait-time trends instead of ratios.

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Thank you for posting dvz, But like I indicated in the initial post the monitoring is supposed to be made by the Ipswitch Whatsup Gold tool.
I'm aware that Oracle has RDBMS and tools to proactive monitor the all system. But the goal is to monitor services, thresholds and whatever in Whatsup gold.

Thanks again
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On windows,  there are several services but the two that actually  do things are the database and the listener services.

You will see them as


Other services like dbconsole, jobscheduler, mts recovery, client cache you may or may not need to monitor.

I would probably add the job scheduler to any monitoring.  
That service would be OracleJobSchedulerYOURDBNAME.

However, as dvz pointed out above,  monitoring these services is not necessarily all that helpful.
To really monitor a database, you need to log in to the database and look at the information inside it.

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Given that no one else has responded with WhatsUp information, may I recommend you flag this for attention to a moderator, in order to attract additional experts?

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Doesn't look like this question got moved to other zones.
However, after reading through the What's Up user guide, I don't think it will be a very good tool for monitoring the database, you can create your own "devices" to monitor, but the polling type is limited to


None of which really apply to Oracle.

I supposed you "might" be able to do something with ICMP to the db server or possibly to "ping" the listener, but that's about it.
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I believe a split is in order.  I think  23511230 and 22704913 answer the question

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