Oracle User Experience Monitor
This SAM component monitor uses synthetic transactions to test the abilities of an Oracle database by connecting to the database, performing a query, and then retrieving the data. It is included in the following SAM templates
Note the following details about the Oracle User Experience Monitor:
- It uses ports TCP/1521 and TCP/1526. The Oracle SQL*Net Listener allows Oracle client connections to the database over Oracle's SQL*Net protocol. You can configure it during installation. To reconfigure this port on target servers, use the Oracle Net Configuration Assistant.
- This component monitor does not support polling on SolarWinds Platform Remote Collectors (ORCs).
- The statistic for this component monitor is the first row and column of the data retrieved by the query. It must be a numerical value.
- The SQL statement used for this query must return a numerical value, not a varchar.
- This monitor can capture message text in the first row, second column of SQL query results. This string value is shown in the Messages field of the component monitor.
Table or view doesn't existmessage appears after polling, examine SQL statements defined within application monitors that include the Oracle User Experience Monitors and verify that account have adequate permission to run those commands.
Review Configure SAM to monitor Oracle database servers and then:
- Install an Oracle driver on the SolarWinds Platform server and any Additional Polling Engines (APEs) in your environment.
- Adjust Oracle User Experience Monitor settings to match the settings for Oracle databases on target servers.
To learn more about monitoring Oracle servers with SAM, see:
- Oracle User Experience Monitor Component (SolarWinds Lab Bits video)
- Monitor the ODBC connection between Oracle and another server (Success Center)
- Monitor Those Hard to Reach Places: Linux, MySQL, Oracle, Java and More (THWACK)
- Use the SAM Oracle Database template and Oracle User Experience monitor without ODBC (Success Center)
A default description of the monitor. To override the default description, add to or replace existing text. Changes are automatically saved. The variable to access this field is
Customize descriptions to specify what will be monitored so related alerts and notifications are more meaningful later.
Determines whether the component is enabled. Disabling the component leaves it in the application in a deactivated state not influencing either SolarWinds SAM application availability or status.
Credential for Monitoring
Select a database credential that can access the database. Click a credential in the list, or use the <Inherit credential from node> option. If the credential you need is not in the credentials list, add it to the SAM Credentials Library.
Specify the port number used to communicate with the Oracle database. The default value is 1521.
Specify the SQL query used to test the database. Retrieved data is then used as the component monitor statistic. You may enter up to 4000 characters.
Destination Point Type
Indicate how the database should be accessed.
- SID: Use the Oracle System ID (SID).
- Service_Name: Use the service name.
Destination Point Name
Specify either the service name or the SID to access the Oracle database over a network. To determine the name or SID of the database, refer to the
tnsnames.ora Oracle configuration file or ask your database administrator.
Do not enter the net service name.
Example of a service name as a destination point name
Destination Point Name: sales.us.example.com
Destination Point Type: SERVICE_NAME
ORA11 = (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS_LIST = (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = 127.0.0.1)(PORT = 1521))) (CONNECT_DATA = (SERVICE_NAME = sales.us.example.com)))
Example of a SID as a destination point name
Destination Point Name: ORA11DATABASE
Destination Point Type: SID
ORA11 = (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS_LIST = (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = 127.0.0.1)(PORT = 1521)) (CONNECT_DATA = (SID = ORA11DATABASE)))
Oracle Driver Type
Select the Oracle driver type: Microsoft .NET Data Provider or Oracle Data Provider for .NET.
Count Statistic as Difference
Change the statistic to be the difference in query values between polling cycles.
Select the "Yes, convert returned value" option to display fields where you can select a common function or enter a custom formula. The Custom Conversion option provides basic arithmetic operators (+, -, *, /), plus built-in mathematical functions for more advanced conversions. See Convert values in data transformations for SAM component monitors.
Response Time Warning Threshold
Set the warning or critical threshold conditions based on the response time. The response time is the time in milliseconds it takes SAM to determine that a component is not Down and to retrieve any statistical data. See Application Monitor Thresholds.
Specify when a threshold that indicates a warning or critical level was breached. Logical operators are available, followed by a blank field where you can enter a threshold value. For example:
Less than 15 for warning, or
Less than 5 for critical. See Application Monitor Thresholds.
Add notes for easy reference. You can access this field by using the variable,
Oracle User Experience Monitor settings must match the settings on the target Oracle server. Database administrators usually provide a file with connection details,
tnsnames.ora, that database users can add to the Oracle Client directory.
To obtain settings from the target Oracle server:
- Log in to the Oracle server as an administrator.
Navigate to the tnsnames.ora file. The default location is
$ORACLE_HOMEis the directory where the Oracle Server is installed.
- Open the tnsnames.ora file and follow these steps to extract the required information.
- Locate the section that describes options for the database instance you want to monitor, such as Protocol, Host, and Port, as shown in the examples below.
- Extract the following settings for use in the Oracle User Experience Monitor:
- Protocol: Must be TCP so SAM can connect to the target Oracle server.
- Host: Must match the IP address (or hostname that resolves to that IP) of the target node in SAM.
- Port: Use this setting for the Port Number field of Oracle User Experience Monitor.
- Service_Name: If this value exists, use it as the Service_Name for the Destination Point Type field of the Oracle User Experience Monitor.
- SID: If this value exists, use it as the SID value for the Destination Point Type field of the Oracle User Experience Monitor.
- Service_Name or SID settings in tnsnames.ora also defines a connection point name (after the "=" character), which needs to be used for the Destination Point Name field of the Oracle User Experience Monitor.
Example 1: Following is a sample tnsnames.ora file where key settings are highlighted:
Here is a sample configuration of the Oracle User Experience Monitor for Example 1: