ODA + TFA: The Unique Implementation of TFA on the Oracle Database Appliance - How To Invoke the TFA on and higher

(Doc ID 1908282.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 27, 2017

Applies to:

Oracle Database Appliance Software - Version 12.1.2 to [Release 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
TFA, ODA, Oracle_Database_Appliance, Configuration,


The ODA (Oracle Database Appliance) is the first engineered system to provide the TFA (Trace File Analyzer Data Collector) by default.

The TFA is an automatic data collection and upload tool used to assist Oracle Support in Service request troubleshooting by collecting substantial diagnostic information across several key directories. 
These key files are collected for a targeted time period matching the SR needs by issuing a few simple commands and then compresses these files trimming unnecessary information for upload to Oracle Support.

The Oracle Database Appliance does NOT currently use or support the downloadable version of the TFA.
In fact, downloading and applying the stock TFA can break the TFA usage on the ODA.
More importantly, the TFA is included in each bundle is customized specifically for the ODA Version used!

Development groups are currently working toward consolidating the downloadable TFA with ODA specific information which will be announced once available.

This note will focus on TFA usage and diagnostic collection methods most typically requested for the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA)
This note will provide simple usage examples for quick reference and usage including:

Where is the TFA located on the ODA?

What TFA commands are there to collect diagnostics?

Which TFA commands are the most commonly used on the ODA?

What diagnostic collection methods are available?

How to specify a Time range for TFA a collection


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