Orca’s OS configuration management capabilities explained

Beyond a typical configuration management tool, Orca has built-in integrations and automations of major operating systems (as well as middleware and databases).

With Orca you can:

Most large organizations have a complex mix of Windows, Linux and Unix environments. And typically, they have multiple point solutions to manage each OS, middleware, and database. Finding a single configuration management tool that satisfies the needs of sysadmins, DBAs, application owners and release teams has therefore been a real challenge. Until recently, finding a single configuration management tool that does not require teams to learn new scripting and declarative languages has been impossible.

Scenario: Detecting and Correcting OS Configuration Errors

You’re in IT Operations and one of your business critical applications has gone down…again. No one changed anything, supposedly. You’ve checked the application itself. No issue. The database. No issue. The middleware. No issue.

Hours later you finally discover that a filesystem permission was changed incorrectly. The previous outage was caused by a registry key that had been changed. The time before that a system service was assigned to the wrong user account.

 There has to be a better way. 

 Orca delivers configuration visibility, automation and control.

Orca gives you visibility into your OS configurations from the application perspective.
This allows you to

  • View the OS configurations that pertain to your running application,
  • Alert when drift or compliance issues have been detected,
  • Compare to another ecosystem or point in time, and
  • Deploy changes to remediate.

How Orca addresses complexity

With its out of the box integrations, Orca automatically inventories configurations. This inventory involves automatically detecting, capturing, storing and displaying configurations. These settings are then immediately normalized into a human readable map for birds-eye and granular views of configurations and comparisons across environments.

With Orca you visually model entire ecosystems (including related applications, databases, middleware and operating systems) so that it’s easy to separately manage different sets of configuration data.

Managing complexity

Orchestrating the countless configuration changes, updates, upgrades and deployments in a mixed environment is time-consuming, expensive, and error-prone. That’s why Orca has error-proofed and automated OS configuration management and application deployment workflows.

Here is just some of what Orca manages at the OS level:

  • FileSystem Folders & Files
  • INI Files
  • XML Files
  • CONF Files
  • YAML Files
  • Computer Certificates
  • Microsoft Updates Installed
  • System Services
  • Text Files
  • Registry
  • File Shares
  • Hosts File Configuration
  • Installed Packages
  • NS Switch & Resolv Configurations
  • SSH Configurations
  • User Accounts
  • YUM/ YUM Repo Configuration
  • Computer Hardware Info
  • Command Output
  • Local Groups
  • Local Users
  • FileSystem Mounts
  • Login Definitions
  • NFS Exports
  • Sysctl Configuration
  • Computer System
  • Network Adapters
  • Schedule Tasks
  • Windows Features
  • Windows Ports
Manage, orchestrate and accelerate application deployments and configuration changes

Using Orca, you synchronize configuration settings between environments in just a few clicks – rather than rely on fragile scripting or point solutions. 

And instead of forcing you to look through 30,000 configuration items to find that “needle in a haystack”, you can easily, visually find and compare configuration settings across different environments using Orca’s powerful and intuitive search and drift detection capabilities.

Orca also supports tokenization for returned configuration data for finer control over multiple environments. A major time saver.

Configuration change audit and reporting:

Orca’s audit-ready configuration compliance reporting tells you what changed, when it changed, where changes were applied, who changed it, who approved it, whether it worked and why it happened.

“What changed during the install”?
Orca answers that question. 

Contact Orca now to schedule a demo walk-through .