Orca is a configuration management solution for large scale, heterogeneous environments that provides:

  • Ecosystem visibility
  • Policy enforcement
  • Audit-ready reporting.

Orca visually models your complex, multi-tier application ecosystems and shows you which components are in and out of compliance, helping you to see at a granular level all of the configuration variables that make up the entire software system.

Orca creates a closed loop system around application configuration settings that encompasses all the components and servers of your application. With the applications and servers defined, Orca keeps an inventory of configuration settings for the ecosystem and allows you to visually manage those settings. Orca normalizes the configuration data regardless of the source so information is presented in a standardized, human friendly manner. Orca’s highly scalable agent quickly navigates network routing requirements, firewall restrictions, and brings efficient workload distribution to Windows and Unix environments.

The following is a guide to help you get started with Orca.

Getting Started Prerequisites

This guide assumes you already have Orca agents installed on the endpoint(s) you want to manage with Orca. Prior to logging into the Orca Console, please make sure you have the following:

  • The server names you want to manage with Orca
  • Agents installed and running on the servers
  • An understanding of the behavior of the servers, for example: the server runs WebSphere or IIS

Getting Started

This guide is intended to help users get started in the Orca Console, including tutorials on the basics of setting up configuration inventories, drift management.

Logging In

Go to the Orca Console in your web browser. Log in with your credentials at the top right in the Orca banner.

Adding and Managing Servers

First, let’s make sure the servers you want to manage have been added to Orca. Go to Servers slide out.

If the Orca agent has been installed on the server, the server may already be added to the list. If Orca can communicate with the server agent, you will see a green checkbox icon. If the server is not online, the server’s row will be red. This means Orca cannot communicate with the server agent. Please refer to other diagnostic articles on this site or contact Orca support for assistance.

If you do not see the server in the list, click Add Server in the gray banner.

Type in the server name and click Save. No other fields are required. Do not select a Parent Server unless requested to do so by your internal Orca admin or Orca support.

Click Save in the top grey banner and Orca will attempt to establish communication with the agent on that server.