Friday Aug 23, 2013

New WebLogic Server 12.1.2 Installation and Patching Technology


WebLogic Server 12.1.2 has many new features, but the first new feature you are likely to notice is the change in installer technology. WebLogic Server and Coherence 12.1.2 are installed using Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) installer technology. We have also changed WebLogic Server patching technology from SmartUpdate to OPatch, the patching tool used to patch OUI installations. Note that installation and patching technology used for prior versions of WebLogic Server has not changed.

The primary motivation for this change is to provide consistency across the Oracle stack. Prior to WebLogic Server 12.1.2, Fusion Middleware customers were required to use different technologies to install and patch, for example, Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) with WebLogic Server. Now users can perform installation and patching across products more efficiently by using the same technologies, and by using new installation packages that simplify installation of Fusion Middleware products with WebLogic Server. Check the YouTube video that describes how to install  WebLogic Server 12.1.2 using the  OUI installer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDT3UMXSAFc.

The following WebLogic Server distributions are now available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/weblogic/overview/index.html  under OTN license, and from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC)  https://edelivery.oracle.com for licensed customers:

wls_121200.jar - This OUI installer package includes WebLogic Server and Coherence and is targeted at WebLogic Server users who do not require other Fusion Middleware components such as ADF. This generic installer can be used to install WebLogic Server and Coherence on any supported operating system, and is intended for development or production purposes. This is available on OTN and OSDC.

· wls1212_dev.zip – This zip package includes the same core WebLogic Server and Coherence technology provided in wls_121200.jar, but removes certain Oracle components that are only required for production use cases. It is intended as a lightweight download for development purposes – unzip and run the included script. It is available on OTN only, along with a supplemental examples package. Note that patching of the zip distribution is not supported.

August 21, 2013: an updated package of the WebLogic Server 12.1.2.0.0 zip distribution was released to OTN. This update resolves a minor problem in the original (GA) WebLogic Server 12.1.2.0.0 zip distribution when starting the Configuration Wizard GUI.

· OEPE  Installers – including WebLogic Server, Coherence, ADF, Fusion Middleware Control, and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (OEPE). These OUI installers contain the latest updates to Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, Oracle’s Eclipse-based IDE, with distributions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. These installers are intended for development purposes and are available on OTN only.

· wls_jrf_121200.jar - This OUI installer package includes everything that is included wls_121200.jar, and adds software components required to run ADF and Fusion Middleware Control. This installer is intended for development or production purposes and is available on OTN and OSDC.

· JDeveloper Installers – including WebLogic Server, Coherence, Oracle JDeveloper, ADF and Fusion Middleware Control. These OUI installers contain the latest updates to Oracle JDeveloper 12.1.2, Oracle’s strategic IDE for developing Fusion Middleware applications, with distributions for Windows, Linux and generic operating systems. These installers are intended for development purposes and are available on OTN and OSDC.

For more information on the above, refer to the appropriate product documentation, for example, for documentation on installation of wls_121200.jar, see http://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1212/core/WLSIG/planning.htm#WLSIG237.

Let us know if you have questions or comments.

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