Wednesday Aug 01, 2012

Find Oracle FMw 11g System Certification Information - Platform, Database, JDK

If you have not done so already, check out the viewlet "How to Find Oracle FMw Certification Information? - An Introduction"

Hot on its heels, we are publishing the second viewlet in the series - a viewlet which explores the process of searching for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g System (Platform / OS, JDK, and Oracle Database) certification information. The objective is to help you find the answers to questions such as

  • Is the platform / os I am targeting for my install certified?
  • Which versions of the Oracle Database can I use with my Fusion Middleware 11g choice of products?
  • Which JDK version can I use?

[Note - the viewlets have no sound and use the swf (FlashPlayer) format. It will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to work through the show.

If you are unable to use Flash Player, click here to grab a PDF version of the presentation]

If you have not done so already, check out the other viewlets in the series

Friday Jul 27, 2012

How to Find Oracle FMw Certification Information? - An Introduction

Every month we receive a significant number of Oracle Fusion Middleware certification enquiries. The answers to most questions are in the public domain, but they are not always easy to find. Below we present the first in a series of viewlets which provides hints / tips for finding answers to questions such as

  • Where is the Oracle Fusion Middleware certification information located e.g versions 10g and 11g ?
  • Is the platform / os I am targeting for my install certified?
  • Which versions of the Oracle Database can I use with my Fusion Middleware choice of products?
  • Which JDK version can I use?
  • Where can I find Oracle or 3rd Party product interoperability / compatibility information?
  • Which versions of the browser does Fusion Middleware support?

To get the ball rolling we start with a short introduction. Further viewlets in this series are in pipeline - watch this space!

[Note - the viewlets have no sound and use the swf (FlashPlayer) format. It should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes to work through the show.

If you are unable to use Flash Player, click here to grab a PDF version of the presentation]

If you have not done so already, check out the other viewlets in the series

Wednesday Jul 18, 2012

Critical Patch Update For Oracle Fusion Middleware - CPU July 2012

If you have not noticed already, the latest Critical Patch Update has been released for Oracle Products. You should start your reading here

Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin 

This is the home page containing links to all the Critical Patch Updates released along with sections detailing 

  • Security Alerts 
  • Third Party Bulletin
  • Public Vulnerabilities Fixed
  • Policies
  • Reporting Security Vulnerabilities 

On this page you will find the link to the

Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - July 2012

The advisory lists the support documents that cover the patch availability for all Oracle Products.

From a Oracle Fusion Middleware perspective, you can cut to the chase by using the links below which take you to the appropriate sections in

Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update July 2012 Availability Document [ID 1455387.1]

  1. Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 2 
  2. Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1
  3. Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3
The #anchor links above should work in Firefox and IE provided you have already logged into My Oracle Support within the same browser session. For some reason, Chrome always takes you to the top of the document :-/


Error Correction Support for Oracle Identity Management 10g, version 10.1.4.x ended in December 2011. For this reason, there is no section which is specific to this version. However, Error Correction Support remains in place, until end of this year, for the Oracle Identity Management 10.1.4.x components

    • Single Sign On (SSO)
    • Delegated Administration Services (OIDDAS)

provided you are using them as part of a Single Sign-On solution (OID 11g + SSO / OIDDAS for a Portal / Forms / Reports and Discoverer 11.1.1.x architecture.   

As such there are two security related patches available for SSO / OIDDAS 10.1.4 - one related to OC4J, released in  January 2012, and another related to Oracle HTTP Server, released in October 2011. You may have applied these patches already .. but it is worthwhile double checking. You will find the patch numbers listed in the sections for, 

And finally, if you are hit any unexpected errors when applying the CPU patches, check out the known issues documented in these two support documents.

Critical Patch Update July 2012 Oracle Fusion Middleware Known Issues (Doc ID 1455408.1)

Critical Patch Update July 2012 Database Known Issues (Doc ID 1452634.1)

Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

New Information Center - Optimize Performance of FMW 11g

Following on the heels of the recently published - "Reviewing Security for FMW 11g" Information Center, we are pleased to announce the publication of

Information Center: Optimizing Performance of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g [ID 1469617.2]

Screenshot of ID 1469617.2

Image of the "Optimize Performance of FMW 11g" Information Center

We are in the process of making further tweaks and changes to improve the other ** "Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g" Information Centers. So watch this space!

** You can navigate to these other Information Centers via the menu found on the left hand side of the "Optimize Performance" Information Center.

Wednesday Jun 20, 2012

How to Update Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) to Latest Version?

Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) 4.28 was released on 12th June. Full details can be found in this My Oracle Support document

RDA 4 Release Notes [ID 414970.1]

From a Fusion Middleware Core Component, Install and Administration perspective this latest release does not offer any significant new features or changes. However, despite the lack of Fusion Middleware specific new features in version 4.28, Remote Diagnostic Agent still comes as highly recommended. It is incredibly useful problem solving / troubleshooting aid. Support engineers dealing with Service Requests often request RDA output as it collects just about everything you might need to get a view of the state and configuration of the host operating system, network setup and Fusion Middleware components. To find out more take a look at

  • Running RDA Against Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g [ID 853437.1]
  • Getting Started With Remote Diagnostic Agent: Case Study - Oracle WebLogic Server (Video) [ID 1262157.1]

Note: While the latter document looks at RDA from the perspective of WebLogic Server, much of the advice given in the videos can be applied to other Fusion Middleware products.

Ok, let's get back on track with the topic suggested by the title. If you are already familiar with Remote Diagnostic Agent you may ask the question - 'How do I keep my RDA at the latest version?'

The answer is in "Running RDA Against Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g [ID 853437.1]". To quote:

There are two methods:
1. Upgrade RDA via OCM (Oracle Configuration Manager) 
Refer to the advice given in:
Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) Upgrade README [ID 1309034.1] 
2. Manually download and upgrade to the latest version. 
To quote from
Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA) 4 - FAQ [ID 330363.1]
How do I upgrade my RDA 4.x installation from the prior release?
The most simplest and reliable way to upgrade your RDA installation is 
delete or move your old installation  to a new location. Then install the 
new release into the location you had the prior release installed. 

If you want to reuse you old setup.cfg file, you can place the older version 
into the new <rda> directory and it will try to upgrade your setup.cfg 
to the new features.

A second approach is to install the latest RDA into another directory, 
then if needed copy the old setup.cfg file to the new RDA directory. 
When the new RDA is run for the first time, it will try to upgrade 
your setup.cfg to the new features.

The upgrade method via Oracle Configuration Manager is nice because it allows RDA to be auto updated whenever a new release of RDA is made available (which roughly speaking is every 3 months). However, it does require you to install and configure Oracle Configuration Manager in addition to RDA. A quick guide to Fusion Middleware 11g and OCM can be found in this support document.

Configuring OCM in Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g? A Quick and Easy Guide [ID 1096871.1]

Monday Jun 11, 2012

New Information Center - Reviewing Security For FMW 11g

Announcing ...

Information Center: Reviewing Security For Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g [ID 1458051.2] has been published. 

Screenshot of ID 1458051.2

Screenshot of FMW 11g Security IC

What is an Information Center?

Information Centers use widgets to aggregate knowledge content, such as support documents, product documentation, support community threads, which is pertinent to a given task or intent. Widgets either contain static lists or better still some widgets are dynamic. A dynamic widget uses a query criteria to present a list of support documents relevant to the title / subject matter of the widget. The content of a dynamic widget is refreshed automatically every 24 hours.

Once you are in an Information Center, you can use the left hand menu to navigate to other Tasks / Intent Information Centers (e.g "Install and Configure", "Patch", "Troubleshoot", "Upgrade" which are available for the chosen product.

Are Information Centers easy to find?

You can go straight to the new "Reviewing Security" Information Center by using the hyperlink given above. There are, however, two other methods which make Information Centers easier to find.

  • Browse Knowledge
  • Refine Your Search

Browse Knowledge

The "Browse Knowledge" is currently found in the "Knowledge" Tab Page in My Oracle Support. As illustrated by the screenshots below, you can find Information Centers by choosing a product (e.g "Oracle Fusion Middleware"), a version and an action / intent. If an Information Center exists for your selection the "Advisor Found" button is enabled. Clicking on this button will take you straight to the desired Information Center.

Screenshot - Browse Knowledge 1

Using Browse Knowledge - Screenshot 1

Screenshot - Browse Knowledge 2

Using Browse Knowledge - Screenshot 2

Screenshot - Browse Knowledge 3

Using Browse Knowledge - Screenshot 3

Refine Your Search

Refine your search is a dialogue which is triggered by certain keywords that you may enter into the Global Search field in the top right hand corner of My Oracle Support. The "Refine Your Search" works in a similar manner to "Browse Knowledge". Choose your product and version. The appropriate Task / Intent should already be selected for you. Thereafter, click the Go button.

Screenshot - Refine Your Search 1

Using Refine Your Search - Screenshot 1

Screenshot - Refine Your Search 2

Using Refine Your Search - Screenshot 2

Screenshot - Refine Your Search 3

Using Refine Your Search - Screenshot 3

Friday Jun 01, 2012

Oracle Fusion Middleware Support News - June 2012 Edition

Volume 4 -June 2012 edition - of "Oracle Fusion Middleware Support News" is now published.

Screenshot of Support News

Image of FMW Support News June 2012

To view the News, login to My Oracle Support and go to

Oracle Fusion Middleware Support News : Current Edition - Volume 4 : June 2012 [ID 1347075.1]

Monday May 21, 2012

Which JDK is my FMW 11g WebLogic Domain Configured to Use?


If you are the administrator who ran the Fusion Middleware Installer or Configuration Wizard, the question in the title may seem a little daft. But, in fact the advice below may become handy should you face one of the following situations:

  • You have been asked to look after a Middleware Home which was previously built by someone else
  • You are configuring a new FMW 11g AS Instance, and unexpectedly hitting errors or hanging at the WebLogic Domain Creation time. For example, see:

    FMW 11g "IDM" or "Portal/Forms/Reports/Discoverer" Configuration Wizards on 64bit Platforms Hang at 0% 'Creating Domain'  [ID 865462.1]

    This support document describes what happens if you inadvertently attempt to configure an AS Instance with a mixture of 64bit (Oracle Home Binaries - ORACLE_HOME) and 32bit JDK (WebLogic Binary Home - WL_HOME)

There are two parts to the question:

  1. What version of JDK will the Configuration Wizard, by default, configure a new WebLogic Domain to use?
  2. Which JDK and version is being used by an existing WebLogic Domain?

JDK Used at WebLogic Domain Creation Time

The answer is in the default WebLogic environment script:



MS Windows


(e.g WL_HOME is typically - MW_HOME/wlserver_10.3/common/bin/

Look for lines like the ones below (examples are from a WLS install on a Unix machine)

#JAVA_USE_64BIT, true if JVM uses 64 bit operations
if [ -z "${JAVA_HOME}" -o -z "${JAVA_VENDOR}" ]; <---- This line means if 
JAVA_HOME OR JAVA_VENDOR is NOT set, so if either of them are empty 
the settings in the "then" part of the statement are applied. 
If JAVA_VENDOR and JAVA_HOME are both set then the if statement is skipped
      # Set up JAVA HOME
      # Set up JAVA VENDOR, possible values are
      #Oracle, HP, IBM, Sun ...
      # PRODUCTION_MODE, default to the development mode

Important to Note: It is possible to set JAVA_HOME, JAVA_VENDOR environment variables prior to launching the Installer or Configuration Wizard. Therefore you cannot always assume that is the source of these environment variable values. In the same session from which you launch the Installer or Configuration Wizard double check whether JAVA_HOME and JAVA_VENDOR have values e.g.



MS Windows:


If either of these environment variables are not set then you know that the values will be derived from the

The JAVA_HOME and JAVA_VENDOR values do not tell you whether the JDK is 32bit or 64bit. To find out this detail you need to run a switch to the bin directory where the JDK resides e.g

cd /oracle/SOAWC/jdk1.6.0_24/bin 

and then run the java version command. To quote from:

How to tell if Weblogic Server is running in 32-bit or 64-bit mode [ID 1066808.1]

"To identify if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit JDK installed you can run"

java -version

which will give you more information.

By running

java -d64 -version

you can test if the 64-bit mode is supported by your JVM. You will get an error message if this is a 32-bit only JVM. 32/64-bit-hybrid JVMs exist for some platforms. In this case you would have to include the -d64 flag to tell the JVM to run in 64-bit mode."

Which JDK is my existing WebLogic Domain using?

Typically, the JDK used by a WebLogic Domain will be the same as specified by However, you must check the domain's environment variable setting file:



MS Windows:


(e.g A DOMAIN_HOME might look something like MW_HOME/user_projects/domains/myDomain/)

Couple of examples (taken from installs on a Unix machine)

A Portal / Forms / Reports and/or Discoverer WebLogic Domain; the setDomainEnv has these lines



    if [ "${JAVA_VENDOR}" = "Oracle" ] ; then
        export JAVA_HOME
    if [ "${JAVA_VENDOR}" = "Sun" ] ; then
        export JAVA_HOME
        export JAVA_VENDOR
        export JAVA_HOME

A FMW 11g SOA Suite, the setDomainEnv has these lines

    if [ "${JAVA_VENDOR}" = "Oracle" ] ; then
            export JAVA_HOME
            if [ "${JAVA_VENDOR}" = "Sun" ] ; then
                    export JAVA_HOME
                    export JAVA_VENDOR
                    export JAVA_HOME

The JAVA_VENDOR environment variable is not normally set prior to running, in which case the JAVA_VENDOR will default to the "else" part of the statement (highlighted in Red)

The commEnv (.sh or .cmd) is invoked later on in the setDomainEnv script. In the commEnv script the if statement

if [ -z "${JAVA_HOME}" -o -z "${JAVA_VENDOR}" ]; 

is bypassed because both JAVA_VENDOR and JAVA_HOME have been set.

Again, the does not tell you whether the specified JAVA_HOME is 32bit or 64bit. The only way to find this information is to run the "java -version" as previously described.

Additional Useful Reference:

How To Change Type of JDK (Sun / JRockit) for FMW 11g Domain (ID 1058804.1)

Note - however I have added a comment to this support document as I believe the advice does not take into account the possibility of JAVA_VENDOR and JAVA_HOME being set before commEnv is launched.

Friday Apr 27, 2012

Getting Proactive with Oracle Health Checks

The My Oracle Support support document describing the Oracle Health Checks catalogue has been given a make-over. Complements to those responsible for the changes because they have done rather a nice job. The document now allows you to view relevant Video, support documents and communities inline by exploring the drop down lists.


Screenshot of Support Document 868955.1

It is a worth a visit and bookmark, go to:

Get Proactive - Oracle Health Checks [ID 868955.1]

As the material in this document indicates, you must install and configure Oracle Configuration Manager (OCM) to leverage the Health Check functionality in My Oracle Support. If you have not installed and configured OCM against an Oracle Fusion Middleware 10g or 11g home, be aware there is an initial learning curve. Set aside some time to read / work through the following support document:

  • Using OCM (Oracle Configuration Manager) With Core Oracle Fusion Middleware Components [ID 1060723.1]

If you are pushed for time, try using one of these "guides"

  • Configuring OCM in Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g? A Quick and Easy Guide [ID 1096871.1]
  • Configuring OCM in Oracle Application Server 10g? A Quick and Easy Guide [ID 1096780.1]

One final remark. While information collected by OCM can be useful to Oracle Support Engineers working Oracle Fusion Middleware Service Requests, the ultimate tool for data collection to aid troubleshooting is Remote Diagnostic Agent (RDA). Therefore, it is not uncommon for Support Engineers to request RDA outputs to be uploaded via the Service Request interface to expedite SR resolution, even if OCM collected data is also exposed in the SR.

This is not to say that one should be used instead of the other, OCM and RDA service different needs and purpose. OCM allows you to leverage proactive functionality in My Oracle Support such as Health Checks, Patch Recommendations and Plans. Whereas, RDA is a "just in time" troubleshooting / problem solving tool. RDA data which is collected and uploaded via a SR is deleted from the Repository at Oracle after SR closure. Therefore RDA data cannot be leveraged by the proactive functionality in My Oracle Support.

For more information about RDA take a look at:

  • Running RDA Against Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g [ID 853437.1]
  • Running RDA and Health Checks for Oracle Application Server 10g Environments [ID 413558.1]

Thursday Apr 19, 2012

Oracle Database 11.2 April 2012 CPU Includes OC4J Patch

We received an email today from one of the Oracle Application Server Install and Admin Support Delivery Managers bringing to light that a number of Service Requests are being raised by DBAs questioning whether the Oracle Database 11.2 April CPU genuinely requires an OC4J (Oracle Containers for Java) patch to be applied. To quote from:

Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update April 2012 Availability [ID 1406574.1]
Table 6 Patch Availability for Oracle Database

includes the row:

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
Oracle Database home Patch 13705478 CVE-2011-5035 OC4J one-off patch (Special OPatch needed, see README)

** Be sure to check  ID 1406574.1  for the rest of the table details. Above is just an excerpt!

OC4J is normally a component which administrators associate with Oracle Application Server 10g - it's not a component one normally associates with the Oracle Database.

It is, however, NOT a documentation bug. The April 2012 Critical Patch Update document is accurate.  There is a OC4J directory found in the Database Home.  This patch covers a public vulnerability - CVE-2011-5035 - within that directory.  In fact, this patch was actually released as part of the January 2012 Security Alert, refer to:

Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Application Server (OC4J) Security Alert for CVE-2011-5035 [ID 1400322.1]

DBAs maintaining Oracle Database 11.2 should apply this Patch 13705478 , following the README bundled with it to ensure it is applied without issue.

Tuesday Apr 17, 2012

New Version of My Oracle Support (HTML) Interface

This week a new version of the My Oracle Support HTML interface ( has been released.

The HTML  interface has always been there, available as an alternative to the Flash based one, but it has now been rewritten and revamped. In a few months from now, we are expecting the flash based interface to be decommissioned and all will use the HTML interface. But you don't have to wait until then. Consider moving over to the HTML interface, or at least take some time out to explore it.

If you want to know more, the following support document is a good place to start

The New My Oracle Support User Interface [ID 1385682.1]

The support document contains links to a number of videos. If you are short of time, watching these two will give you enough of a flavour.

Improving Your Oracle Support Experience

Length: 2 minutes 51 seconds

My Oracle Support - Basic Overview

Length: 5 minutes 5 seconds

In addition, there is a short video which describes how to perform a more effective quick search. By default, the quick search in the top right hand corner searches the knowledge base. But did you know that you can actually extend or change the search to include sources such as Support Communities, Product Documentation, Bug Database. See screenshot below:

Screenshot of Quick Search Options

The video which shows the Quick Search options in action is linked off "The New My Oracle Support User Interface [ID 1385682.1]". The video is not as "smooth / slick" as the ones above, but it's only 3 and half minutes long and sufficient to give a heads up. Alternatively, just take note of the screenshot above, and explore the Quick Search options the next time you are searching for a solution in My Oracle Support.

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Get Proactive with Fusion Middleware

Prevent, Resolve, Upgrade !

If you have not seen or bookmarked it already, check out:

Get Proactive with Fusion Middleware [ID 1388293.1]

This is a one stop shop for navigating to proactive support material, tools, and communication channels related to Oracle Fusion Middleware e.g.

  • Lifecycle Advisors
  • Information Centers
  • Diagnostic and Health Check Tools like RDA and OCM
  • Support Communities
  • Newsletters

Furthermore, once in this support document, a click on the "Proactive Home" option in the menu will take you to the main Get Proactive support document. From this document you can access other product family "Get Proactive" documents such as the ones belonging to the Database and Enterprise Manager.

Oracle Premier Support: Get Proactive! [ID 432.1]

432.1 .. nice easy number to remember :-)

The "Get Proactive" support documents will be updated on a monthly basis. If you have any comments or feedback feel free to post against this blog entry. Or alternatively click the "Rate this Document" icon when viewing the support document in My Oracle Support.

Tuesday Mar 27, 2012

Guide to Downloading Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Products


The idea of writing a blog about downloading software seems a bit strange .. right? After all, surely just give me the web download link and away I go!? Unfortunately, life is not so simple if you are a DBA or Systems Administrator tasked with staging Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g products for your chosen business technology stack. Here are the challenges:
  1. Oracle Fusion Middleware is not a single product, it is a family of products - a media pack with many many "disks" - which ones do I pick?
  2. Are the products I pick certified / supported on my chosen platform?
  3. Which download site do I use?
  4. I need to be on the latest and greatest - how do I get hold of the latest product patch set?
The purpose of this blog is to give you a roadmap to get you through these challenges.

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g - A Product Suite

The first thing to appreciate is that Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g is not a single product. It is a product suite, an umbrella label for many products. Typically you don't download the whole media pack - well not unless you want to stage 124 Parts - a total of 68 Gig  - instead you pick the pieces that are required for your chosen Middleware solution. Therefore, you need to research / understand which products are required to build your solution. In this respect, before you go looking for the software pick and persue the product guide from the table below which matches your situation:

 Installing a New / Vanilla FMW 11g architecture
Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Planning Guide 11g
 Upgrading Oracle Application Server 10g to FMW 11g
Oracle Fusion Middleware Upgrade Planning Guide 11g
 Patching an existing FMW 11g architecture
Oracle Fusion Middleware Patching Guide 11g

Certification Information

Ok, so now you have an idea of what Fusion Middleware products you need. It's time to check whether these products are certified against your chosen platform. There are two places to find this information:

My Oracle Support Certification Tab Page

Figure 1.1 My Oracle Support Certification Tab Page - "Search on SOA Suite"

Figure 1.2 My Oracle Support Certification Tab Page - "SOA Suite Search Result"

The FMW 11g Certification Central Hub (in the format of xls spreadsheet)

Figure 2: Screenshot of FMW 11g Release 1 Certification xls spreadsheet

Hints / Tips:

Fusion Middleware 11g certification information has only recently been added into the Certification Tab page and I think it is the more friendly way to access the information. However, due to some restrictions with the Certification Tab page interface some of the more, let's say obscure certification information, is still to be only found in the Certification spreadsheet.

Be aware that to find certification information via the My Oracle Support Certification Tab page you must enter the FMW 11g product name e.g.

"Oracle SOA Suite".

Do NOT enter "Oracle Fusion Middleware". The certification information does not exist at this product suite level.  For example, if you are building a solution which includes

  • Oracle SOA Suite
  • Oracle WebCenter

then you will have to look up the certification information for each product in turn.

After choosing the product name, select the latest patch set version. This will not only tell you whether your chosen product is available at that patch set version but provide the certification information relevant to that version.  If the product is not available under the latest patch set version, seek the information under previous patch set versions.

Important: Make a careful note of the Oracle WebLogic Server version which is certified with your chosen product and patch set version. Oracle WebLogic Server is the core component of a Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g home. It is important therefore to ensure later on that you download the version of Oracle WebLogic Server which is compatible and certified with your chosen product and patch set version.

Also - sorry to state the obvious, but please do not take certification information from the screenshots above. The screenshots are only good for the time they were entered into the blog. To ensure you have the latest information, interactively look up the certification details.

For more information about finding certification information, bookmark and read

My Oracle Support Certification Tool for Oracle Fusion Middleware Products [Doc ID 1368736.1]
How to Find Certification Details for Oracle Application Server 10g and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g [Doc ID 431578.1]
Oracle Blog - Certification News

Downloading the Software

Now you should be ready to download the software. There are two download locations

Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (formerly known as E-Delivery)

Figure 3 - Screenshot of Fusion Middleware Download from Delivery Cloud

Oracle Fusion Middleware Download Page on Oracle Technology Network

Figure 4 - Screenshot of OTN Product Download Screen

Hints / Tips:

Your choice of download location should be primarily driven by your licensing needs. Take note of the wording on the OTN site - to quote:

"The downloads below are provided for evaluators under the OTN License Agreement. Licensed customers should download their software via our Oracle Software Delivery Cloud site, which offers different license terms."

However, it has to be said that the presentation of the most of the product download pages on OTN does make the job easier. The Software Delivery Cloud provides you with a flat list of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g media pack. You have to know what you are looking for and pick out the right pieces :-( The OTN product download pages present not only the download for the product you want but also its dependencies such as WebLogic Server and Repository Creation Utility. So, even if your licensing requirements drive you towards the cloud, it is still worthwhile checking the OTN pages if only as a guide to what you need to pick out from the flat list found on the cloud site.

Latest Patch Set

This is an area which may cause you confusion - especially if you are more familiar with the Oracle Application Server 10g patching story. From Patch Set and higher, the majority of FMW 11g products (N.B there are exceptions) provide installers which can be used both to update existing FMW 11g product installs or build brand new ones. This is good news because, unless you are dealing with one of the exceptions, it means you do not have to download base software and a patch set.

At the time of the writing, the two significant exceptions are:

  • Portal/Forms/Reports/Discoverer 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x)
  • Identity Access Management 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x)

The other key message here is ensure you are grabbing a version of Oracle WebLogic Server which is compatible with your chosen product patch set version. Get this wrong and you will hit errors / problems at AS Instance Configuration Time.

The go to place is this document - Oracle Fusion Middleware Download, Installation, and Configuration Readme Files

In fact, this README document pretty much takes you through what I have blogged above. The only thing is you need to know which README to choose, and that's why planning your FMW 11g technology stack and viewing certification information comes into play beforehand.

And Finally

As the Oracle Fusion Middleware Download, Installation, and Configuration Readme Files states don't forget to check

Monday Mar 26, 2012

Getting Started with FMW 11g - Advisor Webcast Recordings

Predating the creation of this blog there have been two Oracle Support Advisor Webcasts which are worth reviewing- especially if you tackling install and/or patching of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g for the first time.

 Topic  Web Links
How to Plan for a New Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Webcast Recording
Slides (PDF)
Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Patching Concepts and Tools Webcast Recording
Slides (PDF)

Ignore the duration of the recording indicated by the link. You can skip forward to the main presentation and demo .. which shapes up at 45 minutes long, the rest is Q/A and blurb.

Support Advisor Webcast Schedule and Recordings are found via these support documents
Note: You will need a My Oracle Support login to access these documents.

Wednesday Mar 21, 2012

Welcome to the FMW Install and Admin Proactive Team Blog


Welcome to the Fusion Middleware Install and Administration Proactive Support blog.  This is our first post, so let's begin by introducing ourselves and our mission.

Who We Are

We are a small team of support engineers based in Europe.  Our expertise covers all matters related to the installation and administration of Oracle Application Server 10g, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and future versions to come. We particularly focus on core components such as the
  • Installers and Configuration Wizards
  • Web Tier ( Oracle HTTP Server )
  • OPMN
  • Enterprise Manager Console for Application Server
as well as general questions / problems relating to patching, maintenance and architecture.

Our Mission

  1. Improve the customer experience
  2. Enable customers to avoid / prevent issues when working with our products
  3. Enable faster resolution of problems when they occur

Our Activities

  • Enhancement and maintenance of our knowledge base
  • Seek continuous improvement of the product documentation
  • Contribute to the Fusion Middleware Support News
  • Moderation of the "Oracle Application Server" support community
  • Participate in the Support Advisor Webcast program
  • Involved in the Lifecycle of diagnostic tools such as RDA and OCM
    • User Acceptance Testing
    • Logging of enhancements and health check ideas
  • Provide feedback to product management / development
    • Logging of product bugs and enhancements
    • Suggest improvements that could be made to web sites like OTN
  • Promote new support documents, tools via channels such as Newsletter and Social Media
We hope that this blog will be a two-way communication as we are interested in feedback on what we can improve. Many suggestions we can act on immediately while others may take more time, but all of them will be acknowledged and followed up.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to both informing and working with you.

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