By Daniel Mortimer-Oracle on Mar 27, 2012
IntroductionThe 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:
- 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?
- Are the products I pick certified / supported on my chosen platform?
- Which download site do I use?
- I need to be on the latest and greatest - how do I get hold of the latest product patch set?
Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g - A Product SuiteThe 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
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 22.214.171.124 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.
As the Oracle Fusion Middleware Download, Installation, and Configuration Readme Files states don't forget to check