Thursday Mar 07, 2013

OBI Sample Virtual Machine as an appliance on Windows

MobaXterm, DropBox and OBIEE Sample Virtual Machine

I've had several question about how to use the OBI Virtual Machine image, and have been busy exploring a number of options.

  1. Use VirtualBox to start the machine and use the resulting desktop.
    Desktop icons can be double clicked to start/stop services
    firefox browser can be used to interact with obiee
    Terminal sessions allow you to type Linux commands, edit and repair files
    Suppose this is your first Linux experience and this all seems very foreign
  2. Start the VM, but then use Windows services to connect and interact.
    This will require an entry in the Windows "hosts" file.  Add the obisamp IP address 
    notepad C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
    192.168.56.101 obisamp obieesampleapp obieesampleapp.us.oracle.com
  3. Now launch the Windows browser of your choice to access the OBI application.
    https://obisamp:7001/analytics/saw.dll?bieehome&startPage=1
  4. What about editing files, working with Linux?  Can that be done from Windows?
    Yes it can.    MobaXterm is a windows utility that interacts with other machines.

Click on this link to download the prepared image to Windows, and unpack the .zip file.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/igsfzigpt4451ih/obisamp_mobaxterm.zip

Go to the MobaXterm Home Page and watch the small video demo running at the bottom of the page.

http://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/

Launch the application: MobaXterm_Personal-6.2.exe 

Under "Saved sessions", click on "obisamp [SSH]"

A new tab opens up, containing a terminal session to the obisamp virtual machine, and on the left is an sftp file manager showing you all of the files in [ /home/oracle ]

Scroll down until you see the file .bashrc_profile
Click and you are editing that file in a MobaTextEditor that behaves like Notepad.

In the right terminal pane, type xclock
A window appears with an analog clock.  This is a Unix application in the virtual machine, showing in an X-server window running on your Windows machine.

This free MobaXterm application has limitations which you can review in the Downloads section on the MobaXterm home page.

There's more to come ... this gets you started ... explore.

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Dick Dunbar
is an escalation engineer working in the Customer Engineering & Advocacy Lab (CEAL team)
for Oracle Analytics and Performance Management.
I live and work in Santa Cruz, California.
I'll share the techniques I use to detect, avoid and repair problems.

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