MDS is the metadata repository used by many pieces of the Oracle Fusion Middleware product stack. There are times when you can combine MDS repositories but for the most part these repositories exist to support their individual pieces of the stack. In the context of BPM the MDS repository is used as a means to share project artifacts and attributes between the web based composer environmnet and jdeveloper. Jdeveloper is geared towards the developer while Composer is geared towards process analysts and business users. It should be stated that the statement of direction for Composer is to grow the functionality and include much more in terms of functionality and satisfaction of use cases.
Below are the steps to create an MDS connection:
1. Select to view the MDS Navigator by clicking on View > MDS Navigator.
2. Click on the 'Configure Connection' icon.
3. Click on the add symbol to create a new MDS Connection
4. Specify a name for the new connection and click on the plus sign if you are not yet connected to your WLS application server instance.
5. Specify a name for your app server connection.
6. Specify the username/password for the WLS server. In a dev environment this should probably be an administrator on the WLS server. Click next.
7. Enter your hostname, port and domain name. Click next.
8. Test your connection. Click next after receiving 'success' for all 9 tests.
9. Click 'Finish'
10. You are returned to the 'New BPM MDS Connection' panel. Click the 'add' symbol in the 'SOA MDS' location.
11. A new panel opens. Name your SOA mds connection and click on the 'add' symbol in the DB Connection section.
12. A new panel opens to create a database connection to your DB instance hosting the MDS schema. Input connection information and click 'Test' to test the connection. Once complete click 'Ok'.
13. The new connection should now show up on the 'Create SOA-MDS Connection' panel. The obpm partition should also show up automatically in the 'Select MDS partition' section. Test the connection by clicking the 'Test Connection' button. Click 'Ok'.
14. You should now see your create connection name, application server and soa MDS connection name showing in your original BPM MDS Connection panel. Click the 'Test' button. Upon success click 'Ok'.
15. Click 'Ok' on your original 'Configure Connection' panel.
16. Congratulations! You now have Composer projects that you can 'check out', 'export' or otherwise interact with.
Our next BPM 101 series article will go into the use case scenarios for securing and sharing BPM Composer projects between Business Analysts and Developers.