Framework Folder Support for WebCenter Portal? It's Coming!

Have you ever owned two different products from the same manufacturer, that offered different versions of the same features?  For example, my pickup truck and my wife's car were both made by the same automotive giant, and they were both manufactured in the same model year, and yet there were certain features that were only available to one vehicle, and not the other!  What's up with that?  I love the navigation package that's in my wife's car, but it wasn't available for my truck.  On the other hand, my truck has a seamless interface for my MP3 player that allows me to search and scan through my music using buttons on the steering wheel, and my wife was told that they don't make that for her car.  Crazy.

WebCenter Content Server allows it's administrators the flexibility of using a Folders type interface to access stored content through an interface that mimics a folder based file system.  In fact, they have a choice of product components to do this, "Folders," "Folders_g," or "Framework Folders."  The Framework Folders component is the latest available, and most flexible folders interface to date.  Customers are migrating their older folders technology to this new option. 

Meanwhile, WebCenter Portal has used the Folders_g technology for quite some time.  In fact, Portal administrators will tell you that WebCenter Portal requires the Folders_g component, but that the Framework Folders technology isn't yet available for WebCenter Portal at all; what's up with that? 

Well, you may be surprised to learn that support for Framework Folders on WebCenter Portal is, indeed, here!

Oracle has released bundle patches for both WebCenter Content and Portal in April 2014 which bring home the support for FrameworkFolders. These patches will bring these products to version 11.1.1.8.3.

You can enable support for FrameworkFolders on new Content and Portal installations where the folders_g component has never been enabled using the following patches (new installations of .8 only):

  • Download and apply the WebCenter Content MLR03 Patch 18088049.
  • Download and apply the WebCenter Portal BP3 Patch 18085041.
  • Download and apply the WebCenterConfigure component Patch 18387955. Before applying this patch on the Content Server, ensure that WebCenter Content MLR03 Patch 18088049 has already been applied.

You can find detailed instructions on how to enable FrameworkFolders support in the Oracle® Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.8.3).

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 should support upgrade scenarios for any existing WCP customers.  They should be able to migrate from their existing Folders_g install to one that uses Framework Folders.

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