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Oracle® Application Server Forms and Reports Services Installation Guide
10g Release 2 (10.1.2) for Linux x86
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5 Installation Overview

It is highly recommended that you read this guide in its entirety to ensure a successful installation and to optimize the capabilities of this release.

There are a few restrictions with this installation. For more information about these restrictions, see Section 2.1, "Restrictions with This Installation Type".

To install Forms and Reports Services, follow these steps:

  1. Read the latest versions of the following Release Notes:

  2. Start Oracle Universal Installer (OUI).

    For information about starting OUI, see Section 4.9, "StartingOracle Universal Installer".

  3. The Welcome screen appears. Click Next.

  4. The Specify File Locations screen appears. On the Specify File Locations screen, enter the following information:

    • Name: A name to identify this Oracle home. This name cannot contain spaces and can have a maximum length of 16 characters.

      Example: oralinfrs

    • Path: The full path to the destination directory (Oracle home). If the directory specified does not exist, the installer creates it with administrative privileges.

      Example: /opt/oracle/oralinfrs

  5. Click Next.

  6. The Product-Specific Prerequisite Checks screen appears. Verify that all product prerequisite checks complete successfully.

  7. Click Next.

  8. The Language Selection screen appears. This screen lists the additional languages that you can install to run Forms and Reports Services. Select the required language from the Available Languages list.


    By default, the installer installs Forms and Reports Services with text in English and in the operating system language.

  9. Click Next.

  10. The Specify Port Configuration Options screen appears.

    • Select Automatic to assign default ports to Forms and Reports Services. For more information about default ports, see the Oracle Application Server Installation Guide.

    • Select Manual if you want to manually configure the ports. If you select Manual, then create a port configuration file that specifies the port numbers that you want to use. Enter the entire path of the port configuration file in the field provided. For more information about the port configuration file, see the Oracle Application Server Installation Guide.

  11. Click Next.

  12. The Provide Outgoing Mail Server Information screen appears. Enter the outgoing mail (SMTP) server to be used by Forms and Reports Services.



    This field is optional. However, you cannot distribute reports through e-mail until you have configured the mail server information. Refer to the Oracle Application Server Reports Services Publishing Reports to the Web manual for more information on specifying the outgoing mail server information.

  13. The Specify Instance Name and ias_admin Password screen appears.

    • Instance Name: Enter a name for this instance. Instance names can contain only alphanumeric and underscore characters. If you have more than one Forms and Reports Services instance on a computer, then the instance names must be unique.

    • ias_admin Password and Confirm Password: Enter a password for the ias_admin user. This is the administrative user for the instance. By default, the password must have a minimum of five alphanumeric characters and at least one of the characters must be a number.


      Each Forms and Reports Services instance has its own password, regardless of the user performing the installation. Passwords are not shared across instances even if the instances are installed by the same user.

  14. Click Next.

  15. The Summary screen appears and lists all the components that will be installed. Click Install to complete the installation. The Summary screen shows the progress of the installation.


    At any time during the installation, click Stop Installation to exit.

When you install OracleAS Reports Services, the broadcast mechanism is configured for server communication. For information on changing this to the Common Object Service (COS) naming mechanism, see the Oracle Application Server Reports Services Publishing Reports to the Web manual.

If you want to retain the broadcast mechanism for communication, but if your Reports Server is located across subnets, configure the Oracle Reports bridge. For information on configuring the Oracle Reports bridge, see the Oracle Application Server Reports Services Publishing Reports to the Web manual. In case of the COS naming service, the Oracle Reports bridge is not needed even if your servers are located across subnets.

To configure Oracle Reports security, you must have OracleAS Portal installed, as the security information is stored in the OracleAS Portal repository. For information about configuring OracleAS Portal to store OracleAS Reports Services security information, refer to the Securing Oracle Reports white paper on OTN (