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Each Siebel Business Applications software release from Oracle has a specific version or release level. A full installation can be performed from a two-digit release (version 8.0). The full installation represents your base product installation. If a version 8.0.x three-digit release is available, it can also be installed as a full installation.
NOTE: No version 8.0.x three-digit releases are planned, as of this writing. References to version numbers other than version 8.0 are for illustrative purposes. You must verify the availability of any specific post-8.0 releases. See also Siebel Maintenance Release Guide on My Oracle Support.
The procedures in this guide are for performing full installations of the base products. Server products are then configured using the Siebel Configuration Wizards. Typically, configuration is done immediately after installation.
Additional releases are provided subsequently that can be installed on top of your existing base product installation. Such releases are collectively known as maintenance releases. (Maintenance releases are sometimes called patch releases.)
If you already have a base product installation, and a subsequent three-digit release is available, it can be installed as a maintenance release. For example, version 8.0.1, if available, could be installed on top of an existing installation of version 8.0 or version 8.0.0.x.
Before installing a maintenance release, observe all documented requirements in this guide, in the applicable Siebel Maintenance Release Guide on My Oracle Support, or in other documents on My Oracle Support.
For example, before installing a maintenance release for Siebel Enterprise Server, you must shut down services for Siebel Server or Siebel Gateway Name Server, and shut down any running instances of srvrmgr. Before installing a maintenance release for Siebel Web Server Extension, you must stop the Web server (see Requirements for SWSE Installation and Configuration).
Typically, no configuration tasks are associated with installing a maintenance release. You generally do not need to run the Siebel Configuration Wizard. However, requirements for a given maintenance release, or for using particular supported languages or features, may vary.
You can set up your installations so that a Fix Pack or Quick Fix release will be automatically installed immediately following a full installation of the base products, in a chained fashion. This type of installation is sometimes referred to as slipstream installation. For example, if the current base release level is 8.0 and Fix Pack release 188.8.131.52 is available, you can install these releases together, in sequence. Before you install the base products, note whether maintenance releases are also available and consider whether to install your releases together in this manner.
If you have added any languages to your deployment since you initially installed any maintenance release, all applicable maintenance releases must be reinstalled in order to bring the new languages up to the same release level as the rest of the installed software.
If you are installing or deploying a language for the first time in an existing installation, it is recommended to install all current maintenance releases before you add the language to the Siebel Database using the Database Configuration Wizard. See About Installing and Deploying with Multiple Languages. See also Configuring the Siebel Database.
In general, if you reinstall a maintenance release for any reason, existing files previously delivered for this maintenance release are not overwritten. Any missing files will, however, be redelivered. (If you are aware of any corrupt file for which an updated file is delivered as part of a maintenance release, remove the corrupt file before reinstalling.)
For information about obtaining Siebel media files, see Obtaining Siebel Installation Media Files.
Installation of Siebel product modules is described in later chapters in this guide, such as Installing Siebel Enterprise Server and Related Components.
A maintenance release may in some cases be uninstalled without performing a full uninstallation of the base products. Uninstallation of Siebel product modules is described in Uninstalling Siebel Business Applications.
After any Siebel release is installed, including a base release or a maintenance release, the browser health check (if enabled) will run when a user logs in for the first time. For details on browser configuration and related requirements, see Siebel System Administration Guide. See also Siebel System Requirements and Supported Platforms on Oracle Technology Network.
For detailed information about installing maintenance releases (including slipstream installation), about uninstalling maintenance releases, about the features or other changes provided in all applicable maintenance releases for your products, and about configuration requirements for such features, refer to the applicable Siebel Maintenance Release Guide on My Oracle Support.
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