Oracle Audit Vault is a powerful enterprisewide audit solution that efficiently consolidates, detects, monitors, alerts, and reports on audit data for security auditing and compliance. Oracle Audit Vault provides the ability to consolidate audit data and critical events into a centralized and secure audit warehouse.
This chapter provides an overview of the Oracle Audit Vault Server installation process. This chapter includes the following sections:
It is recommended that you install Audit Vault Server on its own host computer or a host that contains other repository databases such as Enterprise Manager Grid Control or the Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) repository database. This enables Oracle Audit Vault to have high availability to these other databases. For scalability, the Audit Vault Server can implement Oracle Real Applications Cluster (Oracle RAC) and Data Guard for disaster recovery.
Oracle Audit Vault software installation consists of two parts:
Audit Vault Server installation that can be either:
Single Instance installation
Clustered using an Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) installation
Oracle Audit Vault collection agent installation (see Oracle Audit Vault Collection Agent Installation Guide)
You can choose different installation methods to install Oracle Audit Vault Server, as follows:
When you use the interactive method to install Oracle Audit Vault to perform a Basic, Advanced, or Upgrade installation, Oracle Universal Installer displays a series of screens that enable you to specify all of the required information to install the Oracle Audit Vault software.
Oracle Audit Vault provides a response file template for Audit Vault Server (
av.rsp) and one for an upgrade installation (
upgrade_av.rsp). These response template files can be found in the
AV installer location
/response directory on the Audit Vault Server installation media.
When you start Oracle Universal Installer and specify a response file, you can automate all of the Oracle Audit Vault Server installation. These automated installation methods are useful to perform multiple installations on similarly configured systems or if the system where you want to install the software does not have X Window system software installed.
For Audit Vault Server, Oracle Universal Installer can run in silent (noninteractive) mode. For silent mode, specify both the
-responseFile options followed by the path of the response file on the command line when you invoke Oracle Universal Installer. For example:
./runInstaller -silent -responseFile path_of_response_file
Oracle Universal Installer runs in silent mode if you use a response file that specifies all required information. None of the Oracle Universal Installer screens are displayed, and all interaction (standard output and error messages) and installation logs appear on the command line.
Prepare the response file by entering values for all parameters that are missing in the first part of the response file, then save the file. Do not edit any values in the second part of either response file.
Note:The basic installation is not supported in silent mode. Silent installation is only supported for the advanced installation.
The Audit Vault server installation consists of three options:
Upgrade Existing Audit Vault Server Home – detects upgradable Oracle Audit Vault Server homes on the system and enables the upgrade option to the current release. Perform an upgrade on the selected upgradable Audit Vault Server home detected on the system.
Basic installation – simplifies the installation process and prompts for a minimal set of inputs from the user to perform a full installation. An Oracle RAC installation is not supported through this option; only a single instance installation is supported.
Advanced installation – offers the user more control and options for the installation process, including storage options and backup options. This option supports the installation of Audit Vault Server on a cluster and as a single instance.
Communication at the management level between the Audit Vault Server and the Oracle Audit Vault collection agent can be secured after the installation is complete. This is done as part of the postinstallation configuration, in which SSL is configured for the mutual authentication between the Oracle Audit Vault management service on the server side and each collection agent over HTTPS.
After you check the requirements described in Section 1.5, the general steps to install Oracle Audit Vault Server include these tasks:
Run Oracle Universal Installer to perform Audit Vault Server installation.
Run postinstallation and configuration tasks using AVCA.
This section contains information that you should consider before deciding how to install this product. It includes contains the following topics:
The platform-specific hardware and software requirements included in this installation guide were current at the time this guide was published. However, because new platforms and operating system versions might be certified after this guide is published, review the certification matrix on the My Oracle Support (formerly OracleMetaLink) Web site for the most up-to-date list of certified hardware platforms and operating system versions. The My Oracle Support Web site is available at
This product supports multiple Oracle homes. This means you can install this release of the software more than once on the same system, in different Oracle home directories. See Section 2.5.3 for more information.