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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle WebCenter
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

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1 Installation Overview

Oracle WebCenter is a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. This chapter provides an overview of Oracle WebCenter and outlines the tasks that a Fusion Middleware administrator must perform to install Oracle WebCenter and get it up and running.

This chapter includes the following sections:

1.1 Oracle WebCenter Components

Oracle WebCenter combines the standards-based, declarative development of Java Server Faces (JSF), the flexibility and power of portals, and a set of integrated WebCenter Services to boost end-user productivity. With the set of components offered through Oracle WebCenter, you can create social applications, enterprise portals, composite applications, and Internet/Intranet web sites.

Oracle WebCenter contains the following components:

1.2 Oracle WebCenter Installation Roadmap

Table 1-1 describes the high-level tasks for installing and configuring Oracle WebCenter, and specifies whether these tasks are mandatory or optional. The table also includes documentation links that you can access to get more details about each task.

Table 1-1 Oracle WebCenter Installation Procedure

Task Description Mandatory/Optional? Documentation

Task 1 - Prepare your system environment for installation

Ensure that your system environment meets the general installation requirements for Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle WebCenter, and Repository Creation Utility (RCU).


For information about:

Task 2 - Create WebCenter schemas

Oracle WebCenter components require schemas that must be installed in a supported Oracle database or a supported non-Oracle database like Microsoft SQL Server. Prepare a database for WebCenter schemas, then use RCU to create schemas.


For information, see:

Task 3 - Install Oracle WebLogic Server

Oracle WebCenter runs on Oracle WebLogic Server.

Install Oracle WebLogic Server. The installer creates a Middleware home directory, and, beneath it, a WebLogic Server home directory, as shown in Figure 1-1.


For information, see Section 2.1.4, "Install Oracle WebLogic Server and Create the Middleware Home."

See Also:

Task 4 - Install Oracle WebCenter

Use the WebCenter installer to install Oracle WebCenter. Within the Middleware home directory, the installer creates a WebCenter Oracle home directory and the oracle_common home directory, as shown in Figure 1-1.

The installer lays down the binaries for various WebCenter products, like WebCenter Spaces and Oracle WebCenter Discussions.

Note: The WebCenter installer gives you the option to install and configure Oracle Content Server You can choose to install Oracle Content Server while installing Oracle WebCenter, or later, by performing a standalone installation. Regardless of when you install Oracle Content Server, before doing so you must ensure that Oracle HTTP Server is already installed.


For information about installing Oracle WebCenter, see Section 2.8, "Installing Oracle WebCenter."

Task 5 - Configure Oracle WebCenter

Run the Oracle Fusion Middleware Configuration Wizard to create and configure a domain for Oracle WebCenter and choose the components you want to install.

The installer creates the user_projects/domain and user_projects/applications directories, both of which contain a WebCenter domain directory.

The WebCenter domain directory in the domains directory contains the Administration Server and several Managed Servers, depending on the components you choose to install.

After the WebCenter domain is created, you can extend it later if you want to add more components to the domain.


For information, see Chapter 3, "Configuring Oracle WebCenter."

Task 6 - Start the Administration Server and managed servers

To start Oracle WebCenter, you must first start the Administration Server.

To start working with any Oracle WebCenter component, you must start the Managed Server to which that component is deployed. You can then access the component's URL and configure the component according to your requirements.


For information about:

Task 7 - Install and configure back-end components for WebCenter Services

Developers and applications users can integrate WebCenter Services into WebCenter applications. Certain services, such as Documents, rely on back-end components, such as Oracle Content Server. To provide for service integration into WebCenter applications, you must install and configure the required back-end components.

WebCenter Spaces provides several prebuilt workflows for group space membership notifications, group space subscription requests, and so on. To enable them, you must install and configure a Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) server.


For information, see Chapter 4, "Preparing Back-End Components for WebCenter Services."

Task 8 - Install and configure an external LDAP-based identity store

By default, Oracle WebCenter uses Oracle WebLogic Server's embedded LDAP identity store. Although secure, the out-of-the-box embedded LDAP may not scale appropriately for large enterprise production environments.

To manage the identities of users across diverse servers and enable single sign-on across applications, you can install and configure an external LDAP-based identity store.


For information, see Section 4.8, "Configuring an External LDAP-Based Identity Store."

1.3 Oracle WebCenter Directory Structure

Figure 1-1 shows the directory structure of an Oracle WebCenter installation. It also lists the high-level mandatory installation tasks described in Table 1-1.

Figure 1-1 Directory Structure of Oracle WebCenter Installation

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Description of "Figure 1-1 Directory Structure of Oracle WebCenter Installation"

When you install Oracle WebLogic Server, the installer creates a WebLogic Server home directory under the Middleware home directory. During Oracle WebCenter installation, the installer creates a WebCenter Oracle home directory and the oracle_common home directory, which contains WebCenter binaries and supporting files.

When you create a WebCenter domain, the configuration wizard creates the user_projects/domains and user_projects/applications directories, both of which contain a WebCenter domain directory. The WebCenter domain directory in the domains directory contains the Administration Server and several Managed Servers that host the various WebCenter components. Based on the component that you choose to install, the configuration wizard may create the following managed servers: