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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle WebCenter
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1 Installation Overview

Oracle WebCenter, an Oracle Fusion Middleware component, is an integrated suite of components designed for creating portals, web sites, and composite applications. This chapter provides an overview of Oracle WebCenter and outlines the tasks involved in installing and configuring it in a simple, non-cluster topology.

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 Oracle 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 includes the following components:

1.2 Oracle WebCenter Installation Roadmap

Figure 1-1 shows the directory structure of an Oracle WebCenter installation on a single host, using all of the default values.

Figure 1-1 Directory Structure of Oracle WebCenter Installation

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

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.

Before you start, you might like to read Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Planning Guide.

Table 1-1 Installing Oracle WebCenter in a Simple Topology

Task Description Mandatory or Optional? Documentation

Pre-Installation Tasks

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).

Mandatory

For system requirements information, go to:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-requirements-100147.html

For certification information, see System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 on the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations page:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-certification-100350.html

For interoperability and compatibility, go to Oracle Fusion Middleware Interoperability and Compatibility Guide.

Task 2 - Install and configure a database

Oracle WebCenter requires the availability of a supported database. Ensure that you have a supported database up and running.

Mandatory

For the latest information about supported databases, see System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 on the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations page:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-certification-100350.html

Task 3 - Create WebCenter schemas

Use the RCU to create WebCenter schemas.

Note: If you are using an IBM DB2 database, make sure you create the operating system users (one for each schema) before running the RCU.

Mandatory

In Oracle Fusion Middleware Repository Creation Utility User's Guide, refer to the following sections:

  • Section "Oracle WebCenter Schemas" for information about WebCenter schemas that must be created depending on the WebCenter components you plan to install.

  • Section "Creating Schemas" for information about how to create schemas.

Task 4 - Install Oracle WebLogic Server

Install Oracle WebLogic Server.

Mandatory

See System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 on the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations page to determine the exact version required for your installation:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-certification-100350.html

See "Product Distribution" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle WebLogic Server for instructions on how to download the latest Oracle WebLogic Server.

See "Running the Installation Program in Graphical Mode" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle WebLogic Server for installation instructions.

Installation Tasks

Task 5 - Install Oracle WebCenter

Use the WebCenter installer to install Oracle WebCenter.

The installer lays down the binaries for all Oracle WebCenter products.

Within the Middleware home directory, the installer creates the Oracle home directory (Oracle_WC1 by default) and the Oracle Common home directory (oracle_common), as shown in Figure 1-1.

Mandatory

Chapter 2, "Installing Oracle WebCenter"

Task 6 - Configure a domain for Oracle WebCenter

Create a domain for Oracle WebCenter and choose the components you want to install.

The Configuration Wizard creates the Domain home and Application home directories, along with the domain for the products you choose to configure. The Domain home and Application home directories can reside anywhere on your system.

While creating your WebCenter domain, if you choose not to configure one or more WebCenter components, you can add them later by extending your WebCenter domain.

Mandatory

Chapter 3, "Configuring Oracle WebCenter"

Post-Installation Tasks

Task 7 - Start the Administration Server, Node Manager, and managed servers

To start Oracle WebCenter, you must first start the Administration Server. You must also start Node Manager, which allows you to perform common operations for a Managed 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.

Mandatory

Section 3.2, "Post-Configuration Tasks"

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

By default, Oracle WebCenter uses Oracle WebLogic Server's embedded LDAP identity store. For a production environment, you must reassociate Oracle WebCenter with an external LDAP-based authentication provider.

Mandatory for production environment

Section 3.3, "Setting Up an External LDAP-Based Identity Store"

Task 9 - 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 required back-end components.

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

Optional

Chapter 5, "Preparing Back-End Components for WebCenter Services"


1.3 Other Starting Points for Oracle WebCenter Installation

This guide describes Oracle WebCenter installation and configuration in a simple, non-cluster topology. Table 1-2 lists the various other starting points for WebCenter installation.

You might also like to refer to Oracle WebCenter Installation and Configuration Roadmap to find instructions about how to install, upgrade, or patch Oracle WebCenter based on the starting point that best describes your current environment.

Table 1-2 Other Starting Points for Oracle WebCenter Installation

Starting Point Notes Documentation Link

New WebCenter Installation

Install all Oracle WebCenter products in a single domain on a single host

This scenario is useful if you are trying to set up an evaluation or test environment.

Oracle Fusion Middleware Quick Installation Guide for Oracle WebCenter

Install WebCenter in an enterprise topology

This scenario is for a distributed environment where you may have various components on a variety of different hosts.

Oracle Fusion Middleware Enterprise Deployment Guide for Oracle WebCenter

For more information about high availability configuration, see Oracle Fusion Middleware High Availability Guide.

Existing WebCenter Installation

Upgrade from a previous WebCenter 11g release to the current version

 

Oracle Fusion Middleware Patching Guide

Upgrade from a previous WebCenter 10g release to the current version

 

Oracle Fusion Middleware Upgrade Guide for Oracle SOA Suite, WebCenter, and ADF


If you are installing Oracle WebCenter in an environment that contains other Fusion Middleware or third-party products and you intend to configure your Oracle WebCenter components to be used in conjunction with these other products, refer to Oracle Fusion Middleware Interoperability and Compatibility Guide to verify compatibility and interoperability.