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

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1 Installation Overview

Oracle Business Intelligence is a comprehensive set of integrated tools and technologies for delivering enterprise business intelligence, and includes Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle Real-Time Decisions, and Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

Note:

The term "Oracle Business Intelligence" is used throughout this guide to collectively refer to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle Real-Time Decisions, and Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher. In cases where a description or instruction specifically applies to one of these products, the individual product's name is used instead.

This chapter includes the following sections:

1.1 Installable Products

The Oracle Business Intelligence installation package includes the following products, with all the technology required to install, configure, and run them:

You can install Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher, or choose between separately installing Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher and Oracle Real-Time Decisions, or you can install all three of these products using Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer. Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer creates all the run-time components and the infrastructure for the products you choose to install. After running Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer, the installed products share the same Oracle Fusion Middleware infrastructure in a single WebLogic domain.

All Oracle Business Intelligence products intended for a WebLogic domain must be installed and configured at the same time. You cannot install some products now and then install others to the same WebLogic domain later. For example, if you choose to install and configure Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition but not Oracle Real-Time Decisions, you cannot later add Oracle Real-Time Decisions to the WebLogic domain. Similarly, any WebLogic domains that contain Oracle Business Intelligence 11g products should not be extended later to include other Oracle Fusion Middleware products.

1.2 Installation Roadmap

Table 1-1 describes the high-level mandatory tasks for installing and configuring Oracle Business Intelligence. The table also provides information on where to get more details on each task.

Table 1-1 Tasks in the Oracle Business Intelligence Installation Procedure

Task Description Documentation

Task 1

Obtain the Oracle Business Intelligence installation media through one of the following methods:

  • Oracle Business Intelligence installation DVD

  • Oracle Technology Network (OTN)

  • Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

See Section 4.3, "Obtaining Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer."

Task 2

Complete the installation planning requirements.

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

See the Oracle Fusion Middleware Certification Document for more information.

Go to:

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

For requirements specific to Oracle Business Intelligence, see Chapter 3, "Oracle Business Intelligence Requirements."

Task 3

Have a database installed and have the required database schemas loaded.

Oracle Business Intelligence requires certain schemas to be installed in a supported database. You do this by running the RCU on a pre-existing database.

Ensure that a supported database is running, and then run the RCU to create the necessary schemas.

See Section 3.3, "Create Database Schemas Using the Repository Creation Utility (RCU)." Additional information about the RCU can be found in Oracle Fusion Middleware Repository Creation Utility User's Guide.

Task 4

Install Oracle Business Intelligence.

See Chapter 4, "Installing Oracle Business Intelligence."

Task 5

Configure Oracle Business Intelligence.

With the Simple Install and Enterprise Install types, configuration occurs seamlessly in the Oracle Business Intelligence installer.

With the Software Only install type, you must configure Oracle Business Intelligence manually afterward using the Configuration Assistant. See Section 5.2, "Configuring Oracle Business Intelligence with the Configuration Assistant." Additional information about configuring Oracle Business Intelligence can be found in Oracle Fusion Middleware System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.


1.3 Installation Modes

Oracle Business Intelligence supports the following modes of installation:

1.4 Installation Types

Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer supports the following types of installation:

1.4.1 Simple Install

The Simple Install type installs Oracle Business Intelligence components with the default settings on a single computer in the minimum number of steps. The Managed Server is not installed with the Simple Install type. The components that are typically hosted and executed by the Managed Server are instead hosted and executed by the Administration Server. These optimizations reduce the memory footprint and complexity of Oracle Business Intelligence, and are especially targeted for demonstration, evaluation, and proof of concept use cases.

1.4.1.1 What Is Installed?

When you select the Simple Install type, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer installs the binary files for the Oracle Business Intelligence components that you specify.

1.4.1.2 What Is Configured?

When you select the Simple Install type, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer applies default configuration settings for all the components that you choose to install.

To perform the installation, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer prompts you for the location of the Middleware home.

For more information about installation locations, see Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Planning Guide.

1.4.2 Enterprise Install

The Enterprise Install type enables you to install Oracle Business Intelligence components to create a new enterprise deployment, or to scale out an existing enterprise deployment of Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. As a result, the Enterprise Install type enables you to specify several more configuration settings (directory paths, host names, port numbers, and so on) than the Simple Install type.

1.4.2.1 What Is Installed?

The Enterprise Install type does one of the following, depending on which option you choose during the installation:

  • New installation: Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer installs the Oracle Business Intelligence components that you select.

  • Scale out an existing installation: Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer installs all Oracle Business Intelligence components that were installed on the primary host computer of the cluster, which you must specify.

1.4.2.2 What Is Configured?

The Enterprise Install type does one of the following, depending on which option you choose during the installation:

  • New installation: Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer configures the Oracle Business Intelligence components that you select and associates them with the Middleware, Oracle, and WebLogic Server homes that you specify.

  • Scale out an existing installation: Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer configures the same Oracle Business Intelligence components that were configured on the primary host computer, which you must specify.

1.4.3 Software Only Install

The Software Only Install type installs software binary files in an existing Middleware home for later configuration. The Middleware home might have been previously created by another Oracle Fusion Middleware product installation (for example, Oracle SOA Suite). Installing binary files into an existing Middleware home is useful if your goal is to have multiple products share the binary files from a common Middleware home.

The Software Only Install type is required to install Oracle Business Intelligence with your own JDK. See Section 4.2.5, "Installing Oracle Business Intelligence 11g with Your Own Java Development Kit (JDK)."

When you select this installation type, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Installer does not perform any configuration during installation. Instead, after installation, you use the Configuration Assistant to configure the binary files into a new domain and instance home, to scale out, or to extend an empty WebLogic domain. See Section 5.2, "Configuring Oracle Business Intelligence with the Configuration Assistant."

1.5 Oracle Business Intelligence Architecture

The architecture for Oracle Business Intelligence depends on whether the product is installed with the Simple Install type or the Enterprise Install type. With the Enterprise Install type, all architectural components are installed. With the Simple Install type, all architectural components are installed except Node Manager and the Managed Server. Furthermore, with the Simple Install type, components that are typically hosted and executed by the Managed Server are instead hosted and executed by the Administration Server. The following figures highlight these differences.

Figure 1-1 provides the architecture for Oracle Business Intelligence after it is installed with the Simple Install type:

Figure 1-1 Oracle Business Intelligence Architecture for Simple Install

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Description of "Figure 1-1 Oracle Business Intelligence Architecture for Simple Install"

Figure 1-2 provides the architecture for Oracle Business Intelligence after it is installed with the Enterprise Install type.

Figure 1-2 Oracle Business Intelligence Architecture for Enterprise Install

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Description of "Figure 1-2 Oracle Business Intelligence Architecture for Enterprise Install"

1.6 Oracle Business Intelligence Directory Structure

A typical Oracle Business Intelligence installation consists of a Fusion Middleware home and the following main subdirectories:

Figure 1-3 shows the directory structure of a typical Oracle Business Intelligence installation on a single host, using all of the default values.

Figure 1-3 Typical Oracle Business Intelligence Directory Structure

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Description of "Figure 1-3 Typical Oracle Business Intelligence Directory Structure"