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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Upgrade Guide for Oracle Forms and Reports
11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

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1 Planning an Upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports

This chapter provides information about planning your Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) upgrade.

This chapter contains the following sections:

1.1 Understanding the Supported Starting Points for Upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

If you are running any of the following software versions, you can using the instructions in this guide to upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2):

Note that any upgrade from 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) or 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) will upgrade only Oracle Forms and Reports. Any other components you have configured in your Oracle Application Server 10g environment or in your 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) environment will not be upgraded.

If you have configured any other components in your Oracle Application Server 10g or Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) environment, then carefully review the information in this chapter before starting your upgrade to 11g Release 2 (11.1.2).

1.2 Planning an Upgrade from Oracle Application Server 10g

The following sections will help you plan and set expectations for a successful upgrade from Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2):

1.2.1 Understanding the New Features and Concepts of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

If you are currently using Oracle Application Server 10g and you are unfamiliar with Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, then be aware that Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g introduced many new features and concepts that are different from Oracle Application Server 10g.

For an introduction to Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, refer to the following resources in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g documentation library before you begin the upgrade process:

1.2.2 About the Middle-Tier Components Provided with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) provided users with the following middle-tier components:

  • Oracle Portal

  • Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer

  • Oracle Forms Services

  • Oracle Reports

  • Oracle HTTP Server

  • Oracle Web Cache

Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) provides the following middle-tier components:

  • Oracle Forms Services

  • Oracle Reports

  • Oracle HTTP Server

This document describes how to upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2). The other middle-tier components of Oracle Application Server 10g are not provided in this release and are not upgraded by the Upgrade Assistant.

To understand the impact of the upgrade on the other products you might have configured in your Oracle Application Server 10g environment, carefully review the information in the rest of this chapter before you start your upgrade to 11g Release 2 (11.1.2).

1.3 Planning an Upgrade from Oracle Application Server 11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

If you are currently running any of the Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports, and Discoverer 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) products, then you can upgrade Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) to 11g Release 2 (11.1.2).

However, only the following components can be upgraded to this release:

The other Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports, and Discoverer components are not provided in this release.

To understand the impact of the upgrade on the other products you might have configured in your Oracle Application Server 10g environment, carefully review the information in the rest of this chapter before you start your upgrade to 11g Release 2 (11.1.2).

1.4 Summary of the Impact on Oracle Forms and Reports Related Products

Refer to Table 1-1 for information about the impact of the Oracle Forms and Reports components on the other related Oracle Fusion Middleware products.

Table 1-1 Impact of the Oracle Forms and Reports Upgrade On Related Products

Related Products Impact More information

Oracle Web Cache and Oracle HTTP Server

Oracle Web Cache is not included with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2).

If you are using Oracle Web Cache as a front-end to an Oracle Application Server 10g Oracle HTTP Server instance, then consider your options after upgrade.

Section 1.5, "About Using the Web Tier Components with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)"

Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On

Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) now supports Oracle Access Manager 11g, as well as Oracle Single Sign-On.

If you are currently using Oracle Single Sign-On 10g, then consider upgrading to Oracle Access Manager 11g after you upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports.

If you are not using Single Sign-On currently, but you are planning on using it as part of your upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2), then do not install Oracle Single Sign-On 10g. Use Oracle Access Manager 11g instead.

Section 1.6.2, "About Upgrading Oracle Single Sign-On 10g to Oracle Access Manager 11g"

Oracle Portal and Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer

If you are planning to continue using Oracle Portal and Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer after upgrading to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2), then review several important considerations.

If you are currently using any of the other Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) components, you can upgrade those separately to Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1), using the information in the latest Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) documentation library on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

Section 1.7, "About Using Oracle Portal and Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)"


1.5 About Using the Web Tier Components with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

The following sections describe information about using the Web Tier components when you are planning an upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2):

1.5.1 About Upgrading Oracle HTTP Server with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

The following sections provide information about how your Oracle HTTP Server software is affected by an upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2):

1.5.1.1 Installing Oracle HTTP Server 11g with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

When you install your new Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) software, you can also install Oracle HTTP Server 11g, but only if you select the option to install Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) for a deployment environment, as opposed to a development environment.

For more information, see the Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle Forms and Reports.

1.5.1.2 Upgrading Oracle HTTP Server 10g to Oracle HTTP Server 11g

If you are upgrading from Oracle Application Server 10g, then you can use the Upgrade Assistant to upgrade Oracle HTTP Server 10g to Oracle HTTP Server 11g. However, this upgrade is possible only if Oracle HTTP Server is installed and configured in both the source (10g) Oracle home and in the new destination (11g) Oracle home before you begin the upgrade process.

1.5.1.3 Upgrading Oracle HTTP Server 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

If you are upgrading from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1), then you can use the procedures in this guide to upgrade your Oracle HTTP Server configuration information from your 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) Oracle home to your new Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) Oracle home.

Note that the version of Oracle HTTP Server provided with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) is the same as the version provided with Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1).

1.5.2 Using Oracle Web Cache with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

Oracle Web Cache is not included with the Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) software installation.

Consider the following if you are currently using Oracle Web Cache in your Oracle Forms and Reports installation:

  • If you want to continue using your existing instance of Oracle Web Cache, then you must reconfigure both Oracle HTTP Server and Oracle Web Cache after upgrading to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2).

    This is necessary if you want your existing Oracle Web Cache and Oracle HTTP Server instances to route requests to the newly upgraded Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) software.

    For more information, refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Oracle Web Cache in the latest Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) documentation library.

  • If you are using Oracle Web Cache 10g Release 2 (10.1.2), then you can consider upgrading to Oracle Web Cache 11g Release 1 (11.1.1). This will require installing and configuring a new Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) Web Tier domain and upgrading your current Web Tier installation.

    It will also require reconfiguring your Web Tier components to route requests to your new Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) installation.

    For more information, see "Upgrading a Java EE and Web Server Environment" in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Upgrade Guide for Java EE.

  • If you want to stop using Oracle Web Cache for Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2), then after the upgrade, you must verify that Oracle HTTP Server is accepting all requests and routing them directly to Oracle Forms and Reports without the use of Oracle Web Cache.

    For more information, see the Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Oracle HTTP Server.

1.6 About Using Identity Management and Single Sign-On With Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

Refer to the following sections for more information about the impact of upgrading Oracle Forms and Reports on your existing Oracle Identity Management components:

1.6.1 About Using Oracle Identity Management Products When Upgrading From Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports, and Discoverer 10g

In Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2), the Oracle Identity Management components, such as Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle Directory Integration Platform, Oracle Single Sign-On, and Oracle Delegated Administration Services were available as part of the Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports, and Discoverer suite of products.

In Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, your Oracle Identity Management components are packaged and installed separately, but they still provide the same resources and services.

You can upgrade your Identity Management components to Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) independently of the Oracle Forms and Reports components.

For more information, see the following:

1.6.2 About Upgrading Oracle Single Sign-On 10g to Oracle Access Manager 11g

Oracle Access Manager is a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g that you can use in place of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g to implement centralized authentication, policy-based authorizations, delegated administration, and so on.

One of the main new features of Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) is support for Oracle Access Manager 11g:

If you are currently using Oracle Single Sign-On 10g with your existing Oracle Forms and Reports components, then consider the following information before you upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2):

1.6.2.1 Upgrading Oracle Single Sign-On to Oracle Access Manager 11g After Upgrading Oracle Forms and Reports

To upgrade Oracle Single Sign-On 10g to Oracle Access Manager 11g after your upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2), do the following:

  1. Use the procedures in this book to upgrade Oracle Forms and Reports to 11g Release 2 (11.1.2).

    When you install and configure your new Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) products as part of the upgrade process, associate the new products with the existing Oracle Single Sign-On 10g instance. In some cases, this will require a post-upgrade step where you register the new installation with the existing Oracle Single Sign-On.

  2. After you have successfully upgraded and verified your new 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) installation with Oracle Single Sign-On 10g, then perform the Oracle Single Sign-On 10g to Oracle Access Manager 11g upgrade.

    For more information about upgrading to Oracle Access Manager for your single-sign on solution, see "Upgrading Your Oracle Single Sign-On Environment" in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Upgrade Guide for Oracle Identity Management in the in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g documentation library.

    Note that there are several Oracle Single Sign-On to Oracle Access Manager upgrade scenarios. For example, if you decide to retain Oracle Delegated Administration Services, then refer to the following Oracle Single Sign-On upgrade scenario in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Upgrade Guide for Oracle Identity Management:

    Oracle Delegated Administration Services Required After Upgrading from Oracle Single Sign-On to Oracle Access Manager

1.6.2.2 Configuring Oracle Access Manager 11g Before Upgrading to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

As an alternative to the procedure described in Section 1.6.2.1, "Upgrading Oracle Single Sign-On to Oracle Access Manager 11g After Upgrading Oracle Forms and Reports", you can also use a slightly modify upgrade process:

  1. Install and configure an Oracle Access Manager 11g instance.

    For more information, refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle Identity Management.

  2. Use the procedures in this book and the following information to upgrade to Oracle Forms and Reports to 11g Release 2 (11.1.2):

    During the upgrade process, when you install and configure your new Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) products, use the installer to configure the software to use the Oracle Access Manager 11g instance. In some cases, this will require a post-upgrade step where you must re-register the upgraded products with your Oracle Access Manager 11g instance.

    For more information, refer to Chapter 6, "Post-Upgrade Tasks After Upgrading to Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)".

1.7 About Using Oracle Portal and Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer with Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2)

If your starting point for the Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) upgrade is the complete Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports, and Discoverer suite, then consider the following: