Oracle® Application Server 10g Forms and Reports Services Installation Guide
10g (9.0.4) for Microsoft Windows
Part No. B13642-01
Oracle Application Server 10g (9.0.4) Forms and Reports Services allows you to install and configure Forms and Reports Services without the need to install and configure all of Oracle Application Server 10g (9.0.4).
This type of installation is best suited for users who want to upgrade Forms applications to the Grid environment in two phases. In phase one, they move to the Grid environment by upgrading their client/server-based Forms applications to Web-based ones. In phase two, users can then choose to use the services offered by an existing Oracle Application Server Infrastructure installation.
Forms and Reports Services provides no Infrastructure service, such as Single Sign-On or Identity Management integration. However, Infrastructure services are available with the Business Intelligence and Forms Installation type.
Furthermore, it is not possible to associate or link this installation with an Infrastructure at a later point in time.
If you wish to take advantage of Infrastructure features, you will need to install an instance of Oracle Application Server with Business Intelligence and Forms, and move your applications to this new installation.
Oracle Application Server Forms Services deploys Forms applications with database access to Java clients in a Web environment. Oracle Application Server Forms Services automatically optimizes class downloads, network traffic, and interactions with the Oracle database. Forms applications are automatically load-balanced across multiple servers; thus, they can easily scale to service any number of requests.
Oracle Application Server Reports Services provides an easy-to-use, scalable, and manageable solution for high-quality database publishing and reporting. It enables you to implement a multi-tiered architecture for running your reports.
Oracle HTTP Server, built on Apache Web server technology, is the Web server that Oracle Application Server uses. It offers scalability, stability, speed, and extensibility. It also supports Java servlets, Java Server Pages (JSPs), Perl, PL/SQL, and CGI applications.
Oracle Application Server Web Cache is a server-accelerator caching service that improves the performance, scalability, and availability of frequently used Oracle E-business Web sites that run on the Oracle platform. By storing frequently accessed URLs in virtual memory, Oracle Application Server Web Cache eliminates the need to repeatedly process requests for those URLs on the Web server. It also caches both static and dynamically-generated HTTP content from one or more applications Web servers.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Application Server Control (henceforth referred to as Application Server Control) provides you with Web-based management tools that you need to monitor, administer, and configure multiple Oracle Application Server instances and its components. By default, Application Server Control is installed with every instance of Oracle Application Server. You can deploy applications, manage security, and create and manage Oracle Application Server clusters.
The Enterprise Manager Home pages you use to manage Oracle Application Server and its components. These Web pages provide you with a high-level view of your Oracle Application Server environment. From these pages you can drill down for more detailed information on administration, configuration, and performance monitoring. These pages also allow you to administer the application server and its components and deployed applications.
The underlying software technologies that keep track of your application server instances and components. These technologies automatically perform the necessary management tasks. For example, they discover the components of each application server instance, gather, and process performance data, and provide access to application configuration information.
OPMN provides process control and monitoring services for application server instances and their components. It gathers component status information, and distributes the information to the relevant components. The Application Server Control uses OPMN for such tasks as starting and stopping the components of your application server instance.
DCM manages configurations among Oracle Application Server instances that are associated with a common Metadata Repository. It enables cluster-wide deployment of Oracle Application Server; thus, enabling you to deploy an application to one instance and have it automatically propagated to the entire cluster. You can also make a single host or instance configuration change to one instance and have it propagated across all instances in the cluster. Application Server Control uses DCM to make configuration changes and to propagate configuration changes and deployed applications across the cluster.