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Oracle® Business Intelligence Installation Guide
10g Release 2 (10.1.2) for AIX 5L Based Systems (64-Bit)
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1 Before You Install

This chapter introduces Oracle Business Intelligence and provides the preinstallation tasks. It includes the following sections:

1.1 About Oracle Business Intelligence

Oracle Business Intelligence is an integrated business intelligence solution that comprises various components. This section discusses the following Oracle Business Intelligence components:

Oracle Application Server Control manages these components for Oracle Business Intelligence.

An Oracle Business Intelligence installation contains the following:

Complementary products for administering and developing business intelligence systems (collectively referred to as Oracle Business Intelligence Tools) are shipped with Oracle Developer Suite.

1.1.1 Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Plus

Discoverer Plus is Oracle's Web-based report authoring tool for business users. It is designed for report creators who need a productive, easy-to-use reporting tool.

In addition to efficient, interactive report layout and formatting capabilities, Discoverer Plus offers business insight through value-added analysis. Users can add totals and percentages to reports with a single mouse click or add data driven "stoplight" formatting to quickly spot trends. Users can even add sophisticated numerical and statistical analysis by leveraging the computational power already built into the Oracle database. Discoverer Plus makes it easy to do this with built-in calculation wizards.

Discoverer Plus OLAP and Discoverer Plus Relational offer users the same easy-to-use report-authoring environment against both OLAP and relational data sources respectively.

For more information about Discoverer Plus, see the Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Plus User's Guide.

1.1.2 Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Viewer

Discoverer Viewer is specifically designed with the business user in mind. Its easy-to-use, pure HTML user interface gives users convenient access to reports from a standard Web browser, without the need to install any additional software on the desktop.

Users can use Discoverer Viewer to analyze the data in worksheets created in Discoverer Plus and Discoverer Desktop. Users can personalize worksheets (for example, by repositioning items) and save their changes.

For more information about Discoverer Viewer, see the Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Viewer User's Guide.

1.1.3 Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Portlet Provider and Discoverer Portlets

Discoverer Portlet Provider enables users to publish any existing Discoverer report to OracleAS Portal, making it easy to create secure and personalized dashboards that track reports and business performance measures.

Discoverer Portlet Provider enables Portal users to publish the following Discoverer portlets:

  • List of Worksheets portlets

  • Worksheet portlets

  • Gauges portlets

Portal users can personalize their Discoverer portlets (for example, by adding stoplight formatting) and save their changes.

Note: To use Discoverer Portlet Provider, the Discoverer system must be associated with an Oracle Application Server Metadata Repository (Version 10.1.2) after installation (for more information, see the Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Configuration Guide).

1.1.4 Reports Services

Oracle Application Server Reports Services provides an easy-to-use, scalable, and manageable solution for high-quality enterprise reporting and publishing. Using Oracle Reports, you can publish data generated by multiple sources in various formats (paper layout, Web, or data interchange format). This provides flexibility in the presentation of data.


Reports Services does not include Report Builder.

For information about detailed Reports Services requirements, refer to Chapter 3, "Detailed Reports Services Requirements").

1.2 Oracle Home Considerations

This section provides information about the coexistence of Oracle products in one Oracle home directory, and guidelines for installing multiple Oracle products on one computer. It includes the following topics:

1.2.1 Oracle Home

Oracle home is the top-level directory in which you install Oracle software. You can install Oracle Business Intelligence into:

  • a new Oracle home

  • an existing Oracle home created when Oracle Business Intelligence Tools was installed

Note that Oracle Business Intelligence 10g (10.1.2) cannot share the same Oracle home with:

  • previous versions of any of its components or with Oracle Developer Suite

  • any Oracle database installations

  • Oracle Application Server Forms and Reports Services 10g standalone server instance

1.2.2 Multiple Oracle Business Intelligence Installations

The following guidelines apply to installing multiple instances of Oracle Business Intelligence 10g (10.1.2) on the same computer. The guidelines also apply to installing Oracle Business Intelligence 10g (10.1.2) on a computer that has existing installations of Oracle Application Server:

  • Make sure you have sufficient disk space to handle all of your installations. See Section 2.1, "Hardware Requirements" to determine the disk space requirements.

  • Install subsequent instances into a different Oracle home directory from the previous one.

1.2.3 Oracle Business Intelligence Installation and Oracle Database

You can install Oracle Business Intelligence on the same computer as an Oracle database (although this is not required). If you want to install Oracle Business Intelligence on a computer on which you have already installed (or plan to install) an Oracle database, note the following:

  • Make sure you have sufficient disk space to handle both installations. See the specific Oracle database installation guide and Section 2.1, "Hardware Requirements" in this guide to determine the total disk space requirements.

  • Install Oracle Business Intelligence into a different Oracle home directory from the Oracle database.

Note: Oracle Business Intelligence cannot share an Oracle home with an Oracle database.

1.3 Preinstallation Tasks

Before installing Oracle Business Intelligence, review the Oracle Business Intelligence Release Notes.

The preinstallation tasks for Oracle Business Intelligence are divided into the following parts:

1.3.1 General Checklist

Ensure that you are logged on to your computer as a member of the local Administrators group.

Stop all Oracle services or Oracle processes, and close all other open applications.

1.3.2 Setting the Locale

The installer user interface language is based on settings in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) locale, which is based on the operating environment locale. To run the installer with a particular locale, set your operating environment's locale before you start the installer.

Table 1-1 lists the locale languages that the installer supports.

Table 1-1 Supported Locale Languages

Language ISO-639 Language Code













Brazilian Portuguese


Simplified Chinese


Traditional Chinese


1.3.3 Component-Specific Preinstallation Tasks

Components that are not listed here have no component-specific preinstallation tasks. Preinstallation Tasks for Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Plus

None. Preinstallation Tasks for Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Viewer

None. Preinstallation Tasks for Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Portlet Provider and Discoverer Portlets

None. Preinstallation Tasks for Reports Services


1.3.4 Information Required During Installation

The installer guides you through the screens that comprise the installation process. Depending on your operating environment and the installation options you select, you need the information listed in Table 1-2.

Table 1-2 Information Required During Installation

Item Example

Name of Oracle Home


Path of Oracle Home


Instance Name


Instance Password


1.4 About the Installer

Oracle Business Intelligence uses Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) to install components and to configure environment variables. The installer guides you through each step of the installation process.

The installer automates the selection of installation options for different operating environments, sets new or detects pre-defined environment variables and configuration settings, and deinstalls existing products.

1.4.1 Directories Used by the Installer

The installer writes files to the directories described in the following table:

Table 1-3 Directories Used by the installer

Directory description Requirements

Oracle home directory

This directory contains Oracle Business Intelligence files. You specify this directory when you install Oracle Business Intelligence. For more information, see Section 1.2, "Oracle Home Considerations".

Inventory directory

The installer uses this directory to keep track of Oracle products that are installed on the computer. For more information, see Section, "The Installer Inventory Directory". The Installer Inventory Directory

The installer creates the inventory directory the first time it runs on your computer. The inventory directory keeps a record of the products that the installer has installed, as well as other installation information. If you have previously installed Oracle products on your computer, then you may already have an inventory directory.

Please review the following information about the inventory directory:

  • Do not delete or alter the inventory directory or its contents. Doing so can prevent the installer from locating products that you have installed on your computer.

  • When you install the first Oracle product on your computer, the installer automatically creates the inventory directory in the root directory as oraInventrory.

The installer writes a log of every Oracle installation to a file in the /logs subdirectory of the inventory directory. The log filename has the format:

installActions year- date_ time.log.

1.4.2 Installer Prerequisite Checks

The installer performs an automatic prerequisite check on your computer before starting the installation. The following table lists the prerequisite checks that the installer performs.

Table 1-4 Prerequisite Checks Performed by the installer

Prerequisite checks See also

Verify the computer can display a minimum of 256 colors

Section 2.1, "Hardware Requirements"

Verify the minimum CPU speed

Section 2.1, "Hardware Requirements"

Verify the operating system requirements

Section 2.2, "Software Requirements"