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Configuration Wizard Differences in Release 8.0

This topic is part of About Configuring Siebel Enterprise Server and Related Components.

The Siebel Configuration Wizards have changed significantly for Siebel Business Applications release 8.0. In other ways, the wizards function similarly to previous releases. Note the following capabilities and characteristics:

  • For many installable components, the Configuration Wizard can be launched from program group shortcuts, as in previous releases. You use the shortcut Siebel Enterprise Configuration for configuring the Siebel Gateway Name Server, creating the Siebel Enterprise, and creating logical profiles for configuring the SWSE.
  • The FastTrack Wizard is now available, which supports streamlined installation and configuration of both Siebel Enterprise Server and Siebel Web Server Extension on a single server machine. For more information, see Installing Using the Siebel FastTrack Wizard.
  • For certain components, you can launch the Configuration Wizard multiple times to perform different tasks and in some cases to reconfigure components previously configured.
  • Configuration Wizards display more explanatory text than in previous releases. For some details formerly documented in this guide, refer to the wizard text itself.
  • Configuration for some components can optionally be done in offline mode (also known as record mode). Using offline mode generates a response file in XML format that can be executed later (in execute mode) to perform actual configuration. Otherwise, configuration is done in real time using live mode (the default). For Siebel Enterprise Server configuration tasks using live mode, you must be connected to the Siebel Gateway Name Server.

    Using response files also facilitates configuration of multiple servers that are to be similarly configured. For example, you can copy a response file created for configuring one Siebel Server, modify the host name and port number details to be suitable for another Siebel Server that is to be similarly configured, and then execute the response file to configure this second Siebel Server.

    Running the Configuration Wizard in execute mode requires that you launch it from the command line (or launch it using Windows shortcuts you created or customized for this purpose).

    NOTE:  For several components, the Configuration Wizard can run in live mode only—including the Database Configuration Wizard and the Configuration Wizards for Management Server (Windows only) and Management Agent.

    Running the Configuration Wizards in offline mode can allow you to practice or rehearse your configuration tasks. Some requirements or validations that may apply in live mode (such as the ability to connect to the Siebel Gateway Name Server or the need to specify an existing defined Siebel Enterprise) do not apply in offline mode.

  • The command-line syntax for running the Configuration Wizard has changed. The syntax is now similar for both Windows and UNIX platforms, because the underlying framework (the configuration engine) is now similar for both platforms. The wizard uses the executable program ssincfgw.exe (Windows) or ssincfgw (UNIX platforms).
  • SWSE logical profiles enable some configuration to be done separately from physical configuration of installed instances of Siebel Web Server Extension (SWSE). SWSE is initially configured through a logical profile, which is then used for physical configuration.

    Before you run the Configuration Wizard for the SWSE, you must have created an SWSE logical profile using the Configuration Wizard available from installing the Siebel Enterprise Server (when Siebel Gateway Name Server is included). When you configure each SWSE instance, you specify the location of the SWSE logical profile you created.

  • Configuration on UNIX platforms has changed. New environment files are generated when you install: cfgenv.csh (for C shell) and (for Bourne shell or Korn shell). On UNIX platforms, before you run the Configuration Wizard to manually configure a Siebel product, you must source the appropriate environment file for your shell type. This step applies only when you manually launch the Configuration Wizard.
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) configuration is now part of Siebel Enterprise Server, Siebel Server, or SWSE configuration tasks. No separate wizards are invoked for this purpose.
  • LDAP/ADSI security adapter configuration is now part of Siebel Enterprise Server or Siebel Server configuration. No separate wizard is used for this purpose.
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