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Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Install Guide
Part Number B40084-01
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Introduction to Installing Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher

Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher offers you the most efficient, scalable reporting solution available for complex, distributed environments. It provides a central architecture for generating and delivering information to employees, customers, and suppliers—both securely and in the right format. Oracle BI Publisher reduces the high costs associated with the development, customization and maintenance of business documents, while increasing the efficiency of reports management.

For the most current information please check:

Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Web Page:

Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Forum:

About the BI Publisher Installer and Installation Options

The Oracle Universal Installer provided can be used to install BI Publisher with its own standalone Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J) instance or to install BI Publisher into an existing Oracle Application Server (or later) Web container. However, you can also deploy BI Publisher on other J2EE application servers, such as Tomcat or Websphere.

BI Publisher has three installation options:

For more information on using the Oracle Universal Installer options, see Installing BI Publisher into Oracle Application Server OC4J

For more information on deploying BI Publisher manually into a supported J2EE application server, please refer to Installing Manually into a J2EE Application Server.

Environment Requirements

As of the initial release, the Oracle BI Publisher installer supports the following operating systems:

To install BI Publisher on an operating system not supported by the installer, use the manual install option.

For the current available installer platforms, see the Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Release Notes (Release on the Oracle Technology Network.

Application Server Requirements

The BI Publisher server is supported in any J2EE application server that supports Java 1.4.2 or Java 5.0 (1.5). The following lists the application servers for which BI Publisher has been certified.

Note: The Basic installation provides a standalone Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J)

Database Requirements

Note: The database is optional, but required for the scheduler schema.

BI Publisher is supported to run against any database that supports JDBC based on Java 1.4.2 or Java 5.0 (1.5). BI Publisher has certified against the following databases as a source of data as well as a database to install and run the BI Publisher Scheduler schema:

Web Browser Requirements

The BI Publisher application requires one of the following Web browsers:

About Oracle BI Publisher Desktop Tools

Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher provides Microsoft Office-based design tools that automate the design process for creating templates for Oracle BI Publisher.

The BI Publisher desktop tools include the following:

The system requirements for the Oracle BI Publisher Desktop tools are:

System Requirements for BI Publisher Desktop Tools
Component Supported Versions
Client Operating System
  • Windows 2000

  • Windows 2003 SP1 (32-bit only)

  • Windows XP SP2 and later

Template Builder for Word Add-in
  • Microsoft Word 2000

  • Microsoft Word 2002

  • Microsoft Word 2003

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

  • Java Runtime or JDK 1.4 or later

Excel Analyzer
(If not installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it the first time you select the Excel Analyzer button from the View Report page.)
  • Microsoft Excel 2000

  • Microsoft Excel 2002

  • Microsoft Excel 2003

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

See the topic Installing Oracle BI Publisher Desktop Tools.

About Postinstallation Tasks

After installing the BI Publisher server, perform the following to complete your installation. These tasks are described in detail in Postinstallation Tasks.