Setting up Oracle WebCenter Sources

Use the WebCenter connector to connect to and search for documents within Oracle WebCenter 11g.

To set up the connector, you must define the source parameters for the connector and set up an authorization management system using an authorization plug-in.

The authorization plug-in enables Oracle SES to determine the access rights that each user has for different documents and data within WebCenter 11g. Usually, all users may not have access to the entire data and document set within the application. Instead, each user may have access to a limited set of documents and data.


A WebCenter source uses an Oracle Internet Directory (OID) identity plug-in by default. Hence, you need not explicitly set up an identity plug-in for a WebCenter source.

Defining a WebCenter Source

A WebCenter source can be defined from the Source page. After you define the source, you can search for documents within the application.

To create a WebCenter source:

  1. On the Home page, click the Sources subtab.

    This opens the Sources page.

  2. From Source Type list, select Oracle WebCenter and click Create.

    This opens the Create Source page, which guides you through a multi-step procedure to enter source and authorization parameters.

  3. On the Create Source page, enter the source parameter values listed in Table 9-17.

  4. Click Next and specify values for the authorization parameters listed in Table 9-18.

  5. Click Create & Customize to create the source.

Table 9-17 WebCenter Connector Source Parameters

Parameter Description

Configuration URL

URL of the XML configuration file providing details of the source, such as the data feed type, location, security attributes, and so on. The URL is a HTTP URL accessible over HTTP. Obtain this file from the WebCenter application administrator.

Authentication Type

Enter the value NATIVE.

User ID

User ID to access the data feeds. The access details of the data feed are specified in the configuration file. The user id can be obtained from Fusion administrator.


User password.


The realm of the application serving the feeds. The parameter is usually left blank.

Oracle SSO Login URL

Oracle Single Sign-On login URL that protects all Single Sign-On applications. Leave the parameter blank.

Oracle SSO Action URL

Oracle Single Sign-On action URL that authenticates Single Sign-On user credentials. Leave the parameter blank.

Scratch Directory

Local directory where status files can be temporarily written.

Maximum number of connection attempts

Maximum number of connection attempts to access data feed or upload status feed.

Table 9-18 WebCenter Connector Authorization Parameters

Parameter Description

Authorization Endpoint

URL servicing the lookup of authorization information.


Realm of the application serving the authorization information.

User ID

User ID to authenticate to the authorization URL.


Password to authenticate to the authorization URL.

Authorization User ID Format

Format of the active identity plug-in user ID that is used by the WebCenter authorization endpoint. For example, this can be the username, email ID, or nickname.


In previous releases, the base path of Oracle SES was referred to as ORACLE_HOME. In Oracle SES release 11g, the base path is referred to as ORACLE_BASE. This represents the Software Location that you specify at the time of installing Oracle SES.

ORACLE_HOME now refers to the path ORACLE_BASE/seshome.

For more information about ORACLE_BASE, see "Conventions".