B Installer Screens Common to All Oracle Fusion Middleware Suites

This chapter describes the following installation screens, that are common to all the Oracle Fusion Middleware product installers:

B.1 Specify Inventory Location

If this is your first Oracle installation on a host that is running UNIX or Linux system software, you must use this screen to specify the location of the Oracle inventory directory.

The inventory directory is used by the installer to keep track of all Oracle products installed on the computer.

The following table describes the fields on this screen.

Field Description

Inventory Directory

Use this field to identify the complete path for the new Oracle inventory directory that is created.

By default, the installer assumes you create the Oracle inventory in a directory, based on the following environment variable and path:


If this location is not appropriate for your environment, enter a new path for the location of the inventory directory.

Note that the inventory directory eventually contains many files, including log files for each Oracle software installation you perform on this computer.

Operating System Group Name

From the Operating System Group drop-down menu, select the group whose members you want to grant access to the inventory directory; all members of this group will be able to install products on this computer.

B.2 Inventory Location Confirmation

This dialog appears only on UNIX systems. It prompts you to run a shell script that will create the Oracle inventory in the location you specified on the Inventory Location screen.

You must have root privileges to run the script.

If you do not have root privileges, but you want to continue with the installation, select Continue Installation with Local Inventory.

Note that the preferred method of managing your Oracle installations is to create a central inventory directory with the shell script. If you create a central inventory directory, then the next time you install any Oracle software on this computer, the installer will automatically locate and update the inventory without prompting you. The installer uses the inventory to identify what Oracle software is installed. It also saves all your installation log files to the inventory location.

If you do not run the script and use a local inventory, a local copy of the inventory is created for this specific installation only. If you later run the installer to install additional Oracle software, the installer will again prompt you to create an inventory.

B.3 Welcome

This screen introduces you to the Oracle Fusion Middleware installer and provides two important pieces of information:

  • A navigation pane on the left that summarizes the tasks the installer will help you complete. Each item in the navigation pane represents a specific installer screen that will prompt you for information required to install the software.

  • Information about any prerequisites you might need to perform before continuing with the installation.

Review the information on this screen carefully to be sure you have performed all the necessary prerequisites.

If you are not sure about any of the prerequisite tasks, refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Planning Guide, as well as the Installation Guide for the specific Oracle Fusion Middleware software you are about to install.

B.4 Prerequisite Checks

This screen analyzes the host computer to ensure that specific operating system prerequisites have been met.

If any of the prerequisite checks fail, then a short error message appears in the bottom portion of the screen. Fix the error and click Retry to try again. If you want to ignore the error or warning messages and continue with the installation, click Continue.

Click Abort to stop prerequisite checking for all components.

More About System Requirements and Prerequisites

Note that before performing any installation you should read the system requirements and certification documentation to ensure that your environment meets the minimum installation requirements for the products you are installing. Both of these documents are available on Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

The system requirements document covers information such as hardware and software requirements, minimum disk space and memory requirements, and required system libraries, packages, or patches:


The certification document covers supported installation types, platforms, operating systems, databases, JDKs, and third-party products:


About 32-Bit and 64-Bit Installers

Some Oracle Fusion Middleware products provide separate installers for 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems. For those products, be sure to use the appropriate installer for the operating system you are using.

For more information, refer to the information on this topic in the System Requirements and Specifications on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):


B.5 Security Updates

Use this screen to enter your My Oracle Support account information so you can receive the latest product information and security updates through your My Oracle Support account.

The following table describes the fields on this screen.

Element Description


Enter the email address you used to register with My Oracle Support.

I wish to receive security updates through My Oracle Support

Select this option to indicate that you have a My Oracle Support account and that you want to receive updates through My Oracle Support.

My Oracle Support Password

Enter the password for your My Oracle Support account.

If you do not want to register for security updates or if you do not have a My Oracle Support account, then leave all the fields on this screen empty. You will be prompted to confirm your selection; click Yes in the dialog box.

B.6 Software Updates

Use this screen to quickly and easily search for the latest software updates, including important security updates, through your My Oracle Support account.

The following table describes the fields on this screen.

Element Description

Skip Software Updates

Select this option to skip this screen. The installer will not check for updates that might be applicable to the current product installation.

Search My Oracle Support for Updates

If you have a My Oracle Support account, then select this option to have the installer automatically search My Oracle Support for software updates that apply to the software products are about to install.

Enter your My Oracle Support account name and password, and then click Search for Updates.

The installer automatically downloads applicable software updates from My Oracle Support.

Before you search for updates, you can test your login credentials and the connection to My Oracle Support by clicking Test Connection. Click Proxy Settings to configure a proxy server if one is required.

Search Local Directory for Updates

Select this option if you already downloaded the latest software updates and you want the installer to search a local directory for updates applicable to the products you are about to install.

When you select this option, the installer displays an additional field and Browse button that you can use to identify the local directory where your updates are located.

B.7 Installation Location

Use this screen to identify where you want to install your Oracle Fusion Middleware software.

The following table describes the fields that might appear on this page.


  • Depending upon the type of installation you are performing one or more of the fields shown here might not appear on this screen. Each Fusion Middleware component has different requirements for determining where the software is installed.

  • If you are installing a Patch Set, then you must specify an existing Middleware home that contains the Oracle home that will be patched.

  • If you are performing an installation on a Windows operating system, be sure that your directory paths are valid and do not contain double backslashes (\\).

Field Description

Oracle Middleware Home Location

Use this field to specify the location of your Oracle Middleware home directory.

  • If you are using Oracle WebLogic Server as your application server:

    In the Oracle Middleware Home field, specify the absolute path to your existing Oracle Middleware home directory; this is the directory that was created when you installed Oracle WebLogic Server. If you do not know the full path to your Middleware home, you can click Browse to select an existing directory in your system.

  • If you are using IBM WebSphere as your application server:

    In the Oracle Middleware Home field, specify the absolute path to the directory you want to use as the Middleware home. This directory has no relation to the location of your WebSphere installation. If you specify a directory location that does not already exist, the installer will create the directory for you.

Oracle Home Directory

The Oracle home directory is where your products will be installed. All software binary files will reside in this directory, and no run-time process can write to this directory.

Specify the directory inside the Oracle Middleware home where you want to install your products, but note the following:

  • If you specify a new directory, it will be created inside the Middleware home.

  • If you specify a directory that already exists (for example, you are reinstalling due of an incomplete previous installation), then it must be inside the Oracle Middleware home.

  • If you are using the Oracle Fusion Middleware Application Developer installer, then all the binary files are installed into the Oracle Common home.

  • If you are using a Patch Set installer, the installer will verify that the Oracle home you selected is compatible with the patch set installer you have selected. For example, you cannot patch an Oracle Identity Management Oracle home with the Oracle SOA Suite patch set installer.

WebLogic Server Location

The directory name for your WebLogic Server home. This directory will automatically be created inside the Middleware home. The default name for this directory is "wlserver_" followed by the version number. For example, wlserver_10.3.

Oracle Instance Location

Enter the absolute path to the location where you want to create the Oracle Instance directory. The Installer creates the Oracle Instance directory using the location you enter in this field and using the name you enter in the Oracle Instance Name field. You can enter the path of an existing directory, but the directory must be empty.

The Installer installs the component's configuration files and run-time processes in the Oracle Instance directory. Run-time components will write only to this directory. The directory that you identify for the Oracle Instance can be located anywhere on your system, and does not need to be inside the Oracle Middleware home.

Oracle Instance Name

Enter a name for the Oracle Instance directory. The Installer uses the name you enter in this field to create the Oracle Instance directory at the location you specify in the Oracle Instance Location field. This directory is commonly referred to as ORACLE_INSTANCE.

Instance names are important because Oracle Fusion Middleware uses them to uniquely identify instances. If you install multiple Oracle Fusion Middleware instances on the same computer, for example, an Oracle Identity Management instance and an Oracle WebLogic Server instance, you must give them different names.

The name you enter for the Oracle Instance directory must:

  • Contain only alphanumeric and underscore (_) characters

  • Begin with an alphabetic character (a-z or A-Z)

  • Consist of 4-30 characters

  • Not contain the host name or IP address of the computer


If you are installing the Oracle Discoverer Desktop or Oracle Discoverer Admin applications, use this field to enter the location where the applications will be installed.

Enter the absolute path for the Oracle Home location. This is the directory where the software binary files reside; no run-time processes may write to this directory. The specified directory must be an empty directory or an existing Oracle Home location.

For more information about the Middleware home and the Oracle home requirements, see "Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware Concepts and Directory Structure" in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Planning Guide.

B.8 Application Server

Use this screen to select the application server you want to use for this installation.

  • If the installer detects a Middleware home with Oracle WebLogic Server installed, then this is the application server that will be used. All other fields in this screen will be inactive.

  • If the installer detects a Middleware home without an Oracle WebLogic Server installed, you must select one of the application server options and then provide its location in the Application Server Location field.

  • If the installer does not detect a Middleware home directory, the "WebLogic Server" option will be inactive. You must select "WebSphere" and then provide the location of your IBM WebSphere in the Application Server Location field.

B.9 Installation or Configuration Summary

This screen summarizes the selections you have made during the installation or configuration session.

Note that some Oracle Fusion Middleware installers allow you to install and configure the products as part of the installation process. As a result, the installation summary page is sometimes referred to as the configuration summary page.

In either case, this screen provides the following information:

  • The location of your installation

  • How much disk space will be used for the installation

  • The applications you have selected for installation

Review the information on this screen to verify the options you have selected before the installation or configuration begins.

If you want to make any changes to the configuration before starting the installation or configuration, use the navigation pane to select the Installer screen you want to return to and edit.

If you want to save this installation or configuration to a text file (called a response file), click Save. The resulting response file can be used later if you choose to perform the same installation from the command line. See the section on "Silent Installation" in your component-specific installation guide for more information.

B.10 Installation Progress

This screen shows you the progress of the installation.

To quit before the installation is completed, click Cancel. Doing so will result in a partial installation; the portion of the software that was installed on your system before you canceled the installation will remain on your system, and you will have to remove it manually.

B.11 Configuration Progress

This screen shows you the progress of your software configuration.

This screen is divided into the following main parts:

  • The navigation pane on the left, which shows you where you are in the overall installation and configuration process.

  • A list of configuration tools that can be expanded and collapsed to show either the overall progress of the configuration or a more detailed listing of the progress of each configuration tool.

  • A set of control buttons (Abort, Retry, and Continue), which you can use in the event of a configuration tool failure.

  • The name and location of the configuration log file.

  • A summary of the results for each configuration tool, which includes any error messages generated by the failure of a configuration tool.

If an error occurs while any of the configuration tools are running, the installer identifies the configuration tool, stops, and alerts you of the problem. You can do the following:

  • Expand the list in the results section of the page, so you can see the error message that was generated.

  • Leave the installer running and use another terminal window to review the configuration log file.

  • Refer to the Installation documentation for more information.

  • If possible, address the problem and use the control buttons to determine your next action, as described in the following table.

Element Description


Click this button to abort the installation and configuration of the Fusion Middleware software. This action closes the installer.


Click this button to retry the failed configuration tool. If you were able to identify and address the error, then use this button to try the configuration tool again.


Click this button to ignore the error and continue with the rest of the configuration tools. This is the equivalent of skipping the configuration tool that generated the error.

B.12 Installation Complete

This screen summarizes the installation that was just completed.

To save this summary information to a text file for future reference, click Save.

For some Oracle Fusion Middleware installers, you can also save the configuration information to a text file.

Click Finish to dismiss the screen and end your installation session.