5 Maintaining Portal Framework Applications

The chapter describes what system administrators can do to keep Portal Framework applications up and running.

This chapter includes the following topic:


To perform the tasks in this chapter, you must be granted the following roles:

  • WebLogic Server: Admin role granted through the Oracle WebLogic Server Administration Console.

    Users with this role are also known as Fusion Middleware administrators.

  • Portal Framework application: Administrator role granted through the Administration Console.

    Users with this role are also known as Portal Framework administrators.

See also, Section 1.8, "Understanding Administrative Operations, Roles, and Tools."

Oracle WebCenter Portal's out-of-the-box portal application "WebCenter Portal" requires some special maintenance tasks that your own Portal Framework applications do not. To see a comprehensive list of these tasks, see Chapter 3, "Maintaining WebCenter Portal."

5.1 System Administration for Portal Framework Applications (Roadmap)

The roadmap in Table 5-1 outlines typical tasks that a system administrator might perform to keep a Portal Framework application up and running.

If the Portal Framework application must temporarily shut down for maintenance, ensure that a suitable message displays to any users who attempt to access the application while it is offline.

Table 5-1 Roadmap - Maintaining Portal Framework Applications

Tasks Documentation Role

Stop and start the managed server

Restart the managed server on which the Portal Framework application is deployed to effect configuration changes or for routine maintenance:

Fusion Middleware Admin

Stop and start the Portal Framework application

Shut down the application for maintenance purposes and then restart the application:

Fusion Middleware Admin

Maintain back-end services

Add, modify, and delete connections through the Fusion Middleware Control Console:

Fusion Middleware Admin

  • Content Repositories

  • Mail Servers

  • BPEL Servers

  • Collaboration

  • Secure Enterprise Search

  • Analytics

  • Activity Graph


Maintain external applications and portlet producers

Add, modify, and delete connections through Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control Console. See:

Fusion Middleware Admin

  • External Applications

  • Portlet Producers


Reassociate your identity, policy and credential stores

Reassociate your identity or policy stores:

See also Oracle Fusion Middleware Application Security Guide.

Fusion Middleware Admin

Reconfigure the MDS repository

Fusion Middleware Admin

Reconfigure WebCenter Portal repository


Export Portal Framework application data

Migrate data to a remote instance or between stage and production environments:

See also, "Managing Export, Import, Backup, and Recovery for Portal Framework Applications"

Fusion Middleware Admin

Import Portal Framework application data

Use the import facility to move content to a remote instance or between stage and production environments:

Fusion Middleware Admin

View and manage log files

Identify and diagnose problems through log files. Portal Framework application logs record all types of events, including startup and shutdown information, errors, warnings, and other information:

Fusion Middleware Admin

Monitor performance

Analyze the performance of the Portal Framework application and monitor its current status through Fusion Middleware Control Console:

Fusion Middleware Admin

Tune application properties

Reconfigure performance related parameters for the WebCenter Portal environment, application, and tools/services:

Fusion Middleware Admin

Perform application administrative tasks through the application's Administration Console

Perform application administrative duties:

  • Set application-level preferences

  • Manage users and grant application roles

  • Manage and configure application assets

  • Manage and configure content

  • Manage and configure portlet producers

  • Manage and configure external applications

  • Create and manage polls

See: Administering Portal Framework Applications Using the Administration Console

Portal Framework Application Admin