1 Introduction to Administering Oracle WebCenter Content

This chapter provides an introduction to the Oracle WebCenter Content system and to basic system administration tasks.

This chapter covers the following topics:

1.1 Introduction to Oracle WebCenter Content

Oracle WebCenter Content enables users to manage documents, images, records, and rich media files with end-to-end content life cycle management from creation to archiving.

The WebCenter Content system by default includes the Oracle WebCenter Content Server, which provides core content management functions and features supporting a wide variety of functionality for managing content, images, digital assets, records, content conversion, and the desktop experience.

For more information about WebCenter Content concepts and applications, see Overview of Oracle WebCenter Content in Understanding Oracle WebCenter Content Concepts.

1.1.1 Content Server

The Content Server is the foundation for a variety of WebCenter Content management features. It provides a flexible, secure, centralized, web-based repository that manages all phases of the content life cycle from creation and approval to publishing, searching, expiration, and archiving or disposition.

WebCenter Content administration involves configuring and managing the Content Server, including the system database, and other software such as Oracle software for user authentication and authorization, Oracle Fusion Middleware for domain-level system control and monitoring, and other software as needed to maintain optimal system performance.

WebCenter Content administration includes using Content Server components which provide advanced functionality for managing system features. Some components are automatically enabled in the WebCenter Content system and some are available to be enabled after system installation. Content Server also provides software that can be used to create customized components. For details on customizing components, see Getting Started with Content Server Components in Developing with Oracle WebCenter Content.

1.1.2 Content Management

The content repository is the heart of the WebCenter Content system. Content can take many forms such as documents, records, images, and audio files. All content checked in to the system is stored in the repository, and from there it can be managed by users with the appropriate permissions to that content.

Every contributor throughout an organization can easily contribute content from native desktop applications, efficiently manage business content through use of rich library services, and securely access that content anywhere using a web browser.

All content, regardless of content type, is stored in the web repository or database for management, reuse and access. While stored in the repository, all types of content ranging from email, discussions, documents, reports, spreadsheets, and records to images, multimedia or other digital formats receive the same set of fundamental core services.

WebCenter Content administration involves managing internal features and applications to support content conversion, workflow, metadata, records management, and so forth. See Introduction to Oracle WebCenter Content Features in Managing Oracle WebCenter Content.

1.2 Basic Tasks for Administering Oracle WebCenter Content

The roadmap in Table 1-1 outlines typical tasks that a system administrator might perform to manage WebCenter Content after the application has been installed and the initial configuration completed.

For details about installing WebCenter Content, see Installing the Oracle WebCenter Content Software in Installing and Configuring Oracle WebCenter Content.

Table 1-1 Roadmap - Administering Oracle WebCenter Content

Task Documentation

Stop and start the managed server

Restart the Oracle WebLogic Server managed server on which the Oracle WebCenter Content application is deployed to effect configuration changes or for routine maintenance:

Monitor performance

Analyze the performance of the WebCenter Content application and monitor its current status:

View and manage log files

Identify and diagnose problems through log files. WebCenter Content logs record many types of events, including startup and shutdown information, errors, warnings, and other information:

Load content into the repository

Load a quantity of content into the Content Server repository using a Content Server application:

Backup and migrate data

Archive, restore, and migrate Content Server metadata and content:

Tune application properties

Configure or reconfigure performance related settings for the WebCenter Content environment and Content Server:

Tune security properties

Configure or reconfigure security related settings for the WebCenter Content environment and Content Server:

Note that by default users, groups, and accounts are managed through a selected LDAP provider, Oracle WebLogic Server, and other Oracle security software. Some configuration may be performed with Content Server security settings.

Configure related applications

Configure or reconfigure related applications: