4 Using the Enterprise Deployment Workbook

This chapter introduces the Enterprise Deployment Workbook; it describes how you can use the workbook to plan an enterprise deployment for your organization.

This chapter provides an introduction to the Enterprise Deployment workbook, use cases and information on who should use the Enterprise Deployment workbook.

4.1 Introduction to the Enterprise Deployment Workbook

This section provides a brief introduction of the enterprise deployment workbook.

The Oracle Fusion Middleware Enterprise Deployment Workbook is a companion document to this guide. It is a spreadsheet that can be used by architects, system engineers, database administrators, and others to plan and record all the details for an environment installation (such as server names, URLs, port numbers, installation paths, and other resources).

The Enterprise Deployment Workbook serves as a single document you can use to track input variables for the entire process, allowing for:

  • Separation of tasks between architects, system engineers, database administrators, and other key organizational roles

  • Comprehensive planning before the implementation

  • Validation of planned decisions before actual implementation

  • Consistency during implementation

  • A record of the environment for future use

4.2 Typical Use Case for Using the Workbook

This section lists the roles and tasks involved in a typical use case of the enterprise deployment workbook.

A typical use case for the Enterprise Deployment Workbook involves the following roles and tasks, in preparation for an Oracle Fusion Middleware enterprise deployment:

  • Architects read through the first five chapters of this guide, and fill in the corresponding sections of the Workbook.

  • The Workbook is validated by other architects and system engineers.

  • The architect uses the validated workbook to initiate network and system change requests with system engineering departments;

  • The Administrators and System Integrators who are installing and configuring the software refer to the workbook and the subsequent chapters of this guide to perform the installation and configuration tasks.

4.3 Using the Oracle SOA Suite Enterprise Deployment Workbook

This section provides details for using the enterprise deployment workbook.

The following sections provide an introduction to the location and contents of the Oracle SOA Suite Enterprise Deployment Workbook:

4.3.1 Locating the Oracle SOA Suite Enterprise Deployment Workbook

The Oracle SOA Suite Enterprise Deployment Workbook is available as a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet in the Oracle Fusion Middleware documentation library. It is available as a link on the Install, Patch, and Upgrade page of the library.

4.3.2 Understanding the Contents of the Oracle SOA Suite Enterprise Deployment Workbook

The following sections describe the contents of the Oracle SOA Suite Enterprise Deployment Workbook. The workbook is divided into tabs, each containing a set of related variables and values you will need to install and configure the Enterprise Deployment topologies. Using the Start Tab

The Start tab of the Enterprise Deployment Workbook serves as a table of contents for the rest of the workbook. You can also use it to identify the people who will be completing the spreadsheet.

The Start tab also provides a key to identify the colors used to identify workbook fields that need values, as well as those that are provided for informational purposes.

The following image shows the Start tab of the spreadsheet. Using the Hardware - Host Computers Tab

The Hardware - Host Computers tab lists the host computers required to install and configure the Oracle SOA Suite Enterprise Deployment Topology.

The reference topologies typically require a minimum of six host computers: two for the Web tier, two for the application tier, and two for the Oracle RAC database on the data tier. If you decide to expand the environment to include more systems, add a row for each additional host computer.

The Abstract Host Name is the name used throughout this guide to reference the host. For each row, procure a host computer, and enter the Actual Host Name. You can then use the actual host name when any of the abstract names is referenced in this guide.

For example, if a procedure in this guide references SOAHOST1, you can then replace the SOAHOST1variable with the actual name provided on the Hardware - Host Computers tab of the workbook.

For easy reference, Oracle also recommends that you include the IP address, Operating System (including the version), number of CPUs, and the amount of RAM for each host. This information can be useful during the installation, configuration, and maintenance of the enterprise deployment.

For more information, see Preparing the Host Computers for an Enterprise Deployment. Using the Network - Virtual Hosts & Ports Tab

The Network - Virtual Hosts & Ports tab lists the virtual hosts that must be defined by your network administrator before you can install and configure the enterprise deployment topology.

The port numbers are important for several reasons. You must have quick reference to the port numbers so you can access the management consoles; the firewalls must also be configured to allow network traffic via specific ports.

Each virtual host, virtual IP address, and each network port serves a distinct purpose in the deployment. For more information, see Preparing the Load Balancer and Firewalls for an Enterprise Deployment.

In the Network - Virtual Hosts table, review the items in the Abstract Virtual Host or Virtual IP Name column. These are the virtual host and virtual IP names used in the procedures in this guide. For each abstract name, enter the actual virtual host name defined by your network administrator. Whenever this guide references one of the abstract virtual host or virtual IP names, replace that value with the actual corresponding value in this table.

Similarly, in many cases, this guide assumes you are using default port numbers for the components or products you install and configure. However, in reality, you will likely have to use different port numbers. Use the Network - Port Numbers table to map the default port values to the actual values used in your specific installation. Using the Storage - Directory Variables Tab

As part of preparing for an enterprise deployment, it is assumed you will be using a standard directory structure, which is recommended for Oracle enterprise deployments.

In addition, procedures in this book reference specific directory locations. Within the procedures, each directory is assigned a consistent variable, which you should replace with the actual location of the directory in your installation.

For each of the directory locations listed on this tab, provide the actual directory path in your installation.

In addition, for the application tier, it is recommended that many of these standard directories be created on a shared storage device. For those directories, the table also provides fields so you can enter the name of the shared storage location and the mount point used when you mounted the shared location.

For more information, see Preparing the File System for an Enterprise Deployment. Using the Database - Connection Details Tab

When you are installing and configuring the enterprise deployment topology, you will often have to make connections to a highly available Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) database. In this guide, the procedures reference a set of variables that identify the information you will need to provide to connect to the database from tools, such as the Configuration Wizard and the Repository Creation Utility.

To be sure you have these values handy, use this tab to enter the actual values for these variables in your database installation.

For more information, see Preparing the Database for an Enterprise Deployment.

4.4 Who Should Use the Enterprise Deployment Workbook?

The information in the Enterprise Deployment Workbook is divided into categories. Depending on the structure of your organization and roles defined for your team, you can assign specific individuals in your organization to fill in the details of the workbook. Similarly the information in each category can be assigned to the individual or team responsible for planning, procuring, or setting up each category of resources.

For example, the workbook can be filled in, reviewed, and used by people in your organization that fill the following roles:

  • Information Technology (IT) Director

  • Architect

  • System Administrator

  • Network Engineer

  • Database Administrator