3 Installing the Oracle Business Intelligence Software

Follow the steps in this section to install the Oracle Business Intelligence software.

Before beginning the installation, ensure that you have verified the prerequisites and completed all steps covered in Preparing to Install and Configure Oracle Business Intelligence.

3.1 Verifying the Installation Checklist

The installation process requires specific information.

Table 3-1 lists important items that you must know before, or decide during, Oracle Business Intelligence installation.

Table 3-1 Installation Checklist

Information Example Value Description



Environment variable that points to the Java JDK home directory.

Database host


Name and domain of the host where the database is running.

Database port


Port number that the database listens on. The default Oracle database listen port is 1521.

Database service name


Oracle databases require a unique service name. The default service name is orcl.

DBA username


Name of user with database administration privileges. The default DBA user on Oracle databases is SYS.

DBA password


Password of the user with database administration privileges.



Directory in which you will install your software.

This directory will include Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure and Oracle Business Intelligence, as needed.

WebLogic Server hostname


Host name for Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Business Intelligence consoles.

Console port


Port for Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Business Intelligence consoles.



Location in which your domain data is stored.



Location in which your application data is stored.

Administrator user name for your WebLogic domain


Name of the user with Oracle WebLogic Server administration privileges. The default administrator user is weblogic.

Administrator user password


Password of the user with Oracle WebLogic Server administration privileges.



Path to the Repository Creation Utility (RCU).

RCU schema prefix


Prefix for names of database schemas used by Oracle Business Intelligence.

RCU schema password


Password for the database schemas used by Oracle Business Intelligence.

Configuration utility


Path to the Configuration Wizard for domain creation and configuration.

Configuration Assistant


Path to the Configuration Assistant for domain creation and configuration. Oracle recommends that you use the Configuration Assistant to configure your BI domain.

3.2 Starting the Installation Program

You can start the installation program on UNIX or Windows.

To start the installation program:

  1. Sign in to the host system.
  2. Go to the directory where you downloaded the installation program.
  3. Enter the following command:
    • (UNIX) ./fmw_12.

    • (Windows) setup_fmw_12.


    You will not be able to execute ./fmw_12. if it does not have execute permission. Make sure to check and grant execute permission before running this command.

    When the installation program appears, you are ready to begin the installation.

3.3 Navigating the Installation Screens

The installer shows a series of screens where you verify or enter information.

The following table lists the order in which installer screens appear. If you need additional help with an installation screen, click Help.

Table 3-2 Oracle Business Intelligence Install Screens

Screen Description

Installation Inventory Setup

On UNIX operating systems, this screen opens if this is the first time you are installing any Oracle product on this host. Specify the location where you want to create your central inventory. Make sure that the operating system group name selected on this screen has write permissions to the central inventory location.

For more about the central inventory, see About the Oracle Central Inventory in Installing Software with the Oracle Universal Installer.

This screen does not appear on Windows operating systems.


Review the information to make sure that you have met all the prerequisites, then click Next.

Auto Updates

Select to skip automatic updates, select patches, or search for the latest software updates, including important security updates, through your My Oracle Support account.

Installation Location

Specify your Oracle home directory location.

You can click View to verify and ensure that you are installing Oracle Business Intelligence in the correct Oracle home.

Installation Type

Use this screen to select the type of installation and consequently, the products and feature sets you want to install. For this topology, select BI Platform Distribution with Samples.

Prerequisite Checks

This screen verifies that your system meets the minimum necessary requirements.

To view the list of tasks that gets verified, select View Successful Tasks. To view log details, select View Log. If any prerequisite check fails, then an error message appears at the bottom of the screen. Fix the error and click Rerun to try again. To ignore the error or the warning message and continue with the installation, click Skip (not recommended).

Installation Summary

Use this screen to verify installation options you selected. If you want to save these options to a response file, click Save Response File and enter the response file location and name. The response file collects and stores all the information that you have entered, and enables you to perform a silent installation (from the command line) at a later time.

Click Install to begin the installation.

Installation Progress

This screen shows the installation progress.

When the progress bar reaches 100% complete, click Finish to dismiss the installer, or click Next to see a summary.

Installation Complete

This screen displays the Installation Location and the Feature Sets that are installed. Review this information and click Finish to close the installer.

3.4 Verifying the Installation

After you complete the installation, verify it was successful by completing a series of tasks.

3.4.1 Reviewing the Installation Log Files

Review the contents of the installation log files to make sure that the installer did not encounter any problems.

By default, the installer writes logs files to the Oracle_Inventory_Location/logs (on UNIX operating systems) or Oracle_Inventory_Location\logs (on Windows operating systems) directory.

For a description of the log files and where to find them, see Installation Log Files in Installing Software with the Oracle Universal Installer.

3.4.2 Checking the Directory Structure

The contents of your installation vary based on the options that you selected during the installation.

See What Are the Key Oracle Fusion Middleware Directories? in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.

3.4.3 Viewing the Contents of the Oracle Home

You can view the contents of the Oracle home directory by using the viewInventory script.

See Viewing the Contents of an Oracle Home in Installing Software with the Oracle Universal Installer.

3.5 Checking the Directory Structure

After you install Oracle Business Intelligence, you should see the directory structure as shown in this topic. The contents of your installation vary based on the options you selected during the installation.

To see the directory structure:
  1. Change to the ORACLE_HOME directory where you installed BI.
  2. Enter the following command:
    ls --format=single-column
    The directory structure on your system should match the structure shown in the following example:

See What are the Key Oracle Fusion Middleware Directories? in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.