5 Next Steps After Configuring the Domain

After you configure a product domain, there are additional tasks that you may want to perform.

5.1 Performing Basic Administrative Tasks

Review the administrative tasks you will likely want to perform on a new domain.

Table 5-1 Basic Administration Tasks for a New Domain

Task Description More Information

Getting familiar with Fusion Middleware administration tools

Get familiar with various tools that you can use to manage your environment.

See Overview of Oracle Fusion Middleware Administration Tools in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Starting and stopping products and servers

Learn how to start and stop Oracle Fusion Middleware, including the Administration Server, Managed Servers, and components.

See Starting and Stopping Oracle Fusion Middleware in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Configuring Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Learn how to set up secure communications between Oracle Fusion Middleware components using SSL.

See Configuring SSL in Oracle Fusion Middleware in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Monitoring Oracle Fusion Middleware

Learn how to keep track of the status of Oracle Fusion Middleware components.

See Monitoring Oracle Fusion Middleware in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Understanding Backup and Recovery Procedures

Learn the recommended backup and recovery procedures for Oracle Fusion Middleware.

See Introduction to Backup and Recovery in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Configuring a system for deployment after installation Configuring metadata and content, general preferences, and default system settings. NA
Configuring security Securing access to the Oracle Business Intelligence system, metadata, and data, configuring Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Single Sign-On (SSO), and integration with identity management systems. NA
Scaling out and configuring for high availability Configuring the Oracle Business Intelligence system for linear scale-out (increasing capacity with more components on a machine) and identifying and removing single points of failure (adding more machines). NA
Managing performance and availability Monitoring service levels and tuning performance. NA
Managing and resolving issues Diagnosing errors and establishing resolutions. NA
Moving a system from test to production Managing the steps for moving from a test to a production environment. NA

5.2 Performing Additional Domain Configuration Tasks

You can add a Web Tier component to your BI domain, such as Oracle HTTP Server.

Table 5-2 lists additional tasks you could perform on your new domain.

Table 5-2 Additional Domain Configuration Tasks

Task Description More Information

Adding a Web Tier front end to your domain

Oracle Web Tier hosts Web pages (static and dynamic), provides security and high performance along with built-in clustering, load balancing, and failover features. In particular, the Web Tier contains Oracle HTTP Server.

To install and configure Oracle HTTP Server in the WebLogic Server domain, see Installing the Oracle HTTP Server Software in Oracle Fusion Middleware Installing and Configuring Oracle HTTP Server.

Also, see Installing Multiple Products in the Same Domain in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware for important information.

5.3 Preparing Your Environment for High Availability

Scaling out for high availability requires additional steps.

Table 5-3 provides a list of tasks to perform if you want to scale out your standard installation environment for high availability.

Table 5-3 Tasks Required to Prepare Your Environment for High Availability

Task Description More Information

Scaling out to multiple host computers

To enable high availability, it is important to provide failover capabilities to another host computer. That way, if one computer goes down, your environment can continue to serve the consumers of your deployed applications.

See Scaling Out a Topology (Machine Scale Out) in the High Availability Guide.

Configuring high availability for your Web Tier components.

If you have added a Web tier front-end, then you must configure the Web Tier for high availability, as well as the WebLogic Server software.

See Configuring High Availability for Web Tier Components in High Availability Guide.

Setting up a front-end load balancer

A load balancer can be used to distribute requests across servers more evenly.

See Server Load Balancing in a High Availability Environment and Configuring Load Balancer Virtual Server Names and Ports in High Availability Guide.

Configuring Node Manager

Node Manager enables you to start, shut down, and restart the Administration Server and Managed Server instances from a remote location. This document assumes you have configured a per-domain Node Manager. Review the Node Manager documentation, for information on advanced Node Manager configuration options and features.

See Advanced Node Manager Configuration in Administering Node Manager for Oracle WebLogic Server.

Configuring high availability for Oracle BI components To configure Oracle BI for high availability, ensure that the system has no single points of failure by scaling out the Oracle BI Server, Presentation Services, and the JavaHost so that you have at least two of each component types, distributed across at least two computers. See Deploying Oracle Business Intelligence for High Availability in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.
Managing performance tuning and query caching For Oracle BI Server database queries to return quickly, the underlying databases must be configured, tuned, and indexed correctly. The BI Server can store query results for reuse by subsequent queries. Query caching can dramatically improve the performance of the system for users, particularly for commonly used dashboards. However, it does not improve performance for most ad-hoc analysis. See Managing Performance Tuning and Query Caching in System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.

5.4 Configuring Visual Analyzer

If you have installed Oracle HTTP Server and Oracle Data Integrator or Oracle Access Management along with Oracle BI, then follow the procedure in this topic to configure Visual Analyzer so that it works properly in this environment. Visual Analyzer is a web-based tool that enables you to explore analytics data visually and on an individual basis.

Complete the following settings:
  1. Change to the following directory:
  2. Locate the following file and open it for editing:
  3. Go to the IfModule weblogic_module section and verify whether the following lines are present:
    WLProxySSLPassThrough On
    WLProxySSL On
    If these lines are not present, append them to the IfModule weblogic_module section. Save and close the file.
  4. Restart the Oracle HTTP Server instance.
  5. Sign in to the WebLogic Console.
  6. From Environment, expand Servers and click bi_server1. From the Protocols tab, go to the HTTP tab.
  7. Verify the Frontend Host setting.
  8. Again, from Environment, expand Servers and click bi_server1. From the Configuration tab, go to the Advanced section.
  9. Set WebLogic Plug-In Enabled field to yes.