1 About the Oracle Business Intelligence Installation

The standard installation for Oracle Business Intelligence described in this guide creates the standard topology, which represents a sample starting topology for this product.

1.1 Introduction to Installing a Production Environment

This guide describes how to use Oracle Business Intelligence distribution to install and configure a standard installation topology as a starting point for a production environment.

To install Oracle BI in a production environment, Oracle recommends that you download, install, and configure Oracle BI on a single host, by following the instructions given in this guide.

See Understanding the Business Intelligence Enterprise Deployment Topology in Enterprise Deployment Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence.

1.2 Using the Standard Installation Topology as a Starting Point

The standard installation topology is a flexible topology that you can use as a starting point in production environments.

The information in this guide helps you to create a standard installation topology for Oracle Business Intelligence. If required, you can later extend the standard installation topology to create a secure and highly available production environment, see Next Steps After Configuring the Domain.

The standard installation topology represents a sample topology for this product. It is not the only topology that this product supports. See About the Standard Installation Topology in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

1.2.1 About the Business Intelligence Standard Installation Topology

This topology represents a standard WebLogic Server domain that contains an Administration Server and a cluster that contains two Managed Servers.

The following figure shows the standard installation topology for Business Intelligence.

See Table 1-1 for information on the elements for this topology.

Figure 1-1 Business Intelligence Standard Installation Topology

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Description of "Figure 1-1 Business Intelligence Standard Installation Topology"

1.2.2 About Elements in the Standard Installation Topology Illustration

The standard installation topology typically includes common elements.

The following table describes all elements of the topology illustration:

Table 1-1 Description of Elements in Standard Installation Topologies

Element Description and Links to Related Documentation
APPHOST A standard term used in Oracle documentation to refer to the machine that hosts the application tier.
DBHOST A standard term used in Oracle documentation to refer to the machine that hosts the database.
WebLogic Domain A logically related group of Java components (in this case, the Administration Server, Managed Servers, and other related software components).

See What Is an Oracle WebLogic Server Domain? in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Administration Server Central control entity of a WebLogic domain. It maintains configuration objects for that domain and distributes configuration changes to Managed Servers.

See What Is the Administration Server? in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Enterprise Manager The Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control is a primary tool used to manage a domain.

See Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Cluster A collection of multiple WebLogic Server instances running simultaneously and working together.

See Overview of Managed Servers and Managed Server Clusters in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Machine A logical representation of the computer that hosts one or more WebLogic Server instances (servers). Machines are also the logical glue between the Managed Servers and the Node Manager. In order to start or stop the Managed Servers using the Node Manager, associate the Managed Servers with a machine.
Managed Server A host for your applications, application components, web services, and their associated resources.

See Overview of Managed Servers and Managed Server Clusters in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Infrastructure A collection of services that include the following:
  • Metadata repository (MDS) contains the metadata for Oracle Fusion Middleware components, such as the Oracle Application Developer Framework. See What Is the Metadata Repository? in Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware.

  • Oracle Application Developer Framework (Oracle ADF).

  • Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM).

1.3 Using This Document to Extend an Existing Domain

The procedures in this guide describe how to create a new domain. The assumption is that no other Oracle Fusion Middleware products are installed on your system.

If you have installed and configured other Oracle Fusion Middleware products on your system (for example, Fusion Middleware Infrastructure, with a domain that is up and running) and wish to extend the same domain to include Oracle Business Intelligence, see Installing Multiple Products in the Same Domain.