Thursday, February 23, 2012

WebCenter PS5 Installation - Quick guide - Database Repository

Before we can create the domain and run the software, we need to create the required tables in the database.
To do that, we run the Repository Creation Utility, aka RCU

Download the software from Oracle and unzip the file.
In the rcuHome\bin folder, start the rcu.bat
The installer starts and shows a welcome page.
Click Next to proceed to the next step.

We want to create the repository so we select Create and click Next.

Now it gets interesting...
We need to specify the Database details so that the utility can connect to the database, create the tablespaces and the schema's (including tables etc)
You can use my settings as example.
Make sure you use a database user that has SYSDBA privileges. The installation might need these privileges (I know it is required for installing the Portal repository)

As always, a number of prerequisites are checked.
If the check fails, correct the problem and continue. Click OK after the check is completed.

I already have schema's in the database for other releases and therefore created a new prefix, DEV6.
If this is your first install, you can use the default prefix DEV.
If installing for another environment (Production for example) you can create a new one as well (something like PRD)
Also, select the components you'ld like to install.
For this install, select

  • Metadata Services
  • Oracle WebCenter Content Server - Complete
  • Oracle WebCenter Content Server - Search Only (would this be included in the Complete as well???)
  • WebCenter Portal
    • Spaces and Services
    • Portlet Producers
    • Activity Graph and Analytics
    • Discussions

For the components, additional settings might be required, so another prerequisite check is performed.
Click OK if it went without errors, otherwise correct any issues.

For development environments, it's always easy to have the same password for all schema's. In this step you can specify the password for all different database schema's
I select Use same password for all schemas and click Next (after entering the password as well :)

As I selected the Activities and Analytics, the installer wants to know if we want to use Partitioning.
As we will not be entering huge amounts of data, I select N (for No) and click Next.

I'm a huge fan of defaults.
therefore I let the utility determine the tablespaces that need to be created to store the data.
You might change these settings are needed. For production environments for example, you might want to create larger tablespaces.

Yes, we want to create the tablespaces we just defined... Click OK

And the tablespaces get created...

At the summary page, you can see where the different schemas will be created.
If you want, you can still go back, but I click Create.

Again, keep you eye on the progress... It won't take long...

In the completion summary, click Close.

Done!. Another step closer....
With all the software in place and all the schemas in place, we can create the domain.
Before doing that, you might want to consider making a backup. This was the most time consuming part and you don't want to waste all this time installing again....

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