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RapidWiz is a robust utility that walks through the process of installing the necessary components of the 11i E-business suite. Oracle support routinely modifies the tool. As a result, a new version is available about every four to six weeks. Once all the pre-installation steps are complete and proper functionality is verified, use the supplied RapidWiz utility to automate the 11i Apps installation process. The step-by-step process is outlined below.
1. Copy CDs to operating system
Nineteen CDs are needed to install the 11i Apps version 11.5.8 (21 CDs with 11.5.7). Two installation methods are available for copying the 11i Apps CDs to your hard drive. You can install them yourself or use a script that will automate the process for you. If you choose the manual method, you need to make sure to review the first chapter of the "Installing Oracle Applications" document to confirm the proper directory structure. For the automated process, you can use one of several scripts available online. Metalink has scripts available; see note 230458.1 for 11.5.8 and note 218997.1. As an alternative, you can find scripts for 11i written by Randy Giefer from Solution Beacon.
After copying the CDs to your O/S, navigate to RedCDDisk1rapidwiz and execute "RapidWizVersion" to check your version of the RapidWiz utility. If your version of RapidWiz is not the latest version described in the 11i Windows Readme file, you will need to download the latest version listed in the file.
2. Get the latest version of RapidWiz
Oracle support recommends you utilize the latest version of RapidWiz. To get the latest version of the RapidWiz utility you will need to review the latest "Readme for Windows" document. Refer to Metalink note: 215868.1 for your specific maintenance release Readme notes. Oracle support updates this document each time a new release is available. The latest version for 11.5.8 is currently 220.127.116.11. If your RapidWiz version is not 18.104.22.168 you will need to download patch 2849734.
Once the latest version of RapidWiz is downloaded, navigate to RedCDDisk1 and remove the directory RapidWiz. When you extract your patch to RedCDDisk1, it will recreate a RapidWiz directory with the necessary components. To verify you have the correct version you can run "RapidWizVersion" after the patch has been extracted.
3. Running RapidWiz
The first screen will prompt you for your installation action. Here you can choose to have a normal installation or reconfigure your existing system under the 'Upgrade Actions' section. Under the Upgrade section, you have the choice to create an upgrade file system (to add another 11i Apps envi-ronment such as DEV) or to configure an existing 11i Apps instance. For the normal installation make sure 'Install Oracle Applications' is selected and click next.
After advancing to the next screen you are prompted to select the installation type. Default installation type is "Single Node" which installs all tiers (Db, Apps, and Web) on the same node. Here you can choose to install your envi-ronment in a "Two-Node" method, which will install your Database and Concurrent Processor on one node and your Apps/Web tier on another node. The third option is to install your environment in a 'Multi-node' method, which will install all tiers on separate nodes. If you choose to use the "Two-Node" or "Multi-Node" methods you will have to copy the configuration file generated by RapidWiz to the other nodes and repeat the RapidWiz process there to copy the necessary components on the other nodes. At any point-in-time you can migrate your "Single-node" installation to a multi-tiered method as well using the "Configure existing Application instance" selection from the previous screen.
After selecting the installation method you are prompted to select the application instance to install. Here you can install a 'shell' or empty 11i environment ready for data entry by selecting PROD, TEST or highlight the text and assigning it a unique name such as DEV. You can also install the VISION demo system at this point by selecting the VIS instance. Under the database type you can choose which type of database to install with your unique instance name. You can install either a "fresh install database," a pre-configured database for the applications which is ready for data entry, or a 'vision demo database,' which is a pre-configured database that has seeded data already placed in the tables or no database at all.
If you choose a 'fresh install database' and click next you will be prompted to enter the products you wish to license with your install. You can use the "Applications suite licensing" option, which includes everything or you, can choose each product individually under the 'component applications license' option. If you do not want to license the entire product suite you can review the individual products that make it the product suite by clicking on the "Prod Detail" button. If you choose either the 'Vision database or no database at all' you bypass this screen.
After choosing your unique name, database type and license agreement you are prompted to enter the "TOP" locations for your components that are needed for your E-business environment (e.g. APPL_TOP, COMMON_TOP, etc). You are also prompted for the NT userid and password for the owner of these files and the correct domain name of your server. Default user is applmgr but you can change this to Oracle or any other unique userid for your environment. The default domain name is actually picked from the registry, so if this entry is not correct, you need to ascertain the differences.
The next screen will prompt you for detailed locations of your e-business suite components. These values are derived from your settings entered on the previous screen. You will need to review these entries and make sure the locations are correct before proceeding to the next screen (e.g. MKS, MSDEV (C++), JDK, etc).
The next screen will prompt you for the database System Identifier (SID), Name, Character Set and territory. Most of these values should be adequate as the default since these values were derived from previous settings. However you should verify these to see if any need modification. Also, on this screen you are prompted for the port numbers for your E-business suite. If this is your first installation on the server the defaults should be sufficient. However, if you have any other Oracle software running on your server you need to verify the port numbers to make sure you are not using a port that is already being used. The Port pool at the top will increment all port numbers by the number chosen to save you time from editing each one.
The next screen will prompt you to enter the full path to create a configura-tion file. All settings to this point are placed in this configuration file. If you choose a multi-tired install this file will need to be copied over to the other nodes so that RapidWiz can read its settings and proceed with your install. If for any reason you need to reinstall your e-business environment you can bypass all the screens up to this point and just access the configuration file to populate the same settings as before. Once you click next, RapidWiz will perform all the necessary checks to make sure your install will be successful. Checks are performed on port numbers, operation system specifications, file system space and permissions, domain name and all prerequisite software listed above. If everything is fine with your system you will see all green check marks by each check. If you see a red explanation mark, you have an error, which you should investigate and fix. To restart the checks again, simply go back to the configuration file screen to restart the process.
After you received all green check marks, you can proceed to the next screen, which will start the installation process. You are prompted one last time to start the installation. By clicking "yes", your install process begins.
After the install has finished, you should see a list of post installation checks. Just like the pre-installation checks, RapidWiz will run several scripts after the installation is completed to verify that all components installed properly. You should see all green check marks beside each check. If you see any red exclamation marks, something has happened during your installation, which you will need to investigate and correct.
If everything checked out okay in your post-installation check, then you are ready to log into your 11i instance using the following URL: http://server.domain:port/OA_HTML/US/ICXINDEX.htm
Part 3 covers post-installation steps.
About the Author: Richard Stroupe has been an Oracle DBA for more than six years working with core and Apps technologies. He is the founder of TRS Consulting LLC, a Northern Virginia based Oracle consulting firm specializing in advanced Oracle solutions and training for various government and commercial organizations. He holds both 8i and 9i DBA certifications as well as a Masters of Science degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. Prior to starting TRS Consulting LLC, Richard worked as a principal consultant for Oracle's Advanced Programs Group.