Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning series Part I: Obtaining the right software and documentation

I’ve decided to release a series of blog posts related to Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning. Get ready! The provisioning process (the replacement for “installation” term in Fusion Apps) is not so fast and straight forward as you would see it in Oracle Applications (e-Business Suite), for example. So expect to see a lot of blog posts broken in multiple parts with several sections. I will try to document the deployment as clear and detailed as I can to help others with the same.

DISCLAIMER

The installation process described in my blog posts is NOT for a Production deployment, but rather for a demo/POC purposes. If you are provisioning Fusion Applications for Production, follow the documentation carefully and make sure not to avoid High Availability and Enhanced Security sections. In my series I will be trying to simplify the process and escape from components that might be skipped. The hardware requirements are also a subject to change depending on considered  load, throughput, response time and other requirements to plan the actual capacity required. The number of nodes, CPUs, and memory required can vary for each tier based on the deployment profile. Production requirements may vary depending on applications and the number of users.

The thing which I consider the most important for those who are doing their provisioning for the first time is to get the correct documentation. For me it was quite confusing that there are multiple sets of docs each containing very important information which you have to use in parallel.

Here are the three documents you have to get and study carefully:

1) Oracle Fusion Middleware Enterprise Deployment Guide for Oracle Identity Management (Oracle Fusion Applications Edition) – required for Identity and Access Management Provisioning which is the main prerequisite for Fusion Applications

2) Oracle Fusion Applications Installation Guide 11g – describes the process of Fusion Applications provisioning

3) Technical Release Notes Oracle Fusion Applications 11g Release 7 (11.1.7) – contains prerequisite patches for databases and software required for Fusion Applications as well as the workarounds and solutions for most common and known issues encountered during provisioning. You can obtain it in My Oracle Support via Oracle Fusion Applications Release Notes, 11g Release 7 (11.1.7) (Doc ID 1582125.1) document

Once you have all the documentation in one place, you can start downloading Fusion Applications from edelivery. Make sure to choose the latest available version of Fusion Applications:

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Download all 16 parts to your server and note that the package will contain all the required installation files including Identity and Access Management (you don’t have to download it separately through Fusion Middleware pack). Apart from that you would find there any mandatory patches as well, if required.

If you are on RHEL5/OEL5, you will have to download the unzip60_lnx utility in order to unzip the installation package without any errors.

Once everything has been downloaded and unzipped, the good practise is to validate your installation repository and make sure you are not missing anything. Browse to installers directory and use the validation script:

[root@falab installers]# cd /u01/fa_11.1.7/installers
[root@falab installers]# ./validate_repo.sh repository_manifest.xml
/u01/fa_11.1.7/installers
Total resource entries in the manifest file: 123135, missing resource entries: 0
Repository integrity check completed successfully

Make sure that validation is successful. You are now ready to begin with Identity and Access Management setup for Fusion Applications which will be covered in next post.

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  1. Pingback: Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning series Part II: Preparing servers and databases for Identity Management | Oracle APPS DBA days

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