Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning series Part VII: Provisioning Applications

It was a long road we made to come to this¬†point. It is true that Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning takes some time and even if you don’t face any issues in the meanwhile it is around a week time that is required to get everything up and running. An installation of Oracle Fusion Applications is logically broken up into groups of features known as product offerings, which represent the highest-level collection of functionality that you can license and implement. A provisioning configuration is a collection of one or more product offerings. Oracle Fusion Applications Provisioning is a full-featured process that provides all the tools you need to set up a repository of installers and installation-related processes, present product configurations that you can install in your environment, provide a means to collect configuration details about those offerings, and run the installation phases necessary to perform configuration and deployment tasks. Continue reading


Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning series Part VI: Response file creation

In the previous post we have installed Transactional database for Fusion Applications. Now when we have everything ready for Fusion Applications provisioning the last remaining bit is to create a response file (in previous FA versions it was called as Provisioning plan) that would contain all the required configuration along with Identity and Access Management information which needs to be passed to the installation wizard itself. Continue reading

Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning series Part V: Installing a Transaction Database

An Oracle Fusion Applications environment requires a transaction database. You can install a single-instance Oracle Database Enterprise Edition by using the Provisioning Wizard, or you can install Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) by using the standard installation instructions. The database templates shipped with Oracle Fusion Applications describe the structure and features of the database, but do not contain any data. You can place the Transaction database either on IdM database server host or Fusion Applications node, however, it is strongly recommended to separate it from other components. We will install the database using Provisioning Wizard since it also automatically applies all the required patches.

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Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning series Part IV: Performing IdM Post-Provisioning Configuration

There are couple of manual steps required after IdM provisioning is complete in order to get your IdM fully and correctly configured. These are mostly related to some things which could not fit into automatic provisioning process as well as various bugs that exist in the 11.1.7 version. Continue reading

Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning series Part III: Provisioning Identity and Access Management

This is my favourite part of the process, because from hardest one it has now became the easiest. While it was a huge struggle and the most important stage of Fusion Applications provisioning in earlier versions, with release of 11.1.7 Oracle developers did a great job to automate the whole burden of Identity and Access management components manual setup. Frankly speaking it was very easy to misinterpret some parts of documentation when doing it all manually and therefore make a mistake in crucial setup parts which then lead to unexpected errors during Fusion Apps provisioning. Now it all gone! As a result you get a fully working and integrated Identity and Access Management environment which is ready for Fusion Applications. Continue reading

Fusion Applications bare metal provisioning series Part II: Preparing servers and databases for Identity Management

As it was mentioned in my previous post, Identity and Access Management is the main prerequisite of Fusion Applications provisioning – therefore it is the first thing to start with in overall process. Prepare at least two servers, one for Identity and Access Management and second for Fusion Applications as currently it is not supported to have both products sharing the same machine. However, my recommendation is to split components between four servers in order to gain more performance and manageability. The easiest way of course is to leverage virtualisation for that purpose, but please be ready for large amounts of RAM and disk space. Here is what official documentation states for typical HW requirements (or minimum, meant not for a production case):

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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.

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Patching Fusion Applications – the look and feel

Recently, I had a chance to apply some patches to Fusion Applications environment. I must admit that the patching itself is a bit different here from what we have been used to in E-Business Suite Applications and seems to be more advanced and user friendly which is a good thing. First of all, we have now a choice of three different tools for specific patching requirements:

  1. Oracle Fusion Applications Patch Manager (fapmgr)
  2. Oracle Fusion Applications Release Update Patch Installer
  3. Oracle Fusion Applications Language Pack Installer

All three names are self explanatory, but compared to eBS where we would be using one tool for any patching (adpatch) – it is distinguished in Fusion Apps. In this blog post, I will be describing the option 1 only on the real world example case. Continue reading

Webgate 11g issues with Fusion Applications and unprotected URL’s

Hello everyone. I have not been blogging for quite a while due to time pressure but it seems that now I’ve forced myself to start doing it again and honestly, more often than it was before. Six months ago I have been involved in Fusion Applications (next generation of Oracle Applications) POC internal setup in our company premises. That made me learn and investigate a lot of new things and products including Identity and Access Management, which is now playing a huge role in Fusion Applications setup (or provisioning – the correct word and replacement for installation when it comes to Fusion Apps). In fact, it is not even possible to install Fusion Apps itself, before the IdM part if fully and correctly configured. That’s why I have introduced two new categories on my blog, IdM and FA respectively. This year I had also presented the topic of IdM importance in Fusion Apps on UKOUG¬†2012 conference in Birmingham. So if someone is interested in that area, feel free to contact me and request the presentation slides or ask some questions on the subject. Continue reading