2.1 Preparing to Install
2.1.1 Reviewing System Requirements and Specifications
Before performing any installation you should read the system requirements documentation to ensure that your environment meets the minimum installation requirements for the products you are installing.
The system requirements document covers information such as hardware and software requirements, database schema requirements, minimum disk space and memory requirements, and required system libraries, packages, or patches. This document can be found on the Oracle Fusion Middleware System Requirements and Specifications page.
2.1.2 Reviewing Certification Information
Before performing any upgrade or installation you should read the Oracle Fusion Middleware certification document for your particular release. This document contains certification information related to supported 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, databases, Oracle WebLogic Servers, web servers, LDAP servers, adapters, IPv6, JDKs, and third-party products. It is located on the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations page.
2.1.3 Reviewing Interoperability and Compatibility
Before performing any upgrade or installation you should read the Oracle Fusion Middleware Interoperability and Compatibility Guide for Oracle Forms and Reports. This document contains important information regarding the ability of Oracle Fusion Middleware products to function with previous versions of other Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle, or third-party products. This information is applicable to both new Oracle Fusion Middleware users and existing users who are upgrading their existing environment.
The Oracle Fusion Middleware Interoperability and Compatibility Guide for Oracle Forms and Reports is located in the 11 g Release 1 documentation libraries and is not available in the 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) documentation library. However, the concepts in the guide are applicable for both releases.
2.1.4 Understanding Oracle Fusion Middleware Concepts
If you are new to Oracle Fusion Middleware, you should read Oracle Fusion Middleware Concepts to familiarize yourself with some of the concepts and terminology you will encounter.
The Oracle Fusion Middleware Concepts document is located in the 11 g Release 1 documentation libraries and is not available in the 11g Release 2 (11.1.2) documentation library. However, the concepts in the guide are applicable for both releases.
2.1.5 Obtaining the Oracle Fusion Middleware Software
Depending on your specific needs, there are multiple places where you can obtain Oracle Fusion Middleware software. For details, refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Download, Installation, and Configuration ReadMe Files page, where you can find the ReadMe file for your specific release.
To install and configure Oracle Forms and Reports, you will need to download the following software:
The installer for a certified version of Oracle WebLogic Server. Make sure you refer to the certification document (see Section 2.1.2, "Reviewing Certification Information" ) to determine which version of Oracle WebLogic Server you should obtain.
The installer for Oracle Forms and Reports.
If you are want to install the 32-bit version of Oracle Forms and Reports on
a 64-bit Windows operating system, be sure to read "Installing 32-Bit Oracle Forms and Reports on 64-Bit Windows Operating Systems" in the Oracle Fusion Middleware System Requirements and Specifications document.
If you want to secure your Oracle Forms and Reports installation with Identity Management, you can also download Oracle Internet Directory with Oracle Access Management.
Make a note of the directory where you download each installer; you will need this information when it is time to run the installer for each product.
2.1.6 Installing Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports on Separate Servers
If you choose to install Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports on different servers, you must perform some manual configuration in order for these two products to be able to communicate properly with each other.
The instructions for doing so are available in "Communication Between Reports and Forms When Installed on Different Instances" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Publishing Reports to the Web with Oracle Reports Services .
2.1.7 Installing Oracle Forms and Reports in a New Middleware Home
Oracle Forms and Reports must be installed inside a Middleware home directory, which is created when Oracle WebLogic Server is installed.
Oracle Forms and Reports must be installed in its own Middleware home directory that it does not share with any other Oracle Fusion Middleware products.
2.1.8 Installing Oracle Forms and Reports as a Non-Default User
On UNIX operating systems, the installation of Fusion Middleware products is owned and controlled as a known user (for example, "oracle"). The file permissions associated with this installation are configured to ensure the highest level of security possible, which by default are 700 (meaning all files are owned and accessible by the owner only).
Changing the default permissions settings will reduce the security of the installation and possibly your system. Therefore, making such a change is not recommended. If access to particular files or executables is required by other users, the UNIX sudo command (or other similar command) should be considered in lieu of changing file permissions.
Refer to your UNIX operating system Administrator's Guide or contact your operating system vendor if you need further assistance.
On Windows operating systems, the user must be a member of the Windows "Admin" group. This gives the user the proper permissions required to start and stop processes after the installation, including the Builders.
2.2 Installing Oracle WebLogic Server
Oracle Forms and Reports requires Oracle WebLogic Server, which creates the Middleware home directory during installation. This section contains the following topics:
Make sure you read the Oracle Fusion Middleware certification document for your particular release to determine the minimum version of Oracle WebLogic Server that is required. This document is located on the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations page.
2.2.1 Planning Your Middleware Home Location for Oracle Reports (Windows Only)