Installing E-Business Suite R12.2.11 + RDBMS 19c on OEL 8.5: Part 3 – Running RapidWiz

In our previous posts, we built the OEL 8.5 virtual machine, downloaded the software, and built our staging area.

In this post, we’re going to use the RapidWiz tool to perform a single-node Fresh Install of E-Business Suite R12.2.0. (We will have to upgrade to R12.2.11 after the install).

Launch Rapidwiz

As your “generic” user (jmorrow, in my case), open a terminal window and launch RapidWiz.

We’re going to be using “sudo” to actually invoke RapidWiz because, since this is a single node, it needs to run as root in order to handle deploying software for both “oracle” and “applmgr”.

If we were doing a typical two-node installation (dbTier on one node, appsTier on the other), you would simply run rapidwiz as “oracle” or “applmgr” on the appropriate node.

export DL=/Stage/Oracle_EBSR12211
export STAGE=/Stage/StageEBSR12211
cd ${STAGE}/startCD/Disk1/rapidwiz

sudo ./rapidwiz

If you expand the tree, you can see everything that it’s going to install.

We’re going to choose to install E-Business Suite. This will give us an “empty” E-Business Suite database in addition to the necessary software.

If we were preparing a system for an upgrade (where we’re bringing over an existing database), we would choose “Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.0” to only install the software.

You can leave this blank.

We’re going to Create a new configuration.

You’ll want to spread out your port pools. The general recommendation is that the port pool for File System 2 should be at least FS1+10.

There are a few things to pay attention to here. First, you’ll want to select “Fresh Database” (the default is to install VISION).

Next, make sure you set your SID. In our case, we’re going to use “PROD”.

Next, make sure that the database OS user is correct.

The default Database Directory is “/d01/oracle/PROD”. We are using “/oracle/PROD”. Once you make that update, the Database Home will also change.

The default Datafiles Directory is “/d01/oracle/PROD/data”. We’re using “/oradata/PROD” instead.

Since this is a throwaway, we’re going to choose Suite Licensing. Depending on your requirements, you may want to use Component Licensing instead.

We’re going to accept the defaults here. Again, depending on your requirements, you may want to choose differently.

REMEMBER: E-Business Suite Licensing is contractual. Your selection on these menus does NOT change what software will be installed. It only amounts to a “bit flip” in a licensing table. That said, there is no supported way to de-license an E-Business Suite module. So, if you’re doing this for real, make your selections carefully.

This screen is for country-specific functionality, typically called “localizations”. These items are usually to satisfy specific legislative requirements. This screen is NOT for languages.

If you need any country-specific functionality, make those selections here.

THIS screen is where you choose languages and character sets. By default, you only get American English (US) and the US7ASCII character set. If you’re wanting another character set, make that selection here.

Generally speaking, WE8ISO8859P15 should cover most “Western European” languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian).

The AL32UTF8 character set will cover any others (Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, etc.)

This screen gives the E-Business Suite details (the appsTier). Because of the changes we made on the dbTier configuration for this node, the defaults here are correct for our installation.

You will need to provide a password to be used for the “weblogic” administrator.

Because we’re running RapidWiz as root, you can leave the password for applmgr blank.

For this exercise, I’m un-checking “Change Default Passwords”.

When you hit “Next”, another window will pop up as RapidWiz performs a bunch of pre-installation checks. These checks will run for a few minutes, depending on the size of your VM.

These should all come back “Green”. If they don’t, click on the button beside each check to see the results.

Click “Yes” to begin the installation.

The installation should run for at least 2-3 hours.

Everything should be “Green”.

And, again, if you expand the tree, you can see everything that was installed.

At this point, RapidWiz will exit. You should have a running E-Business Suite system. Let’s do a few things to tidy up the installation…

Normally, we would create a nice .bash_profile for the oracle and applmgr users that would set up our environments. But we’re going to wait on that until after we’re done with the 19c upgrade.

Meanwhile, AutoConfig has already created some environment files for us. I like to create symbolic links in the users’s home directories to make things easier.

sudo su - oracle
ln -s /oracle/PROD/12.1.0/PROD_prod.env db.env
exit

sudo su - applmgr
ln -s /oracle/PROD/fs1/EBSapps/appl/APPSPROD_prod.env fs1.env
ln -s /oracle/PROD/fs2/EBSapps/appl/APPSPROD_prod.env fs2.env
exit


And that’s the end of Part 3. In the next installment, we’ll upgrade E-Business Suite to R12.2.11. Stay tuned!

Installing E-Business Suite R12.2.11 + RDBMS 19c on OEL 8.5: Part 2 – Staging The Software

Storage

When we built our virtual machine, we mapped some “shared folders” from our host into our VM. We’re going to download our software using the web browser on our host into that shared folder. For the purpose of this document, these are the mappings that I’m using:

Host PathVM PathDescription/Purpose
E:\Backup/BackupBackups
S:\Software/SoftwareSoftware Downloads
E:\Stage/StageStaging Area

Download the Software

Download your installation media from Oracle’s E-Delivery site, https://edelivery.oracle.com. You will need a valid login in order to do this.

Login with your valid Oracle credentials.

In the search box, type “oracle e-business suite”. Then, from the results below, select “DLP: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.11” to add it to your cart.

Next, type “oracle database 19c” into the search box and select “DLP: Oracle Database 19c Enterprise Edition 19.3.0.0.0” to add it to your cart. We specifically want Enterprise Edition because it is required for E-Business Suite.

Hit “Continue” in the top right corner to proceed.

First, click on the platform pull-down on the first item in each grouping. Select “Linux x86-64” (it should auto-fill for the remaining packages in that product group).

The packages actually include more than we really need for this exercise. So, if you want to reduce your download, we only need to select the four items shown above.

Once you’ve made your selections, hit “Continue” to proceed.

Of course, you’ll need to accept the license agreement…

Here you will see exactly what is going to be downloaded. When you receive the files, they will have names like “V982063-01.zip”, so it can be somewhat difficult to decode. I recommend you click on the “View Digest Details” link. That will give you a nice report with filenames, descriptions, and checksums to validate the download. Save that report to a PDF file in your download directory for reference.

Once you’ve done that, hit the Download button. This will, initially, download a small download manager that you will need to execute. At that point, your multi-threaded download will begin.

Download the current StartCD and RapidInstall Consolidated Bundle Patch [MOS 1320300.1]

You will need to download the following patches from My Oracle Support (MOS):

PatchDescription
22066363startCD 12.2.0.51
32947483RapidInstall Consolidated Bundle Patch

Staging the Software [MOS 1596433.1]

During this process, I’m going to define some temporary environment variables to keep things simple. If your installation differs, adjust those variables accordingly.

From within our Virtual Machine, we will need to extract the files necessary to build the staging area. Note that we do NOT need to unzip all of the E-Business Suite files directly. That will be done by the buildStage script.

#  This is our download directory, where all of the zip files are placed.
export DL=/Stage/Oracle_EBSR1221

#  This is where we're going to build our staging area
export STAGE=/Stage/StageEBSR1221

Build the Staging Area using startCD 51

cd ${STAGE}
unzip ${DL}/p22066363_R12_GENERIC.zip
cd ${STAGE}/startCD/Disk1/rapidwiz/bin
./buildStage.sh

Using the menus, first choose option 1 “Create new staging area”

               Build Stage Menu

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1.     Create new stage area

2.     Copy new patches to current stage area.

3.     Display existing files in stage TechPatches.

4.     Exit menu


Enter your choice [4]: 1

You will also need to choose a platform (Linux x86-64, in our case)

        Rapid Install Platform Menu

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1.    Oracle Solaris SPARC (64-bit)

2.    Linux x86-64

3.    IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)

4.    HP-UX Itanium

5.    Exit Menu


Enter your choice [5]: 2

Once the script is finished, choose option 4 to exit.

Patch the staging area

cd ${STAGE}
unzip ${DL}/p32947483_R12_GENERIC.zip
cd 32947483
sh patchRIStage.sh

Re-run the staging area script to “Copy patches to the existing staging area”

cd ${STAGE}/startCD/Disk1/rapidwiz/bin
./buildStage.sh

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1.     Create new stage area

2.     Copy new patches to current stage area.

3.     Display existing files in stage TechPatches.

4.     Exit menu


Enter your choice [4]: 2

Again, choose your platform

1.    Oracle Solaris SPARC (64-bit)

2.    Linux x86-64

3.    IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)

4.    HP-UX Itanium

5.    Exit Menu


Enter your choice [5]: 2

And now you have a completed staging area for E-Business Suite.

In our next posting, we’ll run RapidWiz to install E-Business Suite R12.2.11 and RDBMS 12c.