As you probably already know (considering why you’re here AND considering the topic) version 11.1.1.6 of Oracle Business Intelligence just came out and it’s got some new interesting features that you can read more about in various posts and blogs on the Internet.

In this blog I’ll be looking into how to install the new version.  As of now you can find the installation guide from Oracle here.
Considering the size of the documentation, I’ll try to shorten the it quite a bit, and guide you through a step-by-step installation procedure. Using this guide is mainly for those of you wanting to run a single computer installation (or, as I do, an installation on a virtual machine), as a production enviroment usually requires a bit more customization.

First of all, I’ve allocated 4GB ram for my virtual machine and chosen Windows 2008 R2 64 bit as my OS. As this was supported in version 11.1.1.5, I’m taking a leap of faith and guessing it will be supported for version 11.1.1.6 as well. Read this document for supported OS’es (currently limited to version 11.1.1.3 and 11.1.1.5). Update: The document now also covers 11.1.1.6.

If you’re installing on a DHCP computer you should install the loopback adapter before you install the Oracle database. Remember to set a static IP address in it, and also to update your hosts file with this IP.

The next step is that I’ve installed a supported database (in my case an Oracle 11g Release 2, 11.2.0.1.0), and then I’ve run the Repository Creation Utility – RCU (note that this only exists as a 32 bit version, but you can still run it on a 64 bit machine). These steps are extensively documented already, and have not changed since the previous versions, so I’ll leave those for you to figure out (still confused? Read chapter 3 in the installation guide mentioned above).

So far, so good. Next, download all the following files:
Disk 1: “Disk 1 (1of2)”
Disk 2: “Disk 1 (2of2)”
Disk 3: “Disk 2 (1of2)”
Disk 4: “Disk 2 (2of2)”
Disk 5: “Disk 3”
(the first names being what the zip-files contains, the secondary names are what they’re called on the download-pages). Currently you will find these files here. Extract all the files to the same location and make sure the directory name does not contain spaces.

Next I really recommend you to read the following in the installation guide:
“4.1 Before You Install Oracle Business Intelligence”

Once you’re finished checking the above, we can move on to the installation itself. Now, even though it’s mentioned in the chapter I referred to above, I’ll underline the importance that you must make sure you Run as Administrator (considering you’ve chosen Windows). Right-click setup.exe under the folder “bi_installer_loc\Disk1” and choose this option.

Run as administrator

Remember to run the program as an administrator

Welcome screen - click next

The Welcome screen links to the Release Notes (that I recommend you to read), and gives you some information about requirements that should be met before installation. Click next when done (the clever amongst you will notice that my version shows the buttons on the bottom in Norwegian. Their English equivalents should be: Tilbake=Back, Neste=Next, Fullfør=Complete and Avbryt=Cancel)

Install Software Updates

I chose the Skip Software Updates, but you can decide what’s right for you. After you’ve made your choice, click next.

Select Installation Type - Simple Installation

I’ve chosen the Simple Install option as this will be my sandbox.

Prerequisite Checks - Check ok, and click next

Just make sure the prerquisites checks out okey, then click next.

Specify Installation Location

I’ve chosen something as original as “C:\Middleware” for my Middleware home. Choose whatever suits you. Then click next.

Administrator Details

Choose Username for the administrator (default: weblogic) and a password that suits you (but make sure you remember it😉. Then click next.

Configure Components

Choose which compononts to install. I’ve chosen them all. Then click next.

BIPLATFORM Schema

Choose Database Type, and enter the rest of the information. In my case an Oracle Database residing on my localhost with default port number and service name would be “localhost:1521:orcl” as you can see in the picture. Choose the BIPLATFORM Schema name and password that you created with the RCU. Then click next.

MDS Schema

Choose Database Type, and enter the rest of the information. In my case an Oracle Database residing on my localhost with default port number and service name would be “localhost:1521:orcl” as you can see in the picture. Choose the MDS Schema name and password that you created with the RCU. Then click next.

Specify Security Updates

I’ve skipped this one as I’m only running a sandbox environment. Choose what’s right for you. Then click next.

Warning

You’ll get a warning if you, as I did, choose not to receive information about critical security issues. I was ok with this, and clicked “Yes”.

Summary page

Read through the summary, make sure everything is okey. If not, go back and fix them now. If everything is okey click next (you can also save the configuration file to be used as a silent install later).

Installation progress

Watch the installation progress….. or get a cup of coffee. No next-clicking on this page, it jumps to the next by itself when finished.

Configuration Progress

After installing the Configuration Progress starts by itself. Watch it… or get yet another cup of coffee.

Complete

Considering everything went well, you’ll get the Complete page with a summary of info from the installation. You might want to save this page for later. Then click Complete.

OBIEE Home page

Once the installation was sucessful you can log into the presentation services with the administrator you specified during installation. Enjoy!

Any feedback to this blog is appreciated.

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