Oracle WebLogic 14.1.1 under Podman

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| May 18, 2020
Since a few weeks the latest release of the Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 is available and I was testing it already on native Linux Servers and within Docker.
Now it's time to check Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 under Podman https://podman.io 

At first you will need an Oracle Linux 8.2 Server with podman. A really good instruction you can find at oracle-base.com https://oracle-base.com/articles/linux/podman-install-on-oracle-linux-ol8

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 – New Add-On Plug-ins available

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| Apr 24, 2020
Oracle released some new Add-On Plug-ins for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4.x

Following new Add-On Plug-Ins are available:

  • Enterprise Manager for Oracle Database Appliance
  • Enterprise Manager for TimesTen
  • Enterprise Manager for Oracle GoldenGate
  • Enterprise Manager for Oracle Unified Directory
  • Enterprise Manager for Utilities (TUGBU)
  • Enterprise Manager for Peoplesoft

The installation files for the above mentioned Add-On Plug-Ins can be found under: https://www.oracle.com/enterprise-manager/downloads/oem-v134-update-plugins-downloads.html



Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 and Oracle WebLogic Monitoring Exporter

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| Apr 2, 2020
As the latest release of Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 is available (see my blogposts https://dirknachbar.blogspot.com/2020/03/oracle-weblogic-141100-available.html and https://dirknachbar.blogspot.com/2020/03/oracle-weblogic-141100-first-look.html), it's time to test Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 and the Oracle WebLogic Monitoring Exporter https://github.com/oracle/weblogic-monitoring-exporter

In a previous blogpost (https://dirknachbar.blogspot.com/2020/02/weblogic-monitoring-with-prometheus-and.html) I was already talking about the Oracle WebLogic Monitoring Exporter, which is generating Prometheus conform metrics out (more...)

Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 Docker Image

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| Apr 1, 2020
As since around 2 days the latest Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 was released, I had some time to create Docker Images for the Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0

I have created two versions based on WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 Generic with JDK 11:
  • General Docker Image (not optimized with space usage)
  • Optimized Docker Image (nearly 50% space savings)
The corresponding Dockerfiles and so on you (more...)

Oracle WebLogic 14.1.1.0.0 – First Look

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| Mar 31, 2020
Since last night the Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 is available for download (see my previous blog post https://dirknachbar.blogspot.com/2020/03/oracle-weblogic-141100-available.html).

Now let's have a look on the new Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0

At first we can use now a JDK 11 with the WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0, for the following showcase I am using a JDK 11.0.6.

At first download (more...)

Oracle WebLogic 14.1.1.0.0 available

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| Mar 31, 2020
Since last night the latest release of the Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 is available for download.

There are 3 different installation types available for download:

  • Generic Installer (888 MB)
  • Quick Installer (514 MB)
  • Slim Installer (474 MB)

The software download files can be found under: https://www.oracle.com/middleware/technologies/fusionmiddleware-downloads.html



The overall Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.0.0 documentation can be found under https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/standalone/weblogic-server/14.1.1.0/index.html



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Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.2.1.4.0 certified with Linux 8

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| Mar 30, 2020
Currently Oracle certified the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.2.1.4.0 Components for the use of Linux 8, which includes the Oracle Linux 8 and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

You can find the newly added certifications in My Oracle Support (https://support.oracle.com) under the tab Certifications:

Oracle WebLogic 12.2.1.4.0 Certification:



Oracle Forms & Reports 12.2.1.4.0 Certification:



Oracle SOA Suite 12.2. (more...)

Generating Prometheus Metrics directly from your Oracle Database

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| Mar 2, 2020
Prometheus (https://prometheus.io/) is getting more and more common as a Monitoring Solution, many products are offering out-of-box Prometheus formatted metrics (e.g WildFly, Spring Boot and so on). Even Oracle is providing for the Oracle WebLogic Server a weblogic-monitoring-exporter, which is generating Prometheus formatted metrics (see https://github.com/oracle/weblogic-monitoring-exporter and checkout my previous blog post "WebLogic Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana" https://dirknachbar.blogspot.com/2020/02/weblogic-monitoring-with-prometheus-and.html).

Many people are using Oracle Enterprise Manager (more...)

Weblogic Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana

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| Feb 28, 2020
Since quite some time Oracle is providing in their GitHub Repository the weblogic-monitoring-exporter https://github.com/oracle/weblogic-monitoring-exporter.

This weblogic-monitoring-exporter is basically a war file, which uses the WebLogic Server RESTful Management API to collect defined metrics of your WebLogic Server and exports them in a Prometheus compatible format.

At first you will need to download the get[Version-Number].sh from the GitHub Repository https://github.com/oracle/weblogic-monitoring-exporter/releases. Next step is to create a YAML file in which you define which (more...)

Cleanup Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Repository manually

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| Feb 20, 2020
Currently I was cleaning up some of my Oracle Fusion Middleware Forms & Reports test and demo environments manually and wanted to setup them freshly.

As I was lazy, I didn't used the RCU (Repository Creation Utility) for the cleanup, I just did a manual drop user and drop tablespace and cleaned up my $DOMAIN_HOME.

In my case it was a Forms & Reports environment with the Prefix FR12213, so I manually dropped all the (more...)

Oracle 20c Documentation available

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| Feb 14, 2020
Since a few hours the Oracle Database 20c documentation is online.

https://docs.oracle.com/en/database/oracle/oracle-database/20/books.html

There are quite some interesting new features/changes in the new upcoming Oracle 20c release.

The complete list of new features you can find under: https://docs.oracle.com/en/database/oracle/oracle-database/20/newft/new-features.html

One of the most interesting new feature/change is, that from Oracle 20c going, the only supported architecture is only Multitenant.


Enjoy reading the new features :-)


Huge Number of component_event.xlf* and pki_data*.tmp files in /tmp in Oracle Forms & Reports 12c

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| Feb 6, 2020
If you are running an Oracle Forms and Reports 12c (12.2.1.+) environment over quite some time, you might discover that under the /tmp directory are a quite huge number of files named component_event.xlf* and pki_data*.tmp are generated and filling up your /tmp space.

The pki_data*.tmp files are usually 0 Bytes, but the component_event.xlf* files are between some Bytes up to some 100 Bytes. Over some time, these files (more...)

Patching Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4.0 Slim Edition

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| Feb 3, 2020
In my last blog I was showing how to install the new Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4.0 Slim Installer (https://dirknachbar.blogspot.com/2020/02/oracle-weblogic-server-122140-slim.html), now let's see how the minimised Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4.0 Slim Edition will handle a patching.

For this I will use the Oracle WLS PATCH SET UPDATE 12.2.1.4.191220 (Patch No. 30689820).

Login as oracle User to your server hosting (more...)

Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4.0 Slim Installer

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| Feb 3, 2020
Since WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4.0 you have a new edition of the Oracle WebLogic Server, it's the Slim Installer. The corresponding software you can download under:

https://www.oracle.com/middleware/technologies/weblogic-server-installers-downloads.html



The Slim Installer is much smaller than the Generic or the Fusion Middleware Infrastructure Installers.
  • WebLogic Generic Installer: 826 MB
  • Fusion Middleware Infrastructure Installer: 1.5 GB
  • WebLogic Slim Installer: 182 MB
Basically the Slim Installer is a full WebLogic Server, but (more...)

Enterprise Manager 13.4 is available

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| Jan 30, 2020
The latest release of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4.0.0.0 is now available for download in Oracle Technology Network:

https://www.oracle.com/enterprise-manager/downloads/cloud-control-downloads.html


The documentation is currently not available, but I hope it will be published soon.

One of the positive aspects of the new Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 (13.4.0.0.0) is, that the underlying Oracle WebLogic Server is now a 12.2.1.3.0 release, not longer a 12.1.3 release :-)

So, happy download and enjoy the upgrade ...

WebLogic Server Future Releases – An educated guess

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| Jan 27, 2020
Today I was checking as usual the available patches for Oracle WebLogic Server and I discovered some new WebLogic Server Releases within the drop list of the available releases.



It seems that for the current supported WebLogic Server 12.2.1.x will be a future PatchSet 5 (12.2.1.5.0).

The given Release with 12.2.3.0.0, I personally doubt that this will come.

For the future WebLogic Server, which (more...)

Deprecated Functionality for WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4.0

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| Nov 18, 2019
Since around 6 weeks the last Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4.0 Release is available and I got some spare time to read the necessary documentations.

In the "What's new Guide" https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/weblogic-server/12.2.1.4/notes/whatsnew.html I found 2 interesting deprecated features, which weren't announced somewhere else.

Meaning of deprecated features (source MOS Note 888028.1)

Oracle Fusion Middleware deprecation process is to announce a feature deprecated in a given (more...)

OGB Appreciation Day: What I appreciate and what I would like to appreciate

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| Oct 10, 2019
It's time again for the OGB Appreciation Day #ThanksOGB (formerly known as #ThanksOTN and #ThanksODC) initiated by Tim Hall https://twitter.com/OracleBase

At first, what I appreciate from Oracle:

WOW, We have a new Fusion Middleware Release 12.2.1.4.0 :-) after nearly waiting for 2 years ! 
As my main focus is on WebLogic and Oracle Forms & Reports, I already had a closer look on this stuff and I must say, that (more...)

Oracle Forms 12.2.1.4.0 – New Security Handling for userid

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| Oct 1, 2019
In the latest Oracle Forms 12.2.1.4.0 Release, Oracle has implemented a new cool feature for security handling of the userid parameter.

Classically within the formsweb.cfg you are defining your section for your Forms Application, e.g.

#

# The values for userid are provided in cleartext
[demo]
WebUtilArchive=frmwebutil.jar,jacob.jar
WebUtilLogging=off
WebUtilLoggingDetail=normal
WebUtilErrorMode=Alert
WebUtilDispatchMonitorInterval=5
WebUtilTrustInternal=true
WebUtilMaxTransferSize=16384
baseHTML=webutilbase.htm
baseHTMLjpi=webutiljpi.htm
archive=frmall.jar
lookAndFeel=oracle
form=test.fmx
userid=scott/tiger@prod


Now, with Oracle Forms (more...)

Oracle Reports 12.2.1.4.0 – Create a Standalone Reports Server

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| Sep 30, 2019
On Friday, 27th September 2019, Oracle released the latest Version of Oracle Forms & Reports 12.2.1.4.0 (see my blog post http://dirknachbar.blogspot.com/2019/09/oracle-forms-reports-122140-available.html).

As I already created an Oracle Forms & Reports 12.2.1.4.0 environment, it's now time to have a look on the Oracle Reports 12.2.1.4.0 environment.

As usual, after you have successfully installed and configured your Oracle Forms & Reports (more...)