Installing the Oracle OSB on Red Hat 6

Here is my experiences with installing OSB 11.1.1.6 on Red Hat 6 (64-bit) using Java 7.

By the way you might also be interested in my post about Silent installation of the OSB on Red Hat 6.

First have a look at the documentation:
Oracle Fusion Middleware (more...)

Creating a Data Source via WLST Offline

I have been messing around with silent install of FMW and creating domains via WLST. I was initially trying to get as much as possible done via offline WLST and therefore wanted to create a Data Source. I could not find any examples online which was a bit puzzling since (more...)

SSL Server Certificates – Lessons learned

It is not difficult to create an SSL/TLS certificate and configure an Apache HTTP Server to use it. But I found that there are some things you need to know that does not necessarily make much sense. Here are some lessons learned and a couple of tips.

Intermediate and Root (more...)

Hardening the Apache HTTP Server

After having been through security audits over the years I now have a short list of things I always change after having installed an Apache HTTP Server.

It is not much, but it always moves the focus from the Apache server to the applications and thereby off my desk :-)

Before (more...)

Enterprise Manager will not start after ADF upgrade

I recently had to upgrade a WebLogic Server with ADF for a customer. It was WebLogic 10.3.4 to 10.3.6 and ADF 11.1.1.4 to 11.1.2.3. They also used Enterprise Manager.

Everything went fine except for the Enterprise Manager which ended up (more...)

Auditing users in WebLogic Server

If you do a default installation of the WebLogic Server user activity is not audited. WebLogic has a build in Auditing Provider but it has to be enabled.

The Audit Provider can log these events.

To enable it via the Admin Console got to Security Realms => myrealm => Providers (more...)

Is your WebLogic Server slooow? Might be because of low entropy

On Linux low entropy can cause certain operations to be very slow.

SSL operations need entropy to ensure randomness. Entropy is generated by the OS when you use the keyboard, the mouse or the disk.

If an SSL operation is missing entropy it will wait until enough is generated.

If (more...)

Configuring outbound SSL for the SOA Suite

A customer had a situation where they had to call a remote Web Service from the SOA Suite via https. (One-way TLS/SSL). The developers had deployed the SOA Application so I had to configure the SOA Suite to trust the key used for SSL. For unknown reasons the normal Weblogic (more...)

Adding an extra IP to a Windows 2008 server (Source IP problem)

An Apache http server does not support more than one SSL virtual host on the same IP address and port. So if you want to host two Internet domains on the same server and they both use SSL on port 443 then you must use two IP-addresses.

You can read (more...)

Installing Oracle Forms/Reports 11.1.1.6 on Red Hat 6 (64-bit) using JDK 7

Here is my experiences with installing Forms and Reports 11.1.1.6 on Red Hat 6 (64-bit) using JDK 7.

Forms/Reports currently exists in two flavors 11.1.1.6 and 11.1.2.0. 11.1.1.6 is the main Fusion Middleware release. As far as I (more...)

Red Hat firewall for dummies

Sometimes I need to open for communication on a port in the local firewall on a Linux box. Until now I have relied on the lokkit command or if a GUI is available system-config-securitylevel.

I recently had some situations where lokkit was not working, so I decided to dig a (more...)

Installing Wireshark and sniffing http communication on Red Hat

We had a situation where we were calling an external Web service that required custom http headers. When our request reached the Web service the customer http headers had disappeared. We did not know if the problem was with the OSB, our Internet proxy or the programmer :-) To find out (more...)

Searching inside files on Windows 2008 R2

Searching after content inside files on Windows 2008 R2 does not work. I am sure that it is possible to get it working by starting/configuring an indexing service or something like that. But when I get access to a Windows server at a customer or at hosting service I don’t (more...)

Installing Oracle Forms/Reports 11.1.1.4 on Red Hat 5 (64-bit)

My first installation of Forms/Reports services on a Weblogic server was not as easy as I would have expected so I thought I would share the steps.

First have a look at the Installation Guide for Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports and Discoverer

Overview

Tool to backup and restore Putty sessions

When you access servers at a customer site or in a hosting center you often have to use a Remote Desktop (RDP). These jump servers are often locked down so you cannot install programs or access the Registry via Regedit. This is frustrating if you use Putty and have a (more...)

WLST script for updating the log settings for domains and servers

The script has been tested on Weblogic 9.2 MP1 and 10.3.5.

#
# Needed for older Phyton versions
True=1
False=0

###############################################################################
# Logging parameters begin
###############################################################################
loggingEnabled=True

rotationType='bySize'
#rotationType='byTime'
#rotationType='none'

logFileSeverity='Info'

fileMinSize=500

rotationTime='00:00'
fileTimeSpan=24
numberOfFilesLimited=True
fileCount=7
rotateLogOnStartup=False
logFileRotationDir=''
###############################################################################
# Logging parameters end
###############################################################################

def editBegin():
  edit()
   (more...)

Installing the OSB 11.1.1.4 without using a database

It is not required to use a database when installing the OSB if you do not use the OSB Reporting or the OWSM. This is stated in the 11.1.1.3 documentation. I cannot find the same statement in the 11.1.1.4 documentation but it is still (more...)

Using encrypted credentials in WLST

Welcome to my blog. It has been underway in several years but now it is finally here :-)
I will start out with a series of short posts about WLST. I have recently written a bunch of scripts and these tips would have saved me some time had a known them (more...)