Oracle Fusion Middleware & Application Server

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oracle 18c Certification for Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2

Since a few days the Certification Matrix for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.x) was updated within Oracle Technology Network, now Oracle 18c (18.1 on Exadata and 18.3 on On-Premise) is certified and supported as Target Database for RCU (Repository Creation Utility and as Application Datasource.

Certification Matrix for Fusion Middleware 12.2.1.2.0: https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/fusion-middleware/documentation/fmw-122120-certmatrix-3254735.xlsx



Certification Matrix for Fusion Middleware 12.2.1.3.0: https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/fmw-122130-certmatrix-3867828.xlsx


In My Oracle Support under the Certification Tab, the new Certification for Oracle Database 18c (18.1 on Exadata and 18.3 on On-Premise) is not yet updated.

See for example the Certification for SOA Suite 12.2.1.2.0


See for example the Certification for SOA Suite 12.2.1.3.0


I have created a Support Request with My Oracle Support for that and according to My Oracle Support, the Certification Matrix on Oracle Technology Network is correct and therefore Oracle 18c (18.1 on Exadata and 18.3 on On-Premise) is fully supported and certified with Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2


Friday, October 19, 2018

Installation of Oracle 18c (18.3) RPM manually

Since last night the RPM version of Oracle 18c (18.3) is available, see my blog post http://dirknachbar.blogspot.com/2018/10/oracle-18c-rpm-for-linux-available.html

I was directly testing the manually way in installing the Oracle 18c (18.3) RPM version, not Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN).

As pre requirement you will need an up and running Linux Server, in my case an Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.4, and the Oracle 18c RPM and as well the Oracle 18c Preinstallation RPM.


Transfer the 2 above mentioned files to your target server as root user in any temporary directory, navigate in a shell to the temporary directory and execute as root following commands:

1. Install the Oracle 18c Preinstallation RPM

yum localinstall oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm 
Loaded plugins: langpacks, ulninfo
Examining oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm: oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64
Marking oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package oracle-database-preinstall-18c.x86_64 0:1.0-1.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: glibc-devel for package: oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: ksh for package: oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: libaio-devel for package: oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: libstdc++-devel for package: oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package glibc-devel.x86_64 0:2.17-196.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: glibc-headers = 2.17-196.el7 for package: glibc-devel-2.17-196.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: glibc-headers for package: glibc-devel-2.17-196.el7.x86_64
---> Package ksh.x86_64 0:20120801-34.el7 will be installed
---> Package libaio-devel.x86_64 0:0.3.109-13.el7 will be installed
---> Package libstdc++-devel.x86_64 0:4.8.5-16.el7 will be installed
--> Running transaction check
---> Package glibc-headers.x86_64 0:2.17-196.el7 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

====================================================================================================================================================================
 Package                                     Arch                Version                        Repository                                                     Size
====================================================================================================================================================================
Installing:
 oracle-database-preinstall-18c              x86_64              1.0-1.el7                      /oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64               55 k
Installing for dependencies:
 glibc-devel                                 x86_64              2.17-196.el7                   OL74                                                          1.1 M
 glibc-headers                               x86_64              2.17-196.el7                   OL74                                                          675 k
 ksh                                         x86_64              20120801-34.el7                OL74                                                          883 k
 libaio-devel                                x86_64              0.3.109-13.el7                 OL74                                                           12 k
 libstdc++-devel                             x86_64              4.8.5-16.el7                   OL74                                                          1.5 M

Transaction Summary
====================================================================================================================================================================
Install  1 Package (+5 Dependent packages)

Total size: 4.1 M
Total download size: 4.1 M
Installed size: 14 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
warning: /var/OSimage/OL7.4_x86_64/Packages/glibc-devel-2.17-196.el7.x86_64.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 Signature, key ID ec551f03: NOKEY
Public key for glibc-devel-2.17-196.el7.x86_64.rpm is not installed
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                                                                                                                52 MB/s | 4.1 MB  00:00:00     
Retrieving key from file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY
Importing GPG key 0xEC551F03:
 Userid     : "Oracle OSS group (Open Source Software group) <build@oss.oracle.com>"
 Fingerprint: 4214 4123 fecf c55b 9086 313d 72f9 7b74 ec55 1f03
 Package    : 7:oraclelinux-release-7.4-1.0.4.el7.x86_64 (@anaconda/7.4)
 From       : /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : ksh-20120801-34.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                       1/6 
  Installing : glibc-headers-2.17-196.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                2/6 
  Installing : glibc-devel-2.17-196.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                  3/6 
  Installing : libaio-devel-0.3.109-13.el7.x86_64                                                                                                               4/6 
  Installing : libstdc++-devel-4.8.5-16.el7.x86_64                                                                                                              5/6 
  Installing : oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64                                                                                                  6/6 
  Verifying  : oracle-database-preinstall-18c-1.0-1.el7.x86_64                                                                                                  1/6 
  Verifying  : libstdc++-devel-4.8.5-16.el7.x86_64                                                                                                              2/6 
  Verifying  : libaio-devel-0.3.109-13.el7.x86_64                                                                                                               3/6 
  Verifying  : glibc-headers-2.17-196.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                4/6 
  Verifying  : glibc-devel-2.17-196.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                  5/6 
  Verifying  : ksh-20120801-34.el7.x86_64                                                                                                                       6/6 

Installed:
  oracle-database-preinstall-18c.x86_64 0:1.0-1.el7                                                                                                                 

Dependency Installed:
  glibc-devel.x86_64 0:2.17-196.el7          glibc-headers.x86_64 0:2.17-196.el7      ksh.x86_64 0:20120801-34.el7      libaio-devel.x86_64 0:0.3.109-13.el7     
  libstdc++-devel.x86_64 0:4.8.5-16.el7     

Complete!

2. Install the Oracle 18c (18.3) RPM

yum localinstall oracle-database-ee-18c-1.0-1.x86_64.rpm 
Loaded plugins: langpacks, ulninfo
Examining oracle-database-ee-18c-1.0-1.x86_64.rpm: oracle-database-ee-18c-1.0-1.x86_64
Marking oracle-database-ee-18c-1.0-1.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package oracle-database-ee-18c.x86_64 0:1.0-1 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

====================================================================================================================================================================
 Package                                     Arch                        Version                    Repository                                                 Size
====================================================================================================================================================================
Installing:
 oracle-database-ee-18c                      x86_64                      1.0-1                      /oracle-database-ee-18c-1.0-1.x86_64                      7.8 G

Transaction Summary
====================================================================================================================================================================
Install  1 Package

Total size: 7.8 G
Installed size: 7.8 G
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : oracle-database-ee-18c-1.0-1.x86_64                                                                                                              1/1 
[INFO] Executing post installation scripts...
[INFO] Oracle home installed successfully and ready to be configured.
To configure a sample Oracle Database you can execute the following service configuration script as root: /etc/init.d/oracledb_ORCLCDB-18c configure
  Verifying  : oracle-database-ee-18c-1.0-1.x86_64                                                                                                              1/1 

Installed:
  oracle-database-ee-18c.x86_64 0:1.0-1                                                                                                                             

Complete!

As next we need to configure the Oracle 18c Database by executing the /etc/init.d/oracledb_ORCLDB-18c script as root user

In case you will receive following error message while executing the /etc/init.d/oracledb_ORCLDB-18c script, simply check your /etc/hosts file and add the IP, Fully Qualified Hostname and the Shortname of your server, re-execute the /etc/init.d/oracledb_ORCLCDB-18c script
/etc/init.d/oracledb_ORCLCDB-18c configure
Configuring Oracle Database ORCLCDB.
[FATAL] [DBT-06103] The port (1,521) is already in use.
   ACTION: Specify a free port.

/etc/init.d/oracledb_ORCLCDB-18c configure
Configuring Oracle Database ORCLCDB.
Prepare for db operation
8% complete
Copying database files
31% complete
Creating and starting Oracle instance
32% complete
36% complete
40% complete
43% complete
46% complete
Completing Database Creation
51% complete
54% complete
Creating Pluggable Databases
58% complete
77% complete
Executing Post Configuration Actions
100% complete
Database creation complete. For details check the logfiles at:
 /opt/oracle/cfgtoollogs/dbca/ORCLCDB.
Database Information:
Global Database Name:ORCLCDB
System Identifier(SID):ORCLCDB
Look at the log file "/opt/oracle/cfgtoollogs/dbca/ORCLCDB/ORCLCDB.log" for further details.

Database configuration completed successfully. The passwords were auto generated, you must change them by connecting to the database using 'sqlplus / as sysdba' as the oracle user.

And we are nearly done :-)

Switch in your shell to the oracle user:

su - oracle
cd /opt/oracle
export ORACLE_BASE=`pwd`
cd product/18c/dbhome_1
export ORACLE_HOME=`pwd`
export PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/bin:$PATH
export ORACLE_SID=ORCLCDB
sqlplus / as sysdba
SQL*Plus: Release 18.0.0.0.0 - Production on Fri Oct 19 13:54:58 2018
Version 18.3.0.0.0

Copyright (c) 1982, 2018, Oracle.  All rights reserved.


Connected to:
Oracle Database 18c Enterprise Edition Release 18.0.0.0.0 - Production
Version 18.3.0.0.0

SQL> col name format a30
SQL> select con_id, name, open_mode from v$pdbs;

    CON_ID NAME      OPEN_MODE
---------- ------------------------------ ----------
  2 PDB$SEED     READ ONLY
  3 ORCLPDB1     READ WRITE


You only need to change now the passwords of the Database Users, e.g. SYS, SYSTEM and so on.

It's really a quick and fast way to install and configure an Oracle 18c (18.3) release on your server, what I personally don't like, is the used OFA (Optimal/Oracle Flexible Architecture) layout provided within the RPM, everything goes under /opt ... :-(


Oracle 18c RPM for Linux available

Since last night, the RPM for Oracle Database 18c (18.3) for Linux x86-64 is available for download in Oracle Technology Network



The RPM can be downloaded under following link: https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/oracle18c-linux-180000-5022980.html

The corresponding documentation can be found under: https://docs.oracle.com/en/database/oracle/oracle-database/18/ladbi/automatically-configuring-oracle-linux-with-oracle-preinstallation-rpm.html#GUID-22846194-58EF-4552-AAC3-6F6D0A1DF794