Installing OBIEE on 64 Bit Redhat Linux 5.5 The Big Picture

July 12, 2012

Unfortunately, installing OBIEE on 64 bit Redhat Linux 5.5 is neither simple or straightforward. It is a complex multistep process. Usually requiring that you read dozens of documents and webpages, sometimes for one detail alone.

Here is the big picture, or  high level steps on what to do. And some detail, on a few of the gotchas I had.

For more gory details, you can see:

Oracle’s online document:
http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E14571_01/doc.1111/e14770/biee.htm

And, the 120 page installation document from Oracle: e10539.pdf
Oracle Fusion Middleware
Installation Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)
E10539-02

And the many other links referenced below.

Prerequisites:

A Linux server, with lots of memory, disk space, and CPU power
Redhat Linux 5.5 installed on the server. Install -every- package on the DVD.

Steps:

Read the OBIEE certification matrix
Download the appropriate software
Double check that the Linux installation has the required packages
Install the Oracle database software, if it is not installed already
Install Java JDK, 64 bit
Create a database for the repository
Run the Repository Creation Utility (RCU)
Install WebLogic with generic .jar
Install OBIEE as “software only”
Run configuration assistant to configure OBIEE
Write scripts to start and stop OBIEE

First, check the OBIEE certification matrix, and compare it to your environment. This can keep you busy for a while. I used: bi-11gr1certmatrix-166168.xls
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