Simplify WCI 10gR4 installs in IIS7 by dodging this bug

Years ago I wrote about manually deploying WCI to IIS7 because the installer simply fails to do it, without reporting any error. In doing a recent 10gR4 upgrade, I came across this issue again and found that it’s actually a documented bug (login required):

When installing WebCenter Interaction 10.3.3 on IIS7 on Windows 2008 Server, the installer fails to configure the IIS application pool, web site, and virtual directory. The installer returns no error and there are none in the Windows event logs.

Turns out that the workaround is simple enough to get the installer to automatically deploy the portal to IIS7 – just enable the “IIS 6 Management Compatibility” service:

The steps to enable this are:

  1. Open ‘Server Manager’
  2. Select ‘roles’, then ‘Web Server (IIS)
  3. Scroll down to the ‘Role Services’ section and click on ‘Add Role services.
  4. Select the required ‘IIS 6 Management Compatibility’ service and complete the installation dialog.
  5. After restarting IIS your installation should complete succesSfully.

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