Posts Tagged ‘Neo’

Do you use WebCenter Interaction Wikis or Blogs?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Those of us who go way back with Plumtree remember PEP (Pages, Ensemble, Pathways), which were pretty much futile attempts to break into more “modern” technologies like Blogs, Wikis, RSS, and other buzzword-worthy tech after “The Portal” had been conquered. It didn’t go well, but we won’t dwell on that. We all make mistakes.

I had planned on doing a review of WebCenter Interaction Collaboration Server in Neo, a.k.a. 10gR4. But honestly, there’s not much you need to know, and most of you have moved on anyway. There is now some UCM integration (which, of course, is already re-branded) and what looks like some Excel functionality that honestly I haven’t even looked at but probably fixes some issues with the late-90’s era Excel Portlet.

Oh, and it looks like they re-signed those WebEdit and Upload controls:

But what frankly came off as almost insulting was the “Blog” and “Wiki” functionality that’s now included. I’ll just drop two hints: Atlassian Confluence and WordPress. Don’t waste your time with Collab.

For the morbidly curious, I’ve included some screen shots after the break.

Running Plumtree Portal on IIS7 and Windows Server 2008

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The latest version of WebCenter Interaction (aka Neo, or 10gR4) officially added support for IIS7 and Windows Server 2008. But WCI 10gR3 – or (gasp!) Aqualogic User Interaction or Plumtree don’t since IIS 7 didn’t exist way back then. We’ve discussed how to get these older revisions working on 64-bit Windows, but many of you don’t have the luxury of upgrading Plumtree or have cancelled your support and maintenance contracts (and, if you haven’t, why not?) .

Still, time marches on, new application servers and operating systems are introduced, and your server team is antsy to get you to upgrade what you can. So, today’s post is about getting older versions of WCI working on IIS7 and Windows Server 2008. It’s – of course – not officially supported, but from my testing with WCI 10gR3 it seems to work OK. Your mileage may vary, and I can’t say I’ve actually supported a production environment running 10gR3 in this configuration yet, so proceed at your own risk.

The problem starts with the portal installer – you’re likely to see something like the following lines in your error logs:

“E:\bea\alui\installlogs\portalappserver_deployment.log”(51,13): [echo] ERROR: Web Site Default Web Site does not exist. Virtual directory cannot be created.
“E:\bea\alui\installlogs\WebCenter_Interaction_InstallLog.log”(38038,51): Additional Notes: FATAL ERROR – ANT post-installation action returned an error. See e:\bea\alui\uninstall\ptportal\10.3.0\register\configmgr_config-setup.log for details.
ANT Post-install Check:
Additional Notes: FATAL ERROR – ANT post-installation action returned an error. See e:\bea\alui\uninstall\ptportal\10.3.0\register\configmgr_config-setup.log for details.
ANT Post-install Check:
Additional Notes: FATAL ERROR – ANT post-installation action returned an error. See e:\bea\alui\uninstall\ptportal\10.3.0\register\configmgr_setup-service.log for details.
E:\bea\alui\uninstall\ptportal\10.3.0\register\register-configuration-manager.xml:191: E:\bea\alui\configmgr\2.0\bin\configmgr.url (The system cannot find the path specified)

Basically, this is telling you that the installer wasn’t able to deploy the web app to IIS7. But, it does copy all of the appropriate files, so they’re ready to be deployed manually. Read on for the steps to get started in getting your old portal working with the latest IIS Application Server… (more…)

FREE Knowledge Directory Portlet in WebCenter 10gR4

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Knowledge Directory has always been an instrumental part of the Plumtree / ALUI / WebCenter stack, and several vendors – Integryst included – have made strides in enhancing its functionality over the years by providing a more Windows Explorer-like interface. Adaptive Layouts were nice for getting part of the way there, but until now, Oracle never had an AJAX-type solution.

With Neo, that all changes. The new Knowledge Directory portlet – part of the new Neo Portlet bundle – is a decent portlet that provides most of the expected functionality:

It even has a pretty solid configuration screen (for both admin and personal settings) to choose a base folder, properties that you’d like to have presented, and some formatting options:

You’ll find a special offer after the break if you’re so inclined…

WebCenter Interaction 10gR4 New Features, Still No Sign of Resolved Issues

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

When Neo (10gR4, for those who are counting) came out (and then REALLY came out), word on the street was that there were 200 “bug fixes”, but we never got official word of what those work, like we’ve seen in the past.

I wish I could tell you in the four intervening months that I’ve seen such a document, but sadly, I still haven’t. It does seem, though, that since then, some updates were made to Oracle’s What’s New section of the release notes, so, you know, there’s that.

Officially, as of this writing here are the latest updates:

  • Support for .NET 3.5 and Java 1.6
  • Support for Intel 64-bit on Windows and Linux
  • New adaptive tags supporting multi-level menus and trees, adaptive tag caching, higher level logic tags, and adaptive tag sample portlet
  • Advanced search adaptive layout page
  • Support for displaying Pagelet Producer pagelets in Oracle WebCenter Interaction
  • New KD portlet
  • Tagging Engine
  • Native RSS integration
  • New password management features

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be diving into some of these features, as well as Collaboration Server and any other new stuff we can find. Stay tuned!

Installing NEO, aka WebCenter Interaction 10gR4

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

So, now that we’ve got WebCenter Interaction 10gR4 downloaded, you’re probably wondering how things look. Well, because it’s just a point release (and probably the LAST one), don’t expect much in the way of dramatically new stuff.

The installation process for the portal will be pretty familiar to those of you who’ve done any before, although there are a LOT of new options, as Oracle has chosen to bundle together most of the new stuff into three uber-installers (Portal, Collab, Analytics).

The portal installer in particular really throws in everything and the kitchen sink – even things like the IDK and Documentum Crawlers are all bundled in there:

Details after the break. (more…)

WebCenter Interaction 10gR4 (Neo) Now REALLY Available!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Well, after a little bit of a false start, intrepid reader Brad Styve noticed that our binaries for WebCenter Interaction 10gR4 – a.k.a. “Neo” – are finally available as of yesterday. As he points out, there are now “three installers to rule them all”. That is, many of the separate installers you had to work through in the past – Portal, Identity Services (LDAP and AD), Crawlers (UCM, Exchange, Windows Files), Dev Tools (IDK, JSR-168), Sharepoint – have now been bundled into the single 1.5GB installer. Couple that with Collab and Analytics, and you’ve got a pretty good foundation for your upgrade or install process.

Contrary to my previous report, you can still find the installation package in the usual “Oracle BEA” media pack, and the installers sit alongside all the others:

Still painfully missing is Publisher, which technically isn’t supported on the new Windows platforms (Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008). And since Publisher needs to reside in the same database as the portal, well, this stack still isn’t “fully supported” if your IT department is nagging you to get your existing portal stack off Windows Server 2003 or SQL Server 2005. I’m still looking for an official (or unofficial) response from Oracle on this oversight: we know Publisher is end-of-life’d, but are we at least going to get the existing Publisher 6.5 binaries certified on these platforms? Or is the official party line that we HAVE to move to UCM? And if so, where are the migration tools?

Oh, and while we’re “nitpicking” (if you could call such a glaring omission “nitpicking”), Brad mentions that he’s been informed there are over 200 bug fixes. Sooo… why isn’t Oracle providing a list of significant fixes in this release like they have in every past release? I mean, the release notes list 36 “known issues”, but has no “resolved issues” section. Strange, huh?

WebCenter Interaction 10gR4 (Neo) Now Available!

Monday, December 12th, 2011


Today Oracle announced WCI 10gR4 through their blog and tech network. The problem is: the download isn’t available yet, and there’s already some conflicting information out there.

Following the instructions on the download page, you can see that you’re no longer supposed to find the download via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud using the “Oracle BEA” Media pack, but the “Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3 (10.1.3) Media Pack”.

No 10.3.3 yet:

Aside from the conflicting information about the version being available and not being there, there’s more conflicting info after the break. Stay tuned, though, as I’m sure this’ll all be worked out soon, and we’ll keep you posted on new features and functionality!

Tick, Tock, WebCenter Interaction…

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

While we may eventually see the new version of WebCenter Interaction (code name: Neo) this year, we’ve been hearing about it for what seems like years now. Neo will be more of a patch release – say, 10gR4 or 10.3.3 – rather than a new major revision. Pre-release versions have been out there for some time now; see Jeremy’s excellent post for some idea of what to expect with this build.

Whatever it ends up being called, Neo is largely a refresh to get additional platform support (64-bit, IIS7, Windows 2008, SQL Server 2008, Office 2010). The pre-release version that we’ve been working with has a couple of interesting new features – especially around Collaboration – but it remains to be seen whether these make the final cut. This will certainly be the last significant WebCenter Interaction release, and it’s time to start thinking about what happens next.

The support clock is ticking:

Oracle wants you on WebCenter suite, but you have choices. At Integryst, we spend a lot of time discussing the “Post-WCI World“, and the choices faced by our clients when deciding whether to remain on the Oracle stack or move to a different platform entirely.

Either way, we’ve got you covered. As always, stay tuned to this blog to read the latest coverage of new and noteworthy tips and tricks for WCI. But, in the coming weeks and months, you’ll start seeing more posts discussing alternate portal-type technologies, including Atlassian Confluence (wiki), Alfresco (document management), Frevvo (forms/workflow) and Drupal (Content Management, Collaboration).

Oracle WebCenter Interaction LIVES! (kind of)

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Sorry if the title got your hopes up, folks: “living” is not the same thing as “growing and thriving”.

We all know Oracle’s stated direction on WebCenter Interaction, a.k.a Plumtree, a.k.a. ALUI, a.k.a WCI: While it’s had some promising adoption news within Oracle, it’s pretty clear “the ‘tree” is on its way out in favor of the WebCenter Suite.

If you need any further evidence that WCI is not long for this world, take a look at the just-released webinar that Oracle gave this week: Oracle WebCenter Suite – Giving Users a Modern Experience.

Now for the good news (and the crux of this post’s title): We are not a forgotten user community:

… and, as Oracle stated in that webinar, the long-promised Oracle 10.3.3 patch release is coming soon.  No formal release date, but it seems we aren’t going to be left completely in the cold; this patch release focuses mostly on integrating with the rest of the Oracle stack to make the transition less painful – if you choose to continue drinking the Oracle Kool-Aid.

Any way you cut it, this transition isn’t going to be easy, and is likely going to feel like “starting over”.  I mean, how many times did we hear Oracle emphasize how long it would take their own services group to make the transition in that webinar?  A LOT – I counted them (no, I didn’t): there were at least eleventy-two.