Posts Tagged ‘WCI’

Simplify WCI 10gR4 installs in IIS7 by dodging this bug

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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:
iis7-role-service-wci

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WCI 10gR4 (10.3.3) won’t work without a hotfix

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

I was recently helping a client upgrade from Plumtree 5.0.4 (!) to WebCenter Interaction 10gR4 (aka 10.3.3), and after running through all the DB upgrade scripts, the classic navigation was still showing this error:

Error displaying the Category tabs: -2147205114 – Invalid community id provided: 123 . The community does not exist or the user does not have access to it.

The strange thing about the error was that the “Community ID” shown in the error message is actually the ObjectID of the first PAGE in the community, not the community itself.

wci-10gR4-hotfix

After doing all the standard debugging and ruling out the DB upgrade scripts, it turns out that this is a known issue (KB article 1422352.1, Bug 13775312 – login required). It is resolved with Hotfix 14745949 (login required), which addresses other issues such as:

  1. UNINSTALLING ONLY AUTOMATION SERVICE CAUSES THE PTPORTAL DIRECTORY TO BE REMOVED (Issue 14745949)
  2. FIX FOR BUG 9691984 CAUSES PERFORMANCE DEGRADATION IN AUTH SYNC (Issue 14565631)
  3. COMMUNITIES WITH MORE THAN ONE PAGE WILL ERROR IN CLASSIC UI (Issue 13775312)
  4. ORACLE WCI PORTAL CANNOT COMMUNICATE WITH PORTLET REMOTE SERVER VIA SSL (Issue 13332531)
  5. PORTAL MEMORY LEAK IN SEARCH CLIENT – BASIC/ADV SEARCH, SNAPSHOT QUERIES (Issue 12988569)
  6. HTTPSTREAMPARSER CANT FIND END OF RESPONSE HEADERS CAUSING NETWORK FAILURES (Issue 12677959)
  7. HIGH CPU USAGE FROM QUERYD WHEN ONE OF THE NODES IS RESTARTED (Issue 12578166)
  8. ENABLE FUNCTION TRACING AND CLEAN UP LOGGING FOR FUTURE EASIER DEBUGGING (Issue 12382745)
  9. ADVANCED LAYOUT EDITOR: WIDE PORTLETS ARE NOT ACKNOWLEDGED IN ONE-COLUMN LAYOUT (Issue 10199005)
  10. LDAP PWS SYNC JOB PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY IMPROVEMENTS (Issue 7822564)

Running WebCenter Interaction on 64-bit Windows

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Technically, WCI 10gR3 and previous versions aren’t supported on 64-bit Windows. WebCenter Interaction 10gR4 does support 64-bit, but not every item in the stack got a refresh (ahem, Publisher).

But, aside from this blog, which is running WordPress, the rest of this site has been running 10gR3 on Windows 64-bit without a problem. Everything pretty much installs normally, with the exception of the portal itself on IIS. In order to get that running, you’ll need to run a tweak or two. Specifically, you’re going to want to configure IIS to run 32-bit applications.

There’s a Microsoft Knowledge Base article on how this is done. Basically you just need to:

1) Enable 32-bit applications

cscript \inetpub\adminscripts\adsutil.vbs SET W3SVC/AppPools/Enable32bitAppOnWin64 1

2) Install and register 32-bit .NET 2.0

\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -lk

3) Enable 32-bit .NET 2.0 in IIS Configuration manager

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:

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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

Psyche!

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!
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Crawl RSS Feeds with WebCenter Interaction

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I don’t know whether to file this one under “obvious” or not. On one hand, I guess most people have always known this. But on the other, it’s such an under-used feature it bears repeating: Web Crawlers in Webcenter Interaction (and even back in the ALUI days) aren’t just for web sites – they can crawl RSS feeds too.

Configuration is identical to creating a Web Crawler. In administration, select “Create Object: Content Crawler – WWW” and choose the “World Wide Web” Content Source:

Here, instead of entering a web site, just provide the URL of the RSS feed:

Once the job runs, a card is created for each article in the feed:

Note the created date shows when the feed was crawled, not when the original articles were written. And in this example, only 11 cards have been created because that’s all that’s being provided on the Integryst RSS Feed. Both of these problems can be resolved by running your crawler job regularly, so that the dates are closer to when the posts are written, and the cards stick around after they’ve “left the feed”.

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.