Category Archives: WLS

Configure BPM engine to publish to BAM

By default the Oracle BPM engine (Business Process Management) is configured so it won’t publish events to BAM (Business Activity Management). So should you choose to use BAM and use these great dashboards, you have set the DisableActions property to false/empty. Here is how it works to configure BPM to BAM:

  • Log in to the Fusion Middleware Control – http://bpm-host:7001/em
  • Navigate through the Farm – WebLogic Domain – select the domain and then select the Server in which BPM is running (soa_server1 in a default install)
  • Use the WebLogic Server dropdown menu as shown in the first screenshot
  • Select the System Mbean browser in the menu
  • Expand the folder ans shown in the second screenshot: Application Defined MBeans - oracle.as.soainfra.config - BMNNConfig - bpmn
  • Find the DisableActions property and remove it’s value
  • Apply the changes

BPM Suite configure BAM Adapter

To have the BPM server push events to BAM – Business Activity Monitoring – we have to configure the BPM suite to use the BAM Adapter. The BAM Adapter is configured (like other SOA Suite and BPM Adapters) in the WebLogic Server Console.

Configure BAM Adapter

  • In the WLS Console, locate the Domain structure and select Deployments.
  • In the Deployments table that is shown, search and click the OracleBAMAdapter (you could filter on type Resource Adapter)
  • As shown in the first screenshot: Select the Configuration tab and within that the Outbound Connection Pools tab
  • Drill down on the oracle.bam.adapter.adc.soap.SOAPConnectionFactory to eis/bam/soap
  • In the properties tab: fill in the details of the connection to the BAM Server (depending on how you installed it). Remember to acknowledge the changes of each field using the enter key (leaving a field without using the enter key and changes will be lost)
  • Save
  • First time you alter the BAM Adapter you have to create a Deployment Plan. Select the Path to the deployment plan and Save
  • Since you need to update the Adapetr now, select it and chose Update
  • Choose the option Update this application in place with the new deployment plan changes and click Finish.

SOA Suite EM create partition

In Oracle SOA Suite 10g, or more specific BPEL 10g, one could group functionality in domains. This feature has been away in the early versions of SOA Suite 11g. They have returned in more recent version and can be used for all SCA composites (instead of BPEL only). Nowadays these 10g domains are called partitions.

Create SOA Suite partition

  • Login to the Fusion Middleware Enterprise Manager: http://server-name:portnr/em
  • Use the tree-view on the left and select soa-infra.
  • Use the SOA Infrastructure dropdown menu and select the Manage Partitions item.
  • SOA Suite EM Manage Partitions

  • The manage partitions page appears and you should select Create… to create your new SOA Suite partition.
  • SOA Suite Create Partition

  • Enter a name for the partition and press the create button.
  • SOA Suite Partition

While deploying SCA appications from JDeveloper or ANT you should add the partition from now on.

JDeveloper 11g with BPM Studio extension

To create Oracle BPM processess with JDeveloper you need to install the BPM Studio extension. This is similar to installing the SOA Suite extension.

Ensure that the desired version of JDeveloper is installed. You can download JDeveloper here. Should you be unsure on how to install JDeveloper check the SOA Suite quick start guide to guide you.

Install JDeveloper BPM Studio extension

Install JDeveloper in a seperate Middleware Home. When starting JDeveloper choose the “Default” role. To enable JDeveloper to perform development for the SOA Suite and develop and deploy SCA composites you have to install an extension called SOA Composite Editor. When you want to develop BPM processess you need to install BPM Studio extension following these steps:

  • Select Help > Check for Updates
  • Click Next
  • Select Oracle Fusion Middleware Products and Official Oracle Extensions and Updates and click Next
  • Select Oracle SOA Composite Editor and Oracle BPM Studio 11g and click Next
  • Check the update has finished and click finished
  • Restart JDeveloper and you’re good to go

JDeveloper BPM Studio extensionShould you choose to install these extensions from a local file make shure you have the correct version for your JDeveloper and SOA Suite install. You can find these extensions in the JDeveloper Update Center. There is also a JDev extensions blog.

Fusion Middleware supported on JDK7

JDK7Trying to keep up with Java versions that are supported for JDeveloper and SOA Suite, like in JDeveloper now supports 64 bit Windows and Java. Redstack pointed me to the OFM supported systems configurations that show that Fusion Middleware is supported on JDK7. The XLS showing certification with OS etc can be found:

Upgrading to SOA Suite PS5 on Oracle XE

Installing PS5 (11.1.1.6) can cause some problems when using Oracle XE as the infrastucture database. The solution is described in this SOA Suite / BPM blog by Niall Commiskey.

More tips on upgrading OFM 11g to patch set 5

My colleague Laurens van der Starre published a serie of tips and tricks on upgrading Oracle Fusion Middleware to PS5 on the Whitehorses blog.

More considerations on upgrading to OFM 11.1.1.6.0

There is an additional article on upgrading to OFM 11.1.1.6 on the Whitehorses blog. It goes into more detail on JDK 7 support, OWSM in SOA Suite, the combination of OSB en OWSM and for example the PSA (Patch Set Assistant) performance.

Java memory arguments in OFM 11.1.1.6.0

More on setting Java memory arguments in SOA Suite 11.1.1.6.0.

Maintaining SOA Suite infrastructure database

While trying to keep my post on purging the BPEL and ESB/Mediator database up to date with the latest documents and experiences, I found these whitepapers and references:

  • SOA 11G Database (pdf) Growth Management Strategy
  • An Oracle SOA 11G installation presents a few challenges for administrators and one of these is managing the growth of the SOA database. The advice facilitates better dialog between SOA and Database administrators when planning and managing database requirements.

  • On Oracle support: SOA 11g Infrastructure Database: Installation, Maintenance and Administration Guide [ID 1384379.1]
  • This document covers everything you need to know about the SOA Infrastructure Database for Oracle SOA Suite 11g. Here we bring together content from sources such as OTN, Product Documentation and our Knowledge Base in an effort to provide you with a single comprehensive resource.

VirtualBox Appliance for WLS development with Eclipse, Maven, and Hudson

With the Oracle Technet Virtual Developer Day coming up a great VirtualBox appliance came available. The developer day focusses on developing Java EE6 applications and Oracle WebLogic Suite 12c.

WebLogic Server 12.1.1 VirtualBox Appliance

The virtual machine contains:

  • Oracle Linux 5, JDK 1.6 +
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.1
  • Oracle Coherence 3.7
  • Oracle TopLink 12.1.1
  • Hudson 2.2
  • Subversion 1.4.2
  • Apache Maven 3.0.1
  • NetBeans IDE 7.1 RC2
  • Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12.1.1 / Eclipse 3.7
  • Easter Egg: Introductory Labs for Oracle Coherence 3.7

All details on download and importing the appliance can be found on the VirtualBox instructions page. No need to say that the appliance has been released for development and testing purposes.

Labs

The image contains four Labs:

  • Total Oracle WebLogic Server Development with Eclipse, Maven, and Hudson
  • Hands on with an end-to-end Java EE6 Application
  • A Step-By-Step Guide to Oracle Coherence
  • Running the Coherence Examples Project in Eclipse

These can be found in the /home/oracle/labs/ directory. Web links to these Labs can be found here.

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.1) available

WLS 12cOracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.1) is available for download. The main themes of the new release are according to Oracle:

  • Java EE 6 and Developer Productivity
  • Simplified Deployment and Management with Virtualization
  • Integrated Traffic Management
  • Enhanced Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Much Higher Performance
  • Seamless Upgrade

WebLogic Server 12 is available as installer or ZIP distribution. Download WebLogic Server 12c. Other useful links:

Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (12.1.1) available

Shortly after WLS 12c Oracle also has released OEPE 12.1.1 – Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse. It is certified on Windows 7/XP/Vista, MacOS, and Linux. OEPE is supported on JDK 6.

Update: WebLogic 12.1.1 VirtualBox Appliance available

With OTN Virtual Developer Day a WebLogic 12c VirtualBox appliance became available. On the appliance there are Labs and other Java development tools like: Hudson, Subversion, Maven, NetBeans IDE, and Eclipse (including OEPE).

Update: Updated/Patched WebLogic 12.1.1.0 distribution available

Just read Markus Eiseles blog on an updated WebLogic Server 12c on OTN. If you obtain the updated product distribution for WebLogic Server 12.1.1 after March 16, 2012, the patches are included. If you obtained a product distribution for WebLogic Server 12.1.1 prior to March 16, 2012, and you do not wish to re-install with the updated WebLogic Server distribution, you can obtain the patches from Oracle Support.

Memory issues after installing OER

OER assetsAfter installing Oracle Enterprise Repository (OER) we experience some memory issues. Besides the messages in the log files, we also couldn’t use the console and em as we did before (when we were just running SOA Suite). It turned out the installation of OER in the same Weblogic domain resulted in some unexpected things.

The WebLogic Server and SOA Suite are started using the startWebLogic script (for windows .cmd and on Linux/Unix .sh). This script uses the setDomainEnv script to set the environment variable for the domain. The setDomainEnv script in turn calls the setSOADomainEnv that actually sets the USER_MEM_ARGS. That in the end are used in the startWebLogic script.

After the installation of OER the setDomainEnv not only calls the setSOADomainEnv. It also calls a script that sets the USER_MEM_ARGS for the oer_server in the domain. Apparently the memory required for OER is less than needed for the SOA Suite. Since the script for OER is executed last, memory setting remain low. As shown in the smippet taken from the setDomainEnv.cmd:

call "%WL_HOME%\common\bin\commEnv.cmd"
call "%DOMAIN_HOME%\bin\setSOADomainEnv.cmd"
call "%DOMAIN_HOME%\bin\setOERDomainEnv.cmd"

To solve the memory issue when starting the WebLogic Server using the startWebLogic script we alter the sequence so the setOERDomainEnv.cmd goes before the setSOADomainEnv.cmd.

If the installer put a second call to setSOADomainEnv.cmd in the setDomainEnv.cmd. That doesn’t work because the setSOADomainEnv.cmd contains the following check:

REM Skip running this script again if it was run once
if "%XENGINE_DIR%" == "" goto set_env
echo *********************************************************
echo ** SOA specific environment is already set. Skipping ...
goto end_set_env

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