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Running SOA Suite 11g on your workstation

Fusion Middleware 11gThere are several advantages when working in a project with Oracle SOA Suite to have a local installation of the SOA Suite on your workstation. While developing and trying bits of code you can’t break other peoples work as you can on a central server. Running FMW 11g on a workstation with say memory on the low end of the spectrum can be challenging. In this blog I’ll show you some additional (to this previous post) measure that my blogless colleague Rob Heikoop came up with.

Rob came up with two things:

  • Create an All in One AdminServer as described on the Oracle wiki. We skipped BAM in the installation Use only one Domain in WLS. You’ll have to combine the admin en the SOA_domain. Running just one domain saves memory.
  • Keep the database centralized. In the central database each developer has it’s own SOA schema that is especially created for him. To do this run the RCU for every developer and use the prefix to reflect for example the developers initials (example of using RCU on slideshare). Not running the database on your workstation saves memory and CPU.

In order to have new developers being able to use this quickly we copy the reference installation (with plug-ins, patches and the works) and alter the configuration:

  • Alter the scripts in the C:\Devel\SOAMiddleware\user_projects\domains\soa_domain\bin directory to reflect your workstation name instead of that of the reference machine. You can do this easily by using an editor like Notepad++ and use Search > Find in files > Replace in files. Otherwise you’ll be stopping your teammates server…. (again sorry Rob)
  • Change the configuration files in C:\Devel\SOAMiddleware\user_projects\domains\soa_domain\config\jdbc to reflect the prefix created especially for you while using the RCU. Again Notepad++ can help you here.

Now you can start the tools:

  • WebLogic Server: C:\Devel\SOAMiddleware\user_projects\domains\soa_domain\bin\startWebLogic.cmd
  • JDeveloper: C:\Devel\SOAMiddleware\jdeveloper\jdeveloper.exe

SOA Suite 11gR1 PS2 released

Previous I mentioned a preview of the 11g R1 PS2 new features. Here are a few links for this new release –

Existing PS1 users simply apply the patch to upgrade to

Other releases

Running SOA Suite on Amazon EC2

SOA Suite on EC2

SOA Suite on EC2

One of the things on my To Do list was to move my local SOA Suite 11g R1 to The Cloud. It seemed a good idea to save my laptop some resources (to spare some for JDeveloper) with only a limited investment. Besides that it can be a good way to demo applications, and work together with my colleagues on these demos.

During the last months I noticed that there are several good blogpost on the subject. In this post I’ll show you the ones I used and provide some additions to them.

Setting up Amazon Web Services (EC2 and S3)

This arcticle on OTN guided me while signing up for:

  • Amazon AWS
  • Amazon S3 – Simple Storage Service
  • Amazon EC2 – Elastic Compute Cloud

and to setup PuTTY. The only hick-up here was that I’m using the PortableApps version of PuTTY that doesn’t come with the puttygen – Key Generator.

Provisioning a SOA Server on Amazon EC2

This blogpost guided me in the provisioning of the AMI (Amazon Machine Image).

  • AMIs are per region: The Amazon Machine Instance (AMI) for SOA Suite (id = ami-acb557c5) is only available in the US East (Northern Virginia) Region.
  • Don’t bother to setup the Elastic Block Store (EBS) Volume. It is scripted in the latest version of the AMI, as described in step 5 of “SSH to your image and accept license”. The EBS Volume is seeded using a snapshot (id = snap-dd980db4) that is provided. This volume will be used to persist your data across sessions and AMI start/stop.
  • When launching the image (during the Configure Firewall step) set the SecurityGroup to accept HTTP traffic on port 7001 in case you want to use the SOA Suite from outside the Image.

Upcoming SOA Suite 11g PS2 features

Yesterday Clemens Utschig posted a list of SOA Suite 11gR1 Patchset 2 ~ (SOA) features. He says it is a non-exhaustive list. It contains features like:

  • Full and complete support for BPEL 2.0 (designtime and runtime)
  • Reintroduction of “BPEL domains” – that are called Partitions because there are already WebLogic Domains
  • Enhancements to BPEL’s transactional behavior and audit-trail
  • Full BPMN 2.0 support – part of BPM 11g which runs on top of 11g PS2 SOA core

Update: for the Java developer

In an additional post the features for the Java developer were announced. These include:

  • Support for interface.java as a first class citizen next to interface.wsdl
  • Full support for Spring as component implementation
  • Support for EJB bindings (binding.ejb)
  • Invocation of a composite service

Oracle SOA Governance 11g release?

Recently, in a press release, Oracle introduced Oracle SOA Governance. This component of Fusion Middleware consist of the following components:

  1. Oracle Enterprise Repository – OER
  2. Oracle Service Registry
  3. SOA Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager (SOA Management Pack)
  4. Web Service Manager

According to the press release it is already fully integrated with Oracle Amberpoint:

Oracle SOA Goverance 11g is fully integrated with Oracle AmberPoint, a leader in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Management. The new solution provides organizations more continuity of closed-loop governance processes across both Oracle and third party applications.

Besides that it is not clear to me what is new. The latest version of the Enterprise Repository was release a month ago. Any ideas? Please leave them in the comments.

Oracle Sun – SOA and Integration strategy outline

The webcast of the SOA and Integration strategy was a few days later available as the overall strategy. You can find the entire webcast here.

SOA Platform

The combined Oracle Sun solution focus boils down to the following bullets:

  • Oracle SOA Suite continues as the strategic product.
  • Sun JCAPS continues to be supported and maintained
  • GlassFish ESB continues as an open source project
  • A bridging technology is planned to support collaboration between JCAPS and Oracle SOA Suite.
  • Key functions from the Sun SOA products will be incorporated in the Oracle SOA products.

Portal technologies

Oracle WebCenter stays the strategic portal offering. Support for both GlassFish Web Space Server and Sun Portal Server will be continued. An upgrade path to WebCenter is planned for both. The IP (Intellectual Property) for Sun’s Web Space Server will be released into the Liferay open source community.

Oracle Sun – strategy outline

On January 27th Larry Ellison and other Oracle executives outlined the Oracle Sun strategy in a live event. The webcast and sheets are available online. There is also a FAQ overview available.

Besides that there is the Oracle + Sun Product Strategy Webcast Series. If you are into Java or Middleware developement, I think the message boils down to these few sheets:

Development Tools

Oracle Dev Tools

Development Tools Strategy

Application Server

Glassfish and WebLogic will coexist and share logic/components.

Oracle Apps Server

AS strategy

SOA products

Oh, and WebCenter will be the strategic portal offering.

Oracle SOA Products

SOA product strategy

Previous post on the subject:

SOA Suite available for WebLogic Server 10.3.1

From today there is a SOA Suite 10.1.3 familiy member available for WebLogic Server 10.3. Oracle SOA Suite has been released. As described earlier we were looking for a recent SOA Suite version that is certified for a recent WebLogic server version. And here it is: Oracle BPEL Manager, Oracle ESB, Oracle Rules, and OWSM (basically all versioned are certified with WLS 10.3.1.

Update – Installation instructions

Installation instructions for SOA Suite on WebLogic Server can be found in these blogs:

SOA Suite available

SOA Suite patch set 5 – also known as SOA Suite – is available, as is mentioned in this blog post. The patch can be downloaded here. We have been waiting for this patch as described earlier. The release document can be found here.

Metalink doc.id 745094.1 promises that is the SOA Suite 10g release that wil be supported on WebLogic 10.3. Where older release were supported on 9.2 (although for requiring the patch 490612 and patch 7337034).

So far the Metalink note has not been updated and is still stating a “planned” support. It could be that it is still a little premature to draw conclusions, since the released downloads and documentation pages haven’t yet been update with the information on this release.
Beside that no information on support on WebLogic 10.3 was found in the release documentation. The OTN downloaded page still features SOASuite10133OnWeblogic.

Running FMW 11g on your laptop

There should be no problem running Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g on a laptop. However if it’s memory is on the low end of the spectrum, it can be challenging. One of the changes you can make, is reducing the memory allocated to the Java process for the WLS domain running the SOA Suite. These memory settings can be altered in the following file:


Change the memory settings to:

set DEFAULT_MEM_ARGS=-Xms512m -Xmx512m

Off course the values are dependent on the resources of your machine, and shoud be altered accordingly.