Monday, May 31, 2010

Some Tips for Installing Oracle BPM 11g on Windows XP

Some tips to get Oracle BPM 11g running on Windows XP, that you may not easily find in the documentation available.

What to collect before you install Software used:
  • Oracle 10g XE Universal
  • Repository Creation Utility
  • Weblogic 10.3.3 + Coherence - Package Installer
  • SOA Suite
  • SOA Suite (patch on with BPM)
  • JDeveloper

When it is not possible to connect JDeveloper to the internet for a check for update:
  • soa-jdev-extension
  • bpm-jdev-extension

Install the software according to the Quick Installation Guide for Oracle SOA Suite as can be found on the Documentation for Oracle SOA Suite page. On XP I did not need to configure anything out of the ordinary. You can install it in the order listed above. Do a typical install of the SOA Suite in a new Oracle home, e.g. named Oracle_SOA1 (the default). Right after that install the patch the same way you installed

BPM Domain

Create a domain for the BPM Server, using the config.cmd in the [ORACLE_HOME]\common\bin. On the Select Domain Source tab select:
  • Oracle BPM Suite
  • Oracle SOA Suite
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Oracle Business Activity Monitoring
  • Oracle WSM Policy Manager
  • Oracle JRF -

Call the domain e.g. bpmdomain. Use the Sun JDK, and configure the JDBC Component Schema according to the schemas created by the Repository Creation Utility.

On the Select Optional Configuration screen you now have the option to select a single server or managed server configuration. Due to restrictions in the way XP uses memory, choose the latter by NOT checking anything and just press Next. This will result in a separate admin and BPM server.

Once finished, locate the setSOADomainEnv.cmd file e.g. in the [ORACLE_HOME]\user_projects\domains\bpmdomain\bin\ folder. Change the memory settings as follows:

set DEFAULT_MEM_ARGS=-Xms512m -Xmx768m

I could not get it running with -Xmx1024. Do not set -Xms512m to 768, as that will result in both servers taking a minimum of 768 Mb, and also a significant longer start-up time.


In JDeveloper create an application server connection to the admin server, pointing to the bpmdomain (in my case), and test the connection. All 9 tests should succeed.

To prevent a 502 error while deploying without any further information about what is going wrong, make sure you disabled the proxy settings in JDeveloper.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

BPM 11g Generally Available

You may already have noticed that BPM 11g is generally available. As BPM 11g runs on the SOA Suite, it would not be correct to call it the "BPM Suite" anymore. As a matter of fact, BPM 11g currently is only available as a patch on the SOA 11g Suite.

To run BPM 11g on your laptop you will need the following:
  • Oracle Server (to setup a playground environment Oracle Server 10g XE is good enough)
  • Weblogic Server 10.3.3 (unless you need it for something else, without OEPE)
  • Repository Creation Utility
  • SOA Suite (SOA Suite 11g)
  • SOA Suite (which includes BPM and is a "patch" on
  • JDeveloper
  • JDeveloper extensions for SOA and BPM (via the check for update feature of JDev)
Excluding the database, for Windows that is 769 MB + 254 MB + 1.7 GB + 1.9 GB + 1.2 GB + 262 MB, is uh ... only 6 GB! Goodbye "next-next-finish", and hello download managers!

The good news is that for the same money you also get all the rest of JDeveloper and also BPEL with that!