Monday 16 June 2008

Oracle OBIEE Install on Unbreakable Linux

After visiting a seminar given by Oracle on Data Analysis and Oracle BI, I have decided to explore the Oracle OBIEE product and see it first hand. In this post I would like to share my experience of installing Oracle OBIEE on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux.

I am in the opinion that all things should be in the database and I was reluctant and skeptical about Oracle BI. Why on earth do we need another app server kind of server, a server which is half webserver and half app server and all it does is things like daily office automation tasks. After reading some marketing text about the tool I found it to claim to do things like:

  • Mail merge
  • Cheque printing
  • PDF reports
  • Flash graphs
  • Any format Reports
  • Interactive dashboards
  • Ad-hoc analysis
  • Market analysis

A true mix of Siebel, JD Edwards and Peoplesoft one can say. Especially what is the point of having a tool like OBIEE, when you can have all this (maybe not all, but a significant portion) directly from the database with Oracle APEX in Oracle 11g served to the user via a web browser and for FREE. Having Google offering MS Word like applications on the web what is the point really of OBIEE. Is OBIEE already old technology?

Installing Oracle OBIEE on Unbreakable Linux

So, I have downloaded Unbreakable Linux from the Oracle Store here. Installed the OS on a Desktop Machine and then, downloaded Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition OBIEE and particularly the Linux version file biee_linux_x86_redhat_101333_disk1.cpio from Oracle Downloads Website.

One thing I noticed when I was reading about OBIEE is that it is "Database Agnostic", that is it doesn't need a database to operate, although you can put it in XMLDB. But this is not necessary as OBIEE can live on a file system.

That is what I did and I run the command on the downloaded file like this from my Linux prompt

$ cpio -idmv < biee_linux_x86_redhat_101333_disk1.cpiowhen the file extracted gave me following directory structure


then all you need to do to start installilng the OBIEE is run the script like this


During the installation the trickiest part was to provide your JDK software's home. That is you have to have Java installed on the box where you will run OBIEE as it runs on OC4J (Oracle Containers 4 Java) platform. Basically a J2EE platform.

Once I have correctly indicated the directory where my Java JDK 1.5 (or greater) was installed the installation was smooth and finished quickly. I have chosen the full complete installation of OBIEE from the install options and it put software in the designated Oracle BI homes.


As this is not MS Windows I didn't get lots of menu items at the end of the installation. Instead I had to go to a directory and start certain scripts in order to get the whole of my OBIEE infrastructure up and running. If you want to know which servers and services to start, you will need to read stuff on the Installation manuals and other BI blogs. But as a starter page after the installation you will get the welcome page: file:///home/oracle/OracleBI/index_bi_ee.html

This page tells it all. You get links to the 3 main components of your OBIEE installation on the right top corner of this page and these are:

  • Application Server Control
  • Oracle BI Interactive Dashboards
  • Oracle BI Publisher

Theoretically all 3 should work when you click them. In my case I found only the 1st link to be working. After some Google whacking and troubleshooting search I have realised that some services or some '.sh' scripts required didn't automatically run and required services weren't started properly. Tsk, tsk tsk... Remember? This is a linux platform. Probably OBIEE is best run on Windows, then!?

Anyway I found the /home/oracle/OracleBI/setup directory to be full of cool scripts which you can use to start stuff in OBIEE.

After successfully starting Oracle BI Server, Oracle BI Presentation Services (SAW server) I have finally managed the get all 3 links to work and started exploring the Oracle BI Infrastructure.

In another post I hope to write about my thoughts on OBIEE.


OBIEE Defaut User is : Administrator
OBIEE Default User password is : Administrator

Resources I used for the OBIEE installation.

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