Today, I hit a roadblock in my ongoing project to create a WebCenter VM.
I was all ready to get started with the WebCenter install. I found the installation guide and ran the installer.
Then, I hit the prerequisites.
Looks like I need to create the schemas first with the Repository Creation Utility (RCU), available for download here. No problem, download, unzip and off we go into another wizard.
Then, I hit this step.
Uh-oh. It’s asking for database information that I don’t think I have. Hostname (or IP), I have. Port I assume is 1521, since I don’t recall changing it. Service name, oracle? Username with SYSDBA privileges? Oy, now I’m hosed.
I should have taken a screenshot of this stuff. I rummaged through all the Post-Its on my desk, but I can’t find anything about usernames and passwords for 11g.
Plus, I can’t seem to find the default password for sys or any default DBA user.
My first instinct was to remove the install and try it again. This time, writing down all the configuration details.
I’m totally bumming that I just did some housecleaning and removed the 11g install archives. Grr.
OK, so I downloaded them again and ran the installer.
Oh, maybe I should install the demo database this time.
The options are a bit different now. I should install the Server Class version of Enterprise Edition, right? I really don’t want to do this again. So, why not, on the off-chance I need the Server Class version later.
I’ll spare you the gory details, but I chose the Advanced option and then hit this error.
Unexpected errors are not good. OK, back to the drawing board. Remove 11g and restart.
This time through I went with the Typical (vs. Advanced) option to avoid that error I couldn’t diagnose. It went well, and I was able to start the installation.
Then, at 38%, I hit this error:
Weird. Some Googling uncovered this explanation. Somehow managed to bork up the unzip this time. I’m a bit fried at this point.
Back to it after unzipping again. I decided to let the installer run a bit while I grabbed some grub and watch a little “Nerdcore Rising“, which I rented from Amazon Unbox for a very reasonable $0.99 and thoroughly enjoyed.
After a short break, I came back to discover the installer frozen at 69%; its status was “Linking RMAN Utility”.
Ugh, I assumed the VM froze or something. So, remove, run installer again. Rinse, repeat.
This time I monitored the process more closely, and again, it froze at the same step. To prevent failure due to my impatience, I left it for a while and nothing.
By now, I’m running out of ideas.
Then I remember I have Time Machine backups of this VM. So, I can rollback to six hours ago and try to use Enterprise Manager to get the information I need to run RCU.
Note, by this time, I’m having trouble retracing my steps to the original problem.
Great. So, I rollback and try to run Enterprise Manager, only to get an error about environment variables.
At this point, I need to step away and come back fresh.
So, what should I do? Can I salvage my installation and if so, how can I get the information RCU needs, since I failed to make a note of it?
Should I try to configure Enterprise Manager?
Rollback to Part 3 and walk through the 11g installation again?
Please find the comments if you have information.