Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Installing Oracle Fusion Applications: Where to start

On 22 May 2011 Oracle Fusion Applications (Beta version) was available for download on eDelivery.

What is Oracle Fusion Applications:

'Designed from the ground up using the latest technology advances and incorporating the best practices gathered from Oracle's thousands of customers, Oracle Fusion Applications are 100% open-standards-based business applications that set a new standard for the way we innovate, work, and adopt technology' (www.oracle.com)

To give you an impression of the end product see this demo.

To give an idea of the infrastructure of Oracle Fusion Applications, see the next picture.

This post and all posting still to come, will describe the installation steps to install Oracle Fusion Applications.

So where to start with the installation? First you need to download the installation files from eDelivery. On eDelivery you can find the sources via:

After hitting the Go button, you will see all the installation files needed to install Oracle Fusion Applications.

Start by downloading the 11 installation DVDs and the Documentation Library, marked by the red squares.

Oracle Fusion Applications is supported on the following platforms:
  • Linux x86-64 (64 bit)
  • Oracle Solaris SPARC (64 bit)
  • Oracle Solaris x86-64 (64 bit)
  • IBM AIX on POWER Systems (64 bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64 bit)
However, at this time only installation files for Linux (64 bit) are available. To go for a full Oracle solution, I will use Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 6 as OS.  Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 6 can also be downloaded from eDelivery.

The main sequence for installing Oracle Fusion Applications is as follows:

  1. Download and stage the Oracle Fusion Applications software and install provisioning framework

  2. Install and configure Oracle Identity Management components

  3. Install a transaction database

  4. Create a provisioning plan for the new environment

  5. Provision a new environment

  6. Complete required post installation tasks

We have now completed the first part of step 1, downloading Oracle Fusion Applications software. The installation manual describes a tool - Oracle Fusion Applications Installation Directory Utility (IDU) - which should be used to unpack and stage the software. However this tool is not part of the the installation DVDs. Instead (after installing Linux) copy the 11 DVDs to a directory and submit

unzip *.zip

This will unzip all DVDs and create a following installation directory

It looks like Oracle has shipped all their software that might be needed. Most of the installation files are Fusion Middleware sources. The installation manual starts off by describing different versions for Fusion Middleware (, 10.3.4) etc and continues with all Fusion Middleware on version Most of the installation sources for Fusion Middleware shipped on the 11 DVDs come with version, while this should be!

At this point we have completed step 1.

For step two, we need to install and configure Oracle Identity Management. The installation files for Oracle Identity Management need to be at and versions shipped with the 11 DVDs are not at this level. We need to download the following components from eDelivery and/or Technet (trust me, I had to find out the hard way!):
  • Oracle Database

  • Weblogic Server 10.3.5

  • Webtier

  • Webtier patchset

  • Identity Management

  • Identity Management patchset

  • SOA Suite

  • Oracle Identity and Access Management

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Repository Creation Utility

  • Oracle JRockit JDK R28.1.3 for Java SE 6 with JRockit Mission Control 4.0.1 for Linux x86-64

Note that you need to download these installation files for the correct OS, in our case Linux 64 bit!

Now we have downloaded all the installation files and are ready to install and setup IDM.

In my next post I will first describe how to install Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 6 to host IDM.

Note that my intention is to create a small sandbox to be able to get a taste of the 'Fusion vibe'. My installation will be the bare minimum and not a high available system. For example, just to install IDM you will need at least 7 high available servers. I will install all Fusion Middleware on one server and Oracle Fusion Applications (DB) on another server.

At the time of writing this post Fusion Applications was still a Beta release. Now Fusion Applications is general available as final state. See this post for further details.


  1. Vijay Chinnasamy2:22 PM

    Wonderful post. Thank you.

  2. Remko9:59 AM

    good post, but I wonder into which error you ran that you need the Identity management patch instead of the which is shipped

  3. Hi Remko,

    The shipped files are indeed at, except the installation manual describes that you should install
    See installation manual Oracle Fusion Applications chapter
    4.5.5 Upgrading the Oracle Homes for Oracle Identity Management from to

    I in fact ran into a error when trying to install IAM, wich is shipped at This needs weblogic (shipped version


  4. sudheer2:34 PM


    I am trying to dowload Fusion Application software. While unzipfollowing error occured. While download filesize is 3.68 but edelivery size is 3.8GB. Please advise

    unzip_lnx V26496-01.ZIP
    : cannot find V26496-01.ZIP, V26496-01.ZIP.zip or V26496-01.ZIP.ZIP.

    unzip V26496-01.ZIP
    Archive: V26496-01.ZIP
    End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
    a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
    latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
    he last disk(s) of this archive.
    unzip: cannot find zipfile directory in one of V26496-01.ZIP or
    V26496-01.ZIP.zip, and cannot find V26496-01.ZIP.ZIP, period

  5. Aman,

    First of all thank you for visiting our blog site.

    Second, a blog is nothing more than someone expressing their thoughts and/or experiences. In none of my posts or my colleagues posts we try to fool people or attract attention to our blog site. This is quite rude of you to state it like this.

    I don't know if you have read any more of my posts or the comments on the posts, but more people are struggling with the poor installation manuals that Oracle delivers. We have to rely on people writing blogs on how to get Oracle software working properly.
    So is to blame, people trying and sharing their experiences of Oracle with poor installation manuals, You can decide for your self.

    And what is wrong about trying???
    If you have installed it may times, perhaps you can share your expertise with the rest of the world, so we all can learn from you.


  6. Miguel Escaja4:04 PM

    thanks for writing this post.

    really helpful

  7. Juan Jesus5:10 PM


    Thanks for your blog.

    I'm trying to get a sandbox Fusion Apps. instance. but before installing I would like to know if 4gb-ram server is enought to install it.

    Can you tell if this Ram is enough, or if not how many gb. ram-minimum are neccesary to get a basic sandbox, just to test re UI.


    Juanje. Madrid. Spain.

  8. Juan,

    Oracle has not yet published an official requirements statement on installing FusionApps.

    Answer to your question: It not possible to install FusionApps on a 4GB server.
    Before installing FusionApps you need to install and configure Oracle Identity and Access Management. This alone will require at least 16GB (installation preferable over several servers). After this FusionApps can be installed. From unofficial (Oracle) resources and presentations from the Fusion Learning Center, I understood that you would need a minimum of 60GB RAM server to be able to install and run FusionApps properly. And yes this is not a typo!
    I also tried installing FusionApps on a 4GB server and the installer kept crashing when creating the blank FusionApps DB. I had to tweak Linux and DB parameters to be able to install just the blank database and this took 7 hours.
    FusionApps is not like any application we have seen until now. You will need huge amount of hardware (RAM, CPU, Harddisk, Networking) to be able to run it properly.



  9. Vaishali4:38 PM

    Really good post. Hakan keep posting...

  10. Hi All,

    I would like to install Fusion Applications in my laptop.
    What is RAM and Hard disc is required?

    Thanks & regards

  11. Venu,

    No RAM or harddisk specifications have been officially released by Oracle. From experience and presentations on FusionApps, I can tell you that it is recommended to have at least 60GB RAM for just the FusionApps server. Yes, this is no typo!!
    For the other servers, you will need 6 - 16 GB RAM. If you do the installation according to the Oracle manual, you will need about separate 12 servers!
    And that is just the RAM. The blank FusionApps DB takes 55GB harddisk on install. This is without data.

    So can you install it on your laptop. I would say, not.
    FusionApps is really like no other ERP system, that probably why Oracle is offering FusionApps on the Cloud.



  12. Samir Rane1:48 PM

    To install Fusion Application, you will require 128 GB of RAM (if you are using single box) and around 600 GB of Disk Space for installation.

    If you trying installation with lesser memory, various services will keep crashing.


  13. ajith7:57 PM

    Hi All,

    Does anyone have the proper hardware requirements manual for Oracle Fusion Application.Also
    has Oracle released any official "Installation Guide for Fusion apps"?

    Can it be installed on a 16GB RAM Server?

    If anyone has material regarding Fusion Apps please mail me at ajithkn321@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance!!!

  14. Mazhar11:24 PM

    Hi ,

    You 've explained Oracle Fusion in easy to understand format for beginner like me

    Can you please suggest how to Install Financials suite of Oracle Fusion Applications... what are the sequence of steps if we Installing it on RHEL 5 server.

    Do we need to Install Oracle Database OR EBS R12 vision Database in order to Install to Financials suite of Oracle Fusion Applications

    Could please explain that Do we need to Install Oracle Database OR EBS R12 vision Database in order to Install Financials suite of Oracle Fusion Applications on RHEL 5 server ??

    Please Correct I am assuming that Financials suite of Oracle Fusion Applications can be Installed Without Installing the Oracle Database Or EBS R12 vision Instance.

    And If yes could you please share the Sequence of steps that need to be followed in order to install Just The Financials suite of Oracle Fusion Applications on RHEL 5 server.

    Appreciate your reply if you could Enlightened a bit more

    Thanks & Regards

  15. naveen6:17 PM


    when i try to download the oracle fusion application and middleware from edelivery it ask for a customer id..
    My organization has OPN pratership with oracle. Is this the default behaviour ? does it always ask for customer id?

    pls reply