Upgrading Forms & Reports developer 11g could be equally confusing & interesting, as there are not many documents explaining a how to. Recently we were closely following up an “issue” raised by one of the visitors and opted to “upgrade” the development machine to check the feasibility of Forms & Reports 11g over Windows 8.1 64Bit
We were able to complete the upgrade process without much issues and the steps followed were described as below
Download the required software
As we were on 32Bit environment for the Weblogic, we downloaded the 32Bit packages for the upgrade. The total download should be roughly around 1.8GB
Once the downloaded archives are extracted, you can start with the upgrade process.
Prior the upgrade process, please make sure you stopped both Weblogic Admin server service & Weblogic Node manager service to avoid any kind of failures with the process.
You can kick start the upgrade process by executing the “setup.exe”
You should “Skip” the software update, as usual :)
Select “Install software – do not configure”
There could be multiple warnings about incompatible setups, you can “Safely” ignore and continue with the installation. We warn you, you shouldn’t install uncertified Oracle products on any OS, in case if you are going to use such setups for Production purposes
Setup should automatically pickup the “Middleware Home & Oracle Home Directory”
Going ahead will produce an error stating another installation is available in the selected location, ignore and continue
Unless you have a valid Oracle support contract, uncheck “I wish to receive…” and continue with the upgrade process
We got an error at 19%, all about certain java components. If you are familiar with LINUX, most of the times you could monitor a log file, as it is being updated using “tail” command. With latest versions of Windows OS you can use powershell to monitor the log file online.
Open up powershell and copy the installation log name like following
get-content “C:\Program Files (x86)\Oracle\Inventory\logs\install2014-02-24_12-59-08PM.log” –wait
It does the job and if errors are found, go ahead and cancel the installation and start over, which should deal with the java related errors. The total installation will be stuck unless.
You may save the setup steps and try out your upgraded forms & reports now. The only one element what we have noticed as “created” new as part of the installation was
Start Forms designer and check the about window and you must having the following information.
Forms [32 Bit] Version 18.104.22.168.0 (Production)
Oracle Toolkit Version 22.214.171.124.0 (Production)
PL/SQL Version 126.96.36.199.0 (Production)
Oracle Procedure Builder V188.8.131.52.0 – Production
PL/SQL Editor (c) WinMain Software (www.winmain.com), v1.0 (Production)
Oracle Query Builder 184.108.40.206.0 – Production
Oracle Virtual Graphics System Version 220.127.116.11.0 (Production)
Oracle Tools GUI Utilities Version 18.104.22.168.0 (Production)
Oracle Multimedia Version 22.214.171.124.0 (Production)
Oracle Tools Integration Version 126.96.36.199.0 (Production)
Oracle Tools Common Area Version 188.8.131.52.0
Oracle CORE 184.108.40.206.0 Production
That’s it folks. Give it a try and post us your issues, success notes.