Starting from Windows 8, Microsoft has clearly switched their target consumers to mobile users and snatched the clean desktop experience from power users.
Windows 10 is basically a huge PHONE OS, however, significant efforts were made by Microsoft to reduce the gap between a mobile OS and pure desktop experience by the addition of a semi effective start button. Yet it satisfy the frustrated me? Not entirely
For example, I have multiple versions of Oracle developer installed in my box, starting from Developer 6i, Developer 10g & Developer 11g in the same box & almost all elements within the developer stacks share the common names like forms developer, reports builder etc. Using the jump list was NEVER my cup of tea as it takes time, efforts to distinguish. Though the new start menu allows one to drag and drop the apps to desktop, send to desktop is a sure missing option which could truly confuse a person who switched from XP/7 recently.
I’m responsible a middle size IT infrastructure and was promoting the usage of classicshell, the free start button/ start menu alternative that brings a kind of Windows XP/7 style start button/menu experience back to both Windows 8.x and Windows 10 OS.
One of my close associates & a person I respect as a legend, Iudith said the following with one of her recent mails to me:
Regarding all this WebLogic issue … I have a feeling that Oracle “used a cannon for killing a fly” ………
Maybe that complicated setup creates an environment which can support all kinds of other products,I really don’t know because I have mostly just heard about it.
From Oracle’s perspectives, this approach may provide them better scalability, however how far such complexities will appease the developer crowd remains a big concern.
While the modernization of Oracle forms and reports, the maximum sought legacy development means remain a frequently sought and discussed topic, Oracle is definitely NOT doing enough to regain the confidence of mortals who spent decades developing, especially by making each and every newer versions difficult to install and setup.
Less said, let us go back to the topic, how to create and configure a standalone report server instance for 12c environment. This is my 3rd post in a row about installing and configuring 12c products related to Forms and Reports
I can’t exactly remember which document says “In-process reports server has better accountability against a standalone reports instance”. I have referred minimum couple of dozen 12c related documents and tens of blogs to setup stuffs. Without arguing whether in-process server or a standalone instance is better to cater the reports services, let me list the activities one have to perform in order to setup
Create a reports tools instance (Mandatory, if you are planning to use the same box for reports development)
Create a reports server instance (OPTIONAL, only if you want to host a standalone reports instance)
Start WLST(Weblogic Scripting Tool) console, and execute the below commands one after another (Make sure the node manager & the Weblogic admin server services are already started)
Once successfully completed, restart the WLS_REPORTS application using the weblogic admin console. Once bitten, twice shy…I always restart the weblogic admin server and other servers to make sure nothing is broken in between…(paranoid I must be)
Restarting the WLS_REPORTS server causes the weblogic server to configure the newly created instances of reports tools and reports instance. A successful completion let you
Start using the reports builder
Access the standalone reports server instance
You need minimal configurations for the standalone reports server instance. Just setup the reports (.rdf files) path, disable the security elements and you are online!
Assuming you have already configured the weblogic server components following the previous posts, switch to the reports instance configuration folder
A many times a silly something that could annoy a user while using Windows 7/8.x is missing tray icon(s) for volume control, network connection (rarely), which allow the users to toggle the volume on off and here is the quick fix to bring those tray icons back without restarting the computer
Start Task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC altogether)
Scroll down and locate “Windows Explorer” , right click the process and restart!
Once the process restarted, you MUST able to see the tray icons relaunched.
For unknown reasons, the Wan miniport(s) available with Windows 7/8 could start showing errors & giving the user no apparent solutions to fix them, including uninstalling them.
I had the same situation when all of a sudden one of my PPTP connections started giving errors like “Device disconnected”, properties for the PPTP connection not shown and not allowing me to delete the connection in the corrupt state.
After few attempts, I came across a workable solution, posted with Microsoft support site. Unfortunately, this time I forgot to bookmark the page, however, still remember the entire steps. Please find them listed below
View – > Show hidden devices
Right click the Wan Miniport device with yellow exclamation mark
(Enlarge the images for more details)
Now force install the driver. Once the installation is over, you can safely uninstall this device. Follow the same for all the Miniport devices those are showing the exclamation mark. Once you are done with the uninstall processes, don’t do anything else. Just restart the computer and start creating the VPN connections once again.
The above exercises must have fixed the Wan miniport issues for you.
Was one of our maximum sought posts & recently I decided to go for a fresh installation of Weblogic 10.3.6 64Bit installation + Forms & reports 11g R2 64Bit. We repeat one of the best articles explain how to is available here and what we are going to provide you additional is few of the things those are different from a typical 32Bit installation.
JDK 8 is not supported (Or my two attempts didn’t bring any fruits)
Node Manager Windows service installation is not offered during the normal/custom installations. That means you MUST install the node manager service by running the .cmd file provided. Default location for the .cmd file is …\wlserver_10.3\server\bin and the file name is “installNodeMgrSvc.cmd”. You should execute this .cmd file from an elevated command prompt!
If you prefer to install a service for Admin server, we have altered the script a little bit and please find it below.
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set MEM_ARGS=-Xms512m -Xmx512m
I really hope the above tips will make your Weblogic installation more enjoyable.
The installation procedure mentioned below are applicable for Windows 10 also. So enjoy! I just finished installing the 11G R2 64Bit database in my computer running Windows 10 64Bit professional.
I believe if someone is attempting to install Oracle database in a laptop or desktop machine, it is purely for limited development requirements or learning.
A many who are new to Oracle database may not able to install the software on many versions of Microsoft client OS like Windows 7 or 8 until certain levels of hacks are made.
Ignore what “I know everything” geeks screaming across tech forums, asking you questions like “DID YOU READ THE CERTIFICATION MATRIX”
You don’t have the time, neither do I.
Let us install the Oracle database 11g R2 this time on a Windows 8.1 (Update 1) dell laptop with following configuration 8GB memory, 1TB Hdd, Windows 8.1 update 1 64Bit Other oracle software installed
Developer Suite 6i
Developer Suite 10g
Download the installation files from Oracle repositories
There are two files to download, a total of 2GB
Extract the zip files and move the files inside a single folder
Once extracted, you have something like below
Now Switch to the second folder, which reads as “win64_11gR2_database_2of2”
Open up the “components” folder (D:\Oracle11gR2_64Bit\win64_11gR2_database_2of2\database\stage\Components)
There will be four sub-folders within “Components” folder, copy them toD:\Oracle11gR2_64Bit\win64_11gR2_database_1of2\database\stage\Components folder
That’s all. Just start the installation process. Make sure you have changed the virtual memory settings of your box prior the installation (If you already have developer suite 10g, you already changed it) Start the installation by executing “setup.exe” You will get one warning, about not meeting the recommended environment requirements (/me chuckles). We didn’t check the 32Bit version of Oracle Database 11g R2, however the method should be same. Hope you enjoyed another post from us
We came across a small annoyance with Oracle product Reports developer 10g. We are yet to pin point the exact reasons, however, if you are experiencing the same issue which is as elaborated below:
Start Reports Developer 10g
Flash Screen appears
Then gets automatically minimized to the taskbar (Windows 7/8/8.1), and pointing the mouse shows the preview, as in below image.
However, clicking the preview window doesn’t bring up the Reports Builder 10g to maximized mode and remains unresponsive
What has changed from the last time the software was used?
We uninstalled and re-installed Weblogic Server 10.3.6 & Forms & Reports 11g R2, which has added multiple entries into the PATH environment variable. Order of path variable and pointers towards the java libraries are very sensitive for multiple Oracle products. May this could be a problem? Not sure!
Right click the Preview window
and select “Maximize”
Once maximized, exit the reports developer. Restart to confirm the builder starts in Maximized mode next time.
The below hack is applicable to Windows 10 also, however, after the RedStone update, the registry hack entry “might” get removed and if you still prefer to right click and lock the drive without restarting, you will have to import the registry once again.
Start registry editor (double click to merge is NOT anymore supported), from the “File menu” Select import and point to the lock-bde.reg or whatever name you have given to the registry file that was manually created.
End of update //12/October/2016
The major difference between Windows 8.x Professional and Windows 7 Professional? Well you have free Bitlocker encryption for your 8.x Windows box(professional onwards), while the same is limited to Ultimate and Enterprise editions for Windows 7
Enabling Bitlocker on a drive is pretty easy, right click and go on.
Obviously we will not recommend you to bitlock your root drive. If you do, you are on your own :)
Now we have a problem, to unlock you must enter a password or other bitlocker supported authentication methods, which is fine. The concern is the unlocked drive remains unlocked for any user logs into the same computer until a restart.
For me this is a clear concern. I have some stuff which is not appropriate for my 7 years old daughter, or for a friend who just wants to “check his emails” during a visit.
After loads of searches, I found some nice leads which helped me to re-lock a drive by right clicking the bitlocker enabled drive in the explorer window.
Below listed were the actual links, which helped me to achieve the objective on my Windows 8.1 boxes (Office laptop & Home PC)
spreadbytes solution had one problem, I am using the boxes without UAC, thus while the .vbs script fires, nothing happens and the drive remains unlocked
Technet thread had the exact requirement addressed & all I needed to do was, alter the scripts a bit here and there to achieve my target
Open notepad or notepad++ and copy the below text and save it as lock-bde.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
"AppliesTo"="(System.Volume.BitLockerProtection:=1 OR System.Volume.BitLockerProtection:=3 OR System.Volume.BitLockerProtection:=5)"
The hex values mentioned over here creates an entry like following
Once the value created, you can change the text as you desire to suite your situation (for Example, my development machine was not reading the PATH information properly, hence I was forced to add C:\Windows\system32 in front of the command
Open notepad or notepad++ and copy the following text into it. Then save as “manage-bde-lock.vbs”, and copy to c:\windows\system32
Args = ""
Last = Wscript.Arguments.Count – 1
For i = 0 To Last
Args = Args & " " & Wscript.Arguments.Item(i)
Args = Replace(Args,"\","")
CreateObject("Shell.Application").ShellExecute "manage-bde.exe", "-lock -forcedismount " & Args, "", "runas", 1
That’s it. You should get “Relock Driver…” context menu by right clicking on the bitlocker enabled driver from now onwards