Before you can start using Oracle Application Server 10g, you need to get the software installed. With prior versions this has always been a frustrating process of failed attempts, followed by research, followed by another attempt. However for the 10g version of the application server, Oracle has made significant improvements in the installer’s ability to ensure that the OS is properly configured and to react more gracefully to problems encounter during the installation. That said, the application server is still a complicated set of interacting software components and the installation still requires some planning.
This chapter will teach you how to install the Oracle Application Server 10g on a UNIX/Linux platform. At the time of this writing, the Windows version of the Oracle Application Server 10g was not yet available.
Planning for the Application Server Installation
As with installing any version of Oracle’s application server, some understanding of the components and their interaction is required. As discussed in Chapter 1, the application server is much more than the Apache web server. The application server is the marriage of the web server to the Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J). If your only requirement is to serve static web pages with servlets accessing a database, the Oracle database installs with a fully functional web server that implements Apache’s Jserv. On the other hand, if you need to configure and load balance 10 web servers connected to a back-end database and your applications require a range of J2EE services, you will need the clustering capabilities and consolidated management that the Oracle Application Server 10g provides.
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