Monday, September 28, 2015

SOA 12c Compact Domain DB Based MDS

With the release of SOA 12c, developers can now have full-fledged SOA 12c running on their desktops/laptops on the integrated WebLogic server. This is a great news for development community - as one can download the SOA/BPM 12c quickstart which comes pre-configured with JDeveloper and integrated WLS running SOA/BPM.

Some developer productivity benefits include;
1) You don't need a license for quickstart installs (for development & evaluation purposes)
2) Single jar that will install & configure WebLogic domain, SOA, JDev and everything you need to get going

However, there are some limitations with the default quickstart install. For one, the quickstart installation runs on top of Java Derby DB; and the SOA MDS is a file-based repository by default. Although for normal development purposes this may not be a big challenge, it could be an issue if you want to leverage some features such as;

1) Run-time modification of business rules
2) B2B, MFT & ESS
3) SOA Composer
4) BAM
5) BPM Composer etc.. which require a Oracle database to run.

However, there are other ways to configure your development environment to run on top of Oracle database - therefore you can have a DB based SOA MDS.

In this post, I will illustrate how to install and configure a SOA 12c compact domain for development purposes.


1) Download Java 7. According to the certification matrix jdk 1.7.0u55+ is supported - here
2) Download Oracle XE 11g Database - here
3) Download SOA 12.1.3 quickstart distribution - here
4) Optional components such as B2B, MFT, can be downloaded if required
Download MFT - here
Download B2B - here

Install java 7 on your environment. Note: By default on windows jdk will choose a location under "Program Files". In certain cases, I have seen the space in folder location cause unknown issues. Ensure java is installed on a location without space in the folder name eg., C:\Java

SOA 12c Quickstart Installation:

Unzip the

Open terminal (command prompt) as administrator
Ensure JAVA_HOME and PATH environment variables are set and points to the jdk installed
set JAVA_HOME=C:\Java\jdk1.7.0_71
set PATH=%PATH%;C:\Java\jdk1.7.0_71\bin

Step 1:
Execute the following command to install the SOA 12c quickstart
java -D64 -jar fmw_12.
Step 2: Provide a oracle home where SOA 12c must be installed
Step 3: Ensure the validations are okay
Step 4: Review the installation summary - provides the list of features/components installed as part of the quickstart distribution
Step 5: Review the installation progress
Step 6: Once the installation succeeds, click Finish.
At this stage, quickstart can be used if you are not looking for features such as mentioned above. Just open the JDeveloper, right click on the IntegratedWeblogicServer to create and start domain. JDeveloper takes care of creating a WLS domain and configuring it automatically.

Follow through for a compact domain installation.

If you need additional components such as B2B, BPM or MFT now is the time to install them. Let's install B2B.

Installing Oracle B2B:

Step 1:
Unzip and execute the following command to install B2B
java -D64 -jar fmw_12.
Step 2: Choose the same Oracle home that was used to install the SOA 12c quickstart
Step 3: Choose B2B or Healthcare profiles depending on requirement. Let's choose B2B
Step 4: Follow the instructions and click Finish to close the B2B installation wizard

I haven't detailed the MFT installation. However, should you need, it is a very straightforward installation.

Installing XE 11g Database:

Unzip the and follow the instructions to install XE database.

Step 1: Execute setup.exe
 Step 2: Accept the license agreement
Step 3: Choose the destination folder where XE must be installed
Step 4: Enter the SYS password
Step 5: Review and click Install
Step 6: Click Finish to finish the database installation

Creating RCU schemas for compact domain:

Step 1: Execute rcu.bat from the following location - $ORACLE_HOME\oracle_common\bin

Step 2: Leave the default selection on Create Repository and click Next
Step 3: Provide the database connect information and click next
Step 4: Ignore the warning. XE is not a "certified" database but will work fine in development environments.
Step 5: Default prefix is DEV. You can change this if you need. Select the SOA Infrastructure schema from the list which will select the required schemas
Step 6: Provide a password that will be used for all the RCU schemas
Step 7: Here you can select the size for the database profile. Default is small and should be fine for development environments. Optionally you can choose to enable/disable healthcare integration
Step 8: Follow the instructions and proceed with creation of database schemas for our compact FMW domain. Click close in the final summary screen.

Create and Configure Compact SOA Domain:

In this section let's create and configure a compact SOA domain.

To enable compact domain option, set the following environment variable before executing the config.cmd script

> set
> cd $ORACLE_HOME\oracle_common\common\bin
> config.cmd

Step 1: Choose the "Create a new compact domain" option and provide a domain name/location
Step 2: This is an important step where you must choose the templates with which the compact domain will be created. Choose all the required components. Note that the templates would show up based on the installations in the current domain.
Step 3: Choose a folder location where applications would reside
Step 4: Provide a administrator username and password.
Step 5: Choose Development mode / Production Mode (basically if you choose production mode, you will be prompted for the administrator username and password every time you start the weblogic server). Choose the JDK that we installed earlier which will be picked up by default.
Step 6:Provide the database details and click Get RCU Configuration. Once you get a success message proceed to next step.
Step 7: In the JDBC component schema page, select all the schema components and click next
Step 8: A test would run against the database for the schema connectivity. Once you get a success for all the components proceed further.
Step 9: For a compact domain with a "Admin" only server which will host all the middleware services leave the defaults on step 9 and click next. If you have a need to update the configuration such as adding managed servers, update default ports you can check the appropriate configuration and update.
Step 10: Click Create to create a compact SOA domain
Step 11: Ensure the domain creation succeeds and click Finish to close the config wizard.

That completes the creation of a SOA compact domain.

Now, if you start the weblogic server by issuing startWebLogic.cmd command, you will notice that the Java DB instance would start automatically. Since this is a compact domain and it will run off the Oracle XE database instance, we don't need the Java DB.

Start the weblogic with the noderby flag to prevent the Java DB from starting up.

> cd $ORACLE_HOME\user_projects\domains\compact_domain\bin
> startWebLogic.cmd noderby

Once the server starts up, establish connectivity to all the services to test the installation;

WLS Console: http://localhost:7001/console
EM Console: http://localhost:7001/em
SOA Composer: http://localhost:7001/soa/composer
B2B Console (if installed): http://localhost:7001/b2bconsole
BAM Console: http://localhost:7001/bam/console

One advantage with compact domain is that you can also create a integrated weblogic domain from JDeveloper which could be handy for a lot of development activities.


  1. Great tutorial here! It's important that people learn how to do this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Sathyam,

    Could you please explain how to create SOA-MDS connection in jdeveloper 12c version


    1. Mithun, You will find the SOA-MDS repository under the "Resources" tab - adjacent to the "Components" panel on the right side of your JDev.

  3. I have installed weblogic server and soa suite. But when I am trying to open EM console I am not getting User interface page though url is getting changed as follows:

    could you please help on the same?

    1. I am not sure what the issue is. If you have a quickstart install, by default the installation is on port 7101.