Howdy guys? We were busy
upgrading uninstalling Weblogic 10.3.6, Forms & Reports 11g R1 and installing 64bit software throughout last few days.
For the installation part, you are not going to get better write up than one available here
However the installation procedure described there is limited to installing the Weblogic Server. You may refer to our earlier post for a “know how to” install and configure Forms & Reports 11g (both R1 & R2)
We tried the following combinations
Weblogic 10.3.6 64Bit with Forms & Reports 11g R1 32Bit. The results were quite disappointing. Installation and configurations went all fine, however once after a restart, we were not able to start the OPMN, thus all the services depending upon OPMN were failing. Even the uninstallation process was terminating without giving any prompts, forcing us to physically remove dozens of entries from registry and other places
Then we opted for a full 64Bit installation, which went smooth and after a restart everything was in place! intact
Setting up the forms using Oracle Enterprise Manager (R2 sets it up properly, against R1)
Just logon to Oracle EM, go to forms node and make changes and just apply. Many changes may not even require a server restart.
Few examples here
Web Configuration for “default”
Setting up LOV buttons, required field highlighting
Calling forms based applications once after the above are set is quite easy. Just point your browser to
However, calling a report may not be that easy. The report server(s) are pretty much sensitive to your network settings. For example, we are using one Windows 8.1 64Bit machine for the entire testing and on which we have multiple oracle products installed
To make the scenarios once again complex, we have both class C and Public IPs set as static addresses for testing multiple products at the same time and VirtualBox’s own network interface (disable it!)
We will try to analyze the most common errors one may come across while trying to run reports
REP-52005: The specified key <keyname: in our case the key userlogin> does not exist in key map file.
Browse and locate file “cgicmd.dat”. You must take a backup and add the keyname and value by the bottom of the .dat file.
Eg: Physical path(Change according to your installation)
Save & restart the report server. Make sure you check the OPMN status as well. If required, restart OPMN by issuing opmnctl stopall & opmnctl startall from the application instance bin directory
The “opmnctl status” will provide you the status of element and make sure “RptSvr_<hostname>_asinst_1 is “Alive”
Go to Weblogic Server console and restart the WLS_REPORTS. Test your report once again.
REP-51002: Bind to Reports Server <servername> failed
This error could be genuinely difficult to address, as the log files will show the report server(s) and up and running, however keeping on failing to bind while trying to print reports.
Reason#1: Binding fails to resolve the hostname where the report server is installed. Mostly happens while the host has more than one static IP assigned
Solution:Edit C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file and add an entry like following
Your.static.ip.address fqdn hostname
192.168.0.10 myhost.mydomain.com myhost
188.8.131.52 myhost.mydomain.com myhost
Reason #2: Windows firewall is blocking UDP against port 14021.
Solution: Create an exception with the firewall, or disable the firewall completely and try the reports once again. Please note, a restart of the box is always recommended
REP-52266: The in-process Reports Server <server_name> failed to start.oracle…
Solution: This is mostly due to the host resolve issues. Once you resolved the issues as mentioned just above, the in-process server must be running fine after a restart.
Make sure the in-process Report server is up and running.
Update: There are couple of topics discussing about in-process report server, which should give you more details about how the server gets activated and when
(We will do more tests and confirm the reasoning with our next update)
In-process reports server caters your web.show_document calls without a server parameter call. Let us check, how reports are called from a forms module, attached with a button click
The first method, we are specifically passing the report instance name, while the below example
just tries to call the available report instance to cater the report. If you want to know how many reports instances are up and running in your server, you can use the EM or rwdiag.bat –findAll command
Common configurations for Reports 11g(11.1.2)
Leave alone the below
Additional settings (if required)
We are hoping to detail this post in near future. Too much typing for a day! Please note, these testing and solutions provided here are coming from novice like you guys, hence if you find anything which is not technically correct, please do let us know through comments section.