Quest Toad or Oracle SQL developer 4.0 (Early build)

 

There are no disputes, Quest Toad for Oracle is the BEST, for a programmer, DBA in an enterprise environment. Toad comes with a high price TAG, which makes many organizations which are not software development oriented, however do minor scale development to fill the business gaps, against Oracle databases, to make compromises and thus silently supporting pirated copies in distribution.

We were using Oracle SQL developer from last many years as our scenarios were mostly restricted to custom development and the DBA activities were managed by the console interactions itself.

From last few days we started checking out Oracle’s latest build (Early build) of SQL developer 4.0 and the first impression is quite fascinating. The prerequisites are limited to JDK 7.x which is becoming standard deployment in almost all scenarios.

A quick note about installing JDK7. Do not install JRE 7 yet, your ERP R12 instance may note support it, or minimum in our case. Install JDK always in a folder without spaces, like C:\JDK, D:\JDK7 etc

You can download the archive for the early build from Oracle download repositories

(JDK is not included, however from the same page you can download the installer)

Unzip the Developer archive (.zip) file to a local folder. The initial run will prompt for JDK location, which you can point to.

What is New

According to Oracle, these are the few new features added with SQL Developer 4.0

Oracle SQL Developer

New Features in Release 4.0

  • Database Performance Monitoring

    SQL Developer now provides a full interface for Oracle Database Enterprise Edition’s Diagnostic pack, including Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor (ADDM), and Active Session History (ASH). Accessible from the DBA panel, users can also manage their snapshots, baselines, and baseline templates.


  • Find Database Object – Search

    The database search is completely redesigned. The new tree layout allows for searches on multiple schema, object type, identifier types and usages. A history of your searches will be stored for later access. Search results can be viewed in a separate Editor where multiple search results can be pinned and displayed.

  • Command Line

    Command Line support has been extended to Reporting and to the Cart. You can run Reports and generate them into HTML format through the command line. The Cart  commands offer the ability to export objects and data. A set of predefined DDL generation options and data formats can be applied.


  • Cart

    The Cart has been greatly enhanced. You can create and work on multiple carts. The deployment of objects has been extended to give you more flexibility in selecting export DDL options and data formats. Export Object configurations can be saved and applied again. Compare Cart objects to another Cart or Connection with the Database Diff. Cart objects can also be copied with the Database Copy feature. Scripts are extended to include Before and After Data Load.

  • Reports

    Creating reports has never been easier. The create new report dialog has a tree layout for ease of navigation. An Advanced Option is available to instantly create Child and Drill Down type reports. Chart based reports include more chart types and you can test reports from anywhere within the report editor. Charts can be previewed in design mode. An HTML Report can be generated for any report. Enhancements in Database Doc generation include better layout and support for multiple threads to improve performance.


  • UI Enhancements

    The new UI changes in 4.0 enhances the overall look and feel of SQL Developer. A popular request on the Feature Exchange, a window border color can be dynamically set for a database connection. Useability improvements can be seen with with the new floating Editor and Navigation windows.

  • Data Modeler 4.0

    This version includes the new Data Modeler release 4.0. New features include 12c support for IDENTITY columns and masking of sensitive data with Redaction policy definitions at table and column level, create Transparent Sensitive Data Protection (TSDP) policies and associate it with sensitive types. See the full list of New Features here.

  • JDK 7
    JDK 7 Support

    This release supports JDK 7 and above. Download JDK 7 here.

 

Startup

Startup

Welcome screen

NWScreen

You will be asked whether the previous configurations should be migrated, incase if you were using previous versions of Oracle SQL developer. “Yes” will help you to save certainly a great amount of time, recreating the connections

The major difference between SQL developer and Quest Toad you may notice will be the look and feel, while Toad has a clear crisp interface to work with, which looks like earlier versions of Microsoft Office, the total look and feel of Oracle SQL Developer scores many less points. If you are from a pure #Linux environment, there is a high possibility that such look and feel experiences will not affect you much. On the other hand, sorry, your beauty expectations may be compromised to a certain extend.

As the name goes, SQL developer is mainly targeting SQL/PLSQL developers, hence if you are going to compare apple to apple, there are high chances that you will find Quest Toad a better partner, especially if you want to deal with the DBA activities also from the same console.

Memory consumption footprints

Let us look at a major concern for most of us, the memory consumption. Until recent days, laptops/notebooks were mostly equipped with decent 4GB memory, which was more than enough to do your stuff. However, with the emergence of 64Bit operating systems like Windows 7 & 8 the requirement for more memory has significantly changed and the latest default has become a minimum of 8GB.

MEMORY CON

TOAD MEM

A session with just connection established, SQL developer consumes 700 and more memory, while Quest Toad consumes less than 90MB the maximum, which could draw a line of concern, unless you have plenty of memory to spare. Please check the images above

DATAMANIPULATE

Other than the CPU & Memory demands, SQL developer provides almost all functionalities against populated data as in with Quest Toad.

Now, if you or your organization could afford to pay the high license fee Quest Toad demands,we will recommend Quest Toad as a primary choice as it comes with multiple flavors tailored for particular requirements like

  1. SQL/PLSQL development
  2. DBA Activities
  3. Performance monitoring

while Oracle SQL Developer is absolutely free, provide almost 70-80% of Toad’s functionality for a developer, at a high memory, CPU consumption compromise.

If you have thoughts, concerns, suggestions towards this post, please post them to us in the comments section.

regards,

for Windows7bugs

admin

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Install & Configure Oracle Weblogic Server 10.3.6 & Forms & Reports 11g on Windows8/Windows 2008 R2

Hello guys, we just posted how to upgrade your existing  Forms & Reporots 32Bit 11.1.2.1.0  to 11.1.2.2.0. Why don’t check it out here?

We are running a blog explaining many workaround solutions for installing and configuring discontinued, uncertified Oracle software on Windows 7 & Windows 8 from last year onward.

Let us accept it, Developer 6i applications face multiple issues while used on both Windows 7&8 like:

  1. Intermittent crashes
  2. Rendering menu modules
  3. Stability
  4. Running products like Reports and Graphs

Usually a legacy application compiled using patch sets below 18 are less prone to above mentioned issues, however an application completely developed using patch 18 regularly get into issues on Windows 7 & 8 where hacks are used.

Recently we were forced to look towards a better environment for a new application, which by certain reasons cannot be accommodated and hosted within Oracle Application entity, and we started dwelling the possibilities of setting up a Weblogic server (old application server) for our forms and reports modules.

in short, we did it! and we are sharing the experience with you.

you need the following to carryout the installation and configuration

Windows 8/Windows 2008 R2 box (VM for testing)

Oracle Weblogic Server 10.3.6 (32Bit)

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/weblogic/downloads/wls-main-097127.html

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Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/forms/downloads/index.html

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(Hurry, you may not find the above software bundles with OTN after few weeks or months time)

Part 1 – Weblogic Server 10.3.6 Installation

Installation of Weblogic is pretty straight forward on Windows 8. Only once the compatibility issue is raised, which you can safely ignore by the click of a button.

The Weblogic 10.3.6 (wls1036_win32.exe) installation comes as a single .exe file, which you can start like any other installer.

Please have a look at the images

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Choose a directory name without spaces, this is going to be your middleware home.

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Uncheck the email notification, you don’t need it as far you don’t have a support from oracle

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Select “Custom” installation type, as you can select which JDK to be selected and other components at later stages. We installed both JDK for our installation.

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Click next to continue

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Leave the selection as it is

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Select Yes for “Node Manager Service”, it will make few things simpler at later stages, especially while you are using Admin Server for managing both forms and reports servers.

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Select “All Users”

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Clicking “Next” will start installing the Weblogic server 10.3.6 for you. Relax and wait until the installation completes.

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Once installation has been done, you will be given an option to setup the Weblogic server with an instance, which we will do as a part of Forms & Reports 11g installation and configuration.

Part 2 – Installation of Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2

Once you download the  Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2, the zip archive must be unzipped to a folder, which will create Disk1, Disk2, Disk3 folders. You should start the “Setup.exe” from Disk1 folder. Once again the installation is straight forward, without requiring to make any specific hack to the installation media.

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You must skip the “Software Update” option, unless you have the paid support from Oracle for the product you are installing.

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Most important: You should select “Install Software – Do not configure” at this level, as the configuration will be done once after the installation completed.

4

On Windows 8 you will be notified about two vital check failures, however allowing you to continue the installation at own risk by clicking the “Continue” button.

5

Next page will clearly notify you that you must have an application server already installed. Application server akka Weblogic server. Without Weblogic server you cannot use Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 even for development purpose.

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You can safely ignore being updated about the software updates once again

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Once you say yes to software update related prompt, the installation will start

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Now you have finished installing Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 on Windows 8/Windows 2008 R2

Part 3 – Configuring the Weblogic server with forms and reports 11g

As we have installed “Node Manager Service” prior configuring the forms and reports, we need to stop the Node Manager Service from Windows services console

Invoke “services.msc” and stop the following service “Oracle Weblogic NodeManager(D_Weblogic_Middleware_wlserver_10.3)

If you don’t stop this service, you are going to come across issues as discussed here

To configure the Weblogic server for forms and reports, you need to invoke the “Configure Classic Instance” cmd file from Windows menu folder “Oracle Classic 11g – Home1”

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It may take couple of minutes until you are provided the installation application GUI as shown below. Click next

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Select the option “Configure for Deployment”

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Unless you are entitled for Oracle support ignore the email part

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Now, choose a meaningful name for your Oracle instance.

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Important: You must note down the following details for future references. We opted to use the username suggested by Oracle during the configuration which is “weblogic” and provide a password consist of alphabets and minimum one digit (number)

Domain is the node which will be setup with Weblogic for Administration server as well for both Forms and Reports Servers.

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By default, Developer tools are not selected, you MUST select this node, incase if you are going to use the same machine for development (which is our objective with this exercise). You may uncheck the “Clustered” option, unless used in a production environment.

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Select “Auto Port Configuration”

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Try to avoid using Proxy. Microsoft ISA server can make the whole experience a parody, if used.

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Use Identity management, only if already implemented and business mandatory. Else leave it unchecked

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Click on “Configure” button and sit back, until the process is over!

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You may save the installation responses for a future installation by clicking the Save button. Click “Finish” button to exit the configuration wizard

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You can access the Weblogic Admin Server by visiting http://localhost:7001/console & the Enterprise manager through http://localhost:7001/em

You may run into issues accessing the Enterprise Manager, incase if you have automated the weblogic admin server startup part using services & we have another post explaining how to tackle it here

weblogic console

If the node manager service is installed you can start and stop various components for the domain through this console.

Part 4 – Starting and Stopping domain components AdminServer, WLS_FORMS(Forms Server), WLS_REPORTS(Reports server)

Oracle provides batch files to start and stop all the above mentioned components. You may start just WLS_FORMS and WLS_REPORTS services, unless planning to manage them through the Admin Server console.

Starting Weblogi Admin Server

AdminServer Start

Starting Forms Server

Forms Server Start

Starting Reports Server

Report Server Start

Part 5 – Automating Weblogic Admin Server, WLS_FORMS(Forms Server), WLS_REPORTS(Reports server) startup with Windows Services

Let us agree, the cmd windows look ugly, dangerous and a user can close them down, thus bringing the entire servers down unintentionally. A windows service looks much favorable under such scenarios and wise people from Oracle do provide solutions to create windows services for

  1. Weblogic Admin Server
  2. WLS_FORMS (Forms Server)
  3. WLS_REPORTS (Reports Server)

Creating Windows services for Admin Server and Forms server are pretty simple and straight forward business, while CMD command line length limitations will make Reports Server service creation a little difficult, don’t worry we have solution for it also.

Part 6 – Creating Windows Service for Weblogic Admin Server

Pre-requisite(s)

Notepad++ (or any decent text editor other than Windows notepad)

Create a .cmd file named “Install_AdminServer.cmd” with the following lines

echo off

SETLOCAL

set DOMAIN_NAME=appsdomain

set USERDOMAIN_HOME=D:\WebLogic\Middleware\user_projects\domains\appsdomain

set SERVER_NAME=AdminServer

set WL_HOME=D:\WebLogic\Middleware\wlserver_10.3

set WLS_USER=weblogic

set WLS_PW=pass123

set PRODUCTION_MODE=true

set MEM_ARGS=-Xms512m -Xmx512m

call "%WL_HOME%\server\bin\installSvc.cmd"

ENDLOCAL

Please note, you must provide the absolute domain name and physical directory names based on your installation preferences!

Save the script to “USERDOMAIN_HOME” folder, ie, “D:\WebLogic\Middleware\user_projects\domains\appsdomain” in our case

From elevated command line, execute the batch file, and the Windows service for Admin Server must be created, unless there were mismatches with the information supplied

Part 7 – Creating Windows Service for WLS_FORMS(Forms Server)

Create a .cmd file “InstallWLS_FORMS.cmd” using Notepad++ with following lines

echo off

SETLOCAL

set DOMAIN_NAME=appsdomain

set USERDOMAIN_HOME=D:\WebLogic\Middleware\user_projects\domains\appsdomain

set SERVER_NAME=WLS_FORMS

set WL_HOME=D:\WebLogic\Middleware\wlserver_10.3

set WLS_USER=weblogic

set WLS_PW=pass123

set PRODUCTION_MODE=true

set ADMIN_URL=http://localhost:7001

cd %USERDOMAIN_HOME%

call %USERDOMAIN_HOME%\bin\setDomainEnv.cmd

rem *** call "D:\Oracle\Middleware\wlserver_10.3\server\bin\installSvc.cmd"

call "%WL_HOME%\server\bin\installSvc.cmd"

ENDLOCAL

Save the script to “USERDOMAIN_HOME” folder, ie, “D:\WebLogic\Middleware\user_projects\domains\appsdomain” in our case

From elevated command line, execute the batch file, and the Windows service for WLS_FORMS must be created, unless there were mismatches with the information supplied

Part 8 – Creating Windows Service for WLS_REPORTS(Reports Server)

Create a .cmd file “InstallWLS_REPORTS.cmd” using Notepad++ with following lines

SETLOCAL

set DOMAIN_NAME=appsdomain

set USERDOMAIN_HOME=D:\WebLogic\Middleware\user_projects\domains\appsdomain

set SERVER_NAME=WLS_REPORTS

set WL_HOME=D:\WebLogic\Middleware\wlserver_10.3

set WLS_USER=weblogic

set WLS_PW=pass123

set PRODUCTION_MODE=true

set ADMIN_URL=http://localhost:7001

cd %USERDOMAIN_HOME%

call %USERDOMAIN_HOME%\bin\setDomainEnv.cmd

rem *** call "D:\Oracle\Middleware\wlserver_10.3\server\bin\installSvc.cmd"

call "%WL_HOME%\server\bin\installSvc.cmd"

ENDLOCAL

Unfortunately, you cannot just run the .cmd file and create a service for WLS_REPORTS like other services, as the java CLASSPATH for reports server has more than 3000 character length, which is beyond 32Bit command line architecture.

Hence you have to do a minor hack, as provided as a solution by Oracle.

Go to “D:\WebLogic\Middleware\wlserver_10.3\server\bin” folder (equivalent on your machine) and make a backup for the file “InstallSvc.cmd”

If the report server is running, terminate it by using Ctrl+C within the open cmd window

Wait until the server shutdown. Check the status through Admin Console.

Now restart the Report Server, using the menu interface

Report Server Start

Mark and copy the CLASSPATH= output and paste it to a new text document. You have to spend few minutes to wrap up the text and make sure the entire text is wrapped into a single line (This is why we love Notepad++)

Marking_Classpath

Add “set” in front of CLASSPATH= and your txt file content should look something like below and save the text file as “myClasspath.txt”

set CLASSPATH=D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\jdbc\lib\ojdbc6.jar;;;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\ORACLE~1\modules\oracle.jdbc_11.1.1\ojdbc6dms.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\patch_wls1036\profiles\default\sys_manifest_classpath\weblogic_patch.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\JROCKI~1.0-1\lib\tools.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\WLSERV~1.3\server\lib\weblogic_sp.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\WLSERV~1.3\server\lib\weblogic.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\modules\features\weblogic.server.modules_10.3.6.0.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\WLSERV~1.3\server\lib\webservices.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\modules\ORGAPA~1.1/lib/ant-all.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\modules\NETSFA~1.0_1/lib/ant-contrib.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\wlserver_10.3\server\lib\weblogic.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.dms_11.1.1\dms.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.jmx_11.1.1\jmxframework.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.jmx_11.1.1\jmxspi.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.odl_11.1.1\ojdl.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\lib\adf-share-mbeans-wlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\lib\mdswlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\auditwlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\jps-wlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\jrf-wlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\oamap_help.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\oamAuthnProvider.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\ossoiap_help.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\ossoiap.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\sslconfigwlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\wsm-wlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\wlserver_10.3\server\lib\weblogic.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\opmn\lib\nonj2eembeans.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\jdbc\lib\ojdbc6.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\opmn\lib\optic.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\opmn\lib\iasprovision.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\lib\adf-share-mbeans-wlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\lib\mdswlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\auditwlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\jps-wlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\jrf-wlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\oamap_help.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\oamAuthnProvider.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\ossoiap_help.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\ossoiap.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\sslconfigwlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\common\wlst\resources\wsm-wlst.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.adf.share_11.1.1\commons-el.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\jlib\dfc.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\dvt\lib\dvt-jclient.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\dvt\lib\dvt-utils.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\jlib\ewt3.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.iau_11.1.1\fmw_audit.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\oui\jlib\http_client.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.idm_11.1.1\identitystore.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.idm_11.1.1\identityutils.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.jps_11.1.1\jaccprovider.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.jps_11.1.1\jacc-spi.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\ord\jlib\jai_codec.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\ord\jlib\jai_core.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.oc4j-obsolete_11.1.1\jazn.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.oc4j-obsolete_11.1.1\jazncore.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\jlib\jewt4.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\jlib\jta.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\modules\oracle.ldap_11.1.1\ldapjclnt11.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\lib\mail.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\jlib\netcfg.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\jlib\oracle_ice.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\oracle_common\jlib\share.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\jlib\zrclient.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\reports\jlib\aolj.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\reports\jlib\confmbean.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\reports\jlib\runtimembean.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\reports\jlib\rwadmin.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\reports\jlib\rwenv.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\reports\jlib\rwrun.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\reports\jlib\rwxdo.jar;D:\WebLogic\Middleware\Oracle_FRHome1\jlib\rts2.jar;;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\ORACLE~1\soa\modules\commons-cli-1.1.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\ORACLE~1\soa\modules\oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1\soa-infra-mgmt.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\ORACLE~1\modules\oracle.jrf_11.1.1\jrf.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\WLSERV~1.3\common\derby\lib\derbyclient.jar;D:\WebLogic\MIDDLE~1\WLSERV~1.3\server\lib\xqrl.jar

Now open the “InstallSvc.cmd” using Notepad++ and locate the line “set CLASSPATH=%WEBLOGIC_CLASSPATH%;%CLASSPATH%” and comment the same like

rem *** set CLASSPATH=%WEBLOGIC_CLASSPATH%;%CLASSPATH%

Now locate the line “set CMDLINE” within the “InstallSvc.cmd” and change the line like following

set CMDLINE="%JAVA_VM% %MEM_ARGS% %JAVA_OPTIONS% -classpath @d:\myClasspath.txt -Dweblogic.Name=%SERVER_NAME% -Dweblogic.management.username=%WLS_USER% -Dweblogic.management.server=\"%ADMIN_URL%\" -Dweblogic.ProductionModeEnabled=%PRODUCTION_MODE% -Djava.security.policy=\"%WL_HOME%\server\lib\weblogic.policy\" weblogic.Server"

There are two instances of set CMDLINE, you must change both lines, only replacing the “-classpath \”%CLASSPATH%\” part with -classpath @d:\myClasspath.txt

After the above, from elevated command line, execute the batch file, and the Windows service for WLS_REPORTS must be created, unless there were mismatches with the information supplied

Services

Change “Automatic” to “Manual” for better ease, at various situations. You may create a .cmd file for starting the services and another one for stopping them.

From our prospects, these services are just a facelift for the batch files, avoiding the immediate problems with accidental closure of cmd windows and thus causing serious issues to the instance. We came to this conclusion because, the service status are not updated incase if one of the services stopped by the Admin Server console at later stages, neither the service status update waits until the actual server starts to update  state of the service.

You can delete whole these service from command prompt, after stopping like following

>SC DELETE “service name”

We hope you will enjoy setting up Weblogic 10.3.6 and Oracle Forms and Reports 11g Release 2 on Windows 8/ Windows 2008 R2 following the instruction set provided above.

Regards,

admin

Windows 7 64bit, Classic ASP, Visual Studio connection to Oracle Database

References

26.12.2013 Update

We realized, over a 64bit OS you may need to change the default application pool to accommodate 32bit applications. Please refer to this post

https://help.webcontrolcenter.com/KB/a1114/how-to-enable-32-bit-application-pool-iis-7-dedicatedvps.aspx

 

 

http://www.connectionstrings.com/

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/234657/binding-asp-net-gridview-to-an-oracle-sys-refcursor

So, you are still using classic ASP or develop 32bit .NET applications using Visual Studio and Oracle databases on a Windows 7 64bit box and completely lost as connection cannot be established?

Here are few workaround solutions

Install the latest Oracle clients (both 64bit and 32bit)

If you installed Oracle client in the following folders (example)

D:\app\yourusername\product

right click on the folder, under security tab check whether authenticated users have read privileges.

If not, provide the basic privileges (Read & Execute, list folder contents, Read) Refer the image

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Now add the user “IIS_ISURS” user and provide the same rights mentioned above

RESTART your Windows 7 “64bit” box now!

You can establish the connection from classic ASP like following

<%
    Dim adoCon                'Holds Connection
    Dim rsViewRecords        'Holds Recordset

    Set adoCon = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
    if Err.Number <> 0 then 
        Response.Clear() 
        response.Write "<hr>ORASESSION Error<br>" & err.number & "  --  " & err.Description & "<hr>"
        response.End
    end if 

    adoCon.Open "provider=oraoledb.oracle;data source=test;user id=apps;password=apps;plsqlrset=true"

    Set rsViewRecords = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")

    %>

 

Regards,

Admin

Sharing EPSON LQ Series Dot Matrix Printer between Windows 7 & Windows XP

 

We got the tip from following link and all we do here is to structure the instructions in a better format

http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-support/39605-printer-driver-network-printer.html

1. Open Devices and Printers

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2. Select add printer near the top menu bar

3. Select add local printer

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4. Choose Create a new port and local port from drop down arrow Click Next

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5. In the enter a port name do one of the following

1. \\MachineNameHostingPrinter\Printer’sShareName or

2. \\ipaddressOfMachineHostingPrinter\Printer’sShareName

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6. In the install printer driver dialog box do one of the following

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1. In the left panel select your printer manufacturer and in the right panel select your printer model (to use Win7 native drivers) if you’ve already had the Epson attached and installed on the Windows 7 machine, this step should work for you.

2. Select the have disk button and direct the install process to the folder where you have download and extracted the Win 7 drivers for your printer. Unfortunately if Epson doesn’t provide any Windows 7 drivers this step will not work for you.

 

We hope the above instructions relieve some kind of stress for hardware teams!

Regards,

Admin

Windows 7 “no internet access” false message

We lost the count of discussions initiated through this blog, every time there was another “reason” for this false message with Windows 7. After using Windows 7 more than couple of years time, recently we noticed this false message being an annoyance once again with few of the dell desktop machines we started using at work.

Loads of googling around brought us to a topic which discussed about AVG blocking Windows network awareness service and further dwelling into the topic proved that, any Anti-virus with a built-in firewall capability could indirectly affect the above said service, thus causing “no Internet access” false message. At work we use symantec endpoint as corporate solution and Avast Internet security suite with few client systems which are dominantly used for Oracle development.

Somehow, Symantec end point suite always disliked Oracle forms developer suite(s) and we were forced to switch to Avast suite for those users who are into Oracle development.

Back to the topic, following a tip obtained from google search, we did the following

Avast -> settings -> Troubleshooting-> and checked “load avast services only after loading other services” and bingo! no more false messages, no more yellow triangle with network connection icon.