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Deploying Oracle Business Intelligence 12c on AWS EC2 Instance

If you have ever worked as a developer inside of a larger organization and have needed to quickly and easily create a demo or research environment you may have found it difficult to provision the necessary resources and had to wait on someone else to do it for you.  I have never been a fan of waiting or having  server admins question me about the number of processors or amount of RAM I "really" need.  

Because of the flexibility, affordability and ease of deployment and management it no longer makes sense to not use cloud based compute as a part of your dev and test infrastructure.  With the maturation and competition in the compute utility space from players such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and even Oracle it has become extremely easy and affordable to fire up compute instances on demand that act just like any other compute resource inside of your network.  

AWS (Amazon Web Services) has built an excellent on-demand service that offers simple management of storage, compute and networking that anyone with basic developer skills can use. To their credit, the other players in the space are coming along very rapidly as well and which one(s) you use will most likely be a function of convenience.

This YouTube video and companion blog post is copied from a series of posts on my personal blog I've been working on around creating your own development environment utilizing AWS.  If you haven't tried using these resources before because you weren't quite sure how to do it I hope this post gives you the information and confidence you need to give it a try.



This is the third in a series of posts around putting together your own Oracle BI development environment on AWS.  Utilizing AWS can be a remarkably affordable (<$50/month assuming system up 50 hours/week) option for most developers.

See Deploying Oracle Database 12c on AWS EC2 Instance and Deploying Oracle APEX on EC2 against Oracle Database on EC2 for more information.  (Note - deploying APEX is not necessary for following this post but you do need a database available)

In this post, I will show you how to install Oracle Business Intelligence 12c on an Amazon Web Services EC2 instance.

First let me list some super helpful resources -

Posts that I use as the basis for what I show in this blog post -

Automating Database Startup and Shutdown on Linux


SwapFaq and Swap

How To Install and Configure GUI for Amazon EC2 RHEL 7 Instance

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Creating a Boot Identity File for Easier Server Start Up

RPM for Linux Installation Notes

MobaXterm Download

Fix Firefox Already Running Error

Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment

Workflow for Installing OBIEE 12c

This YouTube video follows the workflow I’ve created below –


 Make sure you have a database - See my post: Deploying Oracle Database 12c on AWS EC2 Instance

  1. Provision AWS ol7 Instance
  2. Attach volumes
    • 5GB Swap
    • 15GB /u01
    • 15GB /inv
    • 15GB Root
  3. Login via MobaXterm as ec2-user and change password
    • sudo passwd ec2-user
  4. Install packages needed for instance
    • sudo yum install wget zip unzip -y
    • sudo yum install perl-libwww-perl.noarch -y
    • sudo yum install oracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall -y (this is used for installing database but works wonderfully for OBIEE too)
  5. Make Swap and mount volumes
    • df -h
    • lsblk
    • sudo mkswap /dev/xvdb (the volume id (xvdb here) is instance dependent)
    • sudo swapon /dev/xvdb
    • sudo vi /etc/fstab
    • /dev/xvdb none swap defaults 0 0
    • sudo mkfs -t ext4 /dev/xvdc (the volume id (xvdd here) is instance dependent)
    • sudo mount /dev/xvdc /u01
    • /dev/xvdc /u01 ext4 defaults 0 0
    • /dev/xvdf /inv ext4 defaults 0 0 (this is for software install files, you may need to format a drive separately for this)
    • sudo mount -a (remount everything to make sure it worked)
  6. Change password for oracle user and make it possible for user to connect remotely (Managing User Accounts on Your Linux Instance)
    • sudo passwd oracle
    • sudo chown -R oracle.oinstall /u01
    • sudo chown -R oracle.oinstall /inv
    • su oracle (switch to oracle user)
    • cd ~(make sure your are in oracle user home)
    • mkdir .ssh (create location for key file)
    • chmod 700 .ssh (set permissions)
    • touch .ssh/authorized_keys (create file)
    • chmod 600 .ssh/authorized_keys (set permissions)
    • GET>.ssh/authorized_keys (copy public key to file)
    • log out and login as oracle user
  7. Install desktop (borrowed from this post at DevOpsCube)
    • su root
    • sudo yum groupinstall -y "Server with GUI"
    • sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target
    • sudo systemctl default
    • sudo rpm -ivh http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el7/x86_64/nux-dextop-release-0-1.el7.nux.noarch.rpm
    • sudo yum install -y xrdp tigervnc-server
    • sudo chcon --type=bin_t /usr/sbin/xrdp
    • sudo chcon --type=bin_t /usr/sbin/xrdp-sesman
    • sudo systemctl start xrdp
    • sudo systemctl enable xrdp
    • sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=3389/tcp
    • For OBIEE go ahead and open 9500 and 9502 as well
      • sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=9500/tcp
      • sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=9502/tcp
    • sudo firewall-cmd --reload
  8. Install gconf-editor and disable lock screen
    • yum -y install gconf-editor
    • alt-f2 gconf-editor
    • To disable the lock screen and log out functions, set the /desktop/gnome/lockdown/disable_lockscreen_and_logout key to true.
  9. Install java & set JAVA_HOME in bash profile
    • su root
    • rpm -ivh jdk-8u73-linux-x64.rpm
    • vi /home/oracle/.bash_profile
    • export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_73
    • export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH
    • source ~/.bash_profile (reloads profile)
  10. Install SQL Developer
    • su root
    • rpm -ivh
    • find -name sqldeveloper*
  11. Install Infrastructure and OBI (borrowed from series of posts starting here by Red Stack Tech)
    • $JAVA_HOME/bin/java -d64 -jar fmw_12.
    • ./bi_platform-
    • cd /u01/home/oracle/Oracle/Middleware/Oracle_Home/bi/bin
  12. Setup auto start for your pluggable database
    • To set up your pluggable database to autostart on the database you can use a trigger.  Login as the SYS user on the container database and execute the following -
      • create or replace trigger sys.after_startup
        after startup on database
        execute immediate 'alter pluggable database YOUR_PDB_NAME open read write';
        end after_startup;
      • I have links to Tim Hall's post on how to autostart your database in this post on Deploying Oracle Database 12c on AWS EC2 Instance
  13. Setup auto start for OBIEE 12c
    • To make sure your weblogic instance doesn't prompt for user name and password set up a boot identity file
      • cd /u01/home/oracle/Oracle/Middleware/Oracle_Home/user_projects/domains/bi/servers/AdminServer
      • mkdir security
      • cd security
      • vi boot.properties
        • add lines -
          • username=YOUR_WEBLOGIC_USER
    • To make your OBIEE instance auto-start when you start the machine instance I have borrowed from Tim Hall's post on auto-starting the Oracle database look under the heading The "rsh" Command for the auto-start script for a database
    • Create a file called "/etc/init.d/dbora" as the root user and copy the script on Tim Halls page to the file
      • Change the line ORACLE_HOME line to your OBI startup script location
        • ORACLE_HOME=/u01/home/oracle/Oracle/Middleware/Oracle_Home/user_projects/domains/bi/bitools
        • and the dbstart and dbshut lines to reference the start and stop scripts respectively
          • runuser -l $ORACLE -c "$ORACLE_HOME/bin/start.sh "
          • runuser -l $ORACLE -c "$ORACLE_HOME/bin/stop.sh "
      • Your final script should look something like the following
      • #!/bin/sh# chkconfig: 345 99 10# description: Oracle auto start-stop script.## Change the value of ORACLE_HOME to specify the correct Oracle home

        # directory for your installation.



        # Change the value of ORACLE to the login name of the

        # oracle owner at your site.




        export ORACLE_HOME PATH


        case $1 in


        runuser -l $ORACLE -c "$ORACLE_HOME/bin/start.sh "

        touch /var/lock/subsys/dbora



        runuser -l $ORACLE -c "$ORACLE_HOME/bin/stop.sh "

        rm -f /var/lock/subsys/dbora



        echo "usage: $0 {start|stop}"






    • Lastly change the permissions and add entry for startup
      • chmod 750 /etc/init.d/dbora
      • chkconfig --add dbora

Vlamis March 2016 Newsletter Distributed

We published our March 2016 Newsletter that included the following articles:

Oracle Advanced Analytics iSeminar
New Release of BI Cloud Services (BICS)
New OU Predictive Analytics Course Now Available
Tim to Teach OU’s Data Mining and R Courses
Vlamis Presenting at Upcoming Conferences
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Oracle Advanced Analytics iSeminar March 23rd at 2:00 PM Eastern 11:00 AM Pacific

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Join me for an in-depth exploration into predictive analytics using Oracle Data Mining and Oracle R Enterprise.

If you’ve been wanting to expose your colleagues to the power of using the Oracle Database as a platform for predictive analytics, this special session will be perfect for you. We’ll use a combination of live demos and business use cases to explain that predictive analytics doesn’t require an advanced degree in mathematics, just a database and a few good business questions. We’ll share how to leverage the work you’ve done in building a data warehouse and collecting business data sets into solid evidence for business decisions. Predictive analytics is all about looking forward into the future and leveraging data to assess and evaluate alternative courses of action. Too often, executives and managers rely on gut instinct without using the data they already have to make better decisions.

Here’s the outline for the session:

  • Key issues in leveraging the power of analytics
  • Using Oracle database as an analytics platform.
  • Oracle Advanced Analytics overview
    • Oracle Data Mining
    • Oracle R Enterprise
  • Common use cases for predictive analytics
  • Where to start when developing your analytics capabilities

Bring your questions and your colleagues and start thinking about where you want to start with preditive analytics.

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Data Visualization for 3rd Graders

I recently had the opportunity to present to Mrs Neth's local elementary school class. There's a lot to be learned from 3rd graders. The subject of the presentation had to do with community activism and the future placement of a community walking trail that is planned to be constructed behind my house. Most of the presentation had to do with how I met with the local Parks Department and lobbied the City Council politely (not chest-thumping and finger-pointing like we see politicians on the news these days) to get the community's input on the exact placement of the trail.


But what struck me was the level of engagement that the 3rd graders had once I started showing them how I used an app on my phone to plot out the precise route of the trail, and how with Google Earth and satellite imagery I was able to show a "fly-by" of the trail. I even recorded a video of the virtual tour of the trail from the air. My point is that a picture (video in this case) captures the imagination the way nothing else does. Even 3rd graders get excited about civic involvement (they are all excited about saving a huge sycamore tree that is in danger of being cut down due to the trail placement) once they see a picture. They have a web page that is devoted to the project.

Thanks, Mrs. Neth, for the the opportunity to share with your classroom! You're doing a great job involving students in real projects in the real world!