Wednesday, August 19, 2009

E-Business Suite R12 Installation Steps on Windows XP

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Installation Steps on Windows XP
I have installed Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Windows XP Professional successfully.
I have done a single node installation as follows:

Hardware & Software Specifications:

- Intel Pentium 4, CPU 3.2 GHz
- 2 GB of RAM
- 180 GB Hard Drive
- Windows XP Professional with Sevice Pack 2

Installation Steps:

1) Install Windows XP Professional with SP2

2) Set 'Computer Name' as well as 'Domain Name'.

- Right click on 'My Computer' > Properties > 'Computer Name' > Change
- Set 'Computer Name' to
- Click on More
- Set a 'Primary DNS Suffix of this Computer' to

3) Install Microsoft Loopback adapter and define an IP address (

For more information on how to do this, please refer to "How to install the Microsoft Loopback adapter in Windows XP":

4) Add a new entry in C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts as follows:

5) From the command prompt, make sure you can do the following:

C:\> ping
C:\> ping hostname
C:\> ping

6) Create a new user 'hsawwan' and make this user a member of:
- Administrators (local user)

7) Install Visual C++ 8.0 (Which is included in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005) in 'C:\VCPlus' -- Make sure not to install VC++ in a directory that contains spaces.

8) Download 'Cygwin' and install the required packages:

- Create a Cygwin directory (C:\cygwin) -- Make sure not to install 'Cygwin' in a directory that contains spaces.
- Download the Cygwin Software (
- Run 'Setup.exe' and choose 'Download without Installing'
- Select the following packages:

Archive - Default, plus manually select the zip package
Base - Default, plus manually select: ash, coreutils, diffutils, findutils, gawk, grep, sed, tar and which
Devel - Default, plus manually select binutils, gcc, gcc-core, gcc-g++, make and mktemp
Doc - Default, plus manually select cygwin-doc and man
Editors - Default, plus manually select vim
Interpreters - Default, plus manually select gawk
Shells - Default, plus manually select ash and tcsh
Utils - Default, plus manually select cygutils and file

- Once the download is complete, run 'Setup.exe' again and choose 'Install from Local Directory'
- Specify the directory where you want to install Cygwin (C:\cygwin) and DOS as the Default Text File Type

9) GNUMake is not required when using 'Cygwin' since it comes as a part of the 'Cygwin'.

C:\cygwin\bin>copy gawk.exe awk.exe
C:\cygwin\bin>copy grep.exe egrep.exe
C:\cygwin\bin>copy make.exe gnumake.exe
C:\cygwin\bin>copy gcc.exe cc.exe

10) Add 'C:\cygwin\bin' to the system path.

11) No JDK installation is required, JDK 5.0 (java version "1.5.0_08") is bundled with Oracle Applications R12 installation.

12) Set Up the Stage Area:

Stage Area (C:\Stage12) requires a 26 GB hard disk space.

Extract the zip files (25 files) which have been downloaded from ( Nothing special to do since the extracted files will create the stage area directory structure by itself. You should see the following structure under 'C:\Stage12' once you are done with the files extraction:

- startCD > Disk1
- oraAppDB > (Disk 1 to Disk 35)
- oraApps > (Disk 1 to Disk 7)
- oraAS > (Disk 1 to Disk 2)
- oraDB > (Disk 1 to Disk 3)

13) Start the installation:

C:\> cd Stage12\startCD\Disk1\rapidwiz
C:\Stage12\startCD\Disk1\rapidwiz> RapidWiz.cmd

The installation wizard is similar to 11.5.10 RapidWiz. For 'VC++' and 'Cygwin' I have provided the following paths:


- It took almost 2 hours to install the production environment (3 hours when installing the Vision instance)
- Total space required to install the production environment is 60 GB (153 GB is required to install the Vision instance)