Oracle RepositoryDesigner Installation Guide  
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Installing on a local area network

This chapter explains how to install Oracle RepositoryDesigner on a local area network (LAN). 


Installation of Oracle RepositoryDesigner on a LAN via Oracle Client Software Manager is not supported in this release. 

The procedures in this chapter are tested and certified on Microsoft Windows LANs. Following these steps may work on other LAN systems, but these are not supported by Oracle.

About network installation

Using Oracle RepositoryDesigner on a network provides several benefits: The purpose of the installation procedure that follows is to achieve a configuration where: Because of limitations in network drive mapping, we recommend that you use the same network drive letter (e.g. Q:) at all client workstations, including the one used to perform the main software installation. 


You can manage only those clients that are running the same operating system under which the software was installed on the file server. 

Installation procedure

The following steps summarize the procedure for installing Oracle RepositoryDesigner on a LAN. These steps are described in further detail in the following sections.

To install Oracle RepositoryDesigner on a LAN:

  1. Disable any anti-virus software running on your server and client.

  3. Set up the file server by installing Oracle RepositoryDesigner on a drive mapped to the desired server file system. (You may need your network administrator to help with this step.) See "Setting Up the File Server " below.

  5. Re-enable any anti-virus software disabled in Step 1.

  7. Set up each client workstation. (The network administrator or the client workstation user may complete this step.) See " Setting up the client workstations" below.

Setting up the file server

Before you begin, make sure that your LAN meets the storage requirements listed under "System requirements", and that you completed the steps in the section "Before you install", in Chapter 1. To install Oracle RepositoryDesigner software on the LAN, the network administrator must perform the following steps.

Step 1 - Mount the file server drive and directory

Choose the file server drive on which you want to install the Oracle software. The logical letter of this drive will be used later by the client workstations. The drive can be local or networked to the machine you are using to install the software.

Choose a workstation to use to install Oracle RepositoryDesigner on the file server. On that workstation, log on as an administrator, then substitute a logical drive letter for an existing server file system or directory (or mount a remote file system) where you will install Oracle RepositoryDesigner and other Oracle products. This step is necessary to avoid drive letter assignment conflicts when you subsequently import Registry files to the client workstation.

To substitute the drive, obtain the Command Prompt and enter a command such as the following to install to a local file system:

or the following to install to a remote file system:
NET USE Q: \\remote_file_server\ remote_file_system
In these examples, users of the client workstations will be able to use drive Q: to access the Oracle RepositoryDesigner software.

Step 2 - Install the software on the server file system

Follow the installation steps listed in Chapter 1, "Client-side installation", to install the Oracle RepositoryDesigner client-side software on the server file system. Also install any Oracle Developer products you want to use.

When the Oracle Installer prompts you to indicate a complete path where you want to install Oracle products, enter the path using the drive letter you mapped to the server file system in the previous section (drive Q: in the example).

Step 3 - Prepare for network shared installation

After installing Oracle RepositoryDesigner on a network drive, you need to perform the following steps to prepare for setting up the client workstations:
  1. Export (or "Save") the following Registry entries to the Oracle home directory on the server:


    For instructions on how to export registry entries, see the online help for the Registry Editor. (See also Appendix A.)

  3. Set up concurrent access on the file server.
In order for the client workstations to access Oracle RepositoryDesigner on the file server, you must enable access to the Oracle home directory.

To access the Oracle home directory using Windows NetBIOS-based networks, enable Sharing on the server file system for the users or user groups who will use Oracle RepositoryDesigner.

Step 4 - (Optional) Build the database tables

If the client workstation users want to save Oracle Developer modules in the database, the Database Administrator must load the Oracle Developer system tables and views. Refer to the Oracle Developer Getting Started manual for more information on building database tables.

Setting up the client workstations

After the network administrator installs Oracle RepositoryDesigner on the file server, each client workstation must be set up to run Oracle RepositoryDesigner. The process of setting up a client workstation may be performed by the network administrator or the client workstation user. 


The following steps must be performed for each client workstation that accesses the LAN, not including the client workstation from which the network administrator installed Oracle RepositoryDesigner

Step 1 - Modify the PATH variable

Log on to the client as the administrator for the local workstation (i.e., not as the network administrator).

Under Windows NT, click Start, then choose Settings > Control Panel > System, then select the Environment tab.

Under Windows 2000, click Start, then choose Settings > Control Panel > System, then select the Advanced tab and click Environment Variables.

Select the System Variable named Path (not the User Variable of the same name). In the Value field, add d:\Oracle_home\BIN; to the beginning, where d: identifies the drive that will be used when each client mounts the file server (in our example, this drive is Q:), and Oracle_home is the Oracle home directory where Oracle RepositoryDesigner is installed.

Step 2 - Mount the network drive on the client workstation

On the client workstation, mount the network drive that you identified as d: in the previous step.

To mount the drive, choose Map Network Drive on the context menu for My Computer or Network Neighborhood on your desktop. Alternatively, in Windows Explorer, choose Tools > Map Network Drive to mount the drive, or use a command line such as :

NET USE Q: \\remote_file_server\remote_file_system

Step 3 - Import the Registry file

Start the Registry Editor by running REGEDIT (see Appendix A) and choose Registry > Import Registry File. Select the file (for example, ORACLE.REG) that you exported earlier and click Open. This is the file containing the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ORACLE and its sub-keys.

You can configure all client machines to use a single network available copy of the TNSNAMES.ORA file by creating the registry entry:

where dirname is a directory location containing the TNSNAMES.ORA file.

Step 4 - Install system support files

You need to be a user with write access to the file server to carry out this step.

If you install Oracle RepositoryDesigner on a file server, the system support files are automatically placed in the local hard disk of the client from which the installation takes place. Any other workstations needing these files will not have access to them at this point.

This problem is corrected by forcing a reinstallation of these files. Doing so causes a version check to be made on each of the files, which are then copied to the correct location on the local drive.

To achieve this, run Oracle Installer from the client workstation and select Custom mode to display the Software Asset Manager window. In the Available Products list, select the product named System Support Files and click Install. Reply Yes when asked if you want to reinstall any currently installed software.

Step 5 - Install protocol adapter

If you install an Oracle protocol adapter product on a file server, Oracle Installer will install some files onto the local hard disk of the client from which the installation takes place. The set of files that are installed locally depends on your choice of protocol and protocol vendor, and on the version of the protocol adapter. The names of these files are subject to change with different releases of these products.

Step 6 - Install OCX files

You need to be a user with write access to the file server to carry out this step.

Run Oracle Installer from the client workstation and select Custom mode to display the Software Asset Manager window. In the Available Products list, double-click Product Components, select the product named Oracle OCX Pack and click Install.  Doing so will also register the Oracle OCXs in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT subtree of the registry.

Step 7 - Create icons for the products

In the Software Asset Manager window, click Restore Icons, then click Yes.

Step 8 - Check the Oracle RepositoryDesigner working directory

The Oracle RepositoryDesigner working directory on the client must be one to which you have write access.

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