Oracle Enterprise Performance System 11 on Solaris – Preparing the System

Detailed information can be obtained from the official Oracle EPM documentation or from the media pack.


Installing the latest EPM from Oracle is no biggie, be it Windows or a Unix based OS. The complexity lies in understanding the numerous components that are packaged together to form this massive piece of Enterprise software. I’ve only ever worked with the Reporting and Analysis component which barely counts as ‘scratching the surface’.

I used a machine created on a Solaris SPARC T4 with the following specifications:

System Memory: 32G
Hard Disk Space: 120G
OS: Solaris 10 64-bit

VNCServer needs to be configured so as to be able to display the GUI of the Installer. To do that,

$ /usr/bin/vncserver

New '<host-name>:1 (oracle) desktop is <host-name>:1

Starting applications specified in /home/oracle/.vnc/xstartup
Log file is /home/oracle/.vnc/<host-name>:1.log

Note: VNCServer may prompt to set the password during the first run. To change the password,

$ /usr/bin/vncpasswd

Open VNC Viewer and connect to <host-name>:1, which looks something like this:


Test if the DISPLAY is set

$ xclock

If not, then as root user, disable access control.

$ xhosts +


It is possible to make the screen look more visually appealing by enabling the standard desktop view. To do that,

$ export PATH=$PATH;/usr/X11/bin

$ vi /usr/bin/vncserver

As according to this method, modify the $defaultXStartup line to look like:

= ("#!/bin/sh\\n\\n".
"gnome-session &\\n");

Restart the VNCServer and reconnect to <host-name>:1


Now that the interface is more attractive, Installation would not be such a pain in the arse.


About Abhimanyu 'Jay' Jana

Rookie Oracle DBA
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