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Tips and Tricks: The Dummies Guide to Installing Oracle Forms 11g R2 on 64 Bit

As promised my Master note of installing Oracle Forms 11g R2 on 64 Bit Windows is available for download.

Whitepaper quick tips for installing 11g Forms – Forms 11g R2 Install Guide 64 bit Windows

I decided I must write this since when I installed Oracle Forms 11g R2 I ran into some annoying little glitches where if someone had let me know a few simple prerequisites it would have saved me hours of time. Well that when I decided to write them down to build you a full installation document. Thanks to my customer Mastercard Israel for being my test bunny. Here are the highlights to watch out for. Tip and tricks guide to a smooth installation of Forms 11g R2 on 64 bit Windows.

1) Download all the technologies you will need – Refer to my post the Oracle Forms shopping list
2) Before you begin make sure you install the JDK 1.6 for 64 bit – Yes I said JDK not JRE.
You should have downloaded it in step 1 above.
If you install JRE instead of JDK by mistake you will have trouble during the installation when it tries to find your java home.

Once the JDK is installed add the path where you installed it to the PATH and JAVA_HOME environment variables of you system. In any case I suggest that in the cmd window before you run the weblogic install jar you run the command. For example:
set JAVA_HOME=D:OracleJava

3) Next tip and it is an important one – Ensure that the PATH environment variable DOES NOT have folder names with spaces. If it does your installation will get stuck when you try to configure the classic instance. It will get stuck in the creating domains section.

4) Ensure that you TEMP and TMP environment variables do not point to folders with spaces in them.

5) When installing Forms 11g R2 software choose to install ONLY and not configure. This will install a Forms home. We will configure later.

6) Once the installation is complete we can then configure.  You  need to run “configure the classic instance” by running the script from program files. This will create the Oracle Forms instance home. (see full print screens in attached document)

7) Once these installations are complete run a test form. Oracle provides a pretty user friendly run test form. If you chose the default ports (8888) the link will be configFormsComponentformshtmlrunform.htm

for example:

You should see the default test form.
I can not stress enough how important it is to run this test form. I can’t tell you how often I have found customers who start to configure the server without checking if the baseline installation was successful. There is nothing more annoying then trying to debug configuration errors then finding out it was actually an installation error that no one checked prior to beginning configuration. But I guess I shouldn’t hate it so much, that how I pay the bills 🙂

Attached you will find my step to step guide how to install and configure 11g R2.

Whitepaper quick tips for installing 11g Forms – Forms 11g R2 Install Guide 64 bit Windows

Please let me know if you have any comments, troubles or find errors in the document. I’m always happy for suggestions!

Good Luck

David Buch
Senior Products Manager

David, our Senior Products Manager, is a highly experienced professional specializing in product definition, innovations, and development, with broad customer understanding, and skillful people management. He has over 20 years of R&D work experience, and continues to excel in his expertise. When he is not working, David enjoys spending his time as a professional tuba player joining symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Elizabeth Pearl
Relationship Manager

Before joining AuraPlayer, Elizabeth completed a Masters degree in Education and worked as a teacher. Elizabeth’s role as Customer Relationship Manager combines both her passion for technology and her deep desire to educate  others. On a daily basis, Elizabeth takes the valuable insights she gained as a teacher and uses them to rise within the world of tech. She uses her skills of active listening, organization, preparation, and clear communication to enhance the wonderful relationships she has with both coworkers and customers.


Elizabeth is originally from the United States but currently resides in England. In her spare time, she loves exercising, spending time with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.

Nathalie Wasserman
CFO & Operations Manager

Natalie is proud to be AuraPlayer’s Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She takes pride in her work, and loves being a part of the AuraPlayer family. Prior to working at AuraPlayer, Nathalie worked at various companies as an accountant. She attended the University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and business. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economies in Eastern Europe. 

Gwen Edwards
VP Business Development

An expert in helping businesses seize their potential and grow, Gwen is committed to take AuraPlayer to the next level. With over 30 years of experience in the high technology sector and working with Fortune 500 companies, she works as an advisor for growing businesses to help enhance their value and reach their business objectives. She’s a dynamic member of our team, leveraging her sales and marketing, and P&L experience to our current and future product suite.

Gwen also serves on a several private company boards in Silicon Valley, and is an active member of the angel investment network, Golden Seeds.

Yossi Nakash
CTO & Co-Founder

A true developer, Yossi has been developing and coding in Java / J2EE, C++, .Net, and C# for over 20 years, focusing mainly on the RD side of things. Entering the Oracle World about 10 years ago, Yossi immersed himself in the world of Oracle SOA, Weblogic, EBS and EBS Mobile, as well as the Java side of things.

Prior to joining Mia to found AuraPlayer, Yossi held the role of RD team leader at RadView and was a Java developer at Motorola.