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Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2): Oracle Workflow

Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2): Oracle Workflow

This FAQ addresses the most common questions on Oracle Workflow Release 2.6.3.5 and provides answers to questions on new features, integration, and supported platforms and database versions.

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  • What's new in Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5?

    Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 includes the following enhancements:

    • Improved Oracle Workflow Manager - The Oracle Workflow Manager, which is the dashboard-style system administration component of Oracle Workflow, has an improved layout.
    • Engine performance enhancements - More performance enhancements have been incorporated into the Oracle Workflow Engine.
  • What are my Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 installation options?

    Oracle Workfow Server 2.6.3.5 is included in the Oracle Application Server Metadata Repository. Oracle Workflow is bundled with the Oracle Content Management SDK components of Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2). The following topologies are supported:

    Oracle Workflow Server Oracle Workflow Middle Tier Notes
    OracleAS Metadata Repository Portal and Wireless  
    OracleAS Metadata Repository J2EE and Web Cache Middle tier must be associated with Oracle Identity Management to support single sign-on (SSO)
    Custom database Portal and Wireless Workflow schema in OracleAS Metadata Repository cannot be used
    Custom database J2EE and Web Cache

    Workflow schema in OracleAS Metadata Repository cannot be used

    Middle tier must be associated with Oracle Identity Management to support single sign-on (SSO)

    Note: Customers may install multiple Oracle Application Server middle tiers but cannot install the Oracle Workflow middle tier into all middle tiers. Customers can run the Oracle Workflow middle tier from only one Oracle Application Server middle tier.

    Note: Oracle Workflow shipped with Oracle Application Server can only be installed into an Oracle Application Server Oracle home and cannot be installed into an Oracle Database Oracle home.

    For more information on installation and configuration of Oracle Workflow, please refer to the Oracle Workflow Installation Notes for Oracle Content Management SDK .

    The Oracle Workflow Client is available for download from OTN.

    Note: Install the Oracle Workflow Client in a separate Oracle home.

  • What platforms does Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 support?

    Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 is available on all platforms supported by Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) .

  • What languages does Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 support?

    The Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 Server supports all languages which Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) supports.

  • In which database versions can Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 be installed?

    Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 can be installed in all database versions supported by Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.1.2) .

  • How can I upgrade to Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5?

    You can upgrade to Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 only from Oracle Workflow versions 2.6, 2.6.1, 2.6.2, or 2.6.3.

    For more information on upgrading Oracle Workflow, please refer to the Oracle Application Server Upgrade Guide and Compatibility Guide for your platform.

  • Can custom Java code be integrated with Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5?

    Yes. The Oracle Workflow Builder supports a type of function activity called an external Java function activity. External Java function activities let you model workflow processes that include Java programs executed on the middle tier. The Java Function Activity Agent is a perpetually running Java program which dequeues messages from the wf_outbound_queue, executes a Java class you defined at design time, and enqueues the message back on the wf_inbound_queue. You can run multiple Java Function Activity Agent processes at the same time if required to handle a larger volume of activities.

  • Does Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 support Oracle Real Application Clusters?

    Yes. Oracle Workflow 2.6.3 supports Oracle Real Application Clusters, which enable out-of-the-box, near-linear scaling transparency. Oracle Real Application Clusters provide transparent application scalability by quickly and efficiently sharing frequently accessed data across all the servers in a cluster, resolving all manners of contention between servers in the process. Please make sure the TNS descriptions you provide when installing and configuring Oracle Workflow are RAC entries.

  • Can I send e-mail notifications with attachments?

    Yes. Oracle Workflow provides a mechanism that lets you attach content with notifications which can be sent via e-mail. You can choose to send URL links to stored documents, or you can use the PL/SQL document feature of Oracle Workflow to generate a document that is sent with the e-mail. Ensure that the document type is set appropriately for the type of file being attached. For example: 'application/pdf; name=mydoc.pdf'

  • How do I monitor and manage my Oracle Workflow installation?

    Oracle Workflow provides system administrators with a standard Web browser-based, dashboard-style monitoring tool called Oracle Workflow Manager, which is integrated with Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle Workflow Manager provides administrators with comprehensive system administation functions, from a quick view of system status to drilldown capabilities for work items and business events. It also provides a graphical view of the system load.

  • Can Oracle E-Business Suite customers install Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5?

    Oracle E-Business Suite customers must not install the standalone version of Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5. Instead, an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i patch is available which upgrades Release 11i customers from Oracle Workflow 2.5 to Oracle Workflow 2.6. For instructions, please refer to patch 1765626. Oracle Workflow mini-pack 11i.OWF.H is available for Release 11i customers to upgrade to Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5. For instructions, please refer to Oracle MetaLink note 258312.1, About Oracle Workflow Mini-pack 11i.OWF.H. Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5 is also included in the base release of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10).

  • What documentation and training materials are available for Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5?

    The following user documentation is available for Oracle Workflow 2.6.3.5:

    • Oracle Workflow Administrator's Guide (part number B12160) 
    • Oracle Workflow Developer's Guide (part number B12161)
    • Oracle Workflow User's Guide (part number B12162)
    • Oracle Workflow API Reference (part number B12163)
    • Oracle Workflow Installation Notes for Oracle Content Management SDK (part number B14115)
    • Oracle Workflow Client Installation Notes for Oracle Application Server (part number B14441)

    You can also learn about Oracle Workflow through the following classes:

    • Instructor-led class available from Oracle University: 11i/2.6 Implement Oracle Workflow (ILT)
    • Self-paced classes available from the Oracle Learning Network:
      • 11i/2.6 Implement Workflow Business Event System (eClass)
      • 11i Workflow Overview (eSeminar)