As you may know, OBIEE 11g was released not too long ago.
I downloaded it the day it was available, and have been trying every since to 1, find the time to install it and 2, not break the install process.
Guest: Windows XP Professional (an old image I had lying around)
Host: Ubuntu Karmic Koala
Memory: 1.5 GB
In short, my laptop.
I started with the database, 11gR2 32 bit for Windows. No problems there.
As is my MO, I didn't read the installation instructions the first time I fired up the OBIEE installation. I was quickly met with the database connect string. Easy enough, machine:port:service_name.
What's this? You want a specific user? Bollocks.
I let it rest for a couple of days.
Meanwhile, a colleague asked a question about which database he could use. I asked if a version was specified and then quickly scanned the docs. No specific mention of a version...so I said Oracle XE, no 11gR2, no, XE, no, 11gR2. 11gR2, yeah, that's it.
That's when I finally decided to read the installation instructions...and found out I had missed one of the downloads.
Oh, you mean that one?
The Repository Creation Utility. Interesting.
I had heard that some of the new version would be database driven, I had just assumed (yes, I know about assuming) it was more RPD related (and it still may be).
Anyway, that took all of 15 seconds to install.
Back to the installer...and I don't learn any lessons, I tried to install it from my virtual folder, instead of from the "actual" disk. So, it took 4 times before I finally figured that out.
I copied the zip files to the disk, unzipped them and installed the sucker. By install I mean I am in step 12 of 13, Configuring BI Domain. That's the furthest I have gotten so I'm calling it a success.
Now to wipe the disk and start from scratch.