Over the past few days I’ve been trying to install Oracle Apex 4 on my 11.2g database. I say trying as I’ve made a number of attempts with no success. I started with the install instructions that come with Apex 4. Generally Oracle installs and install instructions have improved greatly since the 6, 7 and 8i versions.
I had high hopes of an easy install (as indicated by the various Oracle Apex books), but no matter what version of the install instructions I found there always seemed to be a step missing.
I finally came across one set of instructions that worked for me. The following steps are what I performed to get Apex 4 working.
1. Download Apex 4 from OTN to the directory
2. Unzip the Apex 4 download file. It will create the directory
3. Login into SQL*Plus as SYS with SYSDBA
4. Run the Apex 4 install script
c:\apex_download\Apex\apexins.sql SYSAUX SYSAUX TEMP /i/
where SYSAUX is the tablespace for Apex, TEMP is the temporary tablespace and /i/ is needed for possible upward compatability
This steps can take up to 30 minutes to run
5. Load the Apex images into the database.
– Got to the c:\apex_download\Apex directory.
– Log into SQL*Plus as SYS with SYSDBA
– run @apxldimg.sql
– You will be asked to enter the directory for the images. Make sure that you enter the correct directory, otherwise it will not work. In my case it is
6. Run the Configuration script. This will set up the XDB HTTP connection details.
– enter the port number : 8080
7. Unlock the required schema
SQL> ALTER USER ANONYMOUS ACCOUNT UNLOCK;
SQL > ALTER USER XDB ACCOUNT UNLOCK;
SQL > ALTER USER APEX_040000 ACCOUNT UNLOCK;
SQL > ALTER USER FLOWS_FILES ACCOUNT UNLOCK;
SQL > ALTER USER APEX_PUBLIC_USER ACCOUNT UNLOCK;
8. Open Apex. Open your browser and enter
there is a default workspace created
Workspace = internal
Username = admin
Password = admin
6. Change the password. The fist time you login you will be prompted to change the password. The new password needs to have a number, upper and lower case characters and one special character
7. To get the the Apex Admin page
On Thursday 23rd June the Irish BI SIG had a networking event on the Mv Cillairne boat. This is a former training boat that has been converted into a restaurant and bar. The boat is moored beside the new convention centre on the quays in Dublin near the O2.
There was a good turn out, with a mixture of people from An Post, ICON, Vertice, Fijitsu and some independent consultants/contractors.
There was a few fee drinks and some food provided by the UKOUG. Many thanks for these.
There was lots of sharing of what BI related projects people have worked. There was some discussions of how the SIG can progress in the future, with the consensus that people will need to be willing to present on their projects and experiences.
Tony Cassidy, the SIG Chair, is hoping to get a few volunteers to present at the next SIG or maybe have another social networking event.
I also did my bit for the Oracle Scene magazine, in asking people would they write an article (even if it is a short one) for the next edition. I’ve recently joined the editorial team of Oracle Scene.