All you need to know about the oracle IAM Upgrade!
What is Oracle IAM?
Security and safety of the company’s assets and resources is the biggest concern of the organizations. Companies accepting remote work expose IT resources to higher risks of cyber theft. Therefore, it becomes essential for companies to adopt a technology that can effectively protect and manage data. Oracle introduced the IAM (Oracle Identity and Management) software system. The software enables the organizations to control who can access the data. It gathers the user’s information and identity and manages the access privilege. Oracle IAM systems allow organizations to remain secure and compliant within shifting business models for greater agility.
Oracle recently upgraded the Oracle identity manager to 12c (188.8.131.52.0). This article will help you understand the upgrade. To begin with, upgrade to the 184.108.40.206.0 version before moving to 12c if you aren’t using it already.
Oracle made many changes in the upgrade from 11g to 12c. These changes are:
- Change in middleware topology: Middleware is used for interaction between the parts of an application and among different applications.
- Now system components are managed by the WebLogic Management Framework instead of OPMN in Oracle Fusion Middleware. WebLogic Management Framework provides heterogeneous management capabilities for basic administrative capabilities such as configuration settings, start, stop, etc.
- Eliminated middleware home and redefined the Oracle home.
- Introduced support for a “per domain” Node Manager. A Node Manager enables a person to perform typical operations for a Managed Server and itself runs as a separate process from Oracle WebLogic Server.
- Eliminated Oracle Web Cache in 12c.
A few restrictions need to be kept in mind before planning an upgrade to12c version if your organization is using two or more Oracle Fusion Middleware products of the same or different versions in a single, supported Oracle Fusion Middleware configuration. These are:
- Interoperability: Interoperability is the ability of two Oracle Fusion Middleware products to work together in a supported Oracle Fusion Middleware configuration, provided their version is the same.
- Compatibility: Compatibility is the ability of two Oracle Fusion Middleware components of different versions to interoperate.
Differences between Application Developer 11g and Infrastructure 12c
- In the previous version of 11g, the application developer required two separate installations to add the Oracle JRF libraries and components, namely Oracle WebLogic Server and Application Developer. Whereas, in 12c, only a single Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure distribution installation contains both elements.
- In the Infrastructure 12c installation, you need to create a set of required schemas in a supported database that you didn’t require in the 11g version.
- You will need to use the 12c Repository Creation Utility (RCU) to create the new 12c OPSS schema if you use OID (Oracle Internet Directory) in the 11g version. However, you don’t need to upgrade to an OID-based policy store to move to 12c.
- In Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c HTTP Server instances can be configured as a part of an Oracle WebLogic Server domain by using the Oracle Fusion Middleware Configuration Wizard, which was earlier configured in a separate Oracle instance directory outside the 11g Middleware home.
Moving to that latest version of Oracle IAM (12c) will provide you with more agility, better overall working, and the newest technology. It will strengthen security, streamline compliance and seize business opportunities. Another good thing is IAM is compatible with clouds such as Oracle EPM Cloud, Oracle ERP Cloud, cloud hcm, and on-premises systems.