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Installing from a zip archive (UNIX, Windows NT)



This section tells you how to install WebLogic Server using the zip archive. This zip archive is required for installing WebLogic Server on supported UNIX systems and may also be used for installation on Windows NT.

Note: When installing WebLogic Server on a UNIX system, do not unzip the distribution on a Windows NT machine and then copy that installation to a UNIX machine.

Installing on Windows NT using the zip archive

Installing WebLogic Server on Windows NT using the zip archive instead of the InstallShield means that the following steps will not be performed automatically:

BEA recommends that you use the InstallShield version when installing on Windows NT. For more information, see Installing using the InstallShield distribution (Windows NT).

Upgrading from a previous release

If you have a version of WebLogic Server earlier than 5.1.0, you should either remove your previous installation or re-name its directory. Do not install the new release on top of an older release.

Installing from the zip archive

Note: If you are installing on Windows NT, please ignore the steps labeled (UNIX only).

  1. Download the WebLogic distribution, or locate the file on your CD (located in the root directory).

  2. (UNIX only) Create a UNIX user to install WebLogic Server, such as weblogic (optional). This allows you to control access to the distribution and to set permissions for your WebLogic distribution. See the documentation for your operating system for details. You may also want to create a group that has permissions to access the distribution.

  3. (UNIX only) Log in with the WebLogic user you created.

  4. Select a directory for the installation. BEA recommends that you install WebLogic Server in a directory where you normally install shared applications, such as /usr/local/weblogic. If you are upgrading from a previous version of WebLogic Server, rename or delete the root directory of your old installation.

  5. Unzip the distribution. You can use the unzip utility to un-pack the distribution (or WinZip on Windows NT), or, if you already have a Java Development Kit (JDK) installed, you can use the Java jar utility. (The jar utility is not included with the JRE.) A weblogic directory will be created in the directory where you execute the jar command. For example,

    $ jar -xvf path/

    (where path is the path to the file)

    unzips the distribution into a directory called weblogic, located beneath the current directory.

  6. Edit the file, located in the top-level directory where you unpacked the WebLogic Server distribution. The file contains name-value pairs for properties that set the functionality of the WebLogic Server. To run the server with a basic configuration, you must edit several properties:

  7. If you are using Java 2 (JDK 1.2), modify the weblogic.policy file. This is covered in detail under Setting up the Java security manager for Java 2.

  8. (UNIX only) Set the file permissions (optional). After you unpack the distribution, the permissions for all of the files will be 644 (read/write access for the user, read access for the group and for all). For security reasons, you may want to change these permissions, particularly on sensitive files such as, weblogic.log, and weblogic.policy. For these sensitive files, BEA recommends that you set the permissions to 640 (no access for "all").

  9. (UNIX only) If you will be running WebLogic Server as a web server listening for requests on port 80, please see Additional steps on UNIX .

  10. (UNIX only) If you will be using performance packs or WebLogic ZAC, you must set your load (or shared) library path to point to the directory containing the native libraries for your platform. (On most UNIX systems, this is called the LD_LIBRARY_PATH, on HP-UX, it is called SHLIB_PATH, and on IBM AIX it is called LIBPATH. See your operating system documentation for instructions on setting this variable.) These libraries are located in the directory shown in the table below.


    Directory containing shared library



    HP-UX 11




    Red Hat Linux


    Sun Solaris


    Compaq Tru64 Unix


    (Where weblogic is the directory containing your WebLogic Server installation.)

  11. (UNIX only) If you are using the HP-UX platform, please see the note on shared libraries.

Next steps

  1. Oracle users only.

    If you will be using the supplied Oracle JDBC driver (WebLogic jDriver for Oracle, formerly called jdbcKona/Oracle) you must explicitly set your SHARED LIBRARY PATH to include the appropriate BEA-supplied libraries. See Installing WebLogic jDriver for Oracle for details. Your Oracle-supplied client libraries must also be included in the shared library path.

  2. Starting WebLogic Server

    The WebLogic Server distribution is now installed on your computer. To find out how to set up and start WebLogic Server, please see Setting up and Starting WebLogic Server 5.1.