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How to Point the SES Upgrade Installer to the Proper Oracle Inventory Location (Doc ID 1548642.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 09, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search - Version 11.1.2 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


How to point the installer to the proper Oracle inventory file while attempt to upgrade the existing Weblogic server with older version?

It is important to let the installer find out the proper Oracle inventory file while attempt to upgrade the older version of Secure Enterprise Search server to newer version, otherwise, it will not prompt up a screen for two options:


  - Upgrade an existing Oracle Secure Enterprise Search Installation

  - Create a new Oracle Secure Enterprise Search installation

In general, by default, the Oracle installer will find the location of the Oracle inventory file under the following path:


For Solaris: /var/opt/oracle/oraInst.loc
For Linux: /etc/oraInst.loc
For Windows this pointer is located in the registry key: \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\Software\Oracle\inst_loc.

However, sometimes the default location for the Oracle inventory file path may be changed due to the change in the previous installation of Oracle products (Not necessary for only SES, could be caused by other Oracle product installation), hence, the new default path may refer to another Oracle inventory file which does not have the record for the previously installed SES version, which is the one pending to be upgraded.

In that case, the installer may realize that there is no older version of SES that has been installed in this machine, as a result, it will not give an option to ask if this is about to upgrade or install as a new.

To correct that, it should let the installer refer to the original Oracle inventory file which has the record for the currently existing SES version.



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