How to setup your own Siebel IP20.x or IP21.x demo environment

Back in the day it took quite some effort, time-wise and in terms of trial- & error,  to setup your own full demo Siebel environment. Not to mention about the hardware (memory, disk space, CPU) you needed to host such an environment. But nowadays the strong combination of Docker and Oracle Cloud will save you a lot of time.

 07 oktober 2021

Start within an hour

Since 2018 Oracle provides Siebel docker images, which you can use to start your own environment. On the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) you can use the Marketplace, which provides a Jenkins orchestrated setup of the full Siebel environment, in the version and vertical of your choice (IP20.x – IP21.x). Via Jenkins you are now able to start a Siebel environment, including the Siebel Management Console, Webtools and a specific Siebel vertical within an hour.

You can start as soon as you have created an account, with sufficient funding, on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You basically need to setup two important components:

  • A Virtual Cloud Network, so you can access your environment from the Internet
  • An Instance (Virtual Machine), containing a Linux OS and Jenkins. This can be obtained via the Marketplace.

Once these two components are in place you can easily start the Siebel configuration with Jenkins. Jenkins will download the correct Docker images and start your Siebel environment. This will be the most time consuming process, taking approximately 40 minutes. But after that you’re good to go!

Via separate URL’s you will be able to access the following three applications: a Siebel Application vertical, Siebel Webtools, Siebel Management Console. Functionality like script debugger and REST API access will not work without additional steps. The same would be the case for any Siebel installation on a physical server. Do take notice of the fact that by using Docker containers, all changes you make, will be lost after stopping and (re-)starting these containers. Therefore this environment should only be used for training and demo purposes.

Useful guides

Oracle does provide some good documentation on how to setup this environment. Unfortunately this documentation seems to be a bit outdated and contains some errors. However it does give you some good understanding about the possibilities you’ll have with this setup, like using a different database other than the SampleDB. If you’re only interested in getting a sample  environment up and running, feel free to download our internal instruction document: Startup Sample Siebel Environment on Oracle Cloud. And of course don’t hesitate to contact Ebicus if you have any further questions on this topic or would like to make use of the knowledge of our experts.

Alternatively you could download the Siebel containers yourself. Depending on the required version you would like, you need to raise a Service Request. You can then use these containers to setup a Siebel environment on your own hardware or private cloud. This will take some extra effort in orchestration, but gives you the opportunity to use tooling of your own choice like Kubernetes.

Do you still have any questions after reading this blog? Do not hesitate to contact us.

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