Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Stepping into Oracle Endeca Commerce 3.1.1

Since Oracle has released its latest version of Endeca Commerce 3.1.1 very recently, I decided to migrate my current Endeca Installations to that. Please find below the steps followed to achieve the same.

Release Document of Endeca Commerce 3.1.1 states that only the following packages have been updated

  • Tools and Frameworks 3.1.1
  • Mdex Engine 6.4.0
  • Content Acquistion System 3.1.1
Since my current installations are from Oracle Endeca Commerce 3.1.0 and Platform Services has not been updated in this release, I decided to upgrade only Tools and Frameworks and Mdex Engine. Since I am not going to use ATG 10.1.2 to integrate with Endeca, I am not installing CAS and will not be using discover-data-catalog-integration deployment template for creating the Endeca Application.

Since I need to upgrade my Mdex Engine from 6.3.0 to 6.4.0 and Tools and Frameworks from 3.1.0 to 3.1.1, I followed the below steps.

1. Identify the current Endeca applications that have been installed and remove them.

a) Navigate to PlatformServices Installation Directory/bin (Eg: C:\Endeca\PlatformServices\6.1.3\bin) and execute the command eaccmd.bat list-apps to get the list of Endeca Applications that are provisioned to EAC

b) Since there is only application Discover , next step is to remove the application. Navigate to the control directory of the Discover application and execute the runcommand.bat with remove--app arguments

c) Remove the Instance Configurations completely, using emgr_update.bat with remove_all_settings argument
emgr_update.bat --host localhost:8006 --app_name My_app --action remove_all_settings --prefix My_prefix

d) If you are using CAS Record Store Instances to load the data and have created the Endeca application using ProductCatalogIntegration deployment template, the you need to remove the record store instances for your application

C:\Endeca\CAS\3.0.2\bin>component-manager-cmd.bat delete-component -n {record_store_name}

To get the list of recod stores you can use the below command

C:\Endeca\CAS\3.0.2\bin>component-manager-cmd.bat list-components

e) Close the command prompt (if open), navigate to the Endeca applications directory (Eg: C:\Endeca\apps) and delete the Discover folder completely.

Follow the above steps to remove all the Endeca applications completely that are listed using list-apps command described above.

2. Navigate to the Tools&Frameworks/server/bin folder (Eg: C:\Endeca\ToolsAndFrameworks\3.1.0\server\bin) folder and execute the uninstall_service.bat file

Navigate to the Endeca Installation Directory(Eg: C:\Endeca) and delete the ToolsAndFrameworks folder completely.

3. Stop the HTTP Service from the services console (You will not see the Endeca Tools Service as it is uninstalled in the above step) and uninstall the MDEX Engine from the Control Panel/Add or Remove programs.

Navigate to the Endeca Installation Directory (Eg: C:\Endeca) and delete the MDEX folder completely

4. Execute the mdex_6.4.0.692722_x86_64pc-win32.exe file and complete Mdex Installation successfully.

5. Extract the Endeca-Tools-Frameworks-with-Experience-Manager-2.1.2-V35745-01  zip file to Endeca Installation Directory and ensure that editor_sdk folder is present in C:\Endeca\ToolsAndFrameworks\3.1.1 directory (Tools and Frameworks installation directory) to confirm it  supports experience manager and not guided search.

6. Execute the install_services.bat from the ToolAndFrameworks/server/bin folder

7. Since we have upgraded the MDEX without re-installing the platform services, we need to inform it about the change in MDEX version. So we need to update the mdexRoot path in present in the location (C:\Endeca\PlatformServices\workspace\conf\ Failing to do this step would produce Errors when a baseline update is performed on any Endeca application that is deployed later. i.e
Error Communicating with EAC Agent while starting component. Occurred while executing line 25 of valid Bean shell script

8. The MDEX 6.4 zip file contains the Presentation API jars that are compatible with MDEX 6.4. Copy those jars to the Endeca_JSP Ref web application to avoid ENEException later.

For Eg: Copy endeca_logging.jar, endeca_navigation.jar from  C:\Endeca\presAPI_6.4.0.692722_x86_64pc-win32\PresentationAPI\6.4.0\java\lib to C:\Endeca\PlatformServices\6.1.3\tools\server\webapps\endeca_jspref\WEB-INF\lib.

Failing to do so might produce ENEExecption in the EndecaJSPRef application because of the version mismatch 

Oracle Endeca - JSP Reference Application
status>>ENE error
com.endeca.navigation.ENEException: Navigation Engine not able to process request 'http://localhost:15000/graph?node=0&offset=0&nbins=10&iversion=620'.

9. Start the Endeca HTTP Service and Tools Service from services console.

By following the above steps I have successfully migrated from Oracle Endeca Commerce 3.1.0 to Oracle Endeca Commerce 3.1.1. Next job would be to create a sample Endeca Application and test if my installations are successful !!!


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