BPM / SOA 12c: Re-configure a compact domain to use a DB-based MDS instead of a File-based MDS by Sven Bernhardt, Danilo Schmiedel


clip_image001The Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Business Process Management Suite offers different domain configuration types applicable for different use cases. For details check out the two guides: Installing SOA Suite and Business Process Management Suite Quick Start for Developers as well as Installing and Configuring Oracle SOA Suite and Business Process Management.


Default Domain

Standalone Domain

Compact Domain

Full Domain


Integrated WebLogic Server from JDeveloper

Standalone Admin Server with SOA/BPM

Standalone Admin Server with SOA/BPM

Full installation with separate servers for SOA, OSB, BAM, Admin Server, etc.

Installed via

Quick Start distribution

Quick Start distribution

Quick Start distribution

FMW 12c Infrastructure +
FMW 12c SOA Suite and Business Process Management

Used for

Local development and debugging, especially for demos or evaluation purposes

Local development and debugging, especially for developers who want to use the Oracle Service Bus Design Time Console instead of JDeveloper

Local development with SOA components that are incompatible with JavaDB (ESS, MFT, B2B, Heathcare, BAM, ACM API)

All stages Development (shared), Integration, Test, Production


Pre-configured Java DB

Pre-configured Java DB

Oracle Database (please note that MDS and OWSM are file-based)

Oracle Database

For all of the domain options which are installed via quickstart distributions, SOA and B2B use the MDS file system. This means that the edit function in SOA Composer is not supported and so Business Rules and Domain Value Maps cannot be changed during runtime & without a new deployment . For the development in our projects we very often use the compact domain. The change of business rules without re-deployment is quite important for us because we work a lot with Adaptive Case Management – and there Business Rules and live changes without re-deployment are a key benefit (which we also like to show in demos / POCs / etc.). Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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