Excel Document Management with Oracle iFS (Internet File System) - Page 3
July 31, 2003
Oracle iFS Installation and Administration
There is a no single document to help a
DBA to easily install and manage the iFS infrastructure. Working with iFS showed that the best iFS configuration is similar to
the following one:
Since we wanted to test the basic functionality of iFS as an Excel filesystem, we
did not install any database extensions such as interMedia options.
iFS working alone does not have any search capability. It is some
kind of basic filesystem. To enhance iFS with a search capability, the interMedia
option has to be installed in the database. InterMedia will bring context
search capability to iFS.
If the installation is successful, you can manage iFS services using following commands:
The URL location for Web access or name of SMS shared resource has to be provided to the end users and they can start using it.
Practical Use for Managers
Once the 9iFS system is up and running, users can connect and upload their Excel files there. End users can use MS Internet Explorer or the Windows File Explorer to browse or manage content from the iFS Server. Here is an example of the Web and the Explorer view.
The iFS start web login page is defined on iFS installation and it is usually located at URL:
The Standard set of the users for connecting to the iFS repository is:
The system is very simple to use and handle. Managers just need to remember the starting URL for iFS access or the Windows SMB network name for mapping over the "Map Network Drive" from Windows Explorer. No additional software need be installed and there is no additional special configuration.
IFS promises to save lots of money, after
data consolidation and system automatization, using the new file system type. The
data can be moved from the separate systems to the Oracle iFS, using