In my opinion would be a good idea install a minimal server environment in a virtual machine.
You can start from a pre-builded VM from Oracle (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/community/developer-vm/index.html#soa), but at now version 18.104.22.168 is the only available so you will need to migrate to 22.214.171.124.
Or install one environment from scratch, which also is a good idea since you learn a lot when installing everything.
If you have a core i7 desktop with 8GB of RAM you propably can start and run the VM without problem.
One tip: since you are new doing this kind of install, it is a good idea keep generating some snapshots for each main step you finish, in case you need to rollback.
Thanks! I have startet an installation and used the WebLogic server which was included with the JDeveloper (10.3.5). I then installed the SOA/BPM suite (126.96.36.199) and when I then try and setup the middleware domain, all I see is BPM 188.8.131.52 in the list. Does BPM 184.108.40.206 require WebLogic 10.3.6 or what am I missing? As far as I know, the case management features is part of 220.127.116.11.
EDIT: Just found a note in the documentation saying
The version number of the configuration templates you will see on the screens is "18.104.22.168" even though the version number of your software may be different. The configuration template version numbers are not updated for patch set releases.
You are right, Case Management is part of SOA Suite version 22.214.171.124, and SOA Suite 126.96.36.199 requires Weblogic 10.3.6.
You can check the versions at OTN: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/soasuite/downloads/index.html
And if you are starting to work with Case Management you probably will like this post at SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog: https://blogs.oracle.com/soacommunity/entry/case_management_samples_released_by
As well as this other references:
Oracle® Fusion Middleware Modeling and Implementation Guide for Oracle Business Process Management 11g Release 1 (188.8.131.52)
31 Working with Case Management
Series of posts from the Oracle A-Team (start from the end of the list below):
Case Management In-Depth: Cases & Case Activities Part 2 – Case Rules
Case Management In-Depth: Cases & Case Activities Part 1 – Acivity Scope
Case Management In-Depth: Stakeholders & Permissions
Case Management Part 3: Runtime Lifecycle of a Project
Case Management Part 2: Anatomy of a Project
Case Management Part 1: An Introduction
Looks like LFHeckler has got you going. Just wanted to mention that even though it appears to be outdated (it says 184.108.40.206) my favorite installation guide is still the Quick Start Guide: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/soasuite/overview/quickstartguidesoasuite11gr1ps4-459545.pdf.
One other thing, if you haven't already done so - search for the following bug numbers and download and apply the patches associated with them: 14642695, 14306399 and 14698557. It's not mentioned in a readme file, but these patches fix some issues you'd otherwise run into with case management.
The JDeveloper 220.127.116.11 from your link seems to be bundled with Weblogic 10.3.5... That does not makes sense to me if BPM 18.104.22.168 requires 10.3.6. I installed JDeveloper 22.214.171.124 and installed the 126.96.36.199 SOA/BPM. So far this has worked fine. I didn't have time to continue with the installation to check if everything worked though.
188.8.131.52 supports both WLS 10.3.6 and 10.3.7.
The compatibility matrix that shows this can be reached by going to Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations - > search for "BPM" on the page -> if you're in the 11g section, click on "xls". This will take you to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/downloads/fmw-11gr1certmatrix.xls.