Wednesday Jan 27, 2016

Oracle WebLogic Portal 10.3.7 Certification Release

WebCenter product management team is delighted to announce the availability of Oracle WebLogic Portal 10.3.7 release. This release brings in certifications for the latest Operating Systems, Databases, and Browsers.

This release cumulates all the fixes that went into the product since the last release—over 45 defect fixes, including 5 performance enhancements and 6 security vulnerabilities.  The following platforms are certified:

·       OS.  Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Oracle Linux 6, Oracle Solaris 11

·       Database.  Oracle Database 12.2.1, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, IBM DB2 10.5 FP2

·       Browsers & Others.  Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 31+, Google Chrome 41+, Java 7

Customers can upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Portal 10.3.7 from 10.2x.

Links:

Download Oracle WebLogic Portal 10.3.7

Oracle WebLogic Portal Documentation

Upgrade Guide

Wednesday Jan 20, 2016

Jan 2016 Fusion MiddleWare (FMW) Proactive Patches Released!

The following Fusion MiddleWare (FMW) Proactive patches were released on January 19, 2016.

Bundle Patches :

Bundle patches are collections of controlled, well tested critical bug fixes for a specific product  which may include security contents and occasionally minor enhancements. These are cumulative in nature meaning the latest bundle patch in a particular series includes the contents of the previous bundle patches released.  A suite bundle patch is an aggregation of multiple product  bundle patches that are part of a product suite.

  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11.1.1.9.160119 and 11.1.1.7.160119 suites.
  • Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) 11.1.1.9.7
  • Oracle Internet Directory(OID) 11.1.1.9.3
  • Oracle GlassFish Server (OGFS) 3.1.2.12 and 3.0.1.12
  • Oracle Identity Management Suite Bundle Patch 11.1.2.3.3 consisting of
    • Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11.1.2.3.5
    • Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) 11.1.2.3.5
    • Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) 11.1.2.3.5
    • Oracle Unified Directory (OUD) 11.1.2.3.1
  • Oracle Identity Management Suite Bundle Patch 11.1.2.2.8 consisting of
    • Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11.1.2.2.8
    • Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) 11.1.2.2.9
    • Oracle Adaptive Access Manager (OAAM) 11.1.2.2.1
    • Oracle Unified Directory (OUD) 11.1.2.2.3
  • Oracle Platform Security for Java (OPSS) 11.1.1.9.160105
  • Oracle SOA Suite (SOA) 12.1.3.0.5 and 11.1.1.9.160119
  • Oracle Service Bus (OSB) 12.1.3.0.1
  • Oracle WebCenter Content (WCC) 11.1.1.8.15 and 11.1.1.9.160119
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal (WCP) 11.1.1.9.160119
  • Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM) 12.1.3.0.4

Patch Set Updates (PSU)

Patch Set Updates (PSU)  are collections of well controlled, well tested critical bug fixes for a specific product  that have been proven in customer environments. PSUs  may include security content but no  enhancements are included. These are cumulative in nature meaning the latest PSU  in a particular series includes the contents of the previous PSUs  released. 

  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.0.1, 12.1.3.0.6, 12.1.2.0.8 and 10.3.6.0.13 PSUs
  • Oracle Exalogic PSUs
    • 2.0.6.2.4 Physical Linux x86-64 (for all X2-2, X3-2, X4-2, X5-2)
    • 2.0.6.2.4 Physical Solaris x86-64 (for all X2-2, X3-2, X4-2, X5-2)
    • 2.0.6.2.4 Virtual Oracle VM Server x86-64 (for all X2-2, X3-2, X4-2, X5-2)

Critical Patch Update (CPU) :

The Critical Patch Update program is Oracle's quarterly release of security fixes.

Additional patches were released as part of Oracle's Critical Patch Update program for the following products and versions

  • Oracle Business Intelligence 12.2.1.0.0
  • Oracle Endeca Server DE 7.6,7.5,7.4 and 7.3.
  • Oracle Identity Federation (OIF) 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle Outside In Technology (OIT) 8.5.2, 8.5.1 and 8.5.0.
  • Oracle Tuxedo 12.1.1.0
  • Oracle WebCache 11.1.1.9.0 and 11.1.1.7.0.
  • Oracle WebCenter Sites 11.1.1.8.0  and 7.6.2.
  • Oracle WebLogic Portal 10.3.6.0

For more information :

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

Oracle Critical Patch Update for January 2016

The Critical Patch Update for January 2016 was released on January 19th, 2016.
Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information.
It includes the list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities for each product suite, and links to other important documents. Supported products that are not listed in the "Affected Products and Components" section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.
Critical Patch Update Advisories are available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html

The Critical Patch Update Advisory for January 2016 is available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujan2016-2367955.html

Important information can also be found at: https://blogs.oracle.com/security/

The next four dates for Critical Patch Updates are:

  • April 19, 2016
  • July 19, 2016
  • October 18, 2016
  • January 17, 2017

Friday Jan 15, 2016

"Guided Resolutions" Help when Creating Service Requests (SRs)

This is an update of an older post. If you've logged a Service Request over the past 6-12 months, you might have noticed changes to some of the available options.

Oracle is enhancing My Oracle Support (MOS) to provide a new Guided Resolution feature to help streamline the process for solving common software and hardware issues. 

The feature was introduced in MOS 14.3 and released July 2014.  Now, Middleware products and applications are taking advantage of this technology.  It is designed to guide you straight to a solution; a technical resolution for known issues by using fact-driven logic based on your specific situation and/or configuration.  The release of this new decision-based logic will not happen all at once, but it will occur gradually as Engineers discover trends and popular solutions to recurring issues.  If a guided resolution is available for your particular issue, the screen-shot below will show you what you'll see during the SR creation process.  In this example, the issue is for the WebCenter Portal Server product, and centers around a Patching question.  Notice the yellow box that says, "The following questions are designed..."  This is what tells you that you're about to enter the logic "Flow" for that particular Problem Type:

The goal is for Engineers to provide customers immediate access to solutions that have proven to solve their specific problem, while simultaneously retaining the flexibility for a customer to file an SR in the event that the solution doesn't work for them.  These changes are most evident on page 2 of the SR Creation process, the "Solutions" page.  While it may be tempting to click "Next" to bypass this page so that you can create your SR more quickly, it's important to understand how hard Oracle worked to present this information.  There is a lot here!  First, the customer will be asked a few (2 or 3) questions about the issue.  From their answers, we may be able to discover that they're experiencing a fairly common type of error.  Without a Guided Resolution, the left of the page would contain a variety of notes from the Knowledge Base that matched a search of the customer's original description of the issue.  These notes would come directly from a list of search results obtained "behind the scenes" before the "Solutions" phase was entered. 

However, in a Guided Resolution, the "Solution Recommendations" section contains notes identified by Engineers as being the most helpful for this issue.  On the right of the page, you'll see a hand-picked note, a note that engineers know from experience has solved this problem many times in the past.  It's important to realize that this particular note isn't just a "top search result," rather, it's a note that has proven to solve this specific issue, time and time again.

For more information about this process, including more examples, screen-shots, and instructions, please see KM Note 2095128.1.  Note that the examples in this note are for the WebCenter Content product.

Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Obtaining Oracle Software

As of October 2, 2015, the global standard for distribution of Oracle's commercial software is by electronic delivery from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

What to Expect:

Oracle Software Delivery Cloud will continue to be the single global source for downloading Oracle's commercial software.
• Patches will be available from the same interface in My Oracle Support.
• Customers can request physical media through My Oracle Support on an exception basis, subject to approval. Note: Physical delivery of patch media does not require approval.
• If approved, only the media files that map specifically to the software license will ship; bundling multiple products into a media pack is now obsolete.

See Information Center - Obtaining Oracle Software (Doc ID 2044584.2) for further information.

Monday Oct 26, 2015

WebCenter Portal 12c (12.2.1.0.0) Released!

WebCenter Portal 12c (12.2.1.0.0) was released on October 20, 2015!

See the following links for details...

Download

Documentation

Release Notes

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot9 Bundle Patch 8 (11.1.1.9.8) Released

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot9 Bundle Patch 8 (11.1.1.9.8) was released on October 20, 2015.

The patch can be  downloaded from Patch 21950042: WEBCENTER PORTAL BUNDLE PATCH 11.1.1.9.8

For further information, please see the following documents:

At this time, there are no plans for another WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9.x Bundle Patch release.

Friday Oct 23, 2015

Oracle Critical Patch Update for October 2015

The Critical Patch Update for October 2015 was released on October 20th, 2015.
Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information.
It includes the list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities for each product suite, and links to other important documents. Supported products that are not listed in the "Affected Products and Components" section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.
Critical Patch Update Advisories are available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html

The Critical Patch Update Advisory for October 2015 is available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuoct2015-2367953.html

Important information can also be found at: https://blogs.oracle.com/security/

The next four dates for Critical Patch Updates are:

  • January 19, 2016
  • April 19, 2016
  • July 19, 2016
  • October 18, 2016

Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot9 Bundle Patch 2 (11.1.1.9.2) Released

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot9 Bundle Patch 2 (11.1.1.9.2) was released on July 14, 2015.

The patch can be  downloaded from Patch 21354925: WEBCENTER PORTAL BUNDLE PATCH 11.1.1.9.2

For further information, please see the following documents:

At this time, there are no plans for another WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9.x Bundle Patch release.

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot8 Bundle Patch 8 (11.1.1.8.8) Released

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot8 Bundle Patch 8 (11.1.1.8.8) was released on July 14, 2015.

The patch can be  downloaded from Patch 21281035: WEBCENTER PORTAL BUNDLE PATCH 11.1.1.8.8

For further information, please see the following documents:

At this time, there are no plans for another WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8.x Bundle Patch release.

Oracle Critical Patch Update for July 2015

The Critical Patch Update for July 2015 was released on July 14th, 2015.
Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes the list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities for each product suite, and links to other important documents. Supported products that are not listed in the "Affected Products and Components" section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information. Critical Patch Update Advisories are available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html

The Critical Patch Update Advisory for July 2015 is available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujul2015-2367936.html

Important information can also be found at: https://blogs.oracle.com/security/

The next four dates for Critical Patch Updates are:

  • October 20, 2015
  • January 19, 2016
  • April 19, 2016
  • July 19, 2016

Friday May 15, 2015

WebCenter Portal 11g R1 Dot9 (11.1.1.9.0) Released!

WebCenter Portal 11g dot9 (11.1.1.9.0) was released on May 14, 2015!

See the following links for details...

Download

Documentation

Release Notes

Wednesday Apr 15, 2015

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot8 Bundle Patch 7 (11.1.1.8.7) Released

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot8 Bundle Patch 7 (11.1.1.8.7) was released on April 14, 2015.

The patch can be  downloaded from Patch 20425442: WEBCENTER PORTAL BUNDLE PATCH 11.1.1.8.7

For further information, please see the following documents:

At this time, there are no plans for another WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8.x Bundle Patch release.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Oracle Critical Patch Update for April 2015

The Critical Patch Update for April 2015 was released on April 14th, 2015.
Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes the list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities for each product suite, and links to other important documents. Supported products that are not listed in the "Affected Products and Components" section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information. Critical Patch Update Advisories are available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html

The Critical Patch Update Advisory for April 2015 is available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuapr2015-2365600.html

Important information can also be found at: https://blogs.oracle.com/security/

The next four dates for Critical Patch Updates are:

  • July 14, 2015
  • October 20, 2015
  • January 19, 2016
  • April 19, 2016

Monday Mar 30, 2015

Finding "End of Support" Information for Fusion Middleware

When does support end for my Fusion Middleware version?  It's such a simple question and frequently asked.  There is more to the answer than you might expect, and finding the full detail can be challenging.

This article will describe the navigation path through the relevant documents - all of which need to be read not only to obtain the "end of support" dates, but to also gain an understanding of Oracle Lifetime Support and Error Correction (bug fixing) policies.

The starting point is the Oracle Lifetime Support page

http://www.oracle.com/us/support/lifetime-support/index.html

This page lays out the Oracle Lifetime Support terms, definitions and benefits. Once these are understood, go to the product specific Lifetime Support documents listed on the page. The direct link to the Fusion Middleware document is:

http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-middleware-069163.pdf

This is a weighty tome (60 + pages) which contains the actual "end of support" dates. The challenge is to pick out the dates for the different Middleware products which form your chosen technology stack / solution. On page 8, there is a table labeled - "Fusion Middleware Releases". While some dates are listed in this table, for 10.1.3, 11g and 12c you are referred to the footnotes e.g.

Screenshot of rows in Fusion Middleware Release Table on Page 8

To quote the footnote

"... For specific dates refer to the respective sections in this document. To find a section, refer to the Table of Contents."

Therefore, be prepared to jump to different sections to find the dates which are specific to the products you have chosen for your Middleware solution.

There is one other very important footnote on this page, to quote:

"For more-detailed information on bug fix and patch release policies, please refer to the “Error Correction Support Policy” on My Oracle Support ."

This statement leads you down the path to find "Error Correction Support" dates for given patch set version numbers. Establishing the "Error Correction Support" dates for your solution is key because it will inform your plans for patching / maintenance. 

For Fusion Middleware, you can cut to the chase and go straight to:

Error Correction Support Dates for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g (11.1.1/11.1.2) [ID 1290894.1]

Here are some screenshots of Oracle's Portals Products from the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy document.  The easiest way to find the Portals products is to do a search on "portal" when you're viewing the document.  [Apologies for the truncation of the screenshots as this is out of our control at this time]

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