Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot8 Bundle Patch 4 (11.1.1.8.4) Released

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot8 Bundle Patch 4 (11.1.1.8.4) was released on July 15, 2014.

The patch can be downloaded from Patch 18633874 WEBCENTER PORTAL BUNDLE PATCH 11.1.1.8.4

For further information, please see the following documents:

The next quarterly Bundle Patch is tentatively scheduled for October 14, 2014.

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

Prepare for My Oracle Support (MOS) Release 14.3—Browser Requirements

Courtesy of Irina Donaldson!

If you have a CSI number, then you are eligible for technical support for your Oracle products using the My Oracle Support (MOS) portal.

With the rollout of My Oracle Support 14.3 on July 18, 2014, there will be changes to certified browsers.

If your browser is not upgraded, you may encounter issues or receive unexpected results and the solution will be to move to the certified browser. Fixes will not be generated for browsers that are no longer supported.

Check your browser version before July 18 to minimize any adverse impact later, when you do need to use MOS for any research or to file an SR.

Note: Customer/Cloud Portal 14.4 will be released next quarter.

Oracle Critical Patch Update for July 2014

The Critical Patch Update for July 2014 was released on July 15th, 2014.
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 "Supported Products and Components Affected" 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 2014 is available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujul2014-1972956.html

The next four dates for Critical Patch Updates are:

  • October 14, 2014
  • January 20, 2015
  • April 14, 2015
  • July 14, 2015

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

Framework Folder Support for WebCenter Portal? It's Coming!

Courtesy of Ken Walker from the WebCenter Content Server team...

WebCenter Content Server allows its administrators the flexibility of using a Folders type interface to access stored content through an interface that mimics a folder based file system.  In fact, they have a choice of product components to do this, "Folders," "Folders_g," or "Framework Folders."  The Framework Folders component is the latest available, and most flexible folders interface to date.  Customers are migrating their older folders technology to this new option. 

Meanwhile, WebCenter Portal has used the Folders_g technology for quite some time.  In fact, Portal administrators will tell you that WebCenter Portal requires the Folders_g component, but that the Framework Folders technology isn't yet available for WebCenter Portal at all; what's up with that? 

Well, you may be surprised to learn that support for Framework Folders on WebCenter Portal is, indeed, here!

Oracle has released bundle patches for both WebCenter Content and Portal in April 2014 which bring home the support for FrameworkFolders. These patches will bring these products to version 11.1.1.8.3.

You can enable support for FrameworkFolders on new Content and Portal installations where the folders_g component has never been enabled using the following patches (new installations of .8 only):

  • Download and apply the WebCenter Content MLR03 Patch 18088049.
  • Download and apply the WebCenter Portal BP3 Patch 18085041.
  • Download and apply the WebCenterConfigure component Patch 18387955. Before applying this patch on the Content Server, ensure that WebCenter Content MLR03 Patch 18088049 has already been applied.

You can find detailed instructions on how to enable FrameworkFolders support in the Oracle® Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.8.3).

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 will support upgrade scenarios for any existing WCP customers.  They will be able to migrate from their existing Folders_g install to one that uses Framework Folders.

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.1.3.0.0) Released

Although this Fusion Middleware release does not include any of the Portals, it's posted here for those of you who might be using some of these other products.

We are proud to announce the release of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.1.3.0.0). Media is being made available for download on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), and the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC). This includes the following products:

  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Coherence 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle TopLink 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle HTTP Server 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle SOA Suite and Business Process Management 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle MapViewer 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle B2B and Healthcare 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Service Bus 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Event Processing 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Data Integrator 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Enterprise Data Quality 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Data Service Integrator 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle GoldenGate Monitor and Veridata 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle JDeveloper 12c (12.1.3.0.0)
  • Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c (12.1.3.0.0)

Here is the related information for these releases:

You can also visit the Oracle Fusion Middleware page on OTN to find more information about the products.

Thanks.
Oracle Fusion Middleware Team

Tuesday May 13, 2014

End of Error Correction for WebCenter Portal Patch Set 11.1.1.6.x

The Grace Period for WebCenter Portal (WCP) Patch Set 11.1.1.6.x just ended (April 2014) and therefore WCP 11.1.1.6.x has fallen out of Error Correction.  This means new patches (error correction) for WCP 11.1.1.6.x will no longer be provided.  However, you can still download and install existing WCP 11.1.1.6.x patches.  Customers are encouraged to update to the latest Patch Set/Bundle Patch, which at the time of this writing was WCP 11.1.1.8.3.  See Error Correction Support Dates for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g (11.1.1/11.1.2) (Doc ID 1290894.1).

Oracle provides bug fixes for products as part of Premier and Extended Support (but not Sustaining Support).  Error Correction explains the methods that are used to deliver bug fixes and some of the policies regarding those methods.  The Error Correction Policy describes details about how Oracle delivers error corrections within the life of those releases.  This includes policies on how long we will create new fixes for older forms of patch delivery such as patch sets and bundle patches.

See The Importance of Staying Current on the Latest Product Releases and Patches blog entry for more detailed information on the Error Correction Policy and Grace Periods.

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Oracle WebCenter Portal Jump Start Kit

Check out the new Oracle WebCenter Portal Jump Start Kit.

The Jump Start Kit (JSK) for WebCenter Portal is a utility that installs a fully functional version of WebCenter Portal pre-integrated with Oracle WebCenter Content, including key features enabled and preconfigured, all within a single machine instance (virtual or physical). The JSK supports Linux x86-64. It also includes a series of templates, examples, and lesson guides to walk you through a series of typical use cases. It is targeted to developers only, and is not supported for production use.

Also see Oracle WebCenter Portal Jump Start Kit (JSK) Information and Support Policy (Doc ID 1667162.1) for information on the support policy for the JSK.

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

Oracle Critical Patch Update for April 2014

The Critical Patch Update for April 2014 was released on April 15th, 2014.
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 "Supported Products and Components Affected" 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 2014 is available at the following location:

Oracle Technology Network:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpuapr2014-1972952.html

The next four dates for Critical Patch Updates are:

  • July 15, 2014
  • October 14, 2014
  • January 20, 2015
  • April 14, 2015

WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot8 Bundle Patch 3 (11.1.1.8.3) Released

The WebCenter Portal 11gR1 dot8 Bundle Patch 3 (11.1.1.8.3) was released on April 15, 2014.

The patch can be downloaded from Patch 18085041 WEBCENTER PORTAL BUNDLE PATCH 11.1.1.8.3

For more information see Recommended Patches for Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g (Doc ID 1087226.1)

The next quarterly Bundle Patch is tentatively scheduled for July 15, 2014.

Monday Apr 07, 2014

Free Learning Sessions on Oracle Fusion Middleware

Free Learning Sessions on Oracle Fusion Middleware

Each session runs 2 hours and will provide an in-depth look into each topic. There will be demos, a question and answer session as well as a brief overview of next steps for those who require more detailed training.

Start in the Middle with Oracle Fusion Middleware

Do you really understand what Oracle’s Fusion Middleware entails and what it can do? Expert trainer and consultant, Martin Schlichenmayer clears the fog surrounding the power of Oracle’s Fusion Middleware.

Discover:

  • Oracle’s Fusion Middleware history
  • the center of it all – the Application Server
  • more about the central role of WebLogic Application Server
  • what differentiates SOA Suite from BPM Suite and where both interact with Webcenter and ADF.
  • the role of the Enterprise Service Bus and the Services Registry / Repository
  • the difference between Business Activity Monitoring and Business Intelligence
Choose the session most convenient for you:

Date          Time                         More details and registration
April 24    13:00 – 15:00 CET    Link
May 8       13:00 – 15:00 CET    Link
May 15     13:00 – 15:00 CET    Link

For more information and assistance please contact your local Oracle University Service Desk

Monday Mar 03, 2014

ADVISOR WEBCAST: Embedding OBIEE Content in WebCenter Portal

Be sure to register for the following Advisor Webcast:

Embedding OBIEE Content in WebCenter Portal

March 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm, Europe Time (Berlin, GMT +01:00), 2:00 pm, GMT Time (London, GMT), 10:00 am ET, 9:00 am CT, 8:00 am MT, 7:00 am PT

This one hour session is recommended for technical users who are interested in integrating OBIEE with WebCenter Portal. The objective is to provide an overview of the system requirements and the steps required to perform a basic integration.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:
  • Understand what is required in order to integrate OBIEE with WebCenter Portal
  • Have an idea of what issues may occur, how to debug them and what log files may be required
A short, live demonstration (only if applicable) and question and answer period will be included. Oracle Advisor Webcasts are dedicated to building your awareness around our products and services. This session does not replace offerings from Oracle Global Support Services.

For more information and to register for this Advisor Webcast, please see Embedding OBIEE Content in WebCenter Portal (Doc ID 1613815.1).

Monday Feb 24, 2014

Olympic Athletes Wish They Knew Our Quick Training Secrets

Complements of Irina!

All the talk on the planet lately is about the Olympics, everyone cheering for the individuals who have dedicated their lives to pushing the human body to its limits. We admire and respect them, sometimes wish we had a fraction of that dedication. There is no quick route to that level of fitness and skill.

Seeing snow on the ground as I look out the window, my thoughts wander toward summer, remembering the color "green", and I begin preparing for a half marathon -- just a few months of training followed by a couple of hours of stress on the race course. There will be no cheering crowd throwing me flowers as I cross the finish line, only satisfaction in achieving a goal that I worked hard for.


Do you spend a lot of time training, not just in your personal life, but also at work?


We just upgraded the MOS Communities (MOSC) to Jive, merged them with the OTN Forums, so now we are together having to learn to navigate the new interface, along with all our other tasks.


One thing that might help you quickly get up to speed with the new MOSC and other features of MOS is this article, that has short videos explaining different MOS features:

Discover how to use My Oracle Support Video Series (Doc ID 603505.1)

  • How do you stay on top of the latest patches?
  • Where can you check that products are certified to work together before you begin installing willy nilly?
  • Is there a way to access our knowledge base while you're standing in line at the grocery store?
  • Will your product really be desupported at the end of the year?

All these and more are covered. Check out the videos while you're on the treadmill, and improve your life in multiple ways simultaneously.


We also have webcasts coming up that you might be interested in:

Get Proactive Essentials Webcast Series - My Oracle Support Community (Doc ID 1615047.1)
  • Register for one of many in the timezone of your choice (through March). Lasting 40 minutes, these sessions will get you setup and using the new MOS Community in record time
Essentials Webcast: Oracle Cloud Support (Doc ID 1555872.1)
  • Thirty minute presentations, scheduled through February, will explain what Cloud Support is all about. Sign up for one today!

There are times when long trainings make enormous impact. Other times when they don't. We hope that we can streamline the work-related trainings so that you can devote more time to personal goals.

Happy Trails

Friday Feb 07, 2014

Upcoming WebCenter Customer Advisory Board (CAB) Meetings in March and April, 2014

Message from the WebCenter Customer Advisory Board (CAB):

The Oracle WebCenter CAB is a program sponsored by the WebCenter product team. The program goal is for the WebCenter product team to partner directly with a select group of existing customers for product strategy and direction. It is an invaluable forum for our members to foster direct relationship with our product team, and actively participate and influence our product development lifecycle (e.g. provide feedback, validate strategy, test and evaluate our beta releases, etc). In addition, members will be able to network with peers from other companies which are members of our CAB.

In North America, we meet bi-annually for in-person sessions (usually around Oracle OpenWorld and COLLABORATE time frames). Our next in-person WebCenter Customer Advisory Board meeting in North America will be at COLLABORATE 14 in Las Vegas. COLLABORATE is from April 7-11, 2014. Our CAB is on Sunday April 6, in Las Vegas. (Note: Attending COLLABORATE is NOT a requirement to attend the CAB).

For customers based in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) unable to travel to the U.S. for CAB meetings, we meet once per year. This year's in-person CAB meeting for EMEA is planned for March 11-12, in Vienna, Austria.

At either CAB meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in intimate discussions around forward-looking WebCenter product features and roadmaps, as well as to have one-on-one sessions directly with WebCenter product leads.

WebCenter CAB is a selective membership forum. For membership candidacy and/or interests to participate in either of the CAB meetings above, please contact Jon Huang

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

New My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) Platform

The My Oracle Support Community (MOSC) recently migrated to a new platform with a completely new look and feel and navigation.  There is a series of 5 short videos to help learn the basic features and get you started.  Please see My Oracle Support Community - New Platform Overview to start out with the first video.  Once done with that video, click on the [ Watch the Next in this series ] at the bottom left and it will automatically take you to the next video in the series.  Each video page has the [ Watch the Next in this series ] link to advance to the next video.

Although it is preferable to watch the videos in sequence, you can also individually select which videos you want to watch.  For reference, here are the individual links to the five videos in the series:

My Oracle Support Community - New Platform Overview [ Video 1 ] (Doc ID 1614073.1)
My Oracle Support Community - How to complete your profile setup. [ Video 2 ] (Doc ID 1614358.1)
My Oracle Support Community - How to start a community discussion [ Video 3 ] (Doc ID 1614724.1)
My Oracle Support Community - How to reply to discussions [ Video 4 ] (Doc ID 1614734.1)
My Oracle Support Community - Participating in the community [ Video 5 ] (Doc ID 1614725.1)

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