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  • October 16, 2007

Apps Release 12.0.3 Release Update Pack Now Available

Steven Chan
Senior Director

The third major update for Apps Release 12 is now available for download from Metalink:

Patch 6141000 download screenshot: Screenshot of download screen for Applications 12.0.3 Release Update Pack 3 patch 6141000

A RUP by Any Other Name...

To revisit oft-confused terminology once again:  In Release 11i, we have these things called Rollup Patches, which inexplicably became known as "RUPs."  Release 11i Rollup Patches contain patches for a single product family (e.g. ATG Family Pack H Rollup 4).

In Release 12, we're now shipping these things called Release Update Packs.  Given the way that neologisms form, it's inevitable that these

will be called "RUPs" too.  The difference is that the R12 Release Update Packs combine patches created across several E-Business Suite product families. 

If you're paying attention, it should be dawning on you about now that "Release Update Packs" in Release 12 are the equivalent of

"Consolidated Updates" in Release 11i.  These are big, important patches.

What's New in Release Update Pack 3?

Regardless of what it's called, the third Release Update Pack for Release 12 contains fixes for the following areas, with details in the listed

Metalink Notes:
Includes October 2007 Critical Patch Updates

Just like the previous Apps 12.0.1 Release Update Pack and Apps 12.0.2 Release Update Pack, there's a gem buried in all of this:  the Apps 12.0.3 Release Update Patch includes all of the security fixes released in the October 2007 Critical Update Patch (CPUOct2007).

Upgrading the Whole Thing or Just Specific Parts?

If you're looking for the latest new functionality, fixes, and updates for all Release 12 functional applications and the E-Business Suite's technology stack, apply the Apps 12.0.3 Release Update Pack.

You can also update specific Apps functional applications (such as Financials, Supply Chain, or Human Resources).  See the Metalink Notes

for each of the individual products listed above.

If you're just interested in getting the latest Apps technology stack updates and don't wish to update your functional applications, you can apply just

the Oracle Applications Technology Software Update 12.0.3 (Patch 6077669), also known as R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.3. 

More details about new Applications Technology Stack features and updates can be found in this article.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • John Piwowar Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Hi Steven,

    Not a complaint, really, just an observation:

    RUP1: 139M

    RUP2: 800M(ish)

    RUP3: 1.5GB

    ...these things are getting huge. I understand the benefits of making the RUPs cumulative, but has any thought been given to periodically setting a new baseline for them? For example (pardon my purely fictional numbers):

    "R12 RUP5 has been released. If your system is currently on RUP4, please apply the 200M 'delta' patch 6243000 to upgrade to RUP5. If you are at RUP3 or earlier, please apply the 2.75G full RUP5 patch 6242000"

    For the record, I'm a huge fan of bundling the CPUs into the RUPs. It has the benefit of reducing the number of patches I'll need to apply when we go live in R12.

    Regards,

    John P.


  • Steven Chan Monday, October 22, 2007

    Hi, John,I hear you.  I think it's the inevitable way that software works.  In all of my years in the IT industry, I've never seen a package grow smaller.Like you, I'm strongly in favour of rolling the CPUs into the RUPs.  This makes it more trouble to avoid applying the CPUs in R12 environments.  This is a neat inversion of the current situation with 11i.Regards,Steven 


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