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DSTv23 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

Steven Chan
Senior Director
Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 12.x environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in June 2014 and released as DSTv22.  

DSTv23 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x. The DSTv23 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2014f and includes Russia's reintroduction of "winter time" when the clocks will be turned back one hour on October 26, 2014.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv23 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv23 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv22 release:

  • Africa/Cairo, 
  • Africa/Casablanca, 
  • Africa/El_Aaiun, 
  • Asia/Taipei, 
  • Asia/Yekaterinburg, 
  • Asia/Omsk, 
  • Asia/Novosibirsk , 
  • Asia/Krasnoyarsk, 
  • Asia/Irkutsk,  
  • Asia/Yakutsk, 
  • Asia/Vladivostok, 
  • Asia/Magadan, 
  • Asia/Sakhalin, 
  • Europe/Kaliningrad, 
  • Europe/Moscow, 
  • Europe/Simferopol, 
  • Europe/Volgograd, 
  • Egypt, 
  • ROC, 
  • W-SU.

What Patches Are Required? In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary. We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches: