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Fourth Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

Steven Chan
Senior Director
We are pleased to announce the availability of the fourth consolidated patch collection for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  This patchset combines important patches for Release 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset:

Reasons to Apply RPC4

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 has been available for a while, and over its lifetime has been significantly enhanced in numerous ways. These enhancements and fixes are provided as individual patches, product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific Recommended Patch Collections (RPC). For example, there are Recommended Patch Collections for Financials products such as General Ledger and Payables. On the technology side, there are patchsets such as the OA Framework Consolidated Update Patch. Identifying and applying all the individual patches, RUPs, and RPCs you need can be time-consuming. Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.

Patches included in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ RPC4 are also available individually, and may contain conditions and prerequisites relevant to their application. RPC4 includes all the recommended patches, along with their dependencies. Applying this patch in a single downtime patching window saves effort and time, rather than applying each recommended patch individually.

What's Included in RPC4?

The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC4 patchset includes the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the following Oracle E-Business Suite products and product families:

  • Applications Technology (ATG)
  • Oracle Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Oracle Financials (FIN)
  • Oracle Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
  • Oracle Procurement (PRC)
  • Oracle Projects (PJ)
  • Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP)
  • Oracle Business Intelligence (BIS)

Is it necessary to apply this RPC if I only use a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products? Applying this RPC is recommended, even if you are using only a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products. The patching utility 'adpatch' takes care of the files to be applied and generates them based on the product installation status.

I have already applied a few Family Packs included in this RPC. What happens when I apply this RPC?

Applying this RPC on top of already applied individual Family Packs will not harm your system because the patching utility 'adpatch' skips the files already applied on the system. You can apply the latest available RPC on your system.

A patch I need isn't included in this RPC. Why not? This RPC combines recommended patches that were released after Release 12.1.3 into a single, integrated and regression-tested patch to help ensure a successful installation. If you don't find the patch in the RPC, it is likely that the patch was released after the patch list for the specific RPC was frozen or the patch was not marked "recommended" at the time the list was generated.

Should I only install the latest RPC? Do I have to install all prior RPCs? Should I install later individual product family RPCs? To keep your system up-to-date with the most current Oracle E-Business Suite recommended patches, you should only apply the latest available RPC (which supersedes any prior release suitewide RPC) and thereafter either install individual product-level recommended patches as required or install the next suitewide level RPC when it becomes available.

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Comments ( 6 )
  • MIchael Singer Friday, October 23, 2015

    Thanks for releasing 4th patch bundle which we find really reducers effort in patching and ensures more stable system

    Would it be possible to publish a schedule of when RPCs would be released ?

    Could the list of patches included in the RPC contained in note 2053709.1 indicate where a newer patch was included since previous RPC -- it appears that for some products no new patches released since RPC3 but would be helpful if this could be indicated to ease impact assessment

  • Udayan Parvate Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    Thanks for the feedback. Its good to know you are considering to uptake the patch. Due to binding rev rec reasons, we can not publish a schedule for RPCs.

    We will review the suggestion you have made and consider feasibility of the same if/when we plan any future RPC. You always have the choice to use patch wizard to see the actual impact of the patch on your system (#of files changed/added etc along with other things )

  • Sara O Friday, November 6, 2015

    2nd Michael thought; it has been a huge challenge for us to stay on top of all the patches. RPC release is great and would be nice to be able to plan things for the business.

    Obviously, we will continue to patch as needed, but knowing we have a catch all is always nice.

  • Steven Chan Friday, November 6, 2015

    Hi, Michael, Sara,

    Glad that you're finding these RPCs useful.

    We don't publish specific schedules for releasing these collections, but it seems that we're producing these on an annual basis, roughly. The last few RPCs were completed and released around our annual OpenWorld conference.

    As with many things, past performance is not an guarantee of future performance, but this might help you with your general scheduling.



  • guest Thursday, January 14, 2016

    Hi, is there a way to check if any given single/one-off patch is included in the RPC patches?



  • Steven Chan Thursday, January 21, 2016

    Hi, Steinar,

    Yes. See the RPC's documentation listed above for a list of what's included.



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