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March 2015 Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2

Steven Chan
Senior Director
We continue to release updates to EBS 12.2 technology stack (TXK) and Applications Database (AD) components.  We released the first set of updates in March 2014, the second set in May 2014, the third set in July 2014, the fourth set in October 2014, the fifth set in November 2014, and have now made available a sixth set of critical updates.  

If you are on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, we strongly recommend that you apply these two newly-released patch collections at your earliest convenience:

Delta 6 screenshot

You must always keep your AD and TXK codelevels synchronized. See the following Note for an additional FND patch needed, as well as complete installation instructions:

What's new in these updates?

  • Online Patching support for single file system on development or test systems
  • Integration of EBS Technology Consistency Checker (ETCC) with ADOP
  • Simplification and enhancement of adop console messages
  • Performance improvements in adop operations
  • Improved error reporting by Online Patching Log Analyzer utility
  • Change to default password for spliced products
  • Ability to deregister a custom application
  • Elimination of certain context variables
  • Support for Managed Server Independence Mode
  • Enhancements to Delete Application Tier Node
  • Minimize failures by pre-checking the availability of required ports during cutover phase
  • Removed dynamic generation of portlet.xml file used by Oracle E-Business Suite portlet producer
  • Provision to change passwords during rapid clone
  • Provision for txkSetAppsConf.pl to accept new arguments

What's changed in these updates?

  • Enhanced Rapid Clone
  • Improvements in handling when running ADOP on multiple nodes
  • Improvements to single sign-on functionality
  • Improvements to JVM and Admin server heap size
  • Improved ADOP flow
  • Improvements in ADOP flow communications handling
  • Improvements on Integrated SOA Gateway scripts
  • Support for unlimited number of application tier nodes

What Is a Codelevel?

 

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 patches are grouped into codelines. A codeline begins with a point release (for example, Release 12.0) and progresses to include all the patches created to maintain that point release. Patches associated with codelines implement a set of features for a point release, and also provide fixes for that set of features. Such a unique set of product features for a point release is referred to as a a codelevel. You can think of it as the code you get when you apply a set of patches: in other words, it is defined by the patches that deliver it. Codelevels are cumulative, with each containing the initial set of features plus all the fixes created for that product.

Benefits of the Latest Codelevel

There are several important reasons you should adopt this latest recommended AD/TXK codelevel:

  • It includes a number of significant fixes and improvements.
  • New patches to implement code fixes will only be appliable to the latest AD/TXK codelevel.
  • No code fixes will be created for earlier AD/TXK codelevels.

How Can I Get To the Latest Codelevel?

Installation instructions are here:

Further information about these updates can be found here:

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Comments ( 8 )
  • Tony Tagliaferro Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    HI, We are trying to do an upgrade from 12.1.2 to 12.2.4 and finding clear documentation is next to impossible. Can any point me to a "Cook Book" that will explain how this is all put together and what needs to be done and in what order.

    I have opened up SR:3-10430993091 but it does not appear to be going in the right direction.

    Thanks,

    Tony


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Hi, Tony,

    I'm sorry that you're encountering issues with this. We're working as fast as possible on automation to make the 12.2 upgrade process easier, but there's still room for improvement there.

    I've just scanned your SR, and I can see how the answer your got was a bit unsatisfying. I'll contact someone in Support management to help with this. Please monitor your SR for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Michael Friday, April 10, 2015

    Hi Tony ... I can TOTALLY endorse what you are saying We have been doing a 12.1 to 12.2.4 for last 3 months and its testing my 20 years of Oracle EBS experience I have been asked to create an SR for every issue That would mean I would be constantly creating SRs and not actually be able to work on the Upgrade in the end have battled on without much help from Oracle Support Best Regards Michael


  • Michael Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Hi Steven .. We are having difficulty after applying AD/TXK Delta 6 and then applying RUP 12.2.4 17919161 with 9000 jobs to go adop has failed I have uploaded the diagnostic_info (from1901242.1) to an SR 3-10568951411 I know its not the correct channel but if you are able to pass on to Oracle Support that we are experiencing great pain with this upgrade that would be good and need URGENT assistance Regards Michael


  • Bala Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Hi Steve,

    I have reviewed the document which mention to remove the $PATCH_BASE and apply the patches in downtime mode or using hotpatch. The beginning of this is from AD/TXK delta.5 release I believe.

    I'm curious to understand on how does dataInstaller works for HRMS customers based on the point "Online Patching support for single file system on development or test systems".

    Per the snippet of document 1469456.1 below mentions that dataInstaller sources the patch FS by default when invoked.

    "12.2 SPECIFIC: For an Online patch enabled instance....

    Thanks,

    Bala


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Hi, Bala,

    I'm afraid that I don't know. You should log a Service Request against the HRMS product for help with this one.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Hello, Michael,

    I'm sorry that you're encountering issues with this.

    The best way to get attention for an SR is for you to escalate it with a Support Duty Manager. I've just pinged the Support engineer assigned to your SR with an offer of help. Please monitor your SR for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Bala Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Hi Steven,

    "The dataInstaller cannot be run in a single file system configuration." is what the support analyst responded for the SR I opened.

    So, Dual file system should be maintained for DEV and TEST environments for HRMS customers.

    Thanks,

    Bala


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