We are pleased to announce an update to the Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate component, which provides integration with Oracle Access Manager 10gR3. The latest version, Release 1.0.2, provides several bug fixes, improved automation, and support for the use of Oracle E-Business Suite portlets. Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is available at no charge to customers who have already licensed both Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Access Manager.
For those of you that have already deployed Oracle Access Manager elsewhere in your company, we strongly recommend that you evaluate this integration. We believe that this latest release provides improvements in quality and usability over our previous release.
What About Oracle Single Sign-On Server?
If you are running Oracle E-Business Suite today with Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO), you may continue to do so. However, this product is quickly approaching its end-of-life, so we are now recommending that new implementations evaluate Oracle Access Manager for single sign-on authentication. If you are already using Oracle Access Manager today in your enterprise, then now is the perfect time to begin migrating your Oracle E-Business Suite single sign-on to Oracle Access Manager with the help of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate.
In my previous article, announcing the initial release of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate, we mentioned that some products, such as Oracle Discoverer and Oracle Portal, do not support Oracle Access Manager 10gR3, and continue to require Oracle Single Sign-On Server for single sign-on authentication. That limitation continues to exist, and the latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate does not change that. However, as I also noted then, you can "link" the two authentication systems for easier administration.
In this scenario, OSSO can delegate authentication duties to Oracle Access Manager, so users will only see a single UI whenever they are prompted for single sign-on credentials. Once the user is authenticated and it is determined he is authorized to access the requested resource, Oracle Access Manager returns the user's identity in an HTTP header variable, which OSSO recognizes and trusts. OSSO then sets its own single sign-on cookie in the browser without having to ask for another set of credentials.
Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate
The requirements for Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate are unchanged from the original release:
And, as before, Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is supported on any operating system platform that supports Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1. For Oracle Access Manager and its components, such as WebGate, any operating system and HTTP server supported by it may be used for this integration.