EBS 12.0 Minimum Requirements for Extended Support Finalized

February 15, 2011 | 4 minute read
Steven Chan
Senior Director
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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 will transition from Premier Support to Extended Support on February 1, 2012.  New EBS 12.0 patches will be created and tested during Extended Support against the minimum patching baseline documented in our E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy (Note 1195034.1). Timeline diagram showing E-Business Suite 11i 12 Premier and Extended Support windows ebs_11i_12_support_windows.pngThese new technical requirements have now been finalized.  To be eligible for Extended Support, all EBS 12.0 customers must apply the EBS 12.0.6 Release Update Pack, technology stack infrastructure updates, and updates for EBS products if they're shared or fully-installed.  The complete set of minimum EBS 12.0 baseline requirements are listed here: What are the impacts of this new baseline? As always, Oracle Support will assist with diagnosis, triage, and debugging of any issues that you report for your E-Business Suite environment.  You will continue to have access to any existing online support tools, knowledge base documentation, and pre-existing fixes. If you report a new issue that requires a new bug fix, you should be aware that new patches will be released only for the new baseline patches listed in the EBS Error Correction Support Policy.  You should plan to apply the baseline updates (at minimum) listed in Note 1195034.1 by February 2011 in order to receive any new bug fixes. What EBS 12.0 products are affected by this new baseline? The Note lists minimum baseline update requirements for the following EBS 12.0 products (see the Note for specific patch numbers):
  • Financials (Payables, Receivables, Advanced Collections, Public Sector Financials, Financials for Asia/Pacific)
  • Human Resources (Payroll, US Federal HR)
  • Process Manufacturing (OPM Financials, OPM Process Execution, OPM Process Execution Mobile, Inventory Converge)
  • Service (Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul)
  • Supply Chain Planning (Engine + UI, UI Source Side, Data Collections, Global Order Processing, Collaborative Planning, Demand Planning, Demantra)
What about E-Business Suite technology stack components? Here are the highlights of the technology stack-related minimum baseline requirements from that Note:
  • E-Business Suite 12.0.6 Release Update Pack
  • Oracle Forms & Reports
  • Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J)
  • Oracle Database,, or
  • Java 6 for server-side Java
  • Sun JRE 1.6.0_03 for Windows desktops
Support dates for Oracle Forms & Reports, Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J), Oracle Database, and Java are set by their respective Lifetime Support Policies.  The minimum versions listed in Note 1195034.1 may be superseded by their respective support policies by February 1, 2012. EBS 12.0 users must ensure that installed versions of the components above comply with the components' respective Lifetime Support Policies listed here: This also applies to external standalone components (e.g. Oracle Single Sign-On, Discoverer, SOA Suite) that you may have integrated with your E-Business Suite environment. You must also plan to update those technology stack components on an ongoing basis.  If you're interested in learning more about the implications of Fusion Middleware and database support windows for E-Business Suite users, see these two articles: Ranking your upgrade options If I were running EBS 12.0 today, I'd rank my options like this:
1. Upgrade to EBS 12.1.3 Upgrading to EBS 12.1.3 unquestionably provides the greatest return on your patching investment.  This allows you to completely avoid having to ask, "What EBS 12.0 patches do I need to apply to reach the minimum patching baseline?"  This option may be relatively more work than simply patching EBS 12.0, but it's the most-efficient strategy in the long-run.  Moving to 12.1.3 means that you don't need to worry about new minimum patching baselines until June 1, 2014. 2. Apply the 12.0.6 minimum baseline Applying the 12.0.6 Release Update Pack, the latest technology stack updates, and the product-specific patches is a straightforward process.  This option may require nominally less effort than upgrading to 12.1.3.  All of these updates will require retesting of all affected products.  Testing is usually more time-consuming and resource-intensive than applying the patches themselves.  If I was in your shoes and had to go to the trouble of testing everything again, I'd choose Option 1 rather that 2. 3. Do nothing This is always an option.  I wouldn't recommend it.  Leaving your EBS environment at the, say, 12.0.4 level with one or two other later product family Release Update Packs may create support problems downstream.  For example, you may report a problem that can be reproduced on 12.0.6 and the minimum baseline.  Oracle will provide a patch for that issue, but you will first need to apply the minimum baseline to your 12.0 environment before applying the patch.
Getting ahead of the curve It might seem like February 1, 2012 is a long way off, but don't be fooled.  That's the temporal equivalent of an optical illusion.  It's only 12 months away.  I urge you to get started on your EBS 12.0 upgrade planning immediately. Related Articles

Steven Chan

Senior Director

Steven Chan was a Senior Director in the Oracle Applications Technology Group.  He managed EBS technology stack certifications, ATG product management, ATG documentation and curriculum, and ATG Quality Assurance in the E-Business Suite Development division.

Steven joined Oracle in 1998.  Steven retired from Oracle in 2019. Prior to joining Oracle, he held positions with IBM, Deloitte & Touche Consulting, and other software companies. 

Steven is an Oracle ACE and a three-time recipient of the Oracle Applications User Group 'Ambassador of the Year' Award (2007, 2009, 2010). Steven received the Oracle Applications User Group Lifetime Service Award in 2011.

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