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Third Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

Steven Chan
Senior Director
We are pleased to announce the availability of the third 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:

EBS 12.1.3 RPC3 Patch 20203366 download screenshot

Reasons to Apply RPC3

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 12.1.3.1 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+ RPC3 are also available individually, and may contain conditions and prerequisites relevant to their application. RPC3 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 RPC3?

The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC3 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 ( 37 )
  • guest Monday, April 13, 2015

    Good News!

    Any specific reason that note for RPC2 is not updated informing about availability of RPC3.

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection 2 (RPC2) (Doc ID 1920628.1)

    Regards,

    Saurabh


  • Steven Chan Monday, April 13, 2015

    Saurabh,

    Thanks for the suggestion. It is not really feasible to update documentation for all older patches to point to newer ones.

    The latest RPC3 shows up in the automated tools that generate patch recommendations. Running those tools regularly (e.g. the Recommended Patches tool on My Oracle Support) is the best way of ensuring that you have the latest set of recommended patches.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Sunday, April 19, 2015

    steve,

    we are on EBS 12.1.3 and we never applied both RPC or RPC2 so is that good to go with RPC3. I wonder how strong this patch is recommended as it was touching lot of modules and also the size of the patch is almost 3.6 GB. I would see RPC3 is just one single patch which is bundle of several patches from multiple prodcuts, Is that correct ?


  • Steven Chan Monday, April 20, 2015

    Hello, Guest,

    Yes, all Recommended Patch Collections are bundles of patches for individual product products, and include new and previously-released critical patches.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Hello Steve,

    We kicked-off a project to apply RPC2 patch # 19030202 and already applied it in Dev instance and commenced internal IT testing phase with go live date of Sept 2015. What would be your recommendation to us at this point in time, should we continue with the path of RPC2 patch till go live?

    Please note we have resource constraints and also we dont use automated testing tools, we have to do the testing of all tracks manully, will applying RPC3 on top of RPC2, require additional testing ?

    Is it safe to apply RPC3 above RPC2 in Dev instance, but in our next instance QA, apply only RPC3 and leave out RPC2 ? As per outage estimate, it took about 6 hours of total down time to apply RPC2 patch and bring all the services online.

    Please offer your kind guidance and recommendaion.

    Thanks

    Prashant


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Hello, Prashant,

    Given that you have five months until your next rollout, I would suggest that it's worthwhile to switch your focus to RPC3.

    It is safe to apply RPC3 on top of RPC2. It is also safe to apply RPC3 on its own.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Steven,

    We are planning to apply RPC3 for our current 12.1.3 EBS application in our test instance, just wanted to check with you, can we also run Patch Impact Analysis on RPC3 thru Patch Wizard? We tried in our test instance and looks like it won't allow as no Patch Metadata shipped with this patch shows up in the log. Please confirm.

    Thanks.

    Kaberi.


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Hi, Kaberi,

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

    That's unexpected. Can you log an SR with the details so that we can investigate?

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Friday, May 1, 2015

    Hi,

    Do I need to apply RPC3 (one patch) or each individual patch for each module? Which one better?

    Thanks

    Dan


  • Puskal Das Monday, May 4, 2015

    Hi Steven,

    Recently, only HRMS part of our instance was upgraded to RUP6 for HRMS (going by Doc ID 1549442.1). Now there is discussion going on to upgrade the Finance related modules (AP,AR,GL,SLA,PA, PB,PC). Is there anything released by Oracle like RUP6 or RUP7 for Finance modules separately that we can apply specifically. Or do you recommend to go for RPC2 or RPC3? We also found one document on RPC2 for Finance related modules (Doc ID 954704.1). So we are not very clear what approach will be best suited for our instance. If we apply RPC2, can we say that it includes RUP6 (or higher!) for Finance or there is no such connection?

    Thanks and Regards,

    Puskal.


  • Steven Chan Monday, May 4, 2015

    Hello, Dan,

    It's up to you. You can apply individual product family patchsets or the entire suite-wide RPC3. Applying RPC3 would be easier, since it's a consolidated patchset.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Steven Chan Monday, May 4, 2015

    Hi, Pushkal,

    I am a technology stack specialist, so I don't have the visibility into Financials to comment on RPCs or Release Update Packs for that product family. You can check the documentation for RPC2 and RPC3 to see which Financials Release Update Packs are included.

    My answer to Dan applies equally to your question, too. You can apply either the individual product family Release Update Packs/RPCs or the suite-wide RPC3. The suite-wide RPC3 would be easier to apply.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Thursday, May 7, 2015

    Steven,

    We have applied RPC3 in our R12.1.3 EBS instance and as part of the patching found many standard Oracle forms not generating successfully. As usual we already logged SR with Oracle Support, and now it is confirmed and logged as an Oracle Bug for hard coding schema name in standard APPSTAND.fmb

    Based on this experience, wondering if Release 12.2 might also have hard coded schema names in standard Oracle codes, mainly from Upgrade perspective that will definitely cause issues with our implementation as we started our EBS in 1994 and since then have been only upgrading. Any insight on this will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Kaberi


  • Steven Chan Thursday, May 7, 2015

    Hello, Kaberi,

    We have done comprehensive code scans for references to hard-coded schema names in EBS 12.2 and removed them. In theory, this should address the majority of issues. It is extremely difficult to test different scenarios associated with custom schema names, though, so we would be interested in working closely with you to get to the bottom of whatever issues you might encounter with EBS 12.2.

    Please let me know as soon as you're ready to embark on your EBS 12.2 implementation project.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Monday, May 11, 2015

    Thanks Steven for your quick response.

    We will definitely work very closely with your team as soon as we start our EBS release 12.2 upgrade project.

    Thanks.

    Kaberi.


  • Abdul Wasiq Monday, May 25, 2015

    If i apply RPC 3 patch 20203366 , will it get HRMS RUP 7 patch 18004477 with it?Could you please reply ASAP .


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Abdul,

    You're welcome to verify this for yourself: a complete list of RPC3's contents is in Note 1986065.1, linked in the article above.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Chandra Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Hi Team

    We are applying RPC3 on top of 12.1.3 and pls let me know if there is a list of known issues. We found that RPC3 has broken a few Form personalizations. Similar list of known issues will help us focus our testing.


  • Steven Chan Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Hi, Chandra,

    All known issues are documented in the release notes. Can you forward your Service Request number so that we can investigate the issues that you've encountered?

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Friday, July 10, 2015

    Hi Steven,

    I've got a general question on RPCs. We're currently in the latest stages of an EBS 12.1.3 upgrade project. In the past, the RPC2 and RPC3 broke quite a bunch of functionality requiring to do a lot of patching/collaboration with support during the data migration. We're now kind of afraid of installing an eventually uprising RPC4 before the go-live on the end of the year. However: What is the error correction policy for "older" rpcs? So if we're on RPC3 by year-end and there is a problem we search for support will Oracle Support tell us to first install the patches (family-patches or even RPC4)? I didn't find a real "error correction" document beside the oracle technology products in MOS.

    BR

    Johannes


  • Steven Chan Friday, July 10, 2015

    Hi, Johannes,

    I'm sorry that you encountered issues with the prior RPCs. We haven't had many reports of issues, so I would be very interested in getting your SR numbers so that we can investigate.

    RPCs do not have their own error correction policy. RPCs are collections of previously-released and new patches. All of those patches are generally still available after a new RPC is released.

    The EBS error correction policy applies to EBS 12.1.3. As long as you've applied the minimum patching baseline described in Note 1195034.1, you should be able to request new EBS 12.1.3 patches for your environment.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Michael Taylor Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Hi Steven,

    We have unset APPLCSF for at least a decade in EBS to segregate our product requests and log files per the following note: Managing Concurrent Manager Log and Out Directories (Doc ID 1616827.1). After applying 12.1.3+ RPC3, we cannot start the concurrent managers without setting APPLCSF, which the business will not accept as a solution. We have had a Sev 1 SR for this almost a month with no bug logged yet (SR 3-10971663721 : Concurrent Managers Issue). Is there a chance your team could push from your end?

    Thanks,

    -Michael


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Hi, Michael,

    Nice to hear from you. Thanks for your private email, too.

    Bug 21538353 is prioritzed and in the queue for testing right now. Please monitor your SR for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Amol Monday, August 17, 2015

    I am in middle of testing patch wizard patches and in the list I found RPC3 patch as a recommendation. I basically couldn't understand the difference between patch wizard patch and RPC very well. Is it that RPC covers only above mention applications(ATG,CRM, FIN, HRMS, etc.) and we have to follow all the patches which are listed in patch wizard output? OR RPC3 as a single patch will cover everything? Please advise.

    Thanks,

    Amol


  • Robert Farrington Monday, August 17, 2015

    Amol,

    RPC3 can be thought of as a single, very large patch that includes many recommended patches for different products. The patches included in RPC3 are also available individually.

    You may find the following My Oracle Support knowledge document useful: "Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection 3 (RPC3)" (Doc ID 1986065.1).


  • Rana Friday, September 11, 2015

    Hi Steven,

    recently we have applied RPC3 in dev environment as a first run. we ran OAM patch wizard and got a list of latest recommended patches other than RPC3. we merged these patches with RPC3 and applied. in this run we found some issue specially a list of forms which did not generate successfully. so is that expected and do we need to open SR? please comment


  • Robert Farrington Monday, September 14, 2015

    Hi Rana,

    Your best course of action is indeed to log an SR so that Support can determine whether the issues you encountered require further attention.


  • Saurabh Singhal Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Hi,

    We are working on RPC3 patch implementation at our 12.1.3 instance and are looking for Release Content Document to show case to our customer.

    Can you please share some document which highlight the new functionalities due to RPC3.

    Thanks for your help.

    Regards,

    Saurabh Singhal.


  • Steven Chan Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Hi, Saurabh,

    The Note shown in the article above has details about what's included for each product family in RPC3.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Radha Krihna Komaragiri Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    hi Steve,

    We are evaluating RPC4 for one of our customers. The environment is highly customized. Just thought of quickly getting information as to what might be the impact on the Custom Components - your current experience / Customer Experience

    Also, the Personalizations impact.

    Regards

    Radha


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Hi, Radha,

    RPC 4 should present no impact on personalizations.

    It's difficult to make any statements about the impact on customizations without knowing anything about them. If your your customer has registered their customizations properly, I would recommend running the Patch Wizard to create an inventory of expected impacts.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Radha Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    hi Steven,

    Thanks for your quick response. Just anoher question. Typically, for a larger organization, how would Oracle suggest to have the testing pattern. I mean, is it that all the functionality to be tested thoroughly for all the business cycles. How many cycles of testing would be suggested, and normally how much will be the cycle period from beginning to migration to Prod? This is just a typical ball-park figure and only for my understanding. I am seeing the cycle period of 6 months, just for Family Pack in the forums, which appears to be very high to me.

    Regards

    Radha


  • Steven Chan Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Hi, Radha,

    Every customer has unique requirements for testing, so it is difficult to make any generic recommendations. For example, one government customer indicated that they have over 40 testing environments that represent each testing stage prior to production. They have a very long testing cycle, naturally. Another customer has only 1 testing environment, and their pre-production testing of patches only takes a couple of weeks.

    If you have extensive modifications, extensions, or plug-ins, that generally suggests that your testing will take longer than customers who have implemented a less-customized environment.

    Ultimately, this all boils down to your relationship with your end-users. You should work with them to do as much testing as they feel they need. If you take shortcuts and do less testing than they request, then they will be justifiably upset if things go wrong when rolled into production.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Tony Thursday, April 28, 2016

    First Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

    By Steven Chan - EBS-Oracle on Mar 28, 2014

    Second Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

    By Robert Farrington-Oracle on Sep 25, 2014

    Third Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

    By Steven Chan - EBS-Oracle on Apr 08, 2015

    Fourth Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

    By Steven Chan - EBS-Oracle on Oct 22, 2015

    When is the RPC-5 releasing or is it an annual event now going forwarded?

    Thanks,

    Tony


  • Steven Chan Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Hi, Tony,

    We're generally aiming to produce these on an annual schedule. We're not permitted to speculate about release dates, though. You can monitor this blog for updates, which we'll post as soon as RPC5 is available.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Muzafar Sunday, November 19, 2017
    Hi Steven ,

    we are planning to apply RPC5 to our systems and we are in the process of it but could you please let us know do we also need to upgrade our licensed products to the latest RUP if so could you please provide me the note id or link where I could be able to see the latest RUP'S available for HRMS,FINANCIAL,PROCUREMENT etc..

    Thanks,
    Muzafar
  • Steven Chan Monday, November 20, 2017
    Hi, Muzafar,

    See the first link in the article for information about all of the included product family patchsets in this RPC.

    Regards,
    Steven
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