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Which EBS 12.1.3 RPC Should I Apply?

Steven Chan
Senior Director

A customer was in the process of upgrading their EBS 12.1.3 environment to RPC 4 when they heard about the release of RPC 5.  They asked, "Which one should we apply?"

This kind of question crops up frequently since we're continually producing new EBS updates. There is no definitive right answer.  For example, the answer depends upon:

  • How far a customer might have progressed in their testing of the previous update
  • The number of customizations affected by the respective updates
  • Whether the customer wants new functionality available only in the latest update
  • Whether the customer needs fixes that are only available in the latest update
  • How risk-averse the customer is (e.g. "Let other customers live on the bleeding edge")
  • etc.

EBS 12.1.3 RPC 5 screenshot download

What is a Recommended Patch Collection?

Recommended Patch Collections (RPC) are collections of patches that we have already released individually for EBS 12.1.3.

Customers can apply individual patches or they can apply a Recommended Patch Collection.  Either approach is fine.

We periodically bundle the latest patches together to save you the trouble of applying them individually.  As an added bonus, all patches in a given RPC are tested together for compatibility, which isn't always true for individual patches that are released on an emergency basis.

Recommended Patch Collections are not a “release.”  We currently have no plans to make a specific RPC a minimum baseline or prerequisite for new EBS 12.1 patches. 

What is our policy for releasing EBS patches?

Our official policy for releasing EBS 12.1 and 12.2 patches is published here:

Our current policy is that EBS 12.1.3 users should apply the latest 12.1.3 product family patches for the products in use, plus a small number of ATG technology stack patches. We will produce new EBS patches for issues that can be reproduced in environments with those prerequisites.

What's the best strategy for applying EBS 12.1.3 Recommended Patch Collections?

We generally recommend applying the latest EBS updates to production as soon as it's convenient for your users.

If you're in the middle of testing a specific RPC and it's too late to switch to a newer one, go ahead and complete your patching project on production. You can always apply the next RPC in a subsequent project.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Harvinder Friday, September 22, 2017
    Hi Steve - We are on AIX / EBS 12.1.3 . I need to plan latest RPC for this version , When Oracle support is planning to release RPC6 ?
  • Steven Chan Friday, September 22, 2017
    Hi, Harvinder,

    RPC 5 was just released last month. That is the best RPC for you to apply right now. We generally release EBS 12.1 RPCs roughly once a year, so it is likely that it will be some time before a new one is available.

    Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

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