Friday Jul 27, 2012

How to Find Oracle FMw Certification Information? - An Introduction

Every month we receive a significant number of Oracle Fusion Middleware certification enquiries. The answers to most questions are in the public domain, but they are not always easy to find. Below we present the first in a series of viewlets which provides hints / tips for finding answers to questions such as

  • Where is the Oracle Fusion Middleware certification information located e.g versions 10g and 11g ?
  • Is the platform / os I am targeting for my install certified?
  • Which versions of the Oracle Database can I use with my Fusion Middleware choice of products?
  • Which JDK version can I use?
  • Where can I find Oracle or 3rd Party product interoperability / compatibility information?
  • Which versions of the browser does Fusion Middleware support?

To get the ball rolling we start with a short introduction. Further viewlets in this series are in pipeline - watch this space!

[Note - the viewlets have no sound and use the swf (FlashPlayer) format. It should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes to work through the show.

If you are unable to use Flash Player, click here to grab a PDF version of the presentation]

If you have not done so already, check out the other viewlets in the series

Wednesday Jul 18, 2012

Critical Patch Update For Oracle Fusion Middleware - CPU July 2012

If you have not noticed already, the latest Critical Patch Update has been released for Oracle Products. You should start your reading here

Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin 

This is the home page containing links to all the Critical Patch Updates released along with sections detailing 

  • Security Alerts 
  • Third Party Bulletin
  • Public Vulnerabilities Fixed
  • Policies
  • Reporting Security Vulnerabilities 

On this page you will find the link to the

Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - July 2012

The advisory lists the support documents that cover the patch availability for all Oracle Products.

From a Oracle Fusion Middleware perspective, you can cut to the chase by using the links below which take you to the appropriate sections in

Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update July 2012 Availability Document [ID 1455387.1]

  1. Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 2 
  2. Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1
  3. Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3
The #anchor links above should work in Firefox and IE provided you have already logged into My Oracle Support within the same browser session. For some reason, Chrome always takes you to the top of the document :-/

Tip:

Error Correction Support for Oracle Identity Management 10g, version 10.1.4.x ended in December 2011. For this reason, there is no section which is specific to this version. However, Error Correction Support remains in place, until end of this year, for the Oracle Identity Management 10.1.4.x components

    • Single Sign On (SSO)
    • Delegated Administration Services (OIDDAS)

provided you are using them as part of a Single Sign-On solution (OID 11g + SSO / OIDDAS 10.1.4.3) for a Portal / Forms / Reports and Discoverer 11.1.1.x architecture.   

As such there are two security related patches available for SSO / OIDDAS 10.1.4 - one related to OC4J, released in  January 2012, and another related to Oracle HTTP Server, released in October 2011. You may have applied these patches already .. but it is worthwhile double checking. You will find the patch numbers listed in the sections for 11.1.1.5, 11.1.1.6 

And finally, if you are hit any unexpected errors when applying the CPU patches, check out the known issues documented in these two support documents.

Critical Patch Update July 2012 Oracle Fusion Middleware Known Issues (Doc ID 1455408.1)

Critical Patch Update July 2012 Database Known Issues (Doc ID 1452634.1)

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