Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

Java JRE 1.6.0_37 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoMy apologies: this certification announcement got lost in the OpenWorld maelstorm.  Better late than never. The section below entitled, "All JRE 1.6 releases are certified with EBS upon release" should obviate the need for these announcements, but I know that people have gotten used to seeing these certifications referenced explicitly. 

The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_37 (a.k.a. JRE 6u37-b06) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 desktop clients.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_37?

See the 1.6.0_37 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions.

32-bit JREs are certified on:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22.

All JRE 1.6 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Important

For important guidance about the impact of the JRE Auto Update feature on JRE 1.6 desktops, see:

References

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Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

ATG Live Webcast November 2nd: Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite

After a break for Oracle Open World 2012, the ATG Live Webcast series is restarting this Friday, November 2nd, 2012 with the webcast:

Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite: The Full Integration View

Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java

Oracle E-Business Suite delivers functionality for handling the core business of your organization. This webcast provides an overview of how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) to deliver alternative user interfaces to existing Oracle E-Business Suite processes. The webcast also explores integration between the two worlds using the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java.

Date:               Friday, November 2, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                         Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, ADF

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103190

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  590254265

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Monday Oct 29, 2012

Critical Patch Updates During EBS 11i Exception to Sustaining Support Period

As previously blogged in the EBS 11i and 12.1 Support Timeline Changes entry, two important changes to the Oracle Lifetime Support policies were announced at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 - San Francisco.  These changes affect E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12.1.

Timeline showing updated EBS Support dates

Critical Patch Updates for EBS 11i during the Exception to Sustaining Support Period

You may be wondering about the availability of Critical Patch Updates (CPU) for EBS 11i during the Exception to Sustaining Support period.  The following details the E-Business Suite Critical Patch Update support policy for EBS 11i during the Exception to Sustaining Support period:

  • Oracle will continue to provide CPUs containing critical security fixes for E-Business Suite 11i. 
  • CPUs will be packaged and released as as cumulative patches for both ATG RUP 6 and ATG RUP 7.
  • As always, we try to minimize the number of patches and dependencies required for uptake of a CPU; however, there have been quite a few changes to the 11i baseline since its release.  For dependency reasons the 11i CPUs may require a higher number of files in order to bring them up to a consistent, stable, and well tested level.
  • EBS 11i customer will continue to receive CPUs up to and including the October 2014 CPU.

Where can I learn more?

There are two interlocking policies that affect the E-Business Suite:  Oracle's Lifetime Support policies for each EBS release (timelines which were updated by this announcement), and the Error Correction Support policies (which state the minimum baselines for new patches).

For more information about how these policies interact, see:

What about E-Business Suite technology stack components?

Things get more complicated when one considers individual techstack components such as Oracle Forms or the Oracle Database.  To learn more about the interlocking EBS+techstack component support windows, see these two articles:

Where can I learn more about Critical Patch Updates?

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents. 

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Friday Oct 26, 2012

How to Reenable Apple Java 6 Plug-in for Mac EBS Users

Apple logoApple's Java for OS X 2012-006 update uninstalled the Apple-provide Java applet plug-in from all Mac web browsers. Mac OS X users running Java-based applications are instructed to download the latest version of the Java 7 applet plug-in from Oracle. For more information about Oracle's Java 7 for Mac, see:

We're currently certifying Oracle E-Business Suite with Mac desktops running Java 7. We have identified some compatibility issues and are working with the Java team on fixes right now.

Until that certification is completed, EBS users on Mac platforms can follow these instructions from Apple to ensure continued access to the E-Business Suite:

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Friday Oct 19, 2012

Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today

 [Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]

An initiative to certify Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 desktop clients is underway.  We have tested EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0, and 12.1 with JRE 7. We have fixes for nearly all of the compatibility issues now, and are working hard to produce the remaining fixes quickly.

A. When will JRE 7 be certified with Oracle E-Business Suite?

We will announce the certification of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 once all fixes are available, verified, and documented.  Certification announcements will be distributed through My Oracle Support, My Oracle Support Community Forums, Oracle Technology Network Forums, newsletters, and user group news outlets.

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates.  In addition to the standard communication channels listed above, customers are encouraged to monitor or subscribe to this blog.   

B. What can customers do to prepare for the JRE 7 certification?

Customers should ensure that they are on the latest available JRE 6 update.

Of the compatibility issues identified so far with JRE 7, the most critical is an issue that prevents E-Business Suite Forms-based products from launching on Windows desktops that are running JRE 7. 

Customers can prevent this issue today by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 6 configurations to their EBS application tier servers:

  1. Apply Forms patch 14615390 to EBS 11i environments (Note 125767.1)
  2. Apply Forms patch 14614795 to EBS 12.0 and 12.1 environments (Note 437878.1)

These patches are compatible with JRE 6 and 7, production ready, and fully-tested with the E-Business Suite.  These patches may be applied immediately to all E-Business Suite environments. All other Forms prerequisites documented in the Notes above should also be applied now.

C. What else will be required by the final certified configuration?

Oracle expects that all other compatibility issues will be resolved by installing a specific JRE 7 release, at minimum.  That specific release has not been finalized yet, and this is subject to change.

D.  Where will the official patch requirements be documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 will be documented in updates to these published Notes:

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12
Disclaimer

The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Thursday Oct 18, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions about Latest EBS Support Changes

Two important changes to the Oracle Lifetime Support policies for Oracle E-Business Suite were announced at OpenWorld.  These changes affect EBS Releases 11i and 12.1.

Timeline showing updated EBS Support dates

The changes are detailed in this My Oracle Support document:

A new document answering the top Frequently Asked Questions about these support changes is now available:

Questions answered in this new FAQ include:

  1. Why is Oracle providing an exception for Severity 1 Production Support for the first year of Sustaining Support for EBS 11.5.10?
  2. Will customers need to purchase an additional contract for the 11.5.10 Exception to Sustaining Support?
  3. What defines Severity 1 Production Support in the 11.5.10 Exception to Sustaining Support?
  4. What are the differences in the Lifetime Support Policy feature benefits from Extended Support to the Severity 1 Production Support in the 11.5.10 Exception to Sustaining Support?
  5. More questions about US 1099, Payroll legislative updates, security patches, and more

1. Changes for EBS 11i Sustaining Support

The first change is that  we will be providing an exception for the first 13 months of Sustaining Support on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 (11i10), valid from December 1, 2013 – December 31, 2014. This exception support will be comprised of three components:

  1. New fixes for Severity 1 production issues
  2. United States Form 1099 2013 year-end updates
  3. Payroll regulatory updates for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia for fiscal years ending in 2014

Customers environments must have the minimum baseline patches (or above) for new Severity 1 production bug fixes as documented here:

2. Changes for EBS 12.1 Extended Support

More time:  Extended Support period for E-Business Suite Release 12.1 has been extended by nineteen months through December, 2018. Customers with an active Oracle Premier Support for Software contract will automatically be entitled to Extended Support for E-Business Suite 12.1.

Fees waived:  Uplift fees are waived for all years of Extended Support (June, 2014 – December. 2018) for customers with an active Oracle Premier Support for Software contract. During this period, customers will receive all of the components of Extended Support at no additional cost other than their fees for Software Update License & Support.

Where can I learn more?

There are two interlocking policies that affect the E-Business Suite:  Oracle's Lifetime Support policies for each EBS release (timelines which were updated by this announcement), and the Error Correction Support policies (which state the minimum baselines for new patches).

For more information about how these policies interact, see:

What about E-Business Suite technology stack components?

Things get more complicated when one considers individual techstack components such as Oracle Forms or the Oracle Database.  To learn more about the interlocking EBS+techstack component support windows, see these two articles:

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Wednesday Oct 17, 2012

Critical Patch Update for October 2012 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2012 was released on October 16, 2012. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • January 15, 2013
  • April 16, 2013
  • July 16, 2013
  • October 15, 2013
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Oct 16, 2012

Hosted EBS 11i Integration Repository Temporarily Offline

Most developers know that they can integrate their external applications with the E-Business Suite via the business service interfaces and SOA service endpoints documented in the E-Business Suite's Integration Repository.  This is shipped as part of EBS 12.  Until recently, it was provided as a hosted environment on the Oracle.com domain for EBS 11i.

Screenshot of EBS 11i Integration Repository

Unfortunately, we identified some standards-related issues in the process of switching from the existing server that hosts the EBS 11i environment to a new one, notably in the area of accessibility. Some of those issues will require coding changes to resolve.  Given our focus on EBS 12.2 right now, it may take some time to prioritize this relative to our other existing commitments.

In the meantime, we are required to suspend access to the EBS 11i Integration Repository.  I don't have a firm schedule for getting this back online yet, 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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Tuesday Oct 09, 2012

EBS 11i and 12.1 Support Timeline Changes

Two important changes to the Oracle Lifetime Support policies for Oracle E-Business Suite were announced at OpenWorld last week.  These changes affect EBS Releases 11i and 12.1.

The changes are detailed in this My Oracle Support document:

1. Changes for EBS 11i Sustaining Support

The first change is that  we will be providing an exception for the first 13 months of Sustaining Support on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 (11i10), valid from December 1, 2013 – December 31, 2014. This exception support will be comprised of three components:

  1. New fixes for Severity 1 production issues
  2. United States Form 1099 2013 year-end updates
  3. Payroll regulatory updates for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia for fiscal years ending in 2014

Customers environments must have the minimum baseline patches (or above) for new Severity 1 production bug fixes as documented here:

2. Changes for EBS 12.1 Extended Support

More time:  Extended Support period for E-Business Suite Release 12.1 has been extended by nineteen months through December, 2018. Customers with an active Oracle Premier Support for Software contract will automatically be entitled to Extended Support for E-Business Suite 12.1.

Fees waived:  Uplift fees are waived for all years of Extended Support (June, 2014 – December. 2018) for customers with an active Oracle Premier Support for Software contract. During this period, customers will receive all of the components of Extended Support at no additional cost other than their fees for Software Update License & Support.

Where can I learn more?

There are two interlocking policies that affect the E-Business Suite:  Oracle's Lifetime Support policies for each EBS release (timelines which were updated by this announcement), and the Error Correction Support policies (which state the minimum baselines for new patches).

For more information about how these policies interact, see:

What about E-Business Suite technology stack components?

Things get more complicated when one considers individual techstack components such as Oracle Forms or the Oracle Database.  To learn more about the interlocking EBS+techstack component support windows, see these two articles:

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Sunday Oct 07, 2012

When will EBS 12.2 be released?

[Sep. 20, 2013 Update:  EBS 12.2 is now available for download.  See this article for details.]

The most frequently asked question at OpenWorld this year was, "When will EBS 12.2 be released?"

Sadly, Oracle's communication policies prohibit us from speculating about release dates for unreleased software. We are not permitted to give estimates, rough timelines, guesses, or anything else that remotely resembles specific guidance on release dates.

You can monitor My Oracle Support and this blog for updates on EBS 12.2.  I'll post them here as soon as they're available. 

I'm embedding an old favourite from 2007 in its entirety here, since it applies equally to new releases as well as certifications.


"Loose Lips Sink Ships" (March 20, 2007)

If I were to sort emails in my inbox into groups, the biggest -- by far -- would be the one for emails that start with, "When will _____ be certified with the E-Business Suite?"  I answer these dutifully but know that my replies can sometimes be maddening, for two reasons:  technical uncertainty, and Oracle's rules for such communications.

On the Spiral Model of Certifications

Technology stack certifications tend to be highly iterative in nature.  As a result, statements about certification dates tend to be accurate only when made in hindsight.  Laypeople are horrified to hear this, but it's the ugly truth.  Uncertainty is simply inherent to the process.  I've become inured to it over the years, but it might come as a surprise to you that it can take many cycles to get fully-released software to work together. 

Take this scenario:
  1. We test a particular combination of Component A and B.
  2. If we encounter a problem, say, with Component A, we log a bug.
  3. We receive a new version of Component A.
  4. The process iterates again.
The reality is this: until a certification is completed and released, there's no accurate way of telling how many iterations are yet to come.  This is true regardless of the number of iterations that have already been completed

Our Lips Are Sealed


Generally, people understand that things are subject to change, so the second reason I can't say anything specific is actually much more important than the first.  "Loose lips might sink ships" was coined in World War II in an effort to remind people that careless talk can have serious consequences.  Curiously, this applies to Oracle's communications about upcoming features, configurations, and releases, too.  As a publicly traded company, we have very strict policies that prohibit us from linking specific releases to specific dates. 

If you've ever listened to an earnings call with analysts, you'll often hear them asking, "Can you add a little more color to that statement?"  For certifications, color is usually the only thing that I have.  Sometimes I can provide a bit more information about the technical nature of the certification in question, such as expected footprints or version levels.  I can occasionally share technical issues that we've found, too, to convey the degree of risk or complexity involved in the certification. 

Aside from that, there's little additional information about specific dates, date ranges, or even speculation about dates that I can provide... that is, without having one of those uncomfortable conversations with Oracle Legal.  So, as much as it pains me to do so, when it comes to dates, I'm always forced to conclude with a generic reply that blandly states one of the following:
  • We're working on that certification right now
  • That certification is in the pipeline but hasn't been started yet
  • We don't have plans for that certification

Don't Shoot the Messenger

Thankfully, I've developed a thick skin over the years -- which is a good thing, considering the colorful and energetic responses I've received over the years after answering these questions.  However, on behalf of my Oracle colleagues who are faced with these questions every day in the field, I urge you to remember that they're required to follow these same corporate rules about date disclosures.  It never hurts to ask, but don't be too disappointed if we can't provide you with a detailed answer.  The Go-Go's had it right, after all. 

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Friday Oct 05, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: October 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here is a summary of our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for October 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.6.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.6.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.6 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_35 or later 1.6 updates.

  11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 10.

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Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

New Whitepaper: Primer on Integrating with EBS 12 with Other Applications

Oracle E-Business Suite offers several integration points and a variety of integration technologies. While a given integration point may be available through various technologies and products, it is important to select the best approach for your specific integration requirements. I am pleased to announce the publication of a new white paper that can help with this:

Overview of EBS integration technologies

This whitepaper reviews integration strategies for Oracle E-Business Suite applications that are available today. The intended audience is solution architects, integration consultants, and anyone else interested in learning about integration options with Oracle E-Business Suite.

The white paper outlines the following enterprise application integration styles:

  • Data-centric integration
  • Integration through native interfaces
  • Process-centric integration
  • Event-driven integration
  • B2B integration
  • Integration through web services 

The white paper also discusses Oracle E-Business Suite application layer products and technologies that address the specific needs of each of these integration styles. It concludes with criteria for selecting the appropriate integration-related tools and technologies for your requirements.

Attending OpenWorld 2012?

We have two sessions covering Oracle E-Business Suite integration. Please join us to hear more on this subject:

  • CON9005 - Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Best Practices ( Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone West 2018)
  • CON8716 - Web Services and SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite ( Thursday, Oct 4, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Moscone West 2016)

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