Thursday Jan 31, 2013

Webcast Replay Available: Using Endeca with E-Business Suite 12

If you missed Osama Elkady's webcast on using Oracle Endeca with Oracle E-Business Suite, the replay is available here:

This webcasts focuses on the details behind Oracle Endeca's integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. It demonstrates how you can extend the use of Oracle Endeca into other areas of Oracle E-Business Suite.

Endeca within Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle Endeca includes an unstructured data correlation and analytics engine, together with catalog search and guided navigation capabilities.

  • Complete Data View
  • Advanced Searching Across Organizations and Flexfields
  • Advanced Visualization including Charts, Metrics, and Cross Tabs
  • Guided Navigation

Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

Webcast Replay Available: Advanced Management of EBS with Oracle Enterprise Manager

You might have missed our webcast on managing E-Business Suite environments with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the Application Management Pack plug-in.  This webcast was presented by Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager, and Lauren Cohn, Principal Curriculum Developer.

The recorded webcast and its presentation materials are now available here:

Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Presentation)

AMP screenshot

The Application Management Pack plug-in is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including midtier, configuration, host, and database management—to name just a few. Customers that have implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager have experienced dramatic improvements in system visibility, diagnostic capability, and administrator productivity.

This webcast highlights the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager and the latest version of the Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

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Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

Webcast Replay Available: Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite

I'm catching up on some long-overdue announcements about our webcast recordings.

You might have missed our webcast on using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite with Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG, and Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, ADF.  That webcast and its presentation materials are now available here:

Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation #1 of 2) (Presentation #2 of 2)

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.

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Monday Jan 28, 2013

Latest DSTv19 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in July 2012 and released as DSTv18.

DSTv19 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. The DSTv19 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012j and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv19 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv19 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv18 release:

  • Africa/Tripoli,
  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • America/Bahia,
  • America/Havana,
  • America/Araguaina,
  • Asia/Jerusalem,
  • Asia/Amman,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Hebron,
  • Pacific/Fiji,
  • Pacific/Apia,
  • Pacific/Fakaofo,
  • Libya,
  • Cuba,
  • Asia/Tel_Aviv,
  • Israel

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:


    Tuesday Jan 22, 2013

    ATG Live Webcast Jan. 24th: Top 10 Free Ways of Securing Your EBS Instance

    This webcast provides you with an understanding of the actions you can take now to improve the security of your Oracle E-Business Suite instance. Best of all, the actions being discussed in this webcast are free! This webcast is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, and implementers.

    E-Business Suite architecture diagram showing firewalls and internal and external application servers

    This webcast, led by Eric Bing,Senior Director, and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, will cover the following topics:

    • Check Profile Settings
    • Change Default Passwords
    • Secure APPLSYSPUB
    • Activate Server Security
    • Implement IP address restrictions
    • Migrate to Password Hashing
    • Enable Application Tier Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
    • Move Off of Client/Server Components
    • Secure Configuration of Attachments
    • Turn on ModSecurity
    • Encrypt Credit Card Data
    • Separation of Duties: Review Access To “Sensitive Administrative Pages”

    Date:                Thursday, January 24, 2013
    Time:               11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenters:   Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager
                             Eric Bing, Senior Director

    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:                                              104460

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  593152632

    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 Jan 21, 2013

    What's the Future of Oracle Workflow?

    My colleagues in the Workflow group maintain their own blog, with useful technical information about features, troubleshooting techniques, and other tips:

    Workflow is an essential part of all E-Business Suite releases.  Standalone versions of Workflow were released until about late-2007. Some of you have wondered what this means for the future of Workflow within the E-Business Suite's technology stack.

    Vijay Shanmugam has just posted an excellent article that discusses our strategy for these two release streams.  Workflow within the E-Business Suite is alive and well, with regular updates, enhancements, and new features planned:

    Screenshot - future of Oracle Workflow

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    Friday Jan 18, 2013

    Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: January 2013 Edition

    [Updated Jan. 22: Added link for OAM 11.1.2; thanks to Jennifer C. for pointing out the inadvertent omission]

    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, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases. 

    Upgrade Recommendations for January 2013

    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 11gR1 11.1.1.5 Bundle Patch 4 or OAM 11gR2 11.1.2.

    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_38 or later 1.6 updates, or JRE 1.7.0_11 or later 1.7 updates.

    11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 17.

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    Thursday Jan 17, 2013

    Forms and Reports 10g 10.1.2.3.2 certified with EBS 12

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 uses Oracle Forms & Reports 10g in its internal technology stack. Each of the three EBS 12 Rapid Installs included newer versions of the Forms & Reports-based components:


    EBS Release 12 Rapid Install Version

    12.0.0 12.0.4 12.1.1
    Database 10.2.0.2 10.2.0.3 11.1.0.7
    OracleAS 10.1.2 Forms & Reports 10.1.2.0.2 10.1.2.2 10.1.2.3
    OracleAS 10.1.3 OC4J 10.1.3.0.0 10.1.3.0.0 10.1.3.4
    App Tier Java (JDK) 1.5.0_10 1.5.0_13 1.6.0_10
    Desktop Client Java (JRE) 1.5.0_10-erdist 1.5.0_13 1.6.0_u10

    Oracle Fusion Middleware periodically issues bundle patches -- collections of critical bug fixes, security updates, and minor enhancements.  Bundle patches are cumulative: they include all patches released in previous bundle patches.

    The latest Oracle Forms & Reports 10g Bundle Patch 2 is now certified with all Oracle E-Business Suite 12 releases. Note that the Forms version remains unchanged after application of this patch.  All EBS 12.0 and 12.1 environments should be upgraded to this Bundle Patch:

    Prerequisites

    • This bundle is specifically and exclusively designed for application to the OracleAS 10.1.2.3.0 (Forms and Reports) Oracle Home used in all Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.x and 12.1.x releases.
    Certified Platforms
    • The bundle is available for all certified platforms that support the Oracle E-Business Suite releases mentioned.

    References

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    Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

    Firefox ESR 17 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Firefox ESR logoMozilla Firefox 17 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12.

    What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

    Mozilla has begun offering an Extended Support Release based on an official release of Firefox for organizations that are unable to mass-deploy new consumer-oriented versions of Firefox every six weeks.  From the Mozilla ESR FAQ:

    What does the Mozilla Firefox ESR life cycle look like?

    Releases will be maintained for approximately one year, with point releases containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases. The ESR will also have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of a new release and the end-of-life of the previous release to permit testing and certification prior to deploying a new version.

    Firefox ESR schedule

    Maintenance of each ESR, through point releases, is limited to high-risk/high-impact security vulnerabilities and in rare cases may also include off-schedule releases that address live security vulnerabilities. Backports of any functional enhancements and/or stability fixes are not in scope.

    At the end of the support period for an ESR version:

    • the release will reach its end-of-life
    • no further updates will be offered for that version
    • an update to the next version will be offered through the application update service

    E-Business Suite to be certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases

    New personal versions of Firefox are released roughly every six weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal versions of Firefox with the Oracle E-Business Suite because a given Firefox release is generally obsolete by the time we complete the certification.

    From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite will be certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions. Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases with the E-Business Suite.

    As of this announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with Firefox ESR 10 and 17.

    EBS patching policy for Firefox compatibility issues

    Mozilla stresses their goal of ensuring that Firefox personal versions will continue to offer the same level of application compatibility as Firefox Extended Support Releases. 

    Oracle E-Business Suite Development will issue new E-Business Suite patches or workarounds that can be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases.  If you report compatibility issues with Firefox personal releases that cannot be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases, your options are:

    1. Deploy a certified Firefox Extended Support Release version instead of the Firefox personal version
    2. Report the incompatibility between Firefox ESR and Firefox personal to Mozilla
    3. Use Internet Explorer (on Windows) or Safari (on Mac OS X) until Mozilla resolves the issue
    EBS Compatibility with Firefox ESR security updates

    Mozilla may release new updates to Firefox ESR versions to address high-risk/high-impact security issues.  These updates are considered to be certified with the E-Business Suite on the day that they're released.  You do not need to wait for a certification from Oracle before deploying these new Firefox ESR security updates.

    E-Business Suite Prerequisites

    Oracle E-Business Suite 11i
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 
    • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
    • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher
    • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
    • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
    Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0
    • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or higher
    • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
    • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or higher;
    • Base release

    Certified desktop operating systems

    • Windows 7 & Windows 7 SP1
    • Windows Vista SP1 & SP2
    • Windows XP SP3

    References

    Your feedback is welcome

    I'd be very interested in hearing about your plans for adopting Firefox Extended Support Releases in your environments.  Please drop me a private email or post your comments here with your thoughts on this.

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    Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

    Critical Patch Update for January 2013 Now Available

    The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2013 was released on January 15, 2013. 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:

    • April 16, 2013
    • July 16, 2013
    • October 15, 2013
    • January 14, 2014
    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Monday Jan 14, 2013

    Java JRE 1.7.0_11 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u11 (a.k.a. JRE 1.7.0_11 build 21) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 Windows-based desktop clients.

    JRE 1.7.0_11 (7u11) is a CPU security release that includes the fix for Oracle Security Alert CVE-2013-0422. Oracle strongly recommends that users running JRE 7 on their desktop clients upgrade to this version. 

    All JRE 6 and 7 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, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 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 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    What's needed to enable EBS environments for JRE 7?

    EBS customers should ensure that they are running JRE 7u11, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.

    Of the compatibility issues identified 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 -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers.  These are summarized here for convenience. If the requirements change over time, please check the Notes for the authoritative list of patches:

    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. 

    Where are the official patch requirements documented?

    All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 are documented in these Notes:

    For EBS 11i:

    For EBS 12

    Prerequisites for 32-bit and 64-bit JRE certifications

    JRE 1.70_11 32-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

    JRE 1.70_11 32-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

    JRE 1.7.0_11 64-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

    JRE 1.70_11 64-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

    JRE 1.7.0_11 (7u11) is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

    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 on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing will change for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

    1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
    2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
    3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    No. This upgrade is highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    What will Mac users need?

    Oracle will provide updates to JRE 7 for Mac OS X users. EBS users running Macs will need to upgrade to JRE 7 to receive JRE updates.

    The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 for Mac-based desktop clients accessing EBS Forms-based content is underway. Mac users waiting for that certification may find this article useful:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

    The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers on Windows, Linux, and Solaris as well as other platforms such as IBM AIX and HP-UX is planned.  Customers running platforms other than Windows, Linux, and Solaris should refer to their Java vendors's sites for more information about their support policies.

    References

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    Friday Jan 11, 2013

    When will my Oracle bug fix or enhancement request be released?

    As EBS customers using mission-critical software, you are naturally curious about when you will get fixes for bugs that you've reported.  It's also understandable that you'd like to know when certain enhancements will be delivered.

    Oracle tracks all bugs and enhancement requests in a single massive database, which we use for released and unreleased products. This centralized database is an amazing accomplishment: it's a treasure trove of detailed technical analyses, debates, development decisions, and future plans.

    Locked down by default

    Oracle's Revenue Recognition policies place strict boundaries on the type of information that can be shared about unreleased products.  The centralized nature of the bug database makes for some conundrums around external disclosure, since it can sometimes be very tricky to determine whether something is a bug fix or an enhancement, and whether the codeline is already released or not.

    For maximum safety, all Oracle staff are required to take the most-conservative stance by default:

    • We are not permitted to discuss release dates or release vehicles.

    This is true regardless of whether you're speaking with someone in Oracle Support, Development, Sales, Consulting, or any other Oracle functions. This covers nearly all variants of the question, "When will ___ be { fixed | certified | released }?"

    You shouldn't be surprised or disappointed if you get an answer that boils down to, "I'm sorry, but I'm afraid that I can't provide any information specific dates or release vehicles." 

    Please be gentle with our messengers; they're just doing their job.

    Escalated Severity 1 situations

    There may be special circumstances for Severity 1 bugs that have severe negative impact on production environments. If you have an escalated Severity 1 Service Request that meets these criteria, an Oracle Escalation Manager can assist further.

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    Friday Jan 04, 2013

    Java JRE 1.6.0_38 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    [Editor's note: this announcement should have gone out concurrently with the JRE 1.7 certification announcement; our apologies for the inadvertent delay]

    Java logoThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_38 (a.k.a. JRE 6u38-b05) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 desktop clients.  

    What's new in Java 1.6.0_38?

    See the 1.6.0_38 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.

    References

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