Thursday Nov 12, 2015

Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: November 2015 Edition

We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates and creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy.   

Here are 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

You can research these yourself using this Note:

Upgrade Recommendations for November 2015

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline.

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline.

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RPC4 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.1 users should be on the minimum minimum 12.1 patching baseline.

  4. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to EBS 12.2.5, Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2, the October 2015 AD/TXK tools, StartCD 50, and FMW 11.1.1.9.

  5. Users staying on EBS 11i and 12.1 should upgrade to Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2.

  6. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 3 11.1.2.3.0.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.9.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.9 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from older Java releases (including JInitiator) to JRE 1.6.0_105 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_91 or later 1.7 updates or JRE 1.8.0_65 or later 1.8 updates.

  11. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 users must sign their environment's JAR files now.

  12. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 38.

  13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the October 2015 Critical Patch Update.

  14. Windows XP and Office 2003 users should upgrade to later versions.

  15. All EBS customers on Exalogic and Exadata should follow the latest recommendations.

  16. All EBS customers should switch from Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to Transport Layer Security (TLS).

  17. EBS 12.1 users should switch their PKI certificates to SHA-2.

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Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

DSTv25 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 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 June 2015 and released as DSTv24.

DSTv25 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and 12.1. The DSTv25 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2015g.  It 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 DSTv25 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv25 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv24 release:

  • Africa/Casablanca
  • Africa/El_Aaiun
  • America/Montevideo
  • Asia/Pyongyang
  • Europe/Istanbul
  • Pacific/Fiji
  • Turkey
  • Asia/Istanbul

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.

Proactive backports of DST upgrade patches to all Oracle E-Business Suite tiers and platforms are not created and supplied by default. If you need this DST release and an appropriate patch is not currently available, raise a service request through support providing a business case with your version requirements.

The following Note identifies the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

Monday Nov 02, 2015

DB 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.2 on Windows x64 (64-bit)

As a follow up to a prior announcement, Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (12.2.3 and higher) on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 (Windows x64).

This announcement includes:

  • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Database In-Memory 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • TDE Column Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 (ANO)
  • Export/Import and Transportable Database Data Migration Processes with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2


The following are not yet certified and will be announced at a later date once completed:

  • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Process

Please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

Please refer to the platform specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.
Please refer to Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) New Features Guide 12c Release 1 (12.1) and Oracle Database Administrator's Guide for more information regarding the "In-Memory Column Store" feature.

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

Oracle WebTier Utilities 11.1.1.9 Now Certified with EBS 12.2

The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2's Rapid Install delivers three Fusion Middleware (FMW) components:
  1. Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.6 (this is the "$FMW_HOME") 
  2. Oracle WebTier Utilities 11.1.1.6
  3. Oracle Common Home (Part of Oracle WebTier Utilities 11.1.1.6)

EBS 12.2 technology stack architecture diagram

The Oracle WebTier Utilities and the Oracle Common Home should be upgraded by EBS sysadmins to get the latest updates for security, performance, and stability.

Oracle strongly recommends that you keep these components current for the latest performance and security updates.  This latest update will enable Java Secure Socket Extensions (JSSE) automatically for EBS 12.2 environments.  You can download it here: 

For instructions on how to apply this update to your EBS 12.2 environment, see:

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Monday Oct 26, 2015

Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 with RAC Certified with EBS 12.2

I'm pleased to announce an update to the certification of Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. This certification now includes databases deployed with Real Application Clusters (RAC).  

Certification with Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 provides you the ability to create a Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 environments.  The creation of a Physical Standby Database is a key component of creating a disaster recovery site for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Detailed steps for setting up a 11.2.0.4 Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

Oracle E-Business Suite Data Guard Certifications

The following matrix provides an overview of what's currently certified and what's planned for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1.3 and Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 and 12.1.0.2:


Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Certified, MOS Note 1491855.1 Certified*, MOS Note 1963472.1
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Certified, MOS Note 1070033.1 Certified*, MOS Note 1900663.1

*For single node databases only.  Certification with RAC configurations is pending.

**Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog.

How to Find the Latest Certification Information

This blog is great for announcing certifications as they happen, but for ongoing updates and the latest information on certifications, your single source of truth is the Certifications tab in My Oracle Support.  From the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support, you can search for certified combinations of products with specific Oracle E-Business Suite versions.  For example:

Step 1.  Log in to My Oracle Support

Step 2. Click on the Certifications tab

Step 3.  Add your search criteria.  For example:  Add Oracle E-Business Suite to the Product List, add Release 12.2.4 to the Release List and optionally add your platform to the Platform List.

Step 4.Click Check certifications with another product

Step 5.  Add Data Guard to the Product List and optionally add the version to the Release List

The above search will list all versions of data guard currently certified as shown in the following screenshot:


References

Friday Oct 23, 2015

EBS Release 12.2 Certified with Linux Containers (LXC)

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is now certified with Linux Containers (LXC) on Oracle Linux 6 (64-bit) and Oracle Linux 7 (64-bit).

Linux Containers is a lightweight virtualization solution that enables running multiple Linux instances that are isolated from each other on the same host. These LXC instances have processes that have their own private view of the OS with its own process id (PID) space, file system structure and network interfaces. LXC allows the use of container OS versions that are different from that of the host - for example, one can run Oracle Linux 5, 6 or 7 Containers in an Oracle Linux 6.6 host.

For information on features, installing and configuring Linux Containers on Oracle Linux, please refer to Chapter 9: Linux Containers in the Oracle Linux Administrator's Solutions Guide for Release 6 or Chapter 27: Linux Containers in the Oracle Linux Administrator's Guide for Release 7.

This certification of EBS 12.2's application tier with LXC requires the use of UEK R3 (QU6) or higher. There are a number of other specific requirements for both the host OS and LXC instances - these are documented in the newly added 'Linux Containers (LXC)' section of the EBS 12.2 Installation and Upgrade Notes (MOS Document 1330701.1).

More information on this technology certification can be found in the following:

Thursday Oct 22, 2015

Fourth Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of the fourth 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:


Reasons to Apply RPC4

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+ RPC4 are also available individually, and may contain conditions and prerequisites relevant to their application. RPC4 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 RPC4?

The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC4 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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Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

JRE 1.8.0_65/66 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_65 (a.k.a. JRE 8u65-b17) and JRE 1.8.0_66 (8u66-b17) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

What's new in this release?

Oracle now releases a Critical Patch update (CPU) at the same time as the corresponding Patch Set Update (PSU) release for Java SE 8.

  • CPU Release is JRE 1.8.0_65
  • PSU Release is JRE 1.8.0_66
Oracle recommends that Oracle E-Business Suite customers use the CPU release (JRE 1.8.0_65) and only upgrade to the PSU release (JRE 1.8.0_66) if they require a specific bug fix.  For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

There are currently no known issues in Oracle E-Business Suite that require the PSU release but it is certified for customers that may need to use it.

This JRE update is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 8 stream, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to this latest and therefore most secure version of the JRE 8 Plug-in.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes:

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2

Known Issues

IE Performance issue: Launching JRE 1.8.0_65 or 1.8.0_66 through Internet Explorer will have a delay of about 20 seconds befre the applet starts to load. Java Console will come up if enabled. This issue does not affect Firefox, where the applet launches as usual.  A fix for this issue is currently being investigated. Please monitor this blog for updates.

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
  • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
  • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

No.

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. 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 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

With the release of the January Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

What do Mac users need?

JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops.  For details, see:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

No.

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

References

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JRE 1.7.0_91 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_91 (a.k.a. JRE 7u91-b15) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

What's new in this release?

This JRE update is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 7 stream, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to this latest and therefore most secure version of the JRE 7 Plug-in.

For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

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 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

JRE 7 End of Public Updates

The JRE 7u79 release was the last JRE 7 update available to the general public.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 7 updates to the end of Java SE 7 Premier Support to the end of July 2016.

How can EBS customers obtain Java 7 updates after the public end-of-life?

EBS customers can download Java 7 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

Both JDK and JRE packages are now contained in a single combined download.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

Java Auto-Update Mechanism

With the release of the January 2015 Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

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

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. 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 JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

References

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Java JRE 1.6.0_105 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_105 (a.k.a. JRE 6u105-b15) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.x for Windows-based desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

New EBS installation scripts

This JRE release is the first with a 3-digit Java version. Installing this in your EBS 11i and 12.x environments will require new installation scripts.  See the documentation listed in the 'References' section for more detail.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Deploying JRE documentation for your EBS release for details.

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:

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 changes 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 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

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

Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here: Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

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

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. 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 JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

References

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Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

SHA-2 Signed PKI Certificates Certified with EBS 12.1.3

I'm pleased to announce that SHA-2 signed PKI certificates are now certified for inbound connections to the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) delivered with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3.

As published in a prior blog article, SHA-2 signed PKI certificates are already certified for outbound connections from Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3.

Required Steps

If you are enabling SSL/TLS for the first time for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, refer to the following for all prerequisite requirements and post steps:

Enabling SSL/TLS in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, Section 3 (Note 376700.1)

If you have already enabled SSL or TLS and are updating to a SHA-2 signed PKI certificate with the OHS for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, refer to the following for all prerequisite requirements and post steps:

Enabling SSL/TLS in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, Section 11 (Note 376700.1)

Overview of the Requirements

The following is a summary of the requirements for deploying a SHA-2 signed PKI certificate for inbound connections to the OHS for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 include the following:

  • Update OPatch

If you have not already updated to the OPatch 9i, 10.1 version 1.0.0.0.63 or later, download and install it. For the latest OPatch information, refer to the following:

OPatch for Oracle Application Server 10g (10.1.2, 10.1.3, 10.1.4), (Note 283367.1)
  • Apply the minimum required patch level for the Oracle Fusion Middleware 10.1.3 Oracle Home

The minimum requirement is to upgrade the Oracle Fusion Middleware 10.1.3 Oracle Home to 10.1.3.5 per the following:

Upgrading to the Latest OracleAS 10g 10.1.3.x Patch Set in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 454811.1)

  • Apply the October 2015 CPU to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 10.1.3 Oracle Home

The minimum CPU requirement for the Oracle Fusion Middleware 10.1.3.5 is the October 2015 CPU level (Patch 21845960) per the following:

Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Critical Patch Update Knowledge Document (October 2015) (Note 2051000.1)

Note: Testing is performed with all CPU patches applied across the technology stack components and the Oracle E-Business Suite. It is possible to apply the October 2015 CPU (Patch 21845960) to FMW 10g without applying the Oracle E-Business Suite October 2015 CPU or Oracle Database October 2015 CPU/PSU; however, we recommend that customers apply the latest CPU across all technology stack components and the Oracle E-Business Suite.

  • Perform all necessary post steps.

Post steps include generating the CSR to obtain the SHA-2 signed PKI certificate from your certificate authority (CA). Once you have the certificate, you will import it using Oracle Wallet.

Refer to the appropriate section in the following My Oracle Support note for the complete list of post-steps for your environment:

Enabling SSL/TLS in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, Section 11 (Note 376700.1)

Pending Platform Certifications

For AIX, HP Itanium and Windows, there will be an additional patch required on top of the FMW 10g Oracle Home October 2015 CPU. The required patch is currently in development.

Oracle's revenue recognition policy prohibits us from providing time lines and dates for future certifications and releases. Please monitor this blog for the latest in certification announcements.

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References

Critical Patch Update for October 2015 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2015 was released on October 20, 2015.  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 19, 2016
  • April 19, 2016
  • July 19, 2016
  • October 18, 2016
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Monday Oct 19, 2015

Should EBS Customers Use Database 12.1.0.2 or 12.1.01?

E-Business Suite customers must ensure that their database remains on a level that is covered by Error Correction Support (ECS) -- i.e. a level where you can get new patches, Critical Patch Updates (CPU), and Patch Set Updates (PSU).  We've covered this in detail here:

The following Note lists Error Correction Support dates for all database patchsets for all database releases:

That Note shows that patching ends for the 12.1.0.1 Database patchset on August 31, 2016.  All EBS customers should upgrade to a later patchset or database release before then.

Even though Database 12.1.0.1 is still under Error Correction Support, we recommend that all EBS customers currently running Database 12c 12.1.0.1 upgrade to the Database 12.1.0.2 patch set.

Why upgrade?

Better end-user experience.  Database 12.1.0.2 contains important updates for security, stability, and performance.  These updates improve the experience of your end-users.

Easier for system administrators.  We have been working closely with many EBS 12.2 customers.  We have found that the Database 12.1.0.2 patch set streamlines upgrades to EBS 12.2 by reducing the number of additional interoperability patches are required.  Fewer patches mean that upgrades take less time, are less-complex, and less risky.

Minimum baseline for future EBS+Database 12c Certifications.  It is very complex to keep multiple EBS codelines compatible with multiple database releases.  All future EBS 12.2 patches will certified against Database 12.1.0.2 rather than Database 12.1.0.1.  This includes updates to the core AD and TXK system administration tools. 

Faster resolution for database issues. You can still request patches for Database 12.1.0.1 until August 31, 2016, but they will not be produced proactively, so there might be a delay in getting them to you.

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Friday Oct 16, 2015

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.5 Now Available

We are pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 is now generally available.


Instructions for downloading and applying this release update pack (RUP) for the EBS 12.2 codeline can be found here:

What Does Release 12.2.5 Include?

 As a consolidated suite-wide patchset, this RUP includes new features, statutory and regulatory updates, and enhancements for stability, performance, and security. 

Release 12.2.5 is cumulative. That means that as well as providing new updates for this release, it also includes updates that were originally made available as one-off patches for earlier 12.2 releases.

For a complete list of new features, refer to:

Common Questions About Upgrading

  • Is there a direct upgrade path from Release 11i to Release 12.2.5?

No. Release 11i customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.5.

  • Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.5?

No. Release 12.0 customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.5.

  • Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.5?
Yes. Release 12.2 customers can apply EBS 12.2.5 directly to their environments. EBS 12.2.5 is an online patch, so it may be applied while EBS 12.2 is running.
  • How can I prepare for EBS 12.2?

Your starting point should be Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2: Technical Planning, Getting Started, and Go-Live Checklist (Doc ID 1585857.1)

Additional References

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Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

October 2015 Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2

We have been fine-tuning the administration tools for E-Business Suite 12.2 via a series of regular updates to the Applications DBA (AD) and EBS Technology Stack (TXK) components:

We have now made available a seventh set of critical updates to AD and TXK. If you are on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, we strongly recommend that you apply both of these two newly-released patch collections at your earliest convenience:

They can be downloaded in the usual way, as shown by this example for AD:

AD Delta 7 Patch


Refer to the following My Oracle Support knowledge document for full installation instructions and associated tasks:

Why should I apply these updates?

These updates provide the latest codelevels for AD-TXK. A codelevel is a collection of patches that implements and provides fixes for a set of features associated with a point release of an EBS product. Codelevels are cumulative, with each subsequent one including the features and fixes in each of its predecessors.

There are several important reasons you should adopt this latest AD-TXK codelevel:

  • It includes a number of significant fixes and improvements.
  • New patches to implement code fixes can only be applied to the latest AD-TXK codelevel.
  • No new code fixes are created for earlier AD-TXK codelevels.
Note that it is essential to keep your AD and TXK codelevels synchronized: that is, you must apply both AD.C.Delta.7 and TXK.C.Delta.7, rather than just one of them.

What's new in these updates?

   •    New adop monitoring tool
    •   New adop 'validate' option
    •   Support for new Middle Tier EBS Technology Checker (MT-ETCC)
    •   Support for new EBS Installation Central Inventory
    •   Automation for changing Oracle WebLogic Server administration user password
    •   Oracle WebLogic Server performance enhancements
    •   New 'dualfs' option in standard cloning

What's changed in these updates?

    •   Enhanced adop console messages and prompts
    •   Simplified procedure for changing WLS Data Source
    •   Improved 'Delete Node' and 'Delete Managed Server' APIs
    •   Mandatory definitions of several context variables
    •   Various fixes for Oracle Database 12c
    •   Automatic execution of ETCC on database tier after cloning
    •   Various adop enhancements and fixes

Further information about these updates can be found here:

    •   Oracle E-Business Suite Applications DBA and Technology Stack Release Notes for R12.AD.C.Delta.7 and R12.TXK.C.Delta.7 (Doc ID 2033780.1.1)

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Friday Oct 09, 2015

BPEL 11.1.1.9 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.1 and 12.2 SOA Integrations

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  For more information about the differences between the two options for SOA integrations, see this previously-published certification announcement.

The prebuilt BPEL business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 are:

  • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  • Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Shipping Execution (WSH)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Purchasing (PO)

The prebuilt BPEL business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 are:

  • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  • Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Shipping Execution (WSH)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Purchasing (PO)
  • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)

BPEL integration architecture diagram example

These prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.9 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and 12.2.

References

Certified Platforms

    Oracle SOA Suite Release 11g R1 Version 11.1.1.9 is certified to run on any operating system upon which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Check the following for more details:

    For information on operating systems supported by Oracle SOA Suite, refer to this document:

    Integration with Oracle SOA Suite involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

    Getting Support

    If you need support for the prebuilt EBS BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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    Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

    E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OpenWorld 2015

    Planning your schedule at the conference can be a little overwhelming. Here is all the information you need to find us at the event. We hope to see you at our sessions!

    This year, the E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will participate in twenty three speaker sessions, two Meet the Experts round-table discussions, five demo booths and several Special Interest Group meetings as guest speakers. Please join us to hear the latest news and connect with senior ATG development staff.

    For detailed and up-to-date information, please refer to the following FOCUS ON documents:


    Conference Sessions

    Monday, Oct 26

    CON8140 - Planning Your Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
    J. Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Product Strategy, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle
    Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West 3022

    This session discusses key planning considerations when upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. It combines lessons learned from customers with practical advice from Oracle’s development, consulting, and support organizations. Understand how to build the business case, identify needed time and resources, prepare business and IT staff for changes, plan for required system changes, create an effective test strategy, and more.

    CON8146 - Simplified and Touch-Friendly User Interface in Oracle E-Business Suite
    Padmaprabodh Ambale, Director, ATG Development, Oracle
    Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone West 3024

    This session details the latest simplified and mobile user interface (UI) in Oracle Application Framework–based applications in Oracle E-Business Suite. The simplified UI provides a new home page and a set of new components optimized for display on mobile devices such as tablets. In addition, the Oracle Application Framework UI components offer several touch-friendly gestures for common actions, for a smarter and more efficient end user experience. Come see the new components, the new gesture-based touch interactions, and a modernized skin that completely transforms the Oracle E-Business Suite end user experience.

    CON6413 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
    Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Oracle
    Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West 3002/3004

    This Oracle development session provides an overview of Oracle’s product strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite technology, the capabilities and associated business benefits of recent releases, and a review of capabilities on the product roadmap. This is the cornerstone session for Oracle E-Business Suite technology. Come hear about the latest new usability enhancements of the user interface; systems administration and configuration management tools; security-related updates; and tools and options for extending and customizing Oracle E-Business Suite and integrating it with other applications.

    CON8138 - Testing Oracle E-Business Suite Best Practices
    Prasanti Madireddi, Senior Director, Oracle
    Jake Westphal, Senior IT Manager - Enterprise Applications, First American
    Monday, Oct 26, 5:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3022

    This session presented by Oracle and a customer, provides an overview of how the quality assurance team tests Oracle E-Business Suite. The session covers main areas that you should consider during functional testing, approaches for new feature and regression testing, how to reduce the test script generation and execution time, experiences on capturing and presenting metrics to showcase the ROI of a testing investment, leveraging automation for testing Oracle E-Business Suite applications, and more.


    Tuesday, Oct 27

    GEN6409 - General Session: Oracle E-Business Suite Update, Strategy, and Roadmap
    Clifford Godwin, Senior Vice President, Oracle
    Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West 2008

    In this session, hear from Oracle E-Business Suite General Manager Cliff Godwin as he delivers an update on the Oracle E-Business Suite product line. The session covers the value delivered by the current release of Oracle E-Business Suite applications, the momentum, and how Oracle E-Business Suite applications integrate into Oracle’s overall applications strategy. You will come away with an understanding of the value Oracle E-Business Suite applications deliver now and in the future.

    CON8128 - Installation, Cloning, and Configuration of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
    Max Arderius, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3014

    This Oracle development session covers the technology stack for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, such as the use of Oracle WebLogic Server (Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g) and Oracle Database functionality. Topics include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation options, configuration options, and new tools for automated cloning. Also learn how online patching (based on the Oracle Database Edition-Based Redefinition feature) will reduce your database patching downtime.

    CON8133 - Online Patching with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
    Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Oracle
    Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West 3022

    The Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 will reduce your Oracle E-Business Suite patching downtime to however long it takes to bounce your application server. This Oracle development session details how online patching works, with special attention given to what is happening at the database object level, where patches are applied to an Oracle E-Business Suite environment that is still running. Come learn about the operational and system management implications for minimizing maintenance downtime when applying Oracle E-Business Suite patches with this new technology, and the related impact on customizations you might have built on top of Oracle E-Business Suite.

    CON8130 - Migrating and Managing Customizations for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
    Santiago Bastidas, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3014

    Have you created custom schemas or personalized or extended your Oracle E-Business Suite environment? Attend this Oracle development session to learn about selecting the best upgrade approach for existing customizations. This session helps you understand the new customization standards required by Oracle Database Edition-Based Redefinition to be compliant with the Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite. You will learn about customization use cases, tools, and technologies you can use to ensure that all your customizations are preserved during and after the upgrade. You will also hear about reports you can run before the upgrade to detect and fix your customizations to make them Release 12.2 compliant.


    Wednesday, Oct 28

    CON8132 - Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Best Practices
    Veshaal Singh, Vice President, Oracle
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West 3004

    Oracle is investing across applications and technologies to make the application integration experience easier for customers. Oracle E-Business Suite provides tools and technologies to address various application integration challenges and styles. Learn more about Oracle’s integration offering for cloud, data, event-driven, business-to-business, and process-centric integrations. In this session, you will get a better understanding of what Oracle integration technologies you can use and how, when, and where you can leverage them to connect end-to-end business processes across your enterprise, including the Oracle Applications portfolio in the cloud.

    CON8127 - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control for Managing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
    Angelo Rosado, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West 3022

    This session focuses on all aspects of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c for monitoring and managing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 with Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite. Among the topics covered are online patching management; monitoring the technology stack, including Oracle WebLogic Server services; metrics management; Java Virtual Machine diagnostics; configuration comparisons between run and patch editions; provisioning of Oracle E-Business Suite with assemblies; technology stack patch recommendations; customization management; and automated cloning.

    CON8142 - Customer Success Stories: Upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
    Andrew McVeagh, Oracle CoE Leader, GE Transportation
    Terri Noyes, Senior Director, Oracle
    Musa Ramadhani, Lead Oracle Apps DBA, Gentex Corporation
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3004

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 momentum is growing. Come to this session and hear from Oracle and its customers regarding experiences deploying and running Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. Customers will discuss lessons learned in the process of upgrading and reveal how they are using new functionality in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, including the Online Patching feature.

    CON8135 - Getting Optimal Performance from Oracle E-Business Suite
    Samer Barakat, Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3022

    This packed Oracle development session summarizes practical tips and lessons learned from performance tuning and benchmarking the world’s largest Oracle E-Business Suite environments. Application system administrators will get concrete tips and techniques for identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks on all layers of the technology stack. They will also learn how Oracle’s engineered systems, such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic, can dramatically improve the performance of their system.

    CON8143 - Standards-Based Desktop Integration in Oracle E-Business Suite
    Padmaprabodh Ambale, Director, ATG Development, Oracle
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Moscone West 3022

    This presentation covers the latest standards support in Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator and Oracle Report Manager. The presentation includes new features in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 and other proposed design changes that result in a vastly improved performance and spreadsheet experience. In addition, it offers information on how you can use Desktop Integration Framework to build your own custom desktop integrations between Oracle E-Business Suite and Microsoft Excel for enhanced end user productivity for mass upload/download of spreadsheet data.

    CON8134 - Maintenance Strategies for Oracle E-Business Suite
    Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 3:00 p.m. | Moscone West 3022

    This session features the best techniques apps DBAs can use to proactively maintain their Oracle E-Business Suite environment. It starts with a practical approach for defining a preventive maintenance strategy and then moves to detailed descriptions and tips for various tools and approaches for efficiently performing maintenance tasks. Topics include patching shortcuts, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, shared file systems, and avoiding resource bottlenecks. You will leave this session with the tools required for creating a plan to keep your environment healthy and up to date.

    CON8145 - Building, Deploying, and Managing Smartphone Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite
    Vijay Shanmugam, Director, Oracle
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3004

    This Oracle development session explains the technologies and approach used to build Oracle’s smartphone apps for Oracle E-Business Suite. In this session, you will learn how to deploy and administer mobile apps, how to use REST services for all Oracle E-Business Suite mobile interfaces, how to use enterprise deployment to distribute controlled versions of the mobile apps within your organization, and more. The session also covers how to secure access to the mobile apps with Oracle E-Business Suite web services for authentication, authorization, and session management, and how to use containerization solutions, such as Oracle Mobile Security Suite, to maximize corporate security without compromising user experience or personal privacy.


    Thursday, Oct 29

    CON8129 - Advanced Architectures for Oracle E-Business Suite
    Noby Joseph, Architect ATG Development, Oracle
    Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Thursday, Oct 29, 10:45 a.m. | Moscone West 3022

    Attend this session to build on the three-tier logical Oracle E-Business Suite architecture to meet your business requirements. It covers features that provide high availability, scalability, and performance, including load balancing, clustering, and virtualization. Learn how to securely deploy Oracle E-Business Suite for internet access with a “demilitarized zone.” The presentation wraps up by applying the various topics covered to assist you with planning a disaster recovery project for your environment.

    CON8147 - Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2: Customer Panel
    Steven Chan, Senior Director, Oracle
    Ravi Ravikoti, Senior Manager, On Semiconductor Corporation
    Tom Robinette, Executive Director of Business Systems, Exterran
    Martha Wiegman, Senior Manager - Business Solutions at GE
    Thursday, Oct 29, 10:45 a.m. | Moscone West 3004

    Hear directly from Oracle E-Business Suite customers who are live on Release 12.2 about their experiences in deploying the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite. During this interactive discussion, learn about the business drivers behind choosing Release 12.2, lessons learned, and benefits achieved so far. The session also includes a live Q&A period in which the panel will field questions from attendees.

    CON8131 - Enabling Oracle E-Business Suite for SOA, Cloud, and Mobile
    Rekha Ayothi, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Thursday, Oct 29, 12:00 p.m. | Moscone West 3004

    This Oracle development session provides a deep dive on how Oracle E-Business Suite is enabled for SOA, cloud, and mobile-based integration. This session provides a technical look at Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Application Adapters for Data Integration for Oracle E-Business Suite. It also provides a walk-through of Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway and its out-of-the-box capability to produce REST- and SOAP-based services. Systems integrators and developers will get an overview of the latest integration technologies available from Oracle E-Business Suite, as well as a sneak preview of future Internet of Things integration capabilities and other upcoming features.

    CON8136 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
    Steven Chan, Senior Director, Oracle
    Thursday, Oct 29, 12:00 p.m. | Moscone West 3022

    Is your Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack up to date? Are you taking advantage of all the latest options and capabilities? This Oracle development session summarizes the latest certifications and roadmap for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, including elements such as database releases and options, Java, Oracle Forms, desktop operating systems, browsers, Java runtime environment releases, development and web authoring tools, user authentication and management, business intelligence, Oracle Enterprise Manager plug-ins, security options, clouds, Oracle VM, and virtualization. The session also covers the most commonly asked questions about technology stack component support dates and upgrade implications.

    CON8126 - Case Study: Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite
    Sue Gill, Senior Database Administrator, GE Corporate
    Angelo Rosado, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Thursday, Oct 29, 1:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3004

    In this customer case study, presented by Oracle and a customer, you will learn about successful customer implementations; the business benefits of implementing Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite; best practices of implementation; and firsthand experiences of how to monitor and manage large, complex, and global Oracle E-Business Suite environments.

    CON8141 - Technical Upgrade Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
    Samer Barakat, Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
    Udayan Parvate, Senior Director, EBS Release Engineering, Oracle
    Thursday, Oct 29, 1:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3022

    This session is ideal for organizations thinking about upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. It covers the fundamentals, including the technology stack components and supported upgrade paths. Hear from Oracle development experts about the recommended practices for executing the Release 12.2 technical upgrade, with special considerations for minimizing your downtime. Also get to know about relatively recent upgrade resources.

    CON8137 - Managing Oracle E-Business Suite Auditing and Security
    Eric Bing, Senior Director, Oracle
    Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Thursday, Oct 29, 2:30 p.m. | Moscone West 3004

    Come to this session to learn recommendations for auditing, monitoring, and securing your Oracle E-Business Suite environment and sensitive data. Configuration guidelines for monitoring and auditing activity in your Oracle E-Business Suite application and database are provided. The session provides an overview of Oracle’s secure configuration guidelines, updates to the secure configuration scripts, and optional security integrations. It wraps up with a summary of some of the new security features available in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 including enhancements for proxy user functionality and ways to reduce your attack surface by reducing cookie scope, allowed JavaServer Pages, and external redirects.

    CON8144 - Personalize and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite for Desktops and Tablets
    Padmaprabodh Ambale, Director, ATG Development, Oracle
    Thursday, Oct 29, 2:30 p.m. | Moscone West 3022

    This Oracle development session covers a wide range of options for personalizing and extending your existing Oracle E-Business Suite applications for standard desktops and mobile devices. It explains how to use Oracle Application Framework personalization to tailor the functionality of Oracle E-Business Suite to meet your organization’s needs in an upgrade-safe manner. In addition, learn about new Oracle Application Framework end user personalization mobile capabilities for optimizing the experience on iOS or Android tablets with minimum effort, and how to leverage the new gesture capabilities and tablet-optimized UI components in your customizations and extensions to make your applications touch friendly.


    Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

    We love to hear your feedback and SIG meetings are the perfect opportunity to hear customer opinions that can be reflected in our products. Our most senior staff will be listening from the audience or participating as guest speakers for Q&A discussions:

    SIG10287 - OAUG Applications Desktop Integrator SIG Meeting
    Lee Briggs, Finance Practice Director, Business Technology Services Inc
    Sunday, Oct 25, 10:00 a.m. | Moscone West 3003

    UGF9881 - OAUG Customization & Alternatives Special Interest Group Meeting
    Bill Dunham, Principal, OATC, Inc.
    Sunday, Oct 25, 10:00 a.m. | Moscone West 3006

    SIG9859 - OAUG Database SIG Meeting
    Michael Brown, DBA, BlueStar
    Sunday, Oct 25, 10:00 a.m. | Moscone West 3008

    SIG10277 - OAUG Archive and Purge SIG Meeting
    Brian Bent, Senior Solutions Engineer, Delphix
    Sunday, Oct 25, 12:00 p.m. | Moscone West 3008

    SIG10212 - OAUG SysAdmin SIG Meeting
    James Morrow, Senior Oracle Applications DBA, Atherio Incorporated
    Sunday, Oct 25, 12:00 p.m. | Moscone West 3006

    SIG10214 - OAUG Mobile Apps for EBS SIG Meeting
    Steven Hughes
    Sunday, Oct 25, 1:30 p.m. | Moscone West 3003

    SIG9902 - OAUG Upgrade SIG Meeting
    Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.
    Sunday, Oct 25, 2:30 p.m. | Moscone West 3006

    SIG9903 - OAUG EBS Applications Technology Stack SIG Meeting
    Ashish Jain, Manager, Database Operations, IHG
    Sunday, Oct 25, 3:30 p.m. | Moscone West 3006

    SIG9893 - OAUG Oracle E-Business Suite User Management SIG Meeting
    Susan Behn, Vice President, Infosemantics, Inc.
    Sunday, Oct 25, 3:30 p.m. | Moscone West 3003

    SIG9857 - Oracle Enterprise Manager for Applications SIG Meeting
    James Lui, Oracle Applications DBA Team Lead, Aramark
    Sunday, Oct 25, 3:30 p.m. | Moscone West 3009

    Meet the Experts

    Do not miss this opportunity to meet with Oracle E-Business Suite tools and technology experts. This session is where you can have discussions regarding the Oracle Applications strategy, your specific business and IT strategy, key planning considerations to upgrade to the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite and more. Our most senior staff is available to discuss the value of the latest releases and share insights into the best path for your enterprise, so come ready with your questions. Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended.

    MTE10252 - Meet the Experts: Oracle E-Business Suite Tools and Technology
    Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3001A

    • Max Arderius, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    • Samer Barakat, Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
    • George Buzsaki, VP, Application Architecture, Oracle
    • Steven Chan, Senior Director, Oracle
    • Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Oracle
    • Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Oracle
    • Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    • Veshaal Singh, Vice President, Oracle

    MTE10254 - Meet the Experts: Oracle E-Business Suite Planning Your Upgrade
    Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Moscone West 3001A

    • John Abraham, Director, Product Management, Oracle
    • Max Arderius, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    • Samer Barakat, Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
    • Nadia Bendjedou, Senior Director - Product Strategy, Oracle
    • George Buzsaki, VP, Application Architecture, Oracle
    • J. Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Product Strategy, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle
    • Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Oracle
    • Udayan Parvate, Senior Director, EBS Release Engineering, Oracle
    • Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle


    Demos

    This year we have five booths in the exhibition Demogrounds located in Moscone West, Level 1 (Applications). Please stop by to meet our staff, try ATG technologies firsthand and get your questions answered.

    • WCL-014 - Advanced Architecture and Technology Stack for Oracle E-Business Suite
    • WCL-002 - Automated Oracle E-Business Suite Tests Using Oracle Flow Builder
    • WCL-015 - End-to-End Management of Oracle E-Business Suite
    • WCL-016 - New User Interface Capabilities in Oracle E-Business Suite
    • WCL-003 - Oracle E-Business Suite: Technical Upgrade Best Practices


    Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

    WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

    Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 tools used to create web sites and portals using service-oriented architecture (SOA).  Applications adapters are also available.

    WebCenter Development Framework

    WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.9.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 8. 

    Certified Platforms

    Oracle WebCenter Portal is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle WebCenter Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

    Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

    Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

    If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

    References

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    Thursday Sep 24, 2015

    Consultations with ATG Development at OpenWorld 2015

    OpenWorld is just around the corner and we're excited about all of the new things that we're planning to share with you.Our EBS Applications Technology track sessions are listed here.  We'll have a more-detailed article about those soon.

    One of the advantages of attending OpenWorld is that you can meet face-to-face with senior staff in the Applications Technology Group in E-Business Suite Development.  You can use these meetings to discusss your questions, requirements, plans, and deployment architectures with us.

    There are several options for doing this:

    1. At general sessions: collar the speaker of your choice after his or her presentation.
    2. At the Meet The Experts sessions:  these are first-come first-served round-table discussions
    3. Setting up private meetings via your Oracle account manager

    The last option is best if you have lots of in-depth questions or confidential details about your implementation that cannot be discussed in front of other customers. 

    Many of this blog's experts, including me, will be attending OpenWorld this year.  If you'd like to meet with us privately, please contact your Oracle account manager to arrange that as soon as possible.  My calendar, in particular, is already starting to fill up.  It is often completely full by the time OpenWorld starts.

    Tuesday Sep 22, 2015

    EBS Support Policy for Third-Party Client Components

    End-users connect to the Oracle E-Business Suite using a variety of clients: desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.  Those clients run third-party operating systems (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Apple iOS, Android) and third-party products (Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Chrome).

    What happens when you have client-related issues?  What are our support policies when issues involve third-party components as well as Oracle components?

    EBS components affected by third-party client products

    A number of E-Business Suite components or products are affected by third-party client components.  These include:

    • OA Framework (OAF: the user interface infrastructure that underlies most HTML/web-based self-service EBS products)
    • Oracle CRM Technology Foundation (JTT: the infrastructure that underlies EBS CRM products such as Sales, Marketing, Service, eCommerce, Contracts, and Interaction Center)
    • Oracle Forms (Forms-based EBS products running in Java)
    • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI: provides integrations with Microsoft Office products such as Excel)
    • Report Manager

    Support options partly depend upon the third-party

    Our support policy for EBS client issues depends upon whether those third-party operating systems and products are supported by the third-party vendor.

    You can search Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, and Google websites for support timelines for their products.

    How to interpret this information 

    We provide updates to the E-Business Suite when both of the following are true:

    1. The E-Business Suite release is eligible for Error Correction Support
    2. The third-party operating system or product is actively supported by the third-party

    If a reported issue is isolated to the third-party component, Oracle will attempt to issue a fix or find a workaround.  Oracle may not be able to provide fixes for all reported issues.  For example, if a browser vendor changes their browser's behavior or chooses to remove a particular feature, customers may need to contact that vendor directly.  

    It is important to keep track of support dates for third-party products.  We do not provide new EBS patches, certifications, and documentation updates for combinations that involve obsolete third-party products.

    Example 1: Windows version obsoleted by Microsoft
    • It is September 1, 2015
    • You see a listing in the Certifications system for EBS 12.1.3 + IE 6 on Windows XP
    • Error Correction Support for EBS 12.1.3 continues to December 2019
    • Microsoft supports IE 6 as part of its Windows XP policy
    • Microsoft desupported Windows XP in April 2014
    • You cannot request new patches for this combination

    Example 2: Office version obsoleted by Microsoft

    • It is September 1, 2015
    • You see a listing in the Certifications system for EBS 12.1.3 + Microsoft Office 2003
    • Error Correction Support for EBS 12.1.3 continues to December 2019
    • Microsoft desupported Office 2003 in April 2014
    • You cannot request new patches for this combination

    Example 3: Firefox version obsoleted by Mozilla

    • It is September 1, 2015
    • You see a listing in the Certifications system for EBS 12.1.3 + Mozilla Firefox ESR 31
    • Error Correction Support for EBS 12.1.3 continues to December 2019
    • Mozilla desupported ESR 31 in August 2015
    • You cannot request new patches for this combination

    Example 4: Chrome version obsoleted by Google

    • It is September 1, 2015
    • You see a listing in the Certifications system for EBS 12.1.3 + Google Chrome 35
    • Error Correction Support for EBS 12.1.3 continues to December 2019
    • The latest Chrome release available is 45
    • Google only supports the latest Chrome release
    • You cannot request new patches for this combination

    Still confused?

    If you're still having trouble, log a Service Request with Oracle Support.  A Support Engineer can help with these types of questions.

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    Monday Sep 14, 2015

    Database Migration using 12cR1 Transportable Database Certified for EBS 12.1

    Database migration across platforms of the same "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Database (TDB) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0).

    The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using SQL*Plus (connected as SYSDBA):

        SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;  

    The following is a list of relevant platforms certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 on the database tier:

    Big Endian Platforms
    Little Endian Platforms
     Oracle Solaris on SPARC
     Linux x86-64
     HP-UX Itanium
     Oracle Solaris on x86-64
     IBM AIX on Power Systems
     Microsoft Windows x64*
     IBM: Linux on System z

    * Microsoft Windows x64 is not yet certified and will be announced at a later date

    Using Transportable Database is the fastest method for migration between platforms of the same endian format. A requirement of this migration process is that the source and target database versions must match (including patch set version), so database upgrades as part of the migration cannot be done.

    For migration between platforms of different endian formats, users must use alternative migration methods such as export/import (datapump) or Transportable Tablespaces (TTS).

    References

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    Thursday Sep 10, 2015

    Using EBS 12.2 Data Source Connection Pool Diagnostics

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 employs JDBC data sources within Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.6 to maintain a pool of connections for database connectivity. These JDBC data sources are associated with the managed servers (such as oacore and forms) in which Oracle E-Business Suite applications are deployed.

    What is a connection leak?

    Connections are checked out and then returned to the data source when the request is complete. A connection is said to be leaked if it is not returned, no longer associated with the connection pool, or otherwise recoverable.

    How do you track them down?

    We've published a new document that describes how to check for EBS 12.2 connection leaks:

    This document covers methods for monitoring connection leaks using the WebLogic Console, using Level 1 and Level 2 Diagnostics, and using GV$SESSION to track down connection pool issues.

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    Thursday Sep 03, 2015

    Are AMP Support Dates Based on EBS or EM Releases?

    Guest Author: Angelo Rosado, AMP Product Management 

    The Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite is an Enterprise Manager (EM) plug-in.  What are the support dates for AMP?  Are they based upon EBS support dates, EM support dates, or the release dates of the AMP releases themselves?

    AMP inherits EM support dates

    Application Management Pack generally follows the support policy of the base release of Oracle Enterprise Manager upon which it is built. See:

    Our recommendations

    We strongly recommend that you stay current on the latest releases of Oracle Enterprise Manager and Application Management Pack.  The current release of Application Management Pack is 12.1.0.4.0.

    Make sure you check the requirements for the version of Oracle Enterprise Manager that you're using. See section 6.2, "Before You Begin Installing an Enterprise Manager System" here:

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    Friday Aug 28, 2015

    "Certified" vs. "Error Correction Support": What's the Difference?

    We've recently gotten a string of questions about the support status of obsolete products listed in the Certifications system on My Oracle Support.  This is really important: everyone working with Oracle products should know how to determine the support status of their products.

    The existence of a listing in the Certifications system doesn't necessarily mean that a product release is covered by Error Correction Support. 

    To determine the support status of a particular combination:

    1. Check if the combination is listed in the Certifications system
    2. Check the support status of the product releases
    3. Check the support status of the product patch sets
    4. Interpret this information
    Let's walk through these steps in more detail.

    Understanding the three phases of support

    We produce new patches and certifications for Oracle products while they are covered by either Premier or Extended Support.  Those two support phases are collectively known as the Error Correction Support period. 

    After that period, products are covered by Sustaining Support.  You can download existing patches and documentation for products in Sustaining Support.  You cannot request new patches or certifications for these products.

    See the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy site for more details about Premier, Extended, and Sustaining Support levels.

    Step 1. Check if the combination is listed in the Certifications system

    The Certifications system on My Oracle Support lists all of the combinations that we've tested for the E-Business Suite. Certifications are generally retained for reference purposes after the Error Correction Support phase has ended for those products. The existence of an historical listing in the Certifications system doesn't necessarily mean that that is still covered by Error Correction Support.

    For example, the Certifications system includes historical listings for:

    • EBS 11.5.3 (Error Correction Support ended July 2006)
    • EBS 12.0.6 (Error Correction Support ended January 2015)
    • Oracle Single Sign-On 10.1.2.0.2 (Error Correction Support ended December 2011)
    • Oracle Database 8.1.7.4 (Error Correction Support ended December 2006)

    You cannot request new patches or certifications for any products after their Error Correction Support ends.

    Step 2: Check the support status of a product release

    A product release is the major version.  For example, Database 11gR2 is the product release.

    Database Lifetime Support dates table

    You should always check the Oracle Lifetime Support documents for a product release's Premier and Support dates to determine whether the release is covered by Error Correction Support. 

    See:

    Step 3: Check the the support status of a product patch set

    Product releases have patch sets. For example: the Database 11gR2 release has 11.2.0.3 and 11.2.0.4 patch sets.

    Individual patch sets have their own Error Correction Support dates. You should always check the following documents for the support status of a given patch set:

    Step 4: Interpret this information 

    You can ask for new patches for a given combination only if all products within that combination are still covered by Error Correction Support. 

    Example 1:

    • It is August 1, 2015.
    • You see a listing in the Certifications system for EBS 12.0.6 + Database 11.2.0.4
    • Error Correction Support for E-Business Suite 12.0.6 ended January 2015
    • Error Correction Support for Database 11.2.0.4 continues to January 2018
    • You cannot request new patches for this combination

    Example 2:

    • It is August 1, 2015
    • You see a listing in the Certifications system for EBS 12.1.3 + Oracle Access Manager 10.1.4.3
    • Error Correction Support for EBS 12.1.3 continues to December 2019
    • Error Correction Support for Oracle Access Manager 10.1.4.3 ended December 2011
    • You cannot request new patches for this combination

    Example 3:

    • It is August 1, 2015
    • You see a listing in the Certifications system for EBS 12.1.3 + Oracle Database 11.2.0.2
    • Error Correction Support for EBS 12.1.3 continues to December 2019
    • Error Correction Support for Database 11.2.0.2 ended October 2013
    • You cannot request new patches for this combination

    Still confused?

    If you're still having trouble, log a Service Request with Oracle Support.  A Support Engineer can help with these types of questions.

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    Monday Aug 24, 2015

    JRE 1.8.0_60 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_60 (a.k.a. JRE 8u60-b27) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows desktop clients.

    All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
    • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
    • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Where are the official patch requirements documented?

    All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes:

    For EBS 11i:

    For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2

    Known Issues

    Form Focus Issue:  Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8. This can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases.  A fix for this issue is currently being investigated, see the documentation below for additional information.

    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

    This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

    Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

    Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

    If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
    • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
    • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

    No.

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. 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 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

    Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

    Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

    With the release of the January Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

    What do Mac users need?

    JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops.  For details, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

    No.

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

    JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

    JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

    References

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    Friday Aug 21, 2015

    Using Application Management Suite With E-Business Suite 12.2

    Guest Author: Vasu Rao

    Customers are upgrading to EBS Release 12.2 to benefit from new features such as online patching, enhanced functional capabilities, and the new technology stack that includes Oracle WebLogic Server.

    The Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite product is part of the Oracle Enterprise Manager product family. It can help with the various pre-upgrade and post-upgrade operations you'll need to undertake as you implement Release 12.2. It also provides help with management of the new environment.

    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Management Capabilities

    Application Management Suite includes system management, change management and performance monitoring features that can be used with supported Oracle E-Business Suite releases. Several features are built specifically for managing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 environments.

    One set of features manage patch deployment using Online Patching:

    Patch Management

    New Features in Change Management

    • Customizations Discovery and Inventory Reporting: You can create a catalogue of the customizations in your E-Business Suite environments.
    • Online Patching Readiness: Run Readiness Reports check your customizations against Online Patching standards. These reports can be viewed directly from the graphical user interface.
    • Online Patching Automation: You can deploy Oracle-delivered patches or custom patches using a simplified automated patching process. One EBS 12.2 customer reduced their patching time by up to 80% when compared to online patching using command line options. Application Management Suite automates the online patching process, promoting patches from pre-production to production systems.  You can search the patches applied and view the patch worker logs online.
    • Patch Recommendations: Generate reports on E-Business Suite application patches, database patches and application tier patches that are recommended for a given E-Business Suite environment. This feature eliminates the need for DBAs to research patches in My Oracle Support and then manually checking if those patches have been applied to a specific E-Business Suite instance.
    • Scale in/Scale out: Adding or removing applications managed servers using command line options can be time-consuming. The Instance Administration User Interface provides a simple method to automate this process, saving time and simplifying the scaling in or scaling out of managed applications servers.

    New Features in System Management

    • Technology Stack Monitoring: Application Management Suite can monitor multiple E-Business Suite 12.2 targets and their associated technology stack components. You can drill down into technology stack components (e.g. Oracle WebLogic Server) for additional configuration, status and performance metrics.
    • Health Checks:
      • Configuration Management and Compliance Standards management can be used to ensure E-Business Suite systems are healthy and operating as expected. You can check the health of technology configurations by monitoring and managing configurations. You can use Application Management Suite to compare technical configurations, technology stack versions, patches and customizations between two or more E-Business Suite instances, or from snapshots from two different time periods for the same instance. You can also compare run and patch editions before, during or after patching.
      • Compliance Standards allows you check security standards, industry standards, regulatory standards, mandatory database settings standards and any user-defined standards. You can receive notifications in the event of any changes, and in certain cases eliminate the need for manual intervention by automating the corrective actions required.
      • Service Test Infrastructure allows you to schedule tests to check the status and performance of various application components. For example, a service test can automatically check the login status of E-Business Suite environments by simulating a user login each morning (or any other desired time). 

    Using Application Management Suite during Pre and Post-upgrade Phases of an E-Business Suite 12.2 upgrade

    The primary purpose of Application Management Suite is to monitor and manage multiple E-Business Suite targets. For the purposes of your upgrade project, these E-Business Suite targets may be test, development, QA or any other pre-production environments. During the implementation stage, you can rely on availability and performance of these pre-production systems for functional testing, development and user acceptance, or to simulate production scenarios such as period end closing. Pre-upgrade projects typically require engagement from large numbers of technical resources including DBAs, helpdesk personnel, developers and other contractors. Productivity of these resources can be increased by using the advanced automation capabilities of the Application Management Suite during the pre-upgrade implementation process.

    After the upgrade is complete, Application Management Suite can be used for  monitoring the E-Business Suite technology stack, automating the online patching process, deploying customizations, cloning automation, and performance management.

    The following is a summary of the various features of the Application Management Suite that can be used during the pre-upgrade and post-upgrade phases.

    Pre-upgrade

    Post-upgrade

    • Monitor pre-production test environments.
    • Compare technology configurations including patches and customizations, run and patch editions.
    • Discover inventory of EBS customizations
    • Validate customization readiness for online patching.
    • Automate cloning  to clone instances for user acceptance or functional testing.
    • Provision instances for testing, training or development.
    • Diagnose performance bottlenecks and automate load testing to test availability and performance of systems.
    • Monitor the new technology stack.
    • Implement change control, with a multiple-hierarchical approval process.
    • Provide patch recommendations for EBS applications and technology stack.
    • Reduce the complexity of the online patching process.
    • Promote patches and customizations across EBS instances.
    • Automate cloning for periodic  cloning activities.
    • Administer instances to scale in/scale out managed servers.
    • Provide performance management and diagnostic capabilities.

    References

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    Tuesday Aug 11, 2015

    Identifying Missing App Tier and Database Tier Patches for EBS 12.2

    The EBS Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC) utility has been available for some time to assist with identifying any missing database patches needed by E-Business Suite 12.2. The utility has now been improved, most notably to include a new Middle Tier checker tool. The latest version provides two scripts rather than the previous single script. These scripts confirm that you have all the necessary technology stack patches installed on your EBS Release 12.2 system. We highly recommend using this utility to help ensure your Release 12.2 deployment is successful.

    The two scripts that make up ETCC are:
    • checkDBpatch.sh (checkDBpatch.cmd on Microsoft Windows). This is the Database EBS Technology Codelevel Checker (DB-ETCC), which determines if all the needed bugfixes exist in the specified database ORACLE_HOME. In its previous version, this script was just known as ETCC. As well as being renamed for this release, it has been rewritten for greater ease of use.
    • checkMTpatch.sh (checkMTpatch.cmd on Microsoft Windows). This is the Middle Tier EBS Technology Codelevel Checker (MT-ETCC), which determines if all the needed bugfixes exist in the middle (application) tier file system. MT-ETCC is completely new with this release of ETCC, and designed to be used in conjunction with DB-ETCC.

    The ETCC utility can be downloaded via Patch 17537119 from My Oracle Support.

    Patch 17537119

    Usage Tips

    Read the README carefully.  As well as installation instructions and basic commands, the README for this patch includes a number of usage scenarios and examples.

    Always use the latest version of ETCC. New bugfixes will not be checked by older versions of the utility.

    Apply all missing patches.  If ETCC reports a missing bugfix, identify the patch that includes the missing fix by referring to this document:

    That note provides detailed instructions on how to find the patch you require.

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    Friday Aug 07, 2015

    Windows 10 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Windows 10 logoMicrosoft Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) is certified as a desktop client operating system for end-users accessing Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.1, and 12.2 with the following components.

    EBS 12.1 and 12.2

    • Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
    • Mozilla Firefox ESR 38
    • Chrome 44 and higher (HTML/OA Framework modules only)
    • Java client plug-ins
    • JRE 1.8.0_51 and higher
    • JRE 1.7.0_85 and higher

    EBS 11.5.10.2

    • Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
    • Mozilla Firefox ESR 38
    • Java client plug-ins
    • JRE 1.8.0_51 and higher
    • JRE 1.7.0_85 and higher
    Later JRE 7 and 8 releases on Windows 10

    Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops.  This applies to Windows 10 desktops, too, for the JRE releases list above.

    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 7 or 8 releases to your EBS users' Windows 10 desktops.

    Pending certifications 

    Desktop Client/Server Products

    The certification of our various Client/Server products, for example JDeveloper OA Extensions, Forms Developer and Workflow Builder against Windows 10 are in progress. For a full list of products see  Recommended Set Up for Client/Server Products with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i & R12 (Note 277535.1). The certification matrix within this document will be updated as these are completed.

    Microsoft Edge Browser

    The certification of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 is currently in progress. There are no plans to certify this browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i.

    Oracle E-Business Suite R12 has two interfaces: a web-based (OA Framework/HTML) model for modules like iProcurement and iStore, and Oracle Forms/Java based model for our professional services modules like Oracle Financials. Microsoft Edge does not support Java and will therefore only be certified for E-Business Suite customers running web-based (HTML / OA Framework) EBS products. Running Java-based EBS products with Edge will not feasible.

    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.   

    References

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    Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

    Using Oracle Database In-Memory with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Authors: Andy Tremayne and Deepak Bhatnagar, Oracle Development

    Database In-Memory is one of a number of options that can be deployed to address Oracle E-Business Suite performance concerns and scalability requirements without the need for any application changes.

    We are pleased to announce the publication of a new white paper that can help with this (including links to patches that you will need to apply):

    The paper starts by providing strategic advice and guidelines that help you decide which objects to populate into Database In-Memory (DBIM), and how to size the In-Memory Column Store (IMCS). It provides a list of best practices and explains the complexities and limitations of using DISTRIBUTE/DUPLICATE with Oracle RAC.

    Database In-Memory diagram

    The examples in this paper take a step away from the classic headline feature of analytical reports that you might have been expecting. Instead, they show how DBIM can be applied to three novel use cases:

    • The Order Organizer Form has a huge number of queryable fields that would all need to be indexed for optimal performance. DBIM provides a 10X improvement in the end-user response time.
    • The Initialize Credit Summaries concurrent program is unusual the optimization is based on an INSERT statement. It is also interesting as the example shows why simply populating objects into the IMCS can result in a performance reduction – in this case spilling to disk. Simply populating the objects into DBIM improved the time by 1.5X; further tuning improved on this to provide an overall gain of 3.5X.
    • The Receiving Transaction Processor had two long-running queries that reduced from 7.8 hrs to 4.85 mins representing about a 100X increase in performance. The overall runtime was about 4X faster.

    One of the key aspects in the paper is describing how to use Oracle E-Business Suite Application Affinity with Oracle RAC. It describes how to overcome some of the limitations of Non-Engineered Systems (commodity hardware), and explains how it can also be used to benefit Oracle Engineered Systems.

    Other References

    The Oracle Database In-Memory blog contains a wealth of generic information, technical details, ideas and news on Oracle Database In-Memory from the author of the Oracle White Paper on Oracle Database In-Memory.

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    Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

    Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.2

    I'm pleased to announce the recent certification of Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2  with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.  You can use Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 to create a Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 environments.  A Physical Standby Database is a key component for a disaster recovery site for Oracle E-Business Suite.

    Detailed steps for setting up a 12.1.0.2 Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 are provided here:

    Oracle E-Business Suite Data Guard Certifications

    The following matrix provides an overview of what's currently certified and what's planned for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1.3 and Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 and 11.2.0.4:


    Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Certified*, MOS Note 1963472.1
    Certified*, MOS Note 1491855.1
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Certified*, MOS Note 1900663.1 Certified, MOS Note 1070033.1

    *For single node databases only.  Certification with RAC configurations is pending.

    Note:  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog.

    How to Find the Latest Certification Information

    This blog is great for announcing certifications as they happen, but for ongoing updates and the latest information on certifications, your single source of truth is the Certifications tab in My Oracle Support.  From the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support, you can search for certified combinations of products with specific Oracle E-Business Suite versions.  For example:

    Step 1.  Log in to My Oracle Support

    Step 2. Click on the Certifications tab

    Step 3.  Add your search criteria.  For example:  Add Oracle E-Business Suite to the Product List, add Release 12.2.4 to the Release List and optionally add your platform to the Platform List.

    Step 4.Click Check certifications with another product

    Step 5.  Add Data Guard to the Product List and optionally add the version to the Release List

    The above search will list all versions of data guard currently certified as shown in the following screenshot:


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