Monday Jul 01, 2013

E-Business Suite R12 Certified on 2012 Hyper-V Windows Guests

Microsoft LogoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1) is now certified on Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 running as guest operating systems within Window Server 2012 Hyper-V virtual machines.

Hyper-V is a built-in feature of Microsoft Windows Server that allows for the creation and management of virtualized computing environments. With this certification, the E-Business Suite is now supported on the above Windows virtualized guest operating systems in a similar way to non-virtualized Windows.

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Thursday Jun 20, 2013

EBS Sessions at July 2013 OAUG Connection Point in Pittsburgh

Members of our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group will be at the OAUG Connection Point - AppsTech 2013 to be hosted in the Marriott City Center in  Pittsburgh, PA on July 30-31, 2013.

Please drop by any of our sessions to hear the latest news and meet up with us.

General Session

13311 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
Steven Chan, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, July 30, 08:30 am - 09:30 am
Location: Grand Ballroom

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

Speaker Sessions

13312 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
Steven Chan, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, July 30, 01:15 pm - 02:15 pm
Location: City Center B

This Oracle development session summarizes the latest certifications, support dates, upgrade implications and roadmap for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, including elements such as database releases and options, Java, Oracle Forms, Oracle Containers for J2EE, desktop operating systems, browsers, JRE releases, development and Web authoring tools, user authentication and management, business intelligence, Oracle Application Management Packs, security options, clouds, Oracle VM, and virtualization.

13314 - Deployment and System Administration of  Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, July 30, 02:30 pm - 03:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom

This Oracle Development session covers the latest technology stack for Oracle E-Business Suite, including the use of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database 11g Release 2. Topics include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation and upgrade options, new configuration options, and new tools for hot cloning and automated “lights-out” cloning. Come learn how online patching (based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature) will reduce your database patching downtimes.


13313 - Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes
Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, July 31, 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm
Location: City Center A

This Oracle development session describes the best techniques sysadmins can use to minimize patching downtimes. It starts with an architectural-level review of Oracle E-Business Suite fundamentals and then moves to a practical view of the various tools and approaches for downtimes. Topics include merging patches and shortcuts, distributing workers across multiple servers, noninteractive mode, staged APPL_TOPs and more. An added bonus: get a glimpse on the upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12 online patching capabilities.


13315 - Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade Best Practices: Technical Insight
Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, July 31, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom

This session is ideal for organizations thinking about upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. It covers the fundamentals of upgrading to Release 12.1, including the technology stack components and supported upgrade paths. Hear from Oracle Development about the set of best practices for patching in general and executing the Release 12.1 technical upgrade, with special considerations for minimizing your downtime. Also get to know about relatively recent upgrade resources.

13316 - Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vasu Rao, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, July 31, 09:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Salon 6

Oracle Enterprise Manager is the only product on the market that is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications. Learn how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager to gain dramatic improvements in system visibility and diagnostic capability as well as administrator productivity. The purpose of this session is to highlight the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.


Meet the Oracle E-Business Suite Tools and Technology Experts

Don’t miss this Oracle Applications Meet the Experts session with experts who specialize in Oracle E-Business Suite technology. This is the place where attendees can have informal and semistructured but open one-on-one discussions with Strategy and Development regarding Oracle Applications strategy and your specific business and IT strategy. The experts will be 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.

To participate, be sure to reserve your 30-minute slot by signing up after you pick up your registration materials. Meeting times will be available throughout both days. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity — sign up early, as space will be limited.

  • Steven Chan - Sr. Director, Oracle
  • Elke Phelps - Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle
  • Vasu Rao - Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

For complete listing of all speaker sessions and other activities, please visit the OAUG Connection Point - AppsTech Web Site.


Wednesday Jun 19, 2013

Java JRE 1.6.0_51 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

[Jun. 20, 2013 Update: corrected link to Java 6 downloads via My Oracle Support]

The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_51 (a.k.a. JRE 6u51-b11) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.  

All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

What's new in Java 1.6.0_51?

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:

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

32-bit JREs are certified on:

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

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

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

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

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

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

In other words, nothing 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. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

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

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

EBS 12 certified with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 with Safari 6 and JRE 7

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

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

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

Java (JDK) 7 Certified for E-Business Suite 12 Servers

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Java JRE 1.7.0_25 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u25 (a.k.a. JRE 7u25-b16) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

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

EBS customers should ensure that they are running JRE 7u17, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.

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

Customers can prevent this issue -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers. 

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12

Prerequisites for 32-bit and 64-bit JRE certifications

JRE 1.70_25 32-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

JRE 1.70_25 32-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

JRE 1.7.0_25 64-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

JRE 1.70_25 64-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

JRE 1.7.0_25 is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

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

The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

In other words, nothing 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. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

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

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

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

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Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Important Changes to E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy

Oracle provides bug fixes and legislative updates for Oracle E-Business Suite as part of its Premier and Extended Support offerings.  The requirements and methods for delivering those updates are explained here:

We've made some important changes to our policies.  All EBS customers should read Version 4 carefully.

Why did we make these changes?

Version 3 was published in 2011.  That version stated that new EBS 12.1 one-off patches would require all customers to have applied the suite-wide EBS 12.1.3 Release Update Pack by January 2013.

A significant number of customers have told us that they have not been able to apply EBS 12.1.3 in time.  These customers have expressed concerns that 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 "were being desupported" and that they would not be able to request new updates.

What is our standard guidance?

Oracle recommends that all customers apply the latest suite-wide Release Update Pack. There are significant benefits to keeping your E-Business Suite environment updated with the latest suite-wide Release Update Packs:

  • They are cumulative, reducing the overhead of identifying many individual patchsets
  • They deliver the latest new features and enhancement requests
  • They include the latest updates for performance, stability, and security
  • They reduce the number of prerequisites required for other patches or new technology integrations

What has changed?

The 2011 version stated that all new one-off patches would require the suite-wide EBS 12.1.3 Release Update Pack as a minimum prerequisite.

The 2013 version relaxes the prerequisites for new one-off patches.  New one-off patches will be produced with the individual 12.1.3 Family Packs as minimum prerequisites. This is so that vast majority of customers, who are at the 12.1.3 level, can get simpler and smaller patches. 

How will this work?

For example, you request a new one-off patch for an Oracle Financials issue that you've encountered with EBS 12.1.2:

  • Under the 2011 policy, the new Financial patch's prerequisite would be the EBS 12.1.3 suite wide Release Update Pack.
  • Under the 2013 policy, the new Financial patch's prerequisite is the Financials 12.1.3 Family Pack.
Are EBS 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 desupported?

You are not desupported if you are on 12.1.1 or 12.1.2.  The question incorrectly assumes that 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 are "releases" covered by our Premier or Extended Support offerings.

An EBS environment consists of a base release and subsequent updates.

Base releases are used to create new E-Business Suite environments or upgrade environments running older EBS releases.  Base releases are documented in Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Applications and are eligible for Premier, Extended, and Sustaining Support.

EBS 12 Base release support dates

Examples of base releases:

  • E-Business Suite Release 12.0
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.1

You get updates to base releases through:

  • Release Update Packs (RUPs)
  • One-off patches
  • Critical patch updates (CPUs)
Here's the same question, restated:
  • Q: "How do I get updates for the EBS 12.1 base release?" 
  • A: By applying the latest Release Update Pack.  If the fix that you need is not already included in the latest Release Update Pack, you may request a new one-off patch.  New one-off patches will require their respective 12.1.3 Family Packs as a minimum prerequisite.

What if you haven't applied the relaxed minimum prerequisites?

Oracle will first recommend that you apply the appropriate 12.1.3 Family Packs. In cases of urgent business need, Oracle will evaluate the feasibility of creating one-off patches without the established minimum prerequisites. Whether this is practical will vary depending upon the complexity of the dependencies.  If the patch is in an area of code that has undergone little revision with few dependencies, it may be straightforward to produce one-off patches without the established minimum prerequisites. 

In most cases involving complex code objects, such as the major transaction screens, it is likely that a full dependency analysis will show that a major portion of the established minimum prerequisites levels are, in fact, required to apply the patch.  In these cases, Oracle will recommend that customers minimize their risk by installing the established minimum prerequisites rather than a one-off dependency tree that is nearly as extensive but has not undergone the same level of testing.

You are closer to 12.1.3 than you realize

Our patching minimum prerequisite have been relaxed.  We still recommend that all customers apply the EBS 12.1.3 suite-wide Release Update Pack.  If you can't apply the EBS 12.1.3 suite-wide Release Update Pack, you should still apply the 12.1.3 Family Packs for the EBS products that you're using.

You are probably a lot closer to 12.1.3 in most areas than you may realize.  Any patches that were created since you went live almost certainly delivered code above the 12.1.3 version level.  So, in areas where you had any patching or tuning as you stabilized on 12.1, it's pretty likely that any further patching would not require the 12.1.3 Family Pack.  To understand this in more detail, you can run "Patch Wizard" to do an analysis of what files on your system would really change if you applied each 12.1.3 Family Pack.  

What are the impacts of these changes for 12.0 customers?

The patching prerequisites for EBS 12.0 are not affected by these policy changes.  EBS 12.0 customers must have the minimum prerequisites

Your feedback is welcome

We've relaxed these policies to simplify your EBS maintenance requirements.  Please feel free to let us know if you have any comments or questions about these updated policies. 

Monday Jun 10, 2013

Java (JDK) 7 Certified for E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 Servers

Java logoWindows and Mac-based desktop clients connecting to the E-Business Suite can use the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) plug-in to run Forms-based components.  JRE 7 was certified with EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0, and 12.1 in 2012.  As of today, the latest available version is JRE 1.7.0_21 for Windows clients and for Mac clients.  All new JRE releases on the 1.6 and 1.7 codelines are automatically certified with EBS on the day of their release.  If you're reaching this article via a search engine, please check My Oracle Support or the Certifications summary for the latest desktop version available.

Java (JDK) 7 is now certified for E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 application and database tier servers.  For instructions on upgrading your EBS 12.x environments, see:

The Java version currently in your environment

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Rapid Install delivers the following Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Versions for use by Oracle E-Business Suite:

Release 12.0.x

    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 5.0 on the application tier
    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 1.4.2 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Forms and Reports services
    • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 5.0 on the database tier

Release 12.1.x

    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 6.0 on the application tier
    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 1.4.2 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Forms and Reports services
    • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6.0 on the database tier

You can now upgrade to the newer Java 7.0 Update on all EBS application tier and database tier nodes. Please note that the JRE 7.0 upgrade on the database tier is independent from the others. But if the application tier nodes are planned to be upgraded to Java 7.0, the same upgrade in the OracleAS 10.1.2 ORACLE HOME must be planned together.

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 will change for EBS users after February 2013. 

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

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

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

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

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS Servers?

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290801.1 and 393931.1.

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

What will Mac users need?

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

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

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

References

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Friday Jun 07, 2013

WebCenter 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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 11.1.1.7 (a.k.a. Patchset 5) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 6. 

Certified Platforms

Oracle WebCenter 11gR1 Version 11.1.1.6 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 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.

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.

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Thursday Jun 06, 2013

Discoverer 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer is an ad-hoc query, reporting, analysis, and Web-publishing tool that allows end-users to work directly with Oracle E-Business Suite OLTP data.

Discoverer graph screenshot

Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.7) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Discoverer 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 6.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

Certified Platforms

Oracle Discoverer Release 11g R1 Patch Set 6 (11.1.1.7) is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For platform details, see:

References


Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder. 


For details about third-party integration architectures, see:

Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.7 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  OID 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 6.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG PH.H RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

Supported Configurations

Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.7.0 can be integrated with these single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:

  • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 (11.1.2.0) with an Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.6 or higher or 12.1.x).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.7.0) with an Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 12.0.6 or higher or 12.1.x).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.6 or 12.1.x).
Oracle Access Manager strongly recommended

Oracle has two single sign-on solutions: Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO) and Oracle Access Manager (OAM). Oracle strongly recommends that all new single sign-on implementations use Oracle Access Manager. Oracle Access Manager is the preferred solution going forward, and forms the basis of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. OSSO is no longer being actively developed and will not be ported to Oracle WebLogic Server.

Platform certifications

Oracle Internet Directory is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g System Requirements for more details.

For information on operating systems supported by Oracle Internet Directory and its components, refer to the Oracle Identity and Access Management 11gR1 certification matrix.

Integration with Oracle Internet Directory 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.

References

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Friday May 10, 2013

Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Patchset 2 11.1.1.7 Certified with EBS 12

Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Patchset 2 (a.k.a. 11.1.1.7) is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and 12.1.  Applying Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Patchset 2 will provide you with the latest set of fixes for Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 which have been validated with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and 12.1.

Oracle has two single sign-on solutions, Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO) and Oracle Access Manager. Oracle strongly recommends that all new single sign-on implementations use Oracle Access Manager. Oracle Access Manager is the preferred solution going forward, and forms the basis of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. Oracle Single Sign-On is no longer being actively developed and will not be ported to Oracle WebLogic Server.

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 and higher, Release 12.0 RUP 6 (12.0.6)
  • Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 PS1 (11.1.1.2) or higher

Platforms Certified

Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Refer to Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):

Integration with Oracle Access Manager 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.

References

The following documents have been updated to include a new table listing Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 bundle patches that have been certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12:

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Thursday May 09, 2013

Configuring Integrated SOA Gateway in Multinode EBS Environments

The E-Business Suite's three-tier architecture consists of application tier services such as Web Application Services (oacore, oafm, Forms), Web Entry Point Services, Batch Processing Services, Root Services and database tier processes and data. A node represents a physical server with a set of processes. When application and database processes are distributed across multiple servers, it is called a multi-node installation. Generally, a hardware load-balancer is used to distribute EBS traffic between multiple nodes.

Load-balanced multi-node EBS environment

Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) provides a SOA-based infrastructure to provide and consume web service in EBS. The Integrated SOA Gateway can be configured for use in multi-node EBS environments; see:

Configuring Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1.2 and Release 12.1.3 in a Multinode Environment (Note 1081100.1)

This document's steps for web service generation and deployment in multi-node environments should be followed for each EBS Public API exposed as web service.

How to set up Integrated SOA Gateway in multi-node environment

Service Provider:  ISG generates web service artifacts and stores them in the Instance Home (INST_TOP). Regardless of whether a shared file system is used in EBS multi-node installation, ISG’s Service Provider should be configured to synchronize web service artifacts across all EBS application tier nodes.

Service Invocation Framework:  ISG stores metadata about the web service to be invoked in database tables. However, if the target web service resides outside a corporate firewall, then you need to ensure that the EBS host has access to WSDL and target web service endpoints required for sending SOAP requests. This requires setting up Proxy Host and Port at appropriate EBS application tiers; see the "Setup Tasks" section in Chapter 9 in this guide:

Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Implementation Guide [Part E12169-06].

Proxy Host and Port setup should be done for each node in a multi-node environment.

References

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Wednesday May 08, 2013

BPEL 11.1.1.7 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1 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.

There are five prebuilt BPEL business processes by Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams:

  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)

  1. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)

  1. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)

  1. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)

  1. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)

BPEL integration architecture diagram example

Last year we announced the certification of BPEL 11.1.1.6 for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA integrations.  The five prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.7 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

Note: The Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN) product team has opted not to support BPEL 11g with their prebuilt business processes previously certified with BPEL 10.1.3.5.  If you have a requirement for that certification, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to ensure that the Supply Chain team is notified appropriately. 

For additional information about prebuilt integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3, please refer to the following documentation:

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)

  • Linux x86 (RHEL 5)

  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)

  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5)

  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 

  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10, 11)

  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7)

  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5, SLES 10)

  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008) 

  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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Thursday May 02, 2013

Secure Global Desktop 5 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

Screenshot of Oracle Secure Global DesktopOracle Secure Global Desktop provides secure access to centralized applications—Microsoft Windows, UNIX, mainframe, and midrange—from a variety of clients including Windows PCs, Oracle Solaris workstations, Linux PCs, and thin clients.  Secure Global Desktop 4.6 was certified with the E-Business Suite last year.

Secure Global Desktop 5 is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.  

Secure Global Desktop 5 is certified for use with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 virtualized environments acting as desktop clients connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments.  32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server are certified. These combinations may also be used in conjunction with Oracle VM, if required.

Requirements

Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 running:
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) or Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit and 64-bit) or higher or JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_17 (32-bit and 64-bit) or higher

Windows Server 2008 (32-bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 running:
  • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit) or Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit)
  • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit) or higher or JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_17 (32-bit) or higher

Windows Server 2003 R2 (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (64-bit) is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 running:
  • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit and 64-bit) or higher or JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_17 (32-bit and 64-bit) or higher

Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)

    • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 running:
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)
    • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit) or higher or JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_17 (32-bit) or higher

References

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Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

Where Should EBS Concurrent Managers be Located?

This FAQ topic continues to bounce around, suggesting that this needs to be called out explicitly:

EBS concurrent managers do not need to be installed on database servers any more.

Nick Quarmby correctly noted this as one of five common mistakes that customers make when installed the E-Business Suite:

COMMON ERROR #2: Placing concurrent processing services and the database tier on the same node to improve performance.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: There is no significant performance benefit to placing concurrent processing and the database tier on the same node. Your system will be more scalable if your database tier hardware is dedicated solely to serving the needs of the database. Patching, cloning and E-Business Suite administration will also be much easier as you will have at least one less APPL_TOP and application tier technology stack to maintain. Placing concurrent processing on the database tier node to distribute load might suggest that your application tier hardware is already undersized. You should place concurrent processing on the same nodes as your web/forms services or create a dedicated concurrent processing tier in exceptionally busy environments.

Where is this correctly documented?

This is currently noted in our official documentation here:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Stack Release Notes for Release 12.1.3 [ID 1098650.1]
2.6 Updated Architectural Guidance

With fast local networks and the typical co-location of database and application tier machines, it is now generally preferable to perform concurrent processing on a separate machine from the database. This facilitates ease of management and maintenance, and provides deployment flexibility.

This is updated guidance is already reflected in our 12.1.3 Concepts Guide and Installation Guides, and will continue to be included in future versions of our documentation.

A shibboleth of sorts

Interestingly, this question is a bit of a shibboleth in the EBS sysadmin community.  DBAs who instinctively place the concurrent processing server on the same physical server as the database have been around a long time -- before gigabit network speeds made the placement irrelevant.

In fact, sharp-eyed readers might notice that this is incorrectly-documented even in some versions of our official R12 Installation Guides, which may state erroneously: "Batch Processing services must be installed on the same node as the database."

This is a documentation artifact from a bygone time.  This guidance doesn't apply any longer.


Monday Apr 29, 2013

How to Obtain Media Packs for Older Versions of Oracle Products

Installation media for all Oracle products can be downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (SDC, formerly called Oracle eDelivery). You can use this site to obtain Media Packs for the latest versions of all licensable Oracle products.  Media Packs are available in zip and ISO formats, which you can unzip or burn to DVDs, respectively.  All of the download links on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) point to the Software Delivery Cloud, making the latter the authoritative source for all Oracle downloads.

Screenshot of Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

For more information about SDC, see:

Need to download older versions?

The Oracle Software Delivery Cloud hosts the latest released versions.  There may be times when you need a media pack for an older release.  

For example:

As of today, the latest version of Oracle Access Manager available for download is Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2.1.0.

We're certifying Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2.1.0 with the E-Business Suite right now.  In the interim, E-Business Suite customers should use only the 11.1.2.0.0 version.

If you need a Media Pack for an older release, you can log a Service Request requesting the specific release.  Oracle Support has a team that's dedicated to handling these types of shipping requests and other non-technical issues.  Also see:

Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Seven EBS 12 Products Supported on Linux, Solaris, and AIX

Some earlier Oracle E-Business Suite R12 certifications on newer operating systems excluded the following products due to the lack of third-party product support:
  • Advanced Supply Chain Planning
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Constraint Based Optimization
  • Sourcing
  • Engineering
  • Work In Process
  • Manufacturing Scheduling

These restrictions are now lifted and the products are now officially supported on the following operating systems:

  • Oracle Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Oracle Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 on Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
  • Solaris 11 on Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
  • AIX 7 on IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
References

Tuesday Apr 23, 2013

Using SAML-based Authentication for Web Services with Integrated SOA Gateway

Web services provided by Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway are secured at the transport level through SSL and at the message level through authentication tokens – Username Token and SAML Token (Sender Vouches). I will discuss SAML Token (Sender Vouches) here.

Brief on SAML, SAML Token, SAML Token Profile

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a XML-based framework to exchange security related information between Service Consumer, Identity Provider and Service Provider. The security information is expressed in terms of assertions. Statements about the subject or user form the SAML Token. 

WS-Security defines a set of security token profiles for different types of tokens embedded within the SOAP message as headers. SAML Token Profile is one of the WS-Security Token Profiles that describe the syntax and meaning of SAML Tokens. SAML Tokens are embedded within SOAP messages by placing assertion elements inside the SOAP Header.

As per WS-Security, there are three common methods to assure the Service Provider that the SOAP message came from the subject referenced in the token. The three common subject confirmation methods are Sender Vouches, Holder of Key, and Bearer. As of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3, web services provided by Integrated SOA Gateway (inbound) support SAML Token using the Sender Vouches subject confirmation method.

SAML Token - Sender Vouches

SAML Tokens assert that the subject or user has already been authenticated. As the name suggests, in the Sender Vouches case, the Sender or SOAP web service client that sends the SOAP request message to SOAP web service vouches for the identity of the assertion’s subject.

SAML flow diagram

The SAML assertion may be provided by an external Identity Provider -- a SAML Authority or SAML Issuer. In this case, a client sends a SAML assertion request to a SAML Authority. The SAML Authority identifies the client, authenticates the subject, and sends SAML assertion as response to client. The client’s private key is used to sign both the assertion and the SOAP message body.

The E-Business Suite's Integrated SOA Gateway uses Oracle Application Server’s Web Services Security framework. It verifies the digital signature in a SOAP request and extracts the SAML Token. It validates the SAML assertion such as the issuer, validity period, and authentication statement. It extracts the SAML Subject Name Identifier and verifies the same with registered Oracle Internet Directory (OID) for single sign-on users or with FND_USER table in Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) database for non-single sign-on users. It uses Oracle Internet Directory to map the single sign-on user with the equivalent EBS user. The EBS username is then used for the authorization check for the web service execution.

When to use SAML Sender Vouches based authentication for web services provided by Integrated SOA Gateway?

SAML Token with Sender Vouches is best used for following scenarios:

  • Single Sign On: As part of your business process, you may want to authenticate once and propagate the authenticated identity as a SAML assertion to subsequent EBS web service calls.
  • Subject or user needs to be authenticated locally (at web service client end) or centrally by Identity Provider (or SAML Authority), and propagate the assertion to an EBS web service.

How to use SAML Token Sender Vouches in Integrated SOA Gateway?

The steps to expose an EBS API as web service are described in Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Implementation Guide and Developer's Guide

  • Create Grant for EBS API methods that you want to expose as web service operations
  • Generate and Deploy the EBS API as web service with SAML Token (Sender Vouches) authentication type
  • Configure client and EBS (server) for SAML  

See Setting Up SAML Token Security for Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1.3 [Note 1144313.1] 

This Note describes the steps to configure SOAP Web Service Client as well as Oracle E-Business Suite (SOAP Web Service Provider). In Integrated SOA Gateway, a SAML Token Sender Vouches policy is applied at the web service level or port level. You may have to configure EBS for SAML for all web services that are deployed with Authentication Type as SAML Token (Sender Vouches).

  • Invoke web service with SAML Token

The Note also describes steps to test web service invocation with a SAML Token. Depending upon the client program, you may programmatically insert SAML assertions or let web service security policy enforcement products such Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM) insert a SAML Token in a SOAP request message.

References

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Monday Apr 22, 2013

EBS 12 certified with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 with Safari 6 and JRE 7

Apple logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with the Safari 6 browser and the JRE 7 plugin on the following Apple Mac OS X desktop configurations:

  • Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion" version 10.7.5 or higher) and 10.8 ("Mountain Lion" version 10.8.2 or higher)
  • Safari version 6 (6.0.2 or higher)
  • Oracle JRE 7 plugin (1.7.0_21 or higher)

Users should review all relevant information along with other specific patching requirements and known limitations posted in the Notes listed below.

Internationalization certification for non-English desktops is also in progress.

Where can I find more information?

Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Java JRE 1.7.0_21 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u21 (a.k.a. JRE 7u21-b11) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

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

EBS customers should ensure that they are running JRE 7u17, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.

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

Customers can prevent this issue -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers. 

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12

Prerequisites for 32-bit and 64-bit JRE certifications

JRE 1.70_21 32-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

JRE 1.70_21 32-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

JRE 1.7.0_21 64-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

JRE 1.70_21 64-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

JRE 1.7.0_21 is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

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

The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

What will Mac users need?

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

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

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

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

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

References

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Java JRE 1.6.0_45 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_45 (a.k.a. JRE 6u45-b06) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.  

All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

What's new in Java 1.6.0_45?

See the 1.6.0_45 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism. Java logo

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

32-bit JREs are certified on:

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

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

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

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

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

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

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Friday Apr 05, 2013

Covering our EBS Technology Stack Roadmap at OAUG Collaborate

OAUG Collaborate 2013 Denver logo

[Update Apr. 25, 2013:  The presentation is available for download here:

I have historically covered our technology certification roadmap for the E-Business Suite in two sessions at OAUG Collaborate every year:  once during the EBS technology stack Special Interest Group meeting on Sunday, and again later in the week as a formally-scheduled conference session.

We're trying to expand our coverage of other topics with other speakers.  This year you'll only have one chance -- not two -- to hear this material:

  • EBS Applications Technology Special Interest Group
    SIG chair: Srini Chavali, Cummins
    Sunday, April 07, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location: Room 603

Please join us for this session if you'd like to hear about our latest E-Business Suite technology stack certification roadmap and updates to our support terms and policies. 

There will be a special panel in the same room at 1:15 PM where you will have the chance to ask questions of our Applications Technology Group staff members attending the conference.  These include Elke Phelps, Max Arderius, Kevin Hudson, Gustavo Jimenez, Isam Alyousfi, and me.  Other Oracle Development staff will be in the audience, too, since the dais can only seat a small number of us.

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Monday Apr 01, 2013

New Whitepaper: Function Security + Role-Based Access Control in Oracle EBS

There are two main ways to implement security in Oracle E-Business Suite: “traditional” Oracle E-Business Suite responsibility-based security (usually referred to as “function security”) and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).   Since they overlap in functionality, and RBAC incorporates and builds upon responsibility-based security, there is often confusion about how the two security models coexist and interact.

I am pleased to announce the availability of a new whitepaper to help eliminate that confusion:

RBAC vs. Grants

This heavily-illustrated whitepaper discusses the main similarities and differences between the two types of security setups, as well as the objects involved.  It includes the following topics:

  1. Responsibility-based security (Function Security)
  2. Role-Based Access Control
  3. Functions and Permissions
  4. Roles and Grants
  5. Role Hierarchy and Role Inheritance
  6. Using Role Hierarchies to Simplify User Administration
  7. Best Practices for Implementing RBAC and Function Security

This whitepaper is written for Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, super-users, and implementers.  It applies to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.

Happy reading!


Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

Migrating from EBS 11i + Oracle Single Sign-On to EBS 12 + Oracle Access Manager

Our Identity Management team has just published an important change in the Oracle Software Technical Support Policies document (March, 2013):

"For customers with a current support contract for Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3, Extended Support will be made available until December 2013 at then-current Extended Support fees. During this period, Extended Support will be limited to Severity 1 fixes only; critical patch updates will not be made available."

This is important if you've been wondering how to deal with this challenge: 

  • You know that Oracle Access Manager has supplanted Oracle Single Sign-On.  
  • You integrated Oracle Single Sign-On 10g with your E-Business Suite 11i environment several years ago.  
  • You plan to switch from Oracle Single Sign-On to Oracle Access Manager as part of your EBS 12 upgrade.
  • You want to get to EBS 12, but want to perform your EBS upgrade and OAM migrations different downtimes.
  • You've been staring at the latest EBS support timelines and deliberating your options:

Timeline showing updated EBS Support dates

All of the crucial pieces for this are now in place:

  1. Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2 is certified with EBS 11.5.10.2.
  2. Support for Oracle Single Sign-On 10g has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013.
  3. EBS 11.5.10's Exception to Sustaining Support has been extended to Dec. 31, 2014.
  4. EBS 12.1's Extended Support has been extended to Dec. 31, 2018.

This means that you have sufficient support coverage for all major components while you do this in a multi-phase implementation.  You can migrate your EBS 11i environment from Oracle SSO 10g to Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2 this year, in one initial downtime.  You can then upgrade that environment from EBS 11i to EBS 12.1.3 in a later downtime. 

Your implementation phases will look like this:

  1. Today: EBS 11i + Oracle Single Sign-On 10.1.4.3
  2. Interim phase:  EBS 11i + Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2
  3. Final phase: EBS 12.1.3 + Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2

Each of these undertakings can be fairly major initiatives on their own, so breaking the overall project into smaller parts helps you manage your risk.  I would be very interested in hearing about your experiences with this kind of combined migration + upgrade implementation approach.  Please feel free to post a comment here or drop me a line privately.

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Tuesday Mar 26, 2013

E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OAUG Collaborate 13

OAUG Collaborate 2013 Denver logoMembers of our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group will be at the OAUG Collaborate 13 conference at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado on April 7 to 11, 2013.

Please drop by any of our sessions to hear the latest news and meet up with us.

Speaker Sessions

Session 12981
Upgrading your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1

Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Sunday, April 07, 03:45 pm - 04:45 pm
Location: Room 601

Come to this Oracle development session to learn about selecting the best upgrade approach for your existing customizations. Also learn how to create an inventory of your customizations and a strategy for mapping them to new functionality offered in E-Business Suite. The session will help you understand customization scenarios and use cases, tools, and technologies to ensure that your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environment fits your users’ needs and that any future customizations will be easy to upgrade.


Session 12965
Oracle E-Business Suite Directions: Deployment and System Administration
Max Arderius, Manager, Applications Development Group, Oracle

Monday, April 08, 09:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: Room 601

What’s coming in the next major version of Oracle E-Business Suite 12? This Oracle Development session covers the latest technology stack, including the use of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database 11.2. Topics include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation, upgrade, new configuration options, and new tools for cloning. Come learn how online patching (based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature) will reduce your database patching downtimes.


Session 12979
Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from Release 11i

Anne Carlson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Monday, April 08, 01:15 pm - 02:15 pm
Location: Room 113

Are you still on Release 11i deciding what to do next? This session discusses key road map and project planning considerations for customers on 11i who are looking to upgrade. It combines practical tips from customers who have already upgraded from 11i with expert advice from Oracle's Support, Consulting, Development and IT organizations. You will learn how to identify factors that affect your time and resources, decide between upgrade and reimplementation, manage custom code, and minimize downtime.


Session 13001
Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Strategy, Update and Roadmap
Cliff Godwin, Sr. VP, Application Development, Oracle

Monday, April 08, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Four Seasons Ballroom 2 & 3

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.


Session 12980
Recommendations for Oracle E-Business Suite Performance Tuning
Isam Alyousfi, Sr. Director, Applications Performance, Oracle

Monday, April 08, 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Location: Room 601

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. Apps sysadmins will learn concrete tips and techniques for identifying and resolving performance bottlenecks on all layers, with special attention to application and database tier servers. Learn about tuning Oracle Forms, Oracle Concurrent Manager, Apache, and more. Track down memory leaks and other issues at the Java and JVM layers.


Session 12988
Oracle E-Business Suite Directions: Slashing Downtimes with Online Patching

Kevin Hudson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, April 09, 08:00 am - 09:00 am
Location: Room 601

Oracle E-Business Suite's new Online Patching feature reduces maintenance downtimes by allowing you to patch your system while users are online. This Oracle development session details how online patching works, with special attention to what���s happening behind the scenes when E-Business Suite patches are applied to an environment that’s still running. Come learn about the implications for minimizing maintenance downtimes when applying patches with this new technology and the related impact your customizations.


Session 13021
Efficiently Scaling Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic

Isam Alyousfi, Sr. Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
Samer Barakat, Sr. Architect, Applications Performance, Oracle

Tuesday, April 09, 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Location: Room 601

Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic are designed from the ground up with optimizations in software and hardware to deliver fast performance for mission-critical applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite. Oracle E-Business Suite applications run three to eight times as fast on the Oracle Exadata/Oracle Exalogic platform in standard benchmark tests. Besides performance, customers benefit from simplified support, enhanced manageability, and the ability to consolidate multiple Oracle E-Business Suite instances.


Session 12968
Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, April 09, 02:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Room 601

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


Session 13100
10 Things you can do today to prepare for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
Nadia Bendjedou, Sr. Director, Product Strategy, Oracle
Kevin Hudson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, April 10, 08:15 am - 09:15 am
Location: Room 603

Whether you are on 11i, 12.0 or 12.1, this is a must session. This development session will help you prepare for future uptake of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 by explaining the technology and skills requirements for 12.2, and highlighting what you can do now. It will include a deep dive into the internals of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Online Patching to help you understand how to ensure your custom code will be compatible with Online Patching.


Session 12993
Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca Overview and Roadmap

Osama Elkady, Sr. Director, Applications Internationalization, Oracle

Wednesday, April 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Room 601

Oracle Endeca includes a leading unstructured data correlation and analytics engine, together with a best-in-class catalog search and guided navigation solution for improving the productivity of all types of users in your enterprise. This development session focuses on the details behind the Oracle Endeca platform’s integration into Oracle E-Business Suite.


Session 12990
Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes

Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, April 10, 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Location: Room 601

This Oracle development session features a survey of the best techniques sysadmins can use to minimize patching downtimes. It starts with an architectural-level review of Oracle E-Business Suite fundamentals and then moves to a practical view of the various tools and approaches for downtimes. Topics include patching shortcuts, merging patches, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, running ADPatch in noninteractive mode, staged APPL_TOPs, shared file systems, deferring systemwide database tasks.


Session 12983
Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager
Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, April 10, 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Location: Room 601

Oracle Enterprise Manager is the only product on the market that is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications. Learn how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager to gain dramatic improvements in system visibility and diagnostic capability as well as administrator productivity. The purpose of this session is to highlight the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.


Session 12984
Personalize and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite Applications
Gustavo Jimenez, Sr. Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, April 10, 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm
Location: Room 601

This session covers a wide range of options for personalizing and extending your existing Oracle E-Business Suite applications. Learn how to use Oracle Application Framework Personalization to tailor the functionality of the E-Business Suite to meet your organization's needs in an upgrade-safe manner. Learn also how to use Fusion Middleware technologies with E-Business Suite, including Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF), Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and more.


Session 12986
Desktop Integration in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1
Padmaprabodh Ambale, Group Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle
Thursday, April 11, 08:30 am - 09:30 am
Location: Room 501

Upgrading to Release 12? Implementing WebADI and Report Manager? WebADI and Report Manager deliver many new capabilities beyond those in Client ADI. This presentation covers the latest functional enhancements in Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator and Oracle Report Manager, enhanced Microsoft Office support, and greater support for building custom desktop integration solutions. The session also presents tips and tricks for upgrading from Oracle Applications Desktop Integrator to Oracle Web Applications.


Session 13022
EBS Extensions for Endeca: Technical Considerations

Anne Carlson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle
Anurag Malik, Director, ALM Product Management, Oracle

Thursday, April 11, 08:30 am - 09:30 am
Location: Room 601

Come to this session to learn more about how the Oracle E-Business Suite integration with Oracle Endeca works, and how you can get the most out of it in your own enterprise. This session will cover important technical and practical guidance including how to deploy and maintain EBS extensions for Endeca, how to size the system to meet your needs, and options for personalizing and customizing Endeca content.


Session 12991
Latest Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface and Usability Enhancements
Padmaprabodh Ambale, Group Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Thursday, April 11, 09:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: Room 608

This Oracle development session details the latest UI enhancements to Oracle Application Framework in Oracle E-Business Suite. Developers will get a detailed look at new features to enhance usability, offer more capabilities for personalization and extensions, and support the development and use of dashboards and web services. Topics include new rich UI capabilities such as new home page features, Navigator and Favorites pull-down menus, embedded widgets for analytics content.


Session 12992
Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite

Rajesh Ghosh, Group Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Thursday, April 11, 09:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: Room 601

In this session, you will get an understanding of how, when and where you can leverage Oracle’s integration technologies to connect end-to-end business processes across your enterprise, including your Oracle Applications portfolio. This session offers a technical look at Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Application Adapters for Data Integration for Oracle E-Business Suite, and other options for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.


Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Session 13072
OAUG EBS Applications Technology SIG (Part I)
Srini Chaval, Cummins

Sunday, April 07, 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Location: Room 603

Guest Presentation:
Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
Steven Chan, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle


Session 13128
OAUG EBS Applications Technology SIG (Part II)
Srini Chaval, Cummins

Sunday, April 07, 01:15 pm - 02:15 pm
Location: Room 603

Guest Presentation:
Q&A Session with the Applications Technology Group staff members
Steven Chan, Elke Phelps, Max Arderius, Kevin Hudson, Gustavo Jimenez, Isam Alyousfi


Session 13079
OAUG Upgrade SIG (Part I
)
Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Wednesday, April 10, 08:15 am - 09:15 am
Location: Room 605

Upgrade SIG will host a business meeting followed by panel (Q&A) related to EBS Upgrade topics and Oracle presentation.

Guest Presentation:
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices: Technical Insight

Isam Alyousfi, Sr. Director, Applications Performance, Oracle
Nadia Bendjedou, Sr. Director, Product Strategy, Oracle
Anne Carlson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle
Udayan Parvate, Director, Release Engineering, Quality and Release Management, Oracle


Session 13113
OAUG Upgrade SIG (Part II
)
Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Wednesday, April 10, 09:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Room 605

Upgrade SIG will host a business meeting followed by panel (Q&A) related to EBS Upgrade topics and Oracle presentation.

Panels

Session 11672
Oracle E-Business Suite Cloning Panel
Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Wednesday, April 10, 04:15 pm - 05:15 pm
Location: Room 605

This panel will discuss differences between available release 11i, R12 and R12.1 cloning methods. Advantages and disadvantages of each cloning method will be discussed in depth. This panel of experienced database administrators will lead a discussion focusing on the questions such as “which cloning method is best to use in your particular environment”. Attendees will gain practical knowledge, tips and tricks to assist with cloning of Oracle E-Business Suite release 11i, R12 and R12.1 environments.

Meet the Experts

We're planning to have round-table discussions where you can review your questions with senior E-Business Suite ATG staff. This is the place where attendees can have informal and semistructured but open one-on-one discussions with Strategy and Development regarding Oracle Applications strategy and your specific business and IT strategy.

The experts will be 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.

Meetings last 20 minutes and space is limited, so make sure you register HERE.

Location: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Granite ABC.

EBS Table 1 - Strategy & Roadmap
Cliff Godwin, Nadia Bendjedou

  • Monday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Monday 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
EBS Table 2 (Morning) - Apps Tools & Tech
Steven Chan, Lisa Parekh, Elke Phelps, Max Arderius
  • Monday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
EBS Table 2 (Afternoon) - Endeca
Osama Elkady, Anurag Malik
  • Monday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EBS Table 4 - Upgrades
Anne Carlson, Nadia Bendjedou, Udayan Parvate
  • Monday 1:00 pm -5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Demos (Kiosk #28)

We have one booth in the exhibition demogrounds this year, where you can get your questions answered. Please stop by and meet our staff to have discussions about on the following areas:

  • Advanced Architecture and Technology Stack for Oracle E-Business Suite
  • New User Productivity Capabilities in Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle E-Business Suite System Management
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Technical Upgrade Best Practices
  • SOA-Based Integration for Oracle E-Business Suite



For complete listing of all speaker sessions and other activities, please visit the OAUG Collaborate Web Site.


Friday Mar 22, 2013

Apple iPads Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1

Apple iPad and iPad miniApple iPads are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. 

This certification covers Safari with E-Business Suite OA Framework-based (HTML) applications.  These are sometimes also referred to as "Self-Service Web Applications" (SSWA).

This certification also covers the use of Apple's Mail app to approve E-Business Suite Workflow notification emails.

It is not possible to run Java-based applications on iOS devices, so Oracle Forms-based products requiring the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) plug-in are not available on iPads.

Requirements

  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 and higher
  • iOS 6.0 and higher

What about iPhones?

EBS OA Framework-based products are currently designed assuming that the client device has a desktop-class screen (e.g. 1024 x 768).  Safari on iPhones also works, but given the smaller screen size, the user experience is not ideal.  We recommend using iPads for the optimal user experience when accessing OA Framework-based EBS products.

The use of Apple's Mail app to approve EBS Workflow notification emails is certified for both iPads and iPhones.

Using standards-compliant mail clients to approve Workflow notifications

Oracle Workflow is a key part of the E-Business Suite's technology stack.  It can be configured to send emails (via SMTP) that notify E-Business Suite users that certain EBS transactions are awaiting their approval.  E-Business Suite end-users can respond to those notification emails by clicking on a link in those emails, or responding with an email containing certain keywords in the body of a reply.

We test Workflow and E-Business Suite notifications using Windows desktop based email clients such as Microsoft Outlook.  We have tested Apple's Mail app as part of this iOS certification.  We do not currently perform any tests of Workflow notification emails with other mobile devices (e.g. Android, BlackBerry Email).

We would expect standards-compliant email clients to be able to handle Workflow notification emails properly, including email clients on mobile devices.  Some mobile email clients are unable to handle standards-based emails, and other email clients may truncate long Workflow notification emails.  These issues may prevent certain email clients on mobile devices from handling Workflow notifications properly.

If you encounter issues with Workflow email notifications on smartphones or mobile devices that can't be reproduced on standards-compliant email client, our recommendation would be to process Workflow notifications on the latter.

On a side note: technically-inclined readers might be interested to hear that we're aware of at least one web-based email client that does not comply with RFC 2368 in its handling of new line characters in mailto URL encoding.  Web-based email clients with issues like that will be unable to handle Workflow notifications properly.  If you encounter issues with web-based email clients that cannot be reproduced on a conventional Windows desktop-based email client, our recommendation would be to process Workflow notifications on the latter.

What about other mobile devices?

Other mobile devices are not certified yet.  If you have deployment plans for Android-based devices as EBS clients in your organisation, please drop me a line with details.  We are working through complications around fragmentation in the Android space, and insights into your requirements would be helpful.

References

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Monday Mar 18, 2013

Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2 Certified With E-Business Suite 11i

I am pleased to announce that Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 (11.1.2.0.0) is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2.  If you are implementing single sign-on for the first time, or currently use Oracle Access Manager or Oracle Single Sign-On, you may integrate with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 using Oracle Access Manager WebGate and Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate.

EBS Oracle Access Manager architecture

Transitionary architecture for EBS 12 upgrades

This new certification can be used as a intermediate architecture on your upgrade path to EBS 12. This may allow you to reduce your overall risk and downtimes by doing your upgrade in multiple phases.

For example, you might be using Oracle Single Sign-On with your EBS 11i environment today.  You will need to switch from Oracle Single Sign-On to Oracle Access Manager as part of your upgrade.  You can use the following strategy to phase in this new component:

  1. Today: EBS 11i + Oracle Single Sign-On 10.1.4.3
  2. Interim phase:  EBS 11i + Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2
  3. Final phase: EBS 12.1.3 + Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2
Supported Architecture and Release Versions
  • Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2 + ATG Rollup Patchset 6 (11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.6) and higher.
  • Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.6
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5+

References

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Tuesday Mar 12, 2013

New YouTube Channel for Oracle E-Business Suite

We've just launched a new YouTube channel for Oracle E-Business Suite.  The videos on this YouTube channel have a strategic and functional focus, so it's an excellent business-oriented complement to this blog's technology stack and DBA-oriented material and our ATG Live Webcasts.

Cliff Godwin, Senior Vice President, has just posted a new video discussing the E-Business Suite's latest Strategy and Roadmap:

EBS YouTube channel screenshot

This video covers some of the highlights of Cliff's presentation at conferences such as Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Collaborate, and other international events.

You and your business users can subscribe to this channel to get updates on a variety of functionally-oriented EBS topics.

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Thursday Mar 07, 2013

Four Weeks Travelling Internationally with Just an iPad mini

iPad miniI recently spent four weeks travelling internationally for business with just an iPad mini.  I left my laptop and regular iPad at home.  Misha Vaughn, an architect in our User Experience group, became curious and interviewed me about my impressions.  This is a bit of a departure from our regular coverage on this blog, but I'm pleased to let you know that she's published a few excerpts from that conversation on her site:

Misha's blog, VoX ("Voice of User Experience for Applications"), is really interesting reading, by the way.  It's worth adding to your newsfeeds.

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Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Resolving "JInitiator version too low" Errors in EBS Environments

[Aug. 7, 2013: Clarified JRE 1.7 compatibility with EBS; removed old interop patch numbers]

Oracle JInitiator 1.3 was desupported for E-Business Suite environments at the end of July 2009.  JInitiator 1.1.8 was desupported at the end of December 2008. E-Business Suite users should have switched from Oracle JInitiator to the native Java JRE plug-in at that time.

JRE 1.7 is certified with E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, and 12.1. Some EBS sysadmins are mistakenly concluding that the following error message means that they must revert to JRE 1.6:

FRM-92095: Oracle Jlnitiator version too low. Please install version 1.1.8.2 or higher.

FRM-92095: Oracle Jlnitiator version too low. Please install version 1.1.8.2 or higher.

Details:
Java Exception: oracle.forms.engine.RunformException: FRM-92095: oracle Jlnitiator version too low. Please install version 1.1.8.2 or higher.

at oraclr.forms.net.HTTPConnection.<init>(Unknown Source)
at oraclr.forms.engine.FormsDispatcher.initConnection(Unknown Source)
at oraclr.forms.engine.FormsDispatcher.init(Unknown Source)
at oraclr.forms.Runform.initConnection(Unknown Source)
at oraclr.forms.Runform.startRunForm(Unknown Source)
at oraclr.forms.Main.createRunform(Unknown Source)
at oraclr.forms.Main.start(Unknown Source)
at com.sun.deploy.uitoolkit.impl.awt.AWTAppletAdapter.start(Unknown Source)
at sun.plugin2.applet.plugin2Manager$AppletExecutuonRunnable.run(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Threat.java.722)

What's causing this error?

This error message may occur if you try and launch an E-Business Suite form using the JRE 7 client plug-in without applying the prerequisite Forms patch needed to enable JRE 7 compatibility.

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

EBS customers should ensure that they are running the latest JRE 7 plug-in, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.  If you've reached this article via a search engine, please check our Certifications summary page for the latest certified JRE 7 release.

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

Customers can prevent this issue -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers.  Clease check the Notes for the authoritative list of patches.

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12

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Java JRE 1.6.0_43 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_43 (a.k.a. JRE 6u43-b01) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.  

All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

What's new in Java 1.6.0_43?

See the 1.6.0_43 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism. Java logo

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

32-bit JREs are certified on:

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

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

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

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

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

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

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