Friday Aug 15, 2014

Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle EBS Now Available

There’s new news about automated testing of E-Business Suite using the Oracle Application Testing Suite, a.k.a, “OATS”.

E-Business Suite Development is pleased to announce the availability of the new Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite. The new pack, available with the latest release of Oracle Application Testing Suite (12.4.0.2), provides pre-built test components and flows to automate the in-depth testing of Oracle E-Business Suite applications. Designed for use with the Oracle Application Testing Suite and its Oracle Flow Builder capability, these pre-built components and flows can help Oracle E-Business Suite customers to significantly reduce the time and effort needed to create and maintain automated test scripts.

The Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is available now for EBS 12.1.3, and availability for EBS 12.2 is planned.

OATS Flow Builder screenshot

Some Background on Automating Testing with Oracle Application Testing Suite and Oracle Flow Builder     

Testing complex packaged applications like Oracle E-Business Suite can be time-consuming and challenging for organizations, hampering their ability to upgrade to latest releases or apply latest patches. Oracle Application Testing Suite offers organizations a unique and powerful testing platform for Oracle E-Business Suite and other Oracle applications.

With the 12.3.0.1 release of Oracle Application Testing Suite, we introduced the Oracle Flow Builder testing framework and accompanying starter pack of pre-built test components and flows. The starter pack, which contains over 2000 components and 200 flows, provides broad coverage of commonly-used base functionality and is designed to jump-start the test automation effort.

Using Oracle Flow Builder, even non-technical testers can create working test scripts using the pre-built components that Oracle provides. Each component represents an atomic test operation such as “create an invoice batch” or “apply an invoice hold.” Testers can assemble the pre-built components into test flows, and combine test flows with spreadsheet data to drive the testing of multiple data conditions. The Oracle Flow Builder framework allows customers to add, modify and extend the pre-built components to address new functionality and customizations of the Oracle E-Business Suite.

Using Oracle Flow Builder’s component-based test generation framework instead of a traditional record/playback approach has allowed the EBS Quality Assurance team to reduce their test automation effort by 60%. E-Business Suite customers can significantly reduce their test automation effort using Oracle Application Testing Suite with Oracle Flow Builder and the pre-built test components and flows that Oracle provides.

Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Improves Test Coverage

With the Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.4.0.2 and the new Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite, we are now delivering a significant number of additional test components and flows beyond those contained in the Oracle Flow Builder starter pack. These additional test components and flows provide 70-80% test coverage and enable the automation of detailed and complex test flows across the following Oracle E-Business Suite products:

  • Oracle Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Oracle Channel Revenue Management
  • Oracle Discrete Manufacturing
  • Oracle Incentive Compensation
  • Oracle Lease and Finance Management
  • Oracle Process Manufacturing
  • Oracle Procurement
  • Oracle Project Management
  • Oracle Property Manager
  • Oracle Service

Downloads

You can download the Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite from the Oracle Technology Network.

References


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Thursday Aug 14, 2014

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Now Available

I am pleased to announce that Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:


VM Appliances for EBS 12.1.3

Compatible with Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Virtualbox

These virtual appliances can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server.  They can also be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

Includes the entire EBS technology stack

The virtual appliances deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

Types of appliances available

The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 virtual appliances are:

  1. Single Node VISION Demo
  2. VISION Demo Database Tier
  3. Production (PROD) Database Tier
  4. Application Tier
  5. Sparse Application Tier

The appliances contain the following embedded technology components:

  • Database Versions
Appliance
DB Oracle Home
Single Node Vision Demo
11.2.0.4
Vision Demo Database Tier
12.1.0.1
Production (PROD) Database Tier
12.1.0.1
  • Application Tier Components
Appliance
Application Tier
Code Level
Oracle Forms and Reports
Java Oracle Home
JDK Version
Java Plugin Version
CPU Level
Single Node Vision Demo
10.1.2.3
10.1.3.5
JDK 1.7 build 1.7.0_60-b19
J2SE 1.7
April  2014

Application Tier

10.1.2.3
10.1.3.5
JDK 1.7 build 1.7.0_60-b19
J2SE 1.7
April  2014


Using these appliances

These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

Single node E-Business Suite 12.1.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.1.3 database and application tiers.

Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.1.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the RDBMS 12c database virtual appliance of choice (either VISION or PROD) and the application tier virtual appliance. That is, Option 2 or 3 above, followed by Option 4.  You can then add secondary application tiers using Option 5.

Operating system-only installation (Oracle Linux 6.5): The sparse application tier virtual appliance (Option 5) includes the necessary operating system packages, kernel parameter settings, and users (oracle and applmgr) required to install Oracle E-Business Suite, providing benefit for customers who plan to use Rapid Install for their 12.1.3 installation.

References

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Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: August 2014 Edition

We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  This article will help you understand your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components.  This webcast can help you create a maintenance strategy.

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

Upgrade Recommendations for August 2014

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

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

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RP1 or 12.2.

  4. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to 12.2.4 or the latest AD/TXK tools and the latest StartCD.

  5. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.1

  6. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.7.

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

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.7 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_81 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_67 or later 1.7 updates.

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

  12. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 24.

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

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

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Friday Aug 08, 2014

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 Now Available

We are very pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 is generally available for download now.

Instructions for downloading and applying the update:

EBS 12.2.4 Patch download screenshot

What Does EBS 12.2.4 Include?

This Release Update Pack (RUP) for the EBS 12.2 release codeline includes new features as well as statutory and regulatory updates, and error corrections for stability, performance, and security. 

This is a consolidated suite-wide patch set. Release 12.2.4 is cumulative and includes new updates as well as updates made available in one-off patches for prior 12.2 releases.

For a complete list of new features, see:

Upgrading to EBS 12.2.4

Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 11i to 12.2.4?

No.  EBS 11i customers must first upgrade to EBS 12.2 before applying 12.2.4.

Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.4?

No.  EBS 12.0 customers must first upgrade to EBS 12.2 before applying 12.2.4.

Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.4?

Yes.  EBS 12.2 customers can apply 12.2.4 directly to their environments.  EBS 12.2.4 is an Online Patch -- it may be applied while EBS 12.2 is running.

How can I prepare for EBS 12.2?

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Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

JRE 1.7.0_67 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

[Aug. 6, 2014 update: Removed sentence, "If you are already running 1.7.0_65 auto-update will not be triggered to upgrade to 1.7.0_67."]

Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_67 (a.k.a. JRE 7u67-b01) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

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 this release?

JRE 1.7.0_67 fixes a regression in JRE 1.7.0_65 which prevented applets launching when using a "java_ arguments" parameter. This is the only change, it does not include any further security enhancements. Oracle E-Business Suite users are unlikely to be affected by this issue so moving to this release is optional, see the Update Release Notes for further information.

JRE 1.7.0_67 is available for download through the usual Java and Oracle Java SE Downloads public sites. The standard release is also available through Patch 19295656 as well as a special release which has the auto-update function turned off through Patch 19295660.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

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

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

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

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

Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

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

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

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 X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

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

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

References

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Friday Aug 01, 2014

New Solaris SPARC OS Requirements for EBS R12

Solaris logoBeginning on December 1st 2014, Oracle E-Business Suite patches for Release 12 (12.0, 12.1, 12.2) on the Oracle Solaris on SPARC platform will be built with a newer version of the Solaris Studio compiler (v 12.3) and the Solaris OS (v 10).

Solaris customers who plan to patch their EBS environments after December 1st 2014 with EBS application tier patches generated after this date must meet the new OS requirements prior to applying those new patches. These customers must upgrade their Solaris OS to Solaris 10 10/08 (Update 6) or higher and apply specific OS patches indicated in the documentation below. R12 environments on Solaris 11 should not be affected by this as Solaris 11 includes all required patches and relinking tools.

Customers can perform the OS upgrade now without any adverse effects as the associated tools and OS patches will work with all currently generated EBS patches - it's just that after December 1st 2014, patches generated for R12 on Solaris SPARC will not work with older versions of the Solaris OS. The older Solaris versions 8 and 9 will also both be in Sustaining Support by this date - we strongly recommend that customers upgrade to Solaris 10 to get updates and new fixes on their systems.

References

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

[Nov. 11, 2014 Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Office Home & Student Edition is built on a different codeline that lacks the APIs that are needed for EBS integration. Article updated to exclude this edition explicitly.]

Microsoft Office 2013  logo

Microsoft Office 2013 was previously certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.0.6 and 12.1.3

We are pleased to announce that Office 2013 is now certified with EBS 11.5.10.2.  For details, see:

EBS 11.5.10.2 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit

This certification covers Office 2013 in 32-bit mode only.  There are no plans to certify Office 2013 64-bit with EBS 11i.

What about EBS 12.2?

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit and 64-bit for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.x is still in progress.

When will the remaining combination be certified?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   

How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

Examples of these integrations include:

  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
  • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
  • Desktop Integration Framework
Which Office versions are certified?

We will explicitly test the Office 2013 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to the following desktop-installed editions:
  • Home & Business 2013
  • Standard 2013 
  • Professional 2013
  • Professional Plus 2013
We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:
  • SkyDrive-based documents
  • Office On Demand
  • Office Web Apps
  • Office 365
  • Office Home & Student RT
  • Home & Student 2013 (Known not to work with EBS)

What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

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Thursday Jul 24, 2014

E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.3 for Enterprise Manager 12c Now Available

Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.3.0 is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.3 is part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

This latest plug-in extends EM 12c Cloud Control with E-Business Suite specific system management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.

The Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite includes:

  • Functionality that was available in the previously-standalone Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle Real User Experience Insight
  • Oracle Configuration & Compliance capabilities  

Licensing information  

A license for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control is required to use this product. There is an additional licensing cost for the Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.  A license for the Application Management Suite includes licenses for the E-Business Suite Plug-in, Oracle Real User Experience Insight, and Oracle Configuration & Compliance products.

This is a Development blog, and we don't have the background to discuss licensing in more detail.  We'd recommend contacting your Oracle account manager for more information about licenses.

Updates to product bundling

Features that were previously available in the standalone management packs are now packaged in the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, which is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: 

  • Functionality previously available for Application Management Pack (AMP) is now classified as “System Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.
  • Functionality previously available for Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) is now classified as “Change Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.

The Application Configuration Console and the Configuration Change Console are now native components of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Screenshot of AMP 12.1.0.3

New enhancements in this release

Administration/Configuration/Monitoring

  • Privilege Propagation Using Administration Groups: Privilege propagating groups enable administrators to extend privileges to members of a group. For example, if new targets are later added to the privilege propagating group, then the administrators receive the privileges on the target automatically. Additionally, when a new administrator is hired, you only need to grant the role to the administrator for the administrator to receive all the privileges on the targets automatically.
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Region in Exalogic Dashboard: An Oracle E-Business Suite summary region is included on the Exalogic Dashboard.
  • Configuration Comparison Templates: Configuration comparison templates allow customers to compare Oracle E-Business Suite technology configurations of two or more Oracle E-Business Suite environments.
  • Certified Monitoring Templates: Out-of-the-box monitoring templates allow you to standardize monitoring settings across Oracle E-Business Suite environments by allowing you to specify metric thresholds to monitor E-Business Suite services, components and technology stacks.
  • Performance Monitoring: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 customers can diagnose performance issues by using Java Virtual Machine (JVM) Diagnostic integration. Customers can monitor live and historical transactions and drill down from end user activities through all layers of technology, including Real User Experience Insight (RUEI), WebLogic Suite (WLS) and database.
  • Integration with Service Test Infrastructure: Administrators can define service tests and beacons using Oracle Application Testing Suite (OATS) to determine the availability of Oracle E-Business Suite services. Pre-seeded service tests can be used to ensure that Oracle E-Business Suite services are available for users.
  • Extended Target Modeling: Administrators can now easily add Fusion Middleware components that are externally-integrated with Oracle E-Business Suite to the availability definition.
  • Blacking Out Patch Edition in Oracle E-Business Suite12.2: Patch edition targets are automatically blacked out in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 to prevent false incidents.

Compliance Framework

  • Out-of-the-box Oracle E-Business Suite Compliance Standards: In addition to the seeded security compliance standards delivered in the previous release, we have added new compliance standards that check for mandatory database configuration parameters (init.ora) for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Customization Management

  • User Defined Customization Standards: Customers now have the ability to define their own standards to validate customizations and create packages according.

Patch Management

  • Patch Promotion Policy: Patch Manager now allows customers to create patch promotion policies for applying patches onto pre-production systems before applying them to production systems

Automated Cloning

  • Cloning support for Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2: Multi-node cloning, scale-up or scale-down cloning, and shared file system cloning is supported for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.

Quick Provisioning of E-Business Suite

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Assemblies: Customers can now provision Oracle E-Business Suite Instances quickly using Oracle Virtual Assemblies delivered for EBS 12.1.3 and EBS 12.2.

Installation & Upgrades

  • Customers currently running on Enterprise Manager 12c, can use Self Update to download and install AMP 12.1.0.3.0.
  • All others can download it here: Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

Prerequisites

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 (12.1.0.4.0)
  • One or more of the following Oracle E-Business Suite Releases
  • Release 12.2.3 or 12.2.2
  • Release 12.1 with R12.ATG_PF.B.delta.3
  • Release 12.0.4 with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6
  • Release 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP6 or higher

References

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Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

Database 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS on AIX, Itanium, Windows

As a follow up to the prior announcements, Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0 and 12.1 on the following additional platforms:

Release 11.5.10.2 + ATG_PF.H.delta.7 (RUP 7):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.11)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)1
Release 12.0 (12.0.6 and higher):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008, 2008 R2)1
Release 12.1 (12.1.3 and higher):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)2
1 : This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
2 : Only via a migration process from an existing Windows (32-bit) system (see My Oracle Support Note 1188535.1, "Migrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2").

This announcement includes:
  • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
  • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • TDE Column Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
  • Export/Import Process for EBS 11i with RDBMS 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
The following are not yet certified and will be announced on a later date once completed.
  • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
  • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes
References

Release 11i
Release 12.0 and 12.1:

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Monday Jul 21, 2014

Latest Updates to AD and TXK Tools for EBS 12.2

We continue to release updates to EBS 12.2 technology stack (TXK) and Applications Database (AD) patching tools based upon customer feedback.  We released the first set of updates in March 2014, the second set in May 2014, and have just released a third set of critical updates.

This latest update includes important enhancements and fixes to the Online Patching functionality.  All Release 12.2 users are strongly encouraged to apply these new updates as soon as possible.  These patches are cumulative: they include all AD and TXK-related fixes released in previous updates.

The updates and few features to Online Patching include:

  • New 'standard' cleanup mode - An optimized default cleanup mode, available in addition to the 'quick' and 'full' cleanup modes.
  • Log Analyzer Utility - Analyzes adop log directories for errors and warnings, and displays messages to help you identify any problems in an adop run.
  • New 'cm_wait' parameter - Allows you to specify how long to wait for concurrent processes to finish, before shutting down the Internal Concurrent Manager.

Download screenshot for AD Delta 5

You can download the two Release Update Packs (RUP) here:

Future AD and TXK updates will be delivered on top of these AD and TXK patches.

References

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Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.0.6

[Nov. 11, 2014 Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Office Home & Student Edition is built on a different codeline that lacks the APIs that are needed for EBS integration. Article updated to exclude this edition explicitly.]

EBS 12.1.3 was recently certified with Office 2013.  We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2013 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.6.  For details, see:

Certified combinations include Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit modes.

EBS 12.0.6 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6 for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
  • Windows 8 32-bit & 64-bit
EBS 12.0.6 + Microsoft Office 2013 (64-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6 through a 64-bit techstack for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit

What about EBS 11i and 12.2?

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit for Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 and 12.2.x is still in progress.

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit  for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.x is still in progress.

There are no plans to certify Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.

When will the remaining combinations be certified?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   

How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

Examples of these integrations include:

  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
  • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
  • Desktop Integration Framework
Which Office versions are certified?

We explicitly tested the Office 2013 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to the following desktop-installed editions:
  • Home & Business 2013
  • Standard 2013 
  • Professional 2013
  • Professional Plus 2013

Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on these editions on our reference edition -- Office 2013 Professional.  Issues that cannot be reproduced will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  For example, issues that can only be reproduced on, say, Office Home & Student 2013 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2013 will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:

  • SkyDrive-based documents
  • Office On Demand
  • Office Web Apps
  • Office 365
  • Office Home & Student RT
  • Home & Student 2013 (Known not to work with EBS)

What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

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Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

Critical Patch Update for July 2014 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2014 was released on July 15, 2014.  Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

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

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

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

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

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • October 14, 2014
  • January 13, 2015
  • April 14, 2015
  • July 14, 2015
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

JRE 1.7.0_65 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoJava Runtime Environment 1.7.0_65 (a.k.a. JRE 7u65-b19) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

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 this release?

JRE 1.7.0_65 (7u65-b19) is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 7 stream, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to this latest version of the JRE 7 Plug-in.

Details about update in this release are listed in the release notes.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

JRE 1.7.0_60 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 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

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

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

Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

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

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

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 X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

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

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

References

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Java JRE 1.6.0_81 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_81 (a.k.a. JRE 6u81-b08) 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.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

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 in this Java release?

JRE 1.6.0_81  (6u81) is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 6 stream, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to this latest version of the JRE 6 Plug-in.

Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here:

Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

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

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

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?

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

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 X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

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

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

References

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Monday Jun 30, 2014

Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite

We produce new EBS releases, major updates, Family Packs, and over 150 new certified EBS configurations each year.  It can be difficult to track and implement all of these changes.  With so many potential upgrades, what is the best way of keeping your EBS environment up-to-date?

We're very pleased to let you know about a new webcast and Note that can be used together to help you create a maintenance strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite.

1.  Webcast: "Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite"

The recorded webcast, Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite,  features techniques Applications DBAs can use to proactively maintain their Oracle E-Business Suite environment. This webcast covers EBS 12.1 and 12.2 and is intended for EBS architects, managers, and system administrators.

Use the following link to view the webcast:

The webcast starts with a practical approach for defining an EBS maintenance strategy. It then moves to a detailed discussion of tools and approaches for maintaining EBS environments.

Topics include patching shortcuts, distributing worker processes across multiple servers, shared file systems, avoiding resource bottlenecks, and more.

2. Note: "How to find EBS patches"

It can be tricky to find the right EBS product-level and technology stack patches that are needed for your environment. This newly published MOS note can help:

This companion Note guides you through the resources that you can use to create your EBS maintenance strategy.


Next Steps

Now that you know about the recorded webcast and MOS note 1633974.2, what should you do next?

  1. Schedule time to view the webcast, ideally with colleagues in your organization who help plan, deploy, and maintain your EBS environments.
  2. After viewing the recording, work with your colleagues to create a maintenance strategy for your Oracle E-Business Suite environment.
  3. As you execute your maintenance strategy, use the Note to find the latest updates for your environment.
Your feedback is welcome

We are very interested in hearing about your experiences with maintaining your EBS environments using these new resources. You can post your comments here or send me an email.

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Friday Jun 20, 2014

New Patch Wizard for EBS 12.1 Now Available

Patch Wizard is part of the E-Business Suite's Oracle Applications Manager set of sysadmin utilities.  It helps you identify recommended patches that have not been applied to your system. It does not report on all available patches. It compares the patches you have already applied against a list of all recommended Oracle E-Business Suite patches. Recommended patches can include high-priority patches or patches that update to a new codelevel, such as release update packs (RUPs), product family RUPs, and pre-upgrade patches.

A new update for Patch Wizard for EBS 12.1 is now available.  This new release includes the latest InfoBundle (which documents EBS patch dependencies) as well as fixes for stability, security, and performance.

For installation instructions, see:

What's new in this update?

New features include a new "View All" button to save you from having to page through multiple tables of data, hiding of patches for uninstalled products, the ability to import formatted text when flagging customized files, and more.

Patch Wizard home page screenshot

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Thursday Jun 19, 2014

Latest DSTv22 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 12.0 or 12.1 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in July 2013 and released as DSTv20.

DSTv22 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and 12.1. The DSTv22 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2014c and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

This update also includes new DST timezone definitions for Egypt for May and August 2014.

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

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

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

The latest DSTv22 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv22 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv20 release:

  •  Africa/Cairo,
  • Africa/Tripoli,
  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • Africa/El_Aaiun,
  • America/Havana,
  • America/Araguaina,
  • America/Porto_Acre,
  • America/Eirunepe,
  • Asia/Jerusalem,
  • Asia/Amman,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Hebron,
  • Europe/Istanbul,
  • Europe/Kiev,
  • Europe/Simferopol,
  • Pacific/Fiji,
  • Egypt,
  • Libya,
  • Cuba,
  • Brazil/Acre,
  • Asia/Tel_Aviv,
  • Turkey,
  • America/Rio_Branco,
  • Israel,
  • Asia/Istanbul

What Patches Are Required?

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

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

Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i and R12 on IBM: Linux on System z

IBM LogoOracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems as a 'database tier only' platform:

Release 12.2 (12.2.2 or higher):

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

Release 12.0 (12.0.4 or higher) and 12.1 (12.1.3 or higher):

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher):

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 4 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)

This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform (see My Oracle Support's Certification for more information). IBM's z systems today fully support this example of a mixed platform architecture with distributed Unix and Linux certified application tier servers for customers looking to run Oracle E-Business Suite on System z.

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and 11i includes:

  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption) using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12


References

  • Note 946413.1 - Using Oracle E-Business Suite with a Split Configuration Database Tier On Oracle Release 11g Release 2
  • Note 456347.1 - Using Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with a Database Tier Only Platform on Oracle 11g Release 2
  • Note 881505.1 - Interoperability Notes - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0)
  • Note 1058763.1 - Interoperability Notes - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0)
  • Note 1594274.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2: Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes
  • Note 1091086.1 - Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database Vault 11gR2
  • Note 1091083.1 - Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Oracle Database Vault 11gR2
  • Note 216205.1 - Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i
  • Note 396009.1 - Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle Applications Release 12
  • Note 823586.1 - Using Oracle 11g Release 2 Real Application Clusters with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Note 823587.1 - Using Oracle 11g Release 2 Real Application Clusters with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • Note 403294.1 - Using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Note 732764.1 - Using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • Note 828223.1 - Using TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Note 828229.1 - Using TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • Note 391248.1 - Encrypting Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Network Traffic using Advanced Security Option and Advanced Networking Option
  • Note 376700.1 - Enabling SSL in Oracle Application Release 12
  • Note 557738.1 - Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Database Instances Using Oracle Database 11g Release 1 or 11g Release 2
  • Note 741818.1 - Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Database Instances Using Oracle Database 11g Release 1 or 11g Release 2
  • Note 1366265.1 - Using Transportable Tablespaces to Migrate Oracle Applications 11i Using Oracle Database 11g Release 2
  • Note 1311487.1 - Using Transportable Tablespaces to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Using Oracle Database 11g Release 2
  • Note 729309.1 - Using Transportable Database to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Using Oracle Database 10g Release 2 or 11g
  • Note 734763.1 - Using Transportable Database to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Using Oracle Database 10g Release 2 or 11g

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Monday Jun 16, 2014

Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1.3

[Nov. 11, 2014 Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Office Home & Student Edition is built on a different codeline that lacks the APIs that are needed for EBS integration. Article updated to exclude this edition explicitly.]

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2013 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  For details, see:

Certified combinations include Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit modes.

EBS 12.1.3 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
  • Windows 8 32-bit & 64-bit
EBS 12.1.3 + Microsoft Office 2013 (64-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 through a 64-bit techstack for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit

What about EBS 11i, 12.0, and 12.2?

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit for Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6 and 12.2.x is still in progress.

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit  for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6 and 12.2.x is still in progress.

There are no plans to certify Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.

When will the remaining combinations be certified?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   

How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

Examples of these integrations include:

  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
  • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
  • Desktop Integration Framework
Which Office versions are certified?

We explicitly tested the Office 2013 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to the following desktop-installed editions:
  • Home & Business 2013
  • Standard 2013 
  • Professional 2013
  • Professional Plus 2013

Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on these editions on our reference edition -- Office 2013 Professional.  Issues that cannot be reproduced will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  For example, issues that can only be reproduced on, say, Office Home & Student 2013 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2013 will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:

  • SkyDrive-based documents
  • Office On Demand
  • Office Web Apps
  • Office 365
  • Office Home & Student RT
  • Home & Student 2013 (Known not to work with EBS)

What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

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Monday Jun 09, 2014

Application Management Pack 12.1.0.2 Certified with EM 12cR4

We are pleased to announce the certification of Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2.0 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4.

AMP 12.1.0.2 Screenshot

Customers who are planning to upgrade to the latest Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R4 can continue to use E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2.0. Customers who are on earlier releases for the E-Business Suite Plug-in should consider upgrading to release 12.1.0.2.0 to benefit from the latest features of the pack.

References

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Friday Jun 06, 2014

Cloning Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 on Real Application Clusters

We are pleased to announce the certification of Rapid Clone with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 on systems running Real Application Clusters (RAC).

A new cloning procedure for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 has been published in the following My Oracle Support document:

Please review that document for all required patches and prerequisites.

Related Documents
  • 1383621.1 : Cloning Oracle Applications Release 12.2 with Rapid Clone
  • 1583092.1 : Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2: Suite-Wide Rollup and AD/TXK Delta Information
  • 1617461.1 : Applying R12.AD.C.Delta.4 and R12.TXK.C.Delta.4 Release Update Packs


Thursday Jun 05, 2014

New Rapid Install StartCD 12.2.0.48 for EBS 12.2 Now Available

A new Rapid Install startCD (Patch 18086193) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is now available. We recommend that all EBS customers installing or upgrading to EBS 12.2 use this latest update.

The startCD updates are distributed to customers via My Oracle Support Patch which can be uncompressed on top of any previous 12.2 startCD under the main staging area. This patch replaces any previous startCDs.


What's New in This Update?

This new startCD version 12.2.0.48 includes important fixes for multi-node Installs, RAC, pre-install checks, platform specific issues, and upgrade scenario failures:

  • 18703814 - QREP:122:RI:ISSUE WITH CHECKOS.CMD
  • 18689527 - QREP:122:RI:ISSUE WITH FNDCORE.DLL SHIPPED AS PART OF R122 PACKAGE
  • 18548485 - QREP1224:4:JAR SIGNER ISSUE DUE TO THE RI UPGRADE AUTOCONFIG CHANGES
  • 18535812 - QREP:1220.48_4: 12.2.0 UPGRADE FILE SYSTEM LAY OUT IS AFFECTING THE DB TABLES
  • 18507545 - WIN: UNABLE TO LAY DOWN FS PRIOR TO 12.2 UPGRADE WITHOUT AFFECTING RUNNING DB
  • 18476041 - UNABLE TO LAY DOWN FS PRIOR TO 12.2 UPGRADE WITHOUT AFFECTING PRODUCTION DB
  • 18459887 - R12.2 INSTALLATION FAILURE - OPMNCTL: NOT FOUND
  • 18436053 - START CD 48_4 - ISSUES WITH TEMP SPACE CHECK
  • 18424747 - QREP1224.3:ADD SERVER BROWSE BUTTON NOT WORKING
  • 18421132 - *RW-50010: ERROR: - SCRIPT HAS RETURNED AN ERROR: 1
  • 18403700 - QREP122.48:RI:UPGRADE RI PRECHECK HUNG IN SPLIT TIER APPS NODE ( NO SILENT )
  • 18383075 - ADD VERBOSE OPTION TO RAC VALIDATION
  • 18363584 - UPTAKE INSTALL SCRIPTS FOR XB48_4
  • 18336093 - QREP:122:RI:PATCH FS ADMIN SERVICE RUNNING AFTER RI UPGRADE CONFIGURE MODE
  • 18320278 - QREP:1224.3:PLATFORM SPECIFIC SYNTAX ERRORS WITH DATE COMMAND IN DB CHECKER
  • 18314643 - DISABLE SID=DB_NAME FOR RI UPGRADE FLOW IN RAC
  • 18298977 - RI: EXCEPTION WHILE CLICKING RAC NODES BUTTON ON A NON-RAC SERVER
  • 18286816 - QREP122:STARTCD48_3:TRAVERSING FROM VISION PASSW SCREEN TO PROD
  • 18286371 - QREP122:STARTCD48_3:AMBIGUOUS MESSAGE DURING STAGE AREA CHECK ON HP
  • 18275403 - QREP122:48:RI UPGRADE WITH EOH POST CHECKS HANGS IN SPLIT TIER DB NODE
  • 18270631 - QREP122.48:MULTI-NODE RI USING NON-DEFAULT PASSWORDS NOT WORKING
  • 18266046 - QREP122:48:RI NOT ALLOWING TO IGNORE THE RAC PRE-CHECK FAILURE
  • 18242201 - UPTAKE TXK INSTALL SCRIPTS AND PLATFORMS.ZIP INTO STARTCD XB48_3
  • 18236428 - QREP122.47:RI UPGRADE EXISTING OH FOR NON-DEFAULT APPS PASSWORD NOT WORKING
  • 18220640 - INCONSISTENT DATABASE PORTS DURING EBS 12.2 INSTALLATION FOR STARTCD 12.2.0.47
  • 18138796 - QREP122:47:RI 10.1.2 TECHSTACK NOT WORKING IF WE RUN RI FROM NEW STARTCD LOC
  • 18138396 - TST1220: CONTROL FILE NAMING IN RAPID INSTALL SEEMS TO HAVE ISSUES
  • 18124144 - IMPROVE HANDLING ERRORS FOUND IN CLUVFY LOG DURING PREINSTALL CHECKS
  • 18111361 - VALIDATE ASM DB DATA FILES PATH AS +<DATA GROUP>/<PATH>
  • 18102504 - QREP1220.47_5: UNZIP PANEL DOES NOT CREATE THE CORRECT STAGE
  • 18083342 - 12.2 UPGRADE JAVA.NET.BINDEXCEPTION: CANNOT ASSIGN REQUESTED ADDRESS
  • 18082140 - QREP122:47:RAC DB VALIDATION IS FAILS WITH EXIT STATUS IS 6
  • 18062350 - 12.2.3 UPG: 12.2.0 INSTALLATION LOGS
  • 18050840 - RI: UPGRADE WITH EXISTING RAC OH:SECONDARY DB NODE NAME IS BLANK
  • 18049813 - RAC LOV DEFAULTS NOT SAVED UNLESS "SELECT" IS CLICKED
  • 18003592 - TST1220:ADDITIONAL FREE SPACE CHECK FOR RI NEEDS TO BE CHECKED
  • 17981471 - REMOVE ASM SPACE CHECK FROM RACVALIDATIONS.SH
  • 17942179 - R12.2 INSTALL FAILING AT ADRUN11G.SH WITH ERRORS RW-50004 & RW-50010
  • 17893583 - QREP1220.47:VALIDATION OF O.S IN RAPIDWIZ IN THE DB NODE CONFIGURATION SCREEN
  • 17886258 - CLEANUP FND_NODES DURING UPGRADE FLOW
  • 17858010 - RI POST INSTALL CHECKS (SSH VERIFICATION) STEP IS FAILING
  • 17799807 - GEOHR: 12.2.0 - ERRORS IN RAPIDWIZ AND ADCONFIG LOGS
  • 17786162 - QREP1223.4:RI:SERVICE_NAMES IS PRINTED AS SERVICE_NAME IN RI SCREEN
  • 17782455 - RI: CONFIRM DEFAULT APPS PASSWORD IN SILENT MODE KICKOFF
  • 17778130 - RI:ADMIN SERVER TO BE UP ON PRIMARY MID-TIER IN MULTI-NODE UPGRADE FS CREATION
  • 17773989 - UN-SUPPORTED PLATFORM SHOWS 32 BIT AS HARD-CODED
  • 17772655 - RELEVANT MESSAGE DURING THE RAPDIWIZ -TECHSTACK
  • 17759279 - VERIFICATION PANEL DOES NOT EXPAND TECHNOLOGY STACK
  • 17759183 - BUILDSTAGE SCRIPT MENU NEEDS TO BE ADJUSTED
  • 17737186 - DATABASE PRE-REQ CHECK INCORRECTLY REPORTS SUCCESS ON AIX
  • 17708082 - 12.2 INSTALLATION - OS PRE-REQUISITES CHECK
  • 17701676 - TST122: GENERATE WRONG S_DBSID FOR PATCH FILE SYSTEM AT PHASE PREPARE
  • 17630972 - /TMP PRE-REQ INSTALLATION CHECK
  • 17617245 - 12.2 VISION INSTALL FAILS ON AIX
  • 17603342 - OMCS: DB STAGING COMPLAINS WHILE MOVING IT TO FINAL LOCATION
  • 17591171 - OMCS: DB STAGING FAILS WITH FRESH INSTALL R12.2
  • 17588765 - CHECKER VERSION AND PLUGIN VERSION
  • 17561747 - BUILDSTAGE.SH FAILS WITH ERROR WHEN STAGE HOSTED ON 32BIT LINUX
  • 17539198 - RAPID INSTALL NEEDS TO IGNORE NON-REQUIRED STAGE ELEMENTS
  • 17272808 - APPS USERS THAT HAVE DEFAULT PASSWORD AFTER 12.2 RAPID INSTALL

References

  • 12.2 Documentation Library
  • 1581299.1 : EBS 12.2 Product Information Center
  • 1320300.1 : Oracle E-Business Suite Release Notes, Release 12.2
  • 1606170.1 : Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Stack and Applications DBA Release Notes for Release 12.2.3
  • 1624423.1 : Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Stack and Applications DBA Release Notes for R12.TXK.C.Delta.4 and R12.AD.C.Delta.4
  • 1594274.1 : Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2: Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes

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Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

Java JRE 1.7.0_60 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u60 (a.k.a. JRE 7u60-b19) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

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 JRE 1.7.0_60?

JDK 7u60 contains IANA time zone data version 2014b. For more information, refer to Timezone Data Versions in the JRE Software.

It is strongly recommended that all customers upgrade to this release.  Details about update in this release are listed in the release notes.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

JRE 1.7.0_60 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 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

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

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

Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

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

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

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 X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

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

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

References

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Tuesday Jun 03, 2014

Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS on Microsoft Windows Server

Microsoft logoAs a follow up to to a previous announcement, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Microsoft Windows Server operating systems:

Release 12.2 (12.2.3 and higher):

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

Release 12.1 (12.1.1 and higher):

  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (20031, 20081, 2008 R22)

Release 12.0 (12.0.4 and higher):

  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2003, 2008, 2008 R2)1
Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher)::
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 20081)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2003, 2008, 2008 R2)1

Notes:

1: This OS is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' platform where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
2: This OS is a 'database tier only' platform for Release 11i. For 12.1.1 or higher, it is also supported on the application tier via the migration process outlined in My Oracle Support Document 1188535.1.

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12 includes:

  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption) using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12

Certification data in My Oracle Support (http://support.oracle.com) has been updated with this certification - please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

Where can I find more information?

Please also review the platform-specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.

Monday Jun 02, 2014

EBS 12.1.3 Data Masking Template Certified with EM 12.1.0.3

I'm pleased to announce the certification of the E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Data Masking Template for the Data Masking Pack with Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12.1.0.3. You can use the Oracle Data Masking Pack with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c to scramble sensitive data in cloned E-Business Suite environments.   

How data masking works

 You may scramble data in E-Business Suite cloned environments with EM12.1.0.3 using the following template:

What does data masking do in E-Business Suite environments?

Application data masking does the following:

  • De-identify the data:  Scramble identifiers of individuals, also known as personally identifiable information or PII.  Examples include information such as name, account, address, location, and driver's license number.
  • Mask sensitive data:  Mask data that, if associated with personally identifiable information (PII), would cause privacy concerns.  Examples include compensation, health and employment information.  
  • Maintain data validity:  Provide a fully functional application. 

How can EBS customers use data masking?

The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack can be used in situations where confidential or regulated data needs to be shared with other non-production users who need access to some of the original data, but not necessarily every table.  Examples of non-production users include internal application developers or external business partners such as offshore testing companies, suppliers or customers. 

Due to data dependencies, scrambling E-Business Suite data is not a trivial task.  The data needs to be scrubbed in such a way that allows the application to continue to function. The template works with the Oracle Data Masking Pack and Oracle Enterprise Manager to obscure sensitive E-Business Suite information that is copied from production to non-production environments. 

The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack is applied to a non-production environment with the Enterprise Manager Grid Control Data Masking Pack.  When applied, the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack will create an irreversibly scrambled version of your production database for development and testing.

Is there a charge for this?

Yes. You must purchase licenses for the Oracle Data Masking Pack to use the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 template. The Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Template for the Data Masking Pack is included with the Oracle Data Masking Pack license.  You can contact your Oracle account manager for more details about licensing.

References

Additional details and requirements are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

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Friday May 23, 2014

Two Essential New Patches for EBS Release 12.2 AD & TXK Tools

We continue to release updates to EBS 12.2 technology stack (TXK) and Applications Database (AD) patching tools based upon customer feedback.  We released the first important set of updates in March and have just released another set of critical updates today.

If you are on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, we strongly recommend that you apply two newly-released patches at your earliest convenience:

Applying these on top of AD Delta 4 and TXK Delta 4 will bring you to the recommended codelevel for AD and TXK:

  • AD Delta 4 (Patch 17766337) + Consolidated Fixes (Patch 18491990)
  • TXK Delta 4 (Patch 17893964) + Consolidated Fixes (Patch 18497540)

Important: You must always keep your AD and TXK codelevels synchronized.


What Is a Codelevel?

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 patches are grouped into codelines. A codeline begins with a point release (for example, Release 12.0) and progresses to include all the patches created to maintain that point release.

Patches associated with codelines implement a set of features for a point release, and also provide fixes for that set of features. Such a unique set of product features for a point release is referred to as a a codelevel. You can think of it as the code you get when you apply a set of patches: in other words, it is defined by the patches that deliver it. Codelevels are cumulative, with each containing the initial set of features plus all the fixes created for that product.

Benefits of the Latest Codelevel

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

  • It includes a large number of fixes and improvements.
  • It includes new logic to detect a variety of configuration issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.
  • New patches to implement code fixes will only be appliable to the latest AD/TXK codelevel.
  • No code fixes will be created for earlier AD/TXK codelevels.

How Can I Get To the Latest Codelevel?

Installation instructions are here:

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Friday May 16, 2014

A Primer on Oracle E-Business Suite REST Services

Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) was introduced in E-Business Suite (EBS) Release 12.1, as an infrastructure to provide and consume SOAP based Web Services. In EBS R12.2.3, ISG is enhanced to provide REST-based Web Services. 

What is REST?

REST stands for Representational State Transfer. It is an architectural style for distributed hypermedia systems. The term REST was introduced and described by Roy Fielding in 2000, in his doctoral dissertation - Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures. This REST architectural style may be applied to web services. Note that REST is not a standard and its implementation often varies to suit application needs.

Using a PL/SQL API as a REST Service

E-Business Suite public PL/SQL APIs can be deployed as REST-based Web Services from the E-Business Suite's Integration Repository. One or more methods of the API can be selected to be exposed as functionally-secure REST resources. Each of these resources can be identified by an URI. These resources can then be manipulated by making HTTP request to the URI. As of R12.2.3, ISG supports POST HTTP Verb for REST Services. This feature is also available for custom PL/SQL APIs registered in the Integration Repository. 

PL/SQL REST screenshot

Unlike EBS SOAP Services, REST Services are deployed in EBS’s OAFM Managed Server. These REST Services do not depend on external Fusion Middleware components like Oracle SOA Suite. These are simple, lightweight REST Services suited for UI integrations and mobile applications.

Key features of EBS REST Services

  • Supports POST HTTP Verb
  • Supports XML and JSON message format
  • Described in WADL, XSDs
  • Supports HTTP Basic and Token based Authentication
  • Predeployed EBS Security Services 

EBS Security Services

EBS Security Services are a special group of predeployed REST services that provide authentication and authorization for EBS users. These include:

  • Login and Logout Service
  • Application Context Initialize & Retrieval Service
  • Access Control Service 

Security service screenshot

You can search for these services by selecting ‘Interface Subtype’ as Category and ‘Security Services’ as Category Value in More Search Options region as shown above.

I am looking forward to hear your feedback on Integrated SOA Gateway and REST Services. You can mail me at Rekha Ayothi Oracle email ID

References

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Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Three Essential Reference Tools for E-Business Suite Upgrades

Regular readers of this blog know that we have three reference tools that are essential for every E-Business Suite upgrade:

  1. File Comparison Report (Note 1446430.1)
  2. Data Model Comparison Report (Note 1290886.1)
  3. Seed Data Comparison Report (Note 1327399.1)

These tools allow you to generate a report of the differences between one EBS release and another for specific EBS products.

For example, you could use the Data Model Comparison to get a list of EBS 11.5.10.2 database objects that were updated in EBS 12.1.3 for Bill of Materials (BOM):

Screenshot of data model comparison report tool

What's New?

These tools now cover EBS 12.2.2 and 12.2.3. 

The latest File Comparison Report now allows you to compare the following release combinations:

  • EBS 12.1.3 with 11.5.10.2
  • EBS 12.2.2 with 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6, 12.1.3
  • EBS 12.2.3 with 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6

The latest Data Model Comparison Report now allows you to compare the following release combinations:

  • EBS 12.1.3 with 11.5.9, 11.5.10.2, 12.0.4, 12.0.6, 12.1.1, 12.1.2
  • EBS 12.2.2 with 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6, 12.1.3
  • EBS 12.2.3 with 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6, 12.1.3, 12.2.2

The latest Seed Data Comparison Report now allows you to compare the following release combinations:

  • EBS 12.1.3 with 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6, 12.1.3
  • EBS 12.2.2 with 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6, 12.1.3
  • EBS 12.2.3 with 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6, 12.1.3, 12.2.2

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Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Plans for Certifying Internet Explorer 11 with Oracle E-Business Suite

Microsoft IE logo

[Sep. 26, 2014 Update:  IE 11 is certified with EBS 12.1.  Other certifications coming soon.]

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is the default browser for Windows 8.1.  It is also compatible with Windows 7.  IE 11 is not certified with any Oracle E-Business Suite releases yet.

If you've reached this article via a search engine, it's possible that a later update on our status is available.  For our latest status, please check the Desktop Client Certifications section of our one-page Certifications summary.

Our current plans for IE 11

We plan to certify Microsoft Internet Explorer 11with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. 

These certifications are underway now.  They will cover Windows 7 and 8 desktop clients, as well as companion certifications with Office 2013, Office 2010, and WebADI.

When will IE 11 be certified?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.  I will post updates as soon as soon as they're available.    

Postpone IE 11 rollouts until certified with EBS

We're still certifying Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. We have identified some compatibility issues that will require EBS updates to resolve.

You must ensure that your mission-critical desktops remain on an earlier certified browsers until this certification is completed.  As of the time this article was published, certified browsers include IE 10 and Firefox ESR 24 for Windows desktops.

You can block automatic updates by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit:

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Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

EBS R12 Pre-Install RPM Available for Oracle Linux 5 and 6

Tux logoThe Linux Pre-Install RPM for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 on Oracle Linux 5 and 6 is now available for use by customers.

The package (oracle-ebs-server-R12-preinstall) is available on the 'addons' channel on Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, which requires a support contract) or from the Oracle public yum repository. It is recommended that this Pre-Install RPM be installed on top of a 'minimal' installation of Linux to provide just the necessary packages to install and run Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

As with the Oracle Database Pre-Install RPMs, this RPM provides all required E-Business Suite packages for both the application and database tiers, while configuring the systems with particular kernel and other values to meet requirements published in our Linux x86-64 Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUNs).

This Pre-Install RPM will significantly reduce the preparation time of an environment prior to installing, upgrading or cloning an E-Business Suite R12 instance by performing the following tasks:

  • downloading and installing all software package versions and dependencies required for installing E-Business Suite R12 (12.1, 12.2)
  • creating the users oracle and applmgr for use as owners of the database and application tiers respectively, while setting hard and soft shell resource limits
  • updating kernel parameters in /etc/sysctl.conf to recommended values
  • sets DNS resolver parameters in /etc/resolv.conf to minimum recommended values
  • sets 'numa=off' in the kernel commandline
  • disables 'Transparent Huge Pages (THP)' for Oracle Linux 6 if enabled

For more information and details, please review the 'E-Business Suite Pre-Install RPM' section in the following documents:

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