Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

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

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


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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Friday Apr 18, 2014

After Windows XP and Office 2003: E-Business Suite Implications

Microsoft logoMicrosoft ended support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. 

Our policy for the E-Business Suite is that we support certified third-party products as long as the third-party vendor supports them.  When a third-party vendor retires a product, we consider that to be an historical certification for EBS.

What can EBS customers expect after April 2014?

After Microsoft desupports WinXP and Office 2003 in April 2014:

  • Oracle Support will continue to assist, where possible, in investigating issues that involve Windows XP clients or Office 2003.
  • Oracle's ability to assist may be limited due to limited access to PCs running WinXP or Office 2003.
  • Oracle will continue to provide access to existing EBS patches for WinXP or Office 2003 issues.
  • Oracle will provide new EBS patches only for issues that can be reproduced on later operating system configurations that Microsoft is actively supporting (e.g. Windows 7, Office 2010)

What should EBS users do?

Oracle strongly recommends that E-Business Suite upgrade their end-user desktops from Windows XP and Office 2003 to the latest certified equivalents.  As of today, those are Windows 8 and Office 2010 (32-bit or 64-bit). 

What about EBS desktop-based client/server tools?

EBS sysadmins might use up to 14 different desktop-based tools to administer selected parts of the E-Business Suite.  These are:

Still in use (i.e. eligible for Error Correction Support)
  • BI Publisher (BIP/XMLP)
  • Configurator Developer
  • Discoverer Administrator/Desktop
  • Forms/Reports Developer
  • JDeveloper OA Extensions
  • Sales for Handhelds
  • Warehouse Builder
  • Workflow Builder
  • XML Gateway Message Designer
Obsolete
    • Applications Desktop Integrator (ADI)
    • Balanced Scorecard Architect (BSC)
    • Financial Analyzer
    • Financial Services Suite
    • Sales Analyzer Client

All of the tools still in use are certified with Windows 7.

For complete details, see:

Pending Desktop Certifications 

A subset of desktop tools are certified with Windows 8.  Certifications for Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Office 2013 are still underway.

Although I cannot discuss certification dates, you can monitor this blog for updates on those pending certifications. 

EBS customers should avoid deploying Win8.1 or Office 2013 to end-users who depend on the E-Business Suite until these certifications are announced.

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

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Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Best Practices for Deploying EBS 12.2 on Oracle Database Appliance

Oracle Database Appliance ODA imageThe Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is an engineered system that combines Oracle software with server, storage, and networking hardware.  The E-Business Suite's application tier and database tier components may be deployed on the Oracle Database Appliance.

Oracle Database Appliance offers the option to deploy highly available Oracle Databases in a bare metal environment or to deploy both Oracle Databases and the Application Tier in virtualized environments within the appliance.

A new whitepaper describes how to use EBS + ODA together:

This white paper describes how to deploy Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 database and application tiers on Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform 2.8 (and later) using preconfigured Oracle E-Business Suite VM templates.

Each Oracle E-Business Suite deployment consists of two Oracle VM templates:

  1. Database image template
  2. Primary application tier template.
These templates deliver the complete EBS software technology stack.  You have the option of using a preconfigured Vision demonstration environment with sample data or a fresh install database for production environments.

The procedures in this paper are fully supported for production use.

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Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

Critical Patch Update for April 2014 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2014 was released on April 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:

  • July 15, 2014
  • October 14, 2014
  • January 13, 2015
  • April 14, 2015
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Java JRE 1.6.0_75 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_75 (a.k.a. JRE 6u75-b13) 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?

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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Java JRE 1.7.0_55 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u55 (a.k.a. JRE 7u55-b13) 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_55?

JRE 1.7.0_55 is a security-related CPU release.  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_55 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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Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: April 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.

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 April 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 or 12.2.

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

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

  6. EBS 11i 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_75 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_55 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.

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Thursday Apr 03, 2014

Understanding and Managing Licensing Options in Oracle E-Business Suite

License Manager is a utility that registers additional products, country-specific functionalities, and languages for your Oracle E-Business Suite system. Application products that you use after the initial installation must be registered as active in order to be included in various system maintenance tasks.

We receive a lot of questions on this particular area:

  • How does the activation process work?
  • Which tables are involved?
  • How are dependencies between products calculated?
  • What if a product is activated by mistake?


We are pleased to announce a new document that answers all these questions with extensive coverage on how License Manager works:

  • Understanding and Managing Licensing Options in Oracle E-Business Suite (Note 1639705.1)
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Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OAUG Collaborate 14

OAUG Collaborate 2014 Las Vegas

Members of our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group will be at the OAUG Collaborate 14 conference at The Venetian and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 7 to 11, 2014.

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

Speaker Sessions

15259 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
Lisa Parekh, Vice President, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Monday, April 7, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 303

This Oracle development session provides an overview of Oracle’s product strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite technology, the features and benefits of recent releases and certifications, and the product roadmap. This is the cornerstone session for Oracle E-Business Suite technology. Learn about the latest enhancements to the user interface, systems administration and management tools, and options for extending, customizing, and integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.


14067 - 10 Things You Can Do Today to Prepare for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
Nadia Bendjedou, Sr. Director, Product Strategy, Oracle
Kevin Hudson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Monday, April 7, 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 303

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


15187 - Deployment and System Administration of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
Max Arderius, Manager, Applications Development Group, Oracle

Monday, April 7, 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 303

This Oracle Development session covers the latest technology stack for Oracle E-Business Suite, including the use of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database 11.2. Topics include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation and upgrade options, new configuration options, and new tools for hot cloning and automated “lights-out” cloning. Come learn how online patching (based on the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Edition-Based Redefinition feature) will reduce your database patching downtimes.


15243 - Online Patching with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
Kevin Hudson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, April 8, 10:15 am - 11:15 am
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 303

Online Patching in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 reduces your E-Business Suite maintenance downtimes. This Oracle development session details how online patching works, with special attention to what’s happening at a database object level when patches are applied to an Oracle E-Business Suite environment that’s still running. Come learn about what this means to E-Business Suite administrators, and how to update your custom code to work with online patching.


15284 - Oracle E-Business Suite - Strategy, Update and Roadmap
Cliff Godwin, Sr. VP, Application Development, Oracle

Tuesday, April 8, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room: Level 2, Venetian Ballroom AB

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


15287 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
Steven Chan, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, April 8, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 303

Is your Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack up to date? Are you using all the latest capabilities? This Oracle development session covers the latest certifications and roadmap for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, including database versions, middleware, operating systems, browsers, Java,business intelligence, management packs, security options, clouds, and virtualization. The session also covers the most commonly asked questions about tech stack component support dates and upgrade implications.


15261 - Planning and Doing Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade
Anne Carlson, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, April 9, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

Are you on Oracle E-Business Suite 11i or 12.0 deciding what to do next? This session discusses project planning and execution considerations for customers who are looking to upgrade to 12.1 or 12.2. It combines tips from other customers with expert advice from Oracle’s support, consulting, and development organizations. You will learn how to: choose whether to target 12.1 or 12.2, decide between upgrade and reimplementation, identify needed time and resources, manage custom code, minimize downtime, and more.


15269 - Latest Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface and Usability Enhancements
Maher Muhanna, Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 309

This Oracle development session details the latest UI enhancements to Oracle Application Framework. Developers and users will get a look at new features that enhance usability, and new capabilities for personalization and extensions. See new rich UI capabilities that make the interface more flexible and interactive than ever before. Learn about improvements to the home page and navigator, new widgets, interactive tables, mobile device support, and more.


15290 - Upgrading Your E-Business Suite Customizations
Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, April 9, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 303

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


14665 - Oracle E-Business Suite Roadmap: What’s New in Release 12.2 Beyond Online Patching
Jeanne Lowell, VP, EBS Strategy, Oracle

Thursday, April 10, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Level 1, Marco Polo - 703

Learn more about Oracle E-Business Suites product roadmap of recent releases and future plans to deliver new capabilities for years to come. Jeanne Lowell, VP of EBS Product Strategy, will cover what's new in R12.2 beyond online patching, including functional enhancements and improved user experience.


15286 - Part 1 - Getting Optimal Performance from Oracle E-Business Suite
Samer Barakat, Director, Applications Performance, Oracle

Thursday, April 10, 8:30 am 9:30 am
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

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


15378 - Part 2 - Getting Optimal Performance from Oracle E-Business Suite
Samer Barakat, Director, Applications Performance, Oracle

Thursday, April 10, 9:45 am 10:45 am
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

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


15257 - Advanced Oracle E-Business Suite Architectures: Maximum Availability, Security and More
Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Thursday, April 10, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 303

Join this session to build upon the 3-tier logical Oracle E-Business architecture to meet your business requirements. Features that provide high availability, scalability and performance including load-balancing, clustering and virtualization are covered. Apply these features for disaster recovery planning. Learn about optional deployments for advanced security and reporting. Also covered are the latest tools and technologies for extending E-Business Suite including SOA enablement and the Integrated SOA Gateway.


15260 - Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in for Enterprise Manager – Features and Roadmap
Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Thursday, April 10, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 309

This session gives an overview of the latest releases of Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite, including new features and product roadmap. By attending this session, you will gain an understanding of how you can reduce your overall IT costs, gain insight into the health of your system, and dramatically improve the productivity of EM administrators, DBAs, System Administrators, Developers, and other users by automating operational tasks.


15288 - Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade Best Practices: Technical Insight
Udayan Parvate, Sr. Director, Release Engineering, Quality and Release Management, Oracle

Friday, April 11, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 303

This session is ideal for organizations thinking about upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 or 12.2. It covers the fundamentals of upgrading, including the technology stack components and supported upgrade paths. Hear from Oracle Development about the set of best practices for patching in general and executing the technical upgrade, with special considerations for minimizing your downtime. Also get to know about relatively recent upgrade resources.


15256 - Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Best Practices
Rekha Ayothi, Lead Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Friday, April 11, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

Oracle is investing across applications and technologies to make the application integration experience easier. Learn more about Oracle’s integration offering across data- and process-centric integrations. These technologies can be used to address various application integration challenges and styles, including SOA and REST services based integration. Learn how, when, and where you can leverage Oracle solutions to connect end-to-end business processes, and to build new solutions including mobile applications.


Special Interest Groups (SIG)

15330 - OAUG E-Business Suite User Management SIG Meeting
Susan Behn, Infosemantics, Inc.

Monday, April 7, 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

Oracle has released new features in EBS 12.2 to secure flexfields and their associated value sets using user management roles and grants. Sara will present how to implement and use this new functionality.

Guest Participation: Q&A Session with Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle


15325 - OAUG Database SIG Meeting
Michael Brown, BlueStar

Tuesday, April 8, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

Guest Participation: Q&A Session with Elke Phelps, Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle


15328 - OAUG EBS Applications Technology SIG Meeting
Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.
Christina Blincoe, Burns & McDonnell

Wednesday, April 9, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

Guest Participation of Applications Technology Group staff members including Steven Chan, Elke Phelps, Kevin Hudson, Max Arderius among others.


15346 - OAUG Upgrade SIG Meeting
Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.
Andy Katz, Komori

Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

Guest Participation of Applications Technology Group staff members.


Panels

14437 - Oracle E-Business Suite Cloning Panel
Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Tuesday, April 8, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

This panel will discuss differences between available release 11i, R12, R12.1 and R12.2 cloning methods. Advantages and disadvantages of each cloning method will be discussed in depth. This panel of experienced database administrators will lead a discussion focusing on the questions such as “which cloning method is best to use in your particular environment”. Attendees will gain practical knowledge, tips and tricks to assist with cloning of Oracle E-Business Suite release 11i, R12, R12.1 and R12.2 environments.

Guest Participation of Applications Technology Group staff members including Max Arderius among others.


15377 - Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade Panel
Sandra Vucinic, VLAD Group, Inc.

Thursday, April 10, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Sands, Level 1 - 203

In this panel discussion, our panelists will answer your questions about the upgrade effort, issues, and problems being faced by users and customers. Hear directly from the experts and find out how to apply their lessons learned to your organization. Why do you need to upgrade? Should you upgrade to EBS R12.1 or R12.2? Have you found a problem that our panelists might help with? Come to this session to get your R12.x upgrade questions answered.

Guest Participation of Applications Technology Group staff members including Anne Carlson among others.


Meet the Experts

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with Oracle E-Business Suite tools and technology experts. This session is where you can have discussions regarding the Oracle Applications strategy and your specific business and IT strategy. The experts will be available to discuss the value of the latest releases and share insights into the best path for your enterprise, so come ready with your questions. Space is limited.

15556 - Meet the Experts: Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Stack
Tuesday, April 8, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Level 1, Casanova - 505

  • Steven Chan, Oracle
  • Elke Phelps, Oracle
  • Max Arderius, Oracle

15557 - Meet the Experts: Oracle E-Business Suite Strategy and Roadmap
Tuesday, April 8, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Level 1, Casanova - 505

  • Cliff Godwin, Oracle
  • Jeanne Lowell, Oracle
  • Nadia Bendjedou, Oracle

15560 - Meet the Experts: Oracle E-Business Suite Strategy and Roadmap (Repeat)
Wednesday, April 9, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: Level 1, Casanova - 505

  • Cliff Godwin, Oracle
  • Jeanne Lowell, Oracle
  • Nadia Bendjedou, Oracle

15566 - Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrades Best Practices
Thursday, April 10, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Level 1, Casanova - 505

  • Anne Carlson, Oracle
  • Nadia Bendjedou, Oracle
  • Samer Barakat, Oracle
  • Udayan Parvate, Oracle

15567 - Meet the Experts: Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Stack (Repeat)
Thursday, April 10, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room: Level 1, Casanova - 505

  • Steven Chan, Oracle
  • Elke Phelps, Oracle
  • Max Arderius, Oracle

    Demos

    Kiosk #33 - Oracle E-Business Suite - Technology, Upgrade and System Management

    We have one booth in the exhibition demogrounds this year, where you can get your questions answered. Please stop by and meet our staff to have discussions about Oracle E-Business Suite Technology, SOA-based Integration, Upgrades, Maintenance, Online Patching, System Administration, Configuration and more.


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


    Friday Mar 28, 2014

    New Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

    I am very pleased to announce the availability of E-Business Suite 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection 1.  This Recommended Patch Collection combines recommended patches for EBS 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset:


    Why is this important?

    Getting to EBS 12.1.3 isn't enough.  Additional patches must be applied on top of EBS 12.1.3 before going into production. These include individual patches, product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific Recommended Patch Collections (RPC). 

    For example, there are Recommended Patch Collections for Financials products such as General Ledger, Payables, and others.  On the technology side, there are patchsets such as the OA Framework 12.1.3.1 Consolidated Update Patch

    Identifying these individual patches, RUPs, Family Packs, and RPCs can be time-consuming.  Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.

    Included in Recommended Patch Collection 1 (RPC1)

    The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC1 patchset includes a comprehensively-tested set of the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the following EBS product families:

    • Applications Technology Group (ATG)
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Financials (FIN)
    • Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
    • Procurement (PRC)
    • Projects (PJ)
    • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
    • Value Chain Planning (VCP)

    Your feedback is welcome

    We are very interested in hearing about your experiences with this new Recommended Patch Collection.  You can post a comment here or send me an email directly.

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    Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

    Oracle VM Templates For EBS 12.2.3 For Exalogic

    We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3 for Exalogic are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:

    Screenshot of Oracle VM template download site for Exalogic images

    These VM templates can be imported into the Enterprise Manager Ops Center to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on Exalogic servers for demonstration, development or production use.

    The Exalogic Elastic Cloud platform is optimized for the application tier. We recommend that you run databases that experience heavy loads (such as User Acceptance Tests or Production databases) on a machine dedicated for that purpose.

    These templates deliver the full EBS software stack, including the Oracle Linux 5.8 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

    The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 templates for Exalogic are:

    • VISION Demo Database Tier
    • Production (PROD) Database Tier
    • Application Tier
    • Sparse Application Tier

    An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 for Exalogic installation requires one template for the database tier and another for the primary application tier.

    First, choose either the VISION Demo Database template (for a fully-configured demonstration system with sample data) or the Production (PROD) Database template for an empty instance ready for configuration and production deployment. Then choose the Application Tier template.

    You can optionally use the Sparse Application Tier template to add a secondary application tier to your new installation or to an existing farm.  Sparse Application Tier templates are small Oracle VM templates that contains an operating system,  Secondary application tiers can be used for EBS web, application, and batch servers.

    References

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    Monday Mar 17, 2014

    Webcast Mar. 18: Advanced Testing & Management of EBS with Oracle Enterprise Manager

    Our Oracle Enterprise Manager team has arranged a webcast in which Aramark will discuss their experiences using Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage their E-Business Suite environments.

    They will be discussing how they use the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 12c as part of their EBS administration processes. 

    This webcast is tomorrow:

    EM12c AMP 12.1.0.2 screenshot

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    Thursday Mar 13, 2014

    Important Updates to EBS 12.2 AD and TXK Tools

    We are pleased to announce two new updates for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Technology Stack (TXK) and  Applications DBA (AD) suite of administrative tools respectively.  They include important Online Patching updates.  All EBS 12.2 users are strongly encouraged to apply these new updates to their environments as soon as possible.

    The updates include:

    • New features: simplified addition and deletion of Weblogic Server managed servers, new Online Patching Log Analyzer utility, and additional Online Patching options.
    • Stability and performance-related updates.

    AD-delta-4-screenshot

    You can download the two updates (RUPs) here:

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

    References

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    Friday Mar 07, 2014

    Oracle VM Virtual Appliances Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3

    Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at this location:

     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.  Alternatively, they can be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

    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.

    The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 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

    These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

    • Single node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.2.3 database and application tiers.
    • Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the 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 or 12.2.3 installation.
    References

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    Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

    Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

    I'm very happy to announce the certification of Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. 

    To begin planning your database upgrade to 11.2.0.4, you should review our documentation in this order:

    1. Interoperability Notes: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (Note 1623879.1) 

    2. R12.2 Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes (Note 1594274.1) .  The interoperability note references this note.  It is crucial that you review all requirements in Section 2.2, "Database 11.2.0.4 Patches and Bug Numbers" of this note.

    3. Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 396009.1).  Make certain that you review Section 4, "Release-Specific Database Initialization Parameters For Oracle 11gR2" and Section 6, "Additional Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2".

    What does this mean if you are upgrading to R12.2?

    • This upgrade is highly recommended for all EBS 12.2 environments.

    • If you are just beginning your upgrade to R12.2 project, you should consider upgrading to Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 now. 

    • If your are currently in the midst of your R12.2 upgrade, you may continue as planned with Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and upgrade to 11.2.0.4 as your R12.2 upgrade project and test plans permit.

    • If your go-live date is soon, you may choose to continue as planned with Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and upgrade to 11.2.0.4 after you go-live with 12.2.

    It may be useful to review the the Oracle Database 11gR2 support policies and dates as part of your decision-making process:

    Prerequisites

    • 12.2.2 and higher
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (RH 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)  (10, 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -  Database tier only
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
    • IBM: Linux on System z 
    Database Feature and Option Certifications
    The following database features and options are certified:

    Pending Database Feature and Option Certifications

    • Database Vault

    About the pending certifications

    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, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

    References

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

    Friday Feb 21, 2014

    startCD options to install Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2

    The startCD 12.2.0.47 for Oracle E-Business Suite has been replaced with Patch 17873425. This patch is now available in My Oracle Support.

    Screenshot of download page for patch 17873425 startCD

    The new startCD includes more than a dozen bug fixes, support for  Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) and it also includes JDK 7 as part of the standard E-Business Suite installation (as opposed to JDK 6 installed by the startCD 12.2.0.46).

    As a general principle, we recommend using the latest startCD (currently, 12.2.0.47) to install and upgrade to the latest Oracle E-Business Suite Release (currently 12.2.3). However, not all customers may be able to do this immediately, especially if their internal testing cycles were initiated on previous JDK versions.

    Two supported upgrade paths are available. Choose the one that best suits your needs:

    • Use startCD 12.2.0.47 to upgrade to Release 12.2.2 or 12.2.3. This will include JDK7 as part of the installation.
    • Use startCD 12.2.0.46 to upgrade to Release 12.2.2 or 12.2.3, in conjunction with the AD/TXK.Delta.3 patches. This will retain JDK6.

    Note: With regard to the second option above, the compatibility of the AD/TXK.Delta.3 patches with both JDK 6 and JDK 7 gives you the flexibility to upgrade from 12.2.2 to 12.2.3 and retain JDK6. We  recommend moving to JDK 7 at your earliest opportunity.

    These are the permutations:

    startCD Version JDK Version AD/TXK Codelevel Release Supported
    startCD 12.2.0.46 JDK6 R12.TXK.C.DELTA.2/R12.AD.C.delta.2 12.2.2
    startCD 12.2.0.46 JDK6 R12.TXK.C.DELTA.3/R12.AD.C.delta.3 12.2.3
    startCD 12.2.0.47  JDK7 R12.TXK.C.DELTA.2/R12.AD.C.delta.2  None
     startCD 12.2.0.47
     JDK7
    R12.TXK.C.DELTA.3/R12.AD.C.delta.3 12.2.2
    startCD 12.2.0.47 JDK7 R12.TXK.C.DELTA.3/R12.AD.C.delta.3 12.2.3

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    Friday Feb 14, 2014

    Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i on Additional HP Platforms

    HP logoAs a follow up to the prior announcements on November 20th 2013, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher) on the following additional platforms:

    • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.31)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)1

    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.

    This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite 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

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

    Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

    Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2.2 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    I am happy to announce that Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 Patchset 2 (11.1.2.2.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) and 12 (12.0.6, 12.1.1+, 12.2.2+).  If you are implementing single sign-on for the first time, or are an existing Oracle Access Manager user, you may integrate with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 using Oracle Access Manager WebGate and Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate.

    Choosing the Right Integration

    Our previously published blog article and support note with single sign-on recommended and certified integration paths has been updated to include Oracle Access Manager 11gR2PS2:

    References

    You may refer to the following My Oracle Support Knowledge Documents for additional details regarding certified architectures and versions:

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      Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

      E-Business Suite Release 12.2 available on Windows x64

      As a follow-up to the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 General Availability announcement last year, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.2) is now available on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit). The media for this release is available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud along with associated documents and patches.

      Users must review the Oracle E-Business Suite Installation and Upgrade Notes Release 12 (12.2) for Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (My Oracle Support Document ID: 1330706.1) for requirements and further details.

      The following editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) are certified for Oracle E-Business Suite:

      • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

      Oracle E-Business Suite also supports the above editions of 2008 R2 as a guest operating system running in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V virtual machines.

      Note: Beginning with this release, 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server are no longer supported. Upgrades from 11i or previous versions of R12 (12.0, 12.1) on existing Windows 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems to 12.2 on Windows x64 are supported.

      Users must also review the Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility web site for information on servers that specifically support Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64).

      Where can I find more information?

      Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

      Support Implications for Your EBS Customizations

      I've published this guidance in various articles before but it never hurts to consolidate it here for new readers.

      You may choose to:

      • Modify or extend the E-Business Suite code that we ship
      • Add new database objects or modify existing database objects that we ship
      • Modify our standard EBS database partitioning schemes
      • Introduce various forms of third-party virtualization technologies for any of the E-Business Suite's three tiers -- the database tier, the application server tier, or the desktop tier
      • Use third-party tools to modify your database directly
      • Integrate third-party software with your EBS environment, say, for reporting purposes, or to obtain additional industry-specific functionality
      • Use third-party tools to manage or configure your EBS environment.
      Oracle generally considers all of these activities to be some form of customization.  This is not a complete list. Generally speaking, if you have introduced something new into your environment that we haven't tested, we cannot take responsibility for it, so we consider it to be a customization.

      Where these activities fall on a risk spectrum depends on their invasiveness.  The more invasive a customization is, the greater its potential risk.  Oracle generally recommends against invasive customizations.

      Oracle's official policy on handling customizations is detailed here:

      The support implications boil down to this:

      • Issues that are isolated to the E-Business Suite will be investigated by E-Business Suite Development.
      • Issues that are isolated to your customizations or third-party tools should be directed to the third-party vendor.
      • E-Business Suite Development will provide E-Business Suite Development patches for issues that can be reproduced in environments built using E-Business Suite documented procedures and tools.
      • If the third-party vendor cannot resolve issues isolated to their tools, you should restore from a backup and revert to using Oracle’s documented tools and procedures.

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      Friday Jan 17, 2014

      EBS 12.2 Certified with Database 11.2.0.3 for Additional "Database Tier-only" Platforms

      I am pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (12.2.2 or higher) is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 (11.2.0.3) for the Linux on IBM System z and Oracle Solaris on x86-64 platforms running on the database tier with the following OS versions:

      For Oracle Solaris on x86-64:

      • Oracle Solaris 10 on x86-64 (64-bit)
      • Oracle Solaris 11 on x86-64 (64-bit)

      For Linux on IBM System z:

      • 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)

      The application tier of the E-Business Suite 12.2 is not certified with the above platforms, only the database tier; customers must run the application tier on fully certified platforms using the 12.2 software provided as part of our release (see 'Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Now Available').

      This announcement for E-Business Suite Release 12.2 includes the following (as well as other features and options):

      • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Oracle Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Database Instances

      References

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

      Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

      Java JRE 1.6.0_71 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

      Java logo

      [Jan. 16, 2014 Update:  replaced Windows versions with a generic pointer to the underlying Notes]

      The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_71 (a.k.a. JRE 6u71-b12) 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?

      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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        Java JRE 1.7.0_51 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

        Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u51 (a.k.a. JRE 7u51-b13) 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.

        New Features in JRE 1.7.0_51

        For a full list of new features included in this JRE release, see the JRE 1.7.0_51 Update Release Notes. Amongst other changes and features this includes:

        Changes to Security Slider
        • Self-Signed and Unsigned applets are now blocked on the default 'High' Security Setting. This setting also requires the inclusion of the 'permission' attribute.
        • For information on signing jar files with a 'Trusted Certificate', see Enhanced Jar Signing for Oracle E-Business Suite (Note 1591073.1)

        Exception Site List

        • The 'Exception Site List'  allows end users to control  their own application whitelist to by-pass a number of security rules. For example this would allow applications and sites to run even though they are using using self-signed certificates for example. For further information on this feature see the  Java SE Exception Site List document.

        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_51 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 Jan 14, 2014

        Critical Patch Update for January 2014 Now Available

        The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2014 was released on January 14, 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:

        • April 15, 2014
        • July 15, 2014
        • October 14, 2014
        • January 13, 2015
        E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

        Monday Jan 13, 2014

        EBS Release 12 Certified with Mac OS X 10.9 with Safari 7 and JRE 7

        Apple logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 or higher) is now certified with the Safari 7 browser and the JRE 7 plugin on the following Apple Mac OS X desktop configuration:

        • Mac OS X 10.9 ("Mavericks" version 10.9.1 or higher)
        • Safari version 7 (7.0.1 or higher)
        • Oracle JRE 7 plugin (1.7.0_45 or higher)

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

        References

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        Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

        Java (JDK) 7 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2 Servers

        Java logoOracle E-Business Suite 12.2 shipped with Java SE (JDK) 6 as part of its Rapid Install technology stack. 

        Java (JDK) 7 is now certified for EBS 12.2 application and database tier servers.  See:

        You can apply the Java 7 update on all tier nodes:

        • Java 6.0 either Oracle JRockit (JRockit) or Java SE Development Kit (JDK), on the application tier
        • 32-bit or 64-bit Java 6 for use by Oracle WebLogic Server 11.1.1.6.0 only
        • Non-WebLogic middle tier nodes using 32-bit Java version 6.0 only
        • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) version 6.0 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Oracle Forms and Reports services
        • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) version 6.0 on the database tier

        End-users can use either JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktop clients to run Forms-based products in EBS 12.2.

        Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

        The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

        Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 desktop clients can connect to EBS 12.2 environments running JDK 7.

        JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

        Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

        Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

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

        No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 to the end of June 2017.

        Summary of EBS Certifications

        There is a one-page summary of all of the latest E-Business Suite techstack certifications here:

        • http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/resource/certifications.html

        This listing summarizes the official CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support.  The CERTIFY database is the official and authoritative reference for all E-Business Suite certifications.

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        Monday Jan 06, 2014

        ATG Live Webcast Jan. 8th: Advanced EBS Management using Enterprise Manager

        I'm pleased to announce our first webcast of the year:

        • Oracle Enterprise Manager: Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite
          Wednesday, January 8, 2014
          10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

        You will receive links to the live webcast after you register here:

        Angelo Rosado and Vasu Rao, EBS Product Management, will provide an update on the latest Application Management Pack features for managing E-Business Suite environments with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  They will cover AMP features such as:

        • Online Patching with E-Business Suite 12.2
        • Customization management 
        • Cloning
        • System monitoring
        • Configuration and compliance management 

        They will also provide a glimpse of the product roadmap, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live webcast.

        EM12c AMP 12.1.0.2 screenshot

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        Friday Jan 03, 2014

        Which JDeveloper Version Works With Your EBS Release?

        JDeveloper logoWhen you create extensions to Oracle E-Business Suite OA Framework pages, you must use the version of Oracle JDeveloper shipped by the Oracle E-Business Suite product team.

        The version of Oracle JDeveloper is specific to the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology patch level, so there is a new version of Oracle JDeveloper with each new release of the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology patchset.

        This Note lists the JDeveloper with OA Extension updates for EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2:

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        Monday Dec 16, 2013

        Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3 Now Available

        We are very pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 is generally available for download now:

        EBS 12.2.3 Patch 17020683 download

        Instructions for downloading and applying the patch:

        What Does EBS 12.2.3 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 12.2.3 is cumulative and includes new updates as well as updates made available in one-off patches on 11.5.10, 12.0, 12.1.3, and the base 12.2 releases.

        User Experience Modernization

        With 12.2.3, the Oracle E-Business Suite incorporates current UI design trends and improves user productivity by including:

        • New look and feel: appears lighter and fresher, with flat rather than dimensional elements, reduced gradients, and white or light colors with splashes of darker color.

        • Rich table interaction: allows an end user to scroll through a table if its width exceeds the browser's width, detach a table and work with it as a separate component with a wider width, and re-size and reorder table columns that an end user can then save as a user personalization.

        • Worklist header icon: displays by default in all HTML-based pages, the worklist header icon is an alternative to including a worklist region in the Oracle E-Business Suite home page. Users can select the icon to view a summarized list of recent notifications, then click to view and respond to notification details.

        For a complete list of new features, see:

        Upgrading to EBS 12.2.3

        Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 11i to 12.2.3?

        No.  EBS 11i customers must first upgrade to EBS 12.2 before applying 12.2.3.

        Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.3?

        No.  EBS 12.0 customers must first upgrade to EBS 12.2 before applying 12.2.3.

        Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.3?

        Yes.  EBS 12.2 customers can apply 12.2.3 directly to their environments.  EBS 12.2.3 is an Online Patch -- it may be applied while EBS 12.2 is running.

        How can I prepare for EBS 12.2?

        More technical references

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