Friday Dec 11, 2015

Oracle Unified Directory 11.1.2.3 Certified with EBS 12.2

Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2 Patchset 3 (11.1.2.3) is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.2.  Oracle Unified Directory can be used when enabling single sign-on capabilities for the E-Business Suite via Oracle Access Manager 11gR2.

This certification also includes Directory Integration Platform 11gR1 Patchset 7 (11.1.1.9), which is used to synchronize users between OUD and the E-Business Suite.  

See:

How does this relate to Oracle Internet Directory?

EBS 12.2 users now have the option of using either Oracle Internet Directory or Oracle Unified Directory when enabling single sign-on in their environments. 

Which one should I use?

From the perspective on an E-Business Suite end-user, both directories offer the same functionality, namely, end-users can log on to the E-Business Suite.  The choice really depends upon your user directory administrators.  You should use the one that meets your user administration requirements the best.

Here are the options.  If you're:

  • Running EBS 12.1, you can only use Oracle Internet Directory
  • Running EBS 12.2: you can use Oracle Internet Directory or Oracle Unified Directory

Do I need to switch from OID to OUD?

No.  You can continue to use Oracle Internet Directory with EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  There is no need to switch from Oracle Internet Directory to Oracle Unified Directory.

Can I eliminate both OID and OUD?

No.  When integrating E-Business Suite with Oracle Access Manager, EBS has hardcoded dependencies that require either OID or OUD.  You must have one of these two directories.

This article discusses OID but applies equally to OUD now.  The same technical dependencies exist for Oracle Unified Directory and Oracle Internet Directory when integrating the E-Business Suite with Oracle Access Manager. 

Certified Platforms

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

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

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Thursday Dec 10, 2015

Configuring Oracle Workflow with Cloud E-Mail Servers

It is now possible to configure Oracle Workflow Notification Mailer with any cloud-based email server that supports SSL/TLS protocols.  This includes cloud-based email servers such as Microsoft Office 365 and GMail. You can configure cloud-based SMTP and IMAP email servers to handle inbound and outbound Workflow mailer processing. 

Patches are available for E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and 12.2.  For complete details, see:

Workflow Office 365 Gmail setup table

The notification mailer configuration wizard within Oracle Applications Manager currently does not support these new security protocol parameters, so you must perform the required configuration steps manually. You should configure outbound processing for your notification mailer first, and then configure inbound processing.

After you configure a notification mailer to use a cloud e-mail server, you must no longer use the notification mailer configuration wizard for that mailer. Instead, continue using the manual configuration scripts to update the mailer configuration as needed.

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Wednesday Dec 09, 2015

Reminder: EBS 11i Reverts to Sustaining Support on January 1, 2016

E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 has been in Sustaining Support since December 1, 2013.  We have offered a one-time Exception to Sustaining Support (covering only Severity 1 issues) until December 31, 2015. 

This means that we will revert to Sustaining Support for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i 11.5.10.2 on January 1, 2016.  See:

Updated EBS Support timelines

EBS 11i users should upgrade to EBS 12.2 as soon as possible.

What happens after Extended Support ends?

The Exception to Sustaining Support coverage ends and we revert to the normal mode of Sustaining Support on January 1, 2016.  You can request diagnostic assistance for EBS 11i issues and download existing patches and documentation. Sustaining Support does not include:

  • New updates, fixes, security alerts, data fixes, and critical patch updates
  • New tax, legal, and regulatory updates
  • New upgrade scripts
  • Certification with new third-party products/versions
  • Certification with new Oracle products

For more specifics on Premier Support, Extended Support, and Sustaining Support, see:

Implications for EBS 11i users

You may need to freeze your desktop and server configurations while you upgrade to EBS 12.2. 

New versions of desktop components may not work with EBS 11i. These include new releases of:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Internet Explorer (IE)
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Office
  • Desktop-based Java Runtime Environment (JRE)  

New versions of server-based components may not work with EBS 11i. 

These include new releases of:

  • Server-based operating systems (Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, etc.)
  • Oracle Database
  • Java JDK
  • Fusion Middleware components (Oracle HTTP Server, JServ, Forms, etc.)

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Tuesday Dec 08, 2015

Updated: EBS Upgrade Performance Diagnostics White Paper

We've updated our white paper that describes methods and tools for diagnosing performance-related issues with your EBS 12.x upgrades:

This is a companion Note to:

Both Notes are written by by Jim Machin, a senior member of our Applications Performance group. The companion Note describes a framework and tools for obtaining:

  • Actual statistics: So that you can see exactly which execution plan steps are inefficient, rather than those that you think might be inefficient. You can also estimate the likely impact of a performance fix.
  • Diagnostics that are quick and easy to run, so that you can obtain diagnostics on more jobs/SQL, and obtain them faster.
  • Diagnostics that have very little impact on the performance of the Release 12 upgrade: if they can be run during the upgrade, you will get the diagnostics sooner and be able to resolve the issue more quickly.

There is an extensive range of diagnostics available, which include:

  • Identifying the top SQL in cursor cache or AWR
  • Displaying cursor reports for long-running SQL
  • Matching long-running SQL to jobs
  • Reporting on CBO statistics for all EBS tables
  • Reviewing the AD job timing report
  • Identifying long-running upgrade jobs
  • Specific diagnostics for Online Patching enablement performance

This white paper is updated regularly with new tips and recommendations based upon our Application Performance group's work with actual EBS 12.2 customers and their Service Requests.  All EBS 12.2 sysadmins should monitor this white paper regularly.

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Monday Dec 07, 2015

Updated: Minimizing EBS 12.2 Upgrade Downtimes White Paper

We have updated our recommendations for minimizing downtimes when upgrading to EBS 12.2:

Written by Jim Machin, a senior member of our Applications Performance group, this white paper contains a wealth of detailed technical recommendations for reducing the amount of time needed for an EBS 12.2 upgrade. 

Events vs. sessions bottlenecks diagram

It covers:

  • Technical preparation and planning activities
  • Diagnostics for monitoring and troubleshooting performance issues
  • Common solutions to performance issues
  • Oracle Applications Tablespace Model (OATM) considerations
  • Methods for purging old data
  • Gathering statistics
  • Detailed recommendations for improving resource management, sizing, and workloads

This white paper is updated regularly with new tips and recommendations based upon our Application Performance group's work with actual EBS 12.2 customers and their Service Requests.  All EBS 12.2 sysadmins should monitor this white paper regularly.

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Friday Dec 04, 2015

Reminder: Upgrade to IE 11 Before January 12, 2016

Microsoft IE LogoMicrosoft has published this reminder to all customers:

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports (sic) and security updates. Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

What does this mean for EBS users?

This notice applies to all Oracle E-Business Suite users.  After January 12, 2016, Oracle will no longer certify older versions of IE with any updates to Oracle E-Business Suite, including EBS releases 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

All EBS customers must follow Microsoft's guidance and upgrade to IE 11. See:

What are the EBS support implications of staying on an older IE version?

You will continue to have access to existing EBS patches and documentation for older IE releases via My Oracle Support.

Oracle may attempt to assist with questions about older IE releases.  Oracle's ability to assist may be limited by lack of access to desktops running those older releases.

Oracle will issue new patches only for issues that can be reproduced on IE 11.

References

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Monday Nov 30, 2015

Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with HP-UX and EBS 12.1.3

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 12.1.1 or later updates to the 12.1 code line on the following additional platform:

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.31)
This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite 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 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable

References

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Thursday Nov 26, 2015

SHA-2 PKI Certificates Certified with EBS 12.1.3 on Windows

As a follow-up to a prior announcement, SHA-2 signed PKI certificates are now certified for inbound connections to the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) delivered with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 on Windows.  

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

Required Steps

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

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

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

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

Overview of the Requirements

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

  • Update OPatch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Apply platform-related patch to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 10.1.3 Oracle Home

For Windows, apply patch 22251660 to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 10.1.3.5 Oracle Home.

  • Perform all necessary post steps.

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

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

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

Pending Platform Certifications

None. All platforms are now certified.

References

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Wednesday Nov 25, 2015

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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

WebCenter Development Framework

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.9.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 8. 

Certified Platforms

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

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

References

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Tuesday Nov 24, 2015

How to Download Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 was released in October 2015. This consolidated, suite-wide release update pack includes:

  • New features
  • Statutory and regulatory updates
  • Stability, performance, and security enhancements

Like other recent EBS releases, 12.2.5 is available by download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC). Unlike with earlier releases, however, you do not specify EBS itself as a product to download. Here's what to do instead:

  1. Specify an EBS product you'll be using. For example, you might choose Oracle Financials.
  2. Go on to specify your platform, such as Linux x86-64.
  3. OSDC will display the EBS software distribution for the product you specified.
  4. Accept the license agreements.
  5. OSDC displays the appropriate Zip files for you to download.

OSDC

Note: You only need to specify one Oracle E-Business Suite product, even if you are going to use more than one.

References

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Installation Guide: Using Rapid Install, Release 12.2 (Part No. E22950-22), available from the Release 12.2 Web Library in PDF and HTML formats

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Monday Nov 23, 2015

SHA-2 PKI Certificates Certified with EBS 12.1.3 on AIX and Itanium

As a follow-up to a prior announcement, SHA-2 signed PKI certificates are now certified for inbound connections to the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) delivered with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 on AIX and Itanium.  

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

Required Steps

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

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

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

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

Overview of the Requirements

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

  • Update OPatch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Apply platform-related patch to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 10.1.3 Oracle Home

For AIX and HP Itanium, apply patch 21948197 to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 10.1.3.5 Oracle Home.

  • Perform all necessary post steps.

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

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

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

Pending Platform Certifications

There will be an additional patch required on top of the FMW 10g Oracle Home October 2015 CPU for Windows. The required patch is currently in development.

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

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References

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 Nov 20, 2015

Mobile Approvals 1.3 for EBS Now Available for iOS and Android

Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite lets you respond to pending Workflow approval requests via an app for iOS and Android. It allows you to handle approval requests for expenses, requisitions, purchase orders, recruitment vacancies and offers, timecards, item changes, Supplier Invoices, and more.

Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite is compatible with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 and 12.2.3 and above. To use this app, you must be a authorized user of Oracle E-Business Suite, with mobile services configured on the server side by your EBS system administrator. 

What's New in Version 1.3.0

  • Support for enterprise distribution
  • Customization support for corporate branding
  • Mobile application management (MAM) support with Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS), including single sign-on
  • Support for Web SSO authentication to delegate authentication to Oracle Access Manager (OAM)
  • New approval types: Timecards, Item Changes, and Supplier Invoices
  • Enhanced data layout
  • Improved approvals filtering
  • Translations in 10 additional languages including Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

For more information on how to use Mobile Approvals, please refer to the following document:

References

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Thursday Nov 19, 2015

BPEL 12.1.3 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.2 SOA Integrations

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

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

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

BPEL integration architecture diagram example

These prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 12c version 12.1.3 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 12c) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.

References

Certified Platforms

Oracle SOA Suite Release 12c Version 12.1.3 is certified to run on any operating system upon which Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is certified. Check the following for more details:

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

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

Getting Support

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

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Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

JRE 8u66-b18 Fixes Java Stability Issues with Firefox ESR 38

Java logo[Dec. 14, 2015 update:  An emergency fix for this issue as well as the fix for the IE Forms delay issue is available in Patch 22286087.  Like Patch 22097409 described in the linked article, these patches are only available to users with a current My Oracle Support contract.  If you do not have a My Oracle Support contract, you will have to wait for a future release to be posted on the public Java download site.]

Running Java content with Firefox ESR 38.4.0 using JRE 7 or 8 may cause Firefox to crash. This may affect Oracle E-Business Suite users when running Forms-based EBS screens.  This issue does not affect Internet Explorer users.

JRE 1.8.0_66-b18 is now available.  This release fixes the issue in JRE 8 for all EBS releases affected: 11i, 12.1, and 12.2:

Although Java patches contain both the JRE and JDK releases you only need the JRE version installed on the desktop client to use this fix.

Also affects JRE 7

The same issue is also displayed when running JRE 1.7.0_91 through Internet Explorer. A fix for the JRE 7 family is currently in progress.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

References

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.

JRE 8u66-b33 Fixes JRE 8 Launch Delays with Internet Explorer

Java logo

[Dec. 14, 2015 update:  An emergency fix for this issue as well as the fix for the Firefox ESR 38 issue is available in Patch 22286087.  Like Patch 22097409 described in the article below, these patches are only available to users with a current My Oracle Support contract.  If you do not have a My Oracle Support contract, you will have to wait for a future release to be posted on the public Java download site.]

Running JRE 1.8.0_60 through 1.8.0_66 (pre-build 33) using Internet Explorer causes Update the initial Java applet launch to be delayed by around 20 seconds.  This affects all E-Business Suite users when starting Forms-based EBS screens for the first time.  This issue does not affect Firefox users.

JRE 1.8.0_66-b33 is now available.  This release fixes the issue in JRE 8 for all EBS releases affected: 11i, 12.1, and 12.2:

Although Java patches contain both the JRE and JDK releases you only need the JRE version installed on the desktop client to use this fix.

Also affects JRE 7

The same issue is also displayed when running JRE 1.7.0_91 through Internet Explorer. A fix for the JRE 7 family is currently in progress.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

References

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 Nov 17, 2015

Rapid Install StartCD 50 for EBS 12.2 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest Oracle E-Business Suite startCD 50 (12.2.0.50). As the fundamental installation medium for EBS, the startCD is what you begin with when installing or upgrading to Release 12.2.

This latest version includes many important fixes and updates; see the README of the startCD patch. The new startCD is highly recommended for all customers who will use Rapid Install to perform an installation or upgrade to Release 12.2.

How to Obtain startCD 12.2.0.50

  • You can download the startCD as Patch 21055525.

Using Rapid Install

Full instructions for Rapid Install can be found here:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Installation Guide: Using Rapid Install  (PDF, HTML)

What's New in this Update?

This new startCD version 12.2.0.50 includes:

  • Important fixes for fresh install and upgrade scenarios.
  • Introduces Fusion Middleware Web Tier utilities 11.1.1.7.0
  • Installs additional technology stack patches for Oracle Database 11g and Fusion Middleware.

A new stage area for startCD 12.2.0.50 is mandatory

You must create a new stage area to use startCD 12.2.0.50. This startCD version requires a later patch set of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Web Tier Utilities (11.1.1.7.0) than the patch set used by earlier startCD versions.  Earlier startCD versions used Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.6.0.

You cannot use an existing stage area created with an earlier startCD version. You must create a new stage area to install the currently required Oracle Fusion Middleware Web Tier Utilities patch set (11.1.1.7.0).

How to get Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.7

You can obtain the Oracle Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.7.0 in the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud as part of the 12.2.5 media:

  • Go to the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, search for Oracle Financials for your platform
  • Under 12.2.5, download the ZIP file "Oracle Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.7.0"


To recreate the stage with the new component you have to:

  1. Download Oracle Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.7.0
    • Place the ZIP file for the new component in the directory where all the EBS ZIP files reside. (You can reuse the ZIPs for the original 12.2.0 media (excluding Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.6.0). If you don't have it, you will need to download it again)
  2. Rename or delete the old stage
  3. Run buildStage.sh to create the stage onto a new directory location (i.e. Stage12.2-50)

Please refer to 'Oracle E-Business Suite Installation Guide: Using Rapid Install (Part No. E22950)' guide for more information about creating stage area and other prerequisites.

References

Refer to the following My Oracle Support knowledge documents:

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Monday Nov 16, 2015

New Technology Features in EBS Mobile Apps Release 4.0

Oracle E-Business Suite Development is pleased to announce significant updates for Oracle E-Business Suite smartphone apps for deployment and security, as well as functional enhancements. 


Updates to Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps are delivered as part coordinated releases which supports both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and 12.2.3 and beyond. Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 4.0 is included in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.5, the latest full Oracle E-Business Suite release.

You can easily find these apps by searching 'Oracle EBS America' in Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store.

For more details on these updates for each app, refer to the Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps Release Notes available from MOS Doc ID 1641772.1.

The technology updates include:

  • Enterprise distribution support: Ability to distribute Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps through an enterprise site rather than a public app store and control the version available to users
    • To get the mobile archive files, download the patches using the instructions in the Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps Administrator's Guide - 12.1 and 12.2 (Part No. E64384-02)
  • Customization support for corporate branding: Support to customize branding, including:
    • App Logo
    • App Name
    • Splash Screen
    • End User License Agreement (EULA)
    • Company Logo
    • Copyright Information
  • Delivery of Mobile Application Archives (MAA) files: Delivery of Mobile Application Archives (MAA) files to support enterprise distribution and customization
    • MAA is an application archive that allows developers to use Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) to customize the app and generate the enterprise version of the app to meet customer needs
    • Only specific changes to MAA files are supported by Oracle
    • Updates from Oracle are delivered as new MAA files, which customers would need to use and reapply any modifications
    • Specific type of changes may require license for MAF
  • Enhanced authentication to delegate authentication to Oracle Access Manager (OAM): Support for Web SSO authentication to delegate authentication to Oracle Access Manager (OAM)
    • This delivers to the strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps to use the same user authentication as used by Oracle E-Business Suite web applications
  • Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) support for containerization and single sign-on: Ability to containerize Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps using Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS)
    • OMSS provides capabilities such as security for apps and data, separation of corporate data from personal data, encryption, data leak protection, application tunneling, and mobile single sign-on for several mobile apps on the same device.
    • OMSS must be licensed separately
  • Translations for 10 additional languages: Each app is now available in English as well as the following languages:
    • Brazilian Portuguese
    • Canadian French
    • Dutch
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Latin American Spanish
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Spanish

Configuring Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps

  • An Oracle E-Business Suite server must be configured for mobile apps using server-side patches, before a mobile app can be used with that server instance. For each app, an administrator performs a simple, one-time enablement using server-side patches. For deployment instructions, see the Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps Administrator's Guide - 12.1 and 12.2 (Part No. E64384-02)
  • The latest apps can work with an Oracle E-Business Suite server that has been configured with Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 3.0 server patches.  However, the Release 4.0 server-side patches must be applied to enable new features and fixes that require those patches; such features are listed in the What's New for each app on the app stores and in the Release Notes in the Doc ID 1641772.1.

References

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    Friday Nov 13, 2015

    Microsoft Office 2016 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1.3

    [Dec. 1, 2015 Update: Added 64-bit certification]

    We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2016 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  For details, see:

    This certification covers Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit mode.

    Microsoft Office 2016 desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1.3 for the following desktop client operating systems:

    • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
    • Windows 8.1 32-bit & 64-bit
    • Windows 10 32-bit & 64-bit

    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 2016 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to other desktop-installed editions.

      Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on other editions on our reference edition -- Office 2016 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 2016 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2016 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

      Pending Certifications

      The following certifications for Office 2016 are currently underway:

      • Office 2016 (32-bit and 64-bit) with EBS 12.2

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

      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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      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.

      Thursday Nov 12, 2015

      Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: November 2015 Edition

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

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

      You can research these yourself using this Note:

      Upgrade Recommendations for November 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

      DSTv25 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

      Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in June 2015 and released as DSTv24.

      DSTv25 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and 12.1. The DSTv25 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2015g.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

      Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

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

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

      The latest DSTv25 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv25 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv24 release:

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

      What Patches Are Required?

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

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

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

      Monday Nov 02, 2015

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

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

      This announcement includes:

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


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

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

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

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

      Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

      Oracle WebTier Utilities 11.1.1.9 Now Certified with EBS 12.2

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

      EBS 12.2 technology stack architecture diagram

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

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

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

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      Monday Oct 26, 2015

      Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 with RAC Certified with EBS 12.2

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

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

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

      Oracle E-Business Suite Data Guard Certifications

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


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

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

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

      How to Find the Latest Certification Information

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

      Step 1.  Log in to My Oracle Support

      Step 2. Click on the Certifications tab

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

      Step 4.Click Check certifications with another product

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

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


      References

      Friday Oct 23, 2015

      EBS Release 12.2 Certified with Linux Containers (LXC)

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

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

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

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

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

      Thursday Oct 22, 2015

      Fourth Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

      We are pleased to announce the availability of the fourth consolidated patch collection for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  This patchset combines important patches for Release 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset:


      Reasons to Apply RPC4

      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 has been available for a while, and over its lifetime has been significantly enhanced in numerous ways. These enhancements and fixes are provided as individual patches, product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific Recommended Patch Collections (RPC).

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

      Identifying and applying all the individual patches, RUPs, and RPCs you need can be time-consuming. Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.

      Patches included in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ RPC4 are also available individually, and may contain conditions and prerequisites relevant to their application. RPC4 includes all the recommended patches, along with their dependencies. Applying this patch in a single downtime patching window saves effort and time, rather than applying each recommended patch individually.

      What's Included in RPC4?

      The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC4 patchset includes the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the following Oracle E-Business Suite products and product families:

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

      Is it necessary to apply this RPC if I only use a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products?

      Applying this RPC is recommended, even if you are using only a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products. The patching utility 'adpatch' takes care of the files to be applied and generates them based on the product installation status.

      I have already applied a few Family Packs included in this RPC. What happens when I apply this RPC?

      Applying this RPC on top of already applied individual Family Packs will not harm your system because the patching utility 'adpatch' skips the files already applied on the system. You can apply the latest available RPC on your system.

      A patch I need isn't included in this RPC. Why not?

      This RPC combines recommended patches that were released after Release 12.1.3 into a single, integrated and regression-tested patch to help ensure a successful installation. If you don't find the patch in the RPC, it is likely that the patch was released after the patch list for the specific RPC was frozen or the patch was not marked "recommended" at the time the list was generated.

      Should I only install the latest RPC? Do I have to install all prior RPCs? Should I install later individual product family RPCs?

      To keep your system up-to-date with the most current Oracle E-Business Suite recommended patches, you should only apply the latest available RPC (which supersedes any prior release suitewide RPC) and thereafter either install individual product-level recommended patches as required or install the next suitewide level RPC when it becomes available.

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      Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

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

      Java logo

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

      All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

      Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

      • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
      • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
      • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
      We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

      You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

      What's new in this release?

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

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

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

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

      32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

      Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

      For EBS 11i:

      For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2

      Known Issues

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

      EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      No.

      This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

      Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

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

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

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

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

      Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

      The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

      Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

      What do Mac users need?

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

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

      No.

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

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

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

      References

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      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. 


      JRE 1.7.0_91 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

      Java logo

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

      All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

      Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

      • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
      • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
      • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
      We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

      You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

      Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

      What's new in this release?

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

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

      32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

      Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

      For EBS 11i:

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

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

      JRE 7 End of Public Updates

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

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

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

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

      Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

      The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

      Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

      Java Auto-Update Mechanism

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

      Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

      The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

      Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

      What do Mac users need?

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

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

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

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

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

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

      References

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      Java JRE 1.6.0_105 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

      All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

      Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

      • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
      • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
      • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
      We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

      You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

      Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

      New EBS installation scripts

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

      32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

      Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

      The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

      Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

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

      EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

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

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

      Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

      The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

      Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

      What do Mac users need?

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

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

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

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

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

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

      References

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      Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

      SHA-2 Signed PKI Certificates Certified with EBS 12.1.3

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

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

      Required Steps

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

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

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

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

      Overview of the Requirements

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

      • Update OPatch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • Perform all necessary post steps.

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

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

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

      Pending Platform Certifications

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

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

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      Critical Patch Update for October 2015 Now Available

      The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2015 was released on October 20, 2015.  Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

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

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

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

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

      The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

      • January 19, 2016
      • April 19, 2016
      • July 19, 2016
      • October 18, 2016
      E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference
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