Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

Critical Patch Update for July 2014 Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

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

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

JRE 1.7.0_65 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

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

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

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

What's new in this release?

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

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

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 11i:

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

JRE 1.7.0_60 is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

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

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

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

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

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

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

References

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Java JRE 1.6.0_81 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_81 (a.k.a. JRE 6u81-b08) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

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

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

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

What's new in in this Java release?

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

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

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

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

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

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

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

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

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

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

References

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Monday Jun 30, 2014

Creating a Maintenance Strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite

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

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

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

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

Use the following link to view the webcast:

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

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

2. Note: "How to find EBS patches"

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

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


Next Steps

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

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

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

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Friday Jun 20, 2014

New Patch Wizard for EBS 12.1 Now Available

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

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

For installation instructions, see:

What's new in this update?

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

Patch Wizard home page screenshot

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Thursday Jun 19, 2014

Latest DSTv22 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

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

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

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

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

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

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

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

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

What Patches Are Required?

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

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

Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

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

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

Release 12.2 (12.2.2 or higher):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


References

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

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Monday Jun 16, 2014

Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1.3

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

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

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

EBS 12.1.3 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

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

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

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

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

What about EBS 11i, 12.0, and 12.2?

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

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

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

When will the remaining combinations be certified?

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

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

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

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

Examples of these integrations include:

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

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

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

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

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

What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

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

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Monday Jun 09, 2014

Application Management Pack 12.1.0.2 Certified with EM 12cR4

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

AMP 12.1.0.2 Screenshot

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

References

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Friday Jun 06, 2014

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

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

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

Please review that document for all required patches and prerequisites.

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


Thursday Jun 05, 2014

New Rapid Install StartCD 12.2.0.48 for EBS 12.2 Now Available

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

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


What's New in This Update?

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

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

References

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

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Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

Java JRE 1.7.0_60 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

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

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

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

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

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

What's new in JRE 1.7.0_60?

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

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

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 11i:

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

JRE 1.7.0_60 is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

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

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

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

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

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

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

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

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

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

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

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

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

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

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

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

References

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Tuesday Jun 03, 2014

Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS on Microsoft Windows Server

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

Release 12.2 (12.2.3 and higher):

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

Release 12.1 (12.1.1 and higher):

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

Release 12.0 (12.0.4 and higher):

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

Notes:

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

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

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

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

Where can I find more information?

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

Monday Jun 02, 2014

EBS 12.1.3 Data Masking Template Certified with EM 12.1.0.3

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

How data masking works

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

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

Application data masking does the following:

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

How can EBS customers use data masking?

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

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

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

Is there a charge for this?

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

References

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

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Friday May 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


What Is a Codelevel?

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

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

Benefits of the Latest Codelevel

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

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

How Can I Get To the Latest Codelevel?

Installation instructions are here:

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Friday May 16, 2014

A Primer on Oracle E-Business Suite REST Services

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

What is REST?

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

Using a PL/SQL API as a REST Service

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

PL/SQL REST screenshot

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

Key features of EBS REST Services

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

EBS Security Services

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

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

Security service screenshot

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

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

References

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Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Three Essential Reference Tools for E-Business Suite Upgrades

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

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

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

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

Screenshot of data model comparison report tool

What's New?

These tools now cover EBS 12.2.2 and 12.2.3. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

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

Microsoft IE logo

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

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

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

Our current plans for IE 11

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

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

When will IE 11 be certified?

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

Postpone IE 11 rollouts until certified with EBS

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

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

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

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Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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