Friday Dec 30, 2011

Limited Extended Support Available for Oracle Single Sign-On through 2012

Premier Support for Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3 ends on December 31, 2011.  This was originally slated to be the end of error correction support for Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3. 

Our Oracle Identity Management team has just revised that policy.  If you have an existing support contract, you will now be able to receive limited Extended Support for Oracle Single Sign-On from January 2012 through December 2012.  Only Severity 1 fixes for Oracle Single Sign-On will be released during the limited Extended Support period.  Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) for Oracle Single Sign-On will not be released during the limited Extended Support period. 

These changes are published in:

This is good news for those of you that have not been able to migrate to a single sign-on solution utilizing Oracle Access Manager and Oracle E-Business Suite Access Gate.  Keep in mind though, the clock is ticking and limited extended support will end in a mere 12 months.  It is strongly recommended that you use this additional time to integrate your single sign-on deployment with Oracle Access Manager and Oracle E-Business Suite Access Gate.  


Our recommendations

EBS 12 customers should move to a single sign-on solution using Oracle Access Manager 11g

EBS 11i customers first upgrade to EBS Release 12.1.3, then integrate with Oracle Access Manager 11g.  If an R12 upgrade is not possible, then R11i customers are encouraged to migrate their single sign-on solution to Oracle Access Manager 10gR3

EBS customers looking to deploy a single sign-on solution for the first time are strongly encouraged to deploy a solution using Oracle Access Manager 11g.

References

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Thursday Dec 29, 2011

WebCast Replay Available: Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures (Presentation)

Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager and Sriram Veeraraghavan, Senior Principal Software Engineer discuss advanced E-Business Suite architectures that can help you improve performance, scalability, business continuity, utilization, provisioning, and security.

This webcast covered the latest advanced architectural options, including the use of Oracle database high-availability features and functions such as Real Application Clusters, ASM, Active Data Guard, clouds, virtualization, Oracle VM, high-availability and load-balancing architectures, WebLogic Server, and more. This wbecast also covered the latest updates to systems management tools like AutoConfig, and included sneak previews of upcoming functionality.


Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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Wednesday Dec 28, 2011

EBS R12 Certified with Database 11gR2 on SLES 11

SUSE Linux logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 running on the database tier for the following platforms and versions:

Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.1 and higher) with Database versions 11.2.0.2 and 11.2.0.3:

  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.2 and higher) with Database version 11.2.0.2:
  • IBM: Linux on System z (SLES 11)

The certification of R12 with 11.2.0.3 on IBM: Linux on System z (including SLES 11) is in progress.

These certifications cover the above 64-bit operating systems.  There are no plans to certify 32-bit SLES 11 (Linux x86).

Database Tier Only

These certifications cover only the E-Business Suite database tier.  The application tier of the E-Business Suite is not certified with SLES 11.  Customers must run the application tier on a different certified operating system (such as SLES 10). If you plan to use SLES 11 for an EBS application tier server, please contact me to discuss your business case.

Other Database Options Certified

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 includes the following (as well as other features and options):

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

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

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Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

E-Business Suite Certified on 11gR2 11.2.0.3 on IBM AIX on Power Systems

As a follow up to our initial certification announcement, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following IBM AIX on Power Systems operating systems:

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

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.1 and higher):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.11)

1: For 12.0, this OS version requires RUP 6 (12.0.6)

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

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

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

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Tuesday Dec 13, 2011

Sun JRE 1.6.0_30 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

I'm pleased to let you know that the latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_30 (a.k.a. JRE 6u30-b12) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_30?

See the 1.6.0_30 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

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:  for example, JRE 1.6.0_23, 1.6.0_24, 1.6.0_25, and 1.6.0_26, and higher.

All JRE 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 higher.  We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops.  If you wish, your desktop administrators can enable the Java "Automatic updates" option on your end-users' desktops.

References

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Monday Dec 12, 2011

Reminder: ATG Live Webcast Dec. 15: Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI

If you're interested in seeing the next generation of the desktop integration toolset in EBS 12, make sure that you tune into the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series this week on Dec. 15, 2011:

Join Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of desktop integration within E-Business Suite.

Web ADI Architecture diagram

Need to work with Oracle E-Business Suite data in desktop applications or Microsoft Office? The desktop client-based version of ADI isn't available in Oracle E-Business Suite 12. What do you use now? This session will give you an overview of the new expanded functionality available in WebADI, Report Manager, and dedicated integrators.

You have more options for desktop integration now, not less. Topics will include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session will also discuss using the new wizard-based Desktop Integration Framework to create custom integrators to download, validate, upload data from Excel to Oracle E-Business Suite.

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of desktop integration with Q&A. This events are targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers, and you can feel free to invite your desktop users to this event to ask their questions.

The agenda for the Desktop Integration Beyond ADI webcast includes the following topics:

  • Overview of Web ADI
  • Overview of Report Manager
  • Client ADI, Web ADI and Report Manager
  • Desktop Integration Framework
  • WebADI and Report Manager in Release 12.1

Date:              Thursday, December 15, 2011
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager
                        Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              98513

To see the presentation:

    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  278307572

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

Friday Dec 09, 2011

WebCast Replay Available: Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from Release 11i to 12.1 and Beyond

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:

Planning Your Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade from Release 11i to 12.1 and Beyond (Presentation)

Anne Carlson, Senior Director, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Strategy leads a review targeted to IT professionals who are planning, managing, or running an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 upgrade project. This webcast focuses on the business value of the upgrade, starting your upgrade project, planning your upgrade approach, preparing for your upgrade execution, and Oracle E-Business Suite support timelines with additional resources.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Thursday Dec 08, 2011

BPEL 11.1.1.5 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  There are five prebuilt BPEL business processes by Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams:
  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  2. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)
  3. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)
  4. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  5. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)

Earlier this year we announced the certification of BPEL 11.1.1.4 for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA integrations.  The five prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.5 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

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

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

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5, SLES 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008) 
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

Getting Support

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

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Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.5 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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

WebCenter Development Framework

WebCenter version 11.1.1.5 (a.k.a. Patchset 4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.3 and higher). Earlier this summer, WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.4 (a.k.a. Patchset 3) was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. 

Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.1)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (SLES 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2003 R2, 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1 only)
References

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Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

Oracle VM 3 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle VM 3 is the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization and management solution. Oracle VM 3 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Release 12. This certification covers all current and future Oracle VM 3 updates, including Oracle VM 3.0.2 and subsequent 3.x releases.   

Oracle VM 3 Manager screenshot

Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

References

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Monday Dec 05, 2011

ATG Live Webcast: Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI

I am pleased to announce the ATG Live Webcast event for Dec. 15.

Join Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of desktop integration within E-Business Suite.

Need to work with Oracle E-Business Suite data in desktop applications or Microsoft Office? The desktop client-based version of ADI isn't available in Oracle E-Business Suite 12. What do you use now? This session will give you an overview of the new expanded functionality available in WebADI, Report Manager, and dedicated integrators.

You have more options for desktop integration now, not less. Topics will include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session will also discuss using the new wizard-based Desktop Integration Framework to create custom integrators to download, validate, upload data from Excel to Oracle E-Business Suite.

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of desktop integration with Q&A. This events are targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers, and you can feel free to invite your desktop users to this event to ask their questions.



The agenda for the Desktop Integration Beyond ADI webcast includes the following topics:

  • Overview of Web ADI
  • Overview of Report Manager
  • Client ADI, Web ADI and Report Manager
  • Desktop Integration Framework
  • WebADI and Report Manager in Release 12.1

Date:              Thursday, December 15, 2011
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager
                        Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              98513

To see the presentation:

    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  278307572

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Thursday Dec 01, 2011

WebCast Replay Available: Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes (Presentation)
In this recorded webcast Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager, provide an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instance(s). This webcast focuses on pre-patching actions, patching trials, patch deployment, and post-patching analysis.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.
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