Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration (Presentation)
E-Business Suite architecture diagram showing firewalls and internal and external application servers

Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer, discusses hardening the security within E-Business Suite. Secure deployment of your E-Business Suite begins with a secure platform, but it doesn't end there. It includes hardening your O/S with both proper patch levels and configuration, along with secure configuration of your network and firewall. Add to this foundation, best practices and vendor recommendations, and you are on your way to a secure E-Business Suite environment.

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.

Friday Jan 27, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

Do you need to improve your hardware utilization, speed-up provisioning, improve end-user satisfaction, increase the productivity of your E-Business Suite system administrators? If so, you need to attend the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 2, 2012:
Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

Join Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topics virtualization and cloud deployments of Oracle E-Busienss Suite.
E-Business Suite diagram showing complete stack virtualization

The agenda for the Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

  • Why Clouds and Virtualization Matter to You
  • Oracle Cloud and Virtualization Technology
  • E-Business Suite Cloud Capabilities
  • Your Cloud Action Plan

Date:               Thursday, February 2, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development

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:                                              99329

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  595061451

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.

Monday Jan 23, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface (Presentation)


Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager discuss the expanded options in E-Business Suite for making meaningful user interface (UI) changes without programming. And when programming is required, they cover the tools that E-Business Suites provides for doing those customizations. The topics covered include personalizations, extensions, and customizations using forms personalizations and OA Framework personalization, the E-Business Suite SDK for Java, and E-Business Suite extensions with ADF.

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.

Friday Jan 20, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration

Are you interested in the techniques and best practices to harden your E-Business Suite deployment for both internal and external users? If so, you need to attend the next install of our ATG Live Webcast series on Jan. 26, 2012:
Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration
Join Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of hardening the security within E-Business Suite.

E-Business Suite architecture diagram showing firewalls and internal and external application servers

Secure deployment of your E-Business Suite begins with a secure platform, but it doesn't end there. It includes hardening your O/S with both proper patch levels and configuration, along with secure configuration of your network and firewall. Add to this foundation, best practices and vendor recommendations, and you are on your way to a secure E-Business Suite environment.

The agenda for the Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration webcast includes the following topics:
  • Hardening Systems
  • General E-Business Suite Advice
  • Secure Configurations Guides from Oracle
  • Internal Deployment Considerations
  • External Deployment Considerations
Date:               Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time:              11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (NOON) Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer

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:                                              99326

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  593599795

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. 

Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

Critical Patch Update for January 2012 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2012 was released on January 17, 2012. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

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

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

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

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

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • April 17, 2012
  • July 17, 2012
  • October 16, 2012
  • January 15, 2013

Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: January 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here 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, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for January 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.5.

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

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

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_30 or higher.

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Monday Jan 09, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

If you're interested in seeing the next generation of the personalization, extension, and customization tools in E-Business Suite 12, make sure that you tune into the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series this week on Jan. 12, 2012:

Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

Join Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of personalizations, customizations, and extensions within E-Business Suite.

 



Do you need to change the user interface in your E-Business Suite instance? Are you dreading those UI changes? Oracle E-Business Suite provides tools, many of them that do not require programming, that will allow you to make meaningful changes. If those non-programming tools won't meet your needs, there are also programming options. This event will help you understand the best options for your particular needs.

The agenda for the Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface webcast includes the following topics:

  • Personalization, Extension, and Customization Overview
  • Technology Choices
  • Forms Personalizations and Extensibility
  • OA Framework Personalizations and Extensibility
  • Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions Using ADF

Date:               Thursday, January 12, 2012
Time:              11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (NOON) Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager
                         Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development 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:                                              99323

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  598000114

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.

Friday Jan 06, 2012

Enabling Case-Sensitive Passwords with E-Business Release 12

Password security and complexity is often a concern for security and audit teams.  With the recent release of patch 12964564, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 with a minimum database level of 11gR1 now supports password case sensitivity.  Let's review this database feature in greater detail.  

Password case sensitivity was introduced with Oracle Database 11gR1.  Passwords were not case sensitive in earlier versions.  For Oracle database versions prior to 11gR1, the passwords "Manager", "MANAGER", and "manager" were all equivalent.  In an 11gR1 database and higher with password case sensitivity turned on, each of these passwords, "Manager", "MANAGER" and "manager" are unique passwords with unique hash values.  

Password case sensitivity is turned on by default for any newly created 11gR1 or higher database .  The database parameter for this feature is SEC_CASE_SENSITIVE_LOGON:

  • When this parameter is set to TRUE, password case sensitivity is enabled.
  • When set to FALSE, it is disabled.  
The DBA_USERS view now has a PASSWORD_VERSIONS column that indicates the database release in which the password was created or last modified. 

If you have migrated from a prior database version to 11gR1 and SEC_CASE_SENSITIVE_LOGON is set to true, the default behavior is as follows:
  • Existing users must first initiate a password change for password case sensitivity to be enforced
  • New users created in the 11g database will automatically use password case sensitivity 

The following example on a generic database -- not an E-Business Suite database -- illustrates how the password case sensitivity feature works in 11g.

First, a new user, "newuser1",  is created in an 11g database.

Next, information from the DBA_USERS view is displayed.

The following shows behavior of a migrated 10g user, "system" and an newly created 11g user, "newuser1" when password case sensitivity is disabled.

Finally, the following  shows behavior of a migrated 10g user, "system" and an newly created 11g user, "newuser1" when password case sensitivity is enabled.


For instructions on how to enable password case sensitivity with EBS R12.1.1 running on the 11gR1 Database and higher, please refer to the following MOS documentation:

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Thursday Jan 05, 2012

Database 11gR2 11.2.0.3 Certified on HP-UX Itanium for E-Business Suite

HP LogoAs 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 HP-UX Itanium for the following configurations:

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

  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)1

Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.1 and higher):

  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)

1 For 11i, 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.

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

  • 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 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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Wednesday Jan 04, 2012

Oracle Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with EBS 11i on Tru64, Linux on Power, Linux Itanium

As a follow-on to the original certification announcement, Oracle Database 10gR2 Patch Set 10.2.0.5.0 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i on the following additional platforms:

  • HP Tru64 (5.1b)
  • IBM: Linux on POWER Systems (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5; SLES 9, 10)1
  • Linux Itanum (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, 5; SLES 9, 10)1

Notes:
1 This is a database tier only (previously known as a split tier) certification where the application tier must be on a different fully certified E-Business Suite 11i platform.

Certification of 10.2.0.5 on Windows Itanium is still in progress and will be announced separately. 

This announcement includes:

  • For EBS 11i version 11.5.10 CU2+ATG_PF.H.delta.6 (RUP 6) and higher:
    • Real Application Clusters
    • Oracle Database Vault 
    • TDE Column Encryption
    • Advanced Security Option/Advanced Networking Option (ANO/ASO)
    • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

Please refer to the original announcement for additional information pertaining to this certification.

Upgrade to 11gR2 Database instead of patching 10gR2

It's always helpful to check the latest Lifetime Support Policy documents when considering your upgrade options.  As a guiding principle, you should upgrade to the database release that gives you the longest supported timeline.

Oracle Database 10gR2 is now in Extended Support through July 2013.  In general, if you're applying database-level updates to your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i environment, you'll get a better return on your investment of time if you upgrade directly to the latest 11gR2 database release.  Premier Support for 11gR2 runs through January 2015, and Extended Support runs through January 2018.

References

Tuesday Jan 03, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI (Presentation)

Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager leads the discussion of the expanded options in E-Business Suite R12.x for desktop integration. Topics include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session discussed using the new wizard-based Desktop Integration Framework to create custom integrators to download, validate, upload data from Excel to Oracle E-Business Suite.

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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