Thursday Aug 30, 2012

Java JRE 1.6.0_35 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_35 (a.k.a. JRE 6u35-b10) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 desktop clients.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_35?

See the 1.6.0_35 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.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions.

32-bit JREs are certified on:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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.

All JRE 1.6 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.  We test all new JRE 1.6 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 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 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Important

For important guidance about the impact of the JRE Auto Update feature on JRE 1.6 desktops, see:

References

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Friday Aug 17, 2012

Top Five Errors Customers Make When Maintaining E-Business Suite 12 (Part 6)

This is the last in a series of articles that list a few of the technical myths or misunderstandings about the E-Business Suite. Previous articles have covered installations, cloning, patching, migrations, and upgrades. This article discusses general maintenance.

Each article is absolutely not definitive and I’d be interested in comments from readers who think there are other misconceptions about the day to day maintenance and upgrade of a typical E-Business Suite environment.


COMMON ERROR #1: Manually editing files that are maintained by AutoConfig.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: When you run AutoConfig, in most circumstances any manual changes to AutoConfig controlled files will be overwritten. There is a process for adding custom entries to AutoConfig maintained files; you should use this process if you need to make manual changes to files maintained by AutoConfig. Refer to Section 4 of the AutoConfig Note for information on how to customise AutoConfig.


COMMON ERROR #2: Maintaining local file systems for multiple application tier servers instead of shared file systems.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: An environment with, for example, four standalone web/forms nodes on Linux and four standalone Concurrent Processing / RAC nodes on Solaris each using a local file system is a very inefficient architecture that you will very quickly get bored of patching.  Each E-Business Suite patch will need to be applied eight times. This can be reduced to one patch session if Concurrent Processing is placed on the same node(s) as web/forms and a shared application tier file system is introduced. If you cannot achieve acceptable performance from your shared disk subsystem then you should investigate the performance issue on your disk subsystem rather than compromising with an E-Business Suite architecture that has such expensive maintenance requirements.


COMMON ERROR #3:  Sizing everything in the init.ora as large as possible.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: Database tuning is a delicate exercise. Indiscriminately increasing values in the hopes that doing so will automatically improve performance is a dangerous approach. Use the performance tools in Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) and other tools to establish performance bottlenecks. Do not change init.ora parameters indiscriminately; all changes should be supported by your own empirical evidence that candidate changes result in performance improvements. Thoroughly stress-test all changes before implementing in production.


COMMON ERROR #4:  Ignoring invalid objects for products you do not use.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION:  All products are installed in an E-Business Suite installation in the database.  All products must be patched and maintained. Invalid objects, even in products you do not use, indicate an underlying problem in your system that should always be investigated and resolved.


COMMON ERROR #5:  Performing a complete database export/import to improve performance.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: Well possibly, but there is certainly a lot of unnecessary exporting and importing of databases in an attempt to improve performance.  This brings us nicely back to the introduction of our first article in this series. A significant amount of the data in your database is static. Tables may become fragmented but this is not automatically a performance problem. If this was the case, many databases would have performance problems.

An Oracle database is built to cope with a reasonable amount of fragmentation and will not suffer because of it. Analyse performance problems before assuming the issue will be solved by an export/import. Most performance problems are due to poor indexing of tables and inefficient SQL. Few are caused by table fragmentation.

References

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Thursday Aug 16, 2012

Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 Certified with EBS 12.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2

As a follow up to our previous related certification, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher) on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64). Note that for Release 12.0, this platform is a 'database tier only' platform where the application tier must reside on a different fully certified E-Business Suite R12 platform.

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite 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

Where can I find more information?

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

Wednesday Aug 15, 2012

Java JRE 1.6.0_34 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_34 (a.k.a. JRE 6u34-b04) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 desktop clients.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_34?

See the 1.6.0_34 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.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions.

32-bit JREs are certified on:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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.

All JRE 1.6 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.  We test all new JRE 1.6 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 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 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Important

For important guidance about the impact of the JRE Auto Update feature on JRE 1.6 desktops, see:

References

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Five Errors Customers Make When Upgrading E-Business Suite 12 (Part 5)

This is the fifth in a series of articles about common technical myths or misunderstandings about the E-Business Suite. Other articles have covered installations, cloning, patching, migrations, and maintenance. This article discusses upgrading. 

Each article is absolutely not definitive and I’d be interested in comments from readers who think there are other misconceptions about the day to day maintenance and upgrade of a typical E-Business Suite environment.


COMMON ERROR #1: Believing that DBUA does not work for Apps databases.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: Many DBAs still like to perform database upgrades manually using Oracle-provided scripts as they feel it gives them more control of the upgrade process. For the rest of us, DBUA is an excellent tool that greatly simplifies the upgrade process and which should reduce your upgrade time. E-Business Suite database upgrade documentation now assumes (but does not mandate) that you will use DBUA and documentation will be written accordingly. Raise a Service Request if you believe you have an issue where DBUA fails and the manual process is required instead.


COMMON ERROR #2: Assuming that only one test upgrade is needed before the production upgrade.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: Oracle advise a minimum of three completely successful tests of any upgrade or maintenance downtime before your production upgrade.


COMMON ERROR #3: Using generic documentation instead of the E-Business Suite versions.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: As an example, if you need to upgrade your database do not just refer to the standard database upgrade manuals. The E-Business Suite Development Team have created documentation specifically for upgrading the E-Business Suite technology stack to supplement generic documentation. Follow these supplemental documents. They are well written, thoroughly tested and will make your upgrade a success.


COMMON ERROR #4: Skipping new products included in Release Update Packs (RUPs) because there are no plans to use that product.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: When instructed to add new products to your database as part of a RUP you must always add those products. These products will later be patched and updated by this or later RUPs and if the products are not present then the patches will fail.


COMMON ERROR #5: Manually copying files between different E-Business Suite environments.

ORACLE’S RECOMMENDATION: New or replacement files should only be introduced to your system by patching, scheduled upgrades or other documented methods. Manually copying files between systems can cause mismatches between files in the APPL_TOP and their corresponding entries in database AD tables. This could cause patching issues later.

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Tuesday Aug 14, 2012

Oracle 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with EBS on Windows 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 and Release 12 (12.0, 12.1) on Microsoft Windows Itanium (64-bit) 2003.

Note: This is a database-tier only certification (previously known as a 'split configuration database tier' certification) where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.

The 10.2.0.5.0 patchset is the terminal release of the Oracle Database on this platform - users should review the following Support Note for more information:

Certified Database Options and Features

  • Real Application Clusters 
  • Database Vault  
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption
  • Advanced Security Option / Advanced Networking Option
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 1
  • Transportable Database Data Migration Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

References

Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Additional Platforms Certified for Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 for EBS

Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1.0 for Oracle E-Business Suite is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  The Application Management Pack is an integral part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

This latest plug-in extends EM 12c Cloud Control with E-Business Suite specific system management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.

As a follow up to the original announcement, the following additional platforms are now certified with the Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite, Release 12.1.0.1.0:

Release 11i (11.5.10.2):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3 and 6
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9 and 10
Release 12.0 (12.0.4+):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3, 6 and 7
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9 and 10
Release 12.1 (12.1.1+):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3, 6 and 7
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9, 10 and 11
  • Linux x86-64 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Novell SLES version 11

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Monday Aug 06, 2012

Oracle E-Business Suite Personalizations Course Now Available

Oracle University logoI am pleased to announce a new training course titled "Oracle E-Business Suite Personalizations".

This Oracle University course is now offered as a 5-day class in either the Classroom Training (ILT) or Live Virtual Class (LVC) format. The course can be found under the E-Business Suite Tools and Technology Training category.

The course is a hands-on lab-intensive offering, and is intended for Application Developers, Functional Implementers, Support Engineers, and Technical Administrators. The course's objective is to give you insights into the rich and upgradable personalizations that Oracle E-Business Suite offers. You will also learn how to setup flexfields to capture information relevant to a business and personalize the user interface (UI) to suite a business need or a user preference for both OA Framework-based and Oracle Forms-based products.

You'll get the following hands-on experience in this course:

  • Work with Key and Descriptive Flexfields
  • Use Value Sets and Validation Options
  • Perform OA Framework Personalizations
  • Perform Form Personalizations
  • Work with Custom Programs and Help Systems
  • Work with Data Loader Applications

For more information regarding the course, please see the full course description, schedule, and other relevant information at the Oracle University website.

Finding other ATG courses and training materials

The catalog of all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com

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