Thursday Jun 20, 2013

EBS Sessions at July 2013 OAUG Connection Point in Pittsburgh

Members of our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group will be at the OAUG Connection Point - AppsTech 2013 to be hosted in the Marriott City Center in  Pittsburgh, PA on July 30-31, 2013.

Please drop by any of our sessions to hear the latest news and meet up with us.

General Session

13311 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
Steven Chan, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, July 30, 08:30 am - 09:30 am
Location: Grand Ballroom

This Oracle development session provides a comprehensive overview of the product strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite technology, capabilities and associated business benefits of recent releases and a review of capabilities on the product roadmap. Come hear about the latest enhancements of the user interface; systems administration and configuration management tools; security-related updates; and tools and options for extending, customizing, and integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with other applications.

Speaker Sessions

13312 - Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Certification Primer and Roadmap
Steven Chan, Sr. Director, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, July 30, 01:15 pm - 02:15 pm
Location: City Center B

This Oracle development session summarizes the latest certifications, support dates, upgrade implications and roadmap for the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, including elements such as database releases and options, Java, Oracle Forms, Oracle Containers for J2EE, desktop operating systems, browsers, JRE releases, development and Web authoring tools, user authentication and management, business intelligence, Oracle Application Management Packs, security options, clouds, Oracle VM, and virtualization.

13314 - Deployment and System Administration of  Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Tuesday, July 30, 02:30 pm - 03:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom

This Oracle Development session covers the latest technology stack for Oracle E-Business Suite, including the use of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database 11g Release 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.


13313 - Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes
Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, July 31, 01:45 pm - 02:45 pm
Location: City Center A

This Oracle development session describes the best techniques sysadmins can use to minimize patching downtimes. It starts with an architectural-level review of Oracle E-Business Suite fundamentals and then moves to a practical view of the various tools and approaches for downtimes. Topics include merging patches and shortcuts, distributing workers across multiple servers, noninteractive mode, staged APPL_TOPs and more. An added bonus: get a glimpse on the upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12 online patching capabilities.


13315 - Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade Best Practices: Technical Insight
Elke Phelps, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, July 31, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom

This session is ideal for organizations thinking about upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. It covers the fundamentals of upgrading to Release 12.1, 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 Release 12.1 technical upgrade, with special considerations for minimizing your downtime. Also get to know about relatively recent upgrade resources.

13316 - Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vasu Rao, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

Wednesday, July 31, 09:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Salon 6

Oracle Enterprise Manager is the only product on the market that is designed to monitor and manage all the different technologies that constitute Oracle E-Business Suite applications. Learn how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager to gain dramatic improvements in system visibility and diagnostic capability as well as administrator productivity. The purpose of this session is to highlight the key features and benefits of Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.


Meet the Oracle E-Business Suite Tools and Technology Experts

Don’t miss this Oracle Applications Meet the Experts session with experts who specialize in Oracle E-Business Suite technology. This is the place where attendees can have informal and semistructured but open one-on-one discussions with Strategy and Development regarding 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.

To participate, be sure to reserve your 30-minute slot by signing up after you pick up your registration materials. Meeting times will be available throughout both days. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity — sign up early, as space will be limited.

  • Steven Chan - Sr. Director, Oracle
  • Elke Phelps - Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle
  • Vasu Rao - Sr. Principal Product Manager, Applications Technology Group, Oracle

For complete listing of all speaker sessions and other activities, please visit the OAUG Connection Point - AppsTech Web Site.


Wednesday Jun 19, 2013

Java JRE 1.6.0_51 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

[Jun. 20, 2013 Update: corrected link to Java 6 downloads via My Oracle Support]

The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_51 (a.k.a. JRE 6u51-b11) 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.  

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 Java 1.6.0_51?

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:

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.

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. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

  1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
  2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
  3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

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?

No. This upgrade is highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  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. 

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 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

EBS 12 certified with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 with Safari 6 and JRE 7

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

No. This upgrade is recommended but optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

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

Java (JDK) 7 Certified for E-Business Suite 12 Servers

References

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Java JRE 1.7.0_25 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u25 (a.k.a. JRE 7u25-b16) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

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 needed to enable EBS environments for JRE 7?

EBS customers should ensure that they are running JRE 7u17, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.

Of the compatibility issues identified with JRE 7, the most critical is an issue that prevents E-Business Suite Forms-based products from launching on Windows desktops that are running JRE 7. 

Customers can prevent this issue -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers. 

These patches are compatible with JRE 6 and 7, production ready, and fully-tested with the E-Business Suite.  These patches may be applied immediately to all E-Business Suite environments. All other Forms prerequisites documented in the Notes above should also be applied. 

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

Prerequisites for 32-bit and 64-bit JRE certifications

JRE 1.70_25 32-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

JRE 1.70_25 32-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

JRE 1.7.0_25 64-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

JRE 1.70_25 64-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

JRE 1.7.0_25 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. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

  1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
  2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
  3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

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?

No. This upgrade is highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  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. 

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 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

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

No. This upgrade is recommended but optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

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

References

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Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Important Changes to E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy

Oracle provides bug fixes and legislative updates for Oracle E-Business Suite as part of its Premier and Extended Support offerings.  The requirements and methods for delivering those updates are explained here:

We've made some important changes to our policies.  All EBS customers should read Version 4 carefully.

Why did we make these changes?

Version 3 was published in 2011.  That version stated that new EBS 12.1 one-off patches would require all customers to have applied the suite-wide EBS 12.1.3 Release Update Pack by January 2013.

A significant number of customers have told us that they have not been able to apply EBS 12.1.3 in time.  These customers have expressed concerns that 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 "were being desupported" and that they would not be able to request new updates.

What is our standard guidance?

Oracle recommends that all customers apply the latest suite-wide Release Update Pack. There are significant benefits to keeping your E-Business Suite environment updated with the latest suite-wide Release Update Packs:

  • They are cumulative, reducing the overhead of identifying many individual patchsets
  • They deliver the latest new features and enhancement requests
  • They include the latest updates for performance, stability, and security
  • They reduce the number of prerequisites required for other patches or new technology integrations

What has changed?

The 2011 version stated that all new one-off patches would require the suite-wide EBS 12.1.3 Release Update Pack as a minimum prerequisite.

The 2013 version relaxes the prerequisites for new one-off patches.  New one-off patches will be produced with the individual 12.1.3 Family Packs as minimum prerequisites. This is so that vast majority of customers, who are at the 12.1.3 level, can get simpler and smaller patches. 

How will this work?

For example, you request a new one-off patch for an Oracle Financials issue that you've encountered with EBS 12.1.2:

  • Under the 2011 policy, the new Financial patch's prerequisite would be the EBS 12.1.3 suite wide Release Update Pack.
  • Under the 2013 policy, the new Financial patch's prerequisite is the Financials 12.1.3 Family Pack.
Are EBS 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 desupported?

You are not desupported if you are on 12.1.1 or 12.1.2.  The question incorrectly assumes that 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 are "releases" covered by our Premier or Extended Support offerings.

An EBS environment consists of a base release and subsequent updates.

Base releases are used to create new E-Business Suite environments or upgrade environments running older EBS releases.  Base releases are documented in Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Applications and are eligible for Premier, Extended, and Sustaining Support.

EBS 12 Base release support dates

Examples of base releases:

  • E-Business Suite Release 12.0
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.1

You get updates to base releases through:

  • Release Update Packs (RUPs)
  • One-off patches
  • Critical patch updates (CPUs)
Here's the same question, restated:
  • Q: "How do I get updates for the EBS 12.1 base release?" 
  • A: By applying the latest Release Update Pack.  If the fix that you need is not already included in the latest Release Update Pack, you may request a new one-off patch.  New one-off patches will require their respective 12.1.3 Family Packs as a minimum prerequisite.

What if you haven't applied the relaxed minimum prerequisites?

Oracle will first recommend that you apply the appropriate 12.1.3 Family Packs. In cases of urgent business need, Oracle will evaluate the feasibility of creating one-off patches without the established minimum prerequisites. Whether this is practical will vary depending upon the complexity of the dependencies.  If the patch is in an area of code that has undergone little revision with few dependencies, it may be straightforward to produce one-off patches without the established minimum prerequisites. 

In most cases involving complex code objects, such as the major transaction screens, it is likely that a full dependency analysis will show that a major portion of the established minimum prerequisites levels are, in fact, required to apply the patch.  In these cases, Oracle will recommend that customers minimize their risk by installing the established minimum prerequisites rather than a one-off dependency tree that is nearly as extensive but has not undergone the same level of testing.

You are closer to 12.1.3 than you realize

Our patching minimum prerequisite have been relaxed.  We still recommend that all customers apply the EBS 12.1.3 suite-wide Release Update Pack.  If you can't apply the EBS 12.1.3 suite-wide Release Update Pack, you should still apply the 12.1.3 Family Packs for the EBS products that you're using.

You are probably a lot closer to 12.1.3 in most areas than you may realize.  Any patches that were created since you went live almost certainly delivered code above the 12.1.3 version level.  So, in areas where you had any patching or tuning as you stabilized on 12.1, it's pretty likely that any further patching would not require the 12.1.3 Family Pack.  To understand this in more detail, you can run "Patch Wizard" to do an analysis of what files on your system would really change if you applied each 12.1.3 Family Pack.  

What are the impacts of these changes for 12.0 customers?

The patching prerequisites for EBS 12.0 are not affected by these policy changes.  EBS 12.0 customers must have the minimum prerequisites

Your feedback is welcome

We've relaxed these policies to simplify your EBS maintenance requirements.  Please feel free to let us know if you have any comments or questions about these updated policies. 

Monday Jun 10, 2013

Java (JDK) 7 Certified for E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 Servers

Java logoWindows and Mac-based desktop clients connecting to the E-Business Suite can use the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) plug-in to run Forms-based components.  JRE 7 was certified with EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0, and 12.1 in 2012.  As of today, the latest available version is JRE 1.7.0_21 for Windows clients and for Mac clients.  All new JRE releases on the 1.6 and 1.7 codelines are automatically certified with EBS on the day of their release.  If you're reaching this article via a search engine, please check My Oracle Support or the Certifications summary for the latest desktop version available.

Java (JDK) 7 is now certified for E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 application and database tier servers.  For instructions on upgrading your EBS 12.x environments, see:

The Java version currently in your environment

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Rapid Install delivers the following Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Versions for use by Oracle E-Business Suite:

Release 12.0.x

    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 5.0 on the application tier
    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 1.4.2 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Forms and Reports services
    • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 5.0 on the database tier

Release 12.1.x

    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 6.0 on the application tier
    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 1.4.2 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Forms and Reports services
    • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6.0 on the database tier

You can now upgrade to the newer Java 7.0 Update on all EBS application tier and database tier nodes. Please note that the JRE 7.0 upgrade on the database tier is independent from the others. But if the application tier nodes are planned to be upgraded to Java 7.0, the same upgrade in the OracleAS 10.1.2 ORACLE HOME must be planned together.

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

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

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

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

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

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

In other words, nothing will change 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. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

  1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
  2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
  3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

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 JDK 7 for EBS Servers?

No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

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

No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  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. 

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 290801.1 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 will Mac users need?

Oracle will provide updates to JRE 7 for Mac OS X users. EBS users running Macs will need to upgrade to JRE 7 to receive JRE updates.

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

No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

References

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Friday Jun 07, 2013

WebCenter 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite 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 Portal 11.1.1.7 (a.k.a. Patchset 5) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 6. 

Certified Platforms

Oracle WebCenter 11gR1 Version 11.1.1.6 is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

References

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Thursday Jun 06, 2013

Discoverer 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer is an ad-hoc query, reporting, analysis, and Web-publishing tool that allows end-users to work directly with Oracle E-Business Suite OLTP data.

Discoverer graph screenshot

Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.7) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Discoverer 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 6.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

Certified Platforms

Oracle Discoverer Release 11g R1 Patch Set 6 (11.1.1.7) is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For platform details, see:

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Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder. 


For details about third-party integration architectures, see:

Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.7 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  OID 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 6.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG PH.H RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

Supported Configurations

Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.7.0 can be integrated with these single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:

  • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 (11.1.2.0) with an Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.6 or higher or 12.1.x).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.7.0) with an Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 12.0.6 or higher or 12.1.x).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.6 or 12.1.x).
Oracle Access Manager strongly recommended

Oracle has two single sign-on solutions: Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO) and Oracle Access Manager (OAM). Oracle strongly recommends that all new single sign-on implementations use Oracle Access Manager. Oracle Access Manager is the preferred solution going forward, and forms the basis of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. OSSO is no longer being actively developed and will not be ported to Oracle WebLogic Server.

Platform certifications

Oracle Internet Directory is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g System Requirements for more details.

For information on operating systems supported by Oracle Internet Directory and its components, refer to the Oracle Identity and Access Management 11gR1 certification matrix.

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

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