Friday Mar 28, 2014

First Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

I am very pleased to announce the availability of E-Business Suite 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection 1.  This Recommended Patch Collection combines recommended patches for EBS 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset:

Why is this important?

Getting to EBS 12.1.3 isn't enough.  Additional patches must be applied on top of EBS 12.1.3 before going into production. These include individual patches, product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific Recommended Patch Collections (RPC). 

For example, there are Recommended Patch Collections for Financials products such as General Ledger, Payables, and others.  On the technology side, there are patchsets such as the OA Framework Consolidated Update Patch

Identifying these individual patches, RUPs, Family Packs, and RPCs can be time-consuming.  Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.

Included in Recommended Patch Collection 1 (RPC1)

The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC1 patchset includes a comprehensively-tested set of the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the following EBS product families:

  • Applications Technology Group (ATG)
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Financials (FIN)
  • Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
  • Procurement (PRC)
  • Projects (PJ)
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Value Chain Planning (VCP)

Your feedback is welcome

We are very interested in hearing about your experiences with this new Recommended Patch Collection.  You can post a comment here or send me an email directly.

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Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Oracle VM Templates For EBS 12.2.3 For Exalogic

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3 for Exalogic are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:

Screenshot of Oracle VM template download site for Exalogic images

These VM templates can be imported into the Enterprise Manager Ops Center to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on Exalogic servers for demonstration, development or production use.

The Exalogic Elastic Cloud platform is optimized for the application tier. We recommend that you run databases that experience heavy loads (such as User Acceptance Tests or Production databases) on a machine dedicated for that purpose.

These templates deliver the full EBS software stack, including the Oracle Linux 5.8 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 templates for Exalogic are:

  • VISION Demo Database Tier
  • Production (PROD) Database Tier
  • Application Tier
  • Sparse Application Tier

An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 for Exalogic installation requires one template for the database tier and another for the primary application tier.

First, choose either the VISION Demo Database template (for a fully-configured demonstration system with sample data) or the Production (PROD) Database template for an empty instance ready for configuration and production deployment. Then choose the Application Tier template.

You can optionally use the Sparse Application Tier template to add a secondary application tier to your new installation or to an existing farm.  Sparse Application Tier templates are small Oracle VM templates that contains an operating system,  Secondary application tiers can be used for EBS web, application, and batch servers.


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Monday Mar 17, 2014

Webcast Mar. 18: Advanced Testing & Management of EBS with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Our Oracle Enterprise Manager team has arranged a webcast in which Aramark will discuss their experiences using Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage their E-Business Suite environments.

They will be discussing how they use the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 12c as part of their EBS administration processes. 

This webcast is tomorrow:

EM12c AMP screenshot

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Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Important Updates to EBS 12.2 AD and TXK Tools

[May 23, 2014 Update: Two essential new updates have been released on top of the patches listed below. See this article for details.]

We are pleased to announce two new updates for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Technology Stack (TXK) and  Applications DBA (AD) suite of administrative tools respectively.  They include important Online Patching updates.  All EBS 12.2 users are strongly encouraged to apply these new updates to their environments as soon as possible.

The updates include:

  • New features: simplified addition and deletion of Weblogic Server managed servers, new Online Patching Log Analyzer utility, and additional Online Patching options.
  • Stability and performance-related updates.


You can download the two updates (RUPs) here:

Future AD and TXK updates will be delivered on top of these AD and TXK RUPs.


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Friday Mar 07, 2014

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at this location:

 These virtual appliances can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server.  Alternatively, they can be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

The virtual appliances deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 virtual appliances are:

  1. Single Node VISION Demo
  2. VISION Demo Database Tier
  3. Production (PROD) Database Tier
  4. Application Tier
  5. Sparse Application Tier

These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

  • Single node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.2.3 database and application tiers.
  • Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the database virtual appliance of choice (either VISION or PROD) and the application tier virtual appliance. That is, Option 2 or 3 above, followed by Option 4.  You can then add secondary application tiers using Option 5.
  • Operating system-only installation (Oracle Linux 6.5): The sparse application tier virtual appliance (Option 5) includes the necessary operating system packages, kernel parameter settings, and users (oracle and applmgr) required to install Oracle E-Business Suite, providing benefit for customers who plan to use Rapid Install for their 12.1.3 or 12.2.3 installation.

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Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

Oracle Database Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

I'm very happy to announce the certification of Oracle Database with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. 

To begin planning your database upgrade to, you should review our documentation in this order:

  1. Interoperability Notes: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (Note 1623879.1) 

  2. R12.2 Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes (Note 1594274.1) .  The interoperability note references this note.  It is crucial that you review all requirements in Section 2.2, "Database Patches and Bug Numbers" of this note.

  3. Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 396009.1).  Make certain that you review Section 4, "Release-Specific Database Initialization Parameters For Oracle 11gR2" and Section 6, "Additional Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2".

What does this mean if you are upgrading to R12.2?

  • This upgrade is highly recommended for all EBS 12.2 environments.

  • If you are just beginning your upgrade to R12.2 project, you should consider upgrading to Oracle Database now. 

  • If your are currently in the midst of your R12.2 upgrade, you may continue as planned with Oracle Database and upgrade to as your R12.2 upgrade project and test plans permit.

  • If your go-live date is soon, you may choose to continue as planned with Oracle Database and upgrade to after you go-live with 12.2.

It may be useful to review the the Oracle Database 11gR2 support policies and dates as part of your decision-making process:


  • 12.2.2 and higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RH 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)  (10, 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -  Database tier only
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database features and options are certified:

Pending Database Feature and Option Certifications

  • Database Vault

About the pending certifications

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


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