Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0 Released for OEM 11g (11.1.0.1)

[Feb. 25, 12:40 PM Update: Removed incorrect references to RHEL 3, SLES 9, HP-UX 11.11, Solaris 8]

We're very pleased to announce the release of Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0, an integral part of Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

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The management suite combines features in the standalone Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle's real user monitoring and configuration management capabilities. 

The features that were available in the standalone Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite are now packaged into the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0.  The Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0 is now fully certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control. 

This latest plug-in extends Grid Control with E-Business Suite specific management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.  The Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in is released via patch 8333939.  For the AMP and ACMP 4.0 installation guide, see:
General AMP & ACMP improvements
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control Support
    Application Management Pack 4.0 and Application Change Management Pack 4.0 for Oracle E-Business Suite are certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control Release 1 (11.1.0.1.0).
  • Built-in Diagnostic Ability
    Release 4.0 has numerous major enhancements that provide the necessary intelligence to determine if the product has been installed and configured correctly. There are diagnostics for Discovery, Cloning, and User Monitoring that will validate if the appropriate patches, privileges, setups, and profile options have been configured. This feature improves the setup and configuration process.
Enhanced ACMP Capabilities
Customization Manager
  • Multi-Node Custom Application Registration: This feature automates the process of registering and validating custom products/applications on every node in a multi-node EBS system.
  • Public/Private File Source Mappings and E-Business Suite Mappings: File Source Mappings & E-Business Suite Mappings can be created and marked as public or private. Only the creator/owner can define/edit his/her own mappings. Users can use public Mappings, but cannot edit or change settings.
  • Test Checkout Command for Versions: This feature allows you to test/verify checkout commands at the version level within the File Source Mapping page.
  • Prerequisite Patch Validation: You can specify prerequisite patches for Customization packages and for Release 12 Oracle E-Business Suite packages.
  • Destination Path Population: You can now automatically populate the Destination Path for common file types during package construction.
  • OAF File Type Support: Ability to package Oracle Application Framework (OAF) customizations and deploy them across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite instances.
  • Extended PLL Support: Ability to distinguish between different types of PLLs (that is, Report and Forms PLL files). Providing better granularity when managing PLL objects.
  • Enhanced Standards Checker: Provides greater and more comprehensive list of coding standards that are verified during the package build process (for example, File Driver exceptions, Java checks, XML checks, SQL checks, etc.)
  • HTML Package Readme: The package Readme is in HTML format and includes the file listing.
  • Advanced Package Search Capabilities: The ability to utilize more criteria within the advanced search package (that is, Public, Last Updated by, Files Source Mapping, and E-Business Suite Mapping).
  • Enhanced Package Build Notifications: More detailed information on the results of a package build process. Better, more detailed troubleshooting guidance in the event of build failures.
Patch Manager
  • Staged Patches: Ability to run Patch Manager with no external internet access. Customer can download Oracle E-Business Suite patches into a shared location for Patch Manager to access and apply. Supports highly secured production environments that prohibit external internet connections.
  • Support for Superseded Patches: Automatic check for superseded patches. Allows users to easily add superseded patches into the Patch Run. More comprehensive and correct Patch Runs. Removes many manual and laborious tasks, frees up Apps DBAs for higher value-added tasks.
  • Automatic Primary Node Identification: Users can now specify which is the "primary node" (that is, which node hosts the Shared APPL_TOP) during the Patch Run interview process, available for Release 12 only.
Setup Manager
  • Preview Extract Results: Ability to execute an extract in "proof mode", and examine the query results, to determine accuracy. Used in conjunction with the "where" clause in Advanced Filtering. This feature can provide better and more accurate fine tuning of extracts.
  • Use Uploaded Extracts in New Projects: Ability to incorporate uploaded extracts in new projects via new LOV fields in package construction. Leverages the Setup Manager repository to access extracts that have been uploaded. Allows customer to reuse uploaded extracts to provision new instances.
  • Re-use Existing Extracts in New Projects: Ability to incorporate existing extracts in new projects via new LOV fields in package construction. Leverages the Setup Manager repository to access point-in-time extracts (snapshots) of configuration data. Allows customer to reuse existing extracts to provision new instances. Allows comparative historical reporting of identical APIs, executed at different times.
  • Support for BR100 formats: Setup Manager can now automatically produce reports in the BR100 format. Native support for industry standard formats.
  • Concurrent Manager API Support: General Foundation now provides an API for management of "Concurrent Manager" configuration data. Ability to migrate Concurrent Managers from one instance to another. Complete the setup once and never again; no need to redefine the Concurrent Managers.
Certified configurations

The following Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control releases, Oracle E-Business Suite releases, and platforms are supported:
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0 requires Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control Release 1 (11.1.0.1.0)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite
    • 11i: Release 11.5.10 CU2 with ATG_PF.H RUP6 or higher
    • 12.0: Release 12.0.4 with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6
    • 12.1: Release 12.1 with R12.ATG_PF.B.delta.3
  • Certified Platforms and Releases
    • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5); (RHEL 4, 5); (SLES 10)
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5); (RHEL 4, 5); (SLES 10)
Certifications still underway

The following certifications are still in progress:
  • 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)
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.   

Upgrades from AMP & ACMP 3


This plug-in supersedes the Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 3.1. An upgrade path to 4.0 is provided from 3.1 only. Therefore it is mandatory for the existing installations to be at the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 3.1 level before upgrading to 4.0.

AMP & ACMP 4.0 run only with EM 11g, and vice versa

If you're running AMP or ACMP 3.1 on EM 10gR5 and upgrade to AMP/ACMP 4.0, you must upgrade to EM 11g.

If you're running AMP or ACMP 3.1 on EM 10gR5 and upgrade to EM 11g, you must upgrade to AMP or ACMP 4.0.

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Comments:

I am trying to create a customization package for RTF file. The package creation fails citing the below error:

Error while evaluating expression:[Error evaluating expression: ${FUNC_STATUS_CHECKER(${data.V_BUGNO})} : [StatusCheckStep error: Package creation request failed (Status:Completed Error - Checkout Failed).]] :
oracle.sysman.pp.paf.api.PAFException: Error evaluating expression: ${FUNC_STATUS_CHECKER(${data.V_BUGNO})} : [StatusCheckStep error: Package creation request failed (Status:Completed Error - Checkout Failed).]

I had added the $Header in the Comments section of the Summary tab in Document properties.

Posted by seema on July 18, 2011 at 02:49 PM PDT #

Seema,

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 19, 2011 at 01:43 AM PDT #

I heard that the plug-in will not support host with multiple EBS instances. Is it true?

Posted by Steven on September 18, 2011 at 05:05 PM PDT #

Not true; the E-Business Suite Plug-in does support multiple E-Business Suite instances on a single host. There is no such limitation in place in fact many of our internal instances are configured in this manner.

Posted by Angelo Rosado on September 19, 2011 at 12:59 AM PDT #

Can Performance of concurrent programs/reports/stats/manager stats/sysadmin stuff ( OAM fuctionalities ) can also be done using 11g OEM with E-biss suite plugin ?

Posted by guest on December 10, 2011 at 01:28 AM PST #

The Concurrent Processing features built into the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-In have been designed to compliment many of the OAM Concurrent Processing features. The Plug-In lets you monitor the health of Concurrent Processing Service and its underlining key components (i.e. Database Instance, Applications Listener, and Oracle Concurrent Manager).

The Concurrent Processing Dashboard provides you with details of concurrent processing in your Oracle E-Business Suite system. The dashboard gives you a complete picture of concurrent processing on your system, both current activities as well as usage statistics. You have the ability to add standard or user-defined concurrent programs and managers as a target to the Oracle E-Business Suite composite target. Then specify your own thresholds and monitor related activities of the registered individual concurrent programs and managers.

The User Monitoring page enables you to link a Concurrent Program Request database session id to an Oracle E-Business Suite user session. This way you can link a performance issues and trace the related Concurrent Program Request database session for further analysis.

For more details on these key capabilities you can reference the Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite User's Guide Release 4.0 - Part No. E18709-01 found on Oracle’s website under Support > Documentation.

If you have access to My Oracle Support take a closer look at the Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, Release 4.0 (Doc ID 1224313.1).

Posted by Angelo Rosado on December 12, 2011 at 03:05 AM PST #

Hi Steven

I am installing OEM 12c and it does not seem to be able to manage EBS as yet. It does monitor Fusion Applications.

Any idea when this ability will be available? or am I mistaken?

Thanks
Charl

Posted by Charl Naude on March 01, 2012 at 04:11 AM PST #

Hi, Charl,

We're working on an update right now for EM 12c.

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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 01, 2012 at 09:20 AM PST #

Hello Steven,

Just wanted to be sure.
Can I make a fresh 4.0 installation or I must go with this path 3.0->3.1->4.0 ?

Thank you.

Posted by Roy A on March 19, 2012 at 01:45 AM PDT #

Hello, Roy,

You should be able to do a fresh install of 4.0 directly.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 19, 2012 at 09:29 AM PDT #

Does the plug in OEM 4.0 also works with the new OEM 12c?

Posted by Alexandre Focante on April 10, 2012 at 03:54 AM PDT #

Hello, Alexadre,

No, it doesn't. AMP 4 works only with EM 11g.

We're working on a new release of AMP that will work with EM 12c. 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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 10, 2012 at 05:19 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

just one more question: From what I read and understood, you must have to have the Grid Control in place (even for a single node instance)and for the Grid Control, a Weblogic server. Is that correct? Any other method of installation for a Single Node instance non rac ?

Posted by Alexandre Focante on April 11, 2012 at 03:56 AM PDT #

Customers interested in implementing the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in and take advantage of all its capabilities must implement Enterprise Manager 11g and adhere to EM’s requirements. At this time we don’t support any other methods.

Posted by Angelo Rosado on April 15, 2012 at 09:39 AM PDT #

Hey, another quick question. I just checked the documentation to install the Grid Control 11g to support this new plug-in. The Grid Control 11g has a pre-requesit of a Weblogic server. The question is, can I install any Weblogic server version (there is many in the Oracle download), or must be one specific?

thanks,

Posted by Alexandre Focante on April 17, 2012 at 09:16 AM PDT #

Hello Steven,

Our GC version is 11.1.0.1.0 and the agents are on 10.2.0.5. The EBS version is 12.1.3 What version of AMP can we use?

Regards.
Shaffat

Posted by guest on April 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM PDT #

Hi Shaffat,

The configuration you have mention is not supported. We only support agents on the same release as the Grid Control version. Kindly, refer to My Oracle Support note titled Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, Release 4.0 (Doc ID 1224313.1) for more information.

Regards

Posted by Angelo Rosado on April 30, 2012 at 04:13 PM PDT #

Hello Steven,

Thanks for this post.

In this post, you mentioned the below about Setup Manager
"Leverages the Setup Manager repository to access point-in-time extracts (snapshots) of configuration data"

Can you please provide some more information on these "snapshots" as where they are located in OMS and how we can see them. Currently we have an issue where the Diagnostics Tests for Setup manager are failing on "Snapshot information not populated" error. In emoms.log, we see similar errors saying " Test failed due to invalid snapshot information ".

We tried so many things but couldn't make it work. We have an SR logged for this 3-5706983011 with no progress till now.

Any help is appreciated.

Regards

Posted by guest on May 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM PDT #

Hello Guest,

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

I've escalated your SR with Support. Support will be following up with updates in your Service Request directly.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by guest on May 30, 2012 at 09:31 AM PDT #

Hi Steven
Automatic Primary Node Identification: Users can now specify which is the "primary node" (that is, which node hosts the Shared APPL_TOP) during the Patch Run interview process, available for Release 12 only.
It's exactly that I want to have.
My "primary node" list of values has only one value. How can I have others values ? which variable in CONTEXT_FILE define this list of value?
Our architecture is:
1 shared appltop for 2 internal server
1 appltop for external server
and I want patch manager execute once on primary internal server and once on external server but not all 3 servers.
Regards

Posted by Guest on May 31, 2012 at 02:03 PM PDT #

Hi,

Starting with release 4.0 we introduced the concept of automatic primary node identification for Patch Manager. The nodes that show up in the lov must have the context variable s_isAdmin set to "YES" in the context file. Then this information is collected by AMP, and context information for the nodes will appear.

It’s important to highlight the DMZ architecture you have describe above is supported starting with the EBS Plug-in for EM 12c.

For more information reference:
MOS note -
Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, Release 12.1.0.1.0 (Doc ID 1434392.1)
https://metalink.oracle.com/metalink/plsql/showdoc?db=NOT&id=1434392.1

Regards

Posted by Angelo Rosado on June 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM PDT #

Hi,

If we are upgrading to OEM 12C, does it mean we will use Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.0.1.0 instead of AMP 4.0?

Thank you.

Posted by Damasus Laij on September 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM PDT #

Damasus,

Yes, that's right. See:

E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.1 for Enterprise Manager 12c Now Available (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/e_business_suite_plug_in

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 27, 2012 at 09:03 AM PDT #

Hi ,

I cant find MS windows as a certifed platform for AMP 4 - or in certifications underway. We have Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control on windows 32 bit. What options do i have?

Posted by guest on November 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM PST #

Hello,

We can appreciate your interest in AMP but, there are no short or long term plans to port AMP to MS Windows platform. We simply don’t have enough customer demand to support MS Windows.

I have filed a tracking bug 9724148 for customers who are lobbying for a MS Windows port. You are more than welcome to add your company and contact details. I occasionally review the bug to see if the list of customers has grown but, as of today the list remains in the low single digits.

Regards

Posted by Angelo Rosado on November 29, 2012 at 07:10 AM PST #

From Angelo Rosado, Principal Product Manager:

Hello,

We can appreciate your interest in AMP but, there are no short or long term plans to port AMP to MS Windows platform. We simply don’t have enough customer demand to support MS Windows.

I have filed a tracking bug 9724148 for customers who are lobbying for a MS Windows port. You are more than welcome to add your company and contact details. I occasionally review the bug to see if the list of customers has grown but, as of today the list remains in the low single digits.

Regards,
Angelo Rosado

Posted by Bill Sawyer on November 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM PST #

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