Switching to Cumulative Critical Patch Updates for E-Business Suite 11i

[Editor:  This article is written by Krishna Kappaganti, a Director in our Applications Technology Integration group.  Krishna is part of the team that produces the quarterly Critical Patch Updates for E-Business Suite.]

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Historically with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, you were required to apply individual patches in the order specified in the E-Business suite Critical Patch Updates Knowledge document for that Critical Patch Update (CPU).  If you missed one or more Critical Patch Updates, you needed to review E-Business Suite Critical Patch Updates Knowledge documents related to all those missed CPUs and apply all listed patches one-by-one to come up to the latest required prerequisites.

Compare that process to applying Critical Patch Updates to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0 and 12.1), Oracle Database, and Oracle Fusion Middleware:  those products' CPUs are cumulative.  You can simply apply a single patch that contains all the fixes from previous Oracle security alerts and Critical Patch Updates and be at the latest CPU level.

With the introduction of CPU Cumulative Patches for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2, starting with CPUJan2010, things have changed in an important way.  E-Business Suite Release 11i sysadmins now have a convenient way of getting up-to-date on the latest Critical Patch Updates with a single patch.

What are CPU Cumulative Patches?

As you might infer from their name, CPU Cumulative Patches include the latest versions of all patches produced for the Oracle E-Business Suite baseline since the beginning of Critical Patch Updates on that baseline.  In other words, they include:
  • Patches contained in prior Critical Patch Updates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 on the baseline
  • Patches from previous Oracle security alerts applicable for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 on the baseline
  • Latest patches needed for the present Critical Patch Update

The CPU Cumulative Patches on the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 baseline are similar to those produced for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0 and 12.1).

How many Baselines do we have?

There are two baselines available for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2: ATG RUP 6 and ATG RUP 7.

The CPU Cumulative Patch on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 ATG RUP 6 can be applied by all Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 customers who have applied ATG RUP 6 to their environments.  Similarly the CPU Cumulative Patch on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 ATG RUP 7 can be applied by all Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 customers who have applied ATG RUP 7 to their environments.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release customers on the 11i10 baseline without Consolidated Update 2 continue to receive individual patches for Critical Patch Updates; no cumulative patch exists for that baseline.

[Editor: as of November 2010, EBS 11.5.10 Consolidated Update 2 will be part of the new minimum prerequisites for Extended Support for Apps 11i.  If you're not already running 11.5.10 CU2, you should make plans to apply this patch as soon as possble.]

How to apply the CPU Cumulative Patch

CPU Cumulative Patches can be applied like any other patch. The sequence is:

  1. Review the E-Business Suite CPU Knowledge document for the CPU.
  2. Apply all Database and Fusion Middleware patches applicable following the E-Business Suite CPU Knowledge document instructions and referring the other relevant CPU Knowledge documents.
  3. Identify the applicable Cumulative Patch for your E-Business Suite environment (ATG RUP 6 or ATG RUP 7)
  4. Apply the prerequisite patches following instructions in the README of the CPU Cumulative Patch. Note that the pre-requisite patches may vary depending on the products installed in your E-business Suite environment. It may sometimes be necessary for customers using certain products to move to a minimum supported level for that product.
  5. Apply the CPU Cumulative Patch.
  6. Apply the post-install patches following the instructions in README of the CPU Cumulative Patch. Note that the prerequisite patches may vary depending on the products installed in your E-business Suite environment.
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Comments:

I made a similar comment when Steven posted about the CPU JAN 10 came out, but it bears repeating:

THANK YOU!!

This really makes things much easier to manage.

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on January 26, 2010 at 02:00 AM PST #

This is definitely something all Apps DBAs really appreciate.
Thank you!!!

Posted by Tianhua Wu on January 26, 2010 at 03:49 AM PST #

Hi, Jay, Tianhua,

Thanks for your comments -- I've passed them on to Krishna and our CPU team. The more feedback and encouragement they get, the easier it is to justify the ongoing investment in these cumulative CPUs.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 26, 2010 at 04:50 AM PST #

Hi Krishna

Thanks for the concise explanation on the new baselines, makes things a lot easier

Posted by Eoghan OCallaghan on January 26, 2010 at 04:54 PM PST #

This is an absolutely wonderful bit of news. This will dramatically simplify our ability to maintain currency on the CPU patches.

Thank You!

Posted by Scott Petersen on January 27, 2010 at 06:01 AM PST #

6I PATCH 18 4948577 download link pls help give s

Posted by JAYESH on February 08, 2010 at 02:29 PM PST #

Jayesh,

You can find that patch at:

https://updates.oracle.com/download/4948577.html

You can use this same syntax to download other patches, too. Alternately, you can log into My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) and search for a given patch.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 09, 2010 at 02:14 AM PST #

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