E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2 Now Available

[March 19, 2010 Update:  Removed incorrect references to 12.0-related cumulative updates. 12.1.1 contains updates on top of 12.1 only]

I'm very pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2 is now available for download:
This release update pack (RUP) combines error corrections, statutory/regulatory updates, and functionality enhancements into a consolidated, suite-wide patch set.  This release is a maintenance pack and can only be installed on top of an existing EBS 12.1 environment.

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What's New In This Release?

E-Business Suite 12.1.2 includes new product functionality, enhancements to existing functionality, and fixes for improved stability, security, and performance.  Apps 12.1.2 is a cumulative update that includes all updates and fixes that were previously released on top of 12.1.1.

All E-Business Suite product families and nearly every product team have released new content in this release.  You can find links to Release Content Documents (RCD) with details about new features, updates and fixes in the following Metalink Note:
It also includes new features from the Applications Technology Group and support for new technology stack components, which I will cover in a separate article.  For those of you eager to get those details now, see:
The October 2009 Oracle E-Business Suite Critical Patch Update (CPUOct2009) for Release 12.1 (Patch 8317787) is also included in Release 12.1 RUP2. You can find details about the contents of this CPU and directions for applying it on My Oracle Support Knowledge Document Note 880170.1.

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Comments:

Hi Steven,

I have a question regarding Oracle web logic server with R12.
Since oracle is moving from oracle application server to oracle web logic server ( which is a converged application server from Oracle ) , do you have any plans of moving to oracle web logic server for R12 . If so , what would be the path . do we need to upgrade to weblogic server .

Thanks in advance,
Raghu

Posted by Raghavendra kakarla on December 21, 2009 at 01:11 AM PST #

Steven,

Thank you for this status update. This is good news. I know your team was working on 11gR2 certification -- is R12.1.2 certified for 11gR2? Also, do you anticipate certification on Linux-x64 soon?

Thanks,
Janene K.

Posted by Janene K on December 21, 2009 at 02:05 AM PST #

Hi Steven,
We have started the upgrade of one of our test instances from 12.1.1 to 12.1.2. Hit one issue so far which is currently being looked at by support - to do with one of the specification files that ships in 12.1.2 being an earlier version that one that ships with 12.1.1 (PAPWPSMS.pls). I'll let you know how it goes.
Ian

Posted by Ian Neal on December 22, 2009 at 06:55 AM PST #

Hi, Raghavendra,

It's important to distinguish between running WebLogic as part of the E-Business Suite's internal technology stack (e.g. in place of JServ or OC4J) versus being compatible with externally-integrated Oracle Application Server servers running WebLogic.

We plan to continue to certify Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 with external Oracle Application Server instances. These integrations allow E-Business Suite customers to use the latest Fusion Middleware components such as Oracle Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Business Intelligence, and others. We expect to be able to certify the WebLogic-enabled versions of those external integrations with the E-Business Suite in the future.

We're evaluating the feasibility of using WebLogic in some capacity with an as-yet-unspecified future version of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

We have no plans to replace Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i's internal JServ engine with WebLogic.

The above is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 28, 2009 at 03:22 AM PST #

Hi, Janene,

Yes, R12.1.2 is certified for 11gR2. I've just posted the details here:

11gR2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite 12
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/12/11gr2_database_ebs_12.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 28, 2009 at 03:24 AM PST #

Hi, Ian,

I'm rather impressed that you're doing this upgrade over the holiday break.

I hope that your issue with the specification files was resolved. 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 December 28, 2009 at 04:35 AM PST #

Hi Steve,

quick question for you. We are currently running EBS11.5.10 (Financial Modules only )with 10gR2 RAC/ASM.

Now we are currently evaluating using HRMS/Payroll. My question to you is:

Is it possible to run HRMS/Payroll (any module such as PA) on a dedicated RAC instance node (virtually simulating a one instance database while RAC is still running) ?

So if we enable HRMS/Payroll in Production, we'd like to these familly pack to be configured accessing only one node of the RAC while the rest and existing (Finance) continue to RAC away..

The reason behind this is related to licensing implications...

Cheers,
Regis

Posted by Regis Biassala on January 07, 2010 at 04:06 AM PST #

Hi, Regis,

Yes, this is possible. For an example of how to direct load for a specific type of EBS functionality to a specific RAC node, see Note 294652.1, "Configuration of Forms/Self-Service for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i RAC Environments (Load Balancing and Load Direction)".

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 07, 2010 at 07:54 AM PST #

While looking at some file versions, I noticed that XXX_TOP/patch/ directory had a directory called 115. I would have thought that 120 would be used. Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Maz

Posted by Maz Zankowski on February 01, 2010 at 02:24 AM PST #

Hi, Maz,

Nothing to worry about there: you've found a little oddity in our filesystem's naming conventions. That's an artifact of our release process and the original development cycles for R12.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 01, 2010 at 02:54 AM PST #

Hi- is there any documentation on the technical impact of a upgrade to 12.1.2? Doing analysis now based on our 12.0.6 instance

Posted by Reggie on February 03, 2010 at 06:34 AM PST #

Hi, Reggie,

Yes, the documentation you're looking for is referenced in the article above. See Note 845809.1.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 04, 2010 at 03:21 AM PST #

Dear Steven

I have a question for you mate and would be great if you can reply back.

In Oracle HRMS 12.1.2 there is a new feature which is Multi-Tenancy Model wherein a service provider can host a single application for its multiple clients. I was wondering is this limited to only HRMS or is extended to all the other EBS areas such as Financials, Manufacturing etc. Also is there any document which provides the setups / configuration for the same.

Your response is highly appreciated.

Thanks & Regards

Vijay

Posted by Vijay Devarakonda on February 28, 2010 at 06:17 PM PST #

Hello, Vijay,

I'm afraid that I don't have much visibility into the various EBS products' support for multi-tenancy models. My understanding is that multi-tenancy is not a native feature of the E-Business Suite. I would recommend asking your Oracle account manager to bring in a specialist who can discuss your requirements in more detail.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 01, 2010 at 02:28 AM PST #

Steven,

We are currently on R12.0.4 (plus some patches), with immediate plans to upgrade the application tech stack only to the 12.1.1 tech stack. We are considering a full upgrade to 12.1.2 later this year.

Questions:
1) Is the 12.1.2 Tech Stack certified with R12.0 and is there an upgrade path?

2): From R12.0.4 with 12.1.1 (or .2) tech stack, is there a path to R12.1.2?

3) What EBS release is Oracle using internally?

Best regards,
Alex

Posted by Alex Bayona on March 04, 2010 at 04:08 AM PST #

Alex,

1. Yes, you can upgrade from 12.0 to 12.1.2. You can use the -techstack upgrade option; see this article for the conceptual details on upgrading just the techstack:

Turbocharging Your EBS 12.0 Techstack Upgrade
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/08/turbocharging_ebs120_techstack_upgrade.html

2. Yes, you can go from 12.1.1 to 12.1.2.

3. I believe that we're on 12.0.6 right now. Our Apps IT team is planning to upgrade to 12.1.2 later this year, after our important financial cycles are over.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 06, 2010 at 03:28 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

I am upgrading from 11.5.10 to 12.1.1, but missed to apply 8764069:R12.FND.B now replaced by 7303029.

Is there any patches need to apply to fix this? and is it safe to upgrading to 12.1.2 with this condition?

thanks & regards,
Dee Maz

Posted by Dee Maz on March 07, 2010 at 10:14 PM PST #

Hi, Dee,

I'm afraid I don't have an authoritative answer to give you. Speaking from first principles, if you missed applying a patch that later was replaced by a newer one, I'd recommend applying the newer one. I would generally not proceed without a required patch or its replacement.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 09, 2010 at 02:27 AM PST #

Hi Steven ,

I believe I must I go through the intermediate hop of:
R12.0.4 > R12.1.1(Maintenance Pack - Note 752619.1) > R12.1.2 (Release Update Pack - Note 949406.1)
... or can I go straight to R12.1.2?

Notes in the article say:
1. 'This release is a maintenance pack and can only be installed on top of an existing EBS 12.1 environment'.
... and yet ...
2. 'Apps 12.1.2 is a cumulative update that includes all updates and fixes that were previously released in 12.0.1, 12.0.2, 12.0.3, 12.0.4, 12.0.5, 12.0.6, and 12.1.1'.
Your thoughts?

Regards,
Shelley.

Posted by Shelley King on March 10, 2010 at 06:19 AM PST #

Hi Steve,

We are implementing Oracle 12.1.1 with multi-tenant feature and later came to know that one of the script is mssing in 12.1.1 version. We later came to know that script is available in 12.1.2.
Do we now to need to scrap 12.1.1 instance and install 12.1.2 newly or is it like a maintenance patch we need to apply to get 12.1.2 version. Your inputs are highly appreciated.

Thanks
Satish

Posted by Satish on March 11, 2010 at 08:21 PM PST #

Hi, Satish,

You're in luck: the E-Business Suite 12.1.2 release is available only a Maintenance Pack, too. Your only available option is to apply this on top of an existing E-Business Suite 12.1.1 environment -- which is what you wish to do.

Good luck with your upgrade.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 12, 2010 at 05:49 AM PST #

Hi, Shelley,

My apologies for the delay in getting back to you on this. I've been travelling on business.

I appreciate your bringing this error in the blog article to my attention. In fact, you were the only person to catch this error, and this article has been out for months!

EBS 12.1.1 is a cumulative update of all patches released on top of EBS 12.1. EBS 12.1.1 can only be applied to an existing EBS 12.1 installation, and not to 12.0 installs.

Good luck with your upgrade; I'd be interested in hearing how it goes for you.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 19, 2010 at 04:36 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

I couldn't see any certification for EBS 12.1.2 on Linux x86-64. What are the plans regarding this certification ?

Posted by Revital Altshuler on March 30, 2010 at 05:40 PM PDT #

the bitness of the executables we provide as part of our release media on the application tier are 32-bit (as are the FMW/AS 10g libraries/objects we depend on). So on 64-bit OS'es, the model is a '32-bit app on 64-bit OS' for our application tier. There are a few application executables that are 64-bit compiled, wherein the larger memory space afforded by 64-bit OS'es are taken advantage of (these are the 'Planning' products, which inherently have large memory requirements).

There should be no issues with patches as the 32-bit Linux patches are applicable for 64-bit Linux OS'es as well. If one clicks on the little informational icon to the left of the Platform pulldown menu for this patch, it brings up a page stating:

For Oracle Applications Release 12 on Linux x86-64, queries will return a Linux x86 patch. This patch may be applied to both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Posted by Peter P. Shih on March 31, 2010 at 06:33 AM PDT #

Hi,
Can you please provide me the fatures/Major changes in Oracle Advanced Pricing module.

Thanx,
Rafee

Posted by Rafee on April 11, 2010 at 06:20 PM PDT #

Hi, Rafee,

This blog (and our authors) are focussed on E-Business Suite technology stack areas. We don't have much visibility into functional areas like Oracle Advanced Pricing.

You might wish to pose this question to your Oracle account manager, who can arrange for an Advanced Pricing specialist to give you a briefing on this EBS module.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 12, 2010 at 02:55 AM PDT #

I've noticed that bits of 12.1.3 are out, is there going to be a blog coming out on that?

Posted by Ian Neal on July 25, 2010 at 10:21 PM PDT #

Hi, Ian,

You have sharp eyes. Yes, I'll be covering 12.1.3 in a series of blog articles as soon as its released as a whole.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 26, 2010 at 12:53 AM PDT #

Hi Steven.

What is the expected date of release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3

Thanks
Sasi

Posted by sasikala on August 05, 2010 at 02:02 PM PDT #

Hi, Sasi,

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 August 06, 2010 at 02:02 AM PDT #

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