Getting Started with the Release 12 Technology Stack
By Steven Chan (Oracle Development) on Feb 06, 2007
The sheer amount of available Release 12 documentation can be intimidating. The R12 Online Documentation Library is over 400 MB. On top of that, a great deal of information needed by R12 Apps DBAs can only be found in standalone Metalink Notes. If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't panic: this is the first of a series of articles highlighting the key documentation that you'll need to get up to speed.
Starting at the Very Beginning
With a tip of the hat to Julie Andrews, the first stop for all system administrators is the Oracle Applications Concepts Guide (Part No. B31450). Even if you're familiar with Release 11i, this guide is worth scanning for updates specific to Release 12. It covers the general technology stack components, the new R12 filesystem structure, database organization, new 10gR2 database features, and operational topics such as cloning, high availability, user authentication with OracleAS 10g, load-balancing, and other advanced topics.
A Roadmap for Techstack Metalink Notes
The E-Business Suite's technology stack is regularly updated with new supported configurations and certifications. Given that procedures and specific patch numbers change on a regular basis, the Applications Technology Group publishes this class of documentation via Metalink Notes.
Finding the right Metalink Note can be difficult sometimes, so a new Release 12 Note roadmap has been assembled. The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Technology Stack Documentation Roadmap (Metalink Note 380482.1) lists the key Metalink Notes that you'll need to implement and manage your environment, covering areas such as:
- Installation & Configuration (including AutoConfig, cloning, shared filesystem, load-balancers, and Forms socket mode)
- Database & High Availability
- Application Server (including both internal and external OracleAS 10g services such as Oracle Internet Directory, Single Sign-On, Portal, and Discoverer)
- Java (including the use of the native Sun J2SE plug-in instead of Jinitiator)
- Security (including SSL, demilitarized zones, and Wallet Manager)