Glimpses of E-Business Suite 12.2: WebLogic Server and Online Patching

[Sep. 20, 2013 Update:  EBS 12.2 is now available for download.  See this article for details.]

The cat is out of the bag now.  Many readers noticed references to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in last week's update of our regularly-published technology stack roadmap.  OAUG/Collaborate attendees got glimpses of this release a couple of months ago, but we've been keeping it relatively low-key on this upcoming release.  

There are lots of updates coming in this release, but from a technology stack perspective, EBS 12.2 will be notable for two things:

  1. Replacing Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J) 10g with WebLogic Server 11g
  2. Online Patching support via 11gR2 Edition-Based Redefinition

EBS 12.2 high-level architecture diagram

1. Replacing OC4J with WebLogic Server

EBS 12.2 will use WebLogic Server from Fusion Middleware 11g in place of OC4J 10g as part of the release's internal technology stack.  Other additional new Fusion Middleware 11g components used will include WebLogic JSP and UIX 11g. 

2. Online Patching support via 11gR2 Edition-Based Redefinition

EBS 12.2 will use the 11gR2 Database's Edition-Based Redefinition features to provide support for Online Patching.  Edition-Based Redefinition is really exciting new technology. From the 11gR2 Application Developer's Guide:

"Edition-based redefinition enables you to upgrade the database component of an application while it is in use, thereby minimizing or eliminating down time.

"To upgrade an application while it is in use, you copy the database objects that comprise the application and redefine the copied objects in isolation. Your changes do not affect users of the application—they continue to run the unchanged application. When you are sure that your changes are correct, you make the upgraded application available to all users."

Online Patching means that patches that change EBS database objects can be applied while the E-Business Suite production instance is fully operational.  Only a short downtime will be required to complete the patching process.  This will ake your patching downtimes more predictable.

An Unofficial FAQ

We're very excited about this release, and we're all working hard on getting it out the door for you quickly.  We can't share all the details about this release yet, so here are some answers to the most frequently-asked questions that we're able to answer right now:

When will EBS 12.2 be released?

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

Will there be an EBS 12.1.4 release?

We're working hard on EBS 12.2 right now.  After we deliver this new release, we'll evaluate whether it's worthwhile producing a new suite-wide Release Update Pack for the EBS 12.1 codeline. 

My organisation needs to upgrade from EBS 11i.  Should I go to EBS 12.1.3 or wait for EBS 12.2?

When it comes to ERP software, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  It's always best to make your plans around releases that are currently available. 

You should plan your upgrade to EBS 12.1.3 today.  The upgrade from EBS 11i to 12 is technically-straightforward but has many new updates and features on the functional side.  These functional product updates and new features have the potential to introduce significant changes that will affect your business users.

If customer feedback is any indication, it is likely that you will spend more time working through the implications of the new EBS 12.1 features than anything else.  This process may be time-consuming, so it's best to get started now. If you're on EBS 11i today, you should focus your efforts on getting up to EBS 12.1.3 as the immediate priority. 

The preceding 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 decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Comments:

Steven - great blog. Really appreciate all your work on getting this information out for us. Question on moving to R12. We are planning a weekend upgrade to 12.1.3 and at present we have to do a 12.1.1 upgrade and then apply the 12.1.3 patches. This uses precious hours in our very tight timeline and I'm wondering if you have any insight on if/when there will be a 12.1.3 distribution made available?

Posted by Raegan Gibb on June 07, 2011 at 01:43 PM PDT #

Hi Steven, To install Discoverer 11g, Weblogic must be installed first, then fusion middleware on top of that. Upgrade is similar, upgrade weblogic first, then fusion middelware. Do you know if R12.2 follows the same path? It would be nice if rapidwiz installs everything together. Thanks, T Wu

Posted by guest on June 08, 2011 at 12:04 AM PDT #

Steven, R12 continues to compel me from a technical standpoint. I wonder if you might provide some insight into what edition based patching might look like in r12.2. The database portions of major patches are certainly the most lengthy, and I can see some potential value in pre-applying those pieces. But how are traditional file (copy) and forms/report (generate) pieces addressed for "hot" patching?

Posted by Kevin Kempf on June 08, 2011 at 01:58 AM PDT #

Hi, T., The installation process for R12.2 is one of those things that I can't discuss yet. I'll provide more details as we get closer to the release. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 08, 2011 at 02:19 AM PDT #

Hi, Reagan, Thanks for the feedback on our blog. Glad to hear that you've found it useful. We don't currently have any plans to provide a Rapid Install version of EBS 12.1.3. It can only be installed on top of an existing 12.1.1 baseline today. Good luck with your upgrade. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 08, 2011 at 02:22 AM PDT #

Hi, Kevin, We're working on a detailed FAQ that will cover technical questions about Online Patching like yours and many others. It's not ready for external distribution yet. I'll post links as soon as it is. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 09, 2011 at 07:16 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,
thanks for your blog and the provided information. Is it true that Oracle Reports will go away in R12.2?
kr, Volker

Posted by VEckardt on June 21, 2011 at 08:13 PM PDT #

Hi, Volker,

No, that's not true. Oracle Reports will continue to be present in the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 technology stack.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 22, 2011 at 02:02 AM PDT #

I recently met several Oracle users mentioning they are going straight to Fusion rather than Release 12. The company's reason to go to Fusion was because of the many customizations they had, but also they did not plan to upgrade to Release 12 but stay with R11.5.10

Since Fusion is a middleware, is it a requirement to upgrade to Release 12 if going with Fusion?

Posted by Sunny on June 24, 2011 at 03:11 AM PDT #

Hi, Sunny:

I confess to being a bit puzzled by your question. It appears that you're conflating "Fusion Applications" with "Fusion Middleware."

I'm part of the E-Business Suite division. I don't have any details about prerequisites for Fusion Applications. I would recommend your contacting your Oracle account manager to help you create an upgrade plan for Fusion Applications if you're considering that product.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 24, 2011 at 05:48 AM PDT #

Sunny & all,

It looks like 11i may no longer be a good place to be while waiting to upgrade to Fusion Applications. According to the latest Oracle Applications Support Policy (June 2011) there will only be a direct upgrade path to Fusion Apps from the last 2 major releases of R12. It looks like those staying on 11i will have to upgrade to R12 first.

Jonathan

Posted by Jonathan on July 26, 2011 at 02:47 AM PDT #

Jonathon, et al.,

Just a reminder: this blog is for the E-Business Suite. Oracle authors of this blog -- including me -- are not able to comment on Fusion Applications. Questions about Fusion Apps are better-directed to your respective Oracle account managers, since any comments posted by other customers here are likely to be largely speculation.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 26, 2011 at 02:58 AM PDT #

Hi,Steven,
Currently we are using EBS R 12.1.3 integrated with iAS 10.1.2 SSO-OID.
Can you tell me that,whether we will be able to upgarde our EBS to R 12.2 in this integrated system,when the relase will be available??

--Susmit

Posted by Susmit on July 30, 2011 at 12:45 PM PDT #

Susmit,

Premier Support for Oracle Single Sign-On 10g ends in Dec. 2011. We have no plans to certify EBS 12.2 with Oracle Single Sign-On. I would strongly recommend that you begin evaluating your plans to migrate to Oracle Access Manager, which is Oracle Single Sign-On's successor. See:

Oracle Access Manager 11.1.1.3 Certified with E-Business Suite 12 (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/oracle_access_manager_11_1

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 01, 2011 at 03:17 AM PDT #

Hello Steven,

Even though Oracle Forms is still widely used and integrated in the EBS, Oracle is started to provide the Java EE alternative with it's own Oracle ADF. Having used and developed in ADF I find it to be the logical replacement in the future for Oracle Forms and Reports. Is there any plan to go from Oracle Forms to using Oracle ADF in 12.2?

Best regards,
Sturla Thor

Posted by guest on October 03, 2011 at 09:28 PM PDT #

Hello Steve,

You say "Online Patching means that patches that change EBS database objects can be applied while the E-Business Suite production instance is fully operational. Only a short downtime will be required to complete the patching process. This will make your patching downtimes more predictable". I think this feature is marketed as if the users can continue up to the point where the database is bounced. How will it work for patches that include forms for example ? Would we also need to update a parallel APPL_TOP especially if applying family pack etc ?
Is this feature only of any use if we are just applying database object only patches which is quite rare ?
Thanks
David

Posted by guest on October 03, 2011 at 10:38 PM PDT #

Hello, Sturla,

EBS 12.2 will continue to use Oracle Forms 10g and Oracle Application Framework (OAF). We're looking into the use of ADF as an integral part of the E-Business Suite for a future release after 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 08, 2011 at 06:47 AM PDT #

Hello, David,

This process includes patches that affect EBS code on the application tier as well as the database tier. We'll be hosting a webcast that will cover Online Patching in detail. Watch this blog for that announcement -- it's coming soon.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 08, 2011 at 06:53 AM PDT #

Hello Steven,

You say that oracle forms 10g will be in 12.2. Do I understand it that 12.2 will hava a 10g application server and weblogic 11g server?

Best regards,
Sturla Thor

Posted by Sturla on October 11, 2011 at 12:14 AM PDT #

Hello, Sturla,

Yes, that's correct. We'll be hosting a webcast on 12.2 that covers this in more detail. Watch this blog for announcements about that.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 14, 2011 at 04:34 AM PDT #

Steven,

Are you able to indicate at this stage whether there will be a direct upgrade path from 11.5.10.2 Extended Support baseline version to R12.2?

Thanks,

- Matt

Posted by Matt Symes on November 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM PST #

Matt,

That's something that we'd like to be able to offer, but in advance of the release, our standing recommendation is that all EBS 11i customers should plan on upgrading to 12.1.3 first, followed with a smaller upgrade to 12.2 later.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 16, 2011 at 05:43 AM PST #

Steven -
Thanks for all of the information provided in the blog. A quick question regarding EBS 12.1.3 - in hopes of reducing the amount of change in looking forward to a 12.2 upgrade, is it possible to move some of the tech stack ahead to the 12.2 requirements will still running on 12.1.3? For example - can we run 12.1.3 on the same weblogic server 11g? We are currently running OAS 10g.

Best regards-
Shannon

Posted by Shannon on February 01, 2012 at 10:22 AM PST #

Hi, Shannon,

If you'd like to get a headstart and begin preparations for EBS 12.2, the best thing to do would be to ensure that:

a. Your database is on the 11.2.0.3 level

b. If you're using Oracle Single Sign-On, you should migrate to Oracle Access Manager. Oracle Single Sign-On will not be certified with EBS 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 03, 2012 at 11:29 AM PST #

Any idea when R12.2 will be made available. We are planning for an upgrade soon.

Regards,
Irfan

Posted by guest on February 04, 2012 at 12:46 PM PST #

Hello, Irfan,

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 February 06, 2012 at 08:51 AM PST #

Hi Steven, can you please let me know where i download EBS12.2 ? (or the beta version)? we want to try the new architecture look and feel for 12.2

Thanks
Peter

Posted by guest on April 27, 2012 at 07:35 AM PDT #

Hi, Peter,

I'm glad that you're interested in EBS 12.2. The Beta is not publicly available yet. Stay tuned to this blog for more details about EBS 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,
We are planning a production upgrade to 12.1.3 in the coming months with OAS 10g. Does this mean that when we upgrade to 12.2, we have to upgrade to WebLogic? We do NOT have a choice (at-least for a limited time) of continuing to use OAS 10G with 12.2? And if we chose to defer the WebLogic rollout we need to remain on 12.1.3?

Lastly will the licence for WebLogic need to be purchased separately or is it bundled with EBS?

Thanks
Dave

Posted by guest on May 01, 2012 at 07:17 AM PDT #

Hi, Dave,

The EBS 12.2 upgrade is expected to automatically install WebLogic for you; this will be mandatory and transparent to you during the installation.

EBS 12.2 isn't released yet, so it's a bit premature to discuss licensing terms at this point. Stay tuned to this blog for more details soon.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 01, 2012 at 08:05 AM PDT #

Please notify me for new comments. Thanks

Posted by guest on May 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM PDT #

Hi Steve, we are planning to upgrade EBS11.5.10.2 to 12.1.3, my understanding is, install the base install 2.1.1 then apply 12.1.3 patch
on the top of it. how about the costomerization code? how to migrate the customer codes over from 11i to R12? Thanks Jenny

Posted by guest on May 06, 2012 at 08:52 AM PDT #

Hi, Jenny,

The procedures vary depending upon the nature of your customizations. Check out this new whitepaper:

New Whitepaper: Upgrading your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/new_whitepaper_upgrading_your_customizations

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 30, 2012 at 08:58 AM PDT #

Hello Steven - I have a question regarding high-availability features in 12.2? For example, if WebLogic is the underlying AS, would we be able to leverage WebLogic's clustering capabilities? thanks.

Posted by guest on May 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM PDT #

Steve,
we were told that details of R12.2, including data model changes, are available. We were not able to find the details. Would appreciate if you could point the link/ note id, if the details are published and available.
Also, would appreciate if you could let us know if there is a direct path from 11.5.10.2 to 12.2 of EBS
Thanks,

Posted by guest on June 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM PDT #

Hi,

You can find R12.2 details in the release content documents. These are avaialble in My Oracle Support.

Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Documents [ID 1302189.1]

Please see below Steven's earlier response on upgrade path.

"You should plan your upgrade to EBS 12.1.3 today. The upgrade from EBS 11i to 12 is technically-straightforward but has many new updates and features on the functional side. These functional product updates and new features have the potential to introduce significant changes that will affect your business users.

If customer feedback is any indication, it is likely that you will spend more time working through the implications of the new EBS 12.1 features than anything else. This process may be time-consuming, so it's best to get started now. If you're on EBS 11i today, you should focus your efforts on getting up to EBS 12.1.3 as the immediate priority."

Regards
Vasu Rao

Posted by Vasu Rao on June 15, 2012 at 01:27 PM PDT #

Steve,
Currently we need a clustered file system to allow certain Concurrent
Programs with in EBS to share files with spawned database processes.
Will this still be a requirement in R12.2 ? Another option I guess would be to move our CM to run on our database servers. Just trying
to get an idea of available options ...Thanks .

Posted by guest on July 18, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

I'm a little confused by your comment.

Shared file systems make system administrators's lives easier, so we recommend them for environments where you have multiple EBS application tier servers.

However, that's strictly optional; we do not require clustered file systems for any Concurrent Manager functionality today. This is not expected to change for EBS 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 18, 2012 at 09:33 AM PDT #

Hello Steven.

Thanks for the great information you have provide us about r.12.2 general availability, but time has passed and no news about it.
We are right now on the scenario of one of your Unofficial FAQS:
"My organisation needs to upgrade from EBS 11i. Should I go to EBS 12.1.3 or wait for EBS 12.2?"
Would you answer the same at this time?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Enrique.

Posted by guest on August 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM PDT #

Hello, Enrique,

Yes, our answer remains the same.

EBS 11i customers should immediately begin planning to upgrade to EBS 12.1.3 today.

A large number of significant product enhancements were introduced in EBS 12, including features such as subledger accounting and support for a shared services model, multi-org access control, extensive new reports, and much more.

Many customers have found that these EBS 12 enhancements provide an opportunity to update existing business processes and introduce new business models.

In advance of EBS 12.2's release, customers can review these new capabilities using EBS 12.1.3 today. If EBS 12.2 is released at a time that's suitable for customers to incorporate that latest release into the EBS 11i upgrade project, then all business analysis performed using EBS 12.1.3 will apply transparently to EBS 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 09, 2012 at 02:02 PM PDT #

Thank You Steven, your blog is really helpful,

It will really help us, if you can give us some idea about 12.2 Expected Release month.

i will not accept this as official communication but will help to plan ahead.

Regards,
Rochak Puri
DUBAI

Posted by Rochak Puri on August 21, 2012 at 01:18 AM PDT #

Hello, Puri,

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

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 21, 2012 at 07:23 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Is there any announcement on the GA/Controlled release of R12.2 yet? There were references of R12.2 capabilities and online patching being made available at OOW, but not sure if there is an official communication on this as yet.

Regards,
Sanjay

Posted by guest on October 03, 2012 at 01:11 AM PDT #

Hello, Steven,

I'm a little confused about the release date information 12.2 from Oracle in combination with the Oracle support lifetime policy.
The Extended support for R12.1 begins May 2014.

If we start 11i migration project with 12.1 and the upgrade runs e.g. 1 year, I'm finish and we can start the next migration project to 12.2.

Or I have a release change in the migration project, e.g. after testing, which are very critical from the project point of view.

What is the Oracle recommendation from the perspective of R12 migration projects in combination of the R12.1 Extended Support?

Regards
Dirk

Posted by Dirk on October 04, 2012 at 12:17 AM PDT #

Hi, Sanjay,

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates.

See:

When will EBS 12.2 be released?
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/when_will_ebs_12_2

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM PDT #

Hello, Dirk,

EBS 11i customers should immediately begin planning to upgrade to EBS 12.1.3. The benefits are comparable to those in Step 1 above, but in this case for EBS itself rather than the Oracle Database.

A large number of significant product enhancements were introduced in EBS 12.X, including features such as subledger accounting and support for a shared services model, multi-org access control, and extensive new reports. Many customers have found that these EBS 12.X enhancements provide an opportunity to update existing business processes, introduce new business models, and retire older redundant customizations. In advance of EBS 12.2's release, customers can review these new capabilities using EBS 12.1.3 today.

If EBS 12.2 is released at a time that's suitable for customers to incorporate that latest release into an EBS 11i to 12.X upgrade project, all business analysis performed for EBS 12.1.3 will also apply, transparently, to the later upgrade to EBS 12.2.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 09, 2012 at 04:31 PM PDT #

Hi Steven

Currently we are on 12.1.1 and are seeing a lot of bugs in the system which are needing large patches to be applied. In order to reduce these issues we are planning to upgrade to the latest version of oracle.
From metalink it seems that 12.2 is available as it shows up in the list when we create an SR. Has 12.2 been released? If yes, do you recommend upgrading to 12.2 or 12.1.3. Which is more stable at this time?

Also would like your help in directing me to a metalink notes or links which list out business benefits, enhancement features from 12.1.1 vs 12.2 or 12.1.3.

Thanks in advance for your help and advise.

Posted by guest on October 25, 2012 at 12:26 AM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

EBS 12.2 is not available yet. You should plan on applying EBS 12.1.3:

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Now Available (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/ebs_1213_available

The Release Content Documents on the linked page describe the new features released in EBS 12.1.3.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 25, 2012 at 09:08 AM PDT #

Will R12.2 still require a desktop JRE?

Posted by guest on January 10, 2013 at 05:23 PM PST #

Hi, Guest,

Yes, EBS 12.2 will still have Forms-based content.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM PST #

as per your statement, 12.2 release has web logic server.

In 12.1, we have shared appl top.

same way shared appl top has application clustering option in 12.2?

so that active session will move to active node of the application cluster in case of failure.

Posted by Ram on February 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM PST #

Hello, Ram,

We'll provide more information about high availability configurations for EBS 12.2 as we get closer to the release. Stay tuned.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM PST #

As part of the move to WebLogic application server, will a regular Apache/IAS server still be recomended as a user facing layer to provide data compression etc as per OBIEE, or is this something that is being looked at for the future?

Posted by Richard Halford on February 18, 2013 at 04:47 AM PST #

Hello, Richard,

EBS 12.2 is expected to continue to use (and include) Oracle HTTP Server. I'm unclear on the implications of your reference to OBIEE. That's not part of the E-Business Suite but may be optionally-integrated with an EBS environment. I don't have much visibility into OBIEE technology stack requirements, I'm afraid.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 18, 2013 at 09:40 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Good to see your blog about up-coming updates on R12.2 release. Keep up the good work.

One quick question - what ADF Version and Weblogic versions will be used in this R12.2 release?

Thanks,
Rashad Khote.

Posted by guest on February 28, 2013 at 12:39 AM PST #

Hi, Rashad,

EBS 12.2 is not expected to use ADF. It is expected to continue to use Forms 10g and OA Framework.

It is a little premature to discuss WLS versions at this point. I'll share more of those details at release time.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM PST #

Hi Steven,

We are little bit surprised that "EBS 12.2 is not expected to use ADF".

As per Note ID 1302189.1, The "RCD >> Applications Technology" document says as

3.2. Release 12.2 Technology Components >>
Oracle Application Server /
Oracle Fusion Middleware (for Application Tier Java Code and Oracle Application Framework) >>
R11.1.1.6

Appreciate if could clarify the above point ?

Thanks,
Rashad

Posted by guest on March 01, 2013 at 10:01 AM PST #

Rashad,

There are many components in Fusion Middleware. In this particular case, "Fusion Middleware" refers to Oracle WebLogic Server in EBS 12.2, not ADF.

EBS 12.2 will continue to offer OA Framework and Forms-based components.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 01, 2013 at 11:00 AM PST #

Steven,

I appreciate that you cant comment on dates for R12.2 release yet, but with the developments freeze in 12.1.3 (unless they are fixes) this is meaning that EBS customers are submitting ER to no avail as everything seems to be dropping into 'Waiting Internal Oracle'.

With 12.1.3 being out since Aug 2010 we are now nearing 3 years without any significant functionality increase and this is without having to upgrade to 12.2. At what point are we going to start getting movement on some new development either in 12.1.3 because the delay on 12.2 has been too long or that 12.2 will finally be released such that the development freeze is lifted.

Thanks

Matt

Posted by Matt Blandford on March 06, 2013 at 01:26 AM PST #

Hello, Matt,

Indeed, we're very excited about 12.2 but can't say anything about its release.

Individual product teams have the discretion to release bug fixes to the 12.1 base release. If you are waiting for a critical bug fix for the 12.1 release, you should log an SR and escalate your request.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 06, 2013 at 08:42 AM PST #

Hi Steve
Can you lease let me know how to minimize downtime during EBS adpatching activity? What the options we have?
Thanks
Peter

Posted by guest on March 12, 2013 at 05:48 PM PDT #

Hi, Peter,

Our best practices are summarized in this webcast:

Webcast Replay Available: Minimizing E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/webcast_replay_available_minimizing_e

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 13, 2013 at 08:15 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,
We have a lot of various issues with login, can you please let me know how do you troubleshoot login issues in Oracle Apps R12? What diagnosis tools we can use?
Thanks
Jeff

Posted by Jeff on March 16, 2013 at 08:10 AM PDT #

Jeff,

Thanks for your inquiry. We can provide general direction regarding troubleshooting login issues on this blog; however, I highly recommend that you log a service request with Oracle Support. Oracle Support will work with you to collect the diagnostics informaiton to analyze the issue and determine root cause.

It's not clear from your update if you are using E-Business Suite for authentication or if you using a certified integration for single sign-on. Nor did you state the version of E-Business Suite you are using. Please be sure to provide this information when you log a service request with support.

My Oracle Support notes that are available for troubleshooting login issues are as follows:

1. Troubleshooting Personal Home Page Login Problems in 11i (Doc ID 135027.1)
2. Troubleshooting User Login Failure Problem With 'Invalid Username Or Password' Error (Doc ID 1382523.1)

Good luck resolving your login issues.
Regards,
Elke

Posted by Elke Phelps (Oracle Development) on March 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM PDT #

Any news yet of Oracle 12.2 release.
Also can you please point me to a good source of 12.2 new functionality overview and latest architecture/technology.
Thanks.

Posted by guest on April 03, 2013 at 03:03 PM PDT #

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

See:

Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2 Release Content Documents [Document 1302189.1]

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 04, 2013 at 06:36 AM PDT #

Steve,

Does the new release R12.2 will have a native IPv6 compliance Or do we have to follow the Reverse Proxy configuration (with a stand alone HTTP Server)?

Thanks
Ramasamy

Posted by Ramasamy Narayanasamy on May 02, 2013 at 11:13 AM PDT #

Ramasamy,

EBS 12.2 is expected to continue to require the IPv4-to-IPv6 reverse proxy architecture at least initially. I'll publish more details about this when we get closer to the 12.2 release date.

In the meantime, I see that you're with a US Federal agency. Can you drop me a private email with more details about your agency's plans for IPv6 implementation?

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 03, 2013 at 07:28 AM PDT #

Hi Steven

In R12.2, Will it be using Weblogic 11g or WebLogic Server 12c ?

Thanks
Debbie

Posted by Debbie on June 01, 2013 at 05:36 PM PDT #

Oracle Access Manager is mandatory for fusion. what about R12.2? is it optional or mandatory. how to connect LDAP? through oracle access manager or can access oracle weblogic server (EBS 12.2) to LDAP server?

Posted by Ram on June 01, 2013 at 09:16 PM PDT #

Ram,

Thanks for the inquiry. For E-Business Suite Release 12.2, single sign-on integration is optional; therefore, Oracle Access Manager remains an optional component.

The current planned single sign-on architecture for E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is to integrate with Oracle Access Manager.

Thanks.
Elke

Posted by Elke Phelps (Oracle Development) on June 03, 2013 at 06:59 AM PDT #

Debbie,

Thanks for the inquiry. As per this article, current plans are that the technology stack for E-Business Suite Release 12.2 will include Weblogic Server 11g.

Regards,
Elke

Posted by Elke Phelps (Oracle Development) on June 03, 2013 at 07:02 AM PDT #

is EBSR12 compatible with Oracle DB 12C?

Posted by Akshaya on June 28, 2013 at 06:47 AM PDT #

Hi, Akshaya,

We're working on that certification right now.

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

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 01, 2013 at 01:22 PM PDT #

We are planning to upgrade from 11.5.10.2 to 12.2.2 . As i understand through your blogs , that we need to upgrade to 12.1.3 followed by minor upgrade.

I have following queries :

1. 12.1.3 is certified for RHEL 4&5.How about R12.2 version certified on RHEL 4&5?
2. R12.2 is certified with 11.2.0.2?
3. UTF8 character set is supported with R12.2 version?
4. We have 6i forms and reports customized in 11.5.10.2.Will it undergo major change as part of R12 ?
5. Even though , you are not supposed to mention when R12.2 will be released . Can we know a tentative timelines like 3rd-4th quarter of 2013 , so that we can plan our upgrade accordingly.

Your inputs will assist us to be prepared with the infrastructural readiness before R12.2 is being released ?

Regards
Raghav

Posted by guest on July 17, 2013 at 04:20 AM PDT #

Raghav,

I appreciate your enthusiasm. We are very eager to get 12.2 out the door.

That said, it's a little premature to answer these types of questions. Stay tuned -- we'll get details into your hands as soon as possible.

In the meantime, We recommend that all EBS 11i users begin their upgrade projects immediately with a target of EBS 12.1.3. There are a number of important functional enhancements in R12, including new support for multiple sets of books, subledger accounting, shared service centers, and more.

These new functional enhancements will require involvement from your business end-users to implement properly. They may choose to redesign business processes to take advantage of new or streamlined steps in EBS, too.

All of these activities may take some time, so you should begin this work now. All of this work will apply to EBS 12.1.3 and carry over to EBS 12.2, which you can switch to mid-stream if the circumstances permit at the time of the latter's release.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,
Where I can comparision with R12.x with R12.2 ?
Appreciate if you could share any link for the same .

Regards,
Mahendra

Posted by Mahendra on August 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM PDT #

Hi, Mahendra,

As noted in the comments above, My Oracle Support Note 1302189.1 has that information.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM PDT #

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