Implications of OracleAS Support Policies for Apps R12 Environments
By mzshaw on Apr 29, 2008
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 was built with the latest Oracle Application Server components available at the time of its release.
Whilst this is a good thing, it does mean that Apps DBAs need to be more aware of what is going on in the Oracle Application Server 10g (AS10g) world with regards to the latter's support policies.
Evaluating Impacts on the Release 12 10.1.3 ORACLE_HOME
One example of the importance of this concept is a notice in the January 2008 Critical Patch Update (CPU):
- "Critical Patch Update January 2008 Availability Information for Oracle Server and Middleware Products" (Metalink Note 466757.1)
CPUJan2008 is the terminal CPU for: 10.1.3.0 Oracle Application Server
This means that in order to be able to apply all April 2008 CPU patches to E-Business Suite R12 environments, you MUST upgrade to AS 10.1.3.3.0 as described in :
- "Upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 10.1.3 Oracle Home to Oracle 10gAS Patch Set 3 (10.1.3.3)" (Metalink Note 454811.1)
Just to clarify: Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.0.0 will continue to be supported for E-Business Suite Release 12 customers. However, the latest April 2008 Critical Patch Updates are not available for Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.0.0. Given my recommendation to always apply the latest CPU patches, I suggest that you upgrade your E-Business Suite Release 12 environment to Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.3 if you have not done so already.
Evaluating Impacts on the Release 12 10.1.2 ORACLE_HOME
The same situation applies to the 10.1.2 ORACLE_HOMEs as well. "Critical Patch Update April 2008 Availability Information for Oracle Database and Fusion Middleware Products" (Metalink Note 552248.1) states:
... the terminal CPU for 10.1.2.2 is scheduled for CPUJan2009
The direct implication is that eBiz customers will likely need to upgrade their 10.1.2 ORACLE_HOMEs by April 2009 to keep up-to-date with Critical Patch Updates.
Taking Time Out to Study the Documentation
Keeping your environments up to date with the latest Critical Patch Updates is an essential part of an Apps DBAs role, so it is important to take some "quiet time" in your busy schedule to carefully read through the CPU patch documentation when planning your patch rollout. (I sometimes find myself sitting in the restaurant with a coffee if I need to read through a load of documents; the boss sometimes pays for the coffee as well!) Whilst we do try to make the documentation as easy and concise as possible, I am sure you will let us know how it can be improved if you find it lacking.
- Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts
- Upgrading Forms and Reports 10g in Oracle Applications Release 12 (Metalink Note 437878.1)
- Upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 10.1.3 Oracle Home to Oracle 10gAS Patch Set 3 (10.1.3.3) (Metalink Note 454811.1)