Implications of OracleAS Support Policies for Apps R12 Environments

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 was built with the latest Oracle Application Server components available at the time of its release.

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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):

Some customers may have missed or not realized the significance for E-Business Suite environments.  It states:-

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 :



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.

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