Java SE 6 Certified With Release 11i

[Jan 28, 2008 Update:  Added IBM AIX and HP-UX PA-RISC to the list of certified platforms]

Out with the old, in with the new.  I'm very pleased to announce that the E-Business Suite Release 11i is now certified with Sun Java SE 6 for use on application tier servers.

Sun Java SE Download page screenshot: Screenshot of Sun Java SE download page

A Rose by Any Other Name

Before getting into the details about this new certification, it's unavoidable that I spend some time on terminology.  Apparently, the latest iteration of the full name of this product family delivered by Sun Microsystems is:
  • Sun Java Platform, Standard Edition 6
  • Short form:  Java SE 6
The full name of the specific product within this family that we require for E-Business Suite application tier servers is:
  • Java Standard Edition Development Kit 6
  • Short form:  JDK 6
This release version is called JDK 6, 1.6, or 1.6.0.  All three version numbers are equivalent to each other.  When the base release is updated, the version number looks like one of the following (which are all equivalent): 
  • JDK 6 Update 2
  • JDK 6u2
  • 1.6.0_2
The previous release was Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5.0, with the short form being J2SE 5.0Other related terms equated over the years with this product family are Java SE Development Kit (JDK), and Java 2 Enterprise Edition Software Development Kit (J2SDK). 

For simplicity, for the remainder of this article (and in our official certification documentation), we'll use the term JDK 6.

What's Newly Certified?

Sun JDK 6u2 (1.6.0_2) is certified for use on application tiers for:
  • E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.CU2 with ATG_PF.H RUP 5 or higher
  • E-Business Suite Release 11.5.9.CU2 with ATG_PF.H RUP 5 or higher
Supported Platforms
  • Sun Solaris (SPARC) 8, 9, and 10
  • Linux:
    • SLES-9
    • SLES-8
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES 4
    • Red Hat Enterprise AS/ES 3
    • Red Hat Enterprise AS/ES 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 (x86)
Note:  HP-UX PA-RISC and IBM AIX are pending the release of JDK 6 Update 2 by those operating system vendors.  I'll post updates on these remaining platforms here as soon as they're available.

Why Bother Upgrading?

JDK 1.3 has since passed its end-of-life threshold, so if you're still on that release, I'd strongly recommend upgrading to one of the supported versions:  1.4, 5 (1.5), or 6.

If you're still running on JDK 1.4 and are having trouble with JVM performance, I'd strongly recommend upgrading to either JDK 5 or 6.  These latest two releases offer dramatically improved JVM monitoring and tuning tools not available in previous releases.

Upgrade Documentation

Full details for upgrading your E-Business Suite Release 11i environment to JDK 6 can be found here:



Any updates for AIX or HP-UX users?


Posted by John Stouffer on January 09, 2008 at 02:57 AM PST #

John,Not yet.  Both IBM and HP have now released Java 6 for their respective platforms, but I don't have an update on Oracle's E-Business Suite certifications yet.Regards,Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 10, 2008 at 06:55 AM PST #

I haven't seen any mention of SE 6 u10 on your blog. Although it's in pre-release, it is the version of Java required by Google Chrome. I'd be interested in information on using either.

Posted by Todd Pederzani on October 21, 2008 at 10:39 PM PDT #

Hi, Todd,

Your timing couldn't be any better. I've just published a new article about our JRE 1.6.0_10 certification here:

Sun Java Plug-in 1.6.0_10 Certified with the E-Business Suite -

We haven't done any serious testing with Google Chrome and the E-Business Suite yet. It's unlikely that we'll start on this before Google takes Chrome out of beta. After it's out of beta, we'll monitor customer demand for this new browser. If if turns out that a lot of enterprise customers express interest in rolling this out to their end-users, we'll plan for a formal certification.


Posted by Steven Chan on October 22, 2008 at 06:23 AM PDT #

I love serendipitous timing, Steven. I'll head over to that blog post now.

I'm glad to see how active this blog is and how it has maintained momentum. As far as I'm concerned, this is a pretty awesome tool for interacting with your end users... And for attracting users who are searching the 'net for a question about the software.

Posted by Todd Pederzani on October 23, 2008 at 02:34 AM PDT #

A link below the above article (Latest JVM Tuning Recommendations for Apps 11i) appears to be a broken link.

Posted by guest on September 13, 2011 at 02:20 AM PDT #

Thank you; link fixed.


Posted by Steven Chan on October 19, 2011 at 09:43 AM PDT #

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