New Minimum Release 11i Techstack Standards

With the upcoming desupport of E-Business Suite Releases 11.5.1 through 11.5.6, the minimum technology stack configuration baselines that we support have been revised.

OAM Patch Wizard:

What's a "Baseline"?

Recall the key point made in my Blue Bridge of Death article:  it's impossible to test all possible combinations of Apps patches and configurations.

So, all E-Business Suite technology stack patches are regression-tested against a fixed set of standard 11i configurations and patches for each given release. 

These standard configurations are called our testing baseline.  There are different baseline configurations of technology stack patches for 11.5.1, 11.5.2, and so on.

New Minimum Technology Stack Baselines for 11.5.7 through 11.5.10

As of July, 2006, we're raising the bar for Releases 11.5.7 through 11.5.10.  This means that all new technology stack patches will be tested only against the new baselines listed here:
Procrastination and Risk

A surprising number of problems disappear if you wait long enough, although, strangely, yard work and pruning don't fall into this category. 

Like landscaping, E-Business Suite technology stack patching gets more arduous and risky the more you procrastinate. 

If your E-Business Suite technology stack doesn't meet the new baseline minimums, your risk of applying new patches to your environment goes up.  After all, those patches will not have been tested with your configuration, so it's much harder for us to guarantee that they won't have any adverse effects.

Highly recommended:  Use the new published Apps baselines to convince your management to support an upgrade to the new baseline configuration for your release as soon as possible. 

Better yet, use the Oracle Applications Manager Patch Wizard to generate a full list of recommended patches for your environment, and schedule all upgrades at the same time.

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