Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certified on Oracle Linux 6 (x86-64)

Linux Tux logo penguinOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 and higher) is now certified on 64-bit Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK).

New installations of the E-Business Suite R12 on this OS require version 12.1.1 or higher. Cloning of existing 12.1 Linux environments to this new OS is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process. There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11.2.0.3) and Fusion Middleware as necessary for use on Oracle Linux 6. These and other requirements are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below.

Certification for other Linux distros still underway

Certifications of Release 12 with 32-bit Oracle Linux 6, 32-bit and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and the Red Hat default kernel are in progress.

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Comments:

Hi Steven,
Thank u so much for this post. We were having some issues installing OEL 5 on our new hard ware machines due to some comparability issues. But we were able to install OEL 6 on the same hardware. Due to project deadlines I started installing R12.1.1 on OEL 6.1 few days back for testing purpose. Except apache all the database and Appl. Services were up. It was giving an error on libdb though I copied and created a link as we do in OEL5. Could you pleats tell me in my case can I proceed with db and Appl. Upgrade or first I need to fix the Apache issue.

Thanks
Ali

Posted by guest on April 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM PDT #

Hi, Ali,

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

On first principles alone, I'd recommend restoring your system to the point before you started working without upgrade documentation, and then following the documentation above with the certified upgrade approach.

If you still encounter problems, then your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 05, 2012 at 05:18 AM PDT #

Hi All,
thanks for this update.

I am interested in the time frame for certification of Linux RHEL 6 with 12.1.3.
I understand (looking at this blog, the update for Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certified on Oracle Linux 6 (x86-64) dated 4th of April 2012, that ....

Certification for other Linux distros still underway
Certifications of Release 12 with 32-bit Oracle Linux 6, 32-bit and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and the Red Hat default kernel are in progress.

I am looking for the date or time frame this will be certified (RHEL 6) and at least this will definitely be certified ?
Any help would be greatly appreciated - as we need to put an order in for hardware and we will have to go with older kit if we are forced to test on RHEL 5 (with a view to upgrade to RHEL 6 once certified).

We do not go live until May 2013, so if we can get a steer from Oracle support to say RHEL 6 will be certified and when (even approximately)
we can order much superior kit and test on RHEL 6 (and wait for certification, with the confidence to know it is definitely on it's way).
Kind regards and thanks
AHoosein

Posted by guest on May 18, 2012 at 04:37 AM PDT #

Hello AHoosein -
We are restricted by Oracle Revenue Recognition Policies from disclosing predicted future dates of certification without prior executive and other approvals.
Please either file an SR or get in touch with me directly via email since I'm collecting detailed requests for this certification.
Regards,
John Abraham

Posted by John Abraham on May 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM PDT #

Hi,
there is still some unsupported products on OEL6*

Product Operating SystemOracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
Oracle Inventory Optimization (MSR)
Oracle Constraint Based Optimization (MSO)
Oracle Sourcing (PON)
Oracle Engineering (ENG)
Oracle Work In Process (WIP)
Oracle Manufacturing Scheduling (WPS)

Posted by Savo on June 26, 2012 at 07:24 AM PDT #

Hello Savo -
We continue to work with the 3rd party product (IBM's Ilog) to support newer operating systems such as RHEL/OL 6, Solaris 11, etc. for the specific versions of their products that are bundled with EBS. While we have performed tests of these products, we are unable to provide support for functionality that uses those features until they agree to do so as well on newer OS'es.
Regards,
John

Posted by John Abraham on June 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM PDT #

John,

thank you for the answer! Soon, i will have to install EBS 12.1.3 at clients and i am not sure which version of OEL should i choose. I see that the last certified version is 6* but how can i be sure that EBS application will be stable?

Also, for version 6 we have to upgrade applications server and the interesting thing is that OracleAs patchset 10.1.3.5 is not supported on OEL6...

I hope you understand, there are many unknowns considering OEL6 which make a new R12 installation a risk...

Can you give me an advice on which version of OEL should i use for PRODUCTION at clients. Which version is safe to use?

Thanks a lot,
Savo

Posted by guest on July 02, 2012 at 05:47 AM PDT #

hi Savo -
We have specified the min version of OL 6 as 6.0 in the 'Operating Systems Requirements' section of the MOS Note 761566.1 - any version higher than that up (to the most recent 6.3 release) is certified by default. Please review the 6.3 Release Notes:
https://oss.oracle.com/el6/docs/RELEASE-NOTES-U3-en.html
for information pertaining to this recent release which you may want to consider.
Regards,
John

Posted by John Abraham on July 02, 2012 at 10:52 AM PDT #

Steve,

Since there are still some unsupported products on the apps tier. We are looking at the prospects of a split configuration of RDBMS 11.2.0.3 on the DB tier and OL 6.0 and running EBS on the apps tier using 5.8 Red Hat. Our hardware configuration doesn't work with the 5.5-5.8 UEK Kernel so we are either going with Virtual nodes running OL 5.8 or Red Hat 5.8.

Do you have any idear when the unsupported products will be supported on 6.0? I would like to do one install instead of having to turn around and start an OS upgrade after the installation.

Posted by guest on August 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

John Abraham's reply to the same question on June 26, above, still applies today:

"We continue to work with the 3rd party product (IBM's Ilog) to support newer operating systems such as RHEL/OL 6, Solaris 11, etc. for the specific versions of their products that are bundled with EBS. While we have performed tests of these products, we are unable to provide support for functionality that uses those features until they agree to do so as well on newer OS'es.

To elaborate on this a bit, here's an additional passage from our Interoperability Upgrade Note:

"While these products are distributed with the E-Business Suite (along with instructions above for relinking some of these successfully), customers should be aware that any issues found pertaining to the use of the third party products (IBM's Solver/Scheduler and CPLEX) on these OS'es may not be resolved till the vendor is able to fully support them. Oracle E-Business Suite continues to work with the vendor to address this supportability issue."

Regards,
John"

Posted by Steven Chan on August 27, 2012 at 08:40 AM PDT #

Hi John Abraham,

Thanks for the above post, as you mentioned that:

"New installations of the E-Business Suite R12 on this OS require version 12.1.1 or higher. Cloning of existing 12.1 Linux environments to this new OS is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process"

I would like to confirm that:
Is there any way to clone Application and Database of E-Business Suit R12 version 12.0.6 on OS Linux 6??

As we are using R12 Version 12.0.6 and want to clone on OS Linux 6.

Thanks & Regards
Muzammil

Posted by Muzammil on September 13, 2012 at 03:08 AM PDT #

Hello Muzammil -
As noted in the article, the use of Enterprise Linux 6 requires 12.1.1 or higher. 12.0 is not certified with this OS, so you must upgrade to 12.1 before cloning to a system running RHEL/OL 6.
Regards,
John

Posted by John Abraham on September 13, 2012 at 08:51 AM PDT #

Hi Experts,

Can you please suggest sizing methodology to determine & propose DB size for Dev, QA, UAT and Production Environment?

Kiran J L

Posted by kiran jettimane on October 23, 2012 at 01:13 AM PDT #

Steven,

Can we use the new oracle-rdbms-server-11gR2-preinstall validated RPM with Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle 12.1.1 EBS?

Thanks,
Ben

Posted by Ben Prusinski on January 09, 2013 at 01:07 PM PST #

hi Ben -
You can use that pre-install rpm on a separate DB tier OL6 machine that runs the EBS 11gR2 Database. You should also meet any other requirements that are listed in the 12.1 IUN (MOS Note 761566.1) and the R12/11gR2 interoperability note (MOS Note 1058763.1).
The application tier requirements (including the rpms needed) are noted separately in the IUN for 12.1. EBS 12.1 includes 11gR1 so the use of the 11gR2 pre install rpm for a brand new install on a single node hosting both tiers could cause problems.
Regards,
John

Posted by John Abraham on January 10, 2013 at 06:49 PM PST #

Hi John,

I am currently facing a problem If you know please share with me.

We are using R12.0.6 on OS Linux 5 (x86-64)‏ and the issue is:
"We are not able to open forms on the same server (on which application is cloned/Installed.

pls. suggest which rpm or else required.

Thanks
Muzammil A. Khan

Posted by Muzammil Ali Khan on January 10, 2013 at 09:41 PM PST #

Hello Muzammil -
Could you please file a Service Request (SR) with Oracle Support and provide details of the problem so they can properly investigate the root cause of this issue?
thanks,
John

Posted by John Abraham on January 11, 2013 at 09:24 AM PST #

Hi John,

Thank you for the update. So, it looks like I would need to do the following:

1. Install Oracle Linux 6 (64 Bit OS) on database and app tier hosts
2. Download required Oracle RPMS for app tiers and database host
3. Note: For 11gR1 there is an oracle-validated package, can we use these for 12.1.1 since by default
it uses and Oracle 11gR1 database? I know that we cannot use the new prevalidated package since it is meant for 11gR2 database release.

4. Install 12.1.1

Posted by Ben Prusinski on January 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM PST #

Hello Ben -
If you are looking to install EBS 12.1, I would advise that you construct an Oracle Linux 6 image using a default install plus the list of listed rpms that is listed in the IUN (using yum or ULN). I'm not aware of a 11gR1 pre-install rpm built for OL 6, only for OL 5 so I don't believe that your proposed approach will work unless you want to have OL 5 on the DB tier for some reason.
It would seem simpler to construct the OL 6 image manually in this particular scenario - in a future release of EBS we plan to include 11gR2 and would document the use of the pre install OL 6 rpm for its use.
Regards,
John

Posted by John Abraham on January 14, 2013 at 04:00 PM PST #

Hi John,

So it sounds like if we want a quick way to provision an Oracle Linux environment then we should use OL5 and the validated package since OL6 is not ready yet in terms of a prebuilt oracle validated set of RPM package for 12.1.1.

Posted by Ben Prusinski on January 25, 2013 at 03:04 PM PST #

hi Ben -
If the primary objective is a quick implementation of EBS on Oracle Linux, the best solution is likely the OVM templates for EBS published here:
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/oracle_vm_templates_available_for
These templates provision EBS R12 (12.1.3) along with Oracle Linux 5 running on Oracle VM and there's no need to worry about rpms, etc.
Barring that, as I've noted previously, I would look at manually constructing an Oracle Linux 6 using the default install plus the rpms we've listed in the IUN.
Regards,
John

Posted by John Abraham on January 28, 2013 at 03:47 PM PST #

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