Oracle VM Templates Available for E-Business Suite 12.1.3

Oracle VM has matured into a formidable virtualization product over the years. Oracle E-Business Suite is certified to run production instances on both Oracle VM 2 and 3. This applies to EBS Releases 11i and 12.  It also applies to future Oracle VM 3 updates, including subsequent Oracle VM 3.x releases.

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Oracle VM templates available now

The latest EBS 12.1.3 templates for Oracle VM can be downloaded here:

Templates are available for:

  • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Vision (64-bit)
  • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Production (32-bit)
  • E-Business Suite 12.x Sparse Middle Tiers (32-bit and 64-bit)

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Should EBS 11i users care?

Yes.  You can use these templates to get an EBS 12 testbed environment running in minutes.  This is a great way of giving your end-users a chance to work with EBS 12 without the overhead of building an environment from scratch.

References

Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

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Comments:

I'm all for templates and think it's definitely a good idea. I am however confused that the production templates offered are 32 bit only.

I don't think many companies would consider deploying Oracle EBS these days with only 3.2GB of RAM for the DB tier

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on April 16, 2012 at 01:53 AM PDT #

Hi, Jay,

I'd expected this comment, which is why I included this link in the Related Articles section:

The Scoop: Oracle E-Business Suite Support on 64-bit Linux
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/ebs_64_bit_linux

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 16, 2012 at 05:53 AM PDT #

I've re-read that note and I'm afraid that still doesn't address my point. I'm mainly focusing on the DB tier and those executables are definitely available in 64-bit.

Let's say I'm deploying a new 12.1.3 production (or at least, non Vision) system. If I want to use 64-bit for my DB tier my only option is to do a 12.1.1 rapid install and then upgrade to 12.1.3. This is because there are no 12.1.3 64-bit templates for the DB tier.

Why are there no 12.1.3 64-bit templates for the DB tier (unless I'm running Vision) ?

I'll also ask the same question for my app tier. If I want to use 64-bit for my app tier and use a template, it appears my only option is to use the 12.1.3 Production 32-bit and then also the Sparse Tier 64-bit template and then decomission my 32-bit App tier template. Why would it be this way vs. a 12.1.3 Production 64-bit.

If I want to do a fresh install of a 2 node (1 db, 1 app tier) OL 64-bit environment that is non Vision, it appears I cannot use Oracle VM templates. I suspect that 2 node deployment is the most common starting point for production R12 environments, making me wonder why there wouldn't be a template for it.

Sorry if I'm missing something obvious.

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on April 16, 2012 at 06:14 AM PDT #

Hi Jay,

We offer 64-bit E-Business Suite 12.1.3 mid-tier and database with Vision dbf's. We did not publish 64-bit templates with Prod because that would mainly be duplicate work: the only difference would be to exchange the Vision dbf's with Prod dbf's. Since every DBA knows how to do that, there was little value add for us to do it. There is no difference in the App tier, so I think you are probably expecting to make some changes of your own there (e.g. your target is not 12.1.3).

OVM templates provided by Oracle are a starting point. So if you are creating an OVM template of your own EBS instance, you should use our Virtualization Kit. If you are creating a proof of concept with EBS 12.1.3 on 64bit -- use our templates. If you want your data, upgrade your db to 12.1.3 and then replace the dbf's into our db vm. If you want lots of those 12.1.3 with your data vm's -- save VM as template.

If all the above is not clear, I suggest you review my previous blog series, starting with blog 2/5: https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/oracle_vm_ebs_virtualization_kit
and webcasts #3, #14 from: https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/e_business_suite_technology_learning

Hope this clarifies things!
Ivo Dujmovic
Dir, EBS Development

Posted by Ivo Dujmovic on April 16, 2012 at 09:38 AM PDT #

I'm with Jay on this. Yes, the .dbf's can be replaced, but that's one more thing to worry about.

I'm sure Oracle must be using an automated build process, in which case it would be trivial to provide the 64-bit production templates.

Why not make things simple for your users?

Posted by Sid on April 24, 2012 at 05:52 AM PDT #

Hi Jay,

It is great to hear that there is such interest in prod 64b templates.
Now that we know it is there, we will provide it in the future.

There did not seem to be much interest in prod before, other than when someone wanted the smallest possible template size. But for that use case, people did not care whether it was 64b or 32b (and we provided prod dbf's for 32b).

Other customers already seemed to have some version of EBS, so they use there own data. So we made the virtualization kit to make that easy.

Can you explain your use case so that we make sure to hit that design point next time we publish templates? You are welcome to email me directly, or post it here, or explain to some of our team at Collaborate.

Thanks,
Ivo

Posted by Ivo Dujmovic on April 24, 2012 at 04:19 PM PDT #

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