Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today

 [Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]

An initiative to certify Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 desktop clients is underway.  We have tested EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0, and 12.1 with JRE 7. We have fixes for nearly all of the compatibility issues now, and are working hard to produce the remaining fixes quickly.

A. When will JRE 7 be certified with Oracle E-Business Suite?

We will announce the certification of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 once all fixes are available, verified, and documented.  Certification announcements will be distributed through My Oracle Support, My Oracle Support Community Forums, Oracle Technology Network Forums, newsletters, and user group news outlets.

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates.  In addition to the standard communication channels listed above, customers are encouraged to monitor or subscribe to this blog.   

B. What can customers do to prepare for the JRE 7 certification?

Customers should ensure that they are on the latest available JRE 6 update.

Of the compatibility issues identified so far with JRE 7, the most critical is an issue that prevents E-Business Suite Forms-based products from launching on Windows desktops that are running JRE 7. 

Customers can prevent this issue today by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 6 configurations to their EBS application tier servers:

  1. Apply Forms patch 14615390 to EBS 11i environments (Note 125767.1)
  2. Apply Forms patch 14614795 to EBS 12.0 and 12.1 environments (Note 437878.1)

These patches are compatible with JRE 6 and 7, production ready, and fully-tested with the E-Business Suite.  These patches may be applied immediately to all E-Business Suite environments. All other Forms prerequisites documented in the Notes above should also be applied now.

C. What else will be required by the final certified configuration?

Oracle expects that all other compatibility issues will be resolved by installing a specific JRE 7 release, at minimum.  That specific release has not been finalized yet, and this is subject to change.

D.  Where will the official patch requirements be documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 will be documented in updates to these published Notes:

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12
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Comments:

Steven,

Thanks for the update and the heads-up. If allowable, could you clarify if the "specific JRE 7 release" as mentioned in point C is anticipated to be needed on the application server-side or just client-side??

Thanks,

Larry

Posted by Larry Baugh on October 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM PDT #

Larry,

"JRE" stands for Java Runtime Environment and refers to the components installed on Windows desktop clients.

We expect that the Forms-based patches listed above are the only application tier patches that you will need to install for full JRE 7 compatibility.

I can't specify the exact JRE release yet, but once it's available, we expect that that target release will be the only desktop client-side patch that you need for full JRE 7 compatibility (assuming that you have already installed the application tier patches listed above).

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 22, 2012 at 08:33 AM PDT #

Steven,

My clients are running mac os 10.7 and 10.8, with the new update from apple which it removes the jave 6 from my client's machine, is there any way my clients can use EBS?. I though other might have this problem and you know how I can fix it

Posted by popak on October 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM PDT #

Steven - we are working to ready our eBS foot print for Java 7 (making sure forms patchset is at the required level). But we've just discovered that our Mac users are without a viable option to continue using eBS!
Last week Apple apparently pushed an update to the Mac 10.7 and 10.8 o/s (I think it's update 2012-006) that removes the native Apple java and replaces it with Oracle's Java 7. There is no ability (that we've been able to determine) to install 1.6.0_37 instead.
And on Oracle's Java download site, there is not a version of Java available for download that is intended for the Mac community - only Linux and Windows.
So at this point I have eBS financial users who use Mac as their desktop and cannot connect to financials since eBS isn't ready for 7 yet.
Is Oracle aware of this latest development of Apple pulling their own native plug-in?
Thanks.

Posted by Cyndie Winrow on October 23, 2012 at 09:59 AM PDT #

Someone on our campus found this little jewel, and it's been confirmed that they were able to revert back to 1.6 series on the Mac. YAY.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5559?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

Posted by Cyndie Winrow on October 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM PDT #

Many thanks to Cyndie for highlighting that Apple Support document.

Our Java group is preparing some guidance for generic Mac users following Apple's latest Software Update. I'll post a separate article with a pointer to that, along with some specific notes for E-Business Suite users, as soon as it's available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 24, 2012 at 09:12 AM PDT #

Hi All
Just out or curiosity has anyone managed to apply patch 14614795.
We are running R12.1.3 on RedHat Linux 5 and keep reaching show stoppers.
I have an ongoing SR on MOS.
Regards
Stuart

Posted by Stuart on October 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM PDT #

Hi, Stuart,

Can you drop me a private email with your Service Request number? I'd like to get someone from my team to assist Support with this one.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM PDT #

Popak,

In case you missed it, see:

How to Reenable Apple Java 6 Plug-in for Mac EBS Users
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/how_to_reenable_apple_java

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM PDT #

Steven, as you know Firefox ESR 17.0 is coming soon. I hope Oracle is already testing and certifying Firefox ESR 17.0.

http://www.mozilla.org/media/img/firefox/organizations/release-overview.png

Posted by guest on October 30, 2012 at 05:21 AM PDT #

With the end-of-life or JRE 1.6 approaching is there any chance that oracle ebs will not be certified for 1.7 before 1.6 reaches end-of-life in early 2013?

We have security concerns that since ebs currently doesn't work on 1.7 we would be in a catch 22 where users couldn't use ebs in a "safe" jre.

Posted by bjones on October 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM PDT #

Hi Steven,

In our development environment we have applied Forms patch 14614795 to our EBS 12.0.6.

Java 1.6 clients are able to open forms with no problem.

However, for Java 1.7 clients EBS does not think a current Java version is installed and it directs the user to download and install an older JRE version from the server.

Is this the expected behavior currently for Java 1.7 clients or is there some configuration on the EBS server that we need to do allow Java 1.7 to be a valid JRE to use with forms?

Thanks!
Kent

Posted by guest on November 06, 2012 at 08:30 AM PST #

Hi Kent,

I cannot be sure without further detail but the following issue is certainly a possibility.
If all the following is true for your JRE 1.6 users you could be hitting bug 14370550. (The issue you describe can occur when running JRE 1.6.0_32 or higher including JRE 7 releases also which could explain why 1.6 is working and 1.7 is not):

1. Your 1.6 users have non-admin access to their desktops
2. They are running Windows XP
3. They are using JRE 1.6.0_31 or lower?

Further information on this bug is in the JRE notes 290807.1 (11i) & 393931.1 (R12).

Secondly, I presume the jar files have been regenerated after applying tha patch?

If these problems are not applicable to you please log an SR with support. Details of the JRE set up in the appsweb.cfg file would be useful as well as the Desktop O/S, Browser and JRE versions being used. Let us know the SR number so that we can follow up and get a resolution.

Regards,
Tim.

Posted by Tim Mervyn on November 06, 2012 at 10:41 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

we have two EBS environments in our Company. One is EBS R12.1.3 and other is EBS R11.5.10.2 Both are running on Sun Solaris SPARC 64 bit.

we want to be ready for JRE 7 and I read your bulliten, I have a question on the below comment from Note ...

Note: Patch 14615390 is the latest MLR patch for 6.0.8.28 and is replacing Patch 14009893. This is currently only available on Linux but will be released on other platforms shortly.

Did you release the patch 14615390 for SOlaris yet?

Please let me know. And one more question

Are you planning to certify Discoverer with JRE 7? what are your plans for Discoverer, we heavily use Discoverer in my company.

Thanks & regards,
Pradeep Chukkapalli

Posted by Pradeep Chukkapalli on November 06, 2012 at 01:35 PM PST #

Hello, BJones,

Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. Policy-related articles take some time to work through the review cycle prior to publication. See:

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/what_does_the_java_6

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 07, 2012 at 08:44 AM PST #

Hello, Pradeep,

The Porting group is still working on producing the Solaris port for the Forms 6i patch for EBS 11i environments.

Our upcoming certification of JRE 7 for E-Business Suite environments will also include certification with Discoverer-based content.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 07, 2012 at 08:48 AM PST #

Thanks for your response Steven, Do you know a tentative date for 11i patch release? you can give me a rough estimated date for Solaris port for the Forms 6i patch for EBS 11i environments.

I just need this for our planing purpose.

Thanks & regards,
Pradeep

Posted by Pradeep Chukkapalli on November 07, 2012 at 09:22 AM PST #

Hello, Pradeep,

We're not permitted to discuss dates or estimates. I'd recommend logging a formal Service Request so that you can be notified when that port is available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 07, 2012 at 09:32 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

We followed your bulletin, and installed the patches in both our EBS environments R11 (11.5.10.2) AND R12 (12.1.3). Now both applications work fine with JRE 6 and JRE 7 versions. On the server we have JRE 1.6.0_33.

But the issue is even if the users desktop is having JRE 1.7.0_09 or any JRE1.7 version, When they access EBS, the server is prompting the user to install JRE 1.6.0_33 and users does not have admin rights to the PC to install JRE. And If user clicks no it closes the application.

Do you know how to stop the EBS server from pushing the JRE to users desktop?

Thanks,
Pradeep

Posted by Pradeep Chukkapalli on November 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM PST #

Hi Pradeep,

I believe this issue is now being invesigated through an SR with support as this behavior can depend on a number of other factors within the set up. We will continue to monitor through that.

Regards,
Tim.

Posted by Tim Mervyn on December 07, 2012 at 09:10 AM PST #

Hi steven;
As you suggested "Apply Forms patch 14614795 to EBS 12.0 and 12.1 environments (Note 437878.1)"
But in latest version of 437878.1 patch 14614795 has been removed. What is the replacement patch for 14614795.
Thanks in advance

Posted by guest on January 24, 2013 at 08:13 AM PST #

Hi, Guest,

The Forms team regularly updates their interop patches. This is why you should always check the latest version of our My Oracle Support Notes. The Jan. 16, 2013 version of Note 437878.1 currently states:

"Step 3.2: Install Forms Bundle Patch

Use opatch to install forms bundle patch 14825718 downloaded in Step 2.1.2. Use opatch version 1.0.0.0.63 or higher.

You can download the latest version of opatch via patch 6880880. Make sure to choose release 10.1.0.0.0 from the release dropdown list before downloading.

You must upgrade OUI to the latest version before upgrading opatch version. Follow the readme to install the OUI 10.1 upgrade patch 6640838.

README of Bundle Patch is not applicable to E-Business Suite Customers. Follow the post installation instructions given in Section 4 after applying the patch.

Note 1: Customers who have applied overlay patch either 14262118 or 14614795 on previous bundle patch 9593176, must rollback the overlay patch explicitly before applying the latest forms bundle patch 14825718."

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 25, 2013 at 09:49 AM PST #

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