Plans for Java 7 and E-Business Suite Certification

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

[Update Oct. 19, 2012: All customers can begin preparing for JRE 7 now by applying a Forms-based patch to their E-Business Suite environments.  For details, see: Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today]

Java logoAs of June 2012, Java 7 has not been certified yet with Oracle E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run JRE 6 on their Windows end-user desktops, and JDK 6 on their EBS servers.

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Our plans for certifying Java 7 for the E-Business Suite

We plan on releasing the Java 7 certification for E-Business Suite customers in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Certify JRE 7 for Windows end-user desktops
  • Phase 2: Certify JDK 7 for server-based components

When will Java 7 be certified with EBS?

We're working on the first phase now. As usual, I cannot discuss release dates here, but you can monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.

Current known issues with JRE 7 in EBS environments

Our current testing shows that there are known incompatibilities between JRE 7 and the Forms-invocation process in EBS environments.  We have been working directly with the Java division on this for a while now.  In the meantime, EBS customers should not deploy JRE 7 to their end-user Windows desktop clients. You should stick with JRE 1.6 for now. 

But wait, you previously said...

Older JRE certification announcements stated:

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and higher.  We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Yes, this is true.  This standard boilerplate text was written before JRE 7 was released, so there was no possibility of misunderstanding.  With the availability of JRE 7, that boilerplate needs to be revised to read:

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

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Comments:

Hello,

From "http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/javacpujun2012-1515912.html#PatchTable": "Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply CPU fixes as soon as possible.".

On top of that JRE 6 update 32 is mentioned to be affected.
As far as I know there is no JRE update 33, so should we upgrade to 7 then?
Regards,
Mark

Posted by MvUden on June 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM PDT #

MvUden,

JRE 1.6.0_33 is certified with the E-Business Suite, as are all future updates on the 1.6 codeline on the day of a new JRE 1.6 release. See:

Java JRE 1.6.0_33 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/jre_1_6_0_33

Do *NOT* upgrade to JRE 7. See:

URGENT BULLETIN: Disable JRE Auto-Update for All E-Business
Suite End-Users
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/bulletin_disable_jre_auto_update

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM PDT #

I didnt disable autoupdate and hence java has been updated to 7 and now I cant do any practice of Oracle Financial. I have tired to get rid of 7 but in doing so my windows installer got prob and now I cant even install Java 6, can anyone please tell me what to do and how can i reinstall Java 6. thanks and regards

Posted by Syed Hassan on July 03, 2012 at 08:20 AM PDT #

Syed,

You can follow the instructions here to uninstall Java/JRE 7:

http://www.java.com/en/download/uninstall.jsp

Once it's uninstalled, simply reconnect to your EBS environment. Your EBS environment will send you the certified version of JRE 1.6 that your system administrator has staged for you.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 03, 2012 at 08:52 AM PDT #

Thanks Steve, however, that link provide info which I am already aware of how to install Java (which is usual from control panel etc). Anyway, I have managed to repair registry to install installer and then Java 6 evnetually. Tested R12 which is now functioning. Nevertheless, I fully agree that company with the scale of global reach, shuold have acted more responsibly and released version 7 after conducting testing on all platefoms and applications depend on any java version.

Hope they will see these comments and realise what can be done to rectify instances like these.

Regards

Posted by Syed on July 05, 2012 at 08:17 AM PDT #

Steven,
Are you able to give us an indication of when Java 7 will be certified with EBS?
Cheers,
robin

Posted by Robin on July 25, 2012 at 02:06 AM PDT #

Hello Steve,

do you have any updates regarding the certification of Java 1.7?

Regards,
Josef

Posted by Josef on July 25, 2012 at 04:42 AM PDT #

Josef, Robin,

We're working on certifying JRE 7 with for E-Business Suite Windows-based desktop clients right now.

The certification of JDK 7 for E-Business Suite application servers is still slated for a future project.

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 25, 2012 at 09:07 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

I have users asking which modules are affected by JRE7, or what are the known issues. Is this information available?

Thanks,
Lori

Posted by guest on July 30, 2012 at 08:45 AM PDT #

Hi, Lori,

It's coming soon. Please monitor this blog for updates; I'll post more details as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 30, 2012 at 09:39 AM PDT #

Steven,

Can you provide an update as to any progress towards certifying EBS end-user desktop (Oracle Applications) with Java 7? With Firefox's latest update, it doesn't run the Java 6 plugin anymore, so now I have to run Oracle Applications (and other Java-initiated apps) through Internet Explorer. My efforts (and my customer's) are now split between two browsers, using Firefox for much of my business, and IE for Oracle.

Your status update and possibly an ETA would be appreciated.

Emil A. Moster
Information Technology Senior Consultant
USCG ALC ISD

Posted by Emil Moster on August 31, 2012 at 03:55 AM PDT #

Hello, Emil,

Certification of JRE 7 with the E-Business Suite is our top priority. Oracle's Revenue Recognition policies prohibit us from discussing specific dates, but we can share our progress.

We have completed comprehensive testing of EBS 11i, 12.0, and 12.1 with JRE 7. We now have a complete list of all compatibility issues. We have fixes for nearly all of those issues now, and are working hard to produce the remaining fixes quickly.

Once all of the required interoperability fixes are available, we will retest them together and then update our JRE-related documentation for all E-Business Suite releases. After that is done, we will release the JRE 7 certification and announce it through the usual channels, including this blog.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 31, 2012 at 09:11 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,
The desktop administrators in my company are becoming very concerned that the JRE 7 compatibility issues have not yet been resolved and JRE 6 will shortly reach end of life.
Can you provide any indication of when the JRE 7 problems will be resolved?

Cheers,
Robin

Posted by Robin on October 18, 2012 at 01:30 AM PDT #

Hi, Robin,

You can get a head-start by applying a Forms-based patch to your E-Business Suite environment today. See:

Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/planning_for_jre_7

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM PDT #

Hello, readers of this thread:

I'm locking it from future comments now.

EBS customers can get a head-start on the JRE 7 certification by applying a Forms-based patch to their environments today. For details, see:

Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/planning_for_jre_7

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 19, 2012 at 01:58 PM PDT #

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