Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: November 2015 Edition

We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates and creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy.   

Here are our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases

You can research these yourself using this Note:

Upgrade Recommendations for November 2015

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline.

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline.

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RPC4 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.1 users should be on the minimum minimum 12.1 patching baseline.

  4. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to EBS 12.2.5, Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2, the October 2015 AD/TXK tools, StartCD 50, and FMW 11.1.1.9.

  5. Users staying on EBS 11i and 12.1 should upgrade to Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2.

  6. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 3 11.1.2.3.0.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.9.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.9 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from older Java releases (including JInitiator) to JRE 1.6.0_105 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_91 or later 1.7 updates or JRE 1.8.0_65 or later 1.8 updates.

  11. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 users must sign their environment's JAR files now.

  12. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 38.

  13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the October 2015 Critical Patch Update.

  14. Windows XP and Office 2003 users should upgrade to later versions.

  15. All EBS customers on Exalogic and Exadata should follow the latest recommendations.

  16. All EBS customers should switch from Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to Transport Layer Security (TLS).

  17. EBS 12.1 users should switch their PKI certificates to SHA-2.

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Comments:

"EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RPC4 or 12.2. Before upgrading, 12.1 users should be on the minimum 12.1 patching baseline."

This points to the 12.0 minimum.

Posted by guest on November 12, 2015 at 11:50 PM PST #

I am having issues with the following in your Blog entry above:

"EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RPC4 or 12.2. Before upgrading, 12.1 users should be on the minimum minimum 12.1 patching baseline."

I have been performing an upgrade from 12.1.3 (VCP destination only) to 12.2.5 and have had many DB object failures. Yes, I do have a SR open on the issue. I believe the root cause is that the VCP 12.1.3 instance has not been patched far enough prior to the 12.2.X upgrade.

I was happy to see the link to "minimum 12.1 patching baseline" which I understood to be the minimum patch level in 12.1.3 that I needed to be at prior to the 12.2 upgrade. Unfortunately, the link takes me to the "EBS 12.0 Minimum Requirements" to upgrade to 12.1 instead of 12.2.

Could you address the link or, if I misunderstood the link, help me find the information I am looking for?

Thank you.

Posted by Mark Brzostowski on November 13, 2015 at 06:25 AM PST #

Hi, Guest,

Link updated to point to the Error Correction Note directly for EBS 12.x.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM PST #

Hi, Mark,

I'm sorry that you're encountering issues with this.

What is your SR number?

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM PST #

Hi,

For customers staying on 11i, what level of support is Oracle providing for applications issues caused by apply DB 12c?

The reason I'm asking is that Support have frequently said that no new apps patches for 11i are being introduced. If a new issue is caused by 12c then we recourse do we have?

Thanks.

Posted by guest on November 16, 2015 at 06:17 PM PST #

Hello, Guest,

It's important to remember that 11.5.10.2 has been in Sustaining Support since December 1, 2013. We have offered a one-time Exception to Sustaining Support (covering only Severity 1 issues) until December 31, 2015.

This covers issues reported with Database 12c compatibility.

After that date, we will advise customers to upgrade to either EBS 12.1.3 or 12.2. For more details, see:

Reminder: EBS 11i Reverts to Sustaining Support on January 1, 2016
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/ebs11i_sustaining_support

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 17, 2015 at 09:18 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Could you tell me when the next Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations will be published? And could you perhaps tell me if there is an ETA for next EBS RPC5 for 12.1.3+ as we are scheduling an upgrade for June 2016 at the moment?

Thanks in advance,
Henny

Posted by guest on February 10, 2016 at 06:25 AM PST #

Hi, Henny,

I'm planning to publish the next set of recommendations in March, roughly. Given that we don't have many major new updates (other than Java), I would expect that the November 2015 recommendations will largely be unchanged.

We're not permitted to speculate about release dates, so I don't have any estimates for any new EBS 12.1.3 RPC releases. I would recommend planning on using RPC 4 for your planned June 2016 update.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 10, 2016 at 09:08 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

What about sha-2 in discoverer 10g/ 11g. Is it supported?

Posted by guest on March 14, 2016 at 04:53 AM PDT #

Guest,

We are in Oracle E-Business Suite Development and don't have much insight into SHA-2 signed certificate support with Discoverer. Please open a service request with the Fusion Middleware support team.

Thanks.
Elke

Posted by guest on March 31, 2016 at 09:16 AM PDT #

Steve,

Is RPC5 ready to publish? We are planning to install RPC5 once it released.
Currently we are going with RPC module wise for just few modules but preferable is one bundle patch i.e latest will be RPC5

any tentative data just to plan things ahead.

Posted by guest on April 07, 2016 at 10:20 AM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

We're focussed on the next major EBS 12.2 release at this point, so that's our development priority right now. We do not have a firm schedule for RPC5 yet.

I would recommend applying RPC4 plus any additional Family Packs that have been released since the former's release.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 07, 2016 at 10:55 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Would just to ask regarding the recommendation #1. Is it mandatory to apply the minimum baseline patches for R11.5.10.2 listed on Doc Id 883202.1 before upgrading to R12?

Thanks,
Romer

Posted by Romer on April 12, 2016 at 06:40 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

To be more specific in my question regarding the recommendation #1, Doc Id 883202.1 contains two sections:

Section 1: Minimum Baseline Patch Requirements
1.) Oracle EBS 11.5.10 CU2
2.) ATG Rollup Patchset 6 (11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.6, Patch 5903765)
3.) Database 10.2.0.4 or 11.1.0.7
4.) Forms6i Patchset 19 (version 6.0.8.28, Patch 6194129)
5.) Oracle HTTP Server MLR Patchset 4393827
6.) Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.6.0_03 or higher

Section 2: Products Requiring Additional Patches
For example:
Oracle Projects - Patch 5644830
Materials Requirement Planning - Patch 7350872

All items under Section 1 have been complied. What we want to know is if it is mandatory to apply all patches listed on Section 2 before upgrading to R12.

Thanks,
Romer

Posted by guest on April 13, 2016 at 02:04 PM PDT #

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