Configuring SSL with a Configuration Wizard in EBS R12

E-Business Suite R12.1.1 provides Advanced Configuration wizards that make it easier to deploy features such as SSL and load-balancing.  Apps administrators can use these wizards to make configuration changes online through Oracle Applications Manager (OAM) and then run AutoConfig on the applications tier to make the changes effective.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is one of the most commonly used configurations in EBS. I'll walk through the SSL Advanced Configuration Wizard in this article.

Accessing the Advanced Configuration Wizards

Launch the Oracle Applications Manager Site Map using the System Administrator responsibility, then select the AutoConfig link from the Administration tab.

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Click on Launch Wizards. It brings up the launch pad for five wizards:

  1. Forms Socket Mode
  2. SSL
  3. SSL Accelerator
  4. HTTP Load Balancing
  5. OC4J Load Balancing

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Start the SSL Configuration Wizard

The OAM General Collection Service must be activated before running any configuration wizards.  From the Administration tab of the Site Map, click on the 'Generic Services' link under the Application Services. Select 'OAM Generic Collect Services' and start it for the target instance. OAM submits a concurrent request for the same. Click on Verify to see if the service starts up fine. Once the service starts, you are ready to use the wizard.

From the Configuration Wizards launch pad, click on the 'Enable' button for SSL.

Select Nodes to be SSL-Enabled

Select the nodes on which you would like to enable SSL and click 'Next.'

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2. Set Context variables for SSL

Notice the tip at the bottom of the Parameters screen:  you should make sure that your digital certificates are properly imported into the Wallet of your EBS instance. For details about importing SSL certificates, see:

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The wizard sets the following context variables to 'https':

  • URL protocol
  • Local URL protocol

It also sets values for the 'Web SSL directory' and the 'Active HTTP SSL port.' The subsequent screen gives the current and new values for these variables.

3. Validation

The wizard validates all settings when you click 'Next' after the user comparison of context values screen.  It checks that the Wallet and the required directory structures exist.

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Make sure that the Status is 'Success.' Check the log file in the 'View' link for any errors.

4. Confirmation Page

Clicking 'Next' will take you to the Confirmation Page in the train cart. Click on the link below to check the confirmation page.

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5. Submit the changes and run AutoConfig

Clicking the 'Submit' button on the Confirmation page displays the next action to be taken. You can review the context file on the applications tier for the changes that have been made.

The next step is to run AutoConfig to propagate the changes. You need to restart all application services to make the changes effective.

Once the service have been restarted, the EBS instance is ready to be used in SSL mode.

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