Understanding J2SE 1.5 End-of-Life Implications for Oracle E-Business Suite

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As with my previous post about the desupport of Sun's Java 1.4 release, you should be aware that the equivalent end-of-life (EOL) for Sun's J2SE 1.5 is coming up in October 2009.

Implications for E-Business Suite Users

Here are the implications if your Apps 11i or 12 environments are running on servers with J2SE 1.5:

  • If you log a Service Request for your environment, Oracle will continue to perform its usual diagnosis, triage, and search through our knowledge base for existing patches and workarounds.   This assistance may be constrained by limited access to a small number of remaining environments running J2SE 1.5.  It is extremely unlikely that we will issue new Apps patches for new compatibility issues identified with the E-Business Suite and J2SE 1.5.
  • Issues isolated to J2SE 1.5 itself will be referred to your operating system vendor for more assistance.  Depending on your vendor, you may be able to purchase extended support for J2SE 1.5 directly from them.
  • Issues that can't be reproduced in E-Business Suite environments running on J2SE 1.6 (6.0) will likely result in a recommendation to upgrade to those later releases.

Upgrading to Java 1.6

Given that Java 1.4 is already desupported and Java 1.5 is soon to be desupported later this year, we strongly recommend that you upgrade your EBS environments to Java 1.6, a.k.a Java 6.  For more information, see:

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Comments:

How about Java SE for Business. It has a much longer support time frame. How does that change the implications in your article?

Posted by Andras Gabor on June 25, 2009 at 08:28 PM PDT #

Hello, Andras,

If you purchase support from Sun for Java SE for Business, I believe that you will be able to obtain patches for Java-related issues for beyond the October 2009 end-of-life date.

I would recommend contacting Sun directly for more details about Java SE for Business.

The other implications for EBS patches will stand, as our Development and Support focus will shift to Java 1.6 with the general desupport of Java 1.5 in October 2009.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 26, 2009 at 04:23 AM PDT #

Steven - we began to seriously push for an upgrade to Java 6 back in March, mostly for some of the significant performance improvements that were made since Java 5. However, our EBS 11i environment is hosted by Oracle On-Demand, and they have apparently not yet certified Java 6 for EBS in their environment. Do you have any recommendations in how to proceed?

Posted by Mark A. Ziesemer on July 28, 2009 at 03:32 AM PDT #

Hello, Mark,

I wasn't aware that On-Demand hadn't certified Java 6 in their environments yet. Thanks for letting me know about this.

I would recommend escalating this on two fronts: by contacting your Oracle Account Manager, and by logging and escalating a formal Service Request via an Oracle Duty Manager.

In parallel, I'll follow up with the On-Demand team internally to see if they can accelerate their certification.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 03, 2009 at 04:04 AM PDT #

Hello, Mark,

Our OnDemand team confirmed that Java 6 is supported in their EBS environments. It sounds like your Oracle representative might have been working with some outdated information.

The OnDemand management team will be contacting your Service Delivery Manager to sort this out and plan an upgrade window for you.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 04, 2009 at 06:59 AM PDT #

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