Using Cygwin to Maintain Release 11i on Windows

If you've been running E-Business Suite Release 11i on Windows, you've likely been annoyed by the fact that certain installation and maintenance tasks depend on UNIX shell scripts.  To make these UNIX scripts work in Windows environments, your only certified option until recently was to use MKS Toolkit.

Cygwin logo:

Those days are over.  Now, in place of the costly MKS Toolkit, you can use Cygwin -- an open source alternative -- to administer your E-Business Suite Release 11i environment. 

For the full installation documentation, see:
The Usual Caveats

Not surprisingly, this configuration has a couple of warnings and disclaimers:
  1. Cygwin is free software and is not supported unless you purchase a support contract from a third party. Oracle recommends MKS toolkit for all critical production and test systems.
  2. MKS toolkit is required if you are using Discoverer 4i with Apps 11i.
The second disclaimer about Discoverer 4i shouldn't concern most of you, since you presumably already know that that release is going to be desupported this year in October, and your upgrades to Discoverer 10g are already underway.

At least I hope you know about Discoverer 4i's impending desupport status.


Glad to hear that you've had success with this.  We're pretty pleased that this configuration is officially certified now.Regards,Steven 

Posted by Steven Chan on July 21, 2006 at 02:32 AM PDT #

Good to see you spreading the word about Cygwin. Love Cygwin. Use it on a daily of my favorite tools...and it's FREE!

Posted by Floyd Teter on July 21, 2006 at 05:21 AM PDT #

Hi Steven - it has been along time coming. One of my main gripes with E-Business Suite on Windows is that even if you want to try out a "Vision Demo" environment, you have to go and spent $1000 on MKS - what a waste of money!
You can try and get a Trial Copy for the installtion, but MKS does not take too kindly to such requests when Oracle is involved. Apparently it is not a valid Trial if you are using MKS only to install Oracle on a Windows server for a demo!


Posted by Paul Murgatroyd on July 24, 2006 at 06:08 PM PDT #

Hi, Paul,I can see how that would be aggravating.  I hadn't heard about MKS' position on Oracle-related trials -- thanks for the scoop there.  Please let us know how Cygwin works out for you.Regards,Steven 

Posted by Steven Chan on July 25, 2006 at 12:34 AM PDT #

I am glad to find this thread, even though it is quite old. I am working my way through some older MetaLink documents which recommended MKS Toolkit. Not knowing that tool, I went to their website to learn more about it. They will NOT provide their free evaluation if you say the name "Oracle." I tried the 800 number for MKS Software and let them know that even though I learned of their product from Oracle, I am intrigued by it and may have many other uses (including many more license sales). Their upper management told me that they did not provide their 7-day eval to anyone who used the word "Oracle" primarily because it is used only on implementation and they have too many people who use bogus email addresses to download only for this purpose.

I was amazed at this treatment, so I will definitely be trying the open source, unsupported CYGWIN.

Posted by Susan on December 12, 2008 at 05:55 AM PST #

Hi, Susan,

Glad you found this thread.

Cygwin has been certified with the use of Discoverer setup for both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. Good luck with your implementation.


Posted by Steven Chan on December 15, 2008 at 01:39 AM PST #

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