Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Critical Patch Update for January 2010 Now Available

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Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

Critical Patch Update for April 2009 Now Available

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Friday Mar 20, 2009

Premier Support for 10.2.0.3 Database Ended in February 2009

The Server Technologies database support policies have recently changed in some important ways.  I've discussed the E-Business Suite implications of those changes in these articles: 

Your feedback to those articles has made it clear that we can improve how we communicate the generic database and Fusion Middleware desupport dates to EBS users.

Upgrade EBS Environments Running on Database 10.2.0.3

In case you missed those articles, you should be aware that the 10.2.0.3 database Premier Support grace period ended in February, 2009.  After February 2009, you can still download existing 10.2.0.3 database patches, but new patches will be issued only for the latest 10.2.0.4 database.

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Tuesday Mar 10, 2009

Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i for Windows x64

Another day, another database certification from our Applications Platforms Group.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7 on Microsoft Windows x64 (Windows Server 2003).

This is a database-tier only certification (also known as a "split configuration database tier" certification) where the application tier must be on a fully-certified E-Business Suite 11i platform.

Screenshot of download page for 11.1.0.7 database patchset for Windows

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Friday Feb 27, 2009

Firefox 3 Certified With E-Business Suite

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The Mozilla team released Firefox 2.0.0.20 in December, 2008.  This was the last update to the Firefox 2 codeline; no further additional security or stability updates will be available for Firefox 2.  E-Business Suite users can run this version of Firefox 2 safely.

Mozilla recommends that all Firefox users upgrade to Firefox 3.  Firefox 3 included some changes to its rendering and focus-handling model, and until now, we've had to (reluctantly) advise E-Business Suite customers to wait for our certification to be completed before upgrading to this latest browser release.

The wait is over.  I'm very pleased to announce that Firefox 3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite.

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Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

10gR2 10.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i on Linux Itanium

Our Applications Platforms Group has certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) with the 10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database on the Linux Itanium platform.  Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4, Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9 and 10 are certified in a database tier-only certification (also known as a "split configuration").  The application tier must be on a supported Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i platform.

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Tuesday Feb 17, 2009

Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i for Windows Server (32-bit)

When it rains, it pours.  It's been a busy week for new certifications.  In addition to their work on our newly-announced Apps R12 certification with the 11.1.0.7 Database, our Applications Platforms Group has just released their certification for EBS 11i on 11.1.0.7 on Microsoft Windows-based server platforms.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7 on Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) versions 2000 and 2003.  11.1.0.7 is the first database patchset available for the 11g Release 1 Database version 11.1.0.6.

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Monday Feb 16, 2009

Sun JRE 1.6 Certified on Windows XP for EBS 11i and FDCC Clients

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Here's a quick update for our readers in the US Federal sector.  Those readers likely already know that the US Office of Management and Budget has mandated that all US Federal Agencies that use or acquire Windows XP and Vista must adopt the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) by February 1, 2008 (OMB Memorandum M-0-7-11 of March 22, 2007, on Implementation of Commonly Accepted Security Configurations for Windows Operating Systems, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda/fy2007/m07-11.pdf).

Oracle has published the following document in the Oracle Software Security Assurance Resource Library to address these requirements:

You may already also have heard that we've already certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration for Windows XP and Vista desktop clients.  All E-Business Suite Release 11i products are certified for use with the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration.

Since our original certification announcement, we've found that the latest FDCC images -- a.k.a. FDCC 1.1 -- have been updated and now are compatible with the native Sun JRE plug-in for Windows XP desktop clients.  This adds one more certified Apps 11i configuration for FDCC clients.

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Wednesday Feb 11, 2009

Latest DSTv10 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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I surmise that career politicians and government bureaucrats have good reasons for changing their countries' timezones.  There must be some tangible benefit of doing it, given how frequently they like to do this.  So, here we go again, with yet-another round of international timezone changes for your E-Business Suite environments.

Is Your Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region.
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Monday Feb 02, 2009

Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10g 10.1.4.3 Certified With EBS 11i and R12

[Update March11, 2009: AIX is now certified with SSO/OID 10.1.4.3 and Apps 12. See this article for more details.

[Editor's note: Oracle version numbers sometimes require careful scrutiny.  Hidden meaning can be discerned from seemingly-insignificant details.  You may have noticed that the Oracle Identity Management 10g components fissioned off into their own release codeline a while ago.  All Oracle Identity Management components whose version numbers start with "10.1.4" have their own maintenance patchsets now.  These are distinct from -- but compatible with -- the other components in Oracle Application Server 10g released on the "10.1.2" codeline.  Our E-Business Suite teams certify patchsets on both the 10.1.2.x and 10.1.4.x release codelines with the E-Business Suite.]

Oracle Single Sign-On (SSO) and Oracle Internet Directory (OID) 10g 10.1.4.3 are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. Existing Apps environments integrated with earlier version of SSO and OID can be upgraded to the 10.1.4.3 Patch Set. Customers on Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10.1.2.0.2 must first upgrade to 10.1.4.0.1 before applying the 10.1.4.3 Patch Set. If you've already upgraded your SSO and OID components to 10.1.4.2, you may apply the 10.1.4.3 Patch Set directly.

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Thursday Jan 15, 2009

Still Using Personal Home Page With EBS 11i?

We seem to have had a spate of problems reported to Oracle Support recently whereby there have been some odd issues with session handling in EBusiness Suite 11i.    In most cases, the problem was seemingly introduced after applying an ATG RUP patchset

Personal Home Page login screen EBS

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Troubleshooting Mouse Focus Issues Using JRE Clients with EBS 11i

I'm pleased to hear that many of you are heeding our urgent call to retire JInitiator for the native Sun JRE plug-in.  Thanks for your emails and comments about your experiences; these have been very useful in helping us understand the types of stumbling blocks that you've been encountering along the way.

Diagram showing Forms JRE JInitiator desktop client architecture layers

Some of you may have encountered issues with mouse navigation in Forms.  Others have reported intermittent focus-related issues, which may be compounded by mouse navigation issues.

It appears that the majority of these issues may be related to your Forms 6i patchset level installed in your E-Business Suite Release 11i environment.  That said, there may be other configuration-related issues in your environment that are complicating things further.

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Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

Block Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 for EBS Users

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[Oct 6, 2009 Update: IE is certified with EBS 11i; see this article.]

[Sept 11, 2009 Update: IE8 is certified with EBS 12; see this article]

Brace yourself: another browser is coming.  It looks like Microsoft is gearing up for an imminent release of Internet Explorer 8.  Neither Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i nor 12 have been certified with IE8 yet.  Our latest tests of the IE8 Release Candidate drops have shown that there are a number of important compatibility issues that need to be resolved.

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Oracle Database 11gR1 (11.1.0.7) Certified with EBS 11i for HP-UX PA-RISC

Following on the heels of our first set of 11.1.0.7 DB certifications, our Applications Platforms Group has certified the Oracle 11gR1 11.1.0.7 Database with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10 CU2 on HP-UX PA-RISC.

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Wednesday Dec 31, 2008

Top 2008 Techstack Articles for EBS 11i (Part 2)

This is the second of three Year in Review articles:  this one summarizes topics of interest specifically for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i sysadmins.

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Top 2008 Techstack Articles for EBS 11i and 12 (Part 1)

Happy New Year!

It's been a busy year for us in the E-Business Suite techstack area, and for this blog, too.  I'm very proud of our editorial team, which has grown to a dozen experts in their respective fields.  We've published over 160 articles this year, and we've fielded hundreds of your questions and comments (and even more of your private emails to us). 

Thanks for your support.  All of us, myself included, have to squeeze in time on top of our regular jobs to contribute to this blog.  If you find it useful, drop us a line or post a comment to help keep us motivated. 

2008 In Review

I'd originally planned to publish a single article rounding up the most important articles of the year.  So much for that plan.  This is the first of three Year in Review articles covering topics of interest to both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 sysadmins alike.

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Tuesday Dec 30, 2008

Reminder: Migrate Your JInitiator Clients to Sun JRE Now!

[June 29, 2009 Update: The July 2009 desupport date for JInitiator 1.3 applies to E-Business Suite customers only. Generic Oracle Forms customers should see Note 761159.1 for generic JInitiator desupport dates.]

The significance of many problems lessens over time, so procrastination has its place as a stress management technique.  Unfortunately, putting off your EBS end-user migration from Oracle JInitiator to the native Sun Java plug-in doesn't fall into that category.  We are down to the last grains of sand in this particular hourglass.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i end-users access Forms-based content either with the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) client or Oracle JInitiator.  Oracle JInitiator comes in two flavors: 1.8 and 1.3.  The sun is setting for both JInitiator versions.

Error Correction Support (ECS) for JInitiator 1.1.8 will end on December 31, 2008.  In other words, the Oracle Forms group will no longer issue bug fixes for the JInitiator 1.1.8 codeline as of tomorrow.

Error Correction Support for JInitiator 1.3 for E-Business Suite Release 11i customers will end on July 31, 2009.

Diagram showing Forms JRE JInitiator desktop client architecture layers

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Tuesday Dec 23, 2008

Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i

Here's a great way to end the year 2008 for Certifications with EBS: Oracle Database 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i. 11.1.0.7 is the first database patchset available for the 11gR1 Release 11.1.0.6. Customers can upgrade to this version following the Notes listed in the Documentation section. 11107PS.PNG [Read More]

Thursday Dec 11, 2008

Oracle Configuration Manager Natively Supported With EBS 12

Oracle Configuration Manager (OCM) is a tool that automatically gathers configuration information from Oracle product installs and upload this information onto Oracle’s Support systems.  Customer support engineers can use this data to improve resolution times for your Service Requests.  Joshua Solomin, the OCM Product Manager, discusses the tool's benefits and the data that it collects in this article:

Screenshot of My Support page showing OCM inventory

Oracle Configuration Manager is now natively supported with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. Starting with OCM 10.2.7, OCM provides native support for shared ORACLE_HOMEs. This makes possible to configure the latest version of OCM with E-Business Suite instances.  EBS 12 customers can take advantage of the benefits provided by Oracle Configuration Manager without worrying about whether their Application Server and Database Oracle Homes are part of an E-Business Suite Instance. There are no EBS-specific configurations requirements with OCM 10.2.7 or higher.

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Monday Nov 24, 2008

Seven New Platforms Certified for Apps 11i + Database Vault 10.2.0.4

This complements the Apps 12-corresponding announcement:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i has been certified with seven new platforms for DB Vault 10gR2 (10.2.0.4).  This configuration is now certified with the following new operating system platforms:

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Friday Nov 21, 2008

JInitiator 1.3.1.30 Certified With Apps 11i

Oracle JInitiator is definitely in its sunset phase now.  JInitiator 1.1.8 will no longer receive any new bug fixes as of December 31, 2008.  Similarly, official Error Correction Support for JInitiator 1.3 will end as of July 31, 2009.

I don't have statistics on how many E-Business Suite customers have converted their desktop clients from Oracle JInitiator to the native Sun Java (JRE) client.  Given the impending desupport dates for these two client codelines, I hope that all of you have already switched over -- or, at minimum -- are in the process of migrating your end-users' desktops to the native Sun Java plug-in.

Forms Apps architecture: Logical architecture showing desktop clients running Sun JRE or Oracle JInitiator, connecting via HTTP or HTTPS to Oracle Forms running on the Application Server tier

In these final days of support for Oracle JInitiator, I'm pleased to announce that JInitiator 1.3.1.30 is now certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i.  Oracle JInitiator 1.3.1.30 is released via Patch 7410076.  It requires Apps Interoperability Patch 6169479.

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Tuesday Nov 18, 2008

Advanced Deployment Architectures for Oracle E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'm (still) highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics. A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

E-Business Suite sysadmins know that there are a lot of different ways to deploy their system in production.  You can split EBS services across multiple application tier and database tier server nodes, you can scale up with load-balancers and Real Application Clusters, you can integrate your E-Business Suite instance with optional external services like Oracle Single Sign-On and the Oracle SOA Suite, and much, much more.

Sample physical architecture diagram showing E-Business Suite integrated with Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory with firewalls separating DMZs

The number of architectural options can be pretty bewildering, and it can be difficult to get a high-level overview of the relative benefits of each option.  We have lots of detailed documentation and introductory blog articles on, say, implementing RAC, but it's very difficult to get a sense of whether you can combine a reverse proxy in front of a load-balanced cluster with a RAC-enabled database tier (this is feasible, by the way).

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Monday Nov 17, 2008

Early Benchmarks: Using Advanced Compression with Apps 12

Our recent article about using Advanced Compression with the E-Business Suite has generated a lot of excitement.  This 11gR1 database option has a lot of potential, with its dual benefits of database size reduction and application speed increases.  Our Applications Performance Group is planning to do some formal benchmarks of this technology with the E-Business Suite soon, but it looks like someone's beaten them to the punch and published some quantitative comparisons for a simple testcase.

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Friday Nov 14, 2008

Interim Update: Firefox 3 Certification With Apps 11i + 12

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Some of you have been escalating your requests for updates on our upcoming Firefox 3 certification through Oracle Support and your Oracle account managers.  These escalations ultimately end up in my beleaguered inbox. The buck stops here.

We are acutely aware that the clock is ticking for Firefox 2.  Our certification of Firefox 3 with both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 is still underway.  As I've discussed previously, I am strictly prohibited from discussing release dates of upcoming certifications or products.  I can, however, share our progress on this certification.

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Tuesday Nov 11, 2008

Real Application Testing Certified With E-Business Suite

Like Advanced Compression, Oracle Real Application Testing is one of the new Oracle Database 11gR1 Enterprise Edition options that's generating a lot of excitement amongst E-Business Suite users.  This separately-licenced 11gR1 Database option has real potential to streamline and accelerate testing cycles for database upgrades.

I'm pleased to announce that Oracle Real Application Testing is certified with Oracle Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  E-Business Suite users can follow the standard database documentation for implementing Real Application Testing in their environments.

Diagram showing how Database Replay can be used to capture a workload and then replay it on a different test database

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US Federal Desktop Core Configuration Certified With Apps 11i

[Feb 16, 2009 Update: The native Sun JRE may now be used with the WinXP configuration; additional details added below. Added cross-reference to Metalink Note 552724.1]

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The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) manages the budget for US Federal Government agencies.  The US Office of Management and Budget mandates that all US Federal Agencies that use or acquire Windows XP and Vista must adopt the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) by February 1, 2008 (OMB Memorandum M-0-7-11 of March 22, 2007, on Implementation of Commonly Accepted Security Configurations for Windows Operating Systems, available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda/fy2007/m07-11.pdf).

Oracle has just published the following document in the Oracle Software Security Assurance Resource Library to address these requirements:

In conjunction with that document's release, I'm pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is certified with the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration for Windows XP and Vista desktop clients.  All E-Business Suite Release 11i products are certified for use with the US Federal Desktop Core Configuration.

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