Friday Mar 20, 2009

Premier Support for 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

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

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Wednesday Mar 11, 2009

IBM AIX Certified with Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10g and EBS 12

We announced our certification of Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 a few weeks ago.  The only exception to that certification at the time was for Apps 12 running on IBM AIX platform. 

We've completed that certification now.  IBM AIX customers running Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 may now upgrade their external Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory components to

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Friday Feb 27, 2009

Firefox 3 Certified With E-Business Suite


The Mozilla team released Firefox 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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Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

Database 11gR1 Version Certified with EBS 12 for Windows x64

Our Applications Platforms Group has certified the latest Oracle 11gR1 Database patchset with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Microsoft Windows x64.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version on Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Screenshot of download page for database patchset for Windows

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Monday Feb 16, 2009

Database 11gR1 Version Certified with EBS 12

The Oracle 11gR1 Database version was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i last December.  I'm pleased to announce that it's now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, too. is the first database patchset available for the 11g Release 1 Database version

For those of you planning to upgrade from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to 12, this means that the database releases for Apps are back in parity.  You can upgrade directly to Apps R12. from whatever 11gR1 database release you might be running with your Apps 11i environment -- or


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Wednesday Feb 11, 2009

Latest DSTv10 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite


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 Certified With EBS 11i and R12

[Update March11, 2009: AIX is now certified with SSO/OID 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 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 Patch Set. Customers on Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory must first upgrade to before applying the Patch Set. If you've already upgraded your SSO and OID components to, you may apply the Patch Set directly.


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Tuesday Jan 27, 2009

11gR1 Certified on Windows x64 for E-Business Suite Release 12

Additional platforms for our Database certifications keep coming, even as we work in parallel on our upcoming certification of the first Database patchset.  Our Applications Platforms Group has now certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 or higher) with Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version on Microsoft Windows x64 (Windows Server 2003).  This is the first "database-tier only" certification of R12 with 11gR1.

This is a database-tier only certification (previously known as a "split configuration" certification in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i), where the application tier must be on a fully-certified EBS R12 operating system platform.

What's Next?

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Wednesday Jan 21, 2009

Using Cisco ACE Series Hardware Load-Balancers with EBS 12

Editor's Note:  This certification is an unusual departure from our typical approach to load-balancer support for the E-Business Suite.  In general, we do not perform explicit certifications of specific load-balancers with the E-Business Suite.  It's not possible for us to keep up with the sheer number of different vendors and models available.

Our standard support policy is that standards-compliant load-balancers are assumed to be compatible with the E-Business Suite.  Load-balancers do not require formal testing by our Applications Technology Integration group to be supported for the E-Business Suite.  Our load-balancing-related recommendations are designed to be compatible with all generic load-balancers:

When time and resources permit, we occasionally partner with networking vendors to test unusual or notable new hardware with the E-Business Suite.  Networking vendors are welcome to drop me an email if you'd like to discuss joint projects.

As a rule, we do not recommend a specific vendor's products over any other vendors.  This article should not be considered an endorsement for this particular vendor or networking configuration.  As with all hardware,  customers should perform independent benchmark tests to verify a vendor's claims of improved performance or manageability in E-Business Suite environments.

Oracle and Cisco Systems jointly certified the Cisco ACE Series Application Control Engine with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  Cisco ACE Series Application Control Engine is a new offering from Cisco Systems that has the potential to improve high availability, performance, security, optimized application deployment and lower the cost of ownership for Oracle E-Business Suite R12.  The new ACE platform targets three main aspects, namely manageability, security and performance.  The figure below shows the Virtualization and Role-based Admin features of the ACE module.

Architecture diagram showing Cisco ACE load balancer Virtual Device and RBA

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Thursday Jan 15, 2009

Update: Using EBS 12 Portlets in Third-Party Portals

I've been puzzled by a resurgence in questions about the compatibility of E-Business Suite Release 12 portlets with third-party portals.  I thought that I'd already covered this FAQ a few times on this blog, but searching through our archives, I see that I haven't revisited this topic formally since R12 was released.  It's time for a quick refresher and update on what's supported in this release.

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Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

Block Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 for EBS Users


[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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Wednesday Dec 31, 2008

Top 2008 Techstack Articles for EBS 12 (Part 3)

This is the third of three Year in Review articles:  this one summarizes topics of interest specifically to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 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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Thursday Dec 18, 2008

EBS 12 Certified With SLES 10 on Linux x86 and x86-64

[Update Jan 6, 2009: This certification was done by our Applications Platforms Group, not our Applications Performance Group. Corrected.]

It never fails.  Just when I think I'm all prepared for a well-deserved vacation, a string of certifications comes along and I'm totally slammed.

Just in time for the holidays, our Applications Platforms Group has released another certification:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified on Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) on the x86 and x86-64 hardware architectures.

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EBS 12 Certified With OEL + RHEL 5 (64-bit) on Oracle VM


Our Applications Platform Group recently certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Oracle VM and OEL 4 and RHEL 4.  Following hard on the heels of that certification, here's another addition to our existing set of Oracle VM certifications for the E-Business Suite:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified on Oracle VM with 64-bit Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on x86-64.

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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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Friday Nov 21, 2008

New AutoConfig Patchset RUP 12.0.6 Now Available

The latest update of the R12 E-Business Suite Technology Stack (Autoconfig Templates & Engine Patchset) is now released and is available for download from Oracle Metalink. The official name for this patch is:


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Monday Nov 17, 2008

Sneak Preview: Portlet Generator and Business Service Object Generator for EBS (OpenWorld 2008 Recap)

I'm going to get through my OpenWorld backlog eventually.  If I'm lucky, I'll be done just in time to start working on my OAUG/Collaborate backlog for next year's conference in Florida.

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:

Ramkumar Sekar, a manager in our Applications Technology Group, gave sneak previews of two new developer-oriented tools for extending OA Framework applications in this session:

Architecture diagram showing new Portlet Generator and Business Service Object Generator for extending OA Framework applications

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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


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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Thursday Nov 13, 2008

Oracle Business Approvals for Managers Now Available for iPhone

[January 28, 2009 Update:  Added information on where to download this software]

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As an enthusiastic Apple iPhone user, I am very pleased to see that our Applications Unlimited team has released their newest iPhone application:  Oracle Business Approvals for Managers.  This free (!) iPhone application allows managers to handle pending E-Business Suite actions related to expense reports, purchase order requisitions, human resources vacancies, and HR job offers.  Managers can use this mobile app to evaluate pending EBS approvals, request more information, and approve or reject pending requests.

This iPhone app builds on the Oracle Business Indicators iPhone application.  Oracle Business Approvals for Managers provides optional access to analytic reports related to the type of approval that users are reviewing.  This configuration retrieves data from Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Plus (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications.  All communications are secured via SSL encryption and may be optionally integrated with Oracle Identity Management components, too.

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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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Monday Nov 10, 2008

Apps Technology 12.0.6 Update Now Available

In conjunction with last week's release of the Applications 12.0.6 Release Update Pack, the sixth major update for the Apps Release 12 technology stack is now available for download from Metalink:

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Friday Nov 07, 2008

Apps Release 12.0.6 Release Update Pack Now Available

Here's the perfect news to wrap up the week:  I'm very pleased to announce that the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 12.0.6 Release Update Pack (RUP6) is now available for download from Metalink:

Screenshot of download page for EBS 12 0 6 RUP 6 patch 6728000

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