Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Database Vault 11.1.0.7 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle DB Vault allows security administrators to protect a database from privileged account access to application data.  Database objects can be placed in protected realms, which can be accessed only if a specific set of conditions are met.  

Database Vault 10gR2 was certified last year with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We're pleased to announce that the latest Database Vault 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

You can now enable Database Vault 11gR1 on your existing E-Business Suite 11.1.0.7 Database instance.  If you already have DB Vault 10gR2 enabled in your E-Business Suite environment, you can now upgrade to the 11gR1 Database.  We also support EBS patching with Database Vault 11.1.0.7 enabled. Our DB Vault realm creation and grants-related scripts have been revised to reduce patching downtimes.

Screenshot of database vault web page page showing Database Vault Feature Administration menu of security options

Prerequisites

  • Oracle Database 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.1

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • IBM AIX
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • HP-UX Itanium

Certifications for Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) and Windows x64 (64-bit) are still underway.  I don't have firm schedules for these certifications yet, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.  

References

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Tuesday Jul 14, 2009

Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 12

Oracle Advanced Security is an optional licenced Oracle 11gR1 Database add-on.  Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) offers two different features:  column encryption and tablespace encryption.  We certified the TDE column encryption feature with the E-Business Suite last year.  We're pleased to expand our 11gR1 Database certification to include the tablespace encryption feature.  This option was recently certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, and now Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, too.

What is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) ?

Advanced_Security_Overview.gif

Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) allows you to protect data at rest. TDE helps address privacy and PCI requirements by encrypting personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers.

TDE is completely transparent to existing applications with no triggers, views or other application changes required. Data is transparently encrypted when written to disk and transparently decrypted after an application user has successfully authenticated and passed all authorization checks. Authorization checks include verifying the user has the necessary select and update privileges on the application table and checking Database Vault, Label Security and Virtual Private Database enforcement policies.

Existing database backup routines will continue to work, with the data at rest remaining encrypted in the backup. For encryption of entire database backups, TDE can be used in combination with Oracle RMAN.

What is Tablespace Encryption ? TDE_Key_Management_Architecture.png

New in Oracle Database 11g Release 1, the Oracle Advanced Security now includes support for tablespace encryption.

When a tablespace is created through Enterprise Manager or on the command line, an option now exists to specify that the file be encrypted on the file system. When new data is added to the new tablespace using the insert command or datapump, entire tables will be transparently encrypted. When the database reads data blocks from the encrypted tablespace it will transparently decrypt the data blocks.

With this certification, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments can be migrated to encrypted tablespaces. For more information, please refer to:

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 or higher

Platforms certified for 12

  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64 (64 bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX Based Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server(32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)

References

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Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

Applications Management and Change Management Packs Certified with Enterprise Manager Grid Control Release 5

Our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group released a new product, the Application Change Management Pack (ACMP), and a new version of their Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 4 earlier this month.  They've just followed this up with a new certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 5.

Oracle-Enterprise-Manager-amp-screenshot showing iProcurement web application uptime and performance metrics

For more details about the new features, documentation, and patches for the latest Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack releases, see:

Oracle E-Business Suite Prerequisites

  • 11.5.10 with ATG_PF.H RUP5 and higher
  • Release 12.0.4 and higher
  • Release 12.1

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX Based Systems

Certification on Windows platforms are in progress.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

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Friday Jun 19, 2009

Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i

Oracle Advanced Security is an optional licenced Oracle 11gR1 Database add-on.  Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) offers two different features:  column encryption and tablespace encryption.  We certified the TDE column encryption feature with the E-Business Suite last year.  We're pleased to expand our 11gR1 Database certification to include the tablespace encryption feature.  Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

What is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) ?

Advanced_Security_Overview.gif

Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) allows you to protect data at rest. TDE helps address privacy and PCI requirements by encrypting personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers.

TDE is completely transparent to existing applications with no triggers, views or other application changes required. Data is transparently encrypted when written to disk and transparently decrypted after an application user has successfully authenticated and passed all authorization checks. Authorization checks include verifying the user has the necessary select and update privileges on the application table and checking Database Vault, Label Security and Virtual Private Database enforcement policies.

Existing database backup routines will continue to work, with the data at rest remaining encrypted in the backup. For encryption of entire database backups, TDE can be used in combination with Oracle RMAN.

What is Tablespace Encryption ? TDE_Key_Management_Architecture.png

New in Oracle Database 11g Release 1, the Oracle Advanced Security now includes support for tablespace encryption.

When a tablespace is created through Enterprise Manager or on the command line, an option now exists to specify that the file be encrypted on the file system. When new data is added to the new tablespace using the insert command or datapump, entire tables will be transparently encrypted. When the database reads data blocks from the encrypted tablespace it will transparently decrypt the data blocks.

With this certification, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i environments can be migrated to encrypted tablespaces. For more information, please refer to:

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2 or higher

Platforms certified for 11i

  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64 (64 bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX Based Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server(32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)

References

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Wednesday May 27, 2009

New Rapid Install StartCD (12.0.4.9) for Release 12 Now Available

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 was released several weeks ago.  We're pretty excited about this release and strongly encourage everyone evaluating R12 to consider 12.1.1. However, if you're still building test environments on the 12.0 codeline, you should be aware that a new Rapid Install startCD has been released for Apps 12.0.4.  The latest startCD is available for immediate download:

Screenshot of download page for patch 7308107 startcd Rapid Install 12-0-4-9 update

Entering the following command shows the exact version for RapidWiz:

startCD/Disk1/rapidwiz/rapidwiz -version

What's New?

This startCD 12.0.4.9 update includes fixes for the following issues:

  • 8472966: Incorrect oraparam templates used on HP Itanium
  • 8438231: Missing templates of oraparam.ini for HP Platforms from 12.0.4.8 startCD
  • 8409402: adrunias.sh $osversion only checks for AIX 6.1.0.0 and not 6.1.2.0
  • 8255719: Need to copy adlicnse.sql to the shiphome
  • 7037890: Licence Manager not showing UK as enabled after fresh 12.0.0 install

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Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 Certified with EBS 12

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) 10.1.8.4 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  If you missed our late-2007 announcement about this certification, here's a recap of the basics.  Secure Enterprise Search (SES) provides new search capabilities for R12: Apps users can search for E-Business Suite data using a unified search engine, with search results displayed based upon their Applications responsibilities. Searches can be performed on structured and unstructured data. Notably, search results respect multi-level security, including:

  • Role-based access control (RBAC) functional and data security
  • Product-specific security policies

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search screencap: Screen capture of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g with Assets Inquiry screen for E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3

For example, an authorized E-Business Suite user could use the search screen above to search for "Assets" in "Northpark," yielding the following results:

SES search results: Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g sample search results for an E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3 search

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 and higher

  • Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4

Supported Platforms

Secure Enterprise Search may be optionally installed on standalone external server and integrated with EBS 12.  The operating system platforms supported for the standalone Secure Enterprise Search instance are:

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3, 4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3,4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)

  • Solaris SPARC (Solaris 8, 64-bit; Solaris 9, 64-bit; Solaris 10, 64-bit)

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.11 64-bit; 11.23 64-bit)

  • AIX 5L Based Systems (AIX 5.2 ML01, 64-bit; 5.3, 64-bit

  • HP-UX Itanium 11i v2 (11.23)

  • Windows Server (2003 - all editions)

References

Monday Mar 16, 2009

OracleAS 10.1.3.4 Certified on IBM AIX for EBS 12

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We're continuing to fill in the platform gaps for some of our recent techstack certifications.  We certified Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 in December, 2008.  The two exceptions to that certification at the time were for the IBM AIX and HP-UX Itanium operating system platforms.

HP-UX Itanium was later certified in January 2009, and now we're crossing the IBM AIX bridge.  IBM AIX customers running Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 may now upgrade to OracleAS 10.1.3.4 OC4J directly from OracleAS 10.1.3 or 10.1.3.3.  This certification allows you to upgrade the internal OC4J components in the R12 techstack to take advantage of the latest performance and stability improvements in this incremental patchset.  To make sure that there's no misunderstanding about what can be upgraded, the full name of this patchset is:

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Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Database Vault 10.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i and 12

[Nov 24, 2008 Update: Added new R12 platform certifications for Microsoft Windows Server 2003, HP-UX PA-RISC, and HP-UX Itanium]. Added new 11i platform certifications for Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, HP-UX PA-RISC, OEL, RHEL, SUSE, HP-UX Itanium.]

Our certification run-up to OpenWorld continues, and I'm pleased to announce that Database Vault 10.2.0.4 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. For more details about Database Vault and how it works in E-Business Suite environments, see this article. This new certification brings improved performance and broader certification coverage for additional operating systems, too.

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Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

E-Business Suite Release 11i Certified on IBM AIX 6

Oracle Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified on IBM AIX 6 (version 6.1).  For full details about operating system patches and other prerequisites, see:

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Friday Apr 04, 2008

HP-UX, AIX, Solaris Certified for 11g DB and Apps 11i

Whew -- I'm struggling to keep up with the stream of new announcements.  Here's some breaking news from our Platform Engineering team this morning: 

11gdownload:

The following new platforms are now certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i and the Oracle Database 11g Release 11 (11.1.0.6.0):
  • HP-UX PA RISC,
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • IBM AIX
The revised platform availability list is now:
  • Linux x86-32
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • Windows x86
Certification on other platforms is in progress; you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

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Monday Jan 28, 2008

Java 6 Certified for Apps 11i on IBM AIX and HP-UX PA-RISC

There's been lots of progress on the Java 6 certification front for Apps lately.  Java 6 was certified for E-Business Suite Release 11i application tier servers on Solaris, Linux, and Windows in September 2007.  Adding to that list of certified platforms, IBM AIX and HP-UX PA-RISC are now certified for Java 6 for Apps 11i.

HP-UX Java 6 screenshot: Screenshot of HP's download website for HP-UX JDK, JRE, and Plug-in downloads for Java 6 for HP-UX PA-RISC platforms

Upgrade Documentation

Full details for upgrading your E-Business Suite Release 11i environment to JDK 6 can be found here:
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Wednesday Oct 10, 2007

10gR2 10.2.0.3 Database Certified for Release 12

Certifications are a bit like buses:  if you wait long enough, a whole string of them arrive at the same time.  This has been a pretty good week for long-outstanding and eagerly-awaited certifications. 

E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with the latest 10gR2 (10.2.0.3) database. 

10gR2 10.2.0.3 patch screenshot: Screenshot of download location on Oracle Metalink for 10gR2 Database 10.2.0.3 patch 5337014

Upgrades from Release 11i Environments

This is a particularly important certification if your Apps 11i database has already been upgraded to 10.2.0.3.  Until today, Release 12 was only certified with 10.2.0.2.  If you wanted to upgrade your Release 11i environment to Release 12, the certified databases levels would have been mismatched. 

As of today, Applications 11i environments on the 10.2.0.3 database may now be upgraded to Applications 12.

Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • Microsoft Windows x86
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX
  • HP-UX Itanium
Certifications for additional platforms such as Linux Itanium, Sun Solaris x64, Microsoft Windows Itanium, Microsoft Windows x64, IBM zSeries Linux, and Linux on Power will follow.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements for these certifications.

For More Information

You can obtain the 10gR2 (10.2.0.3) patch set here:
The documentation for upgrading your E-Business Suite Release 12 environment to 10.2.0.3 is here:
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Thursday Aug 09, 2007

Apps Management Pack for AIX and Linux x86-64 Now Available

For those of you waiting for the latest version of the Applications Management Pack for the E-Business Suite
to be ported to your operating system, some good news:  it's now available for two additional platforms:  IBM AIX and Linux x86-64.

Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

The Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Oracle Enterprise Manager 10gR3 Grid Control to help monitor and manage
Applications environments.  This latest version can be used to manage the following environments:
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and higher
  • E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 with ATG RUP 4 or higher
This release is now available on:
  • Linux
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris
  • IBM AIX
Support for additional platforms is underway.

Free downloads for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control are available, but it's important to note that the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is a separately licensed product.  In a bit of a departure from its previous release vehicle, the Application Management Pack is now available for download from Metalink:

Thursday May 24, 2007

Virtualization and the E-Business Suite, Redux

Operating system vendors such as Hewlett Packard, IBM and Sun are increasingly promoting the use of their own virtualization solutions for reasons primarily related to the need for IT consolidation and better hardware utilization.

For instance, Solaris Containers is a feature of Solaris 10 that allows partitioning of an existing operating system into separate virtual hosts:

Sun Solaris Containers:

IBM promotes the use of its Dynamic Logical Partitioning (LPAR) technology that enables the virtualization of hardware resources which can be shared by multiple operating systems:

IBM LPAR overview:

HP's virtualization solution -- Virtual Server Environment -- includes various technologies such as nPartitions, vPars and Integrity VM that allow running multiple instances of HP-UX on the same server:

HP Virtual Server Environment:

Additionally other vendor-neutral solutions such as VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server, and Citrix allow different operating systems to run as guest operating systems on a single physical machine.  I've briefly discussed our support for these types of virtualization solutions in a previous article, with a special case for E-Business Suite client/server modules which make direct connections to the E-Business Suite database.

The use of operating system vendors' virtualization technologies to host E-Business Suite falls under the same 'not explicitly certified, but supported' category. These technologies are covered by Oracle's standard policy for third-party product support
  • Oracle will triage and attempt to diagnose issues reported for these configurations. 
  • Specific problems isolated to virtualization software that cannot be reproduced in standard Oracle environments -- i.e. environments without virtualization software -- may need to be referred to the third-party vendor for advanced debugging and resolution.
Use in Production Environments

If you plan to use virtualization software for your application and database servers in a production environment, the usual advice applies:  conduct thorough functional tests, perform peak load-testing, and have detailed fallback plans in case of issues with production environments.

References

Friday May 04, 2007

Understanding J2SE 1.3 End-of-Life Implications for Apps 11i

Sun and Hewlett-Packard have completed their End-of-Life processes for Java 2 SDK Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.3, and IBM will be doing so later this year.  If your E-Business Suite environment is still on that Java release, there are some important support implications that you should consider.

"Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow"

With apologies to the immortal Bard, I know that some of you may feel the same way about parting with J2SE 1.3.  Here are the published End-of-Life dates from three key J2SE vendors:

"End-of-Life" is a Euphemism

All three of the key vendors listed above -- Sun, HP, and IBM -- strongly recommend that you upgrade your environment to their latest supported J2SE release. 

Here's an insider's tip:  software vendors really prefer to avoid terms like "desupport" and "mandatory upgrade" since they conjure up uncomfortable images of shivering customers left out in the cold.  So, they abjure those terms for more-innocuous phrases like "end-of-life" and "strongly recommend." 

However, don't be fooled by the seemingly-innocent nature of those euphemisms.  Wherever you see those phrases anywhere on a vendor's site (including this one), you should really pay attention. 

It's extremely painful and costly to support very old software releases.  For example, here at Oracle, we maintain thousands of E-Business Suite environments.  These environments run on J2SE 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 (5.0), and 1.6 (6.0).  At some point, older environments are decommissioned, making it very difficult for us to validate issues reported on old releases.

At some point, a vendor's ability to reproduce or even investigate issues with obsolete releases dwindles asymptotically to zero.  So, if a vendor strongly encourages you to upgrade, they're dead serious.

Implications for E-Business Suite Release 11i Users

With those basics out of the way, here are the implications if your Apps 11i environment is running on servers with J2SE 1.3:
  1. 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 1.3.  It is extremely unlikely that we will issue new Apps patches for new compatibility issues identified with the E-Business Suite and J2SE 1.3.
  2. Issues isolated to J2SE 1.3 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 1.3 directly from them.
  3. Issues that can't be reproduced in E-Business Suite environments running on J2SE 1.4 or 1.5 (5.0) will likely result in a recommendation to upgrade to those later releases.
  4. Oracle will continue to support JInitiator 1.3.x for Apps 11i users.  Sun's desupport of J2SE 1.3 doesn't affect Oracle's JInitiator 1.3 support policies.
A Well-Trodden Path

Many Apps 11i customers have already upgraded to J2SE 1.5 (5.0) successfully, and we strongly recommend this release.  This latest release has many significant improvements in memory management, garbage collection, performance optimization, and monitoring and tuning capabilities.  For details on upgrading your E-Business Suite environment to J2SE 1.5 (5.0), see:
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Monday Feb 26, 2007

Mixed Platform Architectures for Release 12

Editor Mar 15 Update:  There are a number of mixed platform architectures that are supported for Release 12 today, although certification of additional platforms is still pending.  More details added below.

Editor Update:  It turns out that our official nomenclature for these types of configurations has evolved between releases.  In Release 11i, these were called "split configurations."  In Release 12, these are now called "mixed platform architectures."


Here's a quick update for those of you who might be interested in "mixed platform architectures," where the E-Business Suite's database and application servers are deployed on different operating system platforms. 


Itanium Chip:

R12 Fully Certified Platforms

As of March 15, 2007, the following are the fully certified platforms (application and database tiers) for the E-Business Suite Release 12. See Oracle Certify for exact versions and platforms certified with E-Business Suite:
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX
  • Linux x86 and x86-64 (32-bit OS)
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit OS)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Sun Solaris Operating System (SPARC)
These platforms can be mixed together, i.e. the database tier can use any one of these platforms, and the application tier can use any one of these platforms.  So, this would be a certified combination:  database tier on HP-UX Itanium, and application tier on Linux x86-64 (32-bit OS).

Not Certified Yet... For Use on the Database Tier Only

Certifications for the following additional platforms are underway for the database tier only:
  • IBM System z Linux
  • Linux Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium
In other words, you can't use any of these four operating system platforms for your database tier yet, but these certifications are forthcoming.  When they're certified, you'll be able to deploy any of these four platforms on your database tier only.  At that time, you will be able to mix any of these four database tiers with application tiers running on any of the existing fully certified platforms in the first list.

The certifications of the four database tier only platforms are underway now, and are expected to be released in conjunction with the R12 certification for the 10.2.0.3 Database.  Firm schedules aren't available yet, but feel free to monitor or subscribe to this site for updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

Still Confused?

Don't worry -- you're not the only one.  As you can infer from the changes to this article, we've been working through the nomenclature around these mixed platform architectures ourselves.  If you're still struggling to get a handle on this, either log a Service Request or contact your Oracle account manager to get some help with your specific target platform architecture.

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Tuesday Nov 28, 2006

9.2.0.8 Database Certified with Release 11i

One of the nice things about coming back from vacation is seeing what's been accomplished while one's been away.  This always suggests to me that I should buck the trend and take longer and more frequent vacations. 


While I was out for Thanksgiving, our certification team released another database certification for the 9iR2 line.  The latest 9.2.0.8 Database has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i.  You can upgrade your 9i database to the latest 9.2.0.8 database level if you are on E-Business Suite Release 11.5.7 or higher.

The interoperability patch for this configuration is now available for the following platforms:
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 2.1, RHEL 3.0, Enterprise Linux 4.0, RHEL 4.0, SLES 8, SLES 9)
  • Sun Sparc Solaris (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX
  • Linux x86-64
  • Linux Itanium
  • HP-UX Itanium
Certifications for these platforms are still underway:
  • Windows x86
  • Windows Itanium
  • HP Tru64
Full installation instructions can be found in:

Monday Jun 19, 2006

Latest 10gR1 Database Certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i

This certification isn't exactly hot off the presses, but it's still fresh enough to consider as a new certification in the last couple of months.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Screenshot:

The 10gR1 Database has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i for a while now.  The latest 10gR1 Database version 10.1.0.5 is now certified for Apps.  This certification also includes the use of Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Automatic Storage Management (ASM) configurations.

The first certified platforms are Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3.0 and 4.0, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 and 9), Microsoft Windows x86, Sun Sparc Solaris (64-bit) , HP-UX PA-RISC, and IBM AIX.  These certifications are available now.

Additional platforms, including HP Tru64, Linux Itanium, Linux x86-64, HP-UX Itanium, Windows Itanium, and Microsoft Windows x64 are coming very soon.

For complete details about upgrading your E-Business Suite to the latest 10gR1 release, see:
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Monday May 22, 2006

64-bit Support for the E-Business Suite

[Oct 15, 2007 Update:  Added 64-bit platforms certified for Release 12]

[Sep 15, 2006 Update:  Clarified minimum requirements for 9iR2 and 10gR1 configurations.]

[May 24, 2006 Update:  This post has been revised with a clearer explanation of our certified configurations for 64-bit platforms.]

Here's a certification question that seems to recur in waves corresponding to hardware vendor announcements, namely, "Does the E-Business Suite work on 64-bit platforms?"

Itanium Chip:

The short answer is, "Yes, in a number of different configurations."

The following are the platforms supported for the application tier and the database tier of E-Business Suite Release 11i:
  • HP-UX PA RISC (64-bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX (64-bit)
  • HP Tru64 UNIX (64-bit)
  • Windows x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
The following are the platforms supported for the application tier and the database tier of E-Business Suite Release 12:
  • HP-UX PA RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium (64-bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX (64-bit)
  • Windows x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
Supported via "Split Configurations"

In Release 11i, we certify and support a split configuration, where:
  • The database tier runs on a platform not supported for the application tier
  • The application server tier runs on one of the six platforms listed above
For the 9i Release 2 database (9iR2) and the 10g Release 1 database (10gR1), we support the following additional 64-bit platforms on the database tier in a split configuration for Release 11i:
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Linux Itanium
  • Linux x86-64
  • Windows Server 2003 Itanium
9iR2 split configurations require the E-Business Suite Release 11.5.8 at minimum, and 10gR1 split configurations require 11.5.9 CU2 at minimum.

What About the 10gR2 Database?

[Editor Sep 15 Update:  For a discussion about the latest 10gR2 split configurations, see 10gR2 Database Split Configurations for Release 11i]

How About the Application Server Tier?

Application tier support on HP-UX Itanium as well as Linux x64 is planned for Release 12, and is being evaluated, but is not yet committed or planned, for Linux Itanium, Windows Itanium, and Windows x64.  Support for Sun Solaris SPARC, HP-UX PA RISC, and IBM AIX (all 64-bit) will be continued.

References

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Monday Apr 17, 2006

10gR2 Database Certified with the E-Business Suite


It's been a longer road than we anticipated, but our team has completed the highly-anticipated 10gR2 Database (10.2.0.2) certification with the E-Business Suite.  This certification also includes the use of Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Automatic Storage Management (ASM) configurations.

The first certified platforms are Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3.0 and 4.0, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 and 9), Microsoft Windows x86, Sun Sparc Solaris, HP-UX PA-RISC, and IBM AIX.  These certifications are available now.

Additional platforms, including HP Tru64, Linux Itanium, Linux x64, HP-UX Itanium, Windows Itanium, and Microsoft Windows x64 are coming very soon.

For complete details about upgrading your E-Business Suite to 10gR2, see:
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