Thursday Feb 07, 2013

Webcast Replay Available: Minimizing E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes

If you missed this webcast, you should make plans to listen to the recording of our latest Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes session by Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager. All EBS sysadmins would benefit from this webcast, regardless of whether you're a new DBA or not. This new 2011 recording covers new material since its original broadcast in 2011.

The replay is available here:

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instances. It is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.

Phases of EBS patching

This session covers best practices, tools, utilities, and tasks to help you minimize maintenance downtimes during the four key maintenance phases:

  • Pre-Patching: Reviewing the list of patches and analyzing their impact
  • Patching Trials: Testing the patch prior to actual production deployment
  • Patch Deployment: Applying patching to your system
  • Post Patching Analysis: Validating the patch application


Thursday Nov 29, 2012

ATG Live Webcast Dec. 6th: Minimizing EBS Maintenance Downtimes

This webcast provides an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instances. It is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.

Phases of EBS patching

This session, led by Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager, will cover best practices, tools, utilities, and tasks to minimize your maintenance downtimes during the four key maintenance phases. Topics will include:

  • Create a Maintenance Strategy
  • Find the Updates You Need
  • Use the Right Tools and Features
  • Create a Deployment Strategy
  • Summarize Key Concepts
  • Review a Case Study
  • Preview EBS Release 12.2 Online Patching

Date:                Thursday, December 6, 2012
Time:               8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager
                         Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              103200

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  595757500

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

Friday May 04, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: May 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here is a summary of our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for May 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.5.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.6.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.6 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_32 or later 1.6 updates.

  11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 10.

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Monday Apr 16, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 4)

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 4) (Presentation)
Screenshot of Network Test page within E-Business Suite 12.1

Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press discussed network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy covered tuning the client and tuning the network. He shared real-life examples of network performance, and showed you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network (March 2012).

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

Whitepaper Update: Planning Your E-Business Suite 11i Upgrade to R12.1 (Third Edition)

[Editor:  This guest article has been contributed by Anne Carlson]

Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i ended in November 2010. Extended Support fees for EBS 11i have been waived for all three years, and you should now be using this time to plan your upgrade to EBS 12.1.3. 

I've released the third edition of our popular whitepaper to help you plan your upgrade:

The third edition of this whitepaper still features the latest Release 12 upgrade planning advice from Oracle's Support, Consulting, Development and IT organizations.  In addition to the latest tips and best practices from these organizations, this edition includes new upgrade-related insights from your fellow customers, as well as additional guidance for EBS 12.1.3 and later.

The paper is directed at IT professionals who are planning, managing, or running a Release 12.1 upgrade project.  It provides updated advice on:

  • How to establish your target release
  • How to decide between an upgrade and a reimplementation
  • How to minimize upgrade downtimes
  • Tips on combining your upgrade with a platform migration or footprint expansion
  • Move custom reports to strategic reporting solutions
  • Prepare for Process Manufacturing Inventory Convergence

Your feedback is welcome

To suggest other upgrade planning topics that you would like to see addressed, please leave a comment or send an email to:

Anne Carlson email address

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Friday Feb 24, 2012

Identifying Recommended Patches for E-Business Suite Environments

A question that is frequently posed by E-Business Suite sysadmins is – “What patches should I apply to my environment?”   

There are three ways to get a list of recommended patches for your EBS environment:

  1. EBS 11i and 12:  Use the E-Business Suite Patch Wizard
  2. EBS 12 only:  Search using the My Oracle Support "Patch Search" feature
  3. EBS 11i and 12:  Search using the My Oracle Support "Recommended Patch Lists" shortcuts

To learn more about all three options, see:

Option 1: Use the EBS Patch Wizard (recommended)

Within Patch Wizard is the Recommend/Analyze Patches function which will create a list or recommended patches.  To use this feature in Patch Wizard, first login to your Oracle E-Business Suite environment with a user that has the System Administrator responsibility.  Then, navigate to System Administrator > Oracle Applications Manager >Patch Wizard. 

NOTE:  If you are not familiar with the Patch Wizard utility, you should learn more about it.  The tool is provided with your EBS environment as part of Oracle Applications Manager.  It requires no additional installations to use. 

You must first configure the Patch Wizard Preferences with a valid My Oracle Support account.  This configuration is a one time setup step.  Additional details regarding Patch Wizard and the initial configuration requirements are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

Once the initial configuration for Patch Wizard is complete, locate the Patch Recommendations Requests section in Patch Wizard as shown in the following figure.

Click on the Tasks button for Recommend/Analyze Patches After selecting the patch filter per your requirements, click OK and confirm the execution of the Recommended Patches request.  The output will display a list of recommended E-Business Suite patches with a status of Applied/Unapplied .

For additional details, please refer to Method 1 - Patch Wizard (EBS Support Recommended) section in the following My Oracle Support Document:

Option 2: Search My Oracle Support for EBS R12 patches

Another option for finding recommended patches is using the Patch Classification available from My Oracle Support.  First, login to My Oracle Support and go to the Patches & Updates tab as shown here:


In the Patch Search region, click on Product or Family (Advanced) as shown in the following figure:


Enter the Product, Release, Platform.  Then add Classifications by clicking the plus button as shown in the following figure:

Within Classification, check both Critical and Other Recommendations as shown in the following figure:


Now execute the search by clicking the Search button.  The search results will be then be displayed.  In the search results, the Classification column will indicate if the patch was Critical or Recommended.

For additional details, please refer to Method 2 - Patch Classification Search section in the following My Oracle Support Document:

Option 3: My Oracle Support "Recommended Patch List" shortcuts

At present, there are a couple of functional enhancements in the My Oracle Support development pipeline for Option 2, above.  These are being worked on right now; stay tuned to this blog for updates. 

Until those enhancements are delivered, Option 3 is a tried-and-true method for getting a web-based listing of recommended patches.  The following links on My Oracle Support provide a listing of recommended patches for an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or R11i environment. 

First: login to My Oracle Support.  Once logged in, navigate to the Patches & Updates tab. Navigate to the Patching Quick Links region.  This region contains links to Recommended R12 Patches and Recommended R11i Patches:


After clicking one of the recommended patches links for either R12 or R11i, you have the ability to enter additional search criteria to narrow the results of the recommended patch list.  Search criteria include:

  • Maintenance Release,
  • Product or Product Family,
  • Platform or Language and
  • Updated in last “X” Days, Weeks or Months. 

The search criteria for an R12 environment are displayed in the following screen shot:

For additional details, please refer to Method 3 - Legacy Search for Recommended Patches section in the following My Oracle Support Document:

A customer's views

It's sometimes interesting to hear from other members of the EBS DBA community who are wrestling with the same questions.  Check out the following articles by Barb Matthews (non-Oracle author):

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Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: January 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here is a summary of our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for January 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.5.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g or upgrade to Portal 11g.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_30 or higher.

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Monday Oct 31, 2011

ATG Live Webcast: Minimizing Oracle E-Business Suite Maintenance Downtimes

[Nov. 16, 2011 Update: The recording of this session is now available.  For details, see our Training Summary]

I am pleased to announce our next ATG Live Webcast, scheduled for Thursday, 17-Nov-2011. The event is titled:

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instance(s). It is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.

Phases of EBS patching

This session, led by Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager, provides you with recommendations, covering best practices, tools, utilities, and tasks to help you minimize maintenance downtimes during the four key maintenance phases. This session will cover:

  • Pre-Patching: Reviewing the list of patches and analyzing their impact
  • Patching Trials: Testing the patch prior to actual production deployment
  • Patch Deployment: Applying patching to your system
  • Post Patching Analysis: Validating the patch application

Date:              Thursday, November 17, 2011
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:       Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager
                        Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:

Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:        877-697-8128
International Participant Dial-In Number:  706-634-9568
Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:    
Dial-In Passcode:                                            98269

To see the presentation:

The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
Meeting Number:  595083319

If you miss the webcast

Don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com. 

Thursday Oct 27, 2011

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: October 2011 Edition

One of the important things I learned from customers at this year's OpenWorld conference is that you can use help in sorting out priorities for upgrade projects. I've previously published advice on the priorities for patching EBS environments.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

I'll start publishing concise upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite environments and technology stack components on a quarterly basis.  These recommendations will be based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for October 2011

1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, and should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline now,

2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, and should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline now,

3. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2.

Note: As of this article's publication, 11.2.0.2 is the latest certified database release; watch this blog for our imminent 11.2.0.3 certification.

4. Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager.

5. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g.

6. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

7. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g or upgrade to Portal 11g.

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