Friday Dec 04, 2015

Reminder: Upgrade to IE 11 Before January 12, 2016

Microsoft IE LogoMicrosoft has published this reminder to all customers:

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports (sic) and security updates. Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

What does this mean for EBS users?

This notice applies to all Oracle E-Business Suite users.  After January 12, 2016, Oracle will no longer certify older versions of IE with any updates to Oracle E-Business Suite, including EBS releases 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

All EBS customers must follow Microsoft's guidance and upgrade to IE 11. See:

What are the EBS support implications of staying on an older IE version?

You will continue to have access to existing EBS patches and documentation for older IE releases via My Oracle Support.

Oracle may attempt to assist with questions about older IE releases.  Oracle's ability to assist may be limited by lack of access to desktops running those older releases.

Oracle will issue new patches only for issues that can be reproduced on IE 11.

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Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.2

I'm pleased to announce the recent certification of Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2  with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.  You can use Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 to create a Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 environments.  A Physical Standby Database is a key component for a disaster recovery site for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Detailed steps for setting up a 12.1.0.2 Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 are provided here:

Oracle E-Business Suite Data Guard Certifications

The following matrix provides an overview of what's currently certified and what's planned for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1.3 and Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 and 11.2.0.4:


Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Certified*, MOS Note 1963472.1
Certified*, MOS Note 1491855.1
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Certified*, MOS Note 1900663.1 Certified, MOS Note 1070033.1

*For single node databases only.  Certification with RAC configurations is pending.

Note:  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog.

How to Find the Latest Certification Information

This blog is great for announcing certifications as they happen, but for ongoing updates and the latest information on certifications, your single source of truth is the Certifications tab in My Oracle Support.  From the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support, you can search for certified combinations of products with specific Oracle E-Business Suite versions.  For example:

Step 1.  Log in to My Oracle Support

Step 2. Click on the Certifications tab

Step 3.  Add your search criteria.  For example:  Add Oracle E-Business Suite to the Product List, add Release 12.2.4 to the Release List and optionally add your platform to the Platform List.

Step 4.Click Check certifications with another product

Step 5.  Add Data Guard to the Product List and optionally add the version to the Release List

The above search will list all versions of data guard currently certified as shown in the following screenshot:


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Thursday Jul 02, 2015

Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.1.3

I'm pleased to announce the certification of Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3.  Certification with Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2 provides you the ability to create a Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 environments.  The creation of a Physical Standby Database is a key component of creating a disaster recovery site for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Detailed steps for setting up a 12.1.0.2 Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

Oracle E-Business Suite Data Guard Certifications

The following matrix provides an overview of what's currently certified and what's planned for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 and 12.2 and Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 and 12.1.0.2:


Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 Oracle Data Guard 12.1.0.2
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Certified, MOS Note 1070033.1 Certified*, MOS Note 1900663.1
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Certified*, MOS Note 1491855.1 Pending Certification**

*For single node databases only.  Certification with RAC configurations is pending .

**Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog.

How to Find the Latest Certification Information

This blog is great for announcing certifications as they happen, but for ongoing updates and the latest information on certifications, your single source of truth is the Certifications tab in My Oracle Support.  From the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support, you can search for certified combinations of products with specific Oracle E-Business Suite versions.  For example:

Step 1.  Log in to My Oracle Support

Step 2. Click on the Certifications tab

Step 3.  Add your search criteria.  For example:  Add Oracle E-Business Suite to the Product List, add Release 12.1.3 to the Release List and optionally add your platform to the Platform List.

Step 4.Click Check certifications with another product

Step 5.  Add Data Guard to the Product List and optionally add the version to the Release List

The above search will list all versions of data guard currently certified as shown in the following screenshot:


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Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

Database Migration Using 12cR1 Transportable Tablespaces Now Certified for EBS 12.1.3

As a follow up to a prior announcement, database migration across platforms of different "endian" or byte ordering formats using the Transportable Tablespaces (TTS) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release R12 (12.1.3) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0) as both the source and target database. The previous announcement covered the use of 11gR2 as the source and 12cR1 as the target database.

Furthermore, this TTS migration process uses the new 12c feature of full transportable export/import to move the entire database to further speed up the migration process. Also, users have the option to use cross platform incremental backup, a way to minimize database downtime and data transfer times.

This migration process requires a patch delivered by EBS Development that is 'Controlled', i.e. it requires a password obtainable through Oracle Support subject to approval. We released the required patch in this manner to assess suitability, potentially monitor customer issues due to the nature of this technology and to gauge uptake.

 The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using sqlplus (connected as sysdba):

    SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

Here's a list of relevant platforms certified for the EBS R12 with 12cR1 on the database tier:

 Big Endian Platforms
 Little Endian Platforms
 Oracle Solaris on SPARC
 Linux x86-64
 HP-UX Itanium
 Oracle Solaris on x86-64
 IBM AIX on Power Systems
 MS Windows x64

For more information, please review the following:

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Monday Mar 04, 2013

Postpone IE 10 Upgrades Until E-Business Suite Certification

New IE logo

[Aug. 9, 2013 update: IE 10 is now certified with EBS]

[May 3, 2013 update: Added EBS version numbers]

Microsoft has recently announced their plans to automatically update IE 8 or IE 9 on Windows 7 desktops to IE 10; see:

Microsoft states:

Distribution of Internet Explorer 10 by Automatic Updates will begin slowly and take several months to complete.

We're still certifying Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0, and 12.1. We expect IE 10 to work with few issues, but it is always prudent to ensure that your mission-critical desktops remain on an earlier certified IE version until this certification is completed.  You can block automatic updates by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 Blocker Toolkit:

When will IE10 be certified with EBS?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   

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