Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Java JRE 1.6.0_75 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_75 (a.k.a. JRE 6u75-b13) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

What's new in in this Java release?

Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here:

Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Deploying JRE documentation for your EBS release for details.

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22.

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

References

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Java JRE 1.7.0_55 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u55 (a.k.a. JRE 7u55-b13) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

What's new in JRE 1.7.0_55?

JRE 1.7.0_55 is a security-related CPU release.  It is strongly recommended that all customers upgrade to this release.  Details about update in this release are listed in the release notes.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 are documented in these Notes:

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

JRE 1.7.0_55 is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

References

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Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: April 2014 Edition

We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  This article will help you understand your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components.

The following 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, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for April 2014

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline.

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.1

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.7.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.7 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_75 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_55 or later 1.7 updates.

  11. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 users must sign their environment's JAR files now.

  12. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 24.

  13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the latest Critical Patch Update.

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Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

I'm very happy to announce the certification of Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. 

To begin planning your database upgrade to 11.2.0.4, you should review our documentation in this order:

  1. Interoperability Notes: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (Note 1623879.1) 

  2. R12.2 Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes (Note 1594274.1) .  The interoperability note references this note.  It is crucial that you review all requirements in Section 2.2, "Database 11.2.0.4 Patches and Bug Numbers" of this note.

  3. Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 396009.1).  Make certain that you review Section 4, "Release-Specific Database Initialization Parameters For Oracle 11gR2" and Section 6, "Additional Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2".

What does this mean if you are upgrading to R12.2?

  • This upgrade is highly recommended for all EBS 12.2 environments.

  • If you are just beginning your upgrade to R12.2 project, you should consider upgrading to Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 now. 

  • If your are currently in the midst of your R12.2 upgrade, you may continue as planned with Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and upgrade to 11.2.0.4 as your R12.2 upgrade project and test plans permit.

  • If your go-live date is soon, you may choose to continue as planned with Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and upgrade to 11.2.0.4 after you go-live with 12.2.

It may be useful to review the the Oracle Database 11gR2 support policies and dates as part of your decision-making process:

Prerequisites

  • 12.2.2 and higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RH 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)  (10, 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -  Database tier only
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database features and options are certified:

Pending Database Feature and Option Certifications

  • Database Vault

About the pending certifications

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

References

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Friday Feb 14, 2014

Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i on Additional HP Platforms

HP logoAs a follow up to the prior announcements on November 20th 2013, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher) on the following additional platforms:

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.31)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)1

1 : This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i includes:
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption) using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12

References

Please also review the platform-specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.

Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2.2 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

I am happy to announce that Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 Patchset 2 (11.1.2.2.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) and 12 (12.0.6, 12.1.1+, 12.2.2+).  If you are implementing single sign-on for the first time, or are an existing Oracle Access Manager user, you may integrate with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 using Oracle Access Manager WebGate and Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate.

Choosing the Right Integration

Our previously published blog article and support note with single sign-on recommended and certified integration paths has been updated to include Oracle Access Manager 11gR2PS2:

References

You may refer to the following My Oracle Support Knowledge Documents for additional details regarding certified architectures and versions:

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    Friday Jan 17, 2014

    EBS 12.2 Certified with Database 11.2.0.3 for Additional "Database Tier-only" Platforms

    I am pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (12.2.2 or higher) is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 (11.2.0.3) for the Linux on IBM System z and Oracle Solaris on x86-64 platforms running on the database tier with the following OS versions:

    For Oracle Solaris on x86-64:

    • Oracle Solaris 10 on x86-64 (64-bit)
    • Oracle Solaris 11 on x86-64 (64-bit)

    For Linux on IBM System z:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

    The application tier of the E-Business Suite 12.2 is not certified with the above platforms, only the database tier; customers must run the application tier on fully certified platforms using the 12.2 software provided as part of our release (see 'Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Now Available').

    This announcement for E-Business Suite Release 12.2 includes the following (as well as other features and options):

    • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
    • Oracle Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
    • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
    • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
    • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
    • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
    • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Database Instances

    References

    Please also review the platform-specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.

    Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

    Java JRE 1.6.0_71 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    [Jan. 16, 2014 Update:  replaced Windows versions with a generic pointer to the underlying Notes]

    The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_71 (a.k.a. JRE 6u71-b12) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

    Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

    Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

    • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

    Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

    You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    What's new in in this Java release?

    Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here:

    Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Deploying JRE documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

    No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

    The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22.

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

    JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

    Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

    JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

    References

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      Java JRE 1.7.0_51 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

      Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u51 (a.k.a. JRE 7u51-b13) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

      Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

      Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

      • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
      • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
      • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

      All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

      Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

      You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

      New Features in JRE 1.7.0_51

      For a full list of new features included in this JRE release, see the JRE 1.7.0_51 Update Release Notes. Amongst other changes and features this includes:

      Changes to Security Slider
      • Self-Signed and Unsigned applets are now blocked on the default 'High' Security Setting. This setting also requires the inclusion of the 'permission' attribute.
      • For information on signing jar files with a 'Trusted Certificate', see Enhanced Jar Signing for Oracle E-Business Suite (Note 1591073.1)

      Exception Site List

      • The 'Exception Site List'  allows end users to control  their own application whitelist to by-pass a number of security rules. For example this would allow applications and sites to run even though they are using using self-signed certificates for example. For further information on this feature see the  Java SE Exception Site List document.

      32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

      This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

      Where are the official patch requirements documented?

      All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 are documented in these Notes:

      For EBS 11i:

      For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
      EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

      JRE 1.7.0_51 is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

      Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

      No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

      The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

      Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

      The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

      The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

      Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

      After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

      What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

      EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

      In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

      EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

      How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

      EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

      Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

      Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

      This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

      Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

      Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

      The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

      Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

      Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

      Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

      Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

      JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

      The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

      What do Mac users need?

      Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

      Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

      JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

      JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

      Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

      JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

      References

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      Monday Jan 13, 2014

      EBS Release 12 Certified with Mac OS X 10.9 with Safari 7 and JRE 7

      Apple logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 or higher) is now certified with the Safari 7 browser and the JRE 7 plugin on the following Apple Mac OS X desktop configuration:

      • Mac OS X 10.9 ("Mavericks" version 10.9.1 or higher)
      • Safari version 7 (7.0.1 or higher)
      • Oracle JRE 7 plugin (1.7.0_45 or higher)

      Users should review all relevant information along with other specific patching requirements and known limitations posted in the Notes listed below.

      References

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      Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

      Java (JDK) 7 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2 Servers

      Java logoOracle E-Business Suite 12.2 shipped with Java SE (JDK) 6 as part of its Rapid Install technology stack. 

      Java (JDK) 7 is now certified for EBS 12.2 application and database tier servers.  See:

      You can apply the Java 7 update on all tier nodes:

      • Java 6.0 either Oracle JRockit (JRockit) or Java SE Development Kit (JDK), on the application tier
      • 32-bit or 64-bit Java 6 for use by Oracle WebLogic Server 11.1.1.6.0 only
      • Non-WebLogic middle tier nodes using 32-bit Java version 6.0 only
      • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) version 6.0 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Oracle Forms and Reports services
      • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) version 6.0 on the database tier

      End-users can use either JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktop clients to run Forms-based products in EBS 12.2.

      Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

      The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

      The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state:

      Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

      After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

      What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

      EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

      In other words, nothing changed for EBS users after February 2013. 

      EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF).

      How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

      EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

      Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS Servers?

      No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

      Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

      No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 desktop clients can connect to EBS 12.2 environments running JDK 7.

      JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

      Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

      The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

      Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290801.1 and 393931.1.

      Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

      Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

      Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

      JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

      The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

      Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

      No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 to the end of June 2017.

      Summary of EBS Certifications

      There is a one-page summary of all of the latest E-Business Suite techstack certifications here:

      • http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/resource/certifications.html

      This listing summarizes the official CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support.  The CERTIFY database is the official and authoritative reference for all E-Business Suite certifications.

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      Friday Dec 06, 2013

      11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite on 11 New Platforms

      As a follow up to our prior announcements, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following additional platforms:

      EBS Release 12.1 (12.1.1 or higher):

      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
      • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.1)
      EBS Release 12.0 (12.0.4 or higher):
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
      • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.12)

      EBS Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher):

      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 111)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)

      1 : This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
      2 : Certified for 12.0.6

      This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and 11i includes:
      • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
      • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
      • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
      • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption) using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
      • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
      • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
      • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
      • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12
      Where can I find more information?

      Please also review the platform-specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.

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      Monday Dec 02, 2013

      Office 2010 64-bit Certified with EBS 12

      Office 2010 logoMicrosoft Office 2010 64-bit is now certified with EBS 12.0.6, 12.1.3, and 12.2 with desktop clients using the following configurations:

      The 32-bit equivalents are already certified; details are available here.

      Are any patches required?

      You must apply server-side patches to EBS 12.0.6 and 12.1.3 environments.  Additional server-side patches are not required for EBS 12.2.x.  All required interop patches are documented here:

      What about EBS 11i?

      There are no plans for this certification in E-Business Suite 11i.  This certification primarily affects Web Application Desktop Integrator (a.k.a. WebADI, BNE) and Report Manager (FRM) integration with a 64-bit desktop client configuration.  Architectural constraints in the EBS 11i versions of these components make these certifications infeasible.

      What EBS products are covered by this certification?

      The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

      Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today.

      Examples of available integrations include:

      • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
      • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
      • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
      • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word

      Which Office versions are certified?

      We explicitly tested Microsoft Office 2010 64-bit Professional Edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that our certification tests also apply to the 64-bit equivalents, if available, to the following editions:

      • Home and Student Edition
      • Home and Business Edition
      • Standard Edition
      • Professional Academic Edition
      • Professional Plus Edition
      We have no plans to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:
      • Office Web Apps
      • Starter Edition
      • Mac Edition
      • Office Mobile
      I would not expect the results of our certification with Office 2010 Professional Edition to apply to the four editions above.

      How are these integrations supported?

      You can log Service Requests against the E-Business Suite product that you're trying to integrate with Microsoft Office. 

      For example, you might be trying to take advantage of CRM Marketing (AMS) 12.1.2's integration with Excel 2010.  To get support, you can log an SR against CRM Marketing directly. 

      The Support team for that product will help you diagnose and resolve the problem.  If the issue is isolated to a Microsoft product, then it may be necessary to log a corresponding support ticket with Microsoft, as well.

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      Friday Nov 22, 2013

      EBS 11i Certified with DB 11gR2 for Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC

      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 (11.2.0.3) for Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC running on the database tier only.

      The application tier of E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is not certified with Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC.  Customers must run the application tier on a different OS such as Oracle Solaris 10 on SPARC.

      With this certification, EBS 11i customers can run their 11gR2 Databases on the SPARC Supercluster with Solaris 11 and use various engineered system performance optimizations:

      • Exadata storage cells
      • Infiniband technology
      • On-chip encryption
      • Memory improvements
      • Kernel-level acceleration of features such as Real Application Clusters (RAC)

      This announcement for E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) includes the following database options and features:

      • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Oracle Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Oracle Database Data Guard 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
      • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Database Instances
      • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

      Updates to certification data in My Oracle Support (http://support.oracle.com) are in progress - please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

      Where can I find more information ?

      Please also review the Oracle Database Installation Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Oracle Solaris for operating system and other prerequisites.

      Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

      Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: November 2013 Edition

      We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  This article will help you understand your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components.

      The following 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, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases. 

      Upgrade Recommendations for November 2013

      1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline.

      2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

      3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.

      4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.1

      5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0.

      6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0.

      7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.7.

      8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

      9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.7 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_65 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_45 or later 1.7 updates.

      11. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 users must sign their environment's JAR files now.

      12. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 24.

      13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the latest Critical Patch Update.

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        Thursday Nov 14, 2013

        Firefox ESR 24 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

        Firefox ESR logoMozilla Firefox 24 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

        What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

        Mozilla has begun offering an Extended Support Release based on an official release of Firefox for organizations that are unable to mass-deploy new consumer-oriented versions of Firefox every six weeks.  From the Mozilla ESR FAQ:

        What does the Mozilla Firefox ESR life cycle look like?

        Releases will be maintained for approximately one year, with point releases containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases. The ESR will also have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of a new release and the end-of-life of the previous release to permit testing and certification prior to deploying a new version.

        Firefox ESR schedule

        Maintenance of each ESR, through point releases, is limited to high-risk/high-impact security vulnerabilities and in rare cases may also include off-schedule releases that address live security vulnerabilities. Backports of any functional enhancements and/or stability fixes are not in scope.

        At the end of the support period for an ESR version:

        • the release will reach its end-of-life
        • no further updates will be offered for that version
        • an update to the next version will be offered through the application update service

        E-Business Suite to be certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases

        New personal versions of Firefox are released roughly every six weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal versions of Firefox with the Oracle E-Business Suite because a given Firefox release is generally obsolete by the time we complete the certification.

        From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions. Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases with the E-Business Suite.

        As of this announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with Firefox ESR 10, 17, and 24.

        EBS patching policy for Firefox compatibility issues

        Mozilla stresses their goal of ensuring that Firefox personal versions will continue to offer the same level of application compatibility as Firefox Extended Support Releases. 

        Oracle E-Business Suite Development will issue new E-Business Suite patches or workarounds that can be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases.  If you report compatibility issues with Firefox personal releases that cannot be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases, your options are:

        1. Deploy a certified Firefox Extended Support Release version instead of the Firefox personal version
        2. Report the incompatibility between Firefox ESR and Firefox personal to Mozilla
        3. Use Internet Explorer (on Windows) or Safari (on Mac OS X) until Mozilla resolves the issue
        EBS Compatibility with Firefox ESR security updates

        Mozilla may release new updates to Firefox ESR versions to address high-risk/high-impact security issues.  These updates are considered to be certified with the E-Business Suite on the day that they're released.  You do not need to wait for a certification from Oracle before deploying these new Firefox ESR security updates.

        E-Business Suite Prerequisites

        EBS 11i
        • Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 
        • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
        • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher
        • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
        • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
        EBS R12.0.x
        • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or higher
        • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
        • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
        EBS 12.1.x:
        • Base release

        EBS 12.2.x:

        • Base release

        Certified desktop operating systems

        • Windows 8
        • Windows 7 SP1
        • Windows Vista SP2
        • Windows XP SP3

        References

        Your feedback is welcome

        I'd be very interested in hearing about your plans for adopting Firefox Extended Support Releases in your environments.  Please drop me a private email or post your comments here with your thoughts on this.

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        Wednesday Nov 13, 2013

        E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2 for Enterprise Manager 12c Now Available

        [Nov. 14, 2013 update: corrected "Getting Started" Note number]

        Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2.0 is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2 is part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

        This latest plug-in extends EM 12c Cloud Control with E-Business Suite specific system management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.

        The Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite includes:

        • Functionality that was available in the previously-standalone Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite
        • Oracle Real User Experience Insight
        • Oracle Configuration & Compliance capabilities 

        Licensing information 

        A license for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control is required to use this product. There is an additional licensing cost for the Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.  A license for the Application Management Suite includes licenses for the E-Business Suite Plug-in, Oracle Real User Experience Insight, and Oracle Configuration & Compliance products.

        This is a Development blog, and we don't have the background to discuss licensing in more detail.  We'd recommend contacting your Oracle account manager for more information about licenses.

        Updates to product bundling

        Features that were previously available in the standalone management packs are now packaged in the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, which is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: 

        • Functionality previously available for Application Management Pack (AMP) is now classified as “System Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.
        • Functionality previously available for Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) is now classified as “Change Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.

        The Application Configuration Console and the Configuration Change Console are now native components of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

        EBS Plug-in 12 screenshot

        New enhancements in this release

        General
        • Support for managing E-Business Suite R12.2 technology stack including monitoring of Web Logic Server services.
        • New ADF pages that allow personalization of System Management home page and E-Business Suite landing page.
        • New landing page displays all available E-Business Suite targets, Compliance summary, least compliant targets, and related Incidents summary.
        • All tabs and links have been moved to drop down menus for easy navigation.

        Compliance Framework

        • Integrated with Enterprise Manager Compliance Framework and includes shipped Security Compliance Standards for Oracle E-Business Suite.
        Customization Manager
        • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Readiness Report: Customization Manager now includes an option to generate the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 customization readiness report for online patching directly from the UI. Customers who are currently on Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i, 12, or 12.1 can run this report to validate if their customizations are ready for Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2 online patching. Customers who are currently on Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i, 12.0, or 12.1 can run this report to validate if their customizations are ready for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 online patching.
        • Auto-correction of invalid custom applications
        • Support for source code branches and tags
        • Option to hide unused custom applications
        • "Create like" feature for file source mapping and Oracle E-Business Suite Mapping
        • Detailed status messages for packages
        • Option to download a consolidated log for package creation
        • New file type to support force upload of seed data LDT files
        Patch Manager
        • Simplified Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2 online patching deployment procedures.
        • New Patch Manager Dashboard allows patch management for all releases of Oracle E-Business Suite instances. Patch Manager dashboard provides a consolidated and personalizable view of all patching activities for all Oracle E-Business Suite instances.
        • Customers now can view all the AD worker log files without the need for command line operations.
        Setup Manager Installation & Upgrades
        • Customers currently running on Enterprise Manager 12c, can use Self Update to download and install AMP 12.1.0.2.0.
        • All others can download it here:
        • Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

        Prerequisites

        • Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
        • One or more of the following Oracle E-Business Suite Releases
          • Release 12.2.2
          • Release 12.1 with R12.ATG_PF.B.delta.3
          • Release 12.0.4 with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6
          • Release 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP6 or higher

        References

        Friday Oct 25, 2013

        WebCenter 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

        Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 tools used to create web sites and portals using service-oriented architecture (SOA).  Applications adapters are also available.

        WebCenter Development Framework

        WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  This complements our existing certifications of WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 with EBS 12.0 and 12.1WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.8.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 7. 

        Certified Platforms

        Oracle WebCenter Portal is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle WebCenter Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

        Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

        Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

        If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

        References

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        Thursday Oct 17, 2013

        Java JRE 1.7.0_45 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

        Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u45 (a.k.a. JRE 7u45-b18) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

        Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

        Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

        • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
        • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
        • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

        All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

        Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

        You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

        What's needed to enable EBS environments for JRE 7?

        EBS customers should ensure that they are running JRE 7u17, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.

        Of the compatibility issues identified with JRE 7, the most critical is an issue that prevents E-Business Suite Forms-based products from launching on Windows desktops that are running JRE 7. 

        Customers can prevent this issue -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers. 

        These patches are compatible with JRE 6 and 7, production ready, and fully-tested with the E-Business Suite.  These patches may be applied immediately to all E-Business Suite environments. All other Forms prerequisites documented in the Notes above should also be applied. 

        Where are the official patch requirements documented?

        All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 are documented in these Notes:

        For EBS 11i:

        For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
        EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

        JRE 1.7.0_45 is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

        Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

        No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

        The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

        Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

        The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

        The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

        Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

        After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

        What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

        EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

        In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

        EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

        How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

        EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

        Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

        Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

        This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

        Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

        Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

        The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

        Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

        Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

        Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

        Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

        JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

        The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

        What do Mac users need?

        Mac users running Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

        Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

        JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

        JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

        Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

        JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

        References

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        Java JRE 1.6.0_65 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

        The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_65 (a.k.a. JRE 6u65-b14) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

        Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

        Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

        • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
        • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
        • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

        All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

        Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

        You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

        What's new in in this Java release?

        Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here:

        Java logoBoth JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

        32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

        This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions.

        32-bit JREs are certified on:

        • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
        • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2)
        • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

        64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

        Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

        No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

        The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22.

        Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

        The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

        The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

        Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

        After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

        What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

        EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

        In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

        EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

          How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

          EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

          Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

          This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

          Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

          Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

          The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

          Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

          Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

          Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

          Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

          JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

          The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

          What do Mac users need?

          Mac users running Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

          EBS 12 certified with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 with Safari 6 and JRE 7

          Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

          JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

          JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

          Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

          JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

          References

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          Friday Sep 27, 2013

          Microsoft Windows 8 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

          Microsoft Windows 8 logoI'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 8 desktop clients are certified for the Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. This certification applies to the following editions:

          • Windows 8
          • Windows 8 Enterprise
          • Windows 8 N edition
          • Windows 8 Pro N edition
          • Windows 8 Pro Pack N edition
          Internet Explorer 10
          Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 Prerequisites
          • Oracle Applications 11.5.10.2
          • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
          • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
          • MLR Patch 8888184
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
          Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
          • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6
          • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
          • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
          Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
          • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates

          Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Prerequisites

          • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2 or higher
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
          Firefox ESR 17
          Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
          • Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.
          • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (note 125767.1)
          • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or later
          • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
          • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
          Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
          • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6
          • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
          • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
          • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
          Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
          • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 or higher
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
          Oracle JInitiator Not Compatible

          Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported and is not compatible with Windows 8, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 8.

          Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.

          Use the Native JRE plug-in

          Windows 8 desktop clients are certified only with the native Java Runtime Environment (JRE) with Windows 8. 

          Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline. 

          The minimum JRE prerequisites for Windows 8 are higher than in previous releases.  These are:

          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
          • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates

          We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

          You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops. This applies to all certified Windows desktop operating systems, including XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

          WebADI and Report Manager Users

          Running WebADI and Report Manager through Excel on Windows 8 has additional patch requirements. For further information see Document 1077728.1.

          What About Windows Hyper-V?

          End-users are able to run Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as client guest operating systems via Windows Hyper-V on a Win8 desktop client.

          We have no plans to conduct separate EBS certification efforts for Hyper-V guest client configurations running on Win8 clients.  Oracle Support will attempt to reproduce reported issues using non-virtualized WinXP, Vista, or 7 desktop clients.  Microsoft Support may to be engaged for any issues that can only be reproduced only in Hyper-V on Windows 8 desktops.

          What about other Windows 8 editions?

          We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:

          • Windows RT
          • Windows 8 tablet-oriented interface (formerly called Metro)
          I would not expect the results of our certification to apply to Windows RT.

          What About Earlier Versions of IE?

          Microsoft only supports IE 10 on Windows 8 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win8, so Oracle is only able to support IE10 on Windows 8 clients for the E-Business Suite.

          Pending Win8 Certifications

          BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew Languages)

          Due to issues with right side truncation, Windows 8 is not currently certified for BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew) languages. A patch fix for this issue is in progress.

          MS Projects

          Posting information between Oracle Projects and Microsoft Projects will currently error when running on Windows 8. A patch fix for this issue is in progress. For further information see Document 1077728.1 listed below.

          Client Server Products

          The majority of Client/Server products are either not currently certified or will not be certified on Windows 8. For further information see document 277535.1 listed below.

          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.    

          References

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          11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

          I’m pleased to announce that 11.2.0.4, the terminal patchset for the 11gR2 Database is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

          Database support implications may also be reviewed in the database patching and support article.


          Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

          Prerequisites
          • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher
          Certified Platforms
          • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
          • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
          • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
          • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
          • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
          • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10--Database-tier only)
          Pending Platform Certifications
          • Oracle Solaris on SPARC
          • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
          • IBM AIX on Power Systems
          • HP-UX Itanium
          • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
          • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
          • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
          • IBM: Linux on System z 
          Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 and higher
          Certified Platforms
          • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
          • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
          • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
          • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
          • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
          • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
          Pending Certifications
          • Oracle Solaris on SPARC 
          • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
          • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
          • HP-UX Itanium
          • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
          • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
          • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
          • IBM: Linux on System z
          Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 and higher
          Certified Platforms
          • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
          • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5, 6)
          • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
          • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
          • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5, 6)
          • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
          Pending Certifications
          • Oracle Solaris on SPARC 
          • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
          • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
          • HP-UX Itanium
          • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
          • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
          • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
          • IBM: Linux on System z
          Database Feature and Option Certifications
          The following database options and features are supported for use:
          About the pending certifications

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

          EBS 11i References
          EBS 12 References
          Related Articles
          The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

          12.1.0.1 Database Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

          (Feb 19, 2014 Update: Article has been updated to correctly reflect Active Data Guard and Data Guard as pending certifications.)

          I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.1, the base release for the 12c Database is now certified. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

          Database support implications may also be reviewed in the database patching and support article.


          Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

          Prerequisites
          • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 7 and higher
          Certified Platforms
          • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5) -- Database-tier only
          • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5) -- Database-tier only
          • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
          • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
          Pending Platform Certifications
          • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
          • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
          • HP-UX Itanium
          • IBM: Linux on System z 
          Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.6 and higher
          Certified Platforms
          • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5)
          • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5)
          • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
          • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
          Pending Platform Certifications
          • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
          • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
          • HP-UX Itanium
          • IBM: Linux on System z 
            Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher
            Certified Platforms
            • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
            • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
            • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
            • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
            • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -- Database-tier only
            Pending Platform Certifications
            • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
            • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
            • HP-UX Itanium
            • IBM: Linux on System z 
            Database Feature and Option Certifications
            The following database options and features are supported for use:

            Pending Feature/Option Certifications

            • Active Data Guard
            • Data Guard Redo Apply with Physical Standby Databases
            • Oracle Multitenant
            • Oracle Database Vault
            • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

            About the pending certifications

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

            EBS 11i References

            EBS 12 References
            Related Articles
            The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

            Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

            Java JRE 1.6.0_60 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

            The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_60 (a.k.a. JRE 6u60-b07) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.  

            All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

            Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

            You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

            What's new in Java 1.6.0_60?

            Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here:

            32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

            This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions.

            32-bit JREs are certified on:

            • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
            • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2)
            • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

            64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

            Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

            No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

            The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22.

            Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

            The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

            The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

            Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

            After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

            What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

            EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

            In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

            EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

            1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
            2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
            3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

            How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

            EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

            Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

            No. This upgrade is highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

            Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

            The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

            Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

            Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

            Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

            Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

            JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

            The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

            What do Mac users need?

            Mac users running Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

            EBS 12 certified with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 with Safari 6 and JRE 7

            Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

            No. This upgrade is recommended but optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

            JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

            Java (JDK) 7 Certified for E-Business Suite 12 Servers

            References

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            Java JRE 1.7.0_40 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

            Java logoJava Runtime Environment 7u40 (a.k.a. JRE 7u40-b43) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

            All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

            Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

            You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

            What's needed to enable EBS environments for JRE 7?

            EBS customers should ensure that they are running JRE 7u17, at minimum, on Windows desktop clients.

            Of the compatibility issues identified with JRE 7, the most critical is an issue that prevents E-Business Suite Forms-based products from launching on Windows desktops that are running JRE 7. 

            Customers can prevent this issue -- and all other JRE 7 compatibility issues -- by ensuring that they have applied the latest certified patches documented for JRE 7 configurations to their EBS application tier servers. 

            These patches are compatible with JRE 6 and 7, production ready, and fully-tested with the E-Business Suite.  These patches may be applied immediately to all E-Business Suite environments. All other Forms prerequisites documented in the Notes above should also be applied. 

            Where are the official patch requirements documented?

            All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 are documented in these Notes:

            For EBS 11i:

            For EBS 12

            Prerequisites for 32-bit and 64-bit JRE certifications

            JRE 1.70_40 32-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

            JRE 1.70_40 32-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

            JRE 1.7.0_40 64-bit + EBS 11.5.10.2

            JRE 1.70_40 64-bit + EBS 12.0 & 12.1

            EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

            JRE 1.7.0_40 is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

            Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

            No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

            The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

            Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

            The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

            The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

            Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

            After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

            What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

            EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

            In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

            EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

            1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
            2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
            3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

            How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

            EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

            Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

            No. This upgrade is highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

            Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

            The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

            Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

            Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

            Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

            Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

            JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

            The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

            What do Mac users need?

            Mac users running Mac OS 10.7 or 10.8 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

            Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

            No. This upgrade is recommended but optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

            JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

            References

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            Friday Sep 06, 2013

            WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

            Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 tools used to create web sites and portals using service-oriented architecture (SOA).  Applications adapters are also available.

            WebCenter Development Framework

            WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.8.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 7. 

            Certified Platforms

            Oracle WebCenter Portal is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle WebCenter Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

            Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

            Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

            If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

            References

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            Monday Aug 26, 2013

            Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 Certified with Enterprise Manager 12cR3

            We released Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 last year. At that time, that release was certified with the base release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. 

            Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 is now certified with the latest Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c patchset:  version 12.1.0.3 (a.k.a. "EM 12c Release 3" or "12cR3").

            EM12c AMP 12.1.0.1 screenshot

            Upgrading from previous Enterprise Manager releases

            Customers upgrading to Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 from Enterprise Manager 10g Release 5 or Enterprise Manager 11g Release 1 must follow Section 5 Step 6 in this document:

            Understanding our product names

            • "Oracle Application Management Pack" now includes functionality previously released separately as "Oracle Application Change Management Pack"
            • "Oracle Application Management Pack" is the same as "Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in"
            • You cannot purchase a licence for "Oracle Application Management Pack"
            • "Oracle Application Management Pack" is included in a larger suite of products called "Oracle Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite"
            • Licences for "Oracle Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite" include "Oracle Application Management Pack"

            References

            Friday Aug 09, 2013

            Internet Explorer 10 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

            MS IE logoMicrosoft Internet Explorer 10 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

            • Windows 7
            • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)

            EBS 12.1 Prerequisites

            • EBS 12.1.1 or higher
            • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
            • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher

            EBS 12.0 Prerequisites

            • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
            • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or higher.
            • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
            • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher

            EBS 11i Prerequisites

            • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
            • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher.
            • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (see Note 125767.1)
            • MLR patch 8888184 or higher (see note 125767.1 for the latest release)
            • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
            • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher

            Compatibility Mode for IE 10 + EBS 12

            To prevent issues with certain OA Framework pages, you should run IE 10 in "Compatibility Mode." See the "Known Issues" section in Note 389422.1 for more details.

            JRE 1.7 is certified with EBS

            There appears to be some inaccurate information lying about on the web that claims that JRE 1.7 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. 

            This is incorrect.  Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

            You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

            "JInitiator version too low" errors

            Some non-Oracle staff are claiming that "JInitiator version too low" errors confirm this incompatibility and lack of certification.

            In fact, if you're getting a "JInitiator version too low" error, it means that you've missed applying the Forms patch required to enable JRE 1.7 compatibility. Simply apply that patch and your EBS environment is ready for JRE 1.7 clients.

            References

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            Thursday Aug 01, 2013

            New Source Database Added for EBS 12 + 11gR2 Transportable Tablespaces

            The Transportable Tablespaces (TTS) process was originally certified for the migration of E-Business Suite R12 databases going from a source database of 11gR1 or 11gR2 to a target of 11gR2.

            This requirement has now been expanded to include a source database of 10gR2 (10.2.0.5) - this will potentially save time for existing 10gR2 customers as they can remove on a crucial upgrade step prior to performing the platform migration.

            Transportable Tablespaces supported options

            The migration process requires an updated Controlled patch delivered by the Oracle E-Business Suite Platform Engineering team, i.e. it requires a password obtainable from Oracle Support. We released the patch in this manner to gauge uptake, and help identify and monitor any customer issues due to the nature of this technology. This patch has been updated to now include supporting 10gR2 as a source database.

            Does it meet your requirements?

            Note that for migration across platforms of the same "endian" format, users are advised to use the Transportable Database (TDB) migration process instead for large databases. The "endian-ness" target platforms can be verified by querying the view V$DB_TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using SQL*Plus (connected as sysdba) on the source platform:

            SQL>select platform_name from v$db_transportable_platform;

            If the intended target platform does not appear in the output, it means that it is of a different endian format from the source. Consequently. database migration will need to be performed via Transportable Tablespaces (for large databases) or export/import.

            The use of Transportable Tablespaces can greatly speed up the migration of the data portion of the database. However, it does not affect metadata, which must still be migrated using export/import. We recommend that users initially perform a test migration on their database, using export/import with the 'metrics=y' parameter. This will help identify the relative amounts of data and metadata, and provide a basis for assessing likely gains in timing. In general, the larger the amount of data (compared to metadata), the greater the reduction in downtime that can be expected from using TTS as a migration process.

            For smaller databases or for those that have relatively small data compared to metadata, TTS will not be as beneficial for cross endian migration and the use of export/import (datapump) for the whole database is recommended.

            Where can I find more information?

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            Monday Jul 22, 2013

            Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: July 2013 Edition

            We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  This article will help you understand your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components.

            The following 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, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases. 

            Upgrade Recommendations for July 2013

            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 OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0 or OAM 11gR1 Patchset 2 11.1.1.7.

            6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0 or Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

            7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.7.

            8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

            9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.7 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_51 or later 1.6 updates , or JRE 1.7.0_25 or later 1.7 updates.

            11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 17.

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