Wednesday Jan 20, 2016

JRE 1.7.0_95 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_95 (a.k.a. JRE 7u95-b14) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x for Windows-based desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

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?

What's new in this release?

This JRE update is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 7 stream, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to this latest and therefore most secure version of the JRE 7 Plug-in.

For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

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?

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

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

JRE 7 End of Public Updates

The JRE 7u79 release was the last JRE 7 update available to the general public.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 7 updates to the end of Java SE 7 Premier Support to the end of July 2016.

How can EBS customers obtain Java 7 updates after the public end-of-life?

EBS customers can download Java 7 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

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

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

Java Auto-Update Mechanism

With the release of the January 2015 Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

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:

Known Issues

When using Internet Explorer, JRE 1.7.0_01 had a delay of around 20 seconds before the applet started to load. This issue is fixed in JRE 1.7.0_95.

References

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JRE 1.6.0_111 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_111 (a.k.a. JRE 6u111-b12) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x for Windows-based desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

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?

New EBS installation scripts

This JRE release is the first with a 3-digit Java version. Installing this in your EBS 11i and 12.x environments will require new installation scripts.  See the documentation listed in the 'References' section for more detail.

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.

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 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?

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.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

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 Dec 21, 2015

Now Automated: Integrating EBS 12.1 with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2

Contributing Author:  Allison Sparshott

Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Access Manager using Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate for single sign-on requires the execution of a number of integration steps. The steps can be rather time consuming to perform and tedious to execute manually.

We are pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.3+) can now be integrated with Oracle Access Manager 11g Release 2 (11.1.2.3.0) using new scripts to facilitate and automate the required integration steps.

The new integration automation scripts can be used to perform a number of the steps that previously needed to be executed manually. The following can be performed when using the integration automation scripts:

  • Configuring Oracle Access Manager WebGate
  • Deploying Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate
  • Registering Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Access Manager.

For information on how to use the automation scripts to integrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.3+) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 (11.1.2), refer to the following My Oracle Support document:

Platforms Certified

The Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate Java application is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified.  You may refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Release 11g (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix for more details.

For information on supported platforms for Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 and its components, you may refer to the Oracle Identity and Access Management 11g Release 2 (11.1.2.3.0) Certification Matrix.

Integration with Oracle Access Manager 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.

Note:  Microsoft Windows is not currently certified with the integration automation scripts.

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 Dec 18, 2015

Platform Migration Certified for EBS 12.2 Application Tiers

We are pleased to announce that application tier migration for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is now certified. You can now migrate an existing EBS 12.2 application (middle) tier server to any other Unix/Linux platform certified for EBS 12.2.  These platform migrations preserve patch levels, configurations, customizations, etc.

The E-Business Suite 12.2 application tier migration process requires EBS Release 12.2.3 or later updates to the 12.2 codeline. This documented process outlines only the process for an application tier migration:

What about application tier servers on the same platform?

For application tier migrations between systems of the same platform, you should follow the Rapid Clone process documented in this Note:

What about database tier platform migrations?

Database tier migration should be considered separately. For migration of the database tier, refer to the 'Database Migrations and Upgrades' section in this Note:

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Monday Dec 14, 2015

Microsoft Office 2016 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2016 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  For details, see:

This certification covers Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit mode.

Microsoft Office 2016 desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1.3 for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1 32-bit & 64-bit
  • Windows 10 32-bit & 64-bit
How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

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 these 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
  • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
  • Desktop Integration Framework
Which Office versions are certified?

We explicitly tested the Office 2016 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to other desktop-installed editions.

Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on other editions on our reference edition -- Office 2016 Professional.  Issues that cannot be reproduced will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  For example, issues that can only be reproduced on, say, Office Home & Student 2016 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2016 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

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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.

Monday Nov 30, 2015

Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with HP-UX and EBS 12.1.3

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 12.1.1 or later updates to the 12.1 code line on the following additional platform:

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.31)
This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 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 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable

References

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Wednesday Nov 25, 2015

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 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 11.1.1.9 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.9.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 8. 

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 Nov 19, 2015

BPEL 12.1.3 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.2 SOA Integrations

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  For more information about the differences between the two options for SOA integrations, see this previously-published certification announcement.

The prebuilt BPEL business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 are:

  • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  • Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Shipping Execution (WSH)
  • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Purchasing (PO)
  • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)

BPEL integration architecture diagram example

These prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 12c version 12.1.3 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 12c) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.

References

Certified Platforms

Oracle SOA Suite Release 12c Version 12.1.3 is certified to run on any operating system upon which Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is certified. Check the following for more details:

For information on operating systems supported by Oracle SOA Suite, refer to this document:

Integration with Oracle SOA Suite 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.

Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

JRE 8u66-b18 Fixes Java Stability Issues with Firefox ESR 38

Java logo[Dec. 14, 2015 update:  An emergency fix for this issue as well as the fix for the IE Forms delay issue is available in Patch 22286087.  Like Patch 22097409 described in the linked article, these patches are only available to users with a current My Oracle Support contract.  If you do not have a My Oracle Support contract, you will have to wait for a future release to be posted on the public Java download site.]

Running Java content with Firefox ESR 38.4.0 using JRE 7 or 8 may cause Firefox to crash. This may affect Oracle E-Business Suite users when running Forms-based EBS screens.  This issue does not affect Internet Explorer users.

JRE 1.8.0_66-b18 is now available.  This release fixes the issue in JRE 8 for all EBS releases affected: 11i, 12.1, and 12.2:

Although Java patches contain both the JRE and JDK releases you only need the JRE version installed on the desktop client to use this fix.

Also affects JRE 7

The same issue is also displayed when running JRE 1.7.0_91 through Internet Explorer. A fix for the JRE 7 family is currently in progress.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

References

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.

JRE 8u66-b33 Fixes JRE 8 Launch Delays with Internet Explorer

Java logo

[Dec. 14, 2015 update:  An emergency fix for this issue as well as the fix for the Firefox ESR 38 issue is available in Patch 22286087.  Like Patch 22097409 described in the article below, these patches are only available to users with a current My Oracle Support contract.  If you do not have a My Oracle Support contract, you will have to wait for a future release to be posted on the public Java download site.]

Running JRE 1.8.0_60 through 1.8.0_66 (pre-build 33) using Internet Explorer causes Update the initial Java applet launch to be delayed by around 20 seconds.  This affects all E-Business Suite users when starting Forms-based EBS screens for the first time.  This issue does not affect Firefox users.

JRE 1.8.0_66-b33 is now available.  This release fixes the issue in JRE 8 for all EBS releases affected: 11i, 12.1, and 12.2:

Although Java patches contain both the JRE and JDK releases you only need the JRE version installed on the desktop client to use this fix.

Also affects JRE 7

The same issue is also displayed when running JRE 1.7.0_91 through Internet Explorer. A fix for the JRE 7 family is currently in progress.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

References

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.

Friday Nov 13, 2015

Microsoft Office 2016 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1.3

[Dec. 1, 2015 Update: Added 64-bit certification]

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2016 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  For details, see:

This certification covers Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit mode.

Microsoft Office 2016 desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1.3 for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1 32-bit & 64-bit
  • Windows 10 32-bit & 64-bit

How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

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 these 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
  • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
  • Desktop Integration Framework
Which Office versions are certified?

We explicitly tested the Office 2016 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to other desktop-installed editions.

    Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on other editions on our reference edition -- Office 2016 Professional.  Issues that cannot be reproduced will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  For example, issues that can only be reproduced on, say, Office Home & Student 2016 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2016 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

    Pending Certifications

    The following certifications for Office 2016 are currently underway:

    • Office 2016 (32-bit and 64-bit) with EBS 12.2

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

    What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

    We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

    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.

    Thursday Nov 12, 2015

    Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: November 2015 Edition

    We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates and creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy.   

    Here are 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

    You can research these yourself using this Note:

    Upgrade Recommendations for November 2015

    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 RPC4 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.1 users should be on the minimum minimum 12.1 patching baseline.

    4. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to EBS 12.2.5, Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2, the October 2015 AD/TXK tools, StartCD 50, and FMW 11.1.1.9.

    5. Users staying on EBS 11i and 12.1 should upgrade to Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2.

    6. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 3 11.1.2.3.0.

    7. Oracle Internet Directory users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.9.

    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 11.1.1.9 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

    10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from older Java releases (including JInitiator) to JRE 1.6.0_105 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_91 or later 1.7 updates or JRE 1.8.0_65 or later 1.8 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 38.

    13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the October 2015 Critical Patch Update.

    14. Windows XP and Office 2003 users should upgrade to later versions.

    15. All EBS customers on Exalogic and Exadata should follow the latest recommendations.

    16. All EBS customers should switch from Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to Transport Layer Security (TLS).

    17. EBS 12.1 users should switch their PKI certificates to SHA-2.

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    Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

    DSTv25 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in June 2015 and released as DSTv24.

    DSTv25 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and 12.1. The DSTv25 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2015g.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    The latest DSTv25 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv25 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv24 release:

    • Africa/Casablanca
    • Africa/El_Aaiun
    • America/Montevideo
    • Asia/Pyongyang
    • Europe/Istanbul
    • Pacific/Fiji
    • Turkey
    • Asia/Istanbul

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    Proactive backports of DST upgrade patches to all Oracle E-Business Suite tiers and platforms are not created and supplied by default. If you need this DST release and an appropriate patch is not currently available, raise a service request through support providing a business case with your version requirements.

    The following Note identifies the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    Monday Nov 02, 2015

    DB 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.2 on Windows x64 (64-bit)

    As a follow up to a prior announcement, Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (12.2.3 and higher) on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 (Windows x64).

    This announcement includes:

    • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
    • Oracle Database In-Memory 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
    • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
    • TDE Column Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
    • TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
    • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 (ANO)
    • Export/Import and Transportable Database Data Migration Processes with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2


    The following are not yet certified and will be announced at a later date once completed:

    • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
    • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
    • Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Process

    Please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

    Please refer to the platform specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.
    Please refer to Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) New Features Guide 12c Release 1 (12.1) and Oracle Database Administrator's Guide for more information regarding the "In-Memory Column Store" feature.

    Monday Oct 26, 2015

    Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 with RAC Certified with EBS 12.2

    I'm pleased to announce an update to the certification of Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. This certification now includes databases deployed with Real Application Clusters (RAC).  

    Certification with Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 provides you the ability to create a Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 environments.  The creation of a Physical Standby Database is a key component of creating a disaster recovery site for Oracle E-Business Suite.

    Detailed steps for setting up a 11.2.0.4 Physical Standby Database for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

    Oracle E-Business Suite Data Guard Certifications

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


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

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

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

    How to Find the Latest Certification Information

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

    Step 1.  Log in to My Oracle Support

    Step 2. Click on the Certifications tab

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

    Step 4.Click Check certifications with another product

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

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


    References

    Friday Oct 23, 2015

    EBS Release 12.2 Certified with Linux Containers (LXC)

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is now certified with Linux Containers (LXC) on Oracle Linux 6 (64-bit) and Oracle Linux 7 (64-bit).

    Linux Containers is a lightweight virtualization solution that enables running multiple Linux instances that are isolated from each other on the same host. These LXC instances have processes that have their own private view of the OS with its own process id (PID) space, file system structure and network interfaces. LXC allows the use of container OS versions that are different from that of the host - for example, one can run Oracle Linux 5, 6 or 7 Containers in an Oracle Linux 6.6 host.

    For information on features, installing and configuring Linux Containers on Oracle Linux, please refer to Chapter 9: Linux Containers in the Oracle Linux Administrator's Solutions Guide for Release 6 or Chapter 27: Linux Containers in the Oracle Linux Administrator's Guide for Release 7.

    This certification of EBS 12.2's application tier with LXC requires the use of UEK R3 (QU6) or higher. There are a number of other specific requirements for both the host OS and LXC instances - these are documented in the newly added 'Linux Containers (LXC)' section of the EBS 12.2 Installation and Upgrade Notes (MOS Document 1330701.1).

    More information on this technology certification can be found in the following:

    Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

    JRE 1.8.0_65/66 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_65 (a.k.a. JRE 8u65-b17) and JRE 1.8.0_66 (8u66-b17) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows desktop clients.

    All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
    • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
    • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    What's new in this release?

    Oracle now releases a Critical Patch update (CPU) at the same time as the corresponding Patch Set Update (PSU) release for Java SE 8.

    • CPU Release is JRE 1.8.0_65
    • PSU Release is JRE 1.8.0_66
    Oracle recommends that Oracle E-Business Suite customers use the CPU release (JRE 1.8.0_65) and only upgrade to the PSU release (JRE 1.8.0_66) if they require a specific bug fix.  For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

    There are currently no known issues in Oracle E-Business Suite that require the PSU release but it is certified for customers that may need to use it.

    This JRE update is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 8 stream, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to this latest and therefore most secure version of the JRE 8 Plug-in.

    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 8 are documented in these Notes:

    For EBS 11i:

    For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2

    Known Issues

    IE Performance issue: Launching JRE 1.8.0_65 or 1.8.0_66 through Internet Explorer will have a delay of about 20 seconds befre the applet starts to load. Java Console will come up if enabled. This issue does not affect Firefox, where the applet launches as usual.  A fix for this issue is currently being investigated. Please monitor this blog for updates.

    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

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

    Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

    Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

    If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
    • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
    • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

    No.

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are 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 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

    Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

    Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

    With the release of the January Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

    What do Mac users need?

    JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops.  For details, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

    No.

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

    JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

    JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

    References

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    JRE 1.7.0_91 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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    Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_91 (a.k.a. JRE 7u91-b15) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

    All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
    • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
    • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    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?

    What's new in this release?

    This JRE update is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 7 stream, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to this latest and therefore most secure version of the JRE 7 Plug-in.

    For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

    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

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

    JRE 7 End of Public Updates

    The JRE 7u79 release was the last JRE 7 update available to the general public.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 7 updates to the end of Java SE 7 Premier Support to the end of July 2016.

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 7 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 7 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

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

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

    Java Auto-Update Mechanism

    With the release of the January 2015 Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

    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_105 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_105 (a.k.a. JRE 6u105-b15) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.x for Windows-based desktop clients.

    All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
    • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
    • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    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?

    New EBS installation scripts

    This JRE release is the first with a 3-digit Java version. Installing this in your EBS 11i and 12.x environments will require new installation scripts.  See the documentation listed in the 'References' section for more detail.

    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.

    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 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?

    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.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

    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 Oct 19, 2015

    Should EBS Customers Use Database 12.1.0.2 or 12.1.01?

    E-Business Suite customers must ensure that their database remains on a level that is covered by Error Correction Support (ECS) -- i.e. a level where you can get new patches, Critical Patch Updates (CPU), and Patch Set Updates (PSU).  We've covered this in detail here:

    The following Note lists Error Correction Support dates for all database patchsets for all database releases:

    That Note shows that patching ends for the 12.1.0.1 Database patchset on August 31, 2016.  All EBS customers should upgrade to a later patchset or database release before then.

    Even though Database 12.1.0.1 is still under Error Correction Support, we recommend that all EBS customers currently running Database 12c 12.1.0.1 upgrade to the Database 12.1.0.2 patch set.

    Why upgrade?

    Better end-user experience.  Database 12.1.0.2 contains important updates for security, stability, and performance.  These updates improve the experience of your end-users.

    Easier for system administrators.  We have been working closely with many EBS 12.2 customers.  We have found that the Database 12.1.0.2 patch set streamlines upgrades to EBS 12.2 by reducing the number of additional interoperability patches are required.  Fewer patches mean that upgrades take less time, are less-complex, and less risky.

    Minimum baseline for future EBS+Database 12c Certifications.  It is very complex to keep multiple EBS codelines compatible with multiple database releases.  All future EBS 12.2 patches will certified against Database 12.1.0.2 rather than Database 12.1.0.1.  This includes updates to the core AD and TXK system administration tools. 

    Faster resolution for database issues. You can still request patches for Database 12.1.0.1 until August 31, 2016, but they will not be produced proactively, so there might be a delay in getting them to you.

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    Friday Oct 09, 2015

    BPEL 11.1.1.9 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.1 and 12.2 SOA Integrations

    Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  For more information about the differences between the two options for SOA integrations, see this previously-published certification announcement.

    The prebuilt BPEL business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 are:

    • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
    • Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Shipping Execution (WSH)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Purchasing (PO)

    The prebuilt BPEL business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 are:

    • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
    • Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Shipping Execution (WSH)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Purchasing (PO)
    • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)

    BPEL integration architecture diagram example

    These prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.9 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and 12.2.

    References

    Certified Platforms

      Oracle SOA Suite Release 11g R1 Version 11.1.1.9 is certified to run on any operating system upon which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Check the following for more details:

      For information on operating systems supported by Oracle SOA Suite, refer to this document:

      Integration with Oracle SOA Suite 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.

      Getting Support

      If you need support for the prebuilt EBS BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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      Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

      WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

      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 11.1.1.9 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.9.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 8. 

      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 Sep 14, 2015

      Database Migration using 12cR1 Transportable Database Certified for EBS 12.1

      Database migration across platforms of the same "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Database (TDB) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0).

      The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using SQL*Plus (connected as SYSDBA):

          SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;  

      The following is a list of relevant platforms certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 on the database tier:

      Big Endian Platforms
      Little Endian Platforms
       Oracle Solaris on SPARC
       Linux x86-64
       HP-UX Itanium
       Oracle Solaris on x86-64
       IBM AIX on Power Systems
       Microsoft Windows x64*
       IBM: Linux on System z

      * Microsoft Windows x64 is not yet certified and will be announced at a later date

      Using Transportable Database is the fastest method for migration between platforms of the same endian format. A requirement of this migration process is that the source and target database versions must match (including patch set version), so database upgrades as part of the migration cannot be done.

      For migration between platforms of different endian formats, users must use alternative migration methods such as export/import (datapump) or Transportable Tablespaces (TTS).

      References

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      Monday Aug 24, 2015

      JRE 1.8.0_60 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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      Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_60 (a.k.a. JRE 8u60-b27) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows desktop clients.

      All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 JRE 6 codeline
      • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
      • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
      We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

      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 8 are documented in these Notes:

      For EBS 11i:

      For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2

      Known Issues

      Form Focus Issue:  Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8. This can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases.  A fix for this issue is currently being investigated, see the documentation below for additional information.

      EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

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

      Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

      The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

      Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

      If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

      • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
      • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

      If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

      • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
      • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

      If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

      Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

      No.

      This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are 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 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

      Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

      Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

      Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

      With the release of the January Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

      Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

      Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

      The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 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 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases 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.

      What do Mac users need?

      JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops.  For details, see:

      Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

      No.

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

      JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

      JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

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      Friday Aug 07, 2015

      Windows 10 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

      Windows 10 logoMicrosoft Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) is certified as a desktop client operating system for end-users accessing Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.1, and 12.2 with the following components.

      EBS 12.1 and 12.2

      • Browsers
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
      • Mozilla Firefox ESR 38
      • Chrome 44 and higher (HTML/OA Framework modules only)
      • Java client plug-ins
      • JRE 1.8.0_51 and higher
      • JRE 1.7.0_85 and higher

      EBS 11.5.10.2

      • Browsers
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
      • Mozilla Firefox ESR 38
      • Java client plug-ins
      • JRE 1.8.0_51 and higher
      • JRE 1.7.0_85 and higher
      Later JRE 7 and 8 releases on Windows 10

      Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops.  This applies to Windows 10 desktops, too, for the JRE releases list above.

      We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 7 or 8 releases to your EBS users' Windows 10 desktops.

      Pending certifications 

      Desktop Client/Server Products

      The certification of our various Client/Server products, for example JDeveloper OA Extensions, Forms Developer and Workflow Builder against Windows 10 are in progress. For a full list of products see  Recommended Set Up for Client/Server Products with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i & R12 (Note 277535.1). The certification matrix within this document will be updated as these are completed.

      Microsoft Edge Browser

      The certification of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 is currently in progress. There are no plans to certify this browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i.

      Oracle E-Business Suite R12 has two interfaces: a web-based (OA Framework/HTML) model for modules like iProcurement and iStore, and Oracle Forms/Java based model for our professional services modules like Oracle Financials. Microsoft Edge does not support Java and will therefore only be certified for E-Business Suite customers running web-based (HTML / OA Framework) EBS products. Running Java-based EBS products with Edge will not feasible.

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

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      Thursday Jul 30, 2015

      Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 11i on Additional Platforms

      As a follow up to the prior announcement on February 11th, 2015, Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG_PF.H.delta.7 (RUP 7) and higher) on the following additional platforms:

      • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1*)
      • IBM: Linux on z Systems (RHEL 5,6, SLES 11)*

      * 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 includes:

      • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Oracle Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • TDE Column Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Export/Import Process for EBS 11i with RDBMS 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2

      The following certifications are not planned with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:

      • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Oracle Database In-Memory 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2

      Please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

      References

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      Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

      Transportable Database 12c Certified for EBS 12.2 Database Migration

      Database migration across platforms of the same "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Database (TDB) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0).

      The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using SQL*Plus (connected as SYSDBA):

      SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

      The following is a list of relevant platforms certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.2) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 on the database tier:

      Big Endian Platforms
      Little Endian Platforms
      Oracle Solaris on SPARC
      Linux x86-64
      HP-UX Itanium
      Oracle Solaris on x86-64
      IBM AIX on POWER Systems
      Microsoft Windows x641
      IBM: Linux on z Systems

      1 Note: Microsoft Windows x64 is not yet certified and will be announced separately at a later date.

      Using Transportable Database is the fastest method for migration between platforms of the same endian format. A requirement of this migration process is that the source and target database versions must match (including patch set version), so database upgrades as part of the migration cannot be done.

      For migration between platforms of different endian formats, users must use alternative migration methods such as export/import (datapump).

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      Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

      Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.2 on Additional Platforms

      As a follow up to our prior announcement, Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (12.2.2 and higher) on the following additional platforms:

      • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
      • IBM: Linux on z Systems (RHEL 5,6, SLES 11)*

      * 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 includes:

      • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Oracle Database In-Memory 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
      • TDE Column Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 (ANO)
      • Export/Import Process with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2

      The following are not yet certified and will be announced at a later date once completed.

      • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
      • Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Process

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      Friday Jul 24, 2015

      Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: July 2015 Edition

      We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates and creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy.   

      Here are 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

      You can research these yourself using this Note:

      Upgrade Recommendations for July 2015

      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 RPC3 or 12.2.

      4. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to EBS 12.2.4, Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2, the March 2015 AD/TXK tools, StartCD 49, and FMW 11.1.1.7.

      5. Users staying on EBS 11i and 12.1 should upgrade to Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2.

      6. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 3 11.1.2.3.0.

      7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.9.

      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 older Java releases (including JInitiator) to JRE 1.6.0_101 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_85 or later 1.7 updates or JRE 1.8.0_51 or later 1.8 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 38.

      13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the July 2015 Critical Patch Update.

      14. Windows XP and Office 2003 users should upgrade to later versions.

      15. All EBS customers on Exalogic and Exadata should follow the latest recommendations.

      16. All EBS customers should switch from Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to Transport Layer Security (TLS).

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      Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

      Can You Use IE 11 Enterprise Mode or Compatibility View With EBS?

      Microsoft IE Logo

      [June 29, 2016 update: Added additional pointers to selective use of Enterprise Mode]

      Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 offers two options for enabling backwards-compatibility:

      You should not use either of these with Oracle E-Business Suite.  These two modes have no benefit for EBS end-users. 

      These two methods are not needed for EBS compatibility.  You should ensure that you have applied all of the latest EBS server-side patches to avoid any compatibility issues:

      What if I need Enterprise Mode?

      Organizations can configure IE to use Enterprise Mode for some websites but not others.  It's not a binary state for your end-users' desktops -- it is fine-grained and very flexible.  See:

      You can enable Enterprise Mode generally for your end-users and simply leave your EBS environment off that list.

      Support Implications

      If you report any EBS EBS issues that are isolated to Enterprise Mode, we'll advise you to turn Enterprise Mode off.

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