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

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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.

    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. 


    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.   

    References

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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).

    References

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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

    References

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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 LogoMicrosoft 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:

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    Monday Jul 20, 2015

    Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 11.1.1.9 Certified with E-Business Suite

    I'm pleased to announce that Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 7 (11.1.1.9) is now certified for use in the Oracle Access Manager integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) and 12 (12.1.3+, 12.2.2+). 

    Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory and Windows Kerberos. 


    For details about third-party integration architectures, see:

    Supported Configurations

    Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9.0 can be integrated with these single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:

    • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 7 (11.1.1.9.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 (11.1.2.0) with an Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i (11.5.10.2), 12.1.3+ or 12.2.2+).
    • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.7.0) with an Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 12.1.3+).
    Platform certifications

    Oracle Internet Directory is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g System Requirements for more details.

    Integration with Oracle Internet Directory 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.

    References

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    Friday Jul 17, 2015

    Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2.3 Certified with E-Business Suite

    I am pleased to announce that Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 Patchset 3 (11.1.2.3.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) and 12 (12.1.3+, 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.


    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.

    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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    Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

    JRE 1.8.0_51 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_51 (a.k.a. JRE 8u51-b16) 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?

    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.

    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 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.

    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. 


    JRE 1.7.0_85 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_85 (a.k.a. JRE 7u85-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_101 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_101 (a.k.a. JRE 6u101-b14) 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:

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    Monday Jul 13, 2015

    Oracle Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4, 12.1.01 Certified with EBS 12.1.3

    I'm pleased to announce the recent certification of Oracle Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4 and 12.1.0.1 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3.  Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 certification with Oracle Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4 and 12.1.0.1 provides you the ability to offload some production reporting. We've certified the use of Oracle Discoverer and some Concurrent Manager reporting to run against the Oracle Active Data Guard database instance. 

    Detailed steps for setting up Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.1 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

    In addition to Discoverer and Concurrent Manager, you may have other reporting tools that you would like to use with the Oracle Active Data Guard database instance.  In general, you should be able to use the reporting tool if it does not require write access to the Active Data Guard instance. 


    Oracle E-Business Suite Active 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 Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4, 12.1.0.1 and 12.1.0.2: 


     Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4
     Active Data Guard 12.1.0.1
     Active Data Guard 12.1.0.2
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3
    Certified*,MOS Note 1070491.1
    Certified*, MOS Note 1070491.1
    Pending certification**
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3, 12.2.2
    Certified*, MOS Note 1944539.1
    Not currently planned for certification
    Pending certification**
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 Pending Certification** Not currently planned for certification Pending certification**

      *For single node databases only.  Certification with Oracle 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 for the latest in cert.

    How to Find the Latest Certification Information

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

    Step 1.  Log in to My Oracle Support

    Step 2. Click on the Certifications tab

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

    Step 4.Click Check certifications with another product

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

    The above search will list all versions of Oracle Active Data Guard currently certified as shown in the following screenshot:

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    Friday Jul 10, 2015

    Oracle Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 12.2.3

    I'm pleased to announce the recent certification of Oracle Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2 and 12.2.3.  Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2 and 12.2.3 certification with Oracle Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4 provides you the ability to offload some production reporting. We've certified the use of Oracle Discoverer and some Concurrent Manager reporting to run against the Oracle Active Data Guard database instance. 

    Detailed steps for setting up a 11.2.0.4 Active Data Guard for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2 and 12.2.3 are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

    In addition to Discoverer and Concurrent Manager, you may have other reporting tools that you would like to use with the Oracle Active Data Guard database instance.  In general, you should be able to use the reporting tool if it does not require write access to the Active Data Guard instance. 


    Oracle E-Business Suite Active 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 Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4, 12.1.0.1 and 12.1.0.2:


     Active Data Guard 11.2.0.4
     Active Data Guard 12.1.0.1
     Active Data Guard 12.1.0.2
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2, 12.2.3
    Certified*, MOS Note 1944539.1
    Not currently planned for certification
    Pending certification**
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 Pending Certification
    Not currently planned for certification
    Pending certification**
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Certified*, MOS Note 1070491.1
    Certified*, MOS Note 1070491.1
    Pending certification**

     *For single node databases only.  Certification with Oracle 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

    We've recently added Oracle Active Data Guard as a searchable product for certified combinations with Oracle E-Business Suite.  That's good news for those of you that are looking for the latest information on certified combinations of Oracle E-Business Suite and Active Data Guard.

    From the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support, you can search for certified combinations of products, such as Active Data Guard, 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 12.2.3 to the Release List and optionally add your platform to the Platform List.

    Step 4.Click Check certifications with another product

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

    The above search will list all versions of Oracle Active Data Guard currently certified as shown in the following screenshot:


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    Monday Jul 06, 2015

    Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 12.2

    I'm pleased to announce the recent certification of Oracle Data Guard 11.2.0.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.  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 Pending Certification**
    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

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    Thursday Jun 25, 2015

    DB 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.1.3 on Linux on IBM System z

    IBM logoOracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 (12.1.3) on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems as a 'database tier only' platform:

    Release 12.1 (12.1.3 or higher):

    • 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 11 (64-bit)

    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 (see My Oracle Support Certifications for more information). IBM's z systems fully support a mixed platform architecture with distributed Unix and Linux certified application tier servers for customers looking to run Oracle E-Business Suite on System z.
    This announcement includes:

    • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
    • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
    • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 Database In-Memory Option
    • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
    • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption using 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 Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 or 12.1 with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2

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

    • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
    • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
    • Transportable Database Data Migration Processes

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    Tuesday Jun 23, 2015

    Using a Reverse Proxy as an SSL/TLS Termination Point for EBS 12.1.3

    [Contributing Author:  Madhu Majari]

    We are currently working on the certification of SHA-2 with the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) delivered with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3.  As described in this blog article, a reverse proxy or load balancer can be used until that certification is available.  You can use a reverse proxy or load balancer as the end-point for the encrypted connection that is initiated by a client (for example, a browser). In other words, the reverse proxy or load balancer -- not Oracle HTTP Server -- acts as the TLS termination point.

    Since that article was published, many customers have requested that we certify a reverse proxy for use as the TLS termination point with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1. I’m pleased to announce that we have completed the certification of HAProxy 1.5.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3. HAProxy is an open source offering that provides load balancing and proxy solutions.

    The certification of HAProxy 1.5.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 provides the following configuration options:

    • Certificates signed with SHA-2 for inbound HTTP connections
    • TLS 1.2 with stronger cipher suites

    Note: There are many reverse proxies and load balancers that can be used as an TLS termination point for Oracle E-Business Suite. If you already have a reverse proxy or load balancer deployed you may configure it as the TLS termination point for your Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 environment. 

    Deploying and Configuring HAProxy

    For detailed installation instructions, refer to the following My Oracle Support Knowledge Document:

    You may deploy HAProxy as follows:

    • On an existing Oracle E-Business Suite application tier
    • On a separate server or virtual machine

    HAProxy is available as an installable RPM package as part of the Oracle Linux distribution. You can also download HAProxy and compile it for other operating systems (refer to the installation note for more details). On Oracle Linux you may install it as the root user with the following command: 

    #yum install haproxy

    The main configuration file is located here:

    /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg

    A summary of the configuration steps for HAProxy includes the following:

    • Define the IP address and and port for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 environment.
    • Setup TLS protocols and avoid SSL 3.0. (This will the mitigate POODLE vulnerability.)
    • Enable strong cipher suites. (This will mitigate the FREAK vulnerability.)
    • Define the certificate (chain) with PEM files.
    Example Deployment of HAProxy with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3

    If you have an existing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 environment configured with SSL/TLS per Enabling SSL in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 376700.1), then you may easily configure HAProxy to serve as the TLS termination point.

    For example, given the following conditions for your Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle HTTP Server listener configuration:

    1. HTTP requests use port 8000
    2. HTTPS requests use port 4443


     Then, you may perform the following:

    1. Shutdown the Oracle HTTP Server HTTPS listener (port 4443)
    2. Install, configure and start HAProxy to listen on port 4443

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    Thursday Jun 18, 2015

    EBS 12.2 Certified on Oracle Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

    Linux Tux logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is now certified on Oracle Linux 7 (64-bit) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit).
    Installations of the E-Business Suite 12.2 on these operating systems require the application of the 12.2.3 Release Update Pack (RUP3) or higher. Cloning of existing EBS 12.2.3 or higher Linux environments to these new operating systems is also certified using the standard 12.2 Rapid Clone process.

    There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2) and Fusion Middleware components as necessary. Other mandatory requirements, known issues, patches needed, etc. are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN).

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    Tuesday Jun 16, 2015

    DSTv24 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 September 2014 and released as DSTv23.

    DSTv24 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, 12.1, and 11.5.10.2. The DSTv24 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2015d.  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 DSTv24 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv24 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv23 release:

    • Africa/Cairo,
    • America/Cancun,
    • America/Grand_Turk,
    • America/Santiago,
    • Antarctica/Palmer,
    • Asia/Dacca,
    • Asia/Hovd,
    • Asia/Ulaanbaatar,
    • Asia/Gaza,
    • Asia/Choibalsan,
    • Asia/Hebron,
    • Europe/Minsk,
    • Pacific/Easter,
    • Pacific/Fiji,
    • Egypt,
    • Jamaica,
    • Chile/Continental,
    • Asia/Dhaka,
    • Asia/Ulan_Bator,
    • Chile/EasterIsland.

    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.

    We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    Thursday Jun 04, 2015

    E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.4 for Enterprise Manager 12c Now Available

    Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.4 is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.4 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.

    Screenshot of AMP 12.1.0.3

    New enhancements in this release

    Discovery & Monitoring
    • Discover multiple Oracle E-Business Suite targets:
      • Customers now have the ability to discover multiple Oracle E-Business Suite targets in a single step using EMCLI command line discovery interface.
    • Instance Administration:
      • Instance administration helps customers to add or remove (Scale in or Scale out) application services, application nodes and managed servers by using simple user interface. This feature is very useful for those customers planning to upgrade to EBS 12.2.  This feature is supported for Oracle E-Business Suite releases 12.0.x, 12.1.x and 12.2.x.
    • Monitoring Concurrent Processing Service:
      • Concurrent processing monitoring has been enhanced to include additional capabilities to monitor Parallel Concurrent Processing, Concurrent Request Sets and Conflict Resolution Manager.
    • Monitor Mobile Web Applications (MWA) targets:
      • Capability to discover and monitor Mobile Web Applications Targets. Mobile Web Applications (MWA) is a node specific module. It will be discovered during application node targets discovery for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 & 12.2 instances. The MWA target will be added as a direct member of EBS system.
    Configuration Management
    • Compare Technology Stack Components and Versions:
      • Ability to view, search and compare Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack components and versions. This feature is helpful to view the complete inventory of the technology stack and the versions for a given E-Business Suite environment.
    • Search and compare NLS patches:
      • In addition to search and compare EBS patches, now administrators have the ability to search and compare NLS patches.
    Multi-level Hierarchical Approvals
    • Currently, Oracle Enterprise manager allows one level of approval for changes. In this release we have enhanced the capability for super administrator to define multi-level hierarchical approval process. Using this process a hierarchy of approvers and sequence of approval can be associated with a specific EBS target. Once the change request is submitted, the approval process will enforce the defined approval hierarchy.
    Patch Recommendations
    • This is a significant new feature that can reduce or eliminate research time for DBAs. Patch recommendations functionality shows list of Oracle recommended patches that are not applied to the specific Oracle E-Business Suite instance. This includes Oracle E-Business Suite module specific patch recommendations for EBS 12.1 and 12.2. Also, technology stack patches for Database, WebLogic server, Oracle HTML server and Forms for EBS 12.2.x.
    Customization Discovery & Reporting
    • Customers can now easily view the inventory of customizations they have in any given Oracle E-Business Suite environment. Customers can view or download a spreadsheet of discovered customizations by customization type.
    Automated Cloning for Database and Applications Cloning
    • A single user interface has been included to facilitate automation of Database cloning and Application tier cloning. Administrators can schedule the Database and Applications cloning in a single procedure regardless of the database cloning method they use to clone E-Business Suite database.

    Installation & Upgrades

    • Customers currently running on Enterprise Manager 12c, can use Self Update to download and install AMP 12.1.0.4

    Prerequisites

    • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 (12.1.0.4.0)
    • One or more of the following Oracle E-Business Suite Releases
    • Release 12.2.3 or 12.2.2
    • Release 12.1.3
    • Release 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP7 or higher

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