Thursday Mar 19, 2015

Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.1 on HP-UX Itanium, IBM AIX

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 12.1.3 on the following additional platforms:

  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)

database 12c download screenshot

Database Feature and Option Certifications

The following database features and options are supported for use:

  • Advanced Compression
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO)
  • Database In-Memory Column Store (IM Column Store)
  • Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • TDE Column Encryption and TDE Tablespace Encryption
  • Export/Import Process

The following are not yet certified:

  • Oracle Multitenant
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes

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

References


Please refer to the platform specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.
Please refer to the 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.

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Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Reminder: Upgrade Database 12.1.0.1 to 12.1.0.2 by July 2015

E-Business Suite customers must ensure that their database remains on a level that is covered by Error Correction Support (ECS) -- i.e. while 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 July 22, 2015. All EBS customers on Database 12.1.0.1 should upgrade to the Database 12c 12.1.0.2 patchset before then. 

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Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.2, the first patchset for Database 12c is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i. Be sure to review the 11i interoperability note.

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

Screenshot of Database 12.1.0.2 OTN download page

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

Prerequisites
  • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 7 and higher

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5) -- Database-tier only
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5) -- Database-tier only
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only

Pending Platform Certifications

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 

Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database options and features are supported for use:

Pending Feature/Option Certifications

  • Active Data Guard
  • Data Guard Redo Apply with Physical Standby Databases

Certifications Not Planned

  • Oracle Multitenant
  • Oracle In Memory Database
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

About the pending certifications

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

EBS 11i References

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Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Reminder: Upgrade Database 10.2.0.5 Before July 2015

E-Business Suite customers must ensure that their database remains on a level that is covered by Error Correction Support (ECS) -- i.e. while 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 11.1.0.7 Database patchset on July 31, 2015. There is additional fine print for Severity 1 fixes and other platforms -- see the Note for details.

All EBS customers should upgrade to a later patchset or database release before then.  As of today, options include upgrading to the 11.2.0.4 patchset or Database 12c 12.1.0.2.

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Reminder: Upgrade Database 11.1.0.7 Before August 2015

E-Business Suite customers must ensure that their database remains on a level that is covered by Error Correction Support (ECS) -- i.e. while 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 11.1.0.7 Database patchset on August 31, 2015. There is additional fine print for Severity 1 fixes and other platforms -- see the Note for details.

All EBS customers should upgrade to a later patchset or database release before then.  As of today, options include upgrading to the 11.2.0.4 patchset or Database 12c 12.1.0.2.

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Reminder: Upgrade Database 11.2.0.3 Before August 2015

E-Business Suite customers must ensure that their database remains on a level that is covered by Error Correction Support (ECS) -- i.e. while 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 11.2.0.3 Database patchset on August 27, 2015

All EBS customers should upgrade to a later patchset or database release before then.  As of today, options include upgrading to the 11.2.0.4 patchset or Database 12c 12.1.0.2.

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Thursday Jan 08, 2015

Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.2, the first patchset for the 12c Database, is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.2.2 and higher. 

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

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.x
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11) 
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (10, 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.
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database options and features are supported for use:

Pending Feature/Option Certifications

  • Oracle Multitenant
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

About the pending certifications

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

EBS 12.2 References

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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.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

DB 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS 11i & R12 on Linux on IBM System z

IBM LogoOracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1 on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems as 'database tier only' platforms:

Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H.delta.7 (RUP 7) or higher), Release 12.0 (12.0.6 or higher), 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 12.1.0.1
  • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 or 12.1 with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1

Pending Certifications

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

  • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes

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

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

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Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

Database 12c 12.1.0.2 Certified With 12.1 On Oracle Solaris on x86-64

As a follow up to our earlier announcement, Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 for 12.1 on the following additional platform:

Release 12.1 (12.1.3 and higher):

    Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 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.

Data12.1.0.2 download screenshot

In addition, the Export/Import process for EBS release 12.0 or 12.1 with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 is now certified.

Certification data in My Oracle Support (http://support.oracle.com) is being updated with this information - please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

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Friday Nov 21, 2014

Testing Your EBS Environment After Database Upgrades

Customers often ask, "What should I test after I upgrade my EBS database?" Your environment is, by definition, unique to you, with your own architectural configurations, setup data, and customizations.  You should always concentrate your testing efforts on the areas that may differ from our generic EBS tests.  Until now, our generic common-sense answer has always been, "Test what is important to your business."  

Our Quality Assurance group in EBS Development has just published some guidance on the things that you might consider adding to your post-upgrade test plans:

They discuss things such as memory-intensive concurrent requests, compliance with new standards for initialization parameters, custom workflows, and more.

Your feedback is welcome.  I'll make sure that the Note's authors are notified if you drop me an email or post a comment here. 

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Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

EBS 12.0 & 12.1 DB Migration Using 12cR1 Transportable Tablespaces Now Certified


Database migration across platforms of different "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Tablespaces (TTS) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release R12 (12.0.6, 12.1.3) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0). Migration between different platforms of the same "endian" format with 12c can be accomplished using export/import (datapump) utilities. 

This certification requires that the source database be 11gR2 (11.2.0.3 or higher) and the target database be 12cR1 (12.1.0.1 or higher).  

This migration process requires a patch delivered by our EBS Platform Engineering team that is 'Controlled', i.e. it requires a password obtainable through Oracle Support. We released the required patch in this manner to monitor customer issues and to gauge uptake.

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

        SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

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

 

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

The use of Transportable Tablespaces can greatly speed up the migration of the data portion of the database - it does not affect metadata which must still be migrated using export/import.

We recommend that users initially perform a test migration with export/import on their database with the 'metrics=y' parameter to find out the relative size of data vs metadata in their database and to have a basis to compare any gains in timing. Generally speaking, the larger the relative size of data (as compared to metadata), the more likely it would be that TTS is suitable as a migration process to reduce downtime.

Pending Certifications

Testing with 12cR1 as the source is still pending.

Full transportable export/import, a new feature in 12c to move an entire database, is not certified for use with E-Business Suite databases yet. 

Transportable Database (TDB), a migration process for platforms of the same "endian" format, is also a pending 12cR1 certification exercise. 

References

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Saturday Sep 27, 2014

Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.2, the first patchset for the 12c Database, is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.1. 

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

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.x
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database options and features are supported for use:

Pending Feature/Option Certifications

  • Oracle Multitenant
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • Export/Import process for EBS 12.0 or 12.1 with RDBMS 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

About the pending certifications

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

EBS 12 References

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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.

    Friday Sep 19, 2014

    Database 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS 12.2

    [Oct. 7, 2014 update: Added Data Guard and Active DataGuard options to the list of pending certifications]

    I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.1, the base release for the 12c Database, is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.2. This expands on our previously-announced certification for EBS 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.

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

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 and higher
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -- Database-tier only
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
    • HP-UX Itanium
    • IBM: Linux on System z 
    Database Feature and Option Certifications
    The following database options and features are supported for use:

    Pending Feature/Option Certifications

    • Oracle Multitenant
    • Oracle Database Vault
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes
    • Oracle DataGuard
    • Oracle Active DataGuard

    About the pending certifications

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

    EBS 12 References

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

    Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

    DSTv23 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 12.x 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 2014 and released as DSTv22.

    DSTv23 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x. The DSTv23 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2014f and includes Russia's reintroduction of "winter time" when the clocks will be turned back one hour on October 26, 2014.  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 DSTv22 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv22 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv20 release:

    • Africa/Cairo, 
    • Africa/Casablanca, 
    • Africa/El_Aaiun, 
    • Asia/Taipei, 
    • Asia/Yekaterinburg, 
    • Asia/Omsk, 
    • Asia/Novosibirsk , 
    • Asia/Krasnoyarsk, 
    • Asia/Irkutsk,  
    • Asia/Yakutsk, 
    • Asia/Vladivostok, 
    • Asia/Magadan, 
    • Asia/Sakhalin, 
    • Europe/Kaliningrad, 
    • Europe/Moscow, 
    • Europe/Simferopol, 
    • Europe/Volgograd, 
    • Egypt, 
    • ROC, 
    • W-SU.

    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.

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

    Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

    Database 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS on AIX, Itanium, Windows

    As a follow up to the prior announcements, Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0 and 12.1 on the following additional platforms:

    Release 11.5.10.2 + ATG_PF.H.delta.7 (RUP 7):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.11)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)1
    Release 12.0 (12.0.6 and higher):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008, 2008 R2)1
    Release 12.1 (12.1.3 and higher):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)2
    1 : This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
    2 : Only via a migration process from an existing Windows (32-bit) system (see My Oracle Support Note 1188535.1, "Migrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2").

    This announcement includes:
    • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
    • TDE Column Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Export/Import Process for EBS 11i with RDBMS 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    The following are not yet certified and will be announced on a later date once completed.
    • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.1
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes
    References

    Release 11i
    Release 12.0 and 12.1:

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    Thursday Jun 19, 2014

    Latest DSTv22 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 12.0 or 12.1 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 July 2013 and released as DSTv20.

    DSTv22 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and 12.1. The DSTv22 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2014c and is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

    This update also includes new DST timezone definitions for Egypt for May and August 2014.

    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 DSTv22 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv22 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv20 release:

    •  Africa/Cairo,
    • Africa/Tripoli,
    • Africa/Casablanca,
    • Africa/El_Aaiun,
    • America/Havana,
    • America/Araguaina,
    • America/Porto_Acre,
    • America/Eirunepe,
    • Asia/Jerusalem,
    • Asia/Amman,
    • Asia/Gaza,
    • Asia/Hebron,
    • Europe/Istanbul,
    • Europe/Kiev,
    • Europe/Simferopol,
    • Pacific/Fiji,
    • Egypt,
    • Libya,
    • Cuba,
    • Brazil/Acre,
    • Asia/Tel_Aviv,
    • Turkey,
    • America/Rio_Branco,
    • Israel,
    • 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.

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

    Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

    Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i and R12 on IBM: Linux on System z

    IBM LogoOracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems as a 'database tier only' platform:

    Release 12.2 (12.2.2 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 10 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

    Release 12.0 (12.0.4 or higher) and 12.1 (12.1.3 or higher):

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

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

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 4 (64-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (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's Certification for more information). IBM's z systems today fully support this example of 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 for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and 11i includes:

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


    References

    • Note 946413.1 - Using Oracle E-Business Suite with a Split Configuration Database Tier On Oracle Release 11g Release 2
    • Note 456347.1 - Using Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with a Database Tier Only Platform on Oracle 11g Release 2
    • Note 881505.1 - Interoperability Notes - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0)
    • Note 1058763.1 - Interoperability Notes - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0)
    • Note 1594274.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2: Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes
    • Note 1091086.1 - Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database Vault 11gR2
    • Note 1091083.1 - Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Oracle Database Vault 11gR2
    • Note 216205.1 - Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i
    • Note 396009.1 - Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle Applications Release 12
    • Note 823586.1 - Using Oracle 11g Release 2 Real Application Clusters with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
    • Note 823587.1 - Using Oracle 11g Release 2 Real Application Clusters with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
    • Note 403294.1 - Using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
    • Note 732764.1 - Using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
    • Note 828223.1 - Using TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
    • Note 828229.1 - Using TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
    • Note 391248.1 - Encrypting Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Network Traffic using Advanced Security Option and Advanced Networking Option
    • Note 376700.1 - Enabling SSL in Oracle Application Release 12
    • Note 557738.1 - Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Database Instances Using Oracle Database 11g Release 1 or 11g Release 2
    • Note 741818.1 - Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Database Instances Using Oracle Database 11g Release 1 or 11g Release 2
    • Note 1366265.1 - Using Transportable Tablespaces to Migrate Oracle Applications 11i Using Oracle Database 11g Release 2
    • Note 1311487.1 - Using Transportable Tablespaces to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Using Oracle Database 11g Release 2
    • Note 729309.1 - Using Transportable Database to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Using Oracle Database 10g Release 2 or 11g
    • Note 734763.1 - Using Transportable Database to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Using Oracle Database 10g Release 2 or 11g

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    Tuesday Jun 03, 2014

    Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS on Microsoft Windows Server

    Microsoft logoAs a follow up to to a previous announcement, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Microsoft Windows Server operating systems:

    Release 12.2 (12.2.3 and higher):

    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

    Release 12.1 (12.1.1 and higher):

    • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (20031, 20081, 2008 R22)

    Release 12.0 (12.0.4 and higher):

    • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2003, 2008, 2008 R2)1
    Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher)::
    • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 20081)
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2003, 2008, 2008 R2)1

    Notes:

    1: This OS is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' platform where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
    2: This OS is a 'database tier only' platform for Release 11i. For 12.1.1 or higher, it is also supported on the application tier via the migration process outlined in My Oracle Support Document 1188535.1.

    This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 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 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12

    Certification data in My Oracle Support (http://support.oracle.com) has been updated with this certification - please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

    Where can I find more information?

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

    Monday Jun 02, 2014

    EBS 12.1.3 Data Masking Template Certified with EM 12.1.0.3

    I'm pleased to announce the certification of the E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Data Masking Template for the Data Masking Pack with Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12.1.0.3. You can use the Oracle Data Masking Pack with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c to scramble sensitive data in cloned E-Business Suite environments.   

    How data masking works

     You may scramble data in E-Business Suite cloned environments with EM12.1.0.3 using the following template:

    What does data masking do in E-Business Suite environments?

    Application data masking does the following:

    • De-identify the data:  Scramble identifiers of individuals, also known as personally identifiable information or PII.  Examples include information such as name, account, address, location, and driver's license number.
    • Mask sensitive data:  Mask data that, if associated with personally identifiable information (PII), would cause privacy concerns.  Examples include compensation, health and employment information.  
    • Maintain data validity:  Provide a fully functional application. 

    How can EBS customers use data masking?

    The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack can be used in situations where confidential or regulated data needs to be shared with other non-production users who need access to some of the original data, but not necessarily every table.  Examples of non-production users include internal application developers or external business partners such as offshore testing companies, suppliers or customers. 

    Due to data dependencies, scrambling E-Business Suite data is not a trivial task.  The data needs to be scrubbed in such a way that allows the application to continue to function. The template works with the Oracle Data Masking Pack and Oracle Enterprise Manager to obscure sensitive E-Business Suite information that is copied from production to non-production environments. 

    The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack is applied to a non-production environment with the Enterprise Manager Grid Control Data Masking Pack.  When applied, the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack will create an irreversibly scrambled version of your production database for development and testing.

    Is there a charge for this?

    Yes. You must purchase licenses for the Oracle Data Masking Pack to use the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 template. The Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Template for the Data Masking Pack is included with the Oracle Data Masking Pack license.  You can contact your Oracle account manager for more details about licensing.

    References

    Additional details and requirements are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

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    Thursday Apr 17, 2014

    Best Practices for Deploying EBS 12.2 on Oracle Database Appliance

    Oracle Database Appliance ODA imageThe Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is an engineered system that combines Oracle software with server, storage, and networking hardware.  The E-Business Suite's application tier and database tier components may be deployed on the Oracle Database Appliance.

    Oracle Database Appliance offers the option to deploy highly available Oracle Databases in a bare metal environment or to deploy both Oracle Databases and the Application Tier in virtualized environments within the appliance.

    A new whitepaper describes how to use EBS + ODA together:

    This white paper describes how to deploy Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 database and application tiers on Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform 2.8 (and later) using preconfigured Oracle E-Business Suite VM templates.

    Each Oracle E-Business Suite deployment consists of two Oracle VM templates:

    1. Database image template
    2. Primary application tier template.
    These templates deliver the complete EBS software technology stack.  You have the option of using a preconfigured Vision demonstration environment with sample data or a fresh install database for production environments.

    The procedures in this paper are fully supported for production use.

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    Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

    Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Prerequisites

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

    Pending Database Feature and Option Certifications

    • Database Vault

    About the pending certifications

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

    References

    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 Feb 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

    References

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

    Friday Jan 17, 2014

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

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

    For Oracle Solaris on x86-64:

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

    For Linux on IBM System z:

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

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

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

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

    References

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

    Friday Dec 06, 2013

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

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

    EBS Release 12.1 (12.1.1 or higher):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Thursday Nov 21, 2013

    Can You Use Third-Party Tools to Modify Your EBS Database?

    In short: no. But it's possible to give a more-nuanced answer for one scenario where they might be useful.

    Our official policy on direct modifications to EBS databases

    Every Oracle E-Business Suite manual in our documentation library contains this warning (emphasis added):

    Do Not Use Database Tools to Modify Oracle E-Business Suite Data

    Oracle STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that you never use SQL*Plus, Oracle Data Browser, database triggers, or any other tool to modify Oracle E-Business Suite data unless otherwise instructed.

    Oracle provides powerful tools you can use to create, store, change, retrieve, and maintain information in an Oracle database. But if you use Oracle tools such as SQL*Plus to modify Oracle E-Business Suite data, you risk destroying the integrity of your data and you lose the ability to audit changes to your data.

    Because Oracle E-Business Suite tables are interrelated, any change you make using an Oracle E-Business Suite form can update many tables at once. But when you modify Oracle E-Business Suite data using anything other than Oracle E-Business Suite, you may change a row in one table without making corresponding changes in related tables. If your tables get out of synchronization with each other, you risk retrieving erroneous information and you risk unpredictable results throughout Oracle E-Business Suite.

    When you use Oracle E-Business Suite to modify your data, Oracle E-Business Suite automatically checks that your changes are valid. Oracle E-Business Suite also keeps track of who changes information. If you enter information into database tables using database tools, you may store invalid information. You also lose the ability to track who has changed your information because SQL*Plus and other database tools do not keep a record of changes.

    Can data corruption really occur?

    Yes. Even if you're using SQL*Plus, which is obviously not a third-party tool, you run the risk of corrupting your EBS database.  This is true for all tools that modify an EBS database directly.

    What about third-party data archiving and purging tools?

    Some third-party tools reduce the size of EBS databases by deleting data.  Some use database links, aliases, and other approaches to separate older data into other databases.

    These tools can be useful for reducing the size of a production database for development purposes.  It generally doesn't matter if these smaller sandbox or testbed databases have referential integrity violations.

    You should never use these tools to reduce the size of your production EBS database.

    Why are these tools dangerous?  They claim that they're safe.

    The E-Business Suite data model is partially documented here:

    Unfortunately, that manual is not comprehensive. Third-party tools that rely on it to determine data relationships in the EBS data model will miss important dependencies.

    EBS data dependencies are implemented through seed data, business logic, and other undocumented areas.  These hidden and undocumented dependencies mean that only current EBS Development staff are qualified to determine whether data can be safely removed. 

    It is certain that third-party tools will violate EBS database referential integrity in some manner.  This is true even for third-party tools that are produced by people who used to work for Oracle EBS development.  EBS products continue to evolve and new dependencies are introduced on a regular basis.  These new dependencies may be undocumented.

    What are the support implications of using third-party tools?

    Oracle regards the use of third-party database tools to be customizations. Oracle's official policy is detailed here:

    You should also review the support implications for using third-party tools.  They boil down to this:

    • Issues that are isolated to the E-Business Suite will be investigated by E-Business Suite Development.
    • Issues that are isolated to third-party tools should be directed to the third-party vendor.
    • E-Business Suite Development will provide E-Business Suite Development patches for issues that can be reproduced in environments built using E-Business Suite documented procedures and tools.
    • If the third-party vendor cannot resolve issues isolated to their tools, you should restore from a backup and revert to using Oracle’s documented tools and procedures.

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    Friday Sep 27, 2013

    11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

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

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


    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

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

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

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

    12.1.0.1 Database Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

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

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


    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

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

      Pending Feature/Option Certifications

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

      About the pending certifications

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

      EBS 11i References

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

      Thursday Aug 01, 2013

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

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

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

      Transportable Tablespaces supported options

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

      Does it meet your requirements?

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

      SQL>select platform_name from v$db_transportable_platform;

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

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

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

      Where can I find more information?

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      Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

      Latest DSTv20 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

      Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, or 12.1 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 January 2013 and released as DSTv19.

      DSTv20 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1. The DSTv20 update includes the timezone information from Olson tzdata 2012j and 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 DSTv20 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv20 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv19 release:

      • Africa/Casablanca,
      • America/Port-au-Prince,
      • America/Santiago,
      • America/Asuncion,
      • Antarctica/Palmer,
      • Asia/Gaza,
      • Asia/Hebron,
      • Pacific/Easter,
      • Chile/Continental,
      • 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.

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


      Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

      Plans for Certifying Oracle Database 12c with E-Business Suite

      Oracle Database 12c Logo

      [Oct. 24, 2013 Update: Database 12.1.0.1 is certified with the E-Business Suite]

      The Oracle Database 12c is now officially released.  We're as excited about this new database release as you are. 

      In fact, we've been testing a wide variety of E-Business Suite releases and configurations with internal DB 12c betas for some time.  This testing is going well, but as usual, Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates

      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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