Wednesday Aug 17, 2011

Sun JRE 1.6.0_27 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoSome questions following our last JRE certification indicated that there's still lingering confusion about which JRE releases are safe to use with E-Business Suite environments.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22:  for example, JRE 1.6.0_23, 1.6.0_24, 1.6.0_25, and 1.6.0_26.

As of today, you can also apply Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_27 (a.k.a. JRE 6u27-b07).  JRE 1.6.0_27 is certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

All JRE 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 higher.  We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all 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 releases to your EBS users' desktops.  If you wish, your desktop administrators can enable the Java "Automatic updates" option on your end-users' desktops.

What's new in Java 1.6.0_27?

See the 1.6.0_27 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

JRE 1.6.0_27 provides the following fixes and functionality change that may affect Oracle E-Business Suite customers:

  • The browser window opening behind the Forms window issue is now fixed for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users running IE.
  • Selecting the "Close Window" Link through Internet Explorer will no longer display a modal window with the prompt, "The webpage you are viewing is trying to close the tab, Do you want to close this tab?".
  • Due to JRE6u27 now adhering more strictly to the IE browser settings,  "File Export" and certain "Form Attachments" will now fail through IE without the correct browser setting for IE6, IE7 & IE8 users.

This JRE release has been certified with both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  We recommend this release for all E-Business Suite users.

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Monday Aug 08, 2011

Internet Explorer 9 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)

EBS 12.1 Prerequisites

  • EBS 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or higher

EBS 12.0 Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or higher.
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or higher.

EBS 11i Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (see Note 125767.1)
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or higher.
  • MLR patch 8888184 or higher (AIX Users should apply MLR patch 10043867 which replaces 8888184) 

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Thursday Jul 21, 2011

Workflow Builder and XML Gateway Message Designer now certified on Windows 7

Windows 7 logoA few desktop components were excluded from our original Windows 7 certification for E-Business Suite clients.  A subset of those restrictions have now been lifted.  The following client-server components are now certified for Windows 7 clients connecting to the E-Business Suite:

  • Workflow Builder (running in "Compatibility Mode")
  • XML Gateway Message Designer (running in "Compatibility Mode")
  • Outlook Sales Client

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Friday Jun 24, 2011

Survey: Your Plans for Adopting New Firefox Releases?

Firefox logoMozilla is committing to releasing new Firefox versions every six weeks.  Mozilla released Firefox 5 this week.  With this release, Mozilla states that Firefox 4 is End-of-Life and will not receive any additional security updates.  In a comment thread posted to Mike Kaply's blog article discussing these new Firefox policies, Asa Dotzler from Mozilla stated:

... Enterprise has never been (and I’ll argue, shouldn’t be) a focus of ours. Until we run out of people who don’t have sysadmins and enterprise deployment teams looking out for them, I can’t imagine why we’d focus at all on the kinds of environments you care so much about.

 In a later comment, he added:

... A minute spent making a corporate user happy can better be spent making many regular users happy. I’d much rather Mozilla spending its limited resources looking out for the billions of users that don’t have enterprise support systems already taking care of them.

Asa then confirmed that every new Firefox release will put the previous one into End-of-Life:

As for John’s concern, “By the time I validate Firefox 5, what guarantee would I have that Firefox 5 won’t go EOL when Firefox 6 is released?”

He has the opposite of guarantees that won’t happen. He has my promise that it will happen. Firefox 6 will be the EOL of Firefox 5. And Firefox 7 will be the EOL for Firefox 6.

 He added:

“You’re basically saying you don’t care about corporations.”

Yes, I’m basically saying that I don’t care about making Firefox enterprise friendly.

Kev Needham, Channel Manager at Mozilla later stated to PC Mag:

The Web and Web browsers continue to evolve rapidly. Mozilla's focus is on providing users with the best Web experience possible, and Firefox needs to evolve at the pace the Web's users and developers expect. By releasing small, focused updates more often, we are able to deliver improved security and stability even as we introduce new features, which is better for our users, and for the Web.

We recognize that this shift may not be compatible with a large organization's IT Policy and understand that it is challenging to organizations that have effort-intensive certification polices. However, our development process is geared toward delivering products that support the Web as it is today, while innovating and building future Web capabilities. Tying Firefox product development to an organizational process we do not control would make it difficult for us to continue to innovate for our users and the betterment of the Web.

 Your feedback needed for E-Business Suite certifications 

Mozilla's new support policy has significant implications for enterprise users of Firefox with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We are reviewing the implications for our certification and support policies for Firefox now.  It would be very helpful if you could let me know about your organisation's plans for Firefox in light of this new information. 

Please feel free to drop me a private email, or post a comment here if that's appropriate. 


Wednesday Jun 08, 2011

Sun JRE 1.6.0_26 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java compatible logoYou might get a sense of deja vu when reading this article, but I'll keep repeating myself until it seems safe to stop.  To recap: the mismanaged session cookie issue (now fixed) may have made you a little nervous about automatically applying new JRE updates.  To reassure you on that front:

  • Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_26 (a.k.a. JRE 6u26-b03) is certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.
  • JRE 1.6.0_26 contains the fixes for the mismanaged session cookie issue that were originally released as part of JRE 1.6.0_23, JRE 1.6.0_24, and JRE 1.6.0_25.
All JRE 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 higher.  We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

In other words, you do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops.  If you wish, your desktop administrators can enable the Java "Automatic updates" option on your end-users' desktops.

What's new in Java 1.6.0_26?

See the 1.6.0_26 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

This JRE release has been certified with both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  We recommend this release for all E-Business Suite users.

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Friday May 27, 2011

Sun JRE 1.6.0_25 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java compatible logoThe mismanaged session cookie issue (now fixed) may have made you a little nervous about automatically applying new JRE updates.  To reassure you on that front:

  • Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_25 (a.k.a. JRE 6u25, 1.6.0_25-b06) is certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.
  • JRE 1.6.0_25 contains the fixes for the mismanaged session cookie issue that were originally released as part of JRE 1.6.0_23 and JRE 1.6.0_24.
All JRE 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 higher.  We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

In other words, you do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops.  If you wish, your desktop administrators can enable the Java "Automatic updates" option on your end-users' desktops.

What's new in Java 1.6.0_25?

See the 1.6.0_25 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

This JRE release has been certified with both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  We recommend this release for all E-Business Suite users.

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Wednesday Feb 23, 2011

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Certified with E-Business Suite

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There are three possible configurations for Windows 7 desktop clients:
  1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE
We certified the first configuration in December 2009:  E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.

We certified the second configuration in September 2010: E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.

I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now certified with both of those configurations for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Oracle E-Business Suite R12 with the following minimum requirements:

Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (note 125767.1).
  • MLR Patch 8888184
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher.
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0.x Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or higher.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher.
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.x Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher.
Firefox 3.6.x (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or higher (note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or higher
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or higher.
  • It is also strongly recommended that 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) users apply patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important for running client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or higher).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or higher.
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important for running client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or higher).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or higher.
  • Exceptions
Oracle JInitiator Not Supported

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator has expired for E-Business Suite customers.

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:
Windows 7 desktop clients are certified only with the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported by Sun Microsystems and and not compatible with either Windows Vista or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7.

On Hacking Up JInitiator -- Please Don't

Various creative individuals have discovered that it's possible to replace a certain DLL in Oracle JInitiator 1.3 with a JVM from, say, JDK 1.6. I can't personally testify that these hacks work. I can say that this kind of surgery makes me intensely uncomfortable.

While it's nice to see creative initiative, I have to remind you that Oracle would regard this as a customization. We don't recommend customizing Oracle JInitiator for production environments.

What About Earlier Versions of IE?

Microsoft only supports IE 8 on Windows 7 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win7, so Oracle is only able to support IE8 on Windows 7 clients for the E-Business Suite.

Exceptions to this certification

Oracle JDeveloper 10g is not certified on Windows 7 desktop clients.  Our Fusion Middleware group has not publicly announced any plans for this certification.  If you are interested in this combination, I strongly recommend your logging a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support against the JDeveloper product to request it.

For information on other client based products that are not certified on Windows 7 please see:
Why are you interested in the third configuration?

As I mentioned in my previous update on this topic, we've certified the first two configurations and we're working on the third.  You've asked for it, so we'll deliver.

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs).  Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle.  Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit.  In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE. 

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

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Tuesday Feb 15, 2011

Sun JRE 1.6.0_24 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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The mismanaged session cookie issue (now fixed) may have made you a little nervous about automatically applying new JRE updates.  To reassure you on that front:
  • Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_24 (a.k.a. JRE 6u24, 1.6.0_24-b07) is certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.
  • JRE 1.6.0_24 contains the fixes for the mismanaged session cookie issue that were originally released as part of JRE 1.6.0_23.
All JRE 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 higher.  We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

In other words, you do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops.  If you wish, your desktop administrators can enable the Java "Automatic updates" option on your end-users' desktops.

What's new in Java 1.6.0_24?

See the 1.6.0_24 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

This JRE release has been certified with both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  We recommend this release for all E-Business Suite users.

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Sunday Feb 06, 2011

Safari 5 certified with EBS Release 12 on Apple Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6

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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 or higher, and 12.1.2 or higher) is now certified with the Safari 5 browser on the following Apple Mac OS X desktop configurations:

Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard")
  • Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard" version 10.5.6 or higher) along with any other security and Java updates listed in the 'Software Update' program on the Mac
  • Safari version 5 (5.0.2 or higher)
  • Apple Java/JRE plugin 5 (1.5.0_13 or higher)
Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard")
  • Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard" version 10.6.3 or higher) along with any other security and Java updates listed in the 'Software Update' program on the Mac.
  • Safari version 5 (5.0.2 or higher)
  • Apple Java/JRE plugin 6 (1.6.0_20 or higher)

Safari 5 on Mac OS X is also certified with the E-Business Suite for other languages (in addition to English) with internationalization support on the desktop.

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Tuesday Dec 07, 2010

Mismanaged Session Cookie Issue Fixed for EBS in JRE 1.6.0_23

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At last:  some good news for those of you affected by the mismanaged session cookie issue in E-Business Suite environments.  This issue is resolved by the latest Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_23 (a.k.a. JRE 6u23, internal version 1.6.0_23-b05).

See the 1.6.0_23 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

This JRE release has been certified with both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  We recommend this release for all E-Business Suite users.

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Monday Nov 22, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 (32-Bit) Certified with E-Business Suite

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[Editor Jan. 17, 2013 update: Removed outdated references to Open Office.  We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with Open Office.]

Microsoft Office 2010 (32-Bit) is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Release 12 with the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7 32-bit
  • Windows 7 64-bit
The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects.

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

Examples of available integrations include:
  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
Which Office versions are certified?

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

How are these integrations supported?

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

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

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

What about 64-bit Office?

Microsoft Office 2010 is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The 64-bit version is available for a subset of Microsoft's supported operating systems. 

Due to a number of technology issues Oracle E-Business Suite is currently certified against the Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit edition only.  We intend to certify Office 64-bit components with the E-Business Suite; stay tuned for more details on this front.

Monday Nov 15, 2010

Two New Options for Signing E-Business Suite JAR Files Now Available

We use Java Archive (JAR) files to deliver certain types of E-Business Suite content to end-user desktop clients.  JAR files can be digitally signed for increased security. 

Oracle E-Business Suite uses a self-signed certificate to sign the JAR files that are downloaded to the client PC when launching forms and other applets (such as Workflow Status Diagram or Account Hierarchy Manager).  By default, E-Business Suite JAR files are signed with 1024-bit self-signed digital certificates.  Self-signed digital certificates can trigger Windows security warnings like this:

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Some E-Business Suite users have advanced requirements for signing JAR files, including the ability to:
  1. Sign E-Business Suite JAR files with 3072-bit certificates
  2. Sign E-Business Suite JAR files with digital certificates from third-party Certificate Authorities (CA) (e.g.Verisign, Comodo, etc.)
I'm pleased to announce that both of these advanced JAR file signing options are now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

What are the benefits of these new signing options?

The first of these two new signing options meets the latest recommendations of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):
The second option allows you to prevent the potentially-alarming warning from being triggered when your users access certain E-Business Suite functions for the first time.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 3, 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 9, 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 9, 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (8, 9, 10)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • IBM Linux on System z** (RHEL 5, SLES 9, SLES 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.11, 11.23, 11.31)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 3, 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 8, 9, 10)
  • Linux x86 (Asianux 1.0)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (8, 9, 10)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.11, 11.23, 11.31)
  • HP Tru64 (5.1b)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2000, 2003)
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Wednesday Oct 13, 2010

Warning: E-Business Suite Issues with Sun JRE 1.6.0_22

I'm afraid that this blog article comes bearing continued bad news about our latest JRE release.

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My colleagues in the Java division shipped Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_22 (a.k.a. JRE 6u22, internal version 1.6.0_22-b04) last week.  See the 1.6.0_22 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

Unfortunately, like other recent JRE releases, this latest release of JRE 6u22 (1.6.0_22-b04) still has the 'Mismanaged Session Cookie' issue that we reported in earlier articles.  This can cause a failure of the following E-Business Suite functions with certain desktop and browser combinations, notably for IE 6 and 7 users:
  • 'File -> Export' functionality
  • Opening attachments in forms
  • Opening an HTML form to a new window from forms.
  • Opening an Applet in a new window from forms
  • Trying to login again after forms session timeout fails

A JRE plug-in release with fixes for these issues is only available through patch 10189354.  Patch 10189354 contains JRE 1.6.0_22-b03.  This fixed version is not available as a download from Sun or through the Java Update Mechanism (which continues to offer only JRE 1.6.0_22-b04).  This fix will not be available through the normal Sun distribution channels until a future release of JRE 1.6.

Summary of options for EBS sysadmins

At this stage, your options are to:
  1. Remain on JRE 1.6.0_17; wait for JRE 1.6.0_23 or later
  2. Deploy any standard JRE release later than 1.6.0_17, with the understanding that some of your users may encounter issues related to "Mismanaged session cookies"
  3. Deploy JRE 1.6.0_22-b03 (released via patch 10189354)
  4. Disable next-generation Java through the 'Java Control Panel'
I understand that this is a frustrating state of affairs and I apologize for the continued delay in resolving this once and for all.  We're continuing to work with our colleagues in the Java division to get this set of fixes into the main JRE codelines.  I'll post updates here as soon as I have more information to share.

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 10, 2010

Windows 7 64-bit Clients + 32-bit Browsers Certified with EBS 11i & 12

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[July 21, 2011 Update:  Added new client-server component certifications]

[Update Sep 15, 2010:  Changed JRE 1.6.0_03 to JRE 1.6.0_10 for Firefox and EBS 12.1 sections]

There are three possible configurations for Windows 7 desktop clients:

  1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE
We certified the first configuration in December 2009:  E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.

I'm very pleased to announce that the second configuration is now certified.  You may now run 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients with 32-bit IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE and Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
  • MLR Patch 8888184
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Firefox 3.6 (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or later
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or later
Exceptions to this certification

Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit) is currently not certified as a desktop client operating system for any Oracle client-based products, including:
  • BI Publisher Desktop (a.k.a. XML Publisher)
  • Discoverer Administrator Desktop
  • Sales for Handhelds (Outlook desktop synchronization client)
  • Workflow Builder Client
  • XML Gateway Message Designer
  • (July 21, 2011 Update: The three struck-through components above are now certified on Windows 7) 

Oracle JInitiator Not Supported

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator has expired for E-Business Suite customers.

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:
Windows 7 desktop clients are certified only with the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported by Sun Microsystems and and not compatible with either Windows Vista or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7.

On Hacking Up JInitiator -- Please Don't

Various creative individuals have discovered that it's possible to replace a certain DLL in Oracle JInitiator 1.3 with a JVM from, say, JDK 1.6. I can't personally testify that these hacks work. I can say that this kind of surgery makes me intensely uncomfortable.

While it's nice to see creative initiative, I have to remind you that Oracle would regard this as a customization. We don't recommend customizing Oracle JInitiator for production environments.

What About Earlier Versions of IE?

Microsoft only supports IE 8 on Windows 7 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win7, so Oracle is only able to support IE8 on Windows 7 clients for the E-Business Suite.

Why are you interested in the third configuration?

As I mentioned in my previous update on this topic, now that we've certified the second configuration, we'll move on to the third.  You've asked for it, so we'll deliver.

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs).  Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle.  Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit.  In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE. 

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

References
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The following 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.

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Friday Aug 13, 2010

Special JRE 6u21-b08 Build Now Available for EBS Customers

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The painful saga of our recent JRE releases' issues with the Oracle E-Business Suite is almost over.  It is expected that a future release of JRE 1.6 will contain a mainline fix for the "Mismanaged Session Cookie" issues that exist with JRE 1.6.0_18 to 1.6.0_21 build 6 (6u21-b06), inclusive. 

There is an interim workaround until that new release is available.  JRE 1.6.0_21 build 8 (6u21-b08) is now available and certified for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12. This Build of the native plug-in fixes the 'Mismanaged Session Cookie' issue for the JRE 6u21 stream, which could cause a failure of the following functionalities on certain desktop/browser combinations, and particularly prevalent for IE6 and IE7 users:
  • 'File -> Export' functionality
  • Opening attachments in forms
  • Opening an HTML form to a new window from forms.
  • Opening an Applet in a new window from forms
  • Trying to login again after forms session timeout fails
Special release vehicle for this JRE build

This version of the plug-in is only available through patch 10021403 and is not available as a download through the usual channels or through the Java automatic update facility. The standard version of the plug-in remains at JRE 1.6.0_21 build 6 (6u21-b06). This fix will not be available through the usual channels until a future release of JRE 1.6.

This release also fixes the long standing z-ordering issue (HTML Window opens behind Forms Window) for Windows XP users running Internet Explorer. A permanent fix is not yet available for Firefox users or Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, therefore please continue to use one of the workaround options if required.

Summary of options for EBS sysadmins

At this stage, your options are to:
  1. Remain on JRE 1.6.0_17; wait for the upcoming JRE release that includes this fix
  2. Deploy any standard JRE release later than 1.6.0_17, with the understanding that some of your users may encounter issues related to "Mismanaged session cookies"
  3. Deploy JRE 1.6.0_20-b05 (released via patch 9915543)
  4. Deploy JRE 1.6.0_21-b08 (released via patch 10021403)
For further information and requirements please see:
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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‚Äôs products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Wednesday Aug 11, 2010

Safari 4 on Mac OS X Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

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It took a little longer than expected, but our Applications Platform Group has certified the Safari 4 browser with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on the following desktop operating system configurations:
Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard")
  • Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard" version 10.5.6 or higher, along with any other security and Java updates in the Software Update program started from the Apple icon menu on the client)
  • Safari 4 (4.0.4 or higher)
  • The J2SE 5 plug-in on Mac OS X (v1.5.0_13 or higher)
Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard")
  • Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard" version 10.6.3 or higher, along with any other security and Java updates in the Software Update program started from the Apple icon menu on the client)
  • Safari 4 (version 4.0.5 or higher)
  • The J2SE 6 plug-in on Mac OS X (v1.6.0_20 or higher)
Special considerations for Mac OS X desktops

I strongly recommend that you review the setup and configuration-related tips Mac desktops:
What about Safari 5 on Mac OS X?

Our teams are still working on the Safari 5 certification right now.  Until that certification is completed, we recommend that Safari 5 is not selected as part of any installs using 'Software Update' which runs periodically on the Mac desktop.  System administrators and users may want to choose the 'Ignore Update..' selection under the 'Update' pulldown menu of this program for Safari 5 to ensure that users do not inadvertently pick and install this version of Safari.

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.   

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Wednesday Jul 28, 2010

Update #1: EBS Plans for 64-bit Windows 7 Clients

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It just dawned on me that the reason I've been getting so many emails about 64-bit Windows 7 certifications is that I have somehow neglected to post a statement of direction about our plans.  So many emails, so little time.

There are three possible configurations:
  1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE
We have certified the first configuration already:  E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE. 

We are in the process of certifying the second configuration:  Oracle E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.  This certification is going smoothly, and I am optimistic that it will be completed soon. 

Speaking pragmatically, most new PCs at Oracle are arriving equipped with Windows 7 64-bit by default, and I know that they're running 32-bit browsers and JREs against Oracle's own Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 instance with no issues.  Nonetheless, I am conservative when it comes to these things, so we'll release this certification only after all of our internal desktop certification tests are completed.

After the second certification is completed, we'll move on to certifying the third configuration:  E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 64-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 64-bit JRE.

Why are you interested in the third configuration?

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs).  Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle.  Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit.  In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE. 

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

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

Monday Jul 19, 2010

Warning: E-Business Suite Issues with Sun JRE 1.6.0_21

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My colleagues in the Java division shipped Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_21 (a.k.a. JRE 6u21, internal version 1.6.0_21-b06) last week.  See the 1.6.0_21 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.

Unfortunately, this release of JRE 6u21 (1.6.0_21-b06) still has the 'Mismanaged Session Cookie' issue that we reported in earlier articles.  This can cause a failure of the following E-Business Suite functions with certain desktop and browser combinations, notably for IE 6 and 7 users:
  • 'File -> Export' functionality
  • Opening attachments in forms
  • Opening an HTML form to a new window from forms.
  • Opening an Applet in a new window from forms
  • Trying to login again after forms session timeout fails
A JRE plug-in release with fixes for these issues is only available through patch 9915543.  Patch 9915543 contains JRE 1.6.0_20-b05.  This fixed version is not available as a download from Sun or through the Java Update Mechanism (which continues to offer only JRE 1.6.0_20-b02).  This fix will not be available through the normal Sun distribution channels until a future release of JRE 1.6.

A fixed version of the JRE 1.6.0_21 (6u21) plug-in is expected to be made available through a special patch download in the near future.

Summary of options for EBS sysadmins

At this stage, your options are to:
  1. Remain on JRE 1.6.0_17; wait for JRE 1.6.0_22 or later
  2. Deploy any standard JRE release later than 1.6.0_17, with the understanding that some of your users may encounter issues related to "Mismanaged session cookies"
  3. Deploy JRE 1.6.0_20-b05 (released via patch 9915543)
I understand that this is a frustrating state of affairs and I apologize for the continued delay in resolving this once and for all.  We're continuing to work with our colleagues in the Java division to get this set of fixes into the main JRE codelines.  I'll post updates here as soon as I have more information to share.

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 May 28, 2010

JRE 1.6.0_20 Build 5 Fixes E-Business Suite Compatibility Issues

Good news, worth sneaking under the publication wire prior to my vacation:  Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.6.0_20 Build 5 (6u20-b05) fixes the mismanaged cookie session issue which could affect JRE 1.6.0_18 (6u18) to 1.6.0_20 (6u20-b02) users. This JRE release is only available through Patch 9553040. The Sun download version remains at 1.6.0_20 build 2 (6u20-b02), therefore you cannot uptake this fix through the Java automatic update facility. It is expected that this fix will be available through the usual delivery mechanism from Sun once JRE 1.6.0_21 (6u21) is released.  Until then, you can download it here:

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Patch 9553040 contains both a JRE (jrefb-6u20-rev-b05-windows-i586.exe) and a JDK (jdkfb-6u20-rev-b05-windows-i586.exe) executable. You only need to extract and install the JRE version from this patch to fix this issue.

Patch Installation Instructions
  1. Download patch 9553040
  2. Extract the jrefb-6u20-rev-b05-windows-i586.exe
  3. Run the executable to install on the desktop
If you wish to distribute this release as a download through Oracle E-Business Suite and users do not already have an earlier release of JRE 6u20 installed on their desktop, follow the installation instructions in the appropriate note:
If your users already have jre6u20 installed on their desktop, please uninstall the earlier release or over write it by installing this later version over it.

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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 May 13, 2010

Interim Update #1: Microsoft Office 2010 and E-Business Suite

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[Nov. 22, 2010 Update:  Office 2010 (32-Bit) is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details]

Congratulations to my colleagues at Microsoft on their launch of Microsoft Office 2010 yesterday.  Questions about our certification plans for Office 2010 are filling my inbox, so here's an interim update on our plans. 

If you've reached this article via a search engine, it's possible that a later update on our status is available.  For our latest status, please check the Desktop Client Certifications section of our one-page Certifications summary.

Our current plans for Office 2010

We plan to certify Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 with Microsoft Office 2010.

When will Office 2010 be certified with EBS?

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

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

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

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

Examples of these integrations include:
  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
Which Office versions will be certified?

Our actual certification plans are under review, but as of today, I expect that we will explicitly test the Office 2010 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests will apply equally to the following editions:
  • Home and Student Edition
  • Home and Business Edition
  • Standard Edition
  • Professional Academic Edition
  • Professional Plus Edition
We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:
  • Office Web Apps
  • Starter Edition
  • Mac Edition
  • Office Mobile
I would not expect the results of our certification with Office 2010 Professional Edition to apply to the above four editions.

What about 64-bit Office?

Office 2010 offers a 64-bit version for the first time.  The 64-bit version is available for a subset of Microsoft's supported operating systems. 

We're currently evaluating our plans for certifying both the 32-bit and 64-bit Office versions with EBS.  Stay tuned for more details on this front.

Any Early Adopter Programs planned?

No, we don't currently have any plans to offer an Early Adopter Program for Office 2010 with Oracle E-Business Suite.  If that changes, I'll post an article on this blog with a call for participants. 

What about OpenOffice and StarOffice?

Things are a bit different on this front now that Sun is part of our Oracle family.  I can't share specifics at this point, but I can confirm that we have teams looking into getting E-Business Suite working with OpenOffice.  Stay tuned; more details will be coming about this, too.

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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 Apr 15, 2010

Warning: E-Business Suite Issues with Sun JRE 1.6.0_20

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My colleagues in the Java division have just released Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.6.0_20 today.  See the 1.6.0_20 Update Release Notes for details about what has been changed in this release.

The issues reported in the following articles still also apply to JRE 1.6.0_20:
Depending upon your security and Java deployment policies for your end-user desktops, you may need to update your users to this JRE release.  Unfortunately, you will have to balance your need for the fixes in JRE 1.6.0_20 against the impact of the open EBS compatibility issues reported with 6u18, 6u19, 6u20.

We're working closely with the Sun JRE team to get the open EBS compatibility issues resolved as quickly as possible.  This is being worked at the top priority.  Please monitor this blog for updates.


Monday Apr 05, 2010

Warning: E-Business Suite Issues with Sun JRE 1.6.0_19

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Sadly, the issues reported in the following article also apply to JRE 1.6.0_19:
Once again, if you haven't already upgraded your end-users to JRE 1.6.0_18 or 1.6.0_19, we recommend that you to keep them on a prior JRE release such as 1.6.0_17 (6u17).

We're working closely with the Sun JRE team to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible.  Please monitor this blog for updates.


Tuesday Mar 30, 2010

Using Microsoft Office 2007 with E-Business Suite Release 12

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[Nov. 22, 2010 Update:  Office 2010 (32-Bit) is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details]

Many products in the Oracle E-Business Suite offer optional integrations with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Projects.  For example, some EBS products can export tabular reports to Microsoft Excel.  Some EBS products integrate directly with Microsoft products, and others work through the Applications Desktop Integrator (WebADI and ADI) as an intermediary.

These EBS integrations have historically been documented in their respective product-specific documentation.  In other words, if an EBS product in the Oracle Financials family supported an integration with, say, Microsoft Excel, it was up to the product team to document that in the Oracle Financials documentation.

Some EBS systems administrators have found the process of hunting through the various product-specific documents for Office-related information to be a bit difficult.  In response to your Service Requests and emails, we've released a new document that consolidates and summarises all patching and configuration requirements for EBS products with MS Office integration points in a single place:
Which EBS Products Have MS Office Integrations?

This Note covers:
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Products
    • Oracle Incentive Compensation (CN)
    • Oracle Leads Management (AML)
    • Oracle Marketing (AMS)
    • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
    • Oracle Proposals (PRP)
    • Oracle Sales for Handhelds (ASP)
    • Oracle Sales Offline (ASL)
    • Oracle Territory Manager (JTY)
    • Oracle Trade Management (OZF)
  • Financials (FIN) Products
    • Assets (FA)
    • Bill Presentment Architecture (BPA)
    • General Ledger (GL)
    • Cash Management (CE)
    • Internet Expenses (OIE)
    • Loans (LNS)
    • Financial Common Modules (FUN)
    • Public Sector Budgeting (PSB)
  • Human Resources (HRMS)
    • Advanced Benefits (BEN)
    • Compensation
    • Configuration Workbench
    • Human Resources Intelligence (HRI)
    • India (TDS Challan Mapping, Tax Declaration)
    • iRecruitment (IRC)
    • Payroll (PAY)
    • Talent Management (Offline Appraisals)
    • Oracle Time and Labor (OTL)
  • Intelligence (INT)
    • Balanced Scorecard (BSC)
    • Daily Business Intelligence (BIS)
  • Procurement (PRC)
    • Advanced Pricing (QP)
    • Sourcing
  • Projects (PA)
    • Project Costing
    • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)
    • Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM)
    • Contracts Core (OKC)
    • Discrete Manufacturing (DMF)
    • Product Information and Product Lifecycle Management (PIM/PLM)
    • Supply Chain Planning (ASCP,CP)
    • Oracle Process Manufacturing (OPM)
    • Site Hub (RRS)
  • Technology
    • Desktop Integrator (ADI)
    • Web Desktop Integrator (WebADI)
    • Reports Manager (FRM)
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Monday Mar 22, 2010

Warning: E-Business Suite Issues with Sun JRE 1.6.0_18

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Users need a Java client to run the Forms-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite.  With Oracle JInitiator 1.3 out of Premier Support as of July 2009, Apps users must run the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) to access this content.

In early 2008 we relaxed our certification and support policy for the use of the native Sun JRE clients with the E-Business Suite. The policy reflected a switch from certifying specific JRE versions for the E-Business Suite to specifying minimum versions, instead. This permits E-Business Suite users to run any JRE release above following minimum certified levels, even later ones that Oracle hasn't explicitly tested with the E-Business Suite:
  • JRE 1.5.0_13 and higher
  • JRE 1.6.0_03 and higher
Under our current policy, Oracle E-Business Suite end-users can upgrade their JRE clients whenever Sun releases a new JRE release on either the 1.5 or 1.6 versions. EBS users do not need to wait for Oracle to certify new JRE 1.5 or 1.6 plug-in updates with the E-Business Suite.

Known E-Business Suite Issues with JRE 1.6.0_18

We test every new JRE release with both E-Business Suite 11i and 12.  We have identified a number of issues with JRE 1.6.0_18.  If you haven't already upgraded your end-users to JRE 1.6.0_18, we recommend that you to keep them on a prior JRE release such as 1.6.0_17 (6u17).

Due to a regression in JRE 1.6.0_18 (6u18), the following Oracle Forms-based features may fail when running Oracle E-Business Suite through Internet Explorer;
  • 'File -> Export' functionality
  • Opening attachments in forms
  • Opening an HTML form in a new window from forms.
  • Opening an Applet in a new window from Oracle Forms (i.e. AHM)
The bug can cause the session cookie to be mismanaged causing a new iexplore.exe session to open on the desktop client. This affects the Oracle E-Business Suite releases in different ways:
  • If this problem occurs running Oracle E-Business Suite 11i a new login page is rendered rather than the correct window or functionality
  • If this problem occurs running Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 the window opens with the following error:
fndgfm.jsp error : The current session is invalid. Unable to proceed without a valid session.
This issue is particularly prevalent for users running Internet Explorer 6 or 7.  These issues do not reproduce on all desktop client/Oracle E-Business Suite environment combinations, even from the same desktop client. 

Temporary Workaround for JRE 1.6.0_18 Issues

Users may still upgrade to JRE 1.6.0_18 (6u18) or later if required, for example if needing a critical fix from this or a later release of the plug-in.

The only workaround for affected users is to turn off Next-Generation Java from the 'Java Control Panel':
  1. Navigate to: Start > Control Panel > Java > Advanced > Java Plug-in 
  2. De-select the option "Enable the next-generation Java Plug-in (requires browser restart)" 
This issue is being investigated through Sun bug 6927268 - 'ShowDocument calls results in new iexplorer process'.

References
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Monday Mar 01, 2010

EBS 11i Applications Desktop Integrator (ADI) Certified on 11gR2 Database

The Client Applications Desktop Integrator (ADI) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i running on the 11gR2 Database.  Customers may continue using the client-installed ADI  after upgrading their E-Business Suite Release 11i environment to the 11gR2 Database.

This certification applies to all ADI functionality, including:
  • General Ledger Journal Wizard
  • Budget Wizard
  • Report Wizard
  • Analysis Wizard
  • Account Hierarchy Editor
  • Request Center
  • Assets Integrators
Note that this certification applies only to Client ADI with Applications 11i.  Client ADI cannot be used with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12; webADI is available for Release 12 users.

No new ADI functionality or patches were released as part of this new certification, and the ADI team has not released any updates to their documentation.  The latest updates to their 10gR2 documentation also apply to EBS environments running on the 11gR2 database.  For more information (and a useful Frequently Asked Questions summary for ADI), see:
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Friday Feb 12, 2010

Build Custom WebADI Integrators with EBS 12.1.2 Desktop Integration Framework

[Nov. 22, 2010 Update:  Office 2010 (32-Bit) is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details]

Oracle Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI) is Oracle E-Business Suite's solution for integrating E-Business Suite applications with desktop applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word and Projects.  "Integrators" encapsulate the metadata and other information needed to integrate a particular Oracle E-Business Suite task with a desktop application.

I'm pleased to announce the availability of Oracle E-Business Suite Desktop Integration Framework (DIF), a design time framework that you can use to create custom integrators for Oracle Web ADI in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2.

Several Oracle E-Business Suite applications provide seeded integrators out-of-the-box. You can now use the Desktop Integration Framework to define custom integrators for tasks of your own.

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Oracle E-Business Suite Desktop Integration Framework provides a graphical user interface which you can use to define integrators and associated supporting objects.  You can reduce development time by using the GUI instead of working directly with the underlying Oracle Web ADI tables and APIs.  This user interface makes it easier to maintain your integrators, too.  The Desktop Integration Framework supports native Oracle Application Framework (OAF) UI widgets like Flex-fields, List Of Values, Pop-lists and Date pickers.

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The Desktop Integration Framework allows you to:
  • Create Integrators using a wizard-based user interface
  • Define Integrators to upload data through PL/SQL APIs or directly to tables
  • Define Integrators to download data from text files or using SQL Queries
  • Define data validation rules
  • Embed UI widgets (List of values, Pop lists, Date pickers, Flexfields) in spreadsheets
  • Use the Oracle E-Business Suite Security Model
  • Define layouts and mappings for custom integrators
Your feedback is welcome

We are very interested in hearing about your experiences with this new tool.  Please post your comments here or drop me an email at email.jpg

Wednesday Feb 03, 2010

What Are Your Plans for Retiring Internet Explorer or IE6?

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 was released in 2001.  Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch has indicated that IE6 will continue to receive Extended Support for the lifetime of Windows XP, which is currently planned to continue until August 4, 2014.

As a nine-year old technology, it's not surprising to hear that cyber-attacks may be targetted at potentially-serious security issues with this browser.  Microsoft has recently issued Security Advisory 979352 to address certain browser security issues.

France's Computer Emergency Response Team and Germany's Federal Office for Security in Information Technology have recently issued official bulletins that advise users to switch from Internet Explorer to an alternative browser.

Supporting Internet Explorer and IE6 with Oracle E-Business Suite

Our plans are to continue supporting IE6 with the E-Business Suite as long as Microsoft supports that browser.  We also plan to continue to certify updates to Internet Explorer with the E-Business Suite.

Our challenge, though, is that there are over thirty different desktop client x browser x JRE release combinations that could be certified with every new E-Business Suite patch or update.  We do not have the resources to test every possible permutation comprehensively with every Apps patch, so we are forced to select a subset of combinations to rotate through our certification process.

What Are Your Plans?

This is where your feedback can make a lot of difference in helping us prioritize combinations to test with the E-Business Suite.  I'm particularly interested in your answers to the following questions:
  1. What browsers are primarily used in your organization?  
  2. Are you reassessing your desktop deployment standards in response to the latest news about IE? 
  3. If yes, what are your plans for retiring either Internet Explorer, generally, or IE6, specifically?
Please feel free to comment here or drop me a private email with your organization's current perspectives on this.

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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 Jan 29, 2010

Using Mobile Devices with Oracle E-Business Suite

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It's been a wild and crazy week here in EBS Development; my workload seems to have tripled overnight.  In a desperate attempt to protect my inbox, here's a quick article that answers some common questions around the use of smartphones and other mobile devices with the E-Business Suite. 

Before I go into the details, though, it's very important to note that this particular area is evolving extremely rapidly.  If a search engine has brought you to this article long after its initial publication, you should check this blog and other Oracle sources carefully to confirm our latest position on mobile device support for the E-Business Suite.

Support for iPhones and iPads

Apple's seems to have had a good week with their iPad launch.  Even before that, interest in using iPhones with the E-Business Suite seems to be extremely high.  Oracle offers several official iPhone apps that are related to the E-Business Suite, including:
Apple has indicated that all existing iPhone apps will work transparently on the iPad as well.  I'm sure that the Oracle teams who currently produce iPhone apps will be only too-pleased to justify their purchase of iPads to do these certifications.

Using smartphones and mobile devices with EBS self-service apps

Some E-Business Suite products offer web-based screens that can be accessed by standards-compliant browsers.  These products have HTML-screens, are built using OA Framework, and are sometimes referred to as "Self-Service Web Applications" (SSWA).

We officially certify and support these web-based products in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 with:
  • Various Windows desktop clients running Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8
  • Various Windows desktop clients running Firefox 3
  • Mac OS X desktop clients running Safari 3
We do not conduct any formal certification tests of the latest smartphone or mobile device browsers with the E-Business Suite.  To be explicit about this, we do not currently test the E-Business Suite with:
  • Mobile Safari running on iPhones
  • Internet Explorer Mobile (formerly Pocket Internet Explorer)
  • Opera Mobile
  • Firefox Mobile
  • BlackBerry Browser
  • Other mobile device browsers
If a mobile browser is standards-compliant (e.g. passes the latest Acid test), it might work with the E-Business Suite's self-service HTML screens.  However, if you experience any issues with a mobile browser that cannot be reproduced on a certified desktop browser, our recommendation would be to use a desktop browser instead.

Using smartphones and mobile devices with EBS Forms-based apps

Some E-Business Suite products run in Oracle Forms.  These Forms-based products require the use of Sun's Java Runtime Engine (JRE) to run.  We test the Sun JRE with Windows-based desktop clients.  We do not test any mobile Java clients with E-Business Suite Forms-based products, and I would be rather nonplussed if I received any reports of this configuration actually working.

If you encounter any issues with mobile-based Java clients that cannot be reproduced on a Windows-based desktop client, our recommendation would be to use the latter client, instead.

Using standards-compliant mail clients to approve Workflow notifications

Oracle Workflow is a key part of the E-Business Suite's technology stack.  It can be configured to send emails (via SMTP) that notify E-Business Suite users that certain EBS transactions are awaiting their approval.  E-Business Suite end-users can respond to those notification emails by clicking on a link in those emails, or responding with an email containing certain keywords in the body of a reply.

We test Workflow and E-Business Suite notifications using Windows desktop based email clients such as Microsoft Outlook.  We do not currently perform any tests of Workflow notification emails with mobile devices such as iPhone Mail app or BlackBerry Email.

We would expect standards-compliant email clients to be able to handle Workflow notification emails properly, including email clients on mobile devices.  Some mobile email clients are unable to handle standards-based emails, and other email clients may truncate long Workflow notification emails.  These issues may prevent certain email clients on mobile devices from handling Workflow notifications properly.

If you encounter issues with Workflow email notifications on smartphones or mobile devices that can't be reproduced on a conventional Windows desktop-based email client, our recommendation would be to process Workflow notifications on the latter.

On a side note: technically-inclined readers might be interested to hear that we're aware of at least one web-based email client that does not comply with RFC 2368 in its handling of new line characters in mailto URL encoding.  Web-based email clients with issues like that will be unable to handle Workflow notifications properly.  If you encounter issues with web-based email clients that cannot be reproduced on a conventional Windows desktop-based email client, our recommendation would be to process Workflow notifications on the latter.

Your feedback is welcome


As I mentioned above, it's very important to note that this particular area is evolving extremely rapidly.  This article represents a snapshot of our current certification and support position, but this position reflects the relatively small demand for mobile device support today (at least when compared to desktop-based users). 

We're always monitoring demand for new requirements, so your feedback has the potential to influence our priorities for mobile device support.  You would be amazed at how important decisions about product strategy can be influenced by a small amount of direct customer feedback. 

If your organization plans to support the use of smartphones or other mobile devices with the E-Business Suite, we'd be very interested in hearing from you.  Post a comment here, or drop me a private email with details about:
  1. E-Business Suite release and products in production (e.g. "Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1, running iExpenses, HRMS, and Financials")
  2. Who will be using mobile devices with EBS, and in what scenarios? (e.g. web-based EBS products, Workflow email notifications)
  3. Numbers and types of mobile devices to be deployed
  4. Deployment schedule
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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.

Full disclosure:  I own shares in Oracle and Apple.  This article is intended to describe our current certification and and support position and is not an endorsement of Apple products.

Thursday Jan 21, 2010

Firefox 3.6 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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[March 25, 2010: Elaborated on Firefox 3.6's incompatibility with JInitiator 1.3]

We certified Firefox 3.5 with Oracle E-Business Suite in September, 2009.  The Mozilla team released Firefox 3.6 today, and I'm very pleased to announce that Firefox 3.6 is now certified with the E-Business Suite. 

If you've already applied all of the prerequisites required for Firefox 3.5, you'll be happy to learn that no additional E-Business Suite patches are needed for Firefox 3.6 compatibility.  The same baseline of patches for Firefox 3.5 allow for a painless upgrade to Firefox 3.6. 

Firefox 3.6 requires "next generation Java"

Firefox 3.6 is only supported with 'next generation Java' plug-in versions JRE 1.6.0_10 (6u10) or higher. The 'Enable the next-generation Java plug-in' option within the 'Java Control Panel' may still be switched off if required.

Trying to launch Forms-based products with earlier JRE versions (JRE 1.6.0_07 or earlier or JRE 1.5.x) will prompt the user to download and install the latest available plug-in version through the Firefox 'Plugin Finder Service'. Forms will not launch until a 'next generation Java' plug-in version is installed on the desktop client.

Special Note for JInitiator Users

As noted above, Firefox 3.6 has a hard dependency on JRE 1.6.  JInitiator 1.3 is based on JRE 1.3 and will not work in Firefox 3.6. 

JInitiator is no longer supported for E-Business Suite environments.  If you upgrade to Firefox 3.6, you must ensure that your E-Business Suite environment is also switched from using JInitiator to using the native Sun JRE plug-in.  See:
Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Oracle Applications 11.5.10 plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10.CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer6i patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6, patch 5903765) or later
  • Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) Patch 7651759
  • Oracle Applications Technology Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model
Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.x
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) Patch 7602616
  • Oracle Applications Technology Patch 7567840, which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model
Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1
  • No additional prerequisites are required
Certified Desktop Operating Systems for Firefox 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and 2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 and 3
References
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