Friday Mar 07, 2014

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at this location:

 These virtual appliances can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server.  Alternatively, they can be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

The virtual appliances deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 virtual appliances are:

  1. Single Node VISION Demo
  2. VISION Demo Database Tier
  3. Production (PROD) Database Tier
  4. Application Tier
  5. Sparse Application Tier

These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

  • Single node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.2.3 database and application tiers.
  • Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the database virtual appliance of choice (either VISION or PROD) and the application tier virtual appliance. That is, Option 2 or 3 above, followed by Option 4.  You can then add secondary application tiers using Option 5.
  • Operating system-only installation (Oracle Linux 6.5): The sparse application tier virtual appliance (Option 5) includes the necessary operating system packages, kernel parameter settings, and users (oracle and applmgr) required to install Oracle E-Business Suite, providing benefit for customers who plan to use Rapid Install for their 12.1.3 or 12.2.3 installation.
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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.    

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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 27, 2013

Microsoft Windows 8 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

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

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Prerequisites

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

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

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

Use the Native JRE plug-in

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

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

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

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

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

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

WebADI and Report Manager Users

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

What About Windows Hyper-V?

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

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

What about other Windows 8 editions?

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

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

What About Earlier Versions of IE?

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

Pending Win8 Certifications

BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew Languages)

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

MS Projects

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

Client Server Products

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

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

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11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

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

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


Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

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

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

EBS 11i References
EBS 12 References
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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.

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.

    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.   


    Thursday Jun 06, 2013

    Discoverer 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite

    Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer is an ad-hoc query, reporting, analysis, and Web-publishing tool that allows end-users to work directly with Oracle E-Business Suite OLTP data.

    Discoverer graph screenshot

    Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.7) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Discoverer 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 6.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
    • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
    • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
    • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

    Certified Platforms

    Oracle Discoverer Release 11g R1 Patch Set 6 (11.1.1.7) is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For platform details, see:

    References


    Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

    Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite

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


    For details about third-party integration architectures, see:

    Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.7 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  OID 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 6.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
    • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG PH.H RUP 7 and higher
    • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
    • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

    Supported Configurations

    Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.7.0 can be integrated with these single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:

    • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 (11.1.2.0) with an Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.6 or higher or 12.1.x).
    • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.7.0) with an Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 12.0.6 or higher or 12.1.x).
    • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
    • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 6 (11.1.1.7.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.6 or 12.1.x).
    Oracle Access Manager strongly recommended

    Oracle has two single sign-on solutions: Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO) and Oracle Access Manager (OAM). Oracle strongly recommends that all new single sign-on implementations use Oracle Access Manager. Oracle Access Manager is the preferred solution going forward, and forms the basis of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. OSSO is no longer being actively developed and will not be ported to Oracle WebLogic Server.

    Platform certifications

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

    For information on operating systems supported by Oracle Internet Directory and its components, refer to the Oracle Identity and Access Management 11gR1 certification matrix.

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

    References

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    Thursday May 09, 2013

    Configuring Integrated SOA Gateway in Multinode EBS Environments

    The E-Business Suite's three-tier architecture consists of application tier services such as Web Application Services (oacore, oafm, Forms), Web Entry Point Services, Batch Processing Services, Root Services and database tier processes and data. A node represents a physical server with a set of processes. When application and database processes are distributed across multiple servers, it is called a multi-node installation. Generally, a hardware load-balancer is used to distribute EBS traffic between multiple nodes.

    Load-balanced multi-node EBS environment

    Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) provides a SOA-based infrastructure to provide and consume web service in EBS. The Integrated SOA Gateway can be configured for use in multi-node EBS environments; see:

    Configuring Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1.2 and Release 12.1.3 in a Multinode Environment (Note 1081100.1)

    This document's steps for web service generation and deployment in multi-node environments should be followed for each EBS Public API exposed as web service.

    How to set up Integrated SOA Gateway in multi-node environment

    Service Provider:  ISG generates web service artifacts and stores them in the Instance Home (INST_TOP). Regardless of whether a shared file system is used in EBS multi-node installation, ISG’s Service Provider should be configured to synchronize web service artifacts across all EBS application tier nodes.

    Service Invocation Framework:  ISG stores metadata about the web service to be invoked in database tables. However, if the target web service resides outside a corporate firewall, then you need to ensure that the EBS host has access to WSDL and target web service endpoints required for sending SOAP requests. This requires setting up Proxy Host and Port at appropriate EBS application tiers; see the "Setup Tasks" section in Chapter 9 in this guide:

    Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Implementation Guide [Part E12169-06].

    Proxy Host and Port setup should be done for each node in a multi-node environment.

    References

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    Tuesday Apr 23, 2013

    Using SAML-based Authentication for Web Services with Integrated SOA Gateway

    Web services provided by Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway are secured at the transport level through SSL and at the message level through authentication tokens – Username Token and SAML Token (Sender Vouches). I will discuss SAML Token (Sender Vouches) here.

    Brief on SAML, SAML Token, SAML Token Profile

    Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a XML-based framework to exchange security related information between Service Consumer, Identity Provider and Service Provider. The security information is expressed in terms of assertions. Statements about the subject or user form the SAML Token. 

    WS-Security defines a set of security token profiles for different types of tokens embedded within the SOAP message as headers. SAML Token Profile is one of the WS-Security Token Profiles that describe the syntax and meaning of SAML Tokens. SAML Tokens are embedded within SOAP messages by placing assertion elements inside the SOAP Header.

    As per WS-Security, there are three common methods to assure the Service Provider that the SOAP message came from the subject referenced in the token. The three common subject confirmation methods are Sender Vouches, Holder of Key, and Bearer. As of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3, web services provided by Integrated SOA Gateway (inbound) support SAML Token using the Sender Vouches subject confirmation method.

    SAML Token - Sender Vouches

    SAML Tokens assert that the subject or user has already been authenticated. As the name suggests, in the Sender Vouches case, the Sender or SOAP web service client that sends the SOAP request message to SOAP web service vouches for the identity of the assertion’s subject.

    SAML flow diagram

    The SAML assertion may be provided by an external Identity Provider -- a SAML Authority or SAML Issuer. In this case, a client sends a SAML assertion request to a SAML Authority. The SAML Authority identifies the client, authenticates the subject, and sends SAML assertion as response to client. The client’s private key is used to sign both the assertion and the SOAP message body.

    The E-Business Suite's Integrated SOA Gateway uses Oracle Application Server’s Web Services Security framework. It verifies the digital signature in a SOAP request and extracts the SAML Token. It validates the SAML assertion such as the issuer, validity period, and authentication statement. It extracts the SAML Subject Name Identifier and verifies the same with registered Oracle Internet Directory (OID) for single sign-on users or with FND_USER table in Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) database for non-single sign-on users. It uses Oracle Internet Directory to map the single sign-on user with the equivalent EBS user. The EBS username is then used for the authorization check for the web service execution.

    When to use SAML Sender Vouches based authentication for web services provided by Integrated SOA Gateway?

    SAML Token with Sender Vouches is best used for following scenarios:

    • Single Sign On: As part of your business process, you may want to authenticate once and propagate the authenticated identity as a SAML assertion to subsequent EBS web service calls.
    • Subject or user needs to be authenticated locally (at web service client end) or centrally by Identity Provider (or SAML Authority), and propagate the assertion to an EBS web service.

    How to use SAML Token Sender Vouches in Integrated SOA Gateway?

    The steps to expose an EBS API as web service are described in Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Implementation Guide and Developer's Guide

    • Create Grant for EBS API methods that you want to expose as web service operations
    • Generate and Deploy the EBS API as web service with SAML Token (Sender Vouches) authentication type
    • Configure client and EBS (server) for SAML  

    See Setting Up SAML Token Security for Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1.3 [Note 1144313.1] 

    This Note describes the steps to configure SOAP Web Service Client as well as Oracle E-Business Suite (SOAP Web Service Provider). In Integrated SOA Gateway, a SAML Token Sender Vouches policy is applied at the web service level or port level. You may have to configure EBS for SAML for all web services that are deployed with Authentication Type as SAML Token (Sender Vouches).

    • Invoke web service with SAML Token

    The Note also describes steps to test web service invocation with a SAML Token. Depending upon the client program, you may programmatically insert SAML assertions or let web service security policy enforcement products such Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM) insert a SAML Token in a SOAP request message.

    References

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    Thursday Feb 14, 2013

    Webcast Replay Available: Top 10 Free Ways of Securing Your EBS Instance

    I am pleased to announce the availability of the webcast replay for the Top 10 Free Ways of Securing Your EBS Instance here:

    This webcast was presented by Eric Bing, Senior Director, and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and covers things you can do to improve the security of your Oracle E-Business Suite instance. Best of all, the actions discussed in this webcast are free! This webcast was targeted to system administrators, DBAs, and implementers.

    E-Business Suite architecture diagram showing firewalls and internal and external application servers

    This webcast, led by Eric Bing,Senior Director, and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, covered the following topics:

    • Check Profile Settings
    • Change Default Passwords
    • Secure APPLSYSPUB
    • Activate Server Security
    • Implement IP address restrictions
    • Migrate to Password Hashing
    • Enable Application Tier Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
    • Move Off of Client/Server Components
    • Secure Configuration of Attachments
    • Turn on ModSecurity
    • Encrypt Credit Card Data
    • Separation of Duties: Review Access To “Sensitive Administrative Pages”

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    Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

    Webcast Replay Available for EBS Directions: Deployment and System Administration

    When will EBS 12.2 be released?  Sorry, we're not permitted to speculate about release dates.  But we can tell you a bit more about what's going to be in that release.

    Max Arderius, Manager, ATG, recently presented a webcast that provided a sneak peek at how our upcoming E-Business Suite 12.2 release affect your deployment and system administration experience.  The recorded replay for this webcast is available here:

    EBS 12.2 Technology Stack Architecture diagram


    This webcast compares existing deployment and system administration tools for EBS 12.0 and 12.1 with the upcoming functionality planned for EBS 12.2. This was a very popular session at OpenWorld 2012, and covers:

    • Understanding the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Architecture
    • Installing & Upgrading EBS 12.2
    • Online Patching in EBS 12.2
    • Cloning in EBS 12.2

    Related Article


    Tuesday Jan 22, 2013

    ATG Live Webcast Jan. 24th: Top 10 Free Ways of Securing Your EBS Instance

    This webcast provides you with an understanding of the actions you can take now to improve the security of your Oracle E-Business Suite instance. Best of all, the actions being discussed in this webcast are free! This webcast is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, and implementers.

    E-Business Suite architecture diagram showing firewalls and internal and external application servers

    This webcast, led by Eric Bing,Senior Director, and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, will cover the following topics:

    • Check Profile Settings
    • Change Default Passwords
    • Secure APPLSYSPUB
    • Activate Server Security
    • Implement IP address restrictions
    • Migrate to Password Hashing
    • Enable Application Tier Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
    • Move Off of Client/Server Components
    • Secure Configuration of Attachments
    • Turn on ModSecurity
    • Encrypt Credit Card Data
    • Separation of Duties: Review Access To “Sensitive Administrative Pages”

    Date:                Thursday, January 24, 2013
    Time:               11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenters:   Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager
                             Eric Bing, Senior Director

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:

       Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
        International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
        Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
        Dial-In Passcode:                                              104460

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  593152632

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

    Monday Dec 31, 2012

    Updated Whitepaper: Extending EBS 12.1.3 using Oracle Application Express

    I'm pleased to announce an update to the whitepaper:

    • Extending Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using Oracle Application Express (APEX), Revision 1 (Note 1306563.1)
    Oracle Application Express APEX screenshot

    It's possible to personalize the E-Business Suite, but there may be situations where personalizations aren't sufficient to meet your requirements. In these scenarios, Oracle Application Express, also known as Oracle APEX, is an option for creating supplemental applications that can be integrated with your Oracle E-Business Suite instance.

    This whitepaper outlines how to extend Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (and higher) functionality using Oracle Application Express. Recommended architecture and security considerations are discussed in detail. This new version has been updated to reflect the latest versions of the documentation and technologies, including the use of Oracle Access Manager (OAM) for authentication.

    You can also find the whitepaper on the APEX OTN Site > Learn More > Technical Information and White Papers > Extending Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using Oracle Application Express (PDF).

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    Thursday Dec 06, 2012

    ATG Live Webcast Dec. 13th: EBS Future Directions: Deployment and System Administration

    This webcast provides an overview of the improvements to Oracle E-Business Suite deployment and system administration that are planned for the upcoming EBS 12.2 release.   It is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.

    EBS 12.2 Technology Stack Architecture diagram


    This webcast, led by Max Arderius, Manager Applications Technology Group, compares existing deployment and system administration tools for EBS 12.0 and 12.1 with the upcoming functionality planned for EBS 12.2. This was a very popular session at OpenWorld 2012, and I am pleased to bring it to the ATG Live Webcast series.  This session will cover:

    • Understanding the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Architecture
    • Installing & Upgrading EBS 12.2
    • Online Patching in EBS 12.2
    • Cloning in EBS 12.2

    Date:             Thursday, December 13, 2012
    Time:             8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenter:   Max Arderius, Manager Applications Technology Group

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:
       Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
        International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
        Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
        Dial-In Passcode:                                              103194

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  593672805

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

    Thursday Nov 29, 2012

    ATG Live Webcast Dec. 6th: Minimizing EBS Maintenance Downtimes

    This webcast provides an overview of the plans and decisions you can make, and the actions you can take, that will help you minimize maintenance downtimes for your E-Business Suite instances. It is targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.

    Phases of EBS patching

    This session, led by Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, and Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager, will cover best practices, tools, utilities, and tasks to minimize your maintenance downtimes during the four key maintenance phases. Topics will include:

    • Create a Maintenance Strategy
    • Find the Updates You Need
    • Use the Right Tools and Features
    • Create a Deployment Strategy
    • Summarize Key Concepts
    • Review a Case Study
    • Preview EBS Release 12.2 Online Patching

    Date:                Thursday, December 6, 2012
    Time:               8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenters:   Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager
                             Santiago Bastidas, Principal Product Manager

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:
       Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
        International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
        Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
        Dial-In Passcode:                                              103200

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  595757500

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

    Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

    REMINDER: ATG Live Webcast Nov. 15: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

    Thursday, November 15th is your chance to join Sara Woodhull and Juan Camilo Ruiz as they discuss  Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF. You can find the complete event details at

    ATG Live Webcast: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

    Date:               Thursday, November 15, 2012
    Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                             Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, ADF

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:

       Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
        International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
        Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
        Dial-In Passcode:                                              103192

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  591862924

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

    Friday Nov 09, 2012

    ATG Live Webcast Nov. 15th: Best Practices for Using EBS SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

    Oracle E-Business Suite delivers functionality for handling the core business of your organization. This webcast provides best practices for how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) with the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java.  Topics include:

    • Session management with ADF
    • Handling security
    • Embedding ADF regions in OA Framework pages
    • Best practices and more
    Using the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java with Oracle ADF

    Date:               Thursday, November 15, 2012
    Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                             Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, ADF

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:

       Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
        International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
        Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
        Dial-In Passcode:                                              103192

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  591862924

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

    Monday Nov 05, 2012

    Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP04 Certified with EBS 12

    I'm pleased to announce that the Oracle Access Manager team has certified Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Bundle Patch 4 (a.k.a. 11.1.1.5.4 or BP04) with E-Business Suite Release 12.  Applying Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP04 will provide you with the latest set of fixes for Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 which have been validated with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.


    References

    Later Oracle Access Manager Bundle Patches may be applied on top of certified configurations. However, unless noted explicitly in Oracle E-Business Suite documentation, these later Bundle Patches have not been tested with Oracle E-Business Suite. These are considered to be uncertified configurations.

    The following documents have been updated to include record of the Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP04 certification with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12:

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    Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

    ATG Live Webcast November 2nd: Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite

    After a break for Oracle Open World 2012, the ATG Live Webcast series is restarting this Friday, November 2nd, 2012 with the webcast:

    Using Oracle ADF with Oracle E-Business Suite: The Full Integration View

    Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java

    Oracle E-Business Suite delivers functionality for handling the core business of your organization. This webcast provides an overview of how to use Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) to deliver alternative user interfaces to existing Oracle E-Business Suite processes. The webcast also explores integration between the two worlds using the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java.

    Date:               Friday, November 2, 2012
    Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, E-Business Suite ATG
                             Juan Camilo Ruiz, Principal Product Manager, ADF

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:
       Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
        International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
        Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
        Dial-In Passcode:                                              103190

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  590254265

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

    Thursday Jul 26, 2012

    Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP03 Certified with EBS 12

    I'm pleased to announce that the Oracle Access Manager team has certified Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 Bundle Patch 3 (a.k.a. 11.1.1.5.3 or BP03) with E-Business Suite Release 12.  Applying Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 BP03 will provide you with the latest set of fixes for Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 which have been validated with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

    References

    The following documents have been updated to include a new table listing Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 bundle patches that have been certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12:

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    Monday Jul 09, 2012

    Webcast Replay Available: Scrambling Sensitive Data in E-Business Suite Release 12 Cloned Environments

    I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for ATG Live Webcast:

    Scrambling Sensitive Data in EBS 12 Cloned Environments (Presentation)

    E-Business Suite Data Masking Architecture

    Eric Bing, Senior Director, Jagan Athreya, Enterprise Manager Product Management, and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, discussed the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack, and how it 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. (July 2012)

    Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

    The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

    Friday Jul 06, 2012

    Building Extensions Using E-Business Suite SDK for Java

    We’ve just released Version 2.0.1 of Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java.  This new version has several great enhancements added after I wrote about the first version of the SDK in 2010.  In addition to the AppsDataSource and Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) features that are in the first version, the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java now provides:

    • Session management APIs, so you can share session information with Oracle E-Business Suite
    • Setup script for UNIX/Linux for AppsDataSource and JAAS on Oracle WebLogic Server
    • APIs for Message Dictionary, User Profiles, and NLS
    • Javadoc for the APIs (included with the patch)
    • Enhanced documentation included with Note 974949.1
    Integration between custom apps and EBS

    These features can be used with either Release 11i or Release 12. 

    References

    What's new in those references?

    Note 974949.1 is the place to look for the latest information as we come out with new versions of the SDK.  The patch number changes for each release.  Version 2.0.1 is contained in Patch 13882058, which is for both Release 11i and Release 12.  Note 974949.1 includes the following topics:

    • Applying the latest patch
    • Using Oracle E-Business Suite Data Sources
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Implementation of Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS)
    • Utilities
    • Error loggingSession management 
    • Message Dictionary
    • User profiles
    • Navigation to External Applications
    • Java EE Session Management Tutorial

    For those of you using the SDK with Oracle ADF, besides some Oracle ADF-specific documentation in Note 974949.1, we also updated the ADF Integration FAQ as well.

    EBS SDK for Java Use Cases

    The uses of the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java fall into two general scenarios for integrating external applications with Oracle E-Business Suite:

    1. Application sharing a session with Oracle E-Business Suite
    2. Independent application (not shared session)

    With an independent application, the external application accesses Oracle E-Business  Suite data and server-side APIs, but it has a completely separate user interface. The external application may also launch pages from the Oracle E-Business Suite home page, but after the initial launch there is no further communication with the Oracle E-Business Suite user interface.

    Shared session integration means that the external application uses an Oracle E-Business Suite session (ICX session), shares session context information with Oracle E-Business Suite, and accesses Oracle E-Business Suite data. The external application may also launch pages from the Oracle E-Business Suite home page, or regions or pages from the external application may be embedded as regions within Oracle Application Framework pages.

    Both shared session applications and independent applications use the AppsDataSource feature of the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java. Independent applications may also use the Java Authentication and Authorization (JAAS) and logging features of the SDK.

    Applications that are sharing the Oracle E-Business Suite session use the session management feature (instead of the JAAS feature), and they may also use the logging, profiles, and Message Dictionary features of the SDK.  The session management APIs allow you to create, retrieve, validate and cancel an Oracle E-Business Suite session (ICX session) from your external application.  Session information and context can travel back and forth between Oracle E-Business Suite and your application, allowing you to share session context information across applications.

    Note: Generally you would use the Java Authentication and Authorization (JAAS) feature of the SDK or the session management feature, but not both together.

    Send us your feedback

    Since the Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java is still pretty new, we’d like to know about who is using it and what you are trying to do with it.  We’d like to get this type of information:

    • customer name and brief use case
    • configuration and technologies (Oracle WebLogic Server or OC4J, plain Java, ADF, SOA Suite, and so on)
    • project status (proof of concept, development, production)
    • any other feedback you have about the SDK

    You can send me your feedback directly at Sara dot Woodhull at Oracle dot com, or you can leave it in the comments below.  Please keep in mind that we cannot answer support questions, so if you are having specific issues, please log a service request with Oracle Support.

    Happy coding!

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    Tuesday Jul 03, 2012

    Webcast Replay Available: Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching

    [Sep. 20, 2013 Update:  EBS 12.2 is now available for download.  See this article for details.]

    I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for ATG Live Webcast:

    Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching (Presentation)

    Online patching editions

    Kevin Hudson, Senior Director and one of the Online Patching architects, discussed one of the cornerstone new features in our upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 release. This ground-breaking feature is based upon Edition-Based Redefinition, a new 11gR2 Database feature that was built to Oracle Applications division specifications to allow the E-Business Suite's database tier to be patched while the environment is running.  Online Patching combines the use of Edition-Based Redefinition and new E-Business Suite technologies to allow patching to the E-Business Suite's database and application tier servers while the environment is being actively used by its end-users. (June 2012)

    Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

    The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

    Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

    Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certified on Additional Linux Platforms

    Linux Tux logo penguin

    As a follow up to our original certification announcement regarding Oracle Linux 6, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 and higher) is now certified on the following additional Linux x86/x86-64 operating systems:

    • Oracle Linux 6 (32-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (32-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)
    New installations of the E-Business Suite on these operating systems require version 12.1.1 of the Release 12 media.  Cloning of existing 12.1 Linux environments to this new OS is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process. There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11gR2) and Fusion Middleware as necessary. These and other requirements are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below.

    References

    Friday Jun 22, 2012

    ATG Live Webcast June 28: Scrambling Sensitive Data in EBS 12 Cloned Environments

    Securing the Oracle E-Business Suite includes protecting the underlying E-Business data in production and non-production databases.  While steps can be taken to provide a secure configuration to limit EBS access, a better approach to protecting non-production data is simply to scramble (mask) the data in the non-production copy.  

    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.

    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. This ATG Live Webcast is your chance to come learn about the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Template for Data Masking Pack from the experts.

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Template for Data Masking

    Example of Data Masking from Production to Non-Production Instance
    The agenda for the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack webcast includes the following topics:

    • What does data masking do in E-Business Suite environments?
      • De-identify the data
      • Mask sensitive data
      • Maintain data validity
    • How can EBS customers use data masking?
    • References

    Join Eric Bing, Senior Director and Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, as they discusses the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack.

    Date:                  Thursday, June 28, 2012
    Time:                 8:00AM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenters:     Eric Bing, Senior Director
                               Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:
        Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
        International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
        Dial-In Passcode:                                              100865

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  591170639

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

    Wednesday Jun 13, 2012

    REMINDER: ATG Live Webcast June 14: Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching

    Reminder: Our first detailed webcast about EBS 12.2's Online Patching is going to be held tomorrow, June 14, 2012.  Please dial into the webcast at least 15 minutes in advance.  Preregistration volumes suggest that we will hit the limit for attendees. If you try to dial in a mere five minutes before the webcast, you may not get in.

    Online Patching is is one of the cornerstone new features in our upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 release. This ground-breaking feature is based upon Edition-Based Redefinition, a new 11gR2 Database feature that was built to Oracle Applications division specifications to allow the E-Business Suite's database tier to be patched while the environment is running.  Online Patching combines the use of Edition-Based Redefinition and new E-Business Suite technologies to allow patching to the E-Business Suite's database and application tier servers while the environment is being actively used by its end-users.

    This webcast provides a detailed technical preview of:

    • How this new feature works
    • How it affects E-Business Suite end-users
    • How it affects E-Business Suite database administrators and patching lifecycles
    • How it affects developers and third-party software vendors responsible for E-Business Suite customizations and extensions
    Online patching editions

     

    The presenter for this event is Kevin Hudson, Senior Director and one of the Online Patching architects. There will be a special extended Q&A Session at the end of this presentation, given the nature of the materials and the questions that we expect from you. ATG Development staff supporting the Q&A session will include Elke Phelps, Santiago Bastidas, Max Arderius, and other ATG architects.

    Date:              Thursday, June 14, 2012
    Time:              8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (Special 2-hour Time)
    Presenter:    Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Applications Technology Integration

    To hear the audio feed:
       Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
       International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
       Dial-In Passcode:                                              100815

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  597470987

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    When will Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 be released?

    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'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

    Wednesday Jun 06, 2012

    ATG Live Webcast June 14: Technical Preview of EBS 12.2 Online Patching

    Online Patching is is one of the cornerstone new features in our upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 release. This ground-breaking feature is based upon Edition-Based Redefinition, a new 11gR2 Database feature that was built to Oracle Applications division specifications to allow the E-Business Suite's database tier to be patched while the environment is running.  Online Patching combines the use of Edition-Based Redefinition and new E-Business Suite technologies to allow patching to the E-Business Suite's database and application tier servers while the environment is being actively used by its end-users.

    This webcast provides a detailed technical preview of:

    • How this new feature works
    • How it affects E-Business Suite end-users
    • How it affects E-Business Suite database administrators and patching lifecycles
    • How it affects developers and third-party software vendors responsible for E-Business Suite customizations and extensions

    Online Patching Overview


    The presenter for this event is Kevin Hudson, Senior Director and one of the Online Patching architects. There will be a special extended Q&A Session at the end of this presentation, given the nature of the materials and the questions that we expect from you. ATG Development staff supporting the Q&A session will include Elke Phelps, Santiago Bastidas, Max Arderius, and other ATG architects.

    Date:               Thursday, June 14, 2012
    Time:              8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (Special 2-hour Time)
    Presenter:    Kevin Hudson, Senior Director, Applications Technology Integration

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:
       Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
       International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
       Dial-In Passcode:                                              100815

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  597470987

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

    When will Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 be released?

    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'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

    Monday Jun 04, 2012

    Plans for Java 7 and E-Business Suite Certification

    [Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]

    [Update Oct. 19, 2012: All customers can begin preparing for JRE 7 now by applying a Forms-based patch to their E-Business Suite environments.  For details, see: Planning Bulletin for JRE 7: What EBS Customers Can Do Today]

    Java logoAs of June 2012, Java 7 has not been certified yet with Oracle E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run JRE 6 on their Windows end-user desktops, and JDK 6 on their EBS servers.

    If a search engine has brought you to this article, please check the Certifications summary for our latest certified Java release.

    Our plans for certifying Java 7 for the E-Business Suite

    We plan on releasing the Java 7 certification for E-Business Suite customers in two phases:

    • Phase 1: Certify JRE 7 for Windows end-user desktops
    • Phase 2: Certify JDK 7 for server-based components

    When will Java 7 be certified with EBS?

    We're working on the first phase now. As usual, I cannot discuss release dates here, but you can monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.

    Current known issues with JRE 7 in EBS environments

    Our current testing shows that there are known incompatibilities between JRE 7 and the Forms-invocation process in EBS environments.  We have been working directly with the Java division on this for a while now.  In the meantime, EBS customers should not deploy JRE 7 to their end-user Windows desktop clients. You should stick with JRE 1.6 for now. 

    But wait, you previously said...

    Older JRE certification announcements stated:

    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.

    Yes, this is true.  This standard boilerplate text was written before JRE 7 was released, so there was no possibility of misunderstanding.  With the availability of JRE 7, that boilerplate needs to be revised to read:

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

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

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    Friday Jun 01, 2012

    Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite

    [June 7, 2012 Update: Corrected typo in "Supported Configurations" section]

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


    For details about third-party integration architectures, see either of these article for EBS 11i and 12:

    Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.6 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  OID 11.1.1.6 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.6.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 5.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
    • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG PH.H RUP 7 and higher
    • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
    • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

    Supported Configurations

    Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.6.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:

    • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 5 (11.1.1.6.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
    • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 5 (11.1.1.6.0) with Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 (11.1.1.5) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 12.0.6 or higher or 12.1.x).
    • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 5  (11.1.1.6.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.6 or 12.1.x)

    Oracle Access Manager strongly recommended

    Oracle has two single sign-on solutions: Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO) and Oracle Access Manager (OAM). Oracle strongly recommends that all new single sign-on implementations use Oracle Access Manager. Oracle Access Manager is the preferred solution going forward, and forms the basis of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. OSSO is no longer being actively developed and will not be ported to Oracle WebLogic Server.

    Platform certifications

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

    For information on operating systems supported by Oracle Internet Directory and its components, refer to the Oracle Identity and Access Management 11gR1 certification matrix.

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

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