Thursday Jun 02, 2016

Oracle Traffic Director 12c Certified With EBS 12.x

Oracle Traffic Director is a high-throughput low-latency load-balancer that can optimize HTTP and HTTPS traffic for Oracle E-Business Suite environments.  It offers built-in optimizations for Oracle WebLogic Server along with rule-based request routing, reverse proxy capabilities, request rate limiting, throttling, QoS tuning, and more.  Oracle Traffic Director is included with Oracle's engineered systems and is now available for standalone deployments, too.

Oracle Traffic Director 12c is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2. See:


Certified Platforms

Oracle Traffic Director 12c is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is certified. See:

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Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

Critical Patch Update for April 2016 Now Available

The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2016 was released on April 19, 2016.  Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • July 19, 2016
  • October 18, 2016
  • January 17, 2017
  • April 18, 2017

Oracle E-Business Suite References

My Oracle Support Knowledge Documents:

Web Library Book:

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

2015 in Review: 13 Things That You Must Upgrade Now

2015 was a busy year for E-Business Suite system administrators.  The following things are now considered to be out of Error Correction Support by Oracle or their respective vendors:

Database Tier

  1. Database 10g Release 2 (ended July 2015)
  2. Database 11g Release 1 (ended August 2015)
  3. Database 12.1.0.1 Patchset (ended July 2015)
  4. Database 11.2.0.3 Patchset (ended August 2015)

Application Tier

  1. Oracle Access Manager / Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.5 (ended June 2015)
  2. SHA-1 PKI certificates
  3. Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
Client Tier
  1. Internet Explorer (IE) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (ended January 2016)
  2. All JRE releases older than 1.6.0_105, 1.7.0_91, and 1.8.0_66

EBS Releases

  1. EBS 11i (Exception to Sustaining Support ended December 2015)
  2. EBS 12.0 (ended January 2015)
  3. EBS 12.1 Recommended Patch Collection 3
  4. EBS 12.2.2 Release Update Pack

What you should do

If you are running any of the things above in your EBS environments, you should click on the respective links to get guidance on your upgrade options. Oracle strongly recommends that you stay on a current product release that gets updates.

If you're confused by the continued listing of a particular combination in Oracle's Certification database after the product release's end of life, see:

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Tuesday Nov 24, 2015

How to Download Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 was released in October 2015. This consolidated, suite-wide release update pack includes:

  • New features
  • Statutory and regulatory updates
  • Stability, performance, and security enhancements

Like other recent EBS releases, 12.2.5 is available by download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC). Unlike with earlier releases, however, you do not specify EBS itself as a product to download. Here's what to do instead:

  1. Specify an EBS product you'll be using. For example, you might choose Oracle Financials.
  2. Go on to specify your platform, such as Linux x86-64.
  3. OSDC will display the EBS software distribution for the product you specified.
  4. Accept the license agreements.
  5. OSDC displays the appropriate Zip files for you to download.

OSDC

Note: You only need to specify one Oracle E-Business Suite product, even if you are going to use more than one.

References

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Installation Guide: Using Rapid Install, Release 12.2 (Part No. E22950-22), available from the Release 12.2 Web Library in PDF and HTML formats

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Monday Nov 16, 2015

New Technology Features in EBS Mobile Apps Release 4.0

Oracle E-Business Suite Development is pleased to announce significant updates for Oracle E-Business Suite smartphone apps for deployment and security, as well as functional enhancements. 


Updates to Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps are delivered as part coordinated releases which supports both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and 12.2.3 and beyond. Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 4.0 is included in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.5, the latest full Oracle E-Business Suite release.

You can easily find these apps by searching 'Oracle EBS America' in Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store.

For more details on these updates for each app, refer to the Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps Release Notes available from MOS Doc ID 1641772.1.

The technology updates include:

  • Enterprise distribution support: Ability to distribute Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps through an enterprise site rather than a public app store and control the version available to users
    • To get the mobile archive files, download the patches using the instructions in the Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps Administrator's Guide - 12.1 and 12.2 (Part No. E64384-02)
  • Customization support for corporate branding: Support to customize branding, including:
    • App Logo
    • App Name
    • Splash Screen
    • End User License Agreement (EULA)
    • Company Logo
    • Copyright Information
  • Delivery of Mobile Application Archives (MAA) files: Delivery of Mobile Application Archives (MAA) files to support enterprise distribution and customization
    • MAA is an application archive that allows developers to use Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) to customize the app and generate the enterprise version of the app to meet customer needs
    • Only specific changes to MAA files are supported by Oracle
    • Updates from Oracle are delivered as new MAA files, which customers would need to use and reapply any modifications
    • Specific type of changes may require license for MAF
  • Enhanced authentication to delegate authentication to Oracle Access Manager (OAM): Support for Web SSO authentication to delegate authentication to Oracle Access Manager (OAM)
    • This delivers to the strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps to use the same user authentication as used by Oracle E-Business Suite web applications
  • Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) support for containerization and single sign-on: Ability to containerize Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps using Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS)
    • OMSS provides capabilities such as security for apps and data, separation of corporate data from personal data, encryption, data leak protection, application tunneling, and mobile single sign-on for several mobile apps on the same device.
    • OMSS must be licensed separately
  • Translations for 10 additional languages: Each app is now available in English as well as the following languages:
    • Brazilian Portuguese
    • Canadian French
    • Dutch
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Latin American Spanish
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Spanish

Configuring Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps

  • An Oracle E-Business Suite server must be configured for mobile apps using server-side patches, before a mobile app can be used with that server instance. For each app, an administrator performs a simple, one-time enablement using server-side patches. For deployment instructions, see the Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps Administrator's Guide - 12.1 and 12.2 (Part No. E64384-02)
  • The latest apps can work with an Oracle E-Business Suite server that has been configured with Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 3.0 server patches.  However, the Release 4.0 server-side patches must be applied to enable new features and fixes that require those patches; such features are listed in the What's New for each app on the app stores and in the Release Notes in the Doc ID 1641772.1.

References

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    Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

    Critical Patch Update for October 2015 Now Available

    The  Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2015 was released on October 20, 2015.  Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

    The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

    Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

    Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

    The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

    The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

    • January 19, 2016
    • April 19, 2016
    • July 19, 2016
    • October 18, 2016
    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

    Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.2 on Additional Platforms

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

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

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

    This announcement includes:

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

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

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

    References

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    Monday Jul 20, 2015

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

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

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


    For details about third-party integration architectures, see:

    Supported Configurations

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

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

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

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

    References

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    Monday May 11, 2015

    EBS 12.2: New Getting Started Flowchart and Go-Live Readiness Checklist

    There is a lot of EBS 12.2 documentation.  The best place to get a high-level overview of what is involved in implementing EBS 12.2 can be found here:

    We've updated this document, which now includes:

    • Technical Planning Guide
    • Navigational flowchart 
    • Go-live checklist

    The Technical Planning Guide helps you identify what you need to think about as you prepare to install or upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and its most significant new feature, Online Patching.

    Portion of EBS 12.2 implementation flowchart

    Our new navigational flowchart shows you the detailed steps you need to take when moving to Release 12.2 from several different starting points:

    • Performing a fresh installation
    • Upgrading from a Release 11i or pre-12.2 Release 12.x system
    • Upgrading from a Release 12.2.x system to Release 12.2.4

    The go-live checklist helps you identify and meet the high-level requirements for a successful go-live.  Checks include operating system requirements, install and upgrade process fundamentals, database and Oracle Fusion Middleware patches, and critical performance fixes. To help ensure success, we recommend proceeding with your go-live only after you have met these essential requirements.

    Don't miss any updates

    We're updating this document regularly to help streamline the EBS 12.2 implementation process. To be notified when it's updated, add it to your Favorites in My Oracle Support.  See:

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    Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

    Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: April 2015 Edition

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

    Here are our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases

    You can research these yourself using this Note:

    Upgrade Recommendations for April 2015

    1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline.

    2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline.

    3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RPC3 or 12.2.

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

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

    6. Users upgrading to EBS 12.2 should upgrade to Database 11.2.0.4.

    7. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 2 11.1.2.2.0.

    8. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.7.

    9. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

    10. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.7 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

    11. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_95 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_79 or later 1.7 updates or JRE 1.8.0_45 or later 1.8 updates.

    12. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 users must sign their environment's JAR files now.

    13. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 31.

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

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

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

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

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    Thursday Feb 12, 2015

    Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

    [Sep. 30, 2015 Update: Moved "Data Guard Redo Apply with Physical Standby Database" to the "Certifications Not Planned" section]

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

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

    Screenshot of Database 12.1.0.2 OTN download page

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

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

    Certified Platforms

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

    Pending Platform Certifications

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

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

    Certifications Not Planned

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

    About the pending certifications

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

    EBS 11i References

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    Thursday Jan 08, 2015

    Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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

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

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.x
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11) 
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (10, 11)*
    *This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
    • HP-UX Itanium
    • IBM: Linux on System z 
    Database Feature and Option Certifications
    The following database options and features are supported for use:

    Pending Feature/Option Certifications

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

    About the pending certifications

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

    EBS 12.2 References

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

    Saturday Sep 27, 2014

    Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

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

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

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

    Pending Feature/Option Certifications

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

    About the pending certifications

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

    EBS 12 References

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

      Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

      Updated Whitepaper: Using Application Express with EBS 12.2

       I'm pleased to announce the latest update to this whitepaper:

      This Note has been updated to cover EBS 12.2 in addition to its initial coverage of EBS 12.1. The EBS 12.2-related additions are Online Patching-compliant.

      APEX Application Express Toolbar

      What is Oracle Application Express?

      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

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      Friday Sep 19, 2014

      Database 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS 12.2

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

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

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

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

      Pending Feature/Option Certifications

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

      About the pending certifications

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

      EBS 12 References

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

      Friday Aug 01, 2014

      New Solaris SPARC OS Requirements for EBS R12

      Solaris logoBeginning on December 1st 2014, Oracle E-Business Suite patches for Release 12 (12.0, 12.1, 12.2) on the Oracle Solaris on SPARC platform will be built with a newer version of the Solaris Studio compiler (v 12.3) and the Solaris OS (v 10).

      Solaris customers who plan to patch their EBS environments after December 1st 2014 with EBS application tier patches generated after this date must meet the new OS requirements prior to applying those new patches. These customers must upgrade their Solaris OS to Solaris 10 10/08 (Update 6) or higher and apply specific OS patches indicated in the documentation below. R12 environments on Solaris 11 should not be affected by this as Solaris 11 includes all required patches and relinking tools.

      Customers can perform the OS upgrade now without any adverse effects as the associated tools and OS patches will work with all currently generated EBS patches - it's just that after December 1st 2014, patches generated for R12 on Solaris SPARC will not work with older versions of the Solaris OS. The older Solaris versions 8 and 9 will also both be in Sustaining Support by this date - we strongly recommend that customers upgrade to Solaris 10 to get updates and new fixes on their systems.

      References

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      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.
      References

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      Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

      Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Prerequisites

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

      Pending Database Feature and Option Certifications

      • Database Vault

      About the pending certifications

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

      References

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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.    

      References

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

      12.1.0.1 Database Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

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

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


      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

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

        Pending Feature/Option Certifications

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

        About the pending certifications

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

        EBS 11i References

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

        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:

        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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