Thursday Dec 18, 2014

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

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

Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H.delta.7 (RUP 7) or higher), Release 12.0 (12.0.6 or higher), Release 12.1 (12.1.3 or higher):

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

This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform (see My Oracle Support Certifications for more information). IBM's z systems fully support a mixed platform architecture with distributed Unix and Linux certified application tier servers for customers looking to run Oracle E-Business Suite on System z.

This announcement includes:

  • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 or 12.1 with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1

Pending Certifications

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

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

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

References

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

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Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

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

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

Release 12.1 (12.1.3 and higher):

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

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

Data12.1.0.2 download screenshot

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

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

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Thursday Dec 04, 2014

JRE Support Ends Earlier than JDK Support

One of our Applications Technology Group architects recently drew my attention to an important change in Java support policies that I'd missed: support for client-based Java Runtime Environment (JRE) plug-ins now ends earlier than the support dates for server-based Java Development Kit (JDK) components.

Screenshot from Java Lifetime Support Policy document JDK JRE different dates

These dates are published here:

The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology (Java Web Start & Java Plug-in technologies) in these documents.

Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
  • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
  • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

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Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

EBS VMs: Appliances, Templates, and Assemblies Explained

This article describes the different types of Oracle E-Business Suite virtual machine software packages available, and how they are appropriate for different situations.

The appliances, templates, and assemblies provided on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (https://edelivery.oracle.com/linux) all contain virtual machine images. These are intended for different purposes, but all allow you to install EBS rapidly and create an EBS virtual machine.

Here are some important terms related to Oracle’s VM offerings:

  • Oracle VM is Oracle's own server virtualization platform. An Oracle VM template is one media format -- the original media format -- used to deliver a virtual machine within the Oracle VM framework.
  • Oracle VirtualBox is Oracle's own desktop virtualization platform. An Oracle VM appliance uses an industry-standard media format to deliver a virtual machine on top of VirtualBox. Because appliances use an industry standard format, they can in principle be deployed on third party virtualization platforms, but Oracle does not test those platforms.
  • An Oracle VM Virtual Assembly is a format developed specifically for deployment using Enterprise Manager Cloud Control (EMCC). An assembly is powerful in that a single assembly contains multiple VM's (not just a single VM like an appliance or a template) as well as the logic to connect those VM's, allowing EMCC to install a multi-node system at the touch of a button. Customers who use Enterprise Manager and run Oracle VM can take advantage of these.
Note that Oracle VM Manager can now import Oracle VM appliances, so we have switched over to producing appliances wherever possible, giving a single set of virtual machine images that can be installed on a server, desktop or laptop. We do still produce VM templates for Exalogic (ex.: Oracle VM Templates For EBS 12.2.3 For Exalogic) because Enterprise Manager Operations Center (EMOC) currently only supports VM templates.

Summary of Usage

Virtual Appliances
  • Deploy an EBS VM on a desktop or laptop using Virtual Box
  • Deploy an EBS VM on a server using Oracle VM Manager
  • Manual setup required to add nodes and configure multi-node
VM Templates
  • Deploy an EBS VM on a server using Oracle VM Manager
  • Deploy an EBS VM on Exalogic using Enterprise Manager Operations Center
  • Manual setup required to add nodes and configure multi-node
Virtual Assemblies
  • Deploy EBS VM's on a server or servers using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
  • Automated installation of single or multi-node

Available Releases

Virtual Appliances


Single Node Multi-Node MOS Doc ID
Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4
VIS
PROD, VIS
1928303.1
Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for Oracle  E-Business Suite 12.2.3
VIS
PROD, VIS
1620448.1
Oracle VM Virtual Appliances  for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3
VIS
PROD, VIS
1906691.1


VM Templates


Single Node Multi-Node MOS Doc ID

Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3 for Exalogic

n/a
PROD, VIS
1633952.1
Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2
n/a
PROD, VIS
1590941.1
Oracle VM Templates  for Oracle  E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for Exalogic
n/a
VIS
1499132.1


Virtual Assemblies


Single Node Multi-Node MOS Doc ID
Oracle Virtual Assemblies for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3
PROD
PROD
1904928.1
Oracle Virtual Assemblies for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3
PROD
PROD
1904928.1


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Monday Dec 01, 2014

November 2014 Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2

We continue to release updates to EBS 12.2 technology stack (TXK) and Applications Database (AD) components.  We released the first set of updates in March 2014, the second set in May 2014, the third set in July 2014, the fourth set in October 2014, and have now made available a fifth set of critical updates.

If you are on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, we strongly recommend that you apply these two newly-released patch collections (November 2014 bundle fixes) at your earliest convenience:

Patch 20034256

Applying these on top of AD Delta 5 and TXK Delta 5 respectively will bring you to the recommended codelevel for AD and TXK:

  • AD Delta 5 (Patch 18283295) + November 2014 Bundle Fixes (Patch 20034256)
  • TXK Delta 5 (Patch 18288881) + November 2014 Bundle Fixes (Patch 20043910)

 You must always keep your AD and TXK codelevels synchronized.

Important: As well as providing additional fixes, the November 2014 bundle fixes include all the fixes provided in the October 2014 set. So if you have not yet applied the October set, you can just apply the November set instead.

What Is a Codelevel?

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 patches are grouped into codelines. A codeline begins with a point release (for example, Release 12.0) and progresses to include all the patches created to maintain that point release.

Patches associated with codelines implement a set of features for a point release, and also provide fixes for that set of features. Such a unique set of product features for a point release is referred to as a a codelevel. You can think of it as the code you get when you apply a set of patches: in other words, it is defined by the patches that deliver it. Codelevels are cumulative, with each containing the initial set of features plus all the fixes created for that product.

Benefits of the Latest Codelevel

There are several important reasons you should adopt this latest recommended AD/TXK codelevel:

  • It includes a number of significant fixes and improvements.
  • New patches to implement code fixes will only be appliable to the latest AD/TXK codelevel.
  • No code fixes will be created for earlier AD/TXK codelevels.

How Can I Get To the Latest Codelevel?

Installation instructions are here:

Further information about these bundle fixes can be found in:

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Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Oracle EBS Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite 12c Now Available

Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite 12c (12.1.3) is now available for use with the E-Business Suite.  Previous releases of this product were called Oracle Applications Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite.

Architecture diagram for EBS Adapter for SOA Suite

You can use the Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite to integrate EBS 11i, 12.1, and 12.2 with external systems.  The EBS Adapter allows you to build bidirectional standards-based real-time integrations with the E-Business Suite.  The Adapter supports JCA and web service standards for creating service-oriented applications (SOA). 

What's new in this release?

  • Adapter configuration reports: You can now view Adapter configuration reports in Oracle Fusion Middleware Control. 
  • Flexfield support for Open Interface Tables:  In addition to its existing support for PL/SQL APIs, this release provides flexfield support for Open Interface Tables by displaying flexfield data and mapping if configured in Open Interface Tables at design and run time

References

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Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

New 12.2 EBS Technology Stack Documentation Roadmap Available

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 includes many significant new features and some of them are updated frequently-enough that their main documentation is published via My Oracle Support Notes rather than the guides that accompany each major release. 

We have published a new My Oracle Support knowledge document to make the official EBS 12.2 Notes from ATG Development easier to find:

Document 1934915.1

The notes listed in this Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Technology Stack Documentation Roadmap (Note 1934915.1) apply either exclusively to Release 12.2, or to 12.2 and stated earlier releases.  This documentation roadmap will be updated every time the Applications Technology Group releases a new EBS 12.2-related Note.

What about earlier EBS releases?

We have published documentation roadmaps for EBS 11i and 12.0 / 12.1, as well.

References

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release Notes, Release 12.2 (Note 1320300.1)

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Testing Your EBS Environment After Database Upgrades

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

        SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

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

 

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

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

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

Pending Certifications

Testing with 12cR1 as the source is still pending.

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

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

References

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Friday Nov 14, 2014

Java JRE 8 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

[Dec. 3, 2014 Update: JRE support dates are not the same as JDK support dates any longer.  Corrected support dates for JRE 6, 7, and 8.]

Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_25 (a.k.a. JRE 8u25-b18) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows and Mac OS X desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes:

For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2

Known Issues

Form Focus Issue:  Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8. This can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases.  A fix for this issue is currently being investigated, see the documentation below for additional information.

Availability of Server-Side Patches:  This certification requires patches to be applied to EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 servers.  Patches for 12.0 and 12.1 are available for:

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6; SLES 10,11) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)(10, 11)

Patches for other server operating systems are pending. You can monitor the documentation for updates on platform availability.

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

    If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
    • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
    • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

    No.

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

    Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

    Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 7 installed will only apply JRE 7 updates today. 

    In the future, enabling Auto-Update will upgrade JRE 7 to JRE 8.  For details, see:

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    What do Mac users need?

    JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks) desktops.  For details, see:

    The certification of JRE 8 for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops is planned.  

    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.

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

    No.

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

    JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

    JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

    References

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    Thursday Nov 13, 2014

    EBS 12.2.4 OA Extensions for Jdeveloper 10g Now Available

    When you create extensions to Oracle E-Business Suite OA Framework pages, you must use the version of Oracle JDeveloper shipped by the Oracle E-Business Suite product team. 

    The version of Oracle JDeveloper is specific to the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology patch level, so there is a new version of Oracle JDeveloper with each new release of the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology patchset.

    The Oracle Applications (OA) Extensions for JDeveloper 10g are now available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4.  For details, see:

    The same Note also lists the latest OA Extension updates for EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, as well as 12.2.

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    Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

    New Critical Patches Added to EBS 12.2.3 and R12.2.4 Release Notes

    Based on customer feedback, we continue to release updates to core EBS 12.2 components. The latest such updates consist of a set of critical patches that significantly improve the performance of connection handling, principally resolving issues where connections might not be correctly released for return to the data source connection pool.

    There are two patches for Release 12.2.3, and three for Release 12.2.4. We strongly advise all 12.2.3 and 12.2.4 customers to apply the respective patches.

    Example Download

    The patches are documented in the associated release notes, as described below.

    Release 12.2.3 Customers

    Refer to Section 7: Apply Additional Critical Patches of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 Readme (Note 1586214.1).

    Release 12.2.4 Customers

    • Patch 19494816 - Oracle Application Object Library
    • Patch 19807163 - Oracle Applications Manager
    • Patch 19858552 - Oracle Application Framework

    Refer to Section 8: Apply Additional Critical Patches of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 Readme (Note 1617458.1).

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    Friday Oct 24, 2014

    New OA Framework 12.1 Release Update Pack 4 Now Available

    Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure. 

    A new consolidated Oracle Application Framework patchset is now available for EBS 12.1:

    OAF 12.1 RUP 4 patch 18936791 screenshot


    Who Should Apply This Patch?

    All EBS 12.1 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.1 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

    What's New in this Patch?

    In addition to the fixes listed below, this patch contains updates required to support Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) and Google Chrome browsers. 

    Bugs fixed in this patch:
    • Bug 10007122 FRM-41058 ERROR OCCURS WITH CTRL+E KEYS WHEN THE CURSOR FOCUS IS ON THE BUTTON.
    • Bug 10040856 R12.0.X PREREQ PATCH FOR FNDFILE.DRV
    • Bug 10044347 IMAGE PATCH FOR OOW BUILD2
    • Bug 10057139 GSI: QUERY IN FND_GLOBAL CAUSES HIGH CPU/NODE CRASH DUE TO MUTEX WAIT
    • Bug 10078872 1OFF:10057139:GSI: QUERY IN FND_GLOBAL CAUSES HIGH CPU/NODE CRASH DUE TO MUTEX W
    • Bug 10109713 THE CURRENT RESPONSIBILITY CONTEXT HAS BEEN SWITCHED TO: IN WEBCENTER WSRP
    • Bug 10119166 PREVIOUS USERS RESPONSIBILITIES ARE SHOW TO NEW USER
    • Bug 10177414 RESP CONTEXT CHANGE SETS FND_GLOBAL.ORG_ID = -1
    • Bug 10192670 12.1.4:10192626 FORWARD PORT: BI 3.1.1.11 :GRAPH IS NOT WORKING ON 64 BIT LINUX
    • Bug 10196565 10112858 FORWARD PORT: VO SUBSTITUTION DISPLAY AFTER 'DISABLE SELF-SERVICE PERSO
    This patch also includes fixes included in the Oracle Application Framework Release 12.1.3 Consolidated Fixes V.2, Patch 15880118, and the Oracle Application Framework Release 12.1.3 Consolidated Fixes V.1, Patch 11894708:
    • Few rows are missing while exporting data from a table.
    • NoDefException when user selects a value from Look Ahead LOV
    • Segment values are cleared when a value is entered in a segment.
    • User is able to login and see the previous users list of responsibilities on the same PC
    • Graphs not rendering properly in Linux Machines
    • Insufficient privileges' issue encountered while doing forward to Embedded mode URL
    • NullPointerException encountered in OASlideMenuUtil when attempting to create commercial surrogate quote.
    • Segments not aligned to the parent segments when flex bean is added under message component layout.
    • NullPointer Exception thrown in AdvancedTable pages when the Accessibility mode is set to Screen Reader Optimized.
    • Key flexfield segments are blanked out or populated with incorrect values.
    • LOV not working in Screen Reader Optimized accessibility mode.
    • "Portlet Not Available' error in E-Business Suite Portlets integrated with WebCenter 11g.
    • Intermittent FND_NO_DATABASE_CONNECTION error observed in Configurable Home Page.
    • Invalid date error shown when attempting to enter a Daylight Saving Time (DST) change date.
    • Support to retrieve the Page Name through Javascript.
    • Ability to display errors associated with the context segment at attribute level also.
    • Support to export file as .tsv when FND_EXPORT_MIME_TYPE is set to "text/tab-separated-values".
    • Support for enabling sorting in the classic table columns that are added under a layout.
    • Serbian language support in OA Framework. This is a common fix for both Latin Serbian script and Cyrillic Serbian script.
    • Support for enhanced Popup indicators.
    • Bug 10192670 - 12.1.4:10192626 FORWARD PORT: BI 3.1.1.11 :GRAPH IS NOT WORKING ON 64 BIT LINUX
    • Bug 10285481 - GOING TO SOURCING HOME PAGE FROM FAVOURITES, CREATING A QUOTE CAUSING EXCEPTION
    • Bug 10385406 - CLASSCASTEXCEPTION OCCURED WHEN ADDING OAHEADERBEAN AS 1ST CHILD TO OAPAGELAYBEAN
    • Bug 10390503 - EBS 12.1.3 EXPORT TXT MIME TYPE CANNOT BE MAPPED FOR EXCEL
    • Bug 10435049 - PEOPLE GROUP SEGMENTS BLANKED DURING UPDATE WHEN THOSE SEGMENTS NOT DISPLAYED
    • Bug 11832737 - FORWARD PORT OF 9908921 TO 12.1.3
    • Bug 11891959 - FORWARD PORT OF BUG 9614874 TO 12.1.3
    • Bug 7369074 FWK:APPENDING OF IMAGE NOT WORKING FOR READONLY MESSAGETEXTINPUT
    • Bug 9527712 FWK:FNDLOVCHOICEVALUE VO CAUSING SQL PARSE ERROR: INVALID NUMBER
    • Bug 9773527 FWK:WHEN USING IE8 LOV WINDOW DOES NOT GET FOCUS
    • Bug 10335521 FWK:THE APPLICATIONS BACKGROUND TURNS COMPLETELY BLUE INTERMITTENTLY
    • Bug 10435049 FWK:PEOPLE GROUP SEGMENTS BLANKED DURING UPDATE WHEN THOSE SEGMENTS NOT DISPLAYED
    • Bug 11781531 FWK:NOT ABLE TO ADD HTTPS URL TO FAVORITES LINK IN 12.1.2. HTTP IS PRE-PENDED TO URL
    • Bug 11856365 FWK:CAN NOT OPEN FAVORITES LINKS IN NEW WINDOW FROM PREFERENCES PAGE
    • Bug 11879499 FWK:CREATION_DATE AND LAST_UPDATE_DATE ARE NOT CORRECT
    • Bug 11924872 FWK:EMPTY SUB MENUS IN THE NEW TREE MODE NAVIGATOR ON HOMEPAGE (12.1.3)
    • Bug 12350371 FWK:UNABLE TO SEE LOGINPAGE PROBLEM 12.1.3
    • Bug 12424716 FWK:SAVE RESPONSIBILITY CONTEXT WHEN CREATING FAVORITES
    • Bug 12661140 FWK:12.1.3 :FAVORITES ADDED USING 'ADD TO FAVORITE' LOOSES MENU CONTEXT INFORMATION
    • Bug 12763903 FWK:Move to top and bottom icon titles in Navigator and Favorite dropdown should be
    • Bug 12814546 FWK:SYMANTEC ICAP CLIENT ALWAYS THROWS JAVA.LANG.STRINGINDEXOUTOFBOUNDSEXCEPTION
    • Bug 12820394 FWK:MDS QUERY - PERFORMANCE ISSUE
    • Bug 12829410 FWK:INCORRECT REQUISITIONS SHOWN WHEN USING OA FAVORITES
    • Bug 13028359 FWK:VIRUS SCAN DOES NOT KICK IN AFTER THE ATTACHMENTS ARE ADDED
    • Bug 13033466 FWK:MOZILLA : COPY PASTING AND TYPING BEHAVE DIFFERENT IN RTE
    • Bug 13033815 FWK:AFTER APPLYING PATCHES :12654106 AND 11894708, TEXT STYLE CHANGED IN POPUPS
    • Bug 13038333 FWK:RO SEGEMENTS WHEN DEFAULTED ARE NOT STORING THE VALUES ON SUBMIT
    • Bug 13109125 FWK:ALT+TAB TO TOGGLE IN AND OUT OF APPS CAUSING O AND N TO ACTIVATE SLIDEMENU
    • Bug 13243104 FWK:ISSUE WITH EXCEL DRILLDOWN
    • Bug 13322060 FWK:PLANNING- FORECAST SCHEDULE LINK FAILS WITH JAVA ERROR MESSAGE
    • Bug 13340173 FWK:QUANTITY FIELD DOES NOT VALIDATE DECIMAL SEPARATOR
    • Bug 13402264 FWK:UNABLE TO CREATE QUERY CRITERIA MAP IN PERSONALIZATION
    • Bug 13549105 FWK:NEED FORWARD PORT PATCH FOR BUGS 13108282 AND 13373481 IN 12.1.3
    • Bug 13550248 FWK:YOU ARE TRYING TO ACCESS A PAGE THAT IS NO LONGER ACTIVE
    • Bug 13555434 FWK:CANNOT IMPORT PERSONALIZATIONS USING FUNCTIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
    • Bug 13626261 FWK:POPUP THROWS EXCEPTION WHEN CHANGING RESPONSIBILITY IN CONTEXT SWITCHER
    • Bug 13691585 FWK:ENTITY CACHE NOT HONORED WHEN EO ACCESSED VIA AO
    • Bug 13710707 FWK:($RO$) SUFFIX MAKES SEGMENT VALUES DISAPPEAR IN KFF LOV WINDOW RESULTS TABLE, AV
    • Bug 13737406 FWK:HIJRAH DATE FORMAT ISSUE WHEN A DATE VALUE IS GETTING DEFAULTED
    • Bug 13738942 FWK:SUPPORT OPENING OF LOV WINDOW WHEN EXACT MATCH IS ALSO A PARTIAL MATCH
    • Bug 13822452 FWK:CONNECTION LOCKED IN OANAVIGATEPORTLETAM AFTER LOGIN WITH CONFIGURABLE HOME PAGE
    • Bug 13915163 FWK:RESPONSIBILITY ID NOT VISIBLE WHILE PERSONALIZING THROUGH FUNCTIONAL ADMINISTART
    • Bug 13919206 FWK:NEW BASE-DESKTOP.XSS CHANGES OAF DESIGN DUE TO 12350371
    • Bug 14071624 FWK:START PAGE PROFILE/PREFERENCES GETTING RESET
    • Bug 14343026 FWK:AM LEAK IN ICXFAVORITESAM AND OANAVIGATEPORTLETAM LEADING TO JDBC CONNECT LEAKS
    • Bug 14345705 FWK:THE NUMBER OF ERROR MESSAGE STACKED IN ARRAYLIST IS RESET FROM 10TH IN OAF
    • Bug 14365312 FWK:PROJECT INFORMATION NOT GETING SAVED IN IPROC
    • Bug 14467324 FWK:OADESCRIPTIVEFLEXBEAN REFERS INCORRECT SEGMENT LIST CORRESPONDING TO THE CONTEXT
    • Bug 14644892 FWK:7505198 - PERFORMANCE ISSUE WHILE ENTERING CHARGE ACCOUNT IN REQUISITION PAGE IN
    • Bug 14682009 FWK:HIGH DATA (HTML) TRANSFER OVER NETWORK ON PAGE RENDERING AND PPR

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    Thursday Oct 23, 2014

    October Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2

    We continue to release updates to EBS 12.2 technology stack (TXK) and Applications Database (AD) components based on customer feedback.  We released the first set of updates in March 2014, the second set in May 2014, the third set in July 2014, and have now made available a fourth set of critical updates.

    If you are on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, we strongly recommend that you apply these two newly-released patch collections (bundle fixes) at your earliest convenience:

    New ebs 12.2 patches

    Applying these on top of AD Delta 5 and TXK Delta 5 respectively will bring you to the recommended codelevel for AD and TXK:

    • AD Delta 5 (Patch 18283295) + Bundle Fixes (Patch 19581770)
    • TXK Delta 5 (Patch 18288881) + Bundle Fixes (Patch 19445058)

    Important: You must always keep your AD and TXK codelevels synchronized.

    What Is a Codelevel?

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 patches are grouped into codelines. A codeline begins with a point release (for example, Release 12.0) and progresses to include all the patches created to maintain that point release.

    Patches associated with codelines implement a set of features for a point release, and also provide fixes for that set of features. Such a unique set of product features for a point release is referred to as a a codelevel. You can think of it as the code you get when you apply a set of patches: in other words, it is defined by the patches that deliver it. Codelevels are cumulative, with each containing the initial set of features plus all the fixes created for that product.

    Benefits of the Latest Codelevel

    There are several important reasons you should adopt this latest recommended AD/TXK codelevel:

    • It includes a number of significant fixes and improvements.
    • New patches to implement code fixes will only be appliable to the latest AD/TXK codelevel.
    • No code fixes will be created for earlier AD/TXK codelevels.

    How Can I Get To the Latest Codelevel?

    Installation instructions are here:

    Further information about these bundle fixes can be found in:

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    Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

    Updated Case Study: Oracle's Own E-Business Suite 12 Environment

    Oracle's own use of the E-Business Suite has always been an excellent case study. Our internal EBS environment has grown and evolved over the years. We were running EBS 11i in 2006 with a 6 Terabyte database, after consolidating over 70 EBS instances into a Global Single Instance.  It grew to a 14 Terabyte EBS 12 database by 2008.

    Larry Klein, Vice President of Oracle's Enterprise IT group, gave a snapshot of the latest statistics and architecture in a fascinating session at OpenWorld 2014:

    Architecture diagram of Oracle's internal EBS 12.1.3 Global Single Instance

    Our EBS 12.1.3 database has grown to over 37 TB with over 91 billion rows of data:

    Table row counts for Oracle's GSI EBS database

    We're running our E-Business Suite database tier on an Exadata Oracle SuperCluster M6-32, the application tier on an Exalogic Elastic Cloud x3-2, ZFS for shared file system storage, and we're using Exadata X4-2 Storage Cells for storage. 

    Hardware and software used in Oracle's E-Business Suite instance 2014

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    Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

    Migrating EBS Environments to Unicode

    It is possible to migrate an E-Business Suite database to a new character set. You might need to do this when you expand your EBS deployment to additional countries, or when preparing for an upgrade to an EBS release that will be used globally.

    You will generally migrate your EBS character set to Unicode (AL32UTF8).  You must use the Database Migration Utility for Unicode (DMU) to scan for data conversion issues.

    Instructions for using the DMU tool with EBS character set conversions are published here:

    Friday Oct 17, 2014

    New Simplified Home Page in EBS 12.2.4

    One of the most visible (and colorful!) user interface enhancements for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 is the new simplified home page:

    OA Framework-based simplified home page with six colorful favorites icons

    In my previous posts, I discussed the new skin and enhancements to tables in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4.  Now let's look at the new simplified home page.

    Enabling the Simplified Home Page

    When you first install or upgrade to Release 12.2.4, you will see the home page as it appeared in previous versions of Release 12.2 (configurable home page with tree-based navigator).  The "Self Service Personal Home Page Mode" profile must be set to "Framework Simplified" so you can see the new simplified home page.  The profile option can be set at multiple levels by the system administrator, including at the individual user level.

    For more on the various home page styles available, see:

    Adding Favorites

    If a user already has favorites defined from a previous version of Oracle E-Business Suite, those favorites will appear automatically. If a particular function has a special icon already associated with it, that icon will appear.  Otherwise, a default icon will appear.

    Each user adds their own favorites, just as with previous versions of Oracle E-Business Suite.  Adding favorites is easy: just click on the Add to Favorites icon, search for and select the function you want, click on Add to Favorites, and apply your changes. 

    Manage Favorites page showing "Apprais" and "Manager Self-Service" as search criteria

    You can change the text of your favorites to anything you want using the Favorite field in the bottom table on the Manage Favorites page. You can also rearrange your favorites here in the Manage Favorites page by moving them up and down relative to other favorites.

    If you want to change existing favorites, select the Add to Favorites icon again.

    Announcements Region

    The Announcements region provides a space for site-level announcements.  An administrator can modify the announcements using administrator personalization.

    Using the Simplified Home Page

     You can use the favorites icons to get to your favorite pages directly and easily.  If you need to get to other pages or forms that you do not have as favorites, you can still get to those through your usual responsibilities by using the drop-down menu available from the Navigator (compass) link in the global header at the top of the home page.  Likewise, you can also see your favorites in list form by clicking on the Favorites (star) icon at the top of the page.

    Home page showing the drop-down Navigator menu

    The new simplified home page got a lot of favorable attention when we showed it at Oracle OpenWorld a few weeks ago. We hope you like it too!

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    Thursday Oct 16, 2014

    JRE 1.7.0_71 and 1.7.0_72 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_71 (a.k.a. JRE 7u71-b14) and 1.7.0_72 (7u72-b14) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

    Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

    Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

    • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

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

    What's new in this release?

    Starting with JRE 1.7.0_71 Oracle will release a Critical Patch update (CPU) at the same time as the corresponding Patch Set Update (PSU) release for Java SE 7. It is recommended that Oracle E-Business Suite customers use the CPU release (JRE 1.7.0_71) and only upgrade to the PSU release (JRE 1.7.0_72) if they require a specific bug fix.  For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

    There are currently no known issues in Oracle E-Business Suite that require the PSU release but it is certified for customers that may need to use it.

    JRE 1.7.0_71  (7u71) is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 7 stream, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to this latest and therefore most secure version of the JRE 7 Plug-in.

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Where are the official patch requirements documented?

    All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 7 are documented in these Notes:

    For EBS 11i:

    For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

    This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

    Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

    No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

    The fix for those issues was first included in JRE 1.6.0_23. These fixes will carry forward and continue to be fixed in all future JRE releases on the JRE 6 and 7 codelines.  In other words, if you wish to avoid the mismanaged session cookie issue, you should apply any release after JRE 1.6.0_22 on the JRE 6 codeline, and JRE 7u10 and later JRE 7 codeline updates.

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

    JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

    Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

    JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

    References

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    Java JRE 1.6.0_85 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    The latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_85 (a.k.a. JRE 6u81-b13) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 for Windows-based desktop clients.

    Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

    Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

    • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    All JRE 6 and 7 releases are certified with EBS upon release

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

    What's new in in this Java release?

    JRE 1.6.0_85  (6u81-b13) is a CPU release. If you are running on the JRE 6 stream, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to this latest version of the JRE 6 Plug-in.

    Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here:

    Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Deploying JRE documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Worried about the 'mismanaged session cookie' issue?

    No need to worry -- it's fixed.  To recap: JRE releases 1.6.0_18 through 1.6.0_22 had issues with mismanaging session cookies that affected some users in some circumstances.

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

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    Java 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All E-Business Suite customers must upgrade to JRE 7 by June 2017.

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.9 can run JRE 7 plug-ins.  See this article:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

    JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

    Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

    JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

    References

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    Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

    Critical Patch Update for October 2014 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2014 was released on October 14, 2014.  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:
    • 13 January 2015
    • 14 April 2015
    • 14 July 2015
    • 13 October 2015

    E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

    Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

    Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

    We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2013 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  For details, see:

    Certified combinations include Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit modes.

    EBS 12.2 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

    Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2.3 and 12.2.4 for the following desktop client operating systems:

    • Windows Vista 32-bit
    • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
    • Windows 8.1 32-bit & 64-bit
    EBS 12.2 + Microsoft Office 2013 (64-bit)

    Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 through a 64-bit techstack for the following desktop client operating systems:

    • Windows 7 64-bit
    • Windows 8.1 64-bit
    How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office?

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

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

    Examples of these integrations include:

    • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
    • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
    • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
    • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
    • Desktop Integration Framework
    Which Office versions are certified?

    We explicitly tested the Office 2013 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to the following desktop-installed editions:
    • Home & Student 2013
    • Home & Business 2013
    • Standard 2013 
    • Professional 2013
    • Professional Plus 2013

    Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on these editions on our reference edition -- Office 2013 Professional.  Issues that cannot be reproduced will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  For example, issues that can only be reproduced on, say, Office Home & Student 2013 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2013 will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

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

    • SkyDrive-based documents
    • Office On Demand
    • Office Web Apps
    • Office 365
    • Office Home & Student RT

    What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

    We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

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    Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

    Three Options For Getting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2

    We have published a great deal of documentation about Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  It can be a bit overwhelming.  Where do you start?

    Here's a document that you can use to orientate yourself as you plan your move to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  This document shows the three major paths that you can take to Release 12.2.  It provides a high-level overview of  the associated documents you will need to follow:

    EBS 12.2 Upgrade flowchart screenshot

    Routes to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2

    The document outlines the three major ways of getting to 12.2:

    • Scenario 1 - New installation
    • Scenario 2 - Upgrading From a Pre-12.2.0 Release to Release 12.2.4
    • Scenario 3 - Upgrading From Release 12.2.2 or 12.2.3 to Release 12.2.4

    This Note has downloadable interactive flowcharts in PDF format with links to all of the referenced documents.  The latest EBS 12.2 update is EBS 12.2.4, which we recommend for all EBS 12.2 customers.  We'll keep updating this Note as new updates are released for the EBS 12.2 base release.

    Additional References

    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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      Friday Sep 26, 2014

      Google Chrome 35 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 & 12.2

      Google Chrome logo flatGoogle Chrome 35 is certified for web-based content with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 and 12.1.3 for Windows desktop clients and Android mobile clients.  See:

      Windows and Android certified

      Chrome 35 is certified for web-based content with Oracle EBS 12.2.4 and 12.1.3 on the following platforms:

      • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • Android 4.1 and higher

      Java / Forms not supported

      This certification covers web-based (OA Framework / HTML) E-Business Suite product modules only. 

      Google is expected to phase out Chrome's support for Java "before the end of 2014."  Once that occurs, Forms / Java-based EBS product modules and applets will not be compatible with Google Chrome.  

      For details about Chrome's upcoming inability to run Java, see:

      You can contact Google directly if you have questions about their plans for Google Chrome.

      Support implications of Google Chrome's rapid release cycle

      In 2011, Mozilla switched Firefox to a rapid release cycle with a new release coming out every six weeks.  Most enterprises (including Oracle) can't keep up with that deployment rate, so we switched our E-Business Suite + Firefox certification track to Mozilla's Extended Support Release (ESR) channel. Mozilla's ESR releases come out every 12 months.

      Chrome is also released on a rapid release cycle.  Chrome updates average out to a new release every six to eight weeks. Google does not offer an equivalent of Mozilla's annually-updated ESR option for Chrome. 

      Oracle is unable to test every new version of Chrome with every EBS release every eight weeks. We expected that we will certify selected Chrome releases on an ongoing basis.

      We are also unable to test Chrome on all Android versions on all Android devices.  We primarily test Chrome on Samsung and Nexus devices running Android 4.1 and higher.

      If you report an issue with a later version of Chrome that we have not documented, you may be advised to:

      • Use IE or Firefox as a backup browser (Windows clients)
      • Wait for the next version of Chrome (Android clients)
      • Consult with your device vendor (e.g. for issues that cannot be reproduced on Samsung or Nexus devices)

      Pending certifications 

      Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates.  Customers can monitor or subscribe to this blog.  Updates will be posted as soon as soon as they're available. 

      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.


      Internet Explorer 11 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

      Microsoft IE logoMicrosoft Internet Explorer 11 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

      • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
      • Windows 8.1 Update 1

      Due to display issues with certain FWK pages when using IE9 or IE10 we previously recommended running E-Business Suite using the browsers 'compatibility mode'.  These display issues have now been fixed for IE11-- you can now access your E-Business Suite 12.1.3 environment without using 'compatibility mode' in IE 11.

      Certifications with other EBS releases still pending

      We plan to certify IE 11 with EBS 12.2, 12.0, and 11i.  These certifications are underway now and will be released soon.

      If you're running EBS 12.2, 12.0, or 11i, you must ensure that your mission-critical desktops remain on an earlier certified browsers until this certification is completed.  As of the time this article was published, certified browsers include IE 10 and Firefox ESR 31 for Windows desktops.

      You can block automatic updates by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit:

      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.    

      EBS 12.1 Prerequisites

      • EBS 12.1.1 or higher
      • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
      • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher
      JRE 1.7 is certified with EBS

      There appears to be some inaccurate information lying about on the web that claims that JRE 1.7 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. 

      This is incorrect.  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.  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.

      "JInitiator version too low" errors

      Some non-Oracle staff are claiming that "JInitiator version too low" errors confirm this incompatibility and lack of certification.

      In fact, if you're getting a "JInitiator version too low" error, it means that you've missed applying the Forms patch required to enable JRE 1.7 compatibility. Simply apply that patch and your EBS environment is ready for JRE 1.7 clients.

      References

      Related Articles

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

      Thursday Sep 25, 2014

      Second Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

      We are pleased to announce the availability of the second consolidated patch collection for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  This patchset combines a number of important patches for Release 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset:

      E-Business Suite RPC2 screenshot

      Reasons to Apply RPC2

      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 has been available for a while, and over its lifetime has been significantly enhanced in numerous ways. These enhancements and fixes are provided as individual patches, product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific Recommended Patch Collections (RPC).

      For example, there are Recommended Patch Collections for Financials products such as General Ledger and Payables. On the technology side, there are patchsets such as the OA Framework 12.1.3.1 Consolidated Update Patch.

      Identifying and applying all the individual patches, RUPs, and RPCs you need can be time-consuming. Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.

      Included in RPC2

      The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC2 patchset includes a comprehensively tested set of the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the following Oracle E-Business Suite products and product families:

      • Applications Technology (ATG)
      • Oracle Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
      • Oracle Financials (FIN)
      • Oracle Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
      • Oracle Procurement (PRC)
      • Oracle Projects (PJ)
      • Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM)
      • Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP)

      Feedback Welcome

      We are interested in your comments or questions about this new Recommended Patch Collection.  Please post a comment here.

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      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.

      Thursday Sep 18, 2014

      Integrating Custom and Third-Party Products With EBS 12.2

      We are pleased to announce a new document that summarizes the database and file system changes that support the new Online Patching functionality in E-Business Suite 12.2.  This document focusses on how integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite may need to be modified to comply with new deployment and development standards:

      Online Patching EBR editions

      Methods for Integrating with Online Patching

      The document outlines compliance requirements and development standards for EBS 12.2 and Online Patching via five methods:

      • Application tier web services or related interfaces
      • Database connections or independent database schemas
      • Custom schemas with dependent database objects
      • Extensions or customizations of the Oracle E-Business Suite schema
      • Table replication

      Your customizations and third-party EBS extensions must comply with these high-level guidelines, along with the standards described in more detail in:

      Related Articles

      Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

      DSTv23 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12

      Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release 12.x environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in June 2014 and released as DSTv22.

      DSTv23 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x. The DSTv23 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2014f and includes Russia's reintroduction of "winter time" when the clocks will be turned back one hour on October 26, 2014.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

      Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

      When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

      • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
      • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

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

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

      What Patches Are Required?

      In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

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

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