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

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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

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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. 

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    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

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

    Thursday 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

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

    Thursday 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:

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    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:

    Monday Sep 15, 2014

    Preventing "Java was blocked" IE Warnings with Oracle EBS

    Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) started warning users about out-of-date ActiveX controls running through any security zone except the 'Local intranet' or the 'Trusted sites' zones when using IE 8 or later. Attempts to run any Java content from your desktop using older JRE releases -- releases prior to the latest Critical Patch Updates (CPU) on any JRE codeline -- through any other zone now result in a warning message. This may prevent you from accessing Java-based or Forms-based content within Oracle E-Business Suite.

    IE will not block functionality for end-users who meet any of these conditions:

    • Are running EBS through the browsers "Local Intranet" or "Trusted sites" zones
    • Have the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Critical Patch Update (CPU) release on Java 6 or 7

    IE will block end-users whose desktops meet all of the following conditions:

    • Users are running the E-Business Suite in the the "Internet" zone
    • Users do not have latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Critical Patch Update (CPU) release on Java 6 or 7

    Affected end-users will see the following warning:

    Java(TM) was blocked because it is out of date and needs to be updated

    How do I prevent this Issue?

    OPTION 1

    Follow our documented recommendations to run Oracle E-Business Suite through the "Trusted sites" zone. 

    See the "Recommended Internet Explorer Browser Settings" section within:

    OPTION 2

    Follow Microsoft's workaround to turn this feature off:

    OPTION 3

    Upgrade to the latest JRE release. See:

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    Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

    Invoking JAVA APIs via REST in EBS 12.2

    Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) introduced PL/SQL as RESTful webservices in EBS 12.2.3.  EBS 12.2.4 expands that functionality further, allowing Plain Old Java Objects (POJO) / Java Beans to be published as RESTful web services using ISG. This new Java API REST service provides support for both GET and POST verbs.

    What is POJO?

    POJO stands for Plain Old Java Object. It is a Java object which does not implement any framework-specific interfaces such as Spring, Hibernate, JDO, or EJB. POJOs allow applications to be decoupled from infrastructure frameworks.

    Prerequisites for Using Custom Java API as REST service in ISG

    The following tasks needs to be performed to use custom Java API as REST services:

    Custom Java API steps

    Custom Java APIs are configured and deployed on the application tier.  For more information, see Section 5, "Deploying Custom Application Tier Objects" in this document:

    Java REST API Lifecycle

    Java REST API lifecycle

    Java API REST services follow the same lifecycle as PLSQL rest services. Once the custom classes and ILDT loader files are uploaded, you are ready to use Java APIs as REST services from the Integration Repository.

    You can find the newly uploaded Java API in the Integration Repository using the new “Java Bean Services” Interface Subtype :

    Java Bean Services Interface Subtype

    Select GET, POST, or both based on your requirements. Provide a service alias and deploy the service.

    Voila! the service is ready to be used.

    Java Web Service Details

    What’s more in a Java API rest services?

    Java API REST services support GET and POST methods. GET requests can be invoked as Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) from any browser.  The invocation process is simple, user-friendly and quick.

    URI Format:

    http://<host>:<port>/webservices/rest/<Service Alias>/<rest method name>/[<key-param>]?queryParam=paramValue[&....

    Example :

    Get all employees reporting “Mark ”, location “CA”

    http://<host:port>/webservices/rest/empSvc/getEmployees/Mark/?location=CA

    Key Features of GET

    • GET requests can be cached
    • GET requests can be bookmarked
    • GET requests remain in the browser history

    GET requests should not be used when dealing with sensitive data.

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    Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

    Firefox ESR 31 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Firefox ESR logo

    [Update: Sep. 10, 2014: Removed listings for Windows XP and 8]

    Mozilla Firefox 31 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2.

    What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

    Mozilla has begun offering an Extended Support Release based on an official release of Firefox for organizations that are unable to mass-deploy new consumer-oriented versions of Firefox every six weeks.  From the Mozilla ESR FAQ:

    What does the Mozilla Firefox ESR life cycle look like?

    Releases will be maintained for approximately one year, with point releases containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases. The ESR will also have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of a new release and the end-of-life of the previous release to permit testing and certification prior to deploying a new version.

    Maintenance of each ESR, through point releases, is limited to high-risk/high-impact security vulnerabilities and in rare cases may also include off-schedule releases that address live security vulnerabilities. Backports of any functional enhancements and/or stability fixes are not in scope.

    At the end of the support period for an ESR version:

    • the release will reach its end-of-life
    • no further updates will be offered for that version
    • an update to the next version will be offered through the application update service

    E-Business Suite to be certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases

    New personal versions of Firefox are released roughly every six weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal versions of Firefox with the Oracle E-Business Suite because a given Firefox release is generally obsolete by the time we complete the certification.

    From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions. Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases with the E-Business Suite.

    As of this announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with Firefox ESR 10, 17, 24, and 31.

    EBS patching policy for Firefox compatibility issues

    Mozilla stresses their goal of ensuring that Firefox personal versions will continue to offer the same level of application compatibility as Firefox Extended Support Releases. 

    Oracle E-Business Suite Development will issue new E-Business Suite patches or workarounds that can be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases.  If you report compatibility issues with Firefox personal releases that cannot be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases, your options are:

    1. Deploy a certified Firefox Extended Support Release version instead of the Firefox personal version
    2. Report the incompatibility between Firefox ESR and Firefox personal to Mozilla
    3. Use Internet Explorer (on Windows) or Safari (on Mac OS X) until Mozilla resolves the issue
    EBS Compatibility with Firefox ESR security updates

    Mozilla may release new updates to Firefox ESR versions to address high-risk/high-impact security issues.  These updates are considered to be certified with the E-Business Suite on the day that they're released.  You do not need to wait for a certification from Oracle before deploying these new Firefox ESR security updates.

    E-Business Suite Prerequisites

    EBS 11i
    • 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 higher
    • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
    • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
    EBS R12.0.x
    • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or higher
    • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
    • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
    EBS 12.1.x:
    • Base release

    EBS 12.2.x:

    • Base release

    Certified desktop operating systems

    • Windows 7 SP1
    • Windows Vista SP2

    References

    Your feedback is welcome

    I'd be very interested in hearing about your plans for adopting Firefox Extended Support Releases in your environments.  Please drop me a private email or post your comments here with your thoughts on this.

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    Friday Aug 22, 2014

    Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite

    Many things have changed in the mobile space over the last few years. Here's an update on our strategy for mobile apps for the E-Business Suite.

    Mobile app strategy

    We're building our family of mobile apps for the E-Business Suite using Oracle Mobile Application Framework.  This framework allows us to write a single application that can be run on Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. Mobile apps for the E-Business Suite will share a common look-and-feel.

    The E-Business Suite is a suite of over 200 product modules spanning Financials, Supply Chain, Human Resources, and many other areas. Our mobile app strategy is to release standalone apps for specific product modules. 

    Our Oracle Timecards app, which allows users to create and submit timecards, is an example of a standalone app.

    Oracle Timecards app for E-Business Suite screenshot

    Some common functions that span multiple product areas will have dedicated apps, too. An example of this is our Oracle Approvals app, which allows users to review and approve requests for expenses, requisitions, purchase orders, recruitment vacancies and offers, and more.

    Approval app for E-Business Suite screenshot

    You can read more about our Oracle Mobile Approvals app here:

    Our goal is to support smaller screen (e.g. smartphones) as well as larger screens (e.g. tablets), with the smaller screen versions generally delivered first.  Where possible, we will deliver these as universal apps.  An example is our Oracle Mobile Field Service app, which allows field service technicians to remotely access customer, product, service request, and task-related information.  This app can run on a smartphone, while providing a richer experience for tablets.

    Mobile Field Service for iPhones screenshot

    Deploying EBS mobile apps

    The mobile apps, themselves (i.e. client-side components) can be downloaded by end-users from the Apple iTunes today.  Android versions will be available from Google play. You can monitor this blog for Android-related updates.

    Where possible, our mobile apps should be deployable with a minimum of server-side changes.  These changes will generally involve a consolidated server-side patch for technology-stack components, and possibly a server-side patch for the functional product module. Updates to existing mobile apps may require new server-side components to enable all of the latest mobile functionality.

    All EBS product modules are certified for internal intranet deployments (i.e. used by employees within an organization's firewall).  Only a subset of EBS products such as iRecruitment are certified to be deployed externally (i.e. used by non-employees outside of an organization's firewall).  Today, many organizations running the E-Business Suite do not expose their EBS environment externally and all of the mobile apps that we're building are intended for internal employee use.  Recognizing this, our mobile apps are currently designed for users who are connected to the organization's intranet via VPN.  We expect that this may change in future updates to our mobile apps.

    Mobile apps and internationalization

    The initial releases of our mobile apps will be in English.  Later updates will include translations for all left-to-right languages supported by the E-Business Suite.  Right-to-left languages will not be translated.

    Customizing apps for enterprise deployments

    The current generation of mobile apps for Oracle E-Business Suite cannot be customized. We are evaluating options for limited customizations, including corporate branding with logos, corporate color schemes, and others. This is a potentially-complex area with many tricky implications for deployment and maintenance.  We would be interested in hearing your requirements for customizations in enterprise deployments.

    Prerequisites

    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 15, 2014

    Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle EBS Now Available

    There’s new news about automated testing of E-Business Suite using the Oracle Application Testing Suite, a.k.a, “OATS”.

    E-Business Suite Development is pleased to announce the availability of the new Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite. The new pack, available with the latest release of Oracle Application Testing Suite (12.4.0.2), provides pre-built test components and flows to automate the in-depth testing of Oracle E-Business Suite applications. Designed for use with the Oracle Application Testing Suite and its Oracle Flow Builder capability, these pre-built components and flows can help Oracle E-Business Suite customers to significantly reduce the time and effort needed to create and maintain automated test scripts.

    The Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is available now for EBS 12.1.3, and availability for EBS 12.2 is planned.

    OATS Flow Builder screenshot

    Some Background on Automating Testing with Oracle Application Testing Suite and Oracle Flow Builder     

    Testing complex packaged applications like Oracle E-Business Suite can be time-consuming and challenging for organizations, hampering their ability to upgrade to latest releases or apply latest patches. Oracle Application Testing Suite offers organizations a unique and powerful testing platform for Oracle E-Business Suite and other Oracle applications.

    With the 12.3.0.1 release of Oracle Application Testing Suite, we introduced the Oracle Flow Builder testing framework and accompanying starter pack of pre-built test components and flows. The starter pack, which contains over 2000 components and 200 flows, provides broad coverage of commonly-used base functionality and is designed to jump-start the test automation effort.

    Using Oracle Flow Builder, even non-technical testers can create working test scripts using the pre-built components that Oracle provides. Each component represents an atomic test operation such as “create an invoice batch” or “apply an invoice hold.” Testers can assemble the pre-built components into test flows, and combine test flows with spreadsheet data to drive the testing of multiple data conditions. The Oracle Flow Builder framework allows customers to add, modify and extend the pre-built components to address new functionality and customizations of the Oracle E-Business Suite.

    Using Oracle Flow Builder’s component-based test generation framework instead of a traditional record/playback approach has allowed the EBS Quality Assurance team to reduce their test automation effort by 60%. E-Business Suite customers can significantly reduce their test automation effort using Oracle Application Testing Suite with Oracle Flow Builder and the pre-built test components and flows that Oracle provides.

    Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Improves Test Coverage

    With the Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.4.0.2 and the new Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite, we are now delivering a significant number of additional test components and flows beyond those contained in the Oracle Flow Builder starter pack. These additional test components and flows provide 70-80% test coverage and enable the automation of detailed and complex test flows across the following Oracle E-Business Suite products:

    • Oracle Asset Lifecycle Management
    • Oracle Channel Revenue Management
    • Oracle Discrete Manufacturing
    • Oracle Incentive Compensation
    • Oracle Lease and Finance Management
    • Oracle Process Manufacturing
    • Oracle Procurement
    • Oracle Project Management
    • Oracle Property Manager
    • Oracle Service

    Downloads

    You can download the Oracle Functional Testing Suite Advanced Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite from the Oracle Technology Network.

    References


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    Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.0 Supported with Oracle E-Business Suite
    Using the Oracle Application Testing Suite with EBS: Interim Update #1

    Thursday Aug 14, 2014

    Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Now Available

    I am pleased to announce that Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:


    VM Appliances for EBS 12.1.3

    Compatible with Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Virtualbox

    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.  They can also be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

    Includes the entire EBS technology stack

    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.

    Types of appliances available

    The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 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

    The appliances contain the following embedded technology components:

    • Database Versions
    Appliance
    DB Oracle Home
    Single Node Vision Demo
    11.2.0.4
    Vision Demo Database Tier
    12.1.0.1
    Production (PROD) Database Tier
    12.1.0.1
    • Application Tier Components
    Appliance
    Application Tier
    Code Level
    Oracle Forms and Reports
    Java Oracle Home
    JDK Version
    Java Plugin Version
    CPU Level
    Single Node Vision Demo
    10.1.2.3
    10.1.3.5
    JDK 1.7 build 1.7.0_60-b19
    J2SE 1.7
    April  2014

    Application Tier

    10.1.2.3
    10.1.3.5
    JDK 1.7 build 1.7.0_60-b19
    J2SE 1.7
    April  2014


    Using these appliances

    These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

    Single node E-Business Suite 12.1.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.1.3 database and application tiers.

    Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.1.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the RDBMS 12c 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 installation.

    References

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    Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

    Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: August 2014 Edition

    We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  This article will help you understand your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components.  This webcast can help you create a maintenance strategy.

    The following is a summary of 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. 

    Upgrade Recommendations for August 2014

    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 RP1 or 12.2.

    4. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to 12.2.4 or the latest AD/TXK tools and the latest StartCD.

    5. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.1

    6. EBS 11i and 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 1 11.1.2.1.0.

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

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

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

    10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_81 or later 1.6 updates or JRE 1.7.0_67 or later 1.7 updates.

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

    12. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 24.

    13. All EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the latest Critical Patch Update.

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

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    Friday Aug 08, 2014

    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 Now Available

    We are very pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 is generally available for download now.

    Instructions for downloading and applying the update:

    EBS 12.2.4 Patch download screenshot

    What Does EBS 12.2.4 Include?

    This Release Update Pack (RUP) for the EBS 12.2 release codeline includes new features as well as statutory and regulatory updates, and error corrections for stability, performance, and security. 

    This is a consolidated suite-wide patch set. Release 12.2.4 is cumulative and includes new updates as well as updates made available in one-off patches for prior 12.2 releases.

    For a complete list of new features, see:

    Upgrading to EBS 12.2.4

    Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 11i to 12.2.4?

    No.  EBS 11i customers must first upgrade to EBS 12.2 before applying 12.2.4.

    Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.4?

    No.  EBS 12.0 customers must first upgrade to EBS 12.2 before applying 12.2.4.

    Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.4?

    Yes.  EBS 12.2 customers can apply 12.2.4 directly to their environments.  EBS 12.2.4 is an Online Patch -- it may be applied while EBS 12.2 is running.

    How can I prepare for EBS 12.2?

    More technical references

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    Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

    JRE 1.7.0_67 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Java logo

    [Aug. 6, 2014 update: Removed sentence, "If you are already running 1.7.0_65 auto-update will not be triggered to upgrade to 1.7.0_67."]

    Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_67 (a.k.a. JRE 7u67-b01) 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?

    JRE 1.7.0_67 fixes a regression in JRE 1.7.0_65 which prevented applets launching when using a "java_ arguments" parameter. This is the only change, it does not include any further security enhancements. Oracle E-Business Suite users are unlikely to be affected by this issue so moving to this release is optional, see the Update Release Notes for further information.

    JRE 1.7.0_67 is available for download through the usual Java and Oracle Java SE Downloads public sites. The standard release is also available through Patch 19295656 as well as a special release which has the auto-update function turned off through Patch 19295660.

    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:

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    Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

    Database 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS on AIX, Itanium, Windows

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

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

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

    Release 11i
    Release 12.0 and 12.1:

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    Monday Jul 21, 2014

    Latest Updates to AD and TXK Tools for EBS 12.2

    We continue to release updates to EBS 12.2 technology stack (TXK) and Applications Database (AD) patching tools based upon customer feedback.  We released the first set of updates in March 2014, the second set in May 2014, and have just released a third set of critical updates.

    This latest update includes important enhancements and fixes to the Online Patching functionality.  All Release 12.2 users are strongly encouraged to apply these new updates as soon as possible.  These patches are cumulative: they include all AD and TXK-related fixes released in previous updates.

    The updates and few features to Online Patching include:

    • New 'standard' cleanup mode - An optimized default cleanup mode, available in addition to the 'quick' and 'full' cleanup modes.
    • Log Analyzer Utility - Analyzes adop log directories for errors and warnings, and displays messages to help you identify any problems in an adop run.
    • New 'cm_wait' parameter - Allows you to specify how long to wait for concurrent processes to finish, before shutting down the Internal Concurrent Manager.

    Download screenshot for AD Delta 5

    You can download the two Release Update Packs (RUP) here:

    Future AD and TXK updates will be delivered on top of these AD and TXK patches.

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