Friday May 04, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: May 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here 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, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for May 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.5.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.6.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.6 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_32 or later 1.6 updates.

  11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 10.

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Thursday May 03, 2012

WebCenter 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 tools used to create web sites and portals using service-oriented architecture (SOA).  Applications adapters are also available.

WebCenter Development Framework

WebCenter version 11.1.1.6 (a.k.a. Patchset 5) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.3 and higher). 

Certified Platforms

Oracle WebCenter 11gR1 Version 11.1.1.6 is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

References

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Tuesday May 01, 2012

EBS File Comparison Report Now Available

If your Oracle E-Business Suite customizations are still making you hesitate about upgrading from Release 11i to Release 12, we have another useful tool to help you along: the brand new EBS File Comparison Report. This new report joins the related EBS Seed Data Comparison Report and the EBS Data Model Comparison Report in our collection of handy upgrade comparison reports.

You can download the new file comparison report here:

You can download its companion reports here:

File Comparison Report Contents

The new report provides detailed information about what files were added, removed, or stubbed (made inactive) during changes between Releases 11.5.10.2 and 12.1.3 of Oracle E-Business Suite. For text-based files such as .xml files, you can drill down into the files to see the actual changes between the file versions. The File Comparison Report includes the following file types:

  • Forms (.fmb files)
  • Libraries (.pll files)
  • Reports (.rdf files)
  • Java (.class files)
  • Java Server Pages (.jsp files)
  • Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Pages (.xml files)
  • Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Personalizations (.xml files)
  • Workflow Definition (.wft files)
  • Workflow Business Event System Object Definitions (.wfx files)
  • BI Publisher (XML Publisher) Reports - Layout template formats
  • BI Publisher (XML Publisher) Reports - Data Definition formats

Using the File Comparison Report

One example of how you might use the File Comparison Report is for assessing upgrade impacts on your personalizations. Start by getting a list of your personalizations as described in “Upgrading Form Personalizations and OA Framework Personalizations from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to 12.1” (Note 1292611.1).

Three categories of personalizations might be affected by upgrades. Here is how the File Comparison Report can help you with those:

  1. Personalizations shipped by product teams that you might have modified further: look at “Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Personalizations (.xml files)” to see which shipped personalizations have changed. You can drill in to see exactly what has changed for each affected personalization.
  2. OA Framework Personalizations where the shipped base page may have changed: look at “Oracle Application Framework (OAF) Pages (.xml files)” to see which shipped pages have changed. You can drill in to see exactly what has changed for each affected personalization. If a page you have personalized hasn’t changed between releases, you probably do not need to change your personalizations for the page in the new release.
  3. Oracle Forms Personalizations where the shipped form may have been removed: look at “Forms (.fmb files)”. Because these are binary files, you cannot see exactly what has changed for each form, but knowing what forms have been removed will still save you time in assessing what form personalizations can be retired.

Personalization assessment is just one example of how you can use the File Comparison Report. We expect you will find many ways to use it!

Your feedback is welcome

This new tool was produced by our hard-working EBS Release Management team, and they are actively seeking your feedback. Please feel free to share your experiences with it by posting a comment here. You can also request enhancements to this tool via the My Oracle Support Community mentioned in Note 1446430.1.

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Monday Apr 30, 2012

64-bit Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

64-bit versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and 9 are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite.  IE 64-bit will run the 64-bit JRE plug-in. You can deploy these 64-bit IE releases as desktop browser clients for your EBS 11i and 12 end-users running 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

How will this work?Microsoft IE Internet Explorer logo

By design Microsoft does not allow the 64-bit browser to be set as default on the desktop client. Launching IE from a 3rd party application will cause the default 32-bit version of the browser to open which is expected behavior.

For example: Report Manager users running drill down from Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Excel output will find that the Oracle E-Business Suite window will open using the default 32-bit browser.

The 32-bit and 64-bit stacks (Internet Explorer Browser and JRE plug-in) will run independently, from their individual homes, on the same Windows 7 (64-bit) desktop client. In certain circumstances this allows the use of two different plug-in versions (one 32-bit and one 64-bit) from a single desktop to the same or different Oracle E-Business Suite environments.

The 64-bit JRE does not currently include an automatic update facility. Upgrading the 64-bit plug-in can be done with a download from the EBS web server or via manual download of the 64-bit Windows version to the desktop.

Microsoft Office logoWhat about Microsoft Office?

At this point, we have certified the following configurations:

  1. Windows 7 32-bit, 32-bit browser, 32-bit JRE
  2. Windows 7 64-bit, 32-bit browser, 32-bit JRE
  3. Windows 7 64-bit, 64-bit browser, 64-bit JRE

All three combinations are currently certified only with 32-bit Microsoft Office versions.  We have plans to certify 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office.  We're focussing on getting EBS 12.2 completed right now, so we'll revisit our 64-bit Office integration points when the former is completed. 

In the meantime, we could use some feedback from you.  I'm very curious about your business case for deploying 64-bit versions instead of 32-bit versions.  Why do your users need the 64-bit versions?  If you're interested in 64-bit versions of Office, please drop me a line (or post a comment here) with details about the 64-bit Office version that you intend to deploy. 

Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patch set 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (see note 125767.1).
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher.
  • MLR patch 13384700 or higher.

Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or higher.
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher.

Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher.
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher.

References

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ATG Live Webcasts on Hiatus until early June

It is time for the ATG Live Webcast to take a break. But, it is just a short break. I have already scheduled the next ATG Live Webcast for June 7, 2012. You can be assured that the ATG Live Webcast series will continue delivering the same level of content that you have come to expect when we come back from our break.

Following our Collaborate conference, we will be updating some of the most important webcasts with the latest information from the E-Business Suite Tools and Technology team. Stay connected to this blog for more information on the ATG Live Webcast series. I look forward to seeing you on June 7th.


Friday Apr 27, 2012

Sun JRE 1.6.0_32 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

[Apr. 30, 2012 Update: Clarified certification information for JRE 7, added more details about Java 7 plans]

I'm pleased to let you know that the latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_32 (a.k.a. JRE 6u32-b05) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_32?

See the 1.6.0_32 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.  This release is available for download from the usual Sun channels and through the 'Java Automatic Update' mechanism.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions.  64-bit JREs are certified only on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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.

All JRE releases are certified with EBS upon release

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

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

What about Java 7?

We're working on our Java 7 certification for the E-Business Suite right now.  Our first set of certifications will cover JRE 7 for Windows desktops.  This will be followed by JDK 7 certifications for server-based components.  

These certifications haven't been completed yet.  You should remain on Java 6 for both desktop-based and server-based components until we announce those 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. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

References

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Monday Apr 23, 2012

Discoverer 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite

[Apr. 30, 2012 Update: Added IBM AIX on Power certification for EBS 12]

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

Discoverer graph screenshot

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

Platforms certified for R12

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10, 11 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (2003, 2008* )
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) 5.3, 6.1, 7.1)

Platforms certified for Release 11i

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5) 
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003) 
Other platform certifications still underway

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

References

Friday Apr 20, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

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

Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager (Presentation)

Enterprise Manager 12c with E-Business Suite Plug-in 5.0

Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development discussed using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the latest E-Business Suite Plug-in to manage E-Business Suite systems, including 11i, R12, R12.1, and the upcoming release. (April 2012)

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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Wednesday Apr 18, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Diagnosing E-Business Suite JVM and Forms Performance Issues (Performance Series (Performance Series Part 4 of 4)

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

Diagnosing E-Business Suite JVM and Forms Performance Issues (Performance Series (Performance Series Part 4 of 4) (Presentation)

Debugging JVM logs

Dave Suri, Project Lead, Applications Performance and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager discussed some of the steps involved in triaging and diagnosing E-Business Suite systems related to JVM and Forms components (March 2012).

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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Tuesday Apr 17, 2012

Critical Patch Update for April 2012 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2012 was released on April 17, 2012. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

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

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

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

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

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • July 17, 2012
  • October 16, 2012
  • January 15, 2013
  • April 16, 2013
E-Business Suite Releases 11i and 12 Reference

Monday Apr 16, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 4)

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 4) (Presentation)
Screenshot of Network Test page within E-Business Suite 12.1

Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press discussed network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy covered tuning the client and tuning the network. He shared real-life examples of network performance, and showed you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network (March 2012).

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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Friday Apr 13, 2012

Oracle VM Templates Available for E-Business Suite 12.1.3

Oracle VM has matured into a formidable virtualization product over the years. Oracle E-Business Suite is certified to run production instances on both Oracle VM 2 and 3. This applies to EBS Releases 11i and 12.  It also applies to future Oracle VM 3 updates, including subsequent Oracle VM 3.x releases.

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Oracle VM templates available now

The latest EBS 12.1.3 templates for Oracle VM can be downloaded here:

Templates are available for:

  • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Vision (64-bit)
  • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Production (32-bit)
  • E-Business Suite 12.x Sparse Middle Tiers (32-bit and 64-bit)

Screenshot of Oracle VM Manager

Should EBS 11i users care?

Yes.  You can use these templates to get an EBS 12 testbed environment running in minutes.  This is a great way of giving your end-users a chance to work with EBS 12 without the overhead of building an environment from scratch.

References

Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

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Thursday Apr 12, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3)

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3) (Presentation)
Screenshot of Concurrent Manager management within E-Business Suite 12.1

Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance discussed two major components of E-Business Suite performance tuning:  concurrent management and tracing. They dispel some myths surrounding these topics, and shared with you the recommended best practices that you can use on your own E-Business Suite instance.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:Image to show the cycle of E-Business Suite 12.1 upgrades
E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight (Presentation)
Udayan Parvate, Director, E-Business Suite Release Engineering and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance discussed the best practices that you can apply when upgrading your E-Business Suite instance to Release 12.1 and beyond. They discussed upgrade paths, resources, and practices to minimize downtime during the upgrade. (April 2012)

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certified on Oracle Linux 6 (x86-64)

Linux Tux logo penguinOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 and higher) is now certified on 64-bit Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK).

New installations of the E-Business Suite R12 on this OS require version 12.1.1 or higher. Cloning of existing 12.1 Linux environments to this new OS is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process. There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11.2.0.3) and Fusion Middleware as necessary for use on Oracle Linux 6. These and other requirements are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below.

Certification for other Linux distros still underway

Certifications of Release 12 with 32-bit Oracle Linux 6, 32-bit and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and the Red Hat default kernel are in progress.

References

Tuesday Apr 03, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: SOA Integration Options for E-Business Suite

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
SOA Integration Options for E-Business Suite (Presentation)
Screenshot of the Integration Repository for the Integrated SOA Gateway within Oracle E-Business Suite

Abhishek Verma, Manager, Applications Technology Group and Rajesh Ghosh, Group Manager, ATG Development discussed the web service and SOA integration options for Oracle E-Business Suite. The presentation covered Oracle's integration tools and technologies, including the Oracle Applications Adapter and the Integrated SOA Gateway.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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

Monday Apr 02, 2012

ATG Live Webcast April 5: Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

The next ATG Live Webcast covers one of the hottest topic areas in E-Business Suite Tools and Technology: Lifecycle Management. Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development will lead you through using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and the latest E-Business Suite Plug-in to manage E-Business Suite systems. You can register for the Apr. 5, 2012 event at:

Managing Your Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Enterprise Manager 12c with E-Business Suite Plug-in 5.0


The topics covered in this webcast will be:

  • Manage your EBS system configurations
  • Monitor your EBS environment's performance and uptime
  • Keep multiple EBS environments in sync with their patches and configurations
  • Create patches for your EBS customizations and apply them with Oracle's own patching tools

Date:               Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Angelo Rosado, Product Manager, ATG Development

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:            877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99343

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  594372618

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

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

Friday Mar 23, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 29: Diagnosing E-Business Suite JVM and Forms Performance Issues (Performance Series Part 4 of 4)

The next webcast in our popular EBS series on performance management is going to be a showstopper.  Dave Suri, Project Lead, Applications Performance and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager will discuss some of the steps involved in triaging and diagnosing E-Business Suite systems related to JVM and Forms components.

Please join us for our next ATG Live Webcast on Mar. 29, 2012:

Triage and Diagnostics for E-Business Suite JVM and Forms

Debugging JVM logs

The topics covered in this webcast will be:

  • Overall Menu/Sections
    • Architecture
    • Patches/Certified browsers/jdk versions
    • JVM Tuning
    • JVM Tools (jstat,eclipse mat, ibm tda)
    • Forms Tools (strace/FRD)
    • Java Concurrent Program options location
    • Case studies
  • Case Studies
    • JVM Thread dump case for Oracle Advanced Product Catalog
    • Forms FRD trace relating to Saving an SR
    • Java Concurrent Program for BT

Date:               Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Dave Suri, Project Lead, Applications Performance
                        Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:            877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99342

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  597073984

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

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

Thursday Mar 22, 2012

Oracle Database 11gR2 11.2.0.3 Certified with E-Business Suite on Windows

Wndows LogoAs a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:

Release 12.1 (12.1.1 and higher)

  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (20031, 20081, 2008 R22)

Release 12.0 (12.0.4 and higher)

  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2003, 2008)1
Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 20081)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2003, 2008, 2008 R2)1

Notes

1: This OS is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' platform where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
2: This OS is a 'database tier only' platform for Release 11i. For 12.1.1 or higher, it is also supported on the application tier via the migration process outlined in My Oracle Support Document 1188535.1.

Pending Certification

  • E-Business Suite 12.0 with 11.2.0.3 Split Tier Certification on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2) is in progress and will be announced separately.

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12 includes:

  • Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption)
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO)
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12

References

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

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Wednesday Mar 21, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 22 Reminder: Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Performance Series Part 3 of 3)

A quick reminder about tomorrow's webcast -- Thursday, March 22:  Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance, will discuss network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy and Uday will cover tuning the client and tuning the network. They will share real-life examples of network performance, and show you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network.

The agenda for the Performance Tuning - Part 3 of 3 webcast includes the following topics:
  • Tuning the Client
  • Tuning the Network
Date:               Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance
                        Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99341

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591264961

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

Monday Mar 19, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: E-Business Suite Data Protection

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

E-Business Suite Data Protection (Presentation)

Screenshot of E-Business Suite Data Access auditing


Robert Armstrong, Product Strategy Security Architect and Eric Bing, Senior Director discussed the best practices and recommendations for securing your E-Business Suite data.

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

Friday Mar 16, 2012

New Whitepaper: Upgrading your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

Cover page for upgrading customizations whitepaperThe prospect of upgrading from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to Release 12 might seem intimidating if you have customized your EBS 11i environment. When considering this upgrade, one of the first things you need to do is review your customizations systematically.

I am pleased to announce the availability of a new white paper that will help you do that:

This white paper provides an overview of how you can manage and upgrade existing Release 11i customizations to Release 12.1. It covers identifying the various types of customizations you might have--such as personalizations, Oracle Forms, Web ADI, and mod_plsql--and how to handle them during your upgrade.

The document discusses upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite customizations in the context of the following cycle:

  1. Creating an inventory of your existing customizations
  2. Comparing customizations to standard Release 12 functionality
  3. Upgrading customizations
  4. Reimplementing customizations
  5. Creating future customizations

The paper also provides recommendations on customization technologies such as Oracle Application Framework (OAF), Oracle Application Express (APEX), and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF).

This white paper is written for Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers.

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Thursday Mar 15, 2012

Identifying the Latest Family Packs for Oracle E-Business Suite

It's important to ensure that your E-Business Suite environment is kept current, but it can be tricky to identify the latest product-level Family Packs that have been released.  You might need to identify the latest Family Pack updates available for an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or R11i environment when performing one of the following tasks:

  • Researching the latest functionality available
  • Implementing a new module
  • Planning an upgrade to your Oracle E-Business Suite environment
Two useful links are available on My Oracle Support that provide a listing of packs  for an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or R11i environment.  To navigate to a listing of packs, first login to My Oracle Support.  Once logged in, navigate to the Patches & Updates tab:


Once on the Patches & Updates section, navigate to the Patching Quick Links region.  This region contains links to Latest R12 Packs and Latest R11i Packs:



After clicking one of the links for either R12 or R11i packs, you will be directed to a new screen that displays all available packs for the selected version.  Here's an example of the screen displayed upon clicking the Latest R12 Packs link (naturally, the actual Family Pack references may change over time):



Note that for R12, the listing displayed is the latest packs available for the most current release of R12.  Currently, this is Release 12.1.3.  For Release 11i, the listing displayed is for the most current release of R11i., 11.5.10.  

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Wednesday Mar 14, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 15 Reminder: Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3)

A quick reminder for you to join Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, and co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, as he discusses two major components of E-Business Suite performance tuning:  concurrent management and tracing. Andy will help dispel some myths surrounding these topics, and he will share with you the recommended best practices that you can use on your own E-Business Suite instance.

The agenda for the Performance Tuning - Part 2 of 3 webcast includes the following topics:

  • Tuning Concurrent Manager
  • Tracing Dos and Don'ts

Date:               Thursday, <March 15, 2012>
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance
                        Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
   Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99340

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  594255385

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

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

Monday Mar 12, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 22: Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Part 3 of 3)

Some E-Business Suite customers have end-users who connect over a wide-area network (WAN) from remote locations to a central data center.  These remote locations may have very low bandwidth connections.  It is possible to optimise and tune the E-Business Suite to work well even with very narrow pipes. 

Andy Tremayne, co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, has worked with E-Business Suite worldwide on these types of EBS tuning projects.  Andy is presenting the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Mar. 22, 2012.
Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning (Part 3 of 3)

Please join Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, as he discusses network performance for E-Business Suite. Andy will cover tuning the client and tuning the network. He will share real-life examples of network performance, and he will show you tools and techniques that you can use to estimate or simulate performance on your own network.

Screenshot of Network Test page within E-Business Suite 12.1


The agenda for the Network, WAN, and PC Performance Tuning webcast includes the following topics:

  • Tuning the Client
  • Tuning the Network

Date:               Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99341

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591264961

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

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

Friday Mar 09, 2012

Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with EBS 12 on Itanium, Linux on Power

As a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle Database 10gR2 Patch Set 10.2.0.5.0 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.1 and higher) on the following additional database tier only platforms:

  • IBM: Linux on Power Systems (RHEL 5, SLES 10)
  • Linux Itanium (RHEL 5, SLES 10)

These are database tier only (or split tier configuration) platforms where the application tier must reside on a different fully certified E-Business Suite R12 Platform.

Screenshot of download page for 10.2.0.5 patchset

Terminal patchset release for 10gR2 Database

The 10.2.0.5 patchset is the terminal release of the Oracle Database on these platforms - users should review the following Support Notes for more information:

Certified Database Options and Features

This announcement includes:

  • Real Application Clusters
  • Database Vault 
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption
  • Advanced Security Option / Advanced Networking Option
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 1
  • Transportable Database Data Migration Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

Please refer the documents below for information pertaining to this certification. Updates to My Oracle Support's Certification data are in progress for this certification.

References

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Thursday Mar 08, 2012

ATG Live Webcast March 15: Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Part 2 of 3)

It is ironic that our E-Business Suite performance architects never seem to have enough time to share all of their tips on optimizing E-Business Suite environments. This session is the promised follow-up to last year's webcast, "Tuning All Layers of E-Business Suite (Performance Series Part 1 of 3)."

Andy Tremayne, co-author of Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook from Oracle Press, is presenting the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on March 15, 2012.

Performance Tuning E-Business Suite Concurrent Manager (Performance Series Part 2 of 3)

Join Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance, as he discusses two major components of E-Business Suite performance tuning:  concurrent management and tracing. Andy will help dispel some myths surrounding these topics, and he will share with you the recommended best practices that you can use on your own E-Business Suite instance.

Screenshot of Concurrent Manager management within E-Business Suite 12.1


The agenda for the Performance Tuning - Part 2 of 3 webcast includes the following topics:

  • Tuning Concurrent Manager
  • Tracing Dos and Don'ts


Date:               Thursday, <March 15, 2012>
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Andy Tremayne, Senior Architect, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99340

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  594255385

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

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

Wednesday Mar 07, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight

Are you deep into the planning for your upgrade from 11i or 12 to the latest 12.1.3 version of E-Business Suite? Are you planning in anticipation of the upgrade to 12.2? If you are at any stage in your upgrade planning, you need to attend this event. Even if you are not currently planning an upgrade, this presentation will prepare you properly for the next upgrade you undertake. The next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series is on Mar. 8, 2012:

E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight

Image to show the cycle of E-Business Suite 12.1 upgradesJoin Udayan Parvate, Director, Release Engineering and Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance as they discusses E-Business Suite 12.1 topics. They will start with an overview of the process, and they will include some of the essential best practices that will help you minimize downtime during your upgrade. They will even share customer upgrade snapshots; so, you can understand how real customers accomplished real upgrades to 12.1.

The agenda for the E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices - Technical Insight webcast includes the following topics:

  • 12.1 Upgrade Overview
  • 12.1 Supported Upgrade Paths
  • 12.1 Upgrade Resources
  • 12.1 Upgrade Best Practices to Minimize Downtime

Date:              Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Udayan Parvate, Director, Release Engineering
                        Uday Moogala, Senior Principal Engineer, Applications Performance

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99339

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  599153712

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

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

Thursday Mar 01, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:Screenshot of Usability Best Practices

Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)

Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager discussed the best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite. This discussion included discussion of new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing E-Business Suite.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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

Wednesday Feb 29, 2012

Firefox Extended Support Release 10 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Firefox Extended Support Release ESR logoMozilla Firefox 10 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12.

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.

Firefox Extended Support Release ESR cycle

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 will be 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.

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

Oracle E-Business Suite 11i
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later with;
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (Metalink 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.
Oracle E-Business Suite R12
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 with;
  • 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.
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or higher;
  • Base release

Certified desktop operating systems

  • Windows 7 & Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Vista SP1 & SP2
  • Windows XP SP3

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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