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.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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

Friday 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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Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

Whitepaper Update: Planning Your E-Business Suite 11i Upgrade to R12.1 (Third Edition)

[Editor:  This guest article has been contributed by Anne Carlson]

Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i ended in November 2010. Extended Support fees for EBS 11i have been waived for all three years, and you should now be using this time to plan your upgrade to EBS 12.1.3. 

I've released the third edition of our popular whitepaper to help you plan your upgrade:

The third edition of this whitepaper still features the latest Release 12 upgrade planning advice from Oracle's Support, Consulting, Development and IT organizations.  In addition to the latest tips and best practices from these organizations, this edition includes new upgrade-related insights from your fellow customers, as well as additional guidance for EBS 12.1.3 and later.

The paper is directed at IT professionals who are planning, managing, or running a Release 12.1 upgrade project.  It provides updated advice on:

  • How to establish your target release
  • How to decide between an upgrade and a reimplementation
  • How to minimize upgrade downtimes
  • Tips on combining your upgrade with a platform migration or footprint expansion
  • Move custom reports to strategic reporting solutions
  • Prepare for Process Manufacturing Inventory Convergence

Your feedback is welcome

To suggest other upgrade planning topics that you would like to see addressed, please leave a comment or send an email to:

Anne Carlson email address

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Monday Feb 27, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite

Do you need to integrate your Oracle E-Business Suite with multiple data sources, including web services? Or do you need to expose Oracle E-Business Suite interfaces as SOA web services for other integrations? If so, you need to attend the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Mar 1, 2012:

SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite

Join Abhishek Verma, Manager, Applications Technology Group as he discusses the web service and SOA integration options for Oracle E-Business Suite. This presentation will cover Oracle's integration tools and technologies, including the Oracle Applications Adapter and the Integrated SOA Gateway.

Screenshot of the Integration Repository for the Integrated SOA Gateway within Oracle E-Business Suite


The agenda for the SOA Integration Options for Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

  • Overview of Integration Tools and Technologies
  • Oracle Applications Adapter
  • Integrated SOA Gateway Service Provider
  • Integrated SOA Gateway Service Invocation Framework
  • Business Use Cases for Integrated SOA Gateway

Date:               Thursday, March 1, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:    Abhishek Verma, Manager, Applications Technology Group

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      1-706-634-9568
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99338

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  598839387

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 Feb 24, 2012

Identifying Recommended Patches for E-Business Suite Environments

A question that is frequently posed by E-Business Suite sysadmins is – “What patches should I apply to my environment?”   

There are three ways to get a list of recommended patches for your EBS environment:

  1. EBS 11i and 12:  Use the E-Business Suite Patch Wizard
  2. EBS 12 only:  Search using the My Oracle Support "Patch Search" feature
  3. EBS 11i and 12:  Search using the My Oracle Support "Recommended Patch Lists" shortcuts

To learn more about all three options, see:

Option 1: Use the EBS Patch Wizard (recommended)

Within Patch Wizard is the Recommend/Analyze Patches function which will create a list or recommended patches.  To use this feature in Patch Wizard, first login to your Oracle E-Business Suite environment with a user that has the System Administrator responsibility.  Then, navigate to System Administrator > Oracle Applications Manager >Patch Wizard. 

NOTE:  If you are not familiar with the Patch Wizard utility, you should learn more about it.  The tool is provided with your EBS environment as part of Oracle Applications Manager.  It requires no additional installations to use. 

You must first configure the Patch Wizard Preferences with a valid My Oracle Support account.  This configuration is a one time setup step.  Additional details regarding Patch Wizard and the initial configuration requirements are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

Once the initial configuration for Patch Wizard is complete, locate the Patch Recommendations Requests section in Patch Wizard as shown in the following figure.

Click on the Tasks button for Recommend/Analyze Patches After selecting the patch filter per your requirements, click OK and confirm the execution of the Recommended Patches request.  The output will display a list of recommended E-Business Suite patches with a status of Applied/Unapplied .

For additional details, please refer to Method 1 - Patch Wizard (EBS Support Recommended) section in the following My Oracle Support Document:

Option 2: Search My Oracle Support for EBS R12 patches

Another option for finding recommended patches is using the Patch Classification available from My Oracle Support.  First, login to My Oracle Support and go to the Patches & Updates tab as shown here:


In the Patch Search region, click on Product or Family (Advanced) as shown in the following figure:


Enter the Product, Release, Platform.  Then add Classifications by clicking the plus button as shown in the following figure:

Within Classification, check both Critical and Other Recommendations as shown in the following figure:


Now execute the search by clicking the Search button.  The search results will be then be displayed.  In the search results, the Classification column will indicate if the patch was Critical or Recommended.

For additional details, please refer to Method 2 - Patch Classification Search section in the following My Oracle Support Document:

Option 3: My Oracle Support "Recommended Patch List" shortcuts

At present, there are a couple of functional enhancements in the My Oracle Support development pipeline for Option 2, above.  These are being worked on right now; stay tuned to this blog for updates. 

Until those enhancements are delivered, Option 3 is a tried-and-true method for getting a web-based listing of recommended patches.  The following links on My Oracle Support provide a listing of recommended patches for an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 or R11i environment. 

First: login to My Oracle Support.  Once logged in, navigate to the Patches & Updates tab. Navigate to the Patching Quick Links region.  This region contains links to Recommended R12 Patches and Recommended R11i Patches:


After clicking one of the recommended patches links for either R12 or R11i, you have the ability to enter additional search criteria to narrow the results of the recommended patch list.  Search criteria include:

  • Maintenance Release,
  • Product or Product Family,
  • Platform or Language and
  • Updated in last “X” Days, Weeks or Months. 

The search criteria for an R12 environment are displayed in the following screen shot:

For additional details, please refer to Method 3 - Legacy Search for Recommended Patches section in the following My Oracle Support Document:

A customer's views

It's sometimes interesting to hear from other members of the EBS DBA community who are wrestling with the same questions.  Check out the following articles by Barb Matthews (non-Oracle author):

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Thursday Feb 23, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features (Presentation)

Screenshot of OA Framework bidirectional language support

Maher Al-Nubani, Director, Internationalization Development, discussed internationalization and MLS considerations when running a global single instance of Oracle E-Business Suite. Maher discussed unicode support, multilingual support, calendars, and other important internationalization and multilingual support issue.

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 22, 2012

Safari 5 Certified with EBS 12 on Mac OS X 10.7

Apple logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 or higher) is now certified with the Safari 5 browser on the following Mac OS X desktop configuration:

  • Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion" version 10.7.2 or higher) along with any other security and Java updates listed in the 'Software Update' program on the Mac.
  • Safari version 5 (5.1.2 or higher)
  • Java/JRE 6 plugin (1.6.0_29 or higher)

Internationalization certification is also currently in progress for this operating system.  Users should review all relevant information along with requirements and known limitations posted in the Notes listed below pertaining to this certification:

Where can I find more information?

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Tuesday Feb 21, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: E-Business Suite Data Protection

How do you address the security challenges within an E-Business Suite database? How should you make the best use of auditing, separation of duties, and other Oracle technologies with Oracle E-Business Suite? Join us for this week's ATG Live Webcast on Feb. 23, 2012:

E-Business Suite Data Protection

Join Robert Armstrong, Product Strategy Security Architect and Eric Bing, Senior Director, as they discuss the best practices and recommendations for securing your E-Business Suite data. The agenda for the E-Business Suite Data Protection webcast includes the following topics:

  • E-Business Suite Security Challenges
  • Auditing in E-Business Suite
  • Separation of Duties
  • Other Oracle Technologies for Data Security

Screenshot of E-Business Suite Data Access auditing

Date:               Thursday, February 23, 2012

Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Robert Armstrong, Product Strategy Security Architect
                        Eric Bing, Senior Director

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      1-706-634-9568
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99336

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  593089134

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 Feb 20, 2012

Extended Support Fees Waived for E-Business Suite 11i and 12.0

[Mar. 13, 2012 update: The Oracle Software Technical Support Policies document is now updated to reflect these fee waivers]

Extended Support fees for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.0 have been waived.  These fee waivers cover the entire three-year Extended Support periods for both of these releases:

  • EBS 11i Extended Support from November 1, 2010 to November 30, 2013
  • EBS 12.0 Extended Support from February 1, 2012 - January 31, 2015

Customers with an active Oracle Premier Support for Software contract will automatically be entitled to Extended Support coverage for EBS 11i and 12.0.  Also remember that Extended Support fees are waived for the first year of EBS 12.1 Extended Support.

Diagram showing EBS 11i 12.0 and 12.1 Premier and Extended Support dates

Where is this documented officially?

These Extended Support fee waivers are published here:

Support dates for Premier and Extended Support for the E-Business Suite are published here on the Oracle Lifetime Support -- Software Brochures site:

Minimum patching baselines required

These fee waivers do not change the minimum patching baselines for each of these EBS Releases.  For more details about those minimum baselines, see:

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Wednesday Feb 15, 2012

Sun JRE 1.6.0_31 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logoI'm pleased to let you know that the latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_31 (a.k.a. JRE 6u31-b05) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_31?

See the 1.6.0_31 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.

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

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

References

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Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

11gR2 11.2.0.3 Certified with EBS 12.1 on Oracle Solaris 11 (x86-64)

Solaris logoAs a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3 for Oracle Solaris 11 on x86-64 running on the database tier for the following platform and version:

Release 12.1 (12.1.1 or higher) with Database version 11.2.0.3:

  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (11)
The application tier of the E-Business Suite is not certified with Oracle Solaris 11 on x86-64. Customers must run the application tier on a different platform such as Oracle Solaris on SPARC.

This announcement for E-Business Suite Release 12.1 includes the following (as well as other features and options):

  • 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

Where can I find more information?

Please also review the Oracle Database Installation Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Oracle Solaris for operating system and other prerequisites.

11gR2 11.2.0.3 Database Certified with EBS on IBM: Linux on System z

As a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 version 11.2.0.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems:

IBM LogoRelease 12.1 (12.1.2 or higher):

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)1

Release 12.0 (12.0.4 or higher)1:

Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher) 1:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 4 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)

1This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.

This announcement includes:

  • 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

Where can I find more information?

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

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Friday Feb 10, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

The latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 includes new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing EBS for your own specific requirements.  I'm pleased to announce an upcoming webcast that provides guidance on the best ways of enhancing the usability of your customizations and extensions.  Here's the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 16, 2012:

Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

Join Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite.

The agenda for the Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

  • Top Three Ways to Improve EBS Usability
  • Why Upgrading Improves Usability
  • Personalize Oracle E-Business Suite for Maximum Usability

Date:               Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      1-706-634-9568
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99332

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591287627

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.

Webcast Replay Available: Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)

Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development, discussed the topics of virtualization and cloud deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite. Topics covered in this presentation include why clouds and virtualization matter to you, Oracle Cloud and Virtualization technology, E-Business Suite cloud capabilities, and your cloud action plan.

Oracle VM failover live migration


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Tuesday Feb 07, 2012

Best Practices for Combining EBS Upgrades with Platform Migrations

Odds are that you're planning an EBS upgrade soon.  EBS 11i Extended Support runs out in 2013, and EBS 12.0 Premier Support ended in January 2012. You might need to combine your EBS upgrade with a operating system upgrade or hardware migration for your servers, too.

Projects that combine EBS upgrades with migrations pose some interesting questions.  What tools do you use if you're...:

  • ... upgrading to a newer version of your current operating system?
  • ... migrating to a different platform with the same endian format?
  • ... migrating to a different platform with a different endian format?

Diagram showing small endian and big endian platforms

Evaluating the different options

I have published a new whitepaper that provides a comprehensive evaluation of the different mechanisms available in upgrading the Oracle E-Business Suite while considering platform migration. This document is meant as an overview to supplement existing detailed documentation that outlines specific processes to perform the migration:

This whitepaper discusses the use of Transportable Database, Recovery Manager (rman), Export/Import using Datapump, Transportable Tablespaces (TTS), Rapid Install, and Release Update Packs.

Application server vs. database server upgrades

Platform migrations may considered separately for the application and database tiers, or for both tiers together. In either case, it is critical to understand that the migrations are separate processes that can be thought of logically as such. This is especially crucial in light of potentially reducing downtimes by breaking them out into separate discrete events which may have different considerations for users and administrators.

Upgrade your database server before upgrading EBS

We recommend that you migrate your database to a new version and new server platform first.  This allows you to perform this in a separate earlier downtime.

For example, you might wish to migrate your EBS 11.5.10.2 database tier running 11gR2 to Oracle Linux 5 on newer and faster hardware prior to an R12 upgrade. Performing this migration first would leave the your environment in a certified configuration that you can continue using until you wish to perform your EBS R12 upgrade.

Regardless of whether this migration is done in a separate earlier downtime or as part of a single downtime, the newer hardware would allow the EBS upgrade to go faster.

Best practices for combined upgrades

Here are our recommendations when performing EBS upgrades and platform migrations in a single project:

  1. Consider the database and application tier migrations separately and plan to perform the database migration first.

  2. Choose the right migration process for the database while considering the target platform, database size and process complexity.

  3. Migrate and upgrade your EBS application tier from 11i to R12 by laying down the new application tier on the target platform as part of the upgrade.

For more details, see:

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Monday Feb 06, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features

Are you considering a single global instance for your organization? Do you need to know about Unicode support, multilingual support, regional preferences, and other internationalization features within E-Business Suite? If so, you need to attend the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 9, 2012:
Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features

Join Maher Al-Nubani, Director, Internationalization Development, as he discusses internationalization and MLS considerations when running a global single instance of Oracle E-Business Suite. Maher will discuss unicode support, multilingual support, calendars, and others while providing you with a chance to ask your questions directly during a Q&A session at the end.

Screenshot of OA Framework bidirectional language support

This Oracle E-Business Suite Internationalization and Multilingual Features webcast will include the following topics:
  • Globalization: Meeting Local and Global Requirements
  • Quick Terminology Overview
  • Unicode Support
  • Multilingual Support
  • Regional Preferences (Locale)
  • International Calendar Support
  • First Dat of the Week Support
  • Multilingual Report
Date:               Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time:              10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Maher Al-Nubani, Director, Internationalization Development

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:       1-706-634-9568
    Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99331

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  596274315

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. 

Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration (Presentation)
E-Business Suite architecture diagram showing firewalls and internal and external application servers

Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer, discusses hardening the security within E-Business Suite. Secure deployment of your E-Business Suite begins with a secure platform, but it doesn't end there. It includes hardening your O/S with both proper patch levels and configuration, along with secure configuration of your network and firewall. Add to this foundation, best practices and vendor recommendations, and you are on your way to a secure E-Business Suite environment.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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

Friday Jan 27, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

Do you need to improve your hardware utilization, speed-up provisioning, improve end-user satisfaction, increase the productivity of your E-Business Suite system administrators? If so, you need to attend the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 2, 2012:
Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

Join Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topics virtualization and cloud deployments of Oracle E-Busienss Suite.
E-Business Suite diagram showing complete stack virtualization

The agenda for the Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

  • Why Clouds and Virtualization Matter to You
  • Oracle Cloud and Virtualization Technology
  • E-Business Suite Cloud Capabilities
  • Your Cloud Action Plan

Date:               Thursday, February 2, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications 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:                                              99329

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  595061451

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 Jan 23, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface (Presentation)


Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager discuss the expanded options in E-Business Suite for making meaningful user interface (UI) changes without programming. And when programming is required, they cover the tools that E-Business Suites provides for doing those customizations. The topics covered include personalizations, extensions, and customizations using forms personalizations and OA Framework personalization, the E-Business Suite SDK for Java, and E-Business Suite extensions with ADF.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

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

Friday Jan 20, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration

Are you interested in the techniques and best practices to harden your E-Business Suite deployment for both internal and external users? If so, you need to attend the next install of our ATG Live Webcast series on Jan. 26, 2012:
Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration
Join Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of hardening the security within E-Business Suite.

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

Secure deployment of your E-Business Suite begins with a secure platform, but it doesn't end there. It includes hardening your O/S with both proper patch levels and configuration, along with secure configuration of your network and firewall. Add to this foundation, best practices and vendor recommendations, and you are on your way to a secure E-Business Suite environment.

The agenda for the Oracle E-Business Suite Secure Configuration webcast includes the following topics:
  • Hardening Systems
  • General E-Business Suite Advice
  • Secure Configurations Guides from Oracle
  • Internal Deployment Considerations
  • External Deployment Considerations
Date:               Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time:              11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (NOON) Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Erik Graversen, Senior Principal Software Engineer

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:                                              99326

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  593599795

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 Jan 18, 2012

Critical Patch Update for January 2012 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2012 was released on January 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:

  • April 17, 2012
  • July 17, 2012
  • October 16, 2012
  • January 15, 2013

Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: January 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 January 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) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

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

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_30 or higher.

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