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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Monday Jan 09, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

If you're interested in seeing the next generation of the personalization, extension, and customization tools in E-Business Suite 12, make sure that you tune into the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series this week on Jan. 12, 2012:

Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface

Join Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, and Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of personalizations, customizations, and extensions within E-Business Suite.

 



Do you need to change the user interface in your E-Business Suite instance? Are you dreading those UI changes? Oracle E-Business Suite provides tools, many of them that do not require programming, that will allow you to make meaningful changes. If those non-programming tools won't meet your needs, there are also programming options. This event will help you understand the best options for your particular needs.

The agenda for the Personalize, Customize, and Extend Oracle E-Business Suite User Interface webcast includes the following topics:

  • Personalization, Extension, and Customization Overview
  • Technology Choices
  • Forms Personalizations and Extensibility
  • OA Framework Personalizations and Extensibility
  • Oracle E-Business Suite SDK for Java
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions Using ADF

Date:               Thursday, January 12, 2012
Time:              11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (NOON) Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:   Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager
                         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:                                              99323

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  598000114

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 Jan 06, 2012

Enabling Case-Sensitive Passwords with E-Business Release 12

Password security and complexity is often a concern for security and audit teams.  With the recent release of patch 12964564, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 with a minimum database level of 11gR1 now supports password case sensitivity.  Let's review this database feature in greater detail.  

Password case sensitivity was introduced with Oracle Database 11gR1.  Passwords were not case sensitive in earlier versions.  For Oracle database versions prior to 11gR1, the passwords "Manager", "MANAGER", and "manager" were all equivalent.  In an 11gR1 database and higher with password case sensitivity turned on, each of these passwords, "Manager", "MANAGER" and "manager" are unique passwords with unique hash values.  

Password case sensitivity is turned on by default for any newly created 11gR1 or higher database .  The database parameter for this feature is SEC_CASE_SENSITIVE_LOGON:

  • When this parameter is set to TRUE, password case sensitivity is enabled.
  • When set to FALSE, it is disabled.  
The DBA_USERS view now has a PASSWORD_VERSIONS column that indicates the database release in which the password was created or last modified. 

If you have migrated from a prior database version to 11gR1 and SEC_CASE_SENSITIVE_LOGON is set to true, the default behavior is as follows:
  • Existing users must first initiate a password change for password case sensitivity to be enforced
  • New users created in the 11g database will automatically use password case sensitivity 

The following example on a generic database -- not an E-Business Suite database -- illustrates how the password case sensitivity feature works in 11g.

First, a new user, "newuser1",  is created in an 11g database.

Next, information from the DBA_USERS view is displayed.

The following shows behavior of a migrated 10g user, "system" and an newly created 11g user, "newuser1" when password case sensitivity is disabled.

Finally, the following  shows behavior of a migrated 10g user, "system" and an newly created 11g user, "newuser1" when password case sensitivity is enabled.


For instructions on how to enable password case sensitivity with EBS R12.1.1 running on the 11gR1 Database and higher, please refer to the following MOS documentation:

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Wednesday Jan 04, 2012

Oracle Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with EBS 11i on Tru64, Linux on Power, Linux Itanium

As a follow-on to the original certification announcement, Oracle Database 10gR2 Patch Set 10.2.0.5.0 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i on the following additional platforms:

  • HP Tru64 (5.1b)
  • IBM: Linux on POWER Systems (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5; SLES 9, 10)1
  • Linux Itanum (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, 5; SLES 9, 10)1

Notes:
1 This is a database tier only (previously known as a split tier) certification where the application tier must be on a different fully certified E-Business Suite 11i platform.

Certification of 10.2.0.5 on Windows Itanium is still in progress and will be announced separately. 

This announcement includes:

  • For EBS 11i version 11.5.10 CU2+ATG_PF.H.delta.6 (RUP 6) and higher:
    • Real Application Clusters
    • Oracle Database Vault 
    • TDE Column Encryption
    • Advanced Security Option/Advanced Networking Option (ANO/ASO)
    • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

Please refer to the original announcement for additional information pertaining to this certification.

Upgrade to 11gR2 Database instead of patching 10gR2

It's always helpful to check the latest Lifetime Support Policy documents when considering your upgrade options.  As a guiding principle, you should upgrade to the database release that gives you the longest supported timeline.

Oracle Database 10gR2 is now in Extended Support through July 2013.  In general, if you're applying database-level updates to your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i environment, you'll get a better return on your investment of time if you upgrade directly to the latest 11gR2 database release.  Premier Support for 11gR2 runs through January 2015, and Extended Support runs through January 2018.

References

Tuesday Jan 03, 2012

WebCast Replay Available: Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI (Presentation)

Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager leads the discussion of the expanded options in E-Business Suite R12.x for desktop integration. Topics include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session discussed using the new wizard-based Desktop Integration Framework to create custom integrators to download, validate, upload data from Excel to Oracle 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.

Friday Dec 30, 2011

Limited Extended Support Available for Oracle Single Sign-On through 2012

Premier Support for Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3 ends on December 31, 2011.  This was originally slated to be the end of error correction support for Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3. 

Our Oracle Identity Management team has just revised that policy.  If you have an existing support contract, you will now be able to receive limited Extended Support for Oracle Single Sign-On from January 2012 through December 2012.  Only Severity 1 fixes for Oracle Single Sign-On will be released during the limited Extended Support period.  Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) for Oracle Single Sign-On will not be released during the limited Extended Support period. 

These changes are published in:

This is good news for those of you that have not been able to migrate to a single sign-on solution utilizing Oracle Access Manager and Oracle E-Business Suite Access Gate.  Keep in mind though, the clock is ticking and limited extended support will end in a mere 12 months.  It is strongly recommended that you use this additional time to integrate your single sign-on deployment with Oracle Access Manager and Oracle E-Business Suite Access Gate.  


Our recommendations

EBS 12 customers should move to a single sign-on solution using Oracle Access Manager 11g

EBS 11i customers first upgrade to EBS Release 12.1.3, then integrate with Oracle Access Manager 11g.  If an R12 upgrade is not possible, then R11i customers are encouraged to migrate their single sign-on solution to Oracle Access Manager 10gR3

EBS customers looking to deploy a single sign-on solution for the first time are strongly encouraged to deploy a solution using Oracle Access Manager 11g.

References

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Thursday Dec 29, 2011

WebCast Replay Available: Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures (Presentation)

Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager and Sriram Veeraraghavan, Senior Principal Software Engineer discuss advanced E-Business Suite architectures that can help you improve performance, scalability, business continuity, utilization, provisioning, and security.

This webcast covered the latest advanced architectural options, including the use of Oracle database high-availability features and functions such as Real Application Clusters, ASM, Active Data Guard, clouds, virtualization, Oracle VM, high-availability and load-balancing architectures, WebLogic Server, and more. This wbecast also covered the latest updates to systems management tools like AutoConfig, and included sneak previews of upcoming functionality.


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 Dec 28, 2011

EBS R12 Certified with Database 11gR2 on SLES 11

SUSE Linux logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 running on the database tier for the following platforms and versions:

Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.1 and higher) with Database versions 11.2.0.2 and 11.2.0.3:

  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.2 and higher) with Database version 11.2.0.2:
  • IBM: Linux on System z (SLES 11)

The certification of R12 with 11.2.0.3 on IBM: Linux on System z (including SLES 11) is in progress.

These certifications cover the above 64-bit operating systems.  There are no plans to certify 32-bit SLES 11 (Linux x86).

Database Tier Only

These certifications cover only the E-Business Suite database tier.  The application tier of the E-Business Suite is not certified with SLES 11.  Customers must run the application tier on a different certified operating system (such as SLES 10). If you plan to use SLES 11 for an EBS application tier server, please contact me to discuss your business case.

Other Database Options Certified

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 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 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
References

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

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Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

E-Business Suite Certified on 11gR2 11.2.0.3 on IBM AIX on Power Systems

As a follow up to our initial 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 IBM AIX on Power Systems operating systems:

IBM LogoRelease 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher) :

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.1 and higher):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.11)

1: For 12.0, this OS version requires RUP 6 (12.0.6)

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

  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption) using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • 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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Tuesday Dec 13, 2011

Sun JRE 1.6.0_30 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Java logo

I'm pleased to let you know that the latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_30 (a.k.a. JRE 6u30-b12) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  

What's new in Java 1.6.0_30?

See the 1.6.0_30 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:  for example, JRE 1.6.0_23, 1.6.0_24, 1.6.0_25, and 1.6.0_26, and higher.

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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Monday Dec 12, 2011

Reminder: ATG Live Webcast Dec. 15: Desktop Integration Beyond Client ADI

If you're interested in seeing the next generation of the desktop integration toolset in EBS 12, make sure that you tune into the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series this week on Dec. 15, 2011:

Join Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager and Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topic of desktop integration within E-Business Suite.

Web ADI Architecture diagram

Need to work with Oracle E-Business Suite data in desktop applications or Microsoft Office? The desktop client-based version of ADI isn't available in Oracle E-Business Suite 12. What do you use now? This session will give you an overview of the new expanded functionality available in WebADI, Report Manager, and dedicated integrators.

You have more options for desktop integration now, not less. Topics will include an overview of prepackaged solutions for integrating Oracle E-Business Suite applications with applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Projects. This session will also discuss using the new wizard-based Desktop Integration Framework to create custom integrators to download, validate, upload data from Excel to Oracle E-Business Suite.

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of desktop integration with Q&A. This events are targeted to system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers, and you can feel free to invite your desktop users to this event to ask their questions.

The agenda for the Desktop Integration Beyond ADI webcast includes the following topics:

  • Overview of Web ADI
  • Overview of Report Manager
  • Client ADI, Web ADI and Report Manager
  • Desktop Integration Framework
  • WebADI and Report Manager in Release 12.1

Date:              Thursday, December 15, 2011
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenters:  Gustavo Jimenez, Senior Development Manager
                        Senthilkumar Ramalingam, 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:                                              98513

To see the presentation:

    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  278307572

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.
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