Monday Mar 17, 2014

Webcast Mar. 18: Advanced Testing & Management of EBS with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Our Oracle Enterprise Manager team has arranged a webcast in which Aramark will discuss their experiences using Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage their E-Business Suite environments.

They will be discussing how they use the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 12c as part of their EBS administration processes. 

This webcast is tomorrow:

EM12c AMP 12.1.0.2 screenshot

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Monday Jan 06, 2014

ATG Live Webcast Jan. 8th: Advanced EBS Management using Enterprise Manager

I'm pleased to announce our first webcast of the year:

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager: Advanced Management of Oracle E-Business Suite
    Wednesday, January 8, 2014
    10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

You will receive links to the live webcast after you register here:

Angelo Rosado and Vasu Rao, EBS Product Management, will provide an update on the latest Application Management Pack features for managing E-Business Suite environments with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  They will cover AMP features such as:

  • Online Patching with E-Business Suite 12.2
  • Customization management 
  • Cloning
  • System monitoring
  • Configuration and compliance management 

They will also provide a glimpse of the product roadmap, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live webcast.

EM12c AMP 12.1.0.2 screenshot

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Wednesday Nov 13, 2013

E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2 for Enterprise Manager 12c Now Available

[Nov. 14, 2013 update: corrected "Getting Started" Note number]

Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2.0 is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.2 is part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

This latest plug-in extends EM 12c Cloud Control with E-Business Suite specific system management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.

The Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite includes:

  • Functionality that was available in the previously-standalone Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle Real User Experience Insight
  • Oracle Configuration & Compliance capabilities 

Licensing information 

A license for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control is required to use this product. There is an additional licensing cost for the Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.  A license for the Application Management Suite includes licenses for the E-Business Suite Plug-in, Oracle Real User Experience Insight, and Oracle Configuration & Compliance products.

This is a Development blog, and we don't have the background to discuss licensing in more detail.  We'd recommend contacting your Oracle account manager for more information about licenses.

Updates to product bundling

Features that were previously available in the standalone management packs are now packaged in the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, which is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: 

  • Functionality previously available for Application Management Pack (AMP) is now classified as “System Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.
  • Functionality previously available for Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) is now classified as “Change Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.

The Application Configuration Console and the Configuration Change Console are now native components of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

EBS Plug-in 12 screenshot

New enhancements in this release

General
  • Support for managing E-Business Suite R12.2 technology stack including monitoring of Web Logic Server services.
  • New ADF pages that allow personalization of System Management home page and E-Business Suite landing page.
  • New landing page displays all available E-Business Suite targets, Compliance summary, least compliant targets, and related Incidents summary.
  • All tabs and links have been moved to drop down menus for easy navigation.

Compliance Framework

  • Integrated with Enterprise Manager Compliance Framework and includes shipped Security Compliance Standards for Oracle E-Business Suite.
Customization Manager
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Readiness Report: Customization Manager now includes an option to generate the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 customization readiness report for online patching directly from the UI. Customers who are currently on Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i, 12, or 12.1 can run this report to validate if their customizations are ready for Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2 online patching. Customers who are currently on Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i, 12.0, or 12.1 can run this report to validate if their customizations are ready for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 online patching.
  • Auto-correction of invalid custom applications
  • Support for source code branches and tags
  • Option to hide unused custom applications
  • "Create like" feature for file source mapping and Oracle E-Business Suite Mapping
  • Detailed status messages for packages
  • Option to download a consolidated log for package creation
  • New file type to support force upload of seed data LDT files
Patch Manager
  • Simplified Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2 online patching deployment procedures.
  • New Patch Manager Dashboard allows patch management for all releases of Oracle E-Business Suite instances. Patch Manager dashboard provides a consolidated and personalizable view of all patching activities for all Oracle E-Business Suite instances.
  • Customers now can view all the AD worker log files without the need for command line operations.
Setup Manager Installation & Upgrades
  • Customers currently running on Enterprise Manager 12c, can use Self Update to download and install AMP 12.1.0.2.0.
  • All others can download it here:
  • Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

Prerequisites

  • Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
  • One or more of the following Oracle E-Business Suite Releases
    • Release 12.2.2
    • Release 12.1 with R12.ATG_PF.B.delta.3
    • Release 12.0.4 with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6
    • Release 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP6 or higher

References

Monday Aug 26, 2013

Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 Certified with Enterprise Manager 12cR3

We released Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 last year. At that time, that release was certified with the base release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. 

Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 is now certified with the latest Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c patchset:  version 12.1.0.3 (a.k.a. "EM 12c Release 3" or "12cR3").

EM12c AMP 12.1.0.1 screenshot

Upgrading from previous Enterprise Manager releases

Customers upgrading to Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 from Enterprise Manager 10g Release 5 or Enterprise Manager 11g Release 1 must follow Section 5 Step 6 in this document:

Understanding our product names

  • "Oracle Application Management Pack" now includes functionality previously released separately as "Oracle Application Change Management Pack"
  • "Oracle Application Management Pack" is the same as "Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in"
  • You cannot purchase a licence for "Oracle Application Management Pack"
  • "Oracle Application Management Pack" is included in a larger suite of products called "Oracle Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite"
  • Licences for "Oracle Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite" include "Oracle Application Management Pack"

References

Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Additional Platforms Certified for Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 for EBS

Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1.0 for Oracle E-Business Suite is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  The Application Management Pack is an integral part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

This latest plug-in extends EM 12c Cloud Control with E-Business Suite specific system management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.

As a follow up to the original announcement, the following additional platforms are now certified with the Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite, Release 12.1.0.1.0:

Release 11i (11.5.10.2):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3 and 6
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9 and 10
Release 12.0 (12.0.4+):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3, 6 and 7
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9 and 10
Release 12.1 (12.1.1+):
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3, 6 and 7
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9, 10 and 11
  • Linux x86-64 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Novell SLES version 11

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Friday Jun 08, 2012

E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.1 for Enterprise Manager 12c Now Available

[June 12, 2012 Update: Added licencing information]

Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.1.0 is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.1 is an integral part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

This latest plug-in extends EM 12c Cloud Control with E-Business Suite specific system management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.

The Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite includes:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 12.1.0.1 combines functionality that was available in the previously-standalone Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite with
  • Oracle Real User Experience Insight
  • Oracle Configuration & Compliance capabilities 

Licensing information 

A license for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control is required to use this product. There is an additional licensing cost for the Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.  A license for the Application Management Suite includes licenses for the E-Business Suite Plug-in, Oracle Real User Experience Insight, and Oracle Configuration & Compliance products.

This is a Development blog, and we don't have the background to discuss licensing in more detail.  We'd recommend contacting your Oracle account manager for more information about licenses.

Updates to product bundling

Features that were previously available in the standalone management packs are now packaged in the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in, which is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: 

  • Functionality previously available for Application Management Pack (AMP) is now classified as “System Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.
  • Functionality previously available for Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) is now classified as “Change Management for Oracle E-Business Suite” within the plug-in.

The Application Configuration Console and the Configuration Change Console are now native components of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

EBS Plug-in 12 screenshot

System Management Enhancements

    General
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Base Platform uptake: All components of the management suite are certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control.
    Security
    • Privilege Delegation: The Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in now extends Enterprise Manager’s privilege delegation through Sudo and PowerBroker to Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in host targets.
    • Privileges and Roles for Managing Oracle E-Business Suite: This release includes new ready-to-use target and resource privileges to monitor, manage, and perform Change Management functionality.
    Cloning
    • Named Credentials Uptake in Cloning: The Clone module transactions now let users leverage the Named Credential feature introduced in Enterprise Manager 12c, thereby passing all the benefits of Named Credentials features in Enterprise Manager to the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in users.
    • Smart Clone improvements: In addition to the existing 11i support that was available on previous releases, the new Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in widens the coverage supporting Oracle E-Business Suite releases 12.0.x and 12.1.x. The new and improved Smart Clone UI supports the adding of "pre and post" custom steps to a copy of the ready-to-use cloning deployment procedure. Now a user can pass parameters to the custom steps through the interview screen of the UI as well as pass ready-to-use parameters to the custom steps. Additional configuration enhancements are included for configuring RAC targets databases, such as the ability to customize listener names and the option to configure with Virtual IP or Scan IP.

    Change Management Enhancements

    Customization Manager
    • Support for longer file names: Customization Manager now handles file names up to thirty characters in length.
    Patch Manager
    • Queuing of Patch Manager Runs: This feature allows patch runs to queue up if Patch Manager detects a specific target is in a blackout state.
    • Multi-node system patching: The patch run interview has been enhanced to allow Enterprise Manager Administrator to choose which nodes adpatch will run on.
    • New AD Administration Options: The patch run interview has been extended to include AD Administration Options "Relink Application Programs", "Generate Product Jars Files", "Generate Report Files", and "Generate Form Files".

Downloads

Fresh install

  • For new customers or existing customers wishing to perform a fresh install
  • Enterprise Manager Store (within Enterprise Manager 12c)
  • Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
Upgrades
Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-In, Release 12.1.0.1 (Note 1434392.1)

Prerequisites

  • Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
    One or more of the following Oracle E-Business Suite Releases
    • Release 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP6 or higher
    • Release 12.0.4 with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6
    • Release 12.1 with R12.ATG_PF.B.delta.3
  • Platforms and OS Release certification information is available from My Oracle Support via the Certification page.
  • Search for "Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and release 12.1.0.1.0."

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Tuesday May 29, 2012

Scrambling Sensitive Data in E-Business Suite Release 12 Cloned Environments

Securing the Oracle E-Business Suite includes protecting the underlying E-Business data in production and non-production databases.  While steps can be taken to provide a secure configuration to limit EBS access, a better approach to protecting non-production data is simply to scramble (mask) the data in the non-production copy. 

You can use the Oracle Data Masking Pack with Oracle Enterprise Manager today to scramble sensitive data in cloned environments. Due to data dependencies, scrambling E-Business Suite data is not a trivial task.  The data needs to be scrubbed in such a way that allows the application to continue to function. 

Using the Data Masking Pack in E-Business Suite environments is now easier with the release of new set of templates for E-Business Suite databases:

This template works with the Oracle Data Masking Pack and Oracle Enterprise Manager to obscure sensitive E-Business Suite information that is copied from production to non-production environments. 

Is there a charge for this?

Yes. You must purchase licenses for Oracle Enterprise Manager and the Oracle Data Masking Pack plug-in. The Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Template for the Data Masking Pack is included with the Oracle Data Masking Pack license.  You can contact your Oracle account manager for more details about licensing.

What does data masking do in E-Business Suite environments?

Application data masking does the following:

  • De-identify the data:  Scramble identifiers of individuals, also known as personally identifiable information or PII.  Examples include information such as name, account, address, location, and driver's license number.
  • Mask sensitive data:  Mask data that, if associated with personally identifiable information (PII), would cause privacy concerns.  Examples include compensation, health and employment information.  
  • Maintain data validity:  Provide a fully functional application.

How can EBS customers use data masking?

The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack can be used in situations where confidential or regulated data needs to be shared with other non-production users who need access to some of the original data, but not necessarily every table.  Examples of non-production users include internal application developers or external business partners such as offshore testing companies, suppliers or customers.  

The Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack is applied to a non-production environment with the Enterprise Manager Grid Control Data Masking Pack.  When applied, the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack will create an irreversibly scrambled version of your production database for development and testing.  


References

For additional information on the Oracle E-Business Suite Template for Data Masking Pack please refer to the following:

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