Monday Mar 16, 2009

OracleAS 10.1.3.4 Certified on IBM AIX for EBS 12

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We're continuing to fill in the platform gaps for some of our recent techstack certifications.  We certified Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 in December, 2008.  The two exceptions to that certification at the time were for the IBM AIX and HP-UX Itanium operating system platforms.

HP-UX Itanium was later certified in January 2009, and now we're crossing the IBM AIX bridge.  IBM AIX customers running Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 may now upgrade to OracleAS 10.1.3.4 OC4J directly from OracleAS 10.1.3 or 10.1.3.3.  This certification allows you to upgrade the internal OC4J components in the R12 techstack to take advantage of the latest performance and stability improvements in this incremental patchset.  To make sure that there's no misunderstanding about what can be upgraded, the full name of this patchset is:

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Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

OracleAS 10.1.3.4 Certified on HP-UX Itanium for EBS 12

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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs OracleAS 10.1.2 for Forms-based content and OracleAS 10.1.3 (OC4J) for Java-based content.  Each of these two components can be upgraded separately, so each has its own independent certification cycle.  Just before New Years, we certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.4 for a subset of our supported operating system platforms

I'm pleased to let you know that HP-UX Itanium has been added to the list of supported platforms for OracleAS 10.1.3.4 (OC4J).  You can upgrade to OracleAS 10.1.3.4 OC4J directly from OracleAS 10.1.3 or 10.1.3.3. This certification allows you to upgrade the OC4J components in your R12 techstack to get take advantage of the latest performance and stability improvements in this incremental patchset. To make sure that there's no misunderstanding about what can be upgraded, the full name of this patchset is:

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Monday Dec 29, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.3.4 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

[Update Mar 16, 2009:  IBM AIX is now certified with this configuration]

[Update Jan 13, 2009: HP-UX Itanium is now certified with this configuration]

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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 originally shipped with OracleAS 10.1.3 Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J) for running its Java-based content.  Regular readers of this blog know that we certified OracleAS 10.1.3.3 with Apps 12 at the start of this year.

In a fitting end to the year, we've now certified Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.4 OC4J with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  You can upgrade to OracleAS 10.1.3.4 OC4J directly from OracleAS 10.1.3 or 10.1.3.3.  This certification allows you to upgrade the OC4J components in your R12 techstack to get take advantage of the latest performance and stability improvements in this incremental patchset.  To make sure that there's no misunderstanding about what can be upgraded, the full name of this patchset is:

It's important to note that either OracleAS 10.1.3.3 or 10.1.3.4 are mandatory prerequisites if you plan to upgrade your Release 12 application tier to the latest certified version of Java 6.

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Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

In-Depth: Using Third-Party Identity Managers with E-Business Suite Release 12

This article is an updated R12 version of an earlier one written for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

Like most of our customers, you probably already have a corporate identity management system in place. And, you've probably not been enjoying the experience of redundantly administering the same user in your corporate identity management system as well as the E-Business Suite. If this describes your environment, this in-depth article about integrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory with third-party identity management systems will show you a better way of managing your EBS users.

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Tuesday Apr 29, 2008

Implications of OracleAS Support Policies for Apps R12 Environments

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 was built with the latest Oracle Application Server components available at the time of its release.

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Whilst this is a good thing, it does mean that Apps DBAs need to be more aware of what is going on in the Oracle Application Server 10g (AS10g) world with regards to the latter's support policies.

Evaluating Impacts on the Release 12 10.1.3 ORACLE_HOME


One example of the importance of this concept is a notice in the January 2008 Critical Patch Update (CPU):

Some customers may have missed or not realized the significance for E-Business Suite environments.  It states:-

CPUJan2008 is the terminal CPU for: 10.1.3.0 Oracle Application Server


This means that in order to be able to apply all April 2008 CPU patches to E-Business Suite R12 environments, you MUST upgrade to AS 10.1.3.3.0 as described in :



Just to clarify: Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.0.0 will continue to be supported for E-Business Suite Release 12 customers. However, the latest April 2008 Critical Patch Updates are not available for Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.0.0.  Given my recommendation to always apply the latest CPU patches, I suggest that you upgrade your E-Business Suite Release 12 environment to Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.3 if you have not done so already.

Evaluating Impacts on the Release 12 10.1.2 ORACLE_HOME


The same situation applies to the 10.1.2 ORACLE_HOMEs as well.  "Critical Patch Update April 2008 Availability Information for Oracle Database and Fusion Middleware Products" (Metalink Note 552248.1) states:



... the terminal CPU for 10.1.2.2 is scheduled for CPUJan2009


The direct implication is that eBiz customers will likely need to upgrade their 10.1.2 ORACLE_HOMEs by April 2009 to keep up-to-date with Critical Patch Updates.


Taking Time Out to Study the Documentation


Keeping your environments up to date with the latest Critical Patch Updates is an essential part of an Apps DBAs role, so it is important to take some "quiet time" in your busy schedule to carefully read through the CPU patch documentation when planning your patch rollout.  (I sometimes find myself sitting in the restaurant with a coffee if I need to read through a load of documents; the boss sometimes pays for the coffee as well!)   Whilst we do try to make the documentation as easy and concise as possible, I am sure you will let us know how it can be improved if you find it lacking.

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Thursday Jan 24, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.3.3 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

The E-Business Suite Release 12 technology stack includes OracleAS 10.1.2 for Forms and OracleAS 10.1.3 OC4J for running Java-based content.  Release 12 users can already upgrade Oracle Forms to a newer version, so I'm pleased to announce that it's now possible to upgrade the OC4J components to the latest version of OracleAS 10g 10.1.3.3.0.  This latest certification allows Apps 12 users to take advantage of performance and stability improvements in the latest OracleAS 10g OC4J release.

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Single Sign-On 10g 10.1.4.2 Certified with Release 12

New Apps certifications are just flying out of our labs this week.  I'm pleased to announce that the latest versions of Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10g 10.1.4.2 are now certified with the E-Business Suite Release 12.  Existing Release 12 environments using earlier versions of SSO & OID 10g may be upgraded to 10.1.4.2.[Read More]

Tuesday Nov 06, 2007

JDeveloper 10g with OA Extension Updated for Apps 12.0.3

[Nov 6, 2007 update:  If you are ever uncertain as to which JDeveloper patch to use with which Apps 11i or R12 release, see Note 416708.1, How to find the correct version of JDeveloper to use with eBusiness Suite 11i or Release 12]

My hardworking colleagues have just released a new update to Oracle JDeveloper 10g with OA Extension for E-Business Suite Release 12 environments.  The latest update refreshes the Oracle Applications Extension to support Apps 12.0.3 and ATG RUP 3.

Expenses R12 Screenshot:

The latest update is released as:
This update requires:
See the patch's README for more details about prerequisites, installation, and configuration.

A plethora of information on personalizing and extending OA Framework-based applications for E-Business Suite Release 12 can be found in this documentation roadmap:
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Monday May 07, 2007

OracleAS 10g Upgrade Paths

[May 9, 2007 Update:  Corrected legend typo from OCSM to OCMS.  "OCMS" represents Oracle Communication & Mobility Server.  Elaborated on certification stance to remind readers that although OracleAS 10g 10.1.3 is part of Release 12's techstack, it can't be upgraded in place right now.]


There are a lot of Oracle Application Server 10g releases.  I find it challenging to keep them straight myself, so I can only imagine how hard it must be for you to sort out upgrade paths between the various releases.  In response to popular demand at this year's Collaborate conference, here are my personal cheatsheet diagrams that I use to find upgrade paths between the various OracleAS 10g releases. 



A Hand-Drawn Map Through the Woods

A word of caution:  I've reviewed this information with our Oracle Application Server Release Managers, but these charts don't represent official documentation from Oracle Application Server Development.  In fact, I'm not sure that any single piece of official documentation captures this kind of information.  So, if there are any conflicts between what I show here and the official documentation, the latter prevails (and let me know, so I can fix my own diagrams).

Distinguishing Between the Two Major OracleAS 10g Releases

There are a couple of things you should bear in mind before reading these:


  1. The OracleAS 10g components used by the E-Business Suite -- Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Discoverer, Business Intelligence, Portal, Web Cache, and Oracle Integration (including BPEL 10g) -- are released in the 10.1.2/10.1.4 codeline. 


  2. The OracleAS 10g 10.1.3.x codeline is the J2EE-only subset of OracleAS 10g.  These products are released on their own codeline and have a completely separate upgrade roadmap.  We don't certify any integrations between the E-Business Suite Release 11i and these products, although Release 12 includes 10.1.3 as its Java ORACLE_HOME.   I'm including my diagrams for this group, too, so you can see how the releases relate to each other.
How to Read the Diagrams

Here's a legend for reading the following diagrams:


Updated Legend:


If you haven't installed any OracleAS 10g releases before, you can start with any of the fresh install versions (marked with solid borders).  You can only apply incremental patchsets (marked with dashed borders) to an existing environment previously built with a fresh install version.

Releases Useful for E-Business Suite Integrations

The following chart shows upgrade paths between releases that are relevant to E-Business Suite sysadmins interested in using Oracle Application Server 10g components.  These components include Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Discoverer, Business Intelligence, Portal, Web Cache, and Oracle Integration (including BPEL 10g and Business Activity Monitoring 10g).


Oracle Application Server 10g Upgrade Paths:

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Reading the chart, you can see that it's possible to upgrade from Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.2.0.0 to the 10.1.2.2.0 Patchset.   Once you've done that, it's possible to install Portal 10.1.4.0.0 on top of that upgraded environment.

A different path shows that it's possible to upgrade your OracleAS 10g 10.1.2.0.2 environment to the 10.1.2.2.0 Patchset. 

Likewise, if you've installed OracleAS 10g 10.1.2.0.2 and upgraded that environment to use the latest Oracle Identity Management 10.1.4.0.1 release (marked as "IM"), you can upgrade that environment, in turn, to the 10.1.2.2.0 Patchset.

The "Other" OracleAS 10g Release

The diagram below is relevant for customers who are building their own J2EE applications using OracleAS 10g development tools, including Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM), and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).  With the exception of BPEL and BAM, E-Business Suite Release 11i users don't generally use any of the following releases, but I'm including this chart for the sake of completeness.  Release 12 includes OracleAS 10g 10.1.3 in its techstack but it can't be upgraded in place to a later version right now.


J2EE Upgrade Paths:

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A Final Word about Version Numbers

For reasons too tortuous to go into here (and because I don't really understand them myself), Oracle Application Server version numbers don't necessarily correspond to the order in which a particular patchset was released.  They also don't mean that you can apply a higher version on top of an older version. 

For example, the 10.1.3.2.0 Patchset was released after the 10.1.4.0.1 Identity Management (IM) release.  Since they're on separate codelines, you can't apply the 10.1.4.0.1 Identity Management release on top of the 10.1.3.2.0 Patchset.  That's not a meaningful combination since they're different products entirely. 

When in Doubt, Contact Oracle Support

It is not without some misgivings that I post this information here.  As is usually the case when wading into this area, these charts and their accompanying examples might have helped some of you but confused others. 

Remember, I'm part of E-Business Suite Development, not Oracle Application Server Development.  In some ways, I'm a passerby in these parts, just like you.  So, if you do need more help in assessing the viability of a particular upgrade for your environment, it's advisable to go directly to the source:  Oracle Support is always your best option for getting a definitive answer to your questions.

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Friday Jan 12, 2007

Oracle Identity Management 10.1.4 Certified with Applications 11i

I'm very pleased to announce that Oracle Identity Management 10.1.4 has been certified for use with E-Business Suite Release 11i.

Apps 11i + OracleAS 10g Architecture:

Like earlier certifications with OracleAS 10g 10.1.2.0.2, this certification allows you to delegate authentication of E-Business Suite Release 11i users to an external Oracle Identity Management 10g 10.1.4.0.1 instance.  Users are authenticated by Single Sign-On 10g 10.1.4.0.1, and user information can be managed in Oracle Internet Directory 10g 10.1.4.0.1.

Integration with Third-Party Identity Management Systems

You can also integrate this configuration with a third-party authentication manager such as Microsoft Kerberos, and third-party LDAP directories such as Microsoft Active Directory, in an architecture like this:

Simple Third-Party LDAP SSO Integration:

For a more in-depth discussion of third-party integration options, see In-Depth: Using Third-Party Identity Managers with the E-Business Suite Release 11i.

Upgrading OracleAS 10g Instances Already Integrated with Apps 11i

If you already have an E-Business Suite Release 11i environment that has been successfully integrated with Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.2.0.2, Single Sign-On 10g 10.1.2.0.2, and Oracle Internet Directory 10g 10.1.2.0.2, you'll likely be relieved to hear that you can upgrade your Oracle Application Server 10g instance to 10.1.4.0.1 without having to refresh or change your existing provisioning or partner application registrations.  No new Apps interoperability patches are required.  In other words, you can simply upgrade your external OracleAS 10g 10.1.2.0.2 instance to 10.1.4 without changing anything on the Apps side.

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Monday Nov 06, 2006

Using OracleAS 10g With The E-Business Suite

Editor Jan. 12, 2007 Update:  Oracle Identity Management 10g 10.1.4.0.1 is now certified with the E-Business Suite. 

No matter how hard I try to avoid it, my inbox always seem to pay for any time spent away, regardless of whether the time taken is for work or pleasure.  This is doubly true for time taken for conferences, since they tend to generate even more email.  That's life in the information era, I suppose.

Apps 11i + OracleAS 10g Architecture:

So, in a belated attempt to quell the tide from interested readers and conference goers, here's a pointer to the presentation materials for my session (S281709):
Remember that the OpenWorld 2006 Content Catalog requires the following credentials to download conference materials:
In my presentation you'll find coverage on:
  • Features and benefits of integrating the E-Business Suite with:
    • Single Sign-On & Oracle Internet Directory 10g
    • Discoverer 10g
    • Portal 10g
    • Web Cache 10g
  • Technical integration overview, covering:
    • Simple and advanced physical architectures
    • Logical architectures
  • Integration with third-party single sign-on and LDAP products
  • Release 11i application tier certification roadmap
  • Release 12 technology stack plans
  • Selected snapshots of customer architectures, including the use of :
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Windows Native Authentication (Kerberos)
    • Highly Available configurations
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Monday Sep 11, 2006

Reminder: Discoverer 4i Desupport in October 2006

Reminder:  the official desupport date for Discoverer 4i for E-Business Suite Release 11i users is at the end of next month -- October, 2006.

Discoverer 10g Portlets Dashboard:

If you haven't already upgraded to Discoverer 10g by now, you should do so immediately.  See the articles below for pointers to the official desupport notice and resources for upgrading your Apps 11i environment to use Discoverer 10g.

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Tuesday Sep 05, 2006

XML Publisher and The E-Business Suite

This is a long-overdue pointer to one of the hottest new technologies for the E-Business Suite:  XML Publisher (XMLP), which has been instrumental in changing the way we think about how Apps data can be used by end-users for reports and other business documents.

XML Publisher Workflow:

Into the Hands of End-Users

XML Publisher is interesting in that it allows end-users -- using tools such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat -- to create richly-formatted templates for reports and business documents containing Apps data.

XML data extracts from E-Business Suite concurrent programs are merged with those templates at runtime, generating output in PDF, HTML, RTF, EXCEL (HTML), or even text for use with EFT and EDI transmissions.

Advanced Tools for the Data Center

In addition to the potential of this tool to allow your end-users to create simple reports for themselves, there are advanced options for integration with email systems, faxes, WebDAV, FTP, HTTP, barcodes, and more. 

Those topics are discussed in the excellent XML Publisher Blog, which features technical articles directly from the XML Development team.  Note also that there will be several XMLP-related sessions at OpenWorld this year, which are linked to in this article.

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Monday Jul 10, 2006

Decrypting Discoverer 10g Version Numbers

[Editor Aug 31 Update:  References to Linux-specific patches 4241292 and 4576754 replaced with generic references]

When I was younger, I thought I could change this world. Now I no longer think so but for emotional reasons I must keep on fighting a
holding action.

~ Robert A. Heinlein

If you've worked with Discoverer for any amount of time, you've probably noticed that there are a couple of different version numbers associated with each release.  I don't know about you, but I find this a bit confusing. 

Discoverer 10g Architecture:

A Holding Action

Here's an attempt to help you decrypt and understand these version numbers.

To understand this baroque situation, you need to distinguish between:
  • The Oracle Application Server 10g release, which represents the overall bundle that includes all underlying components like Single Sign-On, Portal, and Discoverer

  • The underlying detailed Discoverer 10g version number, which represents the specific version for the current executable installed

  • The version of Discoverer that you end up with after you've applied the interoperability patch required to integrate Discoverer with an E-Business Suite environment
Released in Oracle Application Server 10g Version 10.1.2.0.0:

Discoverer 10g Version 10.1.2.45.46C.

If you want to integrate this release with the E-Business Suite, you need to apply the appropriate patch listed in Note 351721.1 for your platform.  This upgrades your Discoverer installation to:

Discoverer 10g Version 10.1.2.45.48.

Released in Oracle Application Server 10g Version 10.1.2.0.2:

Discoverer 10g Version 10.1.2.48.18.

If you want to integrate this release with the E-Business Suite, you need to apply the appropriate patch listed in Note 313418.1 for your platform.  This upgrades your Discoverer installation to:

Discoverer 10g Version 10.1.2.50.05.

Yes, yes... I know what you're thinking.  You might draw cold comfort from the fact that we enjoy this situation about as much as you do.  At least now you're armed with the same cheatsheet that we use internally for tracking this information.

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