Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

Can You Use IE 11 Enterprise Mode or Compatibility View With EBS?

Microsoft IE LogoMicrosoft Internet Explorer 11 offers two options for enabling backwards-compatibility:

You should not use either of these with Oracle E-Business Suite.  These two modes have no benefit for EBS end-users. 

These two methods are not needed for EBS compatibility.  You should ensure that you have applied all of the latest EBS server-side patches to avoid any compatibility issues:

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Friday Feb 06, 2015

Internet Explorer 11 Certified with E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2

Microsoft IE logoMicrosoft Internet Explorer 11 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2.  This follows our previous certification of IE11 with EBS 12.1 and IE11 with EBS 12.0 and 12.2.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)

Certified IE 11 Modes

Internet Explorer 11 can be used in "Desktop Mode" on Windows 8.1.  Running IE 11 from the "Modern" (Metro) Start Screen is not certified.

Due to display issues with certain FWK pages when using IE9 or IE10 we previously recommended running E-Business Suite using the browsers 'compatibility mode'.  These display issues have now been fixed for IE11-- you can now access your E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 environments without using 'compatibility mode' in IE 11.

IE 11 includes an "Enterprise Mode" which can be used to emulated Internet Explorer 8 behaviour and provide compatibility with earlier browser standards.  You should not use "Enterprise Mode" with Oracle E-Business Suite.  EBS compatibility with IE 11 requires server-side patches. Enabling "Enterprise Mode" in IE 11 is not needed and will not resolve all compatibility issues.

JRE 6, 7, and 8 are certified with EBS

Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Versions 6, 7, and 8 are certified with EBS. 

There appears to be some inaccurate information lying about on the web that claims that JRE 1.7 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. 

This is incorrect. Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops. We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

"JInitiator version too low" errors

Some non-Oracle staff are claiming that "JInitiator version too low" errors confirm this incompatibility and lack of certification.

In fact, if you're getting a "JInitiator version too low" error, it means that you've missed applying the Forms patch required to enable JRE 1.7 compatibility. Simply apply that patch and your EBS environment is ready for JRE 1.7 clients.

References

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Friday Jan 16, 2015

Internet Explorer 11 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.0

Microsoft IE logoMicrosoft Internet Explorer 11 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and 12.0.  This follows our previous certification of IE11 with EBS 12.1.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1

Certified IE 11 Modes

Internet Explorer 11 can be used in "Desktop Mode" on Windows 8.1.  Running IE 11 from the "Modern" (Metro) Start Screen is not certified.

Due to display issues with certain FWK pages when using IE9 or IE10 we previously recommended running E-Business Suite using the browsers 'compatibility mode'.  These display issues have now been fixed for IE11-- you can now access your E-Business Suite 12.x environments without using 'compatibility mode' in IE 11.

 IE 11 includes an "Enterprise Mode" which can be used to emulated Internet Explorer 8 behaviour and provide compatibility with earlier browser standards.  You should not use "Enterprise Mode" with Oracle E-Business Suite.  EBS compatibility with IE 11 requires server-side patches. Enabling "Enterprise Mode" in IE 11 is not needed and will not resolve all compatibility issues.

EBS 12.2 Prerequisites

  • EBS 12.2.3 or later 12.2 updates
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher

EBS 12.0 Prerequisites

  • EBS 12.0.6
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher
JRE 6, 7, and 8 are certified with EBS

Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Versions 6, 7, and 8 are certified with EBS. 

There appears to be some inaccurate information lying about on the web that claims that JRE 1.7 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. 

This is incorrect. Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops. We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

"JInitiator version too low" errors

Some non-Oracle staff are claiming that "JInitiator version too low" errors confirm this incompatibility and lack of certification.

In fact, if you're getting a "JInitiator version too low" error, it means that you've missed applying the Forms patch required to enable JRE 1.7 compatibility. Simply apply that patch and your EBS environment is ready for JRE 1.7 clients.

Certifications with EBS 11i still pending

We plan to certify IE 11 with EBS 11i.  This certification us underway now and will be released soon.

If you're running EBS 11i, you must ensure that your mission-critical desktops remain on an earlier certified browsers until this certification is completed.  As of the time this article was published, certified browsers include IE 10 and Firefox ESR 31 for Windows desktops.

You can block automatic updates by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit:

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

References

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Internet Explorer 11 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

Microsoft IE logoMicrosoft Internet Explorer 11 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1

Due to display issues with certain FWK pages when using IE9 or IE10 we previously recommended running E-Business Suite using the browsers 'compatibility mode'.  These display issues have now been fixed for IE11-- you can now access your E-Business Suite 12.1.3 environment without using 'compatibility mode' in IE 11.

Certifications with other EBS releases still pending

We plan to certify IE 11 with EBS 12.2, 12.0, and 11i.  These certifications are underway now and will be released soon.

If you're running EBS 12.2, 12.0, or 11i, you must ensure that your mission-critical desktops remain on an earlier certified browsers until this certification is completed.  As of the time this article was published, certified browsers include IE 10 and Firefox ESR 31 for Windows desktops.

You can block automatic updates by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit:

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

EBS 12.1 Prerequisites

  • EBS 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher
JRE 1.7 is certified with EBS

There appears to be some inaccurate information lying about on the web that claims that JRE 1.7 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. 

This is incorrect.  Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 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 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

"JInitiator version too low" errors

Some non-Oracle staff are claiming that "JInitiator version too low" errors confirm this incompatibility and lack of certification.

In fact, if you're getting a "JInitiator version too low" error, it means that you've missed applying the Forms patch required to enable JRE 1.7 compatibility. Simply apply that patch and your EBS environment is ready for JRE 1.7 clients.

References

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Monday Sep 15, 2014

Preventing "Java was blocked" IE Warnings with Oracle EBS

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) started warning users about out-of-date ActiveX controls running through any security zone except the 'Local intranet' or the 'Trusted sites' zones when using IE 8 or later. Attempts to run any Java content from your desktop using older JRE releases -- releases prior to the latest Critical Patch Updates (CPU) on any JRE codeline -- through any other zone now result in a warning message. This may prevent you from accessing Java-based or Forms-based content within Oracle E-Business Suite.

IE will not block functionality for end-users who meet any of these conditions:

  • Are running EBS through the browsers "Local Intranet" or "Trusted sites" zones
  • Have the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Critical Patch Update (CPU) release on Java 6 or 7

IE will block end-users whose desktops meet all of the following conditions:

  • Users are running the E-Business Suite in the the "Internet" zone
  • Users do not have latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Critical Patch Update (CPU) release on Java 6 or 7

Affected end-users will see the following warning:

Java(TM) was blocked because it is out of date and needs to be updated

How do I prevent this Issue?

OPTION 1

Follow our documented recommendations to run Oracle E-Business Suite through the "Trusted sites" zone. 

See the "Recommended Internet Explorer Browser Settings" section within:

OPTION 2

Follow Microsoft's workaround to turn this feature off:

OPTION 3

Upgrade to the latest JRE release. See:

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Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Plans for Certifying Internet Explorer 11 with Oracle E-Business Suite

Microsoft IE logo

[Sep. 26, 2014 Update:  IE 11 is certified with EBS 12.1.  Other certifications coming soon.]

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is the default browser for Windows 8.1.  It is also compatible with Windows 7.  IE 11 is not certified with any Oracle E-Business Suite releases yet.

If you've reached this article via a search engine, it's possible that a later update on our status is available.  For our latest status, please check the Desktop Client Certifications section of our one-page Certifications summary.

Our current plans for IE 11

We plan to certify Microsoft Internet Explorer 11with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. 

These certifications are underway now.  They will cover Windows 7 and 8 desktop clients, as well as companion certifications with Office 2013, Office 2010, and WebADI.

When will IE 11 be certified?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.  I will post updates as soon as soon as they're available.    

Postpone IE 11 rollouts until certified with EBS

We're still certifying Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. We have identified some compatibility issues that will require EBS updates to resolve.

You must ensure that your mission-critical desktops remain on an earlier certified browsers until this certification is completed.  As of the time this article was published, certified browsers include IE 10 and Firefox ESR 24 for Windows desktops.

You can block automatic updates by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 Blocker Toolkit:

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.


Friday Sep 27, 2013

Microsoft Windows 8 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Microsoft Windows 8 logoI'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 8 desktop clients are certified for the Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. This certification applies to the following editions:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 N edition
  • Windows 8 Pro N edition
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack N edition
Internet Explorer 10
Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications 11.5.10.2
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
  • MLR Patch 8888184
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2 or higher
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
Firefox ESR 17
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 or higher
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
Oracle JInitiator Not Compatible

Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported and is not compatible with Windows 8, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 8.

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.

Use the Native JRE plug-in

Windows 8 desktop clients are certified only with the native Java Runtime Environment (JRE) with Windows 8. 

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline. 

The minimum JRE prerequisites for Windows 8 are higher than in previous releases.  These are:

  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates

We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 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 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops. This applies to all certified Windows desktop operating systems, including XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

WebADI and Report Manager Users

Running WebADI and Report Manager through Excel on Windows 8 has additional patch requirements. For further information see Document 1077728.1.

What About Windows Hyper-V?

End-users are able to run Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as client guest operating systems via Windows Hyper-V on a Win8 desktop client.

We have no plans to conduct separate EBS certification efforts for Hyper-V guest client configurations running on Win8 clients.  Oracle Support will attempt to reproduce reported issues using non-virtualized WinXP, Vista, or 7 desktop clients.  Microsoft Support may to be engaged for any issues that can only be reproduced only in Hyper-V on Windows 8 desktops.

What about other Windows 8 editions?

We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:

  • Windows RT
  • Windows 8 tablet-oriented interface (formerly called Metro)
I would not expect the results of our certification to apply to Windows RT.

What About Earlier Versions of IE?

Microsoft only supports IE 10 on Windows 8 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win8, so Oracle is only able to support IE10 on Windows 8 clients for the E-Business Suite.

Pending Win8 Certifications

BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew Languages)

Due to issues with right side truncation, Windows 8 is not currently certified for BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew) languages. A patch fix for this issue is in progress.

MS Projects

Posting information between Oracle Projects and Microsoft Projects will currently error when running on Windows 8. A patch fix for this issue is in progress. For further information see Document 1077728.1 listed below.

Client Server Products

The majority of Client/Server products are either not currently certified or will not be certified on Windows 8. For further information see document 277535.1 listed below.

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

References

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Friday Aug 09, 2013

Internet Explorer 10 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

MS IE logoMicrosoft Internet Explorer 10 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)

EBS 12.1 Prerequisites

  • EBS 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher

EBS 12.0 Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or higher.
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (64-bit) and higher

EBS 11i Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (see Note 125767.1)
  • MLR patch 8888184 or higher (see note 125767.1 for the latest release)
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_32 (64-bit) or higher, or JRE 1.7.0_10 (32-bit) and higher

Compatibility Mode for IE 10 + EBS 12

To prevent issues with certain OA Framework pages, you should run IE 10 in "Compatibility Mode." See the "Known Issues" section in Note 389422.1 for more details.

JRE 1.7 is certified with EBS

There appears to be some inaccurate information lying about on the web that claims that JRE 1.7 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. 

This is incorrect.  Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline.  We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 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 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

"JInitiator version too low" errors

Some non-Oracle staff are claiming that "JInitiator version too low" errors confirm this incompatibility and lack of certification.

In fact, if you're getting a "JInitiator version too low" error, it means that you've missed applying the Forms patch required to enable JRE 1.7 compatibility. Simply apply that patch and your EBS environment is ready for JRE 1.7 clients.

References

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Monday Apr 30, 2012

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

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

How will this work?Microsoft IE Internet Explorer logo

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

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

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

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

Microsoft Office logoWhat about Microsoft Office?

At this point, we have certified the following configurations:

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

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

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

Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites

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

Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites

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

Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites

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

References

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Monday Aug 08, 2011

Internet Explorer 9 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

[Aug. 9, 2013 update: IE 10 is now certified with EBS]

MS IE logo

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is now certified as a desktop client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  The certified desktop operating systems are:

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit)

EBS 12.1 Prerequisites

  • EBS 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java Plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or higher

EBS 12.0 Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or higher.
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or higher.

EBS 11i Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (see Note 125767.1)
  • Java plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or higher.
  • MLR patch 8888184 or higher (AIX Users should apply MLR patch 10043867 which replaces 8888184) 

References

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Wednesday Feb 23, 2011

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Certified with E-Business Suite

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There are three possible configurations for Windows 7 desktop clients:
  1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE
We certified the first configuration in December 2009:  E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.

We certified the second configuration in September 2010: E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.

I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now certified with both of those configurations for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Oracle E-Business Suite R12 with the following minimum requirements:

Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or higher.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (note 125767.1).
  • MLR Patch 8888184
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher.
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0.x Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or higher.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher.
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.x Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or higher.
Firefox 3.6.x (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or higher
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or higher (note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or higher
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or higher.
  • It is also strongly recommended that 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) users apply patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important for running client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or higher).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or higher.
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or higher.
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important for running client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or higher).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or higher.
  • Exceptions
Oracle JInitiator Not Supported

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator has expired for E-Business Suite customers.

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:
Windows 7 desktop clients are certified only with the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported by Sun Microsystems and and not compatible with either Windows Vista or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7.

On Hacking Up JInitiator -- Please Don't

Various creative individuals have discovered that it's possible to replace a certain DLL in Oracle JInitiator 1.3 with a JVM from, say, JDK 1.6. I can't personally testify that these hacks work. I can say that this kind of surgery makes me intensely uncomfortable.

While it's nice to see creative initiative, I have to remind you that Oracle would regard this as a customization. We don't recommend customizing Oracle JInitiator for production environments.

What About Earlier Versions of IE?

Microsoft only supports IE 8 on Windows 7 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win7, so Oracle is only able to support IE8 on Windows 7 clients for the E-Business Suite.

Exceptions to this certification

Oracle JDeveloper 10g is not certified on Windows 7 desktop clients.  Our Fusion Middleware group has not publicly announced any plans for this certification.  If you are interested in this combination, I strongly recommend your logging a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support against the JDeveloper product to request it.

For information on other client based products that are not certified on Windows 7 please see:
Why are you interested in the third configuration?

As I mentioned in my previous update on this topic, we've certified the first two configurations and we're working on the third.  You've asked for it, so we'll deliver.

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs).  Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle.  Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit.  In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE. 

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

References
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Friday Sep 10, 2010

Windows 7 64-bit Clients + 32-bit Browsers Certified with EBS 11i & 12

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[July 21, 2011 Update:  Added new client-server component certifications]

[Update Sep 15, 2010:  Changed JRE 1.6.0_03 to JRE 1.6.0_10 for Firefox and EBS 12.1 sections]

There are three possible configurations for Windows 7 desktop clients:

  1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE
We certified the first configuration in December 2009:  E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.

I'm very pleased to announce that the second configuration is now certified.  You may now run 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients with 32-bit IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE and Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)
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Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
  • MLR Patch 8888184
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
Firefox 3.6 (32-bit)
firefox_logo4.jpg
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or later
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 (32-bit) or later
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_10 (32-bit) or later
Exceptions to this certification

Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit) is currently not certified as a desktop client operating system for any Oracle client-based products, including:
  • BI Publisher Desktop (a.k.a. XML Publisher)
  • Discoverer Administrator Desktop
  • Sales for Handhelds (Outlook desktop synchronization client)
  • Workflow Builder Client
  • XML Gateway Message Designer
  • (July 21, 2011 Update: The three struck-through components above are now certified on Windows 7) 

Oracle JInitiator Not Supported

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator has expired for E-Business Suite customers.

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:
Windows 7 desktop clients are certified only with the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported by Sun Microsystems and and not compatible with either Windows Vista or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7.

On Hacking Up JInitiator -- Please Don't

Various creative individuals have discovered that it's possible to replace a certain DLL in Oracle JInitiator 1.3 with a JVM from, say, JDK 1.6. I can't personally testify that these hacks work. I can say that this kind of surgery makes me intensely uncomfortable.

While it's nice to see creative initiative, I have to remind you that Oracle would regard this as a customization. We don't recommend customizing Oracle JInitiator for production environments.

What About Earlier Versions of IE?

Microsoft only supports IE 8 on Windows 7 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win7, so Oracle is only able to support IE8 on Windows 7 clients for the E-Business Suite.

Why are you interested in the third configuration?

As I mentioned in my previous update on this topic, now that we've certified the second configuration, we'll move on to the third.  You've asked for it, so we'll deliver.

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs).  Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle.  Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit.  In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE. 

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

References
Related Articles
The following is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

What Are the Minimum Desktop Requirements for EBS?


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Wednesday Jul 28, 2010

Update #1: EBS Plans for 64-bit Windows 7 Clients

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It just dawned on me that the reason I've been getting so many emails about 64-bit Windows 7 certifications is that I have somehow neglected to post a statement of direction about our plans.  So many emails, so little time.

There are three possible configurations:
  1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE
We have certified the first configuration already:  E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE. 

We are in the process of certifying the second configuration:  Oracle E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.  This certification is going smoothly, and I am optimistic that it will be completed soon. 

Speaking pragmatically, most new PCs at Oracle are arriving equipped with Windows 7 64-bit by default, and I know that they're running 32-bit browsers and JREs against Oracle's own Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 instance with no issues.  Nonetheless, I am conservative when it comes to these things, so we'll release this certification only after all of our internal desktop certification tests are completed.

After the second certification is completed, we'll move on to certifying the third configuration:  E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 64-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 64-bit JRE.

Why are you interested in the third configuration?

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs).  Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle.  Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit.  In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE. 

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

Related Articles
The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Wednesday Feb 03, 2010

What Are Your Plans for Retiring Internet Explorer or IE6?

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 was released in 2001.  Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch has indicated that IE6 will continue to receive Extended Support for the lifetime of Windows XP, which is currently planned to continue until August 4, 2014.

As a nine-year old technology, it's not surprising to hear that cyber-attacks may be targetted at potentially-serious security issues with this browser.  Microsoft has recently issued Security Advisory 979352 to address certain browser security issues.

France's Computer Emergency Response Team and Germany's Federal Office for Security in Information Technology have recently issued official bulletins that advise users to switch from Internet Explorer to an alternative browser.

Supporting Internet Explorer and IE6 with Oracle E-Business Suite

Our plans are to continue supporting IE6 with the E-Business Suite as long as Microsoft supports that browser.  We also plan to continue to certify updates to Internet Explorer with the E-Business Suite.

Our challenge, though, is that there are over thirty different desktop client x browser x JRE release combinations that could be certified with every new E-Business Suite patch or update.  We do not have the resources to test every possible permutation comprehensively with every Apps patch, so we are forced to select a subset of combinations to rotate through our certification process.

What Are Your Plans?

This is where your feedback can make a lot of difference in helping us prioritize combinations to test with the E-Business Suite.  I'm particularly interested in your answers to the following questions:
  1. What browsers are primarily used in your organization?  
  2. Are you reassessing your desktop deployment standards in response to the latest news about IE? 
  3. If yes, what are your plans for retiring either Internet Explorer, generally, or IE6, specifically?
Please feel free to comment here or drop me a private email with your organization's current perspectives on this.

Related Articles
The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.  

Wednesday Dec 16, 2009

Microsoft Windows 7 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

[Dec 18, 2009 Update: corrected formatting error in "EBS 12.0 Prerequisites" section; added more information about 64-bit clients]

Microsoft Windows 7 Win7 logo
I'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 7 desktop clients are certified for the Oracle E-Business Suite.  Both Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox 3.5 are certified and supported on Windows 7 desktop clients. 

The prerequisites and minimum patchset levels vary depending upon the version of the E-Business Suite that you're running.  The supported Apps releases and configurations include Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1:
Internet Explorer 8
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
  • MLR Patch 8888184
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
Firefox 3.5
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
  • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
  • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
Oracle JInitiator Not Supported

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator has expired for E-Business Suite customers.

Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:
Windows 7 desktop clients are certified only with the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported by Sun Microsystems and and not compatible with either Windows Vista or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7.

What About Windows XP Mode?

End-users are able to run Windows XP in a virtualized environment running via Windows Virtual PC on a Win7 desktop client.  Microsoft states that this is functionally-equivalent to running Windows XP natively.

We have no plans to conduct separate EBS certification efforts for WinXP+Virtual PC images running on Win7 clients.  Oracle Support will attempt to reproduce reported issues using native WinXP desktop clients.  Microsoft Support would need to be engaged for any issues that can only be reproduced only in WinXP+Virtual PC images on Windows 7 desktops.

What About Earlier Versions of IE?

Microsoft only supports IE 8 on Windows 7 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win7, so Oracle is only able to support IE8 on Windows 7 clients for the E-Business Suite.

Are You Interested in 64-bit Clients?

This certification is for 32-bit Windows clients.  We don't have any immediate plans for 64-bit client certifications yet, due to complications around 64-bit JRE plugins and browsers.

I would be interested in hearing about your plans for 64-bit client rollouts (number of desktops, timing, and target EBS releases).  Please drop me a line if you have plans for 64-bit Windows clients in your future.

References
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Thursday Oct 22, 2009

Interim Update #2: Certifying Windows 7 with Oracle E-Business Suite

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[Dec 16, 2009 Update:  Windows 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article]

This is the second of a series of regular updates on our Windows 7 certification projects for the E-Business Suite. 

Microsoft Windows 7 was officially released today.  Here's a recap of our plans for certifying the Oracle E-Business Suite with Microsoft's latest operating system. As always, the answers to these questions may change as we move through the certification cycle. You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for later updates. 

Our Progress on Windows 7

We're certifying Windows 7 with the E-Business Suite right now.  We've already tested several of the Win7 betas and release candidates, and those tests have gone very smoothly.  At this point, E-Business Suite product teams need to complete their certification tests with Windows 7 desktop clients.  Once those tests are completed, we'll release our certification.

For the usual reasons that regular readers could have predicted, I can't share any specific schedules or date estimates here. I can provide an interim update on the following Win7 questions:
  1. Which EBS releases will be certified with Windows 7?
  2. Which browsers will be certified?
  3. Will Oracle JInitiator be certified for EBS on Windows 7?
  4. Which Windows 7 editions will be certified?
  5. What about Windows 7E?
  6. What about Windows XP Mode?
1. Which EBS Releases Will Be Certified with Windows 7?

We plan on certifying the following Oracle E-Business Suite release with Windows 7:
  • EBS 11i version 11.5.10.2
  • EBS 12.0.4 and and higher
2. Which Browsers Will Be Certified?

We plan on certifying the following browsers with the E-Business Suite on Windows 7:
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Firefox 3.5
3. Will Oracle JInitiator Be Certified for EBS on Windows 7?

No.  Oracle JInitiator is no longer supported for E-Business Suite customers.

Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 was desupported in December 2008, and Oracle JInitiator 1.3 was desupported for EBS customers in July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:
We plan to certify only the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7. 

4. Which Windows 7 Editions Will Be Certified?


We plan to test E-Business Suite compatibility against Windows 7 Professional Edition with the E-Business Suite.  We fully expect that other Win7 editions will work, but we have no current plans to explicitly test the Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Enterprise Editions with the E-Business Suite.

5. What About Windows 7E?

Microsoft has changed its plans for Windows 7E since I published our first interim update on this certification.  At present, it appears that Microsoft has no plans to release a special version of Windows 7 for Europe.  Debate around default browser selection screens for Europe continues, so we'll continue to monitor this.

If Microsoft's plans change, and a European variant is released, our current plans are to certify the generic edition of Windows 7 with the E-Business Suite and the browsers listed above. 

6. What About Windows XP Mode?

Microsoft indicates that end-users will be able to run Windows XP in a virtualized environment running via Windows Virtual PC on a Win7 desktop client.  This will presumably be functionally-equivalent to running Windows XP natively.

We have no plans to conduct separate EBS certification efforts for WinXP+Virtual PC images running on Win7 clients.

What Are Your Organization's Plans for Windows 7?

Anecdotal reports from some EBS customers seem to suggest that your plans for Windows 7 will parallel that of Windows Vista:  namely, that new PCs that arrive with Windows 7 will either stay that way or will be downgraded to WinXP for the short term.  I have heard of a few customers with plans to deploy widespread Win7 upgrades across the enterprise, but these customers seem to be in the minority so far.

I'd be very interested in hearing your plans for rolling out Windows 7 in your organization.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email with more details about your deployment plans.

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Tuesday Oct 06, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i

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[Aug. 9, 2013 update: IE 10 is now certified with EBS]

I'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is now certified as a client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i. 

IE 8 Support Requires Forms6i Patchset 19


If you're running either Forms6i Patchset 18 or earlier in your EBS 11i environment, you will need to apply Forms6i Patchset 19 to get support for Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8).
E-Business Suite Release 11i Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications 11.5.10 plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6, Patch 5903765) or later
  • Oracle Forms6i Patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1)
  • Forms6i MLR Patch 8888184
  • Desktop client on:
    • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or 3
    • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or 2
    • Sun JRE 1.5.0_12 or later, or JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
References

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Friday Sep 11, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

[Aug. 9, 2013 update: IE 10 is now certified with EBS]

[Oct 7, 2009 Update: IE 8 is certified with Apps 11i, too]

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I'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is now certified as a client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. 

IE 8 Support Requires Forms 10.1.2.3


If you're running either Forms 10.1.2.0.2 or 10.1.2.2 in your EBS 12 environment, you will need to update to Forms 10.1.2.3 to get support for Internet Explorer 8. 

If you're already running Forms 10.1.2.3 in your EBS 12 environment, you may still need to perform some additional steps to enable IE 8 support.  To test this, launch a Forms-based EBS application using IE8.  You need to take additional steps if you see the following error:

'Internet Explorer has modified this page to prevent a possible cross-site scripting attack'

If you see this error, the required Forms 10.1.2.3 servlet components may not have been deployed properly when Forms 10.1.2.3 was first installed in your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environment (Bug 8608695).

If IE 8 end-users encounter this error when attempting to launch a Forms-based E-Business Suite product, you need to redeploy the Forms 10.1.2.3 formsapp.ear file by following Deploying a New Forms .ear File in Oracle Applications Release 12 (Note 397174.1).

E-Business Suite Release 12.0 Prerequisites

  • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later
  • Desktop client running Microsoft IE 8 on:
    • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or 3
    • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or 2
E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1
  • Desktop client running Microsoft IE 8 on:
    • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or 3
    • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or 2
What About Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i?

We're still working on certifying IE8 with EBS 11i.  This certification is going well and is in its final stages.  I don't have firm schedules for this certification yet, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

References
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Wednesday Jul 01, 2009

Interim Update #1: Certifying Windows 7 with Oracle E-Business Suite

[Dec 16, 2009: Windows 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article] [Oct 22, 2009: A more-recent update on our Windows 7 certification is published here.] Microsoft windows 7 logo

Microsoft Windows 7 has been getting a lot of headlines recently.  This seems to have triggered an small but noticeable increase in questions about our plans for certifying this operating system for E-Business Suite desktop clients. 

We're working with pre-release versions of Windows 7 right now.  For the usual reasons that regular readers could have predicted, I can't share any certification schedules or date estimates here. I can provide an interim update on the following Win7 questions:

  1. Which EBS releases will be certified with Windows 7?
  2. Which browsers will be certified?
  3. Will Oracle JInitiator Be certified for EBS on Windows 7?
  4. Which Windows 7 editions will be certified?
  5. What about Windows 7E?
  6. What about Windows XP Mode?

This is the first of what I expect will be multiple updates on our Windows 7 certification process.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for later updates.  As always, the answers to these questions may change as we move through the certification cycle. 

Which EBS Releases Will Be Certified with Windows 7?

We plan on certifying the following Oracle E-Business Suite release with Windows 7:

  • EBS 11i version 11.5.10.2
  • EBS 12.0.4 and and higher

Which Browsers Will Be Certified?

We plan on certifying the following browsers with the E-Business Suite on Windows 7:

  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Firefox 3.5

Will Oracle JInitiator Be Certified for EBS on Windows 7?

No.  We plan to certify only the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7.  

Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 was desupported in December 2008, and Oracle JInitiator 1.3 will be desupported for EBS customers at the end of July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:

Which Windows 7 Editions Will Be Certified?

We plan to test E-Business Suite compatibility against Windows 7 Professional Edition with the E-Business Suite.  We fully expect that other Win7 editions will work, but we have no current plans to explicitly test the Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Enterprise Editions with the E-Business Suite.

What About Windows 7E?

I've been following the latest developments on the awkwardly-named "E editions of Windows 7" with some interest.  Microsoft's current documentation on these E editions of Windows 7 is notably scant, but confirms that certain versions of Windows 7 released in the European Economic Area, Croatia, and Switzerland will not include Internet Explorer.

Our current plans are to certify the "non E" edition of Windows 7 with the E-Business Suite with the browsers listed above.  We're currently assuming that that will be functionally-equivalent to doing a custom (clean) installation of the E editions of Windows 7 and then subsequently installing IE or Firefox. 

If this turns out not to be true, we'll revise our certification plans accordingly.  In this scenario, it would be reasonable to expect that the certification of E editions of Windows 7 will lag behind the certification of the standard Windows 7 release.

What About Windows XP Mode?

Microsoft indicates that end-users will be able to run Windows XP in a virtualized environment running via Windows Virtual PC on a Win7 desktop client.  This will presumably be functionally-equivalent to running Windows XP natively.

We have no plans to conduct separate EBS certification efforts for WinXP+Virtual PC images running on Win7 clients. 

What Are Your Organization's Plans for Windows 7?

Anecdotal reports from some EBS customers seem to suggest that your plans for Windows 7 will parallel that of Windows Vista:  namely, that new PCs that arrive with Windows 7 will either stay that way or will be downgraded to WinXP for the short term.  I haven't yet heard of any customers with plans to deploy widespread upgrades across the enterprise.

I'd be very interested in hearing your plans for rolling out Windows 7 in your organization.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email with more details about your deployment plans.

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Monday Jun 29, 2009

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Certified with Apps 11i and 12

windows-vista-logo.jpg

Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) is now certified for end-user desktops connecting to the E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.  Supported Windows browsers are Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) and Firefox 3.0, with the following minimum prerequisites:

EBS Release 11i

Microsoft Vista SP 2 with IE 7 is certified as a client o/s level for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i with the following minimum requirements:-

  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 4 (RUP 4) (patch 4676589) or later
  • Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.5.0_12 or later, JRE 1.6.0_03 or later (Note 290807.1)

Microsoft Vista SP 2 with Firefox 3.0 is certified as a client o/s level for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i with the following minimum requirements:-

  • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later (Note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
  • Sun JRE 1.5.0_12 or later, JRE 1.6.0_03 or later (Note 290807.1)

EBS Release 12.0

Microsoft Vista SP 2 with IE 7 is certified as a client operating system level for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0 with the following minimum requirements:-

  • Oracle Applications Release 12, with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.3 (patch 6077669) or later.
  • JRE 1.5.0_12 or later, JRE 1.6.0_03 or later (Note 393931.1)

Microsoft Vista SP 2 with Firefox 3.0 is certified as a client o/s level for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0 with the following minimum requirements:-

  • Oracle Applications Release 12 with R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
  • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
  • JRE 1.5.0_12 or later, JRE 1.6.0_03 or later (Note 393931.1)

EBS Release 12.1.1

Microsoft Vista SP 2 with IE 7 & Firefox 3.0 is certified as a client operating system level for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 'Base Release' with JRE 1.5.0_12 or later, JRE 1.6.0_03 or later (Note 393931.1)

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Thursday Jun 11, 2009

Interim Update #3: Using IE8 with E-Business Suite

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 logo

[Oct 6, 2009 Update: IE is certified with EBS 11i; see this article.]

[Sept 11, 2009 Update: IE8 is certified with EBS 12; see this article]

As of today, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is still not certified with either Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12.  Our standing recommendation is that your desktop administrators use Microsoft's IE8 Blocker Toolkit to prevent your end-users from inadvertently upgrading to IE8.  For full details about this toolkit, see:

We recommend that you deploy this as soon as possible, to prevent your EBS users from accidentally upgrading their desktops to IE 8. 

What's Holding Up this EBS Certification?

If you recall from our previous updates, the way that we currently launch Forms-based EBS products is not workable in IE8.  We need to do the following things before IE8 can be considered certified with the respective E-Business Suite releases:

  1. Rework the Forms launching code in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  2. Manually test all Apps 11i products with IE8
  3. Rework the Forms launching code in Apps 12
  4. Manually test all Apps 12 products with IE8

Remember also that IE8 is not compatible with HP Mercury WinRunner, our current automated regression testing software.  This means that all of the tests that would ordinarily be tested via our automated testing process need to be done by hand.  This is time-consuming and rather painful.

What If You Upgrade to IE 8 Before It's Certified With Apps?

If you don't need to access Apps 11i or 12, there won't be any problems with upgrading to IE 8.

If you access only the web-based, Self-Service, OA Framework based content, there shouldn't be any notable issues.  HTML-based E-Business Suite screens should theoretically work with no issues in IE8, although we haven't formally certified all of them yet.

If you attempt to access the E-Business Suite for Oracle Forms-based content (i.e. the Professional User Interface):

  • You will experience issues launching Forms-based EBS Release 12 products with IE8.
  • You may experience some odd issues launching Forms-based EBS Release 11i products with IE8.  Forms may work sporadically and may generate sporadic issues.

For now, Oracle Support engineers will try to reproduce any reported IE compatibility issues with IE 7, not IE 8. If issues can be reproduced with IE 7, then Oracle Support will provide a workaround or log a bug, as appropriate.

If you experience issues that can only be reproduced on IE8, you will be advised to downgrade your browser to IE7 if you need to access the E-Business Suite.

When Will This Be Certified?

As I've noted before, I'm not permitted to discuss specific schedules.  That said, looking at the outstanding tasks I've listed above, you might not be surprised to hear that this certification may take a while to complete. 

The majority of this work was queued up behind our Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 release.  Now that Apps 12.1.1 is out the door, we're turning our attention to other big projects, including the IE8 compatibility rework.

You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.

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Sunday Mar 22, 2009

Reminder: Block MS IE8 Upgrades for EBS Users!

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 logo

[Oct 6, 2009 Update: IE8 is certified with EBS 11i; see this article.]

[Sept 11, 2009 Update: IE8 is certified with EBS 12; see this article]

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 on March 19, 2009.  Reviews about IE 8 are sprouting across the web like flowers after a spring shower.  It is inevitable that some of your E-Business Suite users are going to be tempted into upgrading their desktops to this latest browser.

Our testing with IE 8 is still underway.  There's good news and bad news.  The good news is that the OA Framework (a.k.a. HTML or Self-Service Web Applications) E-Business Suite products seem to work fine with IE 8. 

The bad news is that we've identified issues launching Forms-based (a.k.a. Professional interface) EBS products using IE 8.  These issues exist for both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

Blocking IE 8 Rollouts to EBS Users

It is imperative that your Apps users stay on IE7 until we complete our certification of IE8 with the E-Business Suite.

Microsoft released the IE8 Blocker Toolkit available to desktop administrators. The IE8 Blocker Toolkit allows desktop administrators to prevent end-users from being automatically upgraded to IE8. For full details, see:

We recommend that you deploy this as soon as possible, to prevent your EBS users from inadvertently (or deliberately) upgrading to IE 8.

What If You Upgrade to IE 8 Before It's Certified With Apps?

If you don't need to access Apps 11i or 12, there won't be any problems with upgrading to IE 8. If you attempt to access the E-Business Suite, you will experience issues launching Forms-based EBS products with IE8.

For now, Oracle Support engineers will try to reproduce any reported IE compatibility issues with IE 7, not IE 8. If issues can be reproduced with IE 7, then Oracle Support will provide a workaround or log a bug, as appropriate.

If you experience issues that can only be reproduced on IE8, you will be advised to downgrade your browser to IE7 if you need to access the E-Business Suite.

Outlook for IE8 + E-Business Suite Certification

Our Development teams are working on resolving the issues with launching EBS Forms-based content in IE 8.  It's critical that we fix this, but that's not the only thing that needs to be done as part this certification.

Perhaps more importantly, our extensive set of automated regression tests for the E-Business Suite are built with HP Mercury WinRunner. WinRunner is not compatible with IE8. This means that all of our E-Business Suite products need to be tested with IE 8 manually, instead of with our automated testing tools. These manual tests will take more time to complete, naturally.

I don't have firm schedules for our IE8 certification yet. You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.

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Thursday Jul 24, 2008

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Certified with Apps 11i and 12

Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

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Tuesday Dec 25, 2007

Running Multiple Java Plug-Ins on the Same Windows PC

Judging from your blog comments and emails, many of you are in the difficult situation of having to support end-users with multiple Java plug-ins on the same Windows PC.  This is a little more complicated than the days when Oracle JInitiator was the only thing we had to worry about.  Let's review what's possible today and discuss the implications for your rollouts.

Sun Java Website screenshot: Screencap of Sun's Java SE website

Supporting Multiple Java-Based Applications

A substantial number of Oracle E-Business Suite modules are based on Oracle Forms.  Different E-Business Suite releases are certified with different Java clients:
  • Release 11i:  Oracle JInitiator and native Sun Java plug-in
  • Release 12:  Native Sun Java plug-in only
Many large organizations run other Java-based applications in addition to Oracle Applications.  These third-party applications may require different Java desktop client versions, often older releases like Java 1.3 or Java 1.4. 

The problem arises when those software vendors don't upgrade their certifications to the latest Java release.  You may end up with a situation where your E-Business Suite environment may require 1.5.0_13 but other applications require 1.4.2_08.

What's Possible With JInitiator

Oracle JInitiator supports multiple installations of different JInitiator versions on the same Windows PC.  Each specific JInitiator version can be separately invoked by the calling Forms-based application.  This is called static versioning.

This allows one Oracle Forms-based application to use a particular Oracle JInitiator version, while another application can invoke a different JInitiator version.

Static Versioning Not Directly Supported With Native Sun Plug-In

Sun's native Java plug-in from version 1.5.0_06 and later does not support static versioning by default when using Microsoft Internet Explorer.  If you have multiple versions of the JRE plug-in installed on your desktop, the latest version installed will run.

For example:
  • If Oracle E-Business Suite is set up to run JRE 1.5.0_12 on the server and both JRE 1.5.0_12 and JRE 1.5.0_13 are installed on the desktop, the environment will incorrectly launch using JRE 1.5.0_13 rather than JRE 1.5.0_12.
  • If Oracle E-Business Suite is set to run on JRE 1.5.0_13 on the server and both JRE 1.5.0_13 and JRE 1.6.0 are installed on the desktop, the environment will incorrectly launch using JRE 1.6.0 rather than JRE 1.5.0_13.
Another Potential Problem:  Automatic Upgrades

The native Sun JRE plug-in's configuration will usually be set to download the latest Java release automatically.  If your users have installed version 1.5.0_12 with automatic updates enabled, then those desktops will upgrade themselves automatically to the latest release, say, 1.5.0_13 or even 1.5.0_14. 

It's probably a good idea to disable automatic updates if you're uncomfortable with this, for the following reasons:
  • These automatic updates may outstrip your software vendors' certifications, including Oracle.
  • Desktop administrators hate it when their users' desktops change unpredictably. 
The Bottom Line

If you're faced with the difficult situation where you're struggling with different Java versions required by different vendors, I'm afraid that you don't have many palatable options.  These include:

Option 1.  Run MS IE with a registry modification

If your end-users are running Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), there's a possible workaround.  The catch?  You've got to make a manual change to the Windows Registry for each of your end-users' desktops.  If you have the stomach for that kind of thing, you can find the details in the respective Release 11i or 12 documentation listed in the References section below.

Option 2.  Give the later versions a try

Now that we've certified the E-Business Suite with Java 1.5.0_13 with both Release 11i and 12, it's reasonably assured that later versions will work equally well with Oracle Apps.  Our certification cycles for these native Java plug-ins are getting faster, and we're working on later 1.5.x versions as well as 1.6 now.

Our standing recommendation is to wait for Oracle's certification with Apps before rolling out later Java releases.  However, if you really don't have the luxury of waiting for our certifications to complete, you can always upgrade a test PC to the target JRE version of your choice and give it a try.  Thorough system testing is a good idea before rolling out an uncertified JRE version to your Apps users.

From a support perspective, remember that Oracle Support will do their best to answer your questions about the use of uncertified Java plug-in versions with the E-Business Suite.  Bear in mind that if you encounter problems that can't be reproduced with the certified Java plug-in versions, Oracle Support will likely recommend that you revert to a certified configuration.

Option 3.  Share your pain

The pain from this situation can arguably be lessened if all software vendors -- including Oracle, naturally -- keep their certifications current with the latest Java plug-ins available. 

It's the slower vendors still stuck on, say, Java 1.4.2_08 that are creating the real pain for you.  If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't be shy about making sure that those vendors feel your pain, too.  Log service tickets with them and escalate your concerns with your vendor account managers.

References
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Monday Nov 26, 2007

Analyzing Memory vs Performance of Apps 11i and 12 Clients

I've recently published a new Oracle whitepaper that compares combinations of browsers with JInitiator and the native Sun Java plug-in (JRE) to determine which is best for low-specification clients.  It provides specific scenarios and examples showing where there is little difference between low and high specification clients in terms of end-user performance.

This white paper takes a completely different approach from the usual emphasis on tuning Windows clients. Instead, this paper focuses on analyzing the memory requirements for a range of Oracle E-Business Suite Forms and OA Framework (OAF) web-based HTML screens.  I touch on Windows tuning in an appendix.

There are two main concepts in the paper:

Establish your minimum desktop configurations

While the latest and fastest machines will help provide the best performance, the latest technology tends to command a price premium. Budgetary constraints and asset life dictate that the price/performance goal is to balance the return on investment while providing reasonable longevity. The information will help you establish the minimum requirements for a specific price-performance point, and identify a specific configuration that will achieve the throughput necessary to support your business

Extend the life of existing PCs

The second concept concentrated on how to extend the useful life of slow or low-memory PC clients and where upgrading to faster clients would make very little difference meaning that you may have to look elsewhere, such as the network, for a solution.

I Have Fast Clients - Why Do I Care?

If you have what would normally be considered a high-specification machine, you may still encounter memory problems when running several applications simultaneously, so the ideas and concepts will still help.

Do I Need CPU, Memory Or Both?

Microsoft states that adding memory makes a significant difference to Windows performance. This is also true for some Oracle E-Business Suite components. Note that this statement does not mention CPU speed, and therefore it appears that they consider this less significant. In order to answer this question the charts show the difference in performance across a range of clients. The answer is very clear.

Browser Add-ons and plugins

Add-ons and plugins can make a huge difference to the amount of memory needed just by the browser. The following chart from the paper compares the memory profiles of the certified browsers with and without browser add-ons (Adobe Acrobat, Google Toolbar, and Skype). As you can see, even this limited number of additional components can almost double the amount of memory required by the browser. In reality, you will probably have many many more add-ons and plugins that are not necessary for a business environment, and so the paper includes a comprehensive list of components and their relative affect on the browser profile, including for example, browser themes, toolbars, extensions, plug-ins, and helper applications.

Browser Memory Use Comparisons: Bar chart comparing browser add-on memory profiles, including Adobe Acrobat, Google Toolbar, Skype.  Browsers reviewed include Firefox 2, IE 7, IE 6.

After investigating a range of OAF/HTML screens and Oracle Forms, and accepting that there may be some exceptions, the products can be grouped by type as shown in the following chart. Clearly, the amount of data will affect the amount of memory and an example is displaying thousands of tasks on screen simultaneously as in some of the largest Gantt charts.

Memory Consumption All Tests: Comparing Memory Averages by Group for Menus, OAF / HTML, Forms, Gantt Charts for Firefox 2, IE 7, IE 6

Although the memory used by a combination of forms and OAF/HTML screens used in a business flow does not scale linearly, the generalizations shown in this chart can be useful if you can broadly categorize your Oracle E-Business Suite usage by product type for a particular part of your organization..

It is very unlikely that this paper could match the exact combination of forms and screens, client specification, and the specific combination of other software that you use. Instead, general guidelines have been provided that can be applied to your own environment as needed.

What Else Can You Do?

The paper includes some working practices that have been extensively deployed by certain customers that has extended the life of their existing clients. It makes very specific recommendations about the best technology combinations for low specification clients, and clients that run low on resources. It clearly identifies scenarios where a very low specification machine can be deployed usefully and shows others where it is unlikely that the throughput would be sufficient to support the business.

For full details, download the whitepaper here:
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Thursday Nov 08, 2007

Windows Vista + IE7 Certified with E-Business Suite

[Mar 16, 2008 Update: Our JRE Certification and support policy has been updated; for details, see: New Sun Java JRE Plug-In Certification Policy for Apps 11i & 12]

[Nov 20, 2007 Update:  The original version of this article stated that JRE "1.5.0_12 or later" is certified with Vista.  The words, "or later" have just been removed from this article.  While it's our intention to allow the unrestricted use of future JRE releases with Vista, this is still something that we're evaluating with our current pending certifications of JRE 1.5.0_13 and 1.5.0_14.  Once we've completed those certifications, we'll revisit our certification and support statements and post an update here.]

Good things happen for our Oracle OpenWorld conference.  This year is no exception.  Microsoft Windows Vista desktops running Internet Explorer 7 are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. 

Microsoft Vista Logo:

Certified Configurations

Release 11i -- 11.5.10.CU2
  • Applications 11.5.10 plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i Patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later (Metalink Note 125767.1)
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 4 (RUP 4) (patch 4676589) or later
  • Microsoft Vista desktop clients running Internet Explorer 7
  • Sun Java plug-in (JRE) 1.5.0_12
Release 11i -- 11.5.9.CU2
  • Applications 11.5.9 plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.9 CU2 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later (Metalink Note 125767.1
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 4 (RUP 4) (patch 4676589) or later
  • Microsoft Vista desktop clients running Internet Explorer 7
  • Sun Java plug-in (JRE) 1.5.0_12
Release 12
  • Oracle Applications Release 12 with R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.3 (patch 6077669) or later
  • Microsoft Vista desktop clients running Internet Explorer 7
  • Sun Java plug-in (JRE) 1.5.0_12.

Oracle JInitiator Not Certified for Vista Desktops

Oracle JInitiator 1.3 will not be certified for Vista desktops.  Jinitiator 1.3 is based on JDK 1.3.  JDK 1.3 is not compatible with Vista.  No new updates to JInitiator are planned for Vista.

Compatibility and Coexistence with Other Desktop Clients

A mix of the latest certified Windows and Mac OS X desktop combinations is supported.  The actual mix depends on the specific Applications release that you're running; check the Notes in the Reference section for your release. 

For example, the currently supported desktops for Release 11i include:
  • Win2K / WinXP + IE6 / Firefox 2.x
  • WinXP + IE7 / Firefox 2.x
  • Mac OS X v10.3.9 + Safari 1.3 and higher
  • Mac OS X v10.4.7 + Safari 2.0 and higher
  • Vista desktop clients running the native JRE plug-in on IE 7
Support for Older E-Business Suite Configurations

Vista desktops are certified with the latest supported E-Business Suite releases.  "Supported" means the E-Business Suite releases eligible for Premier Support, as listed in this table:

Apps Unlimited Oct 2007: Application Unlimited desupport table for E-Business Suite releases as of October 2007

It's possible that you might be running an older E-Business Suite configuration that is no longer in Premier Support status.  For example, you might be running Release 11.5.7, for which Premier Support ended in May 2007. 

Our standing recommendation is that you upgrade those environments to the latest supported release. 

Oracle's general support policy is that we provide support for older or uncertified configurations on a best-efforts basis, subject to available staff, resources, and expertise. For these configurations, we provide -- on a best-efforts basis -- debugging and diagnostic guidance for isolating issues, and workarounds where it's technically feasible. There may be cases where workarounds are not technically feasible.  If so, the ultimate recommendation may be to upgrade to a certified and supported configuration.

What's Still to Come

Sharp-eyed readers who have been following this ongoing discussion will notice that there are a few combinations yet to be certified:
  • Vista clients + IE 7 + Release 11i or 12 + JRE 1.6
  • Vista clients + Firefox + Release 11i or 12
These certifications are now underway.  As usual, I have no information that I can post here about certification dates, for reasons I've discussed in the past.  Stay tuned -- I'll post updates on the remaining certifications as soon as possible.

References

The above is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. 

Tuesday Jun 26, 2007

Replacing Jinitiator: Java Plug-In 1.5.0_12 Certified with Apps 11i & 12

[Dec 7, 2007 Update:  Sun JRE 1.5.0_13 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details about the latest certification]

I'm very pleased to announce that the native Sun JRE plug-in version 1.5.0_12 is now certified and Generally Available for use with Release
11i and 12. 

Forms Apps architecture: Logical architecture showing desktop clients running Sun JRE or Oracle JInitiator, connecting via HTTP or HTTPS to Oracle Forms running on the Application Server tier

This is a major step forward.  Up until now, the E-Business Suite Release 11i has required the use of Oracle Jinitiator to access its Forms-based applications.  Release 12 already supported the use of a special version of the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) plug-in instead of Oracle Jinitiator.

With this certification:
  • E-Business Suite Release 11i users can use Sun's JRE 1.5.0_12 in place of Oracle Jinitator. 
  • E-Business Suite Release 12 users can use the same JRE 1.5.0_12, instead of being restricted to the special version originally shipped with Release 12.
Coexistence with JInitiator Clients

Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators can now configure their environments to support access to Forms-based applications with either Oracle JInitiator, the native Sun JRE plug-in, or a mix of the two desktop client technologies.

In other words, one set of end-users may continue to use JInitiator to access an E-Business Suite environment.  A different set of end-users may use the native Sun JRE plug-in to access the same E-Business Suite environment.  For example:

Tim has JRE 1.5.0_12 installed exclusively on his PC; Tim doesn't use JInitiator.  While Roya is logged in to Release 11i via Oracle JInitiator 1.3.1.25, Tim may log into the same Release 11i environment using JRE 1.5.0_12.

This support for coexistence of the two desktop clients allows you to roll out the native Sun JRE to your users in phases.  You don't need to convert all end-users from JInitiator to the native Sun JRE plug-in at the same time.

Note that your E-Business Suite environment must be set to use either Oracle JInitiator or the native JRE plug-in by default.  Apps sysadmins can
designate specific named end-users to use the "other" (i.e. the non-default) Java client.  There are some restrictions around this, notably for
Discoverer and Workflow users, so this type of mixed-client configuration is designed to smooth your deployment transition rather than as a long-term solution.  If you're interested in this approach, a careful review of the documented restrictions is worthwhile.

Running JInitiator and the Native Sun JRE Simultaneously


It's technically possible to run multiple JInitiator and native Sun JRE plug-in  sessions simultaneously on the same PC.  There are two requirements for this:
  • Internet Explorer is being used
  • Each JRE/Jinitiator instance is started in a separate Internet Explorer session
It isn't possible to run multiple JRE/JInitiator versions simultaneously from the same desktop if Netscape, Firefox, or Mozilla browsers are being used.  These browsers share a single cookie session per desktop, which restricts usage to a single Java version at a time.

What's Wrong with JInitiator?

Nothing!  JInitiator works fine and will continue to be certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i (we have no plans to certify JInitiator with Release 12).  However, there are two major reasons for switching your end-users to the native Sun JRE plug-in:
  1. Elimination of conflicts between Oracle JInitiator and other Java virtual machines

    Oracle JInitiator is an authorized version of Sun Microsystems' Java2 Standard Edition, with extensions required to support Oracle Forms.  Some versions of Oracle JInitiator have known conflicts with other Java virtual machines, including Sun Microsystems' own plug-in. Using the native Sun Microsystems' JRE plug-in instead of Oracle JInitiator eliminates those conflicts.
  2. Reduction of desktop client complexity

    Managing multiple Java Virtual Machines on Windows-based desktop clients can be potentially complex. Some Windows-based desktop clients may have three or more Java Virtual Machines installed, including versions from Microsoft, Sun, and Oracle. For example, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was dependent upon Microsoft's own Java Virtual Machine at one point in its lifecycle.  Downloading, installing, and maintaining separate Java Virtual Machines can be technically complex and costly for enterprise desktop administrators.
Prerequisites for Release 11i
  • Customers using Oracle Applications 11.5.9 or later
  • Oracle Developer 6i Patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later
  • Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.0.4 and higher
Windows desktops running the native Sun JRE plug-in can coexist with other Windows desktops running the following Oracle JInitiator releases:
  • JInitiator 1.1.8.x (JDK 1.1 based)
  • JInitiator 1.3.1.x (JDK 1.3 based)
Prerequisites for Release 12
  • Customers using Oracle Applications 12.0 or later
  • Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and higher
Oracle JInitiator isn't certified or supported for Release 12.

Special Note for Early Adopter Program Participants

We've been running an Early Adopter Program for this configuration with a select number of customers since 2004.  The release of this configuration into General Availability marks the end of this Early Adopter Program.

If you're a participant in our Early Adopter Program, you're running your Apps 11i environment on either our latest Build 5.1 or an earlier Build, and your end-users are running JRE 1.5.0_07 or earlier.  Now that our Early Adopter Program has concluded, you will need to:
  1. Upgrade your environment to the latest interoperability patch listed in the June 25, 2007 version of Metalink Note 290807.1
  2. Upgrade your end-users' desktops to JRE 1.5.0_12
Note that JRE 1.5.0_12 resolves the focus-related issue that has existed in all prior JRE releases.  This is a very important upgrade for users running earlier JRE versions.

You're free to stay on an earlier Build and earlier JRE releases, of course.  However, if you report any problems with an earlier configuration that can't be reproduced in the Generally Available configuration, you'll likely be advised to upgrade to the latest configuration.  Likewise, if you report any issues with older configurations that can be reproduced on the Generally Available configuration, you'll need to upgrade to the Generally Available configuration before you can apply any fixes for these new issues.

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Monday May 14, 2007

IE7 Now Certified on Apps 11.5.9

[May 15, 2007 Update:  ATG Rollup 4 is the minimum level required, not ATG RUP 5 as originally stated.  We strongly recommend  ATG RUP 5, of course.]

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 was certified as a desktop client for E-Business Suite Release 11i for 11.5.10 back in December, 2006.  It's taken a bit longer than we expected, but we've now expanded that certification to include 11.5.9, as well.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 logo 2: <br>

Minimum requirements for this certified configuration are:
  • E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.9.CU2
  • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 4 (RUP 4) (patch 4676589)
  • JInitiator 1.3.1.x
  • Desktop clients running Microsoft Windows XP
For complete details about this configuration, see:
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Thursday May 03, 2007

Will the Real JRE Please Stand Up?

Unlike Release 11i, E-Business Suite Release 12 no longer requires Oracle Jinitiator for its Forms-based content.  In theory, it will be possible to use any version of the native Sun J2SE Runtime Engine (JRE) plug-in to access Forms-based content in this Applications release.

Java Console Screenshot:

The present reality is that you need to use a specific version of the Sun JRE with Release 12.  I know some of you have been interested in going deep on this, so strap on your helmets; we're goin' in.

A Problem of Focus

When you have multiple windows for different programs open in WinXP (say, Outlook and Firefox), the one you're working in actively has the focus.  So, if you're working in Outlook and then click on the Firefox window, the focus changes to Firefox.

Here's the complicating factor:  current releases of the native Sun JRE plug-in may lose focus from Forms-based content in a few situations.  This behavior occurs in all Sun JRE versions released publicly to date, including 1.5.0_11.

We've been working closely with Sun on this issue.  Sun has committed to including the fix for this issue in an upcoming JRE release.  In the meantime, Sun has provided Oracle with a specially-patched version of 1.5.0_10 that includes the fix for this bug.  This version is informally called 1.5.0_10-erdist and is included as part of the Release 12 Rapid Install.

Checking Your JRE Version

To check which version you have installed:
  1. Enable the Java Console on your PC through the 'Java Control Panel' by clicking on the 'Java' icon within your desktop's 'Control Panel'.

  2. Select the 'Advanced' Tab and expand the 'Java Console' field, then ensure the 'Show Console' option is selected.
  3. Select the 'General' Tab and click the 'About' button.
If the version displayed is:
  • Version 1.5.0 (build 1.5.0_10-erdist-b20061221)

    You have the special version that includes the focus fix required for use with Release 12.
  • Version 1.5.0 (build 1.5.0_10-b03)

    You have the standard version of 1.5.0_10 that does not include the focus fix.  If you wish to use Forms-based content in Release 12, you need to uninstall this version and install the special 1.5.0_10-erdist version included with Release 12.
A Word About Upgrading Your JRE

It's important to remember that JRE 1.5.0_10-erdist is the only version available today that includes this focus fix.  If you or your end-users use (or upgrade to) 1.5.0_11, they may encounter issues with accessing Forms-based content in E-Business Suite Release 12.

Later JRE versions that include the focus fix will be certified with Release 12, of course. At present, I don't have any information that I can share about either their release dates or their certification schedules with the E-Business Suite.  I'll post updates here as soon as they're available.

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