Friday Jun 19, 2009

Tablespace Encryption Certified with EBS 11i

Oracle Advanced Security is an optional licenced Oracle 11gR1 Database add-on.  Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) offers two different features:  column encryption and tablespace encryption.  We certified the TDE column encryption feature with the E-Business Suite last year.  We're pleased to expand our 11gR1 Database certification to include the tablespace encryption feature.  Tablespace Encryption is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

What is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) ?


Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) allows you to protect data at rest. TDE helps address privacy and PCI requirements by encrypting personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers.

TDE is completely transparent to existing applications with no triggers, views or other application changes required. Data is transparently encrypted when written to disk and transparently decrypted after an application user has successfully authenticated and passed all authorization checks. Authorization checks include verifying the user has the necessary select and update privileges on the application table and checking Database Vault, Label Security and Virtual Private Database enforcement policies.

Existing database backup routines will continue to work, with the data at rest remaining encrypted in the backup. For encryption of entire database backups, TDE can be used in combination with Oracle RMAN.

What is Tablespace Encryption ? TDE_Key_Management_Architecture.png

New in Oracle Database 11g Release 1, the Oracle Advanced Security now includes support for tablespace encryption.

When a tablespace is created through Enterprise Manager or on the command line, an option now exists to specify that the file be encrypted on the file system. When new data is added to the new tablespace using the insert command or datapump, entire tables will be transparently encrypted. When the database reads data blocks from the encrypted tablespace it will transparently decrypt the data blocks.

With this certification, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i environments can be migrated to encrypted tablespaces. For more information, please refer to:


  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version or higher

Platforms certified for 11i

  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64 (64 bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX Based Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server(32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)


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Tuesday May 26, 2009

10gR2 DB Certified with EBS 12 for Four New Database-Tier Only Platforms

Working through my announcement backlog after almost three weeks away, here's a four-pronged certification announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4.  EBS 12.0.4 is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 on the following "database-tier only" platforms:

  • Sun Solaris x86-64 (Solaris 10)
  • IBM Linux on System z (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
  • IBM Linux on Power (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
  • Linux Itanium (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)

Notable here are the Sun Solaris x86-64 and IBM Linux on Power certifications.  These were previously certified only with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, but are now new additions to the list of available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 "database-tier only" platforms.


You can review the system requirements from the relevant Oracle Database 10gR2 documentation (Installation Guide, Release Notes, Upgrade Guide) prior to installing the database on these platforms.

These are database-tier only certifications (previously known as "split configurations" in Apps 11i).  The application tier must be on a fully-certified Oracle E-Business Suite R12 platform.


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Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

Secure Enterprise Search Certified with EBS 12

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  If you missed our late-2007 announcement about this certification, here's a recap of the basics.  Secure Enterprise Search (SES) provides new search capabilities for R12: Apps users can search for E-Business Suite data using a unified search engine, with search results displayed based upon their Applications responsibilities. Searches can be performed on structured and unstructured data. Notably, search results respect multi-level security, including:

  • Role-based access control (RBAC) functional and data security
  • Product-specific security policies

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search screencap: Screen capture of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g with Assets Inquiry screen for E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3

For example, an authorized E-Business Suite user could use the search screen above to search for "Assets" in "Northpark," yielding the following results:

SES search results: Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g sample search results for an E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3 search


  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 and higher

  • Oracle Secure Enterprise Search

Supported Platforms

Secure Enterprise Search may be optionally installed on standalone external server and integrated with EBS 12.  The operating system platforms supported for the standalone Secure Enterprise Search instance are:

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3, 4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3,4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)

  • Solaris SPARC (Solaris 8, 64-bit; Solaris 9, 64-bit; Solaris 10, 64-bit)

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.11 64-bit; 11.23 64-bit)

  • AIX 5L Based Systems (AIX 5.2 ML01, 64-bit; 5.3, 64-bit

  • HP-UX Itanium 11i v2 (11.23)

  • Windows Server (2003 - all editions)


Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

OracleAS Certified on HP-UX Itanium for EBS 12

[Update Mar 16, 2009:  IBM AIX is now certified with this configuration] jcee.color.logo.gif

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

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

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Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Database Vault Certified with EBS 11i and 12

[Nov 24, 2008 Update: Added new R12 platform certifications for Microsoft Windows Server 2003, HP-UX PA-RISC, and HP-UX Itanium]. Added new 11i platform certifications for Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, HP-UX PA-RISC, OEL, RHEL, SUSE, HP-UX Itanium.]

Our certification run-up to OpenWorld continues, and I'm pleased to announce that Database Vault is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. For more details about Database Vault and how it works in E-Business Suite environments, see this article. This new certification brings improved performance and broader certification coverage for additional operating systems, too.

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Friday Apr 18, 2008

11gR1 DB Certified on Linux x86-64 & HP-UX Itanium for Apps 11i

Two new 64-bit database tier-only certifications for 11gR1 version are now available for E-Business Suite Release 11i:  Linux x86-64 and HP-UX Itanium.


These database tier-only certifications -- also called split configurations in Release 11i -- cover configurations where E-Business Suite database
and application tier servers are running on different operating system platforms.  Here are the details:

  • E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version
Newly-Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64
  • HP-UX Itanium
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Wednesday Dec 19, 2007

Linux Itanium and Windows Itanium Certified for Release 12 Database Tier

The E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 version on Linux Itanium and Windows Itanium platforms.

Itanium Chip:

This is a database tier-only certification (previously known in Release 11i as a "split configuration") where the application tier must be on a supported E-Business Suite platform.

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Wednesday Oct 10, 2007

10gR2 Database Certified for Release 12

Certifications are a bit like buses:  if you wait long enough, a whole string of them arrive at the same time.  This has been a pretty good week for long-outstanding and eagerly-awaited certifications. 

E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with the latest 10gR2 ( database. 

10gR2 patch screenshot: Screenshot of download location on Oracle Metalink for 10gR2 Database patch 5337014

Upgrades from Release 11i Environments

This is a particularly important certification if your Apps 11i database has already been upgraded to  Until today, Release 12 was only certified with  If you wanted to upgrade your Release 11i environment to Release 12, the certified databases levels would have been mismatched. 

As of today, Applications 11i environments on the database may now be upgraded to Applications 12.

Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • Microsoft Windows x86
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
Certifications for additional platforms such as Linux Itanium, Sun Solaris x64, Microsoft Windows Itanium, Microsoft Windows x64, IBM zSeries Linux, and Linux on Power will follow.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements for these certifications.

For More Information

You can obtain the 10gR2 ( patch set here:
The documentation for upgrading your E-Business Suite Release 12 environment to is here:

Monday Oct 08, 2007

HP-UX Itanium 11.31 certified for Release 12

See?  It never fails.  More certifications happen when I go away on vacation.  Breaking the surface of the tidal wave of my post-vacation inbox, I see that a new platform has been certified for Release 12.

Release 12 Rapid Install screenshot: Screenshot of E-Business Suite Release 12 Rapid Install Wizard

HP-UX Itanium 11.31 is now certified for both application tier and database tier servers for the E-Business Suite Release 12.  Full details can be found in this Note:
Note:  If you're performing a new installation of Oracle Applications Release 12 on HP-UX Itanium 11.31, you must use Rapid Install startCD or later.  You can find more details about that startCD release here:

Monday Jul 09, 2007

10gR2 Certified for Windows Server 2003 (Itanium) and Apps 11i

Just a quick announcement to fight down my inbox, which is growing at an alarming rate:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i ( & 11.5.9 CU2) is certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 version on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (Itanium).

Itanium Chip:

Note: This is a database tier only certification (also known as a split configuration). The application tier must be on a Supported Applications Platform.


Monday Feb 26, 2007

Mixed Platform Architectures for Release 12

Editor Mar 15 Update:  There are a number of mixed platform architectures that are supported for Release 12 today, although certification of additional platforms is still pending.  More details added below.

Editor Update:  It turns out that our official nomenclature for these types of configurations has evolved between releases.  In Release 11i, these were called "split configurations."  In Release 12, these are now called "mixed platform architectures."

Here's a quick update for those of you who might be interested in "mixed platform architectures," where the E-Business Suite's database and application servers are deployed on different operating system platforms. 

Itanium Chip:

R12 Fully Certified Platforms

As of March 15, 2007, the following are the fully certified platforms (application and database tiers) for the E-Business Suite Release 12. See Oracle Certify for exact versions and platforms certified with E-Business Suite:
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Linux x86 and x86-64 (32-bit OS)
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit OS)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Sun Solaris Operating System (SPARC)
These platforms can be mixed together, i.e. the database tier can use any one of these platforms, and the application tier can use any one of these platforms.  So, this would be a certified combination:  database tier on HP-UX Itanium, and application tier on Linux x86-64 (32-bit OS).

Not Certified Yet... For Use on the Database Tier Only

Certifications for the following additional platforms are underway for the database tier only:
  • IBM System z Linux
  • Linux Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium
In other words, you can't use any of these four operating system platforms for your database tier yet, but these certifications are forthcoming.  When they're certified, you'll be able to deploy any of these four platforms on your database tier only.  At that time, you will be able to mix any of these four database tiers with application tiers running on any of the existing fully certified platforms in the first list.

The certifications of the four database tier only platforms are underway now, and are expected to be released in conjunction with the R12 certification for the Database.  Firm schedules aren't available yet, but feel free to monitor or subscribe to this site for updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

Still Confused?

Don't worry -- you're not the only one.  As you can infer from the changes to this article, we've been working through the nomenclature around these mixed platform architectures ourselves.  If you're still struggling to get a handle on this, either log a Service Request or contact your Oracle account manager to get some help with your specific target platform architecture.


Tuesday Nov 28, 2006 Database Certified with Release 11i

One of the nice things about coming back from vacation is seeing what's been accomplished while one's been away.  This always suggests to me that I should buck the trend and take longer and more frequent vacations. 

While I was out for Thanksgiving, our certification team released another database certification for the 9iR2 line.  The latest Database has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i.  You can upgrade your 9i database to the latest database level if you are on E-Business Suite Release 11.5.7 or higher.

The interoperability patch for this configuration is now available for the following platforms:
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 2.1, RHEL 3.0, Enterprise Linux 4.0, RHEL 4.0, SLES 8, SLES 9)
  • Sun Sparc Solaris (64-bit)
  • Linux x86-64
  • Linux Itanium
  • HP-UX Itanium
Certifications for these platforms are still underway:
  • Windows x86
  • Windows Itanium
  • HP Tru64
Full installation instructions can be found in:

Wednesday Jun 28, 2006

10gR2 Database Split Configurations for Release 11i

[Feb 20, 2008 Update:  Added OEL 5 and RHEL 5 to list of supported platforms]

[June 22, 2007 Update:  Added additional platforms to list of supported database tier only configurations]

[Sep 15, 2006 Update:  Clarified minimum Apps prerequisite for this configuration.

Here's some good news for those of you interested in E-Business Suite Release 11i split configurations, where the database and application tier servers are running on different operating systems.

Itanium Chip:

Our support for split configurations has been expanded to include database servers running the 10gR2 Database Version This new configuration requires the E-Business Suite 11.5.9 CU2 at minimum, and currently applies to the following operating systems:
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM Linux on Power
  • IBM Linux on System z
  • Linux Itanium
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris x64
  • Windows Itanium
  • Windows x64
Our intrepid E-Business Suite Platform Engineering team is working on certifications for other platforms, too; please feel free to subscribe to this blog if you'd like to get notifications about new certifications as they're released.


Monday May 22, 2006

64-bit Support for the E-Business Suite

[Oct 15, 2007 Update:  Added 64-bit platforms certified for Release 12]

[Sep 15, 2006 Update:  Clarified minimum requirements for 9iR2 and 10gR1 configurations.]

[May 24, 2006 Update:  This post has been revised with a clearer explanation of our certified configurations for 64-bit platforms.]

Here's a certification question that seems to recur in waves corresponding to hardware vendor announcements, namely, "Does the E-Business Suite work on 64-bit platforms?"

Itanium Chip:

The short answer is, "Yes, in a number of different configurations."

The following are the platforms supported for the application tier and the database tier of E-Business Suite Release 11i:
  • HP-UX PA RISC (64-bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX (64-bit)
  • HP Tru64 UNIX (64-bit)
  • Windows x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
The following are the platforms supported for the application tier and the database tier of E-Business Suite Release 12:
  • HP-UX PA RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium (64-bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX (64-bit)
  • Windows x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
Supported via "Split Configurations"

In Release 11i, we certify and support a split configuration, where:
  • The database tier runs on a platform not supported for the application tier
  • The application server tier runs on one of the six platforms listed above
For the 9i Release 2 database (9iR2) and the 10g Release 1 database (10gR1), we support the following additional 64-bit platforms on the database tier in a split configuration for Release 11i:
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Linux Itanium
  • Linux x86-64
  • Windows Server 2003 Itanium
9iR2 split configurations require the E-Business Suite Release 11.5.8 at minimum, and 10gR1 split configurations require 11.5.9 CU2 at minimum.

What About the 10gR2 Database?

[Editor Sep 15 Update:  For a discussion about the latest 10gR2 split configurations, see 10gR2 Database Split Configurations for Release 11i]

How About the Application Server Tier?

Application tier support on HP-UX Itanium as well as Linux x64 is planned for Release 12, and is being evaluated, but is not yet committed or planned, for Linux Itanium, Windows Itanium, and Windows x64.  Support for Sun Solaris SPARC, HP-UX PA RISC, and IBM AIX (all 64-bit) will be continued.


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