Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 11i on Additional Platforms

As a follow up to the prior announcement on February 11th, 2015, Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG_PF.H.delta.7 (RUP 7) and higher) on the following additional platforms:

  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1*)
  • IBM: Linux on z Systems (RHEL 5,6, SLES 11)*

* This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.

This announcement includes:

  • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • TDE Column Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Export/Import Process for EBS 11i with RDBMS 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2

The following certifications are not planned with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:

  • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Database In-Memory 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2

Please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

References

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Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

Transportable Database 12c Certified for EBS 12.2 Database Migration

Database migration across platforms of the same "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Database (TDB) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0).

The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using SQL*Plus (connected as SYSDBA):

SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

The following is a list of relevant platforms certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.2) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 on the database tier:

Big Endian Platforms
Little Endian Platforms
Oracle Solaris on SPARC
Linux x86-64
HP-UX Itanium
Oracle Solaris on x86-64
IBM AIX on POWER Systems
Microsoft Windows x641
IBM: Linux on z Systems

1 Note: Microsoft Windows x64 is not yet certified and will be announced separately at a later date.

Using Transportable Database is the fastest method for migration between platforms of the same endian format. A requirement of this migration process is that the source and target database versions must match (including patch set version), so database upgrades as part of the migration cannot be done.

For migration between platforms of different endian formats, users must use alternative migration methods such as export/import (datapump).

References

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Thursday Jun 25, 2015

DB 12.1.0.2 Certified with EBS 12.1.3 on Linux on IBM System z

IBM logoOracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 (12.1.3) on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems as a 'database tier only' platform:

Release 12.1 (12.1.3 or higher):

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform (see My Oracle Support Certifications for more information). IBM's z systems fully support a mixed platform architecture with distributed Unix and Linux certified application tier servers for customers looking to run Oracle E-Business Suite on System z.
This announcement includes:

  • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2 Database In-Memory Option
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 or 12.1 with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2

The following are not yet certified and will be announced on a later date once completed.

  • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 version 12.1.0.2
  • Transportable Database Data Migration Processes

References

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Thursday Jun 18, 2015

EBS 12.2 Certified on Oracle Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Linux Tux logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 is now certified on Oracle Linux 7 (64-bit) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit).
Installations of the E-Business Suite 12.2 on these operating systems require the application of the 12.2.3 Release Update Pack (RUP3) or higher. Cloning of existing EBS 12.2.3 or higher Linux environments to these new operating systems is also certified using the standard 12.2 Rapid Clone process.

There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2) and Fusion Middleware components as necessary. Other mandatory requirements, known issues, patches needed, etc. are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN).

References

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Thursday May 28, 2015

11gR2 Transportable Database Certified for EBS 12.2 Database Migration

Database migration across platforms of the same "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Database (TDB) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0).

The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using sqlplus (connected as sysdba):

    SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

Here's a list of relevant platforms certified for the EBS R12 (12.2) with 11gR2 on the database tier:

 Big Endian Platforms
 Little Endian Platforms
 Oracle Solaris on SPARC  Linux x86-64
 HP-UX Itanium  Oracle Solaris on x86-64
 IBM AIX on POWER Systems  MS Windows x64
 IBM: Linux on System z

Using Transportable Database is the fastest method for migration between platforms of the same endian format. A requirement of this migration process is that the source and target Database versions must match (including patch set version), so database upgrades as part of the migration cannot be done.

For migration between platforms of different endian formats, users must use alternative migration methods such as export/import (datapump).

References

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Monday May 04, 2015

EBS 12.1 Certified on Oracle Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Linux Tux logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 (12.1.3) is now certified on Oracle Linux 7 (64-bit) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit).

Installations of the E-Business Suite 12.1 on these operating systems require the application of the 12.1 RUP 3 (12.1.3). Cloning of existing EBS 12.1.3 Linux environments to these operating systems is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process.

There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2) and Fusion Middleware components as necessary. Other requirements, known issues, patches needed, etc. are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below and must be reviewed and implemented.

Pending Certifications

Certification of EBS Release 12.2 is in progress and will be announced at a later time when completed.

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

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.2, the first patchset for Database 12c is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i. Be sure to review the 11i interoperability note.

Database support implications may also be reviewed in the database patching and support article. 

Screenshot of Database 12.1.0.2 OTN download page

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

Prerequisites
  • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 7 and higher

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5) -- Database-tier only
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5) -- Database-tier only
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only

Pending Platform Certifications

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 

Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database options and features are supported for use:

Pending Feature/Option Certifications

  • Data Guard Redo Apply with Physical Standby Databases

Certifications Not Planned

  • Active Data Guard
  • Oracle Multitenant
  • Oracle In Memory Database
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

About the pending certifications

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, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

EBS 11i References

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Thursday Jan 08, 2015

Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.2, the first patchset for the 12c Database, is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.2.2 and higher. 

Database support implications may also be reviewed in this database patching and support article.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.x
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11) 
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (10, 11)*
*This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database options and features are supported for use:

Pending Feature/Option Certifications

  • Oracle Multitenant
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

About the pending certifications

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, which will be posted as soon as soon as they're available.  

EBS 12.2 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.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

DB 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS 11i & R12 on Linux on IBM System z

IBM LogoOracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1 on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems as 'database tier only' platforms:

Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H.delta.7 (RUP 7) or higher), Release 12.0 (12.0.6 or higher), Release 12.1 (12.1.3 or higher):

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform (see My Oracle Support Certifications for more information). IBM's z systems fully support a mixed platform architecture with distributed Unix and Linux certified application tier servers for customers looking to run Oracle E-Business Suite on System z.

This announcement includes:

  • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 or 12.1 with Oracle Database 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1

Pending Certifications

The following are not yet certified and will be announced on a later date once completed.

  • Oracle Multitenant 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Oracle Database Vault 12cR1 version 12.1.0.1
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes

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

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

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Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

EBS 12.0 & 12.1 DB Migration Using 12cR1 Transportable Tablespaces Now Certified


Database migration across platforms of different "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Tablespaces (TTS) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release R12 (12.0.6, 12.1.3) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0). Migration between different platforms of the same "endian" format with 12c can be accomplished using export/import (datapump) utilities. 

This certification requires that the source database be 11gR2 (11.2.0.3 or higher) and the target database be 12cR1 (12.1.0.1 or higher).  

This migration process requires a patch delivered by our EBS Platform Engineering team that is 'Controlled', i.e. it requires a password obtainable through Oracle Support. We released the required patch in this manner to monitor customer issues and to gauge uptake.

The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using sqlplus (connected as sysdba):

        SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

Here's a list of relevant platforms certified for the EBS R12 with 12cR1 on the database tier:

 

Big Endian Platforms
Little Endian Platforms
Oracle Solaris on SPARC
Linux x86-64
HP-UX Itanium
Oracle Solaris on x86-64
IBM AIX on POWER Systems
MS Windows x64

The use of Transportable Tablespaces can greatly speed up the migration of the data portion of the database - it does not affect metadata which must still be migrated using export/import.

We recommend that users initially perform a test migration with export/import on their database with the 'metrics=y' parameter to find out the relative size of data vs metadata in their database and to have a basis to compare any gains in timing. Generally speaking, the larger the relative size of data (as compared to metadata), the more likely it would be that TTS is suitable as a migration process to reduce downtime.

Pending Certifications

Testing with 12cR1 as the source is still pending.

Full transportable export/import, a new feature in 12c to move an entire database, is not certified for use with E-Business Suite databases yet. 

Transportable Database (TDB), a migration process for platforms of the same "endian" format, is also a pending 12cR1 certification exercise. 

References

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Saturday Sep 27, 2014

Database 12.1.0.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.2, the first patchset for the 12c Database, is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.1. 

Database support implications may also be reviewed in this database patching and support article.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.x
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) 
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database options and features are supported for use:

Pending Feature/Option Certifications

  • Oracle Multitenant
  • Oracle Database Vault
  • Export/Import process for EBS 12.0 or 12.1 with RDBMS 12cR1 Version 12.1.0.2
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

About the pending certifications

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, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

EBS 12 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 19, 2014

    Database 12.1.0.1 Certified with EBS 12.2

    [Oct. 7, 2014 update: Added Data Guard and Active DataGuard options to the list of pending certifications]

    I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.1, the base release for the 12c Database, is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.2. This expands on our previously-announced certification for EBS 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.

    Database support implications may also be reviewed in this database patching and support article.

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 and higher
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -- Database-tier only
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
    • HP-UX Itanium
    • IBM: Linux on System z 
    Database Feature and Option Certifications
    The following database options and features are supported for use:

    Pending Feature/Option Certifications

    • Oracle Multitenant
    • Oracle Database Vault
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes
    • Oracle DataGuard
    • Oracle Active DataGuard

    About the pending certifications

    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, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

    EBS 12 References

    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.

    Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

    Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i and R12 on IBM: Linux on System z

    IBM LogoOracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems as a 'database tier only' platform:

    Release 12.2 (12.2.2 or higher):

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

    Release 12.0 (12.0.4 or higher) and 12.1 (12.1.3 or higher):

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

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

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 4 (64-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)

    This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform (see My Oracle Support's Certification for more information). IBM's z systems today fully support this example of a mixed platform architecture with distributed Unix and Linux certified application tier servers for customers looking to run Oracle E-Business Suite on System z.

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

    • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
    • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
    • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
    • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption) using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
    • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
    • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
    • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12


    References

    • Note 946413.1 - Using Oracle E-Business Suite with a Split Configuration Database Tier On Oracle Release 11g Release 2
    • Note 456347.1 - Using Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with a Database Tier Only Platform on Oracle 11g Release 2
    • Note 881505.1 - Interoperability Notes - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0)
    • Note 1058763.1 - Interoperability Notes - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0)
    • Note 1594274.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2: Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes
    • Note 1091086.1 - Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with Oracle Database Vault 11gR2
    • Note 1091083.1 - Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Oracle Database Vault 11gR2
    • Note 216205.1 - Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i
    • Note 396009.1 - Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle Applications Release 12
    • Note 823586.1 - Using Oracle 11g Release 2 Real Application Clusters with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
    • Note 823587.1 - Using Oracle 11g Release 2 Real Application Clusters with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
    • Note 403294.1 - Using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
    • Note 732764.1 - Using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
    • Note 828223.1 - Using TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
    • Note 828229.1 - Using TDE Tablespace Encryption with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
    • Note 391248.1 - Encrypting Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Network Traffic using Advanced Security Option and Advanced Networking Option
    • Note 376700.1 - Enabling SSL in Oracle Application Release 12
    • Note 557738.1 - Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Database Instances Using Oracle Database 11g Release 1 or 11g Release 2
    • Note 741818.1 - Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Database Instances Using Oracle Database 11g Release 1 or 11g Release 2
    • Note 1366265.1 - Using Transportable Tablespaces to Migrate Oracle Applications 11i Using Oracle Database 11g Release 2
    • Note 1311487.1 - Using Transportable Tablespaces to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Using Oracle Database 11g Release 2
    • Note 729309.1 - Using Transportable Database to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Using Oracle Database 10g Release 2 or 11g
    • Note 734763.1 - Using Transportable Database to Migrate Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Using Oracle Database 10g Release 2 or 11g

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    Friday Mar 07, 2014

    Oracle VM Virtual Appliances Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3

    Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at this location:

     These virtual appliances can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server.  Alternatively, they can be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

    The virtual appliances deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

    The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 virtual appliances are:

    1. Single Node VISION Demo
    2. VISION Demo Database Tier
    3. Production (PROD) Database Tier
    4. Application Tier
    5. Sparse Application Tier

    These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

    • Single node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.2.3 database and application tiers.
    • Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the database virtual appliance of choice (either VISION or PROD) and the application tier virtual appliance. That is, Option 2 or 3 above, followed by Option 4.  You can then add secondary application tiers using Option 5.
    • Operating system-only installation (Oracle Linux 6.5): The sparse application tier virtual appliance (Option 5) includes the necessary operating system packages, kernel parameter settings, and users (oracle and applmgr) required to install Oracle E-Business Suite, providing benefit for customers who plan to use Rapid Install for their 12.1.3 or 12.2.3 installation.
    References

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    Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

    Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

    I'm very happy to announce the certification of Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. 

    To begin planning your database upgrade to 11.2.0.4, you should review our documentation in this order:

    1. Interoperability Notes: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (Note 1623879.1) 

    2. R12.2 Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes (Note 1594274.1) .  The interoperability note references this note.  It is crucial that you review all requirements in Section 2.2, "Database 11.2.0.4 Patches and Bug Numbers" of this note.

    3. Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 396009.1).  Make certain that you review Section 4, "Release-Specific Database Initialization Parameters For Oracle 11gR2" and Section 6, "Additional Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2".

    What does this mean if you are upgrading to R12.2?

    • This upgrade is highly recommended for all EBS 12.2 environments.

    • If you are just beginning your upgrade to R12.2 project, you should consider upgrading to Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 now. 

    • If your are currently in the midst of your R12.2 upgrade, you may continue as planned with Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and upgrade to 11.2.0.4 as your R12.2 upgrade project and test plans permit.

    • If your go-live date is soon, you may choose to continue as planned with Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and upgrade to 11.2.0.4 after you go-live with 12.2.

    It may be useful to review the the Oracle Database 11gR2 support policies and dates as part of your decision-making process:

    Prerequisites

    • 12.2.2 and higher
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (RH 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)  (10, 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -  Database tier only
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
    • IBM: Linux on System z 
    Database Feature and Option Certifications
    The following database features and options are certified:

    Pending Database Feature and Option Certifications

    • Database Vault

    About the pending certifications

    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, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

    References

    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 Jan 08, 2014

    Java (JDK) 7 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2 Servers

    Java logoOracle E-Business Suite 12.2 shipped with Java SE (JDK) 6 as part of its Rapid Install technology stack. 

    Java (JDK) 7 is now certified for EBS 12.2 application and database tier servers.  See:

    You can apply the Java 7 update on all tier nodes:

    • Java 6.0 either Oracle JRockit (JRockit) or Java SE Development Kit (JDK), on the application tier
    • 32-bit or 64-bit Java 6 for use by Oracle WebLogic Server 11.1.1.6.0 only
    • Non-WebLogic middle tier nodes using 32-bit Java version 6.0 only
    • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) version 6.0 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Oracle Forms and Reports services
    • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) version 6.0 on the database tier

    End-users can use either JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktop clients to run Forms-based products in EBS 12.2.

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state:

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing changed for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF).

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS Servers?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 desktop clients can connect to EBS 12.2 environments running JDK 7.

    JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290801.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 to the end of June 2017.

    Summary of EBS Certifications

    There is a one-page summary of all of the latest E-Business Suite techstack certifications here:

    • http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/resource/certifications.html

    This listing summarizes the official CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support.  The CERTIFY database is the official and authoritative reference for all E-Business Suite certifications.

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    Friday Nov 15, 2013

    Oracle VM Templates Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2

    Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 are now available here:

    Templates are available for:

      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Vision Demo Database Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Production Database Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Sparse Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux - Oracle Linux 5.9)
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Sparse Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux - Oracle Linux 6.4)

      These Oracle VM Templates allow you to quickly build E-Business Suite 12.2.2 environments on Oracle Linux virtual machines for demonstration, development or production use.  The templates deliver the full software stack, including the operating system, required technology components, and Oracle E-Business Suite itself.

      Screenshot of Oracle VM template download site


      You can deploy these templates on any industry-standard x86-based hardware certified for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux.

      An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 installation requires two templates, one for the database and one for the primary application tier.   You can choose from two database templates, depending on whether you will deploy a Vision demonstration system or an empty production instance.  In addition to the database template and the primary application tier template, you can optionally deploy a "sparse middle tier" template to add secondary application tiers.

      References

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      Friday Sep 27, 2013

      11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

      I’m pleased to announce that 11.2.0.4, the terminal patchset for the 11gR2 Database is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

      Database support implications may also be reviewed in the database patching and support article.


      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

      Prerequisites
      • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
      • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10--Database-tier only)
      Pending Platform Certifications
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems
      • HP-UX Itanium
      • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
      • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
      • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
      • IBM: Linux on System z 
      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 and higher
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
      • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
      Pending Certifications
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC 
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
      • HP-UX Itanium
      • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
      • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
      • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
      • IBM: Linux on System z
      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 and higher
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
      • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5, 6)
      • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5, 6)
      • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
      Pending Certifications
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC 
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
      • HP-UX Itanium
      • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
      • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
      • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
      • IBM: Linux on System z
      Database Feature and Option Certifications
      The following database options and features are supported for use:
      About the pending certifications

      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, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

      EBS 11i References
      EBS 12 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.

      12.1.0.1 Database Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

      (Feb 19, 2014 Update: Article has been updated to correctly reflect Active Data Guard and Data Guard as pending certifications.)

      I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.1, the base release for the 12c Database is now certified. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

      Database support implications may also be reviewed in the database patching and support article.


      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

      Prerequisites
      • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 7 and higher
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5) -- Database-tier only
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5) -- Database-tier only
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
      Pending Platform Certifications
      • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
      • HP-UX Itanium
      • IBM: Linux on System z 
      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.6 and higher
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5)
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5)
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
      Pending Platform Certifications
      • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
      • HP-UX Itanium
      • IBM: Linux on System z 
        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher
        Certified Platforms
        • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
        • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
        • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
        • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
        • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -- Database-tier only
        Pending Platform Certifications
        • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
        • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
        • HP-UX Itanium
        • IBM: Linux on System z 
        Database Feature and Option Certifications
        The following database options and features are supported for use:

        Pending Feature/Option Certifications

        • Active Data Guard
        • Data Guard Redo Apply with Physical Standby Databases
        • Oracle Multitenant
        • Oracle Database Vault
        • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

        About the pending certifications

        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, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.    

        EBS 11i References

        EBS 12 References
        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.

        Monday Jun 10, 2013

        Java (JDK) 7 Certified for E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 Servers

        Java logoWindows and Mac-based desktop clients connecting to the E-Business Suite can use the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) plug-in to run Forms-based components.  JRE 7 was certified with EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0, and 12.1 in 2012.  As of today, the latest available version is JRE 1.7.0_21 for Windows clients and for Mac clients.  All new JRE releases on the 1.6 and 1.7 codelines are automatically certified with EBS on the day of their release.  If you're reaching this article via a search engine, please check My Oracle Support or the Certifications summary for the latest desktop version available.

        Java (JDK) 7 is now certified for E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 application and database tier servers.  For instructions on upgrading your EBS 12.x environments, see:

        The Java version currently in your environment

        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Rapid Install delivers the following Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Versions for use by Oracle E-Business Suite:

        Release 12.0.x

          • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 5.0 on the application tier
          • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 1.4.2 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Forms and Reports services
          • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 5.0 on the database tier

        Release 12.1.x

          • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 6.0 on the application tier
          • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 1.4.2 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Forms and Reports services
          • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6.0 on the database tier

        You can now upgrade to the newer Java 7.0 Update on all EBS application tier and database tier nodes. Please note that the JRE 7.0 upgrade on the database tier is independent from the others. But if the application tier nodes are planned to be upgraded to Java 7.0, the same upgrade in the OracleAS 10.1.2 ORACLE HOME must be planned together.

        Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

        The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

        The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state:

        Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

        After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

        What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

        EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

        In other words, nothing will change for EBS users after February 2013. 

        EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

        1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
        2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
        3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

        How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

        EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

        Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS Servers?

        No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

        Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

        No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

        Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

        The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

        Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290801.1 and 393931.1.

        Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

        Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

        Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

        JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

        The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

        What will Mac users need?

        Oracle will provide updates to JRE 7 for Mac OS X users. EBS users running Macs will need to upgrade to JRE 7 to receive JRE updates.

        Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

        No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

        References

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        Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

        Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

        [Update Feb. 28, 2013: Added pointer to Note 1439822.1]

        [Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]

        Java logo

        The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

        The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

        Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

        After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

        What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

        EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

        In other words, nothing will change for EBS users after February 2013. 

        EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

        1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
        2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
        3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

        How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

        EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

        Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

        No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

        The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 (for desktop clients accessing EBS Forms-based content) is in its final stages.  If you plan to upgrade your EBS desktop clients to JRE 7 when that certification is released, you can get a head-start on that today.

        Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

        The upgrade to JRE 7 will be highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

        Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290801.1 and 393931.1.

        Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

        Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

        Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

        JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

        The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

        What will Mac users need?

        Oracle will provide updates to JRE 7 for Mac OS X users. EBS users running Macs will need to upgrade to JRE 7 to receive JRE updates.

        The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 for Mac-based desktop clients accessing EBS Forms-based content is underway. Mac users waiting for that certification may find this article useful:

        Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

        No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

        The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers on Windows, Linux, and Solaris as well as other platforms such as IBM AIX and HP-UX is planned.  Customers running platforms other than Windows, Linux, and Solaris should refer to their Java vendors's sites for more information about their support policies.

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        Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

        Additional Platforms Certified for Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 for EBS

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

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

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

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

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        Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

        Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certified on Additional Linux Platforms

        Linux Tux logo penguin

        As a follow up to our original certification announcement regarding Oracle Linux 6, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 and higher) is now certified on the following additional Linux x86/x86-64 operating systems:

        • Oracle Linux 6 (32-bit)
        • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (32-bit)
        • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64-bit)
        • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)
        New installations of the E-Business Suite on these operating systems require version 12.1.1 of the Release 12 media.  Cloning of existing 12.1 Linux environments to this new OS is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process. There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11gR2) and Fusion Middleware as necessary. These and other requirements are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below.

        References

        Thursday May 03, 2012

        WebCenter 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

        Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 tools used to create web sites and portals using service-oriented architecture (SOA).  Applications adapters are also available.

        WebCenter Development Framework

        WebCenter version 11.1.1.6 (a.k.a. Patchset 5) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.3 and higher). 

        Certified Platforms

        Oracle WebCenter 11gR1 Version 11.1.1.6 is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

        Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

        If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

        References

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        Wednesday May 02, 2012

        Portal 11.1.1.6 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

        Oracle Portal 11g allows you to build, deploy, and manage enterprise portals running on Oracle WebLogic Server.  Oracle Portal 11g includes integration with Oracle WebCenter Services 11g and BPEL, support for open portlet standards JSR 168, WSRP 2.0, and JSR 301.

        Portal 11g (11.1.1.6) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Portal 11.1.1.6 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.6.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 5.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
        • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
        • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
        • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher
        If you're running a previous version of Portal, there are a number of certified and supported upgrade paths to Portal 11g (11.1.1.4):
        upgrade_1111_paths.png

        Certified Platforms

        Oracle Portal Release 11g R1 Version 11.1.1.6 is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.x) Certification Matrix.

        Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

        If you're currently using Oracle Portal, you should be aware that Portal is now in maintenance mode.  Updates with bug fixes will continue to be produced, but you should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter for ongoing new features.

        References

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        Monday Apr 23, 2012

        Discoverer 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite

        [Apr. 30, 2012 Update: Added IBM AIX on Power certification for EBS 12]

        Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer is an ad-hoc query, reporting, analysis, and Web-publishing tool that allows end-users to work directly with Oracle E-Business Suite OLTP data.

        Discoverer graph screenshot

        Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.6) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Discoverer 11.1.1.6 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.6.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 5.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
        • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
        • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
        • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

        Platforms certified for R12

        • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
        • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5)
        • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
        • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
        • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5)
        • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
        • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10, 11 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
        • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
        • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
        • Microsoft Windows Server (2003, 2008* )
        • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
        • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) 5.3, 6.1, 7.1)

        Platforms certified for Release 11i

        • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
        • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5) 
        • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
        • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
        • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
        • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
        • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003) 
        Other platform certifications still underway

        Certifications for other operating system platforms are still underway.  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, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

        References

        Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

        Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certified on Oracle Linux 6 (x86-64)

        Linux Tux logo penguinOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 and higher) is now certified on 64-bit Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK).

        New installations of the E-Business Suite R12 on this OS require version 12.1.1 or higher. Cloning of existing 12.1 Linux environments to this new OS is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process. There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to 11.2.0.3) and Fusion Middleware as necessary for use on Oracle Linux 6. These and other requirements are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below.

        Certification for other Linux distros still underway

        Certifications of Release 12 with 32-bit Oracle Linux 6, 32-bit and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and the Red Hat default kernel are in progress.

        References

        Friday Mar 09, 2012

        Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with EBS 12 on Itanium, Linux on Power

        As a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle Database 10gR2 Patch Set 10.2.0.5.0 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher, 12.1.1 and higher) on the following additional database tier only platforms:

        • IBM: Linux on Power Systems (RHEL 5, SLES 10)
        • Linux Itanium (RHEL 5, SLES 10)

        These are database tier only (or split tier configuration) platforms where the application tier must reside on a different fully certified E-Business Suite R12 Platform.

        Screenshot of download page for 10.2.0.5 patchset

        Terminal patchset release for 10gR2 Database

        The 10.2.0.5 patchset is the terminal release of the Oracle Database on these platforms - users should review the following Support Notes for more information:

        Certified Database Options and Features

        This announcement includes:

        • Real Application Clusters
        • Database Vault 
        • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption
        • Advanced Security Option / Advanced Networking Option
        • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 1
        • Transportable Database Data Migration Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

        Please refer the documents below for information pertaining to this certification. Updates to My Oracle Support's Certification data are in progress for this certification.

        References

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        Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

        11gR2 11.2.0.3 Database Certified with EBS on IBM: Linux on System z

        As a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 version 11.2.0.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following Linux on IBM System z operating systems:

        IBM LogoRelease 12.1 (12.1.2 or higher):

        • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
        • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
        • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)1

        Release 12.0 (12.0.4 or higher)1:

        Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher) 1:

        • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
        • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 4 (64-bit)
        • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)

        1This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.

        This announcement includes:

        • Real Application Clusters (RAC)
        • Oracle Database Vault
        • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption)
        • TDE Tablespace Encryption 
        • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO)
        • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
        • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12

        Where can I find more information?

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

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        Wednesday Jan 04, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

        This announcement includes:

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

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

        Upgrade to 11gR2 Database instead of patching 10gR2

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

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

        References

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