Friday Feb 18, 2011

Portal 11.1.1.4 Certified with 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 (11.1.1.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Portal 11.1.1.4 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.4.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 3.  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):
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Platforms certified for R12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Platforms certified for Release 11i
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
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.   

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Monday Jan 31, 2011

Oracle Discoverer (10.1.2.3) certified with EBS R12 on IBM: Linux on System z

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Oracle Discoverer 10g (10.1.2.3) is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2 or higher) on the IBM: Linux on System z platform. With this certification, Oracle Application Server 10g (10.1.2.3) is now fully certified with E-Business Suite on Linux on System z. Specifically, the following OracleAS 10.1.2.3 components are now certified for external integration with E-Business Suite R12 environments:
  • Single Sign-On 10.1.2.3
  • Oracle Internet Directory 10.1.2.3
  • Discoverer 10.1.2.3
  • Portal 10.1.4.2 (as included in OracleAS 10.1.2.3)
  • Web Cache 10.1.2.3
The operating systems certified on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
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Monday Dec 13, 2010

Web Cache 10.1.2.3 Certified with EBS R12 on IBM Linux on System z

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Oracle Web Cache 10g (10.1.2.3) is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2 or higher) on the IBM: Linux on System z platform. With this certification, E-Business Suite administrators may use the latest version of Oracle Web Cache 10.1.2.3 to provide load balancing, caching, reverse-proxy, fail-over and surge protection for their environments on Linux on System z.

The operating systems certified on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
References
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Thursday Dec 02, 2010

Running Oracle E-Business Suite on Exalogic Elastic Cloud

[Dec. 10, 2010 update:  Clarified EBS R12-only compatibility with Exalogic. Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support. Since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic.]

We unveiled the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud at OpenWorld 2010.  Oracle Exalogic is an engineered system comprising both hardware and software components, providing an application tier server complement for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

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Since then, we've been receiving a steady series of questions about the feasibility of running Oracle E-Business Suite on Exalogic servers.  Our position on Exalogic application compatibility is straightforward and the same as for Exadata: Exalogic is 100% compatible with all standard Oracle Linux 5 and Solaris 11 applications. No special certification for Exalogic is required - all Oracle applications that are certified for the appropriate releases of Oracle Linux and Solaris are supported on Exalogic.

E-Business Suite runs on Exalogic

Oracle E-Business Suite releases that are certified on 64-bit Oracle Linux 5.x (which includes several versions of R12, 12.1) are supported on Exalogic.  Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support, and since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic.

We are finding that many customers are interested in consolidating existing Oracle software into an Exalogic environment.  For the E-Business Suite, keep in mind that existing versions of EBS would be installed as a full stack (including Oracle Application Server 10g), just as they are today on any other 64-bit Oracle Linux 5 (on x86-64) machine.  However, older Oracle Application Server releases are not optimized for the Exalogic environment and therefore will not be able to take advantage of some of the performance benefits of the system in the same manner as applications running on the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g stack.

E-Business Suite environments running on Exalogic derive other benefits of the updated kernel, including bug fixes, enhanced security, and data integrity features.  For more information about the updated kernal, see:
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Wednesday Nov 17, 2010

EBS R12 Sparse Mid-Tier Template for Oracle VM Now Available

Yes, it's true: the title is not a typo. We have an Oracle VM (OVM) template that works against any E-Business Suite Release 12 version.  It works against your current E-Business Suite Release 12 installs, whether physical or virtual.

Instructions for downloading these new templates are here:

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We listened to you: you wanted a small OVM template, and this one is small at around ~600MB.

How does this work?

On first boot, OracleVM machines based on this template will prompt for an exported Linux EBS shared file system location. They will mount it and create an Apps middle tier node which you can use to scale up your existing EBS instance or to start a new instance.

If you have development or testbed environments where you can re-use the database, this template is an easy way to create new Linux middle tiers.

Your Feedback is Welcome

We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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Monday Nov 15, 2010

11gR2 11.2.0.2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

[Jan 20, 2011 Update: Removed erroneous Linux x86-64 SLES 9 database tier reference]

[Nov 18, 2010 Update: Added HP-UX Itanium to the EBS 11i list of pending certifications]


We certified the 11gR2 11.2.0.1 Database with E-Business Suite 11i and EBS 12 late in 2009.  It's taken a little longer than we had hoped to certify 11.2.0.2, the first patchset for the 11gR2 Database.  The reasons: the release cycle for 11.2.0.2 overlapped with our EBS 12.1.3 release cycle, and some of the ports for this patchset weren't released until just before Halloween.  Our Server Technologies team is as-yet working on other ports, too.

I know that some of you have been eager to apply this latest patchset to your E-Business Suite databases, so I'm very pleased to announce that Oracle Database 11gR2 Patchset 1 Version 11.2.0.2 is now certified with the E-Business Suite. 

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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2
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)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or later; or,
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or later
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)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)  -- Database-tier only
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • IBM: Linux on System z
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems
  • HP-UX Itanium
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following 11gR2 11.2.0.2 database options and features are supported for use:
Certification of the following database options and features is still underway:
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption 11gR2 version 11.2.0.2
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.

Wednesday Nov 10, 2010

Oracle BPEL 10.1.3.5 Certified with EBS 12 on IBM Linux on System z

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2 included prebuilt SOA integrations for the following E-Business Suite products:
  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  2. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)
  3. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)
  4. Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN)
  5. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  6. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)
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These prebuilt SOA integrations for E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2 or higher) using BPEL Process Manager (10.1.3.5) are now certified on the IBM: Linux on System z platform.

The operating systems certified on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
References
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E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

I am pleased to announce that you can use pre-built Oracle VM templates to create a fully operational Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 environment now.  Instructions for downloading these new templates are here:
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32-bit templates are available now and and 64-bit versions will be available soon.  We used Production (PROD) database files instead of the Vision Demonstration database to make the database template download smaller -- it is now three files instead of eight.

The Oracle VM template for Oracle E-business Suite 12.1.3 (64-bit and 32-bit) consists of two separate virtual machines:
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Production Database Tier
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Application Tier
The database tier virtual machine includes:
  • Oracle Linux 5.5
  • Oracle Database 11.1.0.7
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 production database with data
The applications tier virtual machine includes:
  • Oracle Linux 5.5
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 applications node
Production Use Considerations

These templates deliver a starting point installation of Oracle Linux and E-Business Suite. Customers are meant to review, configure, and test any deployments they are considering to use for production.

E-Business Suite Resources
General Oracle VM Resources
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Wednesday Nov 03, 2010

Portal 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with EBS on 17 Additional Platforms

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.

We certified Oracle Portal 11g (11.1.1.3) with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 7 and higher), 12.0 and 12.1 on five platforms earlier this month. Our hard-working Applications Platform Engineering team has just added 17 new platforms to the list of certified platforms for this configuration. 

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for 12.1.1 or higher only)
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
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Tuesday Nov 02, 2010

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Now Available for IBM Linux on System z

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Our Applications Platform Engineering team continues to make great strides for the IBM: Linux on System z platform.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 (12.1 Release Update Pack 3) is now available on IBM: Linux on System z. This Release Update Pack (RUP) combines error corrections and statutory/regulatory updates made available after the base Release 12.1.2 on Linux on System z into a consolidated suite-wide patch set.

The operating systems certified with EBS on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
With the release of this RUP on the platform, the previous limitation of 12.1 application tier platform migration involving Linux on System z is removed and customers can perform this migration following the document outlined below starting with Release 12.1.3.

The RUP is available on My Oracle Support as patch 9239090 and can only be applied on top of an existing Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2 on this platform.

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Monday Nov 01, 2010

Oracle AS 10g 10.1.3.5 Certified with EBS 12 on IBM Linux on System z

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We recently added Linux on IBM System z to our set of fully-certified platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  A fully-certified platform is a platform upon which you can deploy both application and database tier services for the E-Business Suite. 

OracleAS 10g Release 3 (10.1.3) Patch Set 5 (10.1.3.5) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2) on the IBM: Linux on System z platform.

E-Business Suite Release 12 on this platform originally shipped with OracleAS 10g Release 3 Patch Set 4 (10.1.3.4)'s Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J) .  Wth this certification, customers can now upgrade directly to OracleAS 10g 10.1.3.5 OC4J on this platform.
The operating systems certified on this platform with OracleAS 10g Release 3 Patch Set 5 (10.1.3.5) are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
More certifications planned

Other external certifications (Discoverer, WebCache, BPEL) on this platform are planned or in progress - separate announcements for them will be made when available.

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
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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.

Monday Oct 11, 2010

Portal 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with 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 (11.1.1.3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 7 and higher), 12.0 and 12.1.

If you're running a previous version of Portal, there are a number of certified and supported upgrade paths to Portal 11g (11.1.1.3):

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Certified E-Business Suite Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
Other platform certifications underway

Certifications for other operating system platforms is 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
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Tuesday Oct 05, 2010

Portal 10.1.4.2 Certified with EBS 12.1.2 on IBM: Linux on System z

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We recently added Linux on IBM System z to our set of fully-certified platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  A fully-certified platform is a platform upon which you can deploy both application and database tier services for the E-Business Suite. 

Oracle Portal 10g (10.1.4.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2) on the IBM: Linux on System z platform as a follow-on to the previous certification of SSO/OID 10g
This follows the base certification of EBS 12 on this platform.

The operating systems certified with EBS on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
More certifications planned

Other external certifications (Discoverer, WebCache, BPEL) as well as AS 10g Release 3 Patch Set 5 (10.1.3.5) on this platform are planned or in progress - separate announcements for them will be made when available.

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

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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 06, 2010

Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with EBS on 15 New Platforms

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder.

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As a follow-on to our original certification announcement, Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 (version 11.1.1.3.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1 on the following additional platforms:

For Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)

For Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.x and 12.1.x:

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)

Two options for external authentication

Oracle Inter net Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 version 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with one of two single sign-on solutions:

  • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.3.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.3.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
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Tuesday Aug 31, 2010

Oracle Internet Directory and Single Sign-On Certified with EBS 12.1.2 on IBM Linux on System z

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Applications Release 12 users can configure their environments to delegate user authentication to an external Single Sign-On 10g instance. In this optional configuration, Single Sign-On validates E-Business Suite user credentials against an external Oracle Internet Directory instance.

Oracle Single Sign-On (SSO) and Oracle Internet Directory (OID) 10g version 10.1.2.3 are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2) on the IBM: Linux on System z platform. This platform was recently announced as a fully certified R12 platform - this is the first certification of an optional external technology component for the platform.
The operating systems certified on this platform with SSO and OID are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
More certifications coming for this platform

Other external certifications (AS 10g Portal, Discoverer, WebCache, BPEL) as well as AS 10g Release 3 Patch Set 5 (10.1.3.5) on this platform are planned or in progress. 

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 on these additional external certifications for IBM: Linux on System z, which I'll post 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.

Sunday Aug 15, 2010

Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with EBS on Twelve New Platforms

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. 

We certified Discoverer 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) with the E-Business Suite on six platforms last month.  Those certifications included Oracle Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

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As a follow-on to that original certification announcement, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Discoverer version 11.1.1.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and R12 (12.0.x, 12.1.x) on a dozen additional platforms.

New platforms certified for EBS 11i
  • 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)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
New platforms certified for EBS 12.0.x and 12.1.x
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • 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, 2008)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
References
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Wednesday Aug 11, 2010

Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder.

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I'm pleased to let you know that Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 (version 11.1.1.3.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:
  • With Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1)
  • With Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x)
Certified Platforms
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.x
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
Platform certifications still underway
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.x and 12.1.x:
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
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.   

What About Oracle Single Sign-On?

Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed that Fusion Middleware 11g does not include Oracle Single Sign-On.  For more details about this, see:
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Wednesday Aug 04, 2010

E-Business Suite 12 Now Available on Linux on IBM System z

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Every new E-Business Suite release, patch, roll-up patchset, Family Pack, Consolidated Update, or technology stack certification needs to be tested on every platform that we support for the E-Business Suite.  This is a lot of work.  My teams test on the base Oracle Enterprise Linux platform, and Terri Noyes' Applications Platforms Group tests everything on all of the other operating systems that we support.

As you can imagine, it is very big news when we expand our E-Business Suite operating system portfolio to include a new platform.  This always constitutes a major new commitment to that platform. 

This is why we are pleased to announce that the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now available on a new fully certified EBS platform - Linux on IBM System z. This IBM platform (i.e. Linux running on an IBM mainframe) is also known as 'Linux on System z' and appears in our Oracle systems (My Oracle Support, aru, bug, etc.) as 'IBM: Linux on System z'.

The Linux on System z platform was previously a 'database tier only' platform (for EBS 11i and 12.0) and will continue to be supported as such on those releases. With this announcement for 12.1, we are supporting the platform as a fully certified EBS platform (i.e. for both application and database tiers).

The release is based on the 12.1.2 EBS codeline and includes a Rapid Install wizard to support new installations as well as 11i upgrades (from a certified EBS 11i platform) to Release 12 on Linux on System z. This first release includes the Oracle Database 10gR2 on the database tier, and Application Server versions 10gR2 and 10gR3.

Various technology certifications are planned as well for the currently available versions of technology products on the platform (such as 10.1.2.3 OID/SSO, 10.1.2.3 Discoverer, AS 10gR3 Patchset 5, etc.) or those expected at some point in the future (such as Oracle Database 11gR2). Separate announcements for these certifications will be sent out as they become available.

The operating systems certified with EBS on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
Please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details on the use of EBS Release 12 on IBM: Linux on System z. All general documentation pertaining to EBS Release 12.1.1 (such as the Rapid Install Guide and the Upgrade Guide) are relevant as well to this release of 12.1.2 as the general functionality of EBS is the same on this platform.

The release is available now on our public edelivery web site for download.

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Tuesday Jul 13, 2010

WebCenter 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of Fusion Middleware 11gR1 products used to create social applications, enterprise portals, communities, composite applications, and Internet or intranet Web sites on a standards-based, service-oriented architecture (SOA). 

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WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.2 (a.k.a. Patchset 1) was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 earlier this year

For installation and configuration documentation, see:
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • 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; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Friday Jul 02, 2010

Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with E-Business Suite

With the July 4 weekend coming up, it's nice to wrap up the week with a bang.  This final announcement for the week is cause for celebration.

Oracle Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) and Release 12 (12.0.4 or higher; 12.1.1 or higher).  The 10.2.0.5 database patchset is the terminal release for the 10gR2 codeline. 

Premier Support for 10gR2 ends July 31, 2010

We've covered this several times already, but it never hurts to keep reminding you that Premier Support for the 10gR2 (10.2) database ends on July 31, 2010.

Regular readers may recall that fees for the first year of Extended Support for the 10gR2 database are waived. There is nothing that customers need to do to remain fully supported other than keep your support contracts current. Higher fees for Extended Support will start August 1, 2011 for most platforms.

This is formally documented in two different places, for those of you who appreciate convergent validation:
If you haven't already done so, I strongly recommend that you review the following article to understand the support implications for E-Business Suite environments:
If you are considering upgrade paths for your EBS environment from 10gR2, you have the choice of either 11gR1 (11.1) or 11gR2 (11.2).  For the longest Premier Support coverage, choose 11gR2.  Here's a snapshot of our EBS database roadmap as of today:

Snapshot of E-Business Suite database certification roadmap as of July 2010 showing end of premier support dates for each database release
Certified Database Options

This database patchset certification also includes the following 10gR2 10.2.0.5 database options:
  • Real Application Clusters
  • Database Vault 
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption
  • Advanced Security Option / Advanced Networking Option
Certified Platforms
E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher)
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5) 
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5) 
  • Linux x86 (SLES 9, 10) 
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5) 
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5) 
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 9, 10) 
E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5) 
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5) 
  • Linux x86 (SLES 9, 10) 
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)*
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)*
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 9, 10)*
* These are split configurations, where the application tier must be on a fully-certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i platform.
Other platforms still underway

Certifications of other operating system platforms, including HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, and others, is 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. 

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.

EBS 12 References
EBS 11i References
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Thursday Jul 01, 2010

Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with E-Business Suite

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.  We certified Discoverer 11g version 11.1.1.2 (a.k.a. Patchset 1) with the E-Business Suite earlier this year. 

Discoverer 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

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Certified EBS 11i Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
Other Platform Certifications Still Underway

Our Applications Platforms Engineering team is still working on additional platforms, including Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit), IBM AIX on Power Systems, HP-UX, and Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit).

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.   

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Monday May 03, 2010

Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.2 Certified with EBS 12 on Five New Platforms

[May 7 2010 Update: Removed Microsoft Windows Server 2008 reference]

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 includes Oracle Discoverer.  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.

We certified Discoverer 11gR1 11.1.1.2 with the E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 on Linux earlier this year.  Our Applications Platforms Group has just released five additional platform certifications for Discoverer 11.1.1.2 for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.x and 12.1.x).

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Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (Solaris 9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • 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)

References
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Friday Apr 30, 2010

Database Vault 11gR2 11.2.0.1 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle Database Vault allows security administrators to protect a database from privileged account access to application data.  Database objects can be placed in protected realms, which can be accessed only if a specific set of conditions are met. 

Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 11.2.0.1 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

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You can now enable Database Vault 11gR2 on your existing E-Business Suite 11.2.0.1 Database instance.  If you already have DB Vault 10gR2 or 11gR1 enabled in your E-Business Suite environment, you can now upgrade to the 11gR2 Database.  We also support EBS patching with Database Vault 11.2.0.1 enabled. Our DB Vault realm creation and grants-related scripts have been updated to reduce patching downtimes.

Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10.2 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or higher
Certified Platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (Solaris 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (Solaris 10) (Database-tier only)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
Certified Platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5) (Database-tier only)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5) (Database-tier only)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) (Database-tier only)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (Solaris 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (Solaris 10) (Database-tier only)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Certifications still underway

Certifications for the following platforms are still pending.  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.   
Pending Platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (Database-tier only)
Pending Platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium (Database-tier only)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (Database-tier only)
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Friday Apr 16, 2010

The Scoop: Oracle E-Business Suite Support on 64-bit Linux

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This article addresses frequently asked questions about Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) 64-bit Linux support.

Q:  Which 64-bit Linux OSs are supported for EBS?

A: Beginning with Release 12, we support the following 64-bit operating systems for both application and database tiers on x86-64 servers:

  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
For EBS Release 11i (and again in Release 12), when the application tier is installed on a certified platform, additional platforms (including the above) may be used for a 64-bit database tier on x86-64 servers. This is an example of a mixed platform architecture (Release 12), or a Split Configuration (Release 11i).

Q:  I understand that the EBS application tier code is 32-bit, even for the 64-bit Linux OS -- is this the case?
A: It is true that the majority of executables provided as part of our release media on the application tier are 32-bit (as are the Fusion Middleware libraries and objects they depend on).  However, the 'Planning' products have large memory requirements and therefore are 64-bit compiled to take advantage of the larger memory space afforded by the 64-bit OS'es.

Q:  How do I install EBS on 64-bit Linux?
A:  For new installations of EBS Release 12 on supported 64-bit Linux operating systems, you can use Rapid Install as directed in "Oracle Applications Installation Guide: Using Rapid Install" to install the database and application tiers.

For Database Tier Only platforms in a mixed platform architecture, you can use Rapid Install as directed in "Oracle Applications Installation Guide: Using Rapid Install" to install the database and application tiers on supported platforms, and then migrate the database tier to a certified 64-bit operating system.

Q:  How do I migrate EBS Release 12 from 32-bit Linux to 64-bit Linux?

A:  Please refer to Migrating Oracle E-Business Suite R12 from Linux 32-bit to Linux 64-bit (Note 471566.1) for instructions on how to migrate EBS from 32-bit to 64-bit Linux.

Q:  How do I migrate an existing EBS database to 64-bit Linux?

A:  To migrate an EBS database to a certified 64-bit Linux operating system on x86-64, refer to one of the following documents:

For EBS Release 11i:

For EBS Release 12:
Q:  How do I migrate EBS Release 12 on a non-Linux platform to 64-bit Linux?
A:  There is no documentation that covers the direct migration from a Windows or UNIX application tier directly to 64-bit Linux.  However, the document Application Tier Platform Migration with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 438086.1) contains instructions for migrating to 32-bit Linux, and Migrating Oracle E-Business Suite R12 from Linux 32-bit to Linux 64-bit (Note 471566.1) contains the additional steps to configure your environment for 64-bit Linux.  Pondering this question just now gave me the idea to write a new white paper, which will presumably eliminate several steps from either document and insure a smooth migration process.  Stay tuned to this space for more information on this upcoming paper.

Q:  How do I patch EBS on Linux 64-bit?

A: The EBS 32-bit Linux application tier patches are applicable for 64-bit Linux OSes as well.  From the Oracle support portal, you can do a search by patch number to bring up the 32-bit patch.  Note that if you click on the informational icon to the left of the Platform pulldown menu for this patch, it brings up a page stating:

For Oracle Applications Release 12 on Linux x86-64, queries will return a Linux x86 patch. This patch may be applied to both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Q:  What are the benefits of running EBS Release 12 on 64-bit Linux?

A: Theoretically, 64 bit architectures allow for "2 to the 64th power" bytes or 16 exabytes of RAM, and while individual operating systems and hardware architectures impose constraints (for instance, the maximum RAM is 1 terabyte on x86-64), you are unlikely to hit this memory limit with today's applications. 

For 32-bit compiled code, even though the process address space is limited to approximately 3 GB (even on the 64-bit OS), with overall addressable space up to 1 terabyte you'll be able to run many more processes.  This is an excellent model all around for larger customers wanting to consolidate their hardware or scale up.

Q:  Can we (or why can't we) run EBS Release 11i on 64-bit Linux?

A:   We support the use of 64-bit Linux OS'es in the EBS database tier in a 'split configuration' or 'database tier only' configuration for 11i, wherein the application tier can be on any certified EBS platform and the database tier can run additional database certified platforms (like 64-bit Linux).  Customers wanting headroom for the RAM-intensive DB processes can run their database tier on Linux 64-bit (in a split tier configuration), and if needed spread the application tiers (CM, Forms, Web) across multiple middle tier machines to distribute the load amongst the 32-bit OS'es.

As to why we do not support EBS Release 11i on 64-bit Linux, there are several reasons:  a)  it doesn't "just run";  b) there is no third party support; c) given the costs, we chose to chose to focus our resources on EBS Release 12 and beyond.  Let me explain.

Contrary to what you might think, you cannot necessarily run 32-bit code on 64-bit Linux without a bit of tweaking.  On the technical front, you would need to install the 32-bit OS libraries and deal with potential conflicts between 32-bit and 64-bit OS packages, including file overwrites.  Note that when we introduced 64-bit OS support in EBS Release 12 we made changes to all of the product makefiles, carefully analyzed and laid out both the 32-bit and 64-bit package dependencies, modified installation, configuration and cloning software for OS recognition and proper file locations, and conducted extensive testing.  Each new release requires this process to be repeated, and each new release package requires an independent packaging effort.

In addition, for 64-bit Linux support we've established a 64-bit infrastructure across Oracle teams (in support, engineering, release, QA and certification teams).  This infrastructure investment was made for EBS Release 12 and higher.

Also note that EBS Release 11i has an aging technology infrastructure, and neither Oracle nor third party tool versions used in EBS Release 11i are explicitly supported on the 64-bit operating system in 32-bit mode.

Call us old-fashioned if you will, but given these limitations, because of our support commitment to you and what's behind that commitment we will only support EBS Release 12 forward on 64-bit Linux.

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Tuesday Mar 23, 2010

WebCenter 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

Oracle WebCenter Suite is an integrated suite of products used to create social applications, enterprise portals, communities, composite applications, and Internet or intranet Web sites on a standards-based, service-oriented architecture (SOA).

WC11gWelcome.pngWebCenter 11g includes a multi-channel portal framework and a suite of horizontal Enterprise 2.0 applications which provide content, presence, and social networking capabilities.

WebCenter 11g (11.1.1.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  For installation and configuration documentation, see:
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • 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; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Portal 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified with 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 (11.1.1.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

If you're running a previous version of Portal, there are a number of certified and supported upgrade paths to Portal 11g (11.1.1.2):

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Certified EBS 11i Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 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)
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • 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; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
References
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Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified with E-Business Suite

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 11g (11.1.1.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

The latest release of Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer 11g offers new functionality, including integration with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), published Discoverer Webservice APIs, integration with Oracle WebCenter, integration with Oracle WebLogic Server, integration with Enterprise Manager (Fusion Middleware Control) and improved performance and scalability.

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Certified EBS 11i Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
Other Platform Certifications Still Underway

Our Applications Platforms Engineering team is still working on additional platforms, including Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit), IBM AIX on Power Systems, HP-UX, and Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit). 

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
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Wednesday Mar 10, 2010

OCFS2 for Linux Certified for E-Business Suite Release 12 Application Tiers

Oracle E-Business Suite environments can be scaled up to handle large numbers of concurrent users by load-balancing across multiple application mid-tier servers.  At Oracle, we run Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 internally with a pool of approximately forty application tier servers.

The novelty of applying the same patch to every one of those servers individually wears off pretty quickly.  There's a easier way: you can share a single file system between all of your E-Business Suite application tier servers.  This allows you to apply patches once to the central filesystem, rather than maintaining each application tier server node individually.  This approach reduces maintenance overheads and shortens your patching downtimes. 
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Starting with Release 12, you can even share the same file system between multiple E-Business Suite instances (although for obvious reasons, you should do this only for non-production instances).

Customers embarking upon this path inevitably ask, "Which shared filesystem do you recommend?"  The short answer is that we don't recommend any specific filesystem, but there's more to it than just that.  I've discussed the nuances of choosing a shared file system in this article.

That article explicitly stated that we do not certify specific file systems with the E-Business Suite.  That was true at the time that article was published, and is still generally true for most file systems.  However, your requests made it clear that we needed to take a closer look at Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS2) for Linux, so we did.

What's new?

Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS2) for Linux OCFS2 1.4 and higher is now certified and supported for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 application tier file systems. System administrators may deploy both the APPL_TOP and INST_TOP on Linux-based OCFS2 shared-disk cluster file systems.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 certification tests with OCFS2-based application tier shared file systems used the following configuration:
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux Version 5 Update 4 (OEL5U4 64-bit) running OCFS2 1.4.4
  • Separate volumes for APPL_TOP and INST_TOP storage (INST_TOP was also tested and is certified with local storage)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite application tier mount options used: rw, _netdev, nointr
  • Mount option datavolume was not used in the application tier mounts
For detailed instructions on configuring OCFS2, see OCFS2: A Cluster File System for Linux: User's Guide for Release 1.4 on the Project: OCFS2 website.

What about EBS database tiers?

The E-Business Suite's database tier is built on the Oracle Database.  The Oracle Database is certified with OCFS2.   Therefore, OCFS2 is supported for the E-Business Suite database tier, too.  This applies to both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

What's not certified or supported?

Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS2) for Linux is not certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i application tier file systems.

Oracle Cluster File System for Windows is not certified with application tier file systems for either Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i or Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

How well does this work for you?

As with all new certifications, we're very interested in hearing about your experiences with this.  If you've experimented with OCFS2 for Linux for your Apps mid-tiers, please post a comment here or drop me a private email with your feedback.  I'll make sure that your comments get back to the OCFS2 team directly.

References
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Monday Feb 01, 2010

Migrating E-Business Suite Application Tier Servers to Linux

If your E-Business Suite environment is hitting the ceiling for performance, you should first tune and optimize it to squeeze the most of your existing hardware.  At some point, you may decide to scale up your application tier with multiple nodes behind a load-balancer.  As part of that process, you might begin considering replacing large SMP servers on your application tier with a pool of servers running Linux on commodity hardware. 

Indeed, this is the architecture that we use to run Oracle's own global E-Business Suite Release 12 implementation.  We have four large Sun database servers fronted by almost 40 application tier servers running Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL):

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If you're considering a move to Linux for your Apps middle tier servers, you will find the following two Notes invaluable:
You can use these Notes to migrate an Oracle application (middle) tier to any platform that is supported with the Rapid Installs for both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

The processes described in those Notes provides a certified way to quickly and easily move an existing Oracle application tier system to a different platform, allowing you to utilize different hardware for the Oracle application tier. The migration utility retains the exact Oracle E-Business Suite patch level so that no APPL_TOP/Database synchronization is necessary; this also allows you to retain many customizations.

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