Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

Live Migration of EBS Services Using Oracle VM

[Editor: This is the fifth of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

Breaking news: you can now achieve live migration of E-Business Suite instances on Oracle VM (OVM).  This is the High Availability and Fault Tolerance Holy Grail.  In an environment configured to support live migration, end-user sessions running on one node in a virtual machine server can be migrated transparently to a different node on a different virtual machine server.  You have asked for this functionality for more than a dozen years and many Oracle partners offer solutions to achieve this.  After all these years, Oracle can provide you a solution for E-Business Suite environments using Oracle VM.

Why was this so hard for Oracle E-Business Suite?  Well, the short answer is that we have hundreds of products using many different technologies as part of the E-Business Suite, and many of them had complicated session state handling (some in the database, some on the middle-tier), caches that needed to be kept synchronized, and so on.  While all technical problems are soluble, this one was just not feasible to solve within E-Business Suite itself. 


Architecture diagram showing failover of virtual server in an HA-enabled server pool

Virtualization Changes Things

In an conventional (non-virtualized) architecture, the failure of a specific application tier node would force a logout of all end-users with sessions on that particular node.  Any transactions that were mid-stream on that application tier node would have been lost.  On a virtualized platform, end-user sessions can be migrated from one machine to another without the end-user noticing. 

OVM's live migration feature has some requirements, including the need to have look-alike machines on same subnet.  These requirements are discussed in detail in:
Oracle VM also currently restarts the VM if the Virtual Machine Server fails, which would mean the end-user session does need to be restarted. We expect that these behaviors should improve over time.

In addition to the great live migration feature, OVM also has cloning functionality, which work seamlessly work if you use our EBS templates or virtualization kit.

Your Feedback is Welcome

This concludes my mini-series on virtualization and the E-Business Suite.  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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Thursday Jan 14, 2010

Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified on Eight New Platforms for EBS

[Jan 19, 2010 Update:  Added additional certifications for HP-UX Itanium]

We certified Oracle Internet Directory 11g Version 11.1.1.2 with the E-Business Suite on four platforms a few weeks ago
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Our Applications Platforms Group has just certified eight additional operating system platforms for this configuration, bringing the total set of certified platforms to:
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5) -- for EBS Releases 12.0 and 12.1 only
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5) -- for EBS Releases 12.0 and 12.1 only
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) -- for EBS Releases 12.0 and 12.1 only
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31) -- for EBS Releases 12.0 and 12.1 only
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS Release 12.1 only)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
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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Tuesday Dec 29, 2009

Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.2) 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 Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder.

EBS Architecture diagram showing third-party integration deployment using OID SSO third-party LDAP and third-party authentication system
I'm pleased to announce that Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.2 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 11i, 12.0, and 12.1.

Certified Configurations

Two different architectures are certified:
  1. E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, 12.1.1:  Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 (11.1.1.2.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0).
     
  2. E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2:  Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 (11.1.1.2.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3).
Certified Operating System Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 9, 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
Certifications for other operating system platforms are currently underway and will be announced shortly.  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.

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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Monday Dec 28, 2009

11gR2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite 12

[Nov 15 2010 Update:  11gR2 11.2.0.2 is now certified; see this article for details]

[Dec 29, 2009 Update: Removed erroneous references to SLES 9 and specific Solaris versions]


I'm very pleased to announce that the 11gR2 Database version 11.2.0.1 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 versions 12.0 and 12.1.

Existing Apps 12 environments currently running Oracle 10g Release 2 (10.2.0) or Oracle 11g Release 1 (11.1.0) may be upgraded to the 11gR2 Database.

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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 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)
Pending Platform Certifications

Certifications for the following operating system platforms are still pending:
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) 
  • Sun Solaris x86-64 (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX Based Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium  
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
As usual, I can't discuss release schedules for these additional platforms.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for platform-related updates.

Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following 11gR2 11.2.0.1 database options are supported for use with Apps 12:
Certification of the following database options and features is still underway:
  • Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
References
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Sunday Dec 20, 2009

Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit

[Editor: This the second of a five-part series from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group, on virtualization and cloud topics]

As I've mentioned in the first article of this series, I do want to delve more deeply into topics from my OOW'09 E-Business Suite Virtualization Update presentation. Before I do that, I wanted to spend some time on our latest EBS 12.1.1 Oracle VM (OVM) Templates.

Rolling Your Own Apps Templates using Oracle VM

In addition to using our templates, customers might want to build their own templates. As most of you know, virtualization platforms like Oracle VM are just that -- platforms. They do not help you with anything inside the template, or if they do, it is a starting point template with OS e.g. OVM templates for Oracle Enterprise Linux, or a process/tool to create that OS starting point (JEOS = Just Enough Operating System, pronounce "juice").
Architecture diagram showing Oracle VM Manager + Oracle VM servers + server pool + storage devices
In any case, you proceed with your bare bones template to start a virtual machine (VM), mount your disk, install your E-Business Suite, and save your VM template. The end result is an image of machine with a set host name, IP,  E-Business Suite instance. As long as it is self-contained, i.e. both your database and middle tiers are installed and you have no external integration, you are OK, right?  It's not quite that simple, I'm afraid.

Multiple VMs May Have Naming and IP Collisions

If you want to bring up a number of these VMs from the same template, they will all think they are host x with IP y and EBS instance z. That might cause some problems with your network, or at least for the browser which needs to figure out how to connect to the right one of these instances...

If you want to do external integrations, e.g. break apart your EBS VM's into a database VM and middle tier VM, or add an external identity management system, portal, business intelligence, or whatever you fancy, well that is doable the first time for the first VM. For the next VM of that template, it might appear like that integration is already done. Hmmm....

When I brought down the first VM, did I want to keep it and its integrations around, or not?  Is my middle tier X supposed to work only with one database VM Y or some another database VM?

Initializing New Virtual Machines Upon First Startup

As you can see, virtualization platforms only provided the magic to create more "virtual" machines from one template. But you still need more magic: for starters, you want the to tell the VM its name and IP to initialize it when it boots from a template for the first time.  Luckily for both of us, the Oracle VM/Linux team supplies scripts for this magic.  Now, you realize that you really don't care about virtual machines, but virtual E-Business Suite instances. You need more magic to get the E-Business Suite instance to initialize on first boot.

We have created this magic (OK, it's just a couple of scripts), for our E-Business Suite templates, and are eager to share it with you via our E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit. The Virtualization Kit consists of documentation and scripts that help automate the desired behavior of OVM templates with E-Business Suite:
The Knowledge Document will give you a cookbook approach to building your own E-Business Suite template, and the patch delivers the magic sauce, I mean scripts.

Your Feedback is Welcome

We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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Friday Dec 11, 2009

E-Business Suite 12.1.1 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

[Editor: This the the first of a five-part series from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group, on virtualization and cloud topics]

As you may have noticed, we have not yet done the recap of my OOW'09 E-Business Suite Virtualization Update presentation. The reason was twofold: we wanted to create a blog mini-series, for which this is the first article, and we wanted to publish that after we finished some development work. So without any further ado...

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 are now available for download from Oracle E-Delivery.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.  This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" for E-Business Suite 12.1.1 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3.

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Oracle VM template for Oracle E-business Suite 12.1.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) consists of two separate virtual machines:
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Vision Demo Database Tier
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Application Tier
The database tier virtual machine includes:
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3
    • Oracle Database 11.1.0.7
    • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Vision demo database with data
The applications tier virtual machine includes:
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 applications node
Not for Production Environments

These templates are designed for demonstration environments and other non-production purposes; they are not intended to be used for production environments.

E-Business Suite Resources
General Oracle VM Resources
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Thursday Oct 29, 2009

OracleAS 10.1.3.5 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 originally shipped with OracleAS 10.1.3 Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J) for running its Java-based content.  Regular readers of this blog know that we certified OracleAS 10.1.3.4 with Apps 12 at the end of 2008, with additional operating system platforms following shortly afterwards.

We've now certified Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.5 OC4J with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  You can upgrade to OracleAS 10.1.3.5 OC4J directly from OracleAS 10.1.3, 10.1.3.3, or 10.1.3.4.  This certification allows you to upgrade the OC4J components in your R12 techstack to get take advantage of the latest performance and stability improvements in this incremental patchset.  To make sure that there's no misunderstanding about what can be upgraded, the full name of this patchset is:
It's important to note that either OracleAS 10.1.3.3, 10.1.3.4, or 10.1.3.5 are mandatory prerequisites if you plan to upgrade your Release 12 application tier to the latest certified version of Java 6.

Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3 (Release Update Pack 3) or higher
Certified Platforms
  • 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)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.11, 11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) 2003, and 2008 for Apps 12.1.1+ only
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (8, 9, 10)
References
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Thursday Oct 08, 2009

11gR2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

[Nov 15 2010 Update:  11gR2 11.2.0.2 is now certified; see this article for details]

[Oct 11 2009 Update: Added detailed list of supported database options and features]

I'm very pleased to announce that the 11gR2 Database version 11.2.0.1 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2. 

Existing Apps 11i environments currently running Oracle9i Release 2 (9.2.0), Oracle 10g Release 10 (10.1.0), Oracle 10g Release 2 (10.2.0), or Oracle 11g Release 1 (11.1.0) may be upgraded to the 11gR2 Database.

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We're still working on the 11gR2 certification with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10.CU2 or later
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6, Patch 5903765) or higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64
Pending Platform Certifications

Certifications for the following operating system platforms are still pending, since the Oracle 11gR2 Database ports for these platforms are not available yet:
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
As usual, I can't discuss release schedules for these additional platforms.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for platform-related updates.

Database Feature Certifications Still Underway

Certification of the following database options and features is still underway:
  • Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
The following 11gR2 11.2.0.1 database options are supported for use with Apps 11i:
References
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Wednesday Sep 09, 2009

Thirteen New E-Business 12.1.1 Database-Tier Only Certifications for 10gR2

Our Applications Platforms Group has just released a flurry of new platform certifications for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 for the 10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database Server.  The following operating systems are now certified for database-tier only deployments:
  • Sun Solaris x86-64 (Solaris 10) 
  • IBM: Linux on System z (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
  • IBM: Linux on Power Systems (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
  • Linux Itanium (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
These database-tier only platforms were previously certified with E-Business Suite 12.0 and 10gR2.  Customers running those combinations can now apply the 12.1.1 Maintenance Pack to upgrade their application tier to EBS 12.1.1 while running the 10gR2 database on one of the above platforms.

This is a database-tier only certification (previously known as a 'split configuration database tier' certification), where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite R12 platform.

Still Underway


The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 with Windows 2003 (x64) and Windows Itanium as database tier-only platforms is still underway.  I don't have firm schedules for this certification yet, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

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Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Database Vault 11.1.0.7 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle DB 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.  

Database Vault 10gR2 was certified last year with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We're pleased to announce that the latest Database Vault 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

You can now enable Database Vault 11gR1 on your existing E-Business Suite 11.1.0.7 Database instance.  If you already have DB Vault 10gR2 enabled in your E-Business Suite environment, you can now upgrade to the 11gR1 Database.  We also support EBS patching with Database Vault 11.1.0.7 enabled. Our DB Vault realm creation and grants-related scripts have been revised to reduce patching downtimes.

Screenshot of database vault web page page showing Database Vault Feature Administration menu of security options

Prerequisites

  • Oracle Database 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.1

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • IBM AIX
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • HP-UX Itanium

Certifications for Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) and Windows x64 (64-bit) are still underway.  I don't have firm schedules for these certifications yet, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.  

References

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Tuesday Jul 14, 2009

Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 12

Oracle Advanced Security is an optional licenced Oracle 11gR1 Database add-on.  Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) offers two different features:  column encryption and tablespace encryption.  We certified the TDE column encryption feature with the E-Business Suite last year.  We're pleased to expand our 11gR1 Database certification to include the tablespace encryption feature.  This option was recently certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, and now Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, too.

What is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) ?

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

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

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

What is Tablespace Encryption ? TDE_Key_Management_Architecture.png

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

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

With this certification, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments can be migrated to encrypted tablespaces. For more information, please refer to:

Prerequisites

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

Platforms certified for 12

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

References

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Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

Applications Management and Change Management Packs Certified with Enterprise Manager Grid Control Release 5

Our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group released a new product, the Application Change Management Pack (ACMP), and a new version of their Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 4 earlier this month.  They've just followed this up with a new certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 5.

Oracle-Enterprise-Manager-amp-screenshot showing iProcurement web application uptime and performance metrics

For more details about the new features, documentation, and patches for the latest Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack releases, see:

Oracle E-Business Suite Prerequisites

  • 11.5.10 with ATG_PF.H RUP5 and higher
  • Release 12.0.4 and higher
  • Release 12.1

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX Based Systems

Certification on Windows platforms are in progress.  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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Friday Jun 19, 2009

Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i

Oracle Advanced Security is an optional licenced Oracle 11gR1 Database add-on.  Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) offers two different features:  column encryption and tablespace encryption.  We certified the TDE column encryption feature with the E-Business Suite last year.  We're pleased to expand our 11gR1 Database certification to include the tablespace encryption feature.  Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

What is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) ?

Advanced_Security_Overview.gif

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

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

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

What is Tablespace Encryption ? TDE_Key_Management_Architecture.png

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

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

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

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2 or higher

Platforms certified for 11i

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

References

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Wednesday Jun 10, 2009

EBS 11i Certified with 10gR2 10.2.0.4 DB on IBM Linux on Power and Linux on System Z

Our Applications Platforms Group has just released a new split configuration for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2 is now certified with the 10gR2 Database version 10.2.0.4 on the IBM Linux on Power and IBM Linux on System z (formerly known as 'zSeries Based Linux') platforms. Operating systems covered are:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4 and 5
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9 and 10

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

References

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Tuesday May 26, 2009

10gR2 10.2.0.4 DB Certified with EBS 12 for Four New Database-Tier Only Platforms

Working through my announcement backlog after almost three weeks away, here's a four-pronged certification announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4.  EBS 12.0.4 is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 10.2.0.4 on the following "database-tier only" platforms:

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

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

Prerequisites

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

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

References

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Monday Dec 29, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.3.4 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday Nov 14, 2008

EBS 12 Certified with OEL + RHEL 4 (64-bit) on Oracle VM

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[Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

Filling out our certification matrix for Oracle VM, our Applications Platform Group has certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Oracle VM with 64-bit Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 on x86-64.

Prerequisites

  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 4.7 (64-bit) on x86-64
    or
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7 (64-bit) on x86-64
  • Oracle VM 2.1.2 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.3 (RUP 3) and higher

Upcoming Certifications

The Applications Platform Group is currently working on certifying Oracle VM with 64-bit OEL/RHEL version 5.  No release schedules are available, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as possible.

References

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Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Database Vault 10.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i and 12

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

Our certification run-up to OpenWorld continues, and I'm pleased to announce that Database Vault 10.2.0.4 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. For more details about Database Vault and how it works in E-Business Suite environments, see this article. This new certification brings improved performance and broader certification coverage for additional operating systems, too.

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Tuesday May 27, 2008

E-Business Suite Release 11i Certified with OEL 5, RHEL 5, SLES 10

[June 10, 2008 Update:  Added link to Oracle Linux Technology Center, where you can find more information about additional support options for various versions of Linux]

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified on the following new operating system platforms on the x86 architecture:
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10
For full details about operating system patches and other prerequisites for this certification, see:
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Friday Apr 18, 2008

11gR1 11.1.0.6 DB Certified on Linux x86-64 & HP-UX Itanium for Apps 11i

Two new 64-bit database tier-only certifications for 11gR1 version 11.1.0.6 are now available for E-Business Suite Release 11i:  Linux x86-64 and HP-UX Itanium.

11gdownload:

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

Prerequisites
  • E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10.2
  • Oracle Database Server 11gR1 version 11.1.0.6
Newly-Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64
  • HP-UX Itanium
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Wednesday Dec 19, 2007

Linux Itanium and Windows Itanium Certified for Release 12 Database Tier

The E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 version 10.2.0.3 on Linux Itanium and Windows Itanium platforms.

Itanium Chip:

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

Prerequisites
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Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite

[Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

It looks like this is the Year of the Hypervisor.  The whole industry seems abuzz with talk of server virtualization.  One of the most intriguing announcements at OpenWorld this week:  Oracle is entering the server virtualization space with the availability of Oracle VM, based on the open source Xen hypervisor.

Oracle VM unveiled: Oracle VM unveiled

We've been testing Oracle VM with the E-Business Suite prior to its unveiling at OpenWorld.  While my team has more certification tests still still to come, Oracle VM is initially supported for Apps with the following minimum prerequisites:

Release 11i
  • Oracle Applications 11.5.10.CU2 or later
  • Applications Technology (ATG) 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP5 (patch 5473858) or later
  • Oracle Database 10.2.0.3 or later
  • Oracle Developer6i Patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later
  • Desktop clients running Oracle JInitiator 1.3.1.28 or later
  • Linux x86 platforms
Release 12
I'll post more information about additional supported configurations as soon as possible; stay tuned.

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Wednesday Oct 10, 2007

10gR2 10.2.0.3 Database Certified for Release 12

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

E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with the latest 10gR2 (10.2.0.3) database. 

10gR2 10.2.0.3 patch screenshot: Screenshot of download location on Oracle Metalink for 10gR2 Database 10.2.0.3 patch 5337014

Upgrades from Release 11i Environments

This is a particularly important certification if your Apps 11i database has already been upgraded to 10.2.0.3.  Until today, Release 12 was only certified with 10.2.0.2.  If you wanted to upgrade your Release 11i environment to Release 12, the certified databases levels would have been mismatched. 

As of today, Applications 11i environments on the 10.2.0.3 database may now be upgraded to Applications 12.

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

For More Information

You can obtain the 10gR2 (10.2.0.3) patch set here:
The documentation for upgrading your E-Business Suite Release 12 environment to 10.2.0.3 is here:
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Thursday Aug 09, 2007

Apps Management Pack for AIX and Linux x86-64 Now Available

For those of you waiting for the latest version of the Applications Management Pack for the E-Business Suite
to be ported to your operating system, some good news:  it's now available for two additional platforms:  IBM AIX and Linux x86-64.

Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

The Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Oracle Enterprise Manager 10gR3 Grid Control to help monitor and manage
Applications environments.  This latest version can be used to manage the following environments:
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and higher
  • E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 with ATG RUP 4 or higher
This release is now available on:
  • Linux
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris
  • IBM AIX
Support for additional platforms is underway.

Free downloads for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control are available, but it's important to note that the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is a separately licensed product.  In a bit of a departure from its previous release vehicle, the Application Management Pack is now available for download from Metalink:

Wednesday Jul 25, 2007

Linux Clients for the E-Business Suite

We started our evaluations of the feasibility of certifying Linux desktop clients with the E-Business Suite over two years ago, an eon in this industry.

Tux Penguin Linux logo:

Linux Desktop Certification on Hold

Things have changed since then.  It may be technically feasible to use the native Sun JRE plug-in with Linux desktops, and I've seen anecdotal reports that suggest that some power users are using this configuration already. 

However, formal certification of Linux desktops with the E-Business Suite has been put on hold, and we have no immediate plans to conduct any Early Adopter Programs or internal certification tests with Linux desktops. 

Understanding Your Requirements

One of the challenges that we've had in prioritizing this certification is the relative lack of information about real customer demand.  This is further complicated by the plethora of available Linux distributions.  

We update our certification priorities regularly based on the latest available technologies and customer requirements, all of which are
constantly evolving.  If you'd like to let us know about your plans for Linux, drop me an email or post a comment here with answers to the following questions:
  1. How many production desktops are running Linux?
  2. How many production desktops are running Windows or Mac OS X?
  3. What Linux distribution and version are you using on your desktops?
    (e.g. Red Hat Linux Desktop 5)
  4. What chipset are your desktops running?
    (e.g. Intel x86, AMD64, and Intel 64)
  5. What browser and version are being used on Linux?
    (e.g. Firefox 2.0.0.5)
  6. What E-Business Suite release are you running?
    (e.g. Release 11.5.10.2, 12.0.2)
  7. What applications are you running?
    (e.g. Accounts Payable, Order Management, Inventory)
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Friday Jun 22, 2007

10.2.0.3 Database Certified on IBM Linux on Power for Apps 11i

A new database-tier only certification is now available:  IBM Linux on Power for the 10.2.0.3 database may be used with the E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.CU2).

IBM Linux on Power is supported only on the database tier, in what is sometimes called a "split configuration" for Release 11i environments.  The application tier must be on a supported platform.

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Monday Apr 23, 2007

OracleAS 10g 10.1.2.2 Certified with Apps 11i

The wait is over, at least for Linux platforms:  Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.2.2 has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i. 

DMZ + OracleAS 10g + E-Business Suite Architecture:

Just to ensure that there's no confusion about what's been certified, the full name of this patchset is:
This latest certification includes the use of the following Oracle Application Server 10g components with Apps 11i:
  • Discoverer 10g
  • Portal 10g
  • Web Cache 10g
Just for Linux... For Now

This patchset has been certified for Linux platforms only

We're working on the 10.1.2.2 certification for other platforms for E-Business Suite environments, but as usual, I don't have have a firm schedule for these other certifications or the other platforms yet.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates on the remaining certifications.

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Monday Feb 26, 2007

Mixed Platform Architectures for Release 12

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

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


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


Itanium Chip:

R12 Fully Certified Platforms

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

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

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

The certifications of the four database tier only platforms are underway now, and are expected to be released in conjunction with the R12 certification for the 10.2.0.3 Database.  Firm schedules aren't available yet, but feel free to monitor or subscribe to this site for updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

Still Confused?

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

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Friday Feb 23, 2007

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Now Available

Editor May 7, 2006 Update:  It's been pointed out that the relative positioning between Oracle Application Manager and the Oracle Application Management Pack could stand to use some elaboration.  Oracle Application Manager is still present and bundled with both Apps 11i and 12.  The Oracle Application Management Pack is a purchased add-on for Oracle Enterprise Manager.  They're related but distinct products.

If you've used previous versions of Oracle Applications Manager (OAM), you'll be pleased to hear that the latest generation of systems management tools has just been released:  the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is now available.  This new product plugs into Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10gR3, and is available for Linux platforms in its initial release.


Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control to help you monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite system environments. The Pack can be used to manage the following Apps releases:
The pack integrates Oracle Applications Manager with Enterprise Manager Grid Control, allowing you to drill down from Enterprise Manager's server monitoring level to specific E-Business Suite technology stack components.  Some of the key new capabilities include:
  • Automated cloning: Using the pack, Enterprise Manager Grid Control can be used to clone an Oracle E-Business Suite system (both 11.5.10 and Release 12) automatically.
  • Service Level Management (SLM):  Monitor the E-Business suite infrastructure and application service's availability and performance, and capture activity and performance metrics for trend analysis.  
  • Configuration Reports:  Over a hundred reports on E-Business suite configuration details.  Reports can be viewed, searched, and compared from within Enterprise Manager Grid control.
Free downloads for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control are available, but it's important to note that the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is a separately licensed product.  If you'd like to do a hands-on evaluation of this latest release, you should give your Oracle account team a call.

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Tuesday Nov 28, 2006

9.2.0.8 Database Certified with Release 11i

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


While I was out for Thanksgiving, our certification team released another database certification for the 9iR2 line.  The latest 9.2.0.8 Database has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i.  You can upgrade your 9i database to the latest 9.2.0.8 database level if you are on E-Business Suite Release 11.5.7 or higher.

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

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