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)

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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)
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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.   

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Wednesday Mar 10, 2010

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

[May 7, 2015 update: This article applies only to EBS 12.1.  OCFS2 is not certified with EBS 12.2 yet.]

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.

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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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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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Tuesday Dec 23, 2008

Database 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i

Here's a great way to end the year 2008 for Certifications with EBS: Oracle Database 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i. 11.1.0.7 is the first database patchset available for the 11gR1 Release 11.1.0.6. Customers can upgrade to this version following the Notes listed in the Documentation section. 11107PS.PNG[Read More]

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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