Friday Oct 25, 2013

WebCenter 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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

WebCenter Development Framework

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  This complements our existing certifications of WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 with EBS 12.0 and 12.1WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.8.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 7. 

Certified Platforms

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

Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

References

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Friday Sep 06, 2013

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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

WebCenter Development Framework

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.8.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 7. 

Certified Platforms

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

Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

References

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Friday Jun 07, 2013

WebCenter 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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

WebCenter Development Framework

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.7 (a.k.a. Patchset 5) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 6. 

Certified Platforms

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

References

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Thursday Jun 06, 2013

Discoverer 11.1.1.7 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.

Discoverer graph screenshot

Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.7) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Discoverer 11.1.1.7 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.7.0, also known as FMW 11gR1 Patchset 6.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher

Certified Platforms

Oracle Discoverer Release 11g R1 Patch Set 6 (11.1.1.7) is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. For platform details, see:

References


Thursday Jun 07, 2012

Java 6 Certified with Forms and Reports 10g for EBS 12

Java logoJava 6 is now certified with Oracle Application Server 10g Forms and Reports with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6, 12.1.1 and higher).

What? Wasn't this already certified?

No, but a little background might be useful in understanding why this is a new announcement.

We previously certified the use of Java 6 with E-Business Suite Release 12 -- with the sole exception of Oracle Application Server 10g components in the E-Business Suite technology stack.

Oracle Application Server 10g originally included Java 1.4.2 as part of its distribution.  E-Business Suite 12 uses, amongst other things, the Oracle Forms and Reports 10g components running on Java 1.4. Java 1.4 in the Oracle Application Server 10g ORACLE_HOME is used exclusively by AS 10g Forms and Reports' for Java functionality.  This version of Java is separate from the Java distribution used by other parts of EBS such as Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J).

What's new about this certification?

You can now upgrade the older Java 1.4 libraries used by Oracle Forms & Reports 10g to Java 6. This allows you to upgrade the Java releases within the Oracle Application Server 10g ORACLE_HOME to the the same level as the rest of your E-Business Suite technology stack components.

Why upgrade?

This becomes particularly important for customers as individual vendors' support lifecycle for Java 1.4 reaches End of Life:

  • Oracle's Sun JDK Release 1.4.2's End of Extended Support: February 2013
    (Sustaining Support indefinitely after)
  • IBM SDK and JRE 1.4.2's End of Service: September 2013
  • HP-UX Java 1.4.2's End-of-Life : May 2012
Along with Oracle Forms, Java lies at the heart of the Oracle E-Business Suite.  Small improvements in Java can have significant effects on the performance and stability of the E-Business Suite.  As a notable side-benefit, later versions of Java have improved built-in and third-party tools for JVM performance monitoring and tuning.

Our standing recommendation is that you always stay current with the latest available Java update provided by your operating system vendor. 

Don't forget to upgrade Forms & Reports to 10.1.2.3

E-Business Suite 12 originally shipped with Oracle Application Server 10g Forms & Reports 10.1.2.0.2.  That version is no longer eligible for Error Correction Support. New Forms and Reports 10g patches are now being released with Forms and Reports 10.1.2.3 as the prerequisite. Forms and Reports 10.1.2.3 was certified for EBS 12 environments in November 2008.

If you haven't upgraded your EBS 12 environment to Forms & Reports 10.1.2.3, this is a good opportunity to do so.

References

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Thursday May 03, 2012

WebCenter 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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

WebCenter Development Framework

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

Certified Platforms

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

References

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Wednesday May 02, 2012

Portal 11.1.1.6 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

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

Certified Platforms

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

References

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Monday Apr 23, 2012

Discoverer 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite

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

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

Discoverer graph screenshot

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

Platforms certified for R12

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

Platforms certified for Release 11i

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

Certifications for other operating system platforms are still underway.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

References

Thursday Dec 08, 2011

BPEL 11.1.1.5 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  There are five prebuilt BPEL business processes by Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams:
  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  2. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)
  3. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)
  4. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  5. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)

Earlier this year we announced the certification of BPEL 11.1.1.4 for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA integrations.  The five prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.5 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

Note: The Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN) product team has opted not to support BPEL 11g with their prebuilt business processes previously certified with BPEL 10.1.3.5.  If you have a requirement for that certification, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to ensure that the Supply Chain team is notified appropriately. 

For additional information about prebuilt integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3, please refer to the following documentation:

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (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)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5, SLES 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008) 
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.5 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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

WebCenter Development Framework

WebCenter version 11.1.1.5 (a.k.a. Patchset 4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.3 and higher). Earlier this summer, WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.4 (a.k.a. Patchset 3) was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. 

Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (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, 7.1)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (SLES 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2003 R2, 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1 only)
References

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Friday Oct 28, 2011

Premier Support ends December 2011 for Discoverer 10g, Portal 10g, Single Sign-On 10g, and others

All Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators should check the Lifetime Support dates for their technology stack components regularly.  If you need a primer on how support policies for Fusion Middleware and Server Technologies components interact with E-Business Suite support dates, see:

Table showing Fusion Middleware support timelines

December 2011 is a critical threshold for several products used by Oracle E-Business Suite customers.  Premier Support ends on December 31st, 2011 for:

  1. Discoverer 10g
  2. Portal 10g
  3. Oracle Internet Directory 10g
  4. Single Sign-On 10g
  5. BPEL 10g
  6. Business Activity Monitoring 10g
  7. Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 10.1.3.x
  8. WebCenter Suite 10.1.3.x
  9. Oracle Identity Manager 9.0.x

Extended Support is not available for many these products -- check the Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware (PDF) for details.  All customers using these products should upgrade to the 11g equivalents as soon as possible.

E-Business Suite 11i users running Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Access Manager 10g.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 users running Oracle Single Sign-On should upgrade to Oracle Access Manager 11g.

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Tuesday Oct 11, 2011

Oracle Access Manager 11.1.1.5 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

Oracle Access Manager 11g Patchset 1 (OAM 11.1.1.5) is now certified for use with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

As with our original 11g certification, there are two possible ways to integrate with Oracle Access Manager 11g.

First Time Users and Existing Users

If you are implementing single sign-on for the first time, or are an existing OAM 11g user, you may integrate with Oracle Access Manager using OAM WebGate and the Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate Java application, which has now been upgraded to version 1.1.1.0.


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Wednesday Aug 03, 2011

Why Does EBS Integration with Oracle Access Manager Require Oracle Internet Directory?

The E-Business Suite has its own security and user-management capabilities.  You can use the E-Business Suite's native features to authenticate users, authorize users (i.e. assign responsibilities to them), and manage your EBS user repository.  The majority of E-Business Suite system administrators simply use these built-in capabilities for enabling access to the E-Business Suite.

When EBS built-in capabilities aren't enough

Some organisations have third-party user authentication systems in place.  These include CA Netegrity SiteMinder, Windows Kerberos, and others.  These organisations frequently use third-party LDAP directory solutions such as Microsoft Active Directory, OpenLDAP, and others. 

We don't certify the E-Business Suite with those third-party products directly, and we don't have any plans to do so.  This article is intended to explain why Oracle Internet Directory (OID) is required when integrating with Oracle Access Manager (OAM), but you can safely infer that the same requirements prevent the use of third-party authentication products directly with the E-Business Suite.

It's possible to integrate the E-Business Suite with those third-party solutions via Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Internet Directory.  See these articles:

Before going on, I'd recommend reading one of those two third-party integration articles.  If you don't have those concepts under your belt, the rest of this article isn't going to make much sense.

Architecture diagram showing Oracle Access Manager Oracle Internet Directory E-Business Suite AccessGate WebGate

Why does EBS require OID with OAM?

Oracle Access Manager itself doesn't require Oracle Internet Directory.  However, Oracle Internet Directory is a mandatory requirement when Oracle Access Manager is integrated with the E-Business Suite.

Why?  The short answer is that the E-Business Suite has hardcoded dependencies on Oracle Internet Directory for this configuration. These dependencies mean that you cannot replace Oracle Internet Directory with any third-party LDAP directory for this particular configuration. 

There are two cases of hardcoded dependencies on Oracle Internet Directory:

1. Reliance on Oracle GUIDs

From the articles linked above, you know that user authentication is handled by Oracle Access Manager, and user authorization is handled by the E-Business Suite itself.  This means that there are two different user namespaces. 

These namespaces must be linked and coordinated somehow, to ensure that a particular user logging in via Oracle Access Manager is the same user represented within the E-Business Suite's own internal FNDUSER repository.

We associate externally-managed Oracle Access Manager users with internally-managed E-Business Suite users via a Global Unique Identifier (GUID).  These Global Unique Identifiers are generated exclusively by Oracle Internet Directory. 

The E-Business Suite has hardcoded functions to handle the mapping of these Global Unique Identifiers between Oracle Access Manager and the E-Business Suite.  These mapping functions are specific to Oracle Internet Directory; it isn't possible to replace Oracle Internet Directory with a generic third-party LDAP directory and still preserve this functionality.

2. Synchronous user account creation

The E-Business Suite is predominantly used internally within an organisation.  Certain E-Business Suite application modules can be made visible to users outside of an organisation.  These include iStore, iRecruitment, iSupplier, and other application modules where the users aren't necessarily restricted to an organisation's own employees.

Users of some of those application modules expect to be able to register for a new account and use it immediately.  This makes sense.  If you're posting job openings via iRecruitment, potential applicants shouldn't need to hold off on submitting their resumes while your E-Business Suite sysadmin creates an account manually, assigns EBS responsibilities, and emails them the account login details. They'll be long gone before that happens.

This means that EBS application modules that support self-registration must create user accounts synchronously.  A new account must be created within the E-Business Suite and the externalized directory at the same time, on demand.

The E-Business Suite has hardcoded dependencies upon Oracle Internet Directory function calls that handle these synchronous account creation tasks.  These function calls are specific to Oracle Internet Directory; it isn't possible to replace Oracle Internet Directory with a generic third-party LDAP directory and still preserve this functionality.

Sun is setting for Oracle Single Sign-On

The older articles linked above refer to Oracle Single Sign-On.  All conceptual references to Oracle Single Sign-On apply equally to Oracle Access Manager.  Oracle Access Manager offers the same capabilities as Oracle Single Sign-On when integrated with the E-Business Suite.

You may have noticed that I have specifically been referring to Oracle Access Manager rather than Oracle Single Sign-On in this article.  There's a very good reason for this.

The Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy shows that Premier Support for Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR2 ends on December 2011.  If you're using Portal 11gR1, Forms & Reports 11gR1, or Discoverer 11gR1, Premier Support for Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR2 is extended to December 2012. 

Extended Support is not available for Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR2.  This is true regardless of whether you're using those other Fusion Middleware 11gR1 products or not.  These support policy timelines for Oracle Single Sign-On are not affected by the E-Business Suite's own support timelines.  There are no special exceptions from these Fusion Middleware support timelines for E-Business Suite customers. 

Given that the Oracle Single Sign-On is nearing its end-of-life, anyone considering a new external authentication solution for the E-Business Suite should use Oracle Access Manager at this point.  If you're currently using Oracle Single Sign-On, I would recommend evaluating your plans for migrating to Oracle Access Manager as soon as possible.

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Friday Jul 08, 2011

WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.4 Certified with EBS 12 on IBM Linux on System z

IBM logoAs a follow-up to our original announcement earlier this year, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 WebCenter 11.1.1.4 (Patchset 3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on the following IBM: Linux on System z platforms

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

For installation and configuration documentation, see:

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Wednesday Jul 06, 2011

BPEL 11.1.1.4 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations on IBM Linux on System z

IBM logoAs a follow-up to our original certification announcement, prebuilt SOA integrations for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using BPEL Process Manager 11.1.1.4 are now certified on the following Linux on System z platforms:

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

References

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Tuesday Jun 07, 2011

Glimpses of E-Business Suite 12.2: WebLogic Server and Online Patching

[Sep. 20, 2013 Update:  EBS 12.2 is now available for download.  See this article for details.]

The cat is out of the bag now.  Many readers noticed references to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in last week's update of our regularly-published technology stack roadmap.  OAUG/Collaborate attendees got glimpses of this release a couple of months ago, but we've been keeping it relatively low-key on this upcoming release.  

There are lots of updates coming in this release, but from a technology stack perspective, EBS 12.2 will be notable for two things:

  1. Replacing Oracle Containers for Java (OC4J) 10g with WebLogic Server 11g
  2. Online Patching support via 11gR2 Edition-Based Redefinition

EBS 12.2 high-level architecture diagram

1. Replacing OC4J with WebLogic Server

EBS 12.2 will use WebLogic Server from Fusion Middleware 11g in place of OC4J 10g as part of the release's internal technology stack.  Other additional new Fusion Middleware 11g components used will include WebLogic JSP and UIX 11g. 

2. Online Patching support via 11gR2 Edition-Based Redefinition

EBS 12.2 will use the 11gR2 Database's Edition-Based Redefinition features to provide support for Online Patching.  Edition-Based Redefinition is really exciting new technology. From the 11gR2 Application Developer's Guide:

"Edition-based redefinition enables you to upgrade the database component of an application while it is in use, thereby minimizing or eliminating down time.

"To upgrade an application while it is in use, you copy the database objects that comprise the application and redefine the copied objects in isolation. Your changes do not affect users of the application—they continue to run the unchanged application. When you are sure that your changes are correct, you make the upgraded application available to all users."

Online Patching means that patches that change EBS database objects can be applied while the E-Business Suite production instance is fully operational.  Only a short downtime will be required to complete the patching process.  This will ake your patching downtimes more predictable.

An Unofficial FAQ

We're very excited about this release, and we're all working hard on getting it out the door for you quickly.  We can't share all the details about this release yet, so here are some answers to the most frequently-asked questions that we're able to answer right now:

When will EBS 12.2 be released?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

Will there be an EBS 12.1.4 release?

We're working hard on EBS 12.2 right now.  After we deliver this new release, we'll evaluate whether it's worthwhile producing a new suite-wide Release Update Pack for the EBS 12.1 codeline. 

My organisation needs to upgrade from EBS 11i.  Should I go to EBS 12.1.3 or wait for EBS 12.2?

When it comes to ERP software, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  It's always best to make your plans around releases that are currently available. 

You should plan your upgrade to EBS 12.1.3 today.  The upgrade from EBS 11i to 12 is technically-straightforward but has many new updates and features on the functional side.  These functional product updates and new features have the potential to introduce significant changes that will affect your business users.

If customer feedback is any indication, it is likely that you will spend more time working through the implications of the new EBS 12.1 features than anything else.  This process may be time-consuming, so it's best to get started now. If you're on EBS 11i today, you should focus your efforts on getting up to EBS 12.1.3 as the immediate priority. 

The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Tuesday May 31, 2011

BPEL 11.1.1.4 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

There are two major options for SOA-related integrations for the E-Business Suite:
  1. Custom integrations using the Oracle Application Server (SOA) Adapter for Oracle Applications
  2. Prebuilt SOA integrations for E-Business Suite using BPEL Process Manager
For more background about these two options, please see this article:
Architecture diagram showing E-Business Suite and SOA web services
OPTION 2.  Using prebuilt E-Business Suite 12 BPEL business processes

Five E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams have developed their own prebuilt BPEL business processes:
  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  2. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)
  3. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)
  4. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  5. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)
For the five products listed above, their prebuilt BPEL processes have been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.4 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

Note: The Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN) product team has opted not to support BPEL 11g with their prebuilt business processes previously certified with BPEL 10.1.3.5.  If you have a requirement for that certification, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to ensure that the Supply Chain team is notified appropriately.

For more information about using the prebuilt R12.1.3 SOA integrations, see:

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (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)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2)

Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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Tuesday May 24, 2011

Oracle Access Manager 11.1.1.3 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 (11.1.1.3) is now certified for use with E-Business Suite Releases 12.0.6 and 12.1.1 and up.

Architecture diagram showing Oracle Access Manager and E-Business Suite

There are two certification paths available: one for new users, and one for users upgrading from Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10gR3 (OSSO).

  • First Time Users:  Users who are implementing single sign-on for the first time may integrate OAM 11gR1 using Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate Release 1.1. Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is a Java EE application that resides on a separate application server (Oracle WebLogic Server), and provides direct integration between Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Access Manager through OAM WebGate. Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is available at no cost to licensed Oracle E-Business Suite customers.

  • Upgrading from SSO:  Users who are upgrading from OSSO 10gR3 can leverage their existing integration by using OAM 11gR1 with the mod_osso agent. This option allows you to migrate your existing partner application registrations from OSSO 10gR3 to OAM 11gR1, with minimal disruption to existing application integration and functionality. This integration does not require Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate, and is supported for upgrading users only.
Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 RUP 1 (12.1.1) or higher; Release 12.0 RUP 6 (12.0.6)
  • Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 (11.1.1.3) with Bundle Patch 02 (BP02)
  • Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 PS2 (11.1.1.3) or higher
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 PS2 (10.3.3) or higher

Certification of Oracle Access Manager 11gR1 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is not scheduled at this time.

Certified Platforms

The Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate Java application is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 11g is certified. Refer to the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g System Requirements for more details.

Integration with mod_osso is supported on all fully certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 platforms. Refer to the My Oracle Support Certifications section for more details.

For information on operating systems supported by Oracle Access Manager and its components, refer to the Oracle Identity and Access Management 11gR1 certification matrix.

Integration with Oracle Access Manager involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

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Wednesday May 18, 2011

WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.4 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). 

Oracle WebCenter screenshot

WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.4 (a.k.a. Patchset 3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) 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 Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle 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)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Thursday May 12, 2011

Discoverer 11.1.1.4 Certified with EBS on AIX and Windows

As yet-another follow-up to our original announcement, Oracle Discoverer 11.1.1.4 (Patchset 3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite for five additional platforms.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:

  • E-Business Suite 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher 
  • E-Business Suite 12.0.6 and higher
  • E-Business Suite 12.1.1 and higher
Screenshot of Discoverer charts dialog box

New platforms certified for R12

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008 for EBS 12.1.1 only)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1.1 only)

New platforms certified for 11i

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
References
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Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.4 Certified with EBS on AIX and Windows

As a follow-up to our original announcement, Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.4 (Patchset 3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite for five additional platforms.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:

  • E-Business Suite 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher 
  • E-Business Suite 12.0.6 and higher
  • E-Business Suite 12.1.1 and higher
Architecture diagram showing Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Access Manager configurations

New platforms certified for R12

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008 for EBS 12.1.1 only)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1.1 only)

New platforms certified for 11i

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
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Wednesday May 11, 2011

Portal 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite on AIX and Windows

As a follow-on to our original announcement, Portal 11g 11.1.1.4 (Patchset 3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite for five additional platforms.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:

  • E-Business Suite 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher 
  • E-Business Suite 12.0.6 and higher
  • E-Business Suite 12.1.1 and higher

If you're running a previous version of Portal, there are a number of certified and supported upgrade paths to Portal 11g (11.1.1.4):

Roadmap diagram showing Portal upgrade paths

New platforms certified for R12

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008 for EBS 12.1.1 only) 
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1.1 only)

New platforms certified for 11i:

  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003) 

Oracle Single Sign-On (SSO) 10g 10.1.4.3 is not certified on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. Oracle Single Sign-On is required by Portal.  Portal customers can install Single Sign-On on a separate supported platform such as Windows Server (32-bit) 2003 for use with a Portal 11g instance on Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Friday Feb 18, 2011

Discoverer 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite


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Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder. 
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For details about third-party integration architectures, see either of these article for EBS 11i and 12:
Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.4 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  OID 11.1.1.4 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.4.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 3.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher
Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:
  • With Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1)
  • With Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x)
Platforms certified for R12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Platforms certified for Release 11i
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Other platform certifications still underway

Certifications for other operating system platforms are still underway.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

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Portal 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite

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

Portal 11g (11.1.1.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Portal 11.1.1.4 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.4.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 3.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher
If you're running a previous version of Portal, there are a number of certified and supported upgrade paths to Portal 11g (11.1.1.4):
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Platforms certified for R12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Platforms certified for Release 11i
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Other platform certifications still underway

Certifications for other operating system platforms are still underway.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

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Monday Jan 31, 2011

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

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Oracle Discoverer 10g (10.1.2.3) is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2 or higher) on the IBM: Linux on System z platform. With this certification, Oracle Application Server 10g (10.1.2.3) is now fully certified with E-Business Suite on Linux on System z. Specifically, the following OracleAS 10.1.2.3 components are now certified for external integration with E-Business Suite R12 environments:
  • Single Sign-On 10.1.2.3
  • Oracle Internet Directory 10.1.2.3
  • Discoverer 10.1.2.3
  • Portal 10.1.4.2 (as included in OracleAS 10.1.2.3)
  • Web Cache 10.1.2.3
The operating systems certified on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
References
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Tuesday Jan 11, 2011

BPEL 11.1.1.2 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

A new certification was released simultaneously with the E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Maintenance Pack late last year:  the use of BPEL 11g Version 11.1.1.2 with E-Business Suite 12.1.3. 

There are two major options for SOA-related integrations for the E-Business Suite:
  1. Custom integrations using the Oracle Application Server (SOA) Adapter for Oracle Applications
  2. Prebuilt SOA integrations for E-Business Suite using BPEL Process Manager
For more background about these two options, please see this article:


Architecture diagram showing SOA business event to web service mappingOPTION 2.  Using prebuilt E-Business Suite 12 BPEL business processes

Five E-Business Suite Release 12 product teams have developed their own prebuilt BPEL business processes:
  1. Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
  2. Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)
  3. Oracle Transportation Management (WMS, WSH, PO)
  4. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  5. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)
For the five products listed above, prebuilt BPEL processes have been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 11g version 11.1.1.2 (in Oracle SOA Suite 11g).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher.

Note: The Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN) product team has opted not to support BPEL 11g with their prebuilt business processes previously certified with BPEL 10.1.3.5.  If you have a requirement for that certification, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager to ensure that the Supply Chain team is notified appropriately.

For more information about using the prebuilt R12.1.3 SOA integrations, see:
Getting Support

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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Monday Dec 13, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

The operating systems certified on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
References
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Wednesday Nov 03, 2010

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

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

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

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