Monday Nov 01, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday Oct 11, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday Oct 05, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday Sep 06, 2010

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

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

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

For Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:

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

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

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

Two options for external authentication

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

  • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.3.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.3.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
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Sunday Aug 15, 2010

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

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

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

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

New platforms certified for EBS 11i
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
New platforms certified for EBS 12.0.x and 12.1.x
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
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Wednesday Aug 11, 2010

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

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

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I'm pleased to let you know that Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 (version 11.1.1.3.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:
  • With Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1)
  • With Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x)
Certified Platforms
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.x
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
Platform certifications still underway
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.x and 12.1.x:
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

What About Oracle Single Sign-On?

Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed that Fusion Middleware 11g does not include Oracle Single Sign-On.  For more details about this, see:
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Sunday Aug 08, 2010

EBS Sysadmin Primer: Oracle BI Discoverer 11gR1

[Editor: This is the fourth in a multi-part series from Nirzari Raichura, a senior member of our ATG Certification team, on essential Fusion Middleware concepts and tools for the EBS sysadmin]

Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer is an ad-hoc query, reporting, analysis, and Web-publishing tool that allows end-users to work directly with Oracle E-Business Suite OLTP data.  We certified Discoverer 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) with the E-Business Suite a few weeks ago.

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With that recent certification, I think it's time to cover the installation and configuration of Discoverer 11g with E-Business Suite.  Discoverer 11g's integration with the E-Business Suite works identically to Discoverer 10g, and all of the business intelligence functionality continues to work as in previous Discoverer releases.  The major changes in this release come from Discoverer's installation dependencies on Oracle Application Server components.

As with other Fusion Middleware components, Oracle Weblogic Server is the required application server for Discoverer 11g.  Like Oracle Identity Management 11g, Discoverer is loosely-coupled with Fusion Middleware's database and application server components. 

Discoverer 11g Install comes bundled with Oracle Portal, Oracle Forms, and Oracle Reports, as in previous releases like Discoverer 10g.  Since it is loosely coupled with other Fusion Middleware components, you need to install a number of prerequisites prior to discoverer 11g install.

All of these middleware components have to be at the same version level to work together.  I have summarized these dependencies in the following table:

Table summarizing Discoverer 11g prerequisites
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Thursday Jul 22, 2010

EBS Sysadmin Primer: Oracle Identity Management 11gR1

[Editor: This is the third in a multi-part series from Nirzari Raichura, a senior member of our ATG Certification team, on essential Fusion Middleware concepts and tools for the EBS sysadmin]

Oracle Identity Management (OIM) 11gR1 is part of Fusion Middleware 11gR1.   Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 provides the following components as part of its default installation:
Oracle Directory Services Components
  • OID - Oracle Internet Directory
  • DIP -  Oracle Directory Integration Platform
  • OVD - Oracle Virtual Directory
Oracle Identity Federation Components
  • OIF - Oracle Identity Federation
Management Components
  • EM - Enterprise Manager
  • ODSM - Oracle Directory Service Manager

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In order to use Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 with E-Business suite, you need OID and DIP products at a minimum.  Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 doesn't contain Oracle Single Sign-on.  You have the choice of either of the following two tools for for authentication: 
  • Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3
  • Oracle Access Manager 10gR3

Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 is the preferred authentication solution going forward.  However, if you have plans to integrate any other products like Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports or Discoverer with E-Business Suite, you must select the Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3 option. These products have hard dependencies on Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3 and cannot be authenticated directly by Oracle Access Manager (you can do so indirectly, but that's a topic for a future article).

If you have already integrated your E-Business Suite environment with Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Director 10gR3, you can upgrade Oracle Internet Directory 10gR3 to Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 (which is part of Oracle Identity Management 11gR1). Your existing integration remains intact after the upgrade.


Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 Integration with E-Business Suite using OSSO 10gR3

Unlike Oracle Internet Directory 10g, which is tightly integrated with with Oracle Application Server 10g and and the Oracle database (to store its metadata repository), Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 provides various integration options. 

There is an option to manage it through the Oracle Fusion Middleware management framework by registering it with a local or a remote WebLogic Server administration domain.  You can do this during installation or via the command-line after installation. As I mentioned in my previous blog article, you can also install and configure it without WebLogic Server. In that case, you can manage Oracle Internet Directory using command-line tools and ODSM.

This table describes the components required for Oracle Identity management 11gR1 installation:

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Useful Tools to administer and manage OIM 11gR1

OIM11gR1

Tool

Default Value

Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control

http://host:port/em

Oracle Directory Services Manager (ODSM)

http://host:port/odsm

Oracle WebLogic Server Administrative Console

http://host:port/console/

Command-Line Utilities

OPMN

$ORACLE_INSTANCE/bin/opmnctl

Standard LDAP utilities

ORACLE_HOME/ldap

OIDPASSWD

WebLogic Scripting Tool (wlst)

ORACLE_HOME/common/bin/wlst.sh

OIDCTL For backward compatibility

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Thursday Jul 15, 2010

Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate Release 1.0.2 Now Available

We are pleased to announce an update to the Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate component, which provides integration with Oracle Access Manager 10gR3. The latest version, Release 1.0.2, provides several bug fixes, improved automation, and support for the use of Oracle E-Business Suite portlets. Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is available at no charge to customers who have already licensed both Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Access Manager.

For those of you that have already deployed Oracle Access Manager elsewhere in your company, we strongly recommend that you evaluate this integration. We believe that this latest release provides improvements in quality and usability over our previous release.

What About Oracle Single Sign-On Server?

If you are running Oracle E-Business Suite today with Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO), you may continue to do so. However, this product is quickly approaching its end-of-life, so we are now recommending that new implementations evaluate Oracle Access Manager for single sign-on authentication. If you are already using Oracle Access Manager today in your enterprise, then now is the perfect time to begin migrating your Oracle E-Business Suite single sign-on to Oracle Access Manager with the help of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate.

In my previous article, announcing the initial release of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate, we mentioned that some products, such as Oracle Discoverer and Oracle Portal, do not support Oracle Access Manager 10gR3, and continue to require Oracle Single Sign-On Server for single sign-on authentication. That limitation continues to exist, and the latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate does not change that. However, as I also noted then, you can "link" the two authentication systems for easier administration.

In this scenario, OSSO can delegate authentication duties to Oracle Access Manager, so users will only see a single UI whenever they are prompted for single sign-on credentials. Once the user is authenticated and it is determined he is authorized to access the requested resource, Oracle Access Manager returns the user's identity in an HTTP header variable, which OSSO recognizes and trusts. OSSO then sets its own single sign-on cookie in the browser without having to ask for another set of credentials.

Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate

The requirements for Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate are unchanged from the original release:

  • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2, 12.1.1; or,
    E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10 CU2 (with ATG RUP 6 or higher)
  • Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 (10.1.4.3)
  • Oracle Internet Directory 10gR3 (10.1.4.3), or
    Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 1 (11.1.1.2)
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1 or higher

And, as before, Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is supported on any operating system platform that supports Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1. For Oracle Access Manager and its components, such as WebGate, any operating system and HTTP server supported by it may be used for this integration.

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Tuesday Jul 13, 2010

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

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

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

For installation and configuration documentation, see:
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
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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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Tuesday Jun 29, 2010

An Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Primer for EBS Sysadmins

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i runs Oracle9i Application Server 1.0.2.2.2 as its internal application tier.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs Oracle Application Server 10g.  Both EBS 11i and 12 can optionally be integrated with externally-deployed Fusion Middleware 11g components such as Oracle Internet Directory, Discoverer, Portal, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, and others.

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g is Oracle's latest suite of related and interoperable application tier server products.  Some Fusion Middleware products have dependencies on other Fusion Middleware products.  As an E-Business Suite DBA or systems administrator, it is essential that you have a good conceptual understanding of Fusion Middleware 11g concepts before jumping into administration or installation tasks. 


Fusion Middleware 11g overview diagram showing development tools identity management oem bi and other components

This information is covered in the Fusion Middleware 11g guides themselves, of course, but it's spread across many different documents.  This is the first in a series of articles in which I'll cover the essential concepts that E-Business Suite sysadmins need to know about Oracle WebLogic Server, Webcenter, Oracle Internet Directory, Portal, and Discoverer.  These concepts are important for Fusion Middleware architectural design, installation, administration, integration, configuration and troubleshooting.

Key Fusion Middleware 11g Concepts

Oracle WebLogic server (WLS) is the application server for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g.  Most Fusion Middleware components require WLS, with notable exceptions being Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD). Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Virtual Directory can be configured with or without a WebLogic domain.

Fusion Middleware components are divided into two types:

  • Java Components:  Deployed as one or more Java applications and a set of resources.  Examples: Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebCenter. 
  • System Components:  A manageable process that is not deployed as a Java application.  System components are managed by Oracle Process Manager and Notification (OPMN).  Examples: Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle Virtual Directory, Oracle HTTP Server, Discoverer, Forms & Reports.

What's in a typical Fusion Middleware environment?

A typical Fusion Middleware environment includes the following:

  1. Fusion Middleware Home (MW_HOME)
  2. Oracle WebLogic Server Home (WLS_HOME)
  3. ORACLE_HOME 
  4. ORACLE_INSTANCE

1.  Fusion Middleware Home (MW_HOME)

  • A top level directory for all Fusion Middleware products installed on same machine, including WebLogic Server..
  • Created at time of WebLogic Server installation.
  • Serves as a repository for common files used by multiple Fusion Middleware products installed on the same machine.

TIP:  Do not include spaces in the name of your Middleware home directory. If the name of this directory contains spaces, the CLASSPATH may not be resolved properly. 

2.  WebLogic Server Home (WLS_HOME)

  • A WebLogic Server home containing binary files necessary to host a WebLogic Server.
  • Created under Fusion Middleware Home at time of WebLogic Server installation.
  • Contains mostly 'read only' files until either patched or upgraded

TIP:  You can install only one instance of each version of a WebLogic Server product in a single Middleware Home directory.

3.  ORACLE_HOME

  • Contains installed files necessary to host a specific product. For example, the WebCenter Oracle home contains a directory that contains binary and library
    files for Oracle WebCenter.
  • Can be created before product install, but if not, will be automatically created by the installer. It must reside under Middleware Home directory.
  • Contains mostly 'read only' files until either patched or upgraded
  • Each ORACLE_HOME can be associated with multiple Oracle instances or Oracle WebLogic Server domains 

4.  ORACLE_INSTANCE

  • Contains modifiable files such as configuration files, log files, and temporary files for one or more system components.
  • System components in an Oracle instance must reside on the same server.
TIP:  You can install this anywhere on the same server; it need not be within the Middleware home directory.

Key Oracle WebLogic Server Concepts

To manage an Oracle WebLogic Server instance, you need to understand the following concepts:

  1. WLS Domains
  2. Administration Server
  3. Managed Server
  4. Default Domain Directory
  5. Farm

WLS Domain

  • A group of logically related Oracle WebLogic Server resources and services.
  • You can use a single Oracle WebLogic Server installation to create and run multiple domains, or you can use multiple installations to run a single domain.

Administration Server

  • A special Oracle WebLogic Server instance which is the central point from which configuration and management of all resources in the domain occur.
  • Each Oracle WebLogic Server domain must have one server instance that acts as the Administration Server.
  • Can be used to deploy other components, but it is not recommended 

Managed Server

  • To deploy additional Fusion Middleware products such as SOA Suite, WebCenter, or Oracle Internet Directory, you usually should configure an additional domain instance: a Managed Server
  • You can configure this domain either during or after product install.
  • You can configure separate domains for different Fusion Middleware components.  Example: one domain for SOA Suite, one for WebCenter, and one for Oracle Internet Directory.  Alternately, you can have a single domain for multiple components; depending on your requirements
  • You can configure managed servers as clustered and non-clustered
  • In a cluster, most resources and services are deployed identically on each Managed Server instance and are running simultaneously and working together
  • All Managed Servers in a cluster must reside in the same domain; you cannot split a cluster over multiple domains
  • The key difference between clustered and non-clustered Managed Servers is support for failover and load balancing

Default Domain Directory

  • By default, Oracle WebLogic Server creates domain directories under the MW_HOME/WLS_HOME/user_projects/domains directory
  • It can reside anywhere; it need not be within the Middleware home directory.
  • A domain is a peer of an Oracle instance. Both contain specific configurations outside of their Oracle homes 

Farm

  • A collection of components managed by Fusion Middleware Control.
  • Can contain Oracle WebLogic Server domains, one Administration Server, one or more Managed Servers, and the Oracle Fusion Middleware components that are installed, configured, and running in the domain.

Coming up next in this series:  EBS Sysadmin Primer: Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Management Tools.

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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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Thursday Apr 08, 2010

Premier Support Date Changed for Oracle Application Server 10gR2

Our Fusion Middleware team has changed the Premier Support dates for Oracle Application Server 10gR2 (10.1.2.x).  The new dates are published here:
Premier Support for Oracle Application Server 10gR2 was originally slated to end in December 2010.  We discussed the implications for E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 environments in this article:



Naturally, you're welcome to post comments about these updates here, but my ability to discuss these changes will be extremely constrained.  Any comments that you post here will be forwarded verbatim to the Fusion Middleware group.

If you have any questions about the new Premier Support dates for Oracle Application Server 10gR2 (10.1.2.x), your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our Fusion Middleware Support specialists engaged. 

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Thursday Mar 25, 2010

Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 (10.1.4.3) is now certified for use with E-Business Suite Releases 11.5.10 and 12.1, using the new component, Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate. For information on how to obtain, install, and configure this new component, see:

About Oracle Access Manager

Oracle Access Manager is Oracle's next-generation identity and access management platform, and is a key component in Oracle's Fusion Middleware Identity Management solution. It provides a set of authentication and authorization features, including support for single sign-on authentication, and integration with other identity management offerings such as Oracle Identity Federation and Oracle Adaptive Access Manager.

Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate integration architecture


Oracle Access Manager Benefits

Previously, E-Business Suite only supported single sign-on capabilities through Oracle Single Sign-On Server. While it was possible to integrate with Oracle Access Manager, this still required Oracle Single Sign-On Server as an intermediary, and did not allow access to the full feature set of Oracle Access Manager.

With the release of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate, this is no longer the case. E-Business Suite AccessGate is a Java EE application that resides on a separate application server, and provides direct integration between E-Business Suite and Oracle Access Manager. This direct integration also opens the door to the full set of authentication features in Oracle Access Manager, as well as integration with other products in Oracle's portfolio, such as Oracle Identity Federation or Oracle Adaptive Access Manager.

I'll be posting another article in the future that describes more about how integration with Oracle Access Manager works through Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate.

Oracle Access Manager vs. Oracle Single Sign-On Server

Our primary audience for this release of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate (and Oracle Access Manager) is users who have Oracle Access Manager deployed in their enterprise, and want to expand its coverage to include E-Business Suite.

E-Business Suite users that are currently integrated with Single Sign-On Server do not necessarily need to migrate to Oracle Access Manager, and, in fact, may not want to at this time, as not all products in the E-Business Suite technology stack support Oracle Access Manager today. Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Single Sign-On Server may be used together, however, and this, too, will be covered in more detail in a future article. For more details from the Fusion Middleware Identity Management team, see:

Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2, 12.1.1; or,
    E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10 CU2 (with ATG RUP 6 or higher)
  • Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 (10.1.4.3)
  • Oracle Internet Directory 10gR3 (10.1.4.3) or 11gR1 Patchset 1 (11.1.1.2)
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1 or higher

Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is supported on any operating system platform that supports Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1. For Oracle Access Manager and its components, such as WebGate, any operating system and HTTP server supported by it may be used for this integration.

References

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Tuesday Mar 23, 2010

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

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

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

WebCenter 11g (11.1.1.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  For installation and configuration documentation, see:
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Portal 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified with E-Business Suite

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

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

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

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Certified EBS 11i Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
References
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Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified with E-Business Suite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday Feb 08, 2010

Premier Support for Oracle Application Server 10g ends December 2010

[April 8, 2010 Update:  The Oracle Application Server 10gR2 10.1.2 dates have changed.  The dates in this article are no longer accurate but are preserved here for archival purposes.  See the current Lifetime Support Policy for Fusion Middleware document for more details.]

All E-Business Suite systems administrators should review the Oracle Lifetime Support brochures on the Oracle Lifetime Support website regularly.  In particular, EBS sysadmins should monitor changes to the following documents:
  1. Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Technology Products (PDF, 389 K)
  2. Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Fusion Middleware Products (PDF, 315 K)
  3. Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Applications (PDF, 709 K)
As you can see from the second document, Premier Support for Oracle Application Server 10g versions 10gR2 10.1.2 and 10gR3 versions 10.1.3 ends in December 2010.  It's important to understand how this will affect support for your E-Business Suite environments.

Implications for E-Business Suite Release 11i environments

You may have integrated your EBS 11i environment with a number of external Oracle Application Server 10g components, including:
  • Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10g
  • Oracle Discoverer 10g
  • Oracle Web Cache 10g
  • Oracle Portal 10g
Premier Support for these externally-integrated Oracle Application Server 10g components will end in December 2010.  You should plan on upgrading these components to their Fusion Middleware 11g equivalents before December 2010. 

Implications for E-Business Suite Release 12 environments

There are two different types of considerations for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments:
  1. Support implications for internal EBS 12 technology stack components
  2. Support implications for externally-integrated OracleAS 10g components
1. Support implications for internal EBS 12 technology stack components
The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 technology stack includes Oracle Application Server 10gR2 10.1.2 components for Forms and Oracle Application Server 10gR3 10.1.3 components for OC4J.  These components are part of the internal E-Business Suite technology stack, i.e., they are installed by the E-Business Suite Rapid Install.  Updates to these internal technology stack components are also delivered by the E-Business Suite division through our regular updates such as E-Business Suite 12.1.1.

Your internal E-Business Suite Release 12 technology stack components built on Oracle Fusion Middleware 10gR2 and 10gR3 will remain supported for the duration of the support lifetime for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.  The December 2010 Premier Support end date for Oracle Application Server 10g does not apply to the internal Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 technology stack components

In other words, you will receive Premier Support for these internal Apps 12 technology stack components as long as the Apps 12 release is covered by Premier Support.

2. Support implications for externally-integrated OracleAS 10g components

You may have integrated your EBS 12 environment with a number of external Oracle Application Server 10g components, including:
  • Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10g
  • Oracle Discoverer 10g
  • Oracle Web Cache 10g
  • Oracle Portal 10g
  • Oracle Web Center 10g
Premier Support for these externally-integrated Oracle Application Server 10g components will end in December 2010.  You should plan on upgrading these components to their Fusion Middleware 11g equivalents before December 2010.
Which Fusion Middleware 11g components are certified?

You can upgrade your external integrations to the following Fusion Middleware 11 components immediately:
  • Oracle Internet Directory 11g
  • Oracle SOA Suite 11g
We're still working on the following Fusion Middleware 11g external certifications:
  • Oracle Discoverer 11g
  • Oracle Web Cache 11g
  • Oracle Portal 11g
  • Oracle Web Center 11g
  • Prepackaged Oracle integrations for Oracle BPEL 11g
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.   

Remember, also, that you can find a handy one-page summary of all of our current certifications here.  This is extracted from our CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support, which should be consulted for platform-specific certifications.

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Tuesday Jan 19, 2010

BPEL 10.1.3.5 Certified for Prebuilt E-Business Suite 12 SOA Integrations

A new certification was released simultaneously with the E-Business Suite 12.1.2 Maintenance Pack last month:  the use of BPEL 10.1.3.5 with E-Business Suite 12.  But before we jump into the details of that certification, it's useful to characterize the two major options for SOA-related integrations for Oracle 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

Architecture diagram showing SOA business event to web service mapping

OPTION 1.  Custom integrations using the Oracle Application Server (SOA) Adapter for Oracle Applications

If you'd like to use SOA Suite to develop your own custom integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, you can run the latest SOA Suite version: e.g. 10.1.3.5, 11.1.1.1, or higher. 

This includes the use of the SOA Suite's SOA Adapter for E-Business Suite.  The Fusion Middleware division's documentation is a little inconsistent on this point, but this product is also referred to as the Oracle Fusion Middleware Adapter for Oracle Applications.  The Version 11.1.1.1.0 prerequisites for this adapter are:
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with OWF.G.Rollup 7; or,
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0
  • To enable the "Native E-Business Suite Connectivity using J2EE Data Sources" feature:
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with FND Rollup 6; or,
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4.
If you're using the Oracle Fusion Middleware Adapter for Oracle Applications to build your own custom integrations with the E-Business Suite, there are no additional E-Business Suite dependencies.  These are custom integrations that you will develop yourself.  Your custom integrations will run against the E-Business Suite standard web services published in the Integration Repository. 

For more information about using the generic SOA Adapter for Oracle Applications, see:

OPTION 2.  Using prebuilt E-Business Suite 12 BPEL business processes


Six 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. Supply Chain Trading Connector (CLN)
  5. Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  6. Product Information Management (PIM/EGO)
These prebuilt BPEL processes have been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 10g version 10.1.3.5 (in Oracle SOA Suite 10.1.3.5).  These prebuilt BPEL processes are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 and higher.

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

If you need support for the Fusion Middleware SOA Adapter for Oracle Applications, you can log Service Requests against the Fusion Middleware product family.

If you need support for the prebuilt EBS 12 BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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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:
References
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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:
References
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Monday Nov 23, 2009

Integration Architectures for Oracle EBS (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

There are many ways of integrating the E-Business Suite with third-party applications.  Neeraj Chauhan and Vijay Shanmugam, from our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group, covered the latest options and integration architectures in their OpenWorld 2009 session:

Architecture diagram showing registration of custom APIs with E-Business Suite EBS Integration Repository

Neeraj and Vijay discuss the following topics in detail:
  • Key integration challenges
  • Business Integration architecture
    • Oracle SOA Platform
    • Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA)
    • SOA Enablement of Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway
    • Integration Repository
    • Publishing custom interfaces to the Integration Repository
    • Walkthrough including custom PL/SQL API annotations
    • SOA Provider for web services
    • Business events in Integration Repository
    • Composite services in Integration Repository
    • SOA Monitor
    • Integration interfaces and services
    • Service invocation framework
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter
    • SOA principles for the EBS Adapter
    • Integration lifecycle
    • Secured connections
    • Function security and authorization
    • Application context
    • Global transactions
    • Customization support through PL/SQL APIs, custom business events
  • Business use cases
  • Roadmap
Listening to the Session

If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download the presentation or listen to the live recording of this session.

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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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Friday Oct 23, 2009

Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 earlier this year.  Our Applications Technology Group has just released their certification of Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

If you missed that earlier announcement, here's a recap of the basics. Secure Enterprise Search (SES) provides new search capabilities for EBS: Apps users can search for E-Business Suite data using a unified search engine, with search results displayed based upon their Applications responsibilities. Searches can be performed on structured and unstructured data. Notably, search results respect multi-level security, including:
  • Role-based access control (RBAC) functional and data security
  • Product-specific security policies
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For example, an authorized E-Business Suite user could use the search screen above to search for "Assets" in "Northpark," yielding the following results:

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Introducing the Search Modeller

This certification also has an added bonus:  it includes the new Search Modeler for E-Business Suite customers.  Search Modeler Version 1.1 is certified with Apps 11i as well as Apps 12 releases.

Search Modeler is a web-based tool that allows you to create search solutions tailored to your business needs. You can create search solutions for any E-Business Suite product. In most cases you can also include custom application objects as part of your search solution, if your custom applications as registered in the EBS Application Object Library.

Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.6 (Release Update Pack 6)
  • Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4
Supported Platforms

Secure Enterprise Search may be optionally installed on standalone external server and integrated with EBS 11i. The operating system platforms supported for the standalone Secure Enterprise Search instance are:
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3, 4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3,4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)
  • Solaris SPARC (Solaris 8, 64-bit; Solaris 9, 64-bit; Solaris 10, 64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.11 64-bit; 11.23 64-bit)
  • AIX 5L Based Systems (AIX 5.2 ML01, 64-bit; 5.3, 64-bit
  • HP-UX Itanium 11i v2 (11.23)
  • Windows Server (2003 - all editions)
References
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Friday Oct 16, 2009

Using Oracle Application Server 10g with E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

[Oct 19 2009 Update: If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download or listen to the live recording of this session as well as the presentation materials.]

Every year I provide an OpenWorld update on the various ways that E-Business Suite users can use different Oracle Application Server 10g components.  This presentation covers many of the topics that I visit regularly on this blog, neatly summarizing them in a single package with the latest Fusion Middleware certified versions (and desupport notices) in one place:

Architecture diagram showing sso oid and third-party LDAP integration with E-Business Suite

This presentation covers:

  • A quick overview of the various Oracle Application Server 10g products that can be optionally integrated with the E-Business Suite, including:
    • Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory
    • Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Identity Manager
    • Web Center and Portal
    • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Discoverer
    • Web Cache
    • Oracle SOA Suite
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • How Oracle Single Sign-On works with the E-Business Suite
  • How EBS users can be managed using Oracle Internet Directory
  • How EBS can be integrated via Oracle Single Sign-On with third-party authentication systems such as:
    • Windows Native Authentication via Kerberos
    • Netegrity Siteminder
    • IBM Tivoli Access Manager
    • PKI X.509v3 Digital Certificates
  • How EBS can be integrated via Oracle Internet Directory with third-party LDAP directories such as:
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Sun Java System Directory
    • Novell eDirectory
    • OpenLDAP
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I've covered all of these topics already on this blog, with articles discussing the conceptual topics as well as new certification announcements.  See:

Tuesday Jun 09, 2009

Updating the Default JDK Installed in OracleAS 10g

[June 12, 2009 Update: Added link to JDK 1.6 Note 444462.1]

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If you run Java-based applications in your organization, you're aware that you may wish to optionally update the Java Development Kit (JDK) libraries periodically to get the latest fixes for security, stability, and performance.  This applies to the E-Business Suite, naturally, so we regularly release new certifications for the latest Java releases for EBS.

Perhaps lesser-known is that this also applies to external servers running Oracle Fusion Middleware -- also known as Oracle Application Server 10g.  You may have deployed Oracle Application Server 10g on one or more application tier servers to use Discoverer, Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Portal, or other Fusion Middleware services with the E-Business Suite.

How Do You Update Java for other Oracle Products?

Oracle Security has published the following advisory:

That note is important reading for all Oracle administrators.  It contains links to three additional documents:

If you're looking for the latest JDK 1.4 release to update an Oracle Application Server 10g instance, you can find it here:

Special thanks to those readers (you know who you are) whose persistence helped us make this JDK patch available for all of our customers.

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Thursday Apr 23, 2009

Premier Support for SSO + OID 10.1.4.2 Ending in November 2009

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is certified with Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10.1.4.  Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory are part of Oracle Application Server (OracleAS) 10g 10.1.4.  We certified EBS with the Oracle Application Server 10.1.4.2 patchset in early 2008, and followed this up with EBS certifications with the Oracle Application Server 10.1.4.3 patchset in February 2009.

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You should be aware that the OracleAS 10.1.4.2 grace period will end in November 2009.  After November 2009, you will still be able to download existing OracleAS 10.1.4.2 patches, but new patches will be issued only for the latest 10.1.4.3 release.

If you've integrated your E-Business Suite environment with Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10.1.4.2, I would strongly recommend that you plan an upgrade to the most-current certified OracleAS release. As of today, that's OracleAS 10.1.4.3.  Future readers coming across this article should refer to this blog's one-page Certifications summary for the latest certified configurations.

Want To Know More About Support Policies?

The Server Technologies support policies have recently changed in some important ways.  I've discussed the E-Business Suite implications of those changes in these articles: 

Your Thoughts?

I don't represent the Server Technologies organization (I'm in E-Business Suite Development), but I'm happy to pass on your thoughts and feedback about Oracle's support policies to management teams in those groups.  Feel free to post a comment below or send me a private email.

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Wednesday Apr 22, 2009

Eight Fusion Middleware Hands-On Labs at OAUG Collaborate09

Collaborate OAUG logo

It's that time of year once more and I wanted to share some thoughts as you start to plan out your schedules for the OAUG Collaborate 09 conference in Orlando in May. Once again, this promises to be a huge combined event for all Oracle Applications customers.  Registration is open and hotels are filling up fast. If you're still planning on attending but haven't registered yet, you might want to think about doing so shortly.

The Fusion Middleware team offered hands-on labs for the first time last year. These proved very popular, with standing-room only attendance.  This year the labs cover Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), Applications Integration Architecture (AIA), Business Process Analysis, Identity Management, and Business Intelligence (BI) Apps with Oracle Applications. There are eight hands-on labs this year, all led by Oracle experts:

  • Service-enable Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle SOA Suite BPEL Process Manager
  • Service-enable PeopleSoftwith Oracle SOA Suite BPEL Process Manager
  • Service-enable JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with Oracle SOA Suite BPEL Process Manager
  • Service-enable Siebel CRM with Oracle SOA Suite BPEL Process Manager
  • AIA: Best Practices Integration to Oracle Applications using AIA Foundation Pack
  • BPA: Model and Automate Oracle Applications' Processes using BPA Suite
  • BI Apps: Dashboard and Reports using Oracle Business Intelligence Applications for E-Business Suite
  • IdM: Automate, Secure, and Audit Your E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft Applications with Oracle Identity Management

The hands-on labs are offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for 9 sessions in total.  They're open to all registered Collaborate attendees but require advance registration.  You can find more details about the labs and reserve your seat here:

This caught my eye:  lab attendees get a chance to win a new 4GB iPod Shuffle at each workshop!

Want to Meet at Collaborate?

Events like Collaborate are also a great chance for us to meet face-to-face. If you want to set up some time with me, shoot me an email as soon as possible.

Look forward to seeing you at Collaborate!

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