Friday Apr 16, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For EBS Release 11i:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday Mar 23, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday Feb 01, 2010

Migrating E-Business Suite Application Tier Servers to Linux

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

Live Migration of EBS Services Using Oracle VM

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

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

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


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

Virtualization Changes Things

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

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

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

Your Feedback is Welcome

This concludes my mini-series on virtualization and the E-Business Suite.  We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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Thursday Jan 14, 2010

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

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

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

Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed that Fusion Middleware 11g does not include Oracle Single Sign-On.  For more details about this, see:
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Tuesday Dec 29, 2009

Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified with E-Business Suite

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

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

Certified Configurations

Two different architectures are certified:
  1. E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, 12.1.1:  Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 (11.1.1.2.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0).
     
  2. E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2:  Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 (11.1.1.2.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3).
Certified Operating System Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 9, 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
Certifications for other operating system platforms are currently underway and will be announced shortly.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.

What About Oracle Single Sign-On?

Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed that Fusion Middleware 11g does not include Oracle Single Sign-On.  For more details about this, see:
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Monday Dec 28, 2009

11gR2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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

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


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

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

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Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or later; or,
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or later
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
Pending Platform Certifications

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

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

Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit

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

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

Rolling Your Own Apps Templates using Oracle VM

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

Multiple VMs May Have Naming and IP Collisions

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

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

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

Initializing New Virtual Machines Upon First Startup

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

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

Your Feedback is Welcome

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

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Friday Dec 11, 2009

E-Business Suite 12.1.1 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

E-Business Suite Resources
General Oracle VM Resources
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Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Running E-Business Suite on Exadata V2

[December 28 2009 update:  E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified on 11gR2 Database, and can therefore run on Exadata V2.]

The Exadata Database Machine Version 2 was released at OpenWorld 2009 to great fanfare.  Since its unveiling, I've been getting a steady stream of questions from E-Business Suite customers who are intrigued by Exadata V2's potential.

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All 11gR2 Database Applications are Compatible

The E-Business Suite and other OLTP applications will run on the Exadata V2 system if they're certified with the 11gR2 Database on Linux. 
 
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i is certified on the 11gR2 database, so it can run on Exadata V2 today.

We're working on certifying Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on the 11gR2 Database right now.  As soon as that certification is completed, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 customers will be able to run on Exadata V2.

Apps Benchmarks are Coming Soon

As you can probably imagine, our Applications Performance Group was very excited to get access to one of these amazing machines.  They're working on a detailed set of performance benchmarks for the E-Business Suite on this hardware right now.
 
Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit me from discussing dates for either the R12+11gR2 Database certification or these benchmarks.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

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Thursday 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)
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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)
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Thursday Oct 08, 2009

11gR2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Database Feature Certifications Still Underway

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

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

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

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

Still Underway


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

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Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

Applications Change Management Pack 3.0 and Applications Management Pack 3.0 Now Available

Our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group recently released a new product, the Application Change Management Pack (ACMP), and a new version of their Application Management Pack (AMP).

The Application Change Management Pack is noteworthy because it provides three new tools for automating updates to multiple E-Business Suite instances:

  • Customization Manager automates the packaging of your customizations into AD-compliant packages that can be deployed across multiple E-Business Suite instances.  Before packaging, the Customization Manager validates your customizations against Oracle's software coding best practices.

    Screenshot of Application Change Management Pack showing package creation step

  • Patch Manager integrates with Oracle Metalink and automatically downloads and deploys different types of patches across multiple (single or multi-node) E-Business Suite instances.

    Screenshot of patch wizard acmp plug-in screen

  • Setup Manager helps manage functional setups that need to be duplicated across multiple E-Business Suite instances.

    Screenshot of ACMP Setup Manager screen

We've profiled the Application Management Pack in previous articles.  Application Management Pack extends Enterprise Manager Grid Control to monitor and managed E-Business Suite components.  Notable new features in Version 3.0 are:

  • Advanced Discovery: allows you to monitor and manage E-Business Suite systems running advanced topologies such as Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • EBS Administration:  provides a user interface to start or stop E-Business Suite components individually or the E-Business Suite as a whole
  • Hot cloning for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12:  Automates cloning of an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 system in hot mode, without shutting down the database. 
  • RAC cloning for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12:  Enables cloning of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 databases running Real Application Clusters to another RAC or single-node (non-RAC) environment.

Prerequisites

  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g Release 4 (10gR4)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.CU2 or
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or higher

Certifications for other operating system platforms, Enterprise Manager Grid Control release 10g Release 5, and other E-Business Suite releases are underway.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates for these certifications, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.

Licencing

Both Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite are separately licensed products. Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Version 3.0 is a mandatory prerequisite for Application Change Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Version 3.0 and should be licenced separately.

Downloads

The Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack are available as a single install using Oracle Universal Installer.  They can be downloaded via:

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Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 Certified with EBS 12

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) 10.1.8.4 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  If you missed our late-2007 announcement about this certification, here's a recap of the basics.  Secure Enterprise Search (SES) provides new search capabilities for R12: 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

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search screencap: Screen capture of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g with Assets Inquiry screen for E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3

For example, an authorized E-Business Suite user could use the search screen above to search for "Assets" in "Northpark," yielding the following results:

SES search results: Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g sample search results for an E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3 search

Prerequisites

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

  • 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 12.  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

Monday Dec 29, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.3.4 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday Nov 14, 2008

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

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

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

Prerequisites

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

Upcoming Certifications

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

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Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Database Vault 10.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i and 12

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

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

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Tuesday May 27, 2008

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

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

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified on the following new operating system platforms on the x86 architecture:
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10
For full details about operating system patches and other prerequisites for this certification, see:
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Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

Three New 64-Bit Database Tier Certifications for Apps 11i

[Feb 21, 2008 Update:  Corrected introduction from R12 to 11i.  Argh...]

Three new 64-bit database tier only certifications are now available for E-Business Suite Release 11i:  Oracle Enterprise Linux 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, and Sun Solaris.

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

Prerequisites

  • E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.9 CU2 or 11.5.10.2
  • Oracle Database Server 10gR2 version 10.2.0.3
Newly-Certified Platforms
  • Sun Solaris x64
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64 architectures
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64 architectures
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Wednesday Jun 28, 2006

10gR2 Database Split Configurations for Release 11i

[Feb 20, 2008 Update:  Added OEL 5 and RHEL 5 to list of supported platforms]

[June 22, 2007 Update:  Added additional platforms to list of supported database tier only configurations]

[Sep 15, 2006 Update:  Clarified minimum Apps prerequisite for this configuration.
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Here's some good news for those of you interested in E-Business Suite Release 11i split configurations, where the database and application tier servers are running on different operating systems.

Itanium Chip:

Our support for split configurations has been expanded to include database servers running the 10gR2 Database Version 10.2.0.2. This new configuration requires the E-Business Suite 11.5.9 CU2 at minimum, and currently applies to the following operating systems:
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM Linux on Power
  • IBM Linux on System z
  • Linux Itanium
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris x64
  • Windows Itanium
  • Windows x64
Our intrepid E-Business Suite Platform Engineering team is working on certifications for other platforms, too; please feel free to subscribe to this blog if you'd like to get notifications about new certifications as they're released.

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