Tuesday Jul 06, 2010

Latest DSTv14 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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If your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in January 2010 and released as DSTv13. DSTv14 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region
We last discussed the DSTv13 patches on this blog. The latest "DSTv14" timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv14 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv13 release:
  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • Africa/Tunis,
  • America/Argentina/San_Luis,
  • America/Argentina/San_Luis,
  • America/Tijuana, America/Santiago,
  • America/Asuncion,
  • Antarctica/Casey,
  • Antarctica/Davis,
  • Asia/Dacca,
  • Asia/Taipei,
  • Asia/Karachi,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Damascus,
  • Asia/Kamchatka,
  • Asia/Anadyr,
  • Europe/Samara,
  • Pacific/Easter,
  • Pacific/Fiji,
  • Pacific/Apia,
  • America/Ensenada,
  • Chile/Continental,
  • Asia/Dhaka,
  • ROC,
  • Chile/EasterIsland,
  • Mexico/BajaNorte
What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:
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Tuesday Apr 13, 2010

Critical Patch Update for April 2010 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2010 was released on April 13, 2010. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

Supported Products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:
The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:
  • July 13, 2010
  • October 12, 2010
  • January 18, 2011
  • April 19, 2011

Tuesday Apr 06, 2010

How Does AutoPatch Handle Shared E-Business Suite Products?

Space... is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is.
~ Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams could have been talking about the E-Business Suite.  Depending upon whom you ask (and how you count them), there are between 200 to 240 products in Oracle E-Business Suite. 

The products that make up Oracle E-Business Suite are tightly integrated. Some of these products are known as shared or dependent products. Installed and registered automatically by Rapid Install, such products depend on components from other products for full functionality.

For example:
  • General Ledger (GL) depends on Application Object Library (FND) and Oracle Receivables (AR)
  • Inventory (INV) depends on FND and GL
  • Receivables (AR) depends on FND, INV, and GL
It can sometimes be challenging to craft a patching strategy for these types of product dependencies.  To help you with that, our Applications Database (AD) team has recently published a new document that describes the actions AutoPatch takes with shared Oracle E-Business Suite products:
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This document complements the respective Oracle Applications Maintenance Utilities guides for both Apps 11i and 12 with additional information about:
  • Product dependencies and AutoPatch actions
  • File driver files
  • Installed products
  • Shared products
References
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Wednesday Mar 31, 2010

New EBS 12.0 AutoConfig Rollup 7 Now Available

AutoConfig manages the configuration of E-Business Suite environments.  The seventh and latest rollup patch for the AutoConfig engine and tools for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 is now available for download.  The official (and admittedly-cryptic) name for this EBS 12.0 patch is:
Screenshot of download page for AutoConfig TXK patch 9386653
Not for EBS 12.1 environments

This patch can only be applied to Apps 12.0.x environments.  If you're running Apps 12.1.1 or 12.1.2, you can safely ignore this announcement.  Remember that there's an easy way to check whether an R12 patch is intended for 12.0 or 12.1:
What's new?

Notable enhancements in this release include:
  • Editable parameters for selected JVM settings
  • Configuration changes needed to support the latest Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3 and 10.1.4 updates
  • Configuration changes needed to support 11gR2 database
  • Automatic redeployment of the formsapp.ear file when applying TXK interim patches.  Automation ensures that the formsapp.ear used by EBS 12.0 is kept synchronized with the latest patches and changes
  • Enhancements to the Techstack Inventory reports
This patch also contains contains the TXK AutoConfig template files needed to configure the Technology Stack for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 instances.  These template files have no effect on the E-Business Suite configuration until the AutoConfig utility is run.

Almost 30 bugs are fixed in this release, including:
  • Improved support for HP-Itanium
  • Improved support for Slovenian, Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian, and Vietnamese NLS translations in Forms 10g
  • Fixes for cloning-related issues
  • Improved cookie handling for Oracle Single Sign-On-enabled EBS environments
See the rollup's README for a complete list of fixes in this patchset.

This Rollup patch is cumulative:  it includes all E-Business Suite 12.0 technology stack configuration fixes that we've previously released either individually or in previous patch sets. 

References
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Monday Jan 25, 2010

Switching to Cumulative Critical Patch Updates for E-Business Suite 11i

[Editor:  This article is written by Krishna Kappaganti, a Director in our Applications Technology Integration group.  Krishna is part of the team that produces the quarterly Critical Patch Updates for E-Business Suite.]

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Historically with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, you were required to apply individual patches in the order specified in the E-Business suite Critical Patch Updates Knowledge document for that Critical Patch Update (CPU).  If you missed one or more Critical Patch Updates, you needed to review E-Business Suite Critical Patch Updates Knowledge documents related to all those missed CPUs and apply all listed patches one-by-one to come up to the latest required prerequisites.

Compare that process to applying Critical Patch Updates to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0 and 12.1), Oracle Database, and Oracle Fusion Middleware:  those products' CPUs are cumulative.  You can simply apply a single patch that contains all the fixes from previous Oracle security alerts and Critical Patch Updates and be at the latest CPU level.

With the introduction of CPU Cumulative Patches for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2, starting with CPUJan2010, things have changed in an important way.  E-Business Suite Release 11i sysadmins now have a convenient way of getting up-to-date on the latest Critical Patch Updates with a single patch.

What are CPU Cumulative Patches?

As you might infer from their name, CPU Cumulative Patches include the latest versions of all patches produced for the Oracle E-Business Suite baseline since the beginning of Critical Patch Updates on that baseline.  In other words, they include:
  • Patches contained in prior Critical Patch Updates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 on the baseline
  • Patches from previous Oracle security alerts applicable for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 on the baseline
  • Latest patches needed for the present Critical Patch Update

The CPU Cumulative Patches on the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 baseline are similar to those produced for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0 and 12.1).

How many Baselines do we have?

There are two baselines available for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2: ATG RUP 6 and ATG RUP 7.

The CPU Cumulative Patch on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 ATG RUP 6 can be applied by all Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 customers who have applied ATG RUP 6 to their environments.  Similarly the CPU Cumulative Patch on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 ATG RUP 7 can be applied by all Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 CU2 customers who have applied ATG RUP 7 to their environments.

Oracle E-Business Suite Release customers on the 11i10 baseline without Consolidated Update 2 continue to receive individual patches for Critical Patch Updates; no cumulative patch exists for that baseline.

[Editor: as of November 2010, EBS 11.5.10 Consolidated Update 2 will be part of the new minimum prerequisites for Extended Support for Apps 11i.  If you're not already running 11.5.10 CU2, you should make plans to apply this patch as soon as possble.]

How to apply the CPU Cumulative Patch

CPU Cumulative Patches can be applied like any other patch. The sequence is:

  1. Review the E-Business Suite CPU Knowledge document for the CPU.
  2. Apply all Database and Fusion Middleware patches applicable following the E-Business Suite CPU Knowledge document instructions and referring the other relevant CPU Knowledge documents.
  3. Identify the applicable Cumulative Patch for your E-Business Suite environment (ATG RUP 6 or ATG RUP 7)
  4. Apply the prerequisite patches following instructions in the README of the CPU Cumulative Patch. Note that the pre-requisite patches may vary depending on the products installed in your E-business Suite environment. It may sometimes be necessary for customers using certain products to move to a minimum supported level for that product.
  5. Apply the CPU Cumulative Patch.
  6. Apply the post-install patches following the instructions in README of the CPU Cumulative Patch. Note that the prerequisite patches may vary depending on the products installed in your E-business Suite environment.
References
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Friday Jan 22, 2010

Latest DSTv13 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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If your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date.  They were last changed in July 2009 and released as DSTv11.  DSTv13 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. 

Note that if you've prided yourself on keeping your environment up-to-date, you didn't miss DSTv12.  That version was not released externally.  DSTv13 is the next release after DSTv11.

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region
We last discussed the DSTv11 patches on this blog.  The latest "DSTv13" timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes in Olson tzdata 2009s and earlier time zone definitions.  DSTv13 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv11 release:
  • Africa/Cairo
  • America/Argentina/San_Luis
  • America/Buenos_Aires
  • America/Cordoba, America/Catamarca
  • America/Argentina/Tucuman
  • Antarctica/Casey
  • Antarctica/Davis
  • Antarctica/Mawson
  • Asia/Hong_Kong
  • Asia/Karachi
  • Asia/Gaza
  • Asia/Damascus
  • Europe/Samara
  • Indian/Mauritius
  • Pacific/Fiji
  • Pacific/Apia
  • Egypt
  • America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires
  • America/Argentina/Cordoba
  • America/Argentina/Catamarca
  • Asia/Dhaka, Hongkong
  • NZ-CHAT
  • America/Rosario
  • America/Argentina/ComodRivadavia   
What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:
What Have Your Experiences Been?

DST patching was a hot topic a few years ago, so much so that we convened some emergency web-based seminars for customers to clarify out the requirements for E-Business Suite environments. Since then, it seems like time zone patching has become more predictable and better-documented, and I haven't heard about any recent customer escalations in this area. I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences lately in keeping your Apps environment up-to-date with time zone patches; feel free to drop me an email or post a comment here with your thoughts.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Critical Patch Update for January 2010 Now Available

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Wednesday Oct 21, 2009

Critical Patch Update for October 2009 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2009 was released on October 20, 2009. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

Supported Products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:
The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:
  • January 12, 2010
  • April 13, 2010
  • July 13, 2010
  • October 12, 2010

Wednesday Sep 02, 2009

Critical Rollup Update for E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1.1

A critical Rollup Update for Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1.1 was released on August 21, 2009. It is a consolidated one-off fix to address some open issues in Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1.1. Patch 8459663 for Integrated SOA Gateway R12.1.1 is now available for download.

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Overview

Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) was released with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1. It allows Oracle E-Business Suite public integration interfaces to be exposed as standard web services. It allows integration between heterogeneous applications and allows you to deploy web services for consumption via standard web service clients.

Why is this Rollup Update Important?

This Rollup Update fixes outstanding bugs in ISG R12.1.1 and introduces key changes in SOAHeader elements. SOAHeader elements are SOAP Header elements defined by Integrated SOA Gateway for Web services through SOA Provider. It is used for setting appropriate application context for executing PL/SQL APIs in Oracle E-Business Suite.

Oracle highly recommends that all customers who have installed the Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.1.1 upgrade to this one-off patch as soon as possible

Key Enhancements and Fixes in Rollup Update
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One of the key changes with this release is change in SOAHeader elements in SOAP Requests for PL/SQL and Concurrent Program services. There are changes in element names and expected values in SOAHeader. Now instead of language dependent names, language independent key values should be sent in SOAP Request.  Other key enhancements & fixes include:
  • Support for SSL-based Web Service Invocation Over HTTPS
Service Invocation Framework now supports SSL-based Web service invocation using Server Authentication method.
  • Web Service NLS Compliance
In ISG R12.1.1, although we had the NLSLanguage element in SOAHeader, it was not used. Now, ISG supports Web service NLS compliance and it can consume SOAP requests in the language specified in the SOAHeader.
  • Security Grant on Overloaded Functions
Each of the overloaded function in a package can now be uniquely granted to a specific user, user group, or all users.
  • Standalone script to generate services for IREP interfaces
Some interfaces take long time to generate WSDL, and the Integration Repository UI may time out. Now, there's a standalone script to generate Web service artifacts.
  • Check to restrict simultaneous 'Generate Service' requests
Multiple requests to generate Web service for an integration interface are now restricted. 

References

For more information on mandatory consolidated one-off release, see:

Tuesday Jul 28, 2009

Latest Apps 11i Techstack (ATG RUP 7) Now Available

I'm very pleased to announce that the latest ATG Family Pack H Rollup 7 for the E-Business Suite Release 11i technology stack is now available for download from Metalink.

Screenshot of download page for patch 6241631

The official name for this patch is:

In other words, this is the seventh consolidated rollup of patches released on top of 11i.ATG_PF.H. For the Oracryptoanalysts out there who like to track nomenclature variants of these things, this patch is also referred to as the Applications Technology Group (ATG) Family Pack H Rollup 7.

This Rollup patch is a collection of technology-stack patches that can safely be applied on top of the ATG Family Pack H. This Rollup patch is cumulative: all previous patches released for Family Pack H since the initial 11.5.10 release are included in this latest patch, including:

Why Is This Rollup Important?

As with the previous ATG Rollup 6, we've spent a huge amount of effort both within the Applications Technology Group and across the entire Applications Suite to test and certify this Rollup patch.

Our focus for this latest Rollup has been to consolidate all known safe defect fixes, performance improvements and security enhancements into one well integrated and fully certified update. We also focused on eliminating as many "co-requisite" patches as possible (application product patches required to interoperate with new ATG Rollups), by working to restore backward compatibility with earlier application levels wherever possible.

Our standing recommendation is that all customers should make plans to move to Rollup 7 as quickly as possible, especially any customers who are not already at ATG Rollup 6.

Changes and Fixes in Rollup 7

Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.7 (RUP7) contains Oracle Applications Technology (ATG) security fixes for core ATG products from the January 2005 Critical Patch Update (CPUJan2005) through the July 2009  Critical Patch Update (CPUJul2009).

The following core ATG products are included in 11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.7: FND, OAM, OWF, FWK, JTT, JTA, TXK, XDO, ECX, EC, AK, ALR, UMX, BNE, and FRM.

ATG Family Pack H Rollup 7 (11i.ATG_PF.H RUP 7, Patch 6241631) includes a range of new features and bug fixes for:

Full details about what's new in RUP7 are listed here:

Prerequisites

Oracle Applications Technology ATG_PF.H RUP7 can be applied only to an existing Oracle Applications Release 11.5.10.2 system.  If you don't already have a running Release 11.5.10.2 (11.5.10 CU2) system, then you must first install the Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.

Special Advisory for Single Sign-On 10g Users

The SSO 10g Integration patch for Rollup 7 (Patch 6936696) has been released concurrently with this patch. It is available immediately for download. Details about upgrading your SSO-integrated environment to use this patch can be found in the latest version of Note 233436.1.

Supporting the Current and Previous ATG RUPs

Way back in 2006, in this blog's salad days, I posted this article:

Remember that our support baseline for the E-Business Suite is comprised of the current (N) and immediately preceding (N-1) ATG RUPs.  New EBS patches are tested and released on top of these two technology stack baseline configurations. 

What Does This Have to do with ATG RUP 7?

Apps 11i ATG RUP 7 is supported along with ATG RUP 6.  In other words, if you encounter any issues with ATG RUP 6 or 7, we'll be able to release new E-Business Suite patches for those configurations as necessary.

If your Apps 11i environment is still running ATG RUP 5 or older, you will no longer be able to request new patches for those technology stack levels.  You can still get access to existing patches, of course.

A Short Aside About Related Support Policies

This is similar but not identical to the support policy for our Server Technologies and Fusion Middleware products, which I've discussed in more detail in these important articles:

Remember that our Server Technologies and Fusion Middleware support policies are subtly different and from EBS policies:  they support the current (N), as well as the immediately preceding (N-1) release for 12 months after the N release.

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Monday Jul 13, 2009

Critical Patch Update for July 2009 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2009 was released on July 14th, 2009. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

Supported Products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • October 13, 2009
  • January 12, 2010
  • April 13, 2010
  • July 13, 2010

Friday Jul 10, 2009

Latest DSTv11 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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For reasons mysterious to me, world governments apparently like to change their timezones on a regular basis.  If your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment has been configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important that you keep your timezone definition files up-to-date.  They were last changed in February 2009, and they've been updated once again:  DSTv11 is now available and certified with the E-Business Suite.

Is Your Environment Affected?

 When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region.

We last discussed the DSTv10 patches on this blog.  The latest "DSTv11" timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definitions.  DSTv11 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv10 release:

  • Africa/Cairo
    Africa/Casablanca
    Africa/Tunis
    America/Adak
    America/Anchorage
    America/Argentina/Cordoba
    America/Argentina/Jujuy
    America/Argentina/Mendoza
    America/Argentina/Salta
    America/Argentina/San_Luis
    America/Atka
    America/Bogota
    America/Cordoba
    America/Eirunepe
    America/Havana
    America/Jujuy
    America/Juneau
    America/Lima
    America/Managua
    America/Mendoza
    America/Miquelon
    America/Nome
    America/Noronha
    America/Porto_Acre
    America/Resolute
    America/Rio_Branco
    America/Rosario
    America/Santiago
    America/Thule
    America/Yakutat
    Antarctica/Palmer
    Asia/Amman
    Asia/Baghdad
    Asia/Baku
    Asia/Choibalsan
    Asia/Damascus
    Asia/Gaza
    Asia/Hovd
    Asia/Istanbul
    Asia/Karachi
    Asia/Novosibirsk
    Asia/Samarkand
    Asia/Tashkent
    Asia/Ulaanbaatar
    Asia/Ulan_Bator
    Brazil/Acre
    Brazil/DeNoronha
    Chile/Continental
    Chile/EasterIsland
    Cuba
    Egypt
    Europe/Chisinau
    Europe/Istanbul
    Europe/Kaliningrad
    Europe/Kiev
    Europe/Samara
    Europe/Simferopol
    Europe/Tiraspol
    Europe/Vienna
    Europe/Warsaw
    Indian/Mauritius
    Pacific/Easter
    Poland
    Turkey
    US/Alaska
    US/Aleutian

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

What Have Your Experiences Been?

DST patching was a hot topic a few years ago, so much so that we convened some emergency web-based seminars for customers to clarify out the requirements for E-Business Suite environments. Since then, it seems like time zone patching has become more predictable and better-documented, and I haven't heard about any recent customer escalations in this area. I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences lately in keeping your Apps environment up-to-date with time zone patches; feel free to drop me an email or post a comment here with your thoughts.

Monday Jun 15, 2009

Interim Update: ATG RUP 7 for E-Business Release 11i

The last major update to the E-Business Suite Release 11i's technology stack was released in late 2007.  This is available via the Applications Technology Group Rollup Patchset 6, also known as ATG RUP 6.  Since then, we've been a little preoccupied with Apps 12.  Now that we've gotten three new R12 releases under our belts, our attentions are turning back to Apps 11i.

11i Technology Stack Architecture diagram

We've been working on ATG RUP 7 for EBS 11i for a while now.  ATG RUP 7 will deliver a consolidated set of the latest security, stability, and performance fixes for all E-Business Suite technology stack components.  Here's a quick update on where we stand in the development cycle for this new patchset.

ATG RUP 7 has just completed its development phase and is now in the formal testing phase for all E-Business Suite products.  Centralized divisional testing is underway now.  This is going smoothly.  We're going through the usual process of ironing out the inevitable issues that occur when such fundamental changes are made to the foundation of the E-Business Suite. 

It's expected that we will go through multiple interim builds of ATG RUP 7.  Each iterative test cycle requires product teams to retest to ensure that existing known issues are fixed, new features function as designed, and no new bugs (regressions) have been introduced.

Supporting the Current and Previous ATG RUPs

Way back in 2006, in this blog's salad days, I posted this article:

Remember that our support baseline for the E-Business Suite is comprised of the current (N) and immediately preceding (N-1) ATG RUPs.  New EBS patches are tested and released on top of these two technology stack baseline configurations. 

What Does This Have to do with ATG RUP 7?

When the upcoming Apps 11i ATG RUP 7 is released, it will be supported along with ATG RUP 6.  In other words, if you encounter any issues with ATG RUP 6 or 7, we'll be able to release new E-Business Suite patches for those configurations as necessary.

If your Apps 11i environment is on ATG RUP 5, you will no longer be able to request new patches for that technology stack level.  If your environment is running ATG RUP 4 or earlier, you already know that you haven't been able to request new patches for those older rollup patchsets.

A Short Aside About Related Support Policies

This is similar but not identical to the support policy for our Server Technologies and Fusion Middleware products, which I've discussed in more detail in these important articles:

Remember that our Server Technologies and Fusion Middleware support policies are subtly different and from EBS policies:  they support the current (N), as well as the immediately preceding (N-1) release for 12 months after the N release.

When Will ATG RUP 7 be Released?

As usual, I'm not permitted to discuss specific dates for unreleased software on this blog.  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.

Friday Apr 17, 2009

Products and Families and Versions - Oh, My!

[Oct 1, 2010 Update: Tweaked the Apps Unlimited section and updated EBS release versions]

[Apr 15, 2009 Update: Added EBS version names and numbers, database version names and numbers, latest version numbers of other components, and new definitions for Applications Unlimited, Consolidated Updates, Critical Patch Collections, Release Update Packs, and the ever-confusing "RUP".  Added link to one-page summary of EBS Certifications]

I spend a depressing amount of time explaining the relationships between Oracle marketing brands, products, product families, versions, and patchsets to customers as well as internal Oracle staff.  You're confused too?  Don't worry, you're not alone.  Here's a cheatsheet for the things I spend the most time explaining:

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12

An integrated suite of over 200 enterprise resource planning applications, including modules for Procurement, Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, Order Management, Payroll, Supply Chain Planning, Customer Call Centers, and many, many others.

Also Known As:  Oracle Applications, Oracle Apps, EBS, eBS, E-Biz, R11, 11i, R12, 12i (incorrect name!)

Oracle Application Server 10g

An integrated suite of development, runtime, and systems management tools, including Forms, JDeveloper, Oracle Application Server Containers for J2EE (OC4J), Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Portal, Discoverer, Web Cache, Integration, Oracle BPEL Process Manager, Business Activity Monitoring, Enterprise Manager, and others.

Also Known As:  OracleAS 10g, Application Server 10g, App Server 10g, AS10g, 10gAS, AS10gR1, AS10gR2, AS10gR3, 10gR2, 10gR3

Oracle Database

Well, it's Oracle's flagship product, so if I need to describe it, we're in real trouble.  This includes the Real Application Clusters (RAC) feature.  Everyone frequently confuses the Database with the Application Server products.  If someone says, "10gR2," the chances are pretty good that they're talking about the database, but it's always safe to verify that.

Also Known As:  8i, 9i, 10gR1, 10gR2, 11gR1, 11gR2

Fusion Middleware

A family of middleware products including Oracle Application Server as well as Grid, Business Intelligence, Business Process Management, Collaboration, Content Management, Data Integration, Developer Tools, Event Driven Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, SOA Governance, Transaction Processing, Identity Management, and other middleware tools.

Also Known As:  FMW, OFM

Fusion Applications

The next-generation of our integrated enterprise resource planning suite, representing the convergence of Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and perhaps even more to come. 

Also Known As:  Project Fusion, Fusion Apps

Applications Unlimited

This term officially refers to the lifetime support program for Oracle's applications product lines, including E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, Siebel, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards World, Hyperion Performance Management, Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, Agile Product Lifecycle Management, AutoVue Enterprise Visualization, and Oracle Fusion Applications.  This term is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to all of these products as a group -- it's not a "group," it's a formal program with support and release implications).

Also Known As:  Apps Unlimited, AU

E-Business Suite Release and Patch Naming Conventions

"Product Families"   Groups of applications modules that are functionally related.  For example, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Chart of Accounts are members of the Financials product family

"Emergency Patch" (a.k.a. interim patches)   A patch containing a fix for a specific bug for a specific product.  For example, Order Management might release patch 3968068 to fix a very tightly-defined bug.  Some emergency patches are released to fix a cluster of interrelated bugs.

"Product Mini-Pack"  A collection of bug fixes for a specific applications module.  For example, fixes for XML Publisher would be released in an XML Publisher mini-pack called 11i.XDO.H.

"Product Family Patchset"   A collection of product mini-packs for a specific, individual product family.  For example, fixes for Payroll, Benefits, and Training Administration would be released together in a Human Resources Suite Product Family Patchset called 11i.HR_PF.K.  New features are not supposed to be included in product family patchsets, but it happens. This is sometimes also called a Rollup Patchset, or RUP (see below).

"Recommended Patch List"  A list of individual patches for a specific product family that you should have applied.  These lists might include recommended emergency patches as well as product mini-packs.  If a product family recommends a patch via these lists, it's usually a very good idea to heed that.

"Critical Patch Collection"  This term was introduced for the EBS 12 codeline.  It includes the latest patches from the Recommended Patch List for a single EBS 12 product family.  If a product family (e.g. Financials) releases a new Critical Patch Collection, it's usually a very good idea to apply it at your earliest convenience.

"Maintenance Packs"   A comprehensive collection of all of the latest product family patchsets and new features.  For example, the 11.5.10.2 Maintenance Pack includes product family patchsets for Financials, Procurement, HR, Supply Chain, and everything else in the E-Business Suite.

"Consolidated Updates"   A large collection of all of the latest EBS 11i recommended patch lists, including new features.  Released after a maintenance pack, such as the Consolidated Update for 11.5.10.  This term is used only for EBS 11i.  The EBS 12 equivalent term is "Release Update Pack."

"Release Update Packs"  A large collection of all of the latest EBS 12 recommended patch lists, including new features.  This term is used only for EBS 12.  The EBS 11i equivalent term is "Consolidated Update."

"Technology Stack Updates"  Any combination of patchsets or mini-packs that change the underlying services that product families depend upon.  For example,  the latest Applications Technology Family Pack is released in 11i.ATG_PF.H.

Generally, fixes to functional applications products like iReceivables don't require changes to the E-Business Suite technology stack, and vice versa.  There are exceptions to that, of course, but that's our general strategy.

"RUP"  This one's a bit confusing since this term is used and abused in varying ways even internally within the E-Business Suite division.  Bear with me on this:

Remember that in the E-Business Suite Release 11i timeframe, a given product team (e.g. the Applications Technology Group) would release a Product Family Patchset that includes all previously-released patches, emergency patches, and new features.  This was often called a Rollup Patchset, or RUP.

In the E-Business Suite Release 12 timeframe, the term "Release Update Pack" is being used in place of "Consolidated Updates".  R12 Release Update Packs combine patches created across several E-Business Suite product families. Given the way neologisms form, these became referred to in shortened form as "RUPs" too.

Still with me?  In EBS 11i, RUP referred to a single product family patchset, while in EBS 12, RUP generally refers to a consolidated update spanning multiple products.  Now brace yourself.  Here's the confusing part:

In EBS 12, we're also still releasing product family patchsets, and -- wait for it -- they're sometimes called rollup patchsets, too.  These R12 rollup patchset references will invariably be shortened to RUP, too.  So, there are two definitions of "RUP" even within the R12 codeline.

Tip:  If someone refers to a RUP in your presence, make sure that you clarify whether it's a "Release Update Pack" or a "Rollup Patchset."  The difference between the two is vast.

Oracle E-Business Suite Releases

Applications 10.7 Network Computing Architure (10.7 NCA)

Applications Release 11

  • 11.0.3

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

  • 11.5.1 - 11.5.10
  • 11.5.10 Consolidated Update 1, 11.5.10.CU1 or 11.5.10.1
  • 11.5.10 Consolidated Update 2, 11.5.10.CU2 or 11.5.10.2

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

  • 12.0.0
  • 12.0.1
  • 12.0.2
  • 12.0.3
  • 12.0.4
  • 12.0.5 (HRMS and Financials only)
  • 12.0.6
  • 12.0.7 (HRMS only)
  • 12.0.8 (HRMS only)
  • 12.1.1
  • 12.1.2
  • 12.1.3

Oracle Application Server 10g Releases

OracleAS 10g Release 1 (10gR1)
  • Version 9.0.4.0
  • Version 9.0.4.1
  • Version 9.0.4.2
OracleAS 10g Release 2 (10gR2)
  • Version 10.1.2.0.0
  • Version 10.1.2.0.2
  • Version 10.1.2.1
OracleAS 10g Release 3 (10gR3)
  • Version 10.1.3

Oracle Database Server Releases

Oracle 8i

Oracle 9i Release 2 (9iR2)

  • 9.2.0.7
  • 9.2.0.8

Oracle 10g Release 1 (10gR1)

  • 10.1.0.4
  • 10.1.0.5

Oracle 10g Release 2 (10gR2)

  • 10.2.0.2
  • 10.2.0.3
  • 10.2.0.4

Oracle 11g Release 1 (11gR1)

  • 11.1.0.6
  • 11.1.0.7
Patch Compatibility and Certification Matrix

Here's where I lose the three remaining readers of this post.

Only specific versions of Oracle products work together.  It's critical to check whether a specific patch works with your configuration.

It's a tricky system to use, but the final word on all supported configurations is captured in a massive database called Certify.  To access this system, log on to MetaLink and click the Certify tab in the upper-right corner.

It's easy to get lost in Certify, and it's sometimes very hard to get an answer to a simple question.  If you get stuck, the best route is to log a Service Request and let an Oracle Support Engineer wade through the Certify database for you.

A Simplified Version of Certify

Certify is the official repository for all Oracle certifications.  It's tricky to use, so you may find a simplified summary of all E-Business Suite technology stack certifications useful.  Hit the "Certifications" link in the menubar above, or just navigate to it directly here:

Whew.  Let's move on to more interesting topics; this one felt too much like real work.

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Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

Critical Patch Update for April 2009 Now Available

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Thursday Feb 26, 2009

On Apps Tier Patching and Support: A Primer for E-Business Suite Users

The Oracle Server Technologies division issued some important updates to their support policies in the following document:

I discussed the implications of the database-related policy updates for E-Business Suite users in this recently-published article.  It's time to discuss the implications of these policy updates for E-Business Suite application tier servers and externally-integrated Oracle Application Server instances.  This article also discusses the E-Business Suite application tier certification process and the safety of applying interim Fusion Middleware patches to your Apps environments. 

If you've read the previous article about database patching implications, parts of this new article will sound very familiar.  But stick with us; the implications for E-Business Suite application tier servers are subtly different and it's important that EBS sysadmins get the whole picture for both tiers.

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Wednesday Feb 11, 2009

Latest DSTv10 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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I surmise that career politicians and government bureaucrats have good reasons for changing their countries' timezones.  There must be some tangible benefit of doing it, given how frequently they like to do this.  So, here we go again, with yet-another round of international timezone changes for your E-Business Suite environments.

Is Your Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region.
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Thursday May 29, 2008

Master DST + Time Zone Documentation for Release 12

[May 30, 2008 update: Corrected typo and Note number.  Argh.  TGIF...]

Time is out of joint; O cursed spite / That ever I was born to set it right!

~ Shakespeare, Hamlet

When E-Business Suite Release 12.0.0 was originally released last year, it included the latest available support for all of the world time zones.  Since then, a number of countries and regions have changed their time zone definitions, including:

Country / Region
Effective Date
United States / Canada
11-Mar-2007
New Zealand / Chatham Islands
30-Sep-2007
Egypt
7-Sep-2007
Brazil
14-Oct-2007
Venezuela
9-Dec-2007
Argentina
30-Dec-2007
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
South Australia
Victoria
Tasmania
6-Apr-2008

If you do business with these countries or others that have changed their time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST) definitions recently, your E-Business Suite Release 12 environment may require patching.

For details, see:
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Saturday May 17, 2008

Release Update Packs 12.0.5 for Financials and HRMS Now Available

[July 2, 2008 Update: Removed references to specific numbers of issues fixed.]

This announcement isn't really directly-related to the E-Business Suite technology stack, but it can't hurt to highlight this news here since it affects so many of our readers.   Oracle Financials and Oracle Human Resources Management System (HRMS) have released two new product family Release Update Packs for E-Business Release 12.0.5.  These cumulative product family RUPs include error corrections, statutory/regulatory updates, and functionality enhancements that were made available after the initial release of Oracle E-Business Suites 12.0.

The naming convention for E-Business Suite Release 12 until now has been that a "Release Update Pack" comprises bug fixes for all product families.  These were called Consolidated Updates in Release 11i. 

This is the first time I've seen the term "Release Update Pack" used to refer to fixes for a specific product family for Release 12.  You should be aware that these latest 12.0.5 RUPs don't include fixes for any other E-Business Suite application modules except Financials or HRMS.  Regardless of what they're called, R12 sysadmins can now download two new patchsets:


Oracle Financials Release Update Pack 12.0.5

This patch can be downloaded as Patch 6836355, and its contents are documented in Oracle Financials Software Updates, Release Update Pack 6 (Metalink Note 565898.1).

Oracle HRMS Release Update Pack 12.0.5

This patch can be downloaded as Patch 6610000, and its contents are documented in Oracle HRMS Software Updates, Release Update Pack 5 (Metalink Note 565977.1).


References

New functionality for both RUPs is described in:
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Monday May 05, 2008

New Apps 11i AutoConfig + Templates Rollup Patch S Now Available

[June 18, 2008 Update: Mentioned the Oracle Diagnostics regression fix]

[May 6, 2008 Update: Clarified that Developer 6i patchset 18 was recommended in Jan2007 CPU]


[Editor's Note:  Ivo Dujmovic leads the hard-working Applications Technology Integration development team responsible for the E-Business Suite's technology stack and configuration management tools, including AutoConfig and its associated templates.  He's been providing deep technical guidance for this blog from the wings since its inception, so we're very lucky to have his direct contributions for this particular announcement.  I'm skipping the customary introductory article for him in the interest of getting this article published quickly, but we'll get a proper public welcome out for him soon.]


The latest TXK Rollup Patch S (Patch 6372396) is now released and is generally available for download from Oracle Metalink. The official name for this patch is:



TXK Rollup S: Screenshot of Metalink download page for TXK AutoConfig and Templates Rollup Patch S (APRIL/MAY 2008, Patch 6372396)



What's Included


This Rollup patch is cumulative:  it includes all E-Business Suite technology stack configuration fixes that we've previously released either individually or in patch sets such as  TXK Autoconfig Rollup Patch R (October/November 2007) and TXK AutoConfig Rollup Patch Q (Jul/Aug 2007).


But that's not all!  For completeness we have also added TXK Advanced Utilities Rollup Patch C (APRIL 2006) and other subsequent fixes in this area.


For more details about this patch's contents, see the README.  In the near future, we will also publish a couple of separate blog articles on the new features we are introducing.


Additional New Prerequisites


In addition to previous Oracle Home technology stack prerequisites (identified at patch-time via txkprepatchcheck utility), we have picked up a new ORACLE_HOME dependency on:




In the APPL_TOP, we picked up dependencies on fairly old and well-adopted rollups:



We know that part of the reason why our TXK RUPs enjoy such high adoption rates (thousands of downloads per quarter) is that they are self-contained. At this point in time, we have decided that taking up a wider set of well-adopted dependencies is a minimal price to pay for providing customers with all the latest technology configuration management functionality.


Please tell us if you find these additional requirements burdensome!

News:  TXK RUP S conflicts with Oracle
Diagnostics, introducing bug:

7126196  IZU_TOP GONE/LOST
AFTER AUTOCONFIG UPGRADE

If you use Oracle Diagnostics, please apply the patch for bug 7126196.


References


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Monday Apr 21, 2008

What Happened to E-Business Suite Release 12.0.5?

[May 29, 2008 update:  They don't meet the definition of a Release Update Pack that's been used for R12 so far, but two 12.0.5 product family updates for the Financials and HRMS product families are now available.  See this article for details.]


Up until now, a new E-Business Suite Release 12.0.x Release Update Pack (RUP) has been released in the same general time-frame as each new Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU).  For example, the January 2008 Critical Patch Update was released concurrently with the E-Business Suite 12.0.4 Release Update Pack.

E-Business Suite 12.0.4 Patch 6435000: Screenshot of download site for E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 Release Update Pack Patch 6435000

This pattern changed with the recent Oracle Critical Patch Update for April 2008.  The April 2008 CPU was not released concurrently with a corresponding E-Business Suite Release 12.0.5 Release Update Pack.  Sharp-eyed readers have asked whether an upcoming Release 12.0.5 is still in the pipeline.

Here's an update on our plans, based on what was being shared in various sessions at last week's Collaborate conference (notably, Cliff Godwin's sessions):  As of today, it appears that there are no plans for Release 12.0.5.  Instead, it appears that new Family Packs for Financials and Human Resources (HRMS) are planned for customers currently on the 12.0.x codeline.

It's important to note that this is breaking news and is still subject to change.  As usual, I'm afraid that I don't have any information about dates for these updates.  I'll provide more details about our plans for these forthcoming updates as soon as they're available.

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The above 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 decisions.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. 

Tuesday Nov 27, 2007

Which Are Better: Family Packs or Consolidated Updates?

Boy, is my inbox going to get hammered because of this article.  But when have I shied from controversy?  (Always, a cynical voice mutters).  Nevertheless, into the breach I charge.

11.5.10.CU2 Download screenshot: Screenshot of Metalink download site for E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10 Consolidated Update #2 download

A recurring question raised at OpenWorld came from customers debating between applying individual Family Packs or the much larger Consolidated Updates to their E-Business Suite environments.  Which is better?

If I Were An IT Manager

I understand your dilemma:  maintenance windows grow tighter by the day.  Staffing levels don't keep pace with rising workloads.  Risk-averse stakeholders pressure you to keep the system unchanged -- all the while clamoring for their own personally-reported bugs to be fixed immediately.  Given this climate, anything that looks like it makes your life more complex is going to be summarily rejected.

If I had the choice of applying a random and arbitrary combination of individual family packs (e.g. FWK.H + AD.I + XDO.H) or applying a single Consolidated Update (e.g. 11.5.10.CU2), I'd choose the latter without hesitation.  If I had had the choice, Consolidated Updates are unquestionably what I'd choose.

Pulling Back the Curtain

The recommendation to apply a much larger patchset with broader impact might seem irrational, especially given what I just acknowledged is the typical IT environment.  But bear with me:  this may make more sense if I give you a glimpse into our development and testing processes.

How Consolidated Updates are Tested

Consolidated Updates (CU) are tested by the entire E-Business Suite development division in a central testing environment.  In fact, Consolidated Updates are repeatedly tested in multiple iterations of these centralized testing environments, some built for automated regression testing, others for cross-product integration flows (e.g. "Order to Cash"), and even others built for internationalization testing with NLS character sets and localizations. 

We also test multiple migration paths to a given Consolidated Update.  For example, the 11.5.10.CU2 Consolidated Update was tested on top of the 11.5.9 Rapid Install, 11.5.9.CU2, the 11.5.10 Rapid Install, and 11.5.10.CU1.

On top of all that, Consolidated Updates are tested in a variety of so-called "advanced architectural configurations" that include load-balancers, DMZs, Single Sign-On, Discoverer, SSL, RAC, different JInitiator versions, different native Sun Java (JRE) plug-ins, different desktop platforms (e.g. Windows and Mac OS X), and so on. 

And then, just because we have too much free time on our hands, the Consolidated Updates are tested on various operating system platforms, including Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and so on.

How Individual Family Packs are Tested

Individual Family Packs are tested by their respective product teams.  They receive product team manual testing and automated regression testing.  Depending on the product, they may receive some additional central testing by multiple product teams or in with advanced configurations, but this is relatively rare.

You can see that there are fundamental and profound differences in the depth and range of Consolidated Updates vs. Family Pack testing.  A Consolidated Update receives massive, intensive, coordinated testing across all E-Business Suite products.

A reasonable analogy might be:  Family Packs are to Consolidated Updates as emergency one-time patches are to Family Packs. 

The Sum of the Parts Does Not Equal the Whole

Here's something else to consider:  let's say that FIN_PF.G is in 11.5.10.CU2 (this is just an example -- I don't know if this is actually true).  Even if you install FIN_PF.G on top of 11.5.9, you aren't officially on 11.5.10.CU2 since you haven't applied the actual 11.5.10.CU2 patchset.  If you haven't explicitly applied 11.5.10.CU2 itself, Oracle Support does not consider you to be on that code level, regardless of the sum of the individual Family Packs that you might have applied.

So, when 11.5.9 is desupported, your calls to Oracle Support will prompt the usual  discussions about being on a desupported release, even though your individual family packs may be up-to-date to 11.5.10.CU2. 

Sometimes "More" is Better

Knowing all that, I always recommend applying the latest Consolidated Update instead of individual Family Packs.  This guarantees an end-run around the hassles of possible family pack incompatibilities and desupport issues.  In my view, the initial larger overhead of applying a bigger patch is far outweighed by the benefits.

I know that this will be a controversial position for some of you, so I welcome your comments. Let the debate begin...

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Friday Oct 19, 2007

Critical Patch Update for October 2007 Now Available

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Tuesday Oct 16, 2007

Apps Release 12.0.3 Release Update Pack Now Available

 

The third major update for Apps Release 12 is now available for download from Metalink:

Patch 6141000 download screenshot: Screenshot of download screen for Applications 12.0.3 Release Update Pack 3 patch 6141000

A RUP by Any Other Name...

To revisit oft-confused terminology once again:  In Release 11i, we have these things called Rollup Patches, which inexplicably became known as "RUPs."  Release 11i Rollup Patches contain patches for a single product family (e.g. ATG Family Pack H Rollup 4).

In Release 12, we're now shipping these things called Release Update Packs.  Given the way that neologisms form, it's inevitable that these
will be called "RUPs" too.  The difference is that the R12 Release Update Packs combine patches created across several E-Business Suite product families. 

If you're paying attention, it should be dawning on you about now that "Release Update Packs" in Release 12 are the equivalent of
"Consolidated Updates" in Release 11i.  These are big, important patches.

What's New in Release Update Pack 3?

Regardless of what it's called, the third Release Update Pack for Release 12 contains fixes for the following areas, with details in the listed
Metalink Notes:
Includes October 2007 Critical Patch Updates

Just like the previous Apps 12.0.1 Release Update Pack and Apps 12.0.2 Release Update Pack, there's a gem buried in all of this:  the Apps 12.0.3 Release Update Patch includes all of the security fixes released in the October 2007 Critical Update Patch (CPUOct2007).

Upgrading the Whole Thing or Just Specific Parts?

If you're looking for the latest new functionality, fixes, and updates for all Release 12 functional applications and the E-Business Suite's technology stack, apply the Apps 12.0.3 Release Update Pack.

You can also update specific Apps functional applications (such as Financials, Supply Chain, or Human Resources).  See the Metalink Notes
for each of the individual products listed above.

If you're just interested in getting the latest Apps technology stack updates and don't wish to update your functional applications, you can apply just
the Oracle Applications Technology Software Update 12.0.3 (Patch 6077669), also known as R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.3. 

More details about new Applications Technology Stack features and updates can be found in this article.

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Friday Oct 12, 2007

Latest Apps 11i Techstack (ATG RUP 6) Now Available

Here's another big release this week:  the latest Family Pack H Rollup 6 for the E-Business Suite Release 11i technology stack is now available for download from Metalink.

ATG RUP 6 download page screenshot: Screenshot of download page for patch 5903765 (technology stack update) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

The official name for this patch is:
In other words, this is the sixth consolidated rollup of patches released on top of 11i.ATG_PF.H.  For the Oracryptoanalysts out there who like to track nomenclature variants of these things, this patch is also referred to as the Applications Technology Group (ATG) Family Pack H Rollup 6. 

This Rollup patch is a collection of technology-stack patches that can safely be applied on top of the ATG Family Pack H. This Rollup patch is cumulative:  all previous patches released for Family Pack H since the initial 11.5.10 release, including Rollup 5, are included in this latest patch.  Rollup 5 is superceded by this latest Rollup.

Why Is This Rollup Important?

As with the previous ATG Rollup 5, we've spent a huge amount of effort both within the Applications Technology Group and across the entire Applications Suite to test and certify this Rollup patch.

Our focus for this latest Rollup has been to consolidate all known safe defect fixes, performance improvements and security enhancements into one well integrated and fully certified update.  We also focused on eliminating as many "co-requisite" patches as possible (application product patches required to interoperate with new ATG Rollups), by working to restore backward compatibility with earlier application levels wherever possible.

Our standing recommendation is that all customers should make plans to move to Rollup 6 as quickly as possible, especially any customers who are not already at ATG Rollup 5.

Changes and Fixes in Rollup 6

Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.6 (RUP6) contains Oracle Applications Technology (ATG) security fixes for core ATG products from the January 2005 Critical Patch Update (CPUJan2005) through the July 2007 Critical Patch Update (CPUJul2007).

The following core ATG products are included in 11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.6: FND, OAM, OWF, FWK, JTT, JTA, TXK, XDO, ECX, EC, AK, ALR, UMX, BNE, and FRM.

ATG Family Pack H Rollup 6 (11i.ATG_PF.H RUP 6, Patch 5903765) includes a range of new features and bug fixes for:
  • Oracle Applications Framework (OAF)
  • Oracle Application Object Library (AOL)
  • AutoConfig
  • Oracle Workflow
Prerequisites

Oracle Applications Technology ATG_PF.H RUP6 can be applied only to an existing Oracle Applications Release 11i system running Oracle Applications Technology Family Pack 11i.ATG_PF.H, which is included in Oracle Applications Release 11.5.10. If you don't already have a running Release 11.5.10 system, then you must first install the Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 or patch up to Applications Technology Family Pack 11i.ATG_PF.H.

Special Advisory for Single Sign-On 10g Users

The SSO 10g Integration patch for Rollup 6 (Patch 6117031) has been released concurrently with this patch.  It is available immediately for download.  Details about upgrading your SSO-integrated environment to use this patch can be found in the latest version of Metalink Note 233436.1.

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