By Steven Chan - EBS-Oracle on Oct 22, 2015
Reasons to Apply RPC4
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 has been available for a
while, and over its lifetime has been significantly enhanced in numerous
ways. These enhancements and fixes are provided as individual patches,
product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific
Recommended Patch Collections (RPC).
For example, there are Recommended Patch Collections for Financials products such as General Ledger and Payables. On the technology side, there are patchsets such as the OA Framework 184.108.40.206 Consolidated Update Patch.
Identifying and applying all the individual patches, RUPs, and RPCs you need can be time-consuming. Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.
Patches included in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ RPC4
are also available individually, and may contain conditions and
prerequisites relevant to their application. RPC4 includes all the
recommended patches, along with their dependencies. Applying this patch
in a single downtime patching window saves effort and time, rather than
applying each recommended patch individually.
What's Included in RPC4?
The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC4 patchset includes the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the
following Oracle E-Business Suite products and product families:
- Applications Technology (ATG)
- Oracle Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Oracle Financials (FIN)
- Oracle Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
- Oracle Procurement (PRC)
- Oracle Projects (PJ)
- Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM)
- Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP)
- Oracle Business Intelligence (BIS)
Is it necessary to apply this RPC if I only use a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products?
Applying this RPC is recommended, even if you are using only a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products. The patching utility 'adpatch' takes care of the files to be applied and generates them based on the product installation status.
Applying this RPC on top of already applied individual Family Packs
will not harm your system because the patching utility 'adpatch' skips
the files already applied on the system. You can apply the latest
available RPC on your system.
A patch I need isn't included in this RPC. Why not?
This RPC combines recommended patches that were released after Release 12.1.3 into a single, integrated and regression-tested patch to help ensure a successful installation. If you don't find the patch in the RPC, it is likely that the patch was released after the patch list for the specific RPC was frozen or the patch was not marked "recommended" at the time the list was generated.
Should I only install the latest RPC? Do I have to install all
prior RPCs? Should I install later individual product family RPCs?
To keep your system up-to-date with the most current Oracle E-Business Suite recommended patches, you should only apply the latest available RPC (which supersedes any prior release suitewide RPC) and thereafter either install individual product-level recommended patches as required or install the next suitewide level RPC when it becomes available.