Friday Oct 25, 2013

WebCenter 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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

WebCenter Development Framework

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

Certified Platforms

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

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

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Friday Sep 06, 2013

WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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

WebCenter Development Framework

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

Certified Platforms

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

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

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Friday Jun 07, 2013

WebCenter 11.1.1.7 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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

WebCenter Development Framework

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

Certified Platforms

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

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Thursday May 03, 2012

WebCenter 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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

WebCenter Development Framework

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

Certified Platforms

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

References

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Wednesday May 02, 2012

Portal 11.1.1.6 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

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

Certified Platforms

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

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter

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

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Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

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

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

WebCenter Development Framework

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

Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.1)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (RHEL 5)
  • IBM: Linux on System z (SLES 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2003 R2, 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Friday Oct 28, 2011

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

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

Table showing Fusion Middleware support timelines

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

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

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

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

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Monday Jul 25, 2011

Creating Custom WSRP Portlets with EBS R12 Portlet Generator

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 comes with a small number of prebuilt portlets that can be used with Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Portal:  Applications Navigator, Favorites, and Worklist.  These portlets are JSR-168 and WSRP-compliant and can be used with third-party web development tools.

While those portlets do what you'd expect, you might need more options for embedding EBS functionality into your custom corporate websites.  That's possible -- you can create your own custom portlets using the EBS R12 Portlet Generator.

Conceptual diagram showing OAF Portlet Generator flow

The Portlet Generator lets you convert existing standalone Oracle Application Framework regions into portlets.  These converted portlets can be integrated into any JSR-168/WSRP-compatible portal.

As you might expect, there are very specific conditions in which you can extract OA Framework regions into standalone portlets.  For more information about prerequisites and tips on using the Portlet Generator, see the Developer Tools section (Chapter 16) in the following guide:

Have you used this tool?

This is a relatively new tool, and our development team is very interested in hearing about your experiences with it.  If you have any feedback or suggestions, please post a comment here or drop me a private email with your thoughts.

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Wednesday May 18, 2011

WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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

Oracle WebCenter screenshot

WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.4 (a.k.a. Patchset 3) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.6 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 earlier this year

For installation and configuration documentation, see:

Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Wednesday May 11, 2011

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

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

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

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

Roadmap diagram showing Portal upgrade paths

New platforms certified for R12

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

New platforms certified for 11i:

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

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

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Friday Feb 18, 2011

Portal 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite

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

Portal 11g (11.1.1.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Portal 11.1.1.4 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.4.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 3.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher
If you're running a previous version of Portal, there are a number of certified and supported upgrade paths to Portal 11g (11.1.1.4):
upgrade_1111_paths.png
Platforms certified for R12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Platforms certified for Release 11i
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Other platform certifications still underway

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

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Wednesday Nov 03, 2010

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

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

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

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for 12.1.1 or higher only)
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
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Monday Oct 11, 2010

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

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

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

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

upgrade_1111_paths.png

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

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

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Tuesday Oct 05, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday Jul 13, 2010

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

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

WC11gWelcome.png
WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher).  WebCenter 11g version 11.1.1.2 (a.k.a. Patchset 1) was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 earlier this year

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

upgrade_1111_paths.png
Certified EBS 11i Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
References
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Friday Oct 16, 2009

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

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

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

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

This presentation covers:

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

Wednesday Apr 08, 2009

WebCenter 10g 10.1.3.4 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

Oracle Web Center is a suite of development tools that can be used to build web-based applications using technologies such as SOA, JSR-168, and WSRP.  The Oracle WebCenter Framework allows you integrate E-Business Suite Release 12 portlets into a custom web-based application.

We certified Web Center 10.1.3.3 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 last May.  Following up on that certification train, Web Center 10.1.3.4 is now certified with Apps 12 (12.0.4 and higher).

CreateApps: Screenshot of Oracle JDeveloper showing the initial dialog box for creating a new WebCenter application

For full details, see:

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86-32
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM AIX
  • Microsoft Windows 2003

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Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Integrating Apps 12 Portlets with Third-Party Portals

Here's the latest update on the ever-popular subject of integrating the E-Business Suite Release 12 with third-party portals. 

11i Apps Navigator:

What's Possible in Release 11i Today

You already know that the E-Business Suite Release 11i portlets are written to work exclusively with Oracle Portal.  These portlets can't be plugged into third-party portal solutions.  We don't have any plans to rewrite these portlets for Release 11i, so what you see is what you will get for the foreseeable future for 11i.

Before we look ahead to the future and Release 12, here's a two-word summary of what's possible today in terms of third-party portal integration with Release 11i:  bookmarkable links.

If someone who hasn't logged in attempts to access protected E-Business Suite content, they're automatically redirected to either the E-Business Suite login page or Oracle Single Sign-On, the latter if the environment has been integrated with Oracle Application Server 10g.  Once the user logs in, she's redirected back to the protected E-Business Suite content that she was originally trying to reach.

Links to E-Business Suite content, therefore, can be bookmarked -- either in a browser, or added as links on a third-party portal page.  Admittedly, this might be pretty thin gruel for those of you expecting more, but that's what's available in Release 11i today.

What's Possible in Release 12

The E-Business Suite Release 12.0 ships with WSRP 1.0-compliant versions of the following portlets:
  • Applications Navigator
  • Applications Favorites
  • Applications Worklist
WSRP-compliant versions of other product team portlets (e.g. Balanced Scorecard) have not been released yet.  If you're interested in finding out the status of those product-specific portlets, your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via Oracle Metalink against the specific Applications product in question.  This has the additional benefit of letting the product team know that you're interested in these upgrades, too.  You'd be amazed the effect that even a few of these Service Requests can have.

Not Supported:  Embedding Page Regions in Third-Party Portals

Many Applications 12 screens are based on the Oracle Applications Framework (OAF).  These screens are displayed in HTML and appear in certified browsers like IE and Firefox. 

It's tempting to assume that it would be possible to take regions of these screens -- or even the entire pages themselves -- and embed them in third-party portals.  More advanced readers will be musing about things like IFRAMES right about now. 

Unfortunately, this is not supported -- either for Release 11i or Release 12.  OA Framework based pages assume that they own the top of the Document Object Model (DOM).  This is not true if the pages are embedded in a third-party portal.  Attempting to do this will cause a range of unpredictable behavior.

This is a known restriction with the versions of OA Framework provided with Apps 11i and 12.  Our OAF team is looking into ways of changing this in future releases.  I don't have details about their plans that can be shared here yet, unfortunately.  As usual, you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this column for updates on this.

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

Saturday Aug 11, 2007

Portal 10g (10.1.4.1) Certified with Apps 11i and 12

Oracle Portal 10g (10.1.4.1) is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  Apps 11i and 12 users can integrate their environments with custom portals built with Oracle Portal.

Applications Navigator Portlet R12:


Supported Configurations

Release 11i
  • E-Business Suite 11.5.8 and higher
  • Portal 10g 10.1.4.1
Release 12
  • E-Business Suite 12.0.0 and higher
  • Portal 10g 10.1.4.1
Upgrading to Portal 10g 10.1.4.1

E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 customers can get to Portal 10g 10.1.4.1 in the following ways:
  1. Install Portal 10.1.4 and upgrade it to 10.1.4.1 by applying the Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 Patch Set 2 (10.1.2.2)
  2. Install Portal 10.1.2.0.2, upgrade it to Portal 10.1.4, and then upgrade to 10.1.4.1 by applying the Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 Patch Set 2 (10.1.2.2)
For More Information
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Friday Aug 03, 2007

End of Premier Support for Portal and Login Server 3.0.9

We deliver new patches and fixes for products while they're covered by Premier Support.  As of July 31, 2007, Premier Support has officially ended for Portal 3.0.9, Login Server 3.0.9, and Oracle Internet Directory 3.0.1 for E-Business Suite customers. 
Portal Upgrade Paths:

In addition, in December 2006 Sun has since desupported JDK 1.3, the prerequisite for Portal and Login Server 3.0.9.  So, there's no putting it off any longer:  it's really time to upgrade now.

Possible Prerequisites for Future ATG Rollups?

If Oracle's desupport of Portal 3.0.9 combined with Sun's desupport of JDK 1.3 aren't sufficient to convince you that it's time to upgrade, here's one more thing to consider:  future ATG Rollups may include dependencies that force existing Portal 3.0.9 users to upgrade to Portal 10g.

We are considering updating our ATG Family Pack Rollup packaging to include the heretofore-separate Single Sign-On 10g integration code.  The latter patch has been released separately for customers interested in integrating their environments with Oracle Application Server 10g. 

If the Single Sign-On 10g integration code is included in a future ATG Family Pack Rollup, say -- strictly hypothetically --ATG RUP 7, then existing Portal 3.0.9 users will have to upgrade to Portal 10g before they can apply the latest ATG Family Pack Rollup. 

It is expected that Release 11i environments using FND_USER-based authentication (instead of Login Server 3.0.9) will be unaffected by this change in packaging.  That is, if you're using FND_USER-based authentication today, you should be able to continue doing so even if the SSO 10g integration code is included in the latest ATG Family Pack Rollup.  But (and this is an important "but") this is subject to our internal validations of this configuration. 

Bottom Line:  Upgrade to Portal 10g Now

Regardless of what transpires with our inchoate changes to future ATG Family Pack Rollups, the following conclusion is inescapable:  if your Apps 11i environment is still on Portal 3.0.9, you should start your upgrade to Portal 10g immediately.

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Monday May 07, 2007

OracleAS 10g Upgrade Paths

[May 9, 2007 Update:  Corrected legend typo from OCSM to OCMS.  "OCMS" represents Oracle Communication & Mobility Server.  Elaborated on certification stance to remind readers that although OracleAS 10g 10.1.3 is part of Release 12's techstack, it can't be upgraded in place right now.]


There are a lot of Oracle Application Server 10g releases.  I find it challenging to keep them straight myself, so I can only imagine how hard it must be for you to sort out upgrade paths between the various releases.  In response to popular demand at this year's Collaborate conference, here are my personal cheatsheet diagrams that I use to find upgrade paths between the various OracleAS 10g releases. 



A Hand-Drawn Map Through the Woods

A word of caution:  I've reviewed this information with our Oracle Application Server Release Managers, but these charts don't represent official documentation from Oracle Application Server Development.  In fact, I'm not sure that any single piece of official documentation captures this kind of information.  So, if there are any conflicts between what I show here and the official documentation, the latter prevails (and let me know, so I can fix my own diagrams).

Distinguishing Between the Two Major OracleAS 10g Releases

There are a couple of things you should bear in mind before reading these:


  1. The OracleAS 10g components used by the E-Business Suite -- Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Discoverer, Business Intelligence, Portal, Web Cache, and Oracle Integration (including BPEL 10g) -- are released in the 10.1.2/10.1.4 codeline. 


  2. The OracleAS 10g 10.1.3.x codeline is the J2EE-only subset of OracleAS 10g.  These products are released on their own codeline and have a completely separate upgrade roadmap.  We don't certify any integrations between the E-Business Suite Release 11i and these products, although Release 12 includes 10.1.3 as its Java ORACLE_HOME.   I'm including my diagrams for this group, too, so you can see how the releases relate to each other.
How to Read the Diagrams

Here's a legend for reading the following diagrams:


Updated Legend:


If you haven't installed any OracleAS 10g releases before, you can start with any of the fresh install versions (marked with solid borders).  You can only apply incremental patchsets (marked with dashed borders) to an existing environment previously built with a fresh install version.

Releases Useful for E-Business Suite Integrations

The following chart shows upgrade paths between releases that are relevant to E-Business Suite sysadmins interested in using Oracle Application Server 10g components.  These components include Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Discoverer, Business Intelligence, Portal, Web Cache, and Oracle Integration (including BPEL 10g and Business Activity Monitoring 10g).


Oracle Application Server 10g Upgrade Paths:

(click on the diagram for a larger version)

Reading the chart, you can see that it's possible to upgrade from Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.2.0.0 to the 10.1.2.2.0 Patchset.   Once you've done that, it's possible to install Portal 10.1.4.0.0 on top of that upgraded environment.

A different path shows that it's possible to upgrade your OracleAS 10g 10.1.2.0.2 environment to the 10.1.2.2.0 Patchset. 

Likewise, if you've installed OracleAS 10g 10.1.2.0.2 and upgraded that environment to use the latest Oracle Identity Management 10.1.4.0.1 release (marked as "IM"), you can upgrade that environment, in turn, to the 10.1.2.2.0 Patchset.

The "Other" OracleAS 10g Release

The diagram below is relevant for customers who are building their own J2EE applications using OracleAS 10g development tools, including Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM), and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).  With the exception of BPEL and BAM, E-Business Suite Release 11i users don't generally use any of the following releases, but I'm including this chart for the sake of completeness.  Release 12 includes OracleAS 10g 10.1.3 in its techstack but it can't be upgraded in place to a later version right now.


J2EE Upgrade Paths:

(click on the diagram for a larger version)

A Final Word about Version Numbers

For reasons too tortuous to go into here (and because I don't really understand them myself), Oracle Application Server version numbers don't necessarily correspond to the order in which a particular patchset was released.  They also don't mean that you can apply a higher version on top of an older version. 

For example, the 10.1.3.2.0 Patchset was released after the 10.1.4.0.1 Identity Management (IM) release.  Since they're on separate codelines, you can't apply the 10.1.4.0.1 Identity Management release on top of the 10.1.3.2.0 Patchset.  That's not a meaningful combination since they're different products entirely. 

When in Doubt, Contact Oracle Support

It is not without some misgivings that I post this information here.  As is usually the case when wading into this area, these charts and their accompanying examples might have helped some of you but confused others. 

Remember, I'm part of E-Business Suite Development, not Oracle Application Server Development.  In some ways, I'm a passerby in these parts, just like you.  So, if you do need more help in assessing the viability of a particular upgrade for your environment, it's advisable to go directly to the source:  Oracle Support is always your best option for getting a definitive answer to your questions.

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Monday Apr 23, 2007

OracleAS 10g 10.1.2.2 Certified with Apps 11i

The wait is over, at least for Linux platforms:  Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.2.2 has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i. 

DMZ + OracleAS 10g + E-Business Suite Architecture:

Just to ensure that there's no confusion about what's been certified, the full name of this patchset is:
This latest certification includes the use of the following Oracle Application Server 10g components with Apps 11i:
  • Discoverer 10g
  • Portal 10g
  • Web Cache 10g
Just for Linux... For Now

This patchset has been certified for Linux platforms only

We're working on the 10.1.2.2 certification for other platforms for E-Business Suite environments, but as usual, I don't have have a firm schedule for these other certifications or the other platforms yet.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates on the remaining certifications.

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Monday Nov 06, 2006

Using OracleAS 10g With The E-Business Suite

Editor Jan. 12, 2007 Update:  Oracle Identity Management 10g 10.1.4.0.1 is now certified with the E-Business Suite. 

No matter how hard I try to avoid it, my inbox always seem to pay for any time spent away, regardless of whether the time taken is for work or pleasure.  This is doubly true for time taken for conferences, since they tend to generate even more email.  That's life in the information era, I suppose.

Apps 11i + OracleAS 10g Architecture:

So, in a belated attempt to quell the tide from interested readers and conference goers, here's a pointer to the presentation materials for my session (S281709):
Remember that the OpenWorld 2006 Content Catalog requires the following credentials to download conference materials:
In my presentation you'll find coverage on:
  • Features and benefits of integrating the E-Business Suite with:
    • Single Sign-On & Oracle Internet Directory 10g
    • Discoverer 10g
    • Portal 10g
    • Web Cache 10g
  • Technical integration overview, covering:
    • Simple and advanced physical architectures
    • Logical architectures
  • Integration with third-party single sign-on and LDAP products
  • Release 11i application tier certification roadmap
  • Release 12 technology stack plans
  • Selected snapshots of customer architectures, including the use of :
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Windows Native Authentication (Kerberos)
    • Highly Available configurations
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Wednesday Oct 18, 2006

Portal 10.1.4 Certified for the E-Business Suite

It's taken a lot longer than we expected, but Portal 10.1.4 has just been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i.

Portal 10g Screenshot:

There are a number of interesting new features in Portal 10.1.4, including the Oracle Portlet Factory, JSR-168 and WSRP support, Struts support, BPEL integration, a new Instant Portal, and others. 

The Portal 10.1.4 certification with the E-Business Suite requires the latest Oracle Applications Framework Web Provider, which might lead to other prerequisites such as Applications Technology Group (ATG) Family Pack H Rollup 4 (11i.ATG_PF.H RUP 4, Patch 4676589).  Other prerequisites will depend on your existing configuration.  I'd recommend reviewing the documentation below carefully.

References:

Thursday Jul 27, 2006

Login Server and Portal 3.0.9 Desupport... Again

[Aug 3, 2007 Update:  That's it, folks.  Portal 3.0.9 and Login Server 3.0.9 are now officially out of Premier Support.  For a final discussion about this, see this article.]

Three months ago (an eternity in blog years), I noted that Login Server & Portal 3.0.9 will likely be effectively desupported this fall.  To recap:  this will be an unfortunate side-effect of Sun's upcoming release of Java 6 (a.k.a. 1.6), which triggers the desupport of Java 1.3.  Login Server & Portal 3.0.9 are only certified with Java 1.3, so this trumps Oracle's own planned desupport of Login Server & Portal 3.0.9 in July 2007.

Portal Upgrade Paths:

No Last Minute Reprieves

In that original article, I alluded to a slim chance of extending our support window for these elderly products.  Unfortunately, this has turned out to be technically infeasible.

After Sun's desupport of Java 1.3, E-Business Suite customers reporting problems with Login Server & Portal 3.0.9 will be advised to upgrade to the latest certified Portal 10g release.

Bite The Bullet

As you can see from the Portal Upgrade Path flowchart above, getting from Login Server & Portal 3.0.9 to the latest certified release may not be a walk in the park.

If you're running these products in production today, I strongly urge you to begin your upgrade planning to Oracle Application Server 10g, Portal 10g, and Single Sign-On 10g immediately

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Wednesday May 24, 2006

Release 12 and Third-Party Portals

Apr 3, 2007 Update:  Release 12.0 includes WSRP 1.0-compliant versions of the following E-Business Suite portlets:  Applications Navigator, Applications Favorites, Applications Worklist.

I've briefly alluded to our Release 12 plans for portlets, but your feedback suggests that it's worth discussing our plans in more detail.


11i Apps Navigator:

What's Possible in Release 11i Today

You already know that the E-Business Suite Release 11i portlets are written to work exclusively with Oracle Portal.  These portlets can't be plugged into third-party portal solutions.  We don't have any plans to rewrite these portlets for Release 11i, so what you see is what you will get for the foreseeable future for 11i.

Before we look ahead to the future and Release 12, here's a two-word reminder of what's possible today in terms of third-party portal integration with Release 11i:  bookmarkable links.

If someone who hasn't logged in attempts to access protected E-Business Suite content, they're automatically redirected to either the E-Business Suite login page or Oracle Single Sign-On, the latter if the environment has been integrated with Oracle Application Server 10g.  Once the user logs in, she's redirected back to the protected E-Business Suite content that she was originally trying to reach.

Links to E-Business Suite content, therefore, can be bookmarked -- either in a browser, or added as links on a third-party portal page.  Admittedly, this might be pretty thin gruel for those of you expecting more, but that's what's available in Release 11i today.

Release 12, JSR-168, and WSRP

We're still in the process of beefing up our portlet infrastructure for Release 12, so I need to preface what follows with the usual disclaimer:  this is subject to change without notice

JSR-168 Diagram:

With that out of the way, I can say that our plans are to rewrite our existing Oracle Applications Framework Web Provider to JSR-168 and WSRP standards.  This means switching from the existing Java Portlet Development Kit (JPDK 3.0.9) to the new JSR-168 Oracle Java Portlet Container.

If all goes according to plan, this means that you will be able to plug the Release 12 E-Business Suite portlets into any third-party portal that supports the JSR-168 and WSRP standards.

Curves In The Road Ahead

Given the inherent limitations of web-based protocols, it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that the JSR-168 and WSRP standards aren't quite as feature-rich as the existing JPDK libraries. 

In other words, there are things we can do today with the JPDK that will require considerably more ingenuity to pull off with JSR-168 and WSRP.  For example, dynamic portlet generation and invalidation-based caching have less-powerful equivalents in the new standards.

Until we work through these issues, it's safe to expect that the existing E-Business Suite portlets may look and function a bit differently in Release 12.

Preserving Your Existing Portlets

We're planning to certify and include the latest JPDK 10.1.2 libraries in the Release 12 Rapid Install, too.  If you've invested in building custom JPDK portlets for the E-Business Suite, this means that those portlets will continue to work, providing you with some breathing space during your Release 12 migration. 

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

Wednesday May 10, 2006

In-Depth: Cloning OracleAS 10g + E-Business Suite Environments

As much as I'd prefer to avoid the subject, it's time to turn to address a subject of much ongoing controversy, namely cloning.  Cloning an E-Business Suite environment is easy. Cloning an E-Business Suite environment that's been integrated with Oracle Application Server 10g is not quite as easy, unfortunately.

What's Cloning?

Cloning is the process of creating an identical copy of an already existing Oracle Applications system, including both the application-tier and database-tier.

Why Clone?

Reasons for cloning E-Business Suite environments include:
  • Creating a copy of the production system for testing updates
  • Migrating an existing system to new hardware
  • Creating a stage area to reduce patching downtime
One of our more risk-averse customers informed me that they may create up to 15 clones of an E-Business Suite environment between the TEST and PRODUCTION rollout phases.

The Easy Part

The E-Business Suite Release 11i was architected to support cloning.  Experienced Apps DBAs know that the easiest way to create clones of their environments is to use the Rapid Clone utility introduced in 11.5.8.  Creating a n E-Business Suite clone is as simple as copying your application-tier and database-tier files to the new target system and then running the perl-based Rapid Clone (adcfgclone.pl) utility. 

The Not-So Easy Part

Oracle Application Server 10g was designed with different goals in mind.  Consequently, there are no Oracle tools available today to clone an entire OracleAS 10g environment in a single step.  In other words, OracleAS 10g does not have the equivalent of a Rapid Clone utility.

In the absence of a single turnkey tool like Rapid Clone, creating clones of new OracleAS 10g environments is a more involved process.  Not impossible, mind you -- but definitely more involved.

Things get even more complicated when an E-Business Suite environment is integrated with Oracle Application Server 10g

Nothing But Net

There are neither tools nor formal documents available from my group -- the Applications Technology Group -- or from Application Server Development, for cloning E-Business Suite environments that have been integrated with OracleAS 10g.

This hasn't exactly been a pleasant state of affairs, especially if you happen to be the person responsible for telling customers about the absence of this documentation and tools.  No matter -- I'm tough; I can take it.

But seriously, aside from this post, which will attempt to lay out general strategies for how you can fill in the gaps yourself through some old-fashioned elbow grease, there are no tools available to meet your comprehensive cloning requirements for combined OracleAS 10g + E-Business Suite environments today.  More on our future plans in a minute.

Warning:  Trail Ahead Requires Exploration

If you're willing to experiment a bit, the following are general guidelines to point you in the right direction.  Some customers and Oracle Consultants have used the following approaches to get the job done but have reported that there was some trial-and-error involved. 

These are neither detailed nor comprehensive instructions.  The following should be attempted only by system administrators who have a solid understanding of the principles outlined in Metalink Note 261914.1.

If you're going to experiment with these approaches, I strongly recommend that you take all sensible precautions, including backing up your environments at multiple stages, taking careful notes, and doing things in small, incremental steps to control your risk.

Cloning Scenarios

Assuming that you have an E-Business Suite environment that's been successfully integrated with OracleAS 10g, here are a few cloning scenarios that may apply to you:
  1. Create a clone of your Discoverer environment

  2. Create a clone of your Single Sign-On / Oracle Internet Directory environment
  3. Create a clone of your Portal environment 
Creating a Clone of Your Discoverer 10g Environment

If you've integrated Discoverer 10g with your E-Business Suite environment but have not chosen the Single Sign-On option, then the cloning process is relatively painless:
  1. Use Rapid Clone to create a clone of your E-Business Suite, including the application-tier and database-tier.  Remember that the E-Business Suite database already contains the Discoverer 10g End-User Layer.
  2. Create a fresh install of Discoverer 10g on your new server and point it to the End-User Layer in the cloned E-Business Suite instance.
Creating a Clone of Your Single Sign-On / Oracle Internet Directory Environment

If you've integrated Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10g with your E-Business Suite environment, do the following:
  1. Use Rapid Clone to create a clone of your E-Business Suite, including the application-tier and database-tier.
  2. In your newly-cloned E-Business Suite instance, set the APPS_SSO_LDAP_SYNC profile option to "Disabled" at the site level (since there's no new Oracle Internet Directory instance to synchronize with yet).

  3. In your newly-cloned E-Business Suite instance, unlink all E-Business Suite users that were linked to the original Oracle Internet Directory 10g users (i.e. where FND_USER.USER_GUID is populated), since the those old links are no longer valid.  Those E-Business Suite users will need to be linked to their corresponding accounts in the as-yet non-existent new Oracle Internet Directory instance. 

  4. Create a fresh install of Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory 10g on your new server.
  5. Assuming that you enabled bidirectional provisioning between the E-Business Suite and Oracle Internet Directory, do one of the following (but not all three):

    a) Redo your bulkload from the E-Business Suite into Oracle Internet Directory, reregister your E-Business Suite environment using the Bidirectional Provisioning Profile, and enable the APPS_SSO_AUTO_LINK_USER profile option, and set the profile option APPS_SSO_LDAP_SYNC back to Enabled at site level.

    b) Export your LDAP namespace from your original Oracle Internet Directory instance into an LDIF file, and then import the LDIF file into the new Oracle Internet Directory instance.  Reregister your E-Business Suite environment using the Bidirectional Provisioning Profile, and (assuming that the Oracle Internet Directory accounts are identical to the E-Business Suite accounts) enable the APPS_SSO_AUTO_LINK_USER profile option, and set the profile option APPS_SSO_LDAP_SYNC back to Enabled at site level.

    c) Connect the original Oracle Internet Directory instance to your new Oracle Internet Directory instance via a connector, synchronizing the namespaces.  Reregister your E-Business Suite environment using the Bidirectional Provisioning Profile, and (assuming that the Oracle Internet Directory accounts are identical to the E-Business Suite accounts) enable the APPS_SSO_AUTO_LINK_USER profile option, and set the profile option APPS_SSO_LDAP_SYNC back to Enabled at site level.
Creating a Clone of Your Portal Environment
  1. Portal requires a working Single Sign-On setup, so complete the previous section first.
  2. If you haven't already done so, create a fresh install of Portal 10g on your new server.

  3. Use the existing Portal 10g documentation to export your portal content and metadata from the original Portal instance.  Import that content into the new Portal 10g instance.
  4. Reregister the OAF Web Provider from your new E-Business Suite instance in your new Portal instance.
Other Alternatives To Exploring On Your Own

If you found the previous sections alarming and confusing, there are a few options:
  1. Hire an experienced consultant.  Check their references!  You don't want to pay someone for the privilege of training them -- including staff from Oracle Consulting.  There are some Oracle Consultants with experience in this area; email me if you'd like some contacts within Oracle.
  2. Wait for the formal documentation from the Applications Technology Group.  Be prepared to wait for a while, however.  A project proposal has been submitted for review but it has not been accepted or prioritized yet.  I'm continuing to press for the priority of this to be raised.  At present, there are no fixed schedules for this documentation yet.
Good luck... and remember to take frequent backups.

Tuesday May 09, 2006

In-Depth: Using Portal 10g with the E-Business Suite

Continuing our series on how E-Business Suite users can take advantage of Oracle Application Server 10g components, today we're going to cover the use of Oracle Portal 10g (10.1.2.0.2).


The Basics:  Portal Pages and EBS Product Portlets

Portal 10g is Oracle's enterprise portal product, allowing users to create web sites that consolidate and publish information from a variety of sources.  Oracle's corporate website is built with Portal:

Portal 10g Screenshot:


Portal users can access the E-Business Suite via the Application Navigator, a small portlet that displays a hierarchical menu of an authenticated user's Applications Responsibilities and their associated menu items.  Here's a screenshot of the Applications Navigator:

Applications Navigator Portlet 11i:

And, since we've been running a few sneak previews for the new Release 12 user interface, here's a screenshot of the draft Release 12 equivalent, with Applications Favorites portlet thrown in at no extra charge:

Applications Navigator Portlet R12:

The Applications Navigator portlet's menu is user-specific:  only the responsibilities that the user is authorized [link] for are displayed, so every user will see a different menu.  The Navigator menu provide access to all E-Business Suite content, including Self-Service web-based applications like iExpenses, as well as Forms and Discoverer workbooks.

Other portlets are available for:
  • Application Favorites  A list of bookmarked links to specific E-Business Suite screens
  • Applications Worklist  A list of the user's Workflow Notifications
  • Balanced Scorecard  Graphical and tabular key performance indicators based on E-Business Suite data
E-Business Suite Portlets and Third-Party Portals

Many of you already have corporate portal systems in place, such as Plumtree, WebSphere, and Tibco.  Unfortunately, it's not possible to plug E-Business Suite Release 11i portlets into those third-party portals; they're written specifically for Oracle Portal 10g.

There's promising news on the horizon, though.  We're in the process of redesigning the E-Business Suite web provider (more on that below) to meet the JSR-168 / WSRP standards, so it's possible that you'll be able to plug Release 12 portlets into third-party portals.

What's Required to Do This?

You need to do the following to use Portal with the E-Business Suite:
  1. Integrate the E-Business Suite with Single Sign-On 10g (this is a mandatory prerequisite)

  2. Install the E-Business Suite Oracle Applications Framework Web Provider in your E-Business Suite environment

  3. Register the E-Business Suite Web Provider in your Portal environment

  4. Build a custom portal page that displays the E-Business Suite portlets of your choice
How Does the Integration Work?

Individual E-Business Suite applications such as Balanced Scorecard write portlets to expose their data in Portal.  These portlets communicate with Portal via the Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) web provider, a small E-Business Suite technology stack plug-in that handles user session management and transmission of portal content on-demand.  

A Flurry of Activity

Here's what happens behind the scenes to produce a portal page containing an E-Business Suite portlet:

An end-user navigates to Portal.  If the user isn't already logged in, she's redirected to Single Sign-On, where she's logged in.  Once properly authenticated, she's redirected back to Portal.  

The Portal Parallel Page Engine (PPE) begins assembling the home page that the user will eventually see, dispatching requests to the various sources for the latest office gossip, stock quotes, Discoverer workbook portlets, and so on.  

Portal 10g Flow:

Portal notes that the end-user's home page includes the Applications Navigator.  Portal calls the OAF web provider, requesting the data for that portlet.  

The OAF web provider looks up the user's authorization and then passes control to the portlet code that actually retrieves the data from the E-Business Suite database.  That data is sent back to Portal, which renders the portlet according to wrapper information provided by the OAF web provider.

Upgrading From Previous Portal Versions

If you're a current Portal 3.0.9 user worried about its impending desupport later this year, you'll want to start thinking about the amount of data that you want to migrate from your existing environment to Portal 10g.

There is a somewhat baroque way of upgrading from that version to Portal 10g (10.1.2.0.2), but reports from system administrators suggest that this isn't exactly a picnic:

Portal Upgrade Paths:

If you only have a small amount of existing Portal 3.0.9 content, it may be faster for you to just manually recreate it in Portal 10g, rather than going through the formal Portal upgrade process.  For full details about upgrading between Portal versions, see the Oracle Portal Upgrade site.

Certification with Portal 10.1.4

The latest version of Portal 10g available at the time of this post is Portal 10.1.4.  This version is still being certified with the E-Business Suite.  We expect (and fervently hope) that this version will be certified Real Soon Now... feel free to subscribe to this blog to get email updates when that certification is released.

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