Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

I'm very happy to announce the certification of Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. 

To begin planning your database upgrade to 11.2.0.4, you should review our documentation in this order:

  1. Interoperability Notes: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (Note 1623879.1) 

  2. R12.2 Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes (Note 1594274.1) .  The interoperability note references this note.  It is crucial that you review all requirements in Section 2.2, "Database 11.2.0.4 Patches and Bug Numbers" of this note.

  3. Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 396009.1).  Make certain that you review Section 4, "Release-Specific Database Initialization Parameters For Oracle 11gR2" and Section 6, "Additional Database Initialization Parameters for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2".

What does this mean if you are upgrading to R12.2?

  • This upgrade is highly recommended for all EBS 12.2 environments.

  • If you are just beginning your upgrade to R12.2 project, you should consider upgrading to Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 now. 

  • If your are currently in the midst of your R12.2 upgrade, you may continue as planned with Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and upgrade to 11.2.0.4 as your R12.2 upgrade project and test plans permit.

  • If your go-live date is soon, you may choose to continue as planned with Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and upgrade to 11.2.0.4 after you go-live with 12.2.

It may be useful to review the the Oracle Database 11gR2 support policies and dates as part of your decision-making process:

Prerequisites

  • 12.2.2 and higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RH 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)  (10, 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -  Database tier only
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (6.1, 7.1)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database features and options are certified:

Pending Database Feature and Option Certifications

  • Database Vault

About the pending certifications

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.    

References

Related Articles
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 Sep 27, 2013

11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

I’m pleased to announce that 11.2.0.4, the terminal patchset for the 11gR2 Database is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

Database support implications may also be reviewed in the database patching and support article.


Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

Prerequisites
  • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10--Database-tier only)
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 and higher
Certified 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 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
Pending Certifications
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC 
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • IBM: Linux on System z
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 and higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5, 6)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10, 11)
Pending Certifications
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC 
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • IBM: Linux on System z
Database Feature and Option Certifications
The following database options and features are supported for use:
About the pending certifications

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.    

EBS 11i References
EBS 12 References
Related Articles
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.

12.1.0.1 Database Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

(Feb 19, 2014 Update: Article has been updated to correctly reflect Active Data Guard and Data Guard as pending certifications.)

I’m pleased to announce that 12.1.0.1, the base release for the 12c Database is now certified. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

Database support implications may also be reviewed in the database patching and support article.


Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

Prerequisites
  • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 7 and higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5) -- Database-tier only
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5) -- Database-tier only
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.6 and higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
Pending Platform Certifications
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z 
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and higher
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 5, 6)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10, 11) -- Database-tier only
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
    • HP-UX Itanium
    • IBM: Linux on System z 
    Database Feature and Option Certifications
    The following database options and features are supported for use:

    Pending Feature/Option Certifications

    • Active Data Guard
    • Data Guard Redo Apply with Physical Standby Databases
    • Oracle Multitenant
    • Oracle Database Vault
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces data migration processes

    About the pending certifications

    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.    

    EBS 11i References

    EBS 12 References
    Related Articles
    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 Nov 02, 2012

    New Whitepaper: Deploying E-Business Suite on Exadata and Exalogic

    Our E-Business Suite Performance Team recently published a new whitepaper to assist you with deploying E-Business Suite on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine , also referred to as Exastack.  If you are considering a migration to Exastack, this new whitepaper will assist you understanding sizing requirements, deployment standards and migration strategies:


    This whitepaper covers the following topics:

    • Scalability and Sizing Examples - provides performance benchmark analysis with concurrent user counts, scaling analysis and sizing recommendations
    • Deployment Standards - includes recommendations for deploying the various components of the E-Business Suite architecture on Exastack
    • Migration Standards and Guidelines - includes an overview of methods for migrating from commodity hardware to Exastack

    References

    Our Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) team has a number of whitepapers that provide additional information regarding Oracle E-Business Suite on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.  Their library of whitepapers may be found here:

     Related Articles


    Monday Nov 14, 2011

    11gR2 11.2.0.3 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

    [Nov 15, 2011 Update: Added TDE Tablespace and Column Encryption to the list of certified options]

    The 11gR2 11.2.0.2 Database was certified with E-Business Suite (EBS) 11i and EBS 12 almost one year ago today.  I’m pleased to announce that 11.2.0.3, the second patchset for the 11gR2 Database is now certified. Be sure to review the interoperability notes for R11i and R12 for the most up-to-date requirements for deployment.

    This certification announcement is important as you plan upgrades to the technology stack for your environment. For additional upgrade direction, please refer to the recently published EBS upgrade recommendations article. Database support implications may also be reviewed in the database patching and support article.


    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

    Prerequisites
    • 11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10--Database-tier only)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
    • Microsoft Windows Server (64-bit)
    • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
    • HP-UX Itanium
    • IBM: Linux on System z 
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems
    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
    Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or later; or,
      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or later
    Certified Platforms
    • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)  -- Database-tier only
    Pending Platform Certifications
    • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
    • Microsoft Windows Server (64-bit)
    • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
    • IBM: Linux on System z
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems
    • HP-UX Itanium
    Database Feature and Option Certifications
    The following 11gR2 11.2.0.3 database options and features are supported for use:
    About the pending certifications

    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.    

    EBS 11i References
    EBS 12 References
    Related Articles
    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.

    Wednesday Aug 31, 2011

    Using Single Client Access Name (SCAN) Listeners with Oracle E-Business Suite

    [July 30, 2012 update: Corrected Note reference to 823586.1]

    [Sept. 2, 2011 update:  Our Maximum Availability Architecture architects have pointed out two additional considerations that are documented in our existing documentation:  1)  Although SCAN listener is supported with EBS 12, if scan_name resolves in DNS to IP1 and IP2, the client-side 10.1.2 network code does not use round robin on the underlyng IPs if the first IP fails.  An Autoconfig solution for this is being tracked through bug 10427234. The only existing workaround is to create custom TNS aliases configured with multiple SCAN IP addresses (Note 823587.1); 2) EBS does support use SCAN functionality, it cannot make complete use of the SCAN since the EBS clients are pre-11.2.  For more details, see this Exadata whitepaper.]

    Oracle database 11g logoSingle Client Access Name (SCAN) is a new feature of Oracle Real Applications Clusters (RAC) 11g Release that provides a single name for the clients to access Oracle Database running in a cluster.  The benefit of the SCAN Listener is that the client's connection data does not need to changed if you add or delete a node from a cluster.

    The Single Client Access Name is configured during the installation of Oracle Grid Infrastructure. Once configured, application tier connection descriptors just specify the SCAN name rather than all the [virtual] hosts in the cluster.

    Without the Single Client Access Name, the descriptor for a two-node cluster would be

    VISION =
    (DESCRIPTION=
    (ADDRESS_LIST=
    (ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=C1-vip)(PORT=1521))
    (ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=C2-vip)(PORT=1521)))
    (CONNECT_DATA=(SERVICE_NAME=VISION)))  

    With the Single Client Access Name, just the SCAN name needs to be specified:

    VISION = (DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=C-SCAN)(PORT=1521))(CONNECT_DATA=(SERVICE_NAME=VISION)))

    The benefit of the Single Client Access Name becomes apparent as the number of nodes in the cluster increases.

    Which E-Business Suite releases can be used with SCAN Listeners?

    You can configure E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 environments to take advantage of Single Client Access Name functionality.  The use of SCAN Listener is optional.

    EBS 11i

    AutoConfig in E-Business Suite 11i does not  support automated handling of SCAN Listeners.  If you would like to use SCAN Listeners with EBS 11i environments, a manual setup process is described in:

    EBS 12

    AutoConfig in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 supports automated handling of SCAN Listeners.  If you would like to use SCAN Listeners with EBS 12 environments, see:

    References

      Related Articles


      Tuesday Jan 25, 2011

      Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with EBS on 14 Additional Platforms

      Somehow this certification that was completed last year missed out as a blog article (though it was updated at the time in our official Certifications matrix on My Oracle Support). 

      As a follow-on to our original certification announcement, Oracle Database 10gR2 Patch Set 10.2.0.5.0 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and R12 on the following additional platforms:

      Platforms certified for 11i (11.5.10 CU2+ATG_PF.H.delta.6 (RUP 6) and higher)

      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (8, 9, 10)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) (See Note 1)

      Platforms certified for R12 (12.0.4 and higher) and 12.1 (12.1.1 and higher):

      • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (8, 9, 10)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) (See Note 1)

      Screencap of download screen for 10 2 0 5 database patchset page 10205-download.png


      Notes

      1. This is a split configuration certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.

      Certified Database Options

      This database patchset certification also includes the following 10gR2 10.2.0.5 database options:

      • Real Application Clusters
      • Oracle Database Vault
      • TDE Column Encryption
      • Advanced Security Option/Advanced Networking Option (ANO/ASO) 
      Should You Upgrade to This Release?

      There are two important considerations if you're deciding whether to upgrade to this release.  The first:  Premier Support for 10gR2 ended in July 2010.  The second: Error Correction Support for 10.2.0.4 ends in April 2011 -- in three months.  For more details about what this means for E-Business Suite environments, and recommendations, see this article:
      EBS 12 References
      EBS 11i References
      Related Articles

      Wednesday Jan 12, 2011

      Customized Database Listener Names Now Supported for EBS

      The database listener name can now be configured using AutoConfig with newly introduced context variable s_db_listener. Prior to this certification it was not possible to use AutoConfig generated listener.ora files for managing listeners from SRVCTL when there were multiple RAC instances on the same server.

      To use this feature E-Business Suite customers need to apply the following patch:
      • 11.5.10CU2 - Roll Up Patch 9535311 (RUP-U) or higher
      • 12.0.x - R12.TXK.A.delta.7 or higher
      • 12.1.x - R12.TXK.B.delta 3 or higher
      There is a small difference between Oracle Database 10gR2/11gR1 and 11gR2 Listener names. In Oracle Database 10g Release 2 and 11g Release 1 NETCA creates the listener with the given name suffix nodename.

      For example : If the given listener name is ebs then NETCA creates listener with ebs_<nodename>.

      But in Oracle Database 11g Release 2 NETCA creates the listener with the given name.

      To configure the listener with a customized name:
      • Create listener using NETCA
      • Update s_db_listener context variable with listener name.
      • Run Autoconfig.
      References
      E-Business Suite 11i
      E-Business Suite 12
      Related Articles

      Wednesday Dec 29, 2010

      New Whitepaper: Oracle E-Business Suite on Exadata

      [Dec. 30, 2010 Update: Added link to Note 1133355.1]

      Our Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) team has quietly been amassing a formidable set of whitepapers about the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.  They're available here:
      If you're one of the lucky ones with access to this hardware platform, you'll be pleased to hear that the MAA team has just published a new whitepaper with best practices for EBS environments:
      exadata_v2_feature_main.png
      This whitepaper covers the following topics:
      • Getting to Exadata -- a high level overview of fresh installation on, and migration to, Exadata Database Machine with pointers to more detailed documentation
      • High Availability and Disaster Recovery -- an overview of our MAA best practices with pointers to our detailed MAA Best Practices documentation
      • Performance and Scalability -- best practices for running Oracle E-Business Suite on Exadata Database Machine based on our internal testing
      As an added bonus, the whitepaper has details about the internal testbeds where this configuration was evaluated with Oracle's own 18 TB Global Single Instance.  The whitepaper's Appendix discusses Exada Smart Flash Cache results, Smart Scan, RAC, and RMAN backup performance.

      Need an Overview of Migration Options?

      Also useful:  A summary of the different technologies and techniques that you can use to migrate your E-Business Suite database to Exadata can be found here:
      That overview Note provides a short but precise analysis of physical migration techniques (e.g. Data Guard Physical Standby, Transportable Database, Transportable Tablespaces, Rapid Clone) vs. logical migration techniques (e.g. Oracle Data Pump).

      Related Articles


      Monday Nov 15, 2010

      11gR2 11.2.0.2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite

      [Jan 20, 2011 Update: Removed erroneous Linux x86-64 SLES 9 database tier reference]

      [Nov 18, 2010 Update: Added HP-UX Itanium to the EBS 11i list of pending certifications]


      We certified the 11gR2 11.2.0.1 Database with E-Business Suite 11i and EBS 12 late in 2009.  It's taken a little longer than we had hoped to certify 11.2.0.2, the first patchset for the 11gR2 Database.  The reasons: the release cycle for 11.2.0.2 overlapped with our EBS 12.1.3 release cycle, and some of the ports for this patchset weren't released until just before Halloween.  Our Server Technologies team is as-yet working on other ports, too.

      I know that some of you have been eager to apply this latest patchset to your E-Business Suite databases, so I'm very pleased to announce that Oracle Database 11gR2 Patchset 1 Version 11.2.0.2 is now certified with the E-Business Suite. 

      Screenshot of 11-2-0-2 11gR2 database patchset 1 Patchset 10098816 download page db_11202_screenshot.png

      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
      Prerequisites
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5) -- Database-tier only
      • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10--Database-tier only)
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10) -- Database-tier only
      Pending Platform Certifications
      • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
      • Microsoft Windows Server (64-bit)
      • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
      • HP-UX Itanium
      • IBM: Linux on System z 
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems
      Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
      Prerequisites
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or later; or,
        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or later
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
      • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
      • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)  -- Database-tier only
      Pending Platform Certifications
      • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
      • Microsoft Windows Server (64-bit)
      • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
      • IBM: Linux on System z
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems
      • HP-UX Itanium
      Database Feature and Option Certifications
      The following 11gR2 11.2.0.2 database options and features are supported for use:
      Certification of the following database options and features is still underway:
      • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption 11gR2 version 11.2.0.2
      About the pending certifications

      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.    

      EBS 11i References
      EBS 12 References
      Related Articles
      The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

      Monday Nov 08, 2010

      EBS 12.1 + RAC Cloning Certified for AMP 3.1

      acmp_amp_plugin.png
      Our team has been working feverishly on an upcoming update to our Application Management Pack to make it compatible with Enterprise Manager Grid Control 11g.  This project is in its final stages now; stay tuned to this blog for more updates soon.

      In parallel with that effort, our team has just certified the use of Application Management Pack 3.1 to support cloning of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments running in Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations.  You can now use AMP 3.1 to clone EBS 12.0.6 and 12.1 RAC databases for the following operating system platforms:
      • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5); (RHEL 3, 4, 5); (SLES 9, 10)
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5); (RHEL 4, 5); (SLES 9, 10)
      • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (8, 9, 10)
      • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
      • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.11, 11.23, 11.31)
      • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
      References
      • 406982.1: Cloning Oracle Applications Release 12 with Rapid Clone
      • 559518.1: Cloning Oracle Applications Release 12 with Rapid Clone on RAC Enabled Systems
      • 783188.1: Certified Oracle RAC Scenarios for Oracle E-Business Suite Cloning
      • 394448.1: Getting Started with the Applications Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite
      Related Articles
      The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

      Monday Dec 28, 2009

      11gR2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite 12

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

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


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

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

      11gR2OUILaunch.png
      Prerequisites
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or later; or,
        Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or later
      Certified Platforms
      • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
      • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
      • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
      • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
      • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
      Pending Platform Certifications

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

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

      Thursday Nov 12, 2009

      Running E-Business Suite on Exadata V2

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

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

      exadata_v2_feature_main.png
      All 11gR2 Database Applications are Compatible

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

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

      Apps Benchmarks are Coming Soon

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

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      Thursday Oct 08, 2009

      11gR2 Database Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

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

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

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

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

      11gR2OUILaunch.png
      We're still working on the 11gR2 certification with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

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

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

      Database Feature Certifications Still Underway

      Certification of the following database options and features is still underway:
      • Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
      • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
      The following 11gR2 11.2.0.1 database options are supported for use with Apps 11i:
      References
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      Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

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

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

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

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

        Screenshot of Application Change Management Pack showing package creation step

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

        Screenshot of patch wizard acmp plug-in screen

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

        Screenshot of ACMP Setup Manager screen

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

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

      Prerequisites

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

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

      Licencing

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

      Downloads

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

      References

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      Monday Apr 20, 2009

      New Whitepaper: Manually Cloning Apps 11i Databases Running 10g or 11g RAC

      Our Applications Technology Group recently published a matrix showing certified cloning scenarios for E-Business Suite databases running in Real Application Cluster (RAC) configurations.  Since then, some concerns have been raised about the lack of Rapid Clone support for EBS environments running on the 10g and 11g databases.

      In response to those concerns, our Applications Technology Group has published a new whitepaper:

      This new whitepaper describes a certified and supported method for manually cloning Apps 11i environments running 10g or 11g RAC.  The Note assumes a high degree of familiarity with Oracle Applications AD Utilities, RapidClone, AutoConfig, Recovery Manager, and SQL*Plus.

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      Monday Mar 02, 2009

      Certified Oracle RAC Scenarios for Oracle E-Business Suite Cloning

      [Editor's note: EBS cloning can be pretty involved. There are many different cloning scenarios, including cloning a RAC-based environment to an identical RAC environment, cloning from a RAC-based environment to a non-RAC environment, and adding or subtracting RAC nodes while cloning. Our Applications Technology Group has had to make some decisions about the relative priority of these scenarios. Filesystems like ASM, OMF, OCFS2, and NFS add further complexity to the certification matrix. If you would like to share your opinions about these decisions, post a comment below. Your feedback will be sent directly to our ATG Product Management team.]

      Cloning an Oracle E-Business Suite system that uses an Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) enabled database involves numerous different technology components and steps, and would therefore be a complex, error-prone process if carried out manually. To speed up, simplify, and enhance the reliability of the process, Oracle offers the following tools for use in cloning RAC-enabled Oracle E-Business Suite systems:

      Cloning-techniques2.png

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      Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

      Maximum Availability Architecture: Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

      I'm highlighting OpenWorld 2008 presentations that cover some of the most popular E-Business Suite technology stack topics. A catalog of all of the Applications Technology track sessions with links to the presentations is available here:

      Humana's recent OpenWorld case study gives a customer-centric view of how they implemented a high-availability architecture for their E-Business Suite environment.  Lyn Pratt and Richard Exley from Oracle's Server Technologies MAA Group and Metin Yilmaz from Oracle Support complemented that case study with a discussion of the various options for ensuring high availability and business continuity via a disaster recover site for your E-Business Suite environment:

      Physical architecture diagram showing target architecture for an E-Business Suite Release 12 disaster recovery deployment

      [Read More]

      Thursday Aug 24, 2006

      DMZs, SSL and RAC for OracleAS 10g + Release 11i

      I know that many of you have been waiting for this announcement for a long time, so it's a real pleasure (and relief) to be able to tell you that Build 4.0 is finally here.


      A new version of the OracleAS 10g integration with the E-Business Suite has been released for use with ATG Family Pack H Rollup 4.  This long-awaited integration patch, also known as Build 4.0, includes full support for three additional configurations:  DMZs, RAC, and SSL.

      Demilitarized Zones and OracleAS 10g Integrations

      In prior releases, there were a number of challenges to integrating an OracleAS 10g instance with an E-Business Suite environment deployed in a demilitarized zone (DMZ) configuration with multiple web entry points.  Some awkward workarounds existed, but they were incomplete, technically clumsy, and didn't work consistently in all circumstances.

      With this latest release, full support for OracleAS 10g + E-Business Suite + DMZ configurations is now available.  This release allows you to register multiple E-Business Suite application servers (e.g. internal and external Oracle9i Application Server 1.0.2.2.2 instances) with an OracleAS 10g and Single Sign-On instance, supporting the proper redirection of traffic to the appropriate server after authentication. 

      This means that architectures like this are now fully supported:

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

      Registration with SSL-Enabled Oracle Internet Directory Hosts

      In prior releases, it wasn't possible to register your E-Business Suite environment with an Oracle Internet Directory host deployed in a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) configuration.

      In this latest release, if your Oracle Internet Directory host is configured for SSL-enabled LDAP operations, you can use wallets in Oracle Wallet Manager to secure all LDAP operations.

      Oracle Internet Directory Integration with RAC-Enabled Release 11i Databases

      In prior releases, if your E-Business Suite database was configured to use Real Application Clusters (RAC), the synchronisation of user information between Oracle Internet Directory and FND_USER was handled by a specific database server in your RAC cluster.

      If that database node failed, the synchronisation of user attributes between Oracle Internet Directory and the E-Business Suite wouldn't failover to other database server nodes.  Updates of user information in either direction would be suspended until the designated RAC database node came back online.

      In this latest release, the E-Business Suite RAC service name is used when registering the Release 11i instance with Oracle Internet Directory.  All user synchronisation events are handled by the E-Business Suite RAC cluster now, so if a given RAC node fails, synchronisation of user information will continue as long as other RAC nodes are still running.

      References

      Monday Jun 19, 2006

      Latest 10gR1 Database Certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i

      This certification isn't exactly hot off the presses, but it's still fresh enough to consider as a new certification in the last couple of months.

      Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Screenshot:

      The 10gR1 Database has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i for a while now.  The latest 10gR1 Database version 10.1.0.5 is now certified for Apps.  This certification also includes the use of Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Automatic Storage Management (ASM) configurations.

      The first certified platforms are Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3.0 and 4.0, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 and 9), Microsoft Windows x86, Sun Sparc Solaris (64-bit) , HP-UX PA-RISC, and IBM AIX.  These certifications are available now.

      Additional platforms, including HP Tru64, Linux Itanium, Linux x86-64, HP-UX Itanium, Windows Itanium, and Microsoft Windows x64 are coming very soon.

      For complete details about upgrading your E-Business Suite to the latest 10gR1 release, see:
      Related

      Monday Apr 17, 2006

      10gR2 Database Certified with the E-Business Suite


      It's been a longer road than we anticipated, but our team has completed the highly-anticipated 10gR2 Database (10.2.0.2) certification with the E-Business Suite.  This certification also includes the use of Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Automatic Storage Management (ASM) configurations.

      The first certified platforms are Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3.0 and 4.0, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 and 9), Microsoft Windows x86, Sun Sparc Solaris, HP-UX PA-RISC, and IBM AIX.  These certifications are available now.

      Additional platforms, including HP Tru64, Linux Itanium, Linux x64, HP-UX Itanium, Windows Itanium, and Microsoft Windows x64 are coming very soon.

      For complete details about upgrading your E-Business Suite to 10gR2, see:
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