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 Jan 17, 2014

EBS 12.2 Certified with Database 11.2.0.3 for Additional "Database Tier-only" Platforms

I am pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (12.2.2 or higher) is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 (11.2.0.3) for the Linux on IBM System z and Oracle Solaris on x86-64 platforms running on the database tier with the following OS versions:

For Oracle Solaris on x86-64:

  • Oracle Solaris 10 on x86-64 (64-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris 11 on x86-64 (64-bit)

For Linux on IBM System z:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit)

The application tier of the E-Business Suite 12.2 is not certified with the above platforms, only the database tier; customers must run the application tier on fully certified platforms using the 12.2 software provided as part of our release (see 'Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Now Available').

This announcement for E-Business Suite Release 12.2 includes the following (as well as other features and options):

  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Database Instances

References

Please also review the platform-specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.

Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

Java (JDK) 7 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2 Servers

Java logoOracle E-Business Suite 12.2 shipped with Java SE (JDK) 6 as part of its Rapid Install technology stack. 

Java (JDK) 7 is now certified for EBS 12.2 application and database tier servers.  See:

You can apply the Java 7 update on all tier nodes:

  • Java 6.0 either Oracle JRockit (JRockit) or Java SE Development Kit (JDK), on the application tier
  • 32-bit or 64-bit Java 6 for use by Oracle WebLogic Server 11.1.1.6.0 only
  • Non-WebLogic middle tier nodes using 32-bit Java version 6.0 only
  • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) version 6.0 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Oracle Forms and Reports services
  • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) version 6.0 on the database tier

End-users can use either JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktop clients to run Forms-based products in EBS 12.2.

Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state:

Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

In other words, nothing changed for EBS users after February 2013. 

EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF).

How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS Servers?

No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 desktop clients can connect to EBS 12.2 environments running JDK 7.

JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290801.1 and 393931.1.

Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 to the end of June 2017.

Summary of EBS Certifications

There is a one-page summary of all of the latest E-Business Suite techstack certifications here:

  • http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/resource/certifications.html

This listing summarizes the official CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support.  The CERTIFY database is the official and authoritative reference for all E-Business Suite certifications.

Related Articles


Friday Dec 06, 2013

11.2.0.4 Database Certified with E-Business Suite on 11 New Platforms

As a follow up to our prior announcements, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 on the following additional platforms:

EBS Release 12.1 (12.1.1 or higher):

  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 11)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.1)
EBS Release 12.0 (12.0.4 or higher):
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1, 7.12)

EBS Release 11i (11.5.10.2 + ATG PF.H RUP 6 and higher):

  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (10, 111)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (10)1
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)

1 : This is a 'database tier only' or 'split tier configuration' certification where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite platform.
2 : Certified for 12.0.6

This announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and 11i includes:
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption) using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.4
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12
Where can I find more information?

Please also review the platform-specific Oracle Database Installation Guides for operating system and other prerequisites.

Related Articles

Friday Nov 22, 2013

EBS 11i Certified with DB 11gR2 for Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 (11.2.0.3) for Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC running on the database tier only.

The application tier of E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is not certified with Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC.  Customers must run the application tier on a different OS such as Oracle Solaris 10 on SPARC.

With this certification, EBS 11i customers can run their 11gR2 Databases on the SPARC Supercluster with Solaris 11 and use various engineered system performance optimizations:

  • Exadata storage cells
  • Infiniband technology
  • On-chip encryption
  • Memory improvements
  • Kernel-level acceleration of features such as Real Application Clusters (RAC)

This announcement for E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) includes the following database options and features:

  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database Data Guard 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • TDE Tablespace Encryption using Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO) with Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3
  • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i Database Instances
  • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i

Updates to certification data in My Oracle Support (http://support.oracle.com) are in progress - please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details:

Where can I find more information ?

Please also review the Oracle Database Installation Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Oracle Solaris for operating system and other prerequisites.

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.

    Monday Jun 10, 2013

    Java (JDK) 7 Certified for E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 Servers

    Java logoWindows and Mac-based desktop clients connecting to the E-Business Suite can use the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) plug-in to run Forms-based components.  JRE 7 was certified with EBS 11.5.10.2, 12.0, and 12.1 in 2012.  As of today, the latest available version is JRE 1.7.0_21 for Windows clients and for Mac clients.  All new JRE releases on the 1.6 and 1.7 codelines are automatically certified with EBS on the day of their release.  If you're reaching this article via a search engine, please check My Oracle Support or the Certifications summary for the latest desktop version available.

    Java (JDK) 7 is now certified for E-Business Suite 12.0 and 12.1 application and database tier servers.  For instructions on upgrading your EBS 12.x environments, see:

    The Java version currently in your environment

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Rapid Install delivers the following Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Versions for use by Oracle E-Business Suite:

    Release 12.0.x

      • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 5.0 on the application tier
      • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 1.4.2 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Forms and Reports services
      • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 5.0 on the database tier

    Release 12.1.x

      • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 6.0 on the application tier
      • Java SE Development Kit (JDK) Version 1.4.2 on the OracleAS 10g 10.1.2 application tier hosting Forms and Reports services
      • Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6.0 on the database tier

    You can now upgrade to the newer Java 7.0 Update on all EBS application tier and database tier nodes. Please note that the JRE 7.0 upgrade on the database tier is independent from the others. But if the application tier nodes are planned to be upgraded to Java 7.0, the same upgrade in the OracleAS 10.1.2 ORACLE HOME must be planned together.

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state:

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing will change for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

    1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
    2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
    3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS Servers?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 is highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290801.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    What will Mac users need?

    Oracle will provide updates to JRE 7 for Mac OS X users. EBS users running Macs will need to upgrade to JRE 7 to receive JRE updates.

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

    References

    Related Articles

    Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

    Seven EBS 12 Products Supported on Linux, Solaris, and AIX

    Some earlier Oracle E-Business Suite R12 certifications on newer operating systems excluded the following products due to the lack of third-party product support:
    • Advanced Supply Chain Planning
    • Inventory Optimization
    • Constraint Based Optimization
    • Sourcing
    • Engineering
    • Work In Process
    • Manufacturing Scheduling

    These restrictions are now lifted and the products are now officially supported on the following operating systems:

    • Oracle Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Linux x86 (32-bit)
    • Oracle Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 on Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 on Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
    • Solaris 11 on Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
    • AIX 7 on IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
    References

    Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    [Update Feb. 28, 2013: Added pointer to Note 1439822.1]

    [Update Dec. 11, 2012: JRE 7 is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this announcement for complete details.]

    Java logo

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state (emphasis added):

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing will change for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6. These Java SE 6 updates will be made available to EBS users for the Extended Support periods documented in the Oracle Lifetime Support policy document for Oracle Applications (PDF):

    1. EBS 11i Extended Support ends November 2013
    2. EBS 12.0 Extended Support ends January 2015
    3. EBS 12.1 Extended Support ends December 2018

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 6 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but currently remains optional. JRE 6 will be available to Windows users to run with EBS for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 desktop clients. 

    The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 (for desktop clients accessing EBS Forms-based content) is in its final stages.  If you plan to upgrade your EBS desktop clients to JRE 7 when that certification is released, you can get a head-start on that today.

    Coexistence of JRE 6 and JRE 7 on Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 7 will be highly recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run both JRE 6 and 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 7 will be invoked instead of JRE 6 if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290801.1 and 393931.1.

    Applying Updates to JRE 6 and JRE 7 to Windows desktops

    Auto-update will keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with JRE 7 installed.

    Auto-update will only keep JRE 7 up-to-date for Windows users with both JRE 6 and 7 installed. 

    JRE 6 users are strongly encouraged to apply the latest Critical Patch Updates as soon as possible after each release. The Jave SE CPUs will be available via My Oracle Support.  EBS users can find more information about JRE 6 and 7 updates here:

    The dates for future Java SE CPUs can be found on the Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin.  An RSS feed is available on that site for those who would like to be kept up-to-date.

    What will Mac users need?

    Oracle will provide updates to JRE 7 for Mac OS X users. EBS users running Macs will need to upgrade to JRE 7 to receive JRE updates.

    The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JRE 7 for Mac-based desktop clients accessing EBS Forms-based content is underway. Mac users waiting for that certification may find this article useful:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    No. This upgrade will be highly recommended but will be optional for EBS application tier servers running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.  You can choose to remain on JDK 6 for the duration of your respective EBS Extended Support period.  If you remain on JDK 6, you will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6.

    The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite with JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers on Windows, Linux, and Solaris as well as other platforms such as IBM AIX and HP-UX is planned.  Customers running platforms other than Windows, Linux, and Solaris should refer to their Java vendors's sites for more information about their support policies.

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    Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

    Additional Platforms Certified for Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1 for EBS

    Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.1.0 for Oracle E-Business Suite is now available for use with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  The Application Management Pack is an integral part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.

    This latest plug-in extends EM 12c Cloud Control with E-Business Suite specific system management capabilities and features enhanced change management support.

    As a follow up to the original announcement, the following additional platforms are now certified with the Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite, Release 12.1.0.1.0:

    Release 11i (11.5.10.2):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3 and 6
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9 and 10
    Release 12.0 (12.0.4+):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3, 6 and 7
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9 and 10
    Release 12.1 (12.1.1+):
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64bit) - versions 5.3, 6 and 7
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64bit) - versions 9, 10 and 11
    • Linux x86-64 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Novell SLES version 11

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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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    Monday Apr 23, 2012

    Discoverer 11.1.1.6 Certified with E-Business Suite

    [Apr. 30, 2012 Update: Added IBM AIX on Power certification for EBS 12]

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

    Discoverer graph screenshot

    Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.6) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release.  Discoverer 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

    Platforms certified for R12

    • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5)
    • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
    • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10, 11 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
    • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
    • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
    • Microsoft Windows Server (2003, 2008* )
    • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (2008 R2 for EBS 12.1.1 and higher only)
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) 5.3, 6.1, 7.1)

    Platforms certified for Release 11i

    • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 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) 
    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.  

    References

    Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

    11gR2 11.2.0.3 Certified with EBS 12.1 on Oracle Solaris 11 (x86-64)

    Solaris logoAs a follow up to our original certification announcement, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 is now certified with the Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.3 for Oracle Solaris 11 on x86-64 running on the database tier for the following platform and version:

    Release 12.1 (12.1.1 or higher) with Database version 11.2.0.3:

    • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (11)
    The application tier of the E-Business Suite is not certified with Oracle Solaris 11 on x86-64. Customers must run the application tier on a different platform such as Oracle Solaris on SPARC.

    This announcement for E-Business Suite Release 12.1 includes the following (as well as other features and options):

    • Real Application Clusters (RAC)
    • Oracle Database Vault
    • Transparent Data Encryption (Column Encryption)
    • TDE Tablespace Encryption 
    • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO)
    • Export/Import Process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12 Database Instances
    • Transportable Database and Transportable Tablespaces Data Migration Processes for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and Release 12

    Where can I find more information?

    Please also review the Oracle Database Installation Guide 11g Release 2 (11.2) for Oracle Solaris for operating system and other prerequisites.

    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)
    References

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    Tuesday Nov 15, 2011

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Certified on Solaris 11

    Oracle Solaris 11 was announced last week, and I'm pleased to also announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 is now certified on Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit). This new operating system release represents a culmination of years of hard work by our Solaris engineering group.  It has a number of new and advanced features including simplified deployment and lifecycle management tools, built-in certified virtualization technologies, support on the latest generation SPARC chips, and more.

    New installations of the E-Business Suite R12 on this platform will require version 12.1.1 or higher and the latest Rapid Install startCD version 12.1.1.13.  For existing 12.1 installations, we have also certified an "in place" OS upgrade or the use of cloning to a target Solaris 11 system. There are also specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database and Fusion Middleware.  These requirements are noted in the links below.

    References

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

    Thursday Jun 30, 2011

    AMP and ACMP 4.0 Now Available for More Platforms

    We released the latest Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Packs for Oracle E-Business Suite 4.0 for Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g earlier this year for Linux platforms.  This pair of packs is released as part of the Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite.  These two packs are also referred to as the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0 for OEM 11g.

    Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite

    As a follow-up to that announcement, I'm pleased to announce that these products are now available and certified on the following additional platforms:

    Release 12 (12.0.4+, 12.1.1+):

    • 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)

    Release 11i (11.5.10.2):

    • 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)

    For certified configurations, prerequisites, and links to the downloads and documentation, see:


    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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    Friday Feb 18, 2011

    Discoverer 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite


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    Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite

    Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder. 
    3rd_party_architecture.png
    For details about third-party integration architectures, see either of these article for EBS 11i and 12:
    Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.4 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  OID 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
    Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:
    • With Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1)
    • With Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x)
    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.   

    References
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    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.   

    References
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    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
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    Thursday Dec 02, 2010

    Running Oracle E-Business Suite on Exalogic Elastic Cloud

    [Dec. 10, 2010 update:  Clarified EBS R12-only compatibility with Exalogic. Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support. Since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic.]

    We unveiled the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud at OpenWorld 2010.  Oracle Exalogic is an engineered system comprising both hardware and software components, providing an application tier server complement for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

    exalogic architecture diagram with picture of Exalogic server tower exalogic_architecture.png
    Since then, we've been receiving a steady series of questions about the feasibility of running Oracle E-Business Suite on Exalogic servers.  Our position on Exalogic application compatibility is straightforward and the same as for Exadata: Exalogic is 100% compatible with all standard Oracle Linux 5 and Solaris 11 applications. No special certification for Exalogic is required - all Oracle applications that are certified for the appropriate releases of Oracle Linux and Solaris are supported on Exalogic.

    E-Business Suite runs on Exalogic

    Oracle E-Business Suite releases that are certified on 64-bit Oracle Linux 5.x (which includes several versions of R12, 12.1) are supported on Exalogic.  Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support, and since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic.

    We are finding that many customers are interested in consolidating existing Oracle software into an Exalogic environment.  For the E-Business Suite, keep in mind that existing versions of EBS would be installed as a full stack (including Oracle Application Server 10g), just as they are today on any other 64-bit Oracle Linux 5 (on x86-64) machine.  However, older Oracle Application Server releases are not optimized for the Exalogic environment and therefore will not be able to take advantage of some of the performance benefits of the system in the same manner as applications running on the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g stack.

    E-Business Suite environments running on Exalogic derive other benefits of the updated kernel, including bug fixes, enhanced security, and data integrity features.  For more information about the updated kernal, see:
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    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.    

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    Friday Nov 05, 2010

    E-Business Suite Release 12 Certified with New Virtualization + Partitioning Technologies

    Architecture diagram showing partioning of Oracle services on Solaris Containers solariscontainers3.jpg

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

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now explicitly certified with the following Oracle Solaris and SPARC Virtualization and Partitioning technologies:

    For details about these newly-certified configurations, see:
    More more information about Oracle products' certification with Oracle VM, see:
    What about other vendors' technologies?

    Other vendors such as Hewlett Packard and IBM also have their own specific software and hardware based virtualization technologies that are promoted for the same reasons. Please contact the specific hardware vendors for a list of these technologies.  Also see:
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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)
    References
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    Monday Sep 06, 2010

    Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with EBS on 15 New Platforms

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

    oam_architecture.jpg

    As a follow-on to our original certification announcement, Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 (version 11.1.1.3.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1 on the following additional platforms:

    For Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:

    • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)

    For Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.x and 12.1.x:

    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 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)

    Two options for external authentication

    Oracle Inter net Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 version 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with one of two single sign-on solutions:

    • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.3.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1).
    • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.3.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
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    Sunday Aug 15, 2010

    Discoverer 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with EBS on Twelve New Platforms

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

    We certified Discoverer 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) with the E-Business Suite on six platforms last month.  Those certifications included Oracle Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

    discoverer-screenshot-graphs.png
    As a follow-on to that original certification announcement, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Discoverer version 11.1.1.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and R12 (12.0.x, 12.1.x) on a dozen additional platforms.

    New platforms certified for EBS 11i
    • 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)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
    New platforms certified for EBS 12.0.x and 12.1.x
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 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)
    • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
    References
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    Wednesday Aug 11, 2010

    Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with E-Business Suite

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

    3rd_party_architecture.png
    I'm pleased to let you know that Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 (version 11.1.1.3.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:
    • With Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1)
    • With Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x)
    Certified Platforms
    Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12
    • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
    • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
    • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.x
    • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
    • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
    • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
    • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
    Platform certifications still underway
    Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:
    • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
    • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.x and 12.1.x:
    • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
    • Linux x86-64 (SLES 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)
    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.   

    What About Oracle Single Sign-On?

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