Tuesday Jul 13, 2010

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

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

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

For installation and configuration documentation, see:
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Monday May 03, 2010

Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.2 Certified with EBS 12 on Five New Platforms

[May 7 2010 Update: Removed Microsoft Windows Server 2008 reference]

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 includes Oracle Discoverer.  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 11gR1 11.1.1.2 with the E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 on Linux earlier this year.  Our Applications Platforms Group has just released five additional platform certifications for Discoverer 11.1.1.2 for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.x and 12.1.x).

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Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (Solaris 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)

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Friday Apr 30, 2010

Database Vault 11gR2 11.2.0.1 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle Database Vault allows security administrators to protect a database from privileged account access to application data.  Database objects can be placed in protected realms, which can be accessed only if a specific set of conditions are met. 

Oracle Database Vault 11gR2 11.2.0.1 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

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You can now enable Database Vault 11gR2 on your existing E-Business Suite 11.2.0.1 Database instance.  If you already have DB Vault 10gR2 or 11gR1 enabled in your E-Business Suite environment, you can now upgrade to the 11gR2 Database.  We also support EBS patching with Database Vault 11.2.0.1 enabled. Our DB Vault realm creation and grants-related scripts have been updated to reduce patching downtimes.

Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10.2 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 or higher
Certified Platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • 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)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (Solaris 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (Solaris 10) (Database-tier only)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.31)
Certified Platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise 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) (Solaris 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) (Solaris 10) (Database-tier only)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Certifications still underway

Certifications for the following platforms are still pending.  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.   
Pending Platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (Database-tier only)
Pending Platforms for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium (Database-tier only)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) (Database-tier only)
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Tuesday Apr 27, 2010

11gR2 DB 11.2.0.1 Certified with E-Business Suite on Solaris 10 (x86-64)

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Oracle Database 11g Release 2 version 11.2.0.1 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i (11.5.10.2) and Release 12 (12.0.4 or higher, 12.1.1 or higher) on Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit) running Solaris 10. This announcement includes:
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption with EBS 11i and R12
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO)/Advanced Networking Option (ANO)
  • Export/Import Process for E-Business Suite 11i and R12 Database Instances 
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption
This certification is a 'database-tier only' (previously known as a split tier) platform certification - the application tier must be on a different certified EBS platform such as Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit), for example.

Certifications Still Underway

The following associated database certifications are still pending:
  • Database Vault 11.2.0.1 Certification with EBS 11i and R12
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption using Database 11g Release 2 Version 11.2.0.1 with EBS R12
Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

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Tuesday Mar 23, 2010

WebCenter 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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

WC11gWelcome.pngWebCenter 11g includes a multi-channel portal framework and a suite of horizontal Enterprise 2.0 applications which provide content, presence, and social networking capabilities.

WebCenter 11g (11.1.1.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  For installation and configuration documentation, see:
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Portal 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified with E-Business Suite

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

Portal 11g (11.1.1.2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

If you're running a previous version of Portal, there are a number of certified and supported upgrade paths to Portal 11g (11.1.1.2):

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Certified EBS 11i Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS 12.1 only)
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Thursday Feb 04, 2010

11gR2 DB 11.2.0.1 Certified on Solaris 10 and E-Business Suite

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Oracle Database 11g Release 2 version 11.2.0.1 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i (11.5.10.2) and Release 12 (12.0, 12.1) on Solaris 10 on SPARC (64-bit). This announcement includes:
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
  • Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption
  • Advanced Security Option (ASO) / Advanced Networking Option (ANO)
  • Export/Import Process for E-Business Suite 11i Database Instances
The following associated database certifications are still pending:
  • Export/Import Process for E-Business Suite R12 Database Instances
  • Database Vault 11.2.0.1 Certification
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Tablespace Encryption
As usual, Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe this blog for updates on these pending certifications. 

The operating system version covered by this certification is Solaris 10; there are no plans to certify Solaris 8 and 9.

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Thursday Jan 14, 2010

Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.2) Certified on Eight New Platforms for EBS

[Jan 19, 2010 Update:  Added additional certifications for HP-UX Itanium]

We certified Oracle Internet Directory 11g Version 11.1.1.2 with the E-Business Suite on four platforms a few weeks ago
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Our Applications Platforms Group has just certified eight additional operating system platforms for this configuration, bringing the total set of certified platforms to:
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5) -- for EBS Releases 12.0 and 12.1 only
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL4, 5) -- for EBS Releases 12.0 and 12.1 only
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10) -- for EBS Releases 12.0 and 12.1 only
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31) -- for EBS Releases 12.0 and 12.1 only
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003; 2008 for EBS Release 12.1 only)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
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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Thursday Oct 29, 2009

OracleAS 10.1.3.5 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 originally shipped with OracleAS 10.1.3 Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J) for running its Java-based content.  Regular readers of this blog know that we certified OracleAS 10.1.3.4 with Apps 12 at the end of 2008, with additional operating system platforms following shortly afterwards.

We've now certified Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.5 OC4J with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  You can upgrade to OracleAS 10.1.3.5 OC4J directly from OracleAS 10.1.3, 10.1.3.3, or 10.1.3.4.  This certification allows you to upgrade the OC4J components in your R12 techstack to get take advantage of the latest performance and stability improvements in this incremental patchset.  To make sure that there's no misunderstanding about what can be upgraded, the full name of this patchset is:
It's important to note that either OracleAS 10.1.3.3, 10.1.3.4, or 10.1.3.5 are mandatory prerequisites if you plan to upgrade your Release 12 application tier to the latest certified version of Java 6.

Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3 (Release Update Pack 3) or higher
Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 9, 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 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)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) 2003, and 2008 for Apps 12.1.1+ only
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (8, 9, 10)
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Friday Oct 23, 2009

Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 Certified with E-Business Suite 11i

Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 was certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 earlier this year.  Our Applications Technology Group has just released their certification of Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

If you missed that earlier announcement, here's a recap of the basics. Secure Enterprise Search (SES) provides new search capabilities for EBS: Apps users can search for E-Business Suite data using a unified search engine, with search results displayed based upon their Applications responsibilities. Searches can be performed on structured and unstructured data. Notably, search results respect multi-level security, including:
  • Role-based access control (RBAC) functional and data security
  • Product-specific security policies
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For example, an authorized E-Business Suite user could use the search screen above to search for "Assets" in "Northpark," yielding the following results:

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Introducing the Search Modeller

This certification also has an added bonus:  it includes the new Search Modeler for E-Business Suite customers.  Search Modeler Version 1.1 is certified with Apps 11i as well as Apps 12 releases.

Search Modeler is a web-based tool that allows you to create search solutions tailored to your business needs. You can create search solutions for any E-Business Suite product. In most cases you can also include custom application objects as part of your search solution, if your custom applications as registered in the EBS Application Object Library.

Prerequisites
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2
  • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.6 (Release Update Pack 6)
  • Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4
Supported Platforms

Secure Enterprise Search may be optionally installed on standalone external server and integrated with EBS 11i. The operating system platforms supported for the standalone Secure Enterprise Search instance are:
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3, 4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3,4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)
  • Solaris SPARC (Solaris 8, 64-bit; Solaris 9, 64-bit; Solaris 10, 64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.11 64-bit; 11.23 64-bit)
  • AIX 5L Based Systems (AIX 5.2 ML01, 64-bit; 5.3, 64-bit
  • HP-UX Itanium 11i v2 (11.23)
  • Windows Server (2003 - all editions)
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Wednesday Sep 09, 2009

Thirteen New E-Business 12.1.1 Database-Tier Only Certifications for 10gR2

Our Applications Platforms Group has just released a flurry of new platform certifications for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 for the 10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database Server.  The following operating systems are now certified for database-tier only deployments:
  • Sun Solaris x86-64 (Solaris 10) 
  • IBM: Linux on System z (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
  • IBM: Linux on Power Systems (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
  • Linux Itanium (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
These database-tier only platforms were previously certified with E-Business Suite 12.0 and 10gR2.  Customers running those combinations can now apply the 12.1.1 Maintenance Pack to upgrade their application tier to EBS 12.1.1 while running the 10gR2 database on one of the above platforms.

This is a database-tier only certification (previously known as a 'split configuration database tier' certification), where the application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite R12 platform.

Still Underway


The certification of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 with Windows 2003 (x64) and Windows Itanium as database tier-only platforms is still underway.  I don't have firm schedules for this certification yet, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.  

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Tuesday Jul 21, 2009

10gR2 10.2.0.4 Certified on Solaris x86-64 and HP Tru64 for EBS 11i

Our Applications Platforms Group continues to round out our certification matrix for supported operating systems for the E-Business Suite.  They've released two new platform certifications for Apps 11i on the 10gR2 (10.2.0.4) database:

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 version 10.2.0.4 on Sun Solaris x86-64 (64-bit).  The Solaris x86-64 certification is for Solaris 10 and is a database tier only certification (also known as a "split configuration"), where the application tier must be on a certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i platform.

E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 version 10.2.0.4 on and HP Tru64.  This certification is for HP Tru64 5.1b and is a fully-certified configuration for both the application server and database tiers.

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Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Database Vault 11.1.0.7 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle DB Vault allows security administrators to protect a database from privileged account access to application data.  Database objects can be placed in protected realms, which can be accessed only if a specific set of conditions are met.  

Database Vault 10gR2 was certified last year with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We're pleased to announce that the latest Database Vault 11gR1 Version 11.1.0.7 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

You can now enable Database Vault 11gR1 on your existing E-Business Suite 11.1.0.7 Database instance.  If you already have DB Vault 10gR2 enabled in your E-Business Suite environment, you can now upgrade to the 11gR1 Database.  We also support EBS patching with Database Vault 11.1.0.7 enabled. Our DB Vault realm creation and grants-related scripts have been revised to reduce patching downtimes.

Screenshot of database vault web page page showing Database Vault Feature Administration menu of security options

Prerequisites

  • Oracle Database 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7
  • Oracle Database Vault 11gR1 version 11.1.0.7
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.1

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • IBM AIX
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • HP-UX Itanium

Certifications for Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) and Windows x64 (64-bit) are still underway.  I don't have firm schedules for these certifications yet, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.  

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Tuesday Jul 14, 2009

Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 12

Oracle Advanced Security is an optional licenced Oracle 11gR1 Database add-on.  Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) offers two different features:  column encryption and tablespace encryption.  We certified the TDE column encryption feature with the E-Business Suite last year.  We're pleased to expand our 11gR1 Database certification to include the tablespace encryption feature.  This option was recently certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, and now Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, too.

What is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) ?

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Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) allows you to protect data at rest. TDE helps address privacy and PCI requirements by encrypting personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers.

TDE is completely transparent to existing applications with no triggers, views or other application changes required. Data is transparently encrypted when written to disk and transparently decrypted after an application user has successfully authenticated and passed all authorization checks. Authorization checks include verifying the user has the necessary select and update privileges on the application table and checking Database Vault, Label Security and Virtual Private Database enforcement policies.

Existing database backup routines will continue to work, with the data at rest remaining encrypted in the backup. For encryption of entire database backups, TDE can be used in combination with Oracle RMAN.

What is Tablespace Encryption ? TDE_Key_Management_Architecture.png

New in Oracle Database 11g Release 1, the Oracle Advanced Security now includes support for tablespace encryption.

When a tablespace is created through Enterprise Manager or on the command line, an option now exists to specify that the file be encrypted on the file system. When new data is added to the new tablespace using the insert command or datapump, entire tables will be transparently encrypted. When the database reads data blocks from the encrypted tablespace it will transparently decrypt the data blocks.

With this certification, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments can be migrated to encrypted tablespaces. For more information, please refer to:

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 or higher

Platforms certified for 12

  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64 (64 bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX Based Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server(32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)

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Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

Applications Management and Change Management Packs Certified with Enterprise Manager Grid Control Release 5

Our E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group released a new product, the Application Change Management Pack (ACMP), and a new version of their Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 4 earlier this month.  They've just followed this up with a new certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 5.

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For more details about the new features, documentation, and patches for the latest Application Management Pack and Application Change Management Pack releases, see:

Oracle E-Business Suite Prerequisites

  • 11.5.10 with ATG_PF.H RUP5 and higher
  • Release 12.0.4 and higher
  • Release 12.1

Certified Platforms

  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX Based Systems

Certification on Windows platforms are in progress.  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 Jun 19, 2009

Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 Certified with EBS 11i

Oracle Advanced Security is an optional licenced Oracle 11gR1 Database add-on.  Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) offers two different features:  column encryption and tablespace encryption.  We certified the TDE column encryption feature with the E-Business Suite last year.  We're pleased to expand our 11gR1 Database certification to include the tablespace encryption feature.  Tablespace Encryption 11.1.0.7 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

What is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) ?

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Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) allows you to protect data at rest. TDE helps address privacy and PCI requirements by encrypting personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers.

TDE is completely transparent to existing applications with no triggers, views or other application changes required. Data is transparently encrypted when written to disk and transparently decrypted after an application user has successfully authenticated and passed all authorization checks. Authorization checks include verifying the user has the necessary select and update privileges on the application table and checking Database Vault, Label Security and Virtual Private Database enforcement policies.

Existing database backup routines will continue to work, with the data at rest remaining encrypted in the backup. For encryption of entire database backups, TDE can be used in combination with Oracle RMAN.

What is Tablespace Encryption ? TDE_Key_Management_Architecture.png

New in Oracle Database 11g Release 1, the Oracle Advanced Security now includes support for tablespace encryption.

When a tablespace is created through Enterprise Manager or on the command line, an option now exists to specify that the file be encrypted on the file system. When new data is added to the new tablespace using the insert command or datapump, entire tables will be transparently encrypted. When the database reads data blocks from the encrypted tablespace it will transparently decrypt the data blocks.

With this certification, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i environments can be migrated to encrypted tablespaces. For more information, please refer to:

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10.2 or higher

Platforms certified for 11i

  • Linux x86 (32-bit)
  • Linux x86-64 (64 bit)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX Based Systems (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server(32-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)

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Tuesday May 26, 2009

10gR2 10.2.0.4 DB Certified with EBS 12 for Four New Database-Tier Only Platforms

Working through my announcement backlog after almost three weeks away, here's a four-pronged certification announcement for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4.  EBS 12.0.4 is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10gR2 10.2.0.4 on the following "database-tier only" platforms:

  • Sun Solaris x86-64 (Solaris 10)
  • IBM Linux on System z (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
  • IBM Linux on Power (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)
  • Linux Itanium (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 and 10)

Notable here are the Sun Solaris x86-64 and IBM Linux on Power certifications.  These were previously certified only with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, but are now new additions to the list of available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 "database-tier only" platforms.

Prerequisites

You can review the system requirements from the relevant Oracle Database 10gR2 documentation (Installation Guide, Release Notes, Upgrade Guide) prior to installing the database on these platforms.

These are database-tier only certifications (previously known as "split configurations" in Apps 11i).  The application tier must be on a fully-certified Oracle E-Business Suite R12 platform.

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Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 Certified with EBS 12

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) 10.1.8.4 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  If you missed our late-2007 announcement about this certification, here's a recap of the basics.  Secure Enterprise Search (SES) provides new search capabilities for R12: Apps users can search for E-Business Suite data using a unified search engine, with search results displayed based upon their Applications responsibilities. Searches can be performed on structured and unstructured data. Notably, search results respect multi-level security, including:

  • Role-based access control (RBAC) functional and data security
  • Product-specific security policies

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search screencap: Screen capture of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g with Assets Inquiry screen for E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3

For example, an authorized E-Business Suite user could use the search screen above to search for "Assets" in "Northpark," yielding the following results:

SES search results: Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g sample search results for an E-Business Suite Release 12.0.3 search

Prerequisites

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 and higher

  • Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4

Supported Platforms

Secure Enterprise Search may be optionally installed on standalone external server and integrated with EBS 12.  The operating system platforms supported for the standalone Secure Enterprise Search instance are:

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3, 4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, Red Hat Linux 3,4; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9)

  • Solaris SPARC (Solaris 8, 64-bit; Solaris 9, 64-bit; Solaris 10, 64-bit)

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (11.11 64-bit; 11.23 64-bit)

  • AIX 5L Based Systems (AIX 5.2 ML01, 64-bit; 5.3, 64-bit

  • HP-UX Itanium 11i v2 (11.23)

  • Windows Server (2003 - all editions)

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Monday Dec 29, 2008

OracleAS 10.1.3.4 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12

[Update Mar 16, 2009:  IBM AIX is now certified with this configuration]

[Update Jan 13, 2009: HP-UX Itanium is now certified with this configuration]

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Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 originally shipped with OracleAS 10.1.3 Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J) for running its Java-based content.  Regular readers of this blog know that we certified OracleAS 10.1.3.3 with Apps 12 at the start of this year.

In a fitting end to the year, we've now certified Oracle Application Server 10g 10.1.3.4 OC4J with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  You can upgrade to OracleAS 10.1.3.4 OC4J directly from OracleAS 10.1.3 or 10.1.3.3.  This certification allows you to upgrade the OC4J components in your R12 techstack to get take advantage of the latest performance and stability improvements in this incremental patchset.  To make sure that there's no misunderstanding about what can be upgraded, the full name of this patchset is:

It's important to note that either OracleAS 10.1.3.3 or 10.1.3.4 are mandatory prerequisites if you plan to upgrade your Release 12 application tier to the latest certified version of Java 6.

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Thursday Sep 18, 2008

Database Vault 10.2.0.4 Certified with EBS 11i and 12

[Nov 24, 2008 Update: Added new R12 platform certifications for Microsoft Windows Server 2003, HP-UX PA-RISC, and HP-UX Itanium]. Added new 11i platform certifications for Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, HP-UX PA-RISC, OEL, RHEL, SUSE, HP-UX Itanium.]

Our certification run-up to OpenWorld continues, and I'm pleased to announce that Database Vault 10.2.0.4 is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. For more details about Database Vault and how it works in E-Business Suite environments, see this article. This new certification brings improved performance and broader certification coverage for additional operating systems, too.

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Friday Apr 04, 2008

HP-UX, AIX, Solaris Certified for 11g DB and Apps 11i

Whew -- I'm struggling to keep up with the stream of new announcements.  Here's some breaking news from our Platform Engineering team this morning: 

11gdownload:

The following new platforms are now certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i and the Oracle Database 11g Release 11 (11.1.0.6.0):
  • HP-UX PA RISC,
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • IBM AIX
The revised platform availability list is now:
  • Linux x86-32
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX
  • Sun Solaris SPARC
  • Windows x86
Certification on other platforms is in progress; you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

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Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

Three New 64-Bit Database Tier Certifications for Apps 11i

[Feb 21, 2008 Update:  Corrected introduction from R12 to 11i.  Argh...]

Three new 64-bit database tier only certifications are now available for E-Business Suite Release 11i:  Oracle Enterprise Linux 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, and Sun Solaris.

These database tier-only certifications -- also called split configurations in Release 11i -- cover configurations where E-Business Suite database and application tier servers are running on different operating system platforms.  Here are the details:

Prerequisites

  • E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.9 CU2 or 11.5.10.2
  • Oracle Database Server 10gR2 version 10.2.0.3
Newly-Certified Platforms
  • Sun Solaris x64
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64 architectures
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64 architectures
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Wednesday Oct 10, 2007

10gR2 10.2.0.3 Database Certified for Release 12

Certifications are a bit like buses:  if you wait long enough, a whole string of them arrive at the same time.  This has been a pretty good week for long-outstanding and eagerly-awaited certifications. 

E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified with the latest 10gR2 (10.2.0.3) database. 

10gR2 10.2.0.3 patch screenshot: Screenshot of download location on Oracle Metalink for 10gR2 Database 10.2.0.3 patch 5337014

Upgrades from Release 11i Environments

This is a particularly important certification if your Apps 11i database has already been upgraded to 10.2.0.3.  Until today, Release 12 was only certified with 10.2.0.2.  If you wanted to upgrade your Release 11i environment to Release 12, the certified databases levels would have been mismatched. 

As of today, Applications 11i environments on the 10.2.0.3 database may now be upgraded to Applications 12.

Certified Platforms
  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • Microsoft Windows x86
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX
  • HP-UX Itanium
Certifications for additional platforms such as Linux Itanium, Sun Solaris x64, Microsoft Windows Itanium, Microsoft Windows x64, IBM zSeries Linux, and Linux on Power will follow.  Stay tuned for upcoming announcements for these certifications.

For More Information

You can obtain the 10gR2 (10.2.0.3) patch set here:
The documentation for upgrading your E-Business Suite Release 12 environment to 10.2.0.3 is here:
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Friday Jun 29, 2007

Apps Management Pack for E-Business Suite on Solaris Now Available

The Applications Management Pack for the E-Business Suite was originally available only for Linux platforms.  For those of you waiting for the latest generation of our systems management tool to be ported to your operating system, some good news:  it's now available for Sun Solaris.

Enterprise Manager Screenshot:

The Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Oracle Enterprise Manager 10gR3 Grid Control to help monitor and manage Applications environments.  This latest version can be used to manage the following environments:
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.0 and higher
  • E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 with ATG RUP 4 or higher
Free downloads for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control are available, but it's important to note that the Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite is a separately licensed product.  If you'd like to do a hands-on evaluation of this latest release, you should give your Oracle account team a call.

Thursday May 24, 2007

Virtualization and the E-Business Suite, Redux

Operating system vendors such as Hewlett Packard, IBM and Sun are increasingly promoting the use of their own virtualization solutions for reasons primarily related to the need for IT consolidation and better hardware utilization.

For instance, Solaris Containers is a feature of Solaris 10 that allows partitioning of an existing operating system into separate virtual hosts:

Sun Solaris Containers:

IBM promotes the use of its Dynamic Logical Partitioning (LPAR) technology that enables the virtualization of hardware resources which can be shared by multiple operating systems:

IBM LPAR overview:

HP's virtualization solution -- Virtual Server Environment -- includes various technologies such as nPartitions, vPars and Integrity VM that allow running multiple instances of HP-UX on the same server:

HP Virtual Server Environment:

Additionally other vendor-neutral solutions such as VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server, and Citrix allow different operating systems to run as guest operating systems on a single physical machine.  I've briefly discussed our support for these types of virtualization solutions in a previous article, with a special case for E-Business Suite client/server modules which make direct connections to the E-Business Suite database.

The use of operating system vendors' virtualization technologies to host E-Business Suite falls under the same 'not explicitly certified, but supported' category. These technologies are covered by Oracle's standard policy for third-party product support
  • Oracle will triage and attempt to diagnose issues reported for these configurations. 
  • Specific problems isolated to virtualization software that cannot be reproduced in standard Oracle environments -- i.e. environments without virtualization software -- may need to be referred to the third-party vendor for advanced debugging and resolution.
Use in Production Environments

If you plan to use virtualization software for your application and database servers in a production environment, the usual advice applies:  conduct thorough functional tests, perform peak load-testing, and have detailed fallback plans in case of issues with production environments.

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Friday May 04, 2007

Understanding J2SE 1.3 End-of-Life Implications for Apps 11i

Sun and Hewlett-Packard have completed their End-of-Life processes for Java 2 SDK Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.3, and IBM will be doing so later this year.  If your E-Business Suite environment is still on that Java release, there are some important support implications that you should consider.

"Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow"

With apologies to the immortal Bard, I know that some of you may feel the same way about parting with J2SE 1.3.  Here are the published End-of-Life dates from three key J2SE vendors:

"End-of-Life" is a Euphemism

All three of the key vendors listed above -- Sun, HP, and IBM -- strongly recommend that you upgrade your environment to their latest supported J2SE release. 

Here's an insider's tip:  software vendors really prefer to avoid terms like "desupport" and "mandatory upgrade" since they conjure up uncomfortable images of shivering customers left out in the cold.  So, they abjure those terms for more-innocuous phrases like "end-of-life" and "strongly recommend." 

However, don't be fooled by the seemingly-innocent nature of those euphemisms.  Wherever you see those phrases anywhere on a vendor's site (including this one), you should really pay attention. 

It's extremely painful and costly to support very old software releases.  For example, here at Oracle, we maintain thousands of E-Business Suite environments.  These environments run on J2SE 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 (5.0), and 1.6 (6.0).  At some point, older environments are decommissioned, making it very difficult for us to validate issues reported on old releases.

At some point, a vendor's ability to reproduce or even investigate issues with obsolete releases dwindles asymptotically to zero.  So, if a vendor strongly encourages you to upgrade, they're dead serious.

Implications for E-Business Suite Release 11i Users

With those basics out of the way, here are the implications if your Apps 11i environment is running on servers with J2SE 1.3:
  1. If you log a Service Request for your environment, Oracle will continue to perform its usual diagnosis, triage, and search through our knowledge base for existing patches and workarounds.   This assistance may be constrained by limited access to a small number of remaining environments running J2SE 1.3.  It is extremely unlikely that we will issue new Apps patches for new compatibility issues identified with the E-Business Suite and J2SE 1.3.
  2. Issues isolated to J2SE 1.3 itself will be referred to your operating system vendor for more assistance.  Depending on your vendor, you may be able to purchase extended support for J2SE 1.3 directly from them.
  3. Issues that can't be reproduced in E-Business Suite environments running on J2SE 1.4 or 1.5 (5.0) will likely result in a recommendation to upgrade to those later releases.
  4. Oracle will continue to support JInitiator 1.3.x for Apps 11i users.  Sun's desupport of J2SE 1.3 doesn't affect Oracle's JInitiator 1.3 support policies.
A Well-Trodden Path

Many Apps 11i customers have already upgraded to J2SE 1.5 (5.0) successfully, and we strongly recommend this release.  This latest release has many significant improvements in memory management, garbage collection, performance optimization, and monitoring and tuning capabilities.  For details on upgrading your E-Business Suite environment to J2SE 1.5 (5.0), see:
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Monday Feb 26, 2007

Mixed Platform Architectures for Release 12

Editor Mar 15 Update:  There are a number of mixed platform architectures that are supported for Release 12 today, although certification of additional platforms is still pending.  More details added below.

Editor Update:  It turns out that our official nomenclature for these types of configurations has evolved between releases.  In Release 11i, these were called "split configurations."  In Release 12, these are now called "mixed platform architectures."


Here's a quick update for those of you who might be interested in "mixed platform architectures," where the E-Business Suite's database and application servers are deployed on different operating system platforms. 


Itanium Chip:

R12 Fully Certified Platforms

As of March 15, 2007, the following are the fully certified platforms (application and database tiers) for the E-Business Suite Release 12. See Oracle Certify for exact versions and platforms certified with E-Business Suite:
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX
  • Linux x86 and x86-64 (32-bit OS)
  • Linux x86-64 (64-bit OS)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Sun Solaris Operating System (SPARC)
These platforms can be mixed together, i.e. the database tier can use any one of these platforms, and the application tier can use any one of these platforms.  So, this would be a certified combination:  database tier on HP-UX Itanium, and application tier on Linux x86-64 (32-bit OS).

Not Certified Yet... For Use on the Database Tier Only

Certifications for the following additional platforms are underway for the database tier only:
  • IBM System z Linux
  • Linux Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium
In other words, you can't use any of these four operating system platforms for your database tier yet, but these certifications are forthcoming.  When they're certified, you'll be able to deploy any of these four platforms on your database tier only.  At that time, you will be able to mix any of these four database tiers with application tiers running on any of the existing fully certified platforms in the first list.

The certifications of the four database tier only platforms are underway now, and are expected to be released in conjunction with the R12 certification for the 10.2.0.3 Database.  Firm schedules aren't available yet, but feel free to monitor or subscribe to this site for updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

Still Confused?

Don't worry -- you're not the only one.  As you can infer from the changes to this article, we've been working through the nomenclature around these mixed platform architectures ourselves.  If you're still struggling to get a handle on this, either log a Service Request or contact your Oracle account manager to get some help with your specific target platform architecture.

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Tuesday Nov 28, 2006

9.2.0.8 Database Certified with Release 11i

One of the nice things about coming back from vacation is seeing what's been accomplished while one's been away.  This always suggests to me that I should buck the trend and take longer and more frequent vacations. 


While I was out for Thanksgiving, our certification team released another database certification for the 9iR2 line.  The latest 9.2.0.8 Database has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i.  You can upgrade your 9i database to the latest 9.2.0.8 database level if you are on E-Business Suite Release 11.5.7 or higher.

The interoperability patch for this configuration is now available for the following platforms:
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 2.1, RHEL 3.0, Enterprise Linux 4.0, RHEL 4.0, SLES 8, SLES 9)
  • Sun Sparc Solaris (64-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC
  • IBM AIX
  • Linux x86-64
  • Linux Itanium
  • HP-UX Itanium
Certifications for these platforms are still underway:
  • Windows x86
  • Windows Itanium
  • HP Tru64
Full installation instructions can be found in:

Thursday Nov 02, 2006

Maximum Availability Architectures and the E-Business Suite

Put all your eggs in one basket and --- WATCH THAT BASKET.


Following the IT industry's never-ending quest to introduce new and confusing names for well-understood concepts, our gurus in the High Availability engineering teams for the Oracle database and application server products have coined a new term:  Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture.

MAA Architecture:

From their OTN website:
  • "Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) is Oracle's best practices blueprint based on proven Oracle high availability technologies and recommendations. The goal of MAA is to remove the complexity in designing the optimal high availability architecture."

This team held a fascinating session at OpenWorld 2006, "MAA Best Practices: Building an Oracle E-Business Suite Maximum Availability Architecture" (S283064).  They covered a range of MAA topics for E-Business Suite environments, including:
  • RAC, ASM
  • Flashback databases
  • Data Guard Redo Apply
  • Disaster recovery
  • Minimizing outages while converting to MAA architectures
  • Switchover and failover procedures
  • Hardware vendor partner validations on:
    • HP-UX, HP 9000, HP Integrity, HP StorageWorks, HP ServiceGuard
    • Sun Solaris, Sun Clusters, Sun Fire, Sun StorEdge

Excellent stuff.  Associated with their OpenWorld session, they have a Powerpoint and a detailed whitepaper available for download.  See the article below for pointers to the OOW Content Catalog.

Oct. 14, 2011 Update: This presentation is available here.

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Wednesday Jun 28, 2006

10gR2 Database Split Configurations for Release 11i

[Feb 20, 2008 Update:  Added OEL 5 and RHEL 5 to list of supported platforms]

[June 22, 2007 Update:  Added additional platforms to list of supported database tier only configurations]

[Sep 15, 2006 Update:  Clarified minimum Apps prerequisite for this configuration.
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Here's some good news for those of you interested in E-Business Suite Release 11i split configurations, where the database and application tier servers are running on different operating systems.

Itanium Chip:

Our support for split configurations has been expanded to include database servers running the 10gR2 Database Version 10.2.0.2. This new configuration requires the E-Business Suite 11.5.9 CU2 at minimum, and currently applies to the following operating systems:
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) on x86-64
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM Linux on Power
  • IBM Linux on System z
  • Linux Itanium
  • Linux x86-64
  • Sun Solaris x64
  • Windows Itanium
  • Windows x64
Our intrepid E-Business Suite Platform Engineering team is working on certifications for other platforms, too; please feel free to subscribe to this blog if you'd like to get notifications about new certifications as they're released.

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