Tuesday Nov 30, 2010

EBS 11i Extended Support Starts December 2010 with Minimum Patching Baselines

[Editor: This article was originally published in January 2010, and again in August 2010.  Reposting this article in its entirety with small modifications to emphasize the date.]

Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i ends today, November 30, 2010. Extended Support for EBS 11i begins tomorrow, December 1st, 2010.

Extended Support comes at an additional cost, but these are waived for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i through November 2011. I'm in EBS Development and not sales, so you should contact your Oracle account manager with questions about Extended Support costs. 

Here is a comparison of the different support levels:

A new set of minimum technical requirements for Apps 11i goes into effect when Extended Support begins in December 2010.  These new minimum baseline patch requirements are listed in:
What are the impacts of this new baseline?

As always, Oracle Support will assist with diagnosis, triage, and debugging of any issues that you report for your E-Business Suite environment.  You will continue to have access to any existing online support tools, knowledge base documentation, and pre-existing fixes.

If you report a new issue that requires a new bug fix, you should be aware that new patches will be released only for the new baseline patches listed in the Minimum Baseline Patch Requirements Note.  You should plan to apply the baseline patches (at minimum) listed in Note 883202.1 by November 2010 in order to receive any new bug fixes.

Minimum Baseline Patch Requirements
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 Consolidated Update 2 plus additional patches listed in Note 883202.1
  • ATG Rollup Patchset 6 (11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.6, Patch 5903765)
  • 10.2.0.4 Database or 11.1.0.7 Database
  • Forms6i Patchset 19 (version 6.0.8.28, Patch 6194129)
  • Oracle HTTP Server MLR Patchset 4393827
  • Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.6.0_03 or higher
The baseline versions listed here (and in the Note) are current as of the document's release date but may change in the future.  Any changes will be communicated via Note 883202.1.  If you've found this article as the result of a web search, I would strongly encourage you to check the latest version of the Note for the current information.

What EBS 11i products are affected by this new baseline?

In addition to the major technology stack components shown above, Note 883202.1 contains additional minimum baseline requirements for:
  • Applications Technology
    • Common Applications Calendar
  • Contracts
    • Core Contracts
    • Procurement Contracts
    • Project Contracts
    • Sales Contracts
    • Service Contracts
  • Customer Data Management
    • Customers Online
    • Trading Community
  • Financials
    • Assets
    • iAssets
    • Advanced Collections
    • Bill Presentment Architecture
    • Cash Management
    • E-Business Tax
    • Financials for the Americas
    • Financials for Asia/Pacific
    • Financials Common Country
    • Financials for EMEA
    • Financials for India
    • Internet Expenses
    • Lease Management
    • Loans
    • Payables
    • Payments
    • Property Manager
    • Public Sector Budgeting
    • Public Sector Financials
    • Public Sector Financials (International)
    • Receivables
    • iReceivables
    • Treasury
    • U.S. Federal Financials
  • Human Resources
    • Advanced Benefits
    • Approvals Management
    • HR Intelligence
    • Human Resources
    • Labor Distribution
    • Learning Management
    • Payroll (All Localizations)
    • Payroll (International/Custom)
    • iRecruitment
    • Self-Service Human Resources
    • Time and Labor
    • US Federal Human Resources
  • Intelligence
    • Balanced Scorecard
    • E-Business Intelligence
  • Interaction Center
    • Customer Interaction History
  • Logistics
    • Inventory Management
    • Warehouse Management
  • Manufacturing
    • Cost Management
    • Quality
    • Supply Chain Globalization
    • Work in Process
  • Marketing and Sales
    • Incentive Compensation
    • Marketing
    • Partner Management
    • Quoting
    • Sales
    • Sales for Handheld
    • Sales Offline
    • Territory Management
    • Trade Management
  • Order Management
    • Advanced Pricing
    • Configurator
    • Order Capture
    • Order Management
  • Procurement
    • iProcurement
    • Purchasing
    • Sourcing
    • iSupplier Portal
    • Supplier Scheduling
  • Product Lifecycle Management
    • Advanced Product Catalog
    • Bills of Material
    • Document Management and Collaboration
    • Engineering
    • Item Master
  • Projects
    • Grants Accounting
    • Project Billing
    • Project Collaboration
    • Project Costing
    • Project Portfolio Analysis
    • Project Foundation
    • Project Resource Management
    • Projects
  • Service
    • Advanced Scheduler
    • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
    • Customer Care
    • Depot Repair
    • Field Service
    • iSupport
    • Teleservice
  • Supply Chain Planning
    • Demand Planning
    • Production Scheduling
    • Strategic Network Optimization
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Thursday Sep 02, 2010

Introducing John Abraham, Guest Author

I'm very pleased to welcome John Abraham to this blog's panel of guest authors.  John is part of the same team led by Terri Noyes, who joined this blog's panel earlier this year.  With John's participation, we are able to potentially double our coverage of server operating system topics.

John joined Oracle in 2003 and worked as an engineer before moving into a Product Management role in the E-Business Suite Platform Engineering group.  John leads the team responsible for the strategic direction of EBS as it relates to operating systems and hardware architectures, and works to identify solutions that will add value to Oracle, partners, and customers.

Prior to Oracle he worked in various engineering roles such as leading a Developer Support group at a realtime graphical  software company (SL Corp), as a systems engineer developing electrical grid control software for a large engineering company (Asea Brown Boveri/ABB), and as a UI developer for a CRM company (Kana Software).

John has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a focus on Control Systems and Computer Modeling of complex electro-mechanical systems. In his spare time he is known to play tennis, kick a soccer ball on occasion, loves travel and follows international soccer intently.

He can be reached at: 
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Tuesday Aug 31, 2010

Oracle Internet Directory and Single Sign-On Certified with EBS 12.1.2 on IBM Linux on System z

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Applications Release 12 users can configure their environments to delegate user authentication to an external Single Sign-On 10g instance. In this optional configuration, Single Sign-On validates E-Business Suite user credentials against an external Oracle Internet Directory instance.

Oracle Single Sign-On (SSO) and Oracle Internet Directory (OID) 10g version 10.1.2.3 are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2) on the IBM: Linux on System z platform. This platform was recently announced as a fully certified R12 platform - this is the first certification of an optional external technology component for the platform.
The operating systems certified on this platform with SSO and OID are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
More certifications coming for this platform

Other external certifications (AS 10g Portal, Discoverer, WebCache, BPEL) as well as AS 10g Release 3 Patch Set 5 (10.1.3.5) on this platform are planned or in progress. 

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 on these additional external certifications for IBM: Linux on System z, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

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.

Tuesday Aug 24, 2010

Webcast: AT&T's Upgrade to E-Business Suite 12.1

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I know that many of you are actively planning your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 upgrades right now.  The following webcast isn't directly techstack-related but may be of general interest.

Our Customer Programs team has arranged a live" webcast with AT&T, who will share their experience with their Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 upgrade:
Friday, August 27, 2010
2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (11:00 a.m. Pacific, 1:00 p.m. Central)

In this informal reference call, participants will have the opportunity to speak firsthand with AT&T. The call will open with a brief overview, followed by candid discussion and an open question and answer session. Please allow one hour for the call.
Topic:
Learn" firsthand how AT&T Upgraded to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1

Organization Profile:
Established in 1876 as AT&T is the largest communications holding company in the world by revenue, with consolidated revenue in 2009 of $129 billion. AT&T is, through acquisitions and mergers, comprised of Southwestern Bell, Ameritech, Pacific Bell, Nevada Bell, Southern New England Bell, BellSouth, Cingular and legacy AT&T.

Industry: Communications
Revenue: $129B in 2009
Employees: 289,000
Organization:  AT&T
Organization Website: www.att.com
Products/Services: Oracle E Business Suite R12.1

Speaker: Roxanne Shelton
Executive Director-Sarbanes Oxley & Financial Systems Integration

Reminder: Minimum Patching Baselines for E-Business Suite 11i Extended Support

[Editor: This article was originally published in January 2010.  Reposting this article in its entirety.]

Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i ends in November 2010.  Extended Support begins when Premier Support ends.  Extended Support comes at an additional cost, but these are waived for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i through November 2011. I'm in EBS Development and not sales, so you should contact your Oracle account manager with questions about Extended Support costs. 

Here is a comparison of the different support levels:

A new set of minimum technical requirements for Apps 11i goes into effect when Extended Support begins in November 2010.  These new minimum baseline patch requirements are listed in:
What are the impacts of this new baseline?

As always, Oracle Support will assist with diagnosis, triage, and debugging of any issues that you report for your E-Business Suite environment.  You will continue to have access to any existing online support tools, knowledge base documentation, and pre-existing fixes.

If you report a new issue that requires a new bug fix, you should be aware that new patches will be released only for the new baseline patches listed in the Minimum Baseline Patch Requirements Note.  You should plan to apply the baseline patches (at minimum) listed in Note 883202.1 by November 2010 in order to receive any new bug fixes.

Minimum Baseline Patch Requirements
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 Consolidated Update 2 plus additional patches listed in Note 883202.1
  • ATG Rollup Patchset 6 (11i.ATG_PF.H.delta.6, Patch 5903765)
  • 10.2.0.4 Database or 11.1.0.7 Database
  • Forms6i Patchset 19 (version 6.0.8.28, Patch 6194129)
  • Oracle HTTP Server MLR Patchset 4393827
  • Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.6.0_03 or higher
The baseline versions listed here (and in the Note) are current as of the document's release date but may change in the future.  Any changes will be communicated via Note 883202.1.  If you've found this article as the result of a web search, I would strongly encourage you to check the latest version of the Note for the current information.

What EBS 11i products are affected by this new baseline?

In addition to the major technology stack components shown above, Note 883202.1 contains additional minimum baseline requirements for:
  • Applications Technology
    • Common Applications Calendar
  • Contracts
    • Core Contracts
    • Procurement Contracts
    • Project Contracts
    • Sales Contracts
    • Service Contracts
  • Customer Data Management
    • Customers Online
    • Trading Community
  • Financials
    • Assets
    • iAssets
    • Advanced Collections
    • Bill Presentment Architecture
    • Cash Management
    • E-Business Tax
    • Financials for the Americas
    • Financials for Asia/Pacific
    • Financials Common Country
    • Financials for EMEA
    • Financials for India
    • Internet Expenses
    • Lease Management
    • Loans
    • Payables
    • Payments
    • Property Manager
    • Public Sector Budgeting
    • Public Sector Financials
    • Public Sector Financials (International)
    • Receivables
    • iReceivables
    • Treasury
    • U.S. Federal Financials
  • Human Resources
    • Advanced Benefits
    • Approvals Management
    • HR Intelligence
    • Human Resources
    • Labor Distribution
    • Learning Management
    • Payroll (All Localizations)
    • Payroll (International/Custom)
    • iRecruitment
    • Self-Service Human Resources
    • Time and Labor
    • US Federal Human Resources
  • Intelligence
    • Balanced Scorecard
    • E-Business Intelligence
  • Interaction Center
    • Customer Interaction History
  • Logistics
    • Inventory Management
    • Warehouse Management
  • Manufacturing
    • Cost Management
    • Quality
    • Supply Chain Globalization
    • Work in Process
  • Marketing and Sales
    • Incentive Compensation
    • Marketing
    • Partner Management
    • Quoting
    • Sales
    • Sales for Handheld
    • Sales Offline
    • Territory Management
    • Trade Management
  • Order Management
    • Advanced Pricing
    • Configurator
    • Order Capture
    • Order Management
  • Procurement
    • iProcurement
    • Purchasing
    • Sourcing
    • iSupplier Portal
    • Supplier Scheduling
  • Product Lifecycle Management
    • Advanced Product Catalog
    • Bills of Material
    • Document Management and Collaboration
    • Engineering
    • Item Master
  • Projects
    • Grants Accounting
    • Project Billing
    • Project Collaboration
    • Project Costing
    • Project Portfolio Analysis
    • Project Foundation
    • Project Resource Management
    • Projects
  • Service
    • Advanced Scheduler
    • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
    • Customer Care
    • Depot Repair
    • Field Service
    • iSupport
    • Teleservice
  • Supply Chain Planning
    • Demand Planning
    • Production Scheduling
    • Strategic Network Optimization
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Friday Aug 20, 2010

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Now Available

I'm very pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 is now available for download:

Oracle strongly recommends that all E-Business Suite customers upgrade to this release.

For installation instructions for EBS 12.1.3, see:

This release update pack (RUP) combines error corrections, statutory/regulatory updates, and functionality enhancements into a consolidated, suite-wide patch set.  This release is a maintenance pack and can only be installed on top of an existing EBS 12.1 environment.

Screenshot of download screen for EBS 12.1.3 release RUP 9239090
What's New In This Release?

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 includes new product functionality, enhancements to existing functionality, and fixes for improved stability, security, and performance.  Apps 12.1.3 is a cumulative update that includes all updates and fixes that were previously released on top of 12.1.1 and 12.1.2.

All E-Business Suite product families and nearly every product team have released new content in this release.  You can find links to Release Content Documents (RCD) with details about new features, updates and fixes in the following Metalink Note:
It also includes new features from the Applications Technology Group and support for new technology stack components, which I will cover in a separate article.  For those of you eager to get those details now, see the Applications Technology Release Content Document linked from within Note 561580.1, above.

If you're looking for installation instructions for the ATG 12.1.3 Family Pack, see:
References
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Tuesday Aug 17, 2010

E-Business Suite Techstack Highlights at OpenWorld 2010

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OpenWorld 2010 San Francisco is just around the corner.  We have a very full lineup of E-Business Suite technology stack-related sessions this year.  If you're going to be joining us at the conference, we've published a summary of all of the EBS techstack-related sessions here: We have almost forty sessions intended for EBS architects, systems administrators, DBAs, and consultants.  These sessions include:
  • Best practices for upgrading to R12
  • Case study of Oracle's own R12 upgrade
  • Upgrading EBS 11i customizations to R12
  • New OA Framework features
  • Performance tuning
  • Applications and web services integration
  • Extending EBS with ADF and SOA Suite
  • Minimizing patching downtimes
  • Business continuity planning and maximum availability
  • Best practices for deploying EBS on Exadata
  • EBS sizing on Sun hardware
  • Internationalization and multilingual features and best practices for EBS
  • Application Management Pack case study with Flint Hills Resources
  • Application Change Management Pack case study with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Personalizing, extending, and customizing EBS
  • Advanced architectures: RAC, clouds, Oracle VM, Advanced Compression
  • Diagnostics and troubleshooting techniques for common EBS issues
  • Security
There are too many fascinating sessions to list comprehensively here, so make sure that you review the document above.  I will personally be hard-pressed to be able to attend all of the sessions in which I'm interested. 

Interested in a private meeting?

As usual, I'm happy to meet with you to discuss your EBS techstack or architecture questions.  My calendar tends to fill up quickly during OpenWorld week.  If you'd like to get together for a private meeting, please feel free to drop me a line soon.

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.

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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)
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Friday Aug 13, 2010

Special JRE 6u21-b08 Build Now Available for EBS Customers

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The painful saga of our recent JRE releases' issues with the Oracle E-Business Suite is almost over.  It is expected that a future release of JRE 1.6 will contain a mainline fix for the "Mismanaged Session Cookie" issues that exist with JRE 1.6.0_18 to 1.6.0_21 build 6 (6u21-b06), inclusive. 

There is an interim workaround until that new release is available.  JRE 1.6.0_21 build 8 (6u21-b08) is now available and certified for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12. This Build of the native plug-in fixes the 'Mismanaged Session Cookie' issue for the JRE 6u21 stream, which could cause a failure of the following functionalities on certain desktop/browser combinations, and particularly prevalent for IE6 and IE7 users:
  • 'File -> Export' functionality
  • Opening attachments in forms
  • Opening an HTML form to a new window from forms.
  • Opening an Applet in a new window from forms
  • Trying to login again after forms session timeout fails
Special release vehicle for this JRE build

This version of the plug-in is only available through patch 10021403 and is not available as a download through the usual channels or through the Java automatic update facility. The standard version of the plug-in remains at JRE 1.6.0_21 build 6 (6u21-b06). This fix will not be available through the usual channels until a future release of JRE 1.6.

This release also fixes the long standing z-ordering issue (HTML Window opens behind Forms Window) for Windows XP users running Internet Explorer. A permanent fix is not yet available for Firefox users or Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, therefore please continue to use one of the workaround options if required.

Summary of options for EBS sysadmins

At this stage, your options are to:
  1. Remain on JRE 1.6.0_17; wait for the upcoming JRE release that includes this fix
  2. Deploy any standard JRE release later than 1.6.0_17, with the understanding that some of your users may encounter issues related to "Mismanaged session cookies"
  3. Deploy JRE 1.6.0_20-b05 (released via patch 9915543)
  4. Deploy JRE 1.6.0_21-b08 (released via patch 10021403)
For further information and requirements please see:
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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‚Äôs products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

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.

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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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Safari 4 on Mac OS X Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12

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It took a little longer than expected, but our Applications Platform Group has certified the Safari 4 browser with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on the following desktop operating system configurations:
Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard")
  • Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard" version 10.5.6 or higher, along with any other security and Java updates in the Software Update program started from the Apple icon menu on the client)
  • Safari 4 (4.0.4 or higher)
  • The J2SE 5 plug-in on Mac OS X (v1.5.0_13 or higher)
Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard")
  • Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard" version 10.6.3 or higher, along with any other security and Java updates in the Software Update program started from the Apple icon menu on the client)
  • Safari 4 (version 4.0.5 or higher)
  • The J2SE 6 plug-in on Mac OS X (v1.6.0_20 or higher)
Special considerations for Mac OS X desktops

I strongly recommend that you review the setup and configuration-related tips Mac desktops:
What about Safari 5 on Mac OS X?

Our teams are still working on the Safari 5 certification right now.  Until that certification is completed, we recommend that Safari 5 is not selected as part of any installs using 'Software Update' which runs periodically on the Mac desktop.  System administrators and users may want to choose the 'Ignore Update..' selection under the 'Update' pulldown menu of this program for Safari 5 to ensure that users do not inadvertently pick and install this version of Safari.

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 Aug 10, 2010

Reminder: Use Java 6 for EBS on Sun, Windows, Linux Platforms

Several threads have crossed my inbox lately about Java 5 (a.k.a. JDK 1.5).  If you're running your E-Business Suite servers on on Linux, Windows, or Sun operating system platforms, you should be reminded that the End of Service Life for Java 5.0 was on October 30, 2009. 

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That End of Service Life (EOSL) date for Java 5 applies to Java Standard Edition (Java SE) release families.  You have the option of migrating to Java Standard Edition for Business, which offers longer End of Service Life windows for different Java releases -- for example, up to June 2019 for Java 5.  I am not a Java licencing specialist, but my understanding is that Java Standard Edition for Business comes at an additional cost. For information about Java licencing, I would recommend contacting your Oracle account manager. 

For more details about the support-related differences between Java SE and Java for Business, see:
Does this affect your environments?

If all of the following apply to your environment:
  1. Your servers are running on Linux, Sun, or Windows operating systems
  2. Your servers are running either Java Standard Edition 4 (1.4) or 5 (1.5)
Then you must do one of the following:
  1. Migrate to the Java Standard Edition for Business release of your choice
  2. Upgrade to Java Standard Edition 6 (1.6)
For details about upgrading E-Business Suite environments to Java 6, see:
What about other server operating systems?

If you're running either HP-UX or IBM AIX, your Java release on those operating system platforms is supported by Hewlett-Packard and IBM, respectively.  You should check with those vendors for their End of Service Life dates for Java.

What are the support implications if I don't upgrade?

Here's a hypothetical situation: let's say that you haven't migrated to Java SE for Business or upgraded to Java SE 6.  You report an E-Business Suite issue that turns out to be related to either Java 1.5 or 1.5.  What are the support implications?

EBS Support will attempt to reproduce the issue on an Oracle Support environment.  Chances are high that that environment will already be upgraded to Java 6. 

If the issue cannot be reproduced on an environment running Java 6, it is likely that Oracle Support will recommend that you upgrade your environment to Java 6 before proceeding with further diagnostics or analysis.

Generally speaking, EBS Development will provide Java-related patches for Sun, Linux, and Windows-based issues that can be reproduced on Java 6.

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Wednesday Aug 04, 2010

E-Business Suite 12 Now Available on Linux on IBM System z

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Every new E-Business Suite release, patch, roll-up patchset, Family Pack, Consolidated Update, or technology stack certification needs to be tested on every platform that we support for the E-Business Suite.  This is a lot of work.  My teams test on the base Oracle Enterprise Linux platform, and Terri Noyes' Applications Platforms Group tests everything on all of the other operating systems that we support.

As you can imagine, it is very big news when we expand our E-Business Suite operating system portfolio to include a new platform.  This always constitutes a major new commitment to that platform. 

This is why we are pleased to announce that the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now available on a new fully certified EBS platform - Linux on IBM System z. This IBM platform (i.e. Linux running on an IBM mainframe) is also known as 'Linux on System z' and appears in our Oracle systems (My Oracle Support, aru, bug, etc.) as 'IBM: Linux on System z'.

The Linux on System z platform was previously a 'database tier only' platform (for EBS 11i and 12.0) and will continue to be supported as such on those releases. With this announcement for 12.1, we are supporting the platform as a fully certified EBS platform (i.e. for both application and database tiers).

The release is based on the 12.1.2 EBS codeline and includes a Rapid Install wizard to support new installations as well as 11i upgrades (from a certified EBS 11i platform) to Release 12 on Linux on System z. This first release includes the Oracle Database 10gR2 on the database tier, and Application Server versions 10gR2 and 10gR3.

Various technology certifications are planned as well for the currently available versions of technology products on the platform (such as 10.1.2.3 OID/SSO, 10.1.2.3 Discoverer, AS 10gR3 Patchset 5, etc.) or those expected at some point in the future (such as Oracle Database 11gR2). Separate announcements for these certifications will be sent out as they become available.

The operating systems certified with EBS on this platform are:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit)
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)
Please review the documents below for all requirements and additional details on the use of EBS Release 12 on IBM: Linux on System z. All general documentation pertaining to EBS Release 12.1.1 (such as the Rapid Install Guide and the Upgrade Guide) are relevant as well to this release of 12.1.2 as the general functionality of EBS is the same on this platform.

The release is available now on our public edelivery web site for download.

References
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Wednesday Jul 28, 2010

Update #1: EBS Plans for 64-bit Windows 7 Clients

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It just dawned on me that the reason I've been getting so many emails about 64-bit Windows 7 certifications is that I have somehow neglected to post a statement of direction about our plans.  So many emails, so little time.

There are three possible configurations:
  1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE
  3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE
We have certified the first configuration already:  E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE. 

We are in the process of certifying the second configuration:  Oracle E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE.  This certification is going smoothly, and I am optimistic that it will be completed soon. 

Speaking pragmatically, most new PCs at Oracle are arriving equipped with Windows 7 64-bit by default, and I know that they're running 32-bit browsers and JREs against Oracle's own Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 instance with no issues.  Nonetheless, I am conservative when it comes to these things, so we'll release this certification only after all of our internal desktop certification tests are completed.

After the second certification is completed, we'll move on to certifying the third configuration:  E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 64-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 64-bit JRE.

Why are you interested in the third configuration?

That said, I am curious about your business need for the final certification (Win7 64-bit + 64-bit browsers and JREs).  Firefox 64-bit releases seem to lag in functionality and in the general release cycle.  Some reports suggest that 64-bit browsers do not necessarily provide improved performance across the board, and may have compatibility issues -- most notably with Flash, since Adobe is still working on their 64-bit Flash Player.

Even more telling, in fresh installs of Windows 7 64-bit, Microsoft configures the default browser to be IE 32-bit, not IE 64-bit.  In other words, end-users need to take an extra step to run the 64-bit version of IE. 

If you're planning to reconfigure your users' desktops to invoke a 64-bit browser by default, I'd be very interested in understanding your reasons.  Feel free to post a comment here or drop me an email.

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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.

Tuesday Jul 20, 2010

Database 11gR2 11.2.0.1 Certified on HP-UX 11.31 for E-Business Suite

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[Aug 10, 2010 Update: Clarified database-tier only certification for HP-UX Itanium for EBS 11i]

Our Applications Platform Engineering team has certified Oracle Database 11g Release 2 version 11.2.0.1 with:
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.x and 12.1.x) on the HP-UX PA-RISC platform
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) on the HP-UX PA-RISC
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) HP-UX Itanium for database tiers only. The application tier must be on a fully certified E-Business Suite 11i platform.
This announcement includes:
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
  • Oracle Database Vault 11.2.0.1
The operating system version covered by these certifications is HP-UX 11.31.

Where can I find more information?
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Monday Jul 19, 2010

Warning: E-Business Suite Issues with Sun JRE 1.6.0_21

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My colleagues in the Java division shipped Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_21 (a.k.a. JRE 6u21, internal version 1.6.0_21-b06) last week.  See the 1.6.0_21 Update Release Notes for details about what has changed in this release.

Unfortunately, this release of JRE 6u21 (1.6.0_21-b06) still has the 'Mismanaged Session Cookie' issue that we reported in earlier articles.  This can cause a failure of the following E-Business Suite functions with certain desktop and browser combinations, notably for IE 6 and 7 users:
  • 'File -> Export' functionality
  • Opening attachments in forms
  • Opening an HTML form to a new window from forms.
  • Opening an Applet in a new window from forms
  • Trying to login again after forms session timeout fails
A JRE plug-in release with fixes for these issues is only available through patch 9915543.  Patch 9915543 contains JRE 1.6.0_20-b05.  This fixed version is not available as a download from Sun or through the Java Update Mechanism (which continues to offer only JRE 1.6.0_20-b02).  This fix will not be available through the normal Sun distribution channels until a future release of JRE 1.6.

A fixed version of the JRE 1.6.0_21 (6u21) plug-in is expected to be made available through a special patch download in the near future.

Summary of options for EBS sysadmins

At this stage, your options are to:
  1. Remain on JRE 1.6.0_17; wait for JRE 1.6.0_22 or later
  2. Deploy any standard JRE release later than 1.6.0_17, with the understanding that some of your users may encounter issues related to "Mismanaged session cookies"
  3. Deploy JRE 1.6.0_20-b05 (released via patch 9915543)
I understand that this is a frustrating state of affairs and I apologize for the continued delay in resolving this once and for all.  We're continuing to work with our colleagues in the Java division to get this set of fixes into the main JRE codelines.  I'll post updates here as soon as I have more information to share.

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.

Sunday Jul 18, 2010

New Apps 11i AutoConfig + Templates Rollup Patch U Now Available

AutoConfig is an Oracle E-Business Suite systems administration tool that supports the automated configuration of E-Business Suite technology stack components.  A new AutoConfig update has been released for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i.

Screenshot of download page for TXK AutoConfig Rollup Patch U 9535311
EBS 11i Technology Stack Rollup U (Patch 9535311) for AutoConfig is now available for download. This Rollup patchset includes fixes and enhancements to the AutoConfig Engine, tools, and EBS configuration templates.  The new template files included in this patchset have no effect on an Oracle E-Business Suite configuration until the AutoConfig utility is run.

This cumulative patch includes all previously released AutoConfig updates, including the previous AutoConfig Rollup RUP T (Patch 8217898). RUP U can be applied without applying previous AutoConfig Rollup patchsets.

This Rollup includes the following features and enhancements:
  1. Applications password validation while using adcmctl and in other various
    commands.
  2. Mini AutoConfig: it is possible now to run AutoConfig using a customized driver.
  3. AutoConfig performance improvements.
  4. adchkcfg enhancements to remove false diffs/false positives
  5. Database 11gR2 support.
  6. Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) related changes for security and refining of aliases, log names changed as per standards
  7. Addition of ANTISAMY run-time rehosted JAR files.
  8. OHS performance improvements by removing loading of unwanted modules.
  9. For DB tier on Solaris 64-bit platform, use of 64-bit JVM during CVM phase
    of AutoConfig.
  10. Support for DB listener name customization.
  11. Support of Forms and Reports in the Icelandic language.
  12. Addition of LOCAL_LISTENER parameter to init.ora template.
  13. Introduction of FORMS60_RECORD_GROUP_MAX to restrict the number of records fetched by a List of Values (LOV).
  14. New context variables: s_httpd_pls_pid_file, s_icx_language, s_forms60_record_group_max, s_db_listener.
References
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Wednesday Jul 14, 2010

Critical Patch Update for July 2010 Now Available

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2010 was released on July 13, 2010. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

Supported Products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:
The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:
  • October 12, 2010
  • January 18, 2011
  • April 19, 2011
  • July 19, 2011

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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Tuesday Jul 06, 2010

Latest DSTv14 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite

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If your E-Business Suite Release 11i or 12 environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in January 2010 and released as DSTv13. DSTv14 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region
We last discussed the DSTv13 patches on this blog. The latest "DSTv14" timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv14 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv13 release:
  • Africa/Casablanca,
  • Africa/Tunis,
  • America/Argentina/San_Luis,
  • America/Argentina/San_Luis,
  • America/Tijuana, America/Santiago,
  • America/Asuncion,
  • Antarctica/Casey,
  • Antarctica/Davis,
  • Asia/Dacca,
  • Asia/Taipei,
  • Asia/Karachi,
  • Asia/Gaza,
  • Asia/Damascus,
  • Asia/Kamchatka,
  • Asia/Anadyr,
  • Europe/Samara,
  • Pacific/Easter,
  • Pacific/Fiji,
  • Pacific/Apia,
  • America/Ensenada,
  • Chile/Continental,
  • Asia/Dhaka,
  • ROC,
  • Chile/EasterIsland,
  • Mexico/BajaNorte
What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

We've published the following Notes which identify the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:
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Friday Jul 02, 2010

Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 Certified with E-Business Suite

With the July 4 weekend coming up, it's nice to wrap up the week with a bang.  This final announcement for the week is cause for celebration.

Oracle Database 10gR2 10.2.0.5 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) and Release 12 (12.0.4 or higher; 12.1.1 or higher).  The 10.2.0.5 database patchset is the terminal release for the 10gR2 codeline. 

Premier Support for 10gR2 ends July 31, 2010

We've covered this several times already, but it never hurts to keep reminding you that Premier Support for the 10gR2 (10.2) database ends on July 31, 2010.

Regular readers may recall that fees for the first year of Extended Support for the 10gR2 database are waived. There is nothing that customers need to do to remain fully supported other than keep your support contracts current. Higher fees for Extended Support will start August 1, 2011 for most platforms.

This is formally documented in two different places, for those of you who appreciate convergent validation:
If you haven't already done so, I strongly recommend that you review the following article to understand the support implications for E-Business Suite environments:
If you are considering upgrade paths for your EBS environment from 10gR2, you have the choice of either 11gR1 (11.1) or 11gR2 (11.2).  For the longest Premier Support coverage, choose 11gR2.  Here's a snapshot of our EBS database roadmap as of today:

Snapshot of E-Business Suite database certification roadmap as of July 2010 showing end of premier support dates for each database release
Certified Database Options

This database patchset certification also includes the following 10gR2 10.2.0.5 database options:
  • Real Application Clusters
  • Database Vault 
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption
  • Advanced Security Option / Advanced Networking Option
Certified Platforms
E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4 and higher; 12.1.1 and higher)
  • 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) 
E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2
  • 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)*
* These are split configurations, where the application tier must be on a fully-certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i platform.
Other platforms still underway

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

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.

EBS 12 References
EBS 11i References
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Thursday Jul 01, 2010

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

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 11.1.1.2 (a.k.a. Patchset 1) with the E-Business Suite earlier this year. 

Discoverer 11g version 11.1.1.3 (a.k.a. Patchset 2) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.

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Certified EBS 11i Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
Certified EBS 12 Platforms
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
Other Platform Certifications Still Underway

Our Applications Platforms Engineering team is still working on additional platforms, including Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit), IBM AIX on Power Systems, HP-UX, and Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit).

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 Jun 29, 2010

Introducing Nirzari Raichura, Guest Author

I'm pleased to welcome Nirzari Raichura as a new contributor to this blog.  Nirzari is a key member of our team that certifies new technology stack components with the E-Business Suite, and she has a whole series of conceptual primers lined up for you.  Here's a short bio:

Nirzari possesses more than 13 years experience in the IT industry.  Throughout her career in IT, she has had extensive exposure to Oracle technologies (Middleware, Applications and Database).

Nirzari has been with Oracle since October 2003. She is a Principal Engineer - Database Administration in Oracle Applications Technology Group, at Oracle Hyderabad.

Being member of Techstack Certification team, she is involved in technology product certifications for Oracle Applications. She spends the majority of her time in understanding new technology products, defining and setting up advanced configurations for certification, and testing and releasing technology integration notes for Oracle Applications. She has worked on a variety of technology certifications from browsers, middleware, and databases for Oracle Applications.

Prior to joining Oracle, she has held positions with Phoenix IT Solutions, Applitech Solution and Birla Cellulosic.  She was a Lead Database Architect cum DBA in Phoenix IT Solutions and was responsible for successful end-to-end Implementation of various products built using Oracle technologies.

Nirzari likes challenges and loves to face them. She has passion of photography, music and traveling. If not working, you can find her busy taking pictures, mostly of her daughter or nature.

Monday Jun 28, 2010

MS Visual Studio 2008 Certified with Oracle EBS 11i on MS Windows Server (32-bit)

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (11.5.10.2) as an application tier release maintenance tool.  Microsoft Visual Visual C++ 6.0 was previously required for EBS 11i.

The editions of Visual Studio 2008 covered by this announcement are:
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express (part of Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition)
The operating system supported by Visual Studio 2008 on this EBS 11i platform is Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit).

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Friday May 28, 2010

JRE 1.6.0_20 Build 5 Fixes E-Business Suite Compatibility Issues

Good news, worth sneaking under the publication wire prior to my vacation:  Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) 1.6.0_20 Build 5 (6u20-b05) fixes the mismanaged cookie session issue which could affect JRE 1.6.0_18 (6u18) to 1.6.0_20 (6u20-b02) users. This JRE release is only available through Patch 9553040. The Sun download version remains at 1.6.0_20 build 2 (6u20-b02), therefore you cannot uptake this fix through the Java automatic update facility. It is expected that this fix will be available through the usual delivery mechanism from Sun once JRE 1.6.0_21 (6u21) is released.  Until then, you can download it here:

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Patch 9553040 contains both a JRE (jrefb-6u20-rev-b05-windows-i586.exe) and a JDK (jdkfb-6u20-rev-b05-windows-i586.exe) executable. You only need to extract and install the JRE version from this patch to fix this issue.

Patch Installation Instructions
  1. Download patch 9553040
  2. Extract the jrefb-6u20-rev-b05-windows-i586.exe
  3. Run the executable to install on the desktop
If you wish to distribute this release as a download through Oracle E-Business Suite and users do not already have an earlier release of JRE 6u20 installed on their desktop, follow the installation instructions in the appropriate note:
If your users already have jre6u20 installed on their desktop, please uninstall the earlier release or over write it by installing this later version over it.

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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.

New Whitepaper: Advanced Compression 11gR1 Benchmarks with EBS 12

[June 23, 2010 Update:  Our Server Technologies team has just released Note 1061366.1 that lists recommended Advanced Compression patches applicable to all customers, including E-Business Suite environments]

In my opinion, if there's any reason to upgrade an E-Business Suite environment to the 11gR1 or 11gR2 database, it's the Advanced Compression database option.  Oracle Advanced Compression was introduced in Oracle Database 11g, and allows you to compress structured data (numbers, characters) as well as unstructured data (documents, spreadsheets, XML and other files).  It provides enhanced compression for database backups and also includes network compression for faster synchronization with standby databases.

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In other words, the promise of Advanced Compression is that it can make your E-Business Suite database smaller and faster.  But how well does it actually deliver on that promise?

Apps 12 + Advanced Compression Benchmarks now available


Three of my colleagues, Uday Moogala, Lester Gutierrez, and Andy Tremayne, have been benchmarking Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Advanced Compression 11gR1.  They've just released a detailed whitepaper with their benchmarking results and recommendations.

This whitepaper is available in two locations:
Vision Database:  Up to 68% compression and up to 36% improved performance

The results, even with our EBS Vision demonstration database, were impressive:
  • Reduced 21.9 GB of tables down to 6.9 GB (68% reduction, average 3:1 compression ratio)
  • Self-service performance improved up to 36%
  • Purchasing performance improved up to 10%
  • Order-to-Cash batch flow performance improved up to 33%
  • Payroll performance improved up to 25%
They also found some other interesting effects:
  • Some SQL execution plans changed, reducing performance
  • Performance was improved at the cost of up to 6% increased CPU usage, with the variance depending upon how much DML is performed
  • In the case of the Order-to-Cash batch flow, the average CPU consumption actually decreased by 7%
Line chart showing order to cash batch flow cpu usage for Oracle 
E-Business Suite Release 12 and advanced compression

Oracle using this in production with EBS 12 today

We can now share the news that we've been using Advanced Compression in our Oracle Global Single Instance (GSI) production environment since 2009.  This same team has been working to analyse the results of using Advanced Compression with our Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 global single instance that we use to run Oracle's own business. 

The results there are very impressive:
  • Reduced EBS 12 database size from 17 Terabytes to 13 Terabytes
  • Compressed ~260 tables and over 700 associated indices and LOBs after migrating to SecureFiles
  • Total space saved: 68 TB across our primary, standby, and associated testbeds
Other E-Business Suite-specific observations about Advanced Compression

This whitepaper makes detailed E-Business Suite-specific observations in the following areas:
  1. Index compression
  2. Recommended patches
  3. SQL Plan regression analysis
  4. DML intensive operations
  5. Row chaining on UPDATE transactions
  6. ITL contention
  7. High transaction tables
  8. SecureFiles LOB compression
The whitepaper concludes with specific recommendations on planning your Advanced Compression conversion in your E-Business Suite environment, and then lists all of the tables compressed in the Vision testbed as well as Oracle's own EBS 12 production instance.

Have you used Advanced Compression with EBS?

Naturally, compression ratios and performance impacts or benefits will vary for every Apps environment.  If you've used this technology, we're very interested in hearing about your experiences with Advanced Compression in your environment.  You're invited to share your experiences here or drop me an email directly.

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Wednesday May 26, 2010

EBS 11i and R12 certified with DB 11gR2 11.2.0.1 on Windows

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Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11gR2) version 11.2.0.1 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12 on the following Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) and Windows x64 (64-bit) operating systems:
  • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit only)
Certified EBS Releases
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0.4 or higher
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release  12.1.1 or higher
This announcement includes:
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1
  • Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Column Encryption
  • 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
  • Database Vault
Note that the certification with MS Windows x64 (64-bit) operating systems are 'database-tier only' (previously known as a split tier) platform certifications.  The application tier must be on a different certified EBS platform such as MS Windows Server (32-bit), for example.

Certifications still underway


The following features are pending certifications and will be announced separately:
  • Oracle Database 11gR2 version 11.2.0.1 Real Application Clusters (RAC)
  • Use of Rapid Clone 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 May 25, 2010

Reminder: Premier Support for EBS 11i ends November 2010

Apps sysadmins are going to have a busy year.  If you're still running your E-Business Suite environment on the 10gR2 database, I hope that you're aware that Premier Support for 10.2 ends in July 2010.  But if you're still on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i version 11.5.10, the impending end of Premier Support this year on November 30, 2010 is even more important. 

Support windows for Oracle E-Business Suite are listed here:
Premier Support runs for five years from a product's first release.  In the case of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10, that window was increased to six years in recognition of the challenges that some of you face in justifying major upgrades in today's economy.

Here's a graphical summary of the EBS 11.5.10's support stages:

Graphical summary of E-Business Suite 11i support stages Premier Extended Sustaining
First year of Extended Support fees for EBS 11.5.10 waived

Regular readers may recall that fees for the first year of Extended Support for EBS 11.5.10 are waived.  There is nothing that customers need to do to remain fully supported other than keep your support contracts current.  Higher fees for Extended Support will start December 1, 2011 for most platforms.  This is formally documented here:
What are the differences between Premier, Extended, and Sustaining Support?

The differences between Premier and Extended Support coverage are summarized here (see the Lifetime Support Policy document for the product of your choice for a more detailed discussion of these coverages):


This table shows that when a product goes into Extended Support, Oracle no longer has the obligation to certify it with "most new third-party products/versions." 

From an E-Business Suite perspective, third-party products include:

  • Microsoft Windows operating systems for end-user desktops
  • Mac OS X operating systems for end-user desktops
  • Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari browsers for end-user desktops
  • Microsoft Office releases for end-user desktops
  • Server-based operating systems for application-tier and database-tier servers, including Microsoft Windows Server, IBM AIX, HP-UX, RedHat Linux, Novell SUSE, and others
What are the Extended Support implications for third-party certifications?

An illustrative example may be useful:  As a strictly fictitious example, let's consider a case where Microsoft releases a new version of Internet Explorer in, say, February 2011.  I need to emphasize that this is strictly a hypothetical example; I am not privy to IE release dates and would not be permitted to speculate about them here.

Extended Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i began on December 1, 2010.  Therefore, Oracle has no formal obligation to certify Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i with this February 2011 version of IE.  For the sake of this hypothetical example, let's assume that we have not made any plans for certifying this new IE version with Apps 11i.

Taking this example one step further, let's assume that you choose to deploy this latest IE version to your end-user desktops, disregarding the risk that it hasn't been formally certified with Apps 11i.  Your early tests look promising, so you roll it out.

You then encounter a critical issue with EBS, that new IE release and, say, the latest JRE release.  If you report that issue, we will (in all likelihood) attempt to investigate and resolve the issue.  However, if it turns out that the fix would require broad or deep changes to EBS 11i, Oracle has the option of suggesting that you roll back to a previously-certified browser such as IE 8.

Let me stress that this is an hypothetical example only, one designed to illustrate the possible risks associated with Extended Support.  We haven't made any concrete plans for certifying -- or not certifying -- EBS 11i with new browser versions yet.  But this example serves to underline that Oracle has no formal obligations to release new third-party certifications once EBS 11i moves into Extended Support status.

What should EBS 11i users do?

We now have three major EBS codelines:  Release 11.5.10, Release 12.0, and Release 12.1.  Here's a graphical summary of the support windows for these three releases (drawn from the Lifetime Support Policy above):

Graphical 
summary of Premier and Extended support stages for E-Business Suite 
release 11i 12-0 and 12-1
Remember that the Extended Support window is intended to give you some breathing room to upgrade to the next release covered by Premier Support.  So, you should consider your entire E-Business Suite 11.5.10 environment to be frozen after December 1, 2010, the start of Extended Support. 

Planning for the worst-case scenario where we don't release any new third-party certifications for Apps 11.5.10 at all, "frozen" means that you shouldn't expect to be able to upgrade anything on your EBS 11.5.10 desktop clients, application tier servers, or database tier servers. 

There's no justifiable business case for EBS 11i users to upgrade to EBS 12.0 at this point.  All E-Business Suite 11.5.10 users should plan on upgrading to the EBS 12.1 codeline. 

What about the minimum baseline for EBS 11.5.10 Extended Support?

A new set of minimum technical requirements for Apps 11i goes into effect when Extended Support begins in November 2010.  These new minimum baseline patch requirements are listed here:
As always, Oracle Support will assist with diagnosis, triage, and debugging of any issues that you report for your E-Business Suite environment.  You will continue to have access to any existing online support tools, knowledge base documentation, and pre-existing fixes.

If you report a new issue that requires a new bug fix, you should be aware that new patches will be released only for the new baseline patches listed in the Minimum Baseline Patch Requirements Note.  You should plan to apply the baseline patches (at minimum) listed in Note 883202.1 by November 2010 in order to receive any new bug fixes.

For a more detailed discussion about the new 11.5.10 patching baseline, see this article
Spotlight on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 upgrades at OpenWorld 2010

This is the year when upgrade fever begins to glow red-hot.  OAUG/Collaborate 2010 sessions last month that covered EBS 12 upgrades were filled to ballroom capacities.  Naturally, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 upgrades will be heavily covered at OpenWorld 2010 this year, too.  I expect that this year's conference will have a large number of customer case studies about R12 upgrades and reimplementations, R12 upgrade panels, and lots of sessions with practical tips for upgrading.

One more critical resource:  R12 Upgrade Forum


There are many resources to support your upgrade to R12 (see the Related Articles section below), but don't forget that we have an Oracle-sponsored R12 upgrade forum on the Oracle Technology Network:
This forum has thousands of practical tips and advice from Apps DBAs who have gone before you in implementing Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. 

The discussions in this forum run around the clock, notably led by Hussein Sawwan, one of the EBS community's most-prolific Oracle ACEs.  Apparently, Hussein never sleeps.  But Hussein's not alone:  a core team of Oracle engineers and some of the most-experienced Apps DBAs in our EBS community hang out there.  They collectively provide amazing advice about R12 to novices and veterans alike.  Some questions are answered in minutes, much faster than most Service Requests logged via Oracle Support.

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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.

Monday May 24, 2010

Reminder: Premier Support for 10gR2 10.2.0.4 Database ends July 2010

[May 24, 2010 update: added additional information to the Extended Support section, and corrected the implications for patch requests for 10.2.0.4]

Regular readers know that Premier Support for the Oracle 10gR2 Database ends in July 2010, a scant few months from now.  What does that mean for E-Business Suite environments running on this database?

The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of products like Financials, Supply Chain, Procurement, and so on.  Support windows for the E-Business Suite and these associated applications products are listed here:
The Oracle E-Business Suite can run on a variety of database releases, including 10gR2, 11gR1, and 11gR2.  Support windows for database releases are listed here:
Looking at those two documents together, you'll see that:
  • Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i ends on November 30, 2010
  • Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 ends on January 31, 2012
  • Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 ends on May 31, 2014
  • Premier Support for Oracle Database 10.2 (a.k.a. 10gR2) ends on July 31, 2010
[Note: These are the Premier Support dates as of today.  If you've arrived at this article in the future via a search engine, you must check the latest dates in the Lifetime Support Policy documents above; these dates are subject to change.]

It's a bit hard to read, thanks to the layout restrictions of this blog, but the following diagram shows the Premier and Extended Support windows for the last four major database releases certified with Apps 11i:

database-support-windows.png
Do the EBS Premier Support dates trump the 10gR2 DB date?

No.  Each of the support policies apply individually to your combined EBS + DB configuration.  The support dates for a given EBS release don't override the Database support policy.

It might be useful for me to break an example down in more detail: your E-Business Suite Release 11i environment will be eligible for Premier Support up to November 30, 2010, but your 10gR2 database will be eligible for Premier Support only up to July 31, 2010. 

Therefore, let's assume that you're still running Apps 11i on 10.2.0.4 DB on August 1st, 2010.  On that date, your Apps 11i code will be covered by Premier Support.  Your 10.2.0.4 DB will be covered by Extended Support.

The differences between Premier and Extended Support coverage are summarized here (see the Lifetime Support Policy document for the product of your choice for a more detailed discussion of these coverages):



First year of Extended Support fees for 10gR2 waived

Regular readers may recall that fees for the first year of Extended Support for the 10gR2 database are waived.  There is nothing that customers need to do to remain fully supported other than keep your support contracts current.  Higher fees for Extended Support will start August 1, 2011 for most platforms.  This is formally documented in two different places, for those of you who appreciate convergent validation:
There is an effort underway to lobby the Server Technologies group to update their Lifetime Support Policy document with that information, too.

What should EBS customers running 10gR2 do?

Given that the clock for Premier Support is running out on both EBS 11i and the 10gR2 database this year, I'd recommend that EBS 11i customers start planning upgrades to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 immediately.  If you're in that boat, as part of that upgrade, you should also consider whether you wish to upgrade your database to either 11gR1 or 11gR2. 

If your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environment is running on the 10gR2 database, you should start planning to upgrade your database either to 11gR1 or 11gR2 immediately.

11gR2 will give you the longest support window, but has relatively fewer EBS customers on it than 11gR1.  If you opt for 11gR1, plan to use 11.1.0.7, since 11.1.0.6 is no longer eligible for Premier Support under the Server Technologies Group's support policies for previous patchsets.

Here's a summary of our EBS database certification roadmap from my EBS Certifications snapshot from April 2010 (which you should review, if you haven't already done so):

E-Business Suite database 
certification roadmap as of April 2010
Where can I find EBS database upgrade information?
DB 10.2.0.5 certification for EBS underway

As you can see in the roadmap diagram above, the terminal release for the 10gR2 database line is expected to be the 10.2.0.5 patchset.  It's expected that you will need to be on this patchset level to request 10gR2 fixes during the Extended Support support window.

Customers running 10.2.0.4 will be able to request patches for that patchset for one year from the April 30, 2010 release of the 10.2.0.5 patchset.  Customers running 10.2.0.4 can continue to do so without any disruption until May 1, 2011.

Our certification of 10.2.0.5 with the E-Business Suite is underway now.  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.   

DB 11.2.0.2 certification for EBS underway

To head off the inevitable follow-up questions:  the latest 11gR2 database release certified with the E-Business Suite is 11.2.0.1 today.  We're working on our certification with 11.2.0.2 right now. 

As for dates, the same disclaimer above applies here; I can't share any projected certification dates for 11.2.0.2, either.  Stay tuned to this blog for updates.

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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.

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