Monday May 07, 2012

Critical Patches when Upgrading EBS 11i to 12: New Report Available

One tedious part of upgrading from Release 11i to Release 12 just got a lot easier: identifying patches for the upgrade process itself.  These pre-install patches help you avoid certain upgrade script failures, upgrade performance issues, and data corruption and upgrade integrity issues.

The new Oracle E-Business Suite Pre-install Patches Report provides a single list of essential patches that you must apply in pre-install mode before upgrading from Release 11i to Release 12.1. This report serves as a single point of reference for upgrade-related patches that can ONLY be applied prior to running the main upgrade driver for Release 12.1. The report also includes links that take you directly to the patches you want to download.

Screenshot of Oracle E-Business Suite Pre-install Patch Report

This report is intended to be used by application DBAs and functional analysts at upgrade customers who are at the Release 12.1 upgrade planning stage. Applying the relevant pre-install patches prior to the Release 12.1 upgrade will improve the overall technical upgrade experience as well as reduce occurrences of data corruption where a pre-install fix already exists.

You can download the new Pre-install Patches Report here:

Future Changes

This new tool was produced by our hard-working EBS Release Management team, and they are actively seeking your feedback. Please feel free to share your experiences with it by posting a comment here. You can also request enhancements to this tool via the My Oracle Support Community mentioned in Note 1448102.1.

The team plans to update the report approximately once a month to identify any new Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 pre-install patches that have been released since the prior version of the report. However, if there are no new pre-install patches in a particular month, the report will not be updated that month. The change log will provide additional details about the updates added in each version of the report and access to download previous versions of the report. While you are in your upgrade test cycle, we recommend that you check Note 1448102.1 regularly for updates, review each newly identified patch, select patches to apply following the guidelines in the Selection Recommendation section, and uptake those patches.

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Friday May 04, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: May 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here is a summary of our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for May 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.5.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.6.

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.6 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_32 or later 1.6 updates.

  11. All Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 10.

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Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

Whitepaper Update: Planning Your E-Business Suite 11i Upgrade to R12.1 (Third Edition)

[Editor:  This guest article has been contributed by Anne Carlson]

Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i ended in November 2010. Extended Support fees for EBS 11i have been waived for all three years, and you should now be using this time to plan your upgrade to EBS 12.1.3. 

I've released the third edition of our popular whitepaper to help you plan your upgrade:

The third edition of this whitepaper still features the latest Release 12 upgrade planning advice from Oracle's Support, Consulting, Development and IT organizations.  In addition to the latest tips and best practices from these organizations, this edition includes new upgrade-related insights from your fellow customers, as well as additional guidance for EBS 12.1.3 and later.

The paper is directed at IT professionals who are planning, managing, or running a Release 12.1 upgrade project.  It provides updated advice on:

  • How to establish your target release
  • How to decide between an upgrade and a reimplementation
  • How to minimize upgrade downtimes
  • Tips on combining your upgrade with a platform migration or footprint expansion
  • Move custom reports to strategic reporting solutions
  • Prepare for Process Manufacturing Inventory Convergence

Your feedback is welcome

To suggest other upgrade planning topics that you would like to see addressed, please leave a comment or send an email to:

Anne Carlson email address

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Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: January 2012 Edition

I've previously published advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

Here is a summary of our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for January 2012

  1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 11i -- should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline,

  2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, or -- if staying on 12.0 -- should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline,

  3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3.

  4. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2 11.2.0.3.

  5. EBS 12 users of Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 11g 11.1.1.5.

  6. EBS 11i users of  Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager 10g 10.1.4.3.

  7. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.5.

  8. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

  9. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g or upgrade to Portal 11g.

  10. All Windows desktop users should migrate from JInitiator and older Java releases to JRE 1.6.0_30 or higher.

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Thursday Oct 27, 2011

Quarterly E-Business Suite Upgrade Recommendations: October 2011 Edition

One of the important things I learned from customers at this year's OpenWorld conference is that you can use help in sorting out priorities for upgrade projects. I've previously published advice on the priorities for patching EBS environments.  But what are your top priorities for major upgrades to EBS and its technology stack components?

I'll start publishing concise upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite environments and technology stack components on a quarterly basis.  These recommendations will be based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, support deadlines, and newly-certified releases. 

Upgrade Recommendations for October 2011

1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3, and should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline now,

2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3, and should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline now,

3. Oracle Database 10gR2 and 11gR1 users should upgrade to 11gR2.

Note: As of this article's publication, 11.2.0.2 is the latest certified database release; watch this blog for our imminent 11.2.0.3 certification.

4. Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to Oracle Access Manager.

5. Oracle Internet Directory 10g users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g.

6. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

7. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g or upgrade to Portal 11g.

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Friday Jul 15, 2011

ATG Live Webcast: Upgrading your EBS 11i Customizations to Release 12

I am pleased to announce our next ATG Live Webcast, on 28-Jul-2011. The event is titled:

Upgrading your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite R12.x

This one-hour webcast provides an overview of how Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators, DBAs, developers, and implementers can manage and upgrade existing EBS R11i customizations to R12.x.

Topics will include:

  • Your Customization Inventory
  • Comparing Customizations - Release 11i to Release 12.x
  • Managing Common Customization Types
  • Managing Deprecated Technologies
  • Anticipating Future Customizations
Upgrading your Customizations to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.x

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM GMT)
Presenter: Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, ATG Development

Direct link to the webcast:

https://ouweb.webex.com/ouweb/j.php?ED=164995277&UID=1269704602&RT=MiM0

The dial-in numbers are:

https://ouweb.webex.com/ouweb/j.php?ED=164995277&UID=1269704602&RT=MiM0

The dial-in numbers are:
Domestic Participant Dial-In Number: 877-697-8128
International Participant Dial-In Number: 706-634-9568
Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link: http://www.intercall.com/national/oracleuniversity/gdnam.html
Dial-In Passcode: 95668

You may optionally preregister for the webcast here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me: Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com. 

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