Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Oracle VM Templates For EBS 12.2.3 For Exalogic

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3 for Exalogic are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud:

Screenshot of Oracle VM template download site for Exalogic images

These VM templates can be imported into the Enterprise Manager Ops Center to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on Exalogic servers for demonstration, development or production use.

The Exalogic Elastic Cloud platform is optimized for the application tier. We recommend that you run databases that experience heavy loads (such as User Acceptance Tests or Production databases) on a machine dedicated for that purpose.

These templates deliver the full EBS software stack, including the Oracle Linux 5.8 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 templates for Exalogic are:

  • VISION Demo Database Tier
  • Production (PROD) Database Tier
  • Application Tier
  • Sparse Application Tier

An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 for Exalogic installation requires one template for the database tier and another for the primary application tier.

First, choose either the VISION Demo Database template (for a fully-configured demonstration system with sample data) or the Production (PROD) Database template for an empty instance ready for configuration and production deployment. Then choose the Application Tier template.

You can optionally use the Sparse Application Tier template to add a secondary application tier to your new installation or to an existing farm.  Sparse Application Tier templates are small Oracle VM templates that contains an operating system,  Secondary application tiers can be used for EBS web, application, and batch servers.

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Friday Mar 07, 2014

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 are now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at this location:

 These virtual appliances can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server.  Alternatively, they can be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

The virtual appliances deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The available Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 virtual appliances are:

  1. Single Node VISION Demo
  2. VISION Demo Database Tier
  3. Production (PROD) Database Tier
  4. Application Tier
  5. Sparse Application Tier

These appliances can be used to support the following scenarios:

  • Single node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Choose the single node VISION Demo virtual appliance (Option 1 above) to create a unified virtual machine with the EBS 12.2.3 database and application tiers.
  • Multi-node E-Business Suite 12.2.3 installation: Create a multi-node system using the database virtual appliance of choice (either VISION or PROD) and the application tier virtual appliance. That is, Option 2 or 3 above, followed by Option 4.  You can then add secondary application tiers using Option 5.
  • Operating system-only installation (Oracle Linux 6.5): The sparse application tier virtual appliance (Option 5) includes the necessary operating system packages, kernel parameter settings, and users (oracle and applmgr) required to install Oracle E-Business Suite, providing benefit for customers who plan to use Rapid Install for their 12.1.3 or 12.2.3 installation.
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Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

Support Implications for Your EBS Customizations

I've published this guidance in various articles before but it never hurts to consolidate it here for new readers.

You may choose to:

  • Modify or extend the E-Business Suite code that we ship
  • Add new database objects or modify existing database objects that we ship
  • Modify our standard EBS database partitioning schemes
  • Introduce various forms of third-party virtualization technologies for any of the E-Business Suite's three tiers -- the database tier, the application server tier, or the desktop tier
  • Use third-party tools to modify your database directly
  • Integrate third-party software with your EBS environment, say, for reporting purposes, or to obtain additional industry-specific functionality
  • Use third-party tools to manage or configure your EBS environment.
Oracle generally considers all of these activities to be some form of customization.  This is not a complete list. Generally speaking, if you have introduced something new into your environment that we haven't tested, we cannot take responsibility for it, so we consider it to be a customization.

Where these activities fall on a risk spectrum depends on their invasiveness.  The more invasive a customization is, the greater its potential risk.  Oracle generally recommends against invasive customizations.

Oracle's official policy on handling customizations is detailed here:

The support implications boil down to this:

  • Issues that are isolated to the E-Business Suite will be investigated by E-Business Suite Development.
  • Issues that are isolated to your customizations or third-party tools should be directed to the third-party vendor.
  • E-Business Suite Development will provide E-Business Suite Development patches for issues that can be reproduced in environments built using E-Business Suite documented procedures and tools.
  • If the third-party vendor cannot resolve issues isolated to their tools, you should restore from a backup and revert to using Oracle’s documented tools and procedures.

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Friday Nov 15, 2013

Oracle VM Templates Available for E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2

Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 are now available here:

Templates are available for:

    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Vision Demo Database Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Production Database Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Sparse Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux - Oracle Linux 5.9)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 Sparse Application Tier Install (64-bit Linux - Oracle Linux 6.4)

    These Oracle VM Templates allow you to quickly build E-Business Suite 12.2.2 environments on Oracle Linux virtual machines for demonstration, development or production use.  The templates deliver the full software stack, including the operating system, required technology components, and Oracle E-Business Suite itself.

    Screenshot of Oracle VM template download site


    You can deploy these templates on any industry-standard x86-based hardware certified for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux.

    An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 installation requires two templates, one for the database and one for the primary application tier.   You can choose from two database templates, depending on whether you will deploy a Vision demonstration system or an empty production instance.  In addition to the database template and the primary application tier template, you can optionally deploy a "sparse middle tier" template to add secondary application tiers.

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    Friday Sep 27, 2013

    Microsoft Windows 8 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Microsoft Windows 8 logoI'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 8 desktop clients are certified for the Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2. This certification applies to the following editions:

    • Windows 8
    • Windows 8 Enterprise
    • Windows 8 N edition
    • Windows 8 Pro N edition
    • Windows 8 Pro Pack N edition
    Internet Explorer 10
    Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2 Prerequisites
    • Oracle Applications 11.5.10.2
    • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
    • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
    • MLR Patch 8888184
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
    Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6
    • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
    • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates

    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Prerequisites

    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.2 or higher
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
    Firefox ESR 17
    Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.
    • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (note 125767.1)
    • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or later
    • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
    • Patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
    Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6
    • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
    • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
    • Patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model.
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
    Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 or higher
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates
    Oracle JInitiator Not Compatible

    Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported and is not compatible with Windows 8, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 8.

    Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.

    Use the Native JRE plug-in

    Windows 8 desktop clients are certified only with the native Java Runtime Environment (JRE) with Windows 8. 

    Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops from JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the 1.6 codeline, and from JRE 7u10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline. 

    The minimum JRE prerequisites for Windows 8 are higher than in previous releases.  These are:

    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_37 or later 1.6 updates
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.7.0_10 or later 1.7 updates

    We test all new JRE 1.6 and JRE 7 releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 1.6 and 7 releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

    You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 1.6 or JRE 7 releases to your EBS users' desktops. This applies to all certified Windows desktop operating systems, including XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

    WebADI and Report Manager Users

    Running WebADI and Report Manager through Excel on Windows 8 has additional patch requirements. For further information see Document 1077728.1.

    What About Windows Hyper-V?

    End-users are able to run Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as client guest operating systems via Windows Hyper-V on a Win8 desktop client.

    We have no plans to conduct separate EBS certification efforts for Hyper-V guest client configurations running on Win8 clients.  Oracle Support will attempt to reproduce reported issues using non-virtualized WinXP, Vista, or 7 desktop clients.  Microsoft Support may to be engaged for any issues that can only be reproduced only in Hyper-V on Windows 8 desktops.

    What about other Windows 8 editions?

    We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:

    • Windows RT
    • Windows 8 tablet-oriented interface (formerly called Metro)
    I would not expect the results of our certification to apply to Windows RT.

    What About Earlier Versions of IE?

    Microsoft only supports IE 10 on Windows 8 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win8, so Oracle is only able to support IE10 on Windows 8 clients for the E-Business Suite.

    Pending Win8 Certifications

    BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew Languages)

    Due to issues with right side truncation, Windows 8 is not currently certified for BiDi (Arabic and Hebrew) languages. A patch fix for this issue is in progress.

    MS Projects

    Posting information between Oracle Projects and Microsoft Projects will currently error when running on Windows 8. A patch fix for this issue is in progress. For further information see Document 1077728.1 listed below.

    Client Server Products

    The majority of Client/Server products are either not currently certified or will not be certified on Windows 8. For further information see document 277535.1 listed below.

    Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

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    Monday Jul 01, 2013

    E-Business Suite R12 Certified on 2012 Hyper-V Windows Guests

    Microsoft LogoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1) is now certified on Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) and Windows Server 2008 R2 running as guest operating systems within Window Server 2012 Hyper-V virtual machines.

    Hyper-V is a built-in feature of Microsoft Windows Server that allows for the creation and management of virtualized computing environments. With this certification, the E-Business Suite is now supported on the above Windows virtualized guest operating systems in a similar way to non-virtualized Windows.

    References

    Thursday May 02, 2013

    Secure Global Desktop 5 Certified with E-Business Suite 12

    Screenshot of Oracle Secure Global DesktopOracle Secure Global Desktop provides secure access to centralized applications—Microsoft Windows, UNIX, mainframe, and midrange—from a variety of clients including Windows PCs, Oracle Solaris workstations, Linux PCs, and thin clients.  Secure Global Desktop 4.6 was certified with the E-Business Suite last year.

    Secure Global Desktop 5 is now certified with E-Business Suite 12.  

    Secure Global Desktop 5 is certified for use with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 virtualized environments acting as desktop clients connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments.  32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server are certified. These combinations may also be used in conjunction with Oracle VM, if required.

    Requirements

    Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

      • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 running:
      • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) or Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit and 64-bit) or higher or JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_17 (32-bit and 64-bit) or higher

    Windows Server 2008 (32-bit)

    • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 running:
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit) or Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit)
    • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit) or higher or JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_17 (32-bit) or higher

    Windows Server 2003 R2 (64-bit)

    • Windows Server 2003 R2 (64-bit) is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 running:
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit and 64-bit) or higher or JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_17 (32-bit and 64-bit) or higher

    Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)

      • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 running:
      • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)
      • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit) or higher or JRE Plug-in 1.7.0_17 (32-bit) or higher

    References

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    Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

    Oracle VM Templates for EBS 12.1.3 for Exalogic Now Available

    Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for Exalogic are now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  The templates contain all the required elements to create an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 demonstration system on an Exalogic server. You can use these templates to quickly build an EBS 12.1.3 demonstration environment, bypassing the operating system and the software install (via the EBS Rapid Install).  

    Screenshot of Exalogic Control

    The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 template for Exalogic is a Oracle Virtual Server Guest template that contains a complete Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Database Tier and Application Tier Installation.  For additional details, please refer to the following My Oracle Support Note:

    The Oracle E-Business Suite system is installed on top of Oracle Linux Version 5 update 6 (64-bit). The templates have been optimized for performance, including OS kernel settings and E-Business Suite configuration settings tuned specifically for Exalogic.  The configuration delivered with this template for a mid-tier running on Exalogic will support hundreds of concurrent users.  Please refer to Section 2: Performance Analysis in My Oracle Support Note 1499132.1 for additional details.  

    Additional Information

    The Oracle E-Business Suite VM templates for the Exalogic platform contain the following software versions:

    • Operating System: Oracle Linux Version 5 Update 6 (64-bit)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (Database Tier running Database 11.2.0.3)
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (Application Tier)
    The following considerations were made when the Oracle E-Business Suite VM template for the Exalogic platform were designed:
    • Templates use the hardware-virtualized architecture, supporting hardware with virtualization feature.
    • Database Tier Template is configured to use the following configuration:
      • 16 GB RAM
      • 4 VCPUs
      • 250 GB of Disk space for application installation
    • Application Tier Template is configured to use the following configuration:
      • 16 GB RAM
      • 4 VCPUs
      • 50 GB of Disk space for application installation

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    Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

    Windows Server Certified as Secure Global Desktop Clients with EBS 12

    Secure Global Desktop screenshotOracle Secure Global Desktop provides secure access to centralized applications—Microsoft Windows, UNIX, mainframe, and midrange—from a wide variety of popular client devices, including Windows PCs, Oracle Solaris workstations, Linux PCs, and thin clients.

    Secure Global Desktop is certified for use with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 virtualized environments acting as desktop clients connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments.  32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server are certified. These combinations may also be used in conjunction with Oracle VM, if required.

    How does this work?

    For example, a Secure Desktop Client can connect to a Secure Global Desktop environment.  That environment can be running Microsoft Server 2008.  That environment can be used, in turn, as a "desktop client" to access Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.

    Requirements

    EBS 12.1.3 + Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

    • Secure Global Desktop version 4.6 or higher
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) or Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit and 64-bit) or later 1.6 releases


    EBS 12.1.3 + Windows Server 2008 (32-bit)

    • Secure Global Desktop version 4.6 or higher
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit) or Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit)
    • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit) or later 1.6 releases

    EBS 12.1.3 + Windows Server 2003 R2 (64-bit)

    • Secure Global Desktop version 4.6 or higher
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit and 64-bit) or later 1.6 releases

    EBS 12.1.3 + Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit)

    • Secure Global Desktop version 4.6 or higher
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)
    • JRE Plug-in 1.6.0_32 (32-bit) or later 1.6 releases

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    Friday Apr 13, 2012

    Oracle VM Templates Available for E-Business Suite 12.1.3

    Oracle VM has matured into a formidable virtualization product over the years. Oracle E-Business Suite is certified to run production instances on both Oracle VM 2 and 3. This applies to EBS Releases 11i and 12.  It also applies to future Oracle VM 3 updates, including subsequent Oracle VM 3.x releases.

    E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Oracle VM templates available now

    The latest EBS 12.1.3 templates for Oracle VM can be downloaded here:

    Templates are available for:

    • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Vision (64-bit)
    • E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Production (32-bit)
    • E-Business Suite 12.x Sparse Middle Tiers (32-bit and 64-bit)

    Screenshot of Oracle VM Manager

    Should EBS 11i users care?

    Yes.  You can use these templates to get an EBS 12 testbed environment running in minutes.  This is a great way of giving your end-users a chance to work with EBS 12 without the overhead of building an environment from scratch.

    References

    Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

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    Friday Feb 10, 2012

    Webcast Replay Available: Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

    I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:
    Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)

    Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development, discussed the topics of virtualization and cloud deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite. Topics covered in this presentation include why clouds and virtualization matter to you, Oracle Cloud and Virtualization technology, E-Business Suite cloud capabilities, and your cloud action plan.

    Oracle VM failover live migration


    Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

    The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section

    Friday Jan 27, 2012

    ATG Live Webcast: Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

    Do you need to improve your hardware utilization, speed-up provisioning, improve end-user satisfaction, increase the productivity of your E-Business Suite system administrators? If so, you need to attend the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 2, 2012:
    Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite

    Join Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development, for this wide-ranging discussion on the topics virtualization and cloud deployments of Oracle E-Busienss Suite.
    E-Business Suite diagram showing complete stack virtualization

    The agenda for the Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

    • Why Clouds and Virtualization Matter to You
    • Oracle Cloud and Virtualization Technology
    • E-Business Suite Cloud Capabilities
    • Your Cloud Action Plan

    Date:               Thursday, February 2, 2012
    Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
    Presenter:     Ivo Dujmović, Director, Applications Development

    Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

    To hear the audio feed:
        Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           877-697-8128
        International Participant Dial-In Number:      706-634-9568
        Additional International Dial-In Numbers Link:
        Dial-In Passcode:                                              99329

    To see the presentation:
        The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
        Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
        Meeting Number:  595061451

    If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

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

    Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

    Oracle VM 3 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Oracle VM 3 is the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization and management solution. Oracle VM 3 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Release 12. This certification covers all current and future Oracle VM 3 updates, including Oracle VM 3.0.2 and subsequent 3.x releases.   

    Oracle VM 3 Manager screenshot

    Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

    References

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    Thursday Jun 02, 2011

    WebCast Replay Available: Deploying Oracle VM Templates for E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft

    Oracle VM is server virtualization software that fully supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications. Oracle VM templates can reduce installation and configuration costs by providing preinstalled and preconfigured software images.

    It's possible to use Oracle VM to virtualize your Oracle E-Business Suite environment.  We offer prebuilt Oracle VM templates for EBS 12.1.3, 12.1.1, and even release-independent sparse images.

    Screenshot of download page for Oracle VM EBS 12.1.3 templates

    Adam Hawley from our Oracle VM team, Ivo Dujmovic from our Applications Technology Group, and Greg Kelly from our PeopleSoft team recently recorded the following webcast:

    If you missed the original webcast, a recorded replay is available.  After you register via the link above, the replay -- complete with audio and slides -- will begin.

    The webcast covers a lot of ground, starting with a general Oracle VM discussion and then drilling down into deeper coverage for the E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft.  In the E-Business Suite part of the webcast, Ivo outlines:

    • How Oracle VM works with the E-Business Suite
    • Operational and technical benefits of using Oracle VM with EBS
    • Supported releases and configurations, including live migration and sparse templates
    • Customer case studies
    • Performance implications of Oracle VM-based EBS environments 

    Your Feedback is Welcome

    We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum

    E-Business Suite Resources

    General Oracle VM Resources

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    Wednesday Nov 17, 2010

    EBS R12 Sparse Mid-Tier Template for Oracle VM Now Available

    Yes, it's true: the title is not a typo. We have an Oracle VM (OVM) template that works against any E-Business Suite Release 12 version.  It works against your current E-Business Suite Release 12 installs, whether physical or virtual.

    Instructions for downloading these new templates are here:

    Screenshot of edelivery page for sparse Oracle VM downloads for ebs R12 application tier images sparseOVM.jpg
    We listened to you: you wanted a small OVM template, and this one is small at around ~600MB.

    How does this work?

    On first boot, OracleVM machines based on this template will prompt for an exported Linux EBS shared file system location. They will mount it and create an Apps middle tier node which you can use to scale up your existing EBS instance or to start a new instance.

    If you have development or testbed environments where you can re-use the database, this template is an easy way to create new Linux middle tiers.

    Your Feedback is Welcome

    We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

    Resources
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    Wednesday Nov 10, 2010

    E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

    I am pleased to announce that you can use pre-built Oracle VM templates to create a fully operational Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 environment now.  Instructions for downloading these new templates are here:
    EBS-12.1.3-OVM-Templates.jpg
    32-bit templates are available now and and 64-bit versions will be available soon.  We used Production (PROD) database files instead of the Vision Demonstration database to make the database template download smaller -- it is now three files instead of eight.

    The Oracle VM template for Oracle E-business Suite 12.1.3 (64-bit and 32-bit) consists of two separate virtual machines:
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Production Database Tier
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Application Tier
    The database tier virtual machine includes:
    • Oracle Linux 5.5
    • Oracle Database 11.1.0.7
    • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 production database with data
    The applications tier virtual machine includes:
    • Oracle Linux 5.5
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 applications node
    Production Use Considerations

    These templates deliver a starting point installation of Oracle Linux and E-Business Suite. Customers are meant to review, configure, and test any deployments they are considering to use for production.

    E-Business Suite Resources
    General Oracle VM Resources
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    Friday Nov 05, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

    Other vendors such as Hewlett Packard and IBM also have their own specific software and hardware based virtualization technologies that are promoted for the same reasons. Please contact the specific hardware vendors for a list of these technologies.  Also see:
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    Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

    Live Migration of EBS Services Using Oracle VM

    [Editor: This is the fifth of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

    Breaking news: you can now achieve live migration of E-Business Suite instances on Oracle VM (OVM).  This is the High Availability and Fault Tolerance Holy Grail.  In an environment configured to support live migration, end-user sessions running on one node in a virtual machine server can be migrated transparently to a different node on a different virtual machine server.  You have asked for this functionality for more than a dozen years and many Oracle partners offer solutions to achieve this.  After all these years, Oracle can provide you a solution for E-Business Suite environments using Oracle VM.

    Why was this so hard for Oracle E-Business Suite?  Well, the short answer is that we have hundreds of products using many different technologies as part of the E-Business Suite, and many of them had complicated session state handling (some in the database, some on the middle-tier), caches that needed to be kept synchronized, and so on.  While all technical problems are soluble, this one was just not feasible to solve within E-Business Suite itself. 


    Architecture diagram showing failover of virtual server in an HA-enabled server pool

    Virtualization Changes Things

    In an conventional (non-virtualized) architecture, the failure of a specific application tier node would force a logout of all end-users with sessions on that particular node.  Any transactions that were mid-stream on that application tier node would have been lost.  On a virtualized platform, end-user sessions can be migrated from one machine to another without the end-user noticing. 

    OVM's live migration feature has some requirements, including the need to have look-alike machines on same subnet.  These requirements are discussed in detail in:
    Oracle VM also currently restarts the VM if the Virtual Machine Server fails, which would mean the end-user session does need to be restarted. We expect that these behaviors should improve over time.

    In addition to the great live migration feature, OVM also has cloning functionality, which work seamlessly work if you use our EBS templates or virtualization kit.

    Your Feedback is Welcome

    This concludes my mini-series on virtualization and the E-Business Suite.  We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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    Sunday Jan 17, 2010

    Deploying E-Business Suite on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

    [Editor: This is the fourth of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is the quintessential public cloud.  Oracle has partnered extensively with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and in this article I hope to clarify were we currently stand with using E-Business Suite on Amazon EC2.

    Public Clouds can introduce uncertified stack additions in the virtualization layer (hypervisor, provisioning tools). They also introduce a lack of control over physical hardware: neither the end-customer nor Oracle has control of the hardware or the virtualization stack below the OS.  This is a new factor in the relationship between Oracle and its customers.


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    Amazon EC2 for non-production EBS environments 

    For the time being, the novelty of public clouds and the currently-low number of proof points means that we must initially take a prudent and cautious strategy for using Amazon EC2 to host E-Business Suite instances.

    Since Amazon EC2 uses a virtualization engine that is not supported by Oracle and has not been certified with E-Business Suite, this environment is not supported for production usage of E-Business Suite.  Using Amazon EC2 for hosting E-Business Suite instances may be suitable for non-production instances such as demonstration instances, test environments, and development environments.

    For non-production instances, Oracle will provide support for issues that reproduce on standard certified configurations.  Users will be directed to Amazon for any virtualization-related issues.

    Four Reasons to use Amazon EC2 Features for E-Business Suite environments

    1. Virtual private cloud: VPN-based extension to the customer's intranet
    2. Elastic IPs: allow sticky IP addresses for persistent references between nodes
    3. Large file import service: for DBFs larger than 5 TB, it is better to ship them on 2TB disks to Amazon -- you could have your instance up in 4-5 days
    4. High-memory instance types: EBS needs higher memory-to-CPU ratios, and higher I/O bandwidth
    We expect the future to bring more great functionality and even tighter integration between E-Business Suite and Amazon's web services. Stay tuned...

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    Wednesday Jan 06, 2010

    On Clouds and Virtualization in EBS Environments (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

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

    [Editor: This is the third of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

    In my two previous articles, we announced the availability of our EBS Oracle VM (OVM) templates, and then announced the availability of the EBS Virtualization Kit. So now let's go through some highlights from my OOW'09 presentation:


    Oracle_vm_platform_architecture.png

    Q:  Why use virtualization?

    A: 
    To increase CPU utilization at the cost of more disk

    This answer uncovers my roots in software performance.  Physical hardware resources are frequently sized for -- and locked into -- a particular configuration that might be sub-optimal for a project's overall lifecycle.  For example, during a single development cycle for a given project, the project's environment can go through a number of stages: preparation (patching, configuration, spot testing), broad testing (all hands, RT tools, consultants), and wrap-up (trailing issue resolution, spot testing).  The project's hardware was sized to accommodate the maximum load, despite the fact that the intensive testing period with a hundred testers would last only a few weeks.  In this case, the hardware would lie mostly-unused for the majority of the environment's life.

    Another example is different environments being used in different time zones. Physical-world time-slicing is hard, as it's hard to capture all runtime components and their integrations' dependencies on other servers.  In the virtual world, shutdown, suspend, and startup actions are much faster and cleaner.

    Of course, home-grown tools and manual optimization tries to compensate for some of this.  And they still fall short!  In the virtual world, moving resources is faster and easier.  It will spoil you -- you will feel as if you have more hardware.  And your customers will feel spoiled once you can quickly provision environments.

    Q. What is a cloud?

    A:  Virtual resource swarm present on your network, on somebody else's, or on the internet

    Well, I did help with beekeeping a number of times, but that is not why I chose the word swarm.  I agree with Larry's view that we could have used other words like net, grid, cluster or cloud. Even the word swarm could be used, although it implies self-repairing, management, and intelligence.  I would argue that this is the direction we are heading.  But let me start with the basic properties people associate with clouds:
    • Utility pricing: pay as you go, per usage vs. per user or per cpu
    • Self service provisioning: easy and fast to get a resource
    • Self-preservation of resources:  the resource platform will worry about the little stuff like failover, system administration
    Private clouds run on your own hardware, and public clouds run on someone else's hardware. 

    Today's clouds are missing a lot of the "magic" features that one could dream up, but cloud infrastructure providers are starting to work on those.  My favorite missing feature:  integration automation and intelligence.  What good is a quickly-provisioned app if it is not integrated into the right identity management, business intelligence, workflow, or portal system? 

    So even short of the future features, private or public clouds provide effective provisioning and resource-management platforms.

    Q. What Virtualization Platform should I choose for E-Business Suite?

    A. Funny you should ask: Oracle VM.

    Oracle VM has been fully certified with EBS for 2 years. It's got a couple of things going for it: it is free, it is certified and optimized for Oracle products, and Oracle supports it. Here's the latest list of certified EBS releases and platforms:
    • Linux x86 32-bit
      • EBS 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP5 (Patch 5473858) or later
      • EBS 12.0.2 (RUP2) or later (including 12.1)
    • Linux 64-bit - OEL 4 and RHEL 4 on x86-64
      • EBS 12.0.3 or later (including 12.1)
    • Linux 64-bit - OEL 5 and RHEL 5 on x86-64
      • EBS 12.0.4 or later (including 12.1)
    • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) with PV driver v1.0.8 or higher
      • EBS 12.0.4 or later (including 12.1)
    References
    Listening to the Session

    If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download the presentation or listen to the live recording of this session.

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    Sunday Dec 20, 2009

    Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit

    [Editor: This the second of a five-part series from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group, on virtualization and cloud topics]

    As I've mentioned in the first article of this series, I do want to delve more deeply into topics from my OOW'09 E-Business Suite Virtualization Update presentation. Before I do that, I wanted to spend some time on our latest EBS 12.1.1 Oracle VM (OVM) Templates.

    Rolling Your Own Apps Templates using Oracle VM

    In addition to using our templates, customers might want to build their own templates. As most of you know, virtualization platforms like Oracle VM are just that -- platforms. They do not help you with anything inside the template, or if they do, it is a starting point template with OS e.g. OVM templates for Oracle Enterprise Linux, or a process/tool to create that OS starting point (JEOS = Just Enough Operating System, pronounce "juice").
    Architecture diagram showing Oracle VM Manager + Oracle VM servers + server pool + storage devices
    In any case, you proceed with your bare bones template to start a virtual machine (VM), mount your disk, install your E-Business Suite, and save your VM template. The end result is an image of machine with a set host name, IP,  E-Business Suite instance. As long as it is self-contained, i.e. both your database and middle tiers are installed and you have no external integration, you are OK, right?  It's not quite that simple, I'm afraid.

    Multiple VMs May Have Naming and IP Collisions

    If you want to bring up a number of these VMs from the same template, they will all think they are host x with IP y and EBS instance z. That might cause some problems with your network, or at least for the browser which needs to figure out how to connect to the right one of these instances...

    If you want to do external integrations, e.g. break apart your EBS VM's into a database VM and middle tier VM, or add an external identity management system, portal, business intelligence, or whatever you fancy, well that is doable the first time for the first VM. For the next VM of that template, it might appear like that integration is already done. Hmmm....

    When I brought down the first VM, did I want to keep it and its integrations around, or not?  Is my middle tier X supposed to work only with one database VM Y or some another database VM?

    Initializing New Virtual Machines Upon First Startup

    As you can see, virtualization platforms only provided the magic to create more "virtual" machines from one template. But you still need more magic: for starters, you want the to tell the VM its name and IP to initialize it when it boots from a template for the first time.  Luckily for both of us, the Oracle VM/Linux team supplies scripts for this magic.  Now, you realize that you really don't care about virtual machines, but virtual E-Business Suite instances. You need more magic to get the E-Business Suite instance to initialize on first boot.

    We have created this magic (OK, it's just a couple of scripts), for our E-Business Suite templates, and are eager to share it with you via our E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit. The Virtualization Kit consists of documentation and scripts that help automate the desired behavior of OVM templates with E-Business Suite:
    The Knowledge Document will give you a cookbook approach to building your own E-Business Suite template, and the patch delivers the magic sauce, I mean scripts.

    Your Feedback is Welcome

    We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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    Wednesday Dec 16, 2009

    Microsoft Windows 7 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

    [Dec 18, 2009 Update: corrected formatting error in "EBS 12.0 Prerequisites" section; added more information about 64-bit clients]

    Microsoft Windows 7 Win7 logo
    I'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 7 desktop clients are certified for the Oracle E-Business Suite.  Both Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox 3.5 are certified and supported on Windows 7 desktop clients. 

    The prerequisites and minimum patchset levels vary depending upon the version of the E-Business Suite that you're running.  The supported Apps releases and configurations include Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, and 12.1:
    Internet Explorer 8
    Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
    • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
    • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6) (patch 5903765) or later.
    • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) (Note 125767.1).
    • MLR Patch 8888184
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
    Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
    • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.DELTA.6 (patch 7237006) or later.
    • Oracle Forms Version 10.1.2.3 or later.
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
    Firefox 3.5
    Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Prerequisites
    • Oracle Applications patch 10 (11.5.10) plus Maintenance Pack 11.5.10 CU2 or later
    • Oracle Developer 6i patchset 19 (6.0.8.28.x) or later (note 125767.1)
    • Oracle Applications Technology 11i.ATG_PF.H Rollup 6 (RUP 6)(patch 5903765) or later
    • Applications Framework Patch 7651759
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
    • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567782 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
    Oracle E-Business Suite R12.0 Prerequisites
    • Oracle Applications Technology R12.ATG_PF.A.delta.6 (patch 7237006) or later
    • Applications Framework Patch 7602616
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
    • It is also strongly recommended to apply patch 7567840 which removes the use of the jpi-version parameter and switches Firefox to a non-static versioning model. This is particularly important if using client side next-generation JRE plugin (JRE 1.6.0_10 or later).
    Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1 Prerequisites
    • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 or higher
    • Java client plug-in JRE 1.6.0_03 or later
    Oracle JInitiator Not Supported

    Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator has expired for E-Business Suite customers.

    Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.1.8 ended in December 2008, and Premier Support for Oracle JInitiator 1.3 ended for EBS customers in July 2009.  For more information about JInitiator desupport and switching your EBS end-users from JInitiator to the Sun JRE, see:
    Windows 7 desktop clients are certified only with the native Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) with Windows 7.  Oracle JInitiator was built on top of Java 1.3.  Java 1.3 is desupported by Sun Microsystems and and not compatible with either Windows Vista or Windows 7.  We have no plans to certify Oracle JInitiator with Windows 7.

    What About Windows XP Mode?

    End-users are able to run Windows XP in a virtualized environment running via Windows Virtual PC on a Win7 desktop client.  Microsoft states that this is functionally-equivalent to running Windows XP natively.

    We have no plans to conduct separate EBS certification efforts for WinXP+Virtual PC images running on Win7 clients.  Oracle Support will attempt to reproduce reported issues using native WinXP desktop clients.  Microsoft Support would need to be engaged for any issues that can only be reproduced only in WinXP+Virtual PC images on Windows 7 desktops.

    What About Earlier Versions of IE?

    Microsoft only supports IE 8 on Windows 7 desktops.  Microsoft does not support earlier versions of IE on Win7, so Oracle is only able to support IE8 on Windows 7 clients for the E-Business Suite.

    Are You Interested in 64-bit Clients?

    This certification is for 32-bit Windows clients.  We don't have any immediate plans for 64-bit client certifications yet, due to complications around 64-bit JRE plugins and browsers.

    I would be interested in hearing about your plans for 64-bit client rollouts (number of desktops, timing, and target EBS releases).  Please drop me a line if you have plans for 64-bit Windows clients in your future.

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    Friday Dec 11, 2009

    E-Business Suite 12.1.1 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

    [Editor: This the the first of a five-part series from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group, on virtualization and cloud topics]

    As you may have noticed, we have not yet done the recap of my OOW'09 E-Business Suite Virtualization Update presentation. The reason was twofold: we wanted to create a blog mini-series, for which this is the first article, and we wanted to publish that after we finished some development work. So without any further ado...

    We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 are now available for download from Oracle E-Delivery.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.  This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" for E-Business Suite 12.1.1 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3.

    sample_oraclevm_architecture.png
    Oracle VM template for Oracle E-business Suite 12.1.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) consists of two separate virtual machines:
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Vision Demo Database Tier
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Application Tier
    The database tier virtual machine includes:
      • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3
      • Oracle Database 11.1.0.7
      • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Vision demo database with data
    The applications tier virtual machine includes:
      • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3
      • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 applications node
    Not for Production Environments

    These templates are designed for demonstration environments and other non-production purposes; they are not intended to be used for production environments.

    E-Business Suite Resources
    General Oracle VM Resources
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    Monday Jul 13, 2009

    Critical Patch Update for July 2009 Now Available

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2009 was released on July 14th, 2009. 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 13, 2009
    • January 12, 2010
    • April 13, 2010
    • July 13, 2010

    Friday Apr 10, 2009

    Support Policies for Virtualization Technologies and Oracle E-Business Suite

    We've previously written about our certification and support stance for virtualization technologies with the E-Business Suite in a series of related articles (see below).  Our Applications Platforms Group has revisited this subject and has published an official statement in a new Metalink Note:

    If you've been looking for an authoritative Metalink Note that summarizes our previous blog articles succinctly, this is what you've been waiting for.

    This new Note discusses our general support strategy for third-party platform virtualization technologies such as:

    • Sun Solaris 10 Containers
    • IBM AIX Workload Partitioning (WPAR)
    • HP Integrity Virtual Machines (Integrity VM)
    • Microsoft Virtual Server
    • VMWare
    • Citrix

    The Note emphasizes that the list above is meant to provide some illustrative examples of the types of virtualization products and technologies covered by this policy.  It's not meant to be a comprehensive list of products, of course.  The Note covers the support implications of using generic virtualization technologies with the E-Business Suite, and is worth reading to refresh your understanding of what kind of support you can expect from us when using these types of tools.

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    Thursday Dec 18, 2008

    EBS 12 Certified With OEL + RHEL 5 (64-bit) on Oracle VM

    linux-penguin.jpg

    Our Applications Platform Group recently certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Oracle VM and OEL 4 and RHEL 4.  Following hard on the heels of that certification, here's another addition to our existing set of Oracle VM certifications for the E-Business Suite:  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now certified on Oracle VM with 64-bit Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on x86-64.

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    Friday Nov 14, 2008

    EBS 12 Certified with OEL + RHEL 4 (64-bit) on Oracle VM

    linux-penguin.jpg

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

    Filling out our certification matrix for Oracle VM, our Applications Platform Group has certified Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 on Oracle VM with 64-bit Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 on x86-64.

    Prerequisites

    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 4.7 (64-bit) on x86-64
      or
      Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7 (64-bit) on x86-64
    • Oracle VM 2.1.2 or higher
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.3 (RUP 3) and higher

    Upcoming Certifications

    The Applications Platform Group is currently working on certifying Oracle VM with 64-bit OEL/RHEL version 5.  No release schedules are available, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as possible.

    References

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    Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

    Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite

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

    It looks like this is the Year of the Hypervisor.  The whole industry seems abuzz with talk of server virtualization.  One of the most intriguing announcements at OpenWorld this week:  Oracle is entering the server virtualization space with the availability of Oracle VM, based on the open source Xen hypervisor.

    Oracle VM unveiled: Oracle VM unveiled

    We've been testing Oracle VM with the E-Business Suite prior to its unveiling at OpenWorld.  While my team has more certification tests still still to come, Oracle VM is initially supported for Apps with the following minimum prerequisites:

    Release 11i
    • Oracle Applications 11.5.10.CU2 or later
    • Applications Technology (ATG) 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP5 (patch 5473858) or later
    • Oracle Database 10.2.0.3 or later
    • Oracle Developer6i Patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later
    • Desktop clients running Oracle JInitiator 1.3.1.28 or later
    • Linux x86 platforms
    Release 12
    I'll post more information about additional supported configurations as soon as possible; stay tuned.

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    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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