Monday Dec 13, 2010

Web Cache Certified with EBS R12 on IBM Linux on System z

Oracle Web Cache 10g ( is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.2 or higher) on the IBM: Linux on System z platform. With this certification, E-Business Suite administrators may use the latest version of Oracle Web Cache to provide load balancing, caching, reverse-proxy, fail-over and surge protection for their environments on Linux on System z.

The operating systems certified 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)
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Friday Oct 16, 2009

Using Oracle Application Server 10g with E-Business Suite (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

[Oct 19 2009 Update: If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download or listen to the live recording of this session as well as the presentation materials.]

Every year I provide an OpenWorld update on the various ways that E-Business Suite users can use different Oracle Application Server 10g components.  This presentation covers many of the topics that I visit regularly on this blog, neatly summarizing them in a single package with the latest Fusion Middleware certified versions (and desupport notices) in one place:

Architecture diagram showing sso oid and third-party LDAP integration with E-Business Suite

This presentation covers:

  • A quick overview of the various Oracle Application Server 10g products that can be optionally integrated with the E-Business Suite, including:
    • Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Directory
    • Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Identity Manager
    • Web Center and Portal
    • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Discoverer
    • Web Cache
    • Oracle SOA Suite
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • How Oracle Single Sign-On works with the E-Business Suite
  • How EBS users can be managed using Oracle Internet Directory
  • How EBS can be integrated via Oracle Single Sign-On with third-party authentication systems such as:
    • Windows Native Authentication via Kerberos
    • Netegrity Siteminder
    • IBM Tivoli Access Manager
    • PKI X.509v3 Digital Certificates
  • How EBS can be integrated via Oracle Internet Directory with third-party LDAP directories such as:
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Sun Java System Directory
    • Novell eDirectory
    • OpenLDAP
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I've covered all of these topics already on this blog, with articles discussing the conceptual topics as well as new certification announcements.  See:

Sunday Aug 12, 2007

WebCache 10g ( Certified with Apps 11i and 12

Oracle Web Cache 10g ( is now certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  E-Business Suite administrators may use the latest version of Oracle Web Cache to provide caching, reverse-proxy, and failover and surge protection for their environments.

E-Business Suite WebCache: Diagram showing Oracle Web Cache in front of an E-Business Suite environment

Supported Configurations

Release 11i
  • E-Business Suite 11.5.9 or higher
  • Web Cache 10g
Release 12
  • E-Business Suite 12.0.0 or higher
  • Web Cache 10g

Upgrading to Web Cache

E-Business Suite users can upgrade to the latest version by installing Oracle Application Server 10g, and then applying the Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 Patch Set 2 (

For More Information

Monday May 07, 2007

OracleAS 10g Upgrade Paths

[May 9, 2007 Update:  Corrected legend typo from OCSM to OCMS.  "OCMS" represents Oracle Communication & Mobility Server.  Elaborated on certification stance to remind readers that although OracleAS 10g 10.1.3 is part of Release 12's techstack, it can't be upgraded in place right now.]

There are a lot of Oracle Application Server 10g releases.  I find it challenging to keep them straight myself, so I can only imagine how hard it must be for you to sort out upgrade paths between the various releases.  In response to popular demand at this year's Collaborate conference, here are my personal cheatsheet diagrams that I use to find upgrade paths between the various OracleAS 10g releases. 

A Hand-Drawn Map Through the Woods

A word of caution:  I've reviewed this information with our Oracle Application Server Release Managers, but these charts don't represent official documentation from Oracle Application Server Development.  In fact, I'm not sure that any single piece of official documentation captures this kind of information.  So, if there are any conflicts between what I show here and the official documentation, the latter prevails (and let me know, so I can fix my own diagrams).

Distinguishing Between the Two Major OracleAS 10g Releases

There are a couple of things you should bear in mind before reading these:

  1. The OracleAS 10g components used by the E-Business Suite -- Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Discoverer, Business Intelligence, Portal, Web Cache, and Oracle Integration (including BPEL 10g) -- are released in the 10.1.2/10.1.4 codeline. 

  2. The OracleAS 10g 10.1.3.x codeline is the J2EE-only subset of OracleAS 10g.  These products are released on their own codeline and have a completely separate upgrade roadmap.  We don't certify any integrations between the E-Business Suite Release 11i and these products, although Release 12 includes 10.1.3 as its Java ORACLE_HOME.   I'm including my diagrams for this group, too, so you can see how the releases relate to each other.
How to Read the Diagrams

Here's a legend for reading the following diagrams:

Updated Legend:

If you haven't installed any OracleAS 10g releases before, you can start with any of the fresh install versions (marked with solid borders).  You can only apply incremental patchsets (marked with dashed borders) to an existing environment previously built with a fresh install version.

Releases Useful for E-Business Suite Integrations

The following chart shows upgrade paths between releases that are relevant to E-Business Suite sysadmins interested in using Oracle Application Server 10g components.  These components include Single Sign-On, Oracle Internet Directory, Discoverer, Business Intelligence, Portal, Web Cache, and Oracle Integration (including BPEL 10g and Business Activity Monitoring 10g).

Oracle Application Server 10g Upgrade Paths:

(click on the diagram for a larger version)

Reading the chart, you can see that it's possible to upgrade from Oracle Application Server 10g to the Patchset.   Once you've done that, it's possible to install Portal on top of that upgraded environment.

A different path shows that it's possible to upgrade your OracleAS 10g environment to the Patchset. 

Likewise, if you've installed OracleAS 10g and upgraded that environment to use the latest Oracle Identity Management release (marked as "IM"), you can upgrade that environment, in turn, to the Patchset.

The "Other" OracleAS 10g Release

The diagram below is relevant for customers who are building their own J2EE applications using OracleAS 10g development tools, including Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM), and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).  With the exception of BPEL and BAM, E-Business Suite Release 11i users don't generally use any of the following releases, but I'm including this chart for the sake of completeness.  Release 12 includes OracleAS 10g 10.1.3 in its techstack but it can't be upgraded in place to a later version right now.

J2EE Upgrade Paths:

(click on the diagram for a larger version)

A Final Word about Version Numbers

For reasons too tortuous to go into here (and because I don't really understand them myself), Oracle Application Server version numbers don't necessarily correspond to the order in which a particular patchset was released.  They also don't mean that you can apply a higher version on top of an older version. 

For example, the Patchset was released after the Identity Management (IM) release.  Since they're on separate codelines, you can't apply the Identity Management release on top of the Patchset.  That's not a meaningful combination since they're different products entirely. 

When in Doubt, Contact Oracle Support

It is not without some misgivings that I post this information here.  As is usually the case when wading into this area, these charts and their accompanying examples might have helped some of you but confused others. 

Remember, I'm part of E-Business Suite Development, not Oracle Application Server Development.  In some ways, I'm a passerby in these parts, just like you.  So, if you do need more help in assessing the viability of a particular upgrade for your environment, it's advisable to go directly to the source:  Oracle Support is always your best option for getting a definitive answer to your questions.


Monday Apr 23, 2007

OracleAS 10g Certified with Apps 11i

The wait is over, at least for Linux platforms:  Oracle Application Server 10g has been certified with the E-Business Suite Release 11i. 

DMZ + OracleAS 10g + E-Business Suite Architecture:

Just to ensure that there's no confusion about what's been certified, the full name of this patchset is:
This latest certification includes the use of the following Oracle Application Server 10g components with Apps 11i:
  • Discoverer 10g
  • Portal 10g
  • Web Cache 10g
Just for Linux... For Now

This patchset has been certified for Linux platforms only

We're working on the certification for other platforms for E-Business Suite environments, but as usual, I don't have have a firm schedule for these other certifications or the other platforms yet.  You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates on the remaining certifications.


Monday Nov 06, 2006

Using OracleAS 10g With The E-Business Suite

Editor Jan. 12, 2007 Update:  Oracle Identity Management 10g is now certified with the E-Business Suite. 

No matter how hard I try to avoid it, my inbox always seem to pay for any time spent away, regardless of whether the time taken is for work or pleasure.  This is doubly true for time taken for conferences, since they tend to generate even more email.  That's life in the information era, I suppose.

Apps 11i + OracleAS 10g Architecture:

So, in a belated attempt to quell the tide from interested readers and conference goers, here's a pointer to the presentation materials for my session (S281709):
Remember that the OpenWorld 2006 Content Catalog requires the following credentials to download conference materials:
In my presentation you'll find coverage on:
  • Features and benefits of integrating the E-Business Suite with:
    • Single Sign-On & Oracle Internet Directory 10g
    • Discoverer 10g
    • Portal 10g
    • Web Cache 10g
  • Technical integration overview, covering:
    • Simple and advanced physical architectures
    • Logical architectures
  • Integration with third-party single sign-on and LDAP products
  • Release 11i application tier certification roadmap
  • Release 12 technology stack plans
  • Selected snapshots of customer architectures, including the use of :
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Windows Native Authentication (Kerberos)
    • Highly Available configurations



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