Thursday Apr 06, 2017

E-Business Suite Technology Stack Blog in Migration

This blog is being migrated to a new blogging platform (at last!). This is our fifth migration since 2006, so I expect a bit of reorganization of content.  We're going on hiatus for a bit until the dust settles.

Heads up: all comments posted from now to the new blog's appearance will be lost. If you post a comment that's gotten lost in the transition, please re-post when the new blog is up and running.


Friday Mar 31, 2017

EBS Release 12 certified with Safari 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12

Apple logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.3, 12.2.4 or higher) is now certified with macOS Sierra 10.12 with the following desktop configuration:

  • macOS Sierra version 10.12.3 or higher
  • Safari version 10 (10.0.3 or higher)
  • Oracle JRE 8 plugin (1.8.0_121 or higher)

Additionally, Safari 10 on OS X El Capitan 10.11 with the JRE 8 plugin is also now certified. Users should review all relevant information along with other specific patching requirements and known limitations posted here:

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Thursday Mar 30, 2017

Webcast: "Online Patching with EBS 12.2"

Online Patching webcastOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of how Online Patching works in EBS 12.2, see:

The Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 will reduce your Oracle E-Business Suite patching downtimes to however long it takes to bounce your application  server. Kevin Hudson, Senior Director Product Development, details how online patching works, with special attention to what’s happening at the database object level when patches are applied to an Oracle E-Business Suite environment that’s still running. Learn about the operational and system management implications for minimizing maintenance downtimes when applying Oracle E-Business Suite patches with this new technology and the related impact on customizations you might have built on top of Oracle E-Business Suite. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

Wednesday Mar 29, 2017

Webcast: "12.2 Technical Upgrade Overview and Process Flow"

EBS 12.2 upgrade webcastOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of how to optimize your EBS 12.2 installation, see:

Udayan Parvate, Senior Director Release Engineering, Quality and Release Management, shares a high level overview of the 12.2 technical upgrade and the sequence of technical steps to follow in the 12.2 upgrade process. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

Tuesday Mar 28, 2017

Cloning EBS 12.1.3 Environments Integrated with Oracle Access Manager

We have documented procedures for cloning EBS 12.1.3 environments.  We also have documented procedures for integrating EBS 12.1.3 environments with Oracle Access Manager (OAM) and Oracle Internet Directory (OID).  The next logical question would be: do we have documented procedures for cloning EBS 12.1.3 environments that have been integrated with OAM and OID?

Yes, we have published this here:

EBS OAM architecture

This Note provides a certified process and detailed steps to:

  • Clone EBS using Rapid Clone
  • Deregister the cloned EBS instance from OAM and remove AccessGate
  • Remove OID from the cloned EBS instance
  • Integrate the cloned EBS instance with OID
  • Integrate the cloned EBS instance with OAM
  • Reconfigure SSL

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Monday Mar 27, 2017

Webcast: "Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Best Practices"

Integration Best PracticesOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of options for integrating EBS with other applications, see:

Oracle is investing across applications and technologies to make the application integration experience easier for customers. Oracle E-Business Suite provides tools and technologies to address various application integration challenges and styles. Vijay Shanmugam, Director Product Development, shares more about Oracle’s integration offering for cloud, data, event-driven, business-to-business, and process-centric integrations. In this session, you will get a better understanding of what Oracle integration technologies you can use and how, when, and where you can leverage them to connect end-to-end business processes across your enterprise, including the Oracle Applications portfolio in the cloud. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

Thursday Mar 23, 2017

Reminder: Upgrade BPEL 11.1.1.7 to 11.1.1.9 Before December 2018

Oracle Fusion Middleware products get new Patch Set updates.  When a new Patch Set has been released, a 12 month Grace Period for the previous Patch Set begins.  Once that Grace Period ends, no new patches for the previous Patch Set will be released.

For more details, see:

Oracle BPEL Process Manager is part of Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.x.  Note 1290894.1 does not have a separate listing for Oracle SOA Suite; it refers to "Oracle Fusion Middleware" (FWM) instead. The references in that document to "FMW" implicitly include SOA Suite.

SOA Suite 11.1.1.7 was released in April 2013.  SOA Suite 11.1.1.9 was released in May 2015, which means that the Grace Period for SOA Suite 11.1.1.7 will end after December 2018. 

All E-Business Suite users running BPEL Process Manager in SOA Suite 11.1.1.7 should upgrade to BPEL Process Manager in SOA Suite 11.1.1.9 to remain under Error Correction Support. SOA Suite 11.1.1.x is covered by Premier Support to December 2018, and covered by Extended Support to December 2021.

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Wednesday Mar 22, 2017

Webcast: "Installation, Cloning and Configuration of EBS 12.2"

Install EBS 12.2Oracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of how to install, clone, and configure EBS 12.2, see:

Max Arderius, Senior Principal Product Manager covers the technology stack for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, including the use of Oracle WebLogic Server (Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g) and Oracle Database functionality. Topics include an architectural overview of the latest updates, installation options, configuration options, and new tools for automated cloning. Also learn how Online Patching (based on the Oracle Database Edition-Based Redefinition feature) will reduce your database patching downtimes. This material was presented at OOW 2015.

Tuesday Mar 21, 2017

Using Job Role Separation with ASM and EBS 12.2

A job role separation configuration of Oracle Database and Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) is a configuration with groups and users to provide separate groups for operating system authentication.

This is now a certified option for E-Business Suite 12.2 environments. The EBS Rapid Install now supports the use of job role separation to manage operating system permissions for ASM, Oracle Grid Infrastructure, and Oracle software installations.

Job Role separation table for ASM in EBS environments

The following guides have been updated to reflect this newly-certified configuration option:

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Friday Mar 17, 2017

EBS Support Implications for Discoverer 11gR1 in June 2017

What happens to Discoverer support in June 2017?

The Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Fusion Middleware Products document states:

  • Premier Support for Discoverer 11gR1 ended on June 30, 2014. 
  • Extended Support for Discoverer 11gR1 ends on June 30, 2017. 

No new patches for Discoverer 11gR1 or its E-Business Suite (EBS) Discoverer-based content will be created after June 30, 2017.  EBS customers will continue to have access to existing released patches and other published resources.

Which EBS releases are affected?

E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 included workbooks, business areas, and folders built for Discoverer 11gR1.  Both EBS 12.1 and 12.2 are affected by this.

What should EBS users use for analytics now?

This document was published in March 2014:

That Note recommends that Discoverer users migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence for Applications (OBIA), or Oracle Endeca Information Discovery.

Are there automated tools for migrating from Discoverer to other Oracle analytics tools?

No, there are no automated tools for migrating Discoverer content to OBIEE, OBIA, or Oracle Endeca Information Discovery.

Can EBS customers request new patches after June 2017?

No, Oracle will not produce new patches or documentation for Discoverer, EBS content for Discoverer, or Discoverer certifications with EBS 12.1 or 12.2 after June 30, 2017. 

Can EBS customers access existing Discoverer-related resources after June 2017?

Yes, EBS customers will still be able to download existing Discoverer patches.  For example, Discoverer 11.1.1.7 was certified in June 2013 and is certified for EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  Customers will continue to be able to download Discoverer 11.1.1.7 and Discoverer-related documentation for EBS environments (Note 1380591.1 for EBS 12.2, Note 1074326.1 for EBS 12.1).

Can EBS customers continue to use Discoverer after June 2017?

Yes, but Oracle's ability to assist with questions will be increasingly-limited as environments with Discoverer are retired.  Customers should minimize changes to their Discoverer-related infrastructure with the goal of keeping Discoverer environments stable: e.g. limiting changes that might affect load, hardware infrastructure, or business processes.

Will Discoverer work with new desktop client updates after June 2017?

This is unknown.  No new certifications for Discoverer will be performed after June 2017.  Desktop client updates such as new JRE releases, new Windows updates, and new browsers may have unpredictable effects on Discoverer.  Oracle will not issue new compatibility patches for these types of issues after June 2017.


Thursday Mar 16, 2017

Webcast: "Secure Configuration for EBS in Oracle Cloud"

EBS security on cloudOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of how to secure an EBS environment running in Oracle Cloud, see:

Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, provides an overview of Oracle E-Business Suite secure configuration guidelines and security features available when deploying Oracle E-Business Suite in Oracle Cloud.  Knowledge of Oracle's Cloud Services, including IaaS and PaaS, is assumed. This material was presenterd at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

Wednesday Mar 15, 2017

Building Custom EBS Mobile Apps with REST

EBS Approval mobile app screenshotOver 20 EBS mobile apps are available today for E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2.  These apps are available for iOS and Android and cover functional areas such as Approvals, Expenses, Timecards, iProcurement, Sales Orders, Inventory, and much more.  These apps are documented here:

What's New

Our mobile apps have just gone through a refresh cycle (a.k.a. "Release 6.1") along with updates to all of the server-side libraries.  These updates are transparent to end-users and backwards-compatible with previous mobile app releases (e.g. "Release 6.0"). 

The latest versions of all of these apps use APIs that are documented in our Oracle Integration Repository.  These APIs are newly-published as REST services.  This means that you can now use these APIs to build your own custom mobile apps for EBS.

New guidelines for building your own mobile apps for the E-Business Suite are published here:


Tuesday Mar 14, 2017

Webcast: "Build, Deploy and Manage Smartphone Apps for EBS"

Build EBS smartphone appsOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for a primer on how to build your own mobile apps for EBS, see:

Vijay Shanmugam, Director Product Development, explains the technologies and approach used to build Oracle's smartphone applications for Oracle E-Business Suite. You will learn how to deploy and manage iOS and Android mobile applications from application stores, how to use enterprise deployment to distribute controlled versions of the mobile applications within your organization and how to use a combination of Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Foundation, Oracle E-Business Suite REST services and Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) to develop custom smartphone applications for Oracle E-Business Suite to meet your needs. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

Monday Mar 13, 2017

Firefox ESR 52 Certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Firefox ESR logo

[Mar. 15 update: added information about Firefox ESR 52 64-bit]

Mozilla Firefox 52 Extended Support Release (ESR) is certified as a Windows-based client browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2.

What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

Mozilla offers an Extended Support Release based on an official release of Firefox for organizations that are unable to mass-deploy new consumer-oriented versions of Firefox every six weeks.  From the Mozilla ESR FAQ:

What does the Mozilla Firefox ESR life cycle look like?

Releases will be maintained for approximately one year, with point releases containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases. The ESR will also have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of a new release and the end-of-life of the previous release to permit testing and certification prior to deploying a new version.

Maintenance of each ESR, through point releases, is limited to high-risk/high-impact security vulnerabilities and in rare cases may also include off-schedule releases that address live security vulnerabilities. Backports of any functional enhancements and/or stability fixes are not in scope.

At the end of the support period for an ESR version:

  • the release will reach its end-of-life
  • no further updates will be offered for that version
  • an update to the next version will be offered through the application update service

E-Business Suite to be certified with Firefox Extended Support Releases Only

New personal versions of Firefox on the Rapid Release channel are released roughly every six weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal Rapid Release versions of Firefox with the Oracle E-Business Suite because a given Firefox release is generally obsolete by the time we complete the certification.

From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions. Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases on the Rapid Release channel with the E-Business Suite.

Plug-in Support removed in Firefox Rapid Release 52

Mozilla has removed plug-in support in Firefox Rapid Release 52.  This means that the Rapid Release version of Firefox cannot run Forms-based content in EBS. 

Firefox Extended Support Release continues to offer plug-in support.  End-users who need to use Forms-based content in EBS must run the Firefox Extended Support Release. 

Plug-in Support removed in Firefox ESR 52 64-bit

Mozilla has removed plug-in support in Firefox ESR 52 64-bit.  This means that the Rapid Release version of Firefox cannot run Forms-based content in EBS. 

Firefox Extended Support Release 32-bit continues to offer plug-in support.  End-users who need to use Forms-based content in EBS must run the Firefox Extended Support Release 32-bit version. 

Will EBS offer an alternative to plug-ins?

Yes. We are working on an update to EBS that allows Forms-based content to run in browsers that do not have plug-in support.  See:

When will the new Java Web Start alternative be released?

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.   

EBS patching policy for Firefox compatibility issues

Mozilla stresses their goal of ensuring that Firefox personal versions will continue to offer the same level of application compatibility as Firefox Extended Support Releases. 

Oracle E-Business Suite Development will issue new E-Business Suite patches or workarounds that can be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases.  If you report compatibility issues with Firefox personal releases that cannot be reproduced with Firefox Extended Support Releases, your options are:

  1. Deploy a certified Firefox Extended Support Release version instead of the Firefox personal version
  2. Report the incompatibility between Firefox ESR and Firefox personal to Mozilla
  3. Use Internet Explorer (on Windows) or Safari (on Mac OS X) until Mozilla resolves the issue
EBS Compatibility with Firefox ESR security updates

Mozilla may release new updates to Firefox ESR versions to address high-risk/high-impact security issues.  These updates are considered to be certified with the E-Business Suite on the day that they're released.  You do not need to wait for a certification from Oracle before deploying these new Firefox ESR security updates.

Certified desktop operating systems
  • Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)

References

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Friday Mar 10, 2017

Reminder: Upgrade Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.7 to 11.1.1.9

Oracle Fusion Middleware products get new Patch Set updates.  When a new Patch Set has been released, a 12 month Grace Period for the previous Patch Set begins.  Once that Grace Period ends, no new patches for the previous Patch Set will be released.

For more details, see:

Oracle Internet Directory is part of a suite of products called "Oracle Identity and Access Management" (IAM).  OID 11.1.1.7 was released in April 2013 .  OID 11.1.1.9 was released in May 2015, which means that the Grace Period for OID 11.1.1.7 ended after May 2016. 

All E-Business Suite users running OID 11.1.1.7 should upgrade to OID 11.1.1.9 to remain under Error Correction Support. OID 11.1.1.x is covered by Premier Support to December 2018, and covered by Extended Support to December 2021.

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Thursday Mar 09, 2017

New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 10 Now Available

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure. Since the initial release of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 in 2013, we have released a number of cumulative updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues.

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Packs. In this context, cumulative means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 is now available:


Where is this update documented?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are in the following My Oracle Support knowledge document:

Who should apply this patch?

All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.5 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS Release 12.2.5 bundle patches.

This latest bundle patch includes fixes for following bugs/issues:

  • 22590683 - FORWARD-PORT 21465867 TO 12.2.5
  • 24391264 - 12.2.X : ICONS NOT ALIGNED WITH FUNC NAME IN OLD HOMEPAGE IN CHROME/FIREFOX
  • 24398948 - CUSTOMER NAME MISALIGNED
  • 25056504 - NEED  IMPORTPERZDOCCO.JAVA VERSION .3 BACKPORTED TO BUNDLE 8

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    Wednesday Mar 08, 2017

    New OA Framework 12.2.4 Update 15 Now Available

    Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.x runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OA Framework, or just OAF) user interface libraries and infrastructure. Since the original release of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 in 2013, we have released several updates to Oracle Application Framework to provide fixes for performance, security, and stability issues.

    These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Pack. "Cumulative" means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released previously.

    The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.4 is now available:


    Where is the documentation for this update?

    Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

    Who should apply this patch?

    All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 users should apply this patch. Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2.4 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

    What's new in this update?

    Fixes are included for following bugs/issues:

    • 19995946 - EXPORT PERSONALIZATIONS FAIL
    • 20132328 - INTERMITTENT YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED AN UNEXPECTED ERROR APPEARS
    • 20197365 - 12.2.4 - IE10 MUST CLICK MULTIPLE TIMES TO LAUNCH PROFESSIONAL FORMS
    • 20534529 - PURCHASING BWC, HOVER OVER ADVANCED SEARCH DISPLAYS INCORRECT VALUE
    • 20976542 - HOMEPAGE FAVORITE URL IS BEING PRE-APPENDED WITH HTTP:// WHEN ACCESSED
    • 21193986 - CANNOT UPDATE ATTACHMENTS THOUGH SMALL ATTACHMENT WINDOW IF NO TITLE
    • 21248661 - ADA: REMOVE EXTRA SKIP NAV LINKS
    • 21321484 - COMPILECABOJSPS.PL FAILED TO COMPILE FRAMEREDIRECT.JSP IN WINDOWS
    • 21450063 - EMAIL FACET TABLE RENDERING ISSUES
    • 21460925 - 12.2.4: ONE-OFF PATCH REQUEST FOR INTERNAL BUG 18550079 FIX
    • 21666726 - CANNOT IMPORT PERSONALIZATIONS USING FUNCTIONAL ADMINISTRATOR IN 12.2
    • 22866135 - OAF EMAIL NOTIFICATION FORMATTING ISSUES
    • 25044048 - CREATE LINK FROM FAVORITE TO OPEN IN NEW WINDOW OPENS IN SAME PAGE
    • 25216142 - FND_STATE_LOSS_ERROR WHEN DOUBLE CLICKING ON MENU ITEM ON HOME PAGE

    Bundle 15 is a cumulative patch for EBS 12.2.4. It includes updates previously released as Bundle 14 (Patch 24911652).

    This Bundle Patch requires the R12.ATG_PF.C.Delta.4 Release Update Pack as a mandatory prerequisite.

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    Tuesday Mar 07, 2017

    E-Business Suite 12.2 Certified with Oracle VM 3

    Oracle VM 3.4 is the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization and management solution released as Oracle vM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager. Oracle VM 3.x is certified with E-Business Suite 12.2.x. This certification covers all current and future Oracle VM 3 updates including subsequent 3.x releases.

    Oracle VM 3 was previously certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, and 12.1. 

    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:

    We offer a variety of Oracle VM Templates, Oracle VM Virtual Appliances, and Oracle VM Virtual Assemblies for E-Business Suite 12.2.  You can download these here:

    You can search for "e-business vm" to find the latest VM downloads for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.

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    Monday Mar 06, 2017

    Can You Share EBS Database Homes?

    No. The Oracle E-Business Suite database ORACLE_HOME cannot be shared between multiple EBS instances.

    The Oracle E-Business Suite database ORACLE_HOME must be used exclusively for a single EBS database.  It cannot be shared with other Oracle E-Business Suite instances or other applications.  This applies to all EBS releases, including EBS 12.1 and 12.2.

    Why does this restriction exist?

    Configurations, log files, and more must be unique to a given instance.  Existing tools are designed to work with the a single database associated with a single application.  For example, the EBS pre-clone tool creates a clone directory that is related to a specific database.  AutoConfig is designed to run for a particular application+database combination.

    What are the support implications if you ignore this restriction?

    Running these tools in an environment where multiple applications are associated with a single database ORACLE_HOME will have unpredictable results.  If you report an issue whose root cause is found to be due to the sharing of a single database ORACLE_HOME between multiple EBS instances, our default recommendation would be to revert to a configuration where each EBS instance has its own database ORACLE_HOME.

    Oracle will produce patches only for issues that can be reproduced in an environment where a single database ORACLE_HOME is associated with a single EBS application. 

    Friday Feb 24, 2017

    EBS Sessions at Alliance 2017

    HEUG Alliance 2017 logoSenior EBS Development staff (including me) are presenting at the Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Alliance 2017 conference in Las Vegas from February 27 to March 2.  This is your opportunity to get the latest updates on our E-Business Suite roadmap.  Check out the Alliance session catalog for a complete list of all Oracle EBS Development sessions:

    We are also hosting a Meet The Experts roundtable where you can get your questions answered directly by EBS Development senior staff (including me):

    • Wednesday, March 1 at 3:30 PM
    • Third Floor Pre-function area in Conference Center, Table 6



    Thursday Feb 23, 2017

    Reminder: Upgrade WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 to 11.1.1.9

    Oracle Fusion Middleware products get new Patch Set updates.  When a new Patch Set has been released, a 12 month Grace Period for the previous Patch Set begins.  Once that Grace Period ends, no new patches for the previous Patch Set will be released.

    For more details, see:

    Oracle WebCenter Portal was formerly called "OracleWebCenter Suite ".  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 was released in April 2013.  WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 was released in May 2015, which means that the Grace Period for WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 ended after May 2016. 

    All E-Business Suite users running WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 should upgrade to WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.9 to remain under Error Correction Support. WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.x is covered by Premier Support to December 2018, and covered by Extended Support to December 2021.

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    Wednesday Feb 22, 2017

    Webcast: "Migrating and Managing Customizations for EBS 12.2"

    EBS customizationsOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of how to manage your customizations when upgrading to EBS 12.2, see:

    Have you created custom schemas, personalized or extended your Oracle E-Business Suite environment? Santiago Bastidas, Senior Principal Product Manager, discusses how to select the best upgrade approach for existing customizations. This session will help you understand the new customization standards required by the Edition-Based Redefinition feature of Oracle Database to be compliant with the Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite. You’ll learn about customization use cases, tools, and technologies you can use to ensure that all your customizations are preserved during and after the upgrade. You’ll also hear about reports you can run before the upgrade to detect and fix your customizations to make them 12.2-compliant. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

    Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

    Webcast: "Simplified and Touch-Friendly User Interface in EBS"

    OAF WebcastOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for the latest updates on our rapidly-evolving OA Framework (OAF) user interface capabilities, see:

    Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Group Manager Product Development, shares the latest Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) which includes the Oracle Alta UI, a redesigned home page and a set of new components optimized for display on mobile devices such as tablets.  Oracle Alta UI is the next generation user interface standards from Oracle that offer a modern and compelling UI for both cloud and on-premise applications. In addition, the OAF UI components offer several touch-friendly gestures for common actions, for a smarter and more efficient end user experience. The session also covers major UI enhancements in components like tables, search and attachments. Come see the new components, new gesture-based touch interactions, and a modernized UI that completely transform the Oracle E-Business Suite end user experience. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

    Friday Feb 17, 2017

    Webcast: "Ready or Not: Applying Secure Configuration to EBS"

    Applying Secure Configuration Oracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for our latest updates on the EBS Security front, see:

    • Ready or Not: Applying Secure Configuration to Oracle E-Business Suite (26 minutes)

    It's a new world - one where secure configuration is no longer optional and you must reduce your attack surface.  Eric Bing, Senior Director Product Development, shares that going forward, many Oracle E-Business Suite security features will now be turned on by default. To further assist you with deploying Oracle E-Business Suite securely, we are now providing a Secure Configuration Management console.  Under certain conditions, access to Oracle E-Business Suite will be limited until your Applications DBA or System Adminstrator corrects or acknowledges the errors and warnings in the console.  Come to this session to learn about the new Secure Configuration Management console and our guidelines for auditing, monitoring and securing your Oracle E-Business Suite environment and sensitive data. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

    Thursday Feb 16, 2017

    Reminder: Upgrade Microsoft Vista Before April 2017

    Vista logoMicrosoft is ending support for Windows Vista on April 11, 2017.  The official support dates are published here:

    Windows Vista is certified for desktop clients accessing the E-Business Suite today.  Our general policy is that we support certified third-party products as long as the third-party vendor supports them.  When the third-party vendor retires a product, we consider that to be an historical certification for EBS.

    What can EBS customers expect after April 2017?

    After Microsoft desupports Vista in April 2017:

    • Oracle Support will continue to assist, where possible, in investigating issues that involve Windows Vista.
    • Oracle's ability to assist may be limited due to limited access to PCs running Windows Vista.
    • Oracle will continue to provide access to existing EBS patches for Windows Vista.
    • Oracle will provide new EBS patches only for issues that can be reproduced on later operating system configurations that Microsoft is actively supporting (e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10)

    What should EBS customers do?

    Oracle strongly recommends that E-Business Suite customers upgrade their desktops from Windows Vista to the latest certified equivalents.  As of today, those are Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

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    Wednesday Feb 15, 2017

    Webcast: "Planning Your Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2"

    EBS 12.2 upgrade webcastOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for help with planning your upgrade to EBS 12.2, see:

    Anne Carlson, Senior Director Applications Technology, discusses key upgrade planning considerations, combining lessons learned from customers with practical advice from Oracle’s Development, Consulting, and Support organizations. Understand how to build the business case, identify needed time and resources, prepare business and IT staff for changes, plan for required system changes, create an effective test strategy, and more. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

    Tuesday Feb 14, 2017

    Updated: Database Partitioning with EBS Whitepaper

    Partitioning allows a single database table and its associated indexes to be broken into smaller components depending on the table and choice of index partitioning methods.  This can sometimes improve performance of large EBS databases significantly. Several E-Business Suite modules take advantage of database partitioning right out of the box, and custom partitioning is also possible.

    Our Applications Performance Group has just released a major update to their best-practices white paper on EBS database partitioning:

    Partitioning diagram

    The new white paper covers:

    • Partitioning fundamentals and references to key partitioning resources
    • Relationship between partitioning and compression
    • Principles for effective partitioning of EBS tables
    • Definitions of seeded vs. custom partitioning
    • Benefits of partitioning
    • Considerations when evaluating partition designs
    • Identifying objects that might be good candidates for partitioning
    • Implementing and testing partitioning
    • And most useful: lots of concrete examples with benchmarks!

    Over 90% of this whitepaper has been rewritten, so you should check out this new edition even if you've downloaded an earlier version.

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    Monday Feb 13, 2017

    Webcast: "EBS Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap"

    ATG RoadmapOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for a summary of  recent updates from the Applications Technology Group, see:

    Lisa Parekh, Vice President Technology Integration, provides an overview of Oracle’s recent advances and product strategy for Oracle E-Business Suite technology. This is the cornerstone session for Oracle E-Business Suite technology. Come hear how you can get the most out of Oracle E-Business Suite by taking advantage of the latest user interface updates and mobile applications.  Learn about systems administration and configuration management tools for running Oracle E-Business Suite on-premises or in the cloud, and hear how the latest technologies can be used with Oracle E-Business Suite to improve performance, security, and ease of integration for your system. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

    Friday Feb 10, 2017

    Windows 10-Related EBS Certifications: February 2017 Edition

    Windows 10 logoE-Business Suite certifications with Microsoft Windows 10 have become hard to track.  This is partly due to the number of different things that run with Windows 10, including EBS components and browsers.  In addition, Microsoft is positioning Windows 10 as a "Windows as a service" offering, which has resulted in a series of recent changes to their release vehicles and offerings.

    I've been covering these regularly. Here's a recap of everything related to EBS certifications on Windows 10 to date:

    Windows 10, Java, and Edge

    Microsoft Edge does not support plug-ins, so it cannot run Forms.  We are working on an enhancement request called “Java Web Start” to get around this Edge-limitation:


    Thursday Feb 09, 2017

    EBS Technology Codelevel Checker Updated (Feb 2017) for EBS 12.2

    The E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC) tool helps you identify missing application tier or database bugfixes that need to be applied to your E-Business Suite Release 12.2 system. ETCC maps missing bugfixes to the default corresponding patches and displays them in a patch recommendation summary.

    What's New

    ETCC was recently updated to include bug fixes and patching combinations for the following:

    Recommended Versions
    • January 2017 Oracle WebLogic Server PSU
    • Oracle Fusion Middleware 11.1.1.9
    • January 2017 Database 12.1.0.2 PSU and Proactive Bundle Patch
    • October 2016 Database 11.2.0.4 PSU and Engineered Systems Patch
    Minimum Versions
    • October 2016 Oracle WebLogic Server PSU
    • Oracle Fusion Middleware 11.1.1.7
    • October 2016 Database 12.1.0.2 PSU and Proactive Bundle Patch
    • July 2016 Database 11.2.0.4 PSU and Engineered Systems Patch

    Obtaining ETCC

    We recommend always using the latest version of ETCC, as new bugfixes will not be checked by older versions of the utility. The latest version of the ETCC tool can be downloaded via Patch 17537119 from My Oracle Support.

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