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Fifth Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

Steven Chan
Senior Director
We are pleased to announce the availability of the fifth consolidated patch collection for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  This patchset combines important patches for Release 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset:

EBS 12.1.3 RPC 5 screenshot download

Reasons to Apply RPC5

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 has been available for a while, and over its lifetime has been significantly enhanced in numerous ways. These enhancements and fixes are provided as individual patches, product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific Recommended Patch Collections (RPC). For example, there are Recommended Patch Collections for Financials products such as General Ledger and Payables. On the technology side, there are patchsets such as the OA Framework 12.1.3.1 Consolidated Update Patch. Identifying and applying all the individual patches, RUPs, and RPCs you need can be time-consuming. Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.

Patches included in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ RPC5 are also available individually, and may contain conditions and prerequisites relevant to their application. RPC5 includes all the recommended patches, along with their dependencies. Applying this patch in a single downtime patching window saves effort and time, rather than applying each recommended patch individually.

What's Included in RPC5?

The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC5 patchset includes the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the following Oracle E-Business Suite products and product families:

  • Applications Technology (ATG)
  • Oracle Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Oracle Financials (FIN)
  • Oracle Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
  • Oracle Procurement (PRC)
  • Oracle Projects (PJ)
  • Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP)
  • Oracle Business Intelligence (BIS)

Is it necessary to apply this RPC if I only use a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products? Applying this RPC is recommended even if you are using only a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products. The patching utility 'adpatch' takes care of the files to be applied and generates them based on the product installation status.

I have already applied a few Family Packs included in this RPC. What happens when I apply this RPC?

Applying this RPC on top of already applied individual Family Packs will not harm your system because the patching utility 'adpatch' skips the files already applied on the system. You can apply the latest available RPC on your system.

A patch I need isn't included in this RPC. Why not? This RPC combines recommended patches that were released after Release 12.1.3 into a single, integrated and regression-tested patch to help ensure a successful installation. If you don't find the patch in the RPC, it is likely that the patch was released after the patch list for the specific RPC was frozen or the patch was not marked "recommended" at the time the list was generated.

Should I only install the latest RPC? Do I have to install all prior RPCs? Should I install later individual product family RPCs? To keep your system up-to-date with the most current Oracle E-Business Suite recommended patches, you should only apply the latest available RPC (which supersedes any prior release suitewide RPC) and thereafter either install individual product-level recommended patches as required or install the next suitewide level RPC when it becomes available.

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Comments ( 26 )
  • Richard Rosengren Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    Steven, this is great news. One issue - what patch number is R12.AD.B.Delta.8? I can't find it anywhere is MOS.

    Thanks!


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, August 3, 2016
  • guest Monday, August 15, 2016

    Hi, Steven

    I was installing E-Business suite r12.1.3 VISION in two virtual machines one for the DB and other for the apps.

    I can connect to the apps machine at the EBS, but only to the web pages. When I like connect to the oracle developer forms the internet explored (E11), send a message soliciten a new version of java. It version is the 7.0.60 or hider. I installed the java version but explored continues sending the message.

    my client machine have.

    1. windows 7 32 bits

    2. internet explored 32 bits

    3. java 7.0.60

    4. This client machine is an other virtual machine.

    What are you recommend my to do? please.

    tks

    mmesen


  • Steven Chan Monday, August 15, 2016

    Hi, Mmesen,

    I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

    We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

    Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Hello Steven,

    Once the EBS 12.1.3 enters Extended Support on January 1 2017, will there be any RPC requiered to receive this support? In other words, will there be any Minimum Baseline for EBS 12.1.3?

    Regards


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Hello, Guest,

    The minimum patching baselines for EBS 12.1 are discussed in this article:

    Important Changes to E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy

    https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/important_changes_to_e_business

    We don't currently have any plans to raise the minimum to a specific RPC level.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Mujtaba Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    Dear Steven,

    We have 12.1.3 and tested RPC4 and found some issues.. will consider RPC5 now.

    At the same time we're also in the process of implementing IBM Guardium.. I wanted to ask you if its ok to run Guardium upon Oracle EBS R12.1.3?

    IBM has no issues, I wanted the Oracle perspective. We already raised an SR with MoS, neither did they confirm or deny however we're concerned about severe issues as its an EBS database. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

    Thanks

    MH


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    Dear MH,

    I'm sorry that you're encountering issues with RPC4.

    We don't have any experience with IBM Guardium with Oracle E-Business Suite. It isn't clear from IBM's datasheets how it works with applications. Our standard recommendation is to avoid using third-party tools that modify EBS databases directly.

    We would consider the use of IBM Guardium with EBS environments to be a customizations. For the support implications, see:

    Support Implications for Your EBS Customizations

    https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/support_implications_for_your_ebs

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    12.1.3 is now in premier support until Dec 2021

    http://oaug.org/publications/126-insight/fall-2016/722-july-announcement-oracle-further-extends-premier-support-phase-for-oracle-e-business-suite-12-1-customers

    Does this mean we get quarterly CPU's for 12.1.3 until the end of 2021? Is there any reason to go to 12.2 now if we don't need new 12.2 functionality or online patching?


  • guest Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    I'll try and re-phrase

    Per the lifetime support policy the difference between extended support and premier support is this point

    "Certification with most new third-party products/versions"

    http://www.oracle.com/us/support/lifetime-support/index.html

    We have had poor experience with extended support for Discoverer - support have told us it is only certified with IE10 and as it is end of life will not be certified with IE11, but this blog has told us IE10 is not supported with EBS. So basically extended support for Discover is meaningless for all practical purposes?

    To avoid facing this similar issue with 12.1.3 EBS we were kicking off an upgrade to 12.2.

    We accidently discovered that the support policy changed 5 weeks ago, and 12.1.3 is now in Premier support until 2021. Good news, but it would have been good to have a proper announcement on this blog a lot earlier before we invested in the pre-upgrade work for 12.2. Before we scrap all that work, we would appreciate some clarity on what 12.1.3 premier support means - does it mean what we think it does - support for new versions of Windows, Browsers, Office through 2021?


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Hello, Guest,

    Thanks for raising these concerns. A blog article about the support changes for EBS 12.1 is forthcoming. It is still undergoing internal review. Until then, I can confirm that we will continue to certify new versions of Windows, browsers, and Office for EBS 12.1 to December 31, 2021.

    The change in support coverage for EBS 12.1 doesn't affect quarterly CPUs. We produce quarterly CPUs for products in both Premier and Extended Support.

    Practically speaking, our certification with most third-party products/versions also carries through to Extended Support, so there is no effective change on that front, either.

    I understand your concerns about Discoverer certification with IE 10, but that's actually something that might be better-raised with your Microsoft account team. Oracle can only provide support for IE versions that Microsoft currently supports. Microsoft desupported IE10 in January 2016, so Oracle did the same. See:

    https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/msft_ie_support_changes

    EBS 12.1 and 12.2 product families have hard dependencies on Discoverer (e.g. via HRMS), so, regardless of the support position for general customers, Discoverer 11 is certified with IE11 for those two EBS releases.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Thanks for the reply, appreciated.


  • guest Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Hi Steven - is there an easy way to get a list of bug fixes that are resolved solely by RPC5 i.e., excluding any fixes that were introduced by RPC4 and prior. It's impossible to work out which change controls require testing. Ordinarily, with RUP we get some sort of white paper that details functionality changes and fixes.


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Hi, Guest,

    Yes, see Note 2152266.1 linked in the article above. It lists the new patches included with RPC5 -- these new RPC5-specific patches are flagged with red asterisks.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Muzafar Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    Hi Steven ,

    my system is still on ADI 4 Patchset if I apply the latest RPC Patchset will it be going to upgrade to the latest ADI Patchset Currently Available .

    Thanks.
  • Steven Chan Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    Hi, Muzafar,

    Yes, this RPC will bring ADI to the latest level available as of today -- November 1, 2017.

    Regards,
    Steven
  • Muzafar Monday, November 20, 2017
    Hi Steven ,

    could you please suggest or provide the link where I can find the all ebs products latest RUP'S information .

    Regards,
    Muzafar .
  • Steven Chan Monday, November 20, 2017
    Hi, Muzafar,

    See the first link in the article above for information about all of the product family patchsets included in this RPC.

    Regards,
    Steven
  • Naveed Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    After applying RPC patches is 12.1.3 we are facing major issues
    1) When you login display screen turns to blue screen and will not allow to navigate any of the responsibility
    2) We do have proxies without proxies working fine, with proxy on any browser unable to navigate after login
    3) We raised SR's but no help since last 48 hours, still issue is open
  • Robert Farrington Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Hi Naveed,

    Sorry to hear you are experiencing problems since applying this RPC. However, this blog cannot offer technical support for specific issues. Your action in raising an SR was correct. Feel free to update the SR with a reminder that this is a major issue for you, and a request for news of progress.
  • Sarvesh N Thursday, July 12, 2018
    Dear Steven,

    We are trying to analyze the object changes especially tables and data model level changes of RPC5. Is there a report similar to R12 data model comparison tool or any other similar tools.


    Thanks,
    Sarvesh
  • Steven Chan Thursday, July 12, 2018
    Hi, Sarvesh,

    Unfortunately not. EBS 12.1 RPCs generally do not change the data model since they are primarily focussed on security, stability, and performance rather than delivering new functionality.

    Regards,
    Steven
  • Mallikarjuna Reddy Friday, July 20, 2018
    Hi,

    Can some one help us with list new/delta features by module which are coming with RPC5

    Pls note that we are not expecting list of bugs which are fixed with RPC5, we are looking to get list of new features of each oracle module.

    thanks
    Mallikarjuna Reddy(MR)
  • Mukarram Monday, July 23, 2018
    Hi Steven,

    I see the latest RPC patch is RPC5. Are there any plans to release the latest RPC in the near term? We are in the process of evaluating the latest RPCs so checking for RPC6 etc..

    Thanks in advance,
    --Mukarram.
  • Steven Chan Monday, July 23, 2018
    Hi, Malikarjuna,

    For a list of new features in EBS 12.1, see the Release Content Document linked from this article:

    https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenchan/oracle-e-business-suite-release-1213-now-available

    Regards,
    Steven
  • Steven Chan Monday, July 23, 2018
    Hello, Mukarram,

    I haven't heard of any new RPCs in the works. I would recommend that you apply the latest individual Recommended Patch Collections for the product families that you're using, as well as the latest Critical Patch Updates.

    Regards,
    Steven
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