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Forms & Reports Developer 10g Requires Windows 7

Steven Chan
Senior Director

Forms & Reports Developer 10g (10.1.2.3) is required to maintain customizations in EBS 12.1 and 12.2. We previously announced certifications for Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit) clients for Forms & Reports Developer 10g.

Since those certifications were announced, we have identified issues that prevent us from delivering fixes for those configurations. Unfortunately, we must rescind those certifications.

EBS 12.1 and 12.2 system administrators must retain a Windows 7 (32-bit) PC to maintain customizations using Forms & Reports Developer 10g (10.1.2.3).

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Comments ( 10 )
  • Susan Behn Saturday, February 10, 2018
    Can you tell us specifically what the issues are because we have developers who have been running these products in compatibility mode with success for years.
  • Howard Bellis Monday, February 12, 2018
    What will be the strategy for when Windows 7 goes end of life with Microsoft in Jan 2020, less than 2 years away?
  • Nitin Mehta Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    What is the certification for Developer tools on Red Hat Linux 7.
    As a workaround one can use forms builder and Reports Builder on Linux KDE or other windows manager with X VNC.
  • Steven Chan Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    Susan,

    Our issues revolve around the Forms development infrastructure, which is no longer able to support potential issues with Windows 8 and higher. Since we cannot guarantee the release of a patch, we cannot recommend customers to use those configurations.

    Howard,

    Our recommendation will still be to retain a Windows 7 PC to maintain your Forms-based customizations. Some customers have discussed air-gapping those instances, either physically or via virtualization.

    Nitin,

    The Forms 10g certification matrix is published here:
    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/as-certification-r2-101202-095871.html

    That document shows that the latest certified Linux desktop clients are Oracle Enterprise Linux 4.0, 5.0; Red Hat Linux AS 3.0,4.0,5.0; SUSE 9,10.

    Regards,
    Steven
  • Susan Behn Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    So what I'm hearing is that if it's currently working in your Windows 8 or 10 environment now, it's not going to create some problem in EBS to migrate a completed form or report to EBS, but you can't guarantee the client application won't break later. Is that correct. I just want to make sure we aren't putting our client's ebs application at risk by developing a 10g report on Windows 10.
  • Johannes Michler Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    Hi Stephen,

    regarding your reply to Susan: can you be more precise on the the problems here? For most of our customers it would be acceptable to have only the Forms Builder with no runtime available, are there any plans to at least provide a "restricted certification"?

    Regarding Airgapping: This is absolutely not explainable to our customers. Especially since it is in strong contradiction of a promise to support EBS for another 10 years+.

    BR
    Johannes
  • Mariana Angelova Thursday, February 15, 2018
    Steven,

    Thanks for your response.

    The corporate policy will not allow us to use a Windows 7 PC.

    Could you please provide us with some examples of issue with the Forms development infrastructure on Windows 8 and higher, you've already identified?

    When writing "we cannot guarantee the release of a patch", do you mean Oracle Developer Suite 10.1.2 patch for Windows 8+, or incompatibility infrastructure patches on the server as per "OracleAS 10g Forms and Reports in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Doc ID 437878.1)"?

    Thanks in advance.

    ariana
  • Mary Thursday, February 15, 2018
    This is a bigger task but is upgrading to 11 or 12c an option?
  • James Monday, February 19, 2018
    Hi Stephen,
    Are you suggesting that any newly identified (but already existing) issue in developer 10g may not be fixable in windows 8+ or is it that a future windows 8+ update (i.e. issued by Microsoft) may break developer 10g in a way that cannot be fixed?
    Thanks,
    James
  • Steven Chan Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    Hi, everyone,

    Sorry for the delay in responding to this. I've been out of the office due to a death in the family.

    Susan,

    Yes, you've summarized it perfectly.

    Johannes,

    There are no plans for a "restricted certification."

    Mariana,

    We have not experienced any issues with this combination. We are withdrawing this certification because of the inability of the Forms team to provide patches for it.

    Mary,

    EBS 12.1 and 12.2 products have version-specific dependencies on Forms 10g. We are looking at options for upgrading to Forms 12 or later in a later EBS release.

    James,

    No. As stated above, we are withdrawing this certification because the Forms team is unable to provide patches for any desktop versions of Windows higher than Windows 7.

    Regards,
    Steven
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