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Java JRE 8 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Steven Chan
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[Dec. 3, 2014 Update: JRE support dates are not the same as JDK support dates any longer.  Corrected support dates for JRE 6, 7, and 8.]

Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_25 (a.k.a. JRE 8u25-b18) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 for Windows and Mac OS X desktop clients.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

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 JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE 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 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes: For EBS 11i:

For EBS 12.0, 12.1, 12.2

Known Issues

Form Focus Issue:  Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8. This can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases.  A fix for this issue is currently being investigated, see the documentation below for additional information.

Availability of Server-Side Patches:  This certification requires patches to be applied to EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 servers.  Patches for 12.0 and 12.1 are available for:

  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5, 6; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6; SLES 10,11) 
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)(10, 11)

Patches for other server operating systems are pending. You can monitor the documentation for updates on platform availability.

EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
  • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
  • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

No.

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 7 installed will only apply JRE 7 updates today. 

In the future, enabling Auto-Update will upgrade JRE 7 to JRE 8.  For details, see:

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

What do Mac users need?

JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks) desktops.  For details, see:

The certification of JRE 8 for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops is planned.  

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates.

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

No.

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

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Comments ( 47 )
  • Rob Friday, November 14, 2014

    There are a lot of places in this article where I see 6 but think it should be 7, or vice versa. Such as:

    ... remains optional while Java 7 and 7 are covered ...

    I would like to make sure I completely understand the support stance before proceeding.

    That said, it's great to be able to upgrade!


  • Steven Chan Friday, November 14, 2014

    Thanks for catching that, Rob. I corrected a few residual typos and clarified the relationship between the support implications and Auto-Update trigger conditions.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Kevin Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    How about for users that are on Discoverer 11.1.1.7? I noticed that patch 13877486 is only available for 11.1.1.6 version and I currently am not able to launch discoverer using Java 8 update 25.


  • Emilio Monday, November 17, 2014

    Hello.

    I can read this in this post:

    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

    This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

    - Discoverer (11g) 11.1.1.6 plus Patch 13877486 and later

    - Reference: How To Find Oracle BI Discoverer 10g and 11g Certification Information (Document 233047.1)

    But in document 233047.1, I read this:

    Is Discoverer 11g Plus (11.1.1.6) certified with JDK and JRE 1.8?

    A: No, there will be no support in 11g for JDK/JRE 8. Additionally, support for JDK 6 & 7 has been extended for use with 11g products as long as they are supported

    And I have another document, where is documente that JRE8 will not be supported:

    Discoverer 11g Plus Fails To Launch With Errors Using Java 8 On The Client PC (Doc ID 1638346.1)

    Can yoy clarify the information about Discoverer?

    Thanks


  • Wael Monday, November 17, 2014

    It is mentioned that "JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks) desktops" But, there are no reference to JRE 8 support with Mac OS X in MOS Notes:

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release Notes Release 12 for Apple Macintosh OS X (Doc ID 1533334.1)

    Deploying JRE (Native Plug-in) for Windows Clients in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Doc ID 393931.1)

    Recommended Browsers for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Doc ID 389422.1)


  • guest Monday, November 17, 2014

    Hi Steve

    I'm trying to ascertain a Java policy for our organisation, but I'm slightly puzzled. If "You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops", then why is this announcement (and previous JRE 7 announcements) necessary?

    Also if we followed the above policy of autoupdate for EBS, could we have installed faulty JRE 8 versions before 1.8.0_25?

    Thanks

    Mark


  • Steven Chan Monday, November 17, 2014

    Hi, Mark,

    You're right -- this announcement is not necessary for JRE 6 and 7, given our certification policy. However, you'd be amazed by the number of people who read that statement, claim that they understand it, and then tell me that they're "waiting for the certification announcement before applying the latest JRE release."

    Human nature is funny that way. I've given up trying to change people, so publishing these articles is the easy way out.

    This particular announcement for JRE 8 is special, though. This is the first time we're permitting EBS users to install JRE 8. It warrants an announcement to mark the occasion since we're introducing a completely new line of certifications.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Steven Chan Monday, November 17, 2014

    Hi, Mark,

    Whoops -- missed your follow-up question about pre-JRE 1.8.0_25 compatibility.

    We haven't tested earlier versions of JRE 8 with the E-Business Suite. If you report any issues with, say, JRE 1.8.0_12 that can't be reproduced in JRE 1.8.0_25, our default recommendation will be to upgrade to the latter release.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Sturla Monday, November 17, 2014

    This blog states that "this JRE release" is supported with Discoverer 11g for EBS. However, the note "Certification Information Document 233047.1" states the opposite, or that JRE 8 is not and will not be certified with Discoverer 11g.

    Is "this JRE release" referring to JRE 7 or is the 233047.1 note outdated?

    Regards,

    Sturla


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Hello, Emilio, Sturla, Kevin,

    EBS customers can use Discoverer 11.1.1.7 with JRE 8. There are two Discoverer-related Notes that do not reflect this latest certification yet. The Discoverer team will be updating Note 233047.1 and 1638346.1 to reflect this latest new certification soon.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Hello, Wael,

    There was a bit of a publishing lag. All Notes should include the latest updates for JRE+Mac OS X support now.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Friday, November 28, 2014

    Hello Steven,

    so it will also be a new patch?

    No run under JRE 1.8 is given with the above patch.

    Regards

    Arnd


  • Steven Chan Monday, December 1, 2014

    Arnd,

    I'm afraid that I don't understand the question.

    JRE 8 works with all EBS releases listed above. Please follow the documentation to get the EBS server-side patch required for your release.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Chad Friday, December 5, 2014

    Steven,

    Thanks as always for keeping us informed about changes in the EBS world.

    I'd like to ask about the importance (or lack thereof) of keeping the JRE on the users' desktop in synch with the JDK on the apps server. If our users upgrade to Java 8 and we have JDK 7 on the server, do we run a risk of any kind?

    In response to Mark's question about pre 8u25 JRE versions, we tried to implement 7u67 a few months ago and were unable to print pay checks. We worked an SR for many weeks before the Java team released an interim version that will be superseded in January 2015. We had to revert to an earlier version of Java rather than a newer one.

    Thanks again,

    Chad


  • Steven Chan Friday, December 5, 2014

    Hi, Chad,

    There is no risk in having different versions of JRE and JDK. For example, you can safely have JDK 7 on your EBS servers, and connect to them via JRE 8 on your desktop clients.

    I'm sorry that you had an issue with 7u67. Can you provide your SR number? I'd like my team to investigate even though you have a workaround.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Chad Friday, December 5, 2014

    It is comforting to know we don't have stay bleeding edge on the JDK.

    Our SR was opened Sept 2. The workaround was to fall back to 7u55. It's interesting that support opened the bug report in a Dec 2 post that indicates this problem was first noticed in 7u55.

    We've been live on 7u55 for a couple of weeks with no reported problems.

    SR 3-9557045241 : 19546799: Check Writer (XML) Process Errors Out When Using JDK 7.

    Thanks again,

    Chad


  • Avinash Monday, December 8, 2014

    we also recently upgraded to Discoverer 11.1.1.1.7 and JRE8.

    After teh JRE 8 we are not able to launch Discover plus. Unfortunately there is no other document claiming JRE8 works with Discoverer 11.1.1.1.7

    Is this issue sorted now. The certification matrix is still missing JRE 8 information.

    thanks,

    Avinash


  • Steven Chan Monday, December 8, 2014

    Hello, Avinash,

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

    EBS customers can use Discoverer 11.1.1.7 with JRE 8. There are two Discoverer-related Notes that do not reflect this latest certification yet. The Discoverer team will be updating Note 233047.1 and 1638346.1 to reflect this latest new certification soon.

    I'd like to ensure that you get to the bottom of this issue. Can you post or email me the Service Request number where you've reported this issue?

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Hi Steve,

    We also have Discoverer Plus 11.1.1.7 and we are testing with IE11 and Java 8. We are not able to start it. Once we logged in, there is a message which pops up.

    "Unable to connect to the Discoverer Server: Null, Please contact the system administrator".

    We have tried it on multiple machines but could not get it past a successful login. IS there anything else we need to do?

    Thx

    Sukir


  • Kevin Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    We are also getting the same message as I alluded to in a previous comment. We have Discoverer 11.1.1.7 and JRE 8 and get the "Unable to connect to the Discoverer Server: Null, Please contact the system administrator" message.

    Kevin


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Kevin, Sukir,

    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 Requests via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

    Please feel free to forward your Service Request numbers to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Avinash Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    Thanks for your response.

    Our SR number is 3-9976993941


  • Avinash Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    I got the response for my SR and the analyst pointed me to "Discoverer 11g Plus Fails To Launch With Errors Using Java 8 On The Client PC (Doc ID 1638346.1)".

    As per this note JRE8 is not certified with Discoverer 11g and there is not intention from Oracle to support it in future.

    Please let us know what should we do.


  • Avinash Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    as per the analyst

    "I've been through the blog and he mentions Java 1.8 working with EBIS but he does not go on to say that it will work with Discoverer directly, it maybe should, but since its out of Premiere support there are no proactive patches planned - meaning - until there is a patch available it does not work. There is an enhancement request currently with development 18459588, you can track it - but until thats out no Java 1.8 please. Its debatable as to whether it comes out or not."


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Hello, Avinish,

    It appears that our internal communications needed a boost to catch up with our external communications. My apologies for the confusion.

    I've just clarified the support policy for EBS + JRE 8 + Discoverer to Oracle Support. This combination is supported.

    They will continue to assist you with this issue. Please monitor your Service Request for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    Patch 19568561 is required for SSL users on OEBS 12.1 as per note 393931.1

    This patch requires a password for download, is there an SR for password needed for all customers following note 393931.1 ?

    tia,

    Anna María


  • Steven Chan Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Hi, Anna Maria,

    Unfortunately, yes. We've been trying to get the owning group to release it into general distribution, but this patch currently requires a password. You can get that password quickly by logging an SR.

    You're welcome to let me know if your SR gets stuck in the pipeline for some reason.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Steven,

    I've opened SR 3-10013550698, in order to get the password for Patch 19568561 and it's taking way longer than I think this should. Can you take a look?

    Thanks,

    Peter


  • Steven Chan Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Hi, Peter, Anna Maria,

    Sorry for the delay. Patch 19568561 should be downloadable without a password now. Please give it another try and let me know if you have any trouble.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Avinash Monday, December 29, 2014

    Steven,

    WE applied recently released patch 20219002 on Discoverer 11.1.1.7.

    Out Discoverer is working now with JRE 8.1.25.

    Thanks all for your help !!


  • Avinash Monday, December 29, 2014

    Steven,

    Just wanted to point out that, JRE 8 is working fine for us with EBS 12.1.3 except in two areas, When a configurator is opened within sales order form and pegging functionality within MPS workbench. This works fine with JRE 1.7.71.

    SR number is 3-9998752981 .

    The analyst is asking us to rollback to JRE7.

    Thanks,

    Avinash


  • Steven Chan Monday, December 29, 2014

    Avinash,

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

    To be clear: the analyst is suggesting a temporary rollback if you have production users down. This is a temporary solution until the analyst gets as response from Configurator Development.

    I've got members of my ATG team engaged with the Support Engineer who owns your SR. We'll get this straightened out quickly. Please monitor your SR for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Marvin King Thursday, January 8, 2015

    Concerned about this:

    Known Issues

    Form Focus Issue: Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8. This can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases.

    When will we know when this is corrected?


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Hi, Marvin,

    We don't have a specific timeframe for this bug fix yet. While this is an issue, the workaround is pretty straightforward: users can click back in the launched Forms window to restore focus to that window.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    for discoverer 11g you will need to apply 20219002_11170_GENERIC patch.

    once applied discoverer11g should work fine with jre8.


  • guest Thursday, February 5, 2015

    we have JDK 1.6.0_10 on EBS (12.1.3) server, can we connect EBS via JRE 8 latest version on desktop client?


  • Steven Chan Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Hello, Guest,

    Yes, you can run later JRE releases on the desktop against earlier JDK releases on the server.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Hi

    Just deployed R12.2.4 VM template successfully but when i try to access the forms I am getting the error below

    In order to access this application, you must install the J2SE Plugin version 1.7.0_67. To install this plugin, click here to download the oaj2se.exe executable. Once the download is complete, double-click the oaj2se.exe file to install the plugin. You will be prompted to restart your browser when the installation is complete.

    I have downloaded and installed Java 1.7.0_67 but still getting this error each time I try to access forms. Please I need help to resolve it

    Thanks

    egochigo


  • Steven Chan Monday, February 9, 2015

    Hi, Egochigo,

    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.

    Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    =======================================

    Question: we have JDK 1.6.0_10 on EBS (12.1.3) server, can we connect EBS via JRE 8 latest version on desktop client?

    Hello, Guest,

    Yes, you can run later JRE releases on the desktop against earlier JDK releases on the server.

    Regards,

    Steven

    ======================================

    Hi Steven,

    Thanks for the update..

    As per above answer i'm confused, Please can you elaborate..

    We are using Oracle Apps 12.1.3 which requires Java version 6 Update 7. Our other important site require latest version of Java like Java

    8 update 31. This is causing a conflict. We everytime need to either update the java version or uninstall and re-install the Java

    required for Oracle Apps.

    Please suggest with out updating the java version on 12.1.3 can we connect using java 8 update 31 on desktop client?

    If multiple java exists on desktop client, can we use particular version for EBS 12.1.3 other than latest version? if yes how?


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Hi, Guest,

    A Windows desktop client running JRE 1.8.0_25 or higher can connect to EBS servers running on JDK 6 or 7.

    The same is true of other JRE releases. For example, a Windows desktop client running JRE 1.6.0_03 or higher can connect to EBS servers running on JDK 6 or 7.

    Handling Windows desktop clients with multiple JRE versions is too involved to explain in a blog comment. See Appendix B of Note 393931.1 for details.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Chirag Patel Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Hi Steve,

    You have mentioned "The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware.

    As per http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-middleware-069163.pdf, Java SE 6 Deployment Technology has extended Support till Jun 2017 (that’s for desktop JRE) and Java SE 6 (Excluding Deployment Technology) has extended support till Dec 2018.

    Does JDK6 installed on Apps tier is now called Java SE 6 (Excluding Deployment Technology)? If yes, then JRE and JDK from same JAVA SE version (either 6, 7 or 8) will have different support date, is my understanding correct?

    Regards

    Chirag


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Hi, Chirag,

    Yes, see:

    JRE Support Ends Earlier than JDK Support

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

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Ian Monday, March 23, 2015

    Hi Steven,

    Just looking for clarification about the patches required for Discoverer 11g and JRE8. The information above says:

    This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

    Discoverer (11g) 11.1.1.6 plus Patch 13877486 and later

    Reference: How To Find Oracle BI Discoverer 10g and 11g Certification Information (Document 233047.1)

    However, when I look at document 233047.1, it says "Discoverer 11.1.1.7.0 + patch 20219002" and it looks like patch 13877486 is for JRE7.

    Will Discoverer 11.1.1.6 plus Patch 13877486 work with JRE8 or is that the patch level required for JRE7?

    Thanks.

    Ian


  • Adrian Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Hi Steven,

    I have the exact same question as Ian above.

    Thanks,

    Adrian


  • guest Monday, July 13, 2015

    Hi Steven,

    There is a Forms focus issue after upgrading clients to JRE 8.

    After upgrading the client to JRE 8 there are form focus issues in Oracle Application 11i. When firing a search with a multi-record result block, mouse navigation is not possible in the multi-record block when switching from Oracle Applications to another application during the processing of the search. When switching back to Oracle Applications, navigation with the mouse is not possible in the multi record block. The TAB key will not bring the focus back. You will have to close form and re-open to get back the mouse navigation.

    We had to downgrade all our clients to JRE 7 to workaround this issue.

    We are on 11.5.10.2 and have the lastest Forms 6 MLR patch 19444825 applied.

    SR 3-11012858301 is logged for this issue.

    Thanks,

    Frank


  • Steven Chan Monday, July 13, 2015

    Hi, Frank,

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

    I've followed up with Support on this. We're investigating now. Please monitor your SR for updates.

    Regards,

    Steven


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