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Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 is Released

Monica Riccelli
Product Manager

On September 27, Oracle released Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 as part of the overall Fusion Middleware 12.2.1.4 release.  Downloads are available for developers here and for production purposes on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  This is a patch set release for Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.X, delivered for maintenance purposes, incorporating functional and security bug fixes identified since the Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.3 patch set release.  We have deliberately limited new feature content between Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.3 and 12.2.1.4 in the interest of simplifying adoption of Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 by existing Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.X customers.   See the What's New documentation for detailed new feature capabilities in 12.2.1.4.   In general, new feature capabilities are being targeted to the Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1 new version release.

It is important to note that Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 has been designated as a Long Term Support (LTS) patch set release, formerly known as a  terminal patch set release, for WLS 12.2.1.X.  This means that error correction - new patches and Patch Set Updates (PSUs) - will be provided for Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 for the remainder of support lifecycle as published in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Lifetime Support Policy - look for "Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.X" - and as documented in My Oracle Support Document 950131.1.  Customers adopting Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 will be able to leverage 12.2.1.4 as their production deployment platform for many years to come.   We recommend that 12.2.1.X users plan on adopting 12.2.1.4 for this reason.    Customers running on Oracle WebLogic 10.3.6 or 12.1.3 should also consider the remaining support lifecycle for these versions and consider planning to upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4.  

Dockerfiles and scripts are available in the GitHub project to build and customize Oracle WebLogic Server 12cR2 (12.2.1.4) Docker images.  There are three different Dockerfiles in the project one for the developer distribution, a second for the generic distribution, and a third for the slim distribution.  These images can be used to create multi-server or single server WebLogic domains and have been optimized in order to produce the smallest possible image size.  All WebLogic servers that belong to the same WebLogic domain must be run from the same image.  Support is also provided for environments where Kubernetes and/or the WebLogic Kubernetes Operator is not being used.

1- The WebLogic generic image is supported for development and production deployment of WebLogic configurations using Docker. It contains the same binaries as those installed by the WebLogic generic installer. The WebLogic generic image is primarily intended for WebLogic domains managed with the WebLogic Kubernetes Operator, when WLS console-based monitoring, and possibly configuration, is required.

2- The WebLogic slim image is supported for development and production deployment of WebLogic configurations using Docker. In order to reduce image size, it contains a subset of the binaries included in the WebLogic generic image. The WebLogic console, WebLogic examples, WebLogic clients, Maven plug-ins and Java DB have been removed - all binaries that remain included are the same as those in the WebLogic generic image. The WebLogic slim image is primarily intended for WebLogic domains managed with the WebLogic Kubernetes Operator, when WLS console-based monitoring and configuration is not required, and a smaller image size than the generic image is preferred. If there are requirements to monitor the WebLogic configuration, they should be addressed using Prometheus and Grafana or other alternatives.

3- The WebLogic developer image is supported for development of WebLogic applications in Docker containers. In order to reduce image size, it contains a subset of the binaries included in the WebLogic generic image. WebLogic examples and WLS Console help files have been removed - all binaries that remain included are the same as those in the WebLogic generic image. The WebLogic developer image is primarily intended to provide a Docker image that is consistent with the WebLogic "quick installers" intended for development only. Production WebLogic domains should use the WebLogic generic or WebLogic slim images.

So please start targeting your WebLogic Server 12.2.1 projects to WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 to take advantage of the latest release with the latest features and maintenance. We hope to have more updates for you soon!

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Ben Morgan Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Thanks for the new release.

    You advise customers running 12.2.1.3 to "consider the remaining support lifecycle for these versions and consider planning to upgrade", which would be good but when I check the published Oracle Support Lifecycle document then it does not go down to that much detail. It states that 12.2.x is supported until August 2022 in Premier and August 2025 in Extended, but I don't see it mentioning any distinction between 12.2.1.1, 12.2.1.2, 12.2.1.3 and 12.2.1.4.

    Can you confirm if we need to be on the final version to stay in support for that duration? Or is it final + previous version? Or something else? Thank you!
  • Monica Riccelli Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Version 12.2.1.4 is the final release to continue with Long Term Support (LTS)
    through the Premier and Extended Support August of 2025. WebLogic 12.2.1.3 will be supported with error correction for one additional year after the release of 12.2.14 which means it will be supported with error correction till September of 2020.
    These two versions are extremely compatible meaning that applications that run on 12.2.1.3 will run on 12.2.1.4 with no changes required.
    Please refer to My Oracle Support Note https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?_afrLoop=456750890164643&parent=DOCUMENT&sourceId=2067900.1&id=1933372.1&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=jcte4wkau_4#aref_section21.
    Thanks
    Monica
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