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Reminder: Upgrade Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.7 to 11.1.1.9

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-03-10 02:05

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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Ten Signs Your Boss Sees You As A Threat

OracleApps Epicenter - Thu, 2017-03-09 10:17
Every person has a gift, or an ability that sets them apart from the crowd. Good managers recognize this and try to use it to their advantage. Great managers try to surround themselves with talent...they recognize that with that much talent in their corner, they can't fail. Bad managers feel threatened and try to discredit […]
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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 10 Now Available

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-03-09 02:05

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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    New OA Framework 12.2.4 Update 15 Now Available

    Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-03-08 02:05

    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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    E-Business Suite 12.2 Certified with Oracle VM 3

    Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-03-07 02:06

    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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    Can You Share EBS Database Homes?

    Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-03-06 02:04

    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. 

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    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Mobile and Web Services Architecture

    This is the second posting in a blog series summarizing the new Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Mobile and web services functionality and recommendations for securing them.

    Approximately 2,900 web services are created with an update to or installation of 12.2 and are defined in the table APPLSYS.FND_IREP_CLASSES. Within the Oracle E-Business Suite’s user interface, the Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) module is used to deploy the web services defined in APPLSYS.FND_IREP_CLASSES. Key to understanding the 12.2 web services architecture is that ALL web services are defined in the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Gateway, this includes both Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Representational State Transfer (REST) web services. 

    The E-Business Suite’s Mobile and smartphone applications are deployed internally as REST services and are likewise defined in the Integrated SOA Gateway and stored in the table APPLSYS.FND_IREP_CLASSES. The graphic below depicts the addition of web services and helps to visualize the increased attack surface that needs to be secured.

     
     
    Web Services, DMZ/External, Oracle E-Business Suite
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    Configure Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) 12c (12.2.1.2) on port 80 / 443

    Online Apps DBA - Mon, 2017-02-27 05:42

    On a UNIX system, TCP ports in a reserved range (typically less than 1024) can only be bound by processes with root privilege. Oracle HTTP Server always runs as a non-root user; that is, the user who installed Oracle Fusion Middleware.  On UNIX, special configuration is required to allow Oracle HTTP Server to bind to […]

    The post Configure Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) 12c (12.2.1.2) on port 80 / 443 appeared first on Oracle Trainings for Apps & Fusion DBA.

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    Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile and Web Services Security - What You Need To Know

    Securing packaged software such as the Oracle E-Business Suite presents different challenges than securing bespoke custom software. Unlike custom software, both the structure of and the security vulnerabilities of the Oracle E-Business Suite are well known and documented, not only to users but also to threat actors.  To begin an attack, limited probing and/or reconnaissance is needed because threat actors know exactly what to target and what to expect.  This also makes the Oracle E-Business Suite, like other ERP platforms, vulnerable to automated attacks. Threat actors only need to compromise one publically facing URL or web service, which given the size and complexity of the Oracle E-Business Suite, makes securing it a somewhat daunting task.

    Starting with version 12.1 and continuing with 12.2, the Oracle E-Business Suite delivers a considerable amount of new web services and Mobile functionality as standard core functionality.  Much, if not most, of this new Mobile and web services functionality, replicates functionality previously only available through the traditional user interface forms and/or public interfaces and these new web services can be easily deployed on the Internet through a DMZ node.  The security implications of 12.2’s increased web services capabilities is that the Oracle E-Business Suite’s attack surface has increased and harder to defend. 

    This blog series summarize the new Mobile and web services functionality and review their security features before recommending best practices for using them securely.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at info@integrigy.com

    -Michael Miller, CISSP-ISSMP, CCSP, CCSK

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    EBS Sessions at Alliance 2017

    Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-02-24 02:05

    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



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    Reminder: Upgrade WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 to 11.1.1.9

    Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-02-23 02:06

    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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    Webcast: "Migrating and Managing Customizations for EBS 12.2"

    Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-02-22 02:05

    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.

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

    Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-02-21 02:05

    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.

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

    Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-02-17 02:06

    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.

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    Reminder: Upgrade Microsoft Vista Before April 2017

    Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-02-16 02:06
    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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    Webcast: "Planning Your Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2"

    Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-02-15 02:04

    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.

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    Updated: Database Partitioning with EBS Whitepaper

    Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-02-14 02:05

    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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    Webcast: "EBS Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap"

    Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-02-13 02:06

    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.

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    Windows 10-Related EBS Certifications: February 2017 Edition

    Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-02-10 02:05

    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:


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    EBS Technology Codelevel Checker Updated (Feb 2107) for EBS 12.2

    Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-02-09 02:04

    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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