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Balancing EBS JRE Requirements With Other Java Apps

Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-10-12 02:05

Java logoCustomers frequently ask me, "What's the best way of handling JRE requirements when I have other Java applications in addition to Oracle E-Business Suite?"

The short answer: you should always try to use the latest JRE release, but before you do that, you need to review your enterprise JRE requirements carefully to ensure that all of your applications are compatible with it.

Why you should always deploy the latest JRE updates

JRE updates include fixes for stability, performance, and security.  The most-important fixes are for security, of course.  Therefore, we strongly recommend that customers stay current with the latest JRE release.  This applies to all Java customers, not just E-Business Suite customers.

New JRE releases are always certified with EBS on day zero

The E-Business Suite is always certified with all new JRE releases on JRE 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8.  We test all EBS releases with beta versions of JRE updates before the latter are released, so there should be no EBS compatibility issues.  Customers can even turn on Auto-Update (which ensures that a new JRE update is automatically applied to a desktop whenever it’s available) with no concerns about EBS compatibility.

Which JRE codeline is recommended for Oracle E-Business Suite?

Oracle E-Business Suite does not have any dependencies on a specific JRE codeline.  All three JRE releases – 1.6, 1.7, 1.8 – work the same way with EBS. 

You should pick whichever JRE codeline works best with the rest of your third-party applications.

Check the compatibility of all third-party Java applications in use

Of course, Oracle cannot make any assurances about compatibility with other third-party products.  I have heard from some customers who have Java-based applications whose certifications lag behind the latest JRE release.

Organizations need to maintain a comprehensive matrix that shows the latest certified JRE releases for all of their Java applications. This matrix should include the E-Business Suite.

Take the "lowest-common denominator" approach

Customers with multiple Java-based applications generally are forced to take a “lowest-common denominator” approach.  Even if Oracle E-Business Suite and the majority of your Java-based applications are compatible with the latest JRE release, any lagging application's incompatibility with the latest JRE release will force you to remain on the earliest version that is common to all of them.

For example:

  • An organization runs Oracle E-Business Suite and four third-party Java-based applications
  • Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with the latest JRE release
  • Three of the third-party applications are certified with the latest JRE release
  • One of the third-party applications is certified only on the previous JRE release
  • The organization is forced to deploy the previous JRE release to their desktops. 

Contact all of your third-party vendors

Organizations whose JRE deployments are held back by a particular application's incompatibility should contact the vendor for that application and ask them test with Java Early Access downloads or to participate in the Oracle CAP Program.


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Which EBS 12.1.3 RPC Should I Apply?

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-10-11 02:05

A customer was in the process of upgrading their EBS 12.1.3 environment to RPC 4 when they heard about the release of RPC 5.  They asked, "Which one should we apply?"

This kind of question crops up frequently since we're continually producing new EBS updates. There is no definitive right answer.  For example, the answer depends upon:

  • How far a customer might have progressed in their testing of the previous update
  • The number of customizations affected by the respective updates
  • Whether the customer wants new functionality available only in the latest update
  • Whether the customer needs fixes that are only available in the latest update
  • How risk-averse the customer is (e.g. "Let other customers live on the bleeding edge")
  • etc.

EBS 12.1.3 RPC 5 screenshot download

What is a Recommended Patch Collection?

Recommended Patch Collections (RPC) are collections of patches that we have already released individually for EBS 12.1.3.

Customers can apply individual patches or they can apply a Recommended Patch Collection.  Either approach is fine.

We periodically bundle the latest patches together to save you the trouble of applying them individually.  As an added bonus, all patches in a given RPC are tested together for compatibility, which isn't always true for individual patches that are released on an emergency basis.

Recommended Patch Collections are not a “release.”  We currently have no plans to make a specific RPC a minimum baseline or prerequisite for new EBS 12.1 patches. 

What is our policy for releasing EBS patches?

Our official policy for releasing EBS 12.1 and 12.2 patches is published here:

Our current policy is that EBS 12.1.3 users should apply the latest 12.1.3 product family patches for the products in use, plus a small number of ATG technology stack patches. We will produce new EBS patches for issues that can be reproduced in environments with those prerequisites.

What's the best strategy for applying EBS 12.1.3 Recommended Patch Collections?

We generally recommend applying the latest EBS updates to production as soon as it's convenient for your users.

If you're in the middle of testing a specific RPC and it's too late to switch to a newer one, go ahead and complete your patching project on production. You can always apply the next RPC in a subsequent project.

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DSTv27 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12.2

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-10-10 02:11
Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in November 2015 and released as DSTv25.

DSTv27 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. The DSTv27 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2016f.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv27 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv27 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv24 release:

  • Asia/Novosibirsk
  • America/Cayman
  • Asia/Chita
  • Asia/Tehran,
  • Haiti,
  • Palestine,
  • Azerbaijan,
  • Chile
  • America/Caracas
  • Asia/Magadan

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

Proactive backports of DST upgrade patches to all Oracle E-Business Suite tiers and platforms are not created and supplied by default. If you need this DST release and an appropriate patch is not currently available, raise a service request through support providing a business case with your version requirements.

The following Note identifies the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

What is the business impact of not applying these patches?

Timezone patches update the database and other libraries that manage time. They ensure that those libraries contain the correct dates and times for the changeover between Daylight Savings Time and non-Daylight Savings Time.

Time is used to record events, particularly financial transactions.  Time is also used to synchronize transactions between different systems.  Some organizations’ business transactions are more-sensitive to timezone changes than others. 

If you do not apply a timezone patch, and do business with a region that has changed their timezone definitions, and record a transaction that occurs at the boundary between the “old” and the “new” time, then the transaction may be recorded incorrectly. That transaction's timestamp may be off by an hour. 

For example:

  • An order is placed for a customer in a country which changed their DST dates in DST v27
  • The old Daylight Savings Time expiration date was Nov. 2
  • The new Daylight Savings Time expiration date is now October 31
  • An order is set to ship at 12am on November 1st
  • Under the old Daylight Savings Time rules, the revenue would be recorded for November
  • Under the new Daylight Savings Time rules, the revenue would be recorded for October

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Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   


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E-Business Suite and Java Web Start: Frequently-Asked Questions

Steven Chan - Fri, 2016-10-07 02:04
Does EBS depend upon Java on desktop clients?

Yes.  The E-Business Suite requires Forms.  Forms is started by a Java applet.

Java applets are launched by the Java Plug-in using a browser that supports plug-ins via the NPAPI protocol.

The Java plug-in runs in the browser memory space and manages the execution of the Forms applet and other EBS applets in one or more separate Java Virtual Machines (JVM).  Java Plug-in also supports the communication between these JVMs and browsers.

Will E-Business Suite still require Java in the future?

Yes.  It is expected that our ongoing use of Forms for high-volume professional users of the E-Business Suite means that EBS will continue to require Java.  We replicate, simplify, or migrate selected Forms-based flows to OA Framework-based (i.e. web-based HTML) equivalents with every EBS update, but Forms is expected to continue to be part of the E-Business Suite technology stack for the foreseeable future. 

Does the E-Business Suite have other Java applet dependencies?

Yes.  In addition to Forms, various E-Business Suite products have functionality that runs as Java applets.  These Java applets require browsers that offer plugin support.  These products include applets:

  • Oracle General Ledger (GL)
  • Oracle Customers Online (IMC)
  • Oracle Call Center Technology (CCT)
  • Oracle Sourcing (PON)
  • Oracle Install Base (CSI)
  • Oracle Demand Planning (MSD)
  • Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
  • Workflow (WF)
  • Scripting (IES)

What is going on with browsers' support for plug-ins?

Plug-in support is referred to in various ways, including:

Some browsers are phasing out plug-in support. Some browsers were never released with plug-in support.

Some organizations may wish to use browsers that do not offer plugin support, so we're working on a new approach that will work with all browsers. 

What is the new approach?

It's not technically "new" (it is a mature Java technology), but we're using it for the first time with the E-Business Suite.  This "new" approach launches EBS Forms-based screens and other functionality as Java Web Start (JWS) applications instead of as applets.

Will EBS use Java Web Start?

Yes, it is expected that Oracle E-Business Suite will be updated to use Java Web Start. It is expected that this will apply to EBS 12.1 and 12.2.

We have prototypes of EBS applets now launched as Java Web Start applications working today, so this project is already well-underway.  We are polishing and refining issues around window handling, usability, and other areas right now.  Our goal is to make the transition from the current JRE plug-in to Java Web Start as seamless as possible for all EBS end-users.

How does the technology architecture change?

Java Web Start changes the way that Java runs on end-users' computers but this technical change is expected to be invisible to end-users.

Java Web Start applications are launched from browsers using the Java Network Launching Protocol (JNLP).

Will the end-user's experience change?

No, we are working hard to ensure that your end-users' experience with Java Web Start applications will be as similar as possible to applets via JRE.  The differences between applets invoked by JRE and Java Web Start are expected to be almost-invisible to end-users.

For example, today with applets via JRE:

  • JRE runs when your end-users click on an EBS Navigator link to a screen that runs in Forms.

Tomorrow, with Java Web Start:

  • Java Web Start runs when your end-users click on an EBS Navigator link to a screen that runs in Forms.

What happens with Java 9?

The Java team recently published their plans for removing the Java browser plugin in a future version of Java. The announcement states (key words highlighted for emphasis):

Oracle plans to deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9. This technology will be removed from the Oracle JDK and JRE in a future Java SE release.

What does "deprecate" mean?

"Deprecate" means that there will still be a Java Plug-in in JRE 9. The deprecation of the Java Plug-in should not be confused with Java Web Start or Java on the desktop itself.  The latter two will be available for the foreseeable future.  Users will still be able to run Java-based applications using the Java Plug-in in JRE 9.

What does this mean for E-Business Suite users running JRE 9?

The release of Java 9 will not affect E-Business Suite users. JRE 9 will continue to work with the E-Business Suite in browsers that support Java (via the NPAPI protocol). 

What browsers will support the JRE 9 plug-in?

Internet Explorer, Firefox ESR, and Safari will continue to support NPAPI -- and, therefore, Java and Forms.  We recommend that customers who need to use Forms-based products in the E-Business Suite use those browsers.

Alphabet (Google) Chrome and Microsoft Edge do not support NPAPI, so Java-based apps cannot run in those browsers.  

What browsers will support Java Web Start?

It is expected that Java Web Start will work with all browsers, including those that do not work with plugins. 

What are the timelines for browsers' plugin support?

Individual browser vendors have been updating their plans regularly.  Here's a snapshot of what some browser vendors have stated as of today:

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)

Microsoft has indicated that they intend to continue to offer plug-in support in IE.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge was released in Windows 10 without Browser Helper Object (BHO, aka. plugin) support.  Microsoft has no plans to add plugin support to Edge.

Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR)

Mozilla indicated in early 2016 that Firefox ESR 52 will be the last version to offer NPAPI (and JRE) support.  Firefox ESR 52 is targeted for release in April 2017 and will be supported until May 2018. 

Mozilla Firefox Rapid Release

Mozilla intends to remove NPAPI support from the Firefox 53 Rapid Release version targeted for release in April 2017. 

Apple Safari for Mac OS

Safari offers Internet plug-in support for Mac OS users.  Apple has not made any statements about deprecating plugin support for Mac OS users.

Alphabet (Google) Chrome for Windows

Chrome offered support for plugins until version 45, released in September 2015.  They removed NPAPI support in later Chrome releases.

Will I need to change browsers?

No.  JRE will continue to work with browsers that include NPAPI plug-in support.  If your organization already uses those browsers, it is expected that you will be able to continue using those browsers. 

Will Oracle release its own browser for the E-Business Suite?

No.  Long-time Oracle users may remember the Oracle PowerBrowser. The industry has since moved away from software that requires proprietary browsers.  We have no plans to release a browser specifically for E-Business Suite users. 

Will Java Web Start be mandatory?

Not for the time being. It is expected that the use of Java Web Start will be optional at least up to Java 9, which may be the last Java release to include the JRE browser plugin. 

Will Java Web Start coexist with JRE?

Yes, it is expected that you be able to have some users launching Java Web Start applications, while others use applets via JRE, connecting to the same E-Business Suite environment. It is expected that you will have full server-side control over these choices.

What prerequisites will be needed for Java Web Start?

We plan to offer Java Web Start for EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  It is expected that a small number of server-side patches for Forms and EBS will be needed. 

All prerequisites are expected to be published here:

Will this affect EBS customizations?

Maybe. It depends upon which of the following apply to your environment:

  • Scenario 1You have modified standard EBS screens running in Forms:  No actions needed. These customizations are expected to work with Java Web Start without any additional changes.
  • Scenario 2You have built custom Java applets of your own to extend the E-Business Suite:  These will continue to run with JRE, but you may wish to update those applets to use Java Web Start.
  • Scenario 3You have third-party extensions or products that depend upon JRE: These will continue to run with JRE, but you may wish to contact your third-party vendor for details about their plans for Java Web Start.

When will Java Web Start be available?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   

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Disclaimer

The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.


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Updated: Minimizing EBS 12.2.6 Upgrade Downtimes

Steven Chan - Thu, 2016-10-06 02:05

We have updated our recommendations for minimizing downtimes when upgrading to EBS 12.2.6:

Written by Jim Machin, a senior member of our Applications Performance group, this white paper contains a wealth of detailed technical recommendations for reducing the amount of time needed for an EBS 12.2.6 upgrade. 

Events vs. sessions bottlenecks diagram

It covers:

  • Technical preparation and planning activities
  • Diagnostics for monitoring and troubleshooting performance issues
  • Common solutions to performance issues
  • Oracle Applications Tablespace Model (OATM) considerations
  • Methods for purging old data
  • Gathering statistics
  • Detailed recommendations for improving resource management, sizing, and workloads

This white paper is updated regularly with new tips and recommendations based upon our Application Performance group's work with actual EBS 12.2 customers and their Service Requests.  All EBS 12.2 sysadmins should monitor this white paper regularly.

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Reminder: EBS 12.1 Minimum Patching Baselines and Dates

Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-10-05 02:05

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 is now covered by Premier Support to December 31, 2021. This is documented here:

Oracle Lifetime Support table for EBS

Premier Support includes new EBS 12.1 patches for:

  • Individual product families (e.g. Oracle Financials)
  • Quarterly security updates released via the Critical Patch Update process
  • New technology stack certifications with server-based components
  • New certifications for end-user desktops and mobile devices

What are the minimum patching baselines for EBS 12.1?

The minimum patching baselines for EBS 12.1 have not changed.  New EBS 12.1 patches are created and tested against the minimum patching baseline documented in Section 4.2, "E-Business Suite 12.1 Minimum Prerequisites" in this document:

All EBS 12.1 customers must apply the minimum patch prerequisites to be eligible for Premier Support. Those patches include the EBS 12.1.3 Family Packs for the products that you're using and a small number of technology stack infrastructure updates.

Instead of applying the minimum baseline

Many new updates have been released since that patching baseline was originally published.  These new patches contain stability, performance, and security-related updates and are strongly recommended for all customers. 

If you haven't applied any of those updates yet, the simplest solution would be to apply the latest suite-wide EBS 12.1.3 Recommended Patch Collection (RPC).  That way, you get all of the 12.1 minimum patching requirements and the latest updates simultaneously.

As of the date of this blog article, the latest EBS 12.1 Recommended Patch Collection is RPC 5.  If you've reached this blog article via a search engine, it is possible that a new Recommended Patch Collection has been released since this article was first published.  Click on the "Certifications" link in the sidebar for a pointer to the latest EBS 12.1 RPC.

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EBS ATG Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Content Now Available

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-10-04 02:00

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 hosted approximately 60,000 in-person attendees and over 2 million online attendees.  For those of you that were able to join us in person, thank you for attending and for your feedback and questions. 

For a limited time, you can access all session presentations here:

You can search the catalog by session ID, session title, speaker name or keyword.

A full listing or Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology sessions is available in the Focus On Document (FOD) or our recently published blog article.

Where is the download link?

Once you find a session of interest, you can download the presentation by clicking the "Download Presentation" link.

Note: Many speakers are in the process of uploading their presentations.  Check back later if you don't find a download link.

You can also watch recordings from Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology and Product Development Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream.  Recordings of the sessions presented at Oracle OpenWorld will be made available soon. Please take advantage of this opportunity to consume the latest information at your convenience.

Thanks again for a great event!

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Oracle CRM Technology Foundation 12.1 RUP4 Now Available

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-10-03 02:05

Oracle E-Business Suite includes a set of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) products such as Sales, Marketing, Service, e-Commerce, Contracts, and Interaction Center applications.  This group of products depends upon a set of E-Business Suite technology libraries that are related to OA Framework (OAF) but which need to be updated separately.

These technology libraries comprise the Oracle CRM Technology Foundation (JTT).  JTT provides Java-based infrastructure software that is used for by the CRM products for HTML and Java.

The fourth update to JTT for CRM products in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 is now available:

CRM 12.1.3 JTT Delta 4

What's new in this release?

This is a cumulative Release Update Pack that includes all patches released after EBS 12.1.3. It also includes security-related fixes included in all Critical Patch Updates released for EBS 12.1.3.

This patchset includes forx for the The fixes included in this patch are for the following critical issues along with security fixes:

  • Performance issues in few Pages of iStore Application
  • Custom Look and Feel is not inherited in iSupport Application
  • Date validation with value set FND_STANDARD_DATE failed while retrieving the value
  • ‘jtf_region_pub’ procedure returns ‘No Data Found’ exception while displaying custom JSPs
  • Customization for Oracle Corporate Branding Image does not work at Application level
  • Forms not getting launched from Navigator Slideout Menu, in JTF application
  • Claim Line Detail page throwing Null pointer exception when line is opened in Trade Management application
  • CRM Foundation Pages rendering issues in IE 11 browser
  • Home Hyperlink renders twice in Marketing Application
  • Null pointer exception rendered on random navigation in  iStore Application
  • Improper page displayed on Complex MRO application on clicking operations key flexfield segment
  • ServletException rendered on few CRM Foundation pages

Prerequisites 

This update requires that Oracle Applications Technology 12.1.3 Product Family Release Update Pack.  You do not need to apply the suite-wide E-Business Suite 12.1.3 update. For other prerequisites and installation instructions, see:

  • Oracle CRM Technology Foundation (JTT) Release Notes For Release 12.1 RUP4 Patchset (R12.JTT.B.DELTA.4) (Doc ID 2179284.1)

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September 2016 Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2

Steven Chan - Fri, 2016-09-30 02:05
We have been fine-tuning the administration tools for E-Business Suite 12.2 via a series of regular updates to the Applications DBA (AD) and EBS Technology Stack (TXK) components:

We have now made available a tenth set of critical updates to AD and TXK.These updates are included in EBS 12.2.6.  You have a choice:  you can apply the EBS 12.2.6 Release Update Pack or you can apply the AD and TXK updates separately.

We strongly recommend that you apply either EBS 12.2.6 or these new AD and TXK updates at your earliest convenience:

They can be downloaded from My Oracle Support, as shown by this example for AD:

AD Delta 8 download screenshot

Refer to the following My Oracle Support knowledge document for full installation instructions and associated tasks:

What's New in this Patchset?

This patchset includes a large number of critical fixes for stability issues that will affect all customers.  It also includes the following new features:

  • Delta synchronization for more efficient Online Patching cycles, with streamlined handling of seed data and the Applications file system
  • Improved log file structure to make diagnostics easier and more-readable
  • Expanded Application Short Name to 16 characters
  • Support for Logical Host Names
  • Support for 64-bit JDK on Concurrent Manager tier

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Updated: Essential EBS Reference Tools for Developers

Steven Chan - Thu, 2016-09-29 11:41

Regular readers of this blog know that we have three reference tools that are essential for every E-Business Suite upgrade:

  1. File Comparison Report (Note 1446430.1)
  2. Data Model Comparison Report (Note 1290886.1)
  3. Seed Data Comparison Report (Note 1327399.1)

These tools allow you to generate a report of the differences between one EBS release and another for specific EBS products.

For example, you could use the Data Model Comparison to get a list of EBS 11.5.10.2 database objects that were updated in EBS 12.1.3 for Bill of Materials (BOM):

Screenshot of data model comparison report tool

What's New?

These tools now cover EBS 12.2.6 and all earlier EBS 12.2.x releases.

For example, you can now compare EBS 12.2.6 to:

  • 11.5.10 Minimum Baseline
  • 12.0.6
  • 12.1.3
  • 12.2.3
  • 12.2.4
  • 12.2.5

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DSTv27 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12.1

Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-09-28 02:05
Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in November 2015 and released as DSTv25.

DSTv27 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1. The DSTv27 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2016f.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv27 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv27 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv24 release:

  • Asia/Novosibirsk
  • America/Cayman
  • Asia/Chita
  • Asia/Tehran,
  • Haiti,
  • Palestine,
  • Azerbaijan,
  • Chile
  • America/Caracas
  • Asia/Magadan

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

Proactive backports of DST upgrade patches to all Oracle E-Business Suite tiers and platforms are not created and supplied by default. If you need this DST release and an appropriate patch is not currently available, raise a service request through support providing a business case with your version requirements.

The following Note identifies the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

Pending Certification 

Our certification of this DST timezone patch with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 is currently underway.

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   


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Microsoft Edge Certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-09-27 13:20

Microsoft Edge Logo I am very pleased to announce that Microsoft Edge is certified as a new browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2.  Edge can be used to access EBS Self-Service Web Applications (SSWA) -- i.e. the web-based HTML products in Oracle E-Business Suite that use OA Framework (OAF).

EBS Prerequisites for Edge

No Windows or desktop patches are needed for enabling Edge compatibility with E-Business Suite 12.1 or 12.2.

A small number of E-Business Suite server-side patches are required.  See:

Can EBS Forms run in Edge?

No. Microsoft Edge does not support plug-ins.  For details, see:

The Java JRE is a mandatory prerequisite for Forms-based products in E-Business Suite. Since Edge does not support plug-ins, the Java JRE plug-in does not work with this browser. 

E-Business Suite products that use Oracle Forms can run on Internet Explorer 11 and Firefox ESR on Windows desktops, and Safari on Mac desktop clients.

What about Java Web Start?

We are testing prototypes with EBS Forms-based products using Java Web Start.  Once this work is completed, it is likely that it will be possible to run Forms-based products even when using browsers such as Edge.  See:

This work is going well, and we are currently working on security and polishing user interface issues. I'll post updates on this blog as soon as they're available.

Does Edge work with EBS 11i or 12.0?

No. You can download existing patches for EBS 11i and 12.0, but these EBS releases are now in Sustaining Support. We do not produce new certifications for products in Sustaining Support. 

Your end-users should continue to use IE 11, Firefox ESR, or Safari if you are running EBS 11i or 12.0.

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Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.6 Now Available

Steven Chan - Thu, 2016-09-15 10:40
We are pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 is now available.


Instructions for downloading and applying this latest release update pack (RUP) for the EBS 12.2 codeline can be found here:

What Does Release 12.2.6 Include?

As a consolidated suite-wide patchset, this RUP includes new features, statutory and regulatory updates, and enhancements for stability, performance, and security.

Release 12.2.6 is cumulative. That means that as well as providing new updates for this release, it also includes updates that were originally made available as one-off patches for earlier 12.2 releases.

For a complete list of new features, refer to:

Common Questions and Answers About Upgrading

  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from Release 11i to Release 12.2.6?
    A: No. Release 11i customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.6.
  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.6?
    A: No. Release 12.0 customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.6.
  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.6?
  • A: Yes. Release 12.2 customers can apply 12.2.6 directly to their environments. EBS 12.2.6 is an online patch, so it can be applied while an existing Release 12.2 system is running.
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EBS 12.2 August 2016 Technology Stack RPC Now Available

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-09-13 14:26

The latest cumulative set of updates to the E-Business Suite 12.2 technology stack foundation utilities is now available in a new August 2016 Recommended Patch Collection (RPC):

Oracle strongly recommends that all E-Business Suite 12.2 users apply this set of updates.

What issues are fixed in this patch?

This cumulative Recommended Patch Collection contains important fixes for issues with the Oracle EBS Application Object Library (FND) libraries that handle password hashing and resets, Forms-related interactions, key flexfields, descriptive flexfields, and more.  Specific issues fixed include:18071903 - Post Mixed Case Pswrd  on Db and Clone on Hashed Apps Can't Change Applsys Pswrd

  • 18083491 - Password Reset for Existing User Is Not Working
  • 18137744 - FNDCPASS Not Changing Password on Cloned Ebs R12.2.3
  • 18383570 - FNDCPASS Not Changing Password After Upgrade to 12.2.3
  • 19259764 - Error when Opening Forms in IE8 on Multi-Node Ebs 12.2.3
  • 19891697 - Performance Problems with Results Set Cache
  • 19899452 - Getting Accounts Payable Descriptive Flexfield Error - Maximum Value Size for Segment Is Truncated
  • 20537212 - Values in Item Codes Are Not Visible when Applying Key Flexfield Security Rules
  • 20814982 - Defaulting Descriptive Flexfield Segment Behavior Is Different from 11I
  • 21612876 - Cross Validation  Performance Issues
  • 22550312 - Over 2300 Contexts Defined Causes FNDFFVGN Signal 11
  • 23115501 - App-Fnd-01023 "The Following Required Field Does Not Have a Value"
  • 23586683 - CCID Not Saved when Account Segments Are Changed Using the Accounting Flexfield

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Offloading EBS 12.2 Reporting Using Active Data Guard 12.1.0.2

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-09-12 13:15

Oracle Active Data Guard 12.1.0.2 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.  This certification supports the ability to offload some production reporting from your production EBS 12.2 environment to an Active Data Guard instance. For example, you can use Oracle Discoverer and Concurrent Manager to run selected reports against an Oracle Active Data Guard physical standby database instance. 

Detailed steps for setting up Active Data Guard 12.1.0.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

Active Data Guard ADG 12.1.0.2 + EBS

In addition to Discoverer and Concurrent Manager, you may have other reporting tools that you would like to use with the Oracle Active Data Guard database instance.  In general, you should be able to use the reporting tool if it does not require write access to the Active Data Guard instance. 

Pending Certifications

This certification covers non-RAC instances only.  Updates for environments that use Real Application Clusters are still pending.

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

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PeopleSoft Data Mover Security

The Data Mover allows for total manipulation of data within PeopleSoft. You can use it to transfer data among PeopleSoft databases, regardless of operating system and database vendor. To state that Data Mover scripts need to be carefully secured is an understatement – the security of Data Mover scripts and activities must be HIGHLY secured.

When performing a PeopleSoft security audit Integrigy carefully reviews Data Mover scripts and activities. If you want to look today at your environment, locate where Data Mover scripts are being stored. The location should be secured to only those with privileges to use Data Mover. Ideally, a source code control tool should be used to store and secure Data Mover scripts.

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

Michael A. Miller, CISSP-ISSMP, CCSP

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 6 Now Available

Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-09-07 16:27

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure.  Since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013, we have released several 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 Pack. "Cumulative" means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.5 is now available:

Screenshot EBS 12.2.5 OAF Bundle Patch 6

Where is the documentation for this update?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

Who should apply this patch?

All EBS 12.2.5 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 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 12.2.5 bundle patches.

This latest bundle patch includes new fixes for the following critical issues:

  • The table header content overlapped with the records present at the immediate row when there is a specific personalization on the page.
  • In environments with Multi-Org Access Control (MOAC) enabled, the List of Values (LOV) search returns empty results with a newly added search query filter while creating a personalized view.
  • On specific JTT Interop pages, the LOV search window opens up only on double click if the LOV is dependent on the Partial Page Refresh (PPR) enabled field.

This Bundle Patch requires the R12.ATG_PF.C.Delta.5 Release Update Pack as a mandatory prerequisite.

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New SHA-256 Certificate Now Available for WebADI and Report Manager

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-09-06 13:53

WebADI and Report Manager need a digital certificate to integrate with Microsoft Office.  This digital certificate is used to sign the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.

A new SHA-256 digital certificate is now available for EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  This replaces the previous certificate that expired in August 2016. 

There are four different updates available -- you should pick the patch that corresponds to your EBS version:

Known Issues

Office 2007 does not recognize documents that have been digitally signed using SHA-256 certificates. In such cases adding the documents storage location to 'Trusted Locations' can be used to avoid this issue. Further information is available through the Microsoft document:

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PeopleSoft Process Scheduler Security

When performing a PeopleSoft security audit Integrigy carefully reviews batch processing activity generated through the Process Scheduler. Of particular focus is who has access to administer the Process Scheduler and reviewing batch jobs to identify where jobs are being run with super user privileges.

To look today at your environment for who has access to manage the Process Scheduler, the following can be used:

SELECT A.ROLEUSER, A.ROLENAME, A.DYNAMIC_SW
FROM SYSADM.PSROLEUSER A
WHERE UPPER(A.ROLENAME) = 'PROCESSSCHEDULERADMIN';

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

Michael A. Miller, CISSP-ISSMP, CCSP

References

PeopleSoft Security Quick Reference

Auditing, Oracle PeopleSoft
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Oracle OpenWorld 2016 My Cloud ERP Sessions

David Haimes - Fri, 2016-09-02 09:33
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    OpenWorld is this month, so time to start planning your agenda.  I’ll be presenting at a few different sessions this year with a focus on Financials Cloud (Part of the ERP Cloud) and E-Business Suite.

    I’m busy preparing for the first two sessions, hope to see you there.  Check out the content catalog for more details and to add them to your agenda.

    How Oracle E-Business Suite Customers Have Achieved Modern Reporting in the Cloud [CON7313]
    David Haimes, Senior Director, Financial Applciations Development, Oracle
    Sara Mannur, Financial Systems Analyst, Niagara Bottling
    This session discusses how to leverage powerful modern reporting tools with no disruption to your existing Oracle E-Business Suite implementation. You will learn the steps required to start using the cloud service. Customers who have implemented Oracle Fusion Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Service share their implementation experiences and the business benefits they have realized.
    Conference Session
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3016
    Oracle ERP Cloud UX Extensibility: From Mystery to Magic [CON7312]
    David Haimes, Senior Director, Financial Applciations Development, Oracle
    Tim Dubois, Senior Director, Applications User Experience, Oracle
    The user experience (UX) design strategy of Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud)—including financials and product portfolio management—is about simplicity, mobility, and extensibility. Extensibility and admin personalization of Oracle ERP Cloud experiences include a range of tools, from a simplified approach for rebranding the applications, to match your company culture and image to page-level admin personalization and extension, to building your own simplified cloud application in platform as a service using the UX Rapid Development Kit (RDK). In this session, learn about RDK code samples, wireframing tools, and design patterns. Get a view into the RDK roadmap and where Oracle is going next. .
    Conference Session
    Thursday, Sep 22, 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3001
    Meet the Experts: Oracle Financials Cloud [MTE7784]
    Do not miss this opportunity to meet with Oracle Financials Cloud experts—the people who design and build the applications. In this session, you can have discussions regarding the Oracle Applications Cloud strategy and your specific business and IT strategy. The experts are available to discuss the value of the latest releases and share insights into the best path for your enterprise, so come ready with your questions.
    Meet the Experts Session
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Moscone West—3001A

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