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Is anyone actually using this database? - How to tell whether or not you can delete an old database

OracleContractors - Sat, 2011-08-27 04:07

When you log into a database server that has been running for several years, you will often find lots of files from databases that may not have been used for some time.

The people who created them probably left the company long ago and there is little documentation on the databases. Nobody is certain whether or not they are still being used, so they just sit around using up disk space.  If the databases are started up, then they’re also using memory, even though they may not be doing anything productive.

Rather than prolonging this situation, it’s a good idea to remove these databases - once you’ve confirmed that no-one uses them anymore.  Unfortunately, within a large business it may not be easy finding out who within the company is using which databases, if documentation has not been kept up to date.

As a starting point you can look in the following places:
(i) Database alert log
If the database is currently shut down, then what date was it shut down? If this was a long-time ago (i.e. more than 1 year), then the chances are that the database is no longer used, or is so out of date with current business data that it would need to be refreshed/updated before it could be of any use. 

Note: Just because things such as configuration changes (i.e. extending datafiles) are shown in the alert log, it doesn’t mean to say that it’s actually in use.  A DBA can carry out maintenance tasks on a database, whether or not there are any business users carrying out work.

Similarly, you may find that a backup tool such as RMAN regularly connects to the database.  This also doesn’t mean to say that the database is being used by the business - just that it’s being backed up.

(ii) Listener log
Search in the listener log for the last entries for that database. Even if the database is shutdown, this will let you know the last time that anyone was using it.  Be careful that you don’t think that someone is using the database just because there is an automated application process or reporting tool that connects to the database regularly.  If individual users are not connecting to the database, then it may not be in use anymore. 

Note: Double-check with any reports or application support teams as well, because the database may just be a repository, in which case individual user connections could be rare.

(iii) Datafile timestamps
If the database is shutdown, What is the last modified date shown in the filesystem for the datafiles?  I’ve come across situations where you can’t find any entries for the SID in the listener log and the alert log for the database has been removed, so this is a good way to find out when the database was last open.

Note: This is assuming that someone hasn’t just copied the files from another location, without preserving the original file timestamps.
(iv) Run AWR/ASH or Statspack reports
These will let you know if anyone has been using the database within the last week or longer - depending on the retention period configured for the database.  (If performance snapshots are not configured, then you may also find useful information on long-running transactions in V$SESSION_LONGOPS).

Note: Just because a database hasn’t been used in the last week, doesn’t mean to say it’s not required anymore.  It could be used for monthly, weekly or annual reporting, so you may not see regular activity.
 (v) Database Auditing
If database auditing has been enabled, it will give you an idea who has been accessing the database. (e.g. query views such as DBA_AUDIT_SESSION and DBA_AUDIT_TRAIL).
(vi) Standby databases
It’s worth running the query SELECT DATABASE_ROLE FROM V$DATABASE; If this returns “PHYSICAL STANDBY” or “LOGICAL STANDBY”, then it could mean that someone has deleted a primary database in the past, but neglected to remove the associated standby database. 

Before deleting any databases, it would be advisable to email anyone that may have an interest in the database and then ensure that a copy of the database files and configuration information is archived to tape or other storage for a pre-defined period of time.  Ensure that you have approval from all interested parties before carrying out any work like this, which could have an impact on the business.

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Three New free of charge Oracle White Papers released for August!!!

OracleContractors - Mon, 2011-08-15 07:14

Hi all,

Many thanks to the following authors for their White Papers, your contributions are much appreciated & help to share Oracle knowledge on a global scale:

Martin Dvorak - “How to Plan & Deliver Oracle eBusiness Suite Training with UPK”

Claire Aukett - “Absence Management using R12 Oracle HCM & CRM”

Elwyn Lloyd Jones - “Upgrade Strategies for OWB Environments”

If you would like a copy of any of these papers, please register with the White Paper area of our website where you can gain access to our full White Paper library & if you are interested in becoming a White Paper author yourself, please contact me at:

New papers are also being released in September too so watch this space!

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To OCP or not to OCP, that is the question

OracleContractors - Sat, 2011-08-13 03:09

Over the years, the topic of whether or not to take the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) exams has been discussed many times. A large number of clients and agencies now regularly ask for candidates who are OCP qualified.

The main arguments against the exams seem to be along the following lines:


The exams only deal with theoretical situations. You can’t beat real-life experience. 
This is true, but the exams do demonstrate that you are able to understand technical issues.  In order to resolve problems, you need to know how the software works.  You also need real-life experience of using your theoretical knowledge in a practical manner, before you can become an effective DBA.

Outside of a test laboratory or classroom, you have real users, applications and software from multiple vendors. Once exposed to these environments you become a much better DBA.

The exam is just a memory test.
That’s true to some extent - but you have to understand the question and which of the possible answers is the correct one. You still have to understand what you’ve remembered.  Even though you may forget the exam topics over time, at least you have positive proof that at the time you took the exam, you knew that area of Oracle in detail.


I don’t need to take the exams to show that I keep up to date.
Whilst you can just read the documentation, at least the exams prove that you’ve made the effort to keep your skills current. Otherwise everyone else just has your word for it that you have.  

The other issue is that you can read the documentation but not understand it properly. Passing the exam is proof that you understood the concepts in sufficient depth to pass the exam.

Taking the exams also provides a more focused way of keeping up to date.


Why bother learning about lots of features that you’re never going to use?
There are lots of features that you may never use, but if a new problem arises - if you’ve kept up to date - then you’re are aware of all the possible solutions.  You don’t always have several days or hours to go away and research all the available options. Even having a high-level overview of a solution can mean that you not only resolve issues more quickly, but that you’re more likely to come up with the most effective solution.  If you aren’t aware of other solutions then you never will use them. You’ll just end up doing things the same way that they’ve been done for years.

Another reason for learning about many features is that unless you can predict the future, how do you know what features you will never use? 

Knowledge of lots of functionality is useful when resolving issues because more options that were once separate from the main database installation are now integrated into it. Sometimes these options can cause errors even though your application isn’t actually using them.

The exams also demonstrate that you’re interested enough in the technology to want to keep up to date. Nobody forces you to take them.

Whether or not you decide to take the exams is a personal choice, but I would say that they can be useful as a starting point to differentiate between two DBA’s who have a similar level of experience.  There is still no substitute for real-world experience and just because someone passes the exam doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be a better DBA. 

(In case you’re wondering, I have taken the exams!)

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Tracing ODBC Connections to an Oracle Database

OracleContractors - Thu, 2011-08-04 23:06

Various applications can be configured to connect to an Oracle database using an ODBC connection. When there are problems with the connection, it can sometimes be useful to enable ODBC tracing. 

This is a pretty straightforward task and can often highlight useful information to diagnose issues such as incorrect ODBC drivers or driver versions, or attempting to use incorrect database connection information. 

The Scenario
To demonstrate ODBC tracing, we’ll first log into an Oracle Enterprise edition database called “ORCL11″ and create an account called “odbc1″:   

create user odbc1 identified by odbc1;

(Note: You may want to make your password more secure than this! Remember also that 11g has case-sensitive passwords by default)

grant create session, create table to odbc1;
alter user odbc1 default tablespace users;
alter user odbc1 quota 10M on users;

Next we’ll connect as our new user and create a test table with a small amount of data.

connect  odbc1/odbc1

create table odbc_test_tab (col1 varchar2(40));
insert into odbc_test_tab values (’TEST’);
insert into odbc_test_tab values (’TEST2′);

Then we create an ODBC connection to our ORCL11 database.  Create the connection using a System DSN called “EXCEL_TEST11″. Use the Oracle ODBC Driver and the odbc1 database account to connect.

The last step is to create a new Excel 2010 spreadsheet called “odbctesting.xlsx” 

Note: To keep this post brief, I haven’t included full details of the steps to create the ODBC connection, or of setting up the connection in Excel. If anyone wants detailed instructions on how to do this, please let me know.  For the Excel connection the main steps are to go to the Data tab - “From Other Sources” - “From Data Connection Wizard” - “ODBC DSN” - Next and then select the “EXCEL_TEST11″ ODBC connection.  (Even though you’ll see a large listing of database objects, the ODBC1.ODBC_TEST_TAB is in the list - near the end. All the other objects are database views and tables to which PUBLIC - i.e. all users - have been  granted access).   Don’t select the option to save the password to the file.

Turning on tracing
Next we’ll turn on ODBC tracing, so that we can see what’s happening when the connection is being made. From a Windows XP client, as you need to do is:

Start - control panel - Administrative Tools - Data Sources (ODBC)   (or you can go  Start - run - odbcad32)

Then: Go to the “Tracing” tab - Click on the “Start Tracing Now” button

Once you’ve clicked on the “Start Tracing Now” button, you’ll notice it will change to be a “Stop Tracing Now” button - Apply - OK.   This closes the ODBC Data Source Administrator.
(i) To change the location of the logfile, click on the “Browse” button on the Tracing tab. You can also change the name of the log file. Then click Save.
(ii) Be aware, that this will turn on tracing for ALL ODBC connections running on this client.
(iii) Tracing could have a serious performance impact on your application, so only enable it if neccessary. 
(iv) Microsoft support article ID: 942976 notes that 64-bit versions of windows have two versions of the ODBC Administrator tool:

%systemdrive%\Windows\SysWoW64 folder.   - 32-bit version of Odbcad32.exe
%systemdrive%\windows\System32 folder.   - 64-bit version - also called Odbc32.exe

If running odbcad32 to edit 32-bit DSN’s, then specify the full path to the executable. 32-bit System DSN’s will only appear in the 32-bit version of odbc32.exe and 64-bit System DSN’s will only appear in the 64-bit version  of odbc32.exe.  However, be aware that User DSN’s will appear in both versions. Please refer to the Microsoft support note for more details.  

Viewing a successful connection
To see a successful connection, we can open our spreadsheet and select the “Refresh All” option on the Data tab.
The ODBC tracing logfile contains a large amount of information. An extract is shown below. (I’ve added comments pre-fixed by “#”, but you obviously won’t see these in the logfile).

e               8fc-dd0 EXIT  SQLAllocConnect  with return code 0 (SQL_SUCCESS)   # successfully connected to the database.

  WCHAR *             0×03B9F460 [      37] “SELECT * FROM “ODBC1″.”ODBC_TEST_TAB”"  # select statement to run against our table.

e               8fc-dd0 EXIT  SQLDescribeColW  with return code 0 (SQL_SUCCESS) # Description of column data within the table follows
  WCHAR *             0×0013FA20 [       4] “COL1″                # Column name

  SQLULEN *           0×024FEA68 (40)                             # Column length      

e               8fc-dd0 EXIT  SQLExecDirectW  with return code 0 (SQL_SUCCESS)  # Successfully executed SQL select statement

e               8fc-dd0 EXIT  SQLFetch  with return code 0 (SQL_SUCCESS) # Successful fetch of data from the first row in our table

e               8fc-dd0 EXIT  SQLFetch  with return code 0 (SQL_SUCCESS) # Successful fetch of data from the second row in our table

e               8fc-dd0 EXIT  SQLFetch  with return code 100 (SQL_NO_DATA_FOUND) # No more data to be fetched from the table - there are only 2 rows.

e               8fc-dd0 EXIT  SQLDisconnect  with return code 0 (SQL_SUCCESS)  #Disconnect from the database

Viewing an unsuccessful connection attempt due to an incorrect password
Here we refresh our spreadsheet again, but deliberately use an incorrect password:

Excel error messages:

[Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-01017:invalid username/password; logon denied
[Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Driver’s SQLSetConnectAttr failed

ODBC Trace file error messages:

  DIAG [28000] [Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-01017: invalid username/password; logon denied
  DIAG [IM006] [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Driver’s SQLSetConnectAttr failed (0)


Wrong Database Service name specified
We refresh our connection, but put an incorrect entry in the “Service Name” box:

Excel error messages:

[Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-12170: TNS:Connect timeout occurred
[Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Driver’s SQLSetConnectAttr failed

ODBC Trace file error messages:
  DIAG [S1000] [Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-12170: TNS:Connect timeout occurred (12170)
  DIAG [IM006] [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Driver’s SQLSetConnectAttr failed (0)

Listener is down
We shut down the listener and then refresh the spreadsheet. Excel error messages:

[Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-12541: TNS:no listener

ODBC Trace file error messages:

DIAG [S1000] [Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-12541: TNS:no listener (12541)
DIAG [IM006] [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Driver’s SQLSetConnectAttr failed (0)



Database is down
Startup the listener and shut down the 11g database. Refresh the Excel spreadsheet:
Excel error messages:

[Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-12514: TNS:listener does not currently know of service requested in connect descriptor

ODBC Trace file error messages:

DIAG [S1000] [Oracle][ODBC][Ora]ORA-12514: TNS:listener does not currently know of service requested in connect descriptor (12514)
DIAG [IM006] [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Driver’s SQLSetConnectAttr failed (0)

Note: You might think, why bother tracing ODBC if you get the error messages in Excel anyway?  That’s fine, but the main purpose of this post is to illustrate that if you are using an application which doesn’t supply detailed messages, you may be able to find out the cause of any issues by turning on ODBC tracing.


Turning off ODBC Tracing
To stop tracing, you can then just open up the ODBC Data Source Administrator as before - go to the “Tracing” tab and click on the “Stop Tracing Now” button - Apply - OK. 
Note: Don’t leave tracing turned on permanently, otherwise it could fill up the local drive on the client. ODBC tracing can generate a lot of information. Remember to delete or archive old trace files.

Other references:

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How big is my oracle database?

OracleContractors - Thu, 2011-07-28 14:50

People ask this question a lot on the internet and most of the answers just seem to focus on a query of dba_data_files, similar to that shown below:

select sum(bytes)/1048576 “DATAFILES_SIZE_MB” from dba_data_files;
That’s fine to start with, but you should also include tempfiles, which are used when an operation such as a large sort is too big to fit into the relevant memory allocated to the session.
select sum(bytes)/1048576 “TEMPFILES_SIZE_MB” from dba_temp_files;

Your redo logs can also use up a large amount of disk space - especially if your database has more than the minimum number of 2 redo log groups. (You may also have several members within each group).

select sum(bytes)/1048576 “REDOLOGS_SIZE_MB” from v$log;

The database obviously needs controlfiles to record information such as which datafiles belong to the database.  If your CONTROL_FILE_RECORD_KEEP_TIME is set to a large value, then your controlfiles can become quite large.

select round(sum(block_size*file_size_blks)/1048576,2) “CONTROLFILESIZE_MB” from v$controlfile;

From 10g onwards, flashback database is not enabled by default, but if it is, then this area can grow rapidly over time. 

Flash Recovery Area
select * from v$recovery_file_dest; 
select * from v$flash_recovery_area_usage;  

These views will show sizing details and free space available. 

Note: If your backups are held outside of the flash recovery area, then you’ll also need to allow space for these. This will depend on your backup strategy and backup retention policy. (Export/datapump export dumpfiles also need to be planned for).

If you are using RMAN incremental backups and have block change tracking enabled, then include this file:

Block change tracking file
select filename, nvl(bytes/1048576,0) “BLOCK_CT_SIZE_MB” from v$block_change_tracking;

Files referenced by database directories or the utl_file_dir parameter
Your application may read from, or write to external files via database directories or the utl_file_dir parameter.

Other examples of using external directories are for

(a) External tables -

select a.owner||’.'||a.table_name||’ stored in directory ‘||b.directory_path “EXTERNAL_TABLES”
dba_external_locations a, dba_directories b
where a.directory_owner=b.owner
and a.directory_name=b.directory_name;
(b) If you are storing multiple versions of the same tablespace within a file group repository. (i.e. tablespace versioning).

select a.tablespace_name, a.version, a.file_group_owner, a.file_group_name,
b.file_name, b.file_directory
from dba_file_group_tablespaces a, dba_file_group_files b
where a.file_group_owner=b.file_group_owner
and a.file_group_name=b.file_group_name;

Miscellaneous files
There are a large number of files which you could also include in your sizing if you wanted to. Though most of these are really external to the database.
Examples include:

(a) The spfile/pfile and any ifile referenced files.
(b) Any external scheduler jobs (i.e. program_type=’EXECUTABLE’ and program_action which points to a shell script).
(c) Configuration files such as Oracle wallet files and database gateway/hs services files.                   

(d) Oracle networking files. (e.g. tnsnames.ora, sqlnet.ora, listener.ora)
(e) Passwordfile.
(f) Any application code that needs to be deployed to the database server.
(g) Any database management or monitoring scripts that need to be on the server. 
(h) Files referenced by the audit_file_dest parameter, if audit_trail is set to use the “OS” or “XML” options.
(i) Archived redo logs and standby redo logs. Be aware of space usage related to the workload of your database and whether or not you have multiple destinations defined.
(j) Any software that needs to be deployed to the server. (e.g. The oracle software itself takes up several gigabytes of space).

If you wanted to be very precise, you could remove unused space from the calculations above, but I haven’t done that here, in order to keep things more straightforward. In real-life you would probably be better leaving the extra space available to allow for future growth of the database - which you should also plan into your size calculations.

As you can see, calculating size requirements for an Oracle database is not always as simple as you would think.  I’ve tried to include all elements in this post, though in reality a lot of them won’t apply to most databases. Please feel free to share any other items not on the list, that you feel should be included.

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EBS Technology Stack Blog in transition

Steven Chan - Wed, 2011-03-16 10:17
I started this blog in 2006 as a personal experiment. Since then, this blog has morphed into a combination of a breaking news source and a wide-ranging reference library. Over the years, I've deliberately established an editorial policy of ensuring that we break EBS techstack news to you in real-time, free of hype and unvarnished by marketing considerations. It now includes contributions from almost thirty guest authors. We've collectively published about 800 articles, fielded over 5,200 comments, and handled countless emails from readers. We get millions of pageviews per year, and there are over a million incoming links to our published articles. This blog's success has been an object lesson in how a small, personal experiment can take on a life of its own. I still manage this blog in my free time, mostly, but it now lives in an odd grey area somewhere between my official job responsibilities and a personal project. Things are about to change I fully understand the importance of this site to you. Unfortunately, there are major changes underway that will dramatically affect this blog. I am working with our executive management team to investigate options for preserving both our ability to get breaking news to you as well as preserving the reference library functions that you've come to rely upon. In the meantime, I'm saddened to report that this blog is on hiatus. We won't be publishing new articles or announcements. Comments have been frozen. This is temporary, but I don't have a date yet when we'll get back into our normal swing of things. Stay tuned. I'll post more updates here as soon as possible. Regards, Steven Chan Chief Editor Steven Chan
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Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0 Released for OEM 11g (

Steven Chan - Fri, 2011-02-25 11:01
We're very pleased to announce the release of Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0, an integral part of Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite. ams-ebs.png The management suite combines features in the standalone Application Management Pack (AMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite and Application Change Management Pack (ACMP) for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle's real user monitoring and configuration management capabilities. The features that were available in the standalone management packs are now packaged into the Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in 4.0, which is now fully certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Grid Control. This latest plug-in extends Grid Control with E-Business Suite specific management capabilities and features enhanced change management support. The Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in is released via patch 8333939. For the AMP and ACMP installation guide, see: * Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite Plug-in Release 4.0 (Note 1224313.1) Steven Chan
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New Oracle E-Business Suite R12 OS and Tools Requirements on IBM AIX on Power Systems

Steven Chan - Thu, 2011-02-24 13:08
IBM has announced May 1st, 2011 as the end of Support for Version 8 of the IBM XL C/C++ compiler currently used for Release 12 builds and patching. The target date of the switchover -- May 1st 2011 -- corresponds to when this older compiler will no longer be supported by IBM. Beginning on May 1st 2011, Oracle E-Business Suite patches for Release 12 (12.0, 12.1) on the IBM AIX on Power Systems platform will be built with Version 9 of the IBM XL C/C++ compiler. Customers who plan to patch or upgrade their E-Business Suite R12 environments after May 1st, 2011 must meet all the new requirements prior to applying new patches or upgrades. John Abraham
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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Certified with E-Business Suite

Steven Chan - Wed, 2011-02-23 12:25
There are three possible configurations for Windows 7 desktop clients: 1. 32-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE 2. 64-bit Windows 7, 32-bit browsers, 32-bit JRE 3. 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit browsers, 64-bit JRE We certified the first configuration in December 2009: E-Business Suite with 32-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE. We certified the second configuration in September 2010: E-Business Suite with 64-bit Windows 7 desktop clients running 32-bit versions of IE and Firefox with the 32-bit JRE. I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now certified with both of those configurations for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Oracle E-Business Suite R12 with the following minimum requirements: Steven Chan
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Reminder: ATG Live Webcast Feb. 24th: Using the R12 EBS Adapter

Steven Chan - Tue, 2011-02-22 13:58
Reminder: Our next ATG Live Webcast is happening on 24-Feb. The event is titled: * E-Business Suite R12.x SOA Using the E-Business Suite Adapter This live one-hour webcast will offer a review of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities within E-Business Suite R12 focusing on the E-Business Suite Adapter. While primarily focused on integrators and developers, understanding SOA capabilities is important for all E-Business Suite technologists and superusers. Bill Sawyer
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Choosing the Right JDeveloper Release for Your EBS Environment

Steven Chan - Mon, 2011-02-21 16:24
For customers and developers who are building OA Framework components and extensions to Oracle E-Business Suite, one of the first questions is "How do I find the right version of JDeveloper?" Sara Woodhull
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Discoverer Certified with E-Business Suite

Steven Chan - Fri, 2011-02-18 16:48
Discoverer 11g ( is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release. Discoverer is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 3. Certified E-Business Suite releases are: * EBS Release 11i + ATG RUP 7 and higher * EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher * EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher Steven Chan
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Oracle Internet Directory Certified with E-Business Suite

Steven Chan - Fri, 2011-02-18 16:31
Oracle Internet Directory is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1. OID is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 3. Certified E-Business Suite releases are: * EBS Release 11i + ATG RUP 7 and higher * EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher * EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher Oracle Internet Directory can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments: * With Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10g ( with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1) * With Oracle Access Manager 10g ( with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x) Steven Chan
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Portal Certified with E-Business Suite

Steven Chan - Fri, 2011-02-18 16:09
Portal 11g ( is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release. Portal is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 3. Certified E-Business Suite releases are: * EBS Release 11i + ATG RUP 7 and higher * EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher * EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher Steven Chan
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Identifying Data Model Changes Between EBS 12.1.3 and Prior EBS Releases

Steven Chan - Thu, 2011-02-17 12:11
The EBS 12.1.3 Release Content Document (RCD, Note 561580.1) summarizes the latest functional and technology stack-related updates in a specific release. The E-Business Suite Electronic Technical Reference Manual (eTRM) summarizes the database objects in a specific EBS release. Those are useful references, but sometimes you need to find out which database objects have changed between one EBS release and another. This kind of information about the differences or deltas between two releases is useful if you have customized or extended your EBS instance and plan to upgrade to EBS 12.1.3. Where can you find that information? Answering that question has just gotten a lot easier. You can now use a new EBS Data Model Comparison Report tool: * EBS Data Model Comparison Report Overview (Note 1290886.1) This new tool lists the database object definition changes between the following source and target EBS releases: 1. EBS and EBS 12.1.3 2. EBS 12.0.4 and EBS 12.1.3 3. EBS 12.1.1 and EBS 12.1.3 4. EBS 12.1.2 and EBS 12.1.3 Steven Chan
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Sun JRE 1.6.0_24 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Steven Chan - Tue, 2011-02-15 14:13
The mismanaged session cookie issue (now fixed) may have made you a little nervous about automatically applying new JRE updates. To reassure you on that front: * Sun Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_24 (a.k.a. JRE 6u24) is certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. * JRE 1.6.0_24 contains the fixes for the mismanaged session cookie issue that were originally released as part of JRE 1.6.0_23. All JRE 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 higher. We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. In other words, you do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE releases to your EBS users' desktops. If you wish, your desktop administrators can enable the Java "Automatic updates" option on your end-users' desktops. Steven Chan
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EBS 12.0 Minimum Requirements for Extended Support Finalized

Steven Chan - Tue, 2011-02-15 13:53
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0 will transition from Premier Support to Extended Support on February 1, 2012. New EBS 12.0 patches will be created and tested during Extended Support against the minimum patching baseline documented in our E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy (Note 1195034.1). These new technical requirements have now been finalized. To be eligible for Extended Support, all EBS 12.0 customers must apply the EBS 12.0.6 Release Update Pack and a set of technology stack infrastructure updates and updates for EBS products if they're shared or fully-installed. The complete set of minimum EBS 12.0 baseline requirements are listed in: * E-Business Suite Error Correction Support Policy (Note 1195034.1) Steven Chan
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ATG Live Webcast Feb. 24th: Using the EBS 12 SOA Adapter

Steven Chan - Mon, 2011-02-14 14:42
Our next ATG Live Webcast is now open for registration. The event is titled: * E-Business Suite R12.x SOA Using the E-Business Suite Adapter This live one-hour webcast will offer a review of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities within E-Business Suite R12 focusing on the E-Business Suite Adapter. While primarily focused on integrators and developers, understanding SOA capabilities is important for all E-Business Suite technologists and superusers. Bill Sawyer
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ATG Live Webcast Replay Available: EBS 12 OAF Rich UI Enhancements

Steven Chan - Thu, 2011-02-10 11:50
The E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group is thrilled at the response to our first ATG Live Webcast. Following up to that event, I am pleased to provide the links to replay the event and download the presentation file. The Latest E-Business Suite R12.x OA Framework Rich User Interface Enhancements Original Recording Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011 Replay Link (Note: You will need an account to view the replay.) Presentation Download Link Bill Sawyer
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New Whitepaper: Upgrading EBS 11i Forms + OA Framework Personalizations to EBS 12

Steven Chan - Wed, 2011-02-09 12:25
Personalizations are -- and have always been -- one of the safest and most upgradable ways to "customize" your Oracle E-Business Suite screens, both for Oracle Forms-based screens and for Oracle Application Framework-based pages. However, the upgrade from Release 11i to Release 12.1 spans many years of EBS evolution, during which time Oracle has actively been building many new features and modules. A lot has changed in Oracle E-Business Suite that may affect upgrading your personalizations from 11i to 12.1. We have published a new note on My Oracle Support that discusses ways to evaluate your existing personalizations: * Upgrading Form Personalizations and OA Framework Personalizations from Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i to 12.1 (Note 1292611.1) Sara Woodhull
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