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EBS Presentations at December 2016 UK Oracle User Group Meeting

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-11-29 02:05
Staff from Oracle E-Business Suite Development will be contributing to the APPS16 track of the UKOUG Conference & Exhibition 2016. The conference takes place at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham, England, and runs from Sunday 4th December to Wednesday 7th December.


Please bring your questions or issues about any aspect of running EBS: feel free to ask about overall strategy, specific deployment aspects, or anything else you want to know.

You'll also have the chance to attend numerous formal presentations from prominent Oracle speakers on many aspects of EBS. Here are some highlights.

On the Monday (5th), there is a great opportunity to hear the latest news from the general manager of EBS:

Another presentation that will be of particular interest to readers of this blog is:

General EBS presentations include:

And last but not least, don't miss the chance to hear about EBS Release 12.2 online patching feature from one of its architects:

You'll also be well placed to attend the TECH16 track, where you can learn about the latest developments in Oracle Database and other technologies.

We look forward to seeing you at APPS16!

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Will EBS Work with Microsoft Unified Update Platform?

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-11-28 02:00

Windows 10 logoMicrosoft is changing their packaging of major Windows 10 updates from full operating system downloads to smaller, incremental downloads.  This new delivery method is called the Unified Update Platform (UUP).

The new UUP delivery method will provide only the Windows 10 patches that have been released since the last time a desktop was updated.  Microsoft currently expects to switch to this new delivery method after the Windows 10 Creators Update is released in early 2017.

Will this work with EBS?

Yes.  Windows 10 is certified with all current EBS releases, including EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  This new delivery method is not expected to change that.

Microsoft emphasizes that nothing changes with Windows 10 itself -- this only modifies the way that Win10 patches are delivered:

It’s important to note that with UUP, nothing will look or behave differently on the surface, UUP is all underlying platform and service optimization that happens behind the scenes.

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Reminder: Upgrade to EM 12.1.0.5

Steven Chan - Fri, 2016-11-18 02:05

Oracle periodically produces Fusion Middleware patchsets -- cumulative collections of fixes -- between major product releases.  All Oracle customers have a limited amount of time to upgrade from the prior patchset when a later patchset is released.  This is called the "grace period."  You cannot request new patches for the prior patchset after the grace period ends.

Where are Fusion Middleware grace periods documented?

The specific grace periods for upgrading from one Fusion Middleware patchset to another are published here:

Do these apply to EBS customers?

Yes.  These dates apply to all Oracle customers, including E-Business Suite customers. 

What is the impact on EBS customers using Application Management Pack?

Enterprise Manager 12.1.0.5 was released in June 2015.  Oracle continued to create new patches for EM 12.1.0.4 until June 2016.  New patches for EM 12.1.0.4 are no longer available. New patches are being created only for EM 12.1.0.5.

EBS 12.1 and 12.2 customers who need new patches for their Enterprise Manager components must be on EM 12.1.0.5 and AMP 12.1.0.4 BP3, at minimum.  No new patches for earlier versions of AMP will be available.

EBS customers should consider upgrading to Enterprise Manager 13c and AMP 13.1 or higher:

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Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1 Support Dates Changed

Steven Chan - Thu, 2016-11-17 02:08

Two important changes have been made to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.1 Lifetime Support dates:

  1. Extended Support fees have been waived for the first year up to October 31, 2017
  2. Extended Support now ends on October 31, 2020 (one extra year of Extended Support)

These changes are published here:

Impact on EBS customers

These support changes apply to E-Business Suite customers using Application Management Pack released as part of Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite. 

EBS customers should consider upgrading to Enterprise Manager 13c and AMP 13.1 or higher:


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E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker Updated for EBS 12.2

Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-11-16 02:05

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:

  • October 2016 WebLogic Server (WLS) Patch Set Update (PSU)
  • October 2016 Database Patch Set Update and Bundle Patch
  • July 2016 Database Patch Set Update and Bundle Patch
  • July 2016 Database Cloud Service (DBCS) / Exadata Cloud Service (ExaCS) service

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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DSTv28 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-11-15 02:04
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 October 2016 and released as DSTv27.

DSTv28 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2. This update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2016g.  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 DSTv28 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/Rangoon
  • Asia/Istanbul
  • Europe/Istanbul
  • Turkey

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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Application Management Pack 13.1.1.1 Certified with Enterprise Manager 13.2

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-11-14 02:05

In July 2016, we announced the general availability of Oracle Application Management Suite 13.1.1.1 for Oracle E-Business Suite as a plug-in for Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c. Application Management Suite 13.1.1.1 is now certified as a plug-in with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 2.

EM 13cR2 compatibility

We encourage all customers to upgrade to the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.2 and Oracle Application Management Pack 13.1.1.1. If you are planning to manage Oracle E-Business Suite cloud environments, you must be on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c and Oracle Application Management Pack Release 13.1.1.1.0 with latest patches listed in the Note below.

References

For release details and product documentation links, see:

Downloading this update

Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite can be downloaded and installed by:

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Troubleshooting Cloning Issues in EBS 12.1

Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-11-08 02:06

The Rapid Clone tool is used to create a working identical copy of an existing Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 environment.  There are several ways of using Rapid Clone, including cloning a single node environment to another single node environment, adding additional nodes to an existing environment, and reducing nodes when cloning a multinode environment to a single node clone. 

Cloning EBS 12.1.3

The guide to using Rapid Clone in EBS 12.1 environments is:

When things go wrong

Given the variety of ways that this tool can be used, it is inevitable that some things might not go as expected.  When that happens, it's helpful to have a troubleshooting framework to narrow down the possible root causes and identify a solution. 

If you've encountered a problem with Rapid Clone, your first stop should be:

This excellent Note covers the most-common questions and issues associated with Rapid Clone, such as:

  • Location of cloning log files
  • Missing prerequisite patches
  • Preparing the source system's database and application tiers
  • The expected layout of the cloning stage area for both the applications and database tiers
  • Execution of the cloning process
  • Inventory registration issues
  • Common issues when cloning the database tier
  • Known issues

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New OA Framework 12.2.4 Update 13 Now Available

Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-11-07 10:39

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 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 12.2.4 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 EBS 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 critical issues:

    • When Descriptive Flexfield (DFF) is rendered in an advanced table, some of its segments may not be displayed, and instead other columns of the table get repeated.
    • Unable to attach the Font message choice drop-downs such as Font, Color and Size to Message Rich Text Editor (MRTE).

    This is a cumulative patch for EBS 12.2.4.  It includes updates previously released as Bundle 11 and patch 24007747.

    This Bundle Patch requires the R12.ATG_PF.C.Delta.4 Release Update Pack as a mandatory prerequisite.

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    Achieving Optimal Performance with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Steven Chan - Fri, 2016-11-04 02:05

    Our Applications Performance Group ensures that the E-Business Suite runs at peak performance in all circumstances.  This team has helped tune the E-Business Suite environments of world's largest companies to handle staggering amounts of transactional volume in multi-terabyte databases.  This group also publishes our official Oracle Apps benchmarks, white papers, and performance metrics.

    This team has collected the latest tips for optimizing EBS performance here:

    This presentation covers the following areas:

    • Optimizing Applications Tier
    • Optimizing Database Tier
    • Optimizing EBS on Real Application Clusters (RAC)
    • Optimizing EBS on Engineered Systems (e.g. Exadata)
    • Optimizing EBS using Database In-Memory
    • Optimizing EBS data management 

    Concurrent Manager Workload settings

    This is a concrete and practical collection of tips that are useful for all ranges of EBS environments.  Some specific topics covered include:

    • Using optimal FND Debug logging settings for the Apps tier
    • Optimizing Workflow processes through purging and deferred activities
    • Sizing guidelines for middle tier concurrency for JVMs, Forms
    • Dealing with network latency and bandwidth constraints
    • Tuning init.ora parameters, including SGA and PGA memory sizing
    • Best practices for gathering applications statistics
    • Archiving and purging tips
    • ... and much more...

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    Will Windows Monthly Rollups Work with EBS?

    Steven Chan - Thu, 2016-11-03 02:05

    Microsoft logoMicrosoft announced that they will release security and reliability patches in a single Monthly Rollup update instead of as individual patches.  They also announced the availability of a single Security-only rollup. 

    This change was effective from October 2016 onwards and applies to:

    • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2012 R2

    Compatibility with Oracle E-Business Suite

    Microsoft Monthly Rollups and Security-only updates are intended to be backwards-compatible with all applications. Existing Windows functionality does not change.

    It is expected that these updates will be fully-compatible with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2.  We expect that we will do periodic testing of selected updates, but will do not expect to release regular certification announcements for them. 

    EBS customers do not have to wait for explicit certification announcements before applying Microsoft Monthly Updates or Security-only updates to their Windows desktops or servers.

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    Is Oracle E-Business Suite FIPS 140 Certified?

    Steven Chan - Wed, 2016-11-02 02:05

    Customers frequently ask whether Oracle E-Business Suite is certified with the FIPS standards. 

    The Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 140-2 defines US Federal standards for cryptographic-based security systems.  FIPS Publications are issues by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

    From our Oracle E-Business Suite Security FAQ (Note 2063486.1)

    The cryptographic modules in Oracle E-Business Suite currently cannot be considered FIPS certified. Some elements of the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 technology stack have been FIPS certified; however, some of the cryptographic libraries that are used by Oracle E-Business Suite have not been FIPS certified. Additionally, some of the cryptographic libraries that have been FIPS certified have had patches issued since certification, which technically takes them out of compliance.

    Specifically, the cryptographic libraries that Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) uses for SSL/TLS traffic were FIPS certified. However, there have been a variety of security and non-security related patches in that area that technically take it out of compliance, and it has not been recertified since those patches have been issued. Oracle E-Business Suite also makes use of other cryptographic libraries for variety of usages that have not been FIPS certified.  Oracle does not currently plan to certify all of the cryptographic libraries currently used by Oracle E-Business Suite.


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    Which Oracle Database Patchsets Can Be Used With EBS?

    Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-11-01 02:05

    Oracle versions numbers can be very long.  Complicating matters further, different product families within Oracle use the version hierarchy differently.  This can make it confusing to determine whether a specific product update has been certified with Oracle E-Business Suite.

    Oracle Database update numbers can be daunting.  However, it might be reassuring to learn that the fifth-level digit in Oracle Database version is not relevant to E-Business Suite certifications.  In other words, you can apply any database patchsets that have been certified at the fourth-level digit. 

    For example, we have certified EBS 12.2 with Database 12.1.0.2. All of the following Oracle Database patchsets will work with EBS 12.2:

    • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2.0 (documented certification)
    • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2.160419 (April 2016 Database Proactive Bundle Patch)
    • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2.160719 (July 2016 Database Proactive Bundle Patch)

    This is sometimes shown in our documentation in either of the following ways:

    • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2
    • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2.x

    The absence of a fifth-digit or the presence of an 'X' in the fifth digit's place means any fifth-digit level updates may be applied to an Oracle Database for EBS 12.2 without requiring a new certification.  This applies to all environments, including test and production environments.

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    Upgrading to EBS 12.2 With a Non-APPS Schema

    Steven Chan - Mon, 2016-10-31 02:06

    An Oracle database stores the objects associated with a single installation of Oracle E-Business Suite. Product code objects are stored in the APPS schema; product data objects are stored in the relevant base product schemas. Product code objects include packages, procedures, functions, triggers, views, materialized views, java classes, and queues.

    EBS APPS schema

    What does the APPS schema do?

    The APPS schema has access to the complete Oracle E-Business Suite data model. Oracle E-Business Suite responsibilities connect to an APPS schema, and the environment variable FNDNAM is set to the name of the APPS schema. The APPS schema owns all the code objects for the Oracle E-Business Suite, and has access to all data objects. There is one APPS schema for every product installation group.

    Utilizing a single schema that has access to all objects avoids cross-product dependencies, and creates a hub-and-spoke access model rather than the spider web model that would otherwise be needed. The APPS schema also improves the reliability of and reduces the time needed for installation, upgrading, and patching, by eliminating the need for cross-product grants and synonyms.

    It wasn't always "APPS"

    Older versions of EBS were delivered with a different default schema name: APPS_FND.  Some older versions even allowed you to override the default name of the schema prior to installation.

    Recent versions of Oracle E-Business Suite use the APPS schema by default.  It is not possible to change the name of the APPS schema.

    Hardcoded references to APPS are not permitted

    We have many upgrade-related scripts, tools, and utilities.  All of these standard EBS tools are required to handle any EBS schema name, regardless of whether it is named APPS, APPS_FND, or something else.  There should be no hardcoded references to, say, the APPS schema. This development standard is enforced by regular automated scans of the entire EBS source code.

    Earlier versions of some EBS upgrade scripts may have had hardcoded references to APPS.  Running an upgrade to, say, EBS 12.2 against an EBS environment with an EBS schema named APPS_FND would fail in certain circumstances.  This is not expected behavior.  We would regard that as a bug that needs to be fixed immediately.

    All E-Business Suite scripts with hardcoded APPS schema references have since been superceded by later versions that can handle any EBS schema names.  To avoid issues with non-standard schema names, make sure that you're using the latest Rapid Install and AD/TXK utilities.  Click on the "Upgrade Recommendations" link in the sidebar of this site for pointers to the latest utilities.

    Known issues

    It is possible to integrate E-Business Suite environments with Oracle Identity Manager (OIM), which offers connectors that handle user provisioning.  Those OIM connection scripts still contain hardcoded references to the APPS schema (bug 24613821). 

    Getting support

    If you encounter any issues with non-standard EBS schema names, please log a formal Service Request with Oracle Support. You are welcome to drop me a line or post a comment here, too, if your schema-related SR gets stuck in the pipeline for some reason.

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    Oracle Student Cloud’s aka Oracle CX for Higher Education

    OracleApps Epicenter - Sat, 2016-10-29 06:53
    Oracle Student Cloud’s new Oracle CX for Higher Education uses Oracle’s intuitive mobile technology to help recruiters boost their pipeline by targeting and qualifying best-fit prospects via social, email, and SMS CRM capabilities. Oracle Student Recruiting Cloud’s embedded analytics also help improve forecasting and monitor and optimize recruiters’ performance in their territories. Student Engagement broadly […]
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    The Times They Are A Changing

    David Haimes - Fri, 2016-10-28 05:58

    I am focusing on some new things here at Oracle.  I’ll be dedicating a lot more of my time looking into emerging technology trends and how we should be applying them to the enterprise ERP or financial management space.

    So how does this effect this blog?

    I’ve been blogging for many years on Intercompany, Financial Management and ERP, mixing in some general technology posts.  Now I plan to start writing about new technology trends a lot more.  I have always been interested in this, but now I have more time to get deeper into it and I find blogging about things helps me understand them better and get feedback and insight from others, so it is a win-win.  I have enjoyed all the comments on the blog and words of encouragement that people have given me in person, that has been a huge motivation to continue writing (even tho I have been posting as frequently as I would like the last few years) and respond to comments.  I hope that feedback will continue.

    So now I have got this announcement out of the way, I can get started… watch this space.


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    Installing Developer 10g 32-bit on 64-bit Windows versions

    Steven Chan - Fri, 2016-10-28 02:04

    E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 require Forms Developer 10g and Reports Designer 10g.  Forms Developer 10g and Reports Designer 10g are part of Oracle Developer Suite 10g.  Oracle Developer Suite 10g is a 32-bit program certified with Windows Vista, 7, 8.1, and 10.

    Forcing 32-bit programs to run on 64-bit Windows

    Although Windows 32-bit programs will not install by default on 64-bit versions of Windows, there are three possible workarounds:

    Workaround 1: You can run the Developer 10g setup.exe installer in Windows compatibility mode > Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows XP (Service Pack 3).  See Section 6 in Note 277535.1.

    Workaround 2: You can let Windows determine how to install it automatically via the "Program Compatibility Assistant".  See Section 6 in Note 277535.1.

    Windows Program Compatibility Assistant

    Workaround 3: Install some additional patches and run the Developer 10g installer with the -ignoreSysPrereqs command line parameter.  See Note 1292919.1 for more details.

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    Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) 12c : Basics & Overview

    Online Apps DBA - Thu, 2016-10-27 03:23

      Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) is software load balancer from Oracle that receive requests from client and forward it to back-end application like WebLogic , WebCenter, Portal etc. In this first post on OTD, I’ll be covering basic concepts related to OTD (More on installation & configuration of OTD later in future posts) 1. Oracle […]

    The post Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) 12c : Basics & Overview appeared first on Oracle Trainings for Apps & Fusion DBA.

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    New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 7 Now Available

    Steven Chan - Thu, 2016-10-27 02:04

    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 7

    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 number values in Total column in the Budget table are partially hidden after applying some set of ATG and Mobile Application patches.
    • Failed to return to the base page after submitting the popup due to client side validation.
    • The rawtext with style class set to OraInstrcutionText under HideShowHeader with style class OraHeaderSub does not word-wrap.
    • Tables are not get rendered properly when scrolling when there are more than 300 records in the table.
    • Page/form image icons are not aligned on home page with the function name links in Navigator and Favorites regions in Chrome and Firefox browsers.
    • The document catalog column was displayed on inline attachment popup windows even if document catalog option was disabled.
    • In HTTPS-enabled environments, navigating to 3-Frame JSP page shows a blank page since the request to load mixed active content has been blocked.
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    Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: October 2016 Edition

    Steven Chan - Tue, 2016-10-25 02:05

    We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates and creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy.   

    Here are our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases

    You can research these yourself using this Note:

    Upgrade Recommendations for October 2016


    EBS 12.2
     EBS 12.1
     EBS 12.0
     EBS 11.5.10
    Check your EBS support status and patching baseline

    Apply the minimum 12.2 patching baseline
    (EBS 12.2.3 + latest technology stack updates listed below)

    In Premier Support to September 30, 2023

    Apply the minimum 12.1 patching baseline
    (12.1.3 Family Packs for products in use + latest technology stack updates listed below)

    In Premier Support to December 31, 2021

    In Sustaining Support. No new patches available.

    Upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2

    Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline

    In Sustaining Support. No new patches available.

    Upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2

    Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline

    Apply the latest EBS suite-wide RPC or RUP

    12.2.6
    Sept. 2016

    12.1.3 RPC5
    Aug. 2016

    12.0.6

    11.5.10.2
    Use the latest Rapid Install

    StartCD 51
    Feb. 2016

    StartCD 13
    Aug. 2011

    12.0.6

    11.5.10.2

    Apply the latest EBS technology stack, tools, and libraries

    AD/TXK Delta 8
    Sept. 2016

    FND
    Aug. 2016

    EBS 12.2.5 OAF Update 6
    Sept. 2016

    EBS 12.2.4 OAF Update 11
    Jul. 2016

    FMW 11.1.1.9

    12.1.3 RPC5

    OAF Bundle 5
    Note 1931412.1
    Jun. 2016

    JTT Update 4
    Oct. 2016



    Apply the latest security updates

    Oct. 2016 Critical Patch Update

    SHA-2 PKI Certificates

    SHA-2 Update for Web ADI & Report Manager

    Switch from SSL to TLS

    Sign JAR files

    Oct. 2016 Critical Patch Update

    SHA-2 PKI Certificates

    SHA-2 Update for Web ADI & Report Manager

    Switch from SSL to TLS

    Sign JAR files

    Oct. 2015 Critical Patch Update
    April 2016 Critical Patch Update
    Use the latest certified desktop components

    Use the latest JRE 1.8, 1.7, or 1.6 release that meets your requirements

    Upgrade to IE 11

    Upgrade to Firefox ESR 45

    Upgrade Office 2003 to later Office versions (e.g. Office 2016)

    Upgrade Windows XP and Vista to later versions (e.g. Windows 10)

    Use the latest JRE 1.8, 1.7, or 1.6 release that meets your requirements

    Upgrade to IE 11

    Upgrade to Firefox ESR 45

    Upgrade Office 2003 to later Office versions (e.g. Office 2016)

    Upgrade Windows XP and Vista to later versions (e.g. Windows 10)



    Upgrade to the latest database Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 If you're using Oracle Identity Management

    Upgrade to Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2.3

    Upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9

    Migrate from Oracle SSO to OAM 11.1.2.3.0

    Upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9



    If you're using Oracle Discoverer
    Migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11.1.1.7. Migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11.1.1.7.

    If you're using Oracle Portal
    Migrate to Oracle WebCenter  11.1.1.9
    Migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11.1.1.9 or upgrade to Portal 11.1.1.6.



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