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Approvals 1.5 for E-Business Suite Now Available

Wed, 2016-08-17 16:52
Approvals for EBS mobile screenshotA new version of the E-Business Suite Approvals mobile app is now available for iOS and Android.

Approvals for EBS 1.5 is part of a coordinated release of 18 E-Business Suite mobile apps.  These apps are designed to work with EBS 12.1.3 and 12.2 and are available for iOS and Android. 

This is our sixth set of updates to this family of EBS smartphone apps (a.k.a. "Release 6"). For details about the entire set of EBS mobile apps, see:

What's New?

Updates to our Approvals for EBS 1.5 app include:

  • New approval types for:
    • Human Resources (person status change)
    • Projects (projects, budgets)
    • Service Contracts
  • Ability to customize seeded metadata
  • Enhancement to Quoting approvals to support customization
  • Mobile Foundation
    • Ability to open links to external websites within the app on Android
    • Updated look and feel, including native look and feel for action sheets on iOS
    • Ability to easily clear user credentials on the Sign-In page
    • Use of Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) 2.3.1

Some of these new features require EBS server-side patches.  See the documentation above for details.

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 5 Now Available

Fri, 2016-08-05 14:10

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:

EBS 12.2.5 Bundle Patch 5 download patch

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 getIndexedChild API throws an exception when all the subtabs are hidden in the subtab layout.
    • Adding new rows to the scroll mode table with more than 30 records leads to UI distortion and table becomes empty.    
    • The value in Table cells with style OraTableCellNumber and OraTableTotalNumber is left aligned.
    • The inline error message at the table cell is not wrapped in 12.2 code lines and consequently, the table columns are expanded to the length of error messages if the error messages are long.
    • Mechanism to render table header tag from Row wise rendering(Row Bean) is not available in OAF
    This Bundle Patch requires the R12.ATG_PF.C.Delta.5 Release Update Pack as a mandatory prerequisite.

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    EBS 12.2 DB Migration Using 12cR1 Transportable Tablespaces Now Certified

    Thu, 2016-08-04 11:49
    Database migration across platforms of different "endian" (byte ordering) formats using the Transportable Tablespaces (TTS) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 (12.2.3 or higher) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0).

    This certification requires that the source database be 11gR2 (11.2.0.4) or 12cR1 (12.1.0.2) and the target database be 12cR1 (12.1.0.2). This 12.2/12cR1 database migration process utilizes the 'full transportable export/import' feature of 12c to greatly speed up the migration while also offering the optional use of incremental backup.

    This migration process requires a patch delivered by the EBS Platform Engineering team which is now generally available on MOS for use by EBS customers.

    The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using sqlplus (connected as sysdba):
    SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

    Here's a list of relevant platforms certified for the EBS R12 with 12cR1 on the database tier:

     Big Endian
     Little Endian
     Oracle Solaris on SPARC
     Linux x86-64
     HP-UX Itanium
     Windows x64
     IBM AIX on Power Systems
     Oracle Solaris on x86-64
     IBM: Linux on System z

    The use of Transportable Tablespaces may greatly speed up the migration of the data portion of the database - it does not affect metadata which must still be migrated using export/import. Smaller databases (less than 1TB) may see little gain from the use of Transportable Tablespaces, and other techniques like export/import will be simpler and likely faster.

    For smaller databases, we highly recommend that users initially perform a test migration with export/import on their database with the 'metrics=y' parameter to find out the relative size of data vs metadata in their database and to have a basis to compare any gains in timing. Generally speaking, the larger the relative size of data (as compared to metadata), the more likely it would be that TTS is suitable as a migration process to reduce downtime.

    Database migration between platforms of the same endian format should use the 'Transportable Database' process or Rapid Clone if migrating between the same platform.

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    Fifth Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

    Tue, 2016-08-02 16:55
    We are pleased to announce the availability of the fifth consolidated patch collection for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  This patchset combines important patches for Release 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset:

    EBS 12.1.3 RPC 5 screenshot download

    Reasons to Apply RPC5

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 has been available for a while, and over its lifetime has been significantly enhanced in numerous ways. These enhancements and fixes are provided as individual patches, product family Release Update Packs (RUP), and product-specific Recommended Patch Collections (RPC).

    For example, there are Recommended Patch Collections for Financials products such as General Ledger and Payables. On the technology side, there are patchsets such as the OA Framework 12.1.3.1 Consolidated Update Patch.

    Identifying and applying all the individual patches, RUPs, and RPCs you need can be time-consuming. Complicating matters further, patchsets across multiple product families are generally not tested together.

    Patches included in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ RPC5 are also available individually, and may contain conditions and prerequisites relevant to their application. RPC5 includes all the recommended patches, along with their dependencies. Applying this patch in a single downtime patching window saves effort and time, rather than applying each recommended patch individually.

    What's Included in RPC5?

    The EBS 12.1.3+ RPC5 patchset includes the latest recommended patches and their dependencies for the following Oracle E-Business Suite products and product families:

    • Applications Technology (ATG)
    • Oracle Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Oracle Financials (FIN)
    • Oracle Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
    • Oracle Procurement (PRC)
    • Oracle Projects (PJ)
    • Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM)
    • Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP)
    • Oracle Business Intelligence (BIS)

    Is it necessary to apply this RPC if I only use a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products?

    Applying this RPC is recommended even if you are using only a subset of Oracle E-Business Suite products. The patching utility 'adpatch' takes care of the files to be applied and generates them based on the product installation status.

    I have already applied a few Family Packs included in this RPC. What happens when I apply this RPC?

    Applying this RPC on top of already applied individual Family Packs will not harm your system because the patching utility 'adpatch' skips the files already applied on the system. You can apply the latest available RPC on your system.

    A patch I need isn't included in this RPC. Why not?

    This RPC combines recommended patches that were released after Release 12.1.3 into a single, integrated and regression-tested patch to help ensure a successful installation. If you don't find the patch in the RPC, it is likely that the patch was released after the patch list for the specific RPC was frozen or the patch was not marked "recommended" at the time the list was generated.

    Should I only install the latest RPC? Do I have to install all prior RPCs? Should I install later individual product family RPCs?

    To keep your system up-to-date with the most current Oracle E-Business Suite recommended patches, you should only apply the latest available RPC (which supersedes any prior release suitewide RPC) and thereafter either install individual product-level recommended patches as required or install the next suitewide level RPC when it becomes available.

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    New OA Framework 12.2.4 Update 11 Now Available

    Wed, 2016-07-27 02:05

    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 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

    What's new in this update?

    Fixes are included for following critical issues:

    • MAC validations are failing for JTT  URL cookie "jfn" in interoperability flows.
    • Message box bean is not accessibility complaint.
    • Proxy user session throws 'insufficient privileges' error when home page mode is flat.
    • Empty MDS customization documents are present in the db tables after upgrading to Release 12.2.3 of EBS and consequently, the users cannot access the pages.
    • In a KFF which has validation disabled, invalid values entered by end user are not retained after navigating back from another page.

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

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    TLS 1.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

    Tue, 2016-07-26 10:31

    I'm pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 inbound, outbound, and loopback connections are now certified with TLS 1.2, 1.1, and 1.0. If you have not already migrated from SSL to TLS, you should begin planning the migration for your environment. 

    For more information on patching and configuration requirements when migrating to TLS 1.2 from TLS 1.0 or SSL or enabling TLS for the first time, refer to the following My Oracle Support Knowledge Document:

    Migrating to TLS 1.2 per the steps and configuration outlined in MOS Note 376700.1 will do the following:

    • Address recent security vulnerabilities (e.g. POODLE, FREAK, LOGIAM, RC4NOMORE)
    • Migrate to new OpenSSL libraries which will change the method by which you generate and import your certificate

    Configuration Options

    • Configure TLS 1.2 with Backward Compatibility

      The default Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 configuration allows for the handshake between the client and server to negotiate and use the highest version of TLS (either 1.2, 1.1, or 1.0) supported by both parties.

      For example, if the outbound connection used by iProcurement is by default configured for TLS 1.2, 1.1 and 1.0 and if a call is made from Oracle E-Business Suite iProcurement to an external site that supports TLS 1.2 and a common cipher suite is found, then TLS 1.2 will be used. If a call is made from Oracle E-Business Suite iProcurement to an external site that supports TLS 1.1 and a common cipher suite is found, then the handshake negotiation will resolve to use TLS 1.1.

    • Configure TLS 1.2 Only (Optional Configuration)

    You may optionally configure Oracle E-Business Suite to use TLS 1.2 only for all inbound, outbound and loopback connections.

    Warning: If you restrict Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 to use only TLS 1.2, this configuration could result in the inability to connect with other sites or browsers that do not support TLS 1.2.
    • Disable the HTTP Port (Optional Configuration)

    You may optionally configure the Oracle HTTP Sever (OHS) delivered with the Oracle E-Business Suite application technology stack to disable the HTTP port and use the HTTPS port only.

    Where can I learn more?
    There are several guides and documents that cover Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 secure configuration and encryption. You can learn more by reading the following:

    SSL or TLS 1.0 Reference Note

    If you are using SSL or TLS 1.0 and need to review your current configuration or renew your certificate, you may refer to the following:

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    EBS Release 12.x certified with Safari 9 on Apple OS X

    Mon, 2016-07-25 12:25
    Apple logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and 12.2.4 or higher are now certified with Apple Mac OS X with the following desktop configurations:
    • Mac OS X 10.11 ("El Capitan" version 10.11.5 or later 10.11 updates)
    • Mac OS X 10.10 ("Yosemite" version 10.10.2 or later 10.10 updates)
    • Safari version 9 (9.1.1 or later 9.x updates)
    • Oracle JRE 8 plugin (1.8.0_91 or higher)
    Users should review all relevant information along with other specific patching requirements and known limitations posted in the Notes listed below.

    More information on this can be found in the document:

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    BPEL 12.1.3 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

    Thu, 2016-07-21 02:07

    Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  For more information about the differences between the two options for SOA integrations, see this previously-published certification announcement.

    The prebuilt BPEL business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3  are:

    • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
    • Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Shipping Execution (WSH)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Purchasing (PO)
    • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)

    BPEL integration architecture diagram example

    These prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 12c version 12.1.3 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 12c) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.

    References

    Certified Platforms

    Oracle SOA Suite Release 12g 12.2.1 is certified to run on any operating system upon which Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is certified. Check the following for more details:

    For information on operating systems supported by Oracle SOA Suite, refer to this document:

    Integration with Oracle SOA Suite involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

    Getting Support

    If you need support for the prebuilt EBS BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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    BPEL 12.2.1 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

    Thu, 2016-07-21 02:05

    Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  For more information about the differences between the two options for SOA integrations, see this previously-published certification announcement.

    The prebuilt BPEL business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3  are:

    • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
    • Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Shipping Execution (WSH)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Purchasing (PO)
    • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)

    BPEL integration architecture diagram example

    These prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 12c version 12.2.1 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 12c) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.

    References

    Certified Platforms

    Oracle SOA Suite Release 12g 12.2.1 is certified to run on any operating system upon which Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is certified. Check the following for more details:

    For information on operating systems supported by Oracle SOA Suite, refer to this document:

    Integration with Oracle SOA Suite involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

    Getting Support

    If you need support for the prebuilt EBS BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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    JRE 1.8.0_101/102 Certified with Oracle EBS 12.x

    Wed, 2016-07-20 02:07

    Java logo

    Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_101 (a.k.a. JRE 8u101-b13) and its corresponding Patch Set Update (PSU) JRE 1.8.0_102 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows desktop clients.

    All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
    • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
    • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

    You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    What's new in this release?

    Oracle now releases a Critical Patch update (CPU) at the same time as the corresponding Patch Set Update (PSU) release for Java SE 8.

    • CPU Release:  JRE 1.8.0_101
    • PSU Release:  JRE 1.8.0_102
    Oracle recommends that Oracle E-Business Suite customers use the CPU release (JRE 1.8.0_101) and only upgrade to the PSU release (1.8.0_102) if they require a specific bug fix.  For further information and bug fix details see Java CPU and PSU Releases Explained.

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Where are the official patch requirements documented?

    All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes:

    For EBS 12.1 & 12.2

    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

    This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

    Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

    Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

    If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
    • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

    • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in July 2016
    • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

    If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

    No.

    This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

    Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

    Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

    With the release of the January Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

    Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    What do Mac users need?

    JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) desktops.  For details, see:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

    No.

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

    JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

    JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

    Known Iusses

    Internet Explorer Performance Issue

    Launching JRE 1.8.0_73 through Internet Explorer will have a delay of around 20 seconds before the applet starts to load (Java Console will come up if enabled).

    This issue fixed in JRE 1.8.0_74.  Internet Explorer users are recommended to uptake this version of JRE 8.

    Form Focus Issue

    Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8 and can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases. To fix this issue, apply the following patch:

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    JRE 1.7.0_111 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.x

    Wed, 2016-07-20 02:06

    Java logo

    Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_111 (a.k.a. JRE 7u111-b13) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x for Windows-based desktop clients.

    All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
    • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
    • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

    You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

    Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

    • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Where are the official patch requirements documented?

    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

    This JRE release is certified for Discoverer 11g in E-Business Suite environments with the following minimum requirements:

    JRE 7 End of Public Updates

    The JRE 7u79 release was the last JRE 7 update available to the general public.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 7 updates to the end of Java SE 7 Premier Support to the end of July 2016.

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 7 updates after the public end-of-life?

    EBS customers can download Java 7 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

    Both JDK and JRE packages are now contained in a single combined download.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    Java Auto-Update Mechanism

    With the release of the January 2015 Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

    JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

    Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

    JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

    Known Issues

    When using Internet Explorer, JRE 1.7.0_01 had a delay of around 20 seconds before the applet started to load. This issue is fixed in JRE 1.7.0_95.

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    JRE 1.6.0_121 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.x

    Wed, 2016-07-20 02:05
    Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_121 (a.k.a. JRE 6u121-b9) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.x for Windows-based desktop clients.

    All JRE 6, 7, and 8 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 later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
    • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
    • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

    You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

    Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

    Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

    • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
    • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    New EBS installation scripts

    This JRE release is the first with a 3-digit Java version. Installing this in your EBS 11i and 12.x environments will require new installation scripts.  See the documentation listed in the 'References' section for more detail.

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

    This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Deploying JRE documentation for your EBS release for details.

    Implications of Java 6 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

    The Support Roadmap for Oracle Java is published here:

    The latest updates to that page (as of Sept. 19, 2012) state:

    Java SE 6 End of Public Updates Notice

    After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites. Existing Java SE 6 downloads already posted as of February 2013 will remain accessible in the Java Archive on Oracle Technology Network. Developers and end-users are encouraged to update to more recent Java SE versions that remain available for public download. For enterprise customers, who need continued access to critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 or older versions, long term support is available through Oracle Java SE Support .

    What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?

    EBS users fall under the category of "enterprise users" above.  Java is an integral part of the Oracle E-Business Suite technology stack, so EBS users will continue to receive Java SE 6 updates from February 2013 to the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017.

    In other words, nothing changes for EBS users after February 2013. 

    EBS users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for Java SE 6 until the end of Java SE 6 Extended Support in June 2017. 

    How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates after the public end-of-life?

    Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here: Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

    The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

    Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

    What do Mac users need?

    Mac users running Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

    Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

    JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers

    JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

    Java SE 6 is covered by Extended Support until June 2017.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by June 2017. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

    JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

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    Critical Patch Update for July 2016 Now Available

    Tue, 2016-07-19 14:45

    The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2016 was released on July 19, 2016. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

    The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

    Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

    The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

    It is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches.

    The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

    • October 18, 2016
    • January 17, 2017
    • April 18, 2017
    • July 18, 2017
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    BPEL 12.2.1 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.2 SOA Integrations

    Thu, 2016-07-14 12:47

    Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite can either be custom integrations that you build yourself or prebuilt integrations from Oracle.  For more information about the differences between the two options for SOA integrations, see this previously-published certification announcement.

    The prebuilt BPEL business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 are:

    • Oracle Price Protection (DPP)
    • Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Shipping Execution (WSH)
    • Oracle Transportation Management: Oracle Purchasing (PO)
    • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (CMRO/AHL)

    BPEL integration architecture diagram example

    These prebuilt BPEL processes have now been certified with Oracle BPEL Process Manager 12c version 12.2.1 (in Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite 12c) for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.

    References

    Certified Platforms

    Oracle SOA Suite Release 12g 12.2.1 is certified to run on any operating system upon which Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is certified. Check the following for more details:

    For information on operating systems supported by Oracle SOA Suite, refer to this document:

    Integration with Oracle SOA Suite involves components spanning several different suites of Oracle products. There are no restrictions on which platform any particular component may be installed so long as the platform is supported for that component.

    Pending Certifications 

    The certification for BPEL 12.2.1 with prebuilt EBS 12.1 SOA integrations is underway now. 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.   

    Getting Support

    If you need support for the prebuilt EBS BPEL business processes, you can log Service Requests against the Applications Technology Group product family.

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    Application Management Pack 13.1.1.1 for EM 13c Now Available

    Mon, 2016-07-11 15:24

    Application Management Pack (AMP) 13.1.1.1 for Oracle E-Business Suite is now available.  This E-Business Suite plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c can be used to manage Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 environments.

    What's new in this release?

    • Enterprise Manager 13c Compatibility
    EM 13c includes several enhancements including a new Fusion Middleware technology stack, Alta skin user interface and (EBR) Edition Based Redefinition support.


    • Hybrid Cloud Management
    Monitor and manage E-Business Suite environments on Oracle Cloud and On-premise. These capabilities are delivered as Enterprise Manager command line interface (EMCLI) to manage, provision, migrate, backup, restore, clone, patch, and lift-and-shift E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud. 
    • System Management
      • Real User Experience Insight (RUEI)  regions integrated within E-Business Suite Summary Dashboard
      • Automated host aliasing

    • Change Management
      • Patch Recommendations: Deploy recommended E-Business Suite technology stack patches, including Database and WebLogic Server patches, using EM patch plans. 
      • Customization Management: View the inventory of customizations in an Oracle E-Business Suite environment. View or download a spreadsheet of discovered customizations by customization type. Customization Discovery & Reporting process now includes discovery of database objects. 
      • Cloning: Save cloning interview process as templates that can be used for future purposes for Smart Clone for R12, 12.2.x procedure, and add custom parameters to the cloning procedure. 

    References

    Downloads
    The Oracle Application Management Suite for Oracle E-Business Suite can be downloaded and installed by using the Self Update feature of Oracle Enterprise Manager.

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    Host Name Length Restrictions in E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

    Mon, 2016-07-04 02:05

    Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 has a restriction on the lengths of the host names you can use.  The exact restriction depends on which of the following EBS Release Update Packs you have applied:

    • EBS Release Update Pack 12.2.5
    • EBS Release Update Pack 12.2.4, 12.2.3, 12.2.2, 12.1.3, 12.1.1

    Each of these will be considered in turn.

    Restriction in EBS Release Update Pack 12.2.5
    When you run Rapid Install, you must ensure that the host names of your database node and primary applications node do not exceed 30 characters in length. Restriction in EBS Release Update Packs 12.2.4, 12.2.3, 12.2.2, 12.1.3, 12.1.1

    The node names returned by the operating system for the database tier and application tier nodes must be no longer than 30 characters. If you configure your system to return only the host name for the node, then the host name must be no longer than 30 characters. If you configure your system to return the fully qualified domain name (FQDN), then the FQDN must be no longer than 30 characters, including the host name, domain name, and periods (.) used as separators.

    Affected Rapid Install Screens

    The following screens are where you need to ensure you enter host names that meet the current requirements.

    Rapid Install Database Node Configuration Screen

    Database Node

    Rapid Install Primary Applications Node Configuration Screen

    Primary Applications Node

    This restriction is mentioned in Oracle E-Business Suite Installation Guide: Running Rapid Install and the release notes for the affected releases.

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    New OA Framework 12.2 Update 4 Now Available

    Fri, 2016-07-01 18:26

    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 is now available:

    EBS 12.2.5 Bundle Patch 4

    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 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

    What's new in this update?

    Fixes are included for following critical issues:

    • Users intermittently getting FND_SESSION_MGR_INST_ERROR. On session timeout, clicking on any responsibility on the homepage throws error "Error while invoking main menu: Application: FND, Message Name:FND_SESSION_MGR_INST_ERROR.
    • Spacing and alignment issues for read only message Choice and text areas.
    • JAWS is not reading the confirmation message which appears after adding an attachment inline, successfully.
    • When the query string of a view object is modified in the controller to remove unused where clause parameter conditions, using 'export' results in an exception.
    • Reverted fix which enabled caching of errors for beans on which server validation was disabled.

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

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    EBS 12.2 Data Masking Template Certified with EM 13c

    Thu, 2016-06-30 02:05

    (Contributing author:  Nirzari Raichura)

    We're pleased to announce the certification of the E-Business Suite 12.2 Data Masking Template for the Data Masking Pack with Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c.

    You can use the Oracle Data Masking Pack with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c to mask sensitive data in cloned Oracle E-Business Suite environments.  Due to data dependencies, scrambling E-Business Suite data is not a trivial task.  The data needs to be scrubbed in such a way that allows the application to continue to function. 

    You may scramble data in E-Business Suite 12.2 cloned environments with EM13c using the My Oracle Support Note and template: 

    What's New with Data Masking for EBS 12.2 and EM13c?

    Online Patching with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 introduces the use of the Oracle Database feature Edition-Based Redefinition and editioning views.  The following updates occurred as part of this certification effort for compatibility with editioning views:

    • A new data masking template for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
    • New enhancements to the Data Masking Pack delivered with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c
    What does masking do in an Oracle E-Business Suite environment?

    Based upon the knowledge of the Oracle E-Business Suite architecture and sensitive columns, application data masking does the following:

    • De-identifies the data:  Scramble identifiers of individuals, also known as personally identifiable information (PII).  Examples include information such as name, account, address, location, and driver's license number.
    • Masks sensitive data:  Mask data that, if associated with personally identifiable information (PII), would cause privacy concerns.  Examples include compensation, health and employment information.  
    • Maintains data validity:  Provide a fully functional application.
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    Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: June 2016 Edition

    Wed, 2016-06-29 14:00

    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 June 2016

    1. EBS 11i users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline.

    2. EBS 12.0 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline.

    3. EBS 12.1 users should upgrade to 12.1.3 RPC4 or 12.2.  Before upgrading, 12.1 users should be on the minimum minimum 12.1 patching baseline.

    4. EBS 12.1 users should switch their PKI certificates to SHA-2.

    5. EBS 12.2 users should upgrade to EBS 12.2.5, Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2, the April 2016 AD tools, StartCD 50, and FMW 11.1.1.9.

    6. EBS 11i and 12.1 users should upgrade to Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2.

    7. EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 customers should switch from Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to Transport Layer Security (TLS).

    8. EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 users must sign their environment's JAR files now.

    9. EBS 11i, 12.0, 12.1, 12.2 users should apply the April 2016 Critical Patch Update.

    10. Oracle Single Sign-On 10g users should migrate to OAM 11gR2 Patchset 3 11.1.2.3.0.

    11. Oracle Internet Directory users should upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11g 11.1.1.9.

    12. Oracle Discoverer users should migrate to Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), or Discoverer 11g 11.1.1.7.

    13. Oracle Portal 10g users should migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11g 11.1.1.9 or upgrade to Portal 11g 11.1.1.6.

    14. Firefox users should upgrade to Firefox Extended Support Release 45.

    15. Windows desktop users should migrate from older Java releases (including JInitiator) to JRE 1.8.0_91/92 (or later JRE 1.8 updates), JRE 1.7.0_101 (or later 1.7 updates), or JRE 1.6.0_115 (or later 1.6 updates).

    16. Windows XP and Office 2003 users should upgrade to later versions.

    17. Windows Vista users should upgrade to a later version of Windows.

    18. Windows Internet Explorer users should upgrade to IE 11.

    19. EBS customers on Exalogic and Exadata should follow the latest recommendations.

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    TLS 1.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

    Tue, 2016-06-28 16:57

    I'm pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 inbound, outbound, and loopback connections are now certified with TLS 1.2, 1.1, and 1.0. If you have not already migrated from SSL to TLS, you should begin planning the migration for your environment. 

    For more information on patching and configuration requirements when migrating to TLS 1.2 from TLS 1.0 or SSL, refer to the following My Oracle Support Knowledge Document:

    The steps and configuration outlined in MOS Note 1367293.1 will address recent security vulnerabilities (e.g. Weak Cipher Suites/FREAK, POODLE, DROWN).

    Configuration Options

    • Certification with TLS 1.2, 1.1 and 1.0

      The default Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 configuration allows for the handshake between the client and server to negotiate and use the highest version of TLS (either 1.2, 1.1, or 1.0) supported end-to-end by all parties.

    For example, if the outbound connection used by iProcurement is by default configured for TLS 1.2, 1.1 and 1.0 and if a call is made from Oracle E-Business Suite iProcurement to an external site that supports TLS 1.2 and a common cipher suite is found, then TLS 1.2 will be used end-to-end. If a call is made from Oracle E-Business Suite iProcurement to an external site that supports TLS 1.1 and a common cipher suite is found, then the handshake negotiation will resolve to use TLS 1.1 for the connection encryption.

    • Restricting the TLS Protocol (Optional Configuration)

    You may optionally configure Oracle E-Business Suite to use the highest level of TLS certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. This option currently allows you configure TLS 1.2 for all inbound, outbound and loopback connections. 

    Warning: If you restrict Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 to use only TLS 1.2, this configuration could result in the inability to connect to other sites or browsers that do not support TLS 1.2.

    • Restricting Connections to HTTPS Only (Optional Configuration)

    You also may optionally configure Oracle E-Business Suite to disable the HTTP port and use the HTTPS port only. 

    Where can I learn more?
    There are several guides and documents that cover Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 secure configuration and encryption. You can learn more by reading the following:

    SSL or TLS 1.0 Reference Note

    If you are using SSL or TLS 1.0 and need to review your current configuration or renew your certificate, you may refer to the following:

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