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JRE 1.8.0_171/172 Certified with Oracle EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Wed, 2018-04-18 12:11

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Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_171 (a.k.a. JRE 8u171-b11) and JRE 1.8.0_172 (a.k.a. JRE 8u172-b11) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.

Java Web Start is available

This JRE release may be run with either the Java plug-in or Java Web Start.

Java Web Start is certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.  

Considerations if you're also running JRE 1.6 or 1.7

JRE 1.7 and JRE 1.6 updates included an important change: the Java deployment technology (i.e. the JRE browser plugin) is no longer available for those Java releases. It is expected that Java deployment technology will not be packaged in later Java 6 or 7 updates.

JRE 1.7.0_161 (and later 1.7 updates) and 1.6.0_171 (and later 1.6 updates) can still run Java content.  They cannot launch Java.

End-users who only have JRE 1.7 or JRE 1.6 -- and not JRE 1.8 -- installed on their Windows desktop will be unable to launch Java content.

End-users who need to launch JRE 1.7 or 1.6 for compatibility with other third-party Java applications must also install the JRE 1.8.0_152 or later JRE 1.8 updates on their desktops.

Once JRE 1.8.0_152 or later JRE 1.8 updates are installed on a Windows desktop, it can be used to launch JRE 1.7 and JRE 1.6. 

How do I get help with this change?

EBS customers requiring assistance with this change to Java deployment technology can log a Service Request for assistance from the Java Support group.

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.

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

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), 10.10 (Yosemite), and 10.11 (El Capitan) 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 Issues

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_181 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Wed, 2018-04-18 12:10

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Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_181 (a.k.a. JRE 7u181-b09) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

What's new in this update?

This update includes an important change: the Java deployment technology (i.e. the JRE browser plugin) is no longer available as of this Java release. It is expected that Java deployment technology will not be packaged in later Java 7 updates.

JRE 1.7.0_161  and later JRE 1.7 updates can still run Java content.  These releases cannot launch Java.

End-users who only have JRE 1.7.0_161 and later JRE 1.7 updates -- but not JRE 1.8 -- installed on their Windows desktop will be unable to launch Java content.

End-users who need to launch JRE 1.7 for compatibility with other third-party Java applications must also install the October 2017 CPU release JRE 1.8.0_151 or later JRE 1.8 updates on their desktops.

Once JRE 1.8.0_151 or a later JRE 1.8 update is installed on a Windows desktop, it can be used to launch JRE 1.7.0_161 and later updates on the JRE 1.7 codeline. 

How do I get help with this change?

EBS customers requiring assistance with this change to Java deployment technology can log a Service Request for assistance from the Java Support group.

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?

How can EBS customers obtain Java 7?

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 ("Deployment Technology") 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 (excluding Deployment Technology) is covered by Extended Support until December 2018.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 (excluding Deployment Technology) by December 2018. 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_191 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Wed, 2018-04-18 12:09

Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_191 (a.k.a. JRE 6u191-b09) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

What's new in this update?

This update includes an important change: the Java deployment technology (i.e. the JRE browser plugin) is no longer available as of the Java 1.6.0_171 release. It is expected that Java deployment technology will not be packaged in later Java 6 updates.

JRE 1.6.0_171 and later JRE 1.6 updates can still run Java content.  These releases cannot launch Java.

End-users who only have JRE 1.6.0_171 and later JRE 1.6 updates -- but not JRE 1.8 -- installed on their Windows desktop will be unable to launch Java content.

End-users who need to launch JRE 1.6 for compatibility with other third-party Java applications must also install the October 2017 PSU release JRE 1.8.0_152 or later JRE 1.8 updates on their desktops.

Once JRE 1.8.0_152 or a later JRE 1.8 update is installed on a Windows desktop, it can be used to launch JRE 1.6.0_171 and later updates on the JRE 1.6 codeline. 

How do I get help with this change?

EBS customers requiring assistance with this change to Java deployment technology can log a Service Request for assistance from the Java Support group.

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 Deploying JRE documentation for your EBS release for details.

How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates?

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 ("Deployment Technology") 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 (excluding Deployment Technology) is covered by Extended Support until December 2018.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 by December 2018. 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 the latest Java release certified with E-Business Suite 12 servers.  See:

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Critical Patch Update for April 2018 Now Available

Tue, 2018-04-17 22:22

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2018 was released on April 17, 2018. 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:

  • July 17, 2018
  • October 16, 2018
  • January 15, 2019
  • April 16, 2019
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Updated: Creating Custom EBS 12.2 Applications White Paper

Thu, 2018-04-12 13:01

The least invasive method of fine-tuning your E-Business Suite environment to your users' needs is via personalizations.  If that approach is insufficient, you can create custom applications via Forms, Reports, and other technologies that segregate your customizations from the standard functionality provided with Oracle E-Business Suite.

We have updated our white paper that describes steps for creating these custom application extensions:

Based on your feedback via Oracle Support, we've expanded various sections with additional background. Please feel free to comment on your experiences with this documentation or by logging a Service Request with Oracle Support.

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New Whitepaper: Solutions to EBS 12.2 Upgrade Performance Issues

Thu, 2018-04-05 11:51

Our Performance Group has just released a new whitepaper:

This white paper lists performance issues that may slow down your upgrade to E-Business Suite 12.2. It lists:

  • Upgrade performance issues fixed in EBS 12.2.7, 12.2.0 Cumulative Update Patch 8 (CUP8), or associated patches
  • Standalone performance upgrade issues with fixes
  • Database fixes for EBS upgrade performance issues
  • Workarounds for known upgrade performance bugs

This is a companion document to a previously-published white paper:

Both whitepapers are updated regularly with the latest information available, so they would be worth bookmarking and flagging for updates.

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 11 Now Available

Mon, 2018-04-02 17:03

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure.

We periodically release updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues.

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Packs. In this context, cumulative means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 is now available:

Oracle Application Framework (FWK) Release 12.2.6 Bundle 11 (Patch 27529582:R12.FWK.C)

Where is this update documented?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are in the following My Oracle Support knowledge document:

Who should apply this patch?

All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 users should apply this patch. Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.6 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS Release 12.2.6 bundle patches.

In addition, this latest bundle patch includes fixes for the following issues:

  • TO BE SUPPLIED

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Set Thread Count for EBS 12.2 Application Tier Servers

Mon, 2018-03-26 17:48

Our September 2017 updates to the Applications DBA (AD) and EBS Technology Stack (TXK) tools for EBS 12.2 contained an enhancement that you might have missed. The AD/TXK Delta 10 updates include a new context variable for the adstrtal and adstpall application tier control scripts:

s_srvctl_thread_count

This new context variable allows you to set the thread count for the adstrtal and adstpall application tier service control scripts. This parameter allows you to start managed servers in batches specified by the variable. One of our largest customers was experiencing some performance-related issues that were partially-addressed by this enhancement.

The default value of this variable is 10, which is the hardcoded value that was previously used in these scripts. Depending on your requirements, you can now change the value. Overriding this value could have a positive impact on performance, for example, in a large server where there are 64 CPUs. The setting should be based on the number of processors on the system. It must always be a value greater than zero, and should not exceed twice the number of processors. 

Remember, you should always upgrade your EBS 12.2 environments to the latest AD and TXK updates whenever they're released. 

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Update Available for Integrated SOA Gateway in EBS R12.1.3

Wed, 2018-03-21 12:16

Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) provides an infrastructure to provide, consume, and administer Oracle E-Business Suite web services. EBS public APIs registered in Integration Repository, can be deployed as SOAP and/or REST-based web services. ISG also provides a service invocation framework to consume external SOAP based web services.

Recently, we released a consolidated patch for Integrated SOA Gateway in EBS R12.1.3. It includes fixes related to JSON payload handling in REST Services, SOAP Service Auditing, and performance of ISG web services.

You can download the latest ISG consolidated patch here:

This is a cumulative patch update that includes all previously released ISG updates for EBS R12.1.3. We recommend you to apply the latest available consolidated patch for ISG.

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Export List of Files Changed by an EBS Patch to CSV

Tue, 2018-03-20 11:59

Patch Wizard compares patches in your EBS environment against a list of all recommended Oracle E-Business Suite patches. Recommended patches can include high-priority patches or patches that update to a new codelevel, such as release update packs (RUPs), product family RUPs, and pre-upgrade patches.

Patch Wizard can analyze the impact of specific patches on your environment. It can list new files introduced and all of the files that are changed by those patches. You can then export the list of files to a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file that can be opened in a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel. 

The export functionality listing impacted files was delivered for both EBS 12.1 and 12.2:

You can always find the latest Patch Wizard updates for EBS 12.1.3 and 12.2 documented here:

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New Recommended Patch Collection for Web ADI 12.2 Now Available

Thu, 2018-03-15 11:40

Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator (Web ADI) allows you to use Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, and Project to upload data to Oracle E-Business Suite. For example, you can use Excel to create formatted spreadsheets on your desktop to download, view, edit, validate, and upload Oracle E-Business Suite data. 

We have just released a new Recommended Patch Collection for Web ADI update in EBS 12.2:

This patch is cumulative and includes all previously released patches for Web ADI 12.2.  This includes the last patch collection released in July 2016 (23733865:R12.BNE.C).

We recommend that all Web ADI users apply this patch. It includes fixes for the following issues:

  • 17315839 - AFTER APPLYING PATCH 16536996, "EACH ROW" DOESN'T COMMIT VALID ROWS
  • 17455458 - UPLOAD INTERFACE TAKES MORE THAN ICX: SESSION TIMEOUT FOR 125K ROWS
  • 19527110 - PERF: GL JOURNAL UPLOAD SLOW COMPARED TO CLIENT ADI
  • 22512856 - R: CONNECTION LEAK OCCURS AFTER THE FIX OF BUG 20915362
  • 22575948 - 22512856: R: CONNECTION LEAK OCCURS AFTER THE FIX OF BUG
  • 20915362 23140772 - FWD-PORT REQUEST OF 17455458:R12.BNE.B ICX: SESSION TIMEOUT TO 12.2.4

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New Update Available for Integrated SOA Gateway in EBS 12.2

Wed, 2018-03-14 13:46

Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) provides an infrastructure to provide, consume, and administer Oracle E-Business Suite web services. It service-enables public integration interfaces registered in Oracle Integration Repository. These interfaces can be deployed as SOAP and/or REST-based web services. ISG also provides a service invocation framework to consume external SOAP based web services.

We have just released a new Integrated SOA Gateway update for EBS R12.2. It includes fix for issues in the PostClone script used for SOAP services.

PostClone script for SOAP services: This script is used to reinstate the SOAP services in an cloned EBS environment. If you have cloned an environment  configured with ISG SOAP Services, then you need to:

  1. Re-configure ISG for SOAP services
  2. Execute ISG PostClone script

For details, see Section 11 in: 

You can download the latest ISG consolidated patch here:

Patch 27498317:R12.OWF.C - ISG Consolidated Patch (18_1_3)

This is a cumulative patch update that includes all previously released ISG updates for EBS R12.2.  It can be applied on EBS R12.2.3 and higher releases. Check the Readme for this patch for information on prerequisite patches.

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Upgrading Oracle SOA Suite 11g to Oracle SOA Suite 12c in an Existing ISG configuration

Mon, 2018-02-26 11:06

I am pleased to announce the certification of steps to upgrade Oracle SOA Suite 11g to Oracle SOA Suite 12c for an existing Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) configuration. In Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, ISG’s SOAP service provider framework uses Oracle SOA Suite and its E-Business Suite Adapter.

If your Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway R12.2 is already configured with Oracle SOA Suite 11g (11.1.1.9.0) for SOAP based web services and, if you plan to upgrade such Oracle SOA Suite to Oracle SOA Suite 12c (12.2.1.2), refer Section 4.2 of Installing Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway Release 12.2 (MOS 1311068.1).

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Major steps to upgrade Oracle SOA Suite for ISG include:

  1. Oracle Fusion Middleware Pre-upgrade tasks
  2. Upgrade tasks
  3. Post-upgrade tasks
  4. ISG Setup Verification

These steps apply for single node installation of Oracle SOA Suite as well as multiple node installation as per Oracle Fusion Middleware Enterprise Deployment Guide for Oracle SOA Suite.

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Upcoming FMW/WLS for EBS Webinar - OAUG AppsTech 2018

Fri, 2018-02-23 02:00

The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 technology stack employs Oracle Fusion Middleware (FMW) 11g, including Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS).

Join us for this upcoming webinar and learn about administration, configuration and troubleshooting of these key components of the current EBS architecture.

  • Presenters: Kevin Hudson (EBS Development), Elke Phelps (EBS Product Management)
  • Title: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2: Fusion Middleware (WebLogic Server) Administration
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST (6.00 p.m. GMT)

You can register here for this OAUG AppsTech eLearning Series session.

A complete listing of sessions for the OAUG AppsTech eLearning Series is available on the OAUG website.

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 10 Now Available

Thu, 2018-02-22 11:16

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure.

We periodically release updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues.

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Packs. In this context, cumulative means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 is now available:

Oracle Application Framework (FWK) Release 12.2.6 Bundle 10 (Patch 27308923:R12.FWK.C)

Where is this update documented?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are in the following My Oracle Support knowledge document:

Who should apply this patch?

All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 users should apply this patch. Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.6 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS Release 12.2.6 bundle patches.

In addition, this latest bundle patch includes fixes for the following issues:

  • When a Descriptive Flexfield (DFF) is in an advanced table under a query bean, some of its segments may not be displayed. Instead, other columns of the table may be repeated, or the same segment may be repeated.

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EBS Release 12.2.7 VM Virtual Appliance Now Available

Tue, 2018-02-20 12:10

[Contributing author: Robert Farrington]

We've just released an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.7 VM Virtual Appliance on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

Note: The software package shown above includes a README document with useful getting started guidance.

You can use this appliance to create an Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.7 Vision demonstration instance on a single, unified virtual machine containing both the database tier and the application tier.

Use with Oracle VM Manager or Oracle VM VirtualBox

This virtual appliance can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environment on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server. It can also be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create a virtual machine on a desktop PC or laptop.

Note: This virtual appliance is for on-premises use only. If you're interested in running Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud, see Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud (My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 2066260.1) for a comprehensive overview of what is available.

EBS Technology Stack Components

The Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.7 VM virtual appliance delivers the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.9 (64-bit) operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The embedded technology components are listed below:

Component Version RDBMS Oracle Home 12.1.0.2 Application Code Level Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.7 Release Update Pack (see My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 2230783.1) with AD-TXK Delta 10 (see My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 1617461.1) Oracle Forms and Reports 10.1.2.3 WebLogic Server 10.3.6 Web Tier 11.1.1.9 JDK JDK 1.7 build 1.7.0_161-b13 Java Plugin J2SE 1.7 Critical Patch Update (CPU) October 2017

 

REST Services Availability

Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) provides functionality to expose integration interfaces published in the Integration Repository as SOAP and REST based web services. Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.7 is configured for ISG REST Services. PL/SQL APIs, Java Bean Services, Application Module Services, and Concurrent Programs are REST enabled in this VM virtual appliance.

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Upcoming Desktop Integration Webinar - OAUG AppsTech 2018

Tue, 2018-02-20 11:01

Join us for this upcoming Oracle E-Business Suite webinar and learn about recent enhancements and features in EBS Desktop Integration:

  • Presenter: Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Oracle Applications Technology Development
  • Title: Oracle E-Business Suite Desktop Integration
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST (6.00 PM GMT)

You can register here for this OAUG AppsTech eLearning Series session.

A complete listing of sessions for the OAUG AppsTech eLearning Series is available on the OAUG website.

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When is the Best Time to Apply AD & TXK Patches?

Tue, 2018-02-13 13:36

E-Business Suite 12.2's Online Patching feature allows you to apply patches to your environment while it is still running. For example, you can apply patches to Financials while your end-users are entering bills in Accounts Receivable. These patches are applied using our Applications DBA (AD) and EBS Technology Stack (TXK) tools.

A reader recently asked whether it's advisable to apply our latest EBS 12.2.7 update at the same time as our  AD-TXK Delta 10 updates. This is a great question, since it touches on both our goals for our AD and TXK tools as well as our internal testing practices for new updates and patches.

The short answer: You should apply the latest AD and TXK infrastructure tools in an initial patching cycle, and then apply EBS updates and patches (e.g. EBS 12.2.7) in a later patching cycle.

Why?

There are two reasons:

  1. Latest AD/TXK tools are better. The latest AD and TXK tool updates always include new patching-related features, as well as critical fixes for stability, security, and performance. For example, the September 2017 AD and TXK Delta 10 updates included new features for parallel index optimization, seed data handling, synchronization of theme files on cutover, and more.
     
    If you have the latest patching tools in place, the latest AD/TXK enhancements, improvements, and fixes reduce risk during the patching process itself. 
     
  2. Updates are always tested with the latest AD/TXK tools.  We do not generally have the resources to test new EBS patches with older patching tools. We always test the installation of our latest EBS updates (e.g. EBS 12.2.7) using the latest AD and TXK patches available at the time. In other words, you may encounter unexpected issues if you apply new patches using older patching tools.

Do new AD and TXK patches trigger functional re-testing?

New AD and TXK patches do not change any aspects of how EBS functional products work.  These infrastructure tools affect how patches are applied, not how patches work.  

In other words, having the latest AD/TXK updates may reduce the risk of applying, say, a new HRMS patch, but it will not affect any Human Resources-related functionality at all.

Likewise, applying the latest AD/TXK update does not affect the functionality of any existing EBS products. Infrastructure tools only affect the patching process, not how installed EBS products work. 

How do I find the latest AD and TXK tools?

Check the following reference:

You should periodically check Document 1617461.1 on My Oracle Support for updates, which are made as required. For example, new bundled fixes or critical one-off patches may become available, or the release update packs may be superseded by newer versions.

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Forms & Reports Developer 10g Requires Windows 7

Fri, 2018-02-09 12:02

Forms & Reports Developer 10g (10.1.2.3) is required to maintain customizations in EBS 12.1 and 12.2. We previously announced certifications for Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit) clients for Forms & Reports Developer 10g.

Since those certifications were announced, we have identified issues that prevent us from delivering fixes for those configurations. Unfortunately, we must rescind those certifications.

EBS 12.1 and 12.2 system administrators must retain a Windows 7 (32-bit) PC to maintain customizations using Forms & Reports Developer 10g (10.1.2.3).

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New Report Manager 12.2 Feature: Copy Custom Templates

Thu, 2018-02-08 12:46

Oracle Report Manager is an online report distribution system that allows you to produce and manage point-in-time reports. Oracle Report Manager users can be either report producers or report consumers. Report producers submit, publish, and set security for reports. Report consumers view and approve reports.

Our Report Manager team has just released a new feature for EBS 12.2: you can copy custom Financial Statement Generator (FSG) report templates between Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 instances. For example, you can use this new feature to transfer templates from a test instance to a production instance.

For details, see:

The Report Manager - Transfer FSG Custom Templates program lets you transfer custom FSG report templates between Oracle E-Business Suite instances. You can transfer a single template, a group of templates whose names begin with the same value, or all custom templates in the source instance. If the target instance already contains a template whose name matches a template being transferred from the source instance, you can choose whether to overwrite or preserve the existing template in the target instance.

This program does not transfer Rich Text Format (RTF) templates. For information on uploading RTF templates, see the Oracle XML Publisher Administration and Developer's Guide.

This program transfers only custom templates. To add or upgrade templates provided by Oracle, apply the patches containing those template definitions.

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