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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 11 Now Available

Tue, 2017-05-02 02:00

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. Since the initial release of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 in 2013, we have released a number of 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 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 12.2.5 is now available:

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

This latest bundle patch includes fixes for following bugs/issues:

  • The View generated by the rich table interactions affects the performance by executing the blind query.
  • The text font is inconsistent on Printable page.
  • The German translation is not in sync for button's label.
  • Table data is not loading when scroll down for inline update table.

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April 2017 Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2

Tue, 2017-05-02 02:00

We have been fine-tuning the administration tools for E-Business Suite 12.2 via a series of regular updates to the Applications DBA (AD) and EBS Technology Stack (TXK) components:

We have now made available a eleventh set of critical updates to AD and TXK. We strongly recommend that you apply these new AD and TXK updates at your earliest convenience:

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

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

What's New in this Patchset?

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

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Reminder: Sign E-Business Suite JAR Files

Mon, 2017-05-01 02:00

Oracle disabled MD5 signed JARs in the April 2017 Critical Patch Update.  JAR files signed with MD5 algorithms will be treated as unsigned JARs.

MD5 JAR file signing screenshot

Does this affect EBS environments?

Yes. This applies to Java 6, 7, and 8 used in EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  Oracle E-Business Suite uses Java, notably for running Forms-based content via the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) browser plug-in.  Java-based content is delivered in JAR files.  Customers must sign E-Business Suite JAR files with a code signing certificate from a trusted Certificate Authority (CA). 

A code signing certificate from a Trusted CA is required to sign your Java content securely. It allows you to deliver signed code from your server (e.g. JAR files) to users desktops and verifying you as the publisher and trusted provider of that code and also verifies that the code has not been altered. A single code signing certificate allows you to verify any amount of code across multiple EBS environments. This is a different type of certificate to the commonly used SSL certificate which is used to authorize a server on a per environment basis. You cannot use an SSL certificate for the purpose of signing jar files. 

Instructions on how to sign EBS JARs are published here:

Where can I get more information?

Oracle's plans for changes to the security algorithms and associated policies/settings in the Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Java SE Development Kit (JDK) are published here:

More information about Java security is available here:

Getting help

If you have questions about Java Security, please log a Service Request with Java Support.

If you need assistance with the steps for signing EBS JAR files, please log a Service Request against the "Oracle Applications Technology Stack (TXK)" > "Java."

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Critical Patch Update for April 2017 Now Available

Fri, 2017-04-28 10:59

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for April 2017 was released on April 18, 2017. 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 18, 2017
  • October 17, 2017
  • January 16, 2018
  • April 17, 2018
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Webcast: "Personalizing the Oracle E-Business Suite: The Next Generation"

Thu, 2017-04-27 13:15

Webcast Personalizing OAFOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of how to personalize EBS 12.2, see:

Senthilkumar Ramalingam, Group Manager Product Development, discusses the new Release 12.2 Administrator Personalization Workbench that allows you to quickly and easily personalize Oracle Application Framework (OAF) applications. The new Personalization Workbench provides an intuitive, WYSIWYG personalization experience and offers rich interactivity like select-and-edit and drag-and-drop to perform a wide range of personalizations on a page. Learn about new OAF end user personalization capabilities for optimizing the experience on iOS or Android tablets. Leverage new gesture support and tablet-optimized components in your customizations and extensions. See how to use the Oracle E-Business Suite Developer VM on Oracle Cloud to develop personalizations and extensions. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

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JRE 1.6.0_151 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Wed, 2017-04-26 12:01

Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_151 (a.k.a. JRE 6u151-b10) 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.

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 servers.  See:

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JRE 1.7.0_141 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Wed, 2017-04-26 11:52

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Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_141 (a.k.a. JRE 7u141-b11) 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.

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 1.8.0_131 Certified with Oracle EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Wed, 2017-04-26 11:46

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Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_131 (a.k.a. JRE 8u131-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 now certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.  This JRE release may be run with either the Java plug-in or Java Web Start.

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

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), 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 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_141 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Wed, 2017-04-26 02:00

Java logo

Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_141 (a.k.a. JRE 7u141-b11) 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.

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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Java Web Start Now Available for EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Mon, 2017-04-24 12:20

Java Web Start (JWS) is now available for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2:

What is Java Web Start?

Java Web Start launches E-Business Suite Java-based functionality as Java Web Start applications instead of as applets.  Java Web Start is part of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

Does EBS use Java on desktop clients?

Yes.  The E-Business Suite requires Oracle Forms.  Oracle Forms requires Java. 

Other EBS products also have functionality that require Java.

What is the new approach with Java Web Start?

It's not technically "new" (it is a mature Java technology originally released in 2004), but we're using it for the first time with the E-Business Suite.  This approach launches EBS Forms-based screens and other functionality as Java Web Start applications instead of as applets.

What prerequisites are needed for Java Web Start?

 Oracle E-Business Suite Release  Minimum JRE Release  12.2  JRE 8 Update 121 b33  12.1.3  JRE 8 Update 121 b33

A small number of server-side patches for Forms and EBS are needed. See:

Why is this important?

Until now, E-Business Suite's Java-based content required a browser that supports Netscape Plug-in Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plug-ins.

Some browsers are phasing out NPAPI plug-in support.  Some browsers were released without NPAPI plug-in support.  This prevents the Java plug-in from working.

With the release of Java Web Start, E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 users can launch Java-based content (e.g. Oracle Forms) from browsers that do not support Java plug-ins via NPAPI.  Java Web Start in EBS works with:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox Rapid Release (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Firefox Extended Support Release (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Google Chrome

How does the technology architecture change?

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

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

E-Business Suite Java Web Start architecture diagram

Will the end-user's experience change?

Generally not. We have worked hard to ensure that your end-users' experience with Java Web Start applications is as similar as possible to applets via the Java browser plugin.  The differences between the Java Plug-in and Java Web Start are expected to be almost-invisible to end-users.

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

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

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

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

  • Oracle General Ledger (GL): Account Hierarchy Manager
  • Oracle Customers Online (IMC): Party Relationships
  • Oracle Call Center Technology (CCT)
  • Oracle Sourcing (PON): Auction Monitor
  • Oracle Installed Base (CSI): Visualizer
  • Oracle Process Manufacturing (OPM): Recipe Designer
  • Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning (MSC): Plan Editor (PS/SNO)
  • Workflow (WF): Status Diagram, Notification Signing with Digital Signatures
  • Scripting (IES): Script Author

What is the roadmap for browser support for plug-ins?

Plug-in support has various names, including:

This article will simply use the term "plug-in support," which refers to all of the different types listed above.

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

Some organizations may wish to use browsers that do not offer plugin support.  The Java Web Start approach works with all browsers, regardless of whether they have plugin support. 

What is the roadmap for Java's support for plug-ins?

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

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

What does "deprecate" mean?

In this context, "deprecate" means there will still be a Java Plug-in in JRE 9.

In other words, JRE 9 will include the Java Browser Plug-in and Java Web Start.  Users will still be able to run Java-based applications using the Java Plug-in and Java Web Start in JRE 9.

What does this mean for E-Business Suite users running the Java Plug-in with JRE 9?

The release of Java 9 is not expected to affect E-Business Suite users.

JRE 9 is expected to continue to work with the E-Business Suite in browsers that support the Java Browser Plug-in via the NPAPI protocol.

JRE 9 is expected to work with the E-Business Suite in browsers that support Java Web Start.

What browsers are expected to support the JRE 9 plug-in?

Internet Explorer, Firefox ESR 32-bit, and Safari are expected continue to support NPAPI -- and, therefore, Java and Forms. 

Firefox Rapid Release, Firefox ESR 64-bit, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge do not support NPAPI, so Java-based apps cannot run in those browsers using the Java Plug-in.  EBS users can run Java-based content using Java Web Start with JRE 9.

What are the timelines for browsers' plugin support?

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

Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)

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

Microsoft Edge

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

Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR)

Mozilla indicated in early 2016 that Firefox ESR 52 32-bit will be the last version to offer NPAPI (and JRE) support.  Firefox ESR 52 32-bit was released in March 2017 and will be supported until May 2018. 

Mozilla removed NPAPI support from Firefox ESR 52 64-bit in March 2017.  

Mozilla Firefox Rapid Release

Mozilla removed NPAPI support from the Firefox 52 Rapid Release version in March 2017. 

Apple Safari for macOS

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

Google Chrome for Windows

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

Will I need to change browsers for EBS 12.1 or 12.2?

Not generally, but it depends on your choice of browsers and whether you wish to use Java Plug-in or Java Web Start.

Here's the compatibility matrix for EBS 12.1 and 12.2 certified combinations:

   Java Plug-In  Java Web Start  Microsoft Internet Explorer  Yes  Yes  Microsoft Edge    Yes  Firefox Rapid Release 32-bit    See Note 1  Firefox Rapid Release 64-bit    See Note 1  Firefox Extended Support Release 32-bit  Yes  Yes  Firefox Extended Support Release 64-bit    Yes  Google Chrome    Yes  Safari on macOS  Yes  See Note 2

Note 1: Expected to work but not tested.

New personal versions of Firefox on the Rapid Release channel are released roughly every six weeks.  It is impractical for us to certify these new personal Rapid Release versions of Firefox with the Oracle E-Business Suite because a given Firefox release is generally obsolete by the time we complete the certification.

From Firefox 10 and onwards, Oracle E-Business Suite is certified only with selected Firefox Extended Support Release versions. Oracle has no current plans to certify new Firefox personal releases on the Rapid Release channel with the E-Business Suite.

Note 2: Not certified.

Apple changed the Gatekeeper permissions in macOS Sierra 10.12.  These changes prevent JNLP execution, making the Java Web Start user experience very challenging.  We are investigating options right now. 

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

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

Will this work on Android or iOS?

No. Neither of these operating systems are compatible with Java. 

E-Business Suite users who need to run Oracle Forms-based content or other Java-based functionality should use Windows or macOS.

Will Java Web Start be mandatory?

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

Will Java Web Start coexist with JRE?

Yes.  You can have a mixed environment where some end-users launch Java Web Start applications, while others use applets via the Java plug-in.  This mixed group of end-users can connect to the same E-Business Suite environment.

EBS system administrators have full server-side control over these choices.

Will this affect EBS customizations?

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

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

Are there any additional licensing costs?

No. Java Web Start is included with EBS licenses and does not introduce any new licensing costs.

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E-Business Suite Technology Stack Blog in Migration

Thu, 2017-04-06 18:05

This blog is being migrated to a new blogging platform (at last!). This is our fifth migration since 2006, so I expect a bit of reorganization of content.  We're going on hiatus for a bit until the dust settles.

Heads up: all comments posted from now to the new blog's appearance will be lost. If you post a comment that's gotten lost in the transition, please re-post when the new blog is up and running.


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E-Business Suite Technology Stack Blog in Migration

Thu, 2017-04-06 18:05

This blog is being migrated to a new blogging platform (at last!). This is our fifth migration since 2006, so I expect a bit of reorganization of content.  We're going on hiatus for a bit until the dust settles.

Heads up: all comments posted from now to the new blog's appearance will be lost. If you post a comment that's gotten lost in the transition, please re-post when the new blog is up and running.


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EBS Release 12 certified with Safari 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:56

Apple logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.3, 12.2.4 or higher) is now certified with macOS Sierra 10.12 with the following desktop configuration:

  • macOS Sierra version 10.12.3 or higher
  • Safari version 10 (10.0.3 or higher)
  • Oracle JRE 8 plugin (1.8.0_121 or higher)

Additionally, Safari 10 on OS X El Capitan 10.11 with the JRE 8 plugin is also now certified. Users should review all relevant information along with other specific patching requirements and known limitations posted here:

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EBS Release 12 certified with Safari 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:56

Apple logoOracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.3, 12.2.4 or higher) is now certified with macOS Sierra 10.12 with the following desktop configuration:

  • macOS Sierra version 10.12.3 or higher
  • Safari version 10 (10.0.3 or higher)
  • Oracle JRE 8 plugin (1.8.0_121 or higher)

Additionally, Safari 10 on OS X El Capitan 10.11 with the JRE 8 plugin is also now certified. Users should review all relevant information along with other specific patching requirements and known limitations posted here:

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Webcast: "Online Patching with EBS 12.2"

Thu, 2017-03-30 14:19

Online Patching webcastOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of how Online Patching works in EBS 12.2, see:

The Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 will reduce your Oracle E-Business Suite patching downtimes to however long it takes to bounce your application  server. Kevin Hudson, Senior Director Product Development, details how online patching works, with special attention to what’s happening at the database object level when patches are applied to an Oracle E-Business Suite environment that’s still running. Learn about the operational and system management implications for minimizing maintenance downtimes when applying Oracle E-Business Suite patches with this new technology and the related impact on customizations you might have built on top of Oracle E-Business Suite. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

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Webcast: "Online Patching with EBS 12.2"

Thu, 2017-03-30 14:19

Online Patching webcastOracle
University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite. 
If you're looking for an overview of how Online Patching works in EBS 12.2, see:

The Online Patching feature of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 will reduce your Oracle E-Business Suite patching downtimes to however long it takes to bounce your application  server. Kevin Hudson, Senior Director Product Development, details how online patching works, with special attention to what’s happening at the database object level when patches are applied to an Oracle E-Business Suite environment that’s still running. Learn about the operational and system management implications for minimizing maintenance downtimes when applying Oracle E-Business Suite patches with this new technology and the related impact on customizations you might have built on top of Oracle E-Business Suite. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

 

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Webcast: "12.2 Technical Upgrade Overview and Process Flow"

Wed, 2017-03-29 10:08

EBS 12.2 upgrade webcastOracle University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite.  If you're looking for an overview of how to optimize your EBS 12.2 installation, see:

Udayan Parvate, Senior Director Release Engineering, Quality and Release Management, shares a high level overview of the 12.2 technical upgrade and the sequence of technical steps to follow in the 12.2 upgrade process. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

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Webcast: "12.2 Technical Upgrade Overview and Process Flow"

Wed, 2017-03-29 10:08

EBS 12.2 upgrade webcastOracle
University has a wealth of free webcasts for Oracle E-Business Suite. 
If you're looking for an overview of how to optimize your EBS 12.2 installation, see:

Udayan Parvate, Senior Director Release Engineering, Quality and Release Management, shares a high level overview of the 12.2 technical upgrade and the sequence of technical steps to follow in the 12.2 upgrade process. This material was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

 

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Cloning EBS 12.1.3 Environments Integrated with Oracle Access Manager

Tue, 2017-03-28 02:05

We have documented procedures for cloning EBS 12.1.3 environments.  We also have documented procedures for integrating EBS 12.1.3 environments with Oracle Access Manager
(OAM) and Oracle Internet Directory (OID).  The next logical question
would be: do we have documented procedures for cloning EBS 12.1.3
environments that have been integrated with OAM and OID?

Yes, we have published this here:

EBS OAM architecture

This Note provides a certified process and detailed steps to:

  • Clone EBS using Rapid Clone
  • Deregister the cloned EBS instance from OAM and remove AccessGate
  • Remove OID from the cloned EBS instance
  • Integrate the cloned EBS instance with OID
  • Integrate the cloned EBS instance with OAM
  • Reconfigure SSL

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Cloning EBS 12.1.3 Environments Integrated with Oracle Access Manager

Tue, 2017-03-28 02:05

We have documented procedures for cloning EBS 12.1.3 environments.  We also have documented procedures for integrating EBS 12.1.3 environments with Oracle Access Manager (OAM) and Oracle Internet Directory (OID).  The next logical question would be: do we have documented procedures for cloning EBS 12.1.3 environments that have been integrated with OAM and OID?

Yes, we have published this here:

EBS OAM architecture

This Note provides a certified process and detailed steps to:

  • Clone EBS using Rapid Clone
  • Deregister the cloned EBS instance from OAM and remove AccessGate
  • Remove OID from the cloned EBS instance
  • Integrate the cloned EBS instance with OID
  • Integrate the cloned EBS instance with OAM
  • Reconfigure SSL

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