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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 16 Now Available

Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:58

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 44 fixes in total, including all fixes released in previous EBS Release 12.2.5 bundle patches.

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

  • Under message component layout, the 'None' text in attachment link is clickable when there are no attachments.

  • If the user accesses any non-existing function through OA.jsp just after restarting the application services, the subsequent access of any EBS URLs shows an error page.

  • 22590683 - FORWARD-PORT 21465867 TO 12.2.5

  • 24391264 - ICONS NOT ALIGNED WITH FUNC NAME IN OLD HOMEPAGE IN CHROME AND FIREFOX

  • 24398948 - CUSTOMER NAME MISALIGNED

  • 24833544 - ISUPPORT PAGE HTML WIDTH/ALIGNMENT ISSUES AFTER UPGRADING TO 12.2.5 FROM 12.1.3

  • 25056504 - NEED IMPORTPERZDOCCO.JAVA VERSION .3 BACKPORTED TO BUNDLE 8

  • 25636917 - SKIP NAVIGATION ELEMENTS TO PAGE CONTENTS LINK 26261007 - BACKPORT:

  • 25686188:LONG NOTIFICATION TITLE IS NOT WRAPPING

  • 26299803 - FLEX POPUP WITHIN AN ADVANCED TABLE IS PARTIALLY OPENED ON BR

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Introducing Oracle’s intelligent Bots

OracleApps Epicenter - Mon, 2017-10-02 08:45
Do you know ,Chatbots are the latest and hottest topic and the newest way to engage your customers , employee or partner through messaging apps. This is one of the most interesting sessions that I attended on the first day of Oracle OpenWorld 2017 and there this post will help to share more insights on […]
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Application Management Pack for EBS Bundle Patch 1 Now Available

Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-10-02 02:15

Contributing Author: Angelo Rosado

We are pleased to announce the release of Bundle Patch 1 for Application Management Pack 13.1.1.1.0 for Oracle E-Business Suite. This is the first update for AMP 13.1.1.1.0, which was released in July 2016.

We strongly recommend that you apply both patches associated with Bundle Patch 1 as listed below, to obtain critical fixes and enhancements:

What's New in Bundle Patch 1?

  • through the Enterprise Manager command line interface (EM CLI) for greater flexibility:
    • Automation of deployment of Hybrid Cloud Agent during EBS discovery process
    • Start and end blackouts on a single Oracle E-Business Suite environment
    • Start and stop services includes more granularity at the component and node levels
    • View and apply recommended patches for EBS applications and database
    • Apply EBS patches to multiple environments
System Management
  • Support of the Agent Gold Images feature of Oracle Enterprise Manager
Change Management
  • UI now shows whether or not a patch has already been applied
  • Advanced search filtering options for online patching section
  • Set number of workers for online patching
  • You can now specify a duration after which the Internal Concurrent Manager (ICM) will be shut down forcefully (earlier it used to wait indefinitely to bring down the ICM)
  • The default option for online patching is now "No Cutover". Customers must explicitly check the box to cutover after online patching.
  • Codelevel recommendations for EBS products and product families
  • Smart Clone and Instance Administration features now support dual file system configurations.

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EBS : Milestone Billing

OracleApps Epicenter - Fri, 2017-09-29 18:59
Milestone is a type of billing that occurs only as certain milestones have been attained. Milestones are events or conditions that trigger the billing. For example, you can bill customers based on the number of days since the activity began, a specific date, a manual milestone you specify, or an activity percentage of completion. You […]
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Office 365 ProPlus Certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-09-29 13:26

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus versions of Excel, Word, and Outlook are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2. See:

This certification includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 365 ProPlus running on Windows 10, 8.1, and 7.

What is Office 365 ProPlus?

Office 365 ProPlus is a version of Microsoft Office that's available through Office 365. It includes Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher, and Skype for Business as well as online services such as Sway and Power Query.

Office 365 ProPlus is installed on the user's local computer using a streaming and virtualization technology called Click-to-Run. Office 365 ProPlus is not a web-based version of Office. It runs locally on the user's computer. Users don't need to be connected to the Internet all the time to use it.

What is not covered by this certification?

EBS 12.1 and 12.2 are certified with the Office 365 ProPlus versions of Excel, Word, and Outlook.

The following Office 365 ProPlus products are not certified with EBS 12.1 or 12.2:  

  • Office on iPad and Android devices
  • Office Online browser-based versions of Excel and Word
  • PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher, and Skype for Business
  • Online services such as Sway and Power Query

Click-to-Run delivers monthly updates to Office 365 ProPlus

By default, Click-to-Run products are configured to be updated automatically every month. Users don't have to download or install updates. The Click-to-Run product seamlessly updates itself in the background.

Microsoft also offers a semi-annual channel for updates in January and July, as well as a targeted semi-annual channel in March and September.

Certification with Click-to-Run updates

Oracle certified EBS 12.1 and 12.2 in September 2017 with the latest available versions of Excel, Word, and Outlook in Office 365 ProPlus at the time.

Microsoft's updates to Office 365 ProPlus are intended to be backwards-compatible. This means that Oracle's certification with the September 2017 baseline should continue to apply to Microsoft updates in October 2017, November 2017, and so on.

It is unlikely that Oracle will be able to certify all monthly Office 365 ProPlus updates with all EBS 12.1 and 12.2 updates. Given Microsoft's stance towards backwards-compatibility, this is theoretically unnecessary.

It is expected that Oracle will continue to certify selected updates to Office 365 ProPlus versions of Excel, Word, and Outlook with updates to EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  

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Where Can I Find EBS 12.2.7 Documentation?

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-09-27 13:25

EBS 12.2.7 is the latest update to E-Business Suite 12.2. It be applied online -- you do not need to take your EBS environment down to apply this update.

Our online E-Business Suite Documentation Web Library always contains the latest versions of all of our guides, including our Installation Guides, Upgrade Guides, and Readme Notes:

The following Roadmap Note is also a critical reference, since it is a master index of all official Notes for advanced topics that complement our guides in the Documentation Library:

All EBS sysadmins should bookmark this Note.  The indexed Notes are essential for nearly all EBS installations.  Here are some examples:

  • Load-balancers and DMZs
  • Real Application Clusters for E-Business Suite
  • Upgrade Sizing and Best Practices
  • VM Templates
  • Customizing EBS 12.2
  • OA Framework Developer's Guide
  • Backup and Recovery with Online Patching 
  • Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Internet Directory integration
  • BPEL and SOA Suite 11g Integration
  • Workflow Mailer with Outlook and other cloud email servers
  • Recommended Browsers
  • JAR file signing
  • Upgrading the JDK for EBS servers
  • Encrypting the EBS database with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)
  • Security Best Practices and FAQ

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 6 Now Available

Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-09-25 12:33

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 12.2.6 is now available:

Oracle Application Framework (FWK) Release 12.2.6 Bundle 6 (Patch :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:

  • Key Flexfield LOV shows garbled characters for Japanese characters when the client side encoding is set to Japanese Windows-31J.
  • While exporting table data to Excel as part of OA Table and WEB ADI Integration project, the advanced table columns which have layout structures are not exported.
  • Opening an inline attachment of type URL shows '404 Not Found' error page when the file name has spaces in it.

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Solaris : How to Change/Rename Guest Domain Name (LDOM Name)

Online Apps DBA - Mon, 2017-09-25 02:46

Steps Save the current guest domain configuration into an XML file: Shutdown and un-bind the Guest LDOM: Copy the XML file as the new LDOM XML file and edit file to replace the Old Name to New Name: Destroy the Old Guest LDOM: Create the new Guest LDOM using the edited XML file: Bind and […]

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Integrigy at Oracle Open World 2017

Integrigy will be presenting again this year on database security at Oracle Open World 2017 (San Francisco, October 1-5).  If you will be attending Open World, please join us for this informative session on database security.

The Thrifty DBA Does Database Security

Sunday, Oct 01, 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Moscone South - Room 159

Stephen Kost, Founder and CTO, Integrigy Corporation

Properly securing an Oracle Database requires significant effort and often expensive security add-on products. The Thrifty DBA likes having secure databases, but doesn’t like to spend money on expensive security products when equivalent zero or low-cost solutions are available. In this session discover thrifty yet effective security solutions to solve auditing, encryption, virtual private database, and authentication challenges.

Integrated Cloud Platform:  Database, Identity and Security

Code:  SUN5690

Please let us know if you would like to meet while at Open World to discuss Oracle Database or Oracle E-Business Suite security.

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EBS 12.2 Upgrade Guides Updated and Streamlined

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-09-22 02:15

A significant number of customers have successfully upgraded to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  Along the way, they have given us a great deal of feedback on how we could improve our certified upgrade processes and documentation.

I'm pleased to announce that we have incorporated their feedback into the latest published upgrade guides available in the Oracle E-Business Suite Web Library and on the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.7 media.

What's New?

The following enhancements have been made to the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.0/12.1-to-12.2 and 11i-to-12.2 Upgrade Guides:

  • Reorganized and simplified chapters and steps
  • Provided clarity around the overall upgrade process and major steps using diagrams
  • Reduced the number of self references and external references and confirmed all remaining references
  • Created new documentation tags for actionable references and steps

If you are already working on your upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, there's no need to switch to the recently updated upgrade guide. If you are getting ready to start your upgrade, be sure to use the latest updated upgrade guide.

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Java Web Start Fails with 64-bit Java + IE 11 + Windows 10 Creators Update

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-09-21 02:15

A customer identified a generic Java issue (JDK-8185661) with Windows 10 Creators Update: when JRE 32-bit and 64-bit are both installed, this bug prevents Java Web Start applications from being launched using IE 11.

This is a generic bug that affects all Java users.

Does this affect EBS users?

Yes. EBS requires Forms. Forms requires Java on the end-user's desktop. Therefore, this generic Java bug affects E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 users, also.

This is now documented as a Known Issue in our EBS documentation:

When will this bug be fixed?

This Java bug is expected to be fixed in an upcoming Java update, possibly as soon as Java 8 Update 166.

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.    

Our thanks to Richard for researching this issue and drawing our attention to it.

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction.  It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.   It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

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E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OpenWorld 2017

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-09-20 11:51

This year, the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will participate in 22 sessions as well as customer panels, demo booths, and several Special Interest Group meetings as guest speakers. Please join us to hear the latest news and connect with senior ATG development staff.

For detailed and up-to-date information, please see:

Meeting the Experts

OpenWorld is an excellent opportunity to meet directly with Oracle E-Business Suite tools and technology experts. You can have discussions regarding the Oracle E-Business Suite strategy, your specific business and IT strategy, key planning considerations to upgrade to the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite and more.

There are several ways of meeting with EBS Development staff:

General sessions: collar the speaker of your choice after his or her presentation.

Private meetings:  If you have confidential or in-depth questions about your implementation that cannot be discussed in front of other customers, a private meeting is your best option.  Contact your Oracle account manager to set up a private meeting in a reserved room in the Moscone On-site Customer Visit Center. 

Time is of the essence

Many of this blog's experts will be attending OpenWorld this year.  If you'd like to meet with us privately, please contact your Oracle account manager to arrange that as soon as possible.   

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September 2017 Update to E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC)

Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-09-19 12:55

The E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC) tool helps you identify application or database tier overlay patches that need to be applied to your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 system. ETCC maps missing overlay patches to the default corresponding Database Patch Set Update (PSU) patches, and displays them in a patch recommendation summary.

What’s New

ETCC has been updated to include bug fixes and patching combinations for the following recommended versions of the following updates:

  • August 2017 Database 12.1.0.2 PSU and Proactive Bundle Patch (12.1.0.2.170814)
  • August 2017 Database 11.2.0.4 PSU and Engineered Systems Patch (11.2.0.4.170814)

Obtaining ETCC

We recommend always using the latest version of ETCC, as new bugfixes will not be checked by older versions of the utility. The latest version of the ETCC tool can be downloaded via Patch 17537119 from My Oracle Support.

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Learn About Blockchain at Oracle OpenWorld

David Haimes - Tue, 2017-09-19 07:43

In less than two weeks tens of thousands of Oracle’s customers and partners will gathering for our annual conference in San Francisco.  It’s always an exciting time, but this year I am more excited than normal because I’ll be talking about some of our work on Blockchain technology.  Blockchain, or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is one of the most exciting and disruptive technologies to emerge for a very long time and I’ve been quietly researching and working with it for quite a while in semi stealth mode (if you follow me on twitter you probably picked up on this) and this year a lot of Oracle experts will start showing you some of our work and sharing our views and insights.  Given the level of interest in the topic, I expect all the Blockchain related sessions to be packed houses so register for them as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

So three ways to find Blockchain sessions

  1. Use this Focus on Blockchain document that lists keynotes, demo, sessions, hands on and panel discussions.
  2. Go to the session Catalog and use the handy filter as seen below
    Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 8.50.43 PM
  3. Just use this link to register for sessions I’m presenting
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WebCenter Portal 12.2.1.3 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.x

Steven Chan - Mon, 2017-09-18 11:07

Oracle WebCenter Portal 12.2.1.3 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and 12.1.3.  WebCenter Portal 12.2.1.3 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Version 12.2.1.3. 

Oracle WebCenter Portal is part of Oracle WebCenter.  Oracle WebCenter is an integrated suite of tools used to create web sites and portals.  Applications adapters are also available.  

WebCenter Development Framework

 

Certified Platforms

Oracle WebCenter Portal is certified to run on any operating system for which Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is certified. For information on operating systems supported by Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle WebCenter Portal, refer to the 'Oracle Fusion Middleware on WebLogic Server - System Certification' in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Supported System Configurations.

Integration with Oracle WebCenter Portal 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.

Migrating to Oracle WebCenter Portal

Oracle Portal entered Sustaining Support on July 1, 2017.  The terminal release of Oracle Portal was 11.1.1.6.  You can still download existing resources for Oracle Portal such as documentation and patches, but no new updates will be created.  You should consider migrating to Oracle WebCenter Portal for ongoing new features.

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What's New in EBS 12.2.7?

Steven Chan - Fri, 2017-09-15 02:00

EBS 12.2.7 is the latest update to E-Business Suite 12.2. It includes functionality enhancements, error corrections, and statutory and regulatory updates in a consolidated suite-wide patch set.

Release 12.2.7 is cumulative and includes updates released previously for earlier EBS releases including 12.1.3, 12.0, and 11.5.10.  It includes bug fixes for the following major product areas:

  • Applications Technology
  • Asset Lifecycle Management  
  • Channel Revenue Management  
  • Financials
  • Human Capital Management  
  • Lease and Finance Management  
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Master Data Management  
  • Order Management & Contracts
  • Procurement
  • Contract Lifecycle Management for Public Sector
  • Projects
  • Sales, Marketing, and eCommerce
  • Service Management  
  • Value Chain Planning

EBS 12.2.7 includes new functionality for the following major product families:

  • Iprocurement
  • Procurement
  • Project Procurement
  • Projects
  • Order Management  
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Value Chain Planning
  • Asset Management

For a complete list of new features, refer to:

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September 2017 Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2 Now Available

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-09-14 13:27

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 twelfth 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:

  • 21095487 PARALLEL DEGREE FEATURE IN ADA API FOR OPTIMIZE_INDEX
  • 24521812 BACKPORT SEED DATA DUAL ROW SET IMPLEMENTATION TO CUP8
  • 24800535 1OFF:12.1.3:NEW VARIABLE AIX_MAXDATA_1G IS REQUIRED FOR ADRELINK IN AIX PLATFORM
  • 24823193 PREPAREPHASE.PM CONTAINS MISPELLING OF "SYNCHRONIZING
  • 25449103 AD:CLEANUP REPORTED ERROR FOR SYS.AD_GRANTS.CLEANUP
  • 25469830 SEED VPD POLICY - STATEMENT_TYPE=INSERT & UPDATE_CHECK=FALSE
  • 25608421 CTX_DDL.ADD_SDATA_SECTION API CALL MISSING IN AD_CTX_DLL API
  • 25662204 SYNC THEME FILES ON CUT-OVER
  • 25747383 AD:CLEANUP REPORTED ORA-44311: SERVICE EBS_PATCH NOT RUNNING
  • 25928667 Issue with LIBPATH in APPSORA.CMD
  • 25985045 AD:PECAPREP.SQL FILE FAILING WITH ORA-28115 ERROR (BUG#25983773)
  • 26004435 FWDPORT ONE-OFF BUGFIX # 25720619 TO DELTA 9 AND DELTA 10
  • 26049966 UPDATE ROBOCOPY USAGE FOR WINDOWS IN DELTA_SYNC_DRV.TXT
  • 26117566 Re-link fails with CYGWIN Version 2.8.0
  • 26137712 AD:CLEANUP REPORTED ERROR FOR SYS.AD_GRANTS.CLEANUP
  • 26299900 FMW_HOME\WEBTIER\OUI\BIN\SETUP.EXE MISSING AFTER FS_CLONE
  • 26314055 AD:CLEANUP REPORTED ERROR FOR SYS.AD_GRANTS.CLEANUP
  • 26371653 AD.RLNK: Relink makefile error for adadmin_wapper.exe - AutoBuild
  • 26443057 AD: FCET AD_MANUAL_STEP_HISTORY_F1.SQL REQUIRED IN AD.C.DELTA.10

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Updated for EBS 12.2.7: Reference Tools for Developers

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-09-13 12:55

Regular readers of this blog know that we have three reference tools that are essential for every E-Business Suite upgrade:

  1. File Comparison Report (Note 1446430.1)
  2. Data Model Comparison Report (Note 1290886.1)
  3. Seed Data Comparison Report (Note 1327399.1)

These tools allow you to generate a report of the differences between one EBS release and another for specific EBS products.

For example, you could use the Data Model Comparison to get a list of EBS 11.5.10.2 database objects that were updated in EBS 12.1.3 for Bill of Materials (BOM):

Screenshot of data model comparison report tool

What's New?

These tools now cover EBS 12.2.7 and all earlier EBS 12.2.x releases.

For example, you can now compare EBS 12.2.7 to:

  • 11.5.10 Minimum Baseline
  • 12.0.6
  • 12.1.3
  • 12.2.3
  • 12.2.4
  • 12.2.5
  • 12.2.6

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Few Steps to use EMC – SAN (LUNs) in Oracle Solaris – Part 02 Enable Device Multipathing

Online Apps DBA - Mon, 2017-09-11 06:24

Note: Enabling Device Multipathing requires a reboot. First, In order to enable Multipathing on OS level, Check Multi Path Utility package is installed. If Not, You need to install it. # pkg install system/storage/multipath-utilities Enable Multipathing Click Here to Continue : Few Steps to use EMC - SAN (LUNs) in Oracle Solaris - Part 03 […]

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