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September 2016 Updates to AD and TXK for EBS 12.2

Fri, 2016-09-30 02:05
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 tenth set of critical updates to AD and TXK.These updates are included in EBS 12.2.6.  You have a choice:  you can apply the EBS 12.2.6 Release Update Pack or you can apply the AD and TXK updates separately.

We strongly recommend that you apply either EBS 12.2.6 or these new AD and TXK updates at your earliest convenience:

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

AD Delta 8 download screenshot

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:

  • Delta synchronization for more efficient Online Patching cycles, with streamlined handling of seed data and the Applications file system
  • Improved log file structure to make diagnostics easier and more-readable
  • Expanded Application Short Name to 16 characters
  • Support for Logical Host Names
  • Support for 64-bit JDK on Concurrent Manager tier

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Updated: Essential EBS Reference Tools for Developers

Thu, 2016-09-29 11:41

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 12.2.6 and all earlier EBS 12.2.x releases.

For example, you can now compare EBS 12.2.6 to:

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

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DSTv27 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12.1

Wed, 2016-09-28 02:05
Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in November 2015 and released as DSTv25.

DSTv27 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1. The DSTv27 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2016f.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
  • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

The latest DSTv27 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv27 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv24 release:

  • Asia/Novosibirsk
  • America/Cayman
  • Asia/Chita
  • Asia/Tehran,
  • Haiti,
  • Palestine,
  • Azerbaijan,
  • Chile
  • America/Caracas
  • Asia/Magadan

What Patches Are Required?

In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

Proactive backports of DST upgrade patches to all Oracle E-Business Suite tiers and platforms are not created and supplied by default. If you need this DST release and an appropriate patch is not currently available, raise a service request through support providing a business case with your version requirements.

The following Note identifies the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

Pending Certification 

Our certification of this DST timezone patch with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 is currently underway.

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.   


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Microsoft Edge Certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Tue, 2016-09-27 13:20

Microsoft Edge Logo I am very pleased to announce that Microsoft Edge is certified as a new browser for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2.  Edge can be used to access EBS Self-Service Web Applications (SSWA) -- i.e. the web-based HTML products in Oracle E-Business Suite that use OA Framework (OAF).

EBS Prerequisites for Edge

No Windows or desktop patches are needed for enabling Edge compatibility with E-Business Suite 12.1 or 12.2.

A small number of E-Business Suite server-side patches are required.  See:

Can EBS Forms run in Edge?

No. Microsoft Edge does not support plug-ins.  For details, see:

The Java JRE is a mandatory prerequisite for Forms-based products in E-Business Suite. Since Edge does not support plug-ins, the Java JRE plug-in does not work with this browser. 

E-Business Suite products that use Oracle Forms can run on Internet Explorer 11 and Firefox ESR on Windows desktops, and Safari on Mac desktop clients.

What about Java Web Start?

We are testing prototypes with EBS Forms-based products using Java Web Start.  Once this work is completed, it is likely that it will be possible to run Forms-based products even when using browsers such as Edge.  See:

This work is going well, and we are currently working on security and polishing user interface issues. I'll post updates on this blog as soon as they're available.

Does Edge work with EBS 11i or 12.0?

No. You can download existing patches for EBS 11i and 12.0, but these EBS releases are now in Sustaining Support. We do not produce new certifications for products in Sustaining Support. 

Your end-users should continue to use IE 11, Firefox ESR, or Safari if you are running EBS 11i or 12.0.

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Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.6 Now Available

Thu, 2016-09-15 10:40
We are pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 is now available.


Instructions for downloading and applying this latest release update pack (RUP) for the EBS 12.2 codeline can be found here:

What Does Release 12.2.6 Include?

As a consolidated suite-wide patchset, this RUP includes new features, statutory and regulatory updates, and enhancements for stability, performance, and security.

Release 12.2.6 is cumulative. That means that as well as providing new updates for this release, it also includes updates that were originally made available as one-off patches for earlier 12.2 releases.

For a complete list of new features, refer to:

Common Questions and Answers About Upgrading

  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from Release 11i to Release 12.2.6?
    A: No. Release 11i customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.6.
  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.6?
    A: No. Release 12.0 customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.6.
  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.6?
  • A: Yes. Release 12.2 customers can apply 12.2.6 directly to their environments. EBS 12.2.6 is an online patch, so it can be applied while an existing Release 12.2 system is running.
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EBS 12.2 August 2016 Technology Stack RPC Now Available

Tue, 2016-09-13 14:26

The latest cumulative set of updates to the E-Business Suite 12.2 technology stack foundation utilities is now available in a new August 2016 Recommended Patch Collection (RPC):

Oracle strongly recommends that all E-Business Suite 12.2 users apply this set of updates.

What issues are fixed in this patch?

This cumulative Recommended Patch Collection contains important fixes for issues with the Oracle EBS Application Object Library (FND) libraries that handle password hashing and resets, Forms-related interactions, key flexfields, descriptive flexfields, and more.  Specific issues fixed include:18071903 - Post Mixed Case Pswrd  on Db and Clone on Hashed Apps Can't Change Applsys Pswrd

  • 18083491 - Password Reset for Existing User Is Not Working
  • 18137744 - FNDCPASS Not Changing Password on Cloned Ebs R12.2.3
  • 18383570 - FNDCPASS Not Changing Password After Upgrade to 12.2.3
  • 19259764 - Error when Opening Forms in IE8 on Multi-Node Ebs 12.2.3
  • 19891697 - Performance Problems with Results Set Cache
  • 19899452 - Getting Accounts Payable Descriptive Flexfield Error - Maximum Value Size for Segment Is Truncated
  • 20537212 - Values in Item Codes Are Not Visible when Applying Key Flexfield Security Rules
  • 20814982 - Defaulting Descriptive Flexfield Segment Behavior Is Different from 11I
  • 21612876 - Cross Validation  Performance Issues
  • 22550312 - Over 2300 Contexts Defined Causes FNDFFVGN Signal 11
  • 23115501 - App-Fnd-01023 "The Following Required Field Does Not Have a Value"
  • 23586683 - CCID Not Saved when Account Segments Are Changed Using the Accounting Flexfield

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Offloading EBS 12.2 Reporting Using Active Data Guard 12.1.0.2

Mon, 2016-09-12 13:15

Oracle Active Data Guard 12.1.0.2 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.  This certification supports the ability to offload some production reporting from your production EBS 12.2 environment to an Active Data Guard instance. For example, you can use Oracle Discoverer and Concurrent Manager to run selected reports against an Oracle Active Data Guard physical standby database instance. 

Detailed steps for setting up Active Data Guard 12.1.0.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 are provided in the following My Oracle Support Note:

Active Data Guard ADG 12.1.0.2 + EBS

In addition to Discoverer and Concurrent Manager, you may have other reporting tools that you would like to use with the Oracle Active Data Guard database instance.  In general, you should be able to use the reporting tool if it does not require write access to the Active Data Guard instance. 

Pending Certifications

This certification covers non-RAC instances only.  Updates for environments that use Real Application Clusters are still pending.

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.

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 6 Now Available

Wed, 2016-09-07 16:27

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure.  Since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013, we have released several cumulative updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues. 

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

The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.5 is now available:

Screenshot EBS 12.2.5 OAF Bundle Patch 6

Where is the documentation for this update?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

Who should apply this patch?

All EBS 12.2.5 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2.5 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS 12.2.5 bundle patches.

This latest bundle patch includes new fixes for the following critical issues:

  • The table header content overlapped with the records present at the immediate row when there is a specific personalization on the page.
  • In environments with Multi-Org Access Control (MOAC) enabled, the List of Values (LOV) search returns empty results with a newly added search query filter while creating a personalized view.
  • On specific JTT Interop pages, the LOV search window opens up only on double click if the LOV is dependent on the Partial Page Refresh (PPR) enabled field.

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

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New SHA-256 Certificate Now Available for WebADI and Report Manager

Tue, 2016-09-06 13:53

WebADI and Report Manager need a digital certificate to integrate with Microsoft Office.  This digital certificate is used to sign the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.

A new SHA-256 digital certificate is now available for EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  This replaces the previous certificate that expired in August 2016. 

There are four different updates available -- you should pick the patch that corresponds to your EBS version:

Known Issues

Office 2007 does not recognize documents that have been digitally signed using SHA-256 certificates. In such cases adding the documents storage location to 'Trusted Locations' can be used to avoid this issue. Further information is available through the Microsoft document:

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E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OpenWorld 2016

Fri, 2016-08-26 14:15

OpenWorld logoPreparations for Oracle OpenWorld have been underway for some time, and the session catalog with detailed schedules is now available. 

This year, the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will participate in 29 sessions including Meet the Experts round-table discussions and 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 refer to the following FOCUS ON documents:

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.

Meet The Experts round-tables: Our most senior staff host round-table discussions where you can ask your questions. Space is limited and preregistration is recommended.

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, including me, 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.  My calendar, in particular, is already starting to fill up.  It is often completely full by the time OpenWorld starts.

See you there!

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Approvals 1.5 for E-Business Suite Now Available

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

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

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

What's New?

Updates to our Approvals for EBS 1.5 app include:

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

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

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 5 Now Available

Fri, 2016-08-05 14:10

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure.   Since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013, we have released several cumulative updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues. 

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

The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.5 is now available:

EBS 12.2.5 Bundle Patch 5 download patch

Where is the documentation for this update?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

Who should apply this patch?

All EBS 12.2.5 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS 12.2.5 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes all fixes released in previous EBS 12.2.5 bundle patches.

This latest bundle patch includes new fixes for the following critical issues:

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

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    EBS 12.2 DB Migration Using 12cR1 Transportable Tablespaces Now Certified

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Fifth Recommended Patch Collection for EBS 12.1.3 Now Available

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

    EBS 12.1.3 RPC 5 screenshot download

    Reasons to Apply RPC5

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

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

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

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

    What's Included in RPC5?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    New OA Framework 12.2.4 Update 11 Now Available

    Wed, 2016-07-27 02:05

    Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (OAF or "OA Framework") user interface libraries and infrastructure.   Since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013, we have released several updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues. 

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

    The latest OAF update for EBS 12.2.4 is now available:


    Where is the documentation for this update?

    Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are here:

    Who should apply this patch?

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

    What's new in this update?

    Fixes are included for following critical issues:

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

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

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    TLS 1.2 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1

    Tue, 2016-07-26 10:31

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

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

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

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

    Configuration Options

    • Configure TLS 1.2 with Backward Compatibility

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

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

    • Configure TLS 1.2 Only (Optional Configuration)

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

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

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

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

    SSL or TLS 1.0 Reference Note

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

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

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

    More information on this can be found in the document:

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    BPEL 12.1.3 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

    Thu, 2016-07-21 02:07

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

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

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

    BPEL integration architecture diagram example

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

    References

    Certified Platforms

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

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

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

    Getting Support

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

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    BPEL 12.2.1 Certified for Prebuilt EBS 12.1.3 SOA Integrations

    Thu, 2016-07-21 02:05

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

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

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

    BPEL integration architecture diagram example

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

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    Certified Platforms

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

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

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

    Getting Support

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

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

    Wed, 2016-07-20 02:07

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

    All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

    Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

    • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
    • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
    • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
    We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

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

    What's new in this release?

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

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

    32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

    Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

    For EBS 12.1 & 12.2

    EBS + Discoverer 11g Users

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    No.

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

    Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

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

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

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

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

    Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

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

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

    What do Mac users need?

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

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

    No.

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

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

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

    Known Iusses

    Internet Explorer Performance Issue

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

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

    Form Focus Issue

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

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