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What's New in EBS 12.2.7?

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

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

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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Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.7 Now Available

Fri, 2017-09-08 18:16

I am pleased to announce that Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.7 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 12.2.7 Include?

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

Release 12.2.7 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 12.2.7?
    A: No. Release 11i customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.7.
  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.0 to 12.2.7?
    A: No. Release 12.0 customers must first upgrade to Release 12.2 before applying 12.2.7.
  • Q: Is there a direct upgrade path from EBS 12.2 to 12.2.7?
  • A: Yes. Release 12.2 customers can apply 12.2.7 directly to their
    environments. EBS 12.2.7 is an online patch, so it can be applied while an existing Release 12.2 system is running.
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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 15 Now Available

Wed, 2017-09-06 13:33

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 12.2.5 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:

  • ISUPPORT HTML page alignment issues after upgrading to 12.2.5 from 12.1.3.
  • Popup within an Advanced Table under a sub-tab layout rendered partially.
  • ‘Skip navigation elements to page contents’ link is gaining focus temporarily on clicking LOV

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MKS Toolkit 10 Certified with EBS R12 on Windows

Wed, 2017-08-30 11:40

MKS Toolkit 10 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) as a release maintenance tool. The operating systems supported by MKS Toolkit 10 on this platform are Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 and 2012 R2.

Please review the documents below for all requirements to use MKS Toolkit 10 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2:

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

Tue, 2017-08-29 12:07

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:

  • July 2017 Database 12.1.0.2 PSU and Proactive Bundle Patch
  • July 2017 Database 11.2.0.4 PSU and Engineered Systems Patch

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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What's the E-Business Suite Roadmap for Java?

Thu, 2017-08-24 02:00

Oracle E-Business Suite uses Java.  When discussing EBS's use of Java, it is important to distinguish between server-side vs. client-side certifications.

EBS+Java Combinations certified today
 
E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 both require Java at the server tier as well as Java on the desktop client tier to run Forms-based content.  As of today, we have certified:

  • EBS 12.1 & 12.2 server tier:  Java 6 and 7
  • EBS 12.1 & 12.2 desktop client tier:  Java 6, 7, 8

There are no plans to certify Java 8 with EBS 12.1 and 12.2 server-side components. Those EBS releases include Fusion Middleware components (e.g. Forms, Oracle HTTP) that are only compatible with Java 6 and 7, not Java 8.  There are no plans to update those Fusion Middleware server-side components to be compatible with Java 8. 
 
EBS+Java Certification Roadmap
 
Future releases of E-Business Suite are expected to continue to need Java on the server tier as well as Java on the client tier.

What is the outlook for desktop client browser support for Java?

Until recently, 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.

E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 now support Java Web Start (JWS), which launches 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

For more details about using JWS for EBS 12.1 and 12.2, see:

EBS+Java on the Desktop tier
 
We expect EBS 12.1 and 12.2 to be certified with desktop clients running Java 9 for Forms-based content.  We expect that we will offer Java Web Start and Java Plug-in support with Java 9 for EBS 12.1 and 12.2.  We have been testing EBS with Java 9 desktop client betas for years now and do not expect any compatibility issues when Java 9 is eventually released.
 
EBS+Java on the Server tier
 
We expect that a later version of Java (i.e. something higher than Java 7) will require a major new E-Business Suite release.  This major new E-Business Suite release is expected to include later Fusion Middleware components that are compatible with later Java releases.  
 
We are working on that major new EBS release right now.  Since our R&D is still underway, it is a bit early to make any commitments about specific Java releases or specific Fusion Middleware components to be included in that EBS release.

When will the next major EBS release be available?

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. 

Disclaimer

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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Can Oracle Label Security be Used with EBS 12.2?

Wed, 2017-08-23 16:56

Yes, Oracle Label Security (OLS) can be used with EBS 12.2.  It can also be used for earlier EBS releases such as EBS 12.1 and 12.0. 

Oracle Label Security is an optional database-level technology for developing customized security schemes. It is possible to use this technology to customize EBS 12.2.

There is no documentation for using this technology with EBS 12.2. The principles described in the following note for EBS 11i are generally-applicable to customizing later EBS releases such as EBS 12.1 and 12.2:

What are the support implications of using OLS with EBS?

This is a technology used for customizing EBS.  The standard support implications for customizations apply to customizations created with OLS:

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 5 Now Available

Wed, 2017-08-16 11:31

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 5 (Patch 26382210: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:

  • OA Framework pages scroll to the top of the screen when a value is selected from LOV in IE11 browser.
  • Attributes set up as a read-only text area get misaligned with other components on the page.
  • KFFLovUpdateEvent is not getting fired on selecting a value from Key Flexfield window in IE11 browser.
  • Exporting table data fails when the View Object has view links associated with it and has a different number of bind parameters and bind values.
  • tzOffset and tzId parameters are not recognized by inline date picker on switching between months.

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Can Nologging Be Enabled for EBS 12.2?

Fri, 2017-08-04 09:59

The nologging Oracle database feature is used to enhance performance in certain areas of Oracle E-Business Suite. For example, it may be used during patch installation, and when building summary data for Business Intelligence.

What are the tradeoffs of using nologging?

Use of nologging in an operation means that the database redo logs will contain incomplete information about the changes made, with any data blocks that have been updated during the nologging operation being marked as invalid. As a result, a database restoration to a point in time (whether from a hot backup or a cold backup) may require additional steps in order to bring the affected data blocks up-to-date, and make the restored database usable. These additional steps may involve taking new backups of the associated datafiles, or by dropping and rebuilding the affected objects. The same applies to activation of a standby database.

Can nologging be enabled for EBS 12.2?

Yes.  See the following documentation for additional considerations and operational implications of using nologging:

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Check BI Publisher's Health with BIP Analyzer for E-Business Suite

Wed, 2017-08-02 18:15

In addition to helping customers resolve issues via Service Requests, Oracle Support also builds over 60 free diagnostic tools for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, 12.0, 12.1, and 11i. These Support Analyzers are non-invasive scripts that run health-checks on your EBS environments. They look for common issues and generate standardized reports summarizing that provide solutions for known issues and recommendations on best practices.

Here's an index to these tools:

Spotlight on BIP Analyzer

BI Publisher for EBS (BIP, previously called XML Publisher) is integrated into the E-Business Suite technology stack.  The BIP Analyzer is available here:

The BI Publisher Analyzer reviews BIP configurations and compares them against Oracle's best practices. It provides troubleshooting advice for common issues, such as:

  • Java Heap sizing
  • OPP memory optimization
  • Issues with threads and processes
  • Out of Memory issues

This tool can be run manually or configured to run as a concurrent request, so it can be scheduled to be run periodically and included in regular Workflow Maintenance cycles.

Can this script be run against Production?

Yes. There is no DML in the Analyzer Script, so it is safe to run against Production instances to get an analysis of the environment for a specific instance. As always it is recommended to test all suggestions against a TEST instance before applying to Production.

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Reminder: Fusion Middleware Proactive Patches are Certified with EBS

Tue, 2017-08-01 17:43

The Fusion Middleware team recently released the following updates:

  • Oracle Identity Management Suite BP 11.1.2.3.170718 consisting of
    • Oracle Access Manager BP 11.1.2.3.170718
    • Oracle Unified Directory  BP 11.1.2.3.170718
    • Oracle Internet Directory BP 11.1.1.9.170626
    • Oracle SOA Suite BP 12.1.3.0.170718 and 11.1.1.9.170629
    • Oracle Traffic Director SPU 11.1.1.9.0, 11.1.1.7.0
    • Oracle WebCenter Portal BP 11.1.1.9.170718

These updates are documented here:

The Fusion Middleware team calls these Proactive Patches, consistent with their advice that you apply these patches proactively before you inconveniently run into the fixed issues in your production environments.  These are sometimes also called Bundle Patches.  

All of the FMW components listed above have been previously-certified with various E-Business Suite releases (see the Related Articles links below).  

Our EBS certifications with these components go up to the fourth digit explicitly. These certifications cover everything after the fourth digit.  For example, our certification with Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9 applies to:

  • Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9
  • Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9.170626 (the July 2017 update)
  • Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9.170327 (the April 2017 update)

In other words, you do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying these fifth-level FMW Proactive Patches to your EBS environments.

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 14 Now Available

Mon, 2017-07-31 11:07

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:

  • Exporting table data fails when the View Object has view links associated with it and has a different number of bind parameters and bind values.
  • Long notification title is not wrapping.
  • Code changes in OA Framework to support Thai, English Hijrah and Arabic Hijrah calendars in WebADI.

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JRE 1.8.0_144 Certified with Oracle EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Fri, 2017-07-28 02:00

Java logo

Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_144 (a.k.a. JRE 8u144) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.

JRE 1.8.0_144 includes a fix for a regression in JRE 1.8.0_141 that may, in certain circumstances, cause launch issues for Java Web Start users. This is the only change from JRE 1.8.0_141. Information regarding this bug fix is available in the Java 8u144 Release Notes.

This regression does not affect users running the Java Plugin technology who may use either JRE 1.8.0_141 or JRE 1.8.0_144 at their own discretion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No.

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

Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

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

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

What do Mac users need?

JRE 8 is certified for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), and 10.11 (El Capitan) desktops.  For details, see:

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

No.

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

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

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

Known Issues

Internet Explorer Performance Issue

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

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

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

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CPADMIN Utility Now Available for EBS 12.2.3, 12.2.4, 12.2.5

Thu, 2017-07-27 12:21

I recently profiled the CPADMIN utility for EBS 12.2.6 that consolidates various CP management functions into a single menu-based tool.  This ADADMIN-style utility can:

  • View Concurrent Manager status
  • Clean CP tables
  • Set Concurrent Manager diagnostics
  • Start, stop, or verify an individual Concurrent Manager
  • Rebuild Concurrent Manager views
  • Move request files
  • Analyze requests
  • Configure request log/out file directory locations

This tool has been backported to EBS 12.2.3, 12.2.4, and 12.2.5 via Patch 24408550:

In case you missed it, this tool is also available for EBS 12.1.3.

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Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: July 2017 Edition

Wed, 2017-07-26 02:00

We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates and creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy.   

Here are our latest upgrade recommendations for E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components.  These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases

You can research these yourself using this Note:

Upgrade Recommendations for July 2017

  EBS 12.2  EBS 12.1  EBS 12.0  EBS 11.5.10 Check your EBS support status and patching baseline

Apply the minimum 12.2 patching baseline
(EBS 12.2.3 + latest technology stack updates listed below)

In Premier Support to September 30, 2023

Apply the minimum 12.1 patching baseline
(12.1.3 Family Packs for products in use + latest technology stack updates listed below)

In Premier Support to December 31, 2021

In Sustaining Support. No new patches available.

Upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2

Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline

In Sustaining Support. No new patches available.

Upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2

Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline

Apply the latest EBS suite-wide RPC or RUP

12.2.6
Sept. 2016

12.1.3 RPC5
Aug. 2016

12.0.6

11.5.10.2
Use the latest Rapid Install

StartCD 51
Feb. 2016

StartCD 13
Aug. 2011

12.0.6


11.5.10.2

Apply the latest EBS technology stack, tools, and libraries

AD/TXK Delta 9
Apr. 2017

FND
Apr. 2017

EBS 12.2.6 OAF Update 4

EBS 12.2.5 OAF Update 13
Jun. 2017

EBS 12.2.4 OAF Update 15
Mar. 2017

ETCC
May 2017

Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.9

Daylight Savings Time DSTv28
Nov. 2016

FND
Apr. 2017

OAF Bundle 5
Jun. 2016

JTT Update 4
Oct. 2016

Daylight Savings Time DSTv28
Nov. 2016

 

 

Apply the latest security updates

Jul. 2017 Critical Patch Update

SHA-2 PKI Certificates

SHA-2 Update for Web ADI & Report Manager

Migrate from SSL or TLS 1.0 to TLS 1.2

Sign JAR files

Jul. 2017 Critical Patch Update

SHA-2 PKI Certificates

SHA-2 Update for Web ADI & Report Manager

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E-Business Suite Release Roadmap Updated

Tue, 2017-07-25 02:00

Here's more information on the Oracle E-Business Suite Roadmap update announced last month:

 

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 4 Now Available

Mon, 2017-07-24 08:00

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 12.2.6 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 12.2.6 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:

  • Null Pointer exception on submitting the page when the user enters a junk value in the Date Time segment of a descriptive flexfield.
  • As part of OA Table and WEB ADI Integration project, exporting table data fails when the table is associated with a nested AM.
  • Oracle Application Framework pages displayed abnormally on customizing the color Look and Feel.
  • Error message 'ID for the flexfield segment does not exist in the value set' is displayed if a dependent flexfield segment gets populated with default value.

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JRE 1.7.0_151 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Mon, 2017-07-24 07:21

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Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_151 (a.k.a. JRE 7u151-b15) 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?

How can EBS customers obtain Java 7?

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

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

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

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

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

Java Auto-Update Mechanism

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

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

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

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

What do Mac users need?

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

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

JRE ("Deployment Technology") is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

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

Java SE 6 (excluding Deployment Technology) is covered by Extended Support until December 2018.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 (excluding Deployment Technology) by December 2018. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

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

Known Issues

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

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