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

Steven Chan - Tue, 2018-02-13 13:36

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

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

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

Why?

There are two reasons:

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

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

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

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

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

How do I find the latest AD and TXK tools?

Check the following reference:

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

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Forms & Reports Developer 10g Requires Windows 7

Steven Chan - Fri, 2018-02-09 12:02

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

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

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

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New Report Manager 12.2 Feature: Copy Custom Templates

Steven Chan - Thu, 2018-02-08 12:46

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

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

For details, see:

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

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

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

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 19 Now Available

Steven Chan - Tue, 2018-02-06 11:46

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 (TBS) 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:

  • Tip type is not displayed in advanced search region in 'Screen Reader Optimized' accessibility mode.

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Join Us for the OAUG AppsTech 2018 eLearning Series

Steven Chan - Mon, 2018-02-05 12:15

Mark your calendar and join us for the upcoming OAUG AppsTech eLearning Series.  As part of this OAUG sponsored series, members of Oracle E-Business Suite Development and Product Management will be providing the following webinars:

Technical Essentials for Running Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud
Speaker:  Santiago Bastidas,
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 1:00 PM EST

Faster and Better:  Oracle E-Business Suite Desktop Integration
Speaker:  Senthilkumar Ramalingam
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST

Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2:  Fusion Middleware (WebLogic Server) Administration
Speakers:  Kevin Hudson and Elke Phelps
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST

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

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January 2018 Update to E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC)

Steven Chan - Fri, 2018-02-02 10:49

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:

  • Oracle Database Proactive BP 12.1.0.2.180116
  • Oracle Database PSU 12.1.0.2.180116
  • Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU 12.1.0.2.180116
  • Oracle Database Patch for Exadata BP 12.1.0.2.180116
  • Oracle Database PSU 12.1.0.2.180116
  • Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU 12.1.0.2.180116
  • Microsoft Windows Database BP 12.1.0.2.180116
  • Oracle JavaVM Component 12.1.0.2.180116on Windows
  • Microsoft Windows Database BP 12.1.0.2.180116
  • Oracle JavaVM Component 12.1.0.2.180116on Windows

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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New Report Manager Update Available for EBS 12.1.3

Steven Chan - Tue, 2018-01-30 11:24

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

We have just released a Report Manager update for EBS 12.1.3 with new functionality:

  • Repository Management Security

    Additional security capabilities have been added to the Oracle Report Manager Repository to restrict individual user actions on folders and reports.  A new user interface lets you define the users who have viewer and owner privileges for a folder or report. Users must have either viewer or owner privilege to view a secured report. Only users with owner privileges can perform actions such as moving, archiving, deleting, or updating the security privilege assignments for a secured folder or report, publishing reports or adding subfolders within a secured folder, or updating or creating a menu item for a secured report.

You can download the latest Report Manager for EBS 12.1.3 update here:

This is a cumulative bundle patch update that includes all previously-released Report Manager updates for EBS 12.1.3.

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New Web ADI Update Available for EBS 12.1.3

Steven Chan - Mon, 2018-01-29 11:48

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

We have just released a Web ADI update for EBS 12.1.3 with new functionality:

  • Digital Signature Support

    Some security options within Microsoft Excel allow files containing macros to be opened only if the files are digitally signed to identify them as coming from a trusted source. You can now set a profile option to have Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator affix a digital signature to the spreadsheets you create. Users will then be able to open the spreadsheets created by Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator with the higher Microsoft Excel security settings.

  • Desktop Integration Framework

    The Oracle E-Business Suite Desktop Integration Framework user interface is enhanced to let you define Java contents, an uploader, and an importer for an integrator, as well as to let you test an integrator definition and view an integrator definition in read-only mode.

You can download the update here:

This is a cumulative bundle patch update that includes all previously-released Web ADI updates for EBS 12.1.3.

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SAN and Wildcard Certificates Certified with EBS 12.1

Steven Chan - Fri, 2018-01-26 12:22

We are pleased to announce that Subject Alternative Name (SAN) and Wildcard Certificates are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 when enabling TLS.

Note: We are currently in the process of certifying SAN and Wildcard Certificates with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.  Monitor or subscribe to this blog for the latest in Oracle E-Business Suite technology certification announcements.

What are SAN and Wildcard Certificates?

The use of the SAN field in a certificate request (CSR) allows you to specify multiple host names to be protected by a single public key certificate. Use of SAN will also allow for using a single certificate for multiple domains.

A Wildcard Certificate is a public key certificate which can be used with multiple sub-domains of a domain.

Note: The latest releases of some browsers (e.g., Google Chrome) now require a SAN extension. Check your browser to determine if SAN is required.

How do you deploy SAN or Wildcard Certificates?

In the CSR, you may use the subjectAltName value and optionally use the wildcard character in the SAN field.

  • Example 1: SAN field entry for the CSR:

subjectAltName = DNS:www.example.com,DNS:example.com

  • Example 2: SAN field entry with a wildcard for the CSR:

subjectAltName = DNS:*.example.com

If you have already enabled TLS, you may need to redo your CSR using the SAN field. Check with your CA regarding their specific requirements for adding SAN. If you have not enabled TLS, simply follow the instructions for enabling TLS using the SAN field accordingly.

Note: We highly recommend that all customers migrate to TLS. If you have not already migrated to TLS, please do so as soon as possible.

For complete instructions, refer to the following My Oracle Support Knowledge Document:

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 9 Now Available

Steven Chan - Wed, 2018-01-24 12:36

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

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

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

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

Oracle Application Framework (FWK) Release 12.2.6 Bundle 9 (Patch 27113797: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:

  • Radio button doesn't get selected as expected if the radio buttons in a radio group are bonded with View Object.

  • Advanced table failed to render when the advanced table contains an attachment bean which uses shared AK Entity definition.

  • Opening an inline attachment of type URL shows '404 Not Found' error page when the file name has backslash in it.

  • Import/Export personalization page hangs due to performance issue.

  • Message List of Values (LOV) choice bean throws null pointer exception in Screen Reader accessibility mode.

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EBS 12.2 + Maximum Availability Architecture White Paper Now Available

Steven Chan - Tue, 2018-01-23 11:15

Whether Oracle E-Business Suite is deployed in the Cloud or on-premises, planning for and implementing strategies for high availability and disaster recovery are paramount. A new white paper is available that applies the principles of Oracle's Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) to the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 infrastructure:

The major difference between the methods described here for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and those documented elsewhere for earlier EBS releases is the use of logical host names instead of physical host names in the EBS managed topology. This allows us to make the configuration of the standby site the same as the primary site, from an Oracle E-Business Suite perspective, thus allowing you to switch between the two sites with minimal configuration efforts and facilitating a reduction in downtime as compared to using physical host names.

This whitepaper covers:

  • Overview of Oracle's engineered systems: Exadata and Exalogic
  • Technology components in Oracle Database MAA, including:
    • Real Application Clusters and Oracle Clusterware
    • Oracle Data Guard
    • Oracle Flashback Database 
    • Oracle Automatic Storage Management 
    • Oracle Recovery Manager and Oracle Secure Backup
  • EBS technology components in MAA, including:
    • Parallel Concurrent Processing (PCP)
    • Multiple load-balanced application tier services
    • Online Patching and Edition-based Redefinition
    • Logical host names
    • Fusion Middleware Administration Server
  • ​EBS Configuration best practices
    • ​OS Role separation
    • Database initialization parameters
    • Linux HugePages
    • Backups of Database Oracle Homes
    • Database password expiration
    • Exadata Fast Node Death Detection
    • Timeouts for RAC Node Failures
    • Flashback Database implementation 
    • Exadata Smart Flash Logging
    • Exadata Smart Flash Cache
    • Exadata memory management 
    • Oracle Advanced Compression
    • Exadata Log Writer tuning
    • Fixed object statistics
    • Exadata I/O Resource Manager
    • Oracle Engineered Systems best practices and health check
  • And much more!

This white paper is mandatory reading for EBS architects and system administrators designing a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy and architecture.

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Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: Jan 2018 Edition

Steven Chan - Fri, 2018-01-19 11:54

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 January 2018

  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

12.2.7
Sept. 2017

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 10
Sept. 2017

FND
Apr. 2017

EBS 12.2.6 OAF Update 8
Dec. 2017

EBS 12.2.5 OAF Update 18
Dec. 2017

EBS 12.2.4 OAF Update 18
Dec. 2017

ETCC
Oct. 2017

Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.9

Daylight Savings Time DSTv28
Nov. 2016

Upgrade to JDK 7

FND
Apr. 2017

OAF Bundle 5
Jun. 2016

JTT Update 4
Oct. 2016

Daylight Savings Time DSTv28
Nov. 2016

Upgrade to JDK 7

 

 

Apply the latest security updates

Jan. 2018 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

Jan. 2018 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

Oct. 2015 Critical Patch Update April 2016 Critical Patch Update Use the latest certified desktop components

Use the latest JRE 1.8, 1.7, or 1.6 release that meets your requirements.

Switch to Java Web Start

Upgrade to IE 11

Upgrade to Firefox ESR 52

Upgrade Office 2003 and Office 2007 to later Office versions (e.g. Office 2016)

Upgrade Windows XP and Vista and Win 10v1507 to later versions (e.g. Windows 10v1607)

Use the latest JRE 1.8, 1.7, or 1.6 release that meets your requirements

Switch to Java Web Start

Upgrade to IE 11

Upgrade to Firefox ESR 52

Upgrade Office 2003 and Office 2007 to later Office versions (e.g. Office 2016)

Upgrade Windows XP and Vista and Win 10v1507 to later versions (e.g. Windows 10v1607)

    Upgrade to the latest database Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 If you're using Oracle Identity Management

Upgrade to Oracle Access Manager 11.1.2.3

Upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9

Migrate from Oracle SSO to OAM 11.1.2.3

Upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.9

    If you're using Oracle Discoverer

Migrate to Oracle
Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business
Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

Discoverer 11.1.1.7 is in Sustaining Support as of June 2017

Migrate to Oracle
Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business
Intelligence Applications (OBIA).

Discoverer 11.1.1.7 is in Sustaining Support as of June 2017

    If you're using Oracle Portal Migrate to Oracle WebCenter  11.1.1.9 Migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11.1.1.9 or upgrade to Portal 11.1.1.6 (End of Life Jun. 2017).

 

 
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Critical Patch Update for January 2018 Now Available

Steven Chan - Thu, 2018-01-18 11:37

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2018 was released on January 16, 2018. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents. 

Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the following location:

It is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches.

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • April 17, 2018
  • July 17, 2018
  • October 16, 2018
  • January 15, 2019
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JRE 1.8.0_161/162 Certified with Oracle EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Wed, 2018-01-17 12:28

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Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_161 (a.k.a. JRE 8u161-b12) and JRE 1.8.0_162 (a.k.a. JRE 8u162-b16) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.

Java Web Start is available

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

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

Considerations if you're also running JRE 1.6 or 1.7

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

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

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

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

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

How do I get help with this change?

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

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

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

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

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

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

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

For EBS 12.1 & 12.2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No.

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

Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

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

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

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

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

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

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

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

What do Mac users need?

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

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

No.

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

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

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

Known Issues

Internet Explorer Performance Issue

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

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

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

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JRE 1.7.0_171 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Wed, 2018-01-17 12:20

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Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_171 (a.k.a. JRE 7u171-b11) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

What's new in this update?

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

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

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

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

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

How do I get help with this change?

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

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

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

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

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

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

How can EBS customers obtain Java 7?

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

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

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

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

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

Java Auto-Update Mechanism

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

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

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

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

What do Mac users need?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Known Issues

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

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JRE 1.6.0_181 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Steven Chan - Wed, 2018-01-17 12:11

Java logThe latest Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0_181 (a.k.a. JRE 6u181-b10) and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

What's new in this update?

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

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

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

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

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

How do I get help with this change?

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

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

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

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

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

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suite and Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?
32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

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

How can EBS customers obtain Java 6 updates?

Java 6 is now available only via My Oracle Support for E-Business Suite users.  You can find links to this release, including Release Notes, documentation, and the actual Java downloads here: Both JDK and JRE packages are contained in a single combined download after 6u45.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

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

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

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) can run JRE 7 or 8 plug-ins.  See:

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

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

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

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

JDK 7 is the latest Java release certified with E-Business Suite 12 servers.  See:

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 8 Now Available

Steven Chan - Fri, 2018-01-12 02:00

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

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

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

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

Oracle Application Framework (FWK) Release 12.2.6 Bundle 8 (Patch 26953578: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:

  • The link ‘Skip navigation elements to page contents’ is gaining focus on clicking LOV search icon.

  • Rendering issues with Email Center(EMC) pages.

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Behind The Scenes: Learn FREE Cloud & Identity Management with Me Live

Online Apps DBA - Thu, 2018-01-11 02:08

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Updated: Database Vault 12.1.0.2 Certification with EBS 12.2

Steven Chan - Wed, 2018-01-10 13:10

We are pleased to announce updated scripts for use with the integration of Oracle Database Vault 12.1.0.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2. The updated scripts include a number of bug fixes recently identified by customers.

If you are integrating Oracle Database Vault with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, please make certain to download and use the latest scripts available with patch 27294144.

For the latest instructions on how to integrate Oracle Database Vault with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, refer to the following My Oracle Support Knowledge Document:

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